Rupee rises 21 paise to 6944 vs USD in early trade

first_imgMumbai: The rupee appreciated by 21 paise to 69.44 against the US dollar in opening trade Tuesday, driven by weakening of the greenback and positive opening in domestic equities. At the interbank foreign exchange market, the domestic unit opened at 69.49 against the dollar, then gained momentum and touched 69.44, up 21 paise over its previous close. The rupee had settled at 69.65 against the US dollar Monday. Forex dealers said, selling of the American currency by exporters, positive opening in domestic equities and foreign fund inflows supported the rupee. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents On the other hand, rising crude oil prices restricted the rupee upmove. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net buyers in the capital markets, putting in Rs 216.20 crore Monday, as per the provisional data. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.18 per cent to USD 62.42 per barrel. Meanwhile, domestic bourses opened on a bullish note Tuesday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 123.15 points up at 39,907.67 and Nifty up 29.40 points at 11,952.10.last_img read more

Giant Canadian Forces aircraft taking the long road to new home in

first_imgHALIFAX – A dismantled military aircraft is making its way from Nova Scotia to Ontario, using highways instead of the airways in its relocation.The wingless giant — a CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft — is heading from a holding facility in Halifax to Trenton, Ont., where it will be housed in the National Air Force Museum of Canada.A spokeswoman for the military said the plane’s fuselage, which is being carried on a massive flatbed trailer, was expected to pass north of Montreal on Thursday.The aircraft, with distinct Royal Canadian Air Force markings, was based at 14 Wing in Greenwood, N.S., and was to be transported mostly along the Trans-Canada Highway.Defence officials are asking motorists to watch for the wide load. The fuselage takes up two traffic lanes.They expect the fuselage to arrive in Trenton on Friday, while the wings will likely get there next week.The aircraft, which will be reassembled in Trenton, was withdrawn from use in the RCAF fleet in 2015.The first Aurora aircraft were introduced in 1980.Fourteen other Auroras are based at 19 Wing in Comox, B.C., and 14 Wing in Greenwood. With a range of 7,400 kilometres, they are used primarily for anti-submarine warfare, intelligence, surveillance, search-and-rescue, disaster relief and reconnaissance.Previous missions have also included combatting illegal immigration, illegal fishing, pollution and drug trafficking.Typically, the plane can remain in the air for 12 hours, but some have stayed aloft for 17 hours.“With its latest upgrades, the CP-140 is able to detect and destroy the latest generation of stealth submarines,” the Canadian Forces says on its website.Developed by Lockheed Martin, the four-engine turboprop aircraft is 36 metres long, has a wingspan of 30 metres and weighs more than 27,000 kilograms.The federal government is in the process of modernizing the remaining fleet, which includes the installation of new sensors and “mission systems,” as well as new wings and horizontal stabilizers. The plan is to extend the life of the CP-140 to 2030.About $5 billion has been set aside to replace the Aurora with a new fleet of aircraft, the first of which is expected to be delivered by 2032.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment ‘TITANS’ CREW MEMBER DIES AFTER STUNT GOES WRONG AT SPECIAL EFFECTS FACILITYA crew member of DC Universe show “Titans” died following an incident during rehearsal at a special effects facility in Toronto on Thursday. The stunt, which involved a car, went awry when a piece of the car broke off unexpectedly and struck a special effects coordinator.Production will be shut down for two days. READ MORE‘TITANS’ SPECIAL EFFECTS COORDINATOR KILLED IN STUNT REHEARSAL ACCIDENT“We are heartbroken and devastated by the passing of our treasured colleague,” WB and DC Universe said in a joint statementA crew member has died following an accident during stunt rehearsal for the DC Universe series “Titan,” Warner Bros. said in a statement on Thursday.Warren Appleby, a stunt coordinator working at an offsite special effects facility in preparation for an upcoming shoot, was hit by a piece of equipment that unexpectedly came loose and died. Production on the series has been shut down for two days. READ MORE‘TITANS’ CREW MEMBER KILLED AFTER STUNT GONE WRONGA crew member on the show “Titans” was killed during a stunt after he was struck by a heavy object.Production sources tell TMZ … the crew member — a special effects coordinator — died Thursday in Toronto where the DC Comics show is filmed.The tragedy occurred at a test facility where production crew work out the kinks for stunts. Once perfected, the scene is played out on location. READ MORE‘TITANS’ CREW MEMBER KILLED IN SPECIAL EFFECTS ACCIDENTThe incident took place at an FX shop during testing for a stunt scene. A crew member for the DC Universe series Titans has been killed after an accident during the rehearsal of a car stunt. The crew member, special effects coordinator Warren Appleby, was killed after a piece of the car broke off. READ MORETITANS CREW MEMBER KILLED DURING SPECIAL EFFECTS TEST IN TORONTOSpecial effects co-ordinator dies en route to hospitalA crew member working on the TV show Titans was killed while preparing for an upcoming shoot in Toronto on Thursday morning, according to the studio.The show’s executive producers at Warner Bros. said in a statement that special effects co-ordinator and “treasured colleague” Warren Appleby died after an accident at a special effects facility.“Warren is beloved by all who worked with him during an impressive 25-year career in television and motion pictures,” the statement reads. READ MORE Login/Register With:center_img Twitter “We are heartbroken and devastated by the passing of our treasured colleague, special effects coordinator Warren Appleby, after an accident which occurred at a special effects facility during the preparation and testing for an upcoming shoot,”  said the show’s executive producers, DC Universe and Warner Bros. Television Group in a joint statement.CREW MEMBER ON DC UNIVERSE’S ‘TITANS’ KILLED IN ACCIDENT AT SPECIAL EFFECTS FACILITYProduction has been shut down on the set of the DC Universe series Titans after a crew member was killed in an accident at a special effects facility.Warren Appleby, the show’s special effects coordinator, was killed “after an accident which occurred at a special effects facility during the preparation and testing for an upcoming shoot,” according to a statement by the show’s executive producers, Warner Bros Television Group and the DC Universe streaming service. READ MORE ACTRA Toronto shares in the overwhelming loss and grief for the tragic passing of FX Coordinator Warren Appleby. An IATSE 873 board member, ACME FX partner and true friend to ACTRA members, his contributions to the Toronto film industry will not be forgotten.— ACTRA Toronto (@ACTRAToronto) July 19, 2019 Facebooklast_img read more

ONCF Promises to Deliver New LGV Stations this Summer

Rabat- The National Office of Railways (ONCF) announced that stations of the High-Speed Train, or LGV, will begin to operate this summer. The ONCF Board of Directors, conducted a follow-up on the construction of what are set to become Morocco’s largest future railway stations during a Board of Directors meeting chaired by Minister of Equipment and Transport Transport Abdelkader Amara on Tuesday, which was also attended by the wali of the Rabat-Salé-Kenitra region. Among these sites, the Rabat-Agdal station, which is erected on 22,000 square-meter area, will eventually accommodate nearly 30 million passengers per year by 2025. The site has already completed 70 percent of the construction project, as of the end of February.   According to a press release from ONCF, the work of the station, which is set to become “Africa’s largest railway station, should be completed by the summer.” As for the Casa-Voyageurs train station, which is spread over an area of 10,000 square meters, it will accommodate 20 million passengers per year by 2025.For its part, the Casa-Voyageurs train station has currently completed 80 percent of the construction work, before its official launch next summer.“Morocco takes part in a development dynamic related to the reinforcement of transport infrastructure of all modes, given the policy of major projects. This dynamic transformation also concerns the railway sector,” the Minister of Equipment and Transport said during his speech at the ONCF board meeting.ONCF also announced its intention to achieve a turnover of nearly MAD 4 billion for the year 2018.The high speed train is the first of its kind in Africa, linking Tangier to Kenitra in only 1.5 hours. The train services will be expanded to connect Tangier to Casablanca in a period of 2 hours and 10 minutes instead of the current trip’s five hour minimum.According to the company, the LGV project is in the process of passing the last inspections, before moving on to the final organizational phase prior to its launch. The High-Speed Train project was launched by King Mohammed VI and the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy in September 2011. Morocco, France, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE all contributed funds for the high speed train project, totaling approximately USD 2 billion for the new trains, new tracks, improved signaling technology, and upgraded train station platforms. read more

From hot sauce to pop gloss US products seep into Iran

TEHRAN, Iran — Whether at upscale restaurants or corner stores, American brands like Coca-Cola and Pepsi can be seen throughout Iran despite the heightened tensions between the two countries.U.S. sanctions have taken a heavy toll on oil and other major industries in the country of 80 million people, but Western food, movies, music and clothing are still widely available.And 40 years after the Islamic Revolution and the takeover of the U.S. Embassy, despite billboards and rallies declaring “Death to America,” Iranians — particularly the young — embrace U.S. products.Ahmad Rezaee, a 21-year-old student at Tehran University who drained two bottles of Coke while out with a friend, says “the American lifestyle is very attractive.”Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press

UN agency helps more Angolan refugees repatriate from DR of Congo

A convoy took 377 refugees out of the 15,000 hosted in Kisenge, Katanga Province, to Luau in Angola’s eastern Moxico Province last Friday, Jennifer Pagonis told reporters in Geneva. Another 130 returnees travelled by convoy from Kimpese, Bas Congo Province, to M’baza Congo in northern Angola, she said. The UNHCR convoys will run twice a week for the rest of the year. UNHCR plans to help 90,000 out of the total of 145,000 Angolan refugees scheduled to be repatriated from neighbouring countries this year, Ms. Pagonis said. Some 218,000 Angolans have returned home since peace accords signed in April 2002 ended 27 years of war in their country.

Senior mens tennis aces show love for the game

As the Ohio State men’s tennis team enters its last team competition of the 2010–11 season Friday, its three graduating seniors look to lead their team one final time during the NCAA Team Championship Tournament. Senior co-captains Matt Allare, Shuhei Uzawa and Balazs Novak spent the past four years building their leadership skills both on and off the court. “They’re class acts,” coach Ty Tucker said of the trio after the team’s last regular-season match. “They were taught by the guys who came before them, and they really stepped up this season.” All three seniors played doubles this season, but Allare and Novak played singles as well in almost every match they played. Allare was selected last week as one of four Buckeyes who will compete in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Tournament from May 25–30. He is an at-large selection in singles and in doubles with his partner, redshirt freshman Peter Kobelt. Freshman Blaz Rola and junior Chase Buchanan also were selected to play in the singles and doubles championship. Each will play singles in addition to acting as a doubles partner. After OSU had technically won the Big Ten season title in its match against Indiana, Novak didn’t talk about his individual performance when describing the match. “Everyone fought hard and everyone tried their best,” he said following the match. “I’m proud of them.” Allare said at one point during the season that he was “more concerned” with the team as a whole and wanted to win his matches just to benefit the team. In keeping with that spirit, these seniors would like to leave a legacy behind by bringing home OSU’s first-ever men’s tennis national title. “I can’t even put into words what that would mean,” Allare said. It would mean everything, Novak said. Uzawa agreed with both of his teammates. Allare said his underclassman teammates would be just as excited to win the championship “but they have three more years to let it soak in.” “We just need to focus on the first two rounds,” Novak said. “Since we’re not one or two the pressure is not as great.” But Allare added that if they lose, the team is out, meaning their hopes of bringing home the championship are over. “We just need to give it everything we’ve got,” Uzawa said. Whether they win or lose, these seniors will have left a legacy of skill and leadership with the OSU program. “They’ve been great guys,” Tucker said. “We’re gonna miss them.” read more

Glenn Closes big comeback pays off with first West End theatre award

first_imgPrince William at The Old Vic Theatre for the ceremony  Glenn Close has completed her theatre comeback at the age of 69, winning the Evening Standard award for best musical performance for her West End debut.Close made her first appearance on the London stage in Sunset Boulevard this year, playing fading star Norma Desmond 20 years after she won a Tony for the role on Broadway. Sir Ian McKellen took a star turn at the ceremony as a pantomime dame in full drag, while Sir Kenneth regaled the audience with tales of how a distracted Dame Judi Dench had once forgotten to put a skirt on before a key scene in The Winter’s Tale. Fashion model Lily Donaldson attends a cocktail reception at the awards in an off-the-shoulder black dressCredit: David M. Benett Billie Piper wore a black dress with her hair in a topknot  She has previously admitted her debut on the West Stage stage was “daunting”, adding it was  ““something you never dreamed you would ever have the chance to do”. Billie Piper wore a black dress with her hair in a topknot Credit: AFP The winners in full:BEST ACTOR: Ralph Fiennes  for The Master Builder (Old Vic) & Richard III (Almeida)NATASHA RICHARDSON AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS: Billie Piper for Yerma (Young Vic)BEST PLAY: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, co-written by Jack Thorne, JK Rowling & John Tiffany (Palace)BEST MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Glenn Close for Sunset Boulevard (Coliseum)RADIO 2 AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL: Jesus Christ Superstar, Regent’s Park Open Air TheatreMILTON SHULMAN AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR: John Malkovich, Good Canary (Rose Kingston)BEST REVIVAL: No Man’s Land, Wyndham’s (dir Sean Mathias)BEST DESIGN: Gareth Fry with Pete Malkin (sound design) for The Encounter (Edinburgh International Festival/Barbican)CHARLES WINTOUR AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING PLAYWRIGHT: Charlene James  for Cuttin’ It (Young Vic/Royal Court)EMERGING TALENT AWARD: Tyrone Huntley, Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)BEYOND THEATRE: Sir David Attenborough, for his contribution to broadcastingEDITOR’S AWARD: Good Chance TheatreLEBEDEV AWARD: Sir Kenneth Branagh, for his Plays at the Garrick Bloom looked happy to sign autographs with dozens of fans turning out Credit:PRESS ASSOCIATION  Close in character in Sunset Boulevard The Night Manager's Elizabeth Debicki Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the undisputed box office smash of the year, picked up the award for best play, one of the three prizes it was nominated for, while John Malkovich wond best director for Good Canary.The Duke of Cambridge presented three special awards at the Old Vic ceremony, recognizing Sir David Attenborough for his outstanding contribution to broadcasting. The 62nd Evening Standards Awards were presented by Sir Elton John, with guests including Mark Rylance, James McAvoy, Dominic Cooper, Salma Hayek, Tom Hollander, Orlando Bloom, Sir Michael Gambon, Dame Joan Collins, Kristin Scott Thomas, Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Maggie Smith, Sir Patrick and Lady Stewart. The Night Manager’s Elizabeth Debicki Credit:Daniel Deme/ “On top of that was the amazing response from our audience.”It was a huge honour. I hope to come back one day.”center_img The actress was one of several celebrity winners at the ceremony, as Billie Piper won best actress for Yerma, for her portrayal of a woman driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child, and Ralph Fiennes took best actor for The Master Builder.Lord Lloyd Webber, the composer of Sunset Boulevard, also picked up the Radio 2 Audience Award for the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, telling an audience: “I have just worked out it has taken 45 years for Jesus Christ Superstar to win an award. So thank you.” Sheridan Smith, who was also nominated for best musical performance, in Funny Girl Lily Donaldson attends a cocktail reception at the awards in an off-the-shoulder black dress Elizabeth Hurley at the awards  Prince William at The Old Vic Theatre for the ceremony Credit:David M. Benett  Close in character in Sunset Boulevard Sheridan Smith poses before the awards ceremony  Elizabeth Hurley at the awards Credit: Ian West Sheridan Smith poses before the awards ceremony Credit:Ian West/PA Wire Piper saw off stiff competition from  Noma Dumezweni, Helen McCrory and Sophie Melville, to win best actress, while Fiennes’s best actor win left Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Kenneth Branagh, James McArdle and O-T Fagbenle empty handed.Close’s win marks her first London theatre award, after a stellar career which has already seen her secure three Emmy Awards, three Tony Awards and six Academy Award nominations. Close beat competition from Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl to win the award for her star turn at the London Coliseum, which saw the veteran actress hospitalised with a chest infection during the gruelling run.Close said: “It was 22 years ago that I did Norma for the first time. To come back for the first time in the West End , to be supported by the glorious ENO…it was an extraordinary, revelatory experience for me. Bloom looked happy to sign autographs with dozens of fans turning out  Sir Kenneth Branagh won a special award for his Garrick season, a surprise theatre comeback which saw him director or star infive plays in a year, roping in the talents of Dame Judi Dench along the way.The Duke also hailed the Good Chance Theatre, set up by British playwrights in the Calais jungle and supported by celebrities including Benedict Cumberbatch and Carey Mulligan. Sheridan Smith, who was also nominated for best musical performance, in Funny Girllast_img read more

RBA keeps interest rate at 25 per cent

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Reserve Bank of Australia this week left the official interest cash rate at 2.5 per cent, after board members noted that inflation remained under control and the Australian dollar’s strength was holding back the transition away from mining sector growth.The decision was widely expected and it means the rate has been on hold for 12 months, the longest single period since 2006. Most economists don’t expect the RBA to touch interest rates at least until around the middle of next year. The RBA said: “In the board’s judgement, monetary policy is appropriately configured to foster sustainable growth in demand and inflation outcomes consistent with the target. On present indications, the most prudent course is likely to be a period of stability in interest rates.”Source: Fairfax Medialast_img read more

Rey Mysterio attending RAW taping tonight in Buffalo

first_img Vince Mcmahon Twitter Rey Mysterio, who has been off WWE television since April, is at the RAW taping tonight in Buffalo to meet with Vince McMahon according to a report by Dave Meltzer. Mysterio is currently under an extension of his previous deal with WWE. WWE creative was reportedly told to come up with ideas for him. It remains to be seen if he will be used on TV.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer DiagnosisVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:36/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Riz Ahmed Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosiscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Next WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT AEW announces Dustin Rhodes will join the coaching staff; in-ring career to continue Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Now Playing Up Next Facebook Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp 8/9 NXT Live Results: Buffalo, New York (Velveteen Dream vs. Roderick Strong, Riddle vs. Dunne)last_img read more

Good day for professionals and amateurs President of German Football

first_imgAccording to Reinhard Grindel, a tournament like the 2024 European Championship can be great excitement among children and young peopleAfter Germany won the 2024 UEFA European Championship bid, many celebrated that the tournament is going to the country again.For the German Football Association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel, the tournament will inspire many people.“I’d like to thank my colleagues and friends from the UEFA Executive Committee for their unbelievable faith. I feel a great sense of responsibility,” he told the DFB’s official website.“I know what this tournament means for UEFA and we will do everything we can, starting from tomorrow, to fulfill expectations. I’m pleased that we showed through our plans and argumentation that an application like ours can be a successful one.”“It shows that transparency, openness, compliance and the support of non-governmental organizations, but also from the Bundesliga of course, can contribute to such a great success,” he added.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“This fills me with pride and great joy. It’s wonderful that we are seeing a day that is good for both professionals and amateurs alike in Germany.”“We know that such a significant tournament can cause great excitement among children and young people, which our football clubs should be very pleased about,” he concluded.OFFICIAL: Germany will host UEFA #EURO2024 🇩🇪More information to follow— UEFA (@UEFA) September 27, 2018last_img read more

New judge sworn in

first_img Gregory Gonzales, the newly appointed Superior Court judge, was sworn in Friday afternoon by Clark County Superior Court Presiding Judge Barbara Johnson in her courtroom. Gonzales was appreciative of the standing-room-only turnout, saying: “I’m so humbled and honored by the show of support.”Gonzales, a former Battle Ground Municipal Court judge who was appointed in April by Gov. Chris Gregoire, succeeds retiring Judge Edwin Poyfair. Gregory Gonzales, the new Superior Court judge, is helped into his robes by his fiancee Molly Trafelet after a swearing-in ceremony Friday afternoon in Presiding Judge Barbara Johnson’s courtroom.last_img

Sterling Transfer Site Goes To Winter Hours On Sunday

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The hours at the Sterling transfer site change to 10am to 6pm, starting on Sunday. Beginning October 1 the transfer site is closed on Sundays through the winter. Questions? Call the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department (907) 262-9667. From October to May each year the landfill will be open 10am to 6pm, Monday-Saturday. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted back in 2016 to close Borough dumps on Sunday from October to May. October 1 will kick off the seasonal landfill closure. The Central Peninsula Landfill and Kasilof, Kenai, Nikiski and Sterling Transfer Sites will be closed on Sundays for the winter beginning October 1 through April 28, 2019. Sundays will re-open for the summer season.last_img

BJP Govt has no concrete plans to double farmers income Uttam

first_imgNew Delhi: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President and Nalgonda MP Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy on Tuesday demanded that the BJP Government at the Centre either reduce the GST on fertilisers and agriculture machinery to zero or place it in the lowest slab. He also demanded payment of Rs. 6,000 Minimum Support Price (MSP) for cotton and establishment of a Turmeric Board for Nizamabad farmers. He also demanded new legislation to help tenant farmers. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Initiating the debate on demands for grants of the ministries of Rural Development and Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Uttam Kumar Reddy accused the BJP Government of paying ‘lip service’ to the cause of farmers and not taking any concrete measure to resolve the agrarian crisis. “Indian farmer is today in the midst of a serious agrarian crisis with more than 30 farmers committing suicide each day,” he said. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Uttam Kumar Reddy pointed out that the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare was expected to spend Rs. 75,753 Crores in the year 2018-19 as per Revised Estimates. However, he said that the Provisional Accounts maintained by the CGA shows that the expenditure was only Rs. 53,000 crore which is Rs. 22,000 Crore less than the Revised Estimate which is a shortfall of 29%. “Despite 65-70% of our population directed or indirectly dependent on agriculture, the present government’s low priority to agriculture, inadequate support prices, inefficient procurement systems, flawed crop insurance mechanism and many such policies and decisions have pushed the Indian farming community into an existential crisis,” he said. Advertise With Us The Congress MP reminded that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, during his visit to Nizamabad for election campaign, had promised to establish a Turmeric Board. Therefore, he said that the Centre must honour its promise and set up the board at the earliest. He said Goods and Services Tax on tractors and agricultural machinery has increased the input cost of farmers. Therefore, fertilisers, tractors and machines should be exempted from GST or brought in the lowest slab. As he made this his demand, BJD member Bhartruhari Mahtab, who was in the Chair, lauded it and asked why the GST rate should not be zero. The Congress MP also slammed the BJP Government for not publishing the data of farmers’ suicides. “Tragedy of this government is that they do not want to see the grim reality of the frightening scenario that the Indian farmer faces. Instead of trying to stop suicides, the government decided to stop the publication of data,” he said. He also pointed that the NCRB has stopped publishing its report from 2016 onwards. He said NCRB was first merged with the Bureau of Police Research and Development in 2016 and 10 months later it was de-merged. But the NCRB was still not published data on farmers’ suicides, he said. Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the worst sufferers were tenant farmers. While tenant farmers in Telangana constitute about 30% of total farmers, they are 15% in rest of the country. Of 2.12 crore tenant farmers, almost all of them have no access to bank or institutional finance. They get no benefit from either PM Kishan Samman Yojna or crop insurance. Consequently, they go-to money lenders, especially those who go for commercial crops. When crops fail, large number of tenant farmers commits suicide. He informed that in the united Andhra Pradesh, the then government brought Licensed Cultivators Act to give legal sanctity to tenant farmers which made tenant farmers eligible for institutional finance. He urged the Centre to come up with similar legislation for tenant farmers. The Congress MP also alleged that the BJP Government had no plan of action to fulfil its promise of doubling farmers’ income by 2022. “The government promised in its budget speech in 2016-17 that it will double farmers’ income by 2022. This was repeatedly emphasised by the Prime Minister. Now, three years have passed. It is the halfway point. Has the Government prepared any report on how far they have progressed on this promise? To achieve the goal, the incomes should have grown 13% every year for six years. The Economic survey of 2018 shows that the incomes have remained flat with almost no growth. Can the Agriculture minister in his reply let us know how much percentage of farmers’ income has grown from 2016, when the announcement was made up to now?” he asked. He pointed out that the Economic Survey from January 2018 analyzed the issue of farmers’ income. On-Page 10, it says, “In the last four years, the level of real agricultural GDP and real agriculture revenues has remained constant.” Therefore, the growth rate in agricultural incomes over the first four years of NDA government was almost zero. Where does it stand now? he asked. Further, he said on Page 95, Sec 6.44 of Economic Survey it was stated that the farmer income losses from climate change could he between 15% and 18% on average, rising to anywhere between 20% and 25% in non-irrigated areas. “This reflects the real situation being faced by farmers in the country. Without implementing concrete solutions, the government is talking about doubling farmers’ Incomes by 2022,” he said. Uttam Kumar Reddy slammed the BJP Government for not giving proper MSP to farmers. He said that the BJP, during 2014 elections, had promised to increase MSP as per the recommendations of Swaminathan Commission. But in 2014, the government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court saying that it is not possible to give 50% over and above the cost of production. On May 22, 2017, the then Agriculture Minister totally denied of having made any promise to implement Swaminathan Commission’s recommendation on MSP. It again took a U-turn and in the budget speech of 2018-19, the then Finance Minister announced that the government would give MSP of input cost plus 50% as recommended by Swaminathan Commission. It went a step further to say that it was already implemented for a majority of Rabi crops. “What they actually did was to use a lower definition of costs, so that they don’t have to give the high MSP they promised. In reality, the rise in MSP in Khariff in 2018-19 was not even high in percentage terms when compared to MSP raised in 2008-09 by UPA Government. In fact, during UPA-2, the average profit margin over cost of production was higher in almost all the crops compared to high MSP of last year,” he said adding that farmers, nowhere in the country, were able to sell their produce at MSP. He also alleged that the present MSP was not even 25% of the actual price recommended by the Commission which decides on agriculture pricing. “MSP recommended was much higher figure than what is finally approved by the government,” he said. Stating that the PM- Asha scheme was started by the government to ensure that every farmer get the benefit of MSP, he said the scheme was aimed at benefitting 14.5 crore farmers. However, he said that the scheme has turned into ‘Niraasha’ (Disappointment). He said cotton and chilli farmers are forced to sell their produce below MSP. “Calculations by experts show that at least Rs. 15,000 crore should be allocated for the scheme to make sure that large number of farmers gets the MSP. But the budget speech of 2019-20 doesn’t even mention PM – AASHA and al allocation of only Rs. 1500 crore have been made for the same. With Rs. 1500 crore, does the government expect to make sure 14.50 crore farmers will get benefit of MSP in all the crops?” he asked. He demanded that the Central Government increase the MSP of cotton to at least Rs. 6,000. Similarly, he said that Rs. 6,000 per family per year under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi was too meagre to make any difference to the farmer’s plight. “Giving Rs. 6,000 a year to a family of 5 is giving Rs. 3.30 per day to each member fo the family. Is this giving ‘samman’ to the farmer?” he asked. Alleging that the government was completely disconnected from the reality of farmers, he said a farmer need an investment of at least Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 25,000 per acre for cultivation. Therefore, giving Rs. 6,000 per year in 3 instalments would not help the farmers. Further, he said crores of tenant farmers, sharecroppers, landless agricultural workers, Adivasi farmers without pattas are not covered in this scheme, he said. Uttam Kumar Reddy also alleged the PM Fasal Bima Yojana was a total failure and as against the targeted coverage of 50% of farmers’ holdings, the coverage was 29% in 2016-17 and only 24% in 2017-19 and it has further decreased in 2018-19. Instead of farmers, he said that the scheme has helped private insurance firms earn profit of Rs. 3,000 crore in 2017-18 as revealed in the report of IRDA.last_img read more

Indian Shares Open Flat Insurance Stocks Surge on Hopes of Hike in

first_imgIndian shares opened flat on Thursday, due to weak Asian rivals. Investors are also looking forward to some security before the new government presents its budget early or mid July. The BSE sensex took off at 24,794.61 points at 9.00 am and recorded a peak of 24,862.78 points.The market opened at 9.15 am for trading day at 24,788.33 points and recorded a slight fall few minutes later. However, it gained it stability and recorded a gain of 31.17 points reaching 24,810.17.At present, it is trading at 24,654.23 points, which is a fall of 151.60 points or 0.61 percent.The early gainers and losers for the day are:Gainers:Symb           Last          Change       Chg %ASGI.BO       58.35           +9.70      +19.94REAL.BO       30.30          +4.45       +17.21RPCC.BO      40.70           +2.70        +7.11SANG.BO     45.20           +2.90          +6.86CPA.BO         65.00          +1.95        +3.09Losers:Symb             Last            Change      Chg %OMEG.BO       52.00           -5.75        -9.96SHGT.BO        32.20          -2.55         -7.34OSCM.BO        235.00        -15.30       -6.11MMWW.BO      3.08            -0.15       -4.64CTEL.BO        7.40              -0.35         -4.52Meanwhile on Wednesday, the shares recorded a fall after registering closing highs in earlier sessions. The BSE index fell 0.21 percent as figures of IT companies such as Tata Consultancy Services dipped due to concerns of the effect of a stronger rupee.Infosys ended 1.1 percent lower than its previous figures, and HCL Technologies recorded a loss of 3 percent.Pharmaceutical majors such as Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries also recorded a drop of 1.2 percent and 0.8 percent respectively.On the other hand, shares of fertilizer brands like Chambal Fertilisers and Chemicals rose 6.5 percent and Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers clocked a surge of 6 percent. Additionally shares in insurance companies also recorded gains, amidst hopes that the new government might increase the Foreign Direct Investment limit in the sector from 26 percent to 49 percent.Max India surged 13 percent, while Reliance Capital and Bajaj Finserv gained 4.6 percent and 5 percent.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

France on edge ahead of presidential vote

first_imgFrench municipal policemen observe a minute of silence in the courtyard of the town hall in Bordeaux, southwestern France, to pay tribute to the police officer who was shot dead by an attacker on the Champs-Elysees the day before in Paris. Photo: AFPFrance was on edge Saturday on the eve of its most unpredictable presidential election in decades, which will take place under heightened security after the jihadist killing of a policeman.The shooting on Paris’s world-renowned Champs Elysees avenue on Thursday, claimed by the Islamic State group, thrust questions of security to the fore of campaigning after nine months of relative calm.On Saturday, police arrested a man carrying a knife at Paris’s Gare du Nord station, briefly causing panic as some passengers rushed out of the way.The French consulate in New York, where expatriates were casting ballots, was also briefly evacuated late Saturday after a suspicious vehicle raised fears of a bomb threat. The situation returned to normal after less than an hour and voting activities resumed.France goes to the polls on Sunday in an election seen as crucial for the future of a deeply divided country and the beleaguered European Union.Surveys suggest that nearly a quarter of voters are still undecided and that until now the French have been more concerned about jobs and the economy than terrorism.But analysts said the policeman’s shooting could shift opinions, perhaps handing an advantage to candidates seen as taking a hard line on security, such as far-right leader Marine Le Pen.‘Don’t give in to fear’Le Pen and 39-year-old centrist former banker Emmanuel Macron are leading the polls but the race has tightened in the final days and any one of four candidates could reach the runoff on May 7.Conservative Francois Fillon and hard-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon are both just a few points behind the frontrunners.Around 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers will be deployed to protect voters on Sunday, with the contingent boosted in Paris after the Champs Elysees shooting.The killing of policeman Xavier Jugele by 39-year-old gunman Karim Cheurfi was the latest in a string of terror attacks in France since 2015 that have claimed more than 230 lives.US President Donald Trump tweeted that he thought the shooting “will have a big effect” on the election.“If it were to benefit someone that would clearly be Marine Le Pen who has dominated this issue throughout the campaign, or Francois Fillon,” said Adelaide Zulfikarpasic of BVA pollsters.Le Pen moved quickly after the shooting to present herself as the strongest defender against Islamist extremists, calling for France to “immediately” take back control of its borders from the EU and deport all foreigners on a terror watchlist.Socialist Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve accused Le Pen of attempting to exploit the killing, “as she does after every tragedy”.Macron described the shooting as an attack on democracy, urging voters: “Do not give in to fear.”As well as in the US, voting began Saturday in several overseas French territories such as Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean.Adrien Gontier, an expat voting at the French embassy in Washington, said he was fulfilling his duty as a citizen.“In the United States, you can see what happens when people don’t vote, or vote badly,” he said. “We don’t want there to be a Trump in France.”A BVA poll conducted on Thursday and Friday showed Le Pen and Macron tied on 23 percent, ahead of Melenchon with 19.5 percent and Fillon on 19 percent.A total of 11 candidates are in the running, most of them in single digits.14 years in prisonA clearer picture was meanwhile emerging of the Champs Elysees gunman’s violent past.Cheurfi was arrested in February on suspicion of plotting to kill police officers but released because of a lack of evidence.A serial offender, he spent nearly 14 years in prison for a range of crimes including attacks on police. He had shown “no signs of radicalisation” while in custody, said France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor Francois Molins.Three of his close associates were released after questioning late Saturday.“Their interviews notably allowed us to gather certain elements on the attacker’s profile and personality,” a source close to the inquiry said.Cheurfi’s former lawyer Jean-Laurent Panier described him as “very solitary and introverted”.The shooting came days after two men were arrested in Marseille on suspicion of planning an imminent attack and follows a series of deadly strikes around Europe in the past month, targeting Stockholm, London and Saint Petersburg.By sad coincidence, slain policeman Jugele had gone to the Bataclan concert hall—one of the targets in November 2015’s Paris attacks—on the night of its reopening, as an ordinary concert-goer.“I am here with my friend to celebrate life and to say no to terrorism,” he had said in a BBC radio interview that emerged Saturday.Some 200 angry wives of police officers held a protest near the Eiffel Tower on Saturday, demanding better protection for their spouses while on duty.last_img read more

Rohingya crisis consequence of social hatred Amnesty

first_imgRohingya refugee. Photo: Syful-IslamThe crisis in Myanmar and reported massacres of Rohingya Muslims are the consequence of a society encouraged to hate and a lack of global leadership on human rights, Amnesty International said on Thursday.The human rights group said in its annual report covering 159 countries that “hate-filled rhetoric” by leaders was normalising discrimination against minorities.”We saw the ultimate consequence of a society encouraged to hate, scapegoat and fear minorities laid bare in the horrific military campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya people in Myanmar,” said Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty.Last week, the United States urged the UN Security Council to hold Myanmar’s military accountable for what it said was the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.Nearly 690,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine and taken refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh since the Myanmar military launched a crackdown on insurgents at the end of August, according to the UN.More than 6,500 Rohingya are currently trapped on a strip of unclaimed land between Myanmar and Bangladesh.Amnesty said the international community had failed to respond robustly to “crimes against humanity and war crimes from Myanmar to Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen”.It said that leaders in countries such as the United States, Russia and China were not standing up for civil liberties and instead were “callously undermining the rights of millions”.Amnesty said president Donald Trump had taken backward steps on human rights that were setting a dangerous precedent. Shetty described his move to ban people from several Muslim-majority countries in January last year as “transparently hateful”.Last year’s report accused Trump of “poisonous” rhetoric.Free speech will be a key issue for those concerned about human rights this year, the report said.Amnesty said its staff were arrested at an unprecedented rate in Turkey in 2017, which along with Egypt and China was also among the biggest jailors of journalists.Two Reuters reporters in Myanmar were arrested while investigating the killing of Rohingya Muslims. Court proceedings are ongoing.”In 2018, we cannot take for granted that we will be free to gather together in protest or to criticise our governments. In fact, speaking out is becoming more dangerous,” Shetty said.Read More: Myanmar ‘bulldozing Rohingya mass grave to hide evidence’last_img read more

Baltimores MLK Day Parade Returns

first_imgOn Jan. 15, Baltimore will celebrate the life of an iconic civil rights leader with the 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade.MLK Parade Image-Dunbar High School Marching Band (Courtesy Photo)More than 70 groups will participate in the annual celebration including high school and community bands, color and honor guards, equestrian groups, fraternities and sororities, dance troupes and civic organizations, such as the Baltimore Ethical Society, Baltimore Green Party, and Healthcare is a Human Right. The grand marshal of this year’s parade is “The Voice” finalist and Baltimore native Davon Fleming. The parade will be emceed by a personality from Radio One. The parade was initially cancelled after Mayor Catherine Pugh initiated her inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. After receiving backlash from the community, she reversed her decision on Dec. 13, 2017, tweeting, “I’ve heard from residents who would like to continue the tradition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade & those who’d like to participate in a Day of Service. Why choose – we can do both!” According to the press release sent by Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service welcomes city residents to emulate Dr. King’s leadership and compassion for others by volunteering in their communities. “We thought about what Martin Luther King, Jr. would want us to do on this particular day and that he was a man of service, he was a man of God, he wanted to share with other people,” Mayor Pugh said. The parade will begin at noon at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and Eutaw St. and ends around 2 p.m. at MLK Blvd. and Baltimore St. Spectators are invited to view the parade from along the route or near the reviewing stand at the intersection of MLK Blvd. and Franklin St.last_img read more

Microsoft releasing official SDK for Kinect in March

first_imgMicrosoft has confirmed in an email that the SDK will be called the Kinect for Windows SDK from Microsoft Research, and has been developed in collaboration with Interactive Entertainment Business. The aim of the kit is to “support a growing community of academic researchers and enthusiasts who are exploring potential applications built using Kinect.”As for what the kit contains, Microsoft explain:The starter kit will give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to deep Kinect system capabilities such as audio, system APIs, and direct control of the sensor.  Microsoft will deliver a commercial version of the SDK later. There are no further details to share at this time. All that remains to be seen now is how much functionality is offered up in the SDK in each of the areas mentioned, and how easy Microsoft make it. If it’s on a par with XNA, then a lot more people, and gamers in particular, may start experimenting with it.Also, don’t forget Microsoft plans to eventually support Kinect on PC making for a much wider audience for any Kinect apps that do appear. Who knows, we may even get a Kinect app store one day.Read more at Pocket-lint and Microsoft Research Microsoft’s relationship with Kinect hackers has changed quite drastically since the motion controller was opened up and people started experimenting with it.When a bounty by Adafruit Industries was first put out there offering $2,000 to the first person who could create an open source set of drivers for the device, Microsoft condemned the action, stating:Microsoft does not condone the modification of its products. With Kinect, Microsoft built in numerous hardware and software safeguards designed to reduce the chances of product tampering. Microsoft will continue to make advances in these types of safeguards and work closely with law enforcement and product safety groups to keep Kinect tamper-resistant. If anything, such a statement made hackers all the more determined to open the device up, and open it they did. We’ve seen some quite fantastic functionality added to the system since, such as World of Warcraft gesture control, Minecraft modeling, optical camouflage, and even 3D video capture achieved with no help from Microsoft.So what did Microsoft do after stating it didn’t condone this action? They decided to embrace it and declare Kinect was made hackable on purpose. It was a big u-turn, but one nobody minded them making, and we have continued to see new Kinect functionality appearing ever since.Now Microsoft is set to make Kinect hacking legitimate with the release of an official SDK (Software Development Kit) for the device. It will arrive in March with the first version having a non-commercial license. A commercial license version is also expected later on for anyone wanting to release what they create and make some cash.The news of the SDK came via the BBC’s technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones who posted the following two tweets:last_img read more