The annual Amarnath yatra in Kashmir beginning on Wednesday is facing a terror threat, according to an intelligence warning which has prompted the authorities to mobilise the “highest level” of security measures, including satellite tracking system.The 40-day-long pilgrimage to the holy cave of Amarnath in the mountainous region of south Kashmir will commence from Jammu, about 200 km from the shrine.Over 2.30 lakh pilgrims have registered for the yatra and the first batch of over 4,000 will be flagged off by Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh for the twin base camps of Pahalgam and Baltal in Anantnag and Ganderbal districts.“Intelligence input received from SSP Anantnag reveals that terrorists have been directed to eliminate 100 to 150 pilgrims and about 100 police officers and officials,” according to a letter sent by Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Zone) Muneer Khan to the Army, the CRPF, and range DIGs in the State.“The input is assessed to be a HUMINT (human intelligence) and it needs further corroboration,” the IGP said in the letter.At this stage, the possibility of a sensational attack by a terrorist outfit cannot be ruled out, he said.“The attack may be in the form of stand-off fire on yatra convoy which they believe will result in flaring of communal tensions throughout the nation,” the IGP said in the letter which is being circulated in many groups on Whatsapp.All the officers and officials deployed on the ground need to remain alert and maintain utmost vigil, he added in the letter whose copy got leaked and went viral on social media.Mr. Khan later tried to play it down, saying there was no need to panic as it was part of information being shared with agencies to check its authenticity.Jammu and Kashmir DGP S.P. Vaid said someone had spread it on social media to create panic.
The Uttar Pradesh BJP will soon be appointing around 100 women as ‘teen talaq pramukhs’ across the State to ensure rehabilitation of the victims and their children, a party leader said on Sunday. Nazia Alam, secretary of the U.P. BJP minority wing, who will be the overall in-charge, said that the triple talaq pramukhs will be appointed for each of the 93 ‘organisational districts’ and six regional units of the saffron party in the State. “Educated women who have sound knowledge of the Shariat and the law and who can bring a social change in the lives of the victims of triple talaq will be appointed as pramukhs,” Ms. Alam said. She said the candidates will be chosen after Deepavali, followed by a survey in December to ascertain the total number of triple talaq victims in the State.
Rice industry paralysis Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ “But I would certainly love to try get that individual gold back as well as try for another hattrick of golds.”Besides individual glory, Fatin is also hoping to live up to Malaysia’s top billing in the women’s and mixed team competitions and defend their titles.They have been putting up a series of convincing performances leading to the Games.With teammates Nur Aina Yasmine Halim and Nurul Syazhera Mohd Asmi, the trios bagged the team titles in the Asia Cup’s legs in Bangkok in March and Clark, the SEA Games venue, in September.Also in Clark, Fatin joined forces with Juwaidi Mazuki to clinch the mixed team gold.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games View comments MOST READ Archery Compund women bronze medalist Fatin NurFatehah Mat Salleh reacts after beating Dellie Threesyadinda from Indonesia at Archery ground in Bukit Jalil. AZHAR MAHFOF/The StarPETALING JAYA — National compound archery ace Fatin Nurfatehah Mat Salleh has set her sights on reclaiming the individual glory she lost two years ago in Kuala Lumpur.The 28-year-old Sabahan was the overwhelming favorite to defend the gold she won in Singapore 2015 but lost in the semifinals and eventually settled for bronze. She did bounce back strongly to win gold in the team and mixed team competitions but her failure to get the individual gold saw her fall short of repeating her glorious treble in Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Despite being a serial winner, Fatin admitted that she still feels nervous each time she enters the archery range.“I have been competing for over 10 years now, but I still can’t help but feel a little bit nervous,” said Fatin.“Being nervous is not a bad thing. It makes you more focused and prevents you from getting over-confident.“This will be my sixth SEA Games, but my appetite to win is as big as ever.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Man United debt climbs 55% as club spends to halt decline Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fatin is the first Malaysian archer – recurve or compound – to accomplish the extraordinary triple gold feat.However, she is ready to wrest back the title when he travels to the Philippines for her sixth straight Games appearance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“That was a big miss in Kuala Lumpur, otherwise it would have been a perfect outing for the second Games running,” said Fatin, who has amassed nine medals to date including three silvers — one in Laos 2009 and two in Palembang 2011.“At that time, I was quite disappointed with myself. But I didn’t really dwell on it because some days you win, some days you lose. Two golds and one bronze wasn’t so shabby.
India will be without two of their most experienced players in the upcoming T20I series against West Indies but stand-in captain Rohit Sharma believes it is an opportunity for the others to step up.The home side will be without regular captain Virat Kohli and the ever-experienced Mahindra Singh Dhoni in the three-match T20I series starting on Sunday in Kolkata but the Mumbaikar is backing his players to come good against the world champions of the shortest format of the game.While Kohli was rested for the three-match series, Dhoni was excluded after his barren run with the willow in limited-overs cricket. The selectors however, didn’t want to use the term ‘dropped’ for the talismanic figure but evidences were enough for the people in know to conclude so.Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Rohit was naturally flooded with questions regarding Dhoni’s absence and he said that the former captain’s experience will be missed but it also means that Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik can show what they are capable of.”Dhoni has been such a massive player for us, over the years. His experience in the middle will be missed but again Rishabh (Pant) and Dinesh (Karthik) have great opportunity to come and perform and show what they are capable of as well. It gives them an opportunity to express themselves,” Rohit told on the eve of the game.READ – No record safe the way Virat Kohli is batting: Sunil GavaskarRohit also said that the three-match series also gives them an opportunity to test out India’s bench strength ahead of the World Cup that will be played in May-July next year in England and Wales.advertisement”We cannot go into the World Cup with limited resources. We need to have options. This gives you a great platform to try and test all these guys. It’s very important because the amount of cricket we play, at the same time we got to see what our bench strength is.READ – India end 2018 as the most successful team in ODIsThe players we are talking of are possible replacements to come and fill in. We have to see the guys who are knocking the door and what they bring to the table. Not just the 15 players we got to see what is outside the 15 players we have. There are a lot of new faces in the team,” Rohit said.India called in uncapped left-arm spin duo of Shahbaz Nadeem and Krunal Pandya ahead of Ravindra Jadeja, who impressed in the Asia Cup and series against West Indies.READ – MS Dhoni faces the biggest test of his career as World Cup looms closer”Shahbaz Nadeem has come in the team for the first time, Krunal (Pandya) was part of the team but didn’t play any games. These are the few names who have come and we got to see them what they have in their armoury for us to make the best possible squad in the World Cup,” said Rohit.Talking about captaincy, Rohit said he’s a batsman first but overall he enjoyed the extra responsibility even as a stand-in leader.Watch – Dhoni pranks Rohit, Kohli all smiles as India celebrate series triumph Rohit Sharma was in sensational form with the bat in the ODI series against West Indies (AP Photo)This will also be the second time Rohit will be captaining the side all on his own even without the presence of Dhoni. Before this, he has led India in four series (ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka in 2017, Nidahas Trophy and Asia Cup 2018) and won all the series.When asked about his captaincy, he said: “It has helped me overall. I have enjoyed captaincy whenever I have got an opportunity and it does bring in a sense of responsibility when you lead the side you always want to lead from the front.”READ – Kohli, Rohit part of meeting where Dhoni was dropped. What lies ahead for ex-captain?However, the 30-year-old has his priorities clear and wants to help the team as a batsman first and then comes his captaincy.”I do understand that more so I am a player first, then a captain. My job as a player of the squad is to go out there and do well for the team. Captaincy is something I have enjoyed for the last few years.”I am still a stand-in captain and of course whenever I have led IPL team, I have enjoyed my time. It has made me understand my game a lot better and made me understand my teammates better,” Rohit said.advertisementREAD – MS Dhoni not dropped: Virat Kohli backs ex captain after T20I snubWest Indies have had India’s number in T20s recently and the visitors have won all the previous four encounters between the sides including the semi-final defeat at the Eden Gardens in the World T20s in 2016.And captain Rohit is aware of the challenges ahead.”They are a dangerous team. They are one of the strongest sides in the world when it comes to T20s. We have seen that in the past. The way the approach this format in particular… We cannot forget all that as a team,” Rohit said on the eve of their match.”They have more experience. It’s a format they enjoy the most and they have had a lot of success as well. They will be a strong opposition without doubt.”It’s not going to be easy for us just to go there and win. We have to play our best cricket to beat them. The focus will be on our team rather than what they do as a team. We do understand what they bring to the table,” Rohit signed off.The three T20Is woll be played in Kolkata (November 4), Lucknow (November 6) and Chennai (November 11).
The Best Oktoberfest Beers to Sip On This Season Editors’ Recommendations For 30y ears, a group of breweries has chugged along helping slowly prepare us the massive brewery explosion of the last five years.There are older and larger beer pioneers, but the first boom in breweries was in 1988, when a slew of them opened across the United States, from New York to Oregon and in many states in between.Class of 1988:Goose Island Beer Co.Rogue AlesBrooklyn BreweryDeschutes BreweryNorth Coast BrewingGreat Lakes Brewing Company The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts Kentucky Breweries are Plowing Ahead on the Bourbon Trail Goose Island Beer Co., Rogue Ales, Brooklyn Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, North Coast Brewing, and Great Lakes Brewing Company were among those breweries that opened in 1988 and have gone on to become household names in the beer industry and helped shape the consumer mindset.Today, each of those breweries has a large portfolio of ales and lagers consumers can happily slug down, but to survive and become some of the largest breweries in the nation, they had to start small. Almost all of them started as a small direct-to-consumer brewpub (except Brooklyn), and most eventually pushed a single beer into the distribution to capture drinkers’ minds.Here’s a brief rundown of the Class of 1988’s most famous flagships.Honkers AleGoose Island Beer Co.Goose Island Beer Co./FacebookGoose Island Beer Co.’s founder John Hall didn’t set out to make this English-style bitter his flagship beer, but the customers at his Chicago brewpub did. With a love of the beers from England, Hall mostly offered British-style beers and it was this low-ABV and mellow, malt forward beer that captured the early customers’ hearts. A few years later in the mid-1990s, Goose Island would blow the socks off of those same customers and help shift the industry when the brewery released Bourbon County Stout, an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels.Black Butte PorterDeschutes BreweryDeschutes Brewery/FacebookGary Fish realized there was a smart move to be made for Deschutes Brewery’s future when his distributor suggested putting out this now iconic porter into the wider market. It wasn’t the best selling beer at the pub in Bend, Oregon, but it was different. Fish figured he’d take a large slice of a small pie than just become another light beer in the cooler. The strategy worked and Black Butte is still the best-selling porter in the U.S. That, and the one-two punch of Black Butte with Mirror Pond Pale Ale is still one to be reckoned with.Brooklyn LagerBrooklyn BreweryBrooklyn Brewery/FacebookLike another East Coast brewery that started in the 1980s, Brooklyn started its life as a brewery contracting out production of its all-malt darker lager. The superb lager along with amazing branding by the famed designer Milton Glaser helped build Brooklyn into a global brewing name. Eventually, Brooklyn started brewing in its own facility and brewmaster Garrett Oliver has turned into one of beer’s superstars.Dortmunder GoldGreat Lakes BrewingGreat Lakes Brewing/FacebookGreat Lakes Brewing actually has two early flagships, both lighter-colored lagers paying tribute to Cleveland’s brewing and blue-collar heritage, Dortmunder Gold and Eliot Ness Amber Lager. Founders Pat and Dan Conway teamed up with Chicago’s Siebel Institute to come up with the recipes to prove to the community a brewery was the right fit for the town. Both beers are supremely palatable and just the right taste for the market, which continued to develop its taste for more adventurous beers. Great Lakes Christmas Ale and Edmund Fitzgerald might be more heralded beers in the beer community, but without Dortmunder and Eliot Ness, those might never exist.Old RasputinNorth Coast Brewing CompanyNorth Coast Brewing Company/FacebookProbably not technically the North Coast’s OG flagship, this California brewery has been going big since Year One with a Russian Imperial Stout that has found its way on many shelves across the nation. For early adopters in the beer industry, this was likely among, if not, the first of the style they drank. Still a wonderful example of the style, Old Rasputin was a perfect companion to the brewery’s Red Seal Ale and Scrimshaw Pilsner, more familiar taste profiles to the beers of the time.Dead GuyRogue AlesRogue Ales & Spirits/FacebookRogue Ales has long been known for experimentations, so it’s appropriate the Oregon brewery’s flagship came from one. Rogue dinked and dunked their way to the flagship home run when the brewery was brewing up a collaboration for a local TexMex chain and stumbled upon the perfect combination of beer, name and logo. The maibock, a malt-forward, bittersweet beer, was one of the first craft beers to see national shelves, and as Rogue continued to diversify its business Dead Guy likely became the first beer to have its own branded whiskey. Rogue’s lesson in flagships was one many of that year’s — and more recent — breweries have learned.
L’année scolaire tire à sa fin et de plus en plus de jeunes gens feront leur entrée dans de nouveaux lieux de travail : c’est pourquoi le ministère du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire et la Commission d’indemnisation des accidentés du travail de la Nouvelle-Écosse (WCB NS) exhortent les travailleurs et les employeurs à faire de la sécurité en milieu de travail une priorité. Pour les travailleurs âgés de 15 à 24 ans, plus de 40 p. 100 de toutes leurs blessures se produisent entre juin et septembre. Au cours des cinq dernières années, trois jeunes travailleurs sont allés au travail et ne sont jamais revenus chez eux. En 2017, sur les 23 952 travailleurs blessés dans des lieux de travail assurés par le WCB NS, 3179 étaient de jeunes travailleurs et 527 d’entre eux ont subi des blessures suffisamment graves pour devoir s’absenter du travail pendant au moins trois jours. Bien que ce nombre ait continué de baisser depuis 2015, où il était de 647, il reste encore du chemin à faire. Les jeunes travailleurs se blessent le plus souvent quand ils travaillent dans le secteur du détail et l’industrie du tourisme d’accueil, et ils se blessent fréquemment dans les secteurs manufacturier et de la construction. Se faire frapper par un objet et le surmenage sont les deux grandes causes des blessures pour cette catégorie de travailleurs. En 2013, Cody Ross travaillait comme conducteur d’équipement lourd sur un chantier de forage et de dynamitage lorsqu’un lourd morceau d’acier est tombé sur une de ses mains. Il avait 26 ans à l’époque et il occupait son nouvel emploi depuis quatre mois seulement. « J’étais terrifié à l’idée de ne pas savoir si j’allais perdre ma main ou des doigts ou quelle était l’ampleur des dommages », a confié Cody. L’accident a écrasé ses doigts et lui a coupé le pouce de la main gauche, sa main dominante. Depuis, Cody a subi 14 opérations et il a suivi une thérapie pour l’aider à composer avec le traumatisme. Incapable de reprendre son ancien emploi, il a décidé de faire carrière en santé et sécurité au travail. « Je l’ai vécu. Je suis un parfait exemple de ce qui peut arriver, ajoute M. Ross. Je veux tenter d’empêcher que ces accidents n’arrivent à d’autres personnes. » « Nous avons tous un rôle à jouer quand il s’agit de créer une culture de la sécurité, que nous soyons parents, employeurs ou travailleurs, déclare le directeur général du WCB NS, Stuart MacLean. Les jeunes travailleurs sont des membres indispensables de notre main-d’œuvre et ils sont l’avenir de la province. Les employeurs doivent veiller à ce que tous les travailleurs reçoivent une formation adéquate en matière de sécurité au travail et à ce qu’ils comprennent leurs droits et leurs responsabilités. « Les parents doivent poursuivre le dialogue à ce sujet à la maison et j’encourage les travailleurs à poser des questions et à ne faire leur travail que s’ils peuvent le faire en toute sécurité. » Pour de plus amples renseignements et pour de la documentation sur la sécurité des jeunes travailleurs, consultez worksafeforlife.ca/youngworkers (site en anglais seulement). Pour les jeunes travailleurs qui ont des questions sur les droits des employés, consultez la Division des normes de travail en composant sans frais le 1-888-315-0110 ou en allant à l’adresse worksafeforlife.ca/youngworkers. Le site est en anglais, mais le Guide du code des normes de travail est offert en français.
Kolkata: The Metro authorities transferred the station master of Park Street Metro station and has decided to set up two extra entry-exit gates on the platform through which trains travel from Noapara to Kavi Subhas. The move, according to sources, comes after two major untoward incidents in Park Street within a period of one month.Last Tuesday, a girl commuter complained that the rake she was travelling in, started moving with her shoulder stuck outside the doors. Aatreyee Bhattacharya took to Twitter to narrate her ordeal. The Train Information Management System (TIMS) data of the Metro, however, revealed that the door in which she got stuck had remained open for seven extra seconds and the train started moving only after it was closed. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Park Street is one of the busiest stations in our route and it is the only station in the entire route where the ticket counter and the platform is located on the same floor. People, while purchasing tickets, can see whether the train is in the platform and the tendency of rushing to catch the train is obvious. So we have decided to install two extra gates to facilitate passenger movement,” a source with the Metro authority said. It may be mentioned that on July 13, Sajal Kanjilal, a resident of Kasba, was killed while trying to board a Kavi Subhash-bound Metro train from Park Street station during busy office hours when the rake started moving with a portion of his body hanging outside the sliding doors. Apart from Park Street, station masters of Netaji and Kavi Subhas Metro stations have also been transferred.
New Delhi: Four Twitter handles have been suspended after the government told Twitter to remove certain accounts linked to people from outside Jammu and Kashmir which are spreading rumours on the platform, said sources on Monday. At least 8 Twitter accounts were reportedly circulating fake news and are “either being run by the ISI or the Pakistan Army”. The micro-blogging site took action against four of these and the remaining were also likely to be suspended soon, sources said. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year There has been a spurt in the spread of fake news and misinformation amid continued lockdown of Jammu and Kashmir following abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution on August 5. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Monday dismissed as “malicious” a tweet by a Pakistani journalist about an alleged rift between the central force and the Jammu and Kashmir Police. “The malicious content of this tweet is absolutely baseless and untrue. As always, all the security forces of India are working with coordination and bonhomie. Patriotism and our tricolour lie at the core of our hearts and existence, even when the color of our uniforms may differ,” the CRPF had tweeted. The Indian government is contemplating legal action against media outlets for reporting fabricated and baseless news relating to developments in Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier, prominent Pakistan news daily ‘Dawn’ went to the extent of claiming that over 10,000 people have gathered in Srinagar staging a protest over revocation of special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir.
An RCMP corporal who was a friend of three murdered Mounties is publicly condemning the commissioner’s testimony last week on the killings as a clear failure of leadership.“I hold you personally responsible for the deaths of my friends,” Cpl. Patrick Bouchard, who worked alongside the Mounties who died during a 2014 shooting rampage in Moncton, N.B., wrote in an open letter on Facebook.“I hold you responsible because you as a manager (you are not a leader) have placed money and image ahead of the safety of the members you are sworn to protect. You sir have failed us.”Commissioner Bob Paulson testified last Thursday at the RCMP’s trial on Labour Code charges in the shootings that management had concerns over the possible militarization of the force as it prepared to arm officers with high-powered carbine rifles.Carbine rifles were not available to general duty officers during Justin Bourque’s shooting spree on June 4, 2014, and numerous witnesses have testified they could have made a difference as Mounties tried to take on Bourque’s high-powered long guns with their service pistols.However, Paulson told the court that he worried that the carbines could “distance the public from the police.”The guns were approved in 2011, but their rollout was delayed on several occasions.Paulson also said under oath that the RCMP needs to demonstrate the ability to use force, but it is not central to its presence. “We have tanks, drones and machine guns, but are we going to a shoplifter with a carbine?” he testified.Constables Fabrice Gevaudan, Dave Ross and Doug Larche were killed, while constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen were wounded when Bourque targeted police officers in hopes of sparking an anti-government rebellion.Bouchard, who is a 15-year-veteran of the force and is now posted in the Miramichi area, said he worked alongside the officers and was deeply saddened and angered by their loss. He said Paulson’s testimony hit him “like I had been punched in the gut.”He said in an interview that he doesn’t accept the logic of Paulson’s arguments, and finds it difficult to accept that the top Mountie was willing to risk officers’ safety out of worries “we’ll look too mean.”“The militarization of police is in reaction to what society is today. If you take away police’s tools to do their jobs, you cut them off at the legs,” he said in a telephone interview on Thursday.“We would use that tool appropriately, just like any tool we have at our disposal.”Bouchard said that delay was ultimately Paulson’s responsibility.“It stayed on his desk and his was the final decision as the leader of the organization. He could have made this happen sooner and he could have prevented further tragedy.”The officer said the letter was sent to Paulson and he received no response.He said after he decided to post the letter publicly, he received dozens of phone calls and close to 800 likes on his post — many of them from retired and serving RCMP officers.Paulson, who is expected to retire at the end of this month, wasn’t immediately available for comment.Another veteran officer who was present for the commissioner’s testimony said Bouchard is far from alone in his frustration with Paulson’s defence of management’s actions.He spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing concern over repercussions for speaking publicly.The officer said on the day of the shooting he and his partners weren’t properly armed or trained by the force to deal with an active, outdoor shooter.He was particularly angered by Paulson’s comment about “going to a shoplifter with a carbine.”“If they don’t have enough confidence in their members, to think we’d go and respond to a shoplifter with a carbine, nothing more needs to be said,” he said.“It was insulting. … I was offended by a lot that was said.”The officer said some officers are taking the rare step of going public because there is a sense that senior management won’t listen through internal communication.“They (members of the RCMP) are frustrated, and they’ve had it. There’s a lack of trust toward senior management in the RCMP right now.”
OTTAWA – Future Seafoods Inc. is recalling Malpeque Oysters brand oysters due to possible salmonella contamination.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says consumers should not eat the recalled oysters.Distributors, retailers and food service establishments such as hotels and restaurants are being advised not to sell or use the recalled product.The affected oysters were supplied in 25-count packages with a harvest/process date of 09/10/18 and a harvest location of PE9B.The CFIA says the oysters were sold in Quebec and may have been distributed in other provinces or territories.It says there have been no reported illnesses associated with consumption of the product.Short-term symptoms of salmonella include fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea, while long-term complications may include severe arthritis.
2014 August 15, 2014 PM’s first address to the nation: Speaking from Red Fort, Prime Minister Modi announced the launch of Jan Dhan Yojana, ensuring bank accounts for all Indians. He also officially declared the dismantling of Planning Commission and announced the establishment of a ‘new institution’ (NITI Aayog).October 2, 2014 Swachh Bharat: Launched on Gandhi Jayanti, it intended to build 90 million toilets in rural India at a projected cost of Rs 1.96 lakh crore. The government claims that 30 out of 32 states/Union Territories are ODF now, but there has been a stream of reports stating that the practice is still prevalent and built toilets are inadequately engineered. Also Read – Torpedoing Bengal20152015-2018 Mob Lynching: Mohammad Akhlaq was the first to fall and there seemed to be no stopping. Vigilante groups across the country spread fear in the name of protecting custom. After widespread condemnation, on July 17, 2018, a Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, termed incidents of mob-lynching in India as ‘horrendous acts of mobocracy’.2016November 8, 2016 Demonetisation: It was announced as an effective countermeasure to rampant corruption and penetration of black money into the economy. Poor implementation caused major disruption in the lives of ordinary citizens and black money flourishes unrestricted. Also Read – Educational model of coexistence2017February 15, 2017 India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) successfully managed to launch 104 satellites into space in a single go, a remarkable achievement by ISRO.July 1, 2017 GST roll out by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley caused a paradigm shift in India’s tax system. Hiccups in implementation though still persist.2018January 12, 2018 SC judges’ historic press conference: The judiciary displayed visible cracks when four senior-most judges called a press conference to voice discomfort with Chief Justic Dipak Misra in allocation of cases that could eventually hamper democratic fabric of the nation. March 11, 2018 The International Solar Alliance jointly launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron held its first meeting in New Delhi on March 11, 2018 to contribute to Paris Climate Agreement by actively promoting solar usage.March 6-12, 2018 Kisan March: In March 2018, 25,000 farmers marched from the city of Nashik to Mumbai to demand debt relief, minimum support prices and land rights. And, in late November, 20,000 farmers marched from Thane to Mumbai to demand drought compensation. On October 2, 2018, more than 30,000 farmers came knocking at the doors of India’s capital city, New Delhi.September 6, 2018 Abolition of Section 377 by Supreme Court received applause from across society. For the first time, India’s LGBTQ community will not be subject to harassment by law and police. Society though is yet to evolve.October 2018 CBI crisis: Infighting within CBI became ugly with corruption charges against No 1 and No 2 officers. On January 10, 2019, the selection panel officially removed Verma from his position.NOVEMBER 2018 Indiscriminate pellet gun firing in Kashmir injured a 19-month child who suffered eye injuries – this incident caught international attention and a renewed anger towards India’s inadequacy in Kashmir was realised. The widespread use of pellet guns against protesters in recent years has led to an estimated 3,000 people in the region sustaining eye injuries – locals call it a ‘dead eye epidemic’. 2019February 14, 2019 The Pulwama terror attack, where a truck loaded with explosives rammed into a CRPF convoy, leading to the death of 40 CRPF jawans, was mourned by whole of India. This was soon followed by the Balakot air strikes by India on Pakistan. March 27, 2019 Mission Shakti launched by India to test its A-SAT capacities in space was a success that lent India an entry into the elite club of space powers with proven access to such technology. India is only the fourth country to achieve this status.
DOHA – Al-Jazeera television on Thursday organised a “global day of action” in solidarity with its four journalists detained in Egypt over accusations of supporting the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.Dozens of staff of the Doha-based satellite news channel staged a five-minute gathering at the network’s headquarters.“It is not a crime to be a journalist,” read banners carried by Al-Jazeera staff, some of them with their mouth taped, an Al-Jazeera journalist told AFP. The channel said protests were held in other cities in support of the campaign.In Khartoum, around 100 Sudanese journalists and activists staged a silent vigil on a street near the office of the satellite channel, an AFP journalist reported.Al-Jazeera declared Thursday a “global day of action” in support of its staff and for media freedom in general.The detained Al-Jazeera staff in Egypt include Australian journalist Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian colleague Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.They have been held since December in a case that has sparked an international outcry.Their trial began in a Cairo court last week, against the backdrop of strained ties between Cairo and Doha, which backed deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and his now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.Morsi was ousted by the army in July.The government has designated the Brotherhood a “terrorist organisation”, although the group denies involvement in a spate of bombings since Morsi’s overthrow.The three journalists are accused of supporting the Brotherhood and broadcasting false reports, charges denied by the television network.A fourth Al-Jazeera journalist, Abdullah al-Shami, has been held since August.
Rabat – The Moroccan-Jewish couple who wanted to immigrate to Israel following their eviction from an apartment where they had lived for 46 years, have reportedly cancelled their plans to leave the country after receiving a call from the Interior Ministry, Mohammed Hassad, promising them to open an investigation on the subject.The Moroccan-Jewish Family, a man (rabbi) named Shalom Abdelhak and his wife Messody Wizman, (both in their eighties), were kicked out of their Casablanca apartment by what they have described as the “real estate mafia.”The flight of the old rabbi Shalom Abdelhak and his wife Messody was scheduled for Thursday at 4 p.m., but it was finally cancelled after the Interior Minister requested them not to leave. According to media reports, the Interior Minister contacted the Moroccan Jewish couple on instructions of the head of government Abdelillah Benkirane.The Moroccan-Jewish Family has been staying for several days with their neighbor Messody Cohen, while their furniture were still kept in their former house.The couple and some of their Jewish neighbors posted a video on YouTube last month, calling on the King Mohammed VI to protect them from their landlord who was threatening to evict them from the apartment where they had lived for almost 50 years.In the video, Shalom said that he had been paying living in this apartment for over 46 years.Throughout this period, he said he had been paying his rent on a regular basis and never had any problems with the owners of the building.
“Central and East European labour markets have increased their flexibility, but the forms of flexibility are different from those to be found in the OECD [Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development] countries,” says Alena Nesporova, co-author of the study, with Sandrine Cazes. In developed countries, job turnover increases during economic boom times because higher demand for labour encourages people to leave their jobs for better ones, while during recessions labour turnover declines due to low demand, according to the report, Labour markets in transition: Balancing flexibility and security in Central and Eastern Europe. In the transition countries, however, people do not trust the economic health of many of the companies offering new jobs. They know that if they become unemployed their loss of income would be dramatic and the support provided by labour market and social welfare institutions is poor. For these reasons, they prefer to stay in their current jobs even during an economic upswing. Between 1994 and 2002 unemployment increased to 19.9 per cent from 14 per cent in Poland and to 7.3 per from 4.1 per cent in the Czech Republic. In 2000 unemployment rose to 13.4 per cent in the Russian Federation, compared to 8.1 per cent in 1994, according to the report. Only two transition countries saw a drop in unemployment between 1994 and 2002: to 5.8 per cent from 10.7 per cent in Hungary and to 6.4 per cent from 9 per cent in Slovenia, the agency says. The report recommends that countries review their labour legislation with a view to protecting workers, especially those in the informal sector. The authors also recommend that transition countries spend more money on labour market policies and strengthen social dialogue between governments, workers and employers.
The University of Maryland is now part of Big Ten country. For Ohio State’s part, OSU athletic director Gene Smith said he is happy with the addition. Maryland’s Board of Regents voted “overwhelmingly” to approve the university’s application to the Big Ten Conference, prompting current Big Ten presidents to assemble for a Monday teleconference where the school’s admittance was approved unanimously. Maryland athletics, which bears the nickname “Terrapins,” a kind of turtle, will abandon the Atlantic Coast Conference after nearly six decades of membership. Maryland is expected to negotiate down the ACC’s $50 million exit fee to help facilitate the conference switch. Maryland’s move to the Big Ten will take effect July 1, 2014. Maryland President Dr. Wallace D. Loh said talks about the school’s move to the Big Ten began to heat up about two weeks ago. The move to the conference rooted traditionally in Midwestern universities, Loh said, was motivated by the need to stabilize its athletic department’s finances. “This is, today, a watershed moment for Maryland,” Loh said during a Monday press conference at the university’s student union in College Park, Md. “Membership in the Big Ten is in the strategic interest in the University of Maryland. As member … we will be able to ensure the financial stability of (Maryland athletics) for decades to come.” As Loh spoke, he was joined on an elevated platform by coaches from 15 of the university’s 20 athletics teams, as well athletic director Kevin Anderson, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and university Chancellor William E. “Brit” Kirwan, a former OSU president. Smith welcomed Maryland, the 13th team in the Big Ten, and Terrapins fans during a Monday press conference at the Fawcett Center. “I just wanted to take this opportunity to extend to Maryland and its constituency and its fans, all the people who work at the University of Maryland, a warm welcome on behalf of Ohio State University and Buckeye Nation,” Smith said. “We look forward to having you as a member of our family and embracing your rich tradition and everything that you mean to higher education and intercollegiate athletics. “It’s a great move for our conference. When you think about where the landscape is today (and) what is happening in intercollegiate athletics, there is going to be, and, I think, as we move toward the future and years out, there will continue to be some change. Maryland is a great addition to our conference, so we’re looking forward to getting down to the details of trying to deal with the scheduling issues.” Rutgers is expected to be added as the Big Ten’s 14th team Tuesday, according to multiple reports, but Smith did not comment on that possibility, saying instead, “today is about Maryland.” Delany also declined to comment on the possibility of a Rutgers addition during the press conference in College Park.
CDE Mining has announced a new project with Australian company Arrium Mining to process almost 17 Mt of low-grade iron ore fines currently stockpiled in waste dumps and convert it into saleable product. The investment involves the provision of two new processing plants in Australia. The first new plant is to be located at Arrium Mining’s Iron Knob mining location processing the substantive stockpiles of low grade iron ore that have accumulated over the life of the mining of the Iron Monarch and Iron Princess deposits – mining of the Iron Monarch first commenced in 1899.Following processing of the low grade dumps from the Iron Monarch and Iron Princess deposits the new processing plant will target the processing of the local scree ore deposit. The second plant will be installed at the Iron Baron mining location, and similar to the Iron Knob, will process low grade iron ore stockpiled over the history of mining since 1930, and then progress into the Iron Empress and Iron Baroness Scree ore deposits in this region.The first plant at the Iron Monarch deposit will have an annual processing capacity of 1.8 Mt. The feed rate for the plant is 250 t/h and it will run for 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. The second plant will be integrated into the front end of an existing gravity separation circuit, and will be fed at a rate of 700 t/h for an annual processing capacity of 6.1 Mt.The upgrading of the Fe content of the low grade dumps will be achieved by efficiently removing silica (Si02) and alumina (AI203) from the feed material. Silica levels in the feed material range from 14% to 20% and this is expected to be reduced to 6.4% after processing. Alumina levels range from 5.9% to 8.8% in the feed material and will be reduced to 2.8% after processing. The plant will also remove clays from the feed material and the combined effect will see the Fe content increase from between 43.4% and 52.7% in the feed to nominally a 60% iron ore product.“There are several attrition stages built into the plants to ensure we are able to remove the silica, alumina and clay contamination effectively and deliver a final product to the specification required by Arrium Mining” explains Chris McKeown, Technical Manager with CDE Mining. “A large part of this work is done by our AggMax modular logwasher.”The modular nature of the plant offered by CDE was a large factor in winning this project as Gavin Hobart, General Manager Development with Arrium Mining explains. “We visited several CDE projects in Australia, Norway, UK and Brazil and observed how the AggMax had been applied successfully on similar projects. This gave us confidence that it provided an innovative way to tackle clay bound materials. We were also impressed by the fact that the time required for installation and commissioning of the plant is reduced as a result of the integration of several processing phases onto one machine.”The processing plant includes a range of equipment from the CDE Mining product portfolio including the M-Series modular washing plant, AggMax modular logwasher, EvoWash fine washing plant, spirals, jigs, ShearClean attrition cells, transfer conveyors and radial stockpile conveyors. The plant also includes a tailings management system which allows for the concentration of the 0-3mm rejects into a sludge that is then pumped to the tailings dams. This tailings management system also facilitates the recycling of up to 90% of process water.“The provision of a tried and tested tailings management system was a critical element of this project” explains Gavin Hobart. “It is essential that we are able to recycle and re-use large volumes of process water as access to fresh supplies are limited.”According to CDE, this project represents a new approach to mining projects like this. “The modular nature of our equipment has a number of benefits” explains Chris McKeown. “The time required for installation and commissioning is reduced, transfer point efficiency is improved and the overall environmental impact of the project is reduced. The plant can also be accommodated in much less space than is the case when the stick build approach is used.”In addition to the processing plant the contract with CDE Mining also includes a preventative maintenance program delivered by CDE CustomCare. This not only ensures the availability of critical spares on site but provides for regular plant audits by CDE service engineers to ensure performance requirements are maintained.The picture shows an AggMax modular logwasher on a CDE Mining iron ore project
Stay on target It’s now less than three weeks until the Tokyo Game Show 2016 kicks off, and with it (I hope) the official unveiling of the NX by Nintendo. That won’t stop leaks and rumors appearing about the hardware, though, with the latest covering the functionality of the controller units.The Nintendo NX is expected to be a combination of a home console and portable handheld gaming unit, which in one fell swoop will replace the Wii U and 3DS hardware. The home console portion will just be a box attached to your TV with all the interesting stuff happening in the controller. that controller consists of a display with two clip-on controller units. It will be like a thin version of the Wii U GamePad, or what the original Game Boy Advance would look like if you made a 2016 version.The latest information leak relates to the functionality of those detachable controller units. Apparently both sections that clip on either side of the display will contain force feedback and motion control capabilities. That means games could implement directional force feedback if, for example, you get hit from the left then the left controller unit can vibrate. But the feedback is meant to go far beyond just a vibration and is described as “very similar to the Vive controller” offering a range of intensities and pulsing patterns.The motion control is thought to be the equivalent of the Wii Remote Plus, allowing for input to be recognized from rotating the NX controller as you play. But I see another use for such functionality. What about if you can use the controller units detached from the display? That way you could hold one in each hand when sat/stood in front of the TV and play motion control games just like you used to on the Wii. Only this time, there’s no wire like there was between the Wii remote and Nunchuk and you’ve got advanced force feedback, too.Adding functionality like this all adds up to a portable gaming experience that’s easy to make different from smartphone gaming. Of course, achieving that requires some clever designers to sit down and create the games that use it effectively… Over to you Shigeru Miyamoto! <> NX Revealed as the Nintendo SwitchNintendo NX launches December 31 for $450 according to UK retailer 1/20Game Boy 1/20Game Boy Color 1/20Game Boy Advance 1/20Game Boy Advance SP 1/20Game Boy Micro 1/20Nintendo DS 1/20Nintendo DS Lite 1/20Nintendo DSi 1/20Nintendo DSi XL 1/20Nintendo 3DS 1/20Nintendo 3DS XL 1/20Nintendo 2DS 1/20New Nintendo 3DS and New 3DS XL 1/20Nintendo Entertainment System 1/20Super Nintendo Entertainment System 1/20GameCube 1/20Nintendo 64 1/20Wii 1/20Wii U 1/20Nintendo NX?
Are you using a reduced tillage practice on your farm such as conservation tillage, strip-till or no-till? Do you grow cover crops? Have you taken steps to reduce soil loss or improve water quality? These are just a few conservation practices used on some farms today that help to produce sustainable U.S. soybeans. If you are using one of these practices or perhaps others, we want to hear about your accomplishments and you could win a Conservation Legacy Award.All U.S. soybean farmers are eligible to enter to win a Conservation Legacy Award. The award recognizes U.S. soybean farmers who distinguish themselves through outstanding environmental and conservation practices, while remaining profitable. Entries are judged on soil management, water management, input management, farmstead protection and conservation and environmental management. Three regional winners and one national winner are selected.Award Winners Receive:An expense paid trip for two to Commodity Classic, March 3-5, 2016, in New Orleans, La.Recognition at the ASA Awards Banquet at Commodity Classic.A feature on your farm and conservation practices in Corn & Soybean Digest and a special online video.New – Potential opportunity to join other farmer-leaders on a trip to visit international customers of U.S. soybeans.The Conservation Legacy Awards are sponsored by the American Soybean Association, BASF, Corn & Soybean Digest, Monsanto and the United Soybean Board/soybean checkoff.More information on past winners of the award and how to submit your application is available here. All applications must be submitted by Sept. 1, 2015.
The fire is currently four miles to the north of the highway. The aerial firefighting campaign will ramp up Saturday with the addition of “Scoopers” from Canada. These large airplanes are specially designed to scoop water from nearby Skilak and Hidden lakes and attack the fire’s edge. Those recreating in these areas should remain alert for and stay away from the center of the lakes for these firefighting aircraft. Operations Chief Chris Wennogle: “Four hand crews are working to mop up the critical southwest corner which gives protection to the community of Sterling. An additional eight crews are working to connect control lines to cut the east flank of the fire off as light and persistent winds push the fire closer to the Sterling Highway corridor. That being said the fight isn’t over, it’s hot, it’s dry, and the fire is continuing to grow.”Roughly 200 residents came out to a community meeting in Sterling on Friday night to listen to the Incident command staff discuss the current fire situation and the anticipated fire movement and behavior over the next several days. The Swan Lake Fire is remaining within 4 miles of the Sterling Highway. Travelers are reminded that an inversion layer combined with smoke near MP 60-70 has the potential to quickly reduce visibility which may require the use of pilot cars or alternate routes. Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously, use headlights, and give the right-of-way to any fire traffic in the area. Kale Casey with the State Division of Forestry: “We are just getting a lot of heat, and really utilizing our aircrafts to cool it off. We are still fighting the fight. People will notice a cumulus cloud, which is going to be roughly 4 miles north of the highway.” The addition of three type 2 Alaska hand crews as well as the recent influx of the Redmond, Wolf Creek, Vale, Winema and Lakeview hotshot crews have bolstered efforts to establish direct and indirect lines on the critical east and southeastern perimeter lines.Recently inserted hotshot crews are tasked with implementing strategies to slow down fire progression on the eastern flank as the fire has burned on the east side of Mystery Creek Road and towards high mountain terrain. Aerial resources continue to be instrumental as ground crews called in rotary and fixed wind aircraft to target areas of concern to slow fire spread towards the Sterling Highway. Incident Meteorologist Julia Ruthford: “Saturday as we get winds off of the Cook Inlet coming into the area, that will help the conditions be slightly more moist than they have been. However, on Sunday and further into next week we are moving into a warmer and drier trend. This will be a concern for the firefighters.” Wennogle: “The main challenge I would say is the amount of ground we have to cover, and it’s difficult. To be honest with you, the folks out there have been working 16 hours a day and sleeping in the swamps with the mosquitos and doing the best work they can do.” An air quality advisory has been issued until Monday, June 24 for southcentral Alaska for smoke conditions related to current fire operations. The Department of Environmental Conservation advises people with respiratory or heart disease problems to avoid smoke impacted areas. Today is the Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew’s last shift securing the critical southwest containment line. The southwest containment line has halted the movement of the fire towards the community of Sterling. “They are working their tails off to prevent it from making a push toward the Sterling Highway,” Casey said. Original Post 7AM: Warmer temperatures and changing wind directions continue to test burn operations in the southwestern flank of the Swan Lake Fire, with the control line holding. The fire is estimated at 23,210 acres with 335 with boots on the ground and in the air. Continued updates will be posted to this story if any significant changes occur throughout Saturday. Hotshot Crews are working to establish and connect fire lines in the Mystery Creek Road area as the fire continues to burn through the thick black spruce stands in a southeasterly direction. Hotshot crews from the Lower 48 are working through the weekend to aggressively establish control lines, according to DOF. Noon Update: The fire is approximately 12 miles long and nearly 4 miles wide with continued growth each day on the eastern flank as weather is driving the fire primarily to the east and north. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on June 23rd, 2019 at 07:19 amUpdate 3PM: The fire remains roughly approximately 4 miles from the Sterling Highway. The hard work by the Alaskan crews in the southwest corner of the fire perimeter has significantly diminished the threat to the community of Sterling, according to the Division of Forestry. Call the Fire Information line at 208-391-3488, visit kpboem.com or inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/
Bonnier Corporation has redesigned Skiing magazine and increased its trim size effective with the September issue.“The purpose of the redesign was to make [Skiing] a more targeted magazine, a bigger magazine and to service the readers better,” a spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. With a trim size of 8-1/2” x 10-7/8, Skiing post-redesign is nearly a half-inch taller and about an inch wider.Bonnier calls it a “photo-driven” redesign, and now will print the magazine on heavier 40-pound grade four paper. “We’ve had great photography for years,” editor Jake Bogoch said in a statement. “But with the larger trim size, we decided to let the photos breathe. The magazine is streamlines and sleek, so we can do more with less. There’s absolutely no excuse to wreck beautiful photography with clutter.” According to the most recent Audit Bureau of Circulation figures, Skiing’s newsstand sales jumped 32.1 percent over the first half of 2008. Ad pages, however, fell 9.5 percent during the period, according to the Publishers Information Bureau.Skiing, which is published six times per year, is part of Bonnier’s Mountain Sports Media group, which also publishes Ski magazine and the SkiNet Web site. Bonnier does not have plans to redesign Ski, the spokesperson says.