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first_imgFormer Odisha-cadre IAS officer Aparajita Sarangi joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday. Ms. Sarangi, who took voluntary retirement from service recently, formally joined the party at a ceremony held at the residence of party’s national president Amit Shah in New Delhi.Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, State BJP president Basanta Panda and party’s Odisha in-charge Arun Singh were also present.Ms. Sarangi will return to Bhubaneswar on Wednesday and attend a meeting at the party’s State office in the city.An IAS officer of the 1994 batch, Ms. Sarangi was on Central deputation since 2013. Her voluntary retirement was approved by the Centre on November 16.According to party sources, Ms. Sarangi will contest the 2019 elections from Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha constituency or Bhubaneswar Central Assembly segment. During her stint in Odisha, Ms. Sarangi had earned popularity for her work as Commissioner of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and in different posts in various departments of the State government.last_img read more

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first_imgThousands of villagers took out a march in Palamu district on Friday to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding compensation against their likely displacement by the North Koel Reservoir project. However, they were stopped midway, taken into custody by the police and released on Saturday. Mr. Modi laid the foundation for the project in Palamu on Saturday.Led by former Jharkhand minister and local Congress leader Krishna Nand Tripathi, the villagers had embarked on the 60-km foot march on Friday from Mandal Dam to Chiyanki air strip. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to land at Chiyanki air strip. “We held our meeting inside the police station and were released on Saturday”, Mr Triptahi told The Hindu over phone. He said 1,600 families from 15 villages of Palamu and neighbouring districts would be displaced by the construction of the Mangal Dam. Some of the villages threatened by submergence are Chemo, Sanya, Kutku, Navarnagu, Madgadi, Polpol, Khura and Chapia.“Our demand has three basic points: one, construct two other barrages under Mangal dam and prioritise distribution of water to the farmers of four districts of Jharkhand Palamu, Chatra, Garhwa and Latehar. Only then should it be distributed to neighboring districts of Gaya and Aurangabad in Bihar; second, provide resettlement to all those villagers who would be displaced; and third, provide jobs to them”, said former Congress MLA from Daltonganj Mr. Tripathi. He said he had mailed his two-page petition to the office of the Prime Minister on January 2. “See our plight…. hundreds of families will be displaced and no one knows how those displaced will be resettled and how much time it will take,” said the Congress leader.last_img read more

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first_imgBangladesh coach Steve Rhodes said he was proud of his side’s fighting spirit and believed that with a little bit of luck they could have progressed to the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup.Bangladesh was eliminated on Tuesday after succumbing to their fourth defeat in eight matches while India, who prevailed by 28 runs, sailed into the last four with a match to spare.Mashrafe Mortaza’s men beat West Indies, South Africa, and Afghanistan, while their match against Sri Lanka was washed out.I’m very proud of the way we’ve played against a lot of the big teams, and I think that maybe we’ll be the people’s team for the amount of fight that we’ve shown against some of these big teams, Rhodes told reporters after the loss against India.It was pleasing to see some fight. I think it’s a reflection of the team.We’ve only picked up the three victories but we’ve pushed a lot of these big teams throughout the competition and, with a little bit of luck, we may well have been one of these top four.Tamim Iqbal dropping Rohit Sharma, then on nine, probably best summed up their luckless World Cup campaign as the India opener went on to smash his fourth century of this year’s tournament and help India to a commanding 314-9.Rhodes admitted it was a costly mistake, giving a reprieve to the tournament’s leading run scorer, but refused to blame the fielder.advertisementI’ve watched a lot of cricket over the years and played a lot of cricket and you know that any drop can be costly, said the former England test player.I didn’t know how costly it would be. I was hoping he’d hit another one up in the air a little bit sooner.Rohit Sharma, what a wonderful batsman he is in world cricket. You give guys like him a chance, or (Virat) Kohli a chance, and you may well pay the price.Again, the person who dropped it was Tamim, and he’s developed into one of our safer pair of hands in the outfield.So it was a little bit of a surprise but he’s human, and we’re all human. I’ve dropped lots of catches in my life. I think everybody who’s played the game has dropped catches but sometimes they can be very, very costly, and that one proved to be.Also Read | World Cup 2019: This is the best I have seen Bangladesh play, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma played chess with Bangladesh bowling attack, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Seelast_img read more

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first_imgWellington Phoenix v Perth Glory A-League Review: Perth ‘Panenka’ punished, 10-man Adelaide rescue late draw Ryan Benson 19:53 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) phoenix-cropped Getty Images Wellington Phoenix v Perth Glory Wellington Phoenix Perth Glory A-League An entertaining day of A-League action saw Perth Glory lose at the death, while Adelaide United battled back against the odds to get a draw. Diego Castro’s ‘Panenka’ penalty failure late on for Perth Glory was punished by Wellington Phoenix as they secured a 2-1 win in stoppage time, while fellow strugglers Central Coast Mariners were denied by 10-man Adelaide United in a thrilling 2-2 draw.The Spaniard had previously pulled Glory level in the first half, scoring a stunning free-kick to cancel out Sarpeet Singh’s sumptuous 20-yard strike on his first start for Phoenix.AdChoices广告But his error ultimately cost Glory points at the end, as Castro stepped up to take a penalty he had won and attempted a chip, which goalkeeper Tandi Velaphi read and easily saved. 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 And Phoenix took full advantage at the end – Roy Krishna’s low cross diverted in by Glory defender Shane Lowry, allowing the hosts to close to within two points of their visitors.Phoenix take the points in the Distance Derby. pic.twitter.com/kPozKNDBtf— Perth Glory FC (@PerthGloryFC) February 17, 2018Adelaide produced a fine comeback against the odds at home to the Mariners, who took an early lead through Andrew Hoole’s seventh-minute free-kick.Things then went from bad to worse 11 minutes later when Ersan Gulum received his marching orders for nudging over Trent Buhagiar while through on goal. The former Turkey international sarcastically applauded in the face of the referee’s assistant and eventually had to be pushed away by his coach Marco Kurz.The game seemed to be put completely beyond United in the 53rd minute, as Ryan Strain headed past his own goalkeeper, but they were far from finished.Jordan Elsey found the bottom-right corner with a fine header just after the hour mark and George Blackwood levelled seven minutes from time, sending an emphatic half-volley in off the crossbar after Storm Roux had inexplicably failed to cut out a cross from the brilliant Daniel Adlung.Further chances fell to both sides in the closing stages, but they had to settle for a share of the spoils.What a second half!  Against the odds the boys battle back to earn a point. #AUFC #ADLvCCM pic.twitter.com/mGQnlLXl0N— Adelaide United FC (@AdelaideUnited) February 17, 2018last_img read more

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first_imgIt’s hard not to feel sympathy for Alvaro Morata. He is immensely talented and is trying so hard to make a success of his Chelsea career but it is just not happening for him, with Wednesday night’s stalemate with Southampton just the latest in a long line of frustrating outings for the Spanish striker.It is now 18 months since he joined the Blues from Real Madrid for £58 million (plus add-ons) and he is running out of chances to prove his worth.As ever with Morata, there were positive moments against Southampton, with a delightful dribble in the 17th minute probably the highlight. But despite going close on numerous occasions, he failed to score and it was clear long before the end of this dour 0-0 draw that the fans’ patience is wearing thin. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It’s not that he played badly. He even managed to stick the ball in the net in the 71st minute but his strike was ruled out by the most marginal of offside calls. That decision perfectly summed up his misfortune right now.But Morata can hardly claim that his struggles are purely down to bad luck. Indeed, he was played in on goal by Ruben Loftus-Cheek with 12 minutes of normal time remaining against Southampton, after a brilliant counter-attack sparked by the seemingly outbound Cesc Fabregas, who is in talks with Monaco, but Morata’s shot was nowhere near strong enough to beat the young Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn.This latest blank means that Morata has now gone five games without a goal. In fairness, seven goals in 22 games this season isn’t terrible but, at the same time, it isn’t a record worthy of a striker leading the line at a ‘Big Six’ Premier League club either.Alvaro Morata Chelsea SouthamptonLuckily for Chelsea, such is the genius of Eden Hazard that he has regularly been able to make up for the fact that Chelsea are not in possession of a prolific centre-forward but the lack of a reliable goalscorer is holding the Blues back.Indeed, they have now failed to score in successive home league matches for the first time since 2012. Essentially, the absence of a world-class No.9 means that Chelsea regularly fail to win games that they dominate. Furthermore, great strikers are also able to nick wins on bad days and Morata simply does not have the requisite mental strength to step up when those around him are toiling, with even manager Maurizio Sarri moved to openly discuss the 26-year-old’s “fragility” earlier this season.Despit this draw, Chelsea are still fourth and reasonably placed to secure a return to the Champions League but it is easy to understand why they are being linked with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, the prolific Argentine forward who previously worked under Sarri at Napoli.The gap on Arsenal is back down to three points and the squad is coming under increasing strain, with Willian going off injured against Southampton, joining Pedro and Olivier Giroud on the sidelines.Consequently, Wednesday was another chance for Morata to stake a claim for a regular starting berth. Once again, he failed to take it. Unfortunately, his entire Chelsea career to date has been a sorry tale of missed opportunities.Very interesting stat on Morata from @OptaJoe: “Alvaro Morata has recorded 1.9 offsides per 90 this season, the most of any player to have played at least 90 minutes.” #CFC #CHESOU— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) January 2, 2019 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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first_imgAxel Witsel’s first-half strike saw Borussia Dortmund restore their six-point advantage at the Bundesliga summit with a 1-0 victory over RB Leipzig. In their first match after the mid-season break, leaders Dortmund responded to Bayern Munich’s 3-1 win over Hoffenheim on Friday with a battling win over fourth-placed Leipzig. Belgium international Witsel drilled a shot in off the underside of the crossbar in the 19th minute, and that proved enough for Lucien Favre’s side to triumph in the injury-enforced absence of Marco Reus.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Timo Werner and Marcel Sabitzer were unable to pounce on opportunities to equalise and Dortmund – who introduced Christian Pulisic in the 76th minute for his first appearance since signing for Chelsea – could pull nine points clear with their next match against Hannover coming 24 hours before Bayern face Stuttgart. Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate did well to keep Mario Gotze and Maximilian Philipp at bay respectively in the opening 15 minutes, but Leipzig’s defence was soon undone. Raphael Guerreiro’s corner was flicked on by Lukasz Piszczek and Witsel, who also scored in the reverse fixture earlier this season, took a touch before firing home with assistance from the frame of the goal.200 – Lukas #Piszczek will today start a #Bundesliga game as captain for Borussia Dortmund for the first time – making his 200th appearance in Dortmund’s starting XI in the Bundesliga. Honour. @BlackYellow #RBLBVB pic.twitter.com/yJjtDnGQfx— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) January 19, 2019Abdou Diallo headed narrowly wide before half-time and Philipp was denied by a great save from Peter Gulacsi eight minutes into the second period.At the other end, Roman Burki slipped as Thomas Delaney passed back to him and the goalkeeper sent the ball straight to Werner. He lunged in with a tackle that dispossessed the Leipzig striker, who felt he had been fouled, and Yussuf Poulsen was unable to get an effort away on the follow-up.Burki looked far more assured when he kept out Sabitzer, before substitute Paco Alcacer saw his 90th-minute effort bounce down off the bar and stay out.Matheus Cunha headed narrowly wide in stoppage time as Leipzig’s unbeaten home Bundesliga run ended after a club-record 10 matches. read morelast_img read more

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first_imgSerie A champions Juventus will host last season’s runners-up Napoli on the second gameweek of the 2019-20 campaign, headlining the list of key fixtures for the upcoming season.The league announced the fixtures for the new campaign on Monday, with the 2019-20 season set to begin on August 25.Antonio Conte’s Serie A return with Inter will come at home to promoted Lecce, while Juventus’ title defence starts with a trip to Parma. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The Bianconeri romped to an eighth consecutive league title last term and will face an early test of their credentials under new head coach Maurizio Sarri – Napoli boss until 2018 – when Carlo Ancelotti takes his side to Allianz Stadium on September 1 in the teams’ second match of their respective seasons.That day will also see the first Rome derby of the season, with Lazio and Roma facing off at Stadio Olimpico.It has been an intriguing close season in Italy, with many of the country’s top clubs changing coaches.Conte is now at Inter and Sarri is back in Serie A with defending champions Juve after leaving Chelsea.AC Milan swapped Gennaro Gattuso for Marco Giampaolo and Roma are now under the tutelage of Paolo Fonseca.The first Milan derby between Giampaolo’s AC Milan and Conte’s Inter is scheduled for September 22, with the reverse fixture lined up for February 9.In November, Juventus face a Turin derby against Torino and a home clash against AC Milan.Following the winter break between December 23 and January 5, Napoli host Inter and Juventus meet Roma in the capital in January before the season comes to an eye-catching close on May 24.Juve host Roma, Inter travel to Atalanta – who finished third last season – and Napoli take on Lazio at the San Paolo on what promises to be a thrilling conclusion to the campaign.All fixtures are subject to changes for live broadcast and European commitments.Matchday one fixtures in full Cagliari v BresciaFiorentina v NapoliHellas Verona v BolognaInter v LecceParma v JuventusRoma v GenoaSampdoria v LazioSPAL v AtalantaTorino v SassuoloUdinese v AC MilanSerie A 2019-20 key fixtures: September 1, Juventus v NapoliSeptember 1, Lazio v RomaSeptember 22, Milan v InterOctober 6, Inter v JuventusNovember 3, Torino v JuventusNovember 10, Juventus v MilanNovember 24, Milan v NapoliDecember 8, Lazio v JuventusDecember 15, Genoa v Sampdoria–January 5, Napoli v InterJanuary 12, Roma v JuventusJanuary 26, Napoli v JuventusJanuary 26, Roma v LazioFebruary 9, Inter v MilanMarch 1, Juventus v InterApril 5, Juventus v TorinoApril 11, Milan v JuventusApril 19, Napoli v MilanApril 26, Juventus v LazioMay 3, Sampdoria v GenoaMay 24, Juventus v Romalast_img read more

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first_img scorecard advertisement Virat Kohli’s backing gives me lot of self belief: Jasprit BumrahIndia vs West Indies 2nd Test: Jasprit Bumrah said he is focused on improving with every passing day and is keen on learning from his senior counterparts in Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami. view more view less commentary No data available! Akshay Ramesh KingstonSeptember 2, 2019UPDATED: September 4, 2019 17:51 IST India tour of West Indies 2019: Jasprit Bumrah’s 6-wicket haul rattled West Indies in Jamaica (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBumrah said captain Kohli gives his pacers the freedom to express themselvesBumrah has been on fire in the ongoing Test series in West IndiesBumrah said he is looking forward to playing Tests in IndiaFast bowler Jasprit Bumrah said he and his pace-bowling counterparts are being able to experiment and express themselves because of the backing they get from captain Virat Kohli.Jasprit Bumrah also said that there is brilliant camaraderie among the India fast bowlers and he, as a youngster, constantly keeps asking questions and learns from the likes of senior campaigners in Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.Jasprit Bumrah’s comments come after India finished Day 3 of the 2nd Test against West Indies in a commanding position. Having set West Indies a target of 468, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami struck once each to leave the hosts at 45 for 2 at Stumps.India vs West Indies, 2nd Test Day 3: Highlights | ReportNonetheless, it was Jasprit Bumrah’s heroic first innings spell that broke the back of West Indies’ batting line-up and thwarted any chances of a comeback from the hosts who had lost the 1st Test by 318 runs.Bumrah ran through the West Indies batting order, picking up 6 wickets, including his maiden Test hat-trick. It was also his second successive 5-wicket haul as he had jolted West Indies in the 2nd innings of the Antigua Test in which they were bundled out for 100.”The captain has a lot of confidence in you that gives you a lot of self belief. When you bowl, you can express yourself and try whatever you want to do. Not only me, each and every bowler is being backed by him so much. As a bowling unit, we are very happy and have the freedom to do whatever we want,” Jasprit Bumrah told reporters in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday.advertisementVirat Kohli’s support was evident when the skipper went for a review during the dramatic hat-trick ball on Day 2 of the Jamaica Test. Bumrah did not even appeal after hitting Roston Chase on the front pad but Kohli took the review that eventually sealed the hat-trick after on-field umpire Paul Reiffel ruled it not out.Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah also said that the fast bowling group has put in a lot of hard work and looks to improve with every single outing.”We have done a lot of hard work. Last year, we played a lot of away matches. Lot of camaraderie is there, we back each other. Even if things are going well, we discuss how to get better. We have a good relationship, all of us. We want to get better every year,” Bumrah said.The fast bowler added: “Ishant has played a lot more cricket than all of us. Shami has also played a lot of cricket. I am the new guy and I try and ask them a lot of questions. I get to know what works in different conditions. If the wicket is not doing anything, what should we do. All this communication goes on, including the captain and the vice-captain.”Start to my Test career has been good: Jasprit BumrahJasprit Bumrah also added that he is happy with how his Test career has begun but maintained he has a lot of work to do while pointing out his upcoming challenge in India.Bumrah, who made his Test debut in 2018, has not played a single match in India yet. The right-arm pacer, who has picked up 61 wickets from just 12 Tests, has 5-wicket hauls in each of the overseas nation he has played so far.”It’s been just 10-12 matches. My career has just started. I am learning everyday and trying to improve. I have to play in India as well. This has been a good start,” Bumrah said.”I always look a team goals. If we win the match, it’s fine even if I don’t get a wicket. I always think about how I can contribute to the team’s success. Be it taking wickets or creating pressure.”Also Read | Virat Kohli ends West Indies tour with his 4th first-ball duck in Test cricketAlso Read | 1st T20I: Ross Taylor shines as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 5 wicketsAlso 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India VS West IndiesFollow JamaicaFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow Virat KohliFollow Mohammed ShamiFollow Ishant SharmaFollow India national cricket team graphs Nextlast_img read more

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first_imgzoom Danish container shipping major Maersk Line has exercised an option for the construction of two 15, 200 TEU containerships at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).The options date back to a contract signed in 2015 for the construction of nine 15,200 TEU boxships plus eight additional ships of the same size.The two ships will be delivered in the second half of 2019, the company said in its Annual Report for 2017.As explained, the company lifted the two options in the fourth quarter of 2017 as new tonnage is needed to meet increased demand. The move has also been attributed to the ongoing network optimisations.The order comes as a surprise to the market especially on the back of Maersk Line’s repeated statements that it doesn’t plan to order any new ships in the future.“While our preferred way of growing the fleet is through investments in second-hand tonnage, this also includes reviewing the market for container vessels – large and small, new and chartered. The H-class vessels represent a unique segment not available in the second-hand market,” Maersk Line spokesperson told World Maritime News in a statement.“We are very happy with our H-class vessels. They add operational flexibility and economies of scale in certain of our trades and represent a segment not available in the second hand and charter markets. They will replace older, less efficient tonnage as we continue to manage our capacity tightly. With close to 30 pct of our chartered fleet on short-term contracts we have the needed flexibility to adjust our capacity to the market developments,” Peter Lund, Head of Chartering, Maersk Line, said.In 2017, Maersk Line took delivery of five second-generation Triple-E’s and four 15.2k TEU vessels, which had been ordered in 2015.The new vessels have replaced their older, less efficient counterparts, and have seen Maersk Linerecycle 16 vessels in 2017.Out of 27 ships Maersk Line ordered in 2015, 18 vessels remain to be delivered by the first quarter of 2019.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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first_imgA national survey shows sport fishing continues to have a positive impact on Nova Scotia’s rural economy. Sport fishing generated $58 million in direct spending and attracted 65,000 licensed anglers in 2010. The estimated economic impact of the sport fishery in Nova Scotia is $85.6 million each year. “Sport fishing is a healthy, outdoor activity which may be enjoyed at a reasonable cost and, as a lifelong sport, can be enjoyed by young and old,” said Keith Colwell, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “The survey results tell us more about the people who take part in the sport, the money they spend in the province, and their fishing activities.” Of the 57,755 licensed anglers in 2010, 55,951 were Nova Scotia residents and 1,804 were non-residents, mainly from Canada. The survey estimated 14,466 youth participated in the fishery. Nova Scotia’s inland fisheries division, with the economic analysis division of the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, conducted the survey. Questionnaires were sent to 2,788 people who bought recreational fishing licences in Nova Scotia in 2010. Fifty-nine per cent were returned, which is considered to be representative of the licensed participants in Nova Scotia’s sport fishery. The survey is available online at http://novascotia.ca/fish/sportfishing.last_img read more

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first_imgIslamabad: India’s election results made headlines in Pakistan on Thursday, with the media keeping a close watch on the ruling BJP’s electoral fortunes by providing comprehensive coverage of the initial trends and reactions. The results of India’s general elections are very significant for Pakistan as the formation of the next government in New Delhi will determine the course of Indo-Pakistan ties, which were pushed to a new low after the Pulwama terror attack. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ ‘Modi’s BJP secures early lead as vote count underway’ was the headline of the leading newspaper Dawn as the counting of votes began in India. The newspaper’s website had a separate section for providing live updates about the results of major candidates and their reaction over initial trends. The Express Tribune carried an agency story ‘Modi on the brink of sweeping Indian elections’ and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead in 292 of the 542 seats available, well over the 272 seats needed for a majority in the lower house of Parliament. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China An outright majority for Modi’s party will likely embolden Hindu groups, who want to assert their dominance in the country, to the alarm of minority Muslims, the story said. Geo TV, however kept the coverage simple by providing data only on the initial trends. Sate-run Radio Pakistan in its South Asia segment carried a story titled ‘Modi’s BJP leads in early India vote count’. Almost all Pakistani news channels and newspapers also provided details of the coverage by the Indian media. In April, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said he believed there may be a better chance of peace talks with India and settle the Kashmir issue if Modi’s party BJP wins the general elections. Tensions flared up between India and Pakistan after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. Amid mounting outrage, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting the biggest JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured an IAF pilot, who was handed over to India.last_img read more

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first_imgTina House APTN National NewsThe nine-day Drum is Calling festival in Vancouver has kicked off.The festival features some of Canada’s top Aboriginal talent.“When I stand on that stage we are still here and our culture is still strong and our language is still there our traditions are still there and for our youth it shows them that when I stand up on that stage they have the right to be there too they have the right to dream as big as they wanna dream take it as far as they wanna take it and they are a part of why Canada is Canada,” said Crystal Shawanda.Contact Tina here: thouse@aptn.calast_img

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The top United Nations human rights official today deplored the mounting deaths and injuries of civilians due to the “bitter” conflict in northern Sri Lanka between Government forces and a rebel group, pointing out that some moves by both sides could amount to war crimes. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said that certain actions undertaken by the Sri Lankan military and by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) could constitute violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. “We need to know more about what is going on, but we know enough to be sure that the situation is absolutely desperate,” she said. “The world today is ever-sensitive about such acts that could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.” Although there is a Government-designated ‘no-fire’ zone for civilians in the Vanni region, repeated shelling has continued inside these areas, according to information made available to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Last week, the UN humanitarian wing said that that the conflict zone has shrank from 300 square kilometres to nearly 58 square kilometres in February, with many civilians – the UN puts their number at between 150,000 and 180,000 – taking refuge in a new 14-square kilometre ‘no-fire zone.’ Other areas where civilians are sheltering have been hit, and OHCHR noted reports that over 2,800 people may have been killed and 7,000 others injured – many in the no-fire zones – since 20 January. Many children are believed to be among the casualties, with hundreds having lost their lives and over 1,000 hurt. “The current level of civilian casualties is truly shocking, and there are legitimate fears that the loss of life may reach catastrophic levels if the fighting continues this way,” Ms. Pillay said, adding that “very little attention is being focused on this bitter conflict.” The LTTE is believed to be continuing to hold civilians as human shields and shooting those trying to leave their control. Further, they are reportedly forcibly recruiting civilians, including children, as soldiers. “The brutal and inhuman treatment of civilians by the LTTE is utterly reprehensible, and should be examined to see if it constitutes war crimes,” the High Commissioner said. Limited amount of food and essential medial supplies to treat victims are leading to further deteriorating humanitarian conditions. Ms. Pillay called on both the Government and the LTTE to immediately halt the fighting to allow all civilians to evacuate the conflict zone, urging Sri Lankan authorities to give UN and other independent agencies full access to accurately assess conditions. Last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly deplored the mounting civilian death and stressed the urgent need for the end of clashes. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban repeated his call to the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE to “suspend hostilities for the purposes of allowing civilians to leave the conflict zone, and allowing immediate humanitarian access to them.” He appealed to the LTTE to take its weapons and fighters out of areas where there are many civilians, cooperate in humanitarian efforts and instantly end recruiting children, some as young as 13 years of age, as soldiers. In addition, he urged the Government to begin “serious” efforts to resolve the underlying causes of the conflict. 13 March 2009The top United Nations human rights official today deplored the mounting deaths and injuries of civilians due to the “bitter” conflict in northern Sri Lanka between Government forces and a rebel group, pointing out that some moves by both sides could amount to war crimes. read more

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Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,705.00, up 70.06 points):Chalice Gold Mines (TSX: CXN). Metals and mining. Down four cents, 13.79 per cent, to $0.25 on 5.6 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up two cents, or 0.08 per cent, to $25.33 on 4.7 million shares.BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Wireless communications. Up 26 cents, or 1.86 per cent, to $14.21 on 4.5 million shares.Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD). Oil and gas. Down 25 cents, or 6.44 per cent, to $3.63 on 4.4 million shares.Hydro One Ltd. (TSX:H). Utilities. Down 80 cents, or 2.10 per cent, to $37.30 on 4.3 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 14 cents, or 0.95 per cent, to $14.55 on 3.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:DHX Media Ltd. (TSX:DHX.A, DHX.B). Entertainment. Up 32 cents, or 6.12 per cent, to $5.55 on 70,558 shares. The children’s entertainment company says it has launched a review of strategic alternatives including the possible sale of all or part of the company. The company says it has formed a special committee of independent directors to consider and evaluate its various options. It adds that its board has not set a timetable for the process nor has it made any decisions related to any alternatives. The company noted that there could be no assurance that the review will result in a transaction.Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG). Financial Services. Up eight cents, or 0.58 per cent, to $13.97 on 202,961 shares. The Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender says it has eliminated 65 jobs from its workforce as part of a program to cut $15 million in annual costs. The company says after factoring in the latest job cuts, the company’s head count has been reduced by 10 per cent since the end of June. Home Capital said Monday it cut the 65 full-time positions from its operational, sales and underwriting division.Jean Coutu Group Inc. (TSX:PJC.A). Drug store chain. Up 41 cents, or 1.69 per cent, to $24.71 on 1.5 million shares. Two of Quebec’s iconic retail brands are planning to merge with Metro Inc.’s $4.5-billion takeover offer for the Jean Coutu pharmacy group. Shareholders of Jean Coutu are being offered a combination of cash and stock worth about $24.50 per share. Three-quarters of the payout or $3.2 billion will be in cash and 25 per cent in Metro shares. read more

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“The Security Council… stresses its commitment to the peaceful conduct of the second round of the presidential election and of the provincial elections scheduled for 29 October 2006,” the 15-member body said in a presidential statement. In the first round of elections on 30 July, President Joseph Kabila received 44.8 per cent of the vote to Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba’s 20 per cent.“The Security Council calls on all political parties and in particular President Kabila and Vice-President Bemba to restate their commitment to the peace process and to work within the framework they have agreed to establish with the facilitation of MONUC as a means of peacefully resolving political differences,” it said, referring to the UN mission in the country.The Council also deplored the violence that erupted in Kinshasa in August between security forces loyal to President Kabila and Vice-President Bemba, and also shares “serious concern… regarding the unchecked circulation of weapons and armed individuals” in the capital, while backing a call for the cantonment of the security forces of both candidates.Meanwhile on the ground, the top UN envoy described the inauguration of the new National Assembly as a “remarkable achievement.”Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative William Lacy Swing said the new lawmakers must play a key role in steering the country towards stability and economic recovery after a six-year civil war and he reiterated the UN’s commitment to assisting the Congolese people through this crucial and historic transition.The Assembly was elected in the July poll that was the largest and most complex vote the UN has ever helped organize, as part of a mission to cement the DRC’s transition from the disastrous war, which cost 4 million lives through fighting and attendant hunger and disease, widely considered the most lethal fighting in the world since World War II.The Assembly is the first democratic institution to be installed under the new Constitution. read more

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CALGARY – Premier Rachel Notley says there can’t be any unnecessary federal delays when it comes approving a new pipeline — any pipeline — to transport Alberta’s oil to international markets.The future of the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal is now in the hands of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government after the Federal Court of Appeal on June 30 quashed a permit issued for the project.“We’re just going to continue to work hard to make the case for why all of Canada needs this pipeline or a pipeline to get to tidewater and then a decision has to be made,” Notley said Friday.“We just can’t dither on this for a lot longer.”The previous Conservative cabinet approved the $7.9 billion project in 2014. The appeal court said the Tories failed to meaningfully consult with affected First Nations.Meanwhile, Kinder Morgan’s bid to triple the capacity of its existing Trans Mountain pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C., is before the federal government after the National Energy Board sanctioned the $6.8-billion project in May.“Frankly, if I was in the federal government, I would not shut down any of my options until I knew I had one option that’s successful. But that’s me,” she said.“I think that Kinder Morgan tends to be the most obvious choice, but even that is not without its challenges.”Enbridge Inc.’s (TSX:ENB) Northern Gateway pipeline would ship bitumen from Alberta to Kitimat, B.C., and bitumen-thinning diluent in the opposite direction.Eight First Nations, four environmental groups and a labour union launched legal challenges against the approval, which were consolidated and heard by the appeal court in October.Notley said she understands the need for First Nations to have a say in the Northern Gateway process.She said Alberta is examining the court decision and will ask the federal government to take whatever action is necessary to meet those standards.“But in a respectful way that engages meaningfully with affected stakeholders and in particular First Nations people because they have a strong set of rights under our laws.”Notley said she hopes to meet with Trudeau when he visits the Calgary Stampede next week.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter by Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 8, 2016 1:41 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Premier Rachel Notley says no unnecessary federal delays for oil pipelines read more

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first_imgAccording to witnesses, the two then tried to board the stopped train without success.Because of the disruption, the Tube remained at the station for 15 minutes and the Victoria line towards King’s Cross was closed. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “The incident happened shortly after 1.30am on 1 April. 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. Two men whose tussle on the Tube tracks could have resulted in their deaths have been charged with endangering the lives of the heroes who pulled them out of the way of an oncoming train.A sickening video shows the moment they fell on to the tracks, and how the train sped past seconds after they were taken out of harm’s way.Boguslaw Rybski, 34, and Przemyslaw Zawisza, 26, were both charged with endangering the safety of a person conveyed by railway. The two were grappling by the train tracks at Green Park Underground Station when they fell onto the tracks.Steve Burton, TfL’s Director of Transport Policing said: “This behaviour was extremely dangerous and not only put the lives of the men involved at risk, but others on the platform who tried to help. “These reckless actions will not be tolerated and the police will take the appropriate action.”center_img “Boguslaw Rybski, aged 34,  and Przemyslaw Zawisza, aged 26, were both charged with endangering the safety of a person conveyed by railway.”They were bailed to appear before Westminster Magistrates’ on 19 April.”Witness Autumn, who filmed the incident, told Unilad: “My friend told me to Snapchat her a video of them, so I did and then the train started coming… They lost balance and fell in, and then they got saved.”My friend thought one of them got stuck in and died because that’s what it looks like in the video. Three guys pulled them out and just the guy’s hoodie fell down and got hit by the train.”After they were pulled out they were holding onto each other the whole time. When they came out they were just holding onto each other, I guess they thought they were going to die.”last_img read more

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first_imgTrump’s plan to revoke California’s power to set its own automotive-emissions standards isn’t about cars or California — it’s about Obama Inside the glitzy kickoff party for the world’s biggest horse sale, where 300 of the industry’s elite sipped on rare bourbons ahead of dropping millions on horses A 32-year-old CFO chose to stay at work instead of getting an MBA. Here’s how she made the decision — and why she doesn’t regret it. Most American CFOs expect a recession by the 2020 election CONSIDER THIS: Instagram has 100 million active users. And the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service has, at last count, 109 million photos tagged, simply, “#me.”By the numbers, if you’re on Instagram and you haven’t taken a picture of yourself, you’re doing it wrong. Yet the digital self-portrait—the selfie—is somehow seen as a scourge, a threat to our well-being, a trend that must end.We talked to psychologist Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center, who dismissed these critiques as weak pop science.“Most of these people who toss around these psychological terms like ‘narcissism’ or ‘addiction’ don’t understand that those are serious diagnostic criteria,” Rutledge says.“We’ve gotten so we just chuck these things around, and it scares people. People are basically scared of technology because it’s new, and we’re pathologising it.”While the mass adoption of smartphones and social networks is new, the urge to record one’s own image is as old as humanity, she says, pointing to cave paintings and Egyptian hieroglyphs.Along with photography came the self-portrait. But where we had to sit still and grim-faced for 19th-century cameras, Rutledge points out, we now can take photos anywhere, at a moment’s notice.“In this environment, the only way to get to know people is to disclose something of yourself,” Rutledge says.And there’s nothing more self-revelatory than a photo:last_img read more