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Oct
22

Atlantic Environment Ministers Meet

first_imgAtlantic Environment ministers have agreed to work together toprovide regional leadership and co-ordination on the developmentof a national wastewater effluent strategy. The decision wasreached at a meeting on Friday, Sept. 10, at White Point BeachLodge, in Queen’s County. Nova Scotia has been actively working on a national strategy as a part of a development committee established in December 2003through the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment (CCME).While Nova Scotia will still continue to participate on thecommittee, Environment Minister Kerry Morash believes a regionalapproach is critical. “We face many similar issues when it comes to managing municipalwastewater effluent. Coastal protection, financing newinfrastructure, and serving rural populations just for starters.Regional co-ordination is one way to ensure we’re sharing bestpractices, providing the best services, and ensuring the greatestmeasure of protection for our environment,” said Mr. Morash. The ministers’ agenda also included a number of other issues thatrelate to the need for a more collaborative relationship withagencies of the federal government that share responsibility withthe provinces for environmental protection. These includedupdates on the review of the Canadian Environmental ProtectionAct, federal Bill C-34 Marine Pollution/Enforcement, and Atlanticsolid waste issues. The meeting was attended by the ministers and deputy ministersfrom all four Atlantic provinces. The next CCME meeting isscheduled to take place in early November 2004.last_img read more

Oct
22

Traffic Advisory Halifax County

first_img Local area office: 902-424-6702 Fax: 902-424-7024 HALIFAX COUNTY: Air Show Traffic To accommodate increased traffic volumes during the Nova Scotia International Air Show at the Halifax International Airport on Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10, traffic on Old Guysborough Road (Route 212) will be directed through Grove Road from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please obey signs and RCMP members at the site. Traffic approaching the air show on Highway 102 northbound from Halifax should use Exit 5A. Traffic approaching on Highway 102 southbound from Truro should use Exit 6. These adjustments will prevent traffic backups on Highway 102 and improve traffic safety during the event. -30-last_img read more

Oct
22

OpEd

first_imgWith its abundance of salt- and fresh-water environments, Nova Scotia is perfectly situated to produce high-quality aquaculture products. The cold, clean salt waters of the Atlantic Ocean provide excellent growing conditions for a variety of finfish and shellfish. Atlantic salmon and steelhead salmon (rainbow trout raised in salt water) begin their lives in fresh-water hatcheries at inland locations before being moved to ocean sites. And other species like Arctic char are grown to market size at fresh-water aquaculture operations. Aquaculturists are legitimate users of Nova Scotia’s aquatic resources, and take a very conscious, responsible approach towards environmental management. Since aquaculture processes rely on high-quality aquatic resources, producers have a vested interest in promoting and maintaining the quality and integrity of the aquatic environment. Like traditional land farmers, the aim of the aquaculture producer is to grow safe, healthy food in environmentally sustainable ways. Every food-production sector on Earth leaves some kind of an environmental food print. Although aquaculture is no exception to this rule, it is generally accepted that growing fish compares favorably in terms of its relatively low environmental impact. And the aquaculture industry continues to work in collaboration with researchers, environmentalists and government representatives to reduce the environmental impacts of aquaculture production. An enormous amount of research and field trials are conducted around the world to ensure that aquaculture continues to progress in a safe, efficient and responsible manner. To ensure that aquaculture was developed in an environmentally responsible manner, the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia recognized the need to introduce an environmental monitoring program and they asked my department to develop one. Aquaculturists demonstrate their commitment to environmental sustainability through regular assessments. I am particularly proud of the work performed in this area by members of my department’s aquaculture environmental monitoring program team. In 2007, they won the Premier’s Award of Excellence for the development and implementation of the first comprehensive environmental monitoring program. Since then, they have employed it at more than 330 marine aquaculture sites throughout the province. The baseline data collected acts as a guide for assessing the environmental performance of aquaculture operations. Our environmental monitoring program is recognized as innovative and effective by other jurisdictions and is one of the few monitoring programs that samples diverse aquaculture sites in a variety of marine ecosystems. The environmental monitoring team’s work has generated interest from across Canada, and as far away as Chile and Norway. I want to assure Nova Scotians that my department is actively monitoring the environmental performance of all aquaculture operations and, if necessary, we will take action, in partnership with other provincial or federal regulators, to mitigate any potential adverse effects. Respecting and protecting Nova Scotia’s environment is essential. It’s worth repeating that our aquaculture industry depends on pure, clean water and we are working to have a solid, sustainable and environmentally secure aquaculture industry in Nova Scotia. -30-last_img read more

Oct
22

Government of Canada Invests in Nova Scotia Infrastructure

first_imgNova Scotia municipalities will have access to more than $223 million in infrastructure funding through the federal Gas Tax Fund. The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia today, Dec. 17, signed an agreement to extend the fund from 2010 to 2014. Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, made the announcement along with Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “I’m pleased to be here today to sign this agreement with Nova Scotia that will provide our province with significant and predictable long-term infrastructure funding,” said Mr. MacKay. “Infrastructure projects create jobs for Canadians, which then boost our economy.” Mr. Muir said the agreement is a major investment to help build strong, healthy communities throughout Nova Scotia. “The extension of the federal gas tax agreement will help ensure better infrastructure for today and in the future,” said Mr. Muir. “This sustainable investment will help Nova Scotia communities prepare for future development and prosperity.” “This is a huge victory for municipal, provincial and federal co-operation in Nova Scotia,” said Lloyd Hines, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. “The value of this revenue-sharing relationship is enhanced by this extension, and the UNSM congratulates the province and the federal government for their continued co-operation.” For more information about federal and provincial gas tax infrastructure initiatives, visit www.buildingcanada.gc.ca, www.infrastructure.gc.ca or www.nsinfrastructure.ca .last_img read more

Oct
22

Minister Approves Onshore Production Lease

first_imgNova Scotia’s first shale gas production lease has been approved in principle by Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt. Elmworth Energy, the Canadian subsidiary of Triangle Petroleum Corporation, received approval in principle to develop shale gas in the Windsor area of Hants County, and in Kings County. This production lease represents the province’s first onshore shale gas development, which is natural gas produced from shale. “This project has the potential to generate substantial economic benefits for Nova Scotia,” said Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt. “I look forward to working with Elmworth as it moves forward with the project.” “Elmworth is very pleased to gain approval in principle for the next phase of our Windsor block project,” said Howard Anderson, president of Elmworth. “Nova Scotia is a great place to do business, and we hope our development will bring a new source of energy and continued economic benefits to the region.” The production lease will cover a 10-year period. The company will require additional government approvals for specific activities within the lease, including any new seismic programs drilling and pipeline construction. Although this is the province’s first shale gas production lease, it is the province’s second onshore production opportunity. Stealth Ventures was granted a production agreement for coalbed methane or natural gas from coal in November 2007. Elmworth Energy is an exploration company focused on emerging Canadian shale gas projects in Eastern Canada. Elmworth opened an office in Halifax in the fall.last_img read more

Oct
22

Traffic Advisory Pictou County

first_imgPICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic on sections of the westbound lanes of Highway 104 in the New Glasgow, Stellarton, Westville area is reduced to one lane to allow for patching and resurfacing. Work is taking place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Wednesday, Sept. 15. Drivers should travel with extra caution through the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 -30-last_img

Oct
22

Trois nouveaux commissaires sont nommés

first_img Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la Commission des droits de la personne, consultez le www.humanrights.gov.ns.ca (en anglais seulement). Trois nouvelles nominations à la Commission des droits de la personne ont été annoncées, aujourd’hui 27 juin, par Ross Landry, ministre responsable de la loi sur les droits de la personne. Les nouveaux commissaires sont Joan Boutilier de Wolfville, André Cain de Dartmouth et Murray Brown de Lower Sackville. « Ces nouveaux commissaires, tout comme les commissaires actuels, ont démontré un engagement envers les droits de la personne et l’amélioration de la vie des Néo-Écossais, particulièrement dans leurs communautés, a dit M. Landry. Ils sont toujours à l’écoute de leurs communautés et des Néo-Écossais en ce qui a trait aux enjeux qui touchent les droits de la personne. » « Les commissaires contribuent à l’orientation stratégique de la Commission et sont responsables de prendre des décisions au sujet des enjeux liés aux droits de la personne. » Mme Boutilier est psychologue clinicienne et a travaillé avec plusieurs centres de santé en Nouvelle-Écosse. Elle est considérée aveugle au sens de la loi et elle a une expérience considérable en matière de contestation de la discrimination, d’éducation publique et de défense des droits et intérêts. M. Cain fréquente l’école de droit Schulich de l’Université Dalhousie. Il a travaillé avec le service d’aide juridique de l’Université Dalhousie, et a été bénévole auprès de nombreux organismes professionnels et communautaires, notamment la Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, le Dalhousie Christian Legal Fellowship et la Dalhousie Black Law Students Association. M. Brown est un agent de la GRC à la retraite. Pendant sa carrière, il a offert des services aux communautés noires de Preston, Lucasville et Upper Pockwock. Il a également passé du temps dans les 13 communautés des Premières nations de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Son travail a mené à la soumission de cas à la Commission canadienne des droits de la personne et à Anciens combattants Canada. Les effectifs de la Commission sont maintenant complets, avec le directeur général David Shannon. Les autres commissaires sont les suivants : Eunice Harker, présidente, Sydney Norbert Comeau, Pointe-de-l’Église, comté de Digby Donald Fraser, Kentville Duncan Gould, Sydney Henderson Paris, New Glasgow Colleen Prentice, Head of Chezzetcook, Municipalité régionale d’Halifax Patricia Skinner, Antigonish Joseph Mathai Tharamangalam, Halifaxlast_img read more

Oct
22

Minimum Wage to Increase April 1

first_imgOn April 1, Nova Scotians earning the minimum wage will make more money. For the fourth time since 2010, the province is increasing the minimum wage to keep up with the cost of living. This year, it will go up 1.5 per cent, to $10.30 an hour. “Our government is delivering on its commitment to make life better for families in Nova Scotia,” said Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Marilyn More. “Students, single parents and others rely on minimum-wage jobs to make ends meet. This increase will help low-income individuals and their families by making sure the minimum wage is fair.” The minimum wage for someone who has less than three months’ experience is also increasing, to $9.80 an hour. Minimum wage increases now occur annually and are based on the previous year’s national Consumer Price Index. “This is the fairest way for both the employer and the employees,” said Steven MacPherson, general manager of Jack Astor’s restaurant in Halifax and a member of the province’s Minimum Wage Review Committee. “This way, employers know what the minimum wage will be when they’re setting next year’s budgets. “As a business owner, your number one asset is your people. You have to make sure you take care of them, and you pay them fairly.” Nova Scotia has the highest minimum wage in Atlantic Canada and one of the highest in the country, behind Nunavut and the Yukon. The Minimum Wage Review Committee, which includes representatives from business and labour, filed its report with the Minister on Jan. 4. The report is on the department website.last_img read more

Oct
22

Grants Helping Communities Keep Seniors Safe

first_img Changes to the Adult Protection Act help ensure seniors without the mental capacity to make financial decisions do not suffer financial abuse Understanding Senior Abuse: A Toolkit for Community Champions helps teach how to deliver educational sessions about senior abuse The Senior Abuse Information and Referral Line offers information on abuse and resource referrals. The toll-free number is 1-877-833-3377. The province continues to make life better and more affordable for seniors and their families by supporting seniors’ efforts to live independently, while working collaboratively with communities to create places where Nova Scotians can live and age well. For a list of the grant recipients visit http://novascotia.ca/seniors/senior_abuse_awareness_day.asp Nova Scotians are coming together to make their communities safer and keep seniors protected from abuse, neglect and scams. Fourteen community groups are receiving funds to help Nova Scotians understand senior abuse, how to spot the signs and provide information about where to get help. “I believe education and awareness have the power to reduce senior abuse. I thank these community groups for their leadership efforts that are helping keep seniors safe,” said Denise Peterson-Rafuse, Minister of Seniors. “Everyone has a role to play keeping our seniors safe from harm so they can live happy, fulfilling lives and contribute to their communities.” The Digby and Area Seniors’ Safety Society is using its grant money for a poster contest that will raise awareness of senior abuse among Grade 5 and 6 students, families and educators. The contest will help start conversations in homes and classrooms and help students make the comparison between abuse, bullying and the importance of advocating for others at all stages of life. Dawn Thomas, RCMP seniors’ safety co-ordinator said that young people are very aware of the effects of bullying and being mistreated. “We want them to understand that senior abuse also happens, what it looks like and that they can play a big role in advocating and raising awareness in their families and communities,” said Ms. Thomas.”The students have the creativity and inclination to get involved but the heaviness of the subject matter, though presented in a kid-friendly way, will mean parents and grandparents will be involved. Many adults might not understand what senior abuse really looks like. Children are inquisitive, but are also great teachers.” The one-time grants of $250 helped communities and not-for-profit organizations host educational events for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which was Saturday, June 15. “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is a good opportunity for us to bring awareness to senior abuse and talk about education and prevention, but we need to keep our seniors safe from neglect, abuse and scams all year,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. Senior abuse can be characterized as physical, emotional, financial, sexual, neglect, and/or a violation of rights and freedoms. It is especially harmful when it happens from someone they trust, such as family, friends, care workers or a service provider. The province is working to better protect seniors and make abuse easier to spot: last_img read more

Oct
22

Provincial Government Offices in Cape Breton Closed

first_imgProvincial government offices in Cape Breton closed at 2 p.m., today, Feb. 13, because of weather conditions. All other provincial government offices are open. -30-last_img

Oct
22

Annual New Years Day Levee

first_imgNova Scotians are invited to attend the annual lieutenant-governor’s New Year’s Day Levee on Monday, Jan. 1, at Government House, Halifax. “Mrs. LeBlanc and I look forward to welcoming in the New Year with our fellow Nova Scotians for our first levee at Government House,” said Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc. “This is a wonderful opportunity to wish everyone the very best as we enter a new year.” During the levee people can exchange New Year’s greetings with the lieutenant-governor and visit the oldest vice-regal residence in North America. The levee will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Government House is at 1451 Barrington St.last_img read more

Oct
22

Quatre bourses pour lexcellence dans la créativité artistique remises à des élèves

first_img Elise Pecotic, Citadel High School, Halifax, 1 000 $ – Prix d’excellence en arts visuels du Musée des beaux-arts de la Nouvelle-Écosse Breton Hickey, Glace Bay High School, 1 000 $ – Prix d’excellence dans les arts de la scène Seanna Bailey, Hants East Rural High School, Milford Station, comté de Hants, 1 000 $ – Prix d’excellence dans les arts numériques multimédias De jeunes esprits créatifs de partout en Nouvelle-Écosse se sont réunis aujourd’hui 13 juin pour exprimer leurs talents dans le cadre des Prix du ministre pour l’excellence dans la créativité artistique. « La musique a toujours été une passion pour moi depuis que je suis très jeune, déclare Hayley Macgregor, récipiendaire de la bourse d’études Charlie A’Court pour l’excellence en musique. Je suis reconnaissante de ce prix et je suis ravie d’avoir eu l’occasion de monter sur scène lors de la cérémonie de célébration. » Mme Macgregor est une élève du North Nova Education Centre à New Glasgow. La bourse est d’une valeur de 500 $ et inclut une prise en charge par mentorat du musicien lui-même. La cérémonie, qui a eu lieu au Musée des beaux-arts de la Nouvelle-Écosse à Halifax, mettait en vedette des élèves de 12e année qui prévoient poursuivre des études postsecondaires dans le domaine artistique. Quatre bourses ont été remises pour l’excellence dans les arts visuels, les arts de la scène, les arts numériques multimédias et la musique. Le gouvernement provincial a fait partenariat avec le Musée et avec M. A’Court pour présenter les prix. Les autres récipiendaires sont : Huit autres élèves ont également été désignés comme finalistes et ont reçu chacun une somme de 100 $. « Je félicite tous les participants à la cérémonie aujourd’hui, souligne Zach Churchill, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Je suis impressionné par les compétences et la créativité dont j’ai été témoin. Je vous souhaite à tous un grand succès dans vos études postsecondaires. » Pour plus d’information, consultez le https://novascotia.ca/creativeaward/fr .last_img read more

Oct
20

IMA launches threeday nationwide protest

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) launched a three-day nationwide protest from Friday to express solidarity with the doctors agitating against the attack on their colleagues in West Bengal and called for a strike on June 17 with withdrawal of non-essential health services.The apex body of doctors in the country also renewed its demand for a central law to check violence against health care workers in hospitals and said it should have a provision for a minimum of seven-year jail sentence to violaters. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceIn view of the continued suffering of the resident doctors and repeated occurrence of such incidents without redressal, the IMA has decided to continue their protest on Saturday and Sunday as well, which will include wearing black badges, dharnas, peace marches and has requested support from all associations of the fraternity to join the agitation, it said. In the wake of protests by the medical fraternity in support of agitating doctors in Kolkata, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Friday urged West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to ensure an “amicable end” to the stir. He also appealed to the agitating doctors, particularly in West Bengal, to hold symbolic protests and resume work so that patients do not suffer. See P4last_img read more

Oct
20

NASA to open moon rock samples sealed since Apollo missions

first_imgHouston: Inside a locked vault at Johnson Space Center is treasure few have seen and fewer have touched. The restricted lab is home to hundreds of pounds of moon rocks collected by Apollo astronauts close to a half-century ago. And for the first time in decades, NASA is about to open some of the pristine samples and let geologists take a crack at them with 21st-century technology. What better way to mark this summer’s 50th anniversary of humanity’s first footsteps on the moon than by sharing a bit of the lunar loot. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London”It’s sort of a coincidence that we’re opening them in the year of the anniversary,” explained NASA’s Apollo sample curator Ryan Zeigler, covered head to toe in a white protective suit with matching fabric boots, gloves and hat. “But certainly the anniversary increased the awareness and the fact that we’re going back to the moon.” With the golden anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s feat fast approaching their lunar module Eagle landed July 20, 1969, on the Sea of Tranquility the moon is red-hot again. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorAfter decades of flip-flopping between the moon and Mars as the next big astronaut destination, NASA aims to put astronauts on the lunar surface again by 2024 at the White House’s direction. President Donald Trump prefers talking up Mars. But the consensus is that the moon is a crucial proving ground given its relative proximity to home 240,000 miles (386,000 kilometers) or two to three days away. Zeigler’s job is to preserve what the 12 moonwalkers brought back from 1969 through 1972 lunar samples totalling 842 pounds (382 kilograms) and ensure scientists get the best possible samples for study. Some of the soil and bits of rock were vacuum-packed on the moon and never exposed to Earth’s atmosphere or frozen or stored in gaseous helium following splashdown and then left untouched. The lab’s staff is now trying to figure out how best to remove the samples from their tubes and other containers without contaminating or spoiling anything. They’re practicing with mock-up equipment and pretend lunar dirt. Compared with Apollo-era tech, today’s science instruments are much more sensitive, Zeigler noted. “We can do more with a milligram than we could do with a gram back then. So it was really good planning on their part to wait,” he said. The lunar sample lab has two side-by-side vaults: one for rocks still in straight-from-the-moon condition and a smaller vault for samples previously loaned out for study. About 70 per cent of the original haul is in the pristine sample vault, which has two combinations and takes two people to unlock. About 15 per cent is in safekeeping at White Sands in New Mexico. The rest is used for research or display. Of the six manned moon landings, Apollo 11 yielded the fewest lunar samples: 48 pounds or 22 kilograms. It was the first landing by astronauts and NASA wanted to minimize their on-the-moon time and risk. What’s left from this mission about three-quarters after scientific study, public displays and goodwill gifts to all countries and US states in 1969 is kept mostly here at room temperature. Armstrong was the primary rock collector and photographer. Aldrin gathered two core samples just beneath the surface during the 2 1/2-hour moonwalk. All five subsequent Apollo moon landings had longer stays. The last three Apollo 15, 16 and 17 had rovers that significantly upped the sample collection and coverage area. “Fifty years later, we’re still learning new things … incredible,” said the lab’s Charis Krysher, holding a clear acrylic marble embedded with chips of Apollo 11 moon rock in her gloved hand.last_img read more

Oct
20

AI sale shelved for now due to high oil prices volatile foreign

first_imgNEW DELHI: India has put on hold plans to sell a stake in debt-laden state-run carrier Air India because of high oil prices and volatile foreign currency movements, the country’s junior civil aviation minister said on Thursday. “The present environment is not conducive to stimulate interest amongst investors for strategic disinvestment of Air India in the immediate near future,” Hardeep Singh Puri said in parliament. The government will revisit the sale once global economic conditions become more conducive, he said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIndia’s aviation sector is facing turmoil with one of its biggest private carriers, Jet Airways, facing bankruptcy, while passenger growth in the market overall has slowed. India last year failed in its attempt to sell a 76% stake in loss-making Air India due to a lack of interest from bidders and said it would return with an alternative proposal soon. While the government said at the time that it was forced to review the plan because of high oil prices, a weaker rupee and rising interest rates, potential bidders suggested they found some of the stake sale terms too onerous, making it a non-starter. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe government has since hived off a part of the airline’s debt, about 300 billion rupees ($4.34 billion), into a separate entity and is trying to sell off some of its assets and subsidiaries, such as the ground-handling unit, piecemeal. “The government has prepared a revival plan for Air India which includes a comprehensive financial package,” Puri said, adding it would focus on increasing revenue and reducing costs. The government injected 39.75 billion rupees into the airline in the fiscal year that ended March 31. Air India is expected to report a loss of more than 76 billion rupees for the same year, Puri told parliament. ($1 = 69.0962 Indian rupees).last_img read more

Oct
20

Yogi diktat No gifts for government employees in UP

first_imgLucknow: After banning mobile phones in meeting, asking officials to report on duty by 9 a.m, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has now come up with another new diktat — no officials will henceforth accept any gift from anyone. A circular to this effect has been issued by Additional Chief Secretary (Sachivalaya administration) Mahesh Gupta. According to the circular, no person will be allowed to enter the Sachivalaya (state assembly) and other buildings that house government offices with gifts of any kind, and government employees will not accept any gifts without prior permission of higher authorities. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief All Ministers in the state government have also been apprised of the circular. Gifts have, over the years, been a perfect form of bribe for government employees. Calendars in the New Year, dry fruits on Holi and silverware on Diwali has been known to be distributed among government personnel. Besides, gift boxes to celebrate weddings are also a common practice. A class 3 level government employee said that the order was “unfair”. “IAS officers get gifts that are delivered to their homes while we get sweets etc. in office. If the Chief Minister is sincere in checking this practice, he should keep a check on the houses of officers where expensive items are delivered,” he said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC Adityanath has also banned the entry of firearms in government buildings. Most legislators and contractors are seen entering government offices with their personal security guard in tow. These security personnel are seen carrying rifles and pistol which can be an intimidating sight. Official sources said that security personnel will now be asked to deposit their firearms at the gate. The Chief Minister has also banned chewing of ‘gutka’ and paan’ in government offices. Those found chewing the same will have to pay a fine of Rs 500.last_img read more

Oct
20

Hauz Qazi remains tense three arrested

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid scattered stone pelting sparked by a communal rift, Hauz Qazi in old Delhi remained tense on Tuesday, with police appealing to people to maintain calm. Residents said the situation in the area remained tense on Tuesday morning, after communal clashes erupted between two communities over a parking issue on Sunday night. Police said they were using drones to monitor the situation. People from both the communities continued pelting stones at each other on Tuesday morning despite the deployment of police and paramilitary personnel, some residents said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items Union Minister and Chandni Chowk MP Harsh Vardhan visited the area. So far three people have been arrested for rioting. Police officials are scanning CCTV to identify other culprits. Delhi Police appealed to the people to maintain peace. Lal Kuan area in Hauz Qazi is one of the biggest wholesale markets in Delhi but the shops were shut on Tuesday due to persistent tension. “Despite police presence, the situation is not normal. People get agitated at the drop of a hat and start hitting each other. The slogans raised by both sides are communal and demeaning,” said a resident.last_img read more

Oct
20

Sidhu sends resignation to CM Amarinder

first_imgChandigarh: Ending suspense, Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday said he sent his resignation to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. “Today I have sent my resignation to the Chief Minister Punjab, has been delivered at his official residence…,” he tweeted. However, the Chief Minister was away in Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There was no comment on the issue from the Chief Minister’s Office.last_img

Oct
20

WC final was crazy game to be part of Boult

first_imgWellington: New Zealand pacer Trent Boult, who is still trying to coming to terms with the gut-wrenching defeat to England in the World Cup final, believes the feeling after the loss will not disappear in the coming days. A sombre group of Black Caps consisting Boult, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Colin Munro, Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner touched down on home soil on Thursday. Speaking to reporters at the Auckland International Airport, Boult said he was still thinking about the last over of the World Cup final where the deflection off Ben Stokes’s bat raced to the boundary and helped send the summit clash into a Super Over before England claimed the win on the total boundaries scored at Lord’s. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “I’m living the last over in my mind a lot. Somehow I got hit for six along the ground which has never happened before … I’d love it to sink in so we can get over it,” stuff.co.nz quoted Boult as saying. “It was an amazing stage to be on. It could have been us, but unfortunately it wasn’t,” he added. James Anderson, Stokes’ Test team-mate, has, however, revealed that the all-rounder, who was hugely apologetic the moment the incident happened, had appealed to the umpires to overturn their decision. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery Boult further revealed that he was not aware of the fact that there would be a Super Over until the second to last ball of the game. “When I saw three off two, that’s when the umpires told me there would be a Super Over. Crazy game to be a part of,” he said. “It’s not going to be something that disappears over the next couple of days. It’ll be something that’s hard to swallow over the next couple of years. “Obviously we’re all hurting,” he added. Earlier, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern praised Kane Williamson’s men for putting up a brave fight on the sport’s biggest stage. While posting an image from the game on her Instagram account, Ardern also joked that her country must have aged a year watching the thrilling Super Over. “That was undeniably an incredible game. I think as a nation we all aged a year in that super over. Congratulations to England. And to the Black Caps, I feel nothing but pride. What a team,” wrote Arden.last_img read more

Oct
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Saif could make a good director Neeraj Ghaywan

first_imgMumbai: Neeraj Ghawyan, the National Award-winning filmmaker of “Masaan”, has co-directed the upcoming second season of the Netflix original series “Sacred Games”. According to him, actor Saif Ali Khan, who plays Inspector Sartaj Singh on the show, should try his hand at film direction. “He (Saif) is an absolute delight to work with. He has an infectious energy and his sense of humour is on point. At the same time, he is one of those actors who ask many questions — of course, intelligent ones. I like working with such actors. He is dedicated and gets involved with the scene before the camera rolls. I would say that Saif should get into direction because as an actor, the kind of questions he asks and the way he gets involved (prove that) he not only thinks like a performer (but) he also like a director. He has the chops to direct, really,” Ghaywan told IANS. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The first season of “Sacred Games” released on July 6 last year and received wide appreciation. Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap had directed season one. However, this year Motwane is working as showrunner while Ghaywan has come on board to co-direct. Being a independent filmmaker, what does feel like to deliver a show for an international platform? “I have directed an indie film such as ‘Masaan’ on a slim budget. The visual language was different from what we have on ‘Sacred Games’. So Anurag (Kashyap) and Vikramaditya (Motwane) being my mentor, as the director in this season, I am left with no opinion but to deliver my best. I have to match the expectation because we know that the audience is looking forward to a great show.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna Before shooting, Ghaywan had a session with both Kashyap and Motwane to get an understanding of the thought and the tone that they set through the first season of the show. “When it came to the visual language of the show, Swapnil (Sonaware), director of photography of the series, was around in this season, oo. That made my work a little easy. Nevertheless, it was tough emotionally. Since we shot across multiple locations and with more characters being introduced (in season two), the narrative is going to get complex,” Ghaywan said. “Honestly, I am enjoying the challenge and the pressure because this is a much bigger canvas,” he added. The new season of “Sacred Games” is will also feature Pankaj Tripathi, Kalki Koechlin, Luke Kenny, Ranvir Shorey and Shobita Dhulipala, and it has been shot in several parts of South Africa and other locations abroad, apart from Mumbai. ” I think in the first season we were setting up the story, so we sow more of the vulnerability and disturbed mindset of Sartaj. This season they are heading to deal with an attack. A storm is coming, so Sartaj has to tackle his vulnerability and deal with the troublesome situation before him. I got a chance to explore an interesting element about the character Sartaj,” revealed the director. Making his feature film debut in Bollywood with the 2015 film, “Masaan”, Ghaywan is yet to direct his second film, although his 2017 short film, “Juice”, was widely acclaimed. “I think I have to develop the skill of multitasking because I am so focused and singleminded, that for last so many days, I am only living, breathing, thinking and putting all my energy only into ‘Sacred Games 2’. I forget about the people around me, including my family. I am just into this show. Perhaps that is why I am not thinking about what is coming up next,” he concluded. ‘Sacred Games 2’ premieres on August 15.last_img read more