First result from Madhya Pradesh expected around 10 pm

first_imgBhopal: The first result for elections to the Lok Sabha constituencies in Madhya Pradesh is expected around 10 p.m. on Thursday, while the last result might come by Friday morning. The state’s Chief Election Officer V.L. Kantarao told reporters: “The result for Ujjain, Tikamgarh and a few other constituencies are expected around 10 p.m. tonight. The rest of the results will come by Friday morning.” “The ballet count for the state’s 29 parliamentary constituencies will take place in 17 to 27 rounds, of which two to six rounds have been completed,” he added.last_img read more

Scientists recreate 5000yrold Egyptian Pharaohs beer

first_imgJerusalem: Scientists have recreated an ancient beer that was served during the reign of Egyptian Pharaohs over 5,000 years ago. In ancient times, beer was an important ingredient in people’s daily diet. Great powers were attributed to beer in the ancient world, particularly for religious worship and healing properties. Researchers from Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) in Israel examined the colonies of yeast that formed and settled in the nano-pores of pottery used to produce beer. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’They were able to resurrect this yeast to create a high-quality beer. Many cooks were invited to isolate the yeast specimens from the ancient debris and to create a beer with it. They were given shards of pottery that had been used as beer and mead (honey wine) jugs in ancient times — and miraculously, still had yeast specimens stuck inside. Researchers said that these jars date back to the reign of Egyptian Pharaoh Narmer (roughly 3000 BCE), to Aramean King Hazael (800 BCE) and to Prophet Nehemiah (400 BCE) who, according to the bible, governed Judea under Persian rule. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe researchers, with the help of HUJI student Tzemach Aouizerat, cleaned and sequenced the full genome of each yeast specimen. They found that these 5,000-year yeast cultures are similar to those used in traditional African brews, such as the Ethiopian honey wine tej, and to modern beer yeast. Local Israeli beer expert Itai Gutman helped the scientists make the beer. The brew was sampled and was deemed to be high-quality and safe for consumption. “The greatest wonder here is that the yeast colonies survived within the vessel for thousands of years — just waiting to be excavated and grown,” said Ronen Hazan, Hebrew University. “This ancient yeast allowed us to create beer that lets us know what ancient Philistine and Egyptian beer tasted like. By the way, the beer isn’t bad,” Hazan said. “Aside from the gimmick of drinking beer from the time of King Pharaoh, this research is extremely important to the field of experimental archaeology — a field that seeks to reconstruct the past,” he said. “Our research offers new tools to examine ancient methods, and enables us to taste the flavours of the past,” he added. “We are talking about a real breakthrough here. This is the first time we succeeded in producing ancient alcohol from ancient yeast. In other words, from the original substances from which alcohol was produced. This has never been done before,” said Yitzchak Paz, from Israel Antiquities Authority.last_img read more

Trump not bothered by N Korea missile tests Abe doesnt agree

first_imgTokyo: President Donald Trump said Monday he is not “personally” bothered by recent short-range missile tests that North Korea conducted this month, breaking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is hosting the president on four-day state visit full of pageantry. Standing beside Trump at a news conference after hours of talks, Abe disagreed with the US president, saying the missile tests violated UN Security Council resolutions and were “of great regret.” Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Abe, who has forged a strong friendship with Trump and agrees with him on many issues, is concerned because the short-range missiles pose a threat to Japan’s security. Trump was invited to Japan to be the first world leader to meet with its new emperor. Despite being far from Washington, he didn’t miss the chance to lob another broadside against former Vice President Joe Biden, one of the Democrats seeking to challenge Trump in next year’s presidential election. North Korea’s Kim Jong Un recently criticized Biden as having a low IQ, and Trump told the world he agreed with the authoritarian leader’s assessment. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe visit was designed to highlight the US-Japan alliance and showcase the warm relations between the leaders. Trump said he and Abe deliberated over economic issues, including trade and Iran, during hours of talks at the Akasaka Palace, but North Korea’s recent firing of short-range missiles emerged as an area of disagreement. When asked if he was bothered by the missile tests, Trump said: “No, I’m not. I am personally not.” The Republican president has sought to downplay the significance of the missile tests, even though his own national security adviser, John Bolton, said over the weekend that they violated U.N. resolutions. Trump continues to hold out hope of getting Kim to agree to give up his nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, despite two summits he’s had with the North Korean leader that produced no concrete pledge to denuclearize the peninsula. Trump praised Kim, calling him a “smart man” who might have launched the missiles earlier this month to “get attention.” “All I know is there have been no nuclear tests, no ballistic missiles going out, no long-range missiles going out and I think that someday we’ll have a deal,” Trump said, adding that he is in “no rush.” Trump is correct that North Korea has not recently tested a long-range missile that could reach the US. But earlier this month, North Korea fired off a series of short-range missiles that alarmed US allies in closer proximity to North Korea, including Japan. The tests broke a pause in North Korea’s ballistic missile launches that began in late 2017. Abe reiterated his previous statement that the tests were conducted in defiance of the UN.last_img read more

Mamata congratulates PM Modi will skip swearingin ceremony

first_imgKolkata: Congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi a day before the swearing-in ceremony which is scheduled to be held on Thursday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has requested the former to excuse her for not attending the function.Earlier, Banerjee had decided to attend the function in Delhi and was scheduled to leave for the national Capital on Wednesday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Bengal BJP has decided to take the members of 54 people whom they termed as “martyrs” to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaReacting sharply, Banerjee said the BJP’s claim that 54 people died in political violence is “completely untrue.” There have been no political murders in Bengal and the persons might have died due to family feud or personal enmity or other disputes. She remarked that the swearing-in ceremony is “an august occasion to celebrate democracy” and should not be devalued by any political party that wants to use it as an opportunity “to score political points.” Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersShortly after cancelling the trip to Delhi, she tweeted: “Congratulations, new Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji. It was my plan to accept the “Constitutional Invitation” and attend the oath-taking ceremony. However, in the last one hour, I am seeing media reports that the BJP are claiming 54 people have been murdered in political violence in Bengal. This is completely untrue. There have been no political murders in Bengal. These deaths may have occurred due to personal enmity, family quarrels and other disputes, nothing related to politics. There is no such record with us. So I am sorry Narendra Modi ji, this has compelled me not to attend the ceremony.” She further mentioned: “The ceremony is an august occasion to celebrate democracy, not one that should be devalued by any political party which uses it as an opportunity to score political points. Please excuse me.” Political experts felt that as the administrative head of the state, Banerjee has taken the right decision. It is an insult to her to share the same dais with the family members of the deceased as to accept it will mean a stamp on BJP’s tall claims. The saffron party claims that 46 party workers had died during the Panchayats election held in 2018 and five during the recently-concluded Lok Sabha election.last_img read more

Chicken 65

first_imgIngredients Chicken (boneless) 1 kg Salt to taste Red Chilli Powder ½ tbsp Turmeric Powder ½ tsp Ginger Garlic Paste 1 tsp All-Purpose Flour 2 tbsp Corn Flour 2 tbsp Egg (beaten) 1 Oil to deep fry For Gravy oil 2-3 tbsp Also Read – PUMPKIN MASH, TAMATAR RASSAGinger (finely chopped) ½ tsp Garlic (crushed) ½ tsp Green Chillies (vertically slit) 6-7 Curry Leaves 10-12 Yogurt 1 cup Salt to taste Red Chilli Powder 1 tsp Preparation For marination & frying: First, in a mixing bowl, add boneless chicken pieces, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste. Into it, add one egg. Also add all-purpose flour and corn flour into it. Mix up all the ingredients. Rest the marinade in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes. Heat oil in a wok for deep frying. Into it, add the chicken pieces and deep fry them until they turn golden brown on all sides (for about 10-15 minutes on medium flame). Take the chicken pieces out and transfer the pieces into a bowl and set aside. Also Read – DATES AND MILK CRUMBLEFor gravy: Take a wok; into it, add oil and heat it. Add finely crushed ginger and garlic into it. Add green chillies and sauté well. Add fresh curry leaves and sauté. Add beaten yogurt into it. Add some salt as per taste; add red chilli powder, red food color. Mix all the ingredients and stir well. Add the deep fried chicken pieces into the gravy and cook for five to ten minutes by stirring. Take the chicken 65 out on a serving plate. Garnish with fried curry leaves. Add lemon extract all over. Serve with lemon wedges. (Courtesy: Chef Pawan Bisht, Verandah, New Delhi)last_img read more

Sri Lankan presidential polls to be held between Nov 15 and Dec

first_imgColombo: The presidential elections in Sri Lanka would be held between November 15 and December 7, Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has said, clarifying that according to constitutional provisions the polls must be held one month before the end of the current president’s term. Deshapriya’s clarification on the constitutional provisions regarding the date for the next presidential elections came after President Maithripala Sirisena told reporters last week in New Delhi that the presidential polls is likely to take place on December 7. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’President Sirisena’s five-year term is scheduled to end on January 8, 2020. “The election must be held one month before the end of the current president’s term,” Deshapriya said, addressing the Voters’ Day events held at the south Colombo suburb of Moratuwa Saturday. “The nearest date the election can be held is November 15 as the November 10 is a Sunday and November 12 is a Poya Day (a Buddhist holy day). December 7 is the furthest day the election can be held,” Deshapriya said, adding the Election Commission would be permitted to hold the election on any day between November 15 and December 7. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaSirisena was elected for a 5 year-term on January 8, 2015 when he challenged the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa. The former strongman had called snap elections two years ahead of the end of his second term. Sirisena backed by the then main Opposition United National Party (UNP) became the common Opposition candidate against his former boss Rajapaksa. Although Sirisena has not so far declared his intention for a re-run, his souring of relationship with the UNP of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has indicated that the UNP would be fielding its own candidate. Sirisena in October last year sacked Wickremesinghe, who elevated him to the presidency, and replaced him with Rajapaksa. The move led to a constitutional impasse which lasted over 50 days. After the intervention by the Supreme Court court, Wickremesinghe was restored as the prime minister. Sirisena speaking to reporters in New Delhi after attending Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony said he had not decided on seeking another term in the election that is due by year-end. “I am not in a hurry to decide whether to stand,” Sirisena said. Sirisena has faced criticism over his leadership after a series of suicide bombings killed 258 people in the island nation on April 21.last_img read more

Life imprisonment for man who created hijack scare on Jet plane

first_imgAhmedabad: A special NIA court here Tuesday awarded life imprisonment to a Mumbai-based businessman and imposed a fine of Rs 5 crore on him for leaving a hijack threat note on a Jet Airways plane in October 2017. The court of special NIA judge K M Dave said the fine amount submitted by the convict, businessman Birju Salla, will be distributed among the crew members and passengers on board the affected plane. Salla was accused of creating a hijack scare by planting a threat note written in English and Urdu in the tissue paper box of the aircraft’s toilet on October 30. Also Read – Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally: China After the incident, Salla become the first person to be put under the “national no fly list”, and was also the first to be booked under the stringent Anti Hijacking Act, which had replaced a vintage law of 1982. The NIA had in January last year filed a charge sheet against him under sections 3(1), 3(2)(a) and 4(b) of the Anti-Hijacking Act, 2016. The NIA had said Salla prepared a “threat note” in both English and Urdu language and placed it “intentionally” in the tissue paper box of the toilet near the business class of the Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight no.9W339 on October 30, thereby jeopardizing the safety of passengers and crew on board. Also Read – Cultural icons condemn FIR against celebs who wrote to PM He was arrested in October 2017 after the plane made an emergency landing at the Ahmedabad airport. He confessed to the crime and told investigators that he had done it in the hope that it would force Jet Airways to close its Delhi operation and his girlfriend, who worked in the airline’s Delhi office, would come back to Mumbai. The note asked the plane to be flown into Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. The note ended with the words, Allah is Great.last_img read more

Government calls allparty meet before Parliament session

first_imgNew Delhi: The government has convened an all-party meeting on June 16, a day before the first session of the newly elected Lok Sabha, informed sources said on Thursday. The government will seek the support of the opposition parties in getting crucial bills passed in the session including one on triple talaq which among others were approved by the union cabinet on Wednesday, the sources said. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and several Ministers have met opposition leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress) to seek their support for a smooth functioning of Parliament. Also Read – Telangana bus strike enters fourth day Although the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has a whopping 353 members in the 545-seat Lok Sabha, it only has 102 members in the 245-seat Rajya Sabha. Also on June 16, the newly constituted BJP Parliamentary Party Executive Committee will meet under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to chalk out its strategy for the session which will conclude on July 26. Members of the NDA are likely to meet and finalize a strategy for the session. Also Read – Over 62.71 lakh pilgrims have visited Vaishno Devi this year Besides triple talaq, the bills likely to be introduced in the House are The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers Cadre) Bill, 2019 and Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill 2019. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, which made instant triple talaq (talaq-e-biddat) a penal offence, had faced objections from opposition parties which claimed that jail term for a man for divorcing his wife was legally untenable. The first session of the Lok Sabha has been convened from June 17 to 26. The Economic Survey will be presented on July 4 and the Budget on July 5. The 40-day session will have 30 sittings. The first two days have been kept for oath-taking by the new members. The Lok Sabha Speaker will be elected on June 19. President Ram Nath Kovind will address the joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on June 20. The subsequent days will see a discussion on the Motion of Thanks to his address.last_img read more

Not aware of any notice to Akash Kailash Vijayvargiya

first_imgBhopal: BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya Saturday expressed ignorance about the party issuing any show-cause notice to his MLA son Akash for assaulting a civic official with a cricket bat in Indore last month.There have been contrasting statements by party leaders on the notice. While Madhya Pradesh BJP president had Thursday said that no decision was taken on the matter, a senior national leader had asserted that a notice was issued. When asked Saturday whether any such notice has been issued to the MLA, Satyendra Bhushan Singh, office secretary of the state BJP, said, “Nothing like that, at least in my knowledge.” Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The issue of imminent action against Akash came up after Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday disapproved of his conduct and language. BJP leaders have feigned ignorance whether any notice has been served to Akash asking him to explain his conduct. Akash had assaulted an official of the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) on June 26 during an argument over razing of a dilapidated building, which was caught on camera. He is currently out on bail. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”I don’t know about it. I (just) reached here (Bhopal) from Delhi but I read in newspapers that Akash was served something,” Kailash Vijayvargiya told reporters when asked about the show-cause notice against his son. In reply to a question whether he scolded Akash over the incident, the Vijayvargiya senior said that he had done whatever he was supposed to do as a father. “Dantna (reprimanding) and ‘samjhana’… I don’t want to discuss it publicly,” he added. When asked about Akash not seen in public after the prime minister’s statement, his father said, “Ask him. He will be here to attend the state Assembly session (on July 8).” After his release from jail, Akash was given a hero’s welcome by some BJP workers. Though he remained unapologetic over the act, Akash had said that he would try to follow Mahatma Gandhi’s path of non-violence while raising public issues in future.last_img read more

Officers unwilling to work at Centre Personnel ministry asks states to send

first_imgNew Delhi: Citing “insignificant number” of officers willing to work at the Centre, the personnel ministry has asked all states to ensure that required number of bureaucrats are nominated for central deputation to ensure career progression and exchange of relevant experience.It said there is “extremely low” representation of officers on central deputation, especially at deputy secretary or director level. The personnel ministry had in December last year asked all states to send officers for appointment on deputation to the posts under central staffing scheme and for the posts of chief vigilance officers (CVOs) who act as distant arms of the Central Vigilance Commission to check corruption in central public sector enterprises. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”Although a period of six months has passed since applications for 2019 were called for, the number of nominations received so far has been ranging from ‘Nil’ to an insignificant number. Attention in this regard is also invited to the extremely low representation of officers from various cadres/services under central staffing scheme especially at DS/director level,” the ministry said in a communique. Every cadre is allowed a deputation reserve to ensure that officers have the opportunity to work on deputation including that under the central staffing scheme, which adds to their experience, it said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”Under utilization of this reserve, particularly at deputy secretary/director level, causes serious gaps in cadre management,” the ministry pointed out. This aspect would also be kept in view while considering cadre review proposals, to be received in future, it cautioned. “The cadres that have not been forwarding adequate nominations for central staffing scheme at various levels may have to settle for less number of additional senior duty posts in future by way of corresponding reduction. These aspects have been duly conveyed to the cadre-controlling authorities during the recent meetings taken by the secretary, Department of Personnel and Training,” the ministry said. It is, therefore, requested that larger number of officers may kindly be recommended for appointment at DS/director/joint secretary level under the central staffing scheme so that the central deputation reserve/deputation reserves are duly utilized for this purpose, the order said. The states were also asked to ensure that the officers who are at the verge of promotion to senior grades are “not nominated” as it often necessitates their early repatriation to avail of promotion in the cadre. “It may be ensured that the names of only those officers are forwarded who are likely to remain available under the central staffing scheme for full tenure,” it said. In its 2018 letter, the ministry had said the movement of officers from the states to the Centre and back is crucial for building up the capabilities at the state level and contributing towards developing state perspectives in the Government of India or national perspective in the state at the decision-making levels. “Considering the general shortage of lAS officers at deputy secretary/director level, it would be appropriate if a conscious effort is made to nominate officers from your cadre and share the shortage proportionately between the Centre and the states. This will also ensure that every eligible officer has an opportunity to serve at the Centre at least once at the middle management level,” it had said. The ministry had shared figures with the states showing “adequate number of officers” were not being nominated to work at the Centre. According to the data, eight IAS officers of West Bengal cadre were working at the Centre against their central deputation reserve of 78. Similarly, 44 IAS officers of Uttar Pradesh cadre were working at the Centre as against 134. As few as 20 IAS officers of Karnataka were working at the Centre against the strength of 68. Chhattisgarh has sent seven IAS officers against 38, Madhya Pradesh has nominated 27 against 90, Bihar has sent 36 such bureaucrats against 74 and Odisha has nominated 20 against 51. A total of 19 IAS officers were working at the Centre against the strength of 81 from West Bengal, Haryana has sent 12 against 44, Gujarat has nominated 17 against 64, Andhra Pradesh has sent 18 against 46 and Jammu and Kashmir has sent 14 IAS officers against 30, among others. The central government has also decided to appoint 40 private sector specialists at the posts of deputy secretary and director, considered as crucial decision-making levels in the bureaucratic hierarchy. PTIlast_img read more

Jet Airways founder Goyal cant go abroad

first_imgNew Delhi: If Naresh Goyal, founder of the cash-strapped Jet Airways, wants to go abroad, he should first deposit as guarantee Rs 18,000 crore his company owes to lenders, the Delhi High Court observed Tuesday while refusing to allow him to leave India. The high court however sought the Centre’s reply on his plea challenging a look out circular (LOC) issued against him. No interim relief can be granted to Goyal at this stage, Justice Suresh Kait said. “If you are ready to deposit Rs 18,000 crore bank guarantee, you can go abroad” he observed.last_img read more

North Korea tests new multiple rocket launcher

first_imgSeoul: North Korea said Sunday leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test-firing of a “newly developed super-large multiple rocket launcher,” another demonstration of its expanding weapons arsenal apparently aimed at increasing its leverage ahead of a possible resumption of nuclear talks with the US. The North’s Korean Central News Agency said Saturday’s weapons test was successful and cited Kim as saying the rocket launcher is “indeed a great weapon.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USKim underscored the need to “continue to step up the development of Korean-style strategic and tactical weapons for resolutely frustrating the ever-mounting military threats and pressure offensive of the hostile forces,” according to the KCNA. The “hostile forces” likely referred to the United States and South Korea, whose recently ended regular military drills infuriated North Korea. The North has called the drills an invasion rehearsal and conducted a slew of missile and rocket tests in response. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSome experts said North Korea aims to show off its weapons to try to get an upper hand ahead of a possible restart of nuclear negotiations, which remain largely stalemated since the second summit between President Donald Trump and Kim in Vietnam in February fell apart due to squabbling over US-led sanctions on North Korea. The two leaders met again at the Korean border in late June and agreed to resume talks. Trump downplayed the latest launch, saying “Kim Jong Un has been, you know, pretty straight with me. … He likes testing missiles but we never restricted short-range missiles. We’ll see what happens.” South Korea’s military said North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Saturday morning and that they flew about 380 kilometers (236 miles) at the maximum altitude of 97 kilometers (60 miles). It was the seventh known weapons test by North Korea in about a month. North Korea has been pushing to develop powerful multiple rocket launch systems, whose projectiles resemble short-range missiles, some experts said. On Aug. 1, North Korea said it tested a large-caliber multiple rocket guided system, a day after South Korea said the North fired two short-range ballistic missiles. Most of the North Korean weapons tested in recent weeks have shown short-range flight distances. This suggested North Korea still doesn’t intend to lift its self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests, which would certainly derail the negotiations with Washington. The latest North Korean launches came two days after South Korea said it would terminate its intelligence-sharing deal with Japan amid trade disputes between the US allies. Washington expressed its disappointment at the South Korean decision. In a development that could possibly further complicate ties between Seoul and Tokyo, South Korea’s navy on Sunday began two-day exercises on and around a group of islets controlled by South Korea but also claimed by Japan. Japan’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying the islets belong to Japan and called the drills “unacceptable.” South Korean navy officers said the drills are the first of two regular exercises held every year near the islets called Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese. They said the drills involve aircraft landing on the islets and warships maneuvering nearby. Local media said South Korea originally planned the first drills in June, but delayed them in consideration of relations with Japan.last_img read more

Youth stabbed shot dead following a tiff in S Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: On Wednesday night, a 22-year-old man was stabbed to death following a scuffle with three to four men in the Tigri area of South Delhi.According to the police, the deceased, identified as Rohit was stabbed eight times before being shot at twice from close range by the accused Akash, his brother Annu, Kapil and a few others. According to police, Akash has previous cases against him including that of murder. The deceased also has a case registered against him of a minor scuffle. The locals called police after the incident of stabbing. When the police reached the spot, Rohit was shifted to Batra Hospital by his relatives. He succumbed to his injuries and was declared dead on arrival. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe south Delhi police have registered a case under Section 302/34 of Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act at the Tigri police station. Parminder Singh, the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), South district, said, “During the investigation, it was found that Rohit had an altercation with Akash during the day. In the night, Akash, his brother Annu, Kapil and few others intercepted Rohit and stabbed and fired at him multiple times,” said Singh. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”We did not find any apparent enmity between the deceased and the accused. It seems they got into a random altercation and entered into a fight which turned out to be fatal,” said Additional DCP South Parvinder Singh. The South Delhi police are scanning the CCTV footage in the area in order to know the crime sequence and whereabouts of the accused. The body has been sent for postmortem and an investigation is underway to arrest the absconding accused.last_img read more

Rexha raises concern over size discrimination

first_imgLos Angele: Singer Bebe Rexha has revealed that she was told to lose weight by the people in the music industry, when she was only nine stone. In an interview to Cosmopolitan, the ‘I got you’ hitmaker opened up about her journey with body image. She said: “‘When I first got signed, the label said, ‘Are you ready to get in boot-camp shape?’ They wanted me to lose 20lb (almost a stone and a half).’ Back then I was so small, I was only 130lb’.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”It f**ked me up. I was so cold all the time. I would starve myself before filming a music video. She’d (a female creative director) sit opposite me at the dinner table and say, ‘You’re not losing enough.’ All I was eating was salad.” Bebe Rexha earlie called out the designers who refused to dress her for the Grammys because of her shape, reports “It broke my heart. I was so sad, so depressed. I felt like I was garbage. I thought to myself, ‘This is bulls**t.’ I was mad. I wasn’t trying to get back at anyone, but I wasn’t standing for it any more. I was in the studio and I just left, went into the kitchen, and made a video on my phone.” “If a (US) size 6/8 is too big then I don’t know what to tell you…That’s crazy. You’re saying that all the women in the world that are a size 8 and up are not beautiful and they cannot wear your dresses… f**k you, I don’t want to wear your f**king dresses,” she added.last_img read more

Community participation can help in curbing noise pollution

first_imgNew Delhi: The importance of community participation in curbing noise pollution was one of the important points discussed during a meeting of the Joint Pollution Control Review Committee.Sources told Millennium Post that the meeting was held in the first week of September under the chairmanship of an officer of the rank of Additional Commissioner of Police at Delhi Police headquarters. Officials from Delhi Police, MCD, DPCC, NGO and paralegal volunteers were present. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources added that various points were discussed in the meeting between the officials and at the end, it was observed that no initiative can be successful without the participation of the community. The people have to be sensitized about the ethics of the environment, ill defects and disadvantages of noise pollution. “Though prosecution is essential for enforcing environment but without the support of the community, the menace can’t be controlled. The volunteers should come forward and contact local authorities for cooperation in organizing programmes,” was one of the observations made at the meeting. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSources further added that talks were held regarding the exclusive website of noise pollution. “Directions were issued that district DCsP should dispose of pending grievances at the earliest,” sources said. Noise pollution helpline number was another important topic of the discussion. During the deliberations of the meeting, proposals of mass awareness programmes were put forward by the members of the committee. One of the members proposed that community meetings may be organised in collaboration with the RWAs of the area. The programmes may be organised on the pattern of Mohalla Panchayat, Nukkad Dramas and Sabhas. The volunteers may be involved in this programme. Another member pointed out that if there is any violation during any functions, effective check and control may be imposed on such social conglomerations. Another official stated that social media is one of the significant platforms of mass mobilisation, thus it may be used to spread awareness. “Exhibitions, song, dramas, poster competition may be organised in educational institutions to sensitize children,” a member said.last_img read more

Treatment at mental health facility was torture Ontario judge finds

first_imgAn Ontario court has ruled that a provincial mental health facility ran therapeutic programs for years that amounted to torture for the patients involved.Justice Paul Perell’s ruling came in the midst of a lengthy lawsuit filed by past and present residents of the Oak Ridge division of the Penetang Psychiatric Hospital in Penetanguishene, Ont., that alleges patients were gravely mistreated.Perell says three programs at the hospital that involved the forced administration of drugs, physical restraint and sleep deprivation, amounted to both physical and mental torture.Two doctors and the province of Ontario, who are defendants in the suit, argued that the programs at the heart of the lawsuit fell outside the statute of limitations and could not be the subject of a court proceeding.Perell dismissed that claim in his June 1 ruling, but said the plaintiffs now need to establish whether or not they were harmed by programs run at Oak Ridge between 1966 and 1983.Lawyers representing the plaintiffs say they will proceed with the case. Lawyers representing the defendants did not immediately respond to request for comment.In his ruling, Perell outlined the various premises of the three programs used to treat many patients who had been accused of serious crimes such as rape and murder.They were developed at Oak Ridge and administered in part by Dr. Elliott Thompson Barker and Dr. Gary Maier, the two psychiatrists named as plaintiffs in the suit, the ruling said.Defence Disruptive Therapy (DDT) involved forcibly giving patients hallucinogenic and delirium-producing drugs in order to break down the patients’ defence mechanisms and force them to confront their abnormal behaviour, Perell wrote.The Motivation, Attitude, Participation Program (MAPP) involved forcing patients to complete 14 days of perfect behaviour, including adhering to rules about “unauthorized talking or movement,” he wrote.One component of that program involved forcing patients to sit on a bare floor with hands cuffed and only allowing them to move four times within four hours in a confined space of three square feet. Failure to comply could result in forced sedation or being placed in solitary confinement, Perell noted.The third initiative, called the Capsule Program, involved chaining up to seven people together in a room, stripping them naked, and keeping them in that state for days at a time, Perell said.The room was continuously lit and featured holes in the walls through which occupants were fed only liquid foods through straws. Patients were kept under constant surveillance and often given hallucinogenic drugs against their will, Perell said.“The three programs designed by Dr. Barker and implemented by the doctors and other employees of Oak Ridge — even if designed and implemented in good faith and even if the programs could be proven to be in some way therapeutic — were torture and a degradation of human dignity,” Perell wrote in his decision.“It is an inexcusable breach of fiduciary duty for a physician to torture a patient.”Plaintiffs alleged a breach of fiduciary duty when they first launched the suit in 2000, and Perell said that particular claim was not beyond the statute of limitations at that time.As a result, Perell dismissed the defence’s position that the plaintiff’s claims fell outside of the statute of limitations.He did, however, order a trial or other motions to “prove victimization, harm, causation of harm and to quantify the individual plaintiffs’ damages, if any” for the 31 plaintiffs in the lawsuit.No date has yet been set for this next step, and it is not known whether the defendants plan to appeal Perell’s ruling.Perell conceded that the doctors were likely running programs based on accepted medical practices of the day, but said that argument still could not excuse what was done to Oak Ridge patients.“I appreciate that apart from professional renown and advancement, there was no self-serving gratification for the defendant physicians at the expense of the plaintiffs,” he wrote.“But, in my opinion, that does not negate the circumstance that it is a breach of a physician’s ethical duty to physically and mentally torture his patients even if the physician’s decisions are based on what the medical profession at the time counts for treatment for the mentally ill.”last_img read more

Film documents tiny coastal NS villages relentless battle with Ottawa

first_imgHALIFAX – They feared being swallowed by ocean, but the 78 residents of Gabarus, N.S., never waved a white flag before the federal government.For decades, a seawall made of timber and rock protected the tiny 300-year-old fishing village in Cape Breton from the punishing waves of the Atlantic.But as the 70-year-old structure started to crumble, the very existence of Gabarus was under threat — and governments were not helping, each level claiming the wall was not its problem.The plight of Gabarus sparked a years-long battle with Ottawa and kindled a community spirit that has banded together life-long residents with newcomers who settled in the scenic town for its beauty and simplistic way of life.Their story is chronicled in a new documentary titled “Only 78,” set to screen at the Atlantic International Film Festival on Sunday in Halifax.“The people of Gabarus are remarkably resilient and inspiring,” said Toronto filmmaker Jawad Mir, the film’s creator. “They’ve shown that it doesn’t matter how small you are, you can fight. You just have to go for it.”Residents of Gabarus have long argued that Ottawa, which built the seawall in the 1940s, owns the structure and is responsible for maintaining it. But the Fisheries Department has repeatedly said the wall sits almost entirely on Nova Scotia-owned land and is therefore a provincial and municipal responsibility.“Who cares who owns it? We need to have responsible people step forward and say that this isn’t right. We need to have it fixed… The Atlantic Ocean doesn’t give two hoots about us, but our elected representative really should care,” Gabarus resident Heather Hayes said during a public meeting in Sydney, N.S., that is shown in “Only 78.”If the wall was breached, it would put at risk the local fishing industry — its only economy — as well as road access to the village, and many homes. It failed before in the 1980s and was fixed by the federal government, according to research compiled by Gabarus residents.A powerful storm in 2010 that battered the seawall made matters worse, adding to the urgency.Tim Menk, 64, and his partner Gene Kersey, 71, moved to Gabarus from the United States in 2008 and realized the community was “under existential threat.”Armed with hundreds of documents and the blessing of the village’s elders, Menk and a small group of residents set out to fight for funding to repair the seawall.The Friends of Gabarus Society was born and claimed to have evidence that the seawall was the federal government’s responsibility — a notion outright rejected by Ottawa on many occasions.“Those of us who arrived found ourselves enchanted by this place and by its lovely people who were so welcoming… It didn’t matter that we were biracial gay couple from the States. And we felt we owed something to the community because they have given so much to us,” said Menk.“But the attitude was that the government is going to do what the government’s going to do. So we were driven by a sense of moral outrage that the government wasn’t doing the right thing here.”Mir said he was drawn to the story of Gabarus after reading a newspaper article in April 2013. He self-funded the film, travelling to Cape Breton several times over four years on his own dime, inspired by the relentless advocacy in Gabarus and aiming to help their cause.“There are many communities across Canada under similar threat, so I thought it was important to tell their story,” said Mir. “I’m always about the underdog.”After eight years of meetings, media interviews and even a complaint filed with the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner’s office, Gabarus eventually won repairs for its seawall in early 2014 through a $700,000 shared-funding agreement with three levels of government.It served as a catalyst for continued community activism in the historic fishing village. Gabarus also won funding to move its 125-year-old lighthouse away from a cliff’s edge to escape coastal erosion, and its residents raised money to expand the local firehall — all of which gained tiny Gabarus a community spirit award from the lieutenant-governor.Menk said he hopes the story of Gabarus inspires other small communities to take on governments, noting that “Only 78” also touches on the experience of Little Anse, N.S., which has lobbied Ottawa — so far, unsuccessfully — to fix its breakwater.“We’re in the same leaky boat together in these coastal communities,” said Menk. “Row in the same direction. Unless we do that, we have little chance of survival in the long term.”Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

Lawyers for Quebec City mosque shooting suspect oppose release of warrants

first_imgQUEBEC – Lawyers for a man accused of killing six men at a mosque in Quebec City last January are appealing a lower court decision to have certain confidential documents made accessible to the media.In a motion filed earlier this week, lawyers for Alexandre Bissonnette say the Quebec court judge committed an error in law in allowing the documents released.Bissonnette, 27, faces six counts of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder using a restricted firearm.Prosecutors filed a preferred indictment against Bissonnette and say they are ready to set a trial date on Dec. 11A consortium of seven media organizations including Radio-Canada, Montreal La Presse and TVA had asked the court to remove the seal on 10 search warrants carried out between Jan. 30 and Feb. 6.They received part of the documents in mid-October after Judge Alain Morand ruled they were in the public interest, but the rest remained sealed to allow for an appeal.“The publication of this information would cause real, serious, significant and irreparable harm to the fairness of the trial, and the adverse effects are greater than the beneficial effects on the right to freedom of expression and the public’s right to information,” defence lawyers Charles-Olivier Gosselin and Jean-Claude Gingras wrote.Arguments are expected to be heard on Friday.last_img read more

Suncor phasing in 150 autonomous haul trucks job cuts expected by 2019

first_imgCALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. says over the next six years it expects to deploy more than 150 electric autonomous haul trucks at its company operated-mines — a move expected to decrease its equipment operator positions as early as 2019.The Calgary-based oil and gas firm says it will continue to work with the union on strategies to minimize workforce impacts, with phased implementation to start at its North Steepbank mine.The company says the implementation of AHS will change roles and required skill sets for some employees at Suncor’s operations over time.Suncor says, following evaluations completed over the past four years, it has validated that AHS technology can be used safely, effectively and efficiently in its operating environment.It says the technology offers many advantages over existing truck and shovel operations, including enhanced safety performance, better operating efficiency and lower operating costs.Suncor says its planned deployment of AHS technology is one of the largest such investments in the world.Companies in this story: (TSX:SU)last_img read more

Quebec universities launch world first UNESCO antiradicalization chair

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s new UNESCO chair on the prevention of radicalization and violent extremism is the first of its kind in the world, say members of three universities who launched the project Friday in Sherbrooke, Que.The research centre will be directed by a team of professors from Concordia University, Universite de Sherbrooke and Universite du Quebec a Montreal.Co-director David Morin said the chair’s mission is to create a “pole of excellence” that will bring together experts in both research and field work.“(The goal) is to be able to develop programs, to evaluate them and to support the political decision-makers and the stakeholders in the field on the subject of prevention of radicalization,” said Morin, a professor at the Universite de Sherbrooke.He said the chair’s mission as well as its governance model make it a world first.“What is unique in the world is a UNESCO chair that’s tripartite — that brings together three universities that signed the agreement with UNESCO — but beyond that, it’s the gathering of national and international partners that are coming together to share their expertise,” Morin said.The project was conceived during the UNESCO conference on radicalization that Quebec hosted in 2016 and will become one of the international body’s 700 institutions in 116 countries that encourage inter-university cooperation around the world.The centre has an international focus and will collaborate with a network of over 40 partners across North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.Quebec has pledged $100,000 a year for the next four years to support the initiative.The current staff includes a chairholder from each school as well as a scientific director based at Universite de Sherbrooke.Co-chair Vivek Venkatesh said the centre’s activities will include providing training to people who work in marginalized communities and creating public engagement tools to counter hate speech and violent propaganda.As an example, he cited an ongoing project in Montreal’s East End that teaches marginalized youth to use music and literature to describe their experiences with hateful speech or actions.The chair will bring together multiple disciplines including political science, international development, social services, and psychology.It’s tripartite structure means each school can contribute their own resources and sources of funding, Venkatesh said.“This is a coming together of institutional allies but also people from disciplines from three different institutions,” the Concordia professor said.“Our training and our respective cultures are coming together in a very unique way.”The secretary general of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO praised the chair and its governance model as “a first in Canada and the world.”“We look forward to working with the chair to counter the rise of radicalization and violent extremism in Canada and the world,” Sebastien Goupil said in a statement.last_img read more