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first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Negotiations between the House and Senate Armed Services committees to reconcile competing versions of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill likely will last into the fall despite leaders’ hopes to reach a deal on a conference agreement before Congress leaves for a lengthy recess in July. The Senate approved its annual defense policy bill last week, months earlier than in recent years, but a number of substantive differences between the two versions can be expected to prevent conference discussions from wrapping up quickly, reported CQ Roll Call.One of the biggest differences is the House bill’s reliance on the overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to make up for shortfalls in readiness and modernization. That version uses the uncapped OCO account to pay for $18 billion of base budget needs not funded in the Obama administration’s request, including more weapons systems and higher force levels. The maneuver means the next administration would need to request supplementary war funds before the end of April.The Senate version did not adopt the House funding framework, although Senate Armed Services Chair John McCain (R-Ariz.) unsuccessfully attempted to add $18 billion to the OCO account when the bill was debated on the chamber floor. After the Senate passed its measure, McCain said he would still search for ways to boost defense spending, according to the story.A provision in the Senate version allowing the Defense Department to plan and design a detention facility to replace the prison at Guantánamo Bay almost certainly will be opposed by House Republicans.While both bills call for organizational changes at the Pentagon, the Senate includes more far-reaching measures, including language eliminating the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. The two also differ on provisions limiting the size of the National Security Council staff.last_img read more

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first_imgMango Mela is here again to treat the fruit connoisseurs of Delhi with an eclectic range of mangoes. Organised by the West Bengal government, the fest that commenced on June 23 at Dilli Haat, INA, is the third edition of Bengal mango festival. Krishnendu Narayan Choudhury, the Minister for Food Processing Industries and Horticulture of West Bengal inaugurated the festival in presence of other dignitaries from West Bengal. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The fest brings together delectable varieties of mangoes from West Bengal’s Malda, Murshidabad and Bankura districts. Varieties of mangoes such as — Himsagar, Laxmanbhog, Langra, Brindabani, Laxmibhog, Gulabkhas, Sitabhog and Fazli were displayed at stalls by the three districts. Himsagar which becomes available only between the second week of June  and the end of June is perhaps the best-loved variety of the royal family. It is also known as Khirspati in Malda. The taste of Laxmanbhog can be savoured from mid-June to 1st week of July. It has a radiating golden yellow skin with reddish tinge.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixLangra mangoes are available from second week of June till the end of June. Its sweet-and-sour flamboyant flavour is full of rich pleasure. Brindabani is a sweet flavoured, early variety. This variety has a good demand in the local market. Laxmibhog is a mid-season variety with attractive reddish-yellow skin colour. Fruits are moderately sweet, contains medium fibre with mild flavour.  Gulabkhas is known for its reddish-yellow and bright skin colour. Fruits are sweet, they mature early, contain medium fibre and characteristic flavour. Sitabhog are small, elongated and skin turns yellow when ripe. It is a juicy, fibreless variety and the pulp is medium sweet. Fazli is full of sweet mystery and comes with a lot of juicy pulp, mainly in the end of June till the end of July. Just a couple of them could serve as a full royal repast. Apart from the wide range of mango, Bengal handloom and handicrafts products Bengal such as Nakshi Kantha (traditional needle-craft) apparels, Baluchari embroidered sarees, Shantiniketan embossed leather goods, terracotta costume jewellery, wooden masks and dolls, super-fine mats, hand-printed sarees, clay dolls, dokra craft as well as Bengali books are also on sale at Dilli Haat. The exposition also features a stall from the Agriculture Marketing and Tourism Departments of West Bengal.Cultural soirees will be organised at the amphitheatre of Dilli Haat on June 27 and July 4. Gambhira mask dance of Malda district, Bhatiyali Gaan (songs of the river) and traditional folk music bringing out the vibrant, rich and living cultural heritage of Bengal will turn the evening for visitors even more enjoyable. Also, an extension counter for the sale of Bengal mangoes is being set up at Connaught Place outlet of Oxford Bookstore — Cha Bar. So, go ahead and gorge on to some juicy mangoes!When: On till July 5 Where: Dilli Haat, INATimings: 11:30 – 7 pmlast_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: The 76th battalion of Border Security Force (BSF) posted at Hakimpur Border Out Post (BOP) has detained one Khairul Sardar with approximately 400 gram of gold biscuits worth Rs 10,000 on Tuesday morning. The 23 battalion of BSF posted at Mustafapur BOP detained one Lokman Pal with 3 kg gold biscuits worth Rs 95,000. Both of them were handed over to the police after formal paper work.According to the BSF, a team planned a special operation acting on a tip off on Tuesday morning. Around 7:30 am, the BSF team saw suspicious movement of a bike that was moving towards Bashirhat. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWhen the jawans ordered the biker to stop, he tried to flee. The BSF team chased the bike and was able to intercept the suspect. After checking the bike, the jawans recovered three gold biscuits concealed in the cavity of the vehicle. On the other hand, the BSF team in Mustafapur saw Pal talking to a Bangladeshi national near the International Border. When he returned the BSF personnel detained him on suspicion. After searching him, a total of 26 gold biscuits was found concealed on the upper part of his right thigh with Knee cap on.last_img read more