TV serials should get political content vetted first: EC official

first_imgElection officials in Maharashtra have asked production houses of two Hindi TV serials accused of espousing the BJP-led government’s schemes to get ‘politically influential’ content vetted with them before it is telecast. The content telecast was a clear violation of the model election code, an official said. Maharashtra’s additional chief electoral officer Dilip Shinde, in an order issued on Monday said, “The production houses should get politically influential content checked from election officials before using it in their serials.” The Congress had taken objection to characters in the two TV serials praising government schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Swacch Bharat Abhiyan and Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana. The two production houses had subsequently replied to the notice.“Going by the content aired, it is evident that it is a violation of model code of conduct, he said. “We have asked the production houses to remove the content from the serials immediately,” he added. Mr. Shinde said the explanation from producers of the two serials affirms the poll officials’ opinion that the content aired intends to influence “one political party“.Election officials in Maharashtra directed producers of television serials Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hai and Tujhse Hai Raabta to remove content that was deemed to benefit prospects of a political party. Last week, office of chief Electoral Officer (CEO) had served notices to Binaifer Kohli and Sanjay Kohlis Edit II Productions (Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hai) and Sonali Potnis and Aamir Jaffers Full Media House (Tujhse Hai Raabta) after it received a complaint from the Congress, accusing the two shows of espousing the benefits of schemes run by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government.The producers had denied the allegations of promoting government schemes to propagate a political party, claiming they had no such intention. They also claimed that government schemes shown were general in nature,” the official said. The producers have also been asked to not to show any such content which may disturb the level playing field of any political party, the official said.last_img read more

Dalmiya cremated with full state honour

first_imgKolkata, Sep 21 (PTI) From his former rivals N Srinivasan and Sharad Pawar to the current BCCI heavyweights, the Indian cricket fraternity today bid an emotional farewell to Jagmohan Dalmiya, who was cremated with full state honour and gun salute. The 75-year-old talismanic cricket administrator passed away at 8.45 pm last night following a massive cardiac arrest at the B M Birla Heart Research Centre where he was admitted on Thursday evening. The news sent shock waves across the cricket fraternity who mourned the loss of the man who is credited for making the sport popular and rich, prompting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to announce a full state honours for the departed Dalmiya. Indias top cricket administrators including, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, ICC chairman Srinivasan, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, former presidents Sharad Pawar, Shashank Manohar gathered to pay their homage at Eden Gardens, where his body was kept for more than two hours. The chief minister came around 3pm as it was time for the state guard of honour followed by a three-round gun salute by 10 Kolkata Police officials. A senior member chanting Dalmiya Amar Rahe (long live Dalmiya) put the national flag on the body as it began its final journey to Keoratala crematorium. Banerjee, former India captain Sourav Ganguly along with state ministers and other CAB officials went to the crematorium to pay their homage as a pall of gloom descended on the city. His son and daughter performed the last rites by placing the body on the wooden pyre with sandalwood at 4pm. Earlier, accompanied by Ravi Shastri, BCCI secretary Thakur was the first to come and the duo first went to Dalmiyas 10 Alipore Road residence from where the Team India director left for the national camp in Bengaluru. Dalmiyas last journey began from his residence at 12.15pm before arriving at his second home Eden Gardens around 1 pm accompanied by son Avishek, daughter Vaishali and wife Chandralekha and other relatives. More PTI TAP/PNT AH MRM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Serena aims for ‘outrageous’ Australian Open comeback

first_imgRELATED COMMENT TH02SERENA1 TH02SERENA1 August 16, 2017 SHARE Serena Williams withdraws from Australian Open SHARE SHARE EMAIL × Serena Williams, feeling “new power” from her pregnancy, is already preparing for an Australian Open title defense in January.In a wide-ranging interview with Vogue touching on motherhood, body image and race, Williams said she had set herself a goal of playing Melbourne.“It’s the most outrageous plan,” the 36 year-old Williams, who is expecting her first child next month. “I just want to put that out there. That’s, like, three months after I give birth. I’m not walking anything back, but I’m just saying it’s pretty intense,” she said.She was already pregnant when she won her 23rd at the Australian Open last January.Williams said during her pregnancy layoff she had kept a close eye on the tennis world, including her sister Venus’s run to the Wimbledon final. She also has her eye on matching Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles.“Obviously, if I have a chance to go out there and catch up with Margaret, I am not going to pass that up,” Williams said. “If anything, this pregnancy has given me a new power.”The idea of powerWilliams says she’s had a “love-hate relationship with the idea of power” as it relates to her game, sometimes irked that her skill and strategy seemed to be overlooked.“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to feel differently about it. Power is beauty. Strength is beauty. So now on the court I want people to think that I’m powerful,” she said.But she’s dismayed to think that many interpret her on-court determination as “mean”—something she believes has to do with race. “I feel like people think I’m mean,” she says. “Really tough and really mean and really street. I believe that the other girls in the locker room will say, ‘Serena’s really nice.’ But Maria Sharapova, who might not talk to anybody, might be perceived by the public as nicer. Why is that? Because I’m black and so I look mean? That’s the society we live in. That’s life. They say African-Americans have to be twice as good, especially women. I’m perfectly okay with having to be twice as good.” Published on tennis COMMENTSlast_img read more

Neymar Loses Brazil Captaincy To Dani Alves For Copa America

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian star Neymar lost his national team’s captaincy for the Copa America to veteran Dani Alves, in another move suggesting the striker will be under heavy pressure to deliver the title of the South American tournament on home soil.Brazil’s football confederation, CBF, said in a statement on Monday that 36-year-old defender Alves, a close friend of Neymar’s who plays with him at Paris Saint-Germain, will start wearing the armband in the friendly against Qatar on June 5 in Brasilia.The Copa America will be played between June 14 and July 7, and Brazil’s first match will be against Bolivia in Sao Paulo on opening day.CBF also said Brazil coach Tite informed Neymar of his decision on Saturday, the day the Paris Saint-Germain striker arrived at the national team’s training ground outside Rio de Janeiro. The soccer body also said Alves will only join the group on Tuesday, but was informed on Sunday of his new status.Daniel Alves será o capitão da #SeleçãoBrasileira na Copa América. Boa sorte, craque! ⚽?? #JogaBolaSaiba mais em @lucasFigfoto / CBF— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) May 27, 2019Tite, Neymar and Dani Alves have not talked about the decision yet.The 27-year-old Neymar was his national team’s captain since the elimination in the World Cup quarterfinals against Belgium in 2018. Brazil’s coach said then he wanted to give more responsibilities to the striker, who is under criticism from Brazil fans since his unconvincing performances in Russia.Tite’s decision comes after Neymar’s altercation with a fan at the French Cup final on April 27. The striker apologized for the altercation after PSG lost on penalties to Rennes, but that was not enough to keep the armband. Brazil’s coach has been under pressure since to take away the captaincy from Neymar.New captain Alves won Copa America in 2007, and scored a goal in the 3-0 victory against Argentina in the final. He has the highest number of caps on Brazil with 138.The right-back was expected to be Brazil’s captain during the World Cup in Russia, but he suffered a left knee injury that didn’t allow him to play.Brazil’s preparations for Copa America were halted on Monday, with players resuming training Tuesday afternoon.Brazil is in Group A with Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Brisbane International: Daniil Medvedev stuns Milos Raonic to reach semis

first_imgFourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev defeated Milos Raonic 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals at the Brisbane International.The score was level at 4-4 in the third, when Medvedev got the decisive break on a succession of unforced errors from 2016 Brisbane champion Raonic. Medvedev will next meet either Alex de Minaur and 2008 Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who were playing in the later quarter-final match.No. 2-seeded Kei Nishikori and Jeremy Chardy have already progressed to a semi-final on Saturday.Donna Vekic trounced 2018 finalist Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 6-0 to reach the women’s semifinals, where she will play either fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova or Ajla Tomljanovic.last_img

New technique to repair shoulder muscle tear

first_imgWhen Hemant Kumar (18), a national-level wrestler from Bhiwani, Haryana, went to an orthopaedic, he was diagnosed with a frozen shoulder. Doctors put him on steroids but he did not get any relief.Then, he reached BLK Hospital where the doctors detected him with muscle tear known as rotator cuff tear (RCT). Similarly, Dr V K Saraswat, scientist and NITI Aayog member, is also a patient of RCT. A new technique called minimal invasive surgery (arthroscopic rotator cuff repair) started at BLK Hospital has given a fresh lease of life to Hemant and many other patients who were diagnosed with RCT.If the normal shoulder pain exists for more than three weeks, it could be RCT, said city doctors. RCT is a group of four muscles over the shoulder joint, which with the advancing age, undergoes degeneration causing long term pain and tear in the muscle.”I was undergoing acute shoulder pain and was not able join my practice. When the pain did not subside with medicines and exercise, I was detected with RCT. My treatment started and it is a great relief to me now. Soon I am going to start my sports activities,” said Hemant.ALSO READ | Sakshi Malik aims for Asian Wrestling Championship goldALSO READ | Poll protection: Delhi netas scramble to rope in bouncerslast_img read more

The world according to Amitav Ghosh

first_imgBook ExcerptOn the day of journey, when I boarded the aircraft, I was aware, for the first time in many months, of a pleasurable sense of anticipation. My seat, with its console of buttons and its elaborate entertainment system, was all that I could have asked for; I settled in contentedly, intending to make the most of the next seven hours.But just as I was about to try out the noise-cancelling headset, I caught the sound of an excited conversation across the aisle: an elegantly dressed blonde woman and a suntanned man in a business suit were loudly exchanging words like ‘fire’ and ‘evacuation’.I thought, at first, that they were talking about a film (they looked like Hollywood people). But then, as others joined in, it became clear that they were concerned about some sort of emergency that was currently unfolding in Los Angeles. I had not kept up with the news that week. Now, looking at my smartphone, I learnt that massive wildfires had been raging around Los Angeles for several days. Thousands of acres of land had been incinerated and tens of thousands of people had been moved to safety.Startled by the news, I rose inadvertently to my feet… but no sooner had I stirred than two uniformed members of the crew came barrelling down the aisle to tell me, very brusquely, that I couldn’t get up, the fasten seat belt sign was on, and the plane was about to start taxiing. ‘Sir! You need to lower your voice… ‘But I just saw this…’ I held up my phone to show her a news item about the wildfires. In the process my forefinger inadvertently touched an icon on the screen and suddenly an eerie, keening sound burst out of the overhead luggage bin, filling the whole cabin and turning every head in my direction….advertisementSuch was my state of mind that I did not immediately recognise the sound that was pouring out of the luggage bin as one of my favourite pieces of music, a passage from Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s ‘Allah Hoo’. Although I loved this recording dearly, no sound could have been more unwelcome to my ears at that moment, especially when I saw its effect on the people around me.”…Instead of tapping my phone, to turn off the app, I panicked and leapt up to reach for the luggage bin – and the stewardess in turn leapt to intercept me. There followed a short scuffle. It ended with me collapsing on my seat while the stewardess stood in the aisle, hands on hips, glowering at me. ‘Sir, if you don’t calm down immediately you will be removed from this aircraft.'”I’m sorry…I’m sorry…I’m sorry…””In the meantime, ‘Allah Hoo’ was still blasting from my Bluetooth speaker… As my gaze rose, trembling, from my phone, it encountered ranks of faces staring at me with expressions that ranged from bewilderment to terror.””I shrank into my seat, mumbling abjectly: ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry…’- Excerpted from Gun Island By Amitav GhoshPublished by Penguin,Rs 699Author Interview:Amitav Ghosh’s new novel is being spoken of as the book of the year in India’s literary circles. Gun Island takes its protagonist Dinanath Dutta on an adventurous quest across the Sunderbans, Venice and Los Angeles chasing the legend of the ‘Bonduki Sadagar.’ Although some parts of the book read like a thriller, the author also revisits some of his familiar tropes along the way, think etymology, seafarers and penguins who beach themselves. Days after receiving the Jnanpith award, in an exclusive interview to Aasheesh Sharma, Amitav Ghosh speaks out his heart to discuss climate change, right wing politics, Boris Johnson, his love for racquet sports and his writing rituals. Edited excerpts.Although you say fiction shouldn’t be didactic, you’ve often said that novelists need to critique the world around them. This was an argument in your last work of non-fiction. Do you think Gun Island is an answer to the questions you raised in The Great Derangement?I suppose you could say that. At least my work is attentive to the world around me and that’s exactly what I tried to do. I’ve tried to write a book about the real world we live in and a world that doesn’t get the attention that it should.How different was setting your new novel in this century, a break from your Ibis trilogy?It sure is a departure from the last three novels that I’ve written, but I have written a number of other books set in the here and now. The Calcutta Chromosome that I wrote in 1995 was very much involved with the way the Internet works, even artificial intelligence. The Shadow Lines and Circle of Reason were all contemporary works. But Gun Island is attentive to the emergent reality that we see around us today, this incredible climate disruption, the weird events that are happening around us. One of the roles of a novelist is to be attentive to things around and put them in our books.advertisementYou’ve said about Cinta’s character in Gun Island, “The more I wrote about her, the more important she became.” How did her character evolve? Yes, she is a standout character for me in this novel. Sometimes, when you are writing a book, certain characters assert themselves over the book and you can feel their presence growing stronger and stronger. That was really the case for Cinta. She became more and more interesting and I found myself really drawn into that.One of my favourite phrases in the book is “From the origin salvation comes…” As an anthropologist and a wordsmith, how important are the origins of words and the linkages between languages for an author?Vey important…Every word in itself has a story. You need stories to tell the stories of how words go from language to language. If you take an object as simple and ubiquitous as a “baalti”, all of us think of it as a quintessentially Indian object, but it is a word that actually comes from Portuguese. That’s true of so many words that we use.Right wing governments are resisting the influx of climate refugees around the world, including Italy, where parts of the book are set. Are climate change and migration, subjects close to your heart, the biggest challenges staring at us?I would say we are facing multiple interlocking crises. For example, 15 years ago, if someone had said to me that the issue of immigration will completely change the politics of England, Europe and America, I would have laughed at them. But I am just coming from England. When one thinks of a well-run government, one thinks of the UK. They have had this stability and continuity for hundreds of years. But today, it is all gone. They are in a complete crisis that has been brought on almost unnecessarily, a crisis caused by an imaginary threat of mass immigration, which hasn’t actually happened there. After all, the migrants were not taking boats to England. You know, societal sensitivity to climate disruption is much greater than we thought. Simply because they are so complex, our societies are much more vulnerable to disruption than we imagined.Trump’s visit to the UK evoked protests there. How crucial are such voices of sanity for our society? That [the protest] was one of the encouraging things. You mentioned Italy, even though the right wing government gets much more attention than anything else there, there are many, many people there who speak the language of compassion and humanity. Of course, the most powerful voice of compassion, humanity and common sense is Pope Francis. It is not fair to identify all of Italy with the government. But sure, we do need to pay close attention to Italy, because it has been Europe’s political laboratory for a hundred years. The precursor for Trump was Silvio Berlusconi and if Boris Johnson does become PM, we’ll see an acceleration of this trend.advertisementThere is talk of an ontological turn in Gun Island with incidents that can best be described as chance. How important is it for us to accept facts that can’t be described by reason, science and rationality?I think it is very important to acknowledge the limits of reason. That’s one of the most interesting points Pope Francis makes in his encyclical on climate change. If everything were rational, everything were reasonable, we wouldn’t be where we are. He is speaking as a man of God and I am speaking as a storyteller. Stories have always been about things out of the ordinary.Are there any routines and rituals that you diligently follow while writing a book?I am from that generation that bridges the typewriter and the computer. I wrote my first couple of books on my typewriter. My first drafts are usually in pencil and then my next draft is in ink with a fountain pain. Once I am satisfied, that is when I move to the computer and type it in.You travelled extensively across refugee homes in Italy for Gun Island. Are you an incorrigible note taker in real life like your protagonist Dinanath?I am very much an incorrigible note taker (laughs). I like to talk to people and I take notes all the time.What explains your fascination with merchants and seafarers?Bengal is unique in the way that its myths and folklore feature merchants. If you are brought up as a Bengali, you hear these stories about Manasa Devi and Chand Sadagar. In some way it must have lodged deep in my conscience.There were long queues at Stein Auditorium for your launch. Should book launches or literary festivals be ticketed?Book launches may lead to people buying books, so those shouldn’t be ticketed. But literary festivals should be ticketed and writers should be paid. I constantly get invitations from litfests writing ‘we have 60,000 people there’. They seem to think it is some sort of an incentive. For me it is exactly the opposite. I don’t want to meet 60,000 people! Even the number is inconceivable to me. If you ask these 60,000 to pay half the price of a cinema ticket and if that scares them off, they are obviously not serious about literature.Goa or Brooklyn, where do you feel most at home? Home is where my desk is. I write in two places, Brooklyn in New York and of course Goa.You follow racquet sports closely, we hear…I follow racquet sports because I like to play racquet sports. Most people who like to watch cricket or football don’t play them. I really enjoy watching badminton on You Tube. PV Sindhu is just mesmerising. The kind of energy she brings to the sport is just wonderful.How else do you unwind?By listening to qawwali. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was a wonderful qawwal but there are others. Aziz Warsi’s qawwali Maula Salim Chishti in Garm Hava is a beautiful moment in a beautiful movie.last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi 9T appears on Geekbench site with Redmi K20 specs and high benchmark score

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiJune 5, 2019UPDATED: June 6, 2019 17:18 IST HIGHLIGHTSXiaomi Mi 9T is coming soon.The Mi 9T is said to be a rebranded version of Redmi K20.The Mi 9T is said to be powered by Snapdragon 730 processor.Mi 9T is the next Xiaomi phone and it is launching on June 12. So far we have heard a lot about the Xiaomi Mi 9T, thanks to the innumerable leaks and rumours making rounds on the internet. Just a few days ahead of the launch the Xiaomi Mi 9T has been spotted on Geekbench benchmarking site with all the key specs and performance score. Going in line with the past leaks, the Geekbench listing also suggests that the Mi 9T will be a rebranded version of Redmi K20.The benchmark listing reveals that the Xiaomi Mi 9T will run on Android 9 Pie and like every Xiaomi phone the software will be customised by the company’s own MIUI skin. The listing further reveals that the Mi 9T will come packed with 6GB RAM. We believe there will be other RAM models available too. The Geekbench listing notes “davinci” in the motherboard section.To recollect before the launch of the Redmi K20 the phone was spotted on Geekbench with the same davinci codenamed processor. This indirectly suggests that the Mi 9T will come with Snapdragon 730 processor like the Redmi K20. Coming to the benchmark score now. The Geekbench listing reveals that the Mi 9T has managed to score 2,540 in single-core and 6,911 in multi-core.Having said that, until now, it looks like the Mi 9T will sport the same specs sheet as the Redmi K20. This means the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 9T will come with pop-up camera mechanism, triple cameras on the back panel and Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 that is announced by Qualcomm only last month. As far as the specs are concerned the Mi 9T aka Redmi K20 includes 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, 20MP pop-up selfie camera, 48MP + 13MP + 8MP rear camera setup, 4000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support, among others.advertisementAhead of the launch the Xiaomi Mi 9T is seen listed on a Bulgaria retail website that reveals the price of the phone. The listing shows the Mi 9T price to be 649 Lev that roughly translates to Rs 25,800. This price is for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. We expect, similar to Redmi K20 the Mi 9T will also be available in several RAM and storage variants. Notably, Xiaomi is yet to officially reveal the price of the Mi 9T.In China, the Redmi K20 comes in two variants. The 6GB RAM+64GB storage version comes for 1999 Yuan (approximately Rs 20,000) while the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model comes for 2099 Yuan that translates to Rs 21,000.Notably, the Xiaomi Mi 9T will not come to India. Instead, Xiaomi will be launching the Redmi K20 in the country in the next 6 weeks.ALSO READ | OnePlus 7 will go on sale from tomorrow: All you need to know and should you buy itALSO READ | New Dish TV game gives free monthly subscription, requires predicting winning cricket teams ALSO READ | Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro India launch by mid-July, will not be rebranded Poco F2 and Poco F2 ProGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow android Xiaomi Mi 9T appears on Geekbench site with Redmi K20 specs and high benchmark scoreGoing in line with the past leaks, the Geekbench listing also suggests that the Mi 9T will be a rebranded version of Redmi K20. The Mi 9T is all set to launch on June 12.advertisementlast_img read more

Traffic Advisory Digby County

first_img -30- Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 ————————————————————DIGBY COUNTY: Bayview Road Authority 633 The Bayview Road in Digby County is closed for repairs and will reopen on Friday, Oct. 28. A detour is available by taking Route 303 to Culloden Road, then onto Lighthouse Road.last_img

Naloxone Now Available in Pharmacies

first_imgLife-saving naloxone kits are now available in community pharmacies across the province. “Anyone who uses prescription opioids and any illegal drug in pill or powdered form is at risk for opioid overdose and should carry naloxone,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We also encourage loved ones and others who might respond to an overdose emergency to pick up a free kit at their local pharmacy. It’s easy to use, and you could save someone’s life.” As of this week, Nova Scotians can see a pharmacist in more than 240 locations to pick up a naloxone kit, anonymously, and free of charge. The pharmacist will walk you through the contents of the kit, and provide training on how to use naloxone to reverse an overdose. “Pharmacists are very concerned about the impacts improper use of opioids can have on their patients, their loved ones, and their communities,” said Rose Dipchand, chair of the board of the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia. “We are pleased to be part of a province-wide program that removes barriers such as accessibility and cost for all Nova Scotians who should carry this life-saving drug.” Anyone who suspects an overdose should call 911. First responders will walk them through administering naloxone and other steps to take while waiting for paramedics to arrive. The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act protects Canadians from simple possession charges for those who call 911 in the event of an overdose emergency. The Take-Home Naloxone Program is a partnership between government, Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia. It is a part of government’s Opioid Use and Misuse Framework. To learn more about the Take Home Naloxone Program, including a map of participating pharmacies, visit For more information on government’s work to address opioid use and overdose, visit FOR BROADCAST USE Naloxone kits are available in more than 240 pharmacies across the province, free of charge. Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of health, says anyone who uses prescription opioids, or any illegal drug in pill or powdered form, should carry naloxone. Anyone who might respond to an overdose emergency, should also carry a kit. For more information, visit NOVA SCOTIA DOT C-A SLASH OPIOID. -30-last_img read more

Centre to withdraw Akhileshs black cat security cover

first_imgNew Delhi: The Z+ category ‘black cat’ commandos security cover of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is set to be withdrawn by the central government, official sources said on Monday.They said a comprehensive review of the VIP protectees, under the umbrella of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), was conducted by the Union Home Ministry after which it was decided to take away the cover of the Samajwadi Party (SP) president, provided by the elite National Security Guard (NSG). Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’It was not immediately clear if Akhilesh will be accorded a scaled down security cover by some other central force or his central security has been taken off completely. A similar NSG ‘black cats’ cover of Yadav’s father and SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav will continue, they said. Akhilesh was accorded the top category VIP security in 2012 during the UPA regime at the Centre. A team of about 22 NSG commandos, armed with sophisticated weapons, had been deputed with Akhilesh as part of his security cover, who are now expected to be called back soon after the orders in this context are issued. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe Home Ministry took the decision on the basis of threat perception reports prepared by central and state (Uttar Pradesh) intelligence agencies, the sources said. The security cover of at least two dozen other VIPs has also been either withdrawn or scaled down, they said. The official orders will be issued soon, officials said. The federal counter-terror force NSG, at present, has 13 prominent politicians under its cover, including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, former UP CM Mayawati, current UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, ex-CMs Chandrababu Naidu and Farooq Abdullah among others.last_img read more

Insider Look at a Danish Cell That Groomed Two Suicide Bombers

By Kevin KriedemannLondon – Warriors From The North premieres on Al Jazeera on 26 August 2015. This is the chilling but courageous first-person account of a Danish-Somali boy who fell victim to recruiters from the militant group Al Shabab.With his back to the camera and his voice disguised, “The Shadow” describes the conditions in Copenhagen that led him to join a militant cell of  other Danish-Somali youth. Of the six other members, two died as suicide bombers in Somalia, where a third is still fighting for Al Shabab – to the dismay of his father in Copenhagen.The Hollywood Reporter hailed Warriors From The North as “a convincing portrait of disenchanted youths who’d prefer to die for a cause back home rather than lead meaningless lives in their adopted nations…  a rare and intimate account of what exactly drives such youngsters to action.”The documentary estimates there are about 40 Danish-Somalis fighting with Al Shabab. It also includes interviews with Al Shabab militants and deserters from other European countries like Finland, The Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom.The complex, multi-layered documentary has been widely praised, winning Best Mid-Length Documentary at this year’s Hot Docs International Documentary Festival and the Student Jury Award from One World International Film Festival.“We chose this film for the way it skilfully weaves complex story lines from multiple perspectives without losing its visual poetry; ultimately delivering a shocking, immediate and personal film that transcends recent headlines,” said the Hot Docs jury citation, while the One World student jury commended “the fact that the documentary is not judgmental and does not jump to simplistic conclusions,” calling it “authentic and totally absorbing.”Warriors from the North is co-directed by Søren Steen Jespersen and Nasib Farah, himself a Somali immigrant to Denmark. read more

TimorLeste successful weapons recovery operation concludes in Dili district

The United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) today announced that its police officers, working alongside their Timorese counterparts with support from the International Security Forces (ISF) have completed a successful weapons recovery operation in a troubled district in the capital city.The Dili district of Bairro Pite is often the scen of fighting between gangs. Police and army officers have recently seen weapons being used during fights, according to UNMIT.“Operation Weapons Sweep” began on Wednesday and concluded on Saturday after recovering an assortment of weapons ranging from bows, arrows, machetes, sling shots, knives, spears and homemade guns.Community officials also participated in the Operation by assisting police in searching homes based on the written authorization of their owners, UNMIT said.“Involving community officials in police work is essential for reducing the incidence of gang violence on Dili streets,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Timor-Leste, Atul Khare.“It sends a strong message to those indulging in the violence that it will not be tolerated by the community itself, or by law enforcement authorities, and collectively we will move to confiscate the weapons needed to execute violence,” he said. 26 November 2007The United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) today announced that its police officers, working alongside their Timorese counterparts with support from the International Security Forces (ISF) have completed a successful weapons recovery operation in a troubled district in the capital city. read more

Top UN envoy condemns terrorist attack on Iraqi pilgrims

At least 50 people are reportedly dead following the suicide attack that took place at a checkpoint en route to a Shia Muslim mosque.“Today’s terrorist attack claimed the precious lives of Iraqis who were gathering on the occasion of Arbaeen to practice their religion. I am saddened by these horrific crimes that continue to target defenceless civilians,” said Martin Kobler. “I call on all Iraqis to maintain the shared bonds that are so deeply rooted in their collective memory to break the vicious circle of violence. “It is time for Iraq to reconcile and heal, not to continue to bleed,” added Mr. Kobler, who is the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).He extended his condolences to the bereaved families and his wishes for a full and speedy recovery to the wounded. He also expressed his full support for Iraqis in their resolve to continue advancing peace, stability and national reconciliation. 14 January 2012The top United Nations envoy in Iraq has strongly condemned the terrorist attack that occurred on Saturday on pilgrims in the southern city of Basra, resulting in a large number of deaths and injuries. read more

Mattel shares fall on disappointing holiday quarter weak Barbie sales

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 31, 2014 4:30 am MDT Mattel shares fall on disappointing holiday quarter, weak Barbie sales In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, photo, Barbie dolls, a Mattel product, are displayed in a Walmart store in Robinson Township, Pa. Mattel Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market open on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Mattel says it was a tough time in toyland this past holiday season.Shares of Mattel dropped more than 9 per cent in premarket trading Thursday after the world’s largest toy maker said sales of key toys like Barbie and Fisher-Price preschool items dropped in its fourth quarter.CEO Bryan Stockton called 2013 a “challenging and transformative year at retail.”Toy makers count on the November and December holiday season to make 40 per cent or more of annual revenue. But traditional toy makers are struggling as kids turn more toward electronic devices and video games.While fourth-quarter net income climbed 21 per cent from year-ago results depressed by a litigation charge, Its quarterly performance missed both analysts’ estimates and the company’s own expectations.For the three months ended Dec. 31, Mattel Inc. earned $369.2 million, or $1.07 per share. That compares with $306.5 million, or 87 cents per share, a year ago. The prior-year period included an $87.1 million litigation charge.Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected earnings of $1.19 per share.Revenue dropped 7 per cent to $2.11 billion from $2.26 billion. Analysts expected $2.37 billion.Barbie and Fisher-Price sales both declined 13 per cent. Sales for Hot Wheels fell 8 per cent.One bright spot was American Girl, which reported a 3 per cent sales increase. Mattel said the performance was mostly helped by sales of the 2013 Girl of the Year, Saige.CEO Stockton said weakness was mostly in the U.S. and the El Segundo, Calif.-based toy maker is continuing to invest in emerging markets like China and Russia.Mattel’s full-year net income increased to $903.9 million, or $2.58 per share, from $776.5 million, or $2.22 per share, in the previous year.Annual revenue edged up 1 per cent to $6.48 billion from $6.42 billion.Shares fell $4.11, or 9.6 per cent to $38.90 in premarket trading about an hour ahead of the market open. The stock has fallen 10 per cent so far this year. read more

Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to at least 51 many

Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to at least 51; many other claims will have to wait by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Feb 2, 2015 8:04 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Friday, May 16 2014, file photo, shows the General Motors logo at the company’s world headquarters in Detroit. More than 1,100 claims were filed in the week before the Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, deadline to seek payments from the General Motors ignition switch compensation fund, with 51 death and 77 injury claims being granted. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) DETROIT – The families of 51 people who died in crashes caused by faulty ignition switches in small General Motors cars will get payments from a company fund, but others will have to wait months for decisions on thousands of new claims.Compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg has also deemed 77 people injured in crashes as eligible for payments from the fund, which received at least 4,180 claims by a Saturday deadline, including more than 1,100 in the past week.But attorneys, lawmakers and at least one family member say some were forced to settle with Feinberg rather than run the risk that they would not be able to sue GM because of its 2009 bankruptcy agreement.Camille Biros, deputy administrator of the fund who has worked with Feinberg to compensate victims of the 9-11 terrorist attacks and the BP oil spill, said the last-minute flurry of activity is common in compensation cases. She says the number of claims could rise, because those filed by mail had to be postmarked by Jan. 31.More death and injury claims are likely to be granted, Biros said, but it could take until late spring to sort through all of the paperwork.GM was aware of faulty ignition switches on Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars for more than a decade, but it did not recall them until 2014. On 2.6 million GM vehicles worldwide, the switches can slip out of the “on” position, causing the cars to stall, knocking out power steering and turning off the air bags.Plaintiff’s attorneys and some lawmakers have said the fund deadline should have been extended because victims do not know yet whether they can sue General Motors Co., the new company that emerged from bankruptcy protection in July 2009.The bankruptcy agreement sends claims from pre-bankruptcy crashes to “Old GM,” which has few assets. Some lawyers are seeking to overturn that, claiming that GM deceived the bankruptcy court by hiding the switch defect. GM has asked the court to enforce the bankruptcy order, and a hearing is scheduled for later this week.Ken Rimer, whose 18-year-old stepdaughter, Natasha Weigel, was killed with two other women in a 2006 Cobalt crash in Wisconsin, felt the legal system was stacked against his family, almost forcing them into a “take-it-or-leave-it” situation with Feinberg.The family, he said, was not sure if the bankruptcy ruling would prevent a lawsuit against the new General Motors. Also, the case could have been caught up in the federal court system, avoiding a hometown jury. Then it would be returned to Wisconsin to set damages, and he says that state has a cap on the amount that can be awarded in a child’s death.“You either take it or you’re done,” he said. “That was our best opportunity with the cards that we had been dealt.”Once he got to Feinberg, though, he felt the family was treated fairly. The family has not disclosed how much money it received.Bob Hilliard, a Texas attorney who represented Weigel’s family and has more than 1,100 other clients suing GM, said there was no way he could advise those with post-bankruptcy crashes to reject Feinberg’s offers.“You’re not playing at a fair table when you don’t know the consequence of your turning down an award,” he said.Although Biros said the settlements were comparable to what people would get in a lawsuit, Hilliard disagreed, saying a jury verdict would be substantially higher.She said that families often want closure rather than worrying about the uncertainty of a lawsuit. She said the deadline was previously extended by a month, and more than 1,600 claims were filed in January, the most of any month.As of Sunday, the fund had received 455 death claims and 3,447 for injuries. Of the total, Feinberg has decided that about 12 per cent, or 482, aren’t eligible for payment. Another 965 have deficient information, while 1,502 were turned in without documentation. Another 1,103 claims are under review, according to a posting on the fund’s website.People will be given several chances to provide information to back up their claims, Biros said. Most of the denied claims were not models covered by the fund, or the air bags inflated in the crashes. If the air bags deployed, that means the cars had power and the ignition switches were working and not at fault, Feinberg has said.About 40 claims have been paid thus far, but Biros and GM would not say how much money had been awarded.Around half the death and injury claims granted so far involve people 25 years old or younger, Biros said. The Cobalt and other small cars with the bad switches were sold largely to younger people because they were inexpensive and marketed by GM as being safe. But experts say younger, inexperienced drivers would be less able to handle a car that had stalled and lost its power steering.Initially, GM had said at least 13 people had died in crashes caused by the switches, but the company has always said the toll would rise. Legislators have estimated that at least 100 people were killed.Last year GM set aside $400 million to make payments, but conceded that could grow to $600 million. Compensation for deaths starts at $1 million. GM has placed no cap on the amount of money he can spend, Feinberg has said. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 22, 2017 2:35 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 22, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,984.96, up 33.08 points):IC Potash Corp. (TSX:ICP). Agriculture. Unchanged at two cents on 7.6 million shares.Hydro One Ltd. Instalment Receipts (TSX:H.IR). Utilities. Up five cents, or 0.14 per cent, to $36.85 on 5.5 million shares.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TECK.B). Miner. Up 29 cents, or 0.97 per cent, to $30.18 on 2.3 million shares.Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Loyalty programs. Down five cents, or 2.66 per cent, to $1.83 on 2.3 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down six cents, or 1.73 per cent, to $3.40 on 2.22 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up four cents, or 0.16 per cent, to $24.50 on 2.19 million shares.Companies reporting major news:CGI Group Inc. (TSX:GIB.A). Application software. Down 24 cents, or 0.38 per cent, to $62.57 on 394,805 shares. Canada’s largest publicly traded IT services business is moving to expand its presence in Europe through the acquisition of Helsinki-based Affecto PLC in a friendly $146-million cash deal that would add about 1,000 staff in the Nordic region. read more