A day after the Punjab government announced that government employees would have to undergo a dope test as part of the anti-drug campaign, Aam Aadmi Party leaders on Thursday demanded that such tests be conducted on Ministers and legislators as well.AAP MLA Aman Arora gave blood samples for conducting a dope test at a government hospital in Mohali, saying that the party would support any constructive decision of the government to eradicate the drug menace. “It would have been better had [Chief Minister] Amarinder Singh himself led from the front and undergone a dope test along with his Cabinet colleagues and MLAs… a dope test should be made mandatory for all MLAs and MPs from the State,” said Mr. Arora.“It is unfortunate that Punjab is witnessing dark days due to the failure of successive governments to check the drug menace. Capt. Singh has also failed to eradicate the drug problem. During the poll campaign, he took an oath, holding the sacred ‘Gutka Sahib’ in his hands, that he would wipe out the drug menace in four weeks… but even after eighteen months in power the ground situation has not changed,” he added.The Punjab Chief Minister had on Wednesday ordered mandatory dope test on all government employees, including police personnel, from the time of their recruitment through every stage of their service. The Chief Secretary has been asked to work out the modalities and issue the necessary notification in this regard.“A dope test would be made mandatory for all recruitments as well as promotions to be made by the various Punjab government departments. Dope test would also be made a mandatory part of the annual medical examination of all civilian, police employees of the Punjab government, wherever prescribed,” an official spokesperson had said.Senior AAP leader H.S. Phoolka termed the government’s decision “good” and offered to undergo the dope test. “Ministers and MLAs are also public servants. They get salary from the government. They are also covered under this order. Ministers and MLAs should first give samples. I have asked Speaker and DC as to where I should report to give my sample for a dope test,” tweeted Mr. Phoolka.
FMSCI Rejects Reports Claiming Inconsistency in Gaurav Gill’s Arjuna Award Application, Members Call for Probe
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. New Delhi: India’s governing body for motorsport (FMSCI) on Saturday dismissed reports that ace rally driver Gaurav Gill had misrepresented his achievements to the Arjuna Award selection committee but members including Vicky Chandhok called for a thorough inquiry into the matter.Three-time three Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) winner Gill had become the first motorsport driver to be conferred the Arjuna award earlier this year. However, according to a media report, there were inconsistency in his application that he submitted to the selection committee for Arjuna Awards consideration.The report said Gill had claimed in his 13-page application, which was signed by FMSCI Secretary-general Rajan Sayal, that he “won 11 stages of the World Rally Championship” in 2018 but the claim was dismissed by the World body FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile).”A malicious, motivated report on Gaurav Gill’s Arjuna Award application is doing the rounds. Secretary-General, FMSCI denounces it in the strongest terms possible as it is meant to mislead people who don’t understand motorsports,” FMSCI wrote on its twitter handle.”Gaurav’s application categorically mentioned that he took part in the WRC2 category of the World Rally Championship in 2018. And yes, he won 11 stages in it.”Chandhok, who sits on the FMSCI council and is a former president, said Gill was the most deserving candidate for Arjuna but the body should probe the matter thoroughly.For the same reason, he has also written a letter of FMSCI president J Prithiraj, a copy of which is in possession of PTI.”I sincerely hope there was no fraud committed for the sake of our sport and actually pray that everything was true in the application since the consequences of the opposite will be very hard hitting to the persons involved,” he said in his letter to the president.Chandhok, who was instrumental in bringing Formula 1 to India, later told PTI: “There may or may not be misrepresentation of facts but it needs to examined thoroughly.”Last year, Gill had participated in four rallies, one each in Italy, Finland, Wales and Australia as an unregistered driver in World Rally Championship 2 and won 11 stages.WRC2 is a second-tier competition. It is a companion rally series to the World Rally Championship and is driven on the same stages.Last week, Gill and his navigator were booked on the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder after their car rammed into a motorcycle during the National Rally Championship race in Rajasthan and killed a couple and their son. arjuna awardGaurav Gillmotor sports First Published: September 29, 2019, 3:10 PM IST
Kolkata, Nov 5 (PTI) Iranian film maker Mostafa Taghizadehs Yellow will be the inaugural film of the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival where films from 53 countries will be screened and UK will be the focus country.Jean-Luc Godards The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company (Grandeur et Decadence dun Petit Commerce de Cinema), which had been made for French Television in 1986 and released in cinematic format in October this year in France, will be screened in cinematic format in 23rd KIFF.The 23rd KIFF will be held from November 10 to 17.”This will be the first time that The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company is being screened outside France,” principal secretary, Information and Cultural Affairs department Vivek Kumar told a press meet here.He said among other firsts the festival will have a new section Competition on Indian Language films to promote regional Indian cinema with the prize money of Rs 7 lakh for the best film and Rs 5 lakh for the best director. Ten films in nine languages will be screened in this section.This will be in addition to the International Competition section where 14 films from 13 countries will be screened.Kumar said the KIFF was giving one of the largest amount reward for the best film in foreign languages (International Competition) which was Rs 51 lakh.There will also be Rare Language Indian Films category where eight films in Garo, Boro, Chakma, Dogri, Konkani, Kodava, Maithili, Khasi will be screened.In another first, camera and other equipment used by film makers like Lumiere Brothers, Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak will be on display for film students and enthusiasts at an exhibition Looking Through at an exhibition hall in the Nandan complex, Kumar said.advertisementA large number of 143 films from 53 countries will be screened at the festival which will be held from November 10 to 17, he said.”Very well-known film makers from countries like Turkey, Morocco, Iran, Serbia, Italy, UK, China, Sri Lanka, Germany, Argentina will be attending this festival which is increasingly getting global recognition,” he said.There will be 16 sections which will also a retrospective of six films by prominent British director Michael Winterbottom. This was significant as UK has been chosen as the country on focus in 23rd KIFF, he said.Six films by well known Thai director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang will also be screened in the retrospective section in an eclectic package of films from different countries.The 16 sections also included Asian Select (four films from four countries), National Best (12 films in 12 languages), Homage (to late film personalities like Om Puri, Tom Alter and Ramananda Sengupta).West Bengal Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Arup Biswas said around 10 films, in KIFF package, will be screened in different localities of the city this time.”We will also hardsell our shooting locations and point out the world class technical facilities to the eminent director-producers attending the film festival,” he said.The Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture will be given by Rachel Dwyer, a professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of London, Biswas said.Minister of State for Information and Cultural Affairs, Indranil Sen said 87 short films and 51 documentary films will be screened in this festival.The number of Bengali films will be 10.Apart from Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, who had been regulars to the KIFF inauguration in past, Kamal Hasaan, Kajol and Mahesh Bhatt will be among those invited to the inauguration of the 23rd KIFF at Netaji Indoor stadium on November 10. PTI SUS RG
England pace bowler James Anderson has described as “ridiculous” accusations that he was involved in tampering with the ball during the drawn fourth Ashes Test against Australia in Melbourne last week.England pacer James Anderson denied the fact that he was involved in tampering with the ball during the fourth Ashes Test against Australia in Melbourne that ended in a draw.The veteran dismissed the accusations as “ridiculous” and said that he was just getting dirt off the ball.”It escalated quite quickly, didn’t it?” Anderson said in comments published by Britain’s The Telegraph newspaper. “Ridiculous, but what we’ve come to expect.”(I was) getting dirt off the ball. They’d watered the square so the footholes on the old wickets had mud.”We went to the umpires to make sure they were happy with it.”WATCHAnderson was shown on t.v. trying to scuff up the ball with his thumbnail on the penultimate day of the Boxing Day Test — following which some commentators jumped on the footage and brought the issue up.Earlier, England coach Trevor Bayliss, however, labelled the accusations as ‘Pommie bashing’.Anderson’s comments echoed those of Bayliss, who said the umpires had told him on Saturday the accusations were a ‘beat-up’.Both the sides were warned by the umpires during the match about trying to tamper with the wall or even think about it as the pitch offered little or no assistance to either of the sides in a match that was moving towards a draw.advertisementAustralia had already regained the urn before the Melbourne game after they took a 3-0 lead in the five match series following victory by an innings and 41 runs in Perth.In Melbourne, however, England dominated for much of the match, led by Alastair Cook’s unbeaten 244 and were thwarted by rain that washed out much of the fourth day’s play.Anderson, undoubtedly on his last Ashes tour of Australia, said his side were looking ahead to try to grab a face-saving victory in the fifth Test in Sydney, which starts on Thursday.”We have played well at times in all four Tests,” Anderson said.”It would be nice if we can carry that on and have one last push at Sydney and try to get a win.”It would mean a lot to the lads and all the English support we’ve had over here. You see them just non-stop and it means a lot to us that sort of support.”(With inputs from Reuters)ALSO WATCH:
NEW YORK – Shaun Livingston was flying all over the court. LeBron James could only sit and watch.Joe Johnson scored 32 points, Livingston helped Brooklyn dominate the second overtime after James fouled out, and the Nets beat the Miami Heat 104-95 on Jan. 10 night for their fifth straight victory.Livingston had two baskets and two blocked shots in the second OT, finishing with 19 points, a career-high 11 rebounds and five assists over 51 minutes in a sensational effort while starting for injured Deron Williams.The Nets followed the lead of a player who spent years revitalizing a career that was sidetracked by a horrific knee injury, jumping on the Heat early and fighting them off late.“Gutsy. Gutsy,” Kevin Garnett said. “I thought we fought for 48-plus minutes.”Paul Pierce scored 23 points but missed jumpers that could have won it at the end of regulation and the first overtime. Still, the Nets remained unbeaten in 2014, adding a victory over the two-time defending NBA champions to their recent wins over Oklahoma City and Golden State.“It was huge,” Livingston said. “We’ve obviously been playing better as of late. I think our momentum that we were carrying into this game, we’re trying to ride that wave.”James had 36 points, seven rebounds and five assists, but fouled out on an offensive foul with 36 seconds left in the first overtime and the Heat trailing by two. It was the first time that James fouled out in the regular season since 2008.Miami pushed it to a second overtime without him, but it was all Nets from there against a Heat team that was already missing Dwyane Wade and two other starters.James was visibly frustrated with his teammates in the first half — he said he apologized at halftime for his attitude and body language. He was irate when Mirza Teletovic flagrantly fouled him, but nearly overcame all that to help Miami pull it out.“We’re a no-excuse team, but right now we have three starters that didn’t play,” James said. “Even though we’ve got a lot of depth, it is hard to make up for three starters being out.”Miami totaled six points in the overtimes, fewest ever in the shot clock era (since 1954-55) in a game that went at least two overtimes.Norris Cole scored 18 points, but Ray Allen was 2 of 14 for nine points in place of Wade, who rested his sore knees after playing 39 minutes in a loss at New York on Jan. 9.Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers also sat out the game, which featured players on both teams wearing nicknames on their jerseys, a first of its kind in the NBA.Livingston and Johnson made the first two baskets of the second overtime, then Livingston blocked a shot by Cole.Pierce followed with a 3-pointer, Garnett made a jumper and Livingston spun into the lane for a dunk and a 104-93 lead. He had another block on Allen, who finally made the Heat’s only basket of the second OT on a wide-open layup with 16 seconds to go.The Heat came up with the idea to wear nicknames on their jerseys and wanted another team to participate, and the Nets were selected.So in place of the teams’ regular jerseys were ones reading names such as King James and J. Shuttlesworth (for Allen’s character, Jesus Shuttlesworth, in the film He Got Game.)The Nets wore their road black jerseys with Truth (Pierce) and Big Ticket (Garnett.) Gimmicks are nice but good games are even better, and the Heat and Nets delivered a great one.“This was a playoff atmosphere-type game,” Pierce said. “You just felt the energy in the building.”The Nets led 93-89 in the first OT and were still up two after James fouled out, but Cole pushed the ball up the court and nailed a jumper with 3.3 seconds to go to tie it.The Nets controlled the second extra period, handing Miami a second loss in two nights in the Big Apple and matching their win total for both November and December, with eight games left this month.Even short-handed, James and the Heat played as though they desperately wanted this one, erasing a 14-point deficit. James looked ready to fight when Teletovic wrapped his arms around James’ neck to stop a drive to the basket with a flagrant foul.“He went around my neck,” James said. “It’s not a basketball play.” Said Teletovic: “Just tried to make a foul to stop the score. He shouldn’t be reacting like that. It’s OK. It’s just basketball.”It was tied at 89 with 40 seconds left after a free throw by James, and Pierce’s long jumper rimmed out as time expired.“They made bigger plays going down the stretch in the overtime,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “When we pushed it to that point, even with LJ out, we thought we had a chance. Guys really competed down the stretch.”(Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
BRAZIL 79, GREECE 78At Nanjing, Brazil improved to 2-0 and moved closer to the second round. Greece fell to 1-1 in Group F and will need a win in its final group game with New Zealand.Anderson Varejao hit a critical jumper for Brazil with 14 seconds left and Leandrinho Barbosa hit a final free throw for the three-point edge.Kostas Sloukas had three free throws with two seconds left that would have tied the score, but he made only two.Varejao led Brazil with 22 points, while Georgios Printezis led Greece with 20.Ioannis Bourousis of Greece puts up a shot over Augusto Lima of Brazil during their group stage match in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Nanjing in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. (Chinatopix via AP)Members of Brazil’s team celebrate after beating Greece in their group stage match in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Nanjing in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. (Chinatopix via AP)—Australia showed it can do damage by ending the Americans’ 78-game winning streak in a warm-up game just over a week ago.On Tuesday in Group H, the Boomers defeated Senegal 81-68 in Dongguan in the far south of China to improve to 2-0 and qualify for the second round. Senegal is 0-2.Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs led Australia with 22 points, but Joe Ingles of the Utah Jazz was the game’s top player with 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.Ingles was one assist away from a triple-double, which a FIBA official told him would have been a first in the World Cup.“I didn’t know that, but even though I do know it now it still doesn’t bother me,” he said. “The only goal today was to win the game and that’s all our focus.”It was not that easy despite Ingles’ big numbers.Australia led 36-33 at the half and struggled with the tall African team. Senegal has nine players at least 2.02 meters (6-foot-8) or taller. And four at 2.08 (6-10) or taller.“That could be the tallest overall team that we’ve played against in my time as coach,” Australia coach Andrej Lemanis said.Added Ingles: “That first half, they kind of had us on our back foot a little bit. We had to come in at halftime and address a few things.”Xane Dalmeida led Senegal with 14 points in a game the Africans kept surprisingly close.LITHUANIA 92, CANADA 69At Dongguan, Lithuania booked its place in the second round. The victory also assured Australia of advancing from Group H.Lithuania, which is 2-0, had six players in double figures, topped by Edgaras Ulanovas and Jonas Valanciunas with 13 each. Kyle Wiltjer led Canada with 24. Canada fell to 0-2.NEW ZEALAND 93, MONTENEGRO 83At Nanjing, New Zealand downed Montenegro to move to 1-1 in Group F. Montenegro is 0-2.Corey Webster led the Kiwis with 25 points and teammate Isaac Fotu added 20. Nikola Ivanovic had 18 to lead Montenegro, and Nikola Vucevic added 15.UNITED STATES 93, TURKEY 92 OTAt Shanghai, the Americans (2-0) scraped by, and they needed overtime to do it in Group E. The victory moved them into the second round. They face winless Japan in the final group game.Khris Middleton led the Americans with 15 points and Kemba Walker added 14. Ersan Ilyasova of the Milwaukee Bucks had 23 points and 15 rebounds for Turkey (1-1).CZECH REPUBLIC 89, JAPAN 76At Shanghai, Blake Schilb and Jaromira Bohacik each scored 22 points and the Czech Republic kept Japan winless in Group E.Tomas Satoransky had 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Czechs (1-1).Rui Hachimura led Japan (0-2) with 21 points, while Nick Fazekas had 12 points and 10 rebounds.DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 70, GERMANY 68At Shenzhen, the Dominican Republic improved to 2-0 and Germany fell to 0-2 in Group G.Victor Liz led the Dominicans with 17 points and Eloy Vargas added 16 as the Caribbean team advanced to the second round. Dennis Schroder was Germany’s top scorer with 20, and Daniel Theis added 12.FRANCE 103, JORDAN 64At Shenzhen, France moved into the second round from Group G along with the Dominican Republic.France (2-0) had five players in double figures, led by Nando De Colo with 19. Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz added 16. Dar Tucker led Jordan (0-2) with 20 points.WIN OR ELSEThere are a pair of games on Wednesday that are essentially playoff matchups.The China-Venezuela game is for a spot in the second round, as is the Puerto Rico-Tunisia game. Winners of those contests will move on, while the losers will be relegated to the classification round for the remainder of the tournament and unable to finish higher than 17th overall in the 32-team field.Another pair of Wednesday games will decide seeds. The Argentina-Russia winner will be the top seed coming out of Group B, with the loser seeded No. 2. Same goes for the Italy-Serbia game, which will decide the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds out of Group D.WEDNESDAY SCHEDULEGroup A: Ivory Coast (0-2) vs. Poland (2-0); Venezuela (1-1) vs. China (1-1).Group B: South Korea (0-2) vs. Nigeria (0-2); Russia (2-0) vs. Argentina (2-0).Group C: Puerto Rico (1-1) vs. Tunisia (1-1); Spain (2-0) vs. Iran (0-2).Group D: Angola (0-2) vs. Philippines (0-2); Italy (2-0) vs. Serbia (2-0).TweetPinShare44 Shares
Ashes: Steve Smith equals 71-year-old record after 6th successive 80-plus scoreSteve Smith once again top-scored for Australia with 80 runs in their first innings but the visitors still couldn’t overhaul England’s first innings score of 294 and conceded a 69-run lead.advertisement Next Rohan Sen LondonSeptember 14, 2019UPDATED: September 14, 2019 08:51 IST Steve Smith has scored almost twice as many as any other batsman on either side in the Ashes series (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith equalled Everton Weekes’s record of most successive 80-plus scoresSmith also broke the record most successive fifties against a single opponentSmith has now scored 761 runs in six innings with 3 hundreds, 3 fifties and a double centurySteve Smith has been on a record-breaking spree ever since he came back into the Test side in the Ashes series and once again the right-hand batsman managed to add another feather on his cap as he became only the second batsman in Test history to post six-successive 80-plus scores.Smith scored 80 in Australia’s first innings total of 225 to match the record set by Sir Everton Weekes. During his knock, Smith also broke the record most successive half-centuries against a single opponent.Smith’s heroic feats in England have marked him out as the next most effective tormenter of the nation’s bowlers after Sir Don Bradman. His last 6 scores read – 144, 142, 92, 211, 82 and 80.Smith has now scored 761 runs in six innings, almost twice as many as any other batsman on either side in the series that is after missing the third Ashes Test due to concussion.If Smith manages to get another double hundred in the second innings of the final Test he will break Bradman’s record of most runs in a series. If he manages to get another double hundred in the second innings of the final Test he will surpass Bradman since he scored an astonishing 974 runs during the 1930 Ashes in England.Australia on Friday got bowled out for 225 in their first innings to concede a lead of 69 runs to England on Day 2. Smith top-scored for the visitors while Marnus Labuschagne made 48 but the rest of the batsmen failed to fire.Jofra Archer returned figures of 6 for 62, his second five-wicket haul in Tests, while Sam Curran picked up 3 wickets and Chris Woakes got one.advertisementAt the end of the day’s play, England managed 9 runs from 4 overs without losing a wicket. They currently lead by 78 runs with all 10 wickets in hand.Also Read | Ashes: Jofra Archer, Steve Smith headline intriguing Day 2 contestAlso Read | ‘That’s like a small boy diving into a sand pit’: Jonny Bairstow fakes Steve Smith run-outAlso Read | Ashes 2019: The contrasting story of David Warner and Steve SmithAlso Read | England vs Australia Ashes 2019 5th Test Day 2: As it happenedFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow AshesFollow England VS Australia
Three well-known Nova Scotians have joined the Waterfront Development Corporation Limited board of directors. George Archibald, William (Bill) Gates and Don McIver were all appointed by Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Economic Development. “These talented individuals bring a broad array of skills and accomplishments to the corporation,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “I am confident they will make a significant contribution to the corporation’s operations, and I am delighted to welcome them to the board.” Mr. Archibald is a former MLA (1984 to 1999) and owned and operated Archway Farms Ltd. in Northville, Kings Co. Mr. Gates, an engineer, was president of the Special Olympics, Nova Scotia, and president of W.H. Gates Utility Consultants Ltd., Halifax. Don McIver, is a former chief economist with Sun Life, and research director of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies. Also serving on the corporation board are: Eric Thomson, Quackenbush Thomson & Robbins, as chair; Alan Barkhouse, formerly KPMG; Ken Giffin, K.R. Giffin Chartered Accountants; Ruth Goldbloom, a member of the Order of Canada; David Harrison, Harrison Associates; Jack Leedham, Nova Scotia Building Officials Association; and Brian Lugar, NovaCorp Properties Limited. “The three new additions to the board bring more than 75 years of combined experience and knowledge that will help shape the future direction of the Waterfront Development Corporation,” said Mr. Thomson. “Our board plays a large role in determining the projects in which we participate, and members serve as ambassadors to the community.” Board members apply to serve on agencies boards and commissions and are then appointed by the ministers responsible for those groups. The Waterfront Development Corporation Limited is a provincial Crown corporation that has been planning, co-ordinating, promoting and developing properties, events and activities on designated waterfronts around Halifax Harbour for the last 30 years. Recent projects include the Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford Harbourwalk Trails, the Queen’s Landing Development Project, the Halifax Harbour Festival, and the Corporation’s signature events: Nova Scotia Tall Ships Festival 2007 and 2009.
Roads are now becoming passable with caution in Cumberland County, although plowing continues. Highway 104 from Truro to the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border remains closed. People are asked to drive with caution as snow clearing continues. -30-
Kolkata: The Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Limited (KMRCL) that is executing the East-West Metro project will soon write to the state Fire and Emergency Services department informing them that the staircases and escalators at Bengal Chemical and Salt Lake stadium Metro stations are sufficient for quick evacuation of passengers in case of an emergency. The state Fire department had recommended additional exits for quick passenger evacuation. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga”We have followed the guidelines of US-based National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) on ‘Fixed Gateway and Passenger Rail Systems’ which has become the standard regulation for international projects, particularly those connected with urban mobility. The calculated volume of passengers which will be using this station can be evacuated by the time frame set by NFPA,” a senior official of the KMRCL said. According to the NFPA, people need to be evacuated in four minutes time during an emergency. There are six stations in the route from Sector V to Salt Lake stadium which the KMRCL is hopeful of making operational by July. This route includes Sector V, Karunamoyee, Central Park, City Centre, Bengal Chemical and Salt Lake stadium. The state Fire department has already given clearance to four of these stations after fire audit but is yet to do so in case of Bengal Chemical and Salt Lake stadium. There are two staircases and one escalator in these two stations. “We have already given the Metro authorities land on behalf of the state Urban Development department for an additional staircase. This will be able to clear out passengers at a faster pace during any emergency. The state government gives utmost priority to people’s safety and security,” state Fire and Emergency Services minister Sujit Bose said. The state Fire department had reasoned that there would be huge rush incase of a soccer match at the Salt Lake stadium. The additional exit at Bengal Chemical has been recommended keeping in mind the Duttabad slum which caught fire on more than one occasions earlier and is located close to the station.
Beijing: China’s first “cyber-dissident” Huang Qi, whose website reported on sensitive topics including human rights, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for leaking state secrets on Monday, a court said. He was guilty of “leaking national state secrets and providing state secrets to foreign entities”, the statement by the Mianyang Intermediate People’s Court said, adding that Huang will be deprived of political rights for four years.
SAINT JOHN, N.B. — The deputy mayor of Saint John is calling for a four-month ban on negative news about New Brunswick’s port city.Shirley McAlary says the city has a great quality of life, and the city council, the public and the media need to tell a positive story to convince others to move there.McAlary says she was speaking somewhat in jest when she suggested, during a growth committee meeting this week, that there be a four-month ban on negative news.She says the media has to tell stories like the Oland murder trial, and recent explosions at the Irving refinery and at a metal recycling plant on the waterfront.But she says national stories don’t always need to dwell on things like the city’s declining population.McAlary says the city needs to do a better job of marketing itself, and that starts with what Saint Johners tell others about their city.The Canadian Press
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New York – The 4th Commission of the UN General Assembly adopted on Monday, without a vote, a resolution supporting the UN political process for the settlement of the Sahara issue, and called on States in the region to fully cooperate with the Secretary-General and his personal Envoy as well as with each other, to achieve a political solution to this regional dispute.The resolution, presented by the President of the Commission, Permanent Representative of Croatia, Vladimir Drobnjak, supports the negotiation process initiated by resolution 1754 (2007) of the Security Council and backed by the Council’s resolutions 1783 (2007), 1813 (2008), 1871 (2009), 1920 (2010), 1979 (2011), 2044 (2012), 2099 (2013), 2152 (2014), 2218 (2015) and 2285 (2016) to reach a ” just, lasting and mutually acceptable” political solution to the Sahara issue.Through this resolution, the General Assembly of the United Nations commends the efforts in this regard, and calls upon all parties and States in the region to fully cooperate with the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy as well as with each other to find a “political solution that is mutually acceptable.” The United Nations also hailed the fact that the parties are committed to continuing to show political will and work in an atmosphere propitious for dialogue in order to enter, in good faith and without preconditions, in a more intensive negotiating phase, while taking note of efforts and developments since 2006, thus ensuring the implementation of the security Council’s resolutions.In this respect, the resolution refers to resolutions of the Security Council since 2007, which stressed the pre-eminence of the autonomy initiative presented by Morocco and hailed by the Executive Body and the entire international community as a serious and credible initiative for the final settlement of this regional dispute.
The Cabinet has approved a proposal made by the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence and Urban Development to vest identified blocks of state land in 15 locations in the city of Colombo to be utilized for the purpose of constructing housing units for the undeserved people of the city of Colombo, as Free Grants with the Urban Development Authority.Cabinet spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that Urban Development Authority is to construct 65,000 housing units to resettle shanty dwellers living in under-served settlements in the City of Colombo. He said the UDA will construct high rise apartments with all common amenities to resettle the families and to free those sites for commercial and mixed development projects, in keeping with the City of Colombo Development Plan. The Urban Development Authority has already awarded contracts to build 9,781 housing units under 11 projects within the City of Colombo, where the work is in progresses and is intended to complete construction within the next 2 years.
Polgampola had received his letter of appointment from President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence on May 4 before the appointment was suspended by the President. (Colombo Gazette) Former Member of Parliament Shantha Bandara was appointed as the new Chairman of the State Timber Cooperation.He obtained his letter of appointment from President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today. Earlier the appointment of Anuruddha Polgampola as the new Chairman of the State Timber Corporation was suspended.The move followed several concerns raised over his appointment.
“Heritage is under attack today. In Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, we see the brutal and deliberate destruction of heritage on an unprecedented scale. This is a call for action,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, as she addressed participants at the Committee’s current session, which runs through 8 July. “Our response to ignorance and criminal stupidity, must also have a cultural dimension: knowledge, the sharing of Islam’s millennial learning and wisdom, sharing the message of Palmyra, the ‘Venice of the Sands’, that is like a bridge between the legacies of ancient Greece and Rome, the Persian Empire and the Arab culture from ancient times to the present,” declared Mrs. Bokova. Committee Chair, Maria Böhmer, Minister of State at the German Federal Foreign Office and member of the Bundestag, said the fury of terrorist organizations like ISIS [also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levans, or ISIL] in Iraq surpasses the imagination. “World Heritage is the foundation of people’s existence and cohesion […]. It is the wellspring of social identity,” she added, invoking the role of culture in peacebuilding. During the opening session, the International Young Experts Forum presented the outcome of their meeting, taking place from 18 to 29 June in Koblenz and Bonn. They read out the Declaration they adopted calling on States Parties to the World Heritage Convention to include teaching about World Heritage in national school curricula. The World Heritage Committee is responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, defines the use of the World Heritage Fund and allocates financial assistance upon requests from States Parties. It has the final say on whether a property is inscribed on the World Heritage List. It examines reports on the state of conservation of inscribed properties and asks States Parties to take action when properties are not being properly managed. It also decides on the inscription or deletion of properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger. Thirty-six sites are nominated for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List at this year’s session. They are listed here. Also during its session, the Committee will also examine the state of conservation of 94 sites already on the World Heritage List, and of the 46 sites inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger. Debates will be webcast. A number of parallel events will be held during the current session, notably the launch of the Global Coalition for the Protection of Cultural Heritage: #Unite4Heritage on 29 June.
Young people were also far less likely to enjoy steak and kidney pudding, with 30 per cent of the youngest group saying they liked it against 66 per cent for the oldest.Gender played a part, too. Men were significantly more likely to enjoy a steak and kidney pudding than were women (59 per cent versus 44 per cent) and black pudding, (51 per cent to 33 per cent).Women were, on the other hand, more likely to enjoy cauliflower cheese, with 73 per cent of female respondents saying they liked it compared with 59 per cent of men.Britain’s favourite foods, according to the survey, are Yorkshire pudding, Sunday roast, fish and chips, crumpets, a full English breakfast and bacon sandwiches, with 80 per cent or more of respondents saying they liked those foods.Chicken tikka masala has often been hailed as Britain’s national dish, but it appears to have fallen off the top spot, and is only ranked in the middle tier, meaning 60-69 per cent of people surveyed enjoyed it.The YouGov survey has caused consternation among culinary experts and British food fans alike.“Beef Wellington in the low tier, and black pudding right at the bottom! We can’t believe what we’re seeing!” said Great British Chefs, the food website. Jake Johnstone, who works on political campaigns, tweeted: “The fact that cauliflower cheese ranks higher than steak and kidney pudding is a national scandal.”Some Scottish people said they were unhappy about the ranking of black pudding and haggis.One tweeted: “The strongest argument I’ve ever seen for Scottish Independence. Classic ‘British’ food survey. Haggis and black pudding = c–p. Crumpet = god.”Another said: “In the name of all that is holy . . . Haggis and black pudding on c–p tier? Do you want another Scottish referendum? And steak and kidney on low?” Jellied eels were by far the most disliked food on the list, with only 6 per cent of those who had sampled the Cockney delicacy wishing to do so again.The next least popular food, enjoyed by 11 per cent of respondents was laverbread, a Welsh delicacy made of seaweed.Age made a huge difference in what people reported enjoying.Only 9 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds reported enjoying liver and onions, compared with 56 per cent of those aged 55 and above. Black pudding is firmly off the menuCredit:REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett A supper of steak and kidney pie was once a national favourite. But the dish has fallen in the public’s affections – along with a host of others – a YouGov poll has shown.Members of the public were asked whether they had tried certain typical British meals and whether they liked them. Dishes were ranked in five tiers, from “god” down to “c–p”.Only half of people surveyed said they liked steak and kidney pie, the survey found. This placed it in the c–p tier, along with black pudding, kippers, and liver and onions.Jellied eels, haggis and laverbread also languished in the lowest rank.To get in the top tier a foodstuff had to be liked by more than 80 per cent of people surveyed. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The Central Housing and Planning Authority says it is investigating an alleged scam in Region 6 involving the sale of lands by an individual not authorized to conduct business on behalf of the agency.The Ministry today told media that a woman purporting to represent the agency has scammed several persons in the Region of thousands of dollars.It said only last week two men visited its Regional Housing Office to enquire of lands they paid for, only to be told that the agency does not have any records of transacting business with them.The men related to housing officials at the Regional Office that they were approached by a woman claiming that she could have gotten lands for them through the agency at a reduced cost.The Ministry further related that one of the men paid the woman $150,000 for three house lots with a balance of $180,000 for his children while another paid $70,000 with a balance of $60,000.Similar cases have been related to the housing office but individuals are unwilling to provide further information.The Central Housing agency says it will be turning the matter over to the police, however, persons are asked to be on the alert for scammers.It reminded that “all payments relating the sale of land or housing units from the Central Housing and Planning Authority must be done at the agency’s Georgetown head office, Regional Housing Offices or Regional Democratic Council, if so advised”. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRegion 2 house lot fraud: Deputy Housing Officer arrestedSeptember 2, 2017In “Crime”House lot payment fraud: CH&PA not in favour of compensating fraud victim(s)August 14, 2017In “Local News”Housing authority warns of scammers using fake presidential accountAugust 26, 2019In “latest news”