first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday met the family members of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh who was killed in the Bulandshahr violence and assured them of justice and strict action against the culprits.The Chief Minister met Singh’s wife and two sons at their Kalidas Marg residence in Lucknow, an official spokesman said.“The CM has given assurance to the victim’s family that they will remain like a family and there would not any disturbance in their studies,” DGP OP Singh, who was also present, told reporters.Education loan waiverHe said Mr. Adityanath had decided that the government would pay off the education loan that the family had taken.“The Chief Minister has assured us that he will remain with us in this difficult time and ensure justice for us. He said strict action will be taken against those involved,” the victim’s son Shrey Singh said.Mr. Adityanath declared on Monday a compensation of ₹ 40 lakh for the wife, ₹ 10 lakh for the parents and a government job for a member of his family.The inspector was the Investigating Officer (IO) in the 2015 Akhlaq lynching case.Singh and a 20-year-old man were killed in mob violence triggered by alleged slaughter of cows in Bulandshahr.The Chief Minister had ordered a thorough probe and issued directions to take strict action against those involved in the alleged cow slaughter in the western district.Mr. Adityanath held a late night meeting on Tuesday with the Chief Secretary, the DGP, the principal secretary (home) and the Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence).The Chief Minister had drawn flak from Opposition parties for attending a laser show in Gorakhpur when the violence broke out in Bulandshahr on Monday.An official spokesman said the Chief Minister was of the view that the incident “is part of a bigger conspiracy, and hence all those directly or indirectly related to cow slaughter should be arrested in a time-bound manner”.last_img read more

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first_imgThe fate of the much publicised Rath Yatra of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is likely to be decided by the Calcutta High Court on Thursday. On Wednesday, a petition by the BJP alleging that the State government is denying permission to the rally on political grounds was taken up for hearing at the Calcutta High Court but the matter remained inconclusive. While Justice Tapobrata Chakraborty asked the State government to come up with its stand on the issue, State’s advocate general Kishore Dutta said that the BJP has approached wrong authorities for seeking the permission. The matter will come up for hearing on Thursday. The BJP’s Rath Yatra, which is also called Ganatantra Bachao Yatra (Save Democracy Rally), is scheduled to be flagged off by party president Amit Shah at Cooch Behar on December 7. TMC attempting to foil our Yatra, says Cooch Behar BJP chief Meanwhile in Cooch Behar, the BJP leadership alleged that the Trinamool Congress is leaving no stone unturned for foiling the its Rath Yatra in the district. Senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya alleged that the Trinamool Congress is pressurising the transport operators to return the deposits to the party for providing vehicles for the rally. BJP district president Malati Rava said that the party is facing such an adverse situation that they are forced to hold a rally in a paddy field three kilometres away from the city. “ We are guarding the venue round the clock, 15 to 20 of our party workers are there even in the night. In the past there has been occasion that the rally venue has been vandalised by members of the party,” Ms Rava told The Hindu. Ms. Rava alleged that the ruling party has booked all the grounds and stadium in the district on pretext of holding some events. There has also been reports of posters of BJP being torn and defaced allegedly by supporters of the ruling party.‘Only Lord Krishna can bring Rath Yatra to Bengal’State’s Minister for North Bengal Development and MLA from Cooch Behar, Rabindranath Ghosh, denied all allegation and said the BJP is levelling such charges to grab headlines. “ In Cooch Behar we have old Madan Mohan temple and only the Lord Krishna can bring out the rally. After we raised the issue, the BJP is now calling its Rath Yatra, Ganatantra Bachao Yatra,” Mr Ghosh said. For a party which has taken away democratic rights of 40 lakh people in adjoining State Assam, it is a joke that they talk about democracy, he added.last_img read more

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first_imgWhere did the thief go? You might get a more accurate answer if you ask the question in German. How did she get away? Now you might want to switch to English. Speakers of the two languages put different emphasis on actions and their consequences, influencing the way they think about the world, according to a new study. The work also finds that bilinguals may get the best of both worldviews, as their thinking can be more flexible.Cognitive scientists have debated whether your native language shapes how you think since the 1940s. The idea has seen a revival in recent decades, as a growing number of studies suggested that language can prompt speakers to pay attention to certain features of the world. Russian speakers are faster to distinguish shades of blue than English speakers, for example. And Japanese speakers tend to group objects by material rather than shape, whereas Koreans focus on how tightly objects fit together. Still, skeptics argue that such results are laboratory artifacts, or at best reflect cultural differences between speakers that are unrelated to language.In the new study, researchers turned to people who speak multiple languages. By studying bilinguals, “we’re taking that classic debate and turning it on its head,” says psycholinguist Panos Athanasopoulos of Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. 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English has a grammatical toolkit for situating actions in time: “I was sailing to Bermuda and I saw Elvis” is different from “I sailed to Bermuda and I saw Elvis.” German doesn’t have this feature. As a result, German speakers tend to specify the beginnings, middles, and ends of events, but English speakers often leave out the endpoints and focus in on the action. Looking at the same scene, for example, German speakers might say, “A man leaves the house and walks to the store,” whereas an English speaker would just say, “A man is walking.”This linguistic difference seems to influence how speakers of the two languages view events, according to the new study. Athanasopoulos and colleagues asked 15 native speakers of each language to watch a series of video clips that showed people walking, biking, running, or driving. In each set of three videos, the researchers asked subjects to decide whether a scene with an ambiguous goal (a woman walks down a road toward a parked car) was more similar to a clearly goal-oriented scene (a woman walks into a building) or a scene with no goal (a woman walks down a country lane). German speakers matched ambiguous scenes with goal-oriented scenes about 40% of the time on average, compared with 25% among English speakers. This difference implies that German speakers are more likely to focus on possible outcomes of people’s actions, but English speakers pay more attention to the action itself.Bilingual speakers, meanwhile, seemed to switch between these perspectives based on the language most active in their minds. The researchers found that 15 Germans fluent in English were just as goal-focused as any other native speaker when tested in German in their home country. But a similar group of 15 German-English bilinguals tested in English in the United Kingdom were just as action-focused as native English speakers. This change could also be seen as an effect of culture, but a second experiment showed that bilinguals can also switch perspectives as fast as they can switch languages.In another group of 30 German-English bilinguals, the researchers kept one language busy during the video-matching task by making participants repeat strings of numbers out loud in either English or German. Distracting one language seemed to automatically bring the influence of the other language to the fore. When researchers “blocked” English, subjects acted like typical Germans and saw ambiguous videos as more goal-oriented. With German blocked, bilingual subjects acted like English speakers and matched ambiguous and open-ended scenes. When the researchers surprised subjects by switching the language of the distracting numbers halfway through the experiment, the subjects’ focus on goals versus process switched right along with it. The results suggest that a second language can play an important unconscious role in framing perception, the authors conclude online this month in Psychological Science. “By having another language, you have an alternative vision of the world,” Athanasopoulos says. “You can listen to music from only one speaker, or you can listen in stereo … It’s the same with language.”“This is an important advance,” says cognitive scientist Phillip Wolff of Emory University in Atlanta who wasn’t connected to the study. “If you’re a bilingual speaker, you’re able to entertain different perspectives and go back and forth,” he says. “That really hasn’t been shown before.”But researchers who doubt that language plays a central role in thinking are likely to remain skeptical. The artificial laboratory setting may make people rely on language more than they normally would, says cognitive psychologist Barbara Malt of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. “In a real-world situation, I could find reasons to pay attention to the continuity of an action and other reasons where I would pay attention to the endpoint,” she says. “Nothing says I have to be a bilingual to do that … It doesn’t mean language is the lens through which I see the world.”last_img read more

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first_imgIf Delhi University’s first list sent out shock waves across the country, the second one is set to serve as a shock absorber.As there are vacant seats for most courses, several colleges, including the sought-after North Campus institutions, released a second cut-off list late on Monday.Cut-off marks have decreased in programmes such as BCom (honours), BA programme and registered a significant dip in many science courses.Though Shri Ram College of Commerce has managed to fill all its general category seats in BCom and economics courses even with its muchhyped first list, colleges such as Kirori Mal College, Sri Venkateswara College, SGTB Khalsa College, Gargi College, Kamla Nehru College and Lady Shri Ram College are still open for admission to the popular commerce programmes.Science students, who were disappointed by the sharp increase in cut- off marks as against last year’s, can still be hopeful for admission to zoology, botany and, in some colleges, even in physics and chemistry.At Daulat Ram College, for instance, the cut- off percentage for physics and chemistry has been slashed by as much as 5 per cent and 3 per cent, respectively.Kirori Mal College, on the other hand, has brought down the cut- off for botany and zoology by six and three per cent, respectively, in the second list.As the cut- offs are coming down, some colleges have even braced themselves for cancellation of admission in the first list. ” With other sought after colleges slashing their qualifying marks, some of our students might cancel their admission with us and move out. But we had seen this coming,” media Crunch- hit minelords adviser of a North Campus college, who did not wish to be identified, said.advertisementMeanwhile, like the last three years, admission to seats reserved under the OBC quota is turning out to be a tough task for DU colleges.Even SRCC, which has filled all its general category seats is open for admission in the second list for OBC quota. Hence, colleges in some courses have even gone to the extent of giving almost a 10 per cent relaxation in a bid to attract students.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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first_img badmintonkidambi srikanthPremier Badminton LeaguePV Sindhu First Published: November 13, 2019, 4:54 PM IST New Delhi: Some of the top shuttlers including World Champion PV Sindhu will be in action when the fifth edition of the Premier Badminton League (PBL), featuring eight teams, gets underway on January 20.The upcoming season which concludes on February 9 will be staged this time in Chennai, Delhi, Lucknow, and Bangalore. The league owned by Badminton Association of India (BAI) and organized by Sportzlive, offers a total purse of Rs 6 crore with the winner taking home a cheque of Rs 3 crore.While the Kidambi Srikanth-led Bengaluru Raptors had lifted the trophy in the last edition, Hyderabad Hunters, Chennai Smashers, Delhi Dashers, and Hyderabad Hotshots are the other past winners.”India’s prowess in badminton has been re-established once again as PV Sindhu became the first Indian to become the world champion. Sai Praneeth also brought a men’s singles medal after 36 years, signifying India’s stupendous development in the sport.”The fifth season of PBL will give badminton lovers a priceless opportunity to watch these champions live,” said Himanta Biswa Sarma, President of BAI.The 21-day event will be streamed live by Hotstar with Star Sports being the official broadcaster.With the 2020 Tokyo Games scheduled to be held in July-August and shuttlers focussed on sealing their Olympic spots, it will be interesting to see how they manage their workload and ensure participation in the cash-rich tournament. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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first_imgAs promised by the makers, the new teaser of Kabali is out and it’s infectiously captivating. While there have been speculations about the health conditions ofSuperstar, the actor has bounced back with a bang. Needless to say, thestyle quotient of the 65-year-old actor hasn’t dropped even after all theseyears.ALSO READ: Kabali music review, a phenomenal theme music, intriguing soundtrack from Santhosh Narayanan ALSO READ: Kabali has raked in Rs 200 cr even before its release (this is not a Rajinikanth joke)Ever since the teaser was out, it has not only created a history with the number of views but also raised many eyebrows about the possible avatars Rajinikanth might take in the film.Also, Kabali happens to have been inspired from the Chennai don, Kabaleeswaran. Rajinikanth will be seen donning the role of a gangster after the megahit Basha and the traits of the 1995 movie are clearly visible in Kabali as well.Sporting a role of his age, Rajinikanth has tarnished his critics and one has to give it to Pa Ranjith for having brought the Rajinikanth from the 80s, who we have been dying to see all these years.Here is the second teaser of Kabali: Produced by Kalaipuli S Dhanu, the film stars Radhika Apte, Kalaiarasan, Winston Chao, Dinesh and Dhansika in the lead roles and is slated forJuly 15 release.Neruppu Dalast_img read more

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first_imgSports Authority of India (SAI) will collaborate with some identified universities across the country to improve standards of training with a view to achieving excellence in sports. For this purpose, each Regional Director of SAI will identify one or two universities with good sports infrastructure and sporting traditions.This decision was taken at a meeting of Heads of SAI Regional Centres, Academic Institutions, SAI Training Centres (STCs) and Special Area Games (SAG) Centres held in New Delhi today. The meeting was chaired by Vijay Goel, Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports.Rajiv Yadav, Secretary (Sports) and  SAI Director General Injeti Srinivas along with many senior officers from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports also attended the meeting.Goel said that a collaboration between SAI and chosen universities is imperative in view of the fact that several universities across the country have excellent sports infrastructure which is not being optimally utilised.”Such collaboration is also essential in view of the fact that in big sporting nations like the USA, international athletes mostly come from their universities,” he said.At the meeting, it was decided to closely monitor the performance of SAI coaches, take steps to constantly upgrade their skills and also to incentivize them.Every SAI Centre has been asked to select sports disciplines for focused attention, keeping in view factors like infrastructure and local traditions. The issue of identification of talent by SAI was also discussed at length. It was decided that SAI would pro-actively hunt for talent by sending its teams to interior areas. Sports science experts will also be part of such teams.advertisementSAI will also collaborate with defence forces to ensure that talented children get selected for nurturing in SAI Centres.Goel said that SAI facilities should be opened to public without disturbing their normal activities of training.last_img read more

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first_imgIt is no secret that Google is working on the successor of  its last year’s launched Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. While earlier rumours suggest that Google has codenamed the second-gen Pixel XL 2 as Muskie, now a fresh Android Police report states that Google has dropped the Muskie from the lineup. Instead the XL 2 will be based on another phone, which is codenamed Taimen, and that it will be a phone with bigger screen compared to the 5.5-inch display that is there inside the Google Pixel.Earlier, Droid-life had stated the Taimen would come with a screen, larger than both Walleye and Muskie. Now fresh reports suggest that Google has decided to get rid of Muskie and this means that there will be only two Pixel phones from Google this year and that they will be based on Walleye (smaller and hence Pixel 2) and Taimen (the bigger Pixel XL 2).Previous rumours predicted that the both the Pixel 2 and XL 2 would sport a metal body and come with waterproof shell. The devices are expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and pack in at least 4GB RAM. The original Pixels have superb cameras, therefore, hopes are high that the camera quality of upcoming Google phones will also be very good.Also Read: Google Taimen spotted on Geekbench with Android O and 4GB RAM, could be Pixel 2Taimen which was also spotted on Geekbench will run company’s latest Android O. The listing reveals that the device is powered by a Qualcomm octa-core processor clocked at 1.90GHz speed. The alleged Google device scored 1804 in single-core test and 6248 in multi-core test. The report mentions Taimen under the motherboard configuration and clearly states 3.5GB storage which means Taimen could come with 4GB RAM, as rumoured earlier.advertisementTaimen could be the expensive one between the two devices and it is pretty much obvious considering that Taimen is the successor of XL. Google last year launched Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. While Pixel launched at Rs 57,000 for the base variant (32GB), the XL was launched at Rs 67,000, a difference of Rs 10,000 between the two. The 128GB storage variant of Pixel costs Rs 66,000 while the XL comes with a price tag of Rs 76,000 for same. The device went up for pre-orders in October last year. We can expect something similar with the new Google devices.last_img read more

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first_imgBorussia Dortmund Batshuayi vows to do Aubameyang celebration after filling Dortmund boots Chris Burton 19:37 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Michy Batshuayi Borussia Dortmund Cologne Patrik Stollarz Borussia Dortmund Michy Batshuayi Borussia Dortmund v Hamburger SV Hamburger SV Bundesliga The Belgian has already been among the goals after completing a loan switch from Chelsea and is hoping to endear himself further to a loyal fan base Michy Batshuayi is determined to fill the boots of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund, so much so that he is going to steal his celebration.The Belgium international formed part of a striker merry-go-round on deadline day of the winter transfer window, as three deals were completed in quick succession.As Aubameyang left Dortmund for Arsenal, Olivier Giroud was freed to head for Chelsea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player His arrival at Stamford Bridge nudged Batshuayi down the pecking order, so he completed the circle by making a loan switch to Germany.The 24-year-old made a positive impression in his new surroundings, netting twice on debut, and has vowed to emulate Aubameyang’s goal celebration if he finds the target on his home bow against Hamburg on Saturday.“I will do the somersault in my new stadium,” Batshuayi told reporters ahead of the Bundesliga fixture.The Belgian should be in confident mood heading into a meeting with a struggling outfit that sits inside the relegation zone.He had already netted 10 times for Chelsea this season before being deemed surplus to requirements.Dortmund are delighted to have seen that exit door opened, with a proven performer added to their books.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia DortmundPeter Stoger is prepared to show the kind of faith in Batshuayi that he was denied at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte, with his new boss hoping the goals will flow against Hamburg.He said: “He will definitely try to do well in his first home game. “Of course, the expectation has increased after his goals against Cologne, so it’s not always that easy.”last_img read more

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first_imgAtlanta pricing Almiron out of Newcastle moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtlanta United are pricing Miguel Almiron out of a move to Newcastle United.The Mirror says Newcastle could be about to admit defeat in their pursuit of Almiron.The Paraguayan has been linked with a move to Newcastle for some time amid reports a £15m deal had been struck.But Atlanta are looking for closer to £30m for the player and Rafa Benitez does not have the funds to pay that sum.West Ham and Everton have also been mentioned as potential suitors for Almiron. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: USCG The four seafarers that were unaccounted for after the car carrier Golden Ray capsized near Brunswick, Georgia, have been pulled to safety.The U.S. Coast Guard and salvage crews extracted the four crew members on Monday in St. Simons Sound and transported them to Glenn County EMS for further medical evaluation.After inspecting the vessel’s hull earlier on September 9, the salvage crews confirmed that the remaining four crew were still alive inside the Golden Ray and an extraction plan was developed to safely rescue them.Three crew members were extracted from the vessel at around 3 p.m. (local time) and the fourth and final seafarer was extracted at 5:50 p.m.The Port of Brunswick Captain of the Port (COTP) has established an emergency safety zone in St. Simons Sound. Vessels are not authorized within 5 miles of the Golden Ray, which is laid over on its side.The operations have been completely shifted to environmental protection, removing the vessel safely and resuming commerce.The South Korean car carrier started listing heavily after it became disabled on September 8. At the time, the 20,995 dwt Golden Ray was on bound for the Middle East with a cargo of about 4,000 cars.last_img read more

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first_imgAn Ontario academic with Cape Breton roots will be the guest speaker at the fourth annual Joe Neil MacNeil Memorial Lecture at Nova Scotia Highland Village. The evening lecture, titled Poetry of the Immigrant Gaelic Poets of Nova Scotia, will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, in the Village Tuning Room in back of the concert stage. In this presentation, Rob Dunbar will discuss poetry composed by Gaelic poets who left Scotland and came to Nova Scotia. He will consider the different ways that poets such as John MacLean, Allan MacDonald, John MacDonald, John MacGillivray, Alexander MacDonald and Donald MacLellan, dealt with the process of emigration and creating a new life in Nova Scotia. Since October 2004, Dr. Dunbar has been a reader in Celtic and Law at the University of Aberdeen. Since his move to Scotland in 1995, he has been involved in a range of Gaelic organizations and initiatives. As chairperson of Comunn na Gàidhlig (CNAG), Working Group on Status, Dr. Dunbar has helped draft two proposals for a Gaelic Language Act. Dr. Dunbar has advised governments, human rights bodies, and non-governmental organizations in a number of countries on language and human rights issues. More recently, he has completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh on the songs of Bard MacLean. The late Joe Neil MacNeil was a Gaelic storyteller from Middle Cape, Cape Breton Co. Mr. MacNeil was known in the Gaelic community as Eòs Nìll Bhig. A classic collection of his stories and folklore, edited by John Shaw, was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press, bringing international attention to Cape Breton’s Gaelic storytelling tradition. All are welcome to attend Poetry of the Immigrant Gaelic Poets of Nova Scotia, admission is free. A tea will be served following the lecture. For information on this and other events at Highland Village see the website at http://highlandvillage.museum.gov.ns.ca . Information on Dr. Dunbar can be found on the website at www.abdn.ac.uk/celtic/dunbar.hti .last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Twitter (WASHINGTON D.C.) — Actor Kal Penn has resigned from the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities following President Trump’s response to the deadly Charlottesville attack.The actor tweeted the announcement, attaching a formal statement from himself and the other members of the committee, who had been appointed by President Obama.Dear @realDonaldTrump, attached is our letter of resignation from the President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities @PCAH_gov pic.twitter.com/eQI2HBTgXs— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) August 18, 2017 A few hours later, he tweeted an update, declaring, “All members have now resigned. Per @politico, PCAH is an official agency, that makes this the 1st White House department to resign.”Update:All members have now resigned. Per @politico, PCAH is an official agency, that makes this the 1st White House department to resign pic.twitter.com/kk7buaVr9G— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) August 18, 2017 First lady Melania Trump is the honorary chair of the PCAH.“The Administration’s refusal to quickly and unequivocally condemn the cancer of hatred only further emboldens those who wish America ill,” the statement reads in part, adding, “We cannot sit idly by…without speaking out against your words and actions…. “Elevating any group that threatens and discriminates on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, disability, orientation, background, or identity is un-American.”READ MORE Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The central government has approved a five-fold increase in one-time incentive given to its employees who acquire higher degrees while serving in their departments, officials said Monday. The amount of incentive will be increased from a minimum of Rs 10,000 to a maximum of Rs 30,000 for acquiring higher qualifications like Ph.D, they said. The Personnel Ministry has amended a 20-year-old norm in this regard to increase the amount of incentives provided for the employees. The government employees acquiring fresh higher qualifications after coming into service were granted incentive in the form of one-time lump-sum amount ranging from Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000. Now, it has been decided to increase the amount to a minimum of Rs 10,000 to a maximum of Rs 30,000, an order recently issued by the Personnel Ministry stated. While Rs 10,000 will be given for acquiring degree/diploma of duration of three years or less, Rs 15,000 will be given for acquiring degree/diploma having duration of more than three years, it said. A sum of Rs 20,000 will be given for earning post graduate degree/diploma with one year or less. Such qualification having duration of more than one year will get Rs 25,000 to the employees, the new order stated. A highest incentive of Rs 30,000 will be given to those getting Ph.D or equivalent, it stated. There are around 48.41 lakh central government employees. “No incentive shall be allowed for acquiring higher qualification purely on academic or literary subjects,” it clarified. The acquisition of the qualification should be directly related to the functions of the post held by him/her, or to the functions to be performed in the next higher post, the ministry said. “There should be direct nexus between the functions of the post and the qualification acquired and that it should contribute to the efficiency of the government servant,” it said. The incentive, however, shall not be admissible where the employee is sponsored by the government or he/she avails study leave for acquiring the qualification, the order stated. “The incentive would be given only for higher qualification acquired after induction into service,” it stated. Further, the incentive shall be limited to maximum two times in an employee’s career, with a minimum gap of two years between successive grants, the ministry said. According to Personnel Ministry’s order issued in April 1999, employees were entitled for a minimum of Rs 2,000 and maximum of Rs 10,000 for getting fresh qualifications. While Rs 2,000 was applicable incentive for “passing intermediate examination”, those earning post graduate degree of Ph.D were entitled for a maximum of Rs 10,000.last_img read more

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Rabat – Morocco’s National Office of Food Safety (ONSSA) has published new statistics, showing that 67 percent of Moroccans do not check for a label on the olive oil they buy.Only 33 percent of those surveyed said that they check for nutrition information and labels on olive oil before purchasing.ONSSA warned consumers in a Facebook post to read labels, checking expiration dates, preservation conditions, sanitary and safety requirements, and the product’s license number. The post followed a campaign by Morocco’s Ministry of the Interior, which deployed a special patrol unit to combat vendors selling fake olive oil across Morocco.Frauds allegedly use capsules, mixing them with lukewarm water to produce a liquid that resembles olive oil, potentially causing health risks.In December, Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch said his ministry would also deal strictly with frauds selling fake essential oils.The minister added that Morocco had harvested 2 million tons of olives in 2018. The number represents an increase of 28 percent compared to last year.Read Also: ONSSA Certifies 8.1 Million ‘Sacrificial’ Livestock for Eid al-AdhaMorocco became the 4th largest olive producer across the world in 2018.Morocco’s principle regions for olive production are Marrakech, Fez, Meknes, and Casablanca.Olive trees cover more than 1.07 million hectares in Morocco, accounting for 65 percent of the tree species in the country. The olive sector is a major employment source, providing 380,000 jobs. Women make up 20 percent of the workers in the sector.The sector also helps the trade balance in Morocco by ensuring the inflow of foreign currency, estimated at MAD 1.8 billion annually.In addition to olive oil, ONSSA also posted about honey, saying that honey products should be labeled throughout all steps of its marketing.The label should indicate whether the honey was produced fully in Morocco. If not, the label should include whether the product was imported. The product also has to include nutrition information and safety conditions. read more

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Get Big Kevin Durant Denied at the Rim in

Kevin Durant is undoubtedly one of the best scorers who ever played basketball. To stay sharp in the offseason, he spends time playing basketball in playground leagues against lesser-skilled players, but every so often embarrassment strikes.It rarely happens, but even the six-time NBA leading scorer even runs the risk of being supremely denied at the rim.Watch the video to understand just what happened to Durant when he tried to drive to the basket while Pops Mensah-Bonsu, a Ghanian forward who plays for an Italian league, was defending him during a Goodman League game in Washington D.C. read more

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Mike Tyson Takes OneMan Show To London Stage

Mike Tyson at his Nevada home in February. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)Former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson will be heading to the British stage to perform his one-man show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.”Tyson first performed his show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, then he went to Broadway in NYC. Next, Tyson will be overseas, starting off a mini tour at the Apollo Theater stage in London March 21-22.“I’m excited to take the show abroad and share it with my fans across the globe,” said Tyson. “Undisputed Truth is my story – I’m giving my all and I’m proud to take the show internationally.”“Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” is also scheduled to travel to Glasgow March 25th and Manchester March 26th, before heading to engagements in Norway, Denmark and Sweden.According to Whatsonstage.com, the show described as a “rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown”, it spans the highs of winning the heavyweight title to the lows of his conviction for rape in 1992.The show was written by Tyson’s third wife, Lakiha Spicer, and is directed by filmmaker Spike Lee. read more

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first_img 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. Meghan Markle with her Strathberry toteCredit:OLI SCARFF/AFP Strathberry turned out to be one of the top three most funded UK fashion projects on the site with more than 500 backers pledging in excess of £120,000.They now sell their collections, which includes more than 100 bags, at upmarket department stores in the US, China, Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong, as well as in their Edinburgh showroom.Their most recent collection was strongly influenced by nature and “the beauty of the Scottish wilderness in winter,” Mr Hundleby said.The small band of celebrities who have been spotted with a Strathberry bag include Paloma Faith, Lily Allen, Karen Gillan and Helena Christensen.The couple has admitted that financially, there have been tough times as they have developed the brand.Now though, thanks to Ms Markle, the challenge will be keeping up with demand. “It’s just amazing for us, it really is the greatest,” a spokeswoman for the brand told the Telegraph.“It was a fantastic surprise and we are really excited. We’re suddenly incredibly busy.” Meghan Markle with her Strathberry tote Although neither had a background in fashion – she worked as a consultant in the financial sector and he ran a production company – they had always been keen to build a brand together.They began by making intricate paper models of their first designs and chose to incorporate a signature metal bar, inspired by the leather sheet music folios of musicians and performers, in every design.Having spent many months travelling around Spain when their children were younger, they had come across many families who had worked with leather through generations and whose skills and understanding of the material they found “unparalleled”. Meghan Markle with her Strathberry totecenter_img When Leeanne Hundleby decided, on impulse, to send Meghan Markle a selection of handbags just a fortnight ago, it was little more than a hopeful punt.The 45-year-old mother-of-four could never have imagined the dramatic effect it would have on the fortunes of her fledgling Scottish company, Strathberry.At the time, as far as the public was aware, Ms Markle was not yet engaged and had not even relocated to London.Fast forward two weeks and the American actress was strolling along a packed Nottingham street on her first public engagement alongside her fiance, Prince Harry, clutching none other than a Strathberry bag.For the small company, which husband and wife team Guy and Leeanne Hundleby, gave up their jobs to launch in 2013,  the effect was off-the-scale.The bag, a tri-colour leather midi tote costing £495, sold out within minutes, the phones rang off the hook. Ms Markle had not only put them on the map but catapulted them into a league of which many designers can only dream. The immediate effect on sales was proof, if any was needed, that Ms Markle would drive as much demand for the labels she chooses as the Duchess of Cambridge, whose outfits invariably ensure designers benefit from the “Kate effect”.Strathberry was the brainchild of Mr and Mrs Hundleby, 46 and 45 respectively, who launched the brand from a studio attached to the family home they share with their four children and dog in Edinburgh.They founded the company in 2013, having noticed that Scotland was lacking a standout international luxury accessories brand. Meghan Markle with her Strathberry toteCredit: Jeremy Selwyn/pool As such, they chose to work with some of those manufacturers, who continue to handcraft their products, each bag taking up to 20 hours to make. The Hundlebys worked closely with high profile fashion bloggers from the outset and soon built up a cult online following, particularly in China.In 2015, when they decided to expand their brand, they turned to Kickstarter, an online crowd funding platform for creative projects.last_img read more

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first_img 11,353 Views https://jrnl.ie/3130967 By Órla Ryan File photo of Limerick More than 300 jobs have been created as a direct result of the plan’s funding€12.2 million total employment income impact in 2015, up over a quarter on 201416,871 participants in support services across 47 projects; 56% were under 17 years in 2014Increased attendance at school and other services and higher numbers from DEIS schools progressing to further levelIncreased numbers using services at local community hubsAlmost 50% of new build homes either completed or at design stageTwo thirds of 1,500 homes earmarked for thermal upgrading either completed or plans in placeSafer communities working in partnership with communities, policing and CCTV; Youth crime has decreased significantlyLaunching the review, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney said: “The challenges we face in the area of housing include not just developing new supply, but also tackling legacy issues from a time when housing delivery perhaps focused more on quantity over quality.“This review shows that good progress is now being made in tackling such issues for the regeneration areas of Limerick city.Much work remains to be done, but in the two years since the implementation plan was launched, notable progress has been made in the physical regeneration and I’m particularly delighted to see first-hand, the investment being made in the social regeneration, including the involvement of residents which underpins this work.“The transformation won’t be instant, but the development of strong, sustainable communities is happening and I am committed to continuing our support for the efforts of the community, the Council and all other supporters of this important work.”More recommendations Kieran O’Hanlon, Mayor Limerick city and county, said: “I’m delighted there has been significant work done across the four regeneration areas in Limerick. While you always like to see things move more quickly, what has been achieved is very welcome.”A series of recommendations have been made across all three pillars.They include:Continued support and development of Community Enterprise Centres as Community HubsEnhanced community involvement and maintenance of safety within areasFocus on reducing youth unemploymentTarget specific skills developmentIncrease private sector involvementProgress the Coonagh to Knockalisheen Road and M7/ M20/ N18 access into SouthillRead: Over 100 native Irish plants are endangered, including these well-known favouritesRead: ‘It will destroy tourism here’: Islanders worried as ferry set to be decomissioned A REVIEW OF the plan to regenerate Limerick has found that the work being carried out in four areas across the city is having a positive impact on communities.The comprehensive review covered the two years since the plan – the Limerick Regeneration Framework Implementation Plan (LRFIP) – was adopted by councillors in February 2014, is divided into three pillars: social, economic and physical.Here are the main statistics: Image: Shutterstock/UTBP Dec 9th 2016, 5:28 PM File photo of Limerick Image: Shutterstock/UTBP Friday 9 Dec 2016, 5:28 PM Short URL Share Tweet Email1 More jobs, less crime: Limerick’s regeneration is working A plan was undertaken in 2014 to improve the city socially and economically. 27 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An ancient Greek vase that until recently was on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as part of its Greek and Roman collections is undergoing investigation.The museum was ordered by the Manhattan district attorney’s office to hand over the artefact which is believed to have been looted decades ago from Italy. The vase has been attributed to the Greek artist Python and is from 360 BCE. It depicts the ancient Greek god Dionysus riding a cart and was created in southern Italy, which at the time was predominantly inhabited by Greeks. It was forensic archaeologist Christos Tsirogiannis whose interest in looted antiquities led him to reach out about the vase to Manhattan prosecutor Matthew Bogdanos who has formerly been involved in other looting cases, namely that of Iraq’s National Museum. “When I sent American police the information, they immediately told me that this was ‘a great case.’ It was abundantly clear that this rare object had been stolen,” Mr Tsirogiannis said.Given the similarity with another major work in the Met’s collection that was removed in 2008 and discovered to be excavated from an ancient Italian burial ground, the Euphronios Krater, police officials believe the case may be linked to Italian dealer Giacomo Medici. He was arrested in 1997, and in 2004 was convicted of conspiring to traffic in antiquities. However Medici has denied any involvement with the Python vase.last_img read more

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