first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday congratulated Justice Ranjan Gogoi after he was appointed the next Chief Justice of India.“May I humbly congratulate Justice Ranjan Gogoi, appointed as the 46th Chief Justice of India, who will assume office on October 3. We are proud of you,” Ms. Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle this afternoon. Justice Gogoi was appointed as the next Chief Justice of India yesterday. He will take oath on October 3 after incumbent Dipak Misra retires. Justice Gogoi will have a tenure of about 13 months, till November 17, 2019. Born on November 18, 1954, Justice Gogoi was enrolled as an advocate in 1978. He practised in the Gauhati High Court on constitutional, taxation and company matters. He was appointed as Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court on February 12, 2011 and then a judge of the Supreme Court on April 23, 2012. Justice Misra had earlier this month recommended Justice Gogoi as his successor as per established practice of naming the senior-most judge after the CJI for the post.last_img read more

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first_imgMore than 1.6 lakh people have been arrested in Bihar under the prohibition and excise law enacted in 2016, but only 141 of them have been sentenced to date, said an official of the State excise department.“Police have conducted raids at over 4,00,000 locations while the State excise department has conducted raids at more than 2,00,000 locations seizing over 16 lakh litres of foreign-made and nine lakh litres of country-made liquor,” the official said on Tuesday.More than 1.33 lakh violation of prohibition cases have been registered at different police stations of the State since April 5, 2016, when the ban on liquor was imposed by the government. Around 10,000 people are lodged in different jails in the State in connection with these cases.CM’s appealBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on Tuesday, appealed to the people to quit liquor as it had been denounced by the Father of the Nation.“Mahatma Gandhi used to say consumption of liquor not only destroys one’s body but also intelligence. So I appeal to everyone to abstain from liquor,” said Mr. Kumar. He also asked officials to implement the liquor law with more focus and in a determined manner.The State government had recently asked officials to review details of those arrested under the prohibition law and to ascertain their caste status.It had earlier been reported that most of the people arrested under the liquor law were from the Scheduled Castes and Extremely Backward Class.last_img read more

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first_imgA court in Kolkata on Saturday remanded theatre personality Sudipto Chatterjee to two days in police custody on the basis of allegations of sexual assault registered by a student. Mr. Chatterjee was arrested on Friday by the Kolkata Police after a complaint filed at the Phoolbagan police station, Joint Commissioner of Kolkata Police (Crime) Murlidhar Sharma told The Hindu.This latest case of sexual harassment in academia came to the fore after the survivor went public on social media with details of the harassment she allegedly suffered. The alleged incident had occurred in March this year but it was not before October 17 that the survivor decided to go public. In the Facebook post, the survivor alleged that Mr. Chatterjee, who taught at a private institute where the survivor is a student, asked him to come to his residence and sexually assaulted him on the pretext of teaching her acting.“It is an open secret in the circuit, that Sudipto Chatterjee has been a serial sexual molester. There have been too many victims, however, he always had gotten away with this because the survivors couldn’t come out with their traumatic experiences,” the survivor wrote in her post. The post went viral, drawing widespread condemnation from different circles. According to reports, Mr. Chatterjee resigned from the institute after the student lodged a formal complaint there. According to police, two separate FIRs have been registered by two women, including the student, both alleging sexual assault. The other woman lodged an FIR at Beleghata Police station. Alleging that she was molested in May, she too wrote a post on Facebook, saying she stood by every word of the student.During a hearing in the court, public prosecutor Arup Chakraborty said that the accused had tried the same trick of calling the survivors home and allegedly molesting them on the pretext of teaching acting. Mr. Chatterjee’s lawyer Subhendu Saha said his client was a “renowned actor” and all what he has done was “to teach acting to these women”. “While allegations of sexual harassment in the theatre community of Kolkata have come up in the past, this is the first time there has been an arrest. We hope this incident serves as a deterrent against harassment of women in future,” Panchali Kar, theatre artiste, who organised protests at the Academy of Fine Arts during the day. Ms. Kar said that the theatre community of Kolkata stood by the survivors and sought punishment for the accused.last_img read more

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first_imgSanjay Raut (Shiv Sena) said that health has become a Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena) said that health has become a business and companies make money with the outbreak of diseases like dengue. Emphasising the need to increase budget allocation for health sector, he sought more funds for research in cancer as the disease is expected growth at 21 per cent by 2020. Research need to be conducted on zika virus, he said and asked the government to focus on high mortality rate of children below 5 years. Veer Singh (BSP) spoke about the challenges of malnutrition. He also said that private hospitals should not be allowed to charge exhorbitant fees and suggested that charges for services provided by hospitals should be fixed. He also sought to know why the prices of the same medicine varied when manufactured by different companies and sought price control of medicines to benefit consumers. C P Narayanan (CPI-M) said if the government wanted to leave the people at the mercy of private insurance companies, it will lead to a great disaster. Terming the government expenditure on health as inadequate, he also said because of the way the government hospitals were being treated by the government, 70 per cent of the population was dependant on private hospitals. Narayanan alleged corruption in the countrys health system and said the Supreme Court had to intervene to pave way for the NEET exam as there were instances of corruption relating to seats in a vast number of private colleges. Bhupinder Singh (BJD) said the budget allocation for the National Health Mission should be increased from the 60:40 ratio to 75:25 and allocation of adequate funds to set up central institute of yoga for which the state has already identified the land. Renuka Chowdhary (Cong) talked about how patients have become victim of private hospitals and emphasised on the need to establish public medical facilities using MGNREGA. She also expressed concern over lack of adequate facilities for aged patients in hospitals and unethical practices being practiced by private hospitals. She also sought more fund allocation for health sector. D Raja (CPI) lamented that while the country faced severe crunch of professionals in the health sector, the condition of health facilities in the country were lagging behind nations Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Demanding adequate spending on health sector, Raja also sought to know whether there was any regulatory mechanism to regulate private hospitals and check commercialisation of health services. “You cannot throw people at the mercy of private hospitals … Medical Council of India has become a centre of corruption….Successive governments have failed to root out corruption,” he said. PTI LUX SAP ADS ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Jul 18 (PTI) China, the Asian sports powerhouse will send its largest ever delegation of 416 athletes, including 35 Olympic champions, to the upcoming Rio Olympic Games, officials said today.The Chinese delegation was unveiled here as 160 men athletes and 256 women will compete in 210 events over 26 sports at the Games which open on August 5 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.”This is the largest ever Olympic delegation China has sent overseas,” Cai Zhenhua, deputy director of Chinas General Administration of Sport said adding that the delegation has 711 members including 29 foreign coaches.Ai Yanhan, 14, will compete in the womens 200m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay as the youngest member of the delegation while Beijing Olympics shooting champion Chen Ying, 39, will be the oldest athlete who is on her fourth Olympic trip, state-run Xinhua news agency reported .China is expecting a haul of gold medals from traditionally strong sports such as table tennis, badminton, gymnastics, weightlifting, shooting and diving, the report said.At the London Olympics, China came second in the medal table after the US winning 38 golds, 27 silvers and 23 bronze medals. PTI KJV AJR AKJ AJRlast_img read more

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Members of the women’s volleyball team head back to the bench after the loss to Indonesia. —MARC ANTHONY REYESNAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand—A resilient Indonesia side took advantage of a momentary lapse by the Philippines in the fifth set to forge a 25-21, 26-28, 12-25, 25-18, 15-9 victory Thursday at the start of the Asean Volleyball Grand Prix.Just when the Filipinos thought they got their groove after taking the second and third frames, the Indonesians, missing key player Aprilia Manganang, crept back into the match.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00PH military destroys thousands of illegal guns, ammo02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Beermen to shoot for title slot minus June Mar, Marcio MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’center_img Nuari Purnama Arsela and Magawati Pertiwi punished the Philippines with their power moves especially in the opening set, putting the Nationals on their feet at Terminal 21 Mall courts.But Majoy Baron started deflecting enemy missiles in the second set, allowing Kalei Mau, Ces Molina, Mylene Paat and Maddie Madayag to slowly pile up the much-needed points in the extended frame.With the Indonesians looking spent, the Filipinos took the third set with ease and looked poised to score the win in the fourth.Arsela and Pertiwi didn’t allow that to happen.Instead, they got their second wind while teammates Ratri Wulandri and Agustin Wulandari began hitting their mark to turn the tables on the Filipinos.ADVERTISEMENT Indonesia took a 7-2 lead in the fifth and that marked the beginning of the end for the Filipinos.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We are still happy with the way we played, we made key adjustments in the second set. Unfortunately in the fourth we slowed down,” said national coach Shaq Delos Santos.He said the fifth-set breakdown reflected the team’s lack in experience of playing together.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“We need this tuneup event, we need more games like this. For me, we only need just a little more fine-tuning but otherwise I can say the team has what it takes to win,” he added.The Philippines will battle Thailand on Saturday at 3 p.m., Manila time. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgThe India pair of Jemimah Rodrigues and Smriti Mandhana have made impressive gains among batters in the ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings despite their side’s 3-0 series loss to New Zealand, while Windies all-rounder Deandra Dottin has grabbed the top spot among all-rounders in the latest update carried out on Tuesday.Rodrigues’s 132 runs in the three-match series against New Zealand have lifted her four places to the second position while Smriti Mandhana, who grabbed the top spot in ODIs last week, has gained four spots to reach the sixth position after finishing as the leading run-getter in the series with an aggregate of 180. The stylish left-hander smashed two half-centuries including a fluent 86 in the last match in Hamilton that India lost by two runs.Spinners Radha Yadav and Deepti Sharma make progressSpinners Radha Yadav, up 18 places to 10th after taking four wickets in the series, and Deepti Sharma, up five places to 14th, are the India players to move up among bowlers.For New Zealand, Sophie Devine has moved from 11th to the eighth position among batters after scoring 153 runs in the series including a match-winning 72 in the last match, while captain Amy Satterthwaite’s 87 runs have lifted her from 23rd to 17th position. Among bowlers, Lea Tahuhu has moved up five slots to 11th position.For the Windies, Dottin has been the standout performer in a 2-1 series win in Pakistan. Dottin has moved up two places to third among batters after scoring 158 runs in the series while her three wickets have lifted her two slots to 29th among bowlers. The net result has been a promotion to No.1 in the list of all-rounders.’advertisementPakistan captain Bismah Maroof has gained three slots to tie with compatriot Javeria Khan in 15th position among batters while Sana Mir, who is top ranked in the ODI format, has moved up six places to take 28th position among T20I bowlers after taking three wickets in the series.South Africa completed a 3-0 win over Sri Lanka in a home series ahead of their ICC Women’s Championship series. The gains for them include captain Dane van Niekerk moving up three slots to reach a career-best 12th among batters, up six places to 20th among bowlers and up two berths among all-rounders to third. The pace pair of Shabnim Ismail (up four places to seventh) and Marizanne Kappe (up seven places to 22nd) are other notable gainers. For Sri Lanka, Shashikala Siriwardene has benefited by four places to reach 30th position.Other players to advance include Esha Oza of the United Arab Emirates (up 44 places to 46th) among batters and the Thailand pair of Chanida Sutthiruang (up 15 places to 38th) and Nattaya Boochatham (40th) among bowlers.India retain 5th spot despite 3-0 defeat to New ZealandIn the Women’s T20I Team Rankings, New Zealand have overtaken England to take second place. ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2018 champions Australia continue to lead the table while the Windies and India, semifinalists at the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean, are fourth and fifth, respectively.Also Read | Rohit Sharma likely to be rested for part of ODI series vs AustraliaAlso Read | Nothing wrong with being gay: Joe Root tells Shannon Gabriel during on-field exchangeAlso Read | India can dominate world cricket for a long time, says Shane WarneAlso See:last_img read more

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first_imgThe Guardian understands Morocco 2026 submitted a complaint to Fifa last month concerning the eligibility of four of the Fifa member federations to vote. As bidding nations, Morocco, the US, Canada and Mexico must abstain from voting but the US territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the US Virgin Islands have retained votes.The Moroccan bid is based on a concept of Africa meets Europe, with 12 host cities and a stadium construction budget of $3bn. The plan is to build nine stadiums, of which six are modular allowing their capacity to be reduced after the tournament.Extensive renovations will be made to five existing stadiums. El Amrani and his team hope they can persuade the 207 remaining Fifa voting-member federations that Morocco, which has bid for the World Cup four times before, is now capable of hosting the biggest sporting event on the African continent.It is widely understood the Fifa hierarchy – including the president, Gianni Infantino – would prefer the united bid, with its ready-made stadiums, infrastructure and accommodation provisions. That is not to mention a guaranteed $300m bonus payment due the governing body if the tournament is held in the US.It is also understood that three Fifa Council members – Sunil Gulati from the US, the Concacaf vice‑president Victor Montagliani, and Sandra Fruean of American Samoa – have remained in meetings where they should have excused themselves.There was believed to have been disquiet in the Morocco camp, too, about changes to the bid regulations 48 hours before final versions were due to be submitted in March.The revised rules stated host cities must have a population of 250,000 or more – the Moroccan city of Ouarzazate falls short. A change that particularly raised eyebrows was the maximum drive between a host city and the nearest airport being reduced to 90 minutes – the journey between El Jadida on Morocco’s west coast to Casablanca airport had been estimated at 91 minutes.A 0-5 judging scale was introduced and if a bidding nation falls short of two points on a key criteria it will be excluded from the race. Morocco has been visited twice by Fifa’s bid inspection taskforce and will find out at the end of this month whether it has passed that test sufficiently to make it to the vote.“We were a bit surprised of getting the scoring system 48 hours before the deadline, which was not necessarily about methodology but about additional information required,” El Amrani said. In a high-end restaurant overlooking the Atlantic ocean from the port city of Tangier, the Morocco 2026 bid chief executive presented his vision for a World Cup that for so long remained shrouded in mystery. It entered the two-horse race last August, running against a supremely confident and organised joint campaign from the US, Canada and Mexico.For the first five months it was a virtual information blackout but now that Hicham El Amrani and his team have started talking, murmurs are the contest will be closer than expected. After apparent last-minute goalpost moving by Fifa in an attempt insiders suspect was designed to derail Morocco’s bid, simply making it to the vote in Moscow on 13 June would be an achievement. Hey England fans, everything’ll be fine in Russia. Probably Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on Twitter Topics World Cup Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content news Read more It was also surprised to see the US president, Donald Trump, getting involved in the race when Fifa rules outlaw political interference. Trump tweeted: “The US has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 World Cup. It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the US bid. Why should we be supporting these countries when they don’t support us (including at the United Nations)?”The South Africa sports minister, Tokozile Xasa, also said this week that her country would not be supporting the Moroccan bid.El Amrani said: “My focus is on defending the values of the Moroccan bid, its values, its concept. But in relation to political interference, I think the rules are pretty clear. Fifa has to implement them. The bidders have to respect them.”Asked if he thought the bid process had been fair, El Amrani said: “I will be able to tell you that at the end of May and then maybe on 13 June. All we wish for is a good game.”Fifa did not respond to an approach for comment.Martha Kelner’s trip to Morocco was paid for by the Morocco 2026 bid team John Crace World Cup 2026 Share on Facebook Pro-Kremlin Cossack troops to ‘ensure public safety’ at World Cup Share via Email Morocco football teamlast_img read more

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first_imgOhio State's Curtis Samuel players celebrating after a touchdown.Ohio StateOhio State’s offense broke records on Saturday. One stat stands out about the rest, however.Ohio State had no problem with Bowling Green on Saturday, racking up 776 yards of offense in a 77-10 thrashing. But one stat – pointed out by FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman – stands out above the rest. Ohio State’s offensive line did not give up one tackle for loss the entire afternoon. That’s impressive, considering the Buckeyes lost a ton of talent from the 2015 squad.Maybe most impressive part of #OhioState’s 77-10 win over a good MAC team was a largely rebuilt OL didn’t allow a single TFL the entire game— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) September 4, 2016The Buckeyes may be inexperienced, but they’re as talented as any team in the country. We’ll see how they follow up Saturday’s performance.last_img read more

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first_imgHuddersfield Town have sacked head coach Jan Siewert three matches into the new Championship season.The German was dismissed after Friday’s 2-1 home defeat to fellow relegated side Fulham that left the Terriers 20th in the second tier, having taken just one point from three games.A club statement read: “Huddersfield Town has this evening terminated the contract of head coach Jan Siewert with immediate effect.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Siewert was appointed by Huddersfield in January following David Wagner’s departure but he failed to keep the club, who were already facing relegation, in the Premier League.During his time at Kirklees, the former Borussia Dortmund man managed only one win in all competitions, beating Wolves at home in February. A dreadful run of 15 defeats in 19 matches over his seven-month tenure ultimately resulted in the termination of Siewert’s contract. If the final nail hadn’t already been firmly put in Siewert’s coffin after Wednesday night’s exit from the EFL Cup at the hands of League One side Lincoln City, any doubt was confirmed after another disappointing performance on Friday. The 36-year-old becomes the first managerial sacking this Championship season, with Huddersfield having managed to collect only seven league points from their previous 28 games. Keen to address the situation well ahead of a potential second successive relegation, the club and chairman Phil Hodgkinson felt there was no choice but to end the German’s contract prematurely.Huddersfield have not made any further comment but it is apparent that coach Mark Hudson will take charge of the side until a full-time appointment has been made. There is little time to spare, however, as the Terriers welcome last year’s relegation partners Cardiff to the John Smiths Stadium on Wednesday night with hopes of turning around their poor fortunes.Bookies already have Chris Houghton as favourite to take over from Siewert after the former Brighton boss was sacked from the Seagulls at the tail end of last season. Hughton, now 60 years old, is no stranger to the rigours of the second tier of English football, having gained automatic promotion for Brighton in the 2016-17 season with three matches to spare.last_img read more

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first_imgSERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Projects for Three ColchesterCommunities Three new projects funded through the Canada-Nova ScotiaInfrastructure Program and worth $5.4 million, promise to delivera big impact on the lives of Colchester residents. Education Minister Jamie Muir, on behalf of Barry Barnet,Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, andRobert Thibault, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf ofGerry Byrne, Minister of State for the Atlantic CanadaOpportunities Agency, have announced joint federal and provincialfunding today, Dec. 5, of $3,128,340 toward the three projects.The Municipality of the County of Colchester, the Village ofBible Hill and the Town of Truro, and their partners, will fundthe balance upon formal acceptance of the agreement. These projects are the Tatamagouche Sewage Treatment Plant, theBible Hill Water Distribution System – Phase I, and the New FireStation project for Truro. “The government of Canada is committed to making our communitiessafe, healthy places to live,” said Mr. Thibault. “Whether we’reinvesting in first class water and sewage systems forTatamagouche and Bible Hill, or supporting fire safety in Truro,the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program is meeting thatgoal.” The program is designed to invest in projects that promote safedrinking water, effective wastewater management, safercommunities, and sound environmental practices that benefitbusinesses, families and tourism in the province. “Today’s announcement clearly demonstrates our government’scommitment to invest in projects that will improve the quality oflife for all Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Muir. “Through theseinvestments, we are building healthy and safer communities.” “Solid infrastructure is a key aspect of community developmentand of ensuring that the highest quality of living is availableto our citizens,” said John Morgan, president of the Union ofNova Scotia Municipalities. “I’m delighted to see the approval ofprojects like these today, and am confident that all three ofthese communities will reap great economic and social benefitswhen they are completed.” This is one of a series of approval announcements for projectsunder the program, which has invested more than $166 million in109 projects to date. Additional announcements are expected asprojects undergo environmental assessment and final approval. The $195 million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia InfrastructureProgram is administered by the Atlantic Canada OpportunitiesAgency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is a member of the managementcommittee. The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities is representedon the program’s management committee.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Three Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in West Delhi parliamentary constituency were substituted for their corresponding Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) as a result of discrepancies that arrived while conducting deletion of mock votes after the constituency went to polls on May 12.Three EVMs at Hari Nagar, Dwarka, and Najafgarh assembly constituencies incurred errors as the presiding officer in the respective polling stations forgot to cancel the mock poll data, which is cast by polling agents of participating political parties before voting begins. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe VVPATs from these three polling stations will be counted in addition to the mandatory five random ones, which are selected from each assembly constituency. As a result, the total number of VVPATs counted in West Delhi was 53 instead of 50. According to an Election Commission letter accessed by Millennium Post, the mistake was detected and duly reported to the election regulator on May 14, two days after the polls were conducted. This comes as a similar mistake was reported at a polling station in Chandni Chowk and the election regulator had consequently ordered for a repoll at that particular polling booth. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceHowever, the three polling stations in West Delhi did not go for polling a second time because the corresponding VVPAT machines were sealed according to the procedure and held the integrity of the electoral mandate. Explaining the move, Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi, Ranbir Singh said that the vote count as per these VVPATs was unaffected by the errors in the EVMs at these polling stations. And this is why the paper ballot will be counted from these polling stations instead of ordering a repoll there. “We consider each case accordingly and the polling station that went to repoll in Chandni Chowk had some other manipulation in the voter registry at the time of voting as well. This is why it was deemed fit to order a repoll there,” he told the Millennium Post.last_img read more

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first_imgIfOnly, the marketplace for unique experiences with top talent has unlocked access to the Golden Globe-winning actress, Robin Wright on the set of her thrilling political drama, House of Cards.One auction winner and a guest will step into the Underwood underworld and see the Baltimore-based locations and set pieces that have become integral to the show. The highlight of this experience will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance for a meet and greet with Robin herself.Funds generated from this auction will benefit the ACLU of Southern California, an organization that has been on the forefront of tackling gender inequity in Hollywood, a cause that Robin has also embraced. Though they have focused on women directors, the goal is to impact women in all areas of the entertainment industry, and hopefully influence other male-dominated industries as well.“We’re thrilled to offer this experience to benefit the important work that we are doing to protect civil rights for all. One of the many issues the ACLU SoCal is working hard to fix is systemic discrimination against women directors and call attention to gender bias in Hollywood such as hiring disparities,” said Melissa Goodman, ACLU SoCal.Bidding will end on October 27, 2016 at 02:00 PM PST and starts at $2,500.This auction is part of an exciting campaign to raise funds for the ACLU and is one of many offerings listed on IfOnly. Other current experiences include a ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ extra, walk-on role and meeting with Larry David, as well as a set visit to Brie Larson’s new film Unicorn.To compliment the collection, a new set of experiences will launch soon as part of a holiday auction starting November 15th, and will include fantasy gift items such as Vanity Fair Oscar Party Passes, lunch with admired icons including Homeland creator Alex Gansa, Oliver Stone and Debbie Allen, a magic lesson with Penn & Teller, plus concert tickets with special access, premiere and after party passes, outgoing voicemail messages by celebrated actors, and much more.Visit IfOnly.com/ACLUSoCal for more auction information and to be notified via email when new experiences launch.last_img read more

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first_imgDETROIT – As General Motors reported a healthy $2.5 billion third-quarter profit, the Detroit automaker ramped up its cost-cutting efforts by offering buyouts to 18,000 white-collar workers.The company, while acknowledging it’s in good shape now, said Wednesday it needs to be smaller to prepare for tougher times that might be ahead as it continues to get ready for a future of electric and autonomous vehicles.“Even with the progress we’ve made, we are taking proactive steps to get ahead of the curve by accelerating our efforts to address overall business performance,” GM said in a statement. “We are doing this while our company and economy are strong.”The earnings and buyout news drove GM shares higher in Wednesday afternoon trading. The stock was up 8.6 per cent to $36.43, after mostly falling since June.Buyout offers were made Wednesday to salaried workers in North America with 12 or more years of service. GM spokesman Patrick Morrissey wouldn’t say whether the company has a target number for employee reductions, nor would he say if there will be layoffs if too few employees take the buyouts.“We will evaluate the need to implement after we see the results of the voluntary program and other cost reduction efforts,” he said.Workers have until Nov. 19 to make a decision, and they would leave the company by the end of the year, GM said. The company has 50,000 salaried workers in North America.The offers came as GM’s earnings surprised Wall Street by riding strong prices for much of its model lineup across the globe, especially in the U.S. where it rolled out redesigned versions of its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups.“Our discipline came through this quarter,” Chief Financial Officer Dhivya Suryadevara said, adding that she believes strong prices are sustainable as GM builds inventory of light-duty pickups and rolls out heavy-duty versions.The average sale price of a GM vehicle in the U.S. reached $36,000, $800 more than a year ago and a third-quarter record.Even as auto sales started to ebb in the U.S., China and elsewhere, GM said it earned $1.75 per share. Excluding one-time items, the company made $1.87, far exceeding analyst projections of $1.25 per share, according to a survey by FactSet.Revenue jumped 6.4 per cent to $35.8 billion, also topping forecasts. The company was resilient in a declining Chinese market, where it posted record third-quarter income of $500 million from July through September. And its pretax profit in North America, its most lucrative market, rose 33 per cent to $2.8 billion with a profit margin of 10.2 per cent.GM also gave a more optimistic forecast for the full year, saying it expects pretax profits at the high end of its previous guidance of $5.80 to $6.20 per share as it rolls out the new pickups and does its best to battle higher commodity costs.GM’s global retail sales to individuals, on the other hand, dropped 15 per cent during the quarter, to 1.98 million vehicles. But sales to dealers, the point at which GM books revenue, rose 4.5 per cent, to 1.13 million.GM was hit once again by costs associated with its giant recall for faulty ignition switches. The company posted a $440 million charge as it updated estimated costs for legal claims.A year ago, GM posted a $3 billion net loss due to a $5.4 billion charge for selling Opel and Vauxhall to France’s PSA Group.The strong quarter is a result of GM executing well on its game plan, said Edward Jones Industrials Analyst Jeff Windau.“If you’re selling vehicles that have higher price points, you’re able to offset some of those negative headwinds from the commodity prices,” he said.Windau was cautious about GM’s prospects in the long term, rating the company’s shares “hold” due to the risk of rising interest rates, higher commodity prices and the potential that rising gas prices could cut into pickup truck sales.Suryadevara said GM expects tariff-driven commodity price increases to cost the company $1 billion this year, $400 million in the third quarter alone. The Trump administration has imposed 10 per cent tariffs on imported aluminum and 25 per cent on steel.GM reported that its Cruise Automation autonomous vehicle unit spent $200 million during the quarter and said spending likely will rise as the unit heads toward rolling out a self-driving ride-hailing service sometime in 2019.The company’s surprising performance contrasts with crosstown rival Ford, which saw profits plunge 37 per cent during the quarter to $991 million on falling U.S. and Chinese sales.GM has long talked about reducing costs in preparation for an economic downturn. The company is close to delivering on a promise to reduce structural costs by $6.5 billion annually by year’s end.Retired Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens hinted at white-collar cutbacks in April of 2017 when he told analysts that GM is looking for cuts as it simplifies its business after its exit from Europe. Simplification “will allow us to take significant structure out of the business, whether it’s corporate staff, whether it’s engineering staff,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgPossession for the purpose of trafficking CocainePossession for the purpose of trafficking MethamphetaminePossession for the purpose of trafficking GabapentinPossession for the purpose of trafficking CodeinePossession of cash obtained by crimeUnauthorised possession of a firearmUnsafe storage of a firearmTwo counts of failure to comply with an undertaking stemming from previous CDSA charges in November 2017Hamelin (BigCharles) remains in custody and is set to appear in High Prairie Provincial Court on March 26th.Cooperation between the RCMP and the public is instrumental to the success of the Crime Reduction efforts. The simple act of reporting any suspicious activity and/or crime provides the necessary information by which the necessary intelligence is gathered. Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call the local police or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. HIGH PRAIRIE, AB. – The High Prairie Integrated Drug Unit, High Prairie RCMP and members of the Faust RCMP concluded a two-month long Controlled Drugs and Substances Act investigation last week.According to Cpl. Chris Warren, on March 7th, 2018, the RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence in High Prairie, where they discovered roughly 100 grams of cocaine and 80 grams of methamphetamine prepackaged for sale, cash, a firearm and prescription pills.As a result, fifty-three-year-old Marilyn Gwen Hamelin (BigCharles) has been arrested and charged with multiple offences including:last_img read more

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first_imgGandhinagar: Gujarat Governor O.P. Kohli has disqualified Independent legislator Bhupendrasinh Khant from reserved Scheduled Tribe seat of Morva Hadaf in Panchmahal district. Briefing reporters here on Friday, State Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi said Khant, who won the 2017 assembly elections as an Independent candidate, was disqualified after his Scheduled Tribe certificate was found to be invalid and the matter was in the courts. “The Governor had received a petition in this regard. Yesterday, the Governor sent his order which was received by my office today (Friday). He is, therefore, declared disqualified today and the seat is declared vacant,” the Speaker stated. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh He said the seat Khant contested from was reserved for Schedule Tribe (ST) candidates and the certificate on the basis of which he contested as a Scheduled Tribe candidate was found invalid and therefore he was declared disqualified after a discussion with the Governor. Trivedi said after receiving the petition the Governor had solicited the advice of the Election Commission of India (ECI) and also heard both the parties before making the decision.last_img read more

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Rabat – The family of the Moroccan teenager who fatally killed in Dublin said that they are “resting hope” in the Irish judicial system to hold the suspects involved in the killing of their son accountable, the Irish Times reported.The family of Azzam Reguragi has been mourning their loss since February when police found the body of the 18-year old teenager stabbed at the park.The family of the young man said that the “past few days have been very difficult and challenging.” Quoted by the Irish Times, the family expressed gratitude for the support it received from the community after the incident.Read Also: Irish Police Identify Suspect for Fatal Stabbing of Moroccan Teenager in DublinThe family’s statement also acknowledged the efforts made by Garda to identify the suspects behind the killing.“An Garda Siochana are leading in the investigation to uncover the truth behind our son Azzam Raguragui’s murder.,” the family said.The family added, “We are resting our faith in the Irish justice system to hold the perpetrator(s) to account.”Ragragui’s family also requested “privacy” and “space” to allow them to grieve “as a family.”After the crime, the police ruled out hate crime or racial motives.Read Also: Irish Police Identify Suspect for Fatal Stabbing of Moroccan Teenager in DublinThe Irish news outlet said that the Clonskeagh Mosque in Dublin will host a gathering on Saturday to pay tribute to Ragragui.Since Friday, both in Morocco and internationally hundreds of people have reacted to the murder.The Moroccan Community in Ireland shared a post on Facebook to express solidarity with the victim and his family.“It is with a heavy heart we have to inform you that our young Moroccan Irish aged 18 was stabbed in Dundrum in an unprovoked attack and unfortunately he has died.” The Islamic Cultural Center of Ireland also shared a post to announce that a donation page was created to support the victim’s family.“A donation page has been sent up by Azzam’s friends for a well in his name. A sadaqa Jariya (ongoing charity) for him that will by the Grace of Allah help those it waters in this life and keep increasing the good deeds for our young Brother Azzam InshaAllah.”On  Monday, Irish police stated that they have identified one suspect in connection with the murder. However,  as yet no arrests have been made.Investigators are in contact with the suspect and his family.The 18-year-old Moroccan victim was killed while walking to a breaking fast ceremony held in a local mosque. read more

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Paris has an established Tamil community and a growing Pakistani one.Last week Nadarajah Mathinthiran, an activist who supported the separatist Tamil Tiger movement, was shot dead on a street in the capital. (RFI) They and their alleged victims were picked up by police on the A6 motorway just north of Lyon on Friday night. Although they showed signs of having been assaulted, the two Tamils, 25 and 32-years-old respectively, were jailed in a Lyon police station pending charges, according to a police source who blamed the mix-up on language difficulties. All six were later transferred to Bobigny and the Tamils freed.The four Pakistanis have been charged with unlawful detention, assault, use of a weapon and premeditation and an investigation has been launched. Four Pakistanis have been charged with kidnapping and beating up two Tamils after being stopped on the motorway heading south from Paris at the weekend.The four were charged and denied bail on Tuesday night in the Paris suburb of Bobigny. read more

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Ontario passed legislation today that recognizes post traumatic stress disorder in first responders as a work related illness.Under the existing rules, first responders had to prove that their PTSD was directly related to their job in order to be eligible for coverage under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.   Now that this legislation has passed, once a  first responder is diagnosed with PTSD by either a psychiatrist or a psychologist, the claims process to be eligible for WSIB benefits will be expedited, without the need to prove a causal link between PTSD and a workplace event.The government says first responders are at least twice as likely as the general population to suffer from PTSD, and that the condition results in more suicide attempts than all other anxiety disorders.Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown calls the bill a step forward for police, firefighters and paramedics struggling with PTSD, and says he hopes it will save lives. read more

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first_imgThe Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) will host a landmark conference to discuss the future of the diamond industry, October 15-16. In particular, it will examine the changes that are likely as a result of the increasing power of producer countries.  The conference, Producers in transition: the Changing Industry Dynamic, will take place at the Flanders Congress & Concert Centre in Antwerp, Belgium. It will address the major issues facing the diamond industry: whether the shift in power towards diamond producing countries will continue, and what impact this will have on mining companies, diamond cutting and polishing, diamond trading centres, diamond banking, and retailing. The conference has been designed to hear the view of all stakeholders at first hand.   The conference will be addressed among others by Deputy Prime Minister of Angola Aguinaldo Jaime; South African Minister of Minerals and Energy Buyelwa Sonjica; Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz; Kimberley Process chairman Karel Kovanda; Sergey Vybornov, President of Alrosa; Gareth Penny, Managing Director of De Beers, and many other leading figures. The conference will also involve the leading mining companies and representatives of all other major producing countries.   The keynote speech at the conference gala dinner will be given by development campaigner Bob Geldof. The gala dinner will be graced with the presence of guest of honor H.R.H. Princess Mathilde of Belgium and H.E. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the president of Liberia who was elected in 2005 and is Africa’s first elected female head of state.  Bob Geldof follows in the footsteps of the major international figures who have been guest speakers at the gala dinner of the three previous Antwerp Diamond Conferences: former US President Bill Clinton, former US Vice President Al Gore, and South African President Thabo Mbeki, who in 2004 used the occasion to announce the imminent launch his government’s beneficiation programme.   This forum will be an invaluable opportunity for all players in the diamond industry to gain insight and engage in the future of their industry. The AWDC has taken the lead to bring together such a diverse group of stakeholders from around the world to directly discuss the most important issue facing this industry.   Further information, including registration is at http://www.antwerpdiamondconference.belast_img read more

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