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Revoking of Article 370 | Move triggers fears in the northeastern region

first_imgThe Centre’s move to revoke Article 370 has triggered apprehensions in the northeastern States enjoying similar constitutional safeguards. The Constitution bestows special provisions under Article 371A for Nagaland, Article 371B for Assam, Article 371C for Manipur, Article 371F for Sikkim and Article 371F for Mizoram.Former Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said the move by the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance was a “red alert” for the people of the northeast.“It has become a threat to States like Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal which are protected by the Constitution. If 35A and 370 are repealed, Article 371G safeguarding the interests and existence of lesser tribals of Mizoram will be under severe threat,” he said.Also Read A snapshot of Article 371  The Mizo National Front government chose to adopt a “wait and watch” policy but NGOs such as the influential Young Mizo Association — which has spearheaded a movement against the Centre’s bid to push the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill — said any move to “tamper with” Article 371G would be opposed to the hilt.The Neiphiu Rio-led coalition government in Nagaland, in which BJP is a partner, chose not to react. Neither did the Naga Students’ Federation.‘Minorities undermined’“This is something undermining the minorities in India. I think this is very undemocratic. People in Nagaland would be particularly worried as a settlement of the Naga political process is long overdue,” said Chuba Ozukum, president of Naga Hoho, apex body of all Naga tribes. The “political process” is a term used for the peace talks between New Delhi and the Isak-Muivah faction of the extremist National Socialist Council of Nagaland that fought a secessionist battle with the armed forces until declaring a truce in July 1997.last_img read more

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Want My India to Play Without Fear Against Anyone: Igor Stimac after Oman Loss

first_imgMuscat: India national football team’s head coach Igor Stimac, after the narrow 0-1 defeat to Oman in Muscat, on Wednesday pronounced that he wants his team to “play without fear” against any opponent they face.”I want my India (team) to play without fear against anyone. Irrespective of whoever you are playing against, you always have a chance to win the game. We need to grab that,” Stimac stated at the post-match press conference held at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat. He added: “If you are trying to change (your gameplan) according to your opponents, it shows your team’s weakness — which is the last thing I would want for my team. We stick to our system and we are working on the players’ strengths and conditioning.”Muhsen Al Ghassani fired the solitary goal of the match in the 33rd minute for the hosts in front of a 24,000-strong crowd at the picturesque stadium in the capital city of the Gulf Nation.The coach stated that India was the better team in the second half and while they have been doing good work in open play and creating opportunities to score, the lack of accuracy in the finishing is a problem they are facing.”We were the better side in the second half but couldn’t find the way to score a goal. This is our main problem which has been haunting us always. We are moving well, we are fighting, we are doing what’s necessary but when we come inside the box, the decision making is not at par and the accuracy is not there as well. We need to get used to this, cut the numbers of mistakes down and try to get better results in the future,” he said.The Croatian also congratulated the hosts on their win and added that his team has shown that they can compete against the likes of Oman.”Congratulations to Oman. We wish them all the luck for the upcoming Gulf Cup in Qatar. Today, they had more chances, so they deserved to win. Oman is one level up compared to India but we are coming thick and fast. In the two games against them, we have shown that we can play against teams like Oman who have quality, who are physically strong as well as fast,” the coach expressed.India’s hope of getting a positive result from Muscat got heavily affected when Pronay Halder and Adil Khan had to be substituted inside the first 40 minutes owing to injuries. Pronay, who suffered a shoulder injury, was replaced by Vinit Rai in the 27th minute whereas the coach introduced Anas Edathodika after withdrawing Adil Khan in the 36th minute.”Today, our only player who is a tough tackler (Pronay) suffered a shoulder injury. He was the main player who could fight for the second ball and his absence killed us in the second half,” Stimac said.Following this result, India’s position in the group E stays unchanged with three points from five matches. They are now scheduled to face reigning AFC Asian Cup champions Qatar at home in the return leg on March 26, 2020 in the next match of the qualifying round. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. 2022 FIFA World Cup quailifierIgor StimacIndian football teamMuscat First Published: November 20, 2019, 6:42 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Glad Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s suspensions were lifted: Rahul Dravid

first_imgFormer India captain Rahul Dravid has said he is happy that Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s suspensions over their controversial remarks on Koffee With Karan is lifted and that it’s time to move on.Dravid, who had coached both Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul at some stages in their careers, pointed out that the two cricketers have already suffered a lot, “publicly” and stressed the importance of not overreacting to such situations.Dravid’s comments come after Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s suspensions were provisionally lifted on Thursday pending the appointment of an ombudsman for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s international careers were thrown in limbo after the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) were unable to decide on the quantum of punishment. Pandya and Rahul were sent back home from Australia wherein the duo missed a three-match ODI series. They were initially expected to miss the whole of the ongoing five-match ODI series in New Zealand but the BCCI had lifted their suspensions after the first ODI in Napier.Pandya left for New Zealand on Friday to join Team India, who are currently featuring in the second ODI of the series in Mount Maunganui.”I am glad the suspension has been lifted. There is an inquiry in process which must be completed,” Dravid told ESPNCricinfo.The former India captain added: “No one is brushing this under the carpet. The players have been the first people to admit that they made a mistake. They already have suffered a lot publicly.advertisement”It is time to move on. We also need to ensure we don’t overreact. At no stage are you condoning their action or the behaviour.”Clearly when you are representing India you need to be a bit careful with your public views and comments that you make because it might be completely inappropriate to a lot of people.”Having said that it is important to recognise and realise that sometimes these things can happen. Sportspersons and public figures can make mistakes. It is part of learning and growing up.”Don’t feel the interview fully reflected Hardik and Rahul: DravidDravid also opined that both Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul can still be role models to the younger generation and he hoped the recent episode be the much-needed catalyst the two cricketers need to realise their potential fully.”I somehow just don’t feel that interview truly reflected the players. Hopefully they will come back better and stronger from this. I will say honestly, I do believe that both of them have not yet achieved their obvious potential that they both have, and maybe this might be the catalyst that would lead them to reflect and help them reach the level and potential they can achieve in all forms of the game. If they can do that they can certainly be role models,” Dravid added.Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul are facing a lot of backlash for their borderline sexist and racist comments during the popular television show, hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar.While KL Rahul will play for India A against the England Lions in the ongoing unofficial one-dayers, Pandya is in good touch to resume international cricket straightaway, according to his mentor, Kiran More.”When I was working with him in my academy in Baroda, I saw him hitting the ball cleanly. I asked him how he had managed to retain that touch. He told me, ‘Sir, I hit a thousand balls in Australia when I was removed.’ That’s the way to do it,” former India wicketkeeper and Hardik’s mentor Kiran More told India Today.Also Read | Sourav Ganguly on Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul: They made a mistake because they are humanAlso Read | I hit 1000 balls in Australia when they suspended me: Hardik Pandya told mentor Kiran MoreAlso Read | Hardik, Rahul were gracious when I apologised: Karan JoharAlso See:last_img read more

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Man Utd team news & likely line-up vs Spurs

first_imgManchester United Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Tottenham Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 14:00 10/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Jose Mourinho Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon It will take more than a low-key Carabao Cup win over Swansea City for Manchester United to get over their first Premier League loss of the season to Huddersfield Town, and Saturday brings a great chance to make a real statement when Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham come to Old Trafford.The 2-1 defeat at the John Smith’s Stadium followed a week of consternation as many onlookers gathered to point fingers at Jose Mourinho for his tactics in the preceding 0-0 draw at Liverpool, but things are unlikely to get any easier against a Spurs side who had not lost in 11 matches before their much-changed XI’s Carabao Cup exit to West Ham United and now sit level with United on 20 points after nine games.United 5/4 to beat Spurs with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mourinho will be looking for his side to extend a run which has seen the north Londoners win only twice in 28 years at Old Trafford, knowing all the while that another loss would increase the gathering question marks over his team’s current form.MAN UTD INJURIES Phil Jones was fit enough to take a place on the bench for the midweek win at Swansea having lasted only 22 minutes against Huddersfield. The England defender has been struggling with a knee issue of late, but should be available for Spurs’ visit.Paul Pogba remains unavailable due to his continuing rehabilitation from the hamstring injury which has kept him out since mid-September but is said to be targetting the trip to Chelsea next week as a possible return date, while Marouane Fellaini is also nearing a comeback following the knee injury he suffered playing for Belgium against Bosnia-Herzegovina earlier this month. Michael Carrick is expected to remain on the sidelines through calf trouble.Eric Bailly could be selected after returning to training following a three-week absence, but Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic remain on the sidelines after ACL injuries suffered in April.For the second midweek running Marcus Rashford left the field early due to a slight knock but it is hoped the young England star will be fit to start on Saturday.Paul Pogba Manchester United 2017MAN UTD SUSPENSIONS Neither side have any absentees due to suspension for Saturday’s fixture, and both squads are also free of players sitting one booking shy of a first ban of the season.MAN UTD POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPMourinho could revert to a team more reflective of his favoured possible line-up this week after having shuffled the pack slightly against Huddersfield, although he could be tempted to change shape to play with three at the back as he has done previously against sides also employing a defensive trio.Marcus Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan should come back in having made second-half substitute appearances in West Yorkshire, while Eric Bailly and Phil Jones could both start so long as both can prove their full fitness between now and Saturday.Chris Smalling could continue as part of a defensive three but might be the odd one out if Mourinho decides on sticking with a flat back-four, and Jesse Lingard may be considered for a start after his two-goal show at Swansea in midweek. Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic shared a 90-minute workload in south Wales on Tuesday so both should be fresh enough to pair up in the midfield for the fourth time in a fortnight against Spurs.Manchester United possible XITOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS While Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to West Ham has blotted their copybook, Spurs will surely remain in high spirits following their recent run of form which has seen them climb up the table off the back of an unblemished away record and an improving return at their temporary home of Wembley. They also took a point off Real Madrid in the Champions League at the Bernabeu and look a good bet to make the last 16 for the first time since 2011.Mauricio Pochettino has his side playing with a real panache, leaving some amongst United’s support wondering what their team might look like had the Red Devils’ board favoured the Argentine over Mourinho in the summer of 2016. Harry Kane’s 13 goals in his last 10 appearances have helped to fire Spurs up the table, but though he misses this game due to a slight injury, it has been the overall XI which the manager has fashioned has been too much for most opponents to handle of late.Christian Eriksen has been in fantastic form just behind Kane, while they have seemingly profited from the new back three they have been using since adding Davinson Sanchez to their squad at the end of the summer transfer window. Before the West Ham defeat in midweek, they had conceded just five goals in 10 matches since the Colombian youngster’s arrival at the club,Harry Kane Tottenham 2017BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Tottenham have lost 20 of their 25 Premier League away trips to Old Trafford (W2 D3 L20) – their biggest tally of defeats away at any club in the competition. Spurs – who beat Manchester United back in May 2017 – will be looking to record consecutive league victories against the Red Devils for the first time since April 1990. Manchester United have won their last five Premier League games at Old Trafford, keeping a clean sheet in each win – they last recorded six consecutive home league wins without conceding in March 2010 (run of seven). In their last two games, Manchester United have scored one goal, attempted only four shots on target and have an xG total of 0.97. Spurs have faced those same opponents over the last three games (Huddersfield & Liverpool) and netted eight goals, had 13 shots on target and had an xG total of 3.62. Mauricio Pochettino has lost more Premier League matches against Jose Mourinho (4) than he has versus any other manager in the competition. Harry Kane has scored 29 goals in 26 Premier League appearances in 2017 so far – just seven off the all- time Premier League record in a calendar year, set by Alan Shearer in 1995 (36 goals). Romelu Lukaku has scored just 15 goals in 58 Premier League appearances against the ‘big six’ clubs – averaging a goal every 289 minutes. TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match at Old Trafford kicks off at 12:30BST on Saturday, with TV coverage in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Theo Walcott to say his goodbyes later after bin-bag Arsenal departure

first_imgShare on LinkedIn 1:08 news Topics “I want this club to push on and reach the levels it can, and you get the sense it is a club that financially can attract big players. I got a sense from Wayne he was hungry and the club was eager to push on and that is why he wanted to join. He felt it was the right place and I totally agree with him.”The visit of West Brom will be Allardyce’s 1,000th match in management, a 25-year career in which the 63-year-old has been in charge of Preston, Blackpool, Notts County, Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham, Sunderland, Crystal Palace and, for one game, England.“I actually thought I was already there when I left Crystal Palace because if you counted Limerick I was well past 1,000 games but those games weren’t added because it wasn’t a full-time professional club,” Allardyce said.“To experience so many different clubs with so many different cultures has been a great journey for me. I now look forward to the lads making sure we win and I can celebrate it a little bit more when we get those three points.” Having spent 12 years at Arsenal, scoring 108 goals in 397 appearances and helping the club win two FA Cups, Theo Walcott might have expected his departure from the Emirates would be grander than leaving in darkness while carrying his belongings in rubbish bags. But that is how it ended for Walcott after he completed his £20m move to Everton. Read more Theo Walcott excited by new challenge at Everton – video Share on WhatsApp Everton Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Theo Walcott: a great hope who failed to kick on in Arsenal comfort zone “When I found I was coming here I had to go there at night and pick up all my stuff in bin bags,” Walcott said. “I will at some point go back and say my proper goodbyes but we do play them very soon, which I am looking forward to.“I’ve known Arsène Wenger since I was 16 and to bring in a young player and have belief in him – I can’t thank him enough. With any player if you are not playing you are going to be upset but I’ve always had so much respect for the manager.“When you look at the minutes this season I’ve played I wasn’t part of it, so it was just about getting the timing right. As a career decision I felt it was time. It happened so quickly. There is no point in dwelling on the past.”Walcott watched his new team-mates train at Everton’s Finch Farm base on Wednesday and completed his first full session with them on Friday. The 28-year-old is in line to make his debut for Sam Allardyce’s side – and make his first Premier League start since April – when West Brom visit Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.“I have a new manager I have to impress and get the ball rolling,” said Walcott, who was the third-highest-scoring Englishman in the Premier League last season with 19 goals, behind only the Tottenham pair Harry Kane and Dele Alli. “After speaking to the gaffer and particularly Wayne [Rooney] as well, I felt the club was on the up, with a manager who seems to get the best out of players. Arsène Wenger Theo Walcott Share on Messenger Share via Email Play Video Share on Pinterest Sam Allardyce Arsenal Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Race walker KT Irfan first Indian from athletics to qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 17, 2019UPDATED: March 17, 2019 15:30 IST KT Irfan clocked within the Tokyo Olympics qualification timing in the 20km event at the Asian Race Walking Championships. (@indian_athletes Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKT Irfan is the first Indian from athletics to book a spot in the 2020 Tokyo OlympicsIrfan clocked 1 hour 20 minutes and 57 seconds in the 20km event at the Asian Race Walking ChampionshipsThe Tokyo Olympics qualification standard was 1 hour and 21 minutesNational record holder KT Irfan Sunday became the first Indian from athletics to qualify for the next year’s Olympics while finishing fourth in the 20 km event of the Asian Race Walking Championships in Nomi, Japan.The 29-year-old Irfan clocked 1 hour 20 minutes and 57 seconds to better the Tokyo Olympics qualification standard of 1 hour 21 minutes.The Olympics qualification period for race walk events and marathon race has begun from January 1 this year and will run till May 31, 2020. The Olympics qualification period for all other athletics events will start from May 1 this year and will run till June 29, 2020.No other Indian from athletics has so far qualified for Tokyo Olympics.Breaking from #Japan- Irfant KT qualifies for Tokyo 2020 & IAAF World Championships 2019. Irfan finished fourth with the timing of 1:20.57 at #Asian RW Championships #Nomi on #Sunday.Devinder-1:21.22 (WC Qualified)Ganapati- 1:22.12 (WC Qualified) pic.twitter.com/JUX7L0fg31Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) March 17, 2019Irfan, who has a personal best as well as national record of 1:20:21 which he did during his 10th place finish in 2012 Olympics, also qualified for this year’s World Championships (September 27-October 6) in Doha, Qatar as he bettered the qualifying mark of 1:22:30.The Kerala race walker had won the 20 km event in the National Open Race Walk Championships in Chennai last month with a time of 1:26:18.He was one of the two Indian athletes who were expelled from the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games for not adhering to the ‘no needle policy’ of the Games. He was disqualified in the 20 km race walk event of the 2018 Asian Games after receiving his third warning for “loss of contact”.advertisementJapan’s Toshikazu Yamanishi won the 20 km race walk event with an impressive time of 1:17:15 while Kazakhstan’s Georgiy Sheiko and Korea’s Byeongkwang Choe were second and third in 1:20:21 and 1:20:40 respectively.The Asian and World record in men’s 20 km race walk stands in the name of Japanese Yusuke Suzuki who clocked 1:16:36 in the 2015 edition of the same championships in Nomi.Two other Indians, Devinder Singh and Ganapathi Krishnan also qualified for the World Championships as they clocked 1:21:22 and 1:22:12 respectively. They had finished second and fifth in the Chennai National Race Walk Championships with timings of 1:26:19 and 1:26:43.In the women’s 20 km race walk event, Soumya Baby finished fourth with a timing of 1:36:08, well outside Olympics qualifying standard of 1:31:00 and World Championships qualifying standard of 1:33:30.Also Read | Tokyo 2020 Olympics unveils robots to help wheelchair users and workersAlso Read | Dipa Karmakar to skip Doha World Cup after aggravating knee injury during vault finalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow KT IrfanFollow AthleticsFollow 2020 Tokyo OlympicsFollow Asian Race Walking Championships Race walker KT Irfan first Indian from athletics to qualify for 2020 Tokyo OlympicsKT Irfan qualified for 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the race walking event of athletics after finishing fourth in the 20km event at the Asian Race Walking Championships in Nomi, Japan.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq brags of his many extramarital affairs

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 18, 2019UPDATED: July 18, 2019 10:02 IST Abdul Razzaq had claimed that he can make Hardik Pandya the best all-rounder in the world. (AP File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFormer Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has revealed that he has had several extramarital affairsRazzaq played 265 ODIs for Pakistan in which he had notched up 5,080 runs with three centuriesWith the ball, he had 269 wickets to his name with the best figures of 6/35 in ODI cricketFormer Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has revealed that he has had several extramarital affairs.Speaking on a television program, Razzaq bragged that he had five to six extramarital affairs. He even went on to state that one of them lasted for a period of one and a half years.The anchor even tried to clear the air, as to whether they were all post his marriage, and the 39-year-old confessed that they all took place after he tied the knot.Recently, the former Pakistan cricketer had claimed that he can make Hardik Pandya the best all-rounder in the world.After India’s round-robin match against West Indies in the recently concluded World Cup, Razzaq said Pandya’s game had weaknesses, which needed to be worked upon.”Today I have been closely observing Hardik Pandya and I see a lot of faults in his body balance while hitting the bowl hard. I observed his foot work as well and I see that has also let him down sometimes,” Razzaq had tweeted.”If I can give him coaching, for example in the UAE, I can make him one of the best all-rounders, if not the best. If the BCCI wants to make him a better all-rounder I will always be available,” he added.Razzaq played 265 ODIs for Pakistan in which he had notched up 5,080 runs with three centuries and 23 half-centuries under his belt. With the ball, he had 269 wickets to his name with the best figures of 6/35 in ODI cricket.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Pakistan cricketFollow Abdul Razzaq Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq brags of his many extramarital affairsFormer Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq was in headlines after his controversial comments on a local news channel about India’s fast bowlers, especially Mohammed Shami.advertisementlast_img read more

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Delhis Services dept issues directions on implementation of 10 quota for EWS

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi government’s Services department has issued directions for implementation of 10 percent reservation for economically weaker sections in all direct recruitment effective from February 1 this year. In January, ahead of Lok Sabha polls the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared 10 percent quota in education and government jobs to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), a key demand of upper castes. In a circular of Services department, dated May 28, issued by deputy Secretary (services) Biju Raj on behalf of the competent authority (Lieutenant- Governor), all the departments and other bodies of the Delhi government have been asked for compliance of the quota provision. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”This is for compliance by all the departments, Corporations, Boards, Public Sector Units and Autonomous Bodies of Government of National Capital Territory (GNCTD) of Delhi,” the circular said. The office of Lt Governor presently exercises jurisdiction over the Services department. The dispute between the Lieutenant -Governor office and ruling Aam Aadmi Party dispensation, on control over Services matter in Delhi, is sub-judice. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had supported 10 percent reservation to EWS after the Modi government announced it in January and sought Constitutional amendment for its implementation. He had asked the Modi government to extend the Parliament session for passing a Constitutional Amendment Bill in this regard, saying AAP will support it.last_img read more

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Bombardier signs deal with Mercitalia Rail for 40 locomotives and maintenance

first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier Transportation has signed a deal with Mercitalia Rail, a major freight rail operator in Italy, for 40 locomotives and 16 years of fleet maintenance.Based on the list price, the contract is valued at approximately C$316.8 million.The deal includes options for up to 20 additional locomotives and maintenance services, as well as an option for additional eight years of maintenance for the whole fleet.Delivery is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2018.Bombardier Transportation is the rail division of Montreal-based Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B).last_img

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Bhim Army chief says will fight against PM Modi in Varanasi

first_imgNew Delhi: Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad on Friday addressed a rally with BSP founder Kanshi Ram’s sister and announced that he will contest the Lok Sabha elections against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Varanasi seat, a move that is likely to upset the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh.The Bhim Army, which has been trying to mobilise Dalits in Uttar Pradesh, also told PTI that it will field a candidate against Union minister Smriti Irani and “wherever there’s a need of a strong nominee against the BJP”. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!At the rally organised to mark the 85th birth anniversary of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) founder Kanshi Ram, Chandrashekhar said he would ensure that PM Modi is not re-elected to the Lok Sabha from Varanasi. “I will challenge Narendra Modi in Varanasi… to protect the Constitution and the rights of Dalits. I do not want to become an MP or MLA. Had that been the case, I would have chosen a reserved seat,” he said. “After the prime minister came to know that we are going to challenge him in Varanasi, he started washing the feet of sanitation workers in Allahabad,” the Bhim Army chief said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe BJP is yet to announce the constituency from where Modi will contest the upcoming election. Chandrashekhar alleged that the Narendra Modi government’s decision to give 10 per cent quota to the general category poor is an attack on the Constitution and is aimed at serving the BJP’s interests. Recalling that Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav’s comment in Parliament that Modi should become prime minister again, he asked Akhilesh Yadav to answer if his party will protect the rights of Dalits if they voted for it. The Dalit leader also said the SP-BSP alliance should “send (Kanshi Ram’s sister) Swarn Kaur to Parliament”. Bhim Army Vice President Manjeet Nautiyal told PTI that they will field a candidate against Irani and “also on the seats where the SP-BSP alliance is not strong enough to defeat the BJP”. Asked if the Dalit group will support the Congress, he said the Rahul Gandhi-led party did not fight for Dalits for the last 70 years.last_img read more

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Chinese navy launches 2 new guided missile destroyers

first_imgBeijing: China, which is developing its navy at a feverish pace, has commissioned two more guided missile destroyers taking the total of such warships to 20 with more in the pipeline, state-media reported on Monday. Two Type 052D guided missile destroyers were launched last Friday in Dalian, a coastal city, state-run Global Times reported. Their commissioning marked the 19th and 20th of launches of their kind, the report said and quoted Chinese analysts as saying that plans are afoot to build more guided missile destroyers. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportChina now has 20 Type 052Ds either in active service or being fitted out for service soon, the report said. Destroyers are fast, highly manoeuvrable long distance warships which are also used to accompany the aircraft carriers. The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) last month celebrated its 70th anniversary in which Indian naval ships, including the indigenously developed missile destroyer, INS Kolkata along with tanker INS Shakti took part in the fleet review held at Qingdao. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe PLAN is currently regarded as the world’s fastest growing navy with new vessels being added to the fleet on a monthly basis. While it has one aircraft carrier, the Liaoning which was commissioned in 2012, its second indigenously built aircraft carrier is currently undergoing trials and a third one is being built at a feverish pace. China plans to acquire about five to six aircraft carriers in the coming years, according to reports in the official media. As part of the new military doctrine advocated by President Xi Jinping, the 2.3 million-strong Chinese military, the largest in the world, has cut down the size of its army by three lakhs in the last few years and expanded its navy and air force manifold to enhance its global influence. The Chinese navy for the first time in its history has logistic bases in Djibouti in the Indian Ocean and is developing Pakistan’s Gwadar port in the Arabian Sea. China also has acquired Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port in a debt swap for 99 years.last_img read more

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Suncor still opposed to Alberta oil cuts despite slightly positive Q1 impact

Companies in this story: (TSX:SU, TSX:IMO, TSX:CVE)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. remains a foe of the Alberta government-ordered oil production curtailments, but new CEO Mark Little says the program was actually “slightly positive” for the company’s financial results in the first quarter.The Calgary-based oilsands producer and refining giant says net income for the first three months of the year beat analyst expectations thanks to higher oil prices, record downstream results, growing oilsands production and a $264-million after-tax insurance gain on its assets in Libya.Little, who takes over as chief executive from Steve Williams at the company’s annual meeting today, says the results show the value of Suncor’s integrated business model and extensive pipeline contracts at a time of turmoil in the industry.Alberta’s decision to impose quotas on its biggest oil producers was designed to free up pipeline space and draw down crude storage after price discounts on western Canadian oil spiked last autumn.The move was welcomed by oilsands producers like Cenovus Energy Inc., but opposed by rivals such as Imperial Oil Ltd., which noted that crude-by-rail exports plunged in February — which means export capacity was actually reduced.Suncor says its average realized price rose to $62.92 per barrel for bitumen from its Fort Hills oilsands mine in the first quarter, up from $30.57 in the fourth quarter of 2018, as oil price discounts eased.The company reported net earnings of $1.47 billion or 93 cents per share in the three months ended March 31, up from $789 million or 48 cents in the same period of 2018. read more

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Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Tuesday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9942Brazil real 0.3959China renminbi 0.1853Euro 1.4592Hong Kong dollar 0.160177India rupee 0.01943Indonesia rupiah 0.0000940Japan yen 0.01121Malaysia ringgit 0.2921Mexico peso 0.07047N.Z. dollar 0.9289Norway krone 0.1569Peruvian new sol 0.3851Russia rouble 0.02085Saudi riyal 0.3335Singapore dollar 0.9190South Africa rand 0.09593South Korean won 0.001119Sweden krona 0.1526Switzerland franc 1.3179Taiwanese dollar 0.04123Thailand baht 0.03738Turkey lira 0.3509U.K. pound 1.6319U.S. dollar 1.2507Vietnam dong 0.000055

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Agriculture Min commits 64 million for Canadian beef promotion abroad

Agriculture Min. commits $6.4 million for Canadian beef promotion abroad CALGARY – Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay says the government has committed up to $6.4 million over three years to help promote Canadian beef abroad.Speaking in Calgary Wednesday, MacAulay said the investment will help strengthen the Canadian beef brand globally and lead to greater returns for farmers.The government says the strategic initiative will support a three-year plan to promote and develop markets for Canadian beef in Asia, Europe, North America and Latin America.The funding announcement comes after Canada recently reopened or expanded export markets after the fallout from a mad-cow disease scare in 2003.Earlier this month Taiwan lifted its ban on Canadian beef, while, in June, Mexico committed to lifting a restriction on cattle over 30 months later this year.In 2015, the Canadian beef industry exported $2.2-billion worth of meat to 58 countries. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 20, 2016 12:48 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 20, 2016 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 20 January 2012

DOWNLOAD1. Government commits to ultra-low carbon cars and vans2. Government and industry map path to hydrogen vehicle future3. Record exports drive UK manufacturing growth in 20114. Government launch consultation on statutory register of lobbyists5. Business Secretary praises Talent Retention Solution service6. Green bus fund in Scotland gets additional £2m boost7. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Weba Chute Systems transfers Canada distribution rights to FWS Bulk Material Handling

first_imgWeba Chute Systems’ global expansion is continuing with the appointment of FWS Bulk Material Handling as the official distributor of its technology in Canada.The signing of this latest licence agreement comes only a few months after the chute system specialist signed up Somex as a licensee in Russia.Mark Baller, Managing Director of Weba Chute Systems, says the synergy between the two companies bodes well for a successful long-term partnership.“FWS Bulk Material Handling has an equitable track record with its teams spread across western Canada, and the extensive design-build experience within the company as well the knowledge of project execution across a broad range of industries played a major role in our decision to enter into a formal agreement,” Baller says.Weba has previously supplied its custom engineered chute systems to the North American market where these have been used in the power generation and mining sectors. Baller says, while the company has a sound understanding of the needs of this region, it is also looking forward to working closely with FWS Bulk Material Handling in servicing other sectors including agriculture, bulk storage and export terminals, food processing and railways.He says: “Our transfer points are definitely not off-the-shelf products and, while anyone can do the basics when it come to the technical side of designing a transfer chute, it is not an exact science and there is simply no single solution for materials transfer.”Weba Chute Systems has more than 4,500 transfer point systems successfully operating in countries across the world. The company has a comprehensively equipped manufacturing facility at its South African based head office, and this is underpinned by its team of skilled and competent engineers, it says.last_img read more

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Childcare court case worries Families cheekbyjowl with prisoners and a huge volume

first_imgThis is exacerbated when family law and child care take place on the same day as crime and civil matters, as the volume of people is greater and family law litigants are cheek-by-jowl with prisoners in handcuffs awaiting criminal proceedings. https://jrnl.ie/4533899 Most districts have only one judge to deal with sometimes enormous lists, which include criminal and civil matters as well as large volumes of private family law.“In a quarter of the courts we attended, child care was included in general lists, meaning that vulnerable families had to attend court along with those accused of crime. Physical conditions in the different courts also varied widely.In some courts, there were no ramps or lifts, so that access for children’s buggies was difficult. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland In some of the smaller courts there is no waiting area at all, and litigants, along with their lawyers, have to wait in cramped hall-ways, sit on stairs, stand outside the court or wait in nearby hotels.  Mar 11th 2019, 6:16 AM Child Witness Room in the Courts of Criminal Justice, Parkgate Street, Dublin. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Child Witness Room in the Courts of Criminal Justice, Parkgate Street, Dublin. In only a minority of courthouses are there separate areas where family law is dealt with, along with an adequate number of consulting rooms. PRIVACY AND CAPACITY are among the concerns that the courts face in handling family law cases, a report has said,and suggested a dedicated Family Court.The Child Care Law Reporting Project, led by Dr Carol Coulter, was published today.One of the “most striking” issues that the report highlights is the volume of cases dealt with by certain courts, and the difficulties this posed both for the judges attempting to deal with childcare cases. 12,012 Views For example, in one court on one day, where there is just one sitting judge, there were 139 cases listed, consisting of crime, general civil law, family law and child care.“In another District, the judge can have over 120 cases listed on family law days.”Another serious problem, which is related to the overcrowding issue, is privacy.Under the in camera rule (meaning only those involved in the legal process can attend, and media and members of the public cannot), all family law proceedings including child care, must be confidential to the parties and their lawyers. “Yet in many courts privacy can be limited, with all litigants and witnesses milling around in large open areas outside the courtrooms, often discussing their cases here with their lawyers. 5 Comments Monday 11 Mar 2019, 6:15 AM Short URL There are 64 judges on the District Court; 44 judges are assigned to a location and 20 are “moveable” judges, who can be called in to any district to assist with lengthy or complex cases. Dr Coulter explained that “it is clear from the above review of all the districts that in some of them the courts are severely over-worked, which cannot but have an effect on how child care proceedings are dealt with. Basic comforts, like water dispensers and vending machines for beverages and snacks, are the exception rather than the rule. In a few courts the acoustics were poor.A total of 292 child care cases were dealt with in the 35 courts attended, an average of 8.3 per day, three-quarters of them in other lists along with other cases.Of the 292 cases, 156 (53.5%) were extensions of interim care orders. Forty-six (16%) were reviews of care orders, with the other cases involving initial interim care orders, access matters, appointments of guardians ad litem, extensions of care orders, supervision orders, lifting the in camera rule, a child returning from the UK or requiring detention, and after-care plans. Fifty-one cases (17.5%) were adjourned. LISTEN: #CCLRP Director @CarolCoulter17 talks to @morningireland Brian Dobson on our latest report, an overview of how District Courts around #Ireland manage sensitive #child #care proceedings https://t.co/LMQiBAmQdO pic.twitter.com/Pa03ehGS57— Child Care Law Reporting Project (@ChildLawProject) March 11, 2019 Source: Child Care Law Reporting Project/Twitter Share15 Tweet Email Childcare court case worries: Families ‘cheek-by-jowl’ with prisoners, and a huge volume of cases In one court on one day, with just one judge, there were 139 cases listed, consisting of crime, general civil law, and child care. Even where child care is included in family law lists, there can be a danger of tense and aggressive scenes around the court, especially where there are allegations of domestic violence. “Specialist family courts, with specially trained judges and court staff, in a number of venues around the country, would mean that what are often vulnerable families could have their cases dealt with sensitively in a suitable environment, where their privacy would be assured.” By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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RIP Mihalis Tsounis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The sad news of Mihalis Tsounis’ passing, although not unexpected, is nonetheless shattering. Mihalis has been my lifelong dearest friend, and my closest comrade. We have shared so much together and we did even more, mainly through political and community organisations and movements we both belonged to with so many others. Too many instances to recall, of family, social and above all political activities, from the manifesto for the teaching of Greek and other community languages to policies for the Australian Socialist movement, the Greek-Australian left, and class multiculturalism. I join the family grief in losing a father, husband, grandfather, friend and comrade to so many people all over Australia and beyond. Yet I am sure we celebrate at the same time the life of a man of unparalleled kindness, generosity and commitment to the highest human ideals of socialism and communism. He was a major and often leading contributor to policies and endless campaigns for a better world, for a strong, united and fighting working class and labour movement, especially through the Communist Party of Australia, for democratic and progressive policies and structures in the Greek Australian Communities, its workers organisations like Platon and Democritus, his beloved Adelaide Greek Community and the fundamentals of Koinotikos Thesmos. He was a pioneer of multiculturalism and the rights of ethnic communities, the doyen of Greek Australian historians. Mihalis’ academic, political and community work feature prominently in the annals of the Australian Labour Movement and its very large and influential Greek Australian section. Mihalis, for over 70 years has been at the centre of what has been best in humanity’s struggles and vision for a world without exploitation of “man” by “man”, and nature by “men”. He lived to see and enjoy so much in his own family successes and developments, as he did the historic social and scientific revolutions of the last century with all the pains of retreats and mistakes of this, our cause, but he never doubted the values and necessity of the socialist projects, and its ultimate triumph over the unjust, immoral and crisis-ridden capitalist system. Much more deserves and needs to be said and written about this humble giant of humanity. And it will be. We know Mihalis will be deeply missed by his immediate family and all of us who came to know and work and socialise with him. And we can say how proudly, emotionally and uniquely privileged we have been to be his family, comrades and fellow human beings. A rebel song, that his Icarian mother used to sing – Mavra korakia me nihia gapsa pesane pano stin ergatia – will be such a fitting farewell, along with the International. Mihalis Tsounis passed away on Friday 26 of October in Adelaide, aged 87, surrounded by his immediate and very extended family.last_img read more

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HACCI Excellence Awards Ball

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) invites you to attend the 2014 HACCI Excellence Awards Gala Ball. HACCI Excellence Awards will be given in the categories of Lifetime Achievement, Business Excellence, Professional Excellence, Young Achievement and Community Service. Tickets are $220 per person. Dress code: black tie and evening dress. When: Friday 14 November, 7.00 pm till midnight Where: Grand Hyatt, Savoy Ballroom, 123 Collins Street, Melbourne For more information and to RSVP, rsvp@hacci.com.au or call 03 9602 2977last_img

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Une maternelle écologique au Japon lécole Otonoha

first_imgUne maternelle écologique au Japon, l’école OtonohaConçu par UZU Architects, le bâtiment de l’école maternelle Otonoha possède un design efficace et intelligent, qui ouvre les pièces sur l’extérieur tout en offrant un grand espace de jeu.Cette maternelle a été construite à Ibaraki près d’Osaka au Japon. L’école offre un étage large et ouvert qui peut se transformer grâce à un système complexe de cloisons amovibles. Ce bâtiment profite un maximum de l’éclairage naturel et des ressources naturelles comme l’énergie solaire. Occupant une surface de 1.000 mètres carrés, la maternelle se présente comme un environnement vert. Elle possède un patio extérieur et un bâtiment ouvert sur le monde. Ainsi, en plus du toit, elle est agrémentée de nombreuses fenêtres qui donnent sur un extérieur toujours ensoleillé. À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauCes innovations sont ramenées au même plan pour être d’un accès facile aux enfants, sensibilisés à la protection de l’environnement. Un peu plus loin, le terrain de l’école cède la place à des champs de riz installés là depuis des générations.Découvrez cette école maternelle écologique en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/%e9cologie/une-ecole-maternelle-ecologique-au-japon_art10312.htmlLe 14 novembre 2010 à 21:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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