RJD wins Jokihat Assembly by-poll

first_imgRashtriya Janata Dal candidate Shahnawaj Alam won the Jokihat Assembly by-poll by defeating ruling party JD(U) candidate Murshid Alam by a margin of 41,225 votes.The RJD candidate got 81,240 votes while, the JD(U) got 40,015 votes. Since 2005, JD(U) had been winning the Jokihat Assembly seat.After Araria and Jehanabad, this was the third by-poll in which opposition RJD has registered win, after Nitish Kumar parted ways with the Grand Alliance in July 2017. RJD’s Shahnawaz Alam has won Jokihat Assembly bypoll.    RJD candidate Shahnawaz Alam is the third son of former RJD MP from Araria Mohd. Taslimuddin, and the younger brother of Sarfaraj Alam who won the Araria Lok Sabha by-poll on RJD ticket. Sarfaraj Alam resigned from the Jokihat Assembly seat to contest the Araria Lok Sabha poll.Both Mohd. Taslimuddin and Sarfaraj Alam have represented the Jokihat constituency nine times.While addressing journalists, Leader of the Opposition Tejaswi Yadav said, “The people of Jokihat rejected Nitish Kumar.”“The Chief Minister himself and over half of his Cabinet Ministers and close aides were involved in campaign for the JD(U) candidate in Jokihat but ultimately ‘Lalu-ism’ defeated opportunism there,” said Mr. Yadav.While citing the previous Lok Sabha result, Mr. Yadav said, “The BJP had got around 39,500 votes in Jokihat Assembly constituency…now the JD(U) candidate has 40,015 votes, so where has Nitish Kumar’s vote gone?”“JD(U) fielded a criminal and the people of Jokihat have given them a befitting reply,” he said, and asked all Opposition party leaders in the country to “unite and teach a lesson to the BJP.”The JD(U) candidate Murshid Alam had a criminal past as he had been charged in gang rape and idol theft cases.“This Jokihat by-poll result has established Tejaswi Yadav’s leadership…and the people of the constituency have also voted for Lalu Yadav as he is falsely implicated in cases,” said senior RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari.JD(U) leader Ashok Choudhury said that “the Jokihat result has not come up to the party’s expectations.” Senior part leader K.C. Tyagi said, “The Taslimuddin factor has worked in Jokihat.”last_img read more

Insurance Bill sent to Select Committee of Rajya Sabha

first_imgFinance Minister Arun JaitleyThe Narendra Modi government on Thursday referred the controversial Insurance Bill to the Select Committee of Rajya Sabha.The House adopted a motion in this regard after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley moved it while informing members that the panel has been asked to look into the Bill and submit its report on the last day of the first week of the next session.The Committee will have Chandan Mitra, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Jagat Prakash Nadda (all BJP), Anand Sharma, BK Hariprasad and JD Seelam (all Congress), Satish Chandra Misra (BSP), KC Tyagi (JD-U), Derek O’Brien (TMC), V Maitreyan (AIADMK), Naresh Gujral (SAD), Ram Gopal Yadav (SP), Kalpataru Das (BJD), P Rajiv (CPI-M) and Rajiv Chandrasekhar (Ind) as its members.The government had to buckle under the opposition pressure after it failed to convince an adamant opposition to get its support for the first major economic reform initiative of the new government.Cutting across party lines, major opposition parties had joined hands on the issue demanding that the Bill be sent to the Select Committee.The Bill, which proposes to hike FDI limit in insurance sector to 49 per cent, was caught in logjam with the Congress-led opposition insisting that certain new provisions incorporated in the bill required a fresh look and expert consideration.Though government was confident of getting the Bill passed in Lok Sabha, it was wary of its passage in the Rajya Sabha, where the ruling NDA does not enjoy majority.Though government had earlier listed the Bill in Rajya Sabha, it was deferred and, strategically, not listed later as it continued consultations with various parties for support.advertisementWith a view to gaining support, the government has made it clear that it is open to amendments in the Bill.Congress, which had supported a hike in the FDI cap when it was in power, wanted the bill to be referred to a Select Committee for threadbare examination of the issue since the government has brought some amendments.last_img read more

Barcelona beat Arsenal 3-1 to advance to Champions League quarters

first_imgBarcelona’s big three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all scored to beat Arsenal 3-1 on Wednesday, sending the defending champions into the Champions League quarterfinals for a ninth consecutive season with a 5-1 victory on aggregate.Leading the tie after Messi scored both goals in a 2-0 first leg win, Suarez passed for Neymar to open the scoring in the 18th minute at Camp Nou.Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny struck in the 51st, and the English side threatened to add another before Suarez answered with an acrobatic goal in the 65th.Messi chipped in Barcelona’s third with two minutes to play following a pair of timely stops by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to protect the lead.Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger, whose side was eliminated from the round of 16 for a sixth straight year, said Barcelona’s strike trio took the game to the level of “art.””We played against the team with the best strikers I have seen,” Wenger said. “The three together are exceptional. Messi is incredible. They are two or three players who transform normal life into art.”Also on Wednesday, Bayern Munich fought back to beat Juventus 4-2 in extra time to advance. Barcelona increased its Spanish record streak to 38 unbeaten games, and stayed on course to repeat the treble of European Cup, Spanish league and Copa del Rey titles.While Barcelona’s march toward a season end that promises even more silverware, Wenger has seen his side exit two of three competitions this week. Arsenal bowed out of the FA Cup last weekend and now must focus on catching Tottenham and leader Leicester in the English Premier League standings.advertisementArsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil took the initiative during Barcelona’s subdued start as a light rain came down over the Catalan capital. But Messi, Neymar and Suarez quickly teamed up to put Barcelona into Friday’s draw for the quarterfinals, taking the three’s combined tally to 106 goals this season.Moments after Messi forced an excellent save by goalkeeper David Ospina, it was Suarez who caught Arsenal’s backline in disarray. His diagonal pass left Neymar alone to slot a shot under Ospina, who touched the ball but couldn’t keep it out.”They are able to create chances all by themselves, but they also have a great team behind them to put them into the best position,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said of his three stars. “We are thrilled to have them and to have them providing the first line of pressure.”Arsenal wasn’t without its share of possession and shots, just a lack of finishing that kept the visitors without a goal before halftime. The English side found the net after the restart when Elneny blasted home a first-time strike from the edge of the area after Alexis Sanchez slid him the ball from the right side.Danny Welbeck almost had a second goal for Arsenal after he appeared to have got the better of Javier Mascherno, only for Barcelona’s last defender to recover in time and block his shot. Suarez responded to the rally with an athletic strike that combined both power and finesse. Eyeing Dani Alves’ cross, Suarez leapt, pivoted and struck the ball with his right shin to send it flying into the top corner.”I don’t know what I struck it with, but it went in,” Suarez said.Welbeck went close again with a shot that grazed the upright, and Ter Stegen was forced to make a one-handed save to block Sanchez’s free kick before parrying substitute Olivier Giroud’s attempt to put in the rebound with 10 minutes to play.Messi rounded off Barcelona’s 10th successive home win the competition when he pounced on a deflected pass before lifting the ball over Ospina. Barcelona also eliminated Arsenal from the Champions League knockout rounds in 2010 and 2011, after beating them in the 2006 final.Friday’s draw will also feature Atletico Madrid, Benfica, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Wolfsburg. Teams from the same country can be drawn together.last_img read more

Virat Kohli likely to be rested ahead of India’s tour of South Africa

first_imgVirat Kohli will most likely be rested for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka later in the year. The India captain might also sit out of the limited-overs series against the visitors.Kohli had earlier said key batsmen would be rested ahead of India’s daunting tour of South Africa, where they have not won a series in six attempts.It is understood, Kohli will be among the ones to be rested after the first two Tests against Sri Lanka. He is currently leading India in the ODI series against New Zealand.Since the start of 2017, Kohli has been arguably the busiest player in the world. He has so far featured in seven out of India’s eight Tests this year. Besides, he has played 24 ODIs and a handful of T20 internationals.Kohli had only missed the Dharamsala Test against Australia due to a shoulder injury and had to sit out of the first few IPL matches later. But he has been in the thick of things, leading India across formats since the Champions Trophy.India, ranked number one in Tests, are in good shape to challenge South Africa in their own conditions and the BCCI would be eager to ensure their trump card is well rested and fresh.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Nov 16, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL Agartala: Journalist demand CI investigation into Santanu Bhowmik murder case (B) Sonamarg: Snowfall in valley (A) Adampur: President Kovind during an Air Force event (B) Bhopal: Fumigation work (B) Kolkata: Rains in Kolkata (B+A) Kolkata: Train passengers hiring taxies outside Railway Station (A) Bengaluru: 20th Bangalore Tech Summit (A) New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi interacts with AIUWC office bearers (B+A) Mumbai: Ranbir Kapoor addresses press (A+B) Surat: Sachin Pilot addresses press meet (B) Mumbai: Vidya Balan and Shilpa Shetty Kundra at promotional event (B) INTERNATIONAL Doha: Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visit (B) Istra: President Putin and PM Dmitry Medvedev visiting the New Jerusalem Resurrection Monastery (A) Sarpol-e-Zahab: Apartment damaged by an earthquake (A) Harare: A military tank is seen with armed soldiers outside President office (B) Ukhiya : Rohingya Muslims at Kutupalong refugee camp (B) Washington : President Donald Trump after speaking in the Diplomatic Reception Room (B) Washington : Cary Summers walks through an exhibit at the museum (B) Vancouver: 2017 United Nations Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial conference (B) SPORTS London: ATP World Finals (B) Oklahoma City: NBA basketball game (A) Sydney : Australian PM takes a selfie photo with soccer team captain Mile Jedinak (B) Kolkata: Coach Ravi Shastri with cricketers during Ind vs SL test match (B) Guwahati: Women boxers in Guwahati (B) Guwahati:Hyderabad Cricket team during a practice session (A) PTI PHOTO HS DL OSSadvertisementlast_img read more

The Mets Wipe Out Dodgers, 8-0

first_imgLOS ANGELES — So much for Mike Bolsinger being dominant at home for the Los Angeles Dodgers.After winning his first four home starts with a 1.01 ERA, Bolsinger dropped his second straight in front of the home crowd in an 8-0 loss to the New York Mets on July 5.The right-hander (4-3) gave up four runs and a season-high nine hits in five innings, his fifth straight outing of less than six innings. Bolsinger struck out four and walked two while throwing a career-high 101 pitches. He has a combined 7.84 ERA in his past two losses.“I didn’t think it was that bad,” Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. “A little unlucky. He hung in there. He wasn’t getting squared up all over the yard. He kind of limited the damage.”Steven Matz allowed two hits in six scoreless innings and Wilmer Flores went 4-for-5 for the Mets, who took two of three from the NL West leaders.“Early on we kind of chased out of the zone,” Mattingly said. “The ball was taking off a little bit and as the game went on his command got better.”Matz (2-0) struck out eight and walked two in strongly following up a victory in his major league debut a week ago against Cincinnati. The left-hander had a run-scoring groundout in a three-run fourth that made it 4-0, giving him five RBIs in two games.New York had 15 hits against the Dodgers’ struggling pitching.Flores had a career-high four hits while driving in three runs and finished the three-game series 10 for 12. His single to Kike Hernandez in the fourth resulted in the Dodgers shortstop rolling over on his head with his legs splayed in the air in a fruitless attempt to field the ball.Juan Lagares had a two-run triple and Ruben Tejada added an RBI single off reliever Juan Nicasio in the seventh when the Mets led 7-0. Yasiel Puig lost Lagares’ hit in the sun and then overran it, stretching himself to the limit as the ball landed behind him in right field.Michael Cuddyer was hitless in five at-bats in his return to the Mets’ starting lineup after being out four games because of a knee injury, although he came off the bench in the past two.The Dodgers mustered just three hits. After A.J. Ellis’ leadoff single in the fifth, they had just two runners reach base the rest of the game.Puig went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and rookie Joc Pederson was hitless in three at-bats with a strikeout.(BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Virat Kohli 2nd batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to hit 40 ODI hundreds

first_imgBrief scores – India 225 for 6 (43.1 overs) vs Australia in Nagpur. Virat Kohli (103*), Ravindra Jadeja (14*). Scorecard | Live BlogVirat Kohli became only the second man after Sachin Tendulkar to score 40 one-day international hundreds during the second ODI against Australia in Nagpur on Tuesday. Tendulkar leads the ODI hundred charts with 49 centuries.Kohli also drew level with Tendulkar with his fouth hundred against Australia in India.This also happens to be Virat Kohli’s second hundred against Australia this year. In Adelaide, Kohli had scored 104 as India chased down 299 against Australia in the second match of a three-ODI series.Overall, this was Kohli’s 7th ODI hundred against Australia. Sachin Tendulkar leads the list for batsmen with most centuries in India-Australia ODIs with nine hundreds. Kohli and Rohit Sharma are tied on the second spot with seven hundreds each.Take a bow #KingKohli #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/x5vvfXhA1dBCCI (@BCCI) March 5, 2019Virat Kohli had a sensational time in 2018, hitting 11 hundreds in international cricket including 5 in Tests and 6 in ODIs.In 2019, Kohli played 6 ODIs before the five-match series against Australia started at home. In New Zealand, he played three ODIs before being rested for the final two matches. He was also rested for the three-match T20I series against the Black Caps.FIFTY!The Indian Skipper brings up a hard fought half-century. This is his 50th in ODIsScorecard – https://t.co/uMRPRyp6ys #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/sOi5yUxNZ6BCCI (@BCCI) March 5, 2019Virat Kohli, who debuted in 2008, is among the greatest batting stars in limited-overs cricket.advertisementKohli, who took charge of India’s limited-overs teams in 2017, has sensational stats as ODI skipper. 18 of his 40 ODI hundreds have come while leading India. As many as 24 of his 40 hundreds have come while chasing.Earlier in the day during his gutsy innings, Virat Kohli became the 7th Indian batsman to score 50 ODI fifties. He joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Azharudding to achieve the feat.The last two years have been spectacular for Virat Kohli. He scored six hundreds each in 2017 and 2018 after hitting three hundreds from 10 ODIs in 2016.Also Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli 7th Indian batsman to hit 50 ODI fiftiesAlso Read | Sanjay Manjrekar lauds Vijay Shankar: That innings of 46 was oozing classAlso Read | India vs Australa: MS Dhoni falls for fifth golden duck in ODI careerlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan’s absence big loss to India, says Ross Taylor

first_imgNew Zealand batsman Ross Taylor’s considerable knowledge about the Trent Bridge ground tells him that the shorter boundaries here may play on the mind of India’s wrist spin duo during their World Cup encounter Thursday.Taylor, who has been a successful pro for the Nottinghamshire county side, is confident that New Zealand can effectively tackle the wrist spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.”We’ve faced India a lot in recent times and had some success against them. Obviously, they are two world class spinners but I think we’ve had success at different stages. The shorter boundaries sometimes can play on the minds of the spinner,” Taylor said at the pre-match press conference.Ross Taylor on Shikhar Dhawan’s absenceAsked about Dhawan’s absence, Taylor said: “Obviously Shikhar is a big loss to India. The presence, he plays very well at ICC tournaments and has a very good record over here.”He and Rohit Sharma have a very good partnership, and I think they complement each other well because they’re right and left-handed.”With Dhawan missing in action, India will have a lot of right-handers in the batting line-up and Taylor feels it will make it difficult for their opponent to exploit the shorter boundaries here.”A lot of these grounds in the UK have a short boundary to one side, and if you’ve got two right handers or two left handers, you can’t exploit it as much,” Taylor said.”As we see, it’s traditionally a short boundary here. If that is the case, then hopefully we can exploit it with the right, left-handers, as I am sure India and other teams that are playing here will try and do.”advertisementTaylor had a good season with the Notts and he loves everything about the Trent Bridge ground.”No, it’s a great place to play cricket. Traditionally, it can favor the batters at times, but I am sure that bowlers will be — going to have a little bit there.”It’s been out in the kettles for two or three days and hasn’t seen the sun. I’m sure we’ll have to wait and see what happens,” he said.Just like Aaron Finch, Taylor has accepted the fact that Indian supporters will outnumber their fans.”First and foremost, it’s a great place to play cricket, and I’m sure any time we play India in a neutral venue is always going to be more Indian supporters than New Zealand. I’m sure that’s something we’re looking forward to as well.Also Read | India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 Match 18: Prediction and Probable Playing 11sAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan in high spirits at India training sessionAlso See:last_img read more

Mkhi delighted with Auba partnership

first_imgArsenal Mkhitaryan delighted to link up with ‘best friend’ Auba at Arsenal Harry Sherlock 18:02 2/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Henrikh Mkhitaryan Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Östersunds FK v Arsenal UEFA Europa League The pair previously played together at Borussia Dortmund and have reunited in north London under Arsene Wenger Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed his delight at Arsenal signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.The pair spent three years together at Dortmund, and reunited in January, as Mkhitaryan moved to the Emirates from Manchester United in a swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez go the other way, while Aubameyang was recruited in a club-record £55 million deal.The two played together for the first time since their Dortmund days against Everton, with Aubameyang netting his first goal in a 5-1 win, and Mkhitaryan providing three assists. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player While the two did little to harm Tottenham in the north London derby at the weekend – the Gunners slipped to a 1-0 loss – Mkhitaryan has hailed the club’s recruitment of one of his “best friends”.“We did not have too much time to train together (before the Everton game),” Mkhitaryan told the club’s website.”He came a bit late, like two days before the game and he had been training only twice.”I thought it could only be in a dream that we could join another club other than Dortmund but I am very happy for that.”I know him very well, he is one of my best friends and one of the best team-mates I have ever had.”I am very happy to have him here and I think all the fans are happy to see him in an Arsenal shirt. What can I say? I love playing with him.”Arsene Wenger expressed his hope that the two players would provide a fresh impetus in north London following the win over Everton, but the Gunners are currently sixth, seven points behind fifth-placed Spurs and eight behind Chelsea. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Badminton Association of India announces cash reward for PV Sindhu, Sai Praneeth

first_img Next Badminton Association of India announces cash reward for PV Sindhu, Sai PraneethBAI rewarded PV Sindhu and Sai Praneeth for their historic triumph in World Badminton Championship. Sindhu became India’s first World champion in badminton whereas Sai Praneeth’s medal in the men’s singles category was first since Prakash Padukone in 1983.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 08:54 IST PV Sindhu and Sai Praneeth achieved historic feats at World Badminton Championships 2019. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu etched her name in record books by becoming the first Indian to win a gold medalB. Sai Praneeth’s medal in the Men’s Singles category after 36 years is also another memorable achievement BAI announced a cash reward of Rs 20 lakh for P.V. SindhuThe BAI announced a cash reward of Rs 20 lakh for P.V. Sindhu following her historic win at the World Championships in Basel on Sunday where she etched her name in record books by becoming the first Indian to win a gold medal.Sindhu, who was in magnificent form throughout the week, put on a flawless performance as she defeated Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in a one-sided affair.Congratulating Sindhu on her momentous achievement, BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma said: “It has been a great week of top-class badminton, with an incredible performance by P.V. Sindhu as she becomes the first Indian to have the honour of becoming a World Champion.PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara, World Championships 2019 Final: Highlights | ReportB. Sai Praneeth’s medal in the Men’s Singles category after 36 years is also another memorable achievement, he added.”It’s an absolute moment of pride for India badminton and the entire nation as we celebrate these triumphs,” said Sarma.A cash reward of Rs 5 lakh was announced for Sai Praneeth who also created history by becoming the first men’s singles player since Prakash Padukone in 1983 to win a medal at the World Championships.BAI General Secretary Ajay K. Singhania heaped praise on both the shuttlers’ efforts. “Sindhu has shown imperious performances as she defeated proven champions on course to her medal. Credit to National Coach Gopichand and Foreign Coach Kim Ji Gung for their relentless efforts, also not to forget the way Sai Praneeth played to win a bronze medal. I would like to congratulate both the shuttlers as such performances are true inspirations for the upcoming players,” he said.Sindhu also became the joint-most successful women’s singles player at the World Championships with 5 medals from 6 appearances as she tied with the legendary Zhang Nin. This was Sindhu’s second major title following her victory at the BWF World Tour Finals last year.advertisementAlso Read | PV Sindhu after World Championships gold: Had goosebumps when the national anthem was playingAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow Sai Praneethlast_img read more

2 die in police battle with Nepal Maoists

first_imgKathmandu: A market gunbattle Wednesday between police and Maoist rebels left two dead and highlighted a simmering showdown between Nepal’s government and hard-core opponents, officials said. A police constable and a member of the banned Communist Party of Nepal died from wounds suffered in the shootout in Bhojpur district, 180 kilometres (112 miles) from Kathmandu, said Nurhari Khatiwada, the district chief officer. He said the Maoists had opened fire on police patrolling the market. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingPolice said that they have recovered a pistol and bullets from the area. Nepal has enjoyed relative calm since the 2006 end of a decade-long civil war in 2006 which saw the rebels give up their arms and join mainstream politics. But some former guerrillas formed the Communist Party of Nepal, accusing their former leaders of betraying their revolutionary cause. The group was banned after it was implicated in an explosion in February that killed one person outside the Kathmandu office of a telecoms company. In May, four party cadres were killed in three explosions in the capital as they were preparing bombs for a general strike. The same month, police shot a group member in a clash, but human rights activists and opposition parties have questioned the police claim.last_img read more

Ban dispatches UN team to assess DjiboutiEritrea border situation

Eritrean military action against Djibouti in Ras Doumeira and Doumeira Island in early June left several people dead and dozens wounded. The clashes prompted calls from Mr. Ban and the Security Council for the two neighbouring countries to commit to a ceasefire and withdraw their forces to the status quo ante. The situation along the joint border was recently reported to be calm but tense, with military regrouping occurring on both sides and a de facto ceasefire continuing to hold. The mission – which was sent in response to a request by the Security Council – is being led by the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) and includes representatives from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). Members of the team convened yesterday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where they are scheduled to meet with the African Union (AU), the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and other partners. The team will then head to Djibouti, where it will hold meetings with civilian and military authorities and conduct a field visit to the border area to collect information about recent incidents. The mission is expected to complete its work on 6 August and submit a report to the Secretary-General upon its return. 31 July 2008A fact-finding mission dispatched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in the Horn of Africa to assess the political, security and humanitarian situation along the border between Djibouti and Eritrea, in light of the recent tensions there. read more

Report PGE ignored repairs on aging power lines

SAN FRANCISCO — A report in the Wall Street Journal says Pacific Gas & Electric, which is blamed for some of California’s deadliest recent fires, knew for years that its aging power lines posed a wildfire threat but avoided replacing or repairing them.Wednesday’s report , based on company documents, says PG&E reported in 2017 that more than 100 transmission towers on a century-old line needed repair or replacement.State fire officials blamed that line for a November fire that wiped out the Northern California town of Paradise and killed 85 people.PG&E says it disagrees with the Journal’s conclusions but says it’s “taking significant actions to inspect, identify, and fix” safety issues.PG&E filed for bankruptcy in January out of concern that it might face billions in liability from 2017 and 2018 wildfires.The Associated Press read more

Annan awarded environmental prize for efforts in sustainable development

“One person has done more than most to catalyze political and public opinion to an understanding that the environment is a fundamental pillar of sustainable development. That person is Mr. Kofi Annan,” the jury said in its citation, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The jury noted, in particular, Mr. Annan’s leadership at environmental conferences and that environmental themes were featured in the various reports he requested in the run up to the 2005 World Summit in New York including “A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility” and “In Larger Freedom”. The Zayed International Prize for the Environment was established by Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and United Arab Emirates Minister of Defense, to acknowledge the environmental commitment of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It is worth $ 1 million and is considered among the most prestigious environment-related awards in the world. Previous Global Leadership winners have been former United States President Jimmy Carter and the British Broadcasting Corporation for their global media commitment to environment and sustainable development issues. read more

Iraq UN envoy urges formation of national unity government to end violence

In a statement issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi called on all religious, political and community leaders to ensure restraint by their followers and to refrain from sheltering those who have engaged in criminal behaviour.“The incident (in Adhamiya) again underscored the importance of forming a government of national unity as quickly as possible,” the statement said. “The protracted negotiations between the political parties required a resolution at the earliest opportunity.”Mr. Qazi noted that the UN is encouraging all those engaged in the political process to reach a fundamental understanding on how to bring about an environment in which rising sectarian tensions in Iraq could be tackled.The incoming government will be faced with many complex and grave security challenges and it will need to give clear direction and leadership to meet and overcome them, he said. Accordingly, the overriding priority at this moment is the early establishment of an effective government of national unity that addresses the desperate need for security, peace and employment opportunities for the people of Iraq, he concluded. read more

UN enlists German soccer star Michael Ballack to save lives in battle

Just a week after turning to the world of the arts to promote its cause, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) went out on the soccer field today, enlisting German National Team captain Michael Ballack as a Special Representative to save young lives by raising awareness with a focus on youth and sport. “Through his dedication and eagerness to make a difference, I know he will be a strong voice on HIV and AIDS,” UNAIDS Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot said. “Mr Ballack’s talent and commitment will inspire young people to be smart about HIV.” Through his achievement in the world of sport Mr. Ballack is a role model for many young people, and his engagement with UNAIDS will help carry messages on prevention and support in HIV and AIDS issues, the Programme noted. “AIDS is everyone’s business. Sport and especially football can help break social barriers and fight stigma and HIV,” Mr. Ballack said. “Through sport young people can become more self-confident and protect themselves from HIV. “I want today’s youth to know the facts about HIV and AIDS. In my new role as UNAIDS Special Representative, I will help save lives by engaging the sports world to take action against AIDS,” he added. Last week, UNAIDS named Mary Davis Fisher, a prominent US-based writer, artist and motivational speaker who travels around the world advocating for those who share her HIV-positive status, as a Special Representative. About a year after she was diagnosed as HIV positive, Ms. Fisher delivered a landmark speech at the 1992 Republican National Convention, moving the audience in the hall and millions more around the world with her call for action against AIDS. Since then she has been internationally recognized as a chronicler of the global AIDS epidemic. According to UNAIDS, nearly 40 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, with a child dying of an AIDS-related illness every minute and another becoming infected with HIV. Around half of all new HIV infections are in children and young people under 25. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,105.28, up 78.12 points):Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Down three cents, or 0.96 per cent, to $3.11 on 5.4 million shares.Sandvine Corp. (TSX:SVC). Telecommunications. Up 21 cents, or 4.91 per cent, to $4.49 on 4.3 million shares.Tahoe Resources Inc. (TSX:THO). Miner. Down 19 cents, or 2.87 per cent, to $6.43 on 4.2 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up four cents, or 1.72 per cent, to $2.37 on 3.6 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down nine cents, or 0.36 per cent, to $24.92 on 3.3 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 48 cents, or 4.44 per cent, to $11.28 on 3.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM). Bank. Up four cents, or 0.04 per cent, to $106.10 on 692,017 shares. The Toronto-based bank has agreed to pay up to US$200 million in stock and cash to acquire Geneva Advisors, a private wealth management firm headquartered in Chicago. CIBC says Geneva Advisors will build on its recent acquisition of PrivateBancorp in a deal valued at about US$5 billion.Cogeco Communications Inc. (TSX:CCA). Communication services. Up $2.29, or 2.87 per cent, to $82.09 on 68,478 shares. The Montreal-based company is preparing to expand in the Eastern United States by purchasing the MetroCast cable systems business in a deal valued at US$1.4 billion. Cogeco will make the acquisition through its Atlantic Broadband subsidiary, which has a definitive purchase agreement with Harron Communications LP, a family business.Husky Energy (TSX:HSE). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 0.15 per cent, to $13.63 on 914,500 shares. Statoil says two exploration wells drilled about 500 kilometres off Newfoundland’s east coast have come up empty. Trond Jacobsen of Statoil Canada says the results are “disappointing” as the company and its partner Husky Energy assess next steps for drilling near the Bay du Nord field. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 10, 2017 2:35 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

UN chief urges Indonesia not to execute 10 people on death row

According to a statement released today by his Spokesperson, the Secretary-General recalled that under international law, if the death penalty is to be used at all, it should only be imposed for the most serious crimes, namely those involving intentional killing, and only with appropriate safeguards. Drug-related offenses generally are not considered to fall under the category of “most serious crimes,” said the Spokesperson’s statement adding that the United Nations opposes the death penalty in all circumstances and concluding with a call by the Secretary-General on President Joko Widodo of Indonesia to urgently consider declaring a moratorium on capital punishment in Indonesia, with a view toward abolition. read more