India’s fastest train to slow down on extended run

first_imgIndia’s fastest train, Gatimaan Express, which runs at a speed of 160 kmph, will slow down to 130 kmph after it is extended to Gwalior and Jhansi, according to senior railways officials.Railway Ministry officials say the Railway Board has taken a decision to extend the route of Gatimaan Express — which runs between Delhi and Agra at a speed of 160 kmph to Gwalior and then to Jhansi.On the new stretch, the train will run at a speed of 130 kmph and not at its original speed.“The Agra-Gwalior-Jhansi route is fit for only 130 kmph, so the train has to run at that speed,” an official said.Fare structureThe train’s extended run, expected to begin any day now, however, is stuck as the board is still contemplating the fare structure, Ministry sources indicated. The difference in speed limits is making their task difficult.At present, the fare for travelling in an executive class is ₹1,505 and a booking for AC chair car costs ₹755 between Delhi and Agra.The board now faces two options: either to reduce the ticket fare in lieu of the reduced speed on Agra-Gwalior-Jhansi stretch or stick with the structure for the better amenities it provides.Gatimaan Express is equipped with modern amenities including bio-toilets, fire alarms, GPS-based passenger information system, automatic sliding doors and free Wi-Fi Internet service.Officials say the decision to extend the train’s run was taken because it reaches Agra in the morning and then it is stationed there all day. Now, it will make its way to Jhansi.last_img read more

Protest against ‘extortion’

first_imgNormal life in Nagaland’s commercial hub Dimapur was affected on Wednesday as hundreds of people hit the streets to protest ‘illegal taxation’, or extortion, by several extremist groups and criminal organisations.The Public Action Committee of Naga Council Dimapur, which organised the protest rally, asked the Neiphiu Rio government to crack down on the outfits and stop such taxation.At least five extremist outfits such as Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland collect ‘tax’ periodically. Accordingly, government and corporate employees have to shell out 22-24% of a month’s salary while traders and the self-employed are required to pay more.last_img

Khar cops surprise senior citizen with a birthday cake

first_imgIn a heart-warming gesture, cops from the Khar police station ensured that a senior citizen in their area was not alone on her birthday. On Saturday, four constables surprised Kumud Joshi, a retired professor, with a cake to ring in her 77th birthday.“I was pleasantly surprised to find the police officials with a birthday cake at my doorstep,” Ms. Joshi told The Hindu. “At this age, we don’t really get many visitors or people to talk to. People like us require a support system as it increases the confidence in living,” she said.The Mumbai Police’s official Twitter handle tweeted about the surprise to Ms. Joshi which led to a flood of birthday wishes for her on the social media, with many people praising the cops for their thoughtfulness. On Sunday, Ms. Joshi was presented with a collage of birthday wishes that came for her on Twitter.The surprise was planned by SI Khalil Shaikh who often visits Ms. Joshi and is constantly in touch with her. “We exchange greetings every morning on the phone. When I realised that it was her birthday, I decided to plan a surprise for her,” said Mr. Shaikh adding that the Khar police had been lending an ear to lonely seniors citizens for a long time. “At times, they want someone to have a conversation with them, so we do share our personal numbers. When we visit them, they feel really ecstatic as if a family member has come to visit them,” he said.When it comes to crime, senior citizens have always been vulnerable targets. Thus, being in touch with the local police is often helpful for them. “The cops have even gone to the extent of fetching medicines for me. During elections, they helped me get to the polling station and even dropped me back home after I cast my vote,” said Ms. Joshi.With increasing number of senior citizens living alone, many of them treat the policemen as their family members. “We always have varied experiences with the citizens. While some feel guarded and secured, many are apprehensive to our visits as they do not like their neighbours wondering why the police are paying a visit. We need to make these visits to ensure that the people living around them or working in their houses are aware that we are in constant contact with them. It helps us in preventing crimes,” Mr. Shaikh said.last_img read more

Warne, Modi predicted India-Eng tie

first_imgA tie between India and England in a high scoring match on Sunday might have been an unbelievable result, but two men closely related to the game had predicted it even before the match began. Before the match, former Aussie legend Shane Warne tweeted on the micro blogging site: “Looking forward to the game between India and England today, it should be a cracker. My prediction a tie!” Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi tweeted that he had predicted a tie before the game. And now clearly believes that 2011 was his year. “Can’t believe my prediction 7/8 hours ago was right – tie!! Classic, didn’t think it would happen but hey-not bad!!!! 2011-my year! Lol,” Modi tweeted. He also tweeted on Warne’s prediction: “My good friend Shane Warne should become Paul the Octopus.” Incidentally, Warne has led Rajasthan Royals — the team in which Modi is accused to have stakes — in all seasons of the IPL.last_img read more

Eva Longoria And Geena Davis To Speak At Simmons Leadership Conference

first_imgWith a focus on women who have broken the mold, Simmons College will feature actresses and activists Eva Longoria and Geena Davis, for its premier leadership conference for women.The 37th annual Simmons Leadership Conference also includes pioneering attorney Anita Hill, financial powerhouse Carla Harris, and scientist and innovator Ping Fu. The sold-out event will be held on March 29, 2016 at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston.This year’s conference features presentations from more than 20 nationally and internationally prominent leaders who will share their personal leadership experiences and offer practical advice around the conference theme “Women Leading Change.” More than 3,300 business and professional women and men are expected to attend.Proceeds from the Simmons Leadership Conference are dedicated to Simmons College graduate program scholarships, furthering the development and advancement of future corporate, organizational, and civic leaders. The Conference is the capstone event of SimmonsLEADS, a set of dynamic programs and events developed by Simmons College that focus on the empowerment and development of women leaders.“Each year, the conference gives attendees the opportunity to learn from women who have innovated, taken risks, and overcome challenges to rise to the top of their respective fields,” said Judy Benjamin, Executive Director, SimmonsLEADS, Simmons College. “These women also make the time to engage on multiple fronts, leveraging their broad talents to help others. Attendees tell us that the blend of inspiring speakers, skill-building workshops, and opportunities to network make the conference one of the most empowering and energizing days of their year.”last_img read more

Pedestrian Struck Killed By Trolley in Chula Vista

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Pedestrian Struck, Killed By Trolley in Chula Vista Posted: May 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Metropolitan Transit System trolley Monday morning in Chula Vista, police said.Dispatchers were notified shortly before 5:25 a.m. that a trolley car had struck a pedestrian near the intersection of L Street and Industrial Boulevard, Chula Vista police Lt. John English said.The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, English said. No details about the victim were immediately available.The Blue Line trolley was delayed by about 20 minutes due to the investigation, but service returned to normal around 7:40 a.m., according to MTS.MTS was investigating the circumstances leading up to the crash. May 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Rooppur NPP set for inauguration

first_img.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is set to inaugurate the main concrete construction works of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) project at the project site in Pabna on Thursday, reports news agency UNB.Officials said this will be the final phase of civil construction works to install a nuclear reactor, which is now being built by Russian state atomic corporation Rosatom in Russia for Bangladesh.Science and technology secretary Anwar Hossain said with the completion of the main concrete construction work of the project, the planned power plant will be ready for power generation.However, other engineering works like setting up power plant equipment will be done phase by phase before 2023.As per the project schedule, Anwar Hossain said, the first unit having 1,200 MW of the 2400 MW plant will come into operation by end of 2023 and second unit of the same capacity in the middle of 2024.The RNPP project was undertaken by the government in 2009 and after a long discussion of over 6 years. The government initially signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in 2013 and signed final deal with Russia in December in 2015.Russian state atomic energy corporation – Rosatom – will build the power plant at a cost of $12.65 billion where Russia will finance 90 percent of the fund under a supplier’s credit.However, Bangladesh had to pay addition $550 million to Rosatom for feasibility and design purpose.Rosatom said it will build the power plant through its VVER-1200 rector technology, which it claimed to be the latest in its nuclear with safety guarantee.Rosatom has been engaged in full-fledged following the signing of the contract as it developed the site and some relevant civil constructions.Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, the implementing agency, received the design and construction license of first unit of the plant from Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority on November 4 this year.Officials said a large number of skilled professionals are required for the implementation, operation and maintenance of a nuclear power programme. Currently, 369 professionals are working in the project management unit.The operating organisation Nuclear Power Plant Company will recruit and train 2,700 personnel year by year as the project progresses.last_img read more

NZ PM vows never to say gunmans name

first_imgNew Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during the Parliament session in Wellington on March 19, 2019. Ardern vowed never to utter the name of the twin-mosque gunman as she opened a sombre session of parliament with an evocative `as salaam alaikum` message of peace to Muslims. AFPThe white supremacist accused of gunning down 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand has dismissed his lawyer and opted to represent himself at trial, prompting the prime minister to declare Tuesday that she would do everything in her power to deny him a platform for his racist views.”I agree that it is absolutely something that we need to acknowledge, and do what we can to prevent the notoriety that this individual seeks,” prime minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters. “He obviously had a range of reasons for committing this atrocious terrorist attack. Lifting his profile was one of them. And that’s something that we can absolutely deny him.”Asked if she would like the trial to occur behind closed doors, Ardern demurred, saying that was not her decision to make.”One thing I can assure you – you won’t hear me speak his name,” she said.The gunman’s desire for infamy was made clear by the fact that he left behind a convoluted 74-page manifesto before Friday’s massacre and livestreamed footage of his attack on the Al Noor mosque.The video prompted widespread revulsion and condemnation. Facebook said it removed 1.5 million versions of the video during the first 24 hours after the massacre. But on Tuesday, Ardern expressed frustration that the video remained available online, four days after the attack.”We have been in contact with Facebook; they have given us updates on their efforts to have it removed, but as I say, it’s our view that it cannot – should not – be distributed, available, able to be viewed,” she said. “It is horrendous and while they’ve given us those assurances, ultimately the responsibility does sit with them.”Arden said she had received “some communication” from Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg on the issue. The prime minister has also spoken with British Prime Minister Theresa May about the importance of a global effort to clamp down on the distribution of such material.Lawyer Richard Peters, who was assigned to represent Brenton Harrison Tarrant at his initial court appearance on Saturday, told the New Zealand Herald that Tarrant dismissed him that day.A judge ordered Tarrant to return to New Zealand’s High Court on April 5 for his next hearing on one count of murder, though he is expected to face additional charges. The 28-year-old Australian is being held in isolation in a Christchurch jail.”He seemed quite clear and lucid, whereas this may seem like very irrational behavior,” Peters told the newspaper. “He didn’t appear to me to be facing any challenges or mental impairment, other than holding fairly extreme views.”Peters did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press on Tuesday.He said a judge could order a lawyer to assist Tarrant at a trial, but that Tarrant would likely be unsuccessful in trying to use it as a platform to put forward any extremist views.Under New Zealand law, a trial is “to determine innocence or guilt,” Peters said. “The court is not going to be very sympathetic to him if he wants to use the trial to express his own views.”Peters said Tarrant didn’t tell him why he wanted to represent himself.Ardern previously has said her Cabinet had agreed in principle on tightening gun restrictions in New Zealand and those reforms would be announced next week. She also had announced an inquiry into the intelligence and security services’ failures to detect the risk from the attacker or his plans. There have been concerns intelligence agencies were overly focused on the Muslim community in detecting and preventing security risks.New Zealand’s international spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau, confirmed it had not received any relevant information or intelligence ahead of the shootings.Meanwhile, Christchurch was beginning to return to a semblance of normalcy Tuesday. Streets near the hospital that had been closed for four days reopened to traffic as relatives and friends of the victims continued to stream in from around the world.Thirty people were still being treated at the Christchurch hospital, nine of them in critical condition, said David Meates, CEO of the Canterbury District Health Board. A 4-year-old girl was transferred to a hospital in Auckland and is in critical condition. Her father is at the same hospital in stable condition.Relatives of the dead are still anxiously awaiting word on when they can bury their loved ones. Islamic tradition calls for bodies to be cleansed and buried as soon as possible. Ardern has said authorities hope to release all the bodies by Wednesday and police said authorities are working with pathologists and coroners to complete the task as soon as they can.The close-knit community has been deeply wounded by the attacks. On Monday evening, more than 1,000 students from rival Christchurch schools and different religions gathered in a park across from the Al Noor mosque, joining voices in a passionate display of unity.The students sat on the grass in the fading daylight, lifting flickering candles to the sky as they sang a traditional Maori song. Hundreds then stood to perform an emotional, defiant haka, the famed ceremonial dance of the indigenous Maori people.For many, joining the vigil for the victims of the mass shooting was a much-needed opportunity to soothe their minds after a wrenching few days.Most of the students spent hours locked down in their schools on Friday as police tried to determine if any other shooters were involved in the attacks.Those at the vigil told harrowing tales of being forced to hide under classroom tables or on a school stage behind a curtain, of being instructed not to speak, and to urinate in a bucket rather than risk leaving the classroom for a bathroom.Sarah Liddell, 17, said many of her peers felt intense anxiety since the attack. There was a sense of safety in coming together on Monday, she said.”I feel like it’s just really important to show everyone that one act of violence doesn’t define a whole city,” she said. “This is one of the best ways to show everyone coming together. Some schools have little funny rivalries, but in times like this we all just come together and that’s all forgotten.”END/AP/UNB/AAlast_img

Full Show Mayor Sylvester Turner Answers Your Questions March 12 2019

first_imgOn Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Mayor Sylvester Turner says the cost of Proposition B creates a significant budget issue for the city, which will likely mean layoffs of both firefighters and city employees.The mayor joins host Craig Cohen to discuss the matter along with other issues the city is facing, from hurricane preparedness, to Houston’s failed bid to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention.You can submit your questions now to talk@houstonmatters.org.Also this hour: Horticulturist Chris Ludwig of Mercer Botanic Gardens answers your gardening questions.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share X Listencenter_img 00:00 /50:21 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Be positive to keep heart disease at bay

first_imgPeople with a positive psychological state such as those who are enthusiastic or interested are likely to develop long-term healthy habits that are important for lowering the risk of heart disease, says a new study.The researchers found that patients who reported higher positive psychological states were more likely to be physically active, sleep better and take their heart medications and were also less likely to smoke, compared to patients with lower levels of positive states. “Negative emotions and depression are known to have harmful effects on health, but it is less clear how positive emotions might be health-protective,” said Nancy Sin, postdoctoral fellow at Pennsylvania State University in the US.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We found that positive emotions are associated with a range of long-term health habits, which are important for reducing the risk of future heart problems and death,” Sin noted.The researchers assessed psychological well-being of participants at baseline and again at a five-year follow-up. Physical activity, sleep quality, medication adherence and alcohol and cigarette use were also measured at baseline and again five years later. Higher levels of positive emotions were associated with less smoking, greater physical activity, better sleep quality and more adherence to medications at baseline, the study found. They found no correlation between positive emotions and alcohol use.  “Efforts to sustain or enhance positive emotions may be promising for promoting better health behaviours,” the study said.The findings appeared in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.last_img read more