Congress councillor attempts suicide at Ghaziabad municipal office

first_imgGhaziabad: A municipal councillor of the Congress in Ghaziabad poured kerosene over herself in a bid to commit suicide in protest against alleged stepmotherly treatment by the BJP-ruled municipal corporation at its office on Monday. But police personnel present there intervened and snatched the kerosene can from Congress councillor Maya Devi. The incident occurred at 11:00 a.m. at the municipal office here. Local Congress leader Zakir Saifi said, Devi who is a councillor from ward-6, was protesting against “stepmotherly treatment” towards the party’s municipal councillors and especially her. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar The city Congress unit along with its councillors protested at the main gate of the municipal office and forcibly locked the main gate for over two hours disrupting work. They also staged a ‘dharna’ and shouted slogans against the mayor and the municipal commissioner. The Congress councillors alleged that over the last six months, Devi has been urging Municipal Commissioner Dinesh Chandra and Mayor Asha Sharma to get the stormwater drain in her ward cleaned before the monsoon as it is choked with silt and filth. But they said the officers and mayor did not pay heed to her demand. She had threatened that if her demand is not met she would commit suicide at the gate of the municipal office.last_img read more

ExCEO of subsidiary helped rating agency official buy villa at discount

first_imgNew Delhi: Investigations into the high-profile IL&FS fraud has showed that the then CEO of the group’s financial services arm IFIN helped a senior director of a leading rating agency buy a duplex villa worth crores at a discount when an important circuitous transaction with a defaulter borrower was underway in 2012-13.The probe by the government’s white-collar crime probe agency SFIO has already unearthed connivance of auditors and independent directors with the then top management of IFIN (IL&FS Financial Services Ltd) in defrauding the company. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCIFIN and several other group companies have been found to have indulged in multiple circuitous transactions involving several illegalities including fast disbursals to some borrowers despite their bad track record in servicing existing loans and also delayed recoveries. As per the investigation report, which is part of the first chargesheet filed by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), IFIN and other entities from the IL&FS (Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services) group continued to enjoy high ratings from various rating agencies, including due to window-dressing of the company books. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsAs per the report, a part of a loan disbursed to SIVA Group was used by the borrower to pay IFIN for the liabilities arising out of a debt syndication fee. This fee was paid by SIVA group to IFIN for services rendered by IFIN for debt restructuring carried out by the company. The probe showed that in the year 2012-13, SIVA Ventures had an outstanding liability against Unitech, while an outstanding loan of IFIN to Unitech was also overdue. The SFIO probe has revealed that the IFIN top management decided to bail out SIVA group by funding the repayment of the liabilities of Unitech towards SIVA Ventures. Accordingly, sanction and disbursal of Rs 125 crore was done to Unitech group to help them clear their dues to Siva of approximately Rs 80 crore and consecutively Siva to clear loans of IFIN. In this transaction, IFIN not only self-funded their advisory income of Rs 8 crore but also granted additional loans of approximately Rs 45 crore. However, post completion of transaction, on Siva group’s request, it was allowed to utilise a major portion of the loan, approximately Rs 40 crore, to close a loan of Union Bank of India. This was done in consideration of a mandate of restructuring from Siva group to IFIN with a fee of Rs 12.5 crore. “Further, in the interim of this transaction, Ramesh Bawa (who was then CEO and MD of IFIN) also assisted a senior director in Fitch Ratings, Singapore, who appears to be involved in rating of ILFS in buying a duplex villa of Rs 4.25 crore at a discounted price of Rs 3.25 crore,” as per the probe report. When contacted, a Fitch Ratings spokesperson said, “We are unable to comment on it.” According to the website of IFIN, its borrowing programme was rated by renowned rating agencies – Credit Analysis and Research Ltd (CARE), Investment Information and Credit Rating Agency of India Ltd (ICRA) and India Ratings & Research Pvt Ltd (FITCH). It also said IFIN enjoyed “the top notch credit rating for its long term and short term borrowing programme”. The website further mentions FITCH had assigned a national rating of ‘AAA(ind)’ to Long Term Borrowing programme and ‘F1+(ind)’ to Short Term Borrowing Programme of the company, which denotes the highest degree of safety regarding timely servicing of financial obligations and carry lowest credit risk.last_img read more

Rafa thought of ending season after Indian Wells injury

first_imgParis: French Open champion Rafa Nadal has said he nearly ended his season after being forced to withdraw from the Indian Wells semi-finals with a knee injury in March but played through the pain at Roland Garros to clinch a record-extending 12th title. Nadal conceded a walkover to Roger Federer at Indian Wells and skipped the Miami Open before returning to the tour for the clay season, where he lost three semi-finals in a row before winning titles in Rome and Paris. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”Mentally, after Indian Wells, I suffered a major downturn,” the Spaniard told the ATP’s website. “I considered shutting down my season to see if my body would recuperate instead of playing through injury after injury. “Another option was to press on and play through the pain. Either way, the outlook was bleak. It required a change of mindset… and that doesn’t happen overnight. I was reluctant and hesitant to return. Physically, because of another tendon tear in my knee, and on top of going through all the treatment required in the recovery process, there was dealing with the pain.” Also Read – Mandhana ruled out of South Africa ODI seriesThe 33-year-old said he had struggled to stay motivated because of the constant pain but had been determined to acquit himself well at Roland Garros. “Between the level of pain and just being sidelined, there came a time when I just felt tired of all of this,” he added. “I was sick of always being in pain. After Indian Wells, I took a moment to make sense of all of it… I promised myself that I would play through Roland Garros with the attitude and energy necessary to confront all obstacles in my way.” Nadal’s French Open victory put him two Grand Slam titles behind Federer’s all-time record of 20 and the Spaniard has announced his intention not to play again until Wimbledon, which begins on July 1.last_img read more

UK court sets Feb 20 timetable for Assange US extradition trial

first_imgLondon: A UK judge on Friday set a February 2020 timeline for the extradition trial of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange, who faces charges of computer hacking and espionage in the US. At a Westminster Magistrates’ Court hearing in London, Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot ruled that a full extradition hearing lasting five days should begin on February 25 next year, after UK home secretary Sajid Javid had certified the US extradition request. Assange, who appeared via videolink from the high-security Belmarsh prison for the hearing, told the judge that “175 years of my life is effectively at stake” as he defended his website against hacking claims. “WikiLeaks is nothing but a publisher,” he said. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’The barrister representing the 47-year-old Australian national described the charges against his client as raising a “multiplicity of profound issues” and told the court that his client will also be challenging his 50-week imprisonment for breach of his bail conditions in the UK. “We say it [the case] represents an outrageous and full-frontal assault on journalistic rights,” said Mark Summers. A large group of Assange supporters had gathered outside the courtroom to chant slogans and wave placards calling for “Justice for Assange”. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaOpening the proceedings, barrister Ben Brandon, representing the US authorities, said: “This [case] is related to one of the largest compromises of confidential information in the history of the United States.” He claimed that the US evidence will show that Assange “first encouraged” former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to illegally obtain documents and then agreed with her to “crack” a password on a Pentagon computer. “By taking steps to crack the password hash, it’s said that Mr Assange was also attempting to illegally obtain and receive classified information,” Brandon said. The documents in question were said to be related to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and information on secret intelligence sources. “By publishing that unredacted material on the internet, Mr Assange created a grave and imminent risk that human intelligence sources, including journalists, human rights defenders and political activists, would suffer serious physical harm or arbitrary detention,” Brandon said. On Thursday, UK home secretary Javid confirmed that he had signed an order following a request from the US government to extradite the Wikileaks co-founder. “It is a decision ultimately for the courts, but there is a very important part of it for the home secretary and I want to see justice done at all times and we’ve got a legitimate extradition request, so I’ve signed it, but the final decision is now with the courts, the senior Pakistani-origin minister said. Assange, who faces an 18-count indictment by the US Justice Department, had been too ill to appear before the court at a scheduled hearing last month and appeared wearing a grey T-shirt and still sporting his white beard. Judge Arbuthnot, who presides over a number of high-profile Indian extradition requests including that of liquor baron Vijay Mallya and diamond merchant Nirav Modi, is also in charge of his extradition trial. Unlike the India-UK Extradition Treaty, the US-UK treaty involves a relatively simpler legal process for extradition as the requesting state does not require to establish an elaborate prima facie case against the accused before the British courts. The charges against Assange under the US Espionage Act accuse him of soliciting and publishing classified information and conspiring to hack into a government computer. Assange has consistently denied the allegations and his supporters have accused the US and UK governments of an attack on free speech. He is currently serving a 50-week sentence in Britain for breach of his bail conditions after he spent seven years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he had sought asylum.last_img read more

Iran warns US attack would have regional consequences

first_imgTehran: Iran warned the United States on Saturday that any aggression against the Islamic republic would have serious consequences for US interests across the Middle East. “Firing one bullet towards Iran will set fire to the interests of America and its allies”, armed forces general staff spokesman Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi told the Tasnim news agency. “Today, the situation in the region is to Iran’s advantage. “If the enemy — especially America and its allies in the region — make the military mistake of shooting the powder keg on which America’s interests lie, the region will be set on fire,” Shekarchi warned. President Donald Trump said Friday that the United States was “cocked & loaded” to strike Iran but pulled back at the last minute as it would not have been a “proportionate” response to Tehran’s shooting down of an unmanned US drone. The downing of the drone — which Tehran insists violated its airspace, a claim Washington denies — has seen tensions between the two countries spike after a series of attacks on oil tankers the US has blamed on Iran.last_img read more

Govt may use Rs 3 trillion RBI windfall to pay regular bills

first_imgMumbai: The Bimal Jalan committee report, which is delayed, will lead to transfer of under Rs 3 lakh crore of excess capital from the Reserve Bank to the government, which will most likely use the money for meeting regular expenses, says a report. The money will come in over three years and is most likely used for regular government spending, Japanese brokerage Nomura said in report Tuesday. The Bimal Jalan committee on the appropriate economic capital framework for RBI was formed last December, and has sought a third extension to present its report which will now be next month. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”Market expectations suggest Rs 3 lakh crore (will be) distributed staggered over years, though we believe the ultimate transfer will be lower,” the brokerage said. It said there is a 45 percent probability for the money to be used for regular government spending and only 20 percent chance that it will be used for bank recapitalisation. Recouping state-run banks’ capital buffers which have taken a beating due to the dud asset recognition is one of the most talked about uses for the excess RBI capital and is also backed for former chief economic advisor Arvind Subramaniam. Nomura gave a higher, 25 percent probability for the money to be used for retiring public debt with the RBI, and a 10 percent probability of no immediate transfer at all. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”The evaluation of ‘excess’ depends on the choice of stress-testing, and ranges from the RBI being under- capitalised to an excess as high as Rs 4.5 lakh crore,” it said, speaking about the ways of computing. It, however, said those expecting a large fiscal windfall of Rs 3 lakh crore are “at a risk of being disappointed”. Other members of the Jalan panel include Rakesh Mohan, former deputy governor as the vice-chairman, finance secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, deputy governor NS Vishwanathan, and two RBI board members – Bharat Doshi and Sudhir Mankad. The panel is entrusted with the task of reviewing the best practices followed by central banks worldwide in making assessment and provisions for risks. The government and the RBI during the tenure of previous governor Urjit Patel had been at loggerheads over the surplus capital with the central bank, and formation of the panel was among the first major decision taken by Patel’s successor Shaktikanta Das. The finance ministry was of the view that the buffer of 28 percent of gross assets maintained by the central bank is well above the global norm of around 14 percent. In the past, the issue of the ideal size of the RBI reserves was examined by three committees–V Subrahmanyam in 1997, Usha Thorat in 2004 and YH Malegam in 2013. But none of them called for paring the same from the then existing levels.last_img read more

Centre in past 5years didnt form MLAled thana level panels in Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: Launching a fresh attack at the Centre run by the BJP government, Delhi’s ruling party AAP on Tuesday observed that in the light of deteriorating law and order condition in the past five years the Centre did not take initiative to form MLA-led “Thana Level” committees in Delhi. “The BJP since it has come to power has put an end to MLA led thana-level committees to keep police accountable,” said AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj.AAP’s chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said the seven BJP MPs need to step out of their homes and comfort zones and take responsibility. “Delhi has elected BJP MPs for the second time this year. In the last five years, how many times have any of them raised the issue of security in Parliament? Not even once,” he said. Bharadwaj said each time the people of Delhi or the elected government raised questions on the functioning of the police, Vijender Gupta has come out to defend the police. “Even when the Chief Minister was attacked, the LoP found no fault with the police and openly defended its role. Once in three days, Gupta meets the Lt. Governor on some or the other issue. But not once has he ever raised the issue of law and order in the city. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkAAP national spokesperson Atishi said even the family of the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta is not safe. “The wife of the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, Shobha Gupta, who has been a councillor in the MCD in the past, became a victim of daylight robbery at a market in Mandi House.” “Her car was stopped and when she stepped out of the car, her bag was stolen from her. This has happened in the centre of the city. If the wife of a sitting MLA and Leader of Opposition is not safe in Delhi, how will ordinary people feel secure?” she questioned. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”I hope that at least now the BJP will realise what a common man goes through in Delhi because of the lack of action by Delhi Police.” Atishi said that the Centre’s only responsibility in Delhi is to ensure security. “The Central government today has just one responsibility when it comes to Delhi – ensuring security for the residents of the city. The BJP should explain to the people why they’re not able to fulfil the one responsibility they have towards the people of Delhi,” she added.last_img read more

Two held for firing shots at news channel crew

first_imgNew Delhi: Two men were arrested for allegedly opening fire at the crew of a television news channel in south Delhi, police said on Thursday. The accused were identified as Tayyab (23), a resident of Shahdara in east Delhi, and Shahid (20), a resident of Kabir Nagar, they added. According to the police, ASI Jitender, posted at the Sarojini Nagar police station, was dismissed from service based on an inquiry report. The inquiry was initiated against the ASI after the victim complained that he refused to help when approached by them, the police said. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark With the arrest of the duo, the police claimed to have solved 20 cases, including those involving charges of attempt to murder, snatching, robbery and those under the Arms Act registered at local police stations. The police got a tip-off about the accused after they learnt that Tayyab was nabbed on June 17 in connection with a year-old kidnapping-cum-robbery case registered at the Vivek Vihar police station, officials said. The incident took place in the intervening night of June 9-10, when TV journalist Siddharth Purohit was headed towards the INA market via the Barapulla flyover in an office cab with his crew and the driver for an assignment, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rajeev Ranjan said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items When they reached near Suchna Bhawan, two bike-borne men, brandishing a pistol, signalled the driver to stop. As the driver sped away, the accused fired three shots at the vehicle, but the crew managed to flee, the officer said. The accused were identified with the help of CCTV footage, he added. Raids were conducted in western Uttar Pradesh and in the trans-Yamuna area of east Delhi to nab the accused, he said. The probe revealed that Tayyab was arrested in a year-old kidnapping-cum-robbery case a few days ago and declared a proclaimed offender by a court. He was subsequently arrested in the current case and sent to police custody, Ranjan said. During interrogation, Tayyab disclosed the name of Shahid and other members of his gang. They had also robbed a cab driver at gunpoint after firing at him while he was returning from the IGI airport after dropping a passenger, the police said.last_img read more

Apex court to examine validity of provisions in abortion law

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday agreed to examine the constitutional validity of certain legal provisions that allow abortion only to save the woman’s life or in case of abnormal foetus and allegedly violate women’s right to health, “free reproductive choice” and “privacy”.The apex court sought response of the Central government on a PIL of three women who have sought that provisions like sections 3(2) (a) and 3(2) (b) of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, be declared as “void and unconstitutional” as they were violative of their fundamental rights. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day”Issue notice,” said a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta. The plea, filed by Swati Agarwal, Garima Sekseria, Prachi Vats, said a provision of the MTP Act mandated that the opinion of a registered medical practitioner to terminate pregnancy would be needed and the abortion after 20 weeks can only be allowed on the ground of risk to life of a pregnant woman and it violated the women’s right to health, reproductive choice and privacy. Section 3(2) (a) of the Act provided that for pregnancies not exceeding 12 weeks, a medical practitioner need to state that continuance of pregnancy would involve a risk to the woman’s life or cause grave injury to her physical or mental health or there is substantial risk to the child if born, as it would suffer from serious physical or mental health abnormalities.last_img read more

Pvt insurance firms got Rs 46 cr premium in 2 yrs paid

first_imgNew Delhi: Private insurance companies received a premium of around Rs 46 crore in the last two years from railway and its passengers while making a payout of only Rs seven crore in claims under the national transporter’s travel insurance scheme, an RTI has found.IRCTC, which is a wholly owned undertaking of the Ministry of Railways, has entered into an agreement with three private insurance companies through limited tender – Shriram General Insurance Company Ltd, ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Ltd and Royal Sundaram General Insurance Company Ltd for its Optional Travel Insurance Scheme which was launched in September 2016 with a premium of Rs 0.92 per passenger. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThis facility is for confirmed/RAC railway passengers who booked e-ticket through the official website of Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). Under the scheme, a sum assured is paid to the victim/family or legal heir of the victim as the case may be in case of death/injury of reserved passengers due to train accident/untoward incidents.While the national transporter bore the insurance premium till August 31, 2018, the cost was transferred to passengers since and the premium was revised to Rs 0.49 per passenger in October 2018. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAccording to the RTI reply received by Madhya Pradesh-based social activist, Chandra Shekhar Gaur, while IRCTC has paid Rs 38.89 crore to insurance companies, passengers have so far paid Rs 7.29 crore in the past two years. The travel insurance provides a coverage of Rs 10 lakh for death and permanent total disability arising out of any train accident or other untoward incident. For permanent partial disability you get Rs 7.5 lakh. The Rs 2 lakh coverage for hospitalization expenses for injury is over and above the death or disability coverage. Acts like accident, robbery, dacoity and other violent acts during the train journey are covered by the policy.Insurance companies received 206 claims in the two years, while 72 were rejected.Officials, when contacted, said claims were less in the last two years as the number of rail accidents had dipped significantly. Railway accidents have decreased from 118 in 2013-14 to 104 in 2016-17, to 73 in 2017-18 and further to 59 in 2018-19.Railways are also carrying more passengers – there is an increase of 2.09 per cent in the number of passengers carried by the Indian Railways during 2017-18 as compared to 2016-17 and 0.64 per cent increase in 2018-19 as compared to 2017-18.last_img read more

Work to win over even those who did not vote for you

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked BJP MPs on Sunday to shun any negativity and work with a positive mindset so as to win over even those who did not vote for the party.In his address at the concluding session of the two-day training programme for over 380 party lawmakers, he also referred to the next Lok Sabha election, scheduled for 2024, and told them to nurse their constituencies in a way that they can retain them on the strength of their work and conduct, sources said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He cited his own clean record to urge the members of Parliament to keep their personal and professional conduct above board, according to MPs who attended the meeting. The prime minister asked the MPs to give ample time to their families but shun “parivarvaad” (dynasty politics), they said. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told reporters that Modi asked MPs to not entertain negative thoughts about their rivals or those who did not vote for them. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe asked them to work and conduct themselves in such a way that even those who did not vote for them are won over. “You should work for everybody’s welfare. You should be positive and shun any negative thoughts about those who did not vote for the party. Looking at your work and conduct, they will get closer to you,” he quoted Modi as saying. The prime minister asked the MPs to focus on people’s participation and pro-people policies, while overlooking politics, in the interest of their constituencies and the nation, Joshi said. A BJP MP said Modi spoke like a “guardian” and touched on issues related to political, ideological as well as personal aspects of their lives. Turning his attention to the next Lok Sabha polls, he asked MPs to identify booths where they did not fare well and work to strengthen their presence there. His speech, the sources said, also focused on proper conduct by MPs, and Modi in this context mentioned his own long tenure in government, earlier as Gujarat chief minister and now as prime minister. He asked the MPs to stand in queues with public and speak appropriately. Modi chose to sit among the MPs in one of the back rows during the meeting. BJP vice president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe conducted a session on self-development for the lawmakers while Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke on the party’s contribution to the country. A book titled “Sanskritik rashtravad ke shilpi” (Architects of cultural nationalism), a collection of BJP president Amit Shah’s speeches on personalities ranging from Chanakya to party founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, was also released. Shah, who is the Union Home Minister, did not attend the meeting as he remained busy with official work related to Jammu and Kashmir, the sources said.last_img read more

Two arrested for ransacking Prince Anwar Shah Rd eatery

first_imgKolkata: Two persons have been arrested on Wednesday in connection with a case in which a restaurant on Prince Anwar Shah Road was allegedly ransacked by some youths on Tuesday afternoon.According to the police, the miscreants entered a restaurant looking for Arnab Chatterjee, the owner of the restaurant, in a bid to teach him a lesson. When the manager of the restaurant asked the reason, the youths allegedly assaulted him, including some staff members who tried to resist. Following this, the youths allegedly broke the glass of the tables and vandalised the restaurant before fleeing. They also threatened the manager and other staff members with dire consequences. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter Arnab was informed about the incident, he rushed to the restaurant and called up Lake police station and sought help. He also lodged a complaint at the Lake police station against five-six unknown persons and stated that one Raja Chatterjee (residing in Regent Park area) with whom Arnab’s wife has an affair, was behind the act. Arnab also informed the cops that because of matrimonial discord, both he and his wife were living separately since long. Different cases on the issue are still pending in court. On Monday night, Arnab went to Raja’s flat in Regent Park area following which an altercation took place. Arnab alleged that on Monday his wife threatened him with dire consequences following which the restaurant was ransacked. Based on Arnab’s complaint, police checked the CCTV footage of the restaurant and arrested two youths, identified as Rik Dey of Purba Putiary and Subhankar Dhali of Purba Ananda Pally in Regent Park area on Wednesday.last_img read more

Lahiri regains PGA Tour card with Tied 5th finish at Albertson Boise

first_imgBoise (USA): Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri reclaimed his PGA Tour card after finishing tied 5th with a bogey-free five-under 66 in the final round of the Albertson Boise Open here. With a tied 7th finish achieved in the previous week’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, Lahiri has now secured enough points to earn one of the 25 PGA Tour cards at stake in the Korn Ferry Tour (KFT) Finals. The 32-year-old former Asian No.1 sent down three closing birdies, to finish three shots behind winner Matthew NeSmith of the United States. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I haven’t experienced any kind of a high. Right now, I’m more focused on my golf and what I want to do in the time to come. I had a lot of belief in myself that I could get my card back and play well,” Lahiri said. “I’m more relieved with the fact that I’m putting some scores together which was satisfying,” added the Indian, who posted rounds of 68, 65, 69 and 66. After finishing a lowly 174th on the PGA Tours FedExCup points list, he needed to play in the KFT Finals to regain his playing rights on the world’s premier circuit. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAnd with his card safely in his back pocket now, he plans to challenge for a victory in the final tournament, the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing and Finance, this week to try and top the ranking. “I’m playing well enough with a lot of confidence and I’m no longer trying to secure my card. Hopefully it frees me up and I can focus on getting into contention again and maybe get third time lucky and win,” he said. “If I can manage that, it’ll help get me into The Players Championship (PGA Tour flagship event) next year and helps me schedule my events a lot better,” he added. Lahiri refocused on his basics with swing coach Vijay Divecha during the summer. He believes his game is now back on track for the season beginning next month. “It’s coming together. It’s been a while since I was in contention and I needed to feel the adrenaline again and how to respond to it,” he explained. “I didn’t wake up on a different side of the bed the past two weeks. I started working on some basics again when Vijay came over in July. We got some rest, recharged the batteries and game wise I started to feel good again,” he said. “I hit it terribly but got up and down each and every time I was out of position. I kept grinding and had those birdies in the end,” added Lahiri. He was delighted to shoot four rounds in the 60s, which was the first time since last November when he enjoyed his lone top-10 finish of the season at the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico. “…I’m more relieved to see myself scoring consistently and putting four rounds together. The trend is beginning to change and this gives me most satisfaction,” said Lahiri.last_img read more

Housing projects for slum dwellers

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is presently working on three apartment projects with an aim to provide better living conditions to slum dwellers in three areas of the city, including the project taken up near Mayer Bari at Bagbazar.Mayor Firhad Hakim will hand over the keys and agreement letters on Tuesday for the shifting of 35 families to their respective apartments adjacent to Mayer Bari whose construction has already been completed. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The apartment project near Mayer Bari is going on in full swing. There will be a total 300 flats which will be built in phases. The construction of the first block with 35 flats is complete. There will be a total of 15 such blocks. We have set a time frame of six months for completing each phase with 35 flats,” a senior official of KMC said. The other two projects in the southern part of the city are being executed in Behala and the Town Planning and Town Development (TP& TD) unit of KMC is executing the project. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”The construction work for 120 units for slum dwellers Shanti Sangha in Behala (ward 131) is on. There will be a total 40 apartments in three blocks. The roof welding work of the third floor for the first block is now being carried out while the piling work of the second block is over,” a senior official of TP & TD said. The official said the tender for the third project, which will come up in 132 ward on Behala’s Upen Banerjee Road, has already been floated. The project will accommodate residents of Sakal Deo Singh slum. “There will be three blocks and the total number of flats will be 90,” he added. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerje has made elaborate plans to develop Heritage Tourism, including a complete renovation of Mayer Bari in Bagbazar. The KMC with the funds allocated by the state government will come up with a vocational training centre and a children’s park after relocating the slum. The stretch around the heritage building will also be beautified and decked up with illuminative lights to give it a majestic look. Ramakrishna Paramhansha’s wife Sarada Devi had lived at the two-storey house off Bagbazar Street known as Mayer Bari for 11 years (1909-1920). Hundreds of devotees and tourists from India and abroad throng the building every day. It may be recalled that over a decade ago, the first venture to rehabilitate slum dwellers of Rambagan bustee was carried out making this project a model for development agencies to follow.last_img read more

Karan Johar is all praises for Amjad Ali Khans sons

first_imgMumbai: Filmmaker Karan Johar has praised sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan’s sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash, saying there is a lot of honesty in their music.The Bangash brothers have released their new album, “Infinity”, on Friday.Present at the launch of Amaan and Ayaan’s latest album, Karan said: “I know Amaan and Ayaan for about 15 to 20 years and I am proud and excited to see their musical journey unravel over the years.”I love the way how they’ve gone from strength to strength and it is not easy to live under the shadow of an international legend (their father). There is a lot of humility and honesty in their music.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”Infinity”, produced by Karsh Kale, is a mix of classical and electronic.Karan also expressed his wish to collaborate with Ayaan and Amaan in future.”I’d love to work with both of them. Our cinema is evolving and so is the sound of our cinema and I think it’s now so related to the plot and the characters.”I did a film where the lead character was a singer and if ever there’s a zone like that again it would be wonderful to kind of create new sounds and new energies in our film with these guys,” he added.last_img read more

Russians go to polls after summer of protests

first_imgMoscow: Russians voted Sunday in local elections after weeks of opposition protests that led to the biggest police crackdown on dissent in nearly a decade. The elections take place a day after after Moscow and Kiev carried out a long-awaited swap of 70 prisoners, a deal hailed as a first step towards ending five years of conflict after Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. Municipal and regional polls are being held across the vast country, but most attention is focused on the Moscow parliament vote following the arrests and jailings of independent would-be candidates and their supporters. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAnalysts say the results of the vote will be keenly watched ahead of parliamentary elections in 2021 and will help shape Russia’s political future, as President Vladimir Putin enters his third decade in power. In recent weeks, tens of thousands have taken part in Moscow protests demanding a fair vote after allies of opposition leader Alexei Navalny were barred from the election. Rap stars and prominent bloggers backed the demonstrations. Authorities responded with a police crackdown — the biggest since a wave of protests in 2011-12 against Putin’s return to the Kremlin after a stint as prime minister. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAlyona Prokhorova, a 46-year-old mother of four, said she was shocked by the clampdown and that for the first time in her life she signed up to be an independent election observer to monitor for possible irregularities. “Moscow is against this hideousness,” she told AFP at a polling station in the city’s southwest. “I still cannot get over it.” Tatyana Stanovaya, head of the R Politik analysis firm, said the campaign exposed a growing rift between authorities bent on preserving the status quo and Russians wanting political change. “The Moscow parliament elections have become a litmus test of the authorities’ ability to accept this new reality,” Stanovaya said. Authorities briefly jailed nearly all opposition politicians seeking to get on the ballot in Moscow. Several people were also imprisoned for alleged violence against police, even though opposition supporters said their rallies were peaceful. Some 7.2 million people are eligible to elect 45 lawmakers in the Moscow parliament, which is dominated by the ruling United Russia party. But not a single candidate is formally running on the United Russia ticket as the party’s popularity hits rock bottom. Navalny has put forward a “Smart Voting” plan urging Muscovites to support those who have the highest chances of beating pro-Kremlin candidates. Most of them are Communists. The 43-year-old lawyer described the vote as a referendum on whether Russians trust authorities and the ruling party. “The only way to say ‘NO’ is coordinated voting for the strongest competitors of the United Russia candidates,” he wrote. “‘Smart voting’ is a protest,” said Lyubov Sobol, a lawyer for Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Fund who refused food for more than a month after her exclusion from the ballot. The 31-year-old has emerged as the brightest star in a new generation of political challengers, with videos of her resisting authorities going viral.last_img read more

Markets up on rate cut hopes firm global cues

first_imgMumbai: Benchmark indices finished with smart gains on Friday as investors wagered on another rate cut by the RBI following subdued inflation data amid a broad upmove in global equities on signs of easing US-China trade tensions. A strengthening rupee and foreign capital inflows added to the buying momentum, traders said. After a lacklustre start, the 30-share BSE Sensex saw buying momentum in late-afternoon trade to close 280.71 points, or 0.76 per cent, higher at 37,384.99. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOn similar lines, the broader NSE Nifty settled 93.10 points, or 0.85 per cent, higher at 11,075.90. During the week, the Sensex advanced 403.22 points or 1.09 per cent, while the Nifty gained 129.70 points or 1.18 per cent. According to official data released post market hours on Thursday, retail inflation inched up marginally to 3.21 per cent in August, while industrial production growth slowed to 4.3 per cent in July, raising chances of a rate cut by the RBI next month. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostTop gainers in the Sensex pack included Vedanta, ICICI Bank, ONGC, Kotak Bank, Axis Bank, SBI, M&M, Infosys, PowerGrid, HCL Tech, NTPC, Bajaj Finance and Reliance Industries, rising up to 2.72 per cent On the other hand, Bharti Airtel, Sun Pharma, HDFC Bank, Yes Bank, ITC and HUL were among the losers, shedding up to 1.35 per cent. “Subdued inflation kept hopes alive for rate cut and positive vibes to support the auto sector lifted the markets. Broad based recovery in rate sensitive stocks fuelled domestic market while additional policy measures from European Central bank powered global peers,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services. Sectorally, BSE oil and gas, energy, metal, realty, utilities, bankex, power, auto and IT stocks ended up to 2.73 per cent higher. However, telecom and healthcare dropped up to 0.94 per cent. Broader BSE midcap and smallcap indices settled up to 0.82 per cent higher.last_img read more

Snowfall warnings issued for parts of Newfoundland 30 centimetres expected

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – June may be just around the corner, but some Newfoundlanders were facing more than 30 centimetres of snow late Wednesday.Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings for areas along the northeast coast of Newfoundland, including Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor.The national weather service said rain was expected to change to snow Wednesday evening and become heavy overnight, with snowfall amounts potentially exceeding 30 centimetres in communities at higher elevation.Environment Canada meteorologist Linda Libby said spring snow storms are not unheard of in that part of Newfoundland.She said 69.2 centimetres of snow were recorded in Gander on May 18 and 19, 2013, and snow has fallen in that town well into June.“Extreme snowfalls definitely do happen along that coastline at this time of year,” said Libby from Charlottetown, P.E.I.Libby said although heavy snowfall was expected, total accumulations were not expected to be that high.“In the spring when the ground is warm, unless it accumulates rapidly and starts insulating itself, it tends to melt as it lands,” she said.Libby said the low tonight is -1 C in Gander, which will make for “wet, heavy” snow.“It tends to collapse on itself, so hopefully they will not actually wake up tomorrow and have 25 centimetres of snow,” said Libby.Meanwhile, parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan were under a heat warning, where temperatures could reach 29 C today.last_img read more

Senior clerics write to Trudeau to urge feds for more help for

first_imgOTTAWA – Senior clerics from three of the country’s largest religious denominations are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for more help for South Sudan.The letter to Trudeau, released today, urges the federal Liberal government to increase aid to the country and to speak out about the food crisis there.It’s signed by Bishop Douglas Crosby, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops; Archbishop Fred J. Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada; and Rev. Douglas H. Rollwage, moderator of the 2016 general assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.They commend the government on the help the government has already provided to South Sudan, but say more must be done.The bishops want Trudeau to encourage the international community to provide more aid and to help protect human rights in South Sudan.They also want him to work with Canadian businesses at home and abroad, as well as with the international community, to prevent weapons reaching South Sudan.A spokesman for International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canada is “one of the leading donors in South Sudan with programs covering humanitarian needs on the ground.”Louis Belanger says Canada recently announced $119 million in humanitarian funding for Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia and has already provided some $37 million for urgent assistance.The bishops say 20 million people face hunger in South Sudan, as well as Yemen, Somalia and Nigeria.South Sudan is also in the throes of a human rights crisis, with atrocities committed by both government and opposition forces, they said.“We are continuing to hear disturbing reports of gross violations of fundamental human rights being carried out with total impunity,” the letter said.last_img read more