BJP AAP spar over electricity tariff in Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi BJP and AAP on Tuesday attacked each other over the allegations of electricity price. “More than 2 crore people of Delhi are suffering due to a heat wave in Delhi and the temperature is increasing day by day. Delhi government used to frame Summer Action Plan in the month of February itself but we don’t see any Summer Action Plan on the ground due to which the problem of the water supply has become very grave,” said Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarHe also said that there is only one Department under the Chief Minister and i.e. the Delhi Jal Board. After Kejriwal took charge of the DJB, the Department is incurring heavy loss. When the local people of Malviya Nagar gheraoed Kejriwal and MLA Somnath then he promised that he will solve the problem within two to three days but the problem has not been solved yet. Meanwhile, AAP leader Raghav Chadha slammed Tiwari saying, “Several governments allowed inflated electricity tariffs to be collected in Delhi in collusion with power companies until the AAP formed the government here. When people of Delhi elected Arvind Kejriwal as their Chief Minister, he ensured that people of Delhi receive the cheapest electricity in the country. “last_img read more


first_imgTickets go on sale June 22 at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster. Twitter The songs of Leonard Cohen were never just about the music or just about the words. They were about how we felt when the two powerful forces merged together.Three choreographers have been charged with adding another element to our response to Cohen’s oeuvre — how those songs quite literally move us.Louis Robitaille, the artistic director of BJM (Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal), commissoned Andonis Foniadakis, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Ihsan Rustem to work with him and Eric Jean on Dance Me — The Music of Leonard Cohen. This dramalurgical dance exploration, which Cohen approved before his death, comes to Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre on November 22 only. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Benjamin Mitchell, Yosmell Caldéron, Mark Sampson, Céline Cassone, Jeremy Coachman, Andrew Mikhaiel, Pier-Loup Lacour, Alexander Hille in Dance Me — The Music of Leonard Cohen.Photograph By MARC MONTPLAISIR Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

QA State lawmaker disclosures point to potential conflicts

first_imgThe Center for Public Integrity and The Associated Press analyzed financial disclosure reports from 6,933 state legislators around the country and found that three out of four lawmakers had income from other employment.While outside jobs give lawmakers expertise in certain policy areas, it also provides an opening for potential conflicts of interest. Lawmakers’ businesses and the industries they work in can be directly affected by the actions of the legislatures. The reporting unearthed numerous examples of state lawmakers who have introduced and supported legislation that directly or indirectly helps their own businesses, their employers or their personal finances.Even then, their actions do not necessarily represent a conflict of interest as defined by state legislatures. Legislatures set their own rules about what constitutes a conflict and at what point lawmakers should recuse themselves from a vote.___WHAT ARE FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORTS AND WHY DO THEY MATTER?Personal financial disclosure reports are intended to help the public understand where and how government officials get their income, and whether any of those ties present conflicts of interest with their political work.These disclosures are especially important for state lawmakers. Unlike many other elected officials, legislators across the country often hold other jobs and run businesses when legislatures are not in session. The AP and Center for Public Integrity review found that at least 76 per cent of state lawmakers holding office in 2015 had outside jobs.That’s different than in Congress, where moonlighting by members has been sharply restricted since 1978.Only three states — Michigan, Idaho and Vermont — have not required such reports. In June, though, Vermont announced that it will begin requiring them in 2018.___WHAT KINDS OF JOBS DO LEGISLATORS HOLD OUTSIDE OF THEIR POLITICAL OFFICE?State lawmakers work all kinds of jobs and sometimes more than one. Lawyers and those with ties to real estate tend to dominate, but some legislators also drive taxis, wait tables, own cemeteries, judge boxing matches, play guitar in rock bands or deal in rare coins.Such outside employment gives lawmakers expertise in certain policy areas, but many of those jobs are directly affected by the actions of the legislatures. That can create conflicts of interest.___HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT MY LEGISLATOR’S FINANCIAL TIES?Out of the 47 states that require personal financial disclosures, the completed forms are available online in 31 states. In the remaining 16 states, those who want to view the reports might need to email a clerk or take more complicated steps such as showing their photo IDs or requesting the documents in person.The Center for Public Integrity has made it easier by putting disclosures from a total of 6,933 lawmakers in 47 states who held office in 2015 into a searchable digital library.___HOW OFTEN DO LEGISLATORS UPDATE THEIR REPORTS?In most states, the reports are filed annually. But in North Dakota, disclosures are required only in election years.North Carolina and Colorado require lawmakers to file initial reports that detail their employment and investments. Each subsequent year, though, they can file a form stating only that nothing has changed since the prior report. In these two states, you might have to collect multiple years’ reports if you want to get a complete view of your lawmaker’s disclosure. We have gathered those older files in our disclosure library.___WHAT DO THE DISCLOSURES CONTAIN?Some states ask lawmakers to detail the jobs of their spouses or children, their businesses, investments, real estate holdings or even ties to lobbyists. Others ask for little beyond the legislators’ sources of income.New Hampshire’s form contains only two sections: a checklist to declare if lawmakers believe they have a conflict in certain areas; and a space to declare sources of income over $10,000.On the Wyoming form, in addition to questions about income sources, two checkboxes ask whether the filer has any real estate or security holdings. But the lawmaker does not have to provide additional details on which stocks or where the real estate is located.___CAN LEGISLATORS VOTE ON A BILL WHEN THEY HAVE TIES TO IT?It depends on the state. In every state except Oregon and Utah, legislators can abstain or ask to be recused from voting on legislation. Most states specify that they should do so if the legislation presents a conflict of interest.But many lawmakers are still allowed to debate, and sometimes even vote, on legislation and amendments that might benefit them or their companies. Louisiana allows lawmakers to debate bills that benefit a personal or financial interest even after they have recused themselves. California lawmakers can vote on legislation even after declaring conflicts of interest if their votes are “fair and objective.”In the Idaho Senate and the Kansas House, legislators need two-thirds of the chamber’s permission to abstain.Oregon and Utah require lawmakers to vote if they are present, regardless of any potential conflicts of interest. Many legislators say frequent abstentions would keep their chambers from working properly.A reporting partnership between The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity.last_img read more

Electricity supply disrupted in several areas

Steps were being taken to repair the lines and restore the electricity supply. The electricity supply was disrupted to parts of the country today after trees fell on power lines, the Ministry of Power, Energy and Business Development said.The Ministry of Power, Energy and Business Development said that the electricity supply was disrupted to parts of Homagama, Padukka, Horana, Kottawa and Avissawella.

High EU court workplace headscarf ban not discriminatory

by Elaine Ganley, The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2017 5:38 am MDT Last Updated Mar 14, 2017 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email High EU court: workplace headscarf ban not discriminatory PARIS – Private businesses in Europe can forbid Muslim women in their employ from wearing headscarves if the ban is part of a policy of neutrality within the company and not a sign of prejudice against a particular religion, the European Union Court of Justice said Tuesday.Such a ban doesn’t constitute what the court calls “direct discrimination.”The conclusion by the highest court in the 28-nation European Union was in response to two cases brought by a Belgian and a French woman, both fired for refusing to remove their headscarves. It clarifies a long-standing question about whether bans by some countries on religious symbols, in classrooms, for example, can be extended to the workplace.The court’s response fed right into the French presidential campaign, bolstering the platforms of far-right leader Marine Le Pen, a leading contender in the spring election who wants to do away with all “ostentatious” religious symbols in the name of secularism, and conservative Francois Fillon, who hailed the court’s decisions. France already bans headscarves and other religious symbols in classrooms as well as face-covering veils in streets.However, critics quickly voiced fears that the decision risks becoming a setback to all working Muslim women.“Today’s disappointing rulings … give greater leeway to employers to discriminate against women — and men — on the grounds of religious belief,” said a statement by Amnesty International. “At a time when identity and appearance has become a political battleground, people need more protection against prejudice, not less.”Georgina Siklossy of the European Network Against Racism in Brussels expressed concern it could have dastardly effects on Muslim women — like making them choose between working and wearing religious garments — and other minority populations in Europe, like Sikhs with turbans or Jews with kippahs.The Open Society Justice Initiative, which submitted a brief supporting the women, expressed disappointment.The group’s policy officer, Maryam Hmadoum, contended that the decision “weakens the guarantee of equality that is at the heart of the EU’s antidiscrimination directive,” which the Court of Justice cited in weighing the cases.“Certainly, many employees who are asking themselves questions about religious signs in their companies will look at these decisions and probably put in place internal regulations,” said lawyer Claire Waquet, who represents the French woman in question. “Some will certainly do this.”The EU Court of Justice made separate decisions on the cases, which were referred to them by the courts of Cassation in Belgium and France, but linked the cases.In the Belgian case, Samira Achbita, a receptionist at a security firm, was fired in June 2006 for wearing an Islamic headscarf, banned in a new set of internal rules by her company that prohibited visible signs of political, religious or philosophical beliefs. Belgium’s Court of Cassation sought guidance from the Luxembourg-based European court which rules on cases involving EU law, which applies to all EU members.The French case differs and offers Asma Bougnaoui a reason for optimism because her dismissal as a design engineer was based, not on internal rules, but on the complaint of a customer unhappy with her Islamic headscarf. The court’s response made clear that a company policy to maintain neutrality in the religious sphere was critical to ensuring non-discrimination — not a complaint by a client.The court said that an employer’s readiness to take into account the wishes of a customer, not internal policy, doesn’t qualify for the measure set out by the European Union: a “genuine and determining occupational requirement.”“The question asked was, ‘Is it enough for a client to say it bothers me that you are sending me a veiled employee … The (court) answered, ‘No, this is not enough,’” said Bougnaoui’s lawyer, Waquet. The employer’s accommodation to a client “is not an essential and decisive factor.”“The employer,” she said, “has a role (and) needs to filter discriminatory requests.”Each of the two cases had gone to their respective Courts of Cassation, which sought guidance from the European court. The home courts must still rule on each case.___Masha Macpherson contributed to this report. FILE– In this June 28, 2009 file photo, women gather during a demonstration in Antwerp, Belgium. ÔªøÔªøPrivate businesses can forbid Muslim women in their employ from wearing headscarves as long as the ban is part of a policy of neutrality within the company and not a sign of prejudice against a particular religion, the European Court of Justice said on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Ôªø(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File) read more

Marin Šego about Polish experience in Plock Kielce is better but we

← Previous Story Austrian No.1, Nikola Marinović: “Serbia and Russia are favourites – “We fell after Dagur left us” Next Story → Onesta invites Karabatić to the “Experts”! Marin SegoOrlen Wisla Plock Croatian goalkeeper Marin Šego is satisfied in Polish Orlen Wisla Plock. The first months of suiting going well after last summer move from C.O Zagreb. He feels happy in his new team:– It sad because we didn’t qualified for the VELUX EHF Champions League. We were so close, but the next challenges are waiting in EHF Cup and match against Kielce on November 10. They are absolutely better team, but we won’t  wait them with raised white flag.Šego has a lot of nice words for expansion in popularity of Polish handball…– Wisla Plock is extra organised team. My duty is only to play and not to think about other things, what is really rare in Europe right now because of crisis. People here are really enthusiastic about handball. Whole families attending the matches. Fans know a lot, they follow the team, players, rivals. Our fans are incredible support for the team – said Marin Šego for read more

The New York Times paywall went live today and its trivial to

first_imgToday, to much controversy, the venerable New York Times is launching its pay wall to much controversy. The paywall itself is being pitched as a way to support the Times’ quality journalism, but criticisms levied at the paywall include it being way too expensive (up to $455 per year if you want to read the New York Times online on all platforms) and mercenarily priced (to subscribe to the New York Times on your smartphone, it costs $15 per month, but if you want to read it on your tablet and smartphone, it costs $35 per month). At the end of the day, though, most savvy users aren’t going to have to pay for the New York Times at all, because the Times’ paywall is actually trivial to bypass. AdChoices广告Here’s the deal. To lure subscribers in, the New York Times is allowing every person to read up to 20 articles a month on the New York Times website for free. Once you read 20 articles on the Times’ website, you’ll be told to subscribe if you want to read more.However, if you have been referred to a story on the Times’ website by Facebook, Twitter or a blog, that article won’t count towards your 20 article limit. Also, even if you do hit your 20 article limit, full articles are still served up to your browser: the only difference is an obnoxious “subscribe now” overlay hovers over the content, making it extremely difficult to read the article’s content.That overlay, however, is just standard HTML and CSS… and can actually be disabled with just four lines of Javascript. That makes it trivial to bypass by just installing a Javascript bookmark and clicking it when you get your “subscribe now!” warning from the New York Times.A paywall this porous is pretty silly, and the New York Times will no doubt stop up the gaps in it overtime. For right now, though, it’s effortless to circumvent. Let’s hope that when it becomes tighter, the Times have had the time to have a long, hard think about their subscription pricing. I don’t think a lot of us are adverse to paying to support good journalism. We’re just adverse to bleeding out paying for good journalism.Read more at Lifehackerlast_img read more

Yet another Java exploit already being sold for 5000

first_imgI’m feeling a sense of deja vu right now. Back in August, Oracle had to release an emergency patch when a zero-day exploit was found in Java. Then, at the beginning of December a new zero-day exploit started being sold for a five figure sum. Jump to just a few days ago and another zero-day exploit and emergency patch were released. And now guess what? Yet another Java zero-day exploit is being sold for a five figure sum.Security vendors warned that even with the latest patch, Java remained vulnerable, and this latest exploit proves them right. It’s being sold on a private cybercrime forum at a cost of $5,000, with two sales available netting the seller $10,000. Chances are, he’s already collected the money and the exploit is in use.The exploit is valuable because not only is it usable on the most up-to-date version of Java, which could remain vulnerable for weeks, if not months, it is although thought to be brand new and not part of any exploit pack, which can cost up to $10,000 per month to use.Our advice therefore remains the same: disable or uninstall Java on your machine unless you have a real need for it. Chances are you don’t, and it’s a leftover from an automatic install or just software that came pre-installed on your PC or laptop.With the repeated release of new exploits, and a fix time by Oracle quoted in years by those in the security community, the situation isn’t going to get any better anytime soon.More at KrebsonSecuritylast_img read more

“CRR Has the Worst Performing Health Indicators,” Health Minister

first_imgBy Awa B. BahThe Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Mrs. Saffie Lowe Ceesay, has acknowledged that the Central River Region, has the worst performing health indicators, most especially in the northern part of the region.Mrs. Lowe Ceesay was responding to questions raised by Hon. Amadou Camara, NAM for Nianija. During the question and answer session, the member for Nianija asked the Health Minister the plans of her ministry in addressing the access to quality healthcare delivery coupled with the unavailability of essential medicine in the Central River Region.Mrs. Lowe Ceesay further indicated that this was presumed based on earlier Multiple Indicator cluster survey number 4, conducted by UNICEF and partners in 2010; that the situation has improved greatly from what it was before but that due to the low poverty profile of the area, the inequalities in household income, use of health services with poor road infrastructures and communication facilities, has negatively impacted on the health outcomes of the area.‘‘CRR has witnessed numerous interventions by the ministry and partners support for extending PHC facilities with boost of supplies of essential medicines. Health facilities in the Gambia are classified into hospitals, Major health centers, NGO clinics, Private clinics, community clinics and health posts. Nationally, the CRR has the highest service delivery points of 23.7%, compared to WCR 2 with 14.4%. It is also anecdotal evidence that the river crossing between the North and South Banks of the river Gambia, remains a major challenge to health service delivery, and inadequate human resources, lack of proper staff accommodation, poor road conditions, unavailability of ferries after closing hours, road traffic accidents and serious medical emergencies, are all situations that affect and impacts on referrals of women in labour,’’ the Health Minister said.‘‘The unique situation of the CRR region,’’ the minister noted, ‘‘is well known especially the Northern part of the region, from Lamin Koto stretching to Passamas in the URR.’’ The minister revealed the prioritized areas in terms of health mapping, of constructing in the near future a major health facility that will provide comprehensive clinical care around and near Sami Karantaba health center, serving the catchment area that stand remote from Bansang Hospital and Kuntaur health center, as next referral points within the region.last_img read more

Another Hit song anticipated for Visage of The Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, 19 Feb 2016 – Hot on the heels of their recent smash release, “La Bam Bam”, the Bahamas’ #1 Party Band, Visage, is at it once again. As promised, please see attached the band’s latest single release entitled “PARTY STARTER”. This track was written by fellow Visage members, Dyson Knight and Wendy Lewis and features Shawn “Wild Boy” Ferguson and “Erica “Da Picky Head Gal” Lightbourn on lead vocals.After the immense success of “Happy Hour”, Visage has once again teamed up with Rik Carey of C-Sharp Productions and come up with what can ONLY be described as a “DANCEFLOOR STOMPER”. From the very opening salvo, “Hellooooo massive” this track penetrates the soul and compels one’s feet and body to dance. As “Happy Hour” was successful in fusing the “traditional junkanoo sound” with contemporary sounds, this time, “Party Starter” has fused traditional rake n’ scrape percussive sounds and fused it with contemporary music sounds. Yet again, this dynamic, trend-setting band has blazed a new trail in Bahamian music.“Party Starter” is not only guaranteed to get ANY party “started” anywhere in the world but also to keep any party going to the wee hours of the morning. Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Related Items:bahamas, dancefloor stomper, la bam bam, party starter, visage Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegationlast_img read more

Washington DOT offers tips for coming snow and ice

first_imgOLYMPIA – With forecasts calling for more snow and even colder temperatures moving through Washington, drivers should prepare for snow and ice on the road tonight and into Thursday. Reports indicate the heaviest accumulations should be from the South Puget Sound area down to Vancouver. Drivers should expect driving conditions similar to a mountain pass across much of Washington overnight and Thursday morning. WSDOT crews will work through the night and into the morning to keep roads open and traffic moving. Unprepared drivers who and end up blocking traffic could make their goal much more difficult.Factors that go into the decision to stay off the roads in severe weather are different for every person and family, but when ice and snow are in the forecast, everyone should pay attention to media reports and advice from officials. When choosing to drive in these conditions, motorists should:? drive for conditions – reduced speeds, slower acceleration, careful steering and slower braking? slow down approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges, or shady spots? allow extra time to get there ? use headlights regardless of the time of day Additional winter driving tips include:? Avoid using cruise control. ? Four- and all-wheel drive vehicles offer little advantage on icy roads. ? Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. And remember, large vehicles take longer to stop. ? Brush the snow off your vehicle, especially your lights, before you drive. It makes you more visible, plus snow and ice flying off a vehicle can be dangerous to other drivers. ? If you find yourself behind a snowplow, stay behind it until it is safe to pass. Remember that a snowplow driver has a limited field of vision. Stay back (15 car lengths) until you’re sure it is safe to pass or until the plow pulls off the road.last_img read more

NASA to go ahead with space station visit despite dead computer

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is pressing ahead with Monday’s planned launch of a supply ship despite a critical computer outage at the International Space Station, promising the situation is safe.Mission managers decided Sunday to proceed with the countdown for the SpaceX capsule, Dragon, already a month late in delivering more than 2 tons of cargo. “We’re good to go,” said NASA space station program manager Mike Suffredini. Suffredini noted the many important supplies aboard the Dragon, including a new spacesuit and repair parts for the older spacesuits already in orbit. Much-needed food is also packed away.“There’s a certain amount of urgency to go ahead and get these vehicles” at the space station, he told reporters. These shipments have to fit around other space station operations, like crew comings and goings.“Things start to bunch up,” Suffredini said, “and so we’re just trying to fly as soon as we safely can, which is what we believe we’re doing.”last_img read more

Wilmingtons interlinkONE Introduces SportCoups A Fundraising App For Student Athletes

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — InterlinkONE is excited to announce the launch of SportCoups, a fundraising app dedicated to helping student- and youth-athletes raise money for their individual sports-related financial needs.Our StoryA silent investor approached John Foley Jr. with a problem and an idea. After watching his son go through countless seasons of fundraising, he realized the process was a hassle, time-consuming and could be easier. He asked, “What if athletes could fundraise directly from their phones?” And with that, SportCoups was born.SportCoups was created with the individual athlete in mind. The goal is to make it easier for athletes to raise money for things such as user fees, equipment, uniforms, tournaments, camps, travel costs and more! Gone are the days of athletes going door-to-door, standing outside supermarkets or asking family members to purchase coupon cards, candy, etc. Instead, athletes can download the app, create a profile and invite their FANS (family, friends and neighbors) to donate.Donor Rewards “The essence of donating is a selfless act, but we wanted to add a feature to the app that thanks the donor for their contribution with a monetary benefit. Donors will have instant access to nearly 100 coupons right from their phones for 6 months,” explains Co-Founder John Foley Jr.Nothing like that exists today. Why $20? Most friends and family will not think twice about giving $20 to an athlete when they know the money will be put to good use. This approach is an effective method of fundraising and those donations really make a big difference.How It Works Athletes, or parents, can download the app, register, set up the profile and create the fundraiser. Next, they execute their campaigns by sending out invitations to their fans via text, email and social media. They can easily manage their fundraiser and keep track of the amount raised. Donations go directly into their, or their parent’s, linked bank account.While SportCoups was created with the individual athlete in mind, teams can also use this to fundraise. To do this, each player would link their campaign to the same trusted bank account. This eliminates the problem of athletes having to be responsible for collecting and keeping track of cash.SportCoups is now available on the App Store and Google Play. Download today!(NOTE: The above press release is from SportCoups via PRNewswire.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s SportCoups Launches New Team Fundraising Capability For Athletic Clubs & ProgramsIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s SportCoups Announces Partnership with SaveAroundIn “Business”Wilmington’s interlinkONE To Sponsor ‘Bowl With A Bruin’ At Wamesit LanesIn “Business”last_img read more

AP govt releases white paper on state finances

first_imgFinance minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy on Wednesday released a first white paper on Andhra Pradesh financial position at the secretariat in Amaravati. He lashed out that the state had seen worst statistics between 2014-19 and said that there is no development in any sector. Reddy also said that the statistics showed by the former government in the agriculture sector are false. “In the last five years, the agriculture sector registered negative growth. However, the fisheries, which is sub-sector of agriculture have seen positive growth,” said Reddy. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us He added that the state witnessed the highest growth between 2004-09 and worst performance between 2014-19 due to bifurcation and bad governance. The state which was in Rs 20,000 crore revenue deficit during bifurcation is further pushed into Rs 66,000 deficit by the former government, said Reddy adding that the debts were increased many times in the last five years.last_img read more

India fell behind China in key areas under 5 years of Modi

first_imgIndia’s spendings on defence and diplomatic reforms slipped further as compared to China in the last five years under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government even as the ruling BJP party is riding high on national security in the race to form the next government. Several economic surveys have proved that India’s ranking continued to fall further below China when it came to expanding defence and diplomatic structural network.The findings may prove detrimental to PM Modi’s efforts to convince the voters in India that his government has strengthened the country’s armed forces and improved the diplomatic relations to outdo China. The fact remains that China has marched way ahead than India and is not only expanding its defence network but also establishing key geo-strategic locations in the Indian Ocean. There is no denying the fact that India’s economy has grown steadily overshadowing developed countries like France over last few years but a large factor for the same can be attributed to the  $84 billion trade with China which has only improved even as the diplomatic relations between the two countries have gone sour.Lately, PM Modi’s solo television appearance announcing India as the “space power” joining the league of a few countries that include the US and China has reportedly also not impressed many at the international level especially since China was already in possession of such a technology a decade ago.China’s focus on modernizing its armed forces gave it an edge?For the last decade or so, China has steadily worked on introducing cutting-edge technology to aid its armed forces and done away with banking heavily on the headcount. Its space as well as cyber technology strength is greater than India’s that has understandably helped its armed forces. On the other hand, India’s reliance on combat personnel has proved costly as the country spends most of the defence budget on salaries and pensions of its security personnel, both in-service and retired.There hasn’t been any noticeable addition to the equipment, war plans and submarines or even modernising the existing ones. To add to India’s woes, the most recent decision taken by the Modi government of buying more than two dozen Rafale fighter jets from France has ended up in stirring controversy with the opposition parties levying corruption charges against him. BJP argues that India and China’s economies are different and their budgets on military and economic infrastructure shouldn’t be compared.”Under PM, Modi’s rule, India has increased its defence spending as well as giving the armed forces more autonomy. You cannot compare the economy of China with that of India. China is a bigger economy and has a defence budget in line with its plans and needs. India, on the other hand, has enough defence budget and the reforms are an ongoing process,” GVL Narasimha Rao, a BJP spokesperson told Bloomberg.How has China outdone India on diplomatic front? APDespite PM Modi being in news for all his international trips during the tenure of his government, the figures show that India still does not have enough diplomatic presence at the international level despite being the second most populous country in the world. Compared with China’s 7, 500 diplomats, India has just 900. “Modi’s injection of personal enthusiasm into Indian foreign policy hasn’t led to more resources at the severely short-staffed Ministry of External Affairs,” said Happymon Jacob, an associate professor at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University’s School of International Studies.According to Lowy Institute’s Asia power index, India ranks below China when it comes to economic resources, military capability, diplomatic influence, defence network and cultural relations. India has, however, tried to establish itself as an alternative Asian power while colluding with the United States which is trying to set up the former as China’s key Asian rival. China’s concrete efforts to set up military bases in Nepal and Pakistan near the Indian border have invited sharp criticism from India’s allies like the US, Japan, Australia and France.China, therefore, sees India as a potential threat and has often times invited the latter’s wrath by helping Pakistan strengthen its defence network and open an economic corridor. Additionally, China’s repeated attempts to block India’s efforts at designating Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, who has been accused of plotting major terrorist activities, has also irked India.PM Modi, who is most likely to return to power after the general elections, has made his resentment clear by not sending any Indian delegation to the ongoing Belt and Road infrastructure forum currently being held in China.last_img read more

Man kills elder brother

first_imgMasuk_Art_Logo_04A man was stabbed to death allegedly by his younger brother at Monoharpur village in Palshbari upazila on Friday.The deceased is Saidur Rahman, 45, of the village, reports UNB.”There was an altercation between Saidur and his brother Chan Mia as a goat of Chan Mia ate up the paddy at Saidur’s field in the morning,” said Gaibandha police superintendent Mashruqur Rahman Khaleque.At one stage, Chan Mia hit Saidur with a sharp weapon on his chest, leaving him dead on the spot, On information, police recovered the body and sent it to local hospital morgue for autopsy.Meanwhile, Chan Mia went into hiding.last_img

Japan to arrange AbeKim talks

first_imgJapan`s prime minister Shinzo Abe (C), chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga (R) and internal affairs minister Seiko Noda (L), who also serves as women`s empowerment minister, attend a meeting with cabinet members at Abe`s official residence in Tokyo on 12 June 2018. Photo: AFPJapan is working to arrange a meeting between prime minister Shinzo Abe and Kim Jong Un after the North Korean leader said he was open to talks, local media reported Thursday.The Sankei Shimbun said Kim discussed the possibility during historic talks Tuesday with US president Donald Trump.”During the summit with Trump, Kim told Trump ‘I can meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,'” the Sankei reported.Japan wants the talks to push the emotive issue of citizens abducted by the North decades ago, which has seen little movement despite a whirlwind of diplomacy in recent months.Government officials are weighing several scenarios, including Abe visiting Pyongyang in August, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported Thursday.Another scenario would see Abe meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the sidelines of a conference in Russia in September, the daily said.Several Japanese media outlets said Thursday that Kim had expressed a readiness to meet Abe when he held a historic summit earlier this week with US president Donald Trump.And Abe has already said publicly that he would meet Kim in order to resolve the abduction issue.Japanese foreign ministry officials plan to hold talks with North Korean officials at an international security conference in Mongolia this week as they try to firm up plans, local media said.”If (Abe’s) visit to Pyongyang in August proves difficult,” he could hold talks with Kim on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia’s Vladivostok in September, the Yomiuri said.Top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga declined to confirm the reports, telling reporters Thursday “nothing has been decided at the moment.”North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is seen returning to North Korea after the summit with US president Donald Trump, in this picture released on 13 June 2018. Photo: AFP”If a Japan-North Korea summit takes place, it is extremely important that it would lead to a solution of the nuclear, missile, and above all, abduction issues,” he added.The issue of Japanese citizens who were abducted in the 1970s and 1980s to help Pyongyang train its spies has long soured already strained relations between Tokyo and Pyongyang.The Japanese government has officially listed 17 people as abductees, but there are strong suspicions that dozens more were snatched.Abe will meet later Thursday with relatives of those abducted and pledge to resolve the issue in talks with Kim, local media said.Japan has repeatedly called for the issue to be raised in discussions with Pyongyang, and Trump said at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon that he had discussed the issue with Kim.Japan has maintained a hardline position on North Korea despite the stepped-up diplomacy with Pyongyang in recent months, and has been left largely on the side-lines as South Korea and the United States have held talks with Kim.Kim and Trump signed a document on Tuesday after their talks in which the North Korean leader reaffirmed his commitment to “work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”, without giving further details.It made no reference to other weapons capabilities, including the missiles that North Korea has fired over Japan, nor to people abducted by North Korea.last_img

Loyola of Maryland Basketball Legend Preaches Perseverance to Baltimore City Youth

first_imgLoyola College legend Mike Morrison speaks to kids at Collington Square Elementary School in East Baltimore as part of Shooting 4 Peace. (Photo by Deion Broxton)Loyola University legend Mike Morrison returned to Baltimore April 13 to preach perseverance to a group of elementary and middle school youth.  Morrison, a Washington D.C. native, addressed a rambunctious crowd of students at Collington Square Elementary School in East Baltimore, detailing his childhood as a “volatile young man” as part of the “Shooting 4 Peace,”  a week-long initiative to deter Baltimore City residents from violence.“There’s a lot of opportunity for these kids to do some great things and change this city because realistically, they are the city,” he said of why he chose to address the children. “They need love, they need discipline, they need structure [and] they need a direction.”Morrison is the only division I player in Loyola’s history to be selected in the NBA draft. He played four years in the NBA before finishing his career overseas.“The greatest accomplishment in my life was understanding what perseverance is,” Morrison told his audience.The basketballer said he was a troubled youth who was expelled from school and given one last chance at a disciplinary school to turn his life around. The principal used sports as an incentive to motivate Morrison, he said. The student-athlete rose from performing below grade level to ascending above grade level in high school, earning himself a scholarship to play basketball at Loyola University of Maryland.“Attitude determines everything you’ll ever be in life,” Morrison told the students.“Shooting for Peace” organizer Ray Sydnor and his fellow Baltimore legends spoke at several Baltimore City schools this week. They will wrap things up Saturday, April 16 with a basketball game at Coppin State University featuring former NBA stars and “Baltimore City legends.” Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.last_img read more

78yearold found dead at his house maid driver arrested

first_imgKolkata: The younger brother of one Prithwi Baran Ganguly (78) whose body was found at his residence under Bidhannagar East police station on Sunday morning lodged a complaint saying that the deceased’s maidservant had conspired with his driver to kill the house owner.The incident has created a sensation at EE Block of Salt Lake on Sunday. On the basis of the complaint lodged by the victim’s younger brother, Dibyendu, also a resident of the same Block, the police have arrested the maidservant, identified as Jaba Chakraborty, and driver Ranjit Santra. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe complainant told the police that the victim who used to reside with his wife at his residence had been suffering from age-related ailments for the past few months. The couple was being looked after by the maidservant and the driver. The complainant told the police that he saw a hearse in front of the house of the deceased on Sunday morning. As the younger brother rushed to the spot, he was stopped by Jaba and Ranjit after which they produced a death certificate of the victim. The complainant alleged that his elder brother might have been poisoned to death by the duo and demanded a detailed probe into the incident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe body of the victim was sent to Bidhannagar Sub-Divisional Hospital for post-mortem. Both the accused were remanded to three days’ police custody after being produced before a court. Ganguly was an employee of the Kolkata Metropolitan Water and Sanitation Authority. During preliminary interrogation, Jaba demanded that Ganguly had given her a portion of the flat. But she could not produce any papers in this regard. Police are also trying to find out if Ganguly had any will or not. His wife has been shifted to a relative’s house following Sunday’s incident.last_img read more