AUX FINS DE DIFFUSION : Les grands voiliers retournent en Nouvelle-Écosse cet été. Halifax accueillera le plus important rassemblement mondial de grands voiliers de cette année, du 29 juillet au 2 août. Quelque 30 à 40 navires se trouveront au coeur des festivités qui se dérouleront sur le front de mer d’Halifax. La visite, qui porte pour l’occasion le thème « Hommage à l’Acadie », se tiendra dans le cadre du Congrès mondial acadien. L’événement de cinq jours constituera la plus importante célébration de l’été à Halifax; il coïncidera avec le festival acadien « Grou Tyme » accueillant des artistes de renommée mondiale, ainsi qu’avec la Fête de la Fondation annuelle. De plus amples renseignements sur la course des Grands voiliers 2004 seront affichés sur le site Web de CBC (au w-w-w point c-b-c point c-a barre oblique tallships 2004) et sur le site Web du gouvernement provincial (au w-w-w point Nova Scotia point com barre oblique tallships). -30- Renseignements: Mike Patrick Grands voiliers 2004 902-424-7348 Courriel : firstname.lastname@example.org Les Néo-Écossais seront aux premières loges pour assister au plusimportant rassemblement mondial de grands voiliers de l’année,dans le cadre de la course des Grands voiliers 2004 qui setiendra du 29 juillet au 2 août. Quelque 30 à 40 grands voiliers se trouveront au coeur desfestivités qui se dérouleront sur le front de mer d’Halifax. Aunombre des voiliers, il y aura au moins six navires de type A bâtiments sensationnels pouvant mesurer jusqu’à 110 mètres (360pieds) de long tels que le Iskra et le Pogoria de la Pologne,le Mircea de la Roumanie, le Tenacious du Royaume-Uni et leEagle des États-Unis. Certains navires de laNouvelle-Écosse seront également de la partie, dont le Silva, lePicton Castle, le Caledonia et le Bluenose II. La quatrième visite des grands voiliers en Nouvelle-Écosse a lieudurant le Congrès mondial acadien, et porte un thème d’occasion,« Hommage à l’Acadie ». La Waterfront Development Corp. organisede nombreuses activités dans le cadre de l’événement, en rendantspécialement hommage à la culture acadienne. « La collectivité, et notamment tous les ordres de gouvernement,le secteur privé, les bénévoles et divers groupes, ont uni leursforces afin d’offrir le soutien et les ressources nécessairespour accueillir une nouvelle fois les grands voiliers. C’estainsi que la Nouvelle-Écosse sera l’hôte de la plus importanteactivité de la course des Grands voiliers 2004, un événement à nepas manquer », a souligné le premier ministre, M. John Hamm. L’événement de cinq jours constitue la plus importantecélébration de l’été à Halifax. Cette année seulement, lefestival acadien « Grou Tyme » se tiendra la fin de semaine etmettra en vedette, au village du Grou Tyme, des artistes derenommée mondiale du Canada atlantique, de la Louisiane, de laFrance et du Québec. La Fête de la Fondation, soulignant lesartistes multiculturels de la ville ainsi que les artistestraditionnels de la côte est, sera également célébrée dans lecadre des festivités. « La municipalité régionale d’Halifax (HRM) est devenue uneescale très populaire auprès des grands voiliers internationauxet, comme nous avons su le prouver par le passé, nous sommes à lahauteur. Halifax a reçu le prix du « Meilleur port d’accueil »lors des courses de 1984 et de 2000, et n’en attend pas moins dela course de cette année », a mentionné le maire de la HRM, M.Peter Kelly. De plus amples renseignements sur la course des Grands voiliers2004 – Hommage à l’Acadie seront affichés au cours des prochainsmois sur le site Web de CBC, à l’adressewww.cbc.ca/tallships2004 , et sur le site Web du gouvernementprovincial, à l’adresse www.novascotia.com/tallships . WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT CORP.–La province accueille la course desGrands voiliers 2004
Le chef Alon Shaya, de La Nouvelle-Orléans, partagera sa passion pour la cuisine louisianaise au cours de son séjour à Halifax afin de recueillir des fonds pour les victimes de l’ouragan Katrina. Une réception, avec musique acadienne, vente aux enchères par écrit et nourriture, aura lieu à l’hôtel Prince George le jeudi 22 septembre de 16 h à 18 h. Vous pouvez vous procurer des billets au coût de 25 $ en composant le 1-800-563-6368. Les revenus de la réception seront remis à la Croix-Rouge américaine afin de venir en aide aux victimes de l’ouragan Katrina. M. Shaya effectue cette visite en Nouvelle-Écosse dans le cadre d’un programme d’échange de chefs organisé par la Taste of Nova Scotia Society. Le chef Ray Bear d’Halifax s’est rendu à La Nouvelle-Orléans au début du mois d’août dans le cadre d’une mission commerciale et de l’échange de chefs. M. Shaya a décidé de profiter de cette visite pour aider les gens de la Louisiane. « Initialement, je devais visiter la Nouvelle-Écosse dans le cadre de l’échange de chefs, ce qui n’aurait peut-être pas eu lieu sans les événements de collecte de fonds, » a affirmé M. Shaya. « Je suis très honoré de représenter La Nouvelle-Orléans et j’espère bien y retourner avec un sentiment d’espoir. La ville a connu des moments très difficiles et je veux faire ce que je peux pour aider. » « Je suis très attristé par la destruction causée par l’ouragan, » a dit Chris d’Entremont, ministre de l’Agriculture et des Pêches et ministre des Affaires acadiennes. « En raison de nos liens étroits avec les gens de la Louisiane du point de vue historique et culturel, cette réception permet de réunir l’échange de chefs et le désir de nombreux Néo-Écossais d’aider nos voisins du sud. » « Cette réception est une occasion pour moi d’aider les gens de La Nouvelle-Orléans et de la Louisiane qui ont tout perdu, » a souligné M. Bear. « Je suis très fier d’avoir eu l’occasion de visiter La Nouvelle-Orléans le mois dernier, et je n’oublierai jamais le caractère et la vitalité de cette ville. » Un événement de collecte de fonds Po’Boy Power, qui a également lieu dans de nombreuses villes partout aux États-Unis, sera organisé dans le cadre du festival Grou Tyme sur le front de mer d’Halifax du 23 au 25 septembre. Le sandwich po’boy est un sandwich traditionnel de La Nouvelle-Orléans fait avec du pain français. Un certain nombre de chefs néo-écossais prépareront des sandwichs po’boy sous la tente du Grou Tyme au cours de cet événement d’une durée de trois jours. Le don demandé pour chaque sandwich po’boy est de 10 $, et tous les revenus serviront à aider les victimes de l’ouragan. M. Shaya sera le chef invité pendant le festival Grou Tyme, célébrant ainsi les liens entre la Nouvelle-Écosse et la Louisiane. Des chefs de la Nouvelle-Écosse offriront bénévolement leur temps et leurs aptitudes, tandis que les ingrédients nécessaires pour préparer les sandwichs seront offerts par des producteurs locaux. Les sandwichs po’boy seront offerts de 17 h à 20 h le vendredi 23 septembre, de 11 h à 20 h le samedi 24 septembre et de 11 h à 16 h le dimanche 25 septembre.
The road to Cape Breton’s Celtic Colours International Festival will run through Sherbrooke again this year. On Thursday, Oct. 6, the night before the official Celtic Colours kickoff, award-winning singer-songwriter Dave Gunning will headline the second annual Road To Celtic Colours Ceilidh at the Sherbrooke Village Courthouse. Other featured performers will be acclaimed Celtic harpists Ardyth & Jennifer along with regular Courthouse performers Roly & Ellie Burton with Bob MacDonald. “This special Ceilidh will be a fitting way to cap what has been a successful concert series,” said George Brothers, manager of program development at Sherbrooke Village. “We’re very pleased to have artists such as Dave Gunning and Ardyth and Jennifer returning to perform in our Courthouse. This event will provide people with the opportunity to take a scenic road to Cape Breton and get a head start on the musical magic that is Celtic Colours.” Tickets for the Ceilidh, which starts at 7:30 p.m., are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information call 1-888-743- 7845.
Members of Nova Scotia’s business community have just returned from an international trade mission in Louisiana with promising leads for new business. The mission was organized by Le Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) with support from the provincial government’s Office of Acadian Affairs. CDÉNÉ is an organization focused on economic development within the Acadian and francophone community of Nova Scotia. “We’ve made a number of excellent contacts that we’ll be following in the coming weeks and months,” said trade show participant Edgar Samson of Premium Seafoods Limited. “We can see potential for generating new business in the southern U.S. states and beyond as a result of this trip.” The trade mission, Expo-Acadie, brought together more than 80 participants. Twenty-three of those participants were from the Atlantic provinces, about one-third of whom were from Nova Scotia. The businesses represented the construction and environment, agri-foods, arts and crafts, and information technology industries. “The province of Nova Scotia has been hosting cultural exchanges and trade missions with Louisiana for the past 20 years because of their deep cultural and historic ties,” said Acadian Affairs CEO Vaughne Madden, who was in Louisiana for the show. While in Louisiana, Ms. Madden met with officials to offer Nova Scotia’s continued support in the state’s post-hurricane rebuilding efforts. This year’s expo was held at the same time as the Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette, where an Acadian pavilion helped bring extra exposure to some of the Nova Scotia companies that chose to exhibit. About 300,000 people participated in the annual festival. “We are looking forward to continuing to help foster the relations between the Acadie of the north and the Cajuns of the south,” said CDÉNÉ’s executive director, Julie Oliver. Plans are already underway for the 3rd Expo Acadie, which will be held in Nova Scotia in 2008.
Le vendredi 11 janvier est la date limite pour les soumissions écrites sur la stratégie de l’énergie renouvelée et le plan d’action sur les changements climatiques de la Nouvelle-Écosse. La province renouvelle sa stratégie de l’énergie pour atteindre les objectifs établis par la loi sur les objectifs environnementaux et la prospérité durable de la Nouvelle-Écosse (Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act), adoptée au printemps 2007. En vertu de cette loi, la Nouvelle-Écosse a établi l’objectif d’offrir l’un des environnements les plus propres et les plus durables au monde d’ici 2020. « La province a établi une échéance de 2020 pour la réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre à 10 pour cent de moins que les niveaux de 1990, » a dit Richard Hurlburt, ministre de l’Énergie. « Nous nous engageons à atteindre cet objectif tout en maintenant une économie solide et croissante. » La province demande l’opinion du public sur une stratégie de l’énergie renouvelée et un plan d’action sur les changements climatiques. Deux documents intitulés « Document de consultation : Stratégie de l’énergie renouvelée » et « Document de travail en vue de l’élaboration du plan d’action sur les changements climatiques en Nouvelle-Écosse » ont été créés afin d’engager les discussions du public. Le premier document traite de la politique générale en matière d’énergie, et le deuxième traite des changements climatiques, particulièrement des mesures à prendre pour réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre. Les documents sont disponibles en ligne, en français et en anglais, à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/energy/energystrategy . Les soumissions peuvent être envoyées par la poste à Stratégie de l’énergie, C. P. 2664, Halifax (N.-É.), B3J 3P7 ou par courriel à l’adresse email@example.com. Le mois dernier, le ministère de l’Énergie a conclu une douzaine d’ateliers publics de consultation sur la stratégie de l’énergie à différents endroits de la province. Les renseignements obtenus lors des ateliers et par les soumissions écrites serviront à créer la stratégie d’énergie et le plan d’action sur les changements climatiques, dont la publication est prévue au printemps.
Kentville and area students are a step closer to a new, state-of-the-art school, thanks to a $16 million investment by the province. Labour and Workforce Development Minister Mark Parent joined Annapolis Valley Regional School Board officials, municipal officials, students and others to turn the first sod today, April 24, for a new Primary to Grade 8 school to replace Kings County Academy. “This new school will play an important role in preparing the young people of Kentville and area for lifelong learning,” said Mr. Parent, who attended the event on behalf of Education Minister Judy Streatch. “One of our government’s priorities is to educate our young people to compete in a global economy and be the leaders of tomorrow. This new school will be a vital part in providing our young people with the knowledge and skills to do so.” The 570-student school is expected to open in January 2011. It will be next to the Valley Sports and Events Centre on Park Street. The project was originally planned as a three-year renovation to Kings County Academy, but analysis determined that a new school would be a better investment. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will oversee the design and construction of the school, which is expected to start this summer.
Nova Scotians’ personal health information will be better protected with a Personal Health Information Act introduced today, Nov. 9. “We are committed to providing better health care, sooner to Nova Scotians,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. “Enabling health-care providers to share information more quickly, through electronic health records as one example, will help deliver on this commitment. “This legislation will allow for information sharing and support better care, while ensuring that a patient’s privacy is better protected.” The act will provide consistent rules for the management of personal health information. Personal health information is now governed by a mix of federal and provincial legislation, health profession codes, and organizational policies and procedures. Nova Scotia joins eight other provinces who have comprehensive legislation to manage personal health information. The legislation sets out rules on how information is collected, used, disclosed, retained, and destroyed by the health-care sector in Nova Scotia. It better supports a system that uses electronic, as well as paper health records, and support a seamless flow of information within a person’s circle of care. Rules for sharing patient lists with hospital foundations remain unchanged. Patients and their family members must continue to give their consent before this occurs. “Our foundations do important work, and contribute significantly to the health care our hospitals provide,” said Ms. MacDonald. “At the same time, we must be sensitive to the anxiety patients and families feel when someone is sick. Before access to personal information is given for fundraising purposes, we need to be sure we have a patient’s or family’s consent.” Specific rules include provisions for privacy breach notification, audit reports to track who has had access to electronic health records, and a process for people to request access to their health information.
Nova Scotia and the United Kingdom will work together to advance tidal research to help the future development of the industry. A memorandum of understanding between the province, the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia and the United Kingdom’s Technology Strategy Board will encourage joint research in order to improve the technology required to generate electricity using high tides like those in the Bay of Fundy. Energy Minister Andrew Younger, executive director Stephen Dempsey of the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia and the British Deputy High Commissioner to Canada, Corin Robertson, on behalf of the Technology Strategy Board, announced the agreement today, March 4, in Halifax. “Bringing together tidal energy leaders from Nova Scotia and the U.K. will help advance efforts to harness the power of Fundy tides,” said Mr. Younger. “Collaborating on tidal development will help us save money and increase our research capacity. It will also create opportunities for businesses and researchers in both Nova Scotia and the United Kingdom.” Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia and the Technology Strategy Board are contributing $250,000 each towards the initiative. They will oversee the majority of the work associated with the memorandum. It outlines areas of collaboration including environmental sensing research and instrumentation technologies, to better understand high flow tidal resources and their environment located within the Bay of Fundy, and Orkney, Scotland. Joint request for proposals will be issued for research projects in both Canada and the U.K. to explore these and other tidal-related topics. The first request will be issued later this year and will focus on environmental sensing research to better understand and validate devices for tidal development and their impact on the environment. Both the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia and the Technology Strategy Board lead research efforts that enable the sustainable development of energy resources, including marine renewable energy, and bring them closer to market, through strategic partnerships with academia, government and industry. “The U.K. sees the development of its marine energy resources as an important step towards meeting our renewable energy objectives,” said Mrs. Robertson. “This memorandum will not only advance the state of research in this area, bringing us closer to grid connectivity and commercial production, but will encourage the development of a low carbon industry with great economic potential. “The U.K. and Canada are global leaders in this space and can work together, leading the world in the development and commercialization of tidal energy.” “Partnering with our colleagues at the Technology Strategy Board and accessing their network will contribute to the development of new technologies, facilitate the creation of renewable energy companies, and stimulate future exports from our province that will pay dividends for years to come,” said Mr. Dempsey. Go to www.oera.ca and www.innovateuk.org for more information. The signing is part of the first-ever pop-up British consulate and British Week in Halifax. The consulate is at Citadel Hill and is open until March 7. Nova Scotians are invited to visit British Week events. More information can be found at www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-high-commission-ottawa .
YARMOUTH COUNTY: Gray’s Bridge on Gray’s Road Gray’s Bridge on Gray’s Road is closed today, Oct. 4 and Wednesday, Oct. 5, until 5 p.m. for repairs. Detour route is on North Kemptville Road and Route 203. -30-
New Delhi: A first-ever thematic global fair will be organised here in October to promote cooperative-to-cooperative exchange of trade and technology and showcase India’s products and services from the sector in the international market, officials said Thursday. The India International Cooperative Trade Fair (IICTF) will be hosted at Pragati Maidan from October 11-13. Additional Secretary (Economic Diplomacy & States) in the Ministry of External Affairs Manoj K Bharti announced about the fair in the presence of ambassadors, diplomats and representatives of various embassies here. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar “This will be the first time that India will be hosting an international cooperative fair and we are expecting a large participation from various foreign countries. The purpose is to promote cooperative-to-cooperative trade, domestically and internationally and also showcase India’s products and services from the sector to a global market,” he said at an event held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan. Sandeep Kumar Nayak, managing director of the National Cooperative Development Corporation, said the NCDC is organising the event with governments of Telangana and Haryana as prime state partners, besides IFFCO (Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited), Indian Potash Limited (IPL) and Amul (Anand Milk Union Limited) as cooperative sector partners. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance Narendra Modi is set to be sworn in as the prime minister for a successive second term in the evening, and he is expected to inaugurate the fair. “This event will allow various cooperatives from around the world to trade with each other directly, unlike in other fairs. India will be looking to get technology from other countries, from agriculture and food processing to other fields. Besides, India will get an opportunity to sell its own products and services to foreign countries,” Nayak said. The fair will also see exhibition and sales promotion, cooperative-to-cooperative meetings, business-to-business meetings, Incredible India exposition, thematic sessions and technology seminars. Among the focus areas would be agriculture, dairy, fisheries, rubber, coconut, wine, technology and textiles, Nayak said. High Commissioner of Guyana David Goldwin Pollard, who attended the event, said, “Our country is officially called Cooperative Republic of Guyana, and we would like to explore opportunities to partner with India for this fair.” Bharti said the groundwork for organising this fair has been prepared for nearly a year. Nayak said two roadshows have already been held abroad to promote the show — Bangkok in March and Ho Chi Minh City in April — and another one will be done in Johannesburg in June.
New Delhi: The CBI has registered a corruption case against former Arunachal Pradesh CM Nabam Tuki’s brother Nabam Hari and others in relation to PWD contracts that were awarded to a company belonging to Hari’s wife in 2005 when Tuki was the PWD Minister.The probe agency had in December 2017 registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) in the matter, after the High Court of Guwahati had directed the probe agency to look into allegations of up to 11 contracts awarded to Mary Associates, run by Nabam Mary, sister-in-law of the former Arunachal Pradesh CM. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahWhile Tuki is not named in the FIR, the CBI has named his brother Hari, Mary and two other officials of the PWD in the case, alleging that contracts to construct residential buildings for Kendriya Vidyalaya in Umroi Cantonment of Shillong were awarded without following the appropriate procedure. The Central Bureau of Investigation has alleged that the accused had exploited a loophole in the procedures of awarding contracts and through Taba Tedir, then Executive Engineer(EE) and Kuru Sera, then Superintending Engineer(SE), had issued multiple work orders as a workaround to issuing a tender for the job. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey ColonyAs the Arunachal Pradesh PWD followed the CPWD Manual at the time, a clause in that allowed SE-level officers to award contracts not exceeding Rs 3 lakh and EE-level officer to award contracts not more than Rs 1 lakh, without calling for a tender. The construction of the above-mentioned residential buildings was pegged at over Rs 1 crore and as a way to bypass the mandatory provision for calling a tender for such a job, Tedir and Sera divided up the job into multiple work orders not exceeding their prescribed limit under the CPWD Manual and issued them to Mary Associates. Further, the CBI has alleged that there are no records available to show the reasons as to why the works were awarded to Mary’s firm without inviting a tender. Moreover, the probe agency said that Mary’s firm had written a letter to Tedir, describing her firm as a local contractor with “good experience” in construction work, before beginning construction of Phase-I of the project. Tedir had then awarded the work orders to Mary Associates acknowledging the firm’s experience in construction work. However, the CBI has alleged that Mary Associates was, at that time, registered to run a business of electrical goods, hardware, motor parts, lubricants, and agri-equipments. It was not enlisted as a civil contractor with PWD and did not have the requisite license or expertise to execute large construction works, the agency said in its FIR.
New Delhi: Bharti Airtel will seek shareholders’ approval for a waiver of recovery of excess remuneration paid to company chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal and CEO Gopal Vittal in 2018-19, the telecom company said Sunday. According to the regulatory filing, Mittal’s remuneration in 2018-19 was Rs 21.19 crore more than the ceiling of 11 per cent of the company’s net profit. Vittal was paid Rs 8.87 crore in excess of that limit in the last fiscal. Bharti Airtel will seek the approval at its annual general meeting to be held on August 14 in New Delhi, the filing said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”…the approval of the members of the Company be and is hereby accorded to ratify and confirm the waiver of recovery of the excess remuneration amounting to Rs 211.90 million paid to Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman for the financial year 2018-19,” Bharti Airtel said. According to the rule, total managerial remuneration payable by a public company to its directors, including managing director and whole-time director, and its manager in respect of any financial year shall not exceed 11 per cent of the net profits of that company. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostTotal remuneration paid to Mittal was over Rs 31 crore and Vittal was paid Rs 20.9 crore against the ceiling of around Rs 9.8 crore and Rs 12 crore respectively for 2018-19. Bharti Airtel’s revenue and profit have been eroding due to a fierce tariff war after the launch of services by Mukesh Ambani-promoted Reliance Jio. The standalone revenue of Airtel dropped to Rs 49,608 crore while the net loss for the financial year ended on March 31, 2019, was at Rs 1,829 crore against a net profit of Rs 79.2 crore for the previous year. “…the financial performance of the Company in the financial year ended March 31, 2019, did not meet expectations and it is possible that the Company may also have inadequate profits in coming years,” the company said in a notice.
Kolkata: Nearly a month after Sajal Kanjilal, a passenger, was dragged to his death by a Kolkata Metro train with his hand stuck between its sliding doors, a girl commuter on Tuesday complained that the Metro train she was travelling in, started moving with her shoulder stuck outside the doors.According to a social media post by the victim, Aatreyee Bhattacharya, the incident took place at the Park Street Metro station on Tuesday morning, the very station where the previous accident had occurred. However, the Kolkata Metro Railway authority refuted the charges. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”@RailMinIndia I was going to die today, thanks to you. My shoulders were stuck on the doors, and I felt the metro starting to run. Again? @metrorailwaykol how many more before you take a step,” tweeted Bhattacharya. Minutes after her tweet, the Kolkata Metro Railway authority came into action and started scrutinising the CCTV footage of the Metro station. According to sources, the incident took place at the Park Street Metro station when the rush of passengers was less. The Kolkata Metro Authority claimed that no such incident took place. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”We have thoroughly scrutinised the CCTV footage of the station. But there was no such incident,” said Kolkata Metro Railway Chief Public Relation Officer Indrani Banerjee. She reiterated that the Metro police personnel have been asked to keep a close eye on passengers trying to force their way into the rakes at the last moment to avoid any untoward incident. This apart, a penalty is also there for passengers who are caught getting into the train forcefully. Hours after complaining on social media, the girl deleted her tweet. The incident reminded of 66-year-old Kanjilal who eventually died after being dragged through the tunnel between Park Street and Maidan Metro stations last month. The passenger count of Kolkata Metro Railway has increased during the first four months of this financial year (2019-20) in comparison to the same period of 2018-19. During this period, from April 1, 2019 to July 31, 2019, the Metro Railway carried 698.49 lakh passengers in comparison to 690.60 lakh passengers carried in the same period of the previous financial year (2018-19), registering an increase of 7.89 lakh commuters.
Kolkata: Jadavpur University (JU) on Thursday kicked-off tree audit on its main campus to create a data bank of the variety of flora inside the sprawling campus.The move, which is the first ever initiative on the part of the varsity comes in the wake of allegations from members of Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association that some trees have been cut down inside the main campus. “We have began the process of tree audit in the campus. There will be scientific mapping of the trees and the species will be classified along with their names . We will also demarcate the trees that have medicinal value. GPS technology is being adopted for the exercise” said Snehamanju Basu, Registrar of JU. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe JU campus abounds in trees of various species but scientific method of plantation has hardly been followed. “The mapping and zone wise categorization will also help us in adopting a scientific method of plantation on future,” a senior JU official said. The mapping will be done based upon latitude and longitude. “We will prepare a list , name the various species and demarcate the place in the map with exact locations of the trees. We will put up a display board along with the scientific name and medicinal value, if any,” said Soumyajit Biswas, deputy director (eastern region) of National Medicinal Plant Board which is executing the work for the census. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayJUTA members in the middle of July had presented photos of two chopped off tree planks to the university authorities and had alleged that trees are being chopped down keeping the varsity in the dark. They had alleged involvement of a section of employees of the varsity in connivance with a racket in the illegal act. There are mahogany, mango, arjun, sirish, krishnachura and many other trees inside the 58 acres of land in the main campus of JU.
Srinagar: Most phone lines in Kashmir will be restored over the weekend and schools will reopen next week, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam said on Friday while announcing the easing of restrictions in a phased and “orderly way”. Offices of the Jammu and Kashmir government in the Valley functioned normally on Friday and the attendance in many offices was “quite high”, Subrahmanyam said at a press conference. He said there has been no loss of life or major injury since restrictions were imposed on August 5, when Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 was revoked and the state bifurcated into two Union Territories. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “…There will be easing of restrictions in the next few days in an orderly way,” Subrahmanyam told reporters here, adding that steps would be taken keeping in view the evolving situation as well as the cooperation of the people in maintaining calm and peace. “Schools will be opened after the weekend area-wise so that children’s studies do not suffer,” he said. Telecom connectivity, a major point of concern, will gradually be eased and restored in a phased manner keeping in mind the constant threat posed by terrorist organisations in using mobile connectivity to organise terror actions, Subrahmanyam said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Asked about the restoration of telephone lines, he said, “You will see gradual restoration from tonight and tomorrow onwards. You will find a lot of Srinagar functioning tomorrow morning. BSNL takes a couple of hours to get back to action. Exchange by exchange they will be switching it on. Over the weekend, you will have most of these lines functional.” Twelve districts in Jammu and Kashmir out of 22 were functioning normally while there was limited night-time restrictions only in five districts. “After today’s Friday prayers, immediate reports suggest that things have gone off quite peacefully right throughout the state,” he said. “We have prevented any loss of human life despite concerted efforts by terrorist organisations, radical groups and continuing efforts by Pakistan to destabilise the situation,” he said. As restrictions on the movement of people are removed area by area, movement of public transport will be allowed in these areas too, the senior official said. “It is expected that over the next few days as the restrictions get eased, life in Jammu and Kashmir will become completely normal. This is already visible on the roads as the roads are full of regular traffic and we expect to an increase in the coming days,” he said. Preventive detentions, he said, are being continuously reviewed. Appropriate decisions will be made based on law and order assessments, he added. Subrahmanyam said the administration appreciates the fact that the cooperation of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is critical in helping maintain peace and public order. “Focus is that, at the earliest, normalcy returns while ensuring that terrorist forces are given no opportunity to wreak havoc as in the past,” he said. The chief secretary said the government had taken steps to ensure there was no shortage of essentials and medicines during the period of restrictions. The free movement of Hajj pilgrims was also ensured. He answered only a few questions before ending the press conference.
New Delhi: A court here on Friday extended, till Monday, former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s CBI custody in the INX media case. Additional Solicitor General K.M. Natrajan, appearing for the Central Bureau of Investigation, sought five more days custody of Chidambaram, whose present remand ended on Friday, saying that extensive interrogation of the accused was conducted and he was confronted with documents and witnesses but further time was required to continue the investigation. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Chidambaram’s counsel opposed the remand application but both sides were apprised that if the remand order is challenged in the apex court, it would only be taken up there on Monday. In view of the submissions, the judge extended Chidambaram’s CBI custody till Monday. The CBI had, in 2017, registered a case alleging financial irregularities, to the tune of Rs 305 crore, in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to INX Media in 2007 when Chidambaram was Union Finance Minister. Following the FIR filed by the CBI, the Enforcement Directorate had filed a case of money laundering against him.
Bengaluru: Indian men’s hockey captain Manpreet Singh on Tuesday said that his team will tour Belgium to prepare for the Olympic qualifiers match against Russia. In a favourable draw, the Indian men’s team was on Monday pitted against lower-ranked Russia in the final round of the Tokyo Olympics qualifiers. The men’s team will play back-to-matches against Russia in Bhubaneswar on November 1 and 2 to make it to the Tokyo Games. “First, we will play with Belgium and there is the (Olympic) qualifying round match later. We should not underestimate Russia as well because they have a very good defence. They also want to qualify for the Olympics,” Manpreet said here. Eight-time Olympic champions India are ranked five in the world while the Russians are placed 22 in the FIH world rankings. India had mauled Russia 10-0 during the FIH Series Final in Bhubaneswar earlier this year. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe Indian women’s team, on the other hand, has been drawn against United States of America, and the two sides will take on each other on the same dates as men’s matches in Bhubaneswar. Speaking about the preparations, the women’s team captain Rani Rampal said, “Our team is very well prepared for that match. We are focusing on how to perform well. Our focus is not on the US team but on us, how better we perform.” Rampal said the fitness of the team was beyond anybody’s imagination, which will help them face any team in the world. “We have been playing together for a quite long time and now we have to implement the coordination in the match as well,” she added.
BRANDON, Man. – Manitoba’s New Democratic Party has suffered for years from a “toxic culture” of sexual harassment and bullying where victims have been afraid or unable to seek help, according to a review released at the party’s convention in Brandon.“The atmosphere was overly sexualized, sexist and misogynist, and there was often a different standard for women than there were for men,” Kemlin Nembhard, one of two commissioners who have been examining the issue, told some 200 delegates at the party’s annual convention Saturday.“The span of years that (people we talked to) have been or were involved with the party was really diverse, and yet the patterns in the work atmosphere, in the general culture and environment … were pretty consistent.”The Opposition party set up the commission earlier this year, after several women came forward with allegations they had been subjected to harassment and unwanted touching by former NDP cabinet minister Stan Struthers.One of them, Shannon Van Raes, alleged Struthers put his hand under her skirt and made sexual comments while she was a staffer. Another woman, Joelle Saltel-Allard said when she was a press secretary, Struthers put his hand on her knee and talked about sex acts he would enjoy.Struthers, who left politics in 2016, has rejected interview requests but issued a brief statement in which he apologized for any inappropriate behaviour.The commission’s report does not name any alleged victims or perpetrators, nor would the commissioners say how many people came forward, or how many alleged perpetrators there were. They would only say they had heard from former politicians, party workers at the legislature and others.Nembhard told the convention people told her they felt they had no choice but to put up with harassment and other inappropriate behaviour.“It was generally an atmosphere of fear and loyalty. Fear of certain senior staff members was noted … and then there was the atmosphere of loyalty at all costs (where) one must always remain loyal to the party to the exclusion of all else, regardless of what was happening.”The commission, which examined the party going back more than a decade, including the years when the NDP was in power, also found that:— There was a toxic atmosphere where inappropriate behaviour was enabled by key party members.— There was an “Old Boys club” where some people were excluded from decision-making.— There was pressure to take part in drinking and parties, and inappropriate sexual activity inside the legislative building.— Some women have left the party while others have decided not to enter political life.“If 50 per cent of the population are feeling isolated and can’t participate in the party, that really questions us as a democratic institution,” Nembhard said.The commission made several recommendations, including mandatory anti-harassment and human resources training for politicians and senior staff and a formal process to allow victims to come forward.NDP Leader Wab Kinew said he wanted to enact all the recommendations and the convention delegates voted to adopt them.“I’m apologizing both for the direct harm you experienced, but also for the environment that silenced your voices for too long,” Kinew told the crowd.Saltel-Allard said Saturday she was pleased with the report’s findings.“My goal with coming forward has always been to see change — to make sure no one else has to feel belittled, disempowered or harassed like I did, almost 8 years ago. And I can honestly say that my goal has been achieved!” she wrote on her Facebook page.“Thank you to the Manitoba NDP for finally listening to my story. I can attest that the report findings are accurate.”Kinew took over as party leader last September and has tried to show he has changed in terms of his personal treatment of women.He wrote misogynistic and homophobic lyrics as a rapper more than a decade ago, and later wrote misogynistic social media messages, including one where he asked whether fat women carried avian flu.Kinew also continues to face accusations from a former girlfriend that he assaulted her in 2003. The charge was stayed and later dropped, and Kinew has denied assaulting the woman. But in an interview with The Canadian Press last fall, she stood by her allegation that Kinew threw her across a living room.
HALIFAX – (Liberals-Health)Nova Scotia’s Liberal Party is promising to ensure Nova Scotians have better access to highly trained medical specialists.The party’s candidate for Sydney-Whitney Pier says a Liberal government would invest in recruiting and retaining specialists to reduce surgical wait times.Derek Mombourquette says the Liberals will invest $13.5 million over three years to expand the specialist residency program.He says the Liberals would also add 15 new positions to Dalhousie Medical School, with five positions located in Cape Breton.(The Canadian Press)—(NDP-Health)An NDP candidate in the Sydney area says the Liberal election campaign platform offers nothing for Cape Breton.Sydney-Whitney Pier candidate Madonna Doucette says the Liberal platform fails to invest in what matters most to families, seniors and children in Cape Breton.She says many people in the area don’t have a family doctor due to a lack of spending on primary health care.Doucette says an NDP government would invest at least $17 million in the doctor shortage in Cape Breton.(The Canadian Press)—(Tories-Carbon)Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservatives are calling on the Liberals and NDP to explain their plans for a provincial carbon tax.The Tories say a cap-and-trade system would burden Nova Scotia families and businesses by making the price of everything from gasoline to home heating fuel more expensive.They say voters should know the plan of each party before heading to the polls on May 30.The Tories say they would not impose a carbon tax in any form on the province.(The Canadian Press)—(NSElxn-Debate)An accountant, a United Church minister and a former Annapolis Valley businessman will square off tonight in a televised leaders debate less than two weeks before Nova Scotians head to the polls.The leaders of Nova Scotia’s top political parties will have 90 minutes to make their pitch on the province’s future.Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil, Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie and NDP Leader Gary Burrill will dole out stump speeches and trade barbs on issues including labour relations, education, health and the economy.The CBC debate could be decisive in determining the province’s next premier.(The Canadian Press)—(N.S. Election Roundup by The Canadian Press)