Probe Santosh Danve’s ‘lavish’ wedding, lawyer urges I-T dept

first_imgCity-based lawyer Asim Sarode has complained to the Income Tax Department to probe the lavish wedding ceremony of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Santosh Danve, son of Maharashtra BJP chief Raosaheb Danve.In a letter to the I-T authorities, Mr. Sarode has urged them to look into the extravagant display of wealth at the wedding, which took place on March 3 in Aurangabad, in the State’s Marathwada region, and was attended by 40,000 people, including the State Cabinet led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.The younger Mr. Danve, who represents the Bhokardan constituency in Jalna district, married the daughter of well-known musician and composer Rajesh Sarkate. The marriage pandal was constructed at a cost of ₹1 crore, while ₹1.5 lakh was spent on the wedding invites.The top hotels in Aurangabad city were booked well in advance, with charter planes and special bookings on Air India Flights done by the Danve family.Mr. Sarode said in his letter, “By special order, all vacations and leaves of police officers from the Aurangabad police department were cancelled and they were following only one duty — to monitor the smooth function and provide security at the marriage. To facilitate easy access of VIPs, the Beed by-pass road was closed for common people.”The letter states that the lavish show-off of money is sufficient for the I-T Department to investigate the source of funding and determine whether unaccountable money was used in violation of the Money Laundering Act. Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Sarode said Mr. Danve’s reception for his son was especially shameful in backdrop of a raging agrarian distress in the parched Marathwada region.“As per the Aurangabad Revenue Department, it is estimated that at least 117 farmers committed suicide in the region during the last two months. It is therefore incumbent on Raosaheb Danve and his son Santosh to present true facts before the public on whether they have organised the wedding in a ‘cashless’ way,” he said.“Such exorbitant marriage ceremonies create an acute feeling of discrimination in a society where a majority people are economically deprived. It is pertinent to note that some States in India, like Haryana, have taken a positive step to stop the large spending on such political marriage ceremonies,” Mr. Sarode said, remarking that the State government ought to make use of Section 10 of the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 to frame its own set of strict rules.last_img read more

Yashwant Sinha demands the setting up of a Commission to revisit the reservation cap, swipes back at Jaitley

first_imgFormer Union Finance Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Singh on Friday demanded that the Centre should set up a new Commission to look into whether the reservation cap of 50% for Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) could be increased or not. Mr. Sinha also took a swipe at Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for reading out his budget speech while sitting in his chair. “I am for a new Commission to further strengthen the principles of the existing reservation [policy].” Yashwant Sinha“Though the implementation of reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs have brought changes in society,a lot [still] needs to be done. For this, the Central government should set up a new Commission to study their present status…the Commission should give its recommendations on whether increasing the cap of 50% of quota fixed by the Supreme Court is needed or not,” said Mr. Sinha, while speaking at a programme organised by Vanchit Varg Morcha, a non-political organisation, in Patna. Mr. Sinha, who was the chief guest of the programme, further said that the new Commission should also look into questions such as, “What is the present status of people belonging to the SC, ST and OBC categories vis-a-vis reservation?… What are the problems and how will these problems be dealt with in days to come…on the issue of reservation in promotions, scholarships and the social uplift of these communities, which is of utmost importance.” Later, on the sidelines of the programme, he explained to mediapersons that he was not saying the reservation cap of 50% should be increased. “I am for a new Commission to further strengthen the principles of the existing reservation [policy],” he asserted.Earlier, when former Bihar Assembly speaker and patron of the programme, Uday Narayan Choudhary, requested Mr. Sinha to address the audience while sitting in his chair, the senior BJP leader took a swipe, without taking the name of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, to say that he “…was not like the FM who had read out his budget speech while sitting.”“I have delivered all seven of my budget speeches in a standing position, whereas the current Finance Minister has delivered his budget speech sitting in his chair…here also, I will deliver my speech from the podium,” Mr. Sinha said, drawing applause from the audience. In an oblique comment on Mr. Jaitley’s reference to him as a “a job applicant at the age of 80”, Mr. Sinha said, “This is the State where people in their 80s [freedom fighter Veer Kuer Singh] took up swords to fight against the Britisher.”last_img read more

Eminent economist and former West Bengal Finance Minister Ashok Mitra dead

first_imgNoted scholar and the first Finance Minister in the Left Front government in West Bengal Ashok Mitra passed away in a private hospital in Kolkata on Tuesday morning. He was 90.Mitra was suffering for a long time and was admitted to the hospital in April.Besides serving the State Government, he also worked with the Central Government as the Chief Economic Adviser and was a member of Rajya Sabha.Also Read Ashok Mitra: The end of multiple eras  A teacher of Economics, who taught in UN Economic Commission, Mitra was also associated with World Bank for many years. He also edited a Bengali magazine till his last days. Mitra was the first Finance Minister in the Left Front government after it came to power in Bengal in 1977 but resigned later following his differences with the Chief Minister Jyoti Basu.One of Bengal’s most prolific columnists, he was known for his deep and critical analysis of society and its politics.He criticized CPI(M) led government’s land acquisition policy during the Nandigram-Singur agitation about a decade back and had warned the Left for annoying its traditional vote place, the peasants.A lifelong Communist, Mitra, during one of his last interviews to The Hindu, said, “death is a great equalizer which finally erases the differences between the rich and the poor.”Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who was often criticized by Mitra, offered her condolence.“Saddened at the passing away of noted economist, former Finance Minister of Bengal and former Rajya Sabha MP, Dr Ashok Mitra. He had a long career with the World Bank, IIM Calcutta and as Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India. Condolences to his family & well wishers,” Ms Banerjee tweeted.  Mitra authored many books of which a few, penned decades ago, continue to be in the best seller list.last_img read more

Gaurav assures India of medal at World Championship

first_imgBy Poonam Mehra Hamburg, Aug 30 (PTI) Wild card Gaurav Bidhuri today became only the fourth Indian boxer ever to secure himself a medal at the World Championships after defeating Tunisias Bilel Mhamdi to enter the semifinals of the mega-event here. Gaurav prevailed in a split decision in the bantamweight (56kg) quarterfinal contest to make the last-four stage, becoming only the second from the country to do so in his debut world championship. The only other Indian to have achieved the feat was Vikas Krishan, in the 2011 edition. Besides Vikas, Vijender Singh (2009) and Shiva Thapa (2015) have been the countrys other medallists at the marquee event of the sport. But they have all settled for bronze medals and it remains to be seen if Gaurav can better them on that. But there was slight disappointment as well for the contingent when Amit Phangal (49kg), another impressive Indian debutant in the event, bowed out in the quarterfinal stage. The Asian Championships bronze-medallist went down to Olympic champion and second seed Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in a unanimous verdict, ending what has been a fine campaign for the 21-year-old. Gaurav took the ring next for India and was on the offensive from the word go. He had his opponent on the ropes on more than one occasion with his combination punches and also left him with a cut on his forehead in the opening round. It went from bad to worse for Mhamdi after he ended up getting a warning for failing to keep his head up in the second round. The Tunisian, despite his bloodied face, upped the ante in the final three minutes and delivered some good right hooks but Gaurav had done enough by then to seal the issue in his favour. It has been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride for Gaurav, who hadnt even qualified for the tournament in the to start with. Ousted in the Asian Championships quarterfinal stage, Gaurav had also gone on to lose the box-off for a world championship spot. It was a stroke of good luck that he ended up being handed the wildcard that was originally meant for Bhutan. The Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC) gave the lucky entry to Gaurav after Bhutan declined the offer. The 24-year-old was with the rest of the Indian team on a training-cum-competition trip to France and Czech Republic when he got the news and could hardly believe his luck at that time. Today, he was expectedly overwhelmed at how his fortunes took a turn for the best in a matter of few weeks. The Delhi-boxer went on to win a gold medal at the Czech tourney but was still a long way off from being considered a top medal contender at the world meet. The spotlight was firmly on the likes of Shiva, Vikas and Manoj Kumar — the more and experienced trio. However, their ouster for varied reasons brought him into focus, especially after his pre-quarterfinal win over Ukraines Mykola Butsenko, a two-time European Championships silver-medallist and 2013 world championship bronze-winner. PTI PM AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

Smartron t.phone P launched with 5000mAh battery, goes on sale on January 17

first_imgSmartron, popularly known for its srt.phone last year, has launched a brand new handset in the budget segment, called the t.phone P. The latest smartphone from the company boasts of a number of features that includes a full metal body, fingerprint sensor, 5000mAh battery and Snapdragon 435, among other things, that makes it a value offering at Rs 7,999. The t.phone P will go on a flash sale on January 17 at 12pm on Flipkart and will be available in Black.The Smartron t.phone P sports a full-metal body with a fingerprint sensor located on the rear. Up front you get a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280) display with capacitive keys on the bottom bezel. The handset is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 435 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. You will get 32GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card slot. The company is also offering 1000GB of free tronX cloud storage.Also read: Smartron srt.phone quick review: Sachin Tendulkar bats for this phoneThe dual-SIM 4G VoLTE smartphone houses a massive 5000mAh battery, which is one of its biggest highlights. Smartron promises 2 days of battery life, 16 hours of video playback and 350 hours of standby time, among other things. The t.phone P is being touted as the lightest smartphone with a 5000mAh battery at 160 grams. The company says you will get a full day’s battery on 90 minutes of charge, but it will take about two and a half to three hours to charge the device from 0 to 100 per cent.advertisementSmartron’s latest handset features a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera both with LED flash support. The t.phone P runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Smartron’s AI-powered tronX on top. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, OTG, among other things. Priced at Rs 7,999, the t.phone P will be competing against the likes of Xiaomi’s Redmi 4 and Amazon’s 10.or E.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Sarfraz Ahmed’s salwaar pride after opening ceremony

first_imgThe World Cup 2019 is on its way with hosts England beating South Africa in the opening match on May 30. Launched with a lot of fanfare, the lead up to the prestigious event involved multiple events where the captains of the participating teams had to make appearances. One of the most talked about among these was the meeting with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry at the famous Buckingham Palace.While all the captains wore formal blazers and suits at the event, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed stood out having worn a traditional ‘salwaar-kameez’. When he was asked about the choice of his attire later at a press conference, Sarfraz said that he was ‘proud’ of wearing his national dress and that it was also one of the instructions given by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to ‘promote the nation’s culture’.”You know well that what I wore yesterday was our national dress (salwar kameez), and it felt nice to wear it. We had the instructions from the PCB to follow that protocol, to wear our national dress. So I was just trying to promote our culture. As a captain, I felt very proud that, while all other captains were dressed in suits, I was clad in our national dress, the salwar kameez,” explained Sarfraz.The captains from all ten #CWC19 sides met Queen Elizabeth II & the Duke of Sussex at Buckingham Palace earlier today. pic.twitter.com/ejorQW1dvNCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 29, 2019Further dwelling on his meeting with the Royals, the Pakistan skipper felt it ‘was a great honour’. Sarfraz also revealed that Prince Harry after meeting him expressed his desire to ‘bowl’ to him some day.advertisement”We met the Queen and Prince Harry who was also present. He appreciated all the 10 captains and wished us the best of luck. People dream about meeting the Queen, so it felt great to represent Pakistan. That was a great honour for me.”Prince Harry was asking us if we’ve played in England before, and how long we’ve been here. And he asked me what I do, and I said I’m a wicketkeeper-batsman and he said he’d like to bowl to me someday. And I said ‘okay, sure!’,” concluded Sarfraz.Pakistan are set to launch their campaign with an encounter against the West Indies at Trent Bridge later today. While both the sides are unpredictable and boast of many good players, it remains to be seen how they cope with the pressure of a tournament like the World Cup.Also Read | Trust me, you won’t want to miss any of it: Prince Harry declares World Cup 2019 openAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Prince Harry fires a salvo at Aaron Finch during opening ceremonylast_img read more

Australia vs Syria: Team news & TV

first_imgWC Qualification Asia Australia vs Syria: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Cronan Yu @Cronan_Yu Last updated 2 years ago 14:00 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Australia v Syria WC Qualification Asia Australia Australia v Syria Syria The reigning Asian Champions will play hosts to underdogs Syria and a win or a scoreless draw will be enough to see them progress in qualifying Australia will be hoping to edge one step closer to a spot at next year’s World Cup when they host Syria in the second-leg of play-offs at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Tuesday. Ange Postecoglou’s men are favourites to advance to the second stage of the play-offs after securing a crucial away goal in their 1-1 draw against the Qasioun Eagles at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka, Malaysia last week.The winner of the clash will take on either Panama or Honduras with both sides currently vying for a fourth-placed finish with one match remaining in CONCACAF qualifications. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Game Australia vs Syria Date Tuesday, October 10 Time 22:00 AEDT / 10:00 BST / 5:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM SocceroosIn Australia, the game will be available to watch live on television on Fox Sports (501) or Channel 9’s Go! AUS TV channel Online stream Fox Sports (501)/GO! N/A In the US, viewers can watch the game streamed live online using ESPN3. US TV channel Online stream ESPN 3 ESPN3 SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Australia players Goalkeepers Ryan, Langerak, Birighitti Defenders Behich, Degenek, Goodwin, Jurman, McGowan, Risdon, Sainsbury, Smith Midfielders Amini, Irvine, Luongo, Milligan, Mooy, Rogic, Troisi Forwards Cahill, Juric, Leckie, Kruse, Rukavytsya Bristol City defender Bailey Wright, who missed the first-leg due to suspension, has been ruled out for the clash on Tuesday after succumbing to injury three days out from the upcoming clash.The 25-year-old will be replaced by Al-Sharjah’s Ryan McGowan, whilst Mark Birighitti also earned a call-up for the injured Danny Vukovic, who sustained an injury in training in Malaysia.Potential starting XI:   Ryan; Degenek, Sainsbury, Jurman; Risdon, Milligan, Mooy, Behich; Leckie, Cahill, Rogic Position Syria players Goalkeepers Alma, Al-Youssef, Madanieh Defenders Yousseff, Al Masri, Al Medani, Al Ajan, Al Baour, Somi, Jeniat,  Midfielders  Al Mawas, Al Mbayed, Haj Mohamad, Kalfa, Jaffal, Hamwiah, Al Shbli, Mido, Omari Forwards Al Soma, Kharbin, Al Khatib, Mardkian Syria have retained the same 23-man squad which held the Ange Postecoglou’s men to a 1-1 draw.However, head coach Ayman Al Hakeem could be tempted to replace 23-year-old Omar Kharbin with veteran forward Firas Al Khatib, who almost singlehandedly carved up the entire Socceroos defence upon his introduction in the 75th minute in Melaka.Potential starting XI:   Alma; Youssef, Al Masri, Al Medani, Al Ajan; Al Mawas, Al Mbayed, Haj Mohamad, Kalfa; Al Soma, Al KhatibBETTING & MATCH ODDS Al SomaAustralia are priced as favourites to win at odds of (1.36), that is, according to bet365, with Syria well and truly the bookies’ underdogs at (9.50). A draw is also available at odds of (4.75).Click here to see the full array of markets available for the World Cup qualifier between Australia and Syria.GAME PREVIEW Australia v SyriaAustralia had largely been tipped to earn automatic qualification into next year’s showpiece, but were forced to settle for a third-placed finish behind group winners Japan and runners-up Saudi Arabia after suffering a 2-0 defeat away against the Samurai Blue in their penultimate fixture before earning a narrow 2-1 victory at home against Thailand.Thursday’s encounter against Syria in Malaysia proved to be an equally frustrating result for the Socceroos as they forced to share the spoils after opening the scoring late into the first-half courtesy of birthday-boy Robbie Kruse but were pegged a goal back after Omar Al Soma – who was awarded a dubious penalty before subsequently slotting home from the spot with six minutes remaining on the clock.A win or a scoreless draw in front of their home fans at Stadium Australia, where they not only claimed the Asian Cup but also famously defeated Uruguay on penalties to qualify for their first World Cup in 32 years, will be enough to see the reigning Asian Champions progress to the second-round of play-offs, where they will play the fourth-placed nation from CONCACAF qualifications.”For us the objective is clear. If we win, we’re through,” Postecoglou said.”If you start thinking about scorelines and anything other than just trying to beat the opposition than I think you get into some tricky situations.”What we know is if we win tomorrow night then we’re through to the next round.”Our objective is to play our football. We want to be aggressive, we want to be attacking, we want to take it to the opposition and test them. And that’s what we’ll do.”last_img read more

a month agoPellegrini delighted as ten-man West Ham draw with Aston Villa

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Pellegrini delighted as ten-man West Ham draw with Aston Villaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManuel Pellegrini was pleased with West Ham United’s display with 10-men in Monday’s goalless draw with Aston Villa. The Hammers were left a man down when Arhtur Masuaku was shown his second yellow card with 23 minutes remaining.West Ham continued to push for a winner despite the numerical disadvantage, which impressed their manager.”I think that we gave a good performance, first because we came here and from the first minute of the game until the last minute we tried to win,” he said.”After that, with ten men, we continued trying to have the ball, and trying to have the opportunity to win the game. We didn’t just defend so I’m very happy with a lot of things tonight.”I don’t know if we played better with ten men, but the important thing was that it didn’t seem we had ten players. “We worked very well in defending, we had the personality to come here and try to win from the first minute.”We couldn’t do that, but with ten men it’s a good result.” last_img read more

a month agoWest Ham midfielder Declan Rice targets top 6

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham midfielder Declan Rice targets top 6by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham midfielder Declan Rice feels they can push for a top six finish.Rice was speaking after their 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.He said, “If you look at the players we’ve got, without a doubt we should be pushing for top six, like Wolves did so well last season.“Last season, we were going to teams like Wolves and Cardiff and we were losing and that’s what let us down, but this season we’ve started well and we could have gone third, and that was what was in all of our minds.“We’re on eight points and that’s five points better than we had after five games last season, so we see it all as a positive.” last_img read more

Ohio State Walk-On QB Announces Transfer Destination

first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State football helmet on the field.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)It’ll be hard to find a program that has experienced more change at the quarterback position than Ohio State. Although the Buckeyes should still be a contending team for next season, there is no question that Ryan Day will have his hands full on offense.With Dwayne Haskins heading to the NFL Draft, the Buckeyes received a much-needed upgrade at quarterback in the form of Justin Fields.The addition of Fields gives them a dual-threat athlete who has all the physical tools needed to succeed in college football. However, it should be noted that he is not yet eligible to play in the 2019 season. He is waiting for the NCAA’s decision on a hardship waiver.The decision from Fields ultimately sparked Tate Martell to transfer to Miami.Despite already mentioning multiple changes to Ohio State’s depth chart, the team will have to prepare for at least one more loss.Walk-on quarterback Kory Curtis announced on Twitter that he will transfer to Bryant University to continue his football career.Here is his announcement:#newbeginnings #GoBulldogs #GodisGood pic.twitter.com/bF5gQ0aJ0W— Kory Curtis (@KoryCurtis16) January 18, 2019Curtis should have the opportunity to see the field with the Bulldogs, especially with senior quarterback Price Wilson finishing his collegiate career this past season.The quarterback room at Ohio State is getting alarmingly thin, but the Buckeyes still have time to figure out their starter for 2019.last_img read more

McLaren is replacing windshield wipers with ultrasonic force field from jets

first_img NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy I’m a car guy who loves working on his own car. And although I love do-it-yourself repairs, I hate changing windshield wipers.No matter how many times I do it – and I do it often because I live in rainy Portland, Oregon – I struggle with it every time. One time, I even left the wiper-less wiper arm suspended at full extension and it slammed down, shattering my windshield.You’d imagine my delight, then, when I learned this week that supercar and hypercar-maker, McLaren is working on replacing windshield wipers with an ultrasonic force field.Sound too crazy to be real? Well, turns out, jetfighters already use a similar system to keep the cockpit domes clear of rain and bug guts.Here’s how Digital Trends describes the technology: “An ultra-sonic transducer is attached to the windscreen that produces incredibly high frequency sound waves – not even audible to bats. These sound waves in turn create miniscule vibrations which shake water, dirt, bugs, and possibly parking tickets loose from the windscreen.”Not only is this tech seriously cool, it also improves aerodynamics. Before the implementation of a force field, McLaren has been stuck with using an awkward-looking mono-wiper. Even though one creates less turbulence than two, it still creates more than none. Plus, throwing the wiper arm and wiper motor into the parts bin saves weight, albeit minimal. In the pursuit of power, though, every ounce counts.So my hat is off to the Brits over at race-obsessed McLaren for solving the one problem most people didn’t know existed. Now I just need to figure out how to work this system onto my Toyota Land Cruiser … hmm. Editors’ Recommendations What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Stylecenter_img 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH 1. McLaren P1 hybrid hypercar 2. McLaren P1 hybrid hypercar 3. McLaren P1 hybrid hypercar 4. McLaren P1 hybrid hypercar 5. McLaren P1 hybrid hypercar 6. McLaren P1 hybrid hypercarlast_img read more

Karnataka Congress MLA Roshan Baig suspended

first_imgBengaluru: The Karnataka Congress suspended its senior legislator from Bengaluru R. Roshan Baig for anti-party activities, a party official said late Tuesday. “Baig has been suspended with immediate effect for his anti-party activities,” said state Congress General Secretary V.Y. Ghorpade in a statement here. The All India Congress Committee (AICC) has approved Baig’s suspension on the recommendation of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) to take action against him on the basis of an enquiry into his activities. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Baig, a former Congress minister, is an eight-time legislator from the Shivajinagar Assembly segment in the city centre. Baig has been in the news of late for wrong reasons, including his alleged involvement in the multi-crore Ponzi scheme, operated by IMA Jewels owner Mohammed Mansoor Khan, who fled the country on June 8. In a purported video clip posted in the social media, Khan accused Baig of blackmailing him for asking to return about Rs 400 crore he claimed to have given the latter for contesting in the recent Lok Sabha elections from Bangalore Central seat though he did not get the ticket. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah Upset by Baig’s open criticism of the party’s state leadership, KPCC on May 21 served notice to him, seeking explanation for his attack on AICC general secretary K.C. Venugopal and Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah for the rout the party faced in the parliamentary elections. Venugopal is also in-charge of the party’s state unit affairs. Commenting on the May 19 exit polls on May 20, that projected Congress performing poorly in the general elections, Baig lashed out at Venugopal, Siddaramaiah and party’s state unit president Dinesh Gundu Rao. “Venugopal is a buffoon. What he knows about the party in our state as he is from Kerala? Due to Siddaramaiah’s arrogance, the party lost in the May 2018 Assembly elections and Rao’s immaturity is responsible for the dismal state of affairs currently,” Baig told reporters at his residence here. Baig has been sulking against the party leadership since a year for being denied a cabinet post despite being the Muslim face of the party after the death of veteran party leader Jaffer Shariff in November last year.last_img read more

Hong Kong Police fire tear gas at protesters surround Parl

first_imgHong Kong: Police fired water cannon and tear gas at Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters massed outside the city’s parliament on Saturday, as demonstrators defied a ban on rallying, the arrests of leading activists and rising threats from China, to take to the streets for a 13th straight weekend. Police had banned the demonstration on security grounds, then organisers had cancelled it, after last weekend saw some of the most violent clashes in months of political turmoil. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut large crowds, many in their signature black T-shirts and under a colourful canopy of umbrellas, snaked through Hong Kong island anyway, blocking roads in the financial heart and chanting “reclaim Hong Kong, revolution of our times.” Tensions rose as the afternoon wore on, with hardcore protesters throwing rocks, setting fires — and shining laser pens — at a rank of police behind a barricade at the city parliament known as the Legislative Council (LegCo). Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPolice fired a water cannon and rounds of tears gas to disperse the group, as protesters dug up the pavement to use as projectiles and crouched under umbrellas. As dusk drew in, protesters smashed through the barrier outside the parliament building. The LegCo was stormed on July 1 — the 22nd anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule. Earlier protesters marched by the official residence of Hong Kong’s embattled Beijing-backed leader Carrie Lam, who is the focal point of anger after trying to pass a bill which would have allowed extradition to China. “I’m prepared for the consequences of coming out,” said one protestor, who gave his name as Jay, adding “Hong Kongers have the right to assembly.” Opposition to the extradition bill — now suspended but not permanently withdrawn — has brought much of Hong Kong to the streets. The protests have expanded into a wider pro-democracy call and a rejection of attempts by Beijing to curtail the freedoms of the semi-autonomous territory. Another big group massed in the busy shopping district of Causeway Bay, occupying the road and chanting anti-government slogans. “I’m not afraid to come out here today,” said another 25-year-old protester who gave his surname as Ng. A helicopter buzzed above marchers as police appealed to the public to “leave immediately” while water-cannon trucks were driven onto the streets. But protesters were in defiant mood. “It’s ‘now or never’ for Hong Kong, ” said a 33-year-old accountant who gave her surname as Wong. “I’m a mother-of-two. They didn’t come today but their grandmother did. We’re defending the right of assembly for the next generation in Hong Kong.” Saturday marks the fifth anniversary of Beijing’s rejection of a call for universal suffrage for Hong Kong, which sparked the 79-day “Umbrella Movement” in 2014. Many protesters are determined not to let the new movement fizzle out as the Umbrella protests did. At least five high-profile activists and three lawmakers were arrested on Friday in a sweep aimed at defanging Saturday’s rally. Rights groups say the tactics are cribbed directly from Beijing’s protest playbook. Two of the Umbrella Movement’s leaders, Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow were among those arrested, charged and bailed for “inciting others to take part in unauthorised assembly”. The European Union’s diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said the developments were “extremely worrying”, while US President Donald Trump said his economic pressure on China was forcing Beijing to take a more moderate line in Hong Kong. In an attempt to sidestep Saturday’s protest ban, crowds earlier carried Christian crosses and sang “Hallelujah” in religious gatherings — which do not require the same stringent permission from authorities. The demonstrators, who have earned a reputation for their creativity and unpredictability, also called for “mass shopping trips” in the city centre. On Saturday morning, LIHKG, the Reddit-like forum used by protesters to communicate, reported via Twitter that its app had suffered the “largest attack it has ever seen”. Police on Friday confirmed three lawmakers — and a district councillor — had been arrested over their alleged actions in previous protests, but denied the sweep was timed specifically to weaken the weekend’s protests. More than 900 people have been arrested since June in connection to protests. Hong Kong’s crisis-hit government has refused to back down over the protests, which have seen millions march peacefully through the streets but also hardcore groups of radical protesters hurl bricks and petrol bombs at police armed with tear gas and rubber bullets. The violence has damaged Hong Kong’s reputation for stability and prosperity. China has responded with a campaign of intimidation. State media on Friday reported that fresh military anti-riot drills were held across the border in Shenzhen.last_img read more

Moosehead Breweries and Sproutly to develop cannabisinfused beverages

VANCOUVER — Moosehead Breweries Ltd. is the latest beverage company to form a joint venture to enter the cannabis-infused beverage market in Canada once it is legalized.An affiliate of the independent brewer, OCC Holdings Inc., is partnering with Sproutly Canada Inc. to develop, produce and market non-alcoholic beverages using Sproutly’s naturally-produced water soluble cannabinoids.The companies say its beverages would be able to deliver the effects of cannabis in as early as five minutes and could last up to 90 minutes, providing an experience similar to smoking the drug.Moosehead is Canada’s oldest and largest independent brewery with 152 years of experience and infrastructure that the companies say will allow the joint venture to more quickly get its cannabis-infused beverages to market.The companies add that Sproutly’s cultivation facility and processing licence will advance formulation work that’s already been completed to date.Health Canada has said the final rules about edibles must be brought into force no later than Oct. 17, a year after recreational cannabis use was legalized.“After careful analysis of the cannabis industry and the cannabis beverage opportunity in Canada, we believe that Moosehead and Sproutly together are well positioned to become a significant player in the category,” stated Matthew Oland, a Moosehead senior executive, who will head the 50-50 joint venture as chief executive officer.The Canadian Press read more

Customs protest delays outbound flights at BIA

However the strike was later called off and operations resumed. (Colombo Gazette) A protest staged by customs officers at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today resulted in delays in outbound flights.At least four Srilankan airlines flights bound to Beijing, London, Lahore and Singapore were delayed as a result of the strike.

UN to convene international conference in support of Palestinian people

The two-day Conference will focus on the current situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and related civil society action, according to a press release issued in connection with the event.Representatives of civil society organizations from all regions will discuss the situation on the ground, promote their current programmes, develop action-oriented proposals in support of the Palestinian people and coordinate their activities. In a series of meetings and workshops, the event will address such issues as the impact of peace movements, political parties and trade unions; campaigns to uphold international law; and strengthening civil society initiatives. An action plan is expected to be adopted at the closing session on Friday afternoon. The meeting is being convened by the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. read more

US rental car firm Enterprise Holdings to hire 11000 new workers by

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ST. LOUIS – Enterprise Holdings, the largest U.S. rental car company, plans to hire 11,000 new full-time workers by the middle of next year, the company told The Associated Press on Wednesday.The hiring is expected to be complete by July 31, and could boost the company’s workforce to more than 80,000, depending on attrition, company executive Marie Artim said. The suburban St. Louis-based company’s revenues have more than doubled over the past 10 years, from $6.9 billion in 2003 to $16 billion.The company plans to hire nearly 8,500 for management trainee positions, including many recent college graduates. Others will be hired for positions in information technology, administration and support roles at the company headquarters in suburban St. Louis, and in branch stores.In addition to the full-time jobs, Enterprise plans to hire 1,500 interns. Typically, about half of its interns eventually become full-time employees, company officials said.Enterprise Holdings operates Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental. It is one of the nation’s largest private companies. Its overall fleet includes 1.3 million vehicles at 8,200 rental stores.Artim, vice-president of talent acquisition for Enterprise, said the new hires are needed because nearly 11,000 people were promoted or changed positions within the company over the past year. She said the company typically promotes almost strictly from within its own ranks, noting that CEO Pamela M. Nicholson began in an entry level position at Enterprise more than three decades ago.“It’s just an exciting time,” Artim said. “Being a family-owned, privately-held company has allowed us to think long-term and strategic.”Enterprise was founded in 1957 by Jack Taylor as Executive Leasing with a fleet of seven cars. He changed the name to Enterprise in 1969 to honour the World War II aircraft carrier he served on, the USS Enterprise.The company grew quickly by developing a niche for neighbourhood locations rather than airports, making it popular among those whose cars or trucks were in the shop for repair. Enterprise acquired Alamo and National in 2007.Nicholson became the first person outside the Taylor family to lead the company in June. Jack Taylor and his son, Andrew, were the only previous CEOs before Nicholson was promoted from president and chief operating officer. Andrew Taylor remains as executive chairman. US rental car firm Enterprise Holdings to hire 11,000 new workers by the end of July by Jim Salter, The Associated Press Posted Oct 2, 2013 12:38 pm MDT read more

BHP Billiton puts up 20M for carbon capture research centre in Saskatchewan

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 5, 2016 1:36 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 5, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BHP Billiton puts up $20M for carbon capture research centre in Saskatchewan REGINA – A multinational petroleum and mining company has invested $20 million to help establish a Saskatchewan-based centre to study carbon capture.Dean Dalla Valle of BHP Billiton says the research facility in Regina will build impetus for carbon capture projects internationally.Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall announced the centre last fall.He says the technology is important because the world’s fastest- growing countries still rely on coal.It’s hoped the new centre will attract governments, academia, industry and research organizations to study the technology.SaskPower’s $1.4-billion Boundary Dam facility integrates carbon capture and storage with a power station.The government-owned utility has described Boundary Dam as the world’s first complete large-scale carbon capture project.Carbon capture technology has been criticized for its high cost and for not eliminating carbon emissions from power generation.(CKRM, The Canadian Press) read more

China is launching its own version of Netflix

first_imgChina is a hotbed for piracy, just ask Microsoft about sales of bootleg copies of Windows. So when a legitimate service that will be the equivalent of Netflix for the billion-strong population is in development, content owners sit up and take notice.Later this year, the China Movie Channel is set to launch such a service and offer up a range of content for a fee. It is guaranteed a high chance of success because it is being backed by the Chinese government, meaning no one is really going to complain about it too much.China Movie Channel already has established relationships with all the major Hollywood studios, but so far only Paramount Pictures has signed up for this new streaming service. Others are expected to follow, with MGM thought to be coming on board next.The service will carry a very low subscription charge and there’s going to be a focus on mobile streaming. At the same time, the involvement of the government will ensure subscribers don’t get to watch anything deemed unsuitable while turning a healthy profit from the expected millions of subscribers.China Movie Channel already has a successful website offering over 6,000 movies, called M1905.com. It has 3 million registered users, all of whom will be transitioned over to the new service when it launches.With the Chinese government implementing heavy restrictions on what can and can’t be released in the country, combined with high levels of piracy, it’s unlikely Hollywood will see this new service as anything other than a positive move. Studios will be guaranteed license payments in return for their content being offered in a streaming-only format. It may even see fewer movies released on disc if it proves more profitable to stream.Read more at Reuterslast_img read more

Antibiotiques en produire de nouveaux grâce aux cafards

first_imgAntibiotiques : en produire de nouveaux grâce aux cafards ?Monde – Le système immunitaire des cafards intéresse de plus en plus les scientifiques. Il pourrait en effet se révéler une source d’inspiration intéressante dans l’élaboration de nouveaux antibiotiques. Cafards et criquets sont connus pour élire domicile dans des lieux à l’hygiène plus que douteuse. Afin de ne pas contracter d’infections, se soldant souvent par la mort, ils ont tous deux développé un système immunitaire très performant. C’est donc dans le cerveau de ces si peu sympathiques insectes que des chercheurs anglais de l’université de Nottingham sont allés chercher neuf molécules bactéricides.À lire aussiDes chercheurs créent de la soie d’araignée antibiotique capable de soigner les blessuresElles détruisent 90% des bactéries chez le cafard mais sont inoffensives pour l’homme. Elles pourraient donc être à l’origine de nouvelles générations d’antibiotiques, d’autant qu’elles semblent efficaces sur des bactéries jusque là considérées comme résistantes.Néanmoins, le chemin à parcourir par les scientifiques est encore long. Avant la commercialisation d’un éventuel antibiotique basé sur les molécules de cafard, au moins dix années s’écouleront. Le 8 septembre 2010 à 10:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more