Improvements Coming to Highway 106

first_imgDrivers in Pictou County will soon see more road improvements. The province has awarded a contract for almost $1.1 million torepave a section of Highway 106, from Pictou Rotary to the ferryterminal, about 6.7 kilometres. “This project is another in a series of improvements for PictouCounty,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and PublicWorks. “The province is pleased to continue its commitment to thepeople of Nova Scotia for safer and better roads.” The contract was awarded to Dexter Construction. Work is expectedto be completed by the end of October. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains an inventory of 3,800 bridges and operatesseven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from districtoffices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney. -30-last_img read more

Amendments to Improve Election Administration

first_img allow voters who move within Nova Scotia around an election to vote in the district where they live remove the gender and date of birth of electors from the annual consolidated list of electors provided to recognized parties clarify and update the rules applying to political advertising relating to an election. The provincial government is updating the Elections Act to improve election administration in Nova Scotia. Amendments introduced today, Nov. 17, will expand voting opportunities for Nova Scotians, enhance the integrity of the electoral system, and correct errors and ambiguities. “It’s important to update the Elections Act regularly to make sure that we are meeting the needs of both voters and candidates,” said Michael Baker, Minister responsible for the Elections Act. “We also want to remove any administrative barriers that can make the process more difficult.” Among the 11 amendments proposed are provisions to: Most amendments resulted from situations that arose in previous elections, where legislation was unclear or logistical problems were identified. The principles reflected in the bill were endorsed by the Election Commission.last_img read more

Premier Offers Congratulations to Peter MacKay

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald today, Aug. 14, offered his congratulations to Peter MacKay as he takes on the new portfolio as Canada’s Minister of Defence. Mr. MacKay will also continue as Minister of ACOA and regional minister for Nova Scotia and P.E.I. “I am pleased for Mr. MacKay and offer him my sincere congratulations on behalf of the province of Nova Scotia,” said Premier MacDonald. “The Defence portfolio has strong economic benefits for this province and I look forward to working with Mr. MacKay on Defence matters.” The premier was also pleased that Mr. MacKay will continue in his responsibilities as the Minister of ACOA and regional minister responsible for Nova Scotia. “Mr. MacKay did a fine job as the Minister responsible for Foreign Affairs, and I am sure he will continue that good work as he takes on this new role,” said the premier.last_img read more

New Deputy Ministers for Treasury and Policy Board Environment and Labour

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald today, Nov. 20, announced new deputy ministers for the Treasury and Policy Board, and Environment and Labour. Margaret MacDonald, assistant deputy minister of the Treasury and Policy Board, will move to deputy minister. Nancy Vanstone, acting deputy minister of Environment and Labour, will become deputy minister. Robert Fowler, currently deputy minister of the Treasury and Policy Board, will retain his portfolio of deputy minister to the Premier’s Office, CEO of Communications Nova Scotia, head of the Public Service, and clerk and secretary of the Executive Council. “I am pleased to recognize the contributions of both these outstanding individuals,” said Premier MacDonald. “They represent important leadership roles in the senior public service.” Ms. MacDonald has been assistant deputy minister with the Treasury and Policy Board since 2002. Before that, Ms. MacDonald was a senior solicitor with the Department of Justice, and was legal advisor to a number of government departments, including the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Finance. She also practiced for five years with a private law firm. Before becoming acting deputy minister of Environment and Labour earlier this year, Ms. Vanstone had been the assistant deputy minister since 2004. She has served as executive director of Registry and Information Management Services with Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, and also worked with the Department of Municipal Affairs, the Council of Maritime Premiers, the deputy minister’s Land Use Secretariat, and the Department of Economic Development. Both appointments take effect immediately.last_img read more

March April Stats Available

first_imgVisits to Nova Scotia between January and April are up six per cent compared with the same time last year as the province welcomed 447,000 visitors. Room nights sold between January and April were up three per cent compared with the same months in 2009. Although results varied across the province, all regions saw increases between January and April with the exception of the South shore and Cape Breton regions, which stayed the same as 2009. “We are encouraged to see that we’re ahead of where we were last year although it is very early in the season to speculate on what the year will bring,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “But we will continue to make the right decisions to support the tourism industry as it creates good jobs and grows the economy.” To the end of April, domestic travel showed growth of six per cent, even though visitors from Western Canada decreased by 15 per cent. Visits from Ontario improved by 12 per cent and those visiting from Atlantic Canada increased by seven per cent compared with this time last year. The number of people travelling to Nova Scotia by road during the first four months of the year grew by nine per cent, while air travel stayed the same as 2009. In the month of April, 138,000 people visited Nova Scotia, an increase of 11 per cent compared with April 2009. Road visitors increased by nine per cent while air travel is up by 16 per cent. Room nights sold jumped by two per cent, compared with April 2009. In April, visits to increased by 27 per cent, following the launch of the 2010 tourism marketing campaign in key markets. Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting monthly tourism statistics includes counting non-resident overnight visitors at all entry points to the province and gathering the number of room nights sold from licensed accommodations operators. Detailed tourism statistics can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at .last_img read more

Minister Responds to Attendance Report

first_imgEducation Minister Marilyn More has outlined steps to get students to spend more time in class and focus on learning in her response today, Nov. 2, to a report on student engagement. The minister accepted 10 of 13 recommendations made by the Working Committee on Absenteeism and Classroom Climate who examined ways to improve student attendance and better motivate students in their learning. The committee, chaired by former deputy minister Howard Windsor, consisted of teachers, students, parents and principals. “In order to effectively address this complex issue, we must work together to improve attendance and break the cycle of low student engagement,” said Ms. More. “I have spent a lot of time considering the advice of the working group, and the thousands of Nova Scotians who participated in the consultation process, and I am confident that the accepted recommendations will work to get more students back in class and interested in what they are learning.” Over the past year, the minister, along with members of the working committee held a series of meetings with parents, principals, students, and other education partners to get feedback on why students are missing class. The discussions determined that engaging students more in the learning process has a positive affect on attendance as opposed to only strengthening policies and regulations. Key actions in the minister’s response include: strengthen lines of communication with parents and students establish structures to monitor attendance at the school board level speed up the development of the student information system develop clear policies for staged interventions on attendance issues strengthen in-school suspension and learning support opportunities develop guidelines for students to recover credits for missed courses require attendance as a pre-requisite for receiving credit for a course. A 2-year trial basis will begin in September where students who miss more than 20 per cent of class time will not be eligible to receive credit for that course. “The minister has taken the time to listen, question and understand the issues involved in our schools in regard to absenteeism and school climate,” said Gary Walker, principal of Halifax West High School. “The supports the minister is recommending confirm the belief that school attendance and active participation will lead to a positive learning environment.” “I want to thank the committee for their work, and the many Nova Scotian’s who participated in the consultation process,” said Ms. More. “Your insights and comments have been invaluable in the preparation of my response, and look forward to working with you to bring these recommendations to life.” The minister’s response can be viewed at www.ednet.ns.calast_img read more

Spring Weight Restrictions Lifted

More Support for Preschool Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

first_imgThe thought of socializing with other children used to make five-year-old Zachary French so upset, he’d cry until he threw up. “When I took him anywhere social, he’d cry, he’d pull my hair – it was a battle from beginning to end,” said his mom, Carol French. “If he hadn’t had Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention, I don’t think he would have been going to school in September. It would have been hard for him, hard for the other children and the teacher, and hard for me.” Today, after more than eight months of treatment, the five-year-old with autism spectrum disorder can attend play group, build blocks and communicate using pictures. “Now I feel a lot more confident about him going to school, because he’ll be able to sit at the table with other children, he’ll be able to learn.” The province has added an additional $3.6 million per year in Budget 2016-2017 to ensure that all preschool-aged children with autism spectrum disorder can receive Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention treatment, or EIBI, before they start school at age six. About 180 children with autism spectrum disorder each year will now be able to receive treatment that will help them be more successful when they start school. The province now spends $14 million each year on this program. “Children with autism spectrum disorder see a marked improvement in their ability to learn, to concentrate, and to socialize with others after taking the program,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “As a former teacher and vice-principal, I know first-hand that this investment will make a huge difference for these children and their families, now and for years to come.” The treatment, offered by psychologists, speech language pathologists, autism support workers and clinical interventionists, is held in children’s homes and child care centres. Parents are also trained to work with their children. Nova Scotia first began offering this treatment in 2005, with a budget of $4 million per year. At that time, there were about 50 spots available and eligible children were chosen by lottery. The Centre for Disease Control in Atlanta estimates that one in 68 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.last_img read more

Changes to Deputy Minister Assignments

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil today, Nov. 30, announced changes to deputy-level assignments. Denise Perret, currently an assistant deputy minister with Alberta Health, will become the deputy minister of Health and Wellness following the retirement of Peter Vaughan. Ms. Perret led the development of the strategic vision for health care in Alberta, has extensive experience in health organization governance, and has managed research and innovation initiatives for Alberta Health. Ms. Perret has also served as assistant deputy minister, Justice and Solicitor General in Alberta. She has more than 25 years of experience in public law, policy development and management across departments. Ms. Perret’s appointment is effective Jan. 16, 2017. Kim MacNeil, the current deputy minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and Aquaculture, has announced his retirement after more than 30 years of service. Effective Dec. 12, Frank Dunn, deputy minister of Natural Resources, will take over as deputy minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and Aquaculture. The associate deputy minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Aquaculture will be Allan Eddy, who is currently associate deputy minister of Natural Resources. Also effective Dec. 12, Julie Towers will be promoted to deputy minister of Natural Resources. Ms. Towers spent several years at Natural Resources before her appointment as CEO of Aboriginal Affairs and CEO of Immigration. Justin Huston, currently executive director, will become the CEO of the Office of Aboriginal Affairs. Tracey Taweel will become CEO of the Office of Immigration, in addition to her duties as deputy minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage.last_img read more

New Support for Cultural Innovation and Screen Writing Development

first_imgGovernment announced two new funding programs today, Jan. 12, to help strengthen communities and the economy and generate more local content in the Nova Scotia film industry. A $1.5 million Culture Innovation Fund is seeking initiatives and projects that use culture in new and innovative ways to address social, physical, human, and economic issues and opportunities. The fund will also help strengthen the role of museums and libraries across the province. The $262,000 Screen Writers Development Fund is a new model to increase Nova Scotia content in the film industry by supporting local writers and producers. “We are building stronger and more inclusive communities by increasing cultural engagement and cultural opportunities whether it is through music, film, the arts, locally led initiatives or at our museums,” said Communities, Culture, and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine. “Through innovation, we will focus on the strength and positive impacts of our culture to create healthy, diverse and vibrant communities.” The fund is available to not-for-profit organizations, social enterprises, First Nations communities, museums and libraries. Registered Nova Scotia businesses and municipalities can submit proposals in collaboration or partnership with the above organizations. It will help to support programs like Discovery Centre International in Halifax, a collaboration of various partners who through innovative thinking and technology created a program and exhibit that illustrates how the ocean ecosystem impacts our environment, climate, food, culture and heritage. Information about the Culture Innovation Fund and how to apply is available at The Screen Writers Development Fund, developed through consultation with Screen Nova Scotia, will help increase Nova Scotia content in the film industry by supporting local writers and producers. “We support government’s efforts to encourage Nova Scotia producers and screenwriters,” said Mike Volpe, chair of Screen Nova Scotia. “We know that this province is home to wonderful writers and highly capable producers and feel that this program will foster a wealth of new ideas and stories that will further help to create new film production work, here at home.” The fund will also encourage diversity and gender parity within the industry and support expansion of global markets and audiences. Approved applicants will receive up to 50 per cent of the cost of their project. Details on the Screen Writers Development Fund are available at Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan was created to establish priorities and clear actions to support creativity and innovation, inclusive and welcoming communities and sustainable cultural growth and productivity for the communities in the province.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Launches First Lebanese Heritage Month

first_imgNova Scotia will soon be the first province in Canada to designate a month celebrating its Lebanese culture and heritage. Premier Stephen McNeil will proclaim November as Lebanese Heritage Month on Thursday, Nov. 8 at an event at the Discovery Centre, in Halifax. “The vision, work ethic, and strong community and family ties of Lebanese Nova Scotians have made our province more diverse and vibrant and help drive our economy,” said Premier McNeil. “I’m pleased to recognize the community’s significant contributions to the cultural, economic, religious and political landscape of Nova Scotia.” The month will include a flag-raising event at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, in Halifax, on Thursday, Nov. 22, the 75th anniversary of Lebanese Independence Day. Also this month, the Canadian Lebanon Society of Halifax marks its 80th anniversary. “On behalf of Lebanese Nova Scotians, I want to express how honoured and proud we are to mark November 2018 as the province’s first Lebanese Heritage Month,” said George Samara, president of the Canadian Lebanon Society of Halifax. “Having this special month dedicated to honouring our culture helps to preserve and promote our heritage and traditions, while also providing opportunities for all Nova Scotians to remember, celebrate and learn more about the contributions of Lebanese Nova Scotians. “Lebanese communities across the province continue to play a significant role in fostering growth, prosperity and innovation in Nova Scotia.” Lebanese immigrants first began arriving in Nova Scotia in the 1800s. For more information on Lebanese Heritage Month and the activities taking place across the province visit .last_img read more

Budget 201920 Invests in Southern Nova Scotia

first_imgCommunities in southern Nova Scotia will benefit from investments in health care, education, the economy and communities as part of Budget 2019-20. Budget 2019-20, the government’s fourth consecutive balanced budget, estimates a surplus of $33.6 million with revenue of $11.01 billion and expenses, after consolidation adjustments, of $10.98 billion. It also projects balanced budgets in each of the following three years. “This budget builds on our strong fiscal foundation,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Finance and Treasury Board. “Managing our finances well and balancing budgets has given us the ability to invest in new and existing programs and services for Nova Scotians, in areas most important to them.” Highlights in Budget 2019-20 for southern Nova Scotia include: road improvements to Highway 101 from Digby to Marshalltown completing work and opening Yarmouth Elementary School continued work on new schools Clare Regional Elementary School and École Wedgeport funding to support Nova Scotia’s Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund to build on the province’s export success $13.8 million for operating grant for the Nova Scotia to Maine ferry work on dialysis units at Digby General Hospital expansion of the emergency department and intensive care unit at South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater, a multi-year project investment in the province’s tourism icons, including the Lunenburg Waterfront restoration of the Perkins House Museum $10 million increase to further develop collaborative care teams to make it easier for Nova Scotians to see a doctor or other primary care clinicians $2.9 million increase to open 15 residency spaces for specialty medical positions at Dalhousie University Medical School for a total of 65 seats $1.1 million continued funding to open 10 family practice residency seats at Dalhousie University Medical School this year for a total of 46 seats $10.2 million increase to expand pre-primary classes. By September 2020 every four-year old in Nova Scotia will have access to a free early learning opportunity $15 million increase, for a two-year total of $30 million, to continue implementing recommendations from the Commission on Inclusive Education $500,000 increase for incubators and accelerators that support startup companies, for a total of $1.5 million $620,000 increase to support growing immigration Southern Nova Scotia will also benefit from provincewide investments including: For more information about the 2019-20 provincial budget, visit .last_img read more

Property Tax Rebate to Benefit Seniors

first_img “We were pleased to provide input to the Property Tax Rebate program,” says Bernard Conrad, vice-chair, Seniors Advisory Council. “It is so important to expand the eligibility and increase awareness of programs so our seniors can take advantage of supports, allowing them to continue to be a part of our communities.” Approximately 15,500 seniors benefit from the Property Tax Rebate Program each year. Seniors qualify for the program if they are receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement or the Allowance from Service Canada in 2019, and their 2018 residential property tax bills are in their name and paid in full. The program is open now and it closes December 31. Applications are available at . They can also be picked up at Access Nova Scotia, Department of Community Services and MLA offices as well as through senior groups. They are also available by calling 902-424-5200 or, toll-free 1-800-670-4357. For more information, visit . SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population is reframing the way we think about older Nova Scotians. Over 50 specific actions, involving nine departments across government, support and recognize the social and economic contributions of older Nova Scotians – supporting economic independence, promoting continued health and active living and supporting aging at home with connection to community. For more information on SHIFT, visit . seniors who moved out of their home in 2018 now qualify for the rebate, as long as they paid last year’s municipal taxes. seniors who receive the rebate can choose to be automatically considered for the 2019-20 Heating Assistance Rebate Program in the fall. The heating assistance program issues eligible applicants rebates of up to $200. Low-income seniors will be able to afford to stay in their homes longer, thanks to the Property Tax Rebate for Seniors. “The rebate program is one of the many ways we’re working to help seniors with their day-to-day expenses,” said Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services Minister, Patricia Arab “It helps low-income seniors stay in their homes and communities longer.” Eligible seniors receive a rebate on municipal property taxes paid during the previous tax year, to a maximum of $800. Government introduced two changes to the program this year:last_img read more

Four arrested for duping people on pretext of providing jobs abroad

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Police has arrested a notorious gang of interstate fraudsters who used to dupe people on the pretext of providing job abroad and has recovered 148 passports, 13 mobile phones, 35 SIM cards and one Verna car purchased from duped money.A case was registered at Janak Puri on the complaint of one Vijay, a resident of Sikar Rajasthan, who alleged that he contacted Black Stone Immigration Services running from Janak Puri on January 17, 2019, after seeing online advertisement, which lured him to provide job in Canada and took about Rs 1.25 lakhs from him. Later they absconded with his money and passport. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarRaids were conducted in several areas of Punjab and finally the accused persons Ishpreet, Karan, Palak and Akanksha were arrested from Zirakpur, Patiala, Punjab on May 22 and at their instance total 148 passports of duped persons, one Verna Car, purchased from the duped money, 13 mobile phones used in offence and 35 SIM cards used in offence were recovered. One co-accused Kaka is absconding and raids are on to nab them. “Accused persons used to lure the victims on the pretext of ensuring foreign work visa and job in foreign countries. After collecting money and passports from several gullible victims they absconded. During the interrogation the accused persons revealed that they duped about 200 persons of various states and taken away their money, about 60-70 lakhs and passports. Efforts are on to trace and contact the other victims. Raids are on to nab the absconding accused Kaka,” said Monika Bhardwaj, DCP West Delhi. One of the accused Ispreet has a diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Patiala College. He came to Delhi in 2016 and started working as consultant. Later he opened his own office and started duping people.last_img read more

Pfizer acquires Array Biopharma for 114 billion

first_imgNew York: US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer on Monday announced the acquisition of Array BioPharma, a biotechnology firm that specializes in cancer drugs, the latest in a long list of biotech mergers in recent years. In a statement, Pfizer said it offered $48 per share in cash for Array, putting an $11.4 billion value on the company. “The board of directors of both companies have approved the merger,” Pfizer said. The proposed acquisition “sets the stage to create a potentially industry-leading franchise for colorectal cancer alongside Pfizer’s existing expertise in breast and prostate cancers,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepArray’s portfolio includes two drugs, Braftovi (encorafenib) and Mektovi (binimetinib), that when combined are effective in treating BRAF-mutant melanoma. The combination of the two drugs was authorized in September by the European Commission, several months after the US Federal Drug Administration gave its approval. Besides melanomas, BRAF mutations occur in up to 15 per cent of colorectal cancers, Pfizer said. The transaction shows how big pharmaceutical companies are looking to biotech acquisitions for growth, often buying them for astronomical sums. In early January, Bristol-Myers-Squibb acquired Celgene in a $74 billion mega merger. Last year, Sanofi scooped up Bioverativ, which specializes in hemophilia treatments, for $11.6 billion and forked out $3.9 billion euros from Ablynx of Belgium. Novartis for its part picked up AveXis, which specializes in rare genetic maladies, for $8.7 billion.last_img read more

Man wipes out entire family kills wife and 3 children in Mehrauli

first_imgNew Delhi: In a shocking incident, a private tutor in Delhi’s Mehrauli wiped out his entire family on Saturday. The accused Upender Shukla killed his wife Archana, two daughters aged 7 years and 2 months, and a 5-year-old son allegedly with a kitchen knife. He was immediately arrested for the act. The police said the crime took place around 1.30 am on Saturday. Shukla allegedly slit the throats of all his family members. The police have found the kitchen knife used in the gruesome murders. The crime team was later called who took forensic evidence from the crime spot. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkThe accused Upendra Shukla confessed to his crime in a note but did not give any reason for it. It is believed that he was under depression because of the health issues of his wife and his own financial problems. What exactly went wrong in the family which led Shukla to take this extreme step is still a matter of investigation. The incident came to light when Shukla’s mother-in-law, who was present in the house, did not get a response after she knocked on their door. Sensing some trouble, she sought help from neighbours who called the police control room. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”A resident of the building came rushing to me and told that there have been strange voices from the fourth-floor resident Upendra Sharma’s house after peeping inside blood was seen too. We called the police immediately. Upendra kept to himself and rarely talked much, we couldn’t believe he could kill his family,” said Deepak, who runs a grocery store in the lane. The police from Mehrauli police station immediately reached the spot. “We found a note in Hindi and English in which he claimed to have killed his family. He was found sitting inside the same room where he murdered his family. What we gather is that his wife had diabetes and he was not financially stable,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Vijay Kumar said. “Whether this or some sort of depression or family dispute led to the crime will be known after interrogation,” the officer added.last_img read more

SC asks Centre Assam govt to reply to plea by paralysed man

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought response from the Centre and the Assam government on a plea of an imprisoned paralysed man who has been declared a foreigner by a tribunal and facing eminent deportation to Bangladesh.Azizul Hoque, who is lodged in a detention centre since March 24, 2017, was declared a foreigner by a tribunal in Assam in an ex-parte proceedings as he failed to appear due to lower-limb paralysis, the petition said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The tribunal and the Gauhati High Court declared Hoque, whose name figured in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) of Assam as a citizen, as foreigner on the ground that neither he nor his representative appeared before the tribunal, it said. “Issue notice. Returnable within three weeks,” said a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose. Senior advocate Sanjay Hegde and lawyer Anas Tanwir, appearing for Hoque, said that the Foreigners Tribunal and the high court both erred in holding that the man was an illegal foreigner needed to be deported. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”It is submitted that the High Court dismissed the Writ petition preferred by the Petitioner (Hoque) despite accepting the medical certificate, certifying him to be suffering from Lower limb paralysis. The name of the Petitioner along with his other family members appears in the draft NRC with ARN No…,” the plea said. “It is most humbly submitted that the only ground on which a citizenship of the Petitioner was taken away was his inability to depute someone to appear in his stead before the Foreigners Tribunal,” it said. The Foreigners Tribunal declared Hoque to be a foreigner in an ex-parte order without even considering any evidence that may have created a doubt with regard to his citizenship, it said, adding that the panel did not even seek any evidence from the state. Later, the tribunal dismissed the review plea and the high court concurred with the orders. “Neither tribunal nor the high court appreciated that the Petitioner has produced ‘jamabandi’ documents in name of his grandfather issued by the Deputy Commissioner, Nagaon in year 1941-42 along with voter lists excerpts of 1965 showing name of his grandfather, grandmother, father and mother,” it said. The apex court is monitoring the finalisation of NRC in Assam and had already made clear that it will not extend the July 31 deadline for publication of the final Assam NRC. The draft Assam NRC was published on July 30, 2018 in which the names of 2.89 crore of the 3.29 crore people were included. The names of 40,70,707 people did not figure in the list. Of these, 37,59,630 names have been rejected and the remaining 2,48,077 are on hold. The first draft of Assam NRC was published on the intervening night of December 31, 2017 and January 1 in accordance with the top court’s direction. Names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated then. Assam, which had faced influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state to have an NRC, first prepared in 1951.last_img read more

Dhoni may hang up his boots after Indias last World Cup match

first_imgBirmingham: The writing was on the wall for a while, but India’s last match in the ongoing World Cup, in all likelihood, will also be Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s last game in India colours.If India qualifies for the finals and goes on to win the World Cup on July 14 at the Lord’s, it would be the perfect send-off for one of the legends of Indian cricket. “You never know with MS Dhoni. But it is unlikely that he will continue to play for India after this World Cup. But since his decisions to quit captaincy from the three formats have been taken so suddenly, it is very difficult to predict at the moment,” a senior BCCI official said on condition of anonymity. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefThe current selection committee, which is likely to stay till the October AGM, will obviously start the changeover process looking at the ICC World T20 in Australia next year. When the new selection committee takes over from the incumbents, the possible replacements for the shorter formats will be identified with reasonable time left for the World T20s. However, with India qualifying for the semi-finals at the World Cup here, neither the team management nor the BCCI wants to talk about an emotive issue. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoCDhoni has scored 223 runs in seven games at a decent strike rate of 93 plus, if one goes by the scorecards but what they don’t reflect is his inability to rotate the strike and strike big. The champion cricketer has faced flak for his perceived lack of intent and some have pointed out his diminishing capabilities as a finisher, something that had once made him a top short format player in the world. With the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly also questioning his approach, the team management understands that they can’t carry their “beloved captain” beyond the marquee tournament. His on-field contribution is still immense as every player who has appeared for media interactions has pointed out. “The team management had to take a call in 2017 after the Champions Trophy. They decided that they will invest another two years in Dhoni till the 2019 World Cup. India has made the semi-finals despite his lukewarm performances so he has been carefully shielded,” a former India player said. “No one can ask him to retire but obviously he has got the drift that post World Cup, things won’t be the same,” he said. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Sitharamans Budget a blueprint for creating USD 5trillion economy by 2025 India

first_imgNew Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s maiden Budget is “mega investment-oriented” with a blueprint to transform India’s economy to reach USD 5 trillion by 2025, India Inc said Friday. While Vedanta Resources Chairman Anil Agarwal termed it a progressive Budget, RPG Enterprises Chairman Harsh Goenka said it was a blueprint to achieve exponential growth. Presenting the first Budget of the Modi government in its second term, she said the Indian economy, which stood at USD 1.85 trillion five years ago, has reached USD 2.7 trillion now, and is within capacity to reach USD 5 trillion in the next few years. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief Agarwal said it was a progressive budget which focuses on core issues of health, sanitation, water, welfare of the people as well strengthens the foundation of New India that is prepared to ride the wave of mega technological changes. “FM Sitharaman walked in with a red cloth bag carrying the budget vs the traditional briefcase. What came out was a new era in Indian history a union budget that didn’t talk granular numbers rather laid a blueprint for exponential growth!” Goenka tweeted. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC Lauding Sitharaman, Biocon Chairman Kiran Majumdar-Shaw tweeted, “As a business woman I can’t help but burst with pride to see a woman FM deliver such a confidence boosting budget 2019.” CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said the budget is a popular budget without being populist. “It has announced initiatives which touch all segments of the society women, youth, farmers, entrepreneurs, students and industry. It benefits both rural and urban India all within the limited fiscal space available to it,” he said. Assocham President BK Goenka said Sitharaman’s maiden budget is a mega investment-oriented initiative with a strong focus on scaling up rural infrastructure and demand along with a slew of tax simplification measures aimed at boosting growth and maintaining high level of fiscal discipline. “This is a transformational budget, aimed at taking the Indian economy to USD 5 trillion by 2025,” he added. Goenka said the increase in the threshold for lower corporate tax of 25 per cent to Rs 400 crore annual turnover would encourage higher investment, which would also get a boost from proposals like further liberalisation of foreign direct investment (FDI) norms in sectors like insurance intermediaries and aviation. Ficci President Sandip Somany said there are several positives in the budget, and it provides a set of benefits for most segments of the society. We see a clear action plan for realising the vision of making India a USD 5-trillion economy over the next few years with a focus on ease of living. Apollo Hospitals Group Chairman Prathap Reddy said the budget presented a long term vision to achieve a USD 5 trillion economy by 2024. “The government’s focus on infrastructure continues, which is the need of the hour. We have set a laudable target of becoming USD-5 trillion economy in the next few years. This calls for a sustained real GDP growth rate of 8 per cent with stringent commitment to fiscal discipline,” Wipro Enterprises CFO Raghav Swaminathan said. Dalmia Bharat Group Managing Director Puneet Dalmia said the budget this year has its heart in the right place, specifically in context of balancing the rural and the urban developmental priorities, boosting investment to spur growth and the eco-friendly development thrust as is evident in the government’s emphasis on green and sustainable practices.last_img read more

New Delhi is one of greenest areas of Capital city Baijal

first_imgNEW DELHI: LG Anil Baijal on Saturday visited Traffic Training Park, situated between Bangla Sahib Gurudwara and Shivaji Stadium Airport Metro Station in New Delhi.After visiting the Park, he said that once upon a time, Delhi was known as Garden City but the green area of Delhi had faced the concretization due to increasing urbanization. “However, it is a matter of pride that the New Delhi area is one of the greenest areas of the Capital city, having over 50 percent green cover and the survival rate of the sapling planted during the last few years is more than 90 percent,” he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The avenues trees in certain stretches in New Delhi area are getting aged therefore, a special drive has been made to ensure the plantation, so that the avenue trees might be retained,” he added. Baijal expressed happiness over the redevelopment plan being undertaken by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) on a piece of five acres of land for two nurseries and adjoining area (Tikona Park), under Happiness Area initiatives. The LG has asked the NDMC Chairman Naresh Kumar to finalize a composite design in consultation with Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) and the entire facility is to be developed by NDMC being a single agency. Outlining the details of the redevelopment plan of Tikona Park, Naresh Kumar said that the Traffic Training facilities will be extended and made contiguous with the public green and opening up the potential green area for the public.last_img read more