Senior U.P. police officer ‘resigns’ over SC/ST Act

first_img: A senior police officer in Uttar Pradesh has offered a “conditional resignation” from his post citing the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act as the trigger.In a letter to President Ramnath Kovind and U.P. Director General of Police, Additional Superintendent of Police, B. P. Ashok has laid out seven demands, including a legislation against caste, and said that either they be accepted or consider his resignation or voluntary retirement. “I am deeply pained by the kind of circumstances that have emerged in the country today,” said Mr. Ashok, who is posted at Police Training Directorate, Lucknow. He concluded his resignation letter, which he said was a “harsh step,” by asking: “If not now, then when. If not me, then who?”.In the seven-point demands, he laments that the SC/ST Act is being weakened and women, OBC, SC, ST and minority sections are not getting fair representation in higher judiciary.Calling out a a legislation against caste, Mr. Ashok said the Parliamentary democracy should be protected and “rule of law must be honoured in place of rule of judge and rule of police.”Mr. Ashok also supports ending the interview system in government jobs.”A legislation is there against atrocities, but we need a legislation against caste. It needs to be annihilated. People who are weakening this Act, they should ban caste. They are the authority, the government or judges, they can do it within one hour, just like note ban. If caste is annihilated, there will be no need for any affirmative action or positive discrimination,” said Mr. Ashok. Talking to The Hindu, Mr. Ashok said his resignation was to “express grief” over the situation in which the SC/ST Act was being diluted and demonstrations were being held due to resentment. Asked if his move was politically motivated, Mr. Ashok, who is a doctorate in Buddhism, said, “There is no political motive. I have academic expertise and social missionary zeal. This is only to stand with people who are aggreived. Why these 10 persons died? Some dialogue should have taken place.”The government is yet to respond to his letter.last_img read more

Maharashtra govt formation: Uddhav Thackeray meets Sena legislators

first_imgAs the government formation process picked momentum in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Friday met his party’s legislators to discuss the political situation in the state.Sena MLA Bhaskar Jadhav told PTI that the meeting was convened to apprise the legislators of the government formation process and meetings of Congress-NCP leaders in Delhi.Mr. Thackeray met NCP president Sharad Pawar in Mumbai last night. Also Read Mr. Jadhav said whatever decision Mr. Thackeray takes will be binding on all legislators of Shiv Sena. “We would like Uddhavji or Aaditya Thackeray to be the CM,” he added.Results of the October 21 Assembly polls were declared on October 24 and President’s rule was imposed in the state on November 12 after no party or combine staked claim to form the new government.The state was plunged into a political crisis after the Sena broke its three-decade-long ties with the BJP after the latter declined to share the chief minister’s post.The BJP and Sena, which fought the Assembly polls in alliance, had secured a comfortable majority by winning 105 and 56 seats, respectively, in the 288-member Assembly. The Congress and the NCP, pre-poll allies, won 44 and 54 seats, respectively.For the better part of this week, Delhi was the centre of marathon meetings between top leaders of the NCP and Congress to explore the possibility of forging an alliance with the Shiv Sena, a party whose ideology is poles apart from the duo. Uddhav Thackeray meets Sharad Pawar; coalition takes shape in Maharashtralast_img read more

Etheridge’s time has come

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Former England international Danny Murphy, who is one of the analysts on MOTD, said Etheridge has shown that he is now used to the demands of playing in the EPL.Murphy and Etheridge were teammates in Fulham’s first team from 2008 to 2012.“He’s learned a lot from Mark Schwarzer when he started at Fulham,” said Murphy. “I’m sure he wanted to play [in the Asian Cup], but for Cardiff there will be times in games that they will be under pressure and they need their goalkeeper to keep them in the game. He’s (Etheridge) very vocal and very confident and is a good physical presence.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Bianca-Jed rules nat’l doubles am BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Playing his first season in the EPL, Etheridge has shown he belongs in the world’s most prestigious league. He now leads the Premier League with most saves at 78, although Cardiff has conceded the second most number of goals with 38 from 20 matches.His three penalty saves this season is also the most by any goalkeeper in the EPL.“Neil’s improving all the time,” Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock said.Etheridge’s exploits was a major talking point on the Match of the Day of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the longest-running football show in the world, with host and former England international Gary Lineker joking that Warnock should thank Azkals coach Sven Goran Eriksson for not taking Etheridge to the Asian Cup.“He was exceptional tonight,” Lineker added.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Omitted from the Philippines’ Asian Cup-bound squad so he can focus on his club commitments, the 28-year-old who traces his roots in Tarlac proved his worth with six big saves that kept Cardiff in the match against a squad that just beat Chelsea and Manchester City during the past two weeks.Etheridge’s biggest stop came with 20 minutes remaining when he denied James Madisson’s penalty kick, before teammate Sol Bamba cleared the rebound. Victor Camarasa then struck the winner for Cardiff in second half stoppage time, boosting the Welsh side to four points clear off the relegation zone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionCardiff has 18 points for a tie of 16th spot. The bottom three clubs in the EPL by the end of the season all go down to the Championship, which Cardiff came from a season ago.“It’s a massive win,” Etheridge, who has 62 appearances for the Philippines, told the Inquirer after the match. “A first win on the road and what a feeling to keep a clean sheet. The team was amazing.” SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño From struggling to find a club four years ago, to toiling in the third division of English football for a couple of years and a stellar season in the Championship, Filipino international Neil Etheridge is now making a strong case as one of the best goalkeepers in the world’s most competitive football league.Etheridge delivered another heroic performance as Welsh side Cardiff City stunned 2016 English Premier League champions Leicester City, 1-0, at King Power Stadium on Saturday night for its first away win of the season in the EPL.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Dipika Pallikal settles for bronze in squash singles

first_imgDipika Pallikal Karthik settled for a bronze medal is squash women’s singles as she lost her semi-final to defending champion Nicol David of Malaysia at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta on Saturday.David, who is a four-time Asian Games singles winner, defeated Dipika in three straight sets 7-11, 9-11, 6-11 to ease into the final.Dipika, on the other hand, had to be content with the bronze as both the losing semi-fnalists get the bronze medal without any bronze medal play-off.Earlier, Dipika had stormed into the semi-finals with a 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 11-8) win over Japan’s Misaki Kobayashi. In the Round of 16, Dipika had defeated Indonesia’s Rohmah Yeni Siti 3-0.Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal will also play their respective semi-finals later in the day.Saurav and Dipika had claimed a silver and bronze in the singles at the 2014 Incheon Games. Three medals in the singles squash event in an edition will happen for the first time for India.It will be the first individual medal for Joshna at the Asian Games. She was part of bronze and silver medal winning teams in 2010 and 2014.Ghosal had defeated compatriot Harinder Sandhu 3-1 (9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7). Ghosal, a three-time Asian Games singles medallist, will take on Leo Au of Hong Kong in the semi-finals.Joshna got the better of Joey-Chan Ho-ling of Hong Kong 3-1 (11-5, 12-10, 5-11, 12-10) in the quarter-finals to also assure herself a medal.In the semi-finals, Joshna will meet Malaysian young talent Sivasangari Subramaniam, who got past Annie Au of Hong Kong.advertisement(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

How many new millionaires Newfoundlanders 60M lotto win to be confirmed soon

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – We’ll soon know exactly how many small-town Newfoundlanders have become instant millionaires with a history-making Lotto Max jackpot.The massive $60 million windfall is expected to inject big money into multiple rural Conception Bay-area communities about an hour’s drive from St. John’s.“If one person won it, it would be like ‘Oh, that’s too much money for one person,’” said John Smith, executive director of the Conception Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.“It’ll definitely spread the wealth out among a bunch of different communities, depending how they want to use it. It’s a huge, positive thing.”The Atlantic Lottery Corporation said Monday it will confirm within 24 hours just how many winners there are.Corporation spokeswoman Tracy Shute said the last members of the winning group were interviewed Monday as a security process wraps up. If all goes smoothly, an official announcement will likely happen later this week.“We’ll introduce the group and tell you some of their stories about the wonderful things they’re going to do with this money,” she said in an interview.Shute did not confirm the total number who will share the biggest jackpot yet in Atlantic Canada and one of the top five ever in Canada.She said the ticket for Friday night’s draw was bought somewhere on the Avalon Peninsula but would not reveal any other details.Social media is abuzz with reports the jackpot will be shared by about 30 construction workers who live in small towns that have felt the brunt of recent economic swings. Newfoundland and Labrador was hit particularly hard when the oil price crash starting in 2014 drained crucial revenues from the provincial treasury.Several major construction projects started winding down around the same time, including components of the Hebron offshore oil platform built at the Bull Arm fabrication site.Shute said the historic win could be a “fantastic” infusion of cash in a province that can certainly use it.“It’s really something.”Smith said Monday he’s hearing the jackpot involves winners who live in small communities including Avondale, Conception Bay South, Holyrood, Bellevue and Come By Chance.“This is a nice good story, about $1.8 million per person. It’s such a nest egg and security,” he said from Conception Bay South.Lloyd Parrott, the general manager of PTL Services, which has a contract with North Atlantic Refining in Come By Chance, N.L., according to its website, said in a weekend text message “we are very happy for all of the workers.” Parrott said he had no further comment at this time.Lynn Hindy of local clothing store Universal Corporate Wear said it’s one of those dream-come-true stories everyone can appreciate.“A lot of people are delighted with the fact that it was a group of hard-working individuals who won the money,” she said in an interview.“Certainly when there’s a win in these types of communities it’s also going to help (them) financially.“Now the families will have some extra income to support local businesses.”Hindy laughed, saying she and her co-workers also buy group lottery tickets and will continue to do so.“There’s hope that one of these days maybe we’ll be winners of a grand prize.”They have every reason to dream.The three previous record Atlantic Canada jackpots of $30 million were all won in Newfoundland and Labrador, said Shute: “Placentia, Conception Bay South and Labrador City.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

Stars Attend GOOD Foundation An Evening of Comedy Music

first_imgOn Wednesday, September 12, GOOD+ Foundation, a national nonprofit founded by Jessica Seinfeld that provides training and support to fathers and families living in poverty, hosted “An Evening of Comedy + Music” Benefit at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City.Chrissy Teigen and John Legend at An Evening of Comedy + MusicCredit/Copyright: Getty Images for GOOD+ FoundationThe special evening, which raised nearly $2 million for the organization’s work helping families build stability and create an upward trajectory for their children, celebrated the organization’s accomplishments and its evolution to better engage fathers for the benefit of their children, families and communities.The memorable night featured performances by renowned comedian and headliner Jerry Seinfeld, along with Leslie Jones, Gad Elmaleh and Sebastian Maniscalco. In addition, music superstar John Legend performed hits including “Love Me Now” and “All of Me” while Common performed alongside Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins of his supergroup, August Greene. Michael Strahan and Seth Meyers both made special guest appearances on stage.Additional celebrities and VIP guests included Naomi Watts (Actress), Chrissy Teigen (Model), Chris Rock (Actor/Comedian), Tiffany Haddish (Actress/Comedian), Victoria Justice (Actress/Musician), Chris Harrison (Television Personality), Beth Stern (Actress/Model), Jenny Mollen (Actress/Author) and Jason Biggs (Actor, Who We Are Now), Ali Wentworth (Actress, Nightcap) and George Stephanopoulos (Chief Anchor, ABC News/Co-anchor, Good Morning America), Baron Davis (Former Pro Basketball Player), Ted Sarandos (CEO, Netflix) and Nicole Avant (former U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas), Shawn “Pecas” Costner (VP of Player Relations at Roc Nation Sports), Charlotte Groeneveld (Influencer), Georgina Bloomberg (Equestrian/Author), Dr. Mehmet Oz (TV Personality), Stacey Bendet Eisner (CEO and Creative Director, Alice + Olivia) and more.Highlights included: Chrissy Teigen supported husband and recent EGOT winner John Legend (wearing Valentino) who took the stage for an emotional performance of his hits “Love Me Now,” and “All of Me” plus a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In the Dark” during the benefit. Naomi Watts (Actress), Amy Schumer (Actress), and Michael Rapaport (Actor) all stopped by the post-performance party to congratulate Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld and support GOOD+ Foundation. Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Ted Sarandos talked shop at the post-performance party. Jessica Seinfeld opened the benefit program with remarks highlighting GOOD+ Foundation’s recent expansion to help address one of the root causes of family poverty – father absence – with emphasis on the critical impact fathers have on their children, families, and communities. Recording artist, actor and activist Common performed a spoken word about a young father who regained custody of his little boy with support from GOOD+ Foundation and program partners. The event was presented by Samsung Electronics America with Platinum Sponsors Johnson & Johnson, Tiedemann Advisors, Valentino and COLLINS, as well as Gold Sponsors American Express, Delta Air Lines and HearstIn addition to a pre-VIP reception, the party continued after the Benefit program at the nearby Ziegfeld Ballroom. The post-performance party was designed pro-bono by leading event planner and designer Bronson van Wyck and his brand event production firm WORKSHOP. Infusing life into the Ziegfeld Ballroom and perfectly blending the old with the new, WORKSHOP celebrated the venue’s rich Broadway history by creating a video art tribute to the glitz and glamour of entertainment in the gilded age. Gorgeous Art Deco mirrored bars and chesterfield couches paid a modern homage to jazz age speakeasies. Colorful lighting revived the original red and gold color palette of the iconic New York theatre for this special occasion.last_img read more

TSX falls as Greece negotiations stall fiscal cliff continues to loom

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was lower Monday as traders absorbed a surprise announcement that Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney is leaving that job June 1, 2013, to take the reins at the Bank of England.The TSX had been in the red all morning as traders focused on the potential consequences of failing to avoid a looming U.S. fiscal crisis at the end of the year and while looking to European Union negotiations surrounding the next instalment of badly needed bailout money for Greece.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 61.98 points to 12,151.26 while the TSX Venture Exchange fell 31.99 points to 1,226.98.The Canadian dollar added to earlier losses. It declined 0.4 of a cent to 100.41 cents US.in the wake of the Carney announcement by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty in Ottawa.U.S. indexes were lower amid the release of a new report warning that if lawmakers don’t halt an automatic increase in taxes for households earning less than US$250,000, consumers might curtail their shopping during the current holiday season.The study was prepared by President Barack Obama’s National Economic Council and his Council of Economic Advisers.The Dow Jones industrials were down 100.44 points to 12,909.24, the Nasdaq composite index gave back 12.35 points to 2,954.5 and the S&P 500 index lost 10.33 points to 1,398.82.The report also says a sudden increase in taxes for middle-income taxpayers would reduce consumer spending in 2013 by nearly $200 billion, significantly slowing the economic recovery.Traders are hoping to see U.S. politicians make progress this week in arriving at a new budget deal that would stop the imposition of those tax hikes along with steep spending cuts at the start of the year.If they don’t, the shock from going over a so-called fiscal cliff would likely push the economy back into recession and damage what is already a fragile economic recovery.On the corporate front, Research in Motion Ltd. stock failed to catch a lift after CIBC World Markets upgraded RIM to sector outperform from sector perform with a US$17 share target. Its shares were off four cents to $11.57.But the Blackberry maker’s shares surged 25% last week in the wake of other analyst upgrades and optimism about the launch of its new BlackBerry 10 operating system, which will be unveiled at a Jan. 30 event along with its new line of smartphones. It’s viewed as a make or break product launch for Research In Motion.Hudson’s Bay Co. shares were down five cents to $16.80 as Canada’s oldest company officially returned to the Toronto Stock Exchange. An IPO by Canada’s oldest company valued the retailer at $17 a share, or about $2 billion in total. HBC plans to sell a total of 21 million shares — about one-fifth of the company’s stock — raising about $365 million through an initial public offering.And Canadian conglomerate Onex Corp. is buying U.S. insurance company USI from a Goldman Sachs private equity fund in a US$2.3-billion deal.The GS Capital Partners fund took the insurance broker private in 2007 for $1.4 billion, including debt. USI employees invested in the 2007 deal, and will now own the business with Onex, the companies said Monday. Onex shares declined 46 cents to $40.09.Meanwhile, eurozone finance ministers met in Brussels for a third time in recent weeks to get a deal together to release some C44 billion for Greece, which has been surviving on bailouts since 2010.The eurozone ministers, Greece’s international creditors and the International Monetary Fund have been unable to agree on an agreement.Greece is unlikely to complete its program of budget cuts and reforms by 2014 and is likely to be given an additional two years to reach that goal.But that extension will cost several billion euros more, and it is disagreements over how to fund this that have stopped Greece from getting its money.The gold sector was down 1.1% as December bullion faded $3.20 to US$1,748.20 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. was 51 cents lower to $34.68.The December copper contract on the Nymex was unchanged at US$3.54 a pound and the base metals sector was off 1.6%. Turquoise Hill Resources slipped 12 cents to $7.22.The energy sector was down 0.77% with January crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 86 cents to US$87.42 a barrel. Cenovus Energy lost 48 cents to $32.94.The industrials was down 0.63% with shares in SNC-Lavalin down $1.41 to $40.13 after Swiss public broadcaster RTS said the former head of construction of the Canadian engineering firm has been formally charged by Swiss officials on allegations of money laundering. The RTS report is based on unnamed sources and Swiss authorities reached Sunday would not confirm or deny the arrest of Riadh Ben Aissa.European bourses were in the red with London’s FTSE 100 index down 0.63%, Frankfurt’s DAX was off 0.23% while the Paris CAC 40 gave back 0.93%. read more

DVP reopens after flooding drained

(Updated) The southbound lanes of the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto have reopened after severe flooding closed the busy route just before the start of the morning rush hour.Phil Perkins has this update.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Norbord OSB mill in 100 Mile House BC resumes production after wildfires

TORONTO – Norbord Inc. (TSX:OSB) says its oriented strand board mill in 100 Mile House, B.C., resumed production over the weekend.The company says work restarted after an evacuation order for 100 Mile House and nearby communities was lifted.Norbord temporarily suspended production on July 10 due to the wildfires burning in the region.The company says the curtailment is not expected to materially impact its third-quarter results. Norbord OSB mill in 100 Mile House, B.C., resumes production after wildfires by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 24, 2017 9:09 am MDT Last Updated Jul 24, 2017 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ban welcomes reports of Syria ceasefire being observed for Eid holiday –

“It’s important that all sides will adhere to this,” Martin Nesirky told a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York. “We all understand that there is a lack of trust between parties, and therefore we all understand that we cannot be sure yet what will transpire, but the hope is that guns will fall silent for the people of Syria, so that they have peace and quiet during this holy holiday.”Expectations for the ceasefire had arisen over recent days, amidst reports that some of the warring parties were planning to agree to it.According to media reports, the Syrian army announced today that it would observe the ceasefire, although it reserved the right to respond to any rebel attack or attempts to reinforce the armed opposition, elements of which have indicated that they would also back the move. Reportedly, one opposition group said it was not committed to the ceasefire but may halt operations if other rebel groups did.While in Tehran last week, the UN and League of Arab States Joint Special Representative for the crisis in Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, had appealed to Iranian authorities to assist in achieving a ceasefire during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, underscoring that such a move – during one of the holiest holidays celebrated by Muslims around the world – would help create an environment that would allow a political process to develop. Earlier this week, Mr. Brahimi had been in the Syrian capital, Damascus, for meetings; currently, he is in Egypt.Taking place on Friday, the religious observance of Eid al-Adha – or the Feast of the Sacrifice – commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God.More than 20,000 people, mostly civilians, have died in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 20 months ago. A further 2.5 million Syrians urgently need humanitarian aid, and over 340,000 have crossed the border to Syria’s neighbouring countries, according to UN estimates.Along with his counterpart at the League of Arab States, Nabil El Araby, Secretary-General Ban had previously called on all the parties in Syria to heed Mr. Brahimi’s call, in addition to calling on the international community to support the ceasefire appeal.In his remarks to reporters, and echoing comments made by the Security Council, as well as the UN and Arab League Secretaries-General, Mr. Nesirky also highlighted the need for international support for the ceasefire.“Those with influence in the region, countries and parties, really need to exercise that influence on all parties so that this suspension of violence can really take place and then take hold – because, ultimately, the aim is to drive towards a ceasefire and beyond that on to a political track so that the aspirations of the Syrian people can be met,” he said.The spokesperson also noted the need for humanitarian access. Earlier this week, various UN humanitarian agencies indicated they had pre-positioned emergency aid packages to send to people in need in Syria, should the ceasefire take place. “Should the guns fall silent, should there be a suspension of violence, then humanitarian workers are ready to move in, convoys are ready to go, to be able to reach areas that have not been easily accessible because of the fighting,” Mr. Nesirky said. “So this would be UN humanitarian workers working with and through the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.” “A great deal of thought and planning and pre-positioning has gone into this,” he added. “We would simply fervently hope that the guns do fall silent, that there is a suspension in the violence, so that humanitarian workers can help those who are most in need.” read more

Landlocked developing nations still face unique challenges UN forum told

United Nations representatives and senior government officials from landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) in Europe, Asia and the Pacific are meeting in Vientiane, Laos, to discuss how to fully participate in global trade and overcome isolation from world markets and other socio-economic consequences of not having access to a sea.“The challenge before many LLDCs is to secure a sustained positive economic growth that delivers decent jobs and enables countries to make significant strides towards poverty reduction and broad based sustainable development,” said the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), LLDCs and Small Island Developing States, Gyan Chandra Acharya.The three-day conference, which started today, features representatives from 12 LLDCs in Asia and the Pacific – Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – and two in Europe – the Republic of Moldova and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.Participants are conducting the final regional ten-year review of the Almaty Programme of Action, a framework for cooperation between the landlocked and the transit access developing countries – nations that have often been at odds due to their geographic configuration.The plan reinforces the right of all countries to enjoy secure access to the sea and establishes a set of policy guidelines for reducing red tape for landlocked country exports, while also respecting the prerogatives of the access nations.It also sets the stage for strengthened national economies and greater convergence of national interests by cementing international and national commitment to upgrade rail, road, air and pipeline infrastructure in both the landlocked and the access countries.“Despite many challenges faced by LLDCs, I am optimistic. With the support and cooperation of transit countries and international community at large, LLDCs of the region not only can realize their full development potential, but can also play an important role as landbridges,” the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Noeleen Heyzer, said in her opening statement.The meeting seeks to identify policy recommendations and actions in four priority areas – transit policy issues; infrastructure development and maintenance; trade facilitation and market access; and international support measures. The decisions will be discussed at a meeting later this month, and then at the Ten-Year Review Conference of the Almaty Programme of Action in 2014.In addition, the ideas presented this week are likely to guide priorities for the global development agenda beyond 2015, the deadline for achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).A recently launched ESCAP-World Bank trade cost database shows that trade costs of LLDCs are still extremely high, typically four to seven times higher than those of most other middle-income developing countries in Asia largely due to constraints they face due to their lack of access to sea.Included on the agenda for this week is transport infrastructure development. Discussions this week are expected to include upgrades to the Asian Highway and the Trans-Asian Railway networks to better connect ports.Also up for discussion is membership to the World Trade Organization (WTO). In the past decade, only four LLDCs became members of WTO, with six others currently undergoing the process. Ms. Heyzer urged the international community to facilitate this membership on “easy and expedited” terms. read more

Afghanistan UN mission concerned by civilian abductions and hostagetaking

“Taking civilians hostage is indefensible,” said Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA. “I call for the immediate and unconditional release of all civilians detained and a halt to this horrible practice,” he stressed. UNAMA said that armed Taliban personnel executed at least 10 men from a group of nearly 200 men, women and children that they forcibly removed from three civilian buses on 30 May in the Ali Abad district of Kunduz province. Many passengers were mistreated by the assailants in order for them to identify those with connections to the Government or security forces. In addition to 10 men who were subsequently murdered, the fate of a further 10 passengers remains unknown, UNAMA said. In a separate incident on 1 June, armed attackers abducted 25 civilian men and women who were travelling in two vehicles in the Balkh Ab district of the northern province of Saripul. All passengers were reported to be from the Hazara community. While four women and one elderly man were subsequently released, the fate of the 20 others remains unknown, according to UNAMA. read more

Watch Fierce Winds Blow Fish Right Out of the Sea in Malta

first_imgThe peak wind gust during the storm was 82 mph in Valletta, AccuWeather reported.A wind gust of 63 mph recorded at a weather station in Gharb set an all-time record for the site, according to the Times of Malta.More on Geek.com:‘Ice Tsunami’ Caused by Windstorm Prompts Evacuations Along Lake ErieToxic Black Snow Blankets Parts of SiberiaWatch: Crack in Frozen Wisconsin Lake Swallows Pickup Truck Whole Stay on target It’s raining fish: A violent storm hit Malta this past weekend, bringing rough seas and gale-force winds that downed trees and power lines, disrupted travel — and blew fish out of the water and onto the streets.Residents of the archipelago, located in the Mediterranean Sea off the southwestern tip of Italy, went on social media on Sunday to post images and videos of the “almost biblical scene” of fresh fish being flung by fierce winds across a promenade in the northern Maltese town of St. Paul’s Bay. “One of the fish farms must have broken open and there are hundreds of fish being washed ashore… and people are picking them up from the middle of the street – unbelievable,” said Rene Rossignaud, who posted video to Facebook.Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told the Times of Malta the weekend storm was the worst to hit the islands since October 1982.No injuries were reported, even as residents braved the elements to do a bit of “street fishing,” according to Russian state-run network RT. Mini Satellite View of Hurricane Dorian Shows Intense Storm ActivityWild Horses of NC to Ride Out Hurricane With ‘Butts to the Wind’ last_img read more

Morrison hopes that Wilshere will join Crystal Palace

first_imgJack Wilshere’s contract is about to expire after this season and Clinton Morrison believes that it would be a great decision for him to join Crystal Palace as a free player.Wilshere was expected to renew his contract with the Gunners but Arsene Wenger is about to leave the club and the England international might follow him as the negotiations haven’t got any further recently and Crystal Palace could be one of the options for him.Clinton Morrison spoke about the midfielder’s future as he said, according to Goal:“100 per cent. I’d take Jack Wilshere tomorrow.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I think he’s terrific. If you could get him injury-free, what a signing that would be for Crystal Palace.”“Obviously he’s a London boy so hopefully he wants to stay in London and play and I think Palace would be the right club.”“And hopefully if Steve Parish can make it happen, it would be magnificent if Roy Hodgson wanted him.”“But I don’t know why you wouldn’t want Jack Wilshere. When he’s injury-free, I think he’s still got a lot to offer and I think he’s a very good midfielder.”last_img read more

Virus official trailer shows how Mollywood is changing the face of Indian

first_imgYouTubeThe wait is finally over, and the most-anticipated trailer of Malayalam movie ‘Virus’ has been released on YouTube on April 26, 2019. The trailer has already gone viral on YouTube, and within 10 hours, it has racked up more than 4,11,000 views. The film is directed by Aashiq Abu, and it will portray some real-life incidents which happened in Kerala during the dreaded Nipah virus outbreak.’Virus’ has been ruling the headlines since the date of its announcement, and with the newly released trailer, the makers have made it clear that the wait is worth. From its opening scene, the trailer reminded us of well-made Hollywood survival flicks that narrated stories which can be screened anywhere in the world, despite possibilities of cultural differences.Raw incidents based on real lifeIn the initial scene of the movie, we can see a woman apparently infected with Nipah virus lying on the ground, and from then, the voice over of Kunchacko Boban begins. In this movie, Kunchacko Boban is playing the role of a doctor and he reveals that this virus is included in the top 10 priority list by the World Health Organization (WHO). He also added that there is no vaccination and treatment protocol for this dreaded disease.In the very next moment, the trailer introduces the character of Revathy. In all probabilities, the veteran actress will be seen playing the role of Shailaja teacher, the health minister in Kerala.Later the director introduces several characters to the audiences, and it includes the one played by Rima Kallingal. Dialogues rendered by Rima Kallingal in the trailer indicates that she will be playing the role of staff nurse Lini who lost her life while treating patients infected with Nipah virus.The director also shows some incidents where the dead bodies of Nipah victims were burned by the authorities without the consent of their family members.Expecting a film made with International standardsAashiq Abu is an impeccable filmmaker, and he has proved his filmmaking mettle in various movies like ’22 Female Kottayam’, ‘Idukki Gold’ and ‘Mayanadhi’. When it comes to ‘Virus’, the director has moved a step forward, and he has tried to make a movie that will match with any Hollywood survival thrillers. Each and every frame in the trailer is rich, and as per close sources to the movie, the director has embraced an uncompromising cinematic language while making ‘Virus’.Apart from Kunchacko Boban, Revathy, and Rima Kallingal, the film also has Asif Ali, Tovino Thomas, Rahman, Parvathy, Indrajith Sukumaran, Soubin Shahir, Indrans, Remya Nambeeshan and Sreenath Bhasi in other prominent roles.Muhsin Parari, Sharfu, and Suhas have written the screenplay for the movie. Rajeev Ravi and Shyju Khalid have handled the cinematography of ‘Virus’, while the music is composed by Sushin Shyam.’Virus’ will have its grand theatrical release on June 07, 2019.last_img read more

Lightning kills 16 in Rwanda

first_imgAt least 16 people were killed and dozens more injured after lightning struck a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Rwanda, a local official said Sunday.Fourteen victims were killed on the spot as lightning hit the church in the Nyaruguru district in the Southern Province on Saturday, local mayor Habitegeko Francois told AFP over the phone.Two others died later from their injuries, he said.He added that 140 people involved in the incident had been rushed to hospital and district health centres, but that many had already been discharged.“Doctors say that only three of them are in critical condition but they are getting better,” he said.According to the mayor, a similar accident took place on Friday when lightning struck a group of 18 students, killing one of themlast_img read more

Reviving the languages

first_imgBol Bosh, a website about the diverse languages, literatures and folklore of Kashmir, curated by Asiya Zahoor was launched at Oxford Bookstore Connaught Place in the Capital. Author Namita Gokhale launched the website on 5 August followed by a presentation and discussion with Basharat Ali and Asiya Zahoor.Bol Bosh in Kashmiri refers to communication, in the most endearing way. It aims to focus on those languages and oral and folk literatures in particular that are lesser known. Though these literatures are aesthetically appealing, culturally rich and historically significant, they have a very less or no visibility. By bringing these on a digital platform Bol Bosh aims to make such narratives accessible to the wider world. Some of the languages that are being revived through Bol Bosh are Pashtu, Gojri, Pahari, Dogri, Kohistani, Sheikhagal, Poguli, Shina, Bhaderwahi, Ladhki and Burushaski. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Asiya Zahoor lives and teaches in Baramulla, Kashmir. Her persisting passion for education since childhood led her to volunteer for teaching various schools in adjacent villages of Baramulla in addition to teaching at a colleges. She has known education as a tool of empowerment. Her interest in language and literature drove her to Oxford University. Basharat Ali pursued his Bachelor’s Degree from Government College Baramulla, University of Kashmir. From his childhood he had the urge and desire to contribute to his society by being a change. Ali has dedicated himself selflessly to the development of the society.last_img read more