NIA team in Bhopal to probe blast in train

first_imgA team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday reached Bhopal to probe the blast in a train, suspected to be a terror attack.The blast occurred near the Jabri railway station under Shajapur district, about 60 km from Bhopal.NIA officials would interact with the Madhya Pradesh police personnel and verify leads available with them to ascertain whether the explosion was a terror attack, official sources said.Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh on Tuesday said the initial investigation suggested that the blast was a terror attack and investigation was underway to unravel the conspiracy behind the incident.Ten people were injured, three of them seriously, in the blast on the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train.Madhya Pradesh Inspector General (Intelligence) Makrand Deoskar had said the blast was carried out “by planting an improvised explosive device (IED)”.last_img read more

No HC relief for owners of polluting brick kilns

first_imgThe Punjab and Haryana High Court has rejected a plea for protection to brick kiln owners who had failed to switch to the newly mandated emissions technology across the State.The Punjab government had issued orders directing that all brick kiln owners convert their polluting units to new norms by September 30, beyond which no conventional brick kilns would be allowed to operate.Several brick kiln owners had approached the court against the State government’s orders, but in their resumed hearing on Thursday, a Division Bench comprising acting Chief Justice Rajeev Sharma and Justice H.S. Sidhu refused to grant any relief to them.CPCB guidelinesIn the previous hearing on October 1, Punjab Advocate General Atul Nanda had placed before the court details of the State government’s orders and directives, arguing that these were in compliance with the guidelines of the Central Pollution Control Board, various circulars of the Punjab Pollution Control Board as well as orders passed by the National Green Tribunal dated January 22, 2019.According to the State government’s orders, brick kilns found continuing to operate without converting to the new technology will be required to pay compensation on the ‘polluter pays’ principle, amounting to ₹25,000 per month for a kiln with a capacity of more than 30,000 bricks per day and ₹20,000 per month for kilns with a capacity of less than 30,000 bricks per day.In their petition, brick kiln owners stated that they were in the process of converting to the new technology but it was taking time due to lack of trained persons..last_img read more

A mouthful of tricolour dishes

first_imgThis Independence Day, restaurants in the national capital are offering a taste of patriotism with ‘tricolour’ dishe. Cheesecakes to chocolate brownies and hara kababs to achaari paneer tikka, mouth-watering delicacies will be served in colours of the national flag– saffron, white and green.Like at Zing in The Metropolitan Hotel where one can enjoy a sumptuous three-course tricolour meal.Relish kulfi, a thali and mocktail – all sporting green, white and saffron colours and priced at Rs.1,200 plus taxes.”We love our country and want our guests — be it Indians or foreigners — to remember and celebrate the day through the food,” said Rajesh Khanna, the hotel’s head of food and beverage. “Last year too, we had a colourful menu to salute the Indian flag,” Khanna told IANS.At Royal China, an unlimited and colourful dimsum brunch is on offer. One can relish steamed prawn dumplings with coriander, vegetarian dumplings, mushroom buns and seafood dumplings in the three colours and wash them down with Chinese tea.The restaurant is also offering a special chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce in tricolour. The menu is priced at Rs.1,350 per person plus taxes.”We were looking for a special theme on Independence Day and the tricolour theme was the best. Last year we introduced ‘tricolour’ dishes and mocktails while this year, chocolate brownies in the three colours are the highlight,” says Eric Khoo Thium, the chef.”Giving such offers on important days helps us fetch footfalls. It also allows us to participate in the patriotic fervour,” he says.Khaaja Chowk restaurant too is celebrating Aug 15 with special vegetarian and non-vegetarian kebab boxes– each carrying 20 pieces. Vegetarians can enjoy hara kababs and achaari paneer tikka priced at Rs.549 plus taxes.Those who love non-vegetarian dishes can try galauti kababs, murg malai tikka and chicken tikka and many more for Rs.649 plus taxes.Blues bar and restaurant is not only offering a tricolour menu but also a ‘tricolour’ ambience. It serves ‘tricolour’ lasagne, chilli chicken with steam rice, non-vegetarian pasta with arrabiata, bolognaise sauce, garlic bread and biryani. The decor of the place has been changed to match the day’s mood. It is offering 60 percent discount on the menu.”We have done up the place with kites and balloons in tricolour to give the visitor a patriotic feel,” says Sammir Chawla, the bar and restaurant’s owner. Those who have a sweet tooth, Mocha has tricolour cheesecakes, priced at Rs.150 plus taxes.advertisementlast_img read more

Former football international Amar Bahadur dead

first_imgMumbai, Mar 10 (PTI) Ex-India football international and star left-winger Amar Bahadur Gurung, whose all-important goal helped the country to win a bronze medal at the 1970 Asian Games, passed away at a hospital in Gurgaon this evening after a brief illness.He was 73, said a media release.Bahadur, who was an integral part of the strong Mafatlal SC line-up along with Shyam, Ratan and Ranjit Thapa, was suffering from a bout of jaundice and was admitted to the hospital, where he succumbed to the illness, it said.Born in 1942 in Dehradun, Bahadur made international debut against Cambodia in the Asia Cup qualifiers in Cambodia in 1967 and went on to earn 22 India caps.Considered one of the finest left wingers India has ever produced, Bahadur was a regular member of the national team in the mid-60s and early 70s.The mercurial winger, who mesmerised the crowd with his canny ball control and clinical finishing, scored the all-important match-winning goal in Indias 1-0 win against Japan which secured the country a bronze medal at the 1970 Asian Games in Bangkok.Its the last medal won in football by the country in the continental multi-event sports extravaganza.He also represented India in three editions of the Merdeka Cup and played in the Pesta Sukan Cup in 1970.He studied at the Gorkha Military School in Dehradun, joined the 4/8 Gorkha Rifles in 1960 and represented the Gorkha Rifles football team before quitting army service in 1967 to move to then Bombay where he plied his trade with the then famous club Mafatlal SC till the 1980s.advertisementInitially, he was part of the triumphant Gorkha Brigade team, which won the Durand Cup in 1966 and two years later won the Rovers Cup with the Mafatlal SC.In the Santosh Trophy national championships, he represented Services and Maharashtra, scoring eight goals (all for Maharashtra).He holds the distinction of being the only player from Dehradun to be awarded Maharashtras highest sporting honour, the Shiv Chhatrapati Shivaji Award, in 1973.After ending his playing career, Bahadur resettled in the Uttarakhands capital city and was actively involved in football promotion. PTI SSR RSY PDS PDSlast_img read more

RIGOL: new vector signal analysis option for RSA5000 series real-time spectrum analyzers

first_imgRIGOL Technologies announces another significant addition to its UltraReal family of Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers with the release of a new integrated Vector Signal Analyzer Application Mode for Complex Signal Analysis.RIGOL’s VSA Measurement Application allows RF engineers to characterize most of today’s complex RF modulation schemes including QAM and QPSK as well as ASK, MSK and FSK signals. The VSA Application gives engineers ability to utilize up to 13 integrated measurement functions including I/Q waveform and RF Envelope, Constellation and Vector Diagrams, Symbol Level Decode, Time and Frequency, and Bit Error Analysis against known sequences providing quick insight into signal behaviors.Engineers working with common Cellular, Wireless, and Terrestrial Radio standards will benefit from the VSA application’s simple preinstalled instrument setup for standards like GSM, W-CDMA, Bluetooth, Zigbee, 802.11b, APCO 25, and many others.  This helps speed time-to-debug and eliminates the frustrations associated with test setup. The VSA Option is available pre or post purchase on the RSA5000 Series Spectrum Analyzer as a software enabled option.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous ST: STM32H7 MCUs combine dual-core performance with rich feature integrationNext Vecow debuts 8th gen Intel Coffee Lake fanless embedded systemlast_img read more

Don’t need a foreign coach, feels archer Deepika Kumari

first_imgKolkata, Oct 29 (IANS) Managing to win a bronze at the recently-concluded Archery World Cup Finals without a coach, star Indian recurve archer Deepika Kumari feels there is no need to rope in a foreign coach ahead of the World Championships as it could further complicate their preparations.The Archery Association of India (AAI) — acting on directions of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) — had failed to provide a coach to archers Abhishek Verma, Jyothi Surekha and Deepika for the World Cup final last month after Jiwanjot Singh Teja resigned over a Dronacharya Award snub.The cavalier attitude of AAI was seen as a heavy discouragement for the archers who qualified for the marquee event after a gruelling battle at the four World Cup stages earlier this year.”I cannot comment on that (no coach given at the World Cup final). We need a national coach but right now in India we do not have too many of them. And the good coaches are busy preparing upccoming players,” Deepika told reporters on the sidelines of the first invitational Indian Open Indoor Archery tournament that concluded at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here on Sunday.Asked if roping in a foreign coach would solve the problem, Deepika said, “If we rope in a foreign coach now and he or she will teach us new things, it won’t help.””We have already worked on a certain technique and now suddenly you will change it, it will take 3-4 years more. We would want to polish our form and work on the mental aspect as well.”The Indian recurve contingent returned empty-handed from this year’s Asian Games while the compound team — both men’s and women’s — bagged silver.The recurve archers have been on a downward spiral for quite some time now, not winning anything at the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2014 Incheon Asian Games too.During the last two years, the AAI tried out more than a dozen archers for the men’s team, with 26-year-old Atanu Das being the constant member.The compound archers, meanwhile, underwent a 10-day training camp under Italian star archer Sergio Pagni before the the 2018 Jakarta Asiad where the likes of Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Aman Saini won silver in the men’s category while Muskan Kirar, Madhumita Kumari and Jyothi Surekha pocketed silver in the women’s section.The World Archery Championships will be held in June next year and Deepika said it will be the most important competition for them as Olympic quotas will be up for grabs.”We have very little time to prepare for World Championship. If we feel the requirement to play a tournament in between, we will play the World Cup.””But 2019 will be a very important year for us. We have not been doing well as a team for the last two years. I hope the trials are conducted well and the team is stronger than before so that we can return (from the 2019 World Championship) with a quota. That is very important,” said Deepika.The de-recognised AAI is slated to have its elections in December and only after that can the national calendar be planned.”The calendar is not out yet as elections are still pending. We can tell only after that,” Deepika signed off.–IANSdm/tri/vmadvertisementlast_img read more

Watch: R Ashwin does bhangra after starring in KXIP’s 12-run win vs RR

first_imgCaptain Ravichandran Ashwin had to do the customary bhangra dance after Kings XI Punjab’s convincing victory over Rajasthan Royals in Mohali on Tuesday.It has become a ritual of sorts for the Kings XI Punjab players to do the bhangra after every win on their home ground and Ashwin had to do the same at the IS Bindra stadium.Bollywood actor Sonu Sood was also seen dancing to the tunes of the dhol along with Ashwin, who was even picked up by one of the dholwallahs.Ashwin seemed in high spirits and why wouldn’t he be, as his team is doing really well this season in the Indian Premier League.View this post on InstagramBhangra ta sajda jado nachche sadda skipper! . . . #SaddaPunjab #KXIPvRR #VIVOIPL @rashwin99A post shared by Kings XI Punjab (@kxipofficial) on Apr 16, 2019 at 12:18pm PDTKings XI notched up their fifth victory and bounced back from two successive losses to beat Rajasthan Royals by 12 runs in front of their home crowd on Tuesday.Ashwin starred with bat and ball while KL Rahul hit his 4th fifty of the season as Kings XI defended the total of 182 by restricting the Royals to 170 for 7 in 20 overs. KXIP now have 10 points from 9 matches while RR have lost 6 out of their 8 matches this season.Invited to bat, Rahul, who was named in India’s World Cup squad on Monday, and David Miller (40 off 27) shared a 85-run stand to lay the foundation.Ashwin then smashed a four and successive sixes in the last two balls to put KXIP in a strong position.advertisementThe hosts then returned to restrict Rajasthan to 170 for seven, courtesy some superb bowling by Ashwin (2 for 24) and Murugan Ashwin (1 for 24) in the middle overs after Arshdeep Singh’s maiden two IPL wickets. Mohammad Shami was expensive but came good in the final overs, scalping two wickets.Also Read | IPL 2019: KL Rahul storms past 1000 runs for KXIP in only his 23rd matchAlso Read | KXIP vs RR Highlights, IPL 2019Also Read | KL Rahul in a good space now after a tough couple of months, says Karun Nairlast_img read more

FIFA don’t care about the players – Modric

first_imgWC Qualification Europe ‘FIFA don’t care about the players’ – Modric fumes after Croatia beat Kosovo Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 00:54 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luka Modric Croatia Kosovo Getty Images WC Qualification Europe Croatia v Kosovo Kosovo Croatia Domagoj Vida lifted the clouds of despair to settle a World Cup qualifier which took place over two days and created plenty of anger Luka Modric claimed FIFA “showed they don’t care about players” after Croatia beat Kosovo 1-0 in World Cup qualifying, in a fixture played over two days.The match was suspended after 22 minutes of play on Saturday following a downpour that left the Maksimir Stadium pitch unplayable.Croatia 23/20 to win in Turkey Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The sides reconvened a day later, with Croatia raining efforts in on the Kosovo goal, before Domagoj Vida found the breakthrough, heading home Modric’s cross in the 74th minute.Victory leaves Ante Cacic’s side two points clear of Ukraine at the top of Group I, but they will return to action in just two days’ time, travelling to fourth-place Turkey.And Modric delivered a furious account of how the game was restarted.He told reporters: “Last night we got information the match will not be played. Of course, you go to bed a little later and then in the morning they woke us all up like they would in the army! “Of course, we didn’t have good preparation for the match.”FIFA showed they don’t care about the players, the only thing that mattered to them was the match to be played.”On Saturday, it was hard to play at that pitch but no one seemed to care. If they did care, they would have postponed the Turkey – Croatia game to Wednesday.”On Saturday, I didn’t want to play further and the referee told me he was against it from the beginning. During those 20 minutes, there were more situations for funniest home video than serious football!”last_img read more

Mick McCarthy leads the way after O’Neill and Keane leave Ireland roles

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Results and performances have deteriorated since and Delaney, confronted with dwindling attendances, rising criticism and the prospect of missing out on Euro 2020, let O’Neill and Keane know he thought it was time to end their reign. Séamus McDonagh, the goalkeeping coach, and Steve Guppy, an assistant coach, have also gone.“It is with a heavy heart that I leave this role,” O’Neill said. “It was one of my lifetime ambitions to take charge of the Irish senior squad and I would like to thank the FAI board for giving me that opportunity.” The 66-year-old added that he was “looking forward to my next adventure in football”.Ireland have won only one of their past 11 matches and had been relegated from their Nations League group before Monday’s 0-0 draw in Denmark. O’Neill had tried to revamp his squad over the past year, giving debuts to a dozen players, and he said after the Denmark match that he remained enthusiastic about his role and confident of reaching Euro 2020, for which Ireland is one of 12 host nations.Last month O’Neill went so far as to say he was certain he could lead Ireland into those finals, declaring: “We’ll go through. Simple as that. Because I’m good.” The FAI, however, will now entrust that task to someone else.Ireland’s miserable performance over the past 12 months amounted to a sorry end to a tenure that previously delivered early success. O’Neill and Keane’s first campaign culminated in qualification for Euro 2016, where Ireland reached the knockout stage for the first time. They came within a play-off of reaching the 2018 World Cup after finishing second in a qualifying group for which they had started as No 4 seed. The heavy defeat in Dublin – 5-1 by Denmark – in the second leg of that play-off triggered a downward spiral that O’Neill and Keane were unable to stop. Criticism of a blustery style of play grew deeper.Delaney said: “I would like to thank Martin, Roy, and the management team for the impact that they had with the Ireland team. There have been many highlights during Martin’s reign – none more so than Euro 2016 in France, which will live long in the memory of all Irish supporters. Martin did a great job guiding the team out of a difficult qualifying group – where we beat world champions Germany along the way – to reach Euro 2016 and advance to the last 16 following a historic victory over Italy in Lille.” Share on Messenger The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Republic of Ireland Roy Keane Martin O’Neill Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Nations League and international football: 10 talking pointscenter_img Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Topics Mick McCarthy is known to be keen on returning to the Republic of Ireland manager’s job after Martin O’Neill left the role together with his assistants, including Roy Keane.McCarthy, who played 57 times for the Republic and filled the position as manager with distinction for more than six years until his dismissal in 2002, is available after stepping down at Ipswich in April. Also out of work and said to be a candidate is Sam Allardyce, who began his managerial career in Ireland with Limerick and had one match in charge of England.The Football Association of Ireland is understood to be keen on appointing a replacement before the Euro 2020 qualifying draw in Dublin on 2 December. Stephen Kenny, celebrated for the attractive style he has cultivated at the League of Ireland champions Dundalk, would be a popular and bold option. With the FAI loth to miss out on a tournament it is to help co-host, a manager with experience of international football would be a safer choice.The departures of O’Neill and Keane followed talks on Tuesday between the pair and the FAI’s chief executive, John Delaney, who had awarded them contract extensions in January in recognition of the positive results achieved in their first four years. Read more Share on Pinterest news Reuse this contentlast_img read more

India vs South Africa 1st T20I: Match abandoned due to rain

first_imgIndia vs South Africa 1st T20I: Match abandoned due to rainIndia vs South Africa 1st T20I: Heavy rain in Dharamsala meant that the 1st game of the 3-match series had to be abandoned without a single ball being bowled.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk DharamsalaSeptember 15, 2019UPDATED: September 15, 2019 20:24 IST Continuous rain forced forced play to be called off in Dharamsala (AP)HIGHLIGHTSHeavy showers greeted the teams at the Dharamsala cricket groundIncessant rain didn’t even allow the coin toss to occurThe match officials decided to call off the match after the field was deemed unfit and too wet to playThe 1st T20I between India and South Africa in Dharamsala was abandoned due to heavy incessant rain on Sunday. The continuous downpouring meant that the field was filled with water even as the rain slowed down. The playing conditions were so gloomy that even the coin toss couldn’t take place.Both the teams will now shift bases to Mohali for the 2nd T20I of the 3-match series where India will be looking to launch their 1st win vs South Africa at home.With rain unrelenting and becoming heavier, the toss did not happen as scheduled even though the HPCA Stadium is equipped with quality drainage facility.The rains continue and the match has officially been called off. See you in Chandigarh for the 2nd T20I #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/BjZ9Y7QAf2 BCCI (@BCCI) September 15, 2019Around 50 percent uncovered part of the ground had lots of water and water puddles were all over the outfield.Spectators present in the stands stayed there till late in the hope that they could at least see a shortened game. But as the hours wore on, the ones who were seated in the unsheltered part of the stadium started leaving their seats. The ones who stayed were in for more disappointment as the big screen flashed the doomed words: ‘The match has been abandoned’.While there was a prediction of a sharp drizzle in the afternoon, the weather forecast was all clear for the evening but heavens opened up multiple times, putting paid to hopes of even having a five-over per side encounter.advertisementA spell of thundershowers happened in the afternoon and by 5:30 pm it seemed that the rain had subsided with the spectators thronging into the stadium.Just when the ground staff at the HPCA Stadium were working in full force, a second spell completely spoilt the evening as it was clear that even the shortest possible game cannot be conducted in such circumstances with multiple puddles created at the outfield.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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow India vs South Africalast_img read more

Sensex crashes 770 pts Rs tumbles to 9mth low

first_imgMumbai: Benchmark stock indices on Tuesday crashed over 2 per cent, and the rupee tumbled 97 paise to a level not seen in over nine months as unpleasant news continued to flow in for the Indian economy. The BSE Sensex crashed about 770 points, and the NSE Nifty dived over 225 points after investors indulged in panic selloffs as dismal GDP print, weak core sector growth and disappointing auto sale numbers pointed to deepening economic crisis in the country. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe benchmark indices also saw their biggest intra-day plunge in nearly 11 months. Large selloffs in equities saw investor wealth eroding by Rs 2.55 lakh crore. Indian markets, after an extended weekend, opened on Tuesday sharply lower reacting to the country’s worsening macro-economic situation as well as weak global cues attributed to long-lasting US-China trade tiff. After plunging 867 points during the day, the 30-share index ended 769.88 points, or 2.06 per cent, lower at 36,562.91. The broader Nifty too sank 225.35 points, or 2.04 per cent, to settle at 10,797.90. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayTop losers in the Sensex pack included ICICI Bank, Tata Steel, Vedanta, HDFC IndusInd Bank, Tata Motors, RIL and ONGC – falling up to 4.45 per cent. Only two IT stocks – TechM, HCL Tech – ended with mild gains, tracking weaker rupee. The Indian rupee plunged 97 paise to close at 72.39 per US dollar on Tuesday. All sectoral indices ended in the red, with BSE metal, energy, consumer durables, telecom, bankex, finance, oil and gas, realty and capital goods indices settled 3.23 per cent lower. Broader BSE midcap and smallcap indices too closed up to 1.65 per cent lower. Public sector bank stocks also ended in significantly lower after the government announced the merger of 10 state-run lenders into four. It gives a positive signal to investors that the government is not just focusing on recapitalising the bank, but also in improving the governance in the public sector banks, experts said. However, the merger will still be painful as a result of the geographic and cultural diversity of the merging entities, they added. Despite several efforts by the government to boost the economy, market sentiment took a hit on account of weak macroeconomic data releases and a double-digit decline in auto sales in August as the sector continued to reel under one of the worst slowdowns in its history.last_img read more

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG TRAILER RELEASED PUTTING VANCOUVER ISLAND IN THE SPOTLIGHT

first_imgAdvertisement A scene from the trailer for Sonic The Hedgehog appears to have been shot on Highway 19A near Bowser. (YouTube) Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img James Marsden portrays Tom Wachowski, the sheriff of fictional town Green Hills.Glimpses of Vancouver Island can be seen in the trailer, including what appears to be a chase scene filmed on Highway 19A near Bowser.The film shoot shut down a stretch of the highway for a full week in September.Filming also took place in downtown Ladysmith, where buildings were painted and transformed along 1st Avenue.Crews spent the day slapping a fresh coat of paint on buildings along 1st Avenue in Ladysmith ahead of the rodent’s arrival. Sept. 4, 2018. (CTV Vancouver Island)Sonic is a character most likely remembered from the Sega Genesis games of the same name, which came out in 1991.The movie is set for release on Nov. 8 of this year, according to IMDB. Facebook A trailer for the live-action version of Sonic the Hedgehog, a big-budget movie shot on Vancouver Island last year, has hit the internet.The preview features the titular CGI hedgehog, voiced by Ben Schwartz, as he goes on the run from the military and Dr. Ivo Robotnik, played by Jim Carrey. Advertisementlast_img read more

Statistics Canada says manufacturing helps boost economic growth in November

first_imgOTTAWA – Strength in manufacturing helped boost economic growth in November as the sector posted its largest monthly increase since February 2014.Statistics Canada said Wednesday real gross domestic product increased 0.4 per cent in November following a flat reading for October.The result matched the expectations of economists polled by Thomson Reuters.TD Bank senior economist Brian DePratto said equally important to the strength of growth was its breadth.Of the 20 industrial sectors tracked, 17 posted increases.“The Canadian economy fired on all cylinders in November: production resumptions led the way, but nearly all major sectors reported gains on the month, an encouraging sign,” DePratto wrote in a report.The Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate target earlier this month on the back of a string of unexpectedly solid economic data. It was the third rate increase since last summer.“Looking through monthly volatility, though, the GDP numbers add to the evidence that the Canadian economy as a whole continues to grow at a modestly ‘above-potential’ pace even as it increasingly looks to be operating at or beyond its long-run capacity,” Royal Bank senior economist Nathan Janzen wrote.The growth in November came as goods-producing industries rose 0.8 per cent boosted by the manufacturing sector and mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction.The manufacturing sector gained 1.8 per cent in November as non-durable manufacturing rose 1.1 per cent while durable manufacturing increased 2.5 per cent.Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction increased 0.5 per cent.Meanwhile, services-producing industries climbed 0.3 per cent, led by the real estate and rental and leasing, wholesale and retail trade sectors.Real estate and rental and leasing rose 0.4 per cent in November while retail trade gained 0.6 per cent and wholesale trade rose 0.5 per cent.last_img read more

Morocco Ranks 93rd in Modern Slavery Global Index

first_imgCasablanca- Slavery still exists in our “modern” times, and it has an index to. Walk Free Foundation (WFF), an NGO supported by Bill Gates and Hilary Clinton, has recently published its first Global Index of modern slavery, in which Morocco ranks 93st, among 162 featured nations, with an estimate of 50 000 slaves. “Today some people are still being born into hereditary slavery, a staggering but harsh reality, particularly in parts of West Africa and South Asia. Other victims are captured or kidnapped before being sold or kept for exploitation, whether through ‘marriage’, unpaid labor on fishing boats, or as domestic workers. Others are tricked and lured into situations they cannot escape, with false promises of a good job or an education,” says the report.The modern slavery report published by Walk Free Foundation, based in Australia, is the first of its kind. Morocco seems to have secured a relatively positive ranking in the report, compared to the top 10 nations with higher numbers of slaves. At the regional level, Tunisia ranked 122nd (9,000 slaves), whilst Algeria ranked 91st (70,000 slaves) and Libya 78 (17,000 slaves). As to Mauritania, where slavery is known to be significantly present, the country ranked first internationally, according to WFF’s modern slavery index. With 150,000 slaves, Mauritania is now deemed the world’s worst place of modern slavery. This high number of slaves becomes more significant when compared to the overall population of the country, which barely reaches 3.5 millions. Mauritania’s capital, Nouakchott, also figures on the black list of cities and nations that do not invest serious efforts in combating this violation of human rights. Morocco, like Egypt and Syria, has adopted laws against the proliferation of slavery. Yet, the Kingdom does not figure on the WFF index’s list of countries where slavery is combated, namely Iceland, Ireland, Grande-Bretagne, New Zealand, Swaziland, Suede, Noriega, Luxembourg, Finland et Denmark.WFF’s report points out that “more than 29 million people across the world live under conditions of modern slavery. Haiti, a Caribbean nation where children enslavement is widespread, ranks second in the index, while Pakistan figures third on the list.”Mauritania, Haiti, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Moldova, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Gabon are considered the worst countries in the index. However, in absolute terms, India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh are the countries with the highest number of enslaved people. Walk Free Foundation, backed up by Hilary Clinton, former US Secretary of States, and Bill Gates, Microsoft’s founder, had set criteria based on which the featured nations are analyzed in terms of the existence of modern slavery. The slavery index bases estimates of the prevalence of modern slavery in a nation on three factors: A composite estimate of the number of people in slavery in each country, an estimate of the level of human trafficking  from and  into each country, and an estimate of the level of child and early marriage in each country.In Morocco, children who work as maids many hours a day, and receive meager or no payment for their draining work, are considered one manifestation of modern slavery. According to a report published last June by the High Commission for Planning, 76,533 households, or 1.1% of Moroccan households, hire children as maids.last_img read more

Sri Lankan pilgrims buses attacked

Like her party, opposition members including the DMK, which is a member of the ruling coalition at the Centre, have attacked the union government for allowing Sri Lankan defence personnel to be trained in India.All Tamil Nadu political parties have taken a strong stand against the Sri Lankan defence forces who have been accused of atrocities against the local Tamil minority during the last stretch of the island’s civil war, which ended in 2009. (NDTV) he incident comes a day after Sri Lanka issued a travel advisory asking its citizens not to visit Tamil Nadu until further notice in the wake of “increasing number of instances of intimidation” of Sri Lankans in the state. The Sri Lankans also faced protests yesterday during their visit to another shrine near Thanjavur. Buses in Tamil Nadu were attacked this afternoon because they had on board pilgrims from Sri Lanka. The convoy of five buses was headed to the Trichy airport to board a special flight home.Earlier today, the group of nearly 180 Sri Lankans were stopped by protesters after they left the famous Velankanni Christian shrine, 20 kilometres from Trichy. Over the weekend, in a much-criticised move, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa ordered that a football team that was visiting the state in a friendly match should be sent back to Sri Lanka immediately. read more

ExAir chief reveals TN started training LTTE in 1983

Quoting Edgar O’Ballance, The Cyanide war: Tamil Insurrection in Sri Lanka 1977-88, Bharat Kumar says: “He (Rajiv Gandhi) also decided to reduce the flow of arms from Tamil Nadu to Tamil insurgents in Sri Lanka. And on 29 March 1985, the Indian Coast Guard began selectively stopping and searching craft suspected of ferrying weapons across the Palk Strait.”However, despite these steps, by early 1987, there were fears of the LTTE becoming too strong. India launched “Operation Tiger” in November 1986 to disarm LTTE cadres in India and to take over their communication equipment .This action took place just before the SAARC summit in Bangalore. But to generate goodwill before the summit, where Rajiv Gandhi wanted LTTE chief Prabhakaran and Sri Lankan President J.R.Jayewardene (JR) to meet and thrash out issues, the seized equipment were released. Unlike Tamil Nadu leaders M.G.Ramachandran and M.Karunanidhi, Indian Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were not for an independent Tamil state in Sri Lanka. They saw the arming of the Tamil militants as an instrument to pressurize the Sri Lankan government to find a permanent solution to the Sri Lankan Tamil problem. When the JR-Prabhakaran talks broke down with JR saying a firm “no” to the merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces to form a single Tamil-speaking province, and Prabhakaran sticking firmly to his demand for an independent Eelam, “Rajiv Gandhi developed an aversion for Prabhakaran’s intransigence, and became more favorably inclined to Jayewardene’s views.”By 1986, the LTTE had established its dominance in the Northern peninsula, subjugating the rival Tamil militant groups and at the same time defending the peninsula against the Sri Lankan forces. The situation worsened in January 1987 when the Tigers announced a plan to establish a separate administration in Jaffna and the Sri Lankan government immediately imposed an embargo on food and fuel supplies to the North creating “near famine conditions.”New Delhi’s response to the developing situation was to draw up contingencies plans based on various scenarios, some of them bizarre. The “worst case” scenario, according to Brig (later General ) V.P.Malik, was Colombo inviting countries inimical to India to render military assistance and forcing India to carry out an “opposed landing and intervention.” Eventually, political efforts resulted in President Jayewardene agreeing to sign the India-Sri Lanka Accord in July 1987 and accept an Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) to ensure the implementation of the Accord. (Colombo Gazette) This is why, even as the training of Sri Lankan Tamil militants was going on India in 1984, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi sent, in December that year, “an undisclosed number of Indian warships to patrol the Palk Strait.” Soon after the July 1983 anti-Tamil riots in Sri Lanka and the influx of Tamil refugees into Tamil Nadu, the training of Tamil militants began in Tamil Nadu with the knowledge and patronage of the Tamil Nadu government. India’s national intelligence agencies started their training program only in 1984, when New Delhi felt that Tamil Nadu’s initiative in the matter might not be in the overall Indian interest, says Air Marshal (Rtd) Bharat Kumar in his book Operation Pawan: Role of Airpower with IPKF, according to the New Indian Express.“The training of Tamil rebels had commenced in Tamil Nadu with full knowledge and in some cases, under the patronage of the state government. New Delhi’s suggestion to rein in these Tamil groups were not acceptable to Tamil Nadu leaders. Since the Central government could not afford Tamil Nadu ‘invading’ Sri Lanka, various Indian intelligence agencies also got into the act from 1984 onward. It was better that the Indian state got involved in Sri Lanka rather than the Tamil Nadu government because of obvious repercussions,” Bharat Kumar says. read more

UN official welcomes new pledges to global environment fund

Speaking to journalists in Paris, Klaus Toepfer, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), welcomed the fact that 32 Governments have agreed on a $2.92 billion replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), as the fund is known.Mr. Toepfer said the replenishment boded well for success at the Johannesburg meeting. “The World Summit on Sustainable Development will be a crucial test of the world’s enthusiasm for tackling the very pressing problems facing people and the planet today,” he observed. “The pledges for the GEF replenishment show that in one critical area we are starting to move from words to implementation.”Over the past 10 years, the GEF has committed more than $4 billion and mobilized some $11 billion for more than 1,000 projects in 160 countries, according to UNEP. Among other initiatives, the Facility has helped developing countries to cope with the impacts of global warming, conserve wildlife, monitor and improve the state of international waters, and overcome land degradation. read more

NBC says it will sever ties with Donald Trump after comments on

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 29, 2015 12:33 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NBC says it will sever ties with Donald Trump after comments on Mexicans NEW YORK, N.Y. – NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about immigrants during the announcement of his campaign.NBC said it would no longer air the annual “Miss USA” and “Miss Universe” pageants, which had been a joint venture between the company and Trump. Trump has said he is no longer appearing in the television show “The Apprentice.” NBC said “Celebrity Apprentice” will continue to go on without him.“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump,” NBC said in the statement.Last week, Univision said that it was cancelling its coverage of the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Trump had portrayed some immigrants from Mexico as bringing drugs and crime to the country in his presidential kickoff speech. read more

Canam stock nearly doubles on goingprivate offer for Quebecbased company

MONTREAL – Canam Group is preparing to end its 33-year run as a public company after partnering with a U.S. company and Quebec investors to take the structural steel specialist private.After a few years of reflection, the leadership of the company founded in 1960 concluded that the constraints of being public not longer fit with its vision.Chief executive Marc Dutil said its shares are punished for weak contracts but rarely credited when most of its business runs smoothly.“In recent years, the cyclical and risky nature of the company’s business is less and less what the markets are looking for,” he said in an interview Thursday.Canam’s (TSX:CAM) shares fell last summer after it took a $32-million provision due to cost overruns from a U.S. project which resulted in the reorganization of its heavy metal structural activities. It also recently announced a review of its American bridges sector.Under the proposal, American Industrial Partners will control 60 per cent of the company and its board of directors. The Dutil family and Quebec’s Caisse de depot pension fund and Solidarity investment fund will increase their stake from 27.9 per cent now to 40 per cent.The core shareholders are offering to buy up all the publicly traded shares for nearly double their recent price.Shares in Canam, which specializes in supplying structural steel for construction of buildings and bridges, jumped 96.6 per cent to closed at $12.19 — just short of the offer of $12.30 per share.Shareholders other than members of the Dutil Family will be offered cash for their stock, subject to shareholder approvals.The Dutil Family will receive stock in the private company and vote in favour of the deal. In addition, the Caisse and the union investment fund are expected to roll over some or all of their stock.The company — which has 23 plants across North America — says its head office will remain in Quebec.Dutil said he expects AIP will remain involved for five to seven years and is an “ideal partner” because it has in the past invested in semi-trailer manufacturer Manac, which is also owned by the Dutil family.However, he ruled out a return to the stock market on the advice of company founder and chairman Marcel Dutil.“My father always told me that his biggest mistake would have been to go public. We’ll remember that. “A special shareholder meeting is slated for June 30 to approve the transaction.Analyst Sara O’Brien of RBC Dominion Securities says the buyout offer values Canam at about $875 million, including assumed debt.— With files from Julien Arsenault by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 27, 2017 9:03 am MDT Last Updated Apr 27, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canam stock nearly doubles on going-private offer for Quebec-based company read more

Food drive hopes to feed hungry Brock students

The Affordable Food Project is running Brock University’s largest ever food drive and is looking for help.Perishable and nonperishable food items will be collected Tuesday, Feb 25 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the lobby of Schmon Tower.The goal is to collect 10,000 pounds of food in just one day (enough to feed more than 10,000 meals to students in need).It is an ambitious goal, but Fed Up has already received a commitment for more than 5,000 pounds so far.Students, staff, and faculty who bring in food donations will be entered in a raffle to win a $500 gift certificate to a local grocery store.Fed Up The Affordable Food Project started in 2011 and grew out of student hopes to save money on food.The food will be used in the program’s grocery delivery and pick up service for students (a free service for all Brock students).It will also host a series of community food events during the remainder of the term, where free food will be provided along with resources around eating healthy and affordably on a student budget.The project incorporated as a not-for-profit in order to grow a handful of food-based initiatives and provide better service for students looking to save money and be given more food options.For more information on Fed Up The Affordable Food Project, tweet @FeedBrock or visit www.FeedBrock.org read more