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first_imgHow does a spider catch a fish? Could a mat of carbon nanotubes suck water from thin air? And what really drove the passenger pigeon extinct? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi.last_img

first_imgThe BJP-led NDA in Bihar, which has been ruling the State for about a decade and a half, owes an apology to the people of Patna, who have been reeling from inundation following heavy rain, Union minister Giriraj Singh said here on Wednesday.The firebrand BJP leader also attacked the Nitish Kumar government, saying an alert had been sounded ahead of the downpour, but it failed to ensure attentiveness in the administrative machinery, which could have lessened the severity of the crisis.“It is not a failure of the people of Patna. It is our failure. Residents of the city have reposed so much of trust in the NDA, especially the BJP. We owe an apology to them,” said Mr. Singh who is the Lok Sabha MP of Begusarai in Bihar.Mr. Singh, a former member of the Nitish Kumar cabinet, is a known detractor of the Chief Minister and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, a senior BJP leader.“The government issued an alert asking the people to be on guard. But was it on guard itself? Had it been so, people would not have been compelled to suffer so much of misery,” he said.On Tuesday also, the BJP leader accused the State government of corruption in flood relief and claimed that “floods seem to have become an occasion for celebration for the State administration”. Bihar floods: NDRF rescues Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi from his residence Bihar flood: NDRF rescues Deputy CM Sushil Modi from his residenceVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:1701:17  Children wade through a waterlogged road after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar. An overcrowded boat ferries people in high current on the flooded Ganga at Digha Ghat in Patna.  Patna has been a BJP stronghold since the 1980s when Lalu Prasad’s RJD held sway over Bihar. In the 2015 Assembly polls, which the BJP-led coalition lost badly to the Grand Alliance then comprising Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), RJD and Congress, all the four seats that cover the city were bagged by the saffron party.BJP legislators who have won from the city include State minister Nand Kishore Yadav, while Sushil Modi who is now a Legislative Council member, was a four-term MLA from the now-abolished Patna Central constituency. An overcrowded boat ferries people in high current on the flooded Ganga at Digha Ghat in Patna. Security personnel rescue NCC cadets stuck in a waterlogged camp after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar. An overcrowded boat ferries people in high current on the flooded Ganga at Digha Ghat in Patna. People wade through a waterlogged road after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar in Patna. Security personnel rescue NCC cadets stuck in a waterlogged camp after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar. Fishermen catch fish in the flooded river Ganga in Patna. Patients leave NMCH in Patna after waterlogging in the hospital. center_img Patients leave NMCH in Patna after waterlogging in the hospital. Fishermen catch fish in the flooded river Ganga in Patna. Children wade through a waterlogged road after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar. A view of submerged tracks at Patna Junction. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inspects the rise in water level of the Ganga river,in Patna on Thursday, (This photo has been released by I & PRD,Bihar Govt). A view of submerged tracks at Patna Junction. People wade through a waterlogged road after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar in Patna. A rickshaw passes through a flooded road in Patna. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inspects the rise in water level of the Ganga river,in Patna on Thursday, (This photo has been released by I & PRD,Bihar Govt). A rickshaw passes through a flooded road in Patna.  The State capital was pounded by 342.5 mm of rainfall between September 27 and 30, as against the State average of 255 mm, an official release said.At least 42 people have died in rain-related incidents in the entire State during the period following torrential showers.last_img read more

first_imgIf there is one Khan in B-Town who needs a reason to party, it’s Imran Khan. The actor decided to throw himself a party celebrating the success of his last two films Delhi Belly and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan.Those who attended the party included uncle Aamir Khan, his wife Kiran, Deepika Padukone, Siddharth, Anushka Sharma and Shahid. When theres’ a party in B-Town, there, sure, is fun, fashion and flashbulbs.”Yeh party main apne do films ke success celebrate karne ke liye mana raha hoon. Deepika, Sonam mere co-stars rah chuke hai. So, they have come (This is to celebrate the success of my two films. Deepika and Sonam have been my co-starts, so they have come.)Most women decided to incorprate some element of white in the ensemble. So while Kiran sported a white scarf, Sonam decided to pair the pastel long gown with a white knitted jacket and Deepika donned a flowing white gown while Anushka decided to glam up in a short white dress.Family, friends and fraternity?it looks like Imran didn’t miss out on anyone. “Yes, I’ve invited Ranbir too, but he said he would be late. Katrina is in Dublin shooting, so she couldn’t be here. I had invited her too,” Imran said.One agrees that Kat is out of country, but what kept good friend, rockstar Ranbir Kapoor, at bay? Is this about professional rivalery? Would one ever get to see the two on screen together?”Yes if there’s a script, we would like to do a comedy, we have hosted two shows together and we quite enjoyed it,” Kapoor said. It looks like with success, Imran’s learnt a thing or two about diplomacy.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgIndia never lost faith in their death-overs specialists, batsman Kedar Jadhav said after his team survived a huge scare against Afghanistan in Saturday’s dramatic low-scoring World Cup match. The Afghans fell agonizingly short of a major upset after restricting India to their lowest total of the tournament, 224-8 on a slow track.At 190 for six in the 46th over with Mohammad Nabi well set and Rashid Khan in the middle, Afghanistan was well in the match.Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Rashid before quicks Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami combined to derail Afghanistan’s chase.”Obviously, we had belief in our death specialist bowlers, Jadhav, whose 52 was the second highest score in the Indian innings,” told reporters.Bumrah is the number one bowler. We knew we had to get just one wicket to break that partnership, and the next batsman would be finding it difficult to score those runs in that scenario.”So we knew just one wicket away from that crucial win.”Bumrah’s two-wicket maiden over dragged India back into the contest and the world’s top-ranked ODI bowler conceded only five runs in the penultimate over to set the stage for Shami’s final over heroics.Needing 16 off the last over, Nabi smashed the first delivery for four and refused a single off the next.He hit the next ball straight to the long-on fielder to depart for 52 and Shami bowled Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman with the next two deliveries to become the second Indian, after Chetan Sharma, to claim a World Cup hat-trick.advertisementJadhav said it was a difficult wicket to bat on but India still should have posted a 250-plus total.”The wicket was slow and they were playing with four spinners. The ball was turning…it was difficult to play shots,” he said.”When the wicket is such, you need to analyze what sort of score we are looking at. Our actual plan was to look for around 250, we were targeting 250-260 but fell short by 20-30 runs.”So going into the fielding, we knew that we have to make up those 15, 20 runs in fielding. Obviously, credit to the bowlers that they defended this small total.”Also Read | India vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019: Jasprit Bumrah’s wickets turning point, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Told Mohammed Shami his time would come, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Seelast_img read more

first_imgAuthor Jackie Collins, who died last month of breast cancer, has left a lasting legacy to fellow breast cancer sufferers.Before she died, Collins penned a message to her fans urging them not to give up if they are diagnosed, and to help those suffering from cancer.“As you may have recently heard, I revealed that I have been LIVING life to the fullest with Stage 4 Breast Cancer for the past six and a half years,” she wrote. “With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, my message is this: Early detection can save lives! Get regular mammograms, and/or tell your loved ones too. Low cost or free mammograms are offered through many national programs and community organizations, so do your research. Even if you’ve been screened, and you have a gut feeling that something in your body is off, get a second opinion!“Cancer does not have to be a death sentence! You, or someone you love, can live an extraordinary life regardless. Be kind and be grateful. Never underestimate the power of your mind. Embrace what you love, and LIVE life to the fullest, as tomorrow is not promised to any of us. Whatever your pain or struggle in life, don’t allow it to turn you into a victim… let your battle turn you into someone else’s hero!“For the month of October I will donate 20% of my self-published book sales, with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.”To read the full message, click here.last_img read more

first_img“This was shocking and disappointing,” Reeder said. “The company is very happy he’s being brought to justice and held accountable for his actions.” Login/Register With: Advertisement Schwartz admitted stealing nearly $5 million from Morissette between May 2010 and January 2014. He used the money personally and falsely listed the cash withdrawals as “sundry/personal expenses” to cover up the crime. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment His plea deal calls for a sentence between four and six years in federal prison, though a judge could sentence him up to 23 years on the charges. Facebook Advertisement GSO reviewed Schwartz’s other work and found the other thefts, said GSO attorney Chris Reeder, who sued Schwartz after he was removed from the firm. Schwartz is scheduled to appear Feb. 1 in U.S. District Court on the criminal charges. Schwartz, who no longer works there, was said to represent Beyonce and Mariah Carey, who both appeared at a fundraiser last year in support of a heart disease charity he founded. The embezzlement was discovered after Morissette took her business elsewhere and her new money manager discovered millions of dollars missing and contacted GSO, according to lawsuits filed against Schwartz.center_img When confronted about the theft, Schwartz lied and said he invested the money in an illegal marijuana growing business, prosecutors said. Jonathan Todd Schwartz, 48, of Los Angeles, was charged with wire fraud and filing a false tax return for failing to report the embezzled funds, prosecutors said. Defence lawyer Nathan Hochman said Schwartz had fully co-operated with investigators and accepted responsibility. Morissette settled her suit against Schwartz and the firm, according to a joint statement issued last year. Her publicist had no comment Wednesday. Reeder said GSO has since repaid all the money he stole from clients. The firm’s pending lawsuit against Schwartz said he used the money to fuel a lavish lifestyle that included a $50,000 trip to Bora Bora and a $75,000 debt at a Bahamas casino. Advertisement Schwartz also admitted to stealing $2.3 million from five other clients who were not named in court documents or disclosed by attorneys in the case. Schwartz had offered financial guidance to some of the biggest stars while working at GSO Business Management, a firm that touts its relationship on its website with entertainers such as Katy Perry, 50 Cent and Tom Petty. The former business manager for Alanis Morissette admitted embezzling more than $7 million from the singer and other celebrities and agreed to plead guilty to federal charges, prosecutors said Wednesday. Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – The gatekeepers of Canada’s rich agriculture exports are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade export terminals as they prepare the country to become an ever-growing bread basket to the world.Canadian grain shipments have been steadily rising and hit a record high in the last crop year. And Canadian companies are making long-term bets on the growth of crop exports.Statistics for the 2016-2017 crop year shows Canada continues to improve on the massive logistical hurdle of moving prairie grains to global markets.“It was the best year we’ve ever had in terms of total movement and total amount of grain that was exported,” said Mark Hemmes, president of Quorum Corp., which monitors grain shipping for the federal government.The numbers show Canada’s rail network moved 50.7 million tonnes of grain from Western Canada for a five per cent bump from the year before, with about 39.7 million of that getting shipped to the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, and Thunder Bay.To put it into perspective, the amount of grain hauled on trains last season would be the equivalent weight of carrying 430 CN Towers, which lined up end to end would stretch from about Montreal to Quebec City.Farming techniques and climate change are set to make Canada even more productive, says Karl Gerrand, chief executive of grain handler G3 Canada.“Farmers are getting better at growing grain. They’re using drone technology, they’re using GPS technology, genetics continues to improve, we’re growing more grain out of less land.”The company, which bought a majority stake in the Canadian Wheat Board’s assets after it lost its monopoly in 2012, is in the midst of spending more than half a billion dollars on a modern grain shipping terminal in Vancouver, the first built from scratch at the port since the late 1960s.Gerrand said climate change will also increase international demand for Canadian agriculture, which has already seen a big jump in shipments to Asia.“From a Canadian perspective, we’re positioned fairly well to manage what appears to be coming at us like a freight train,” said Gerrand.“What you’re going to find over time, and research would indicate, is that geographical areas like Canada, the northern climes, will become more efficient at growing grains, at the expense, unfortunately, of the more southern climes.”G3’s terminal will be a dominant player, with capacity to ship about eight million tonnes a year, but all the major grain handlers have been making investments.Winnipeg-based grain handlers Parrish and Heimbecker Ltd. and Paterson GlobalFoods have a West Coast terminal in the works that will be able to ship about four million tonnes of grains a year.The export terminal, to be built on the Fraser River in Surrey, B.C.’s port lands, is still going through regulatory review with a potential construction start next year.And further north, Ray-Mont Logistics International officially opened its new grain terminal in Prince Rupert at the end of August, which can ship about a million tonnes a year.The recent investments come on top of work wrapped up last year, including Viterra Inc.’s tripling the capacity of its Vancouver terminal to six million tonnes a year, and Richardson International doubling the capacity of its terminal, also to about six million tonnes.The transportation system has in recent years strained under the increased load — including a disastrous 2013 shipping year — leading to major investments in smoother operations and better co-ordination.Gerrand said G3’s Vancouver terminal is designed to improve the efficiency of the system, allowing two 134-car trains to unload simultaneously while still hooked up to the locomotive and in motion, which he said will reduce cycle times from farmers fields to the port by more than 40 per cent.“Everyone in the industry is concerned about congestion at all of our ports, including Vancouver. We’re bringing the solution,” he said.Hemmes of shipping monitor Quorum Corp. said the capacity and efficiency investments are needed, since farmers have been improving grain production by about 2.5 to three per cent a year for the past five years, with more growth on the way.He said the latest efforts, however, are part of a long-term push to improve grain transportation, with travel times cut in half since he started monitoring the system in the early 2000s.“It used to be 70, sometimes as much as 80 days to get from the farm to the time it got on a vessel at the port. That’s down into the low 40s now. So the system has become far more efficient.”last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) Friday asked the government and the debt-ridden IL&FS to submit details of assets and liabilities of 13 entities of the group. A two-member bench headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya asked the IL&FS group to submit the details of four ‘amber’ entities — Hazribagh Ranchi Expressway Ltd, Jharkhand Road Project Implementation Company Ltd, Moradabad Bareily Expressway Ltd and West Gujarat Expressway Ltd. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIt also asked IL&FS to prepare a similar list for the rest nine ‘amber’ entities of the group. Under its resolution plan, the government has categorised IL&FS group companies into green, amber and red categories based on their respective financial positions. Companies classified as ‘green’ would continue to meet their payment obligations, while ‘amber’ category firms can meet only operational payment obligations to senior secured financial creditors. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostRed category entities are those which cannot meet their payment obligations towards even senior secured financial creditors. In its order Friday, the NCLAT bench said, “Union of India and ILFS Ltd are allowed to submit details of assets and liabilities of each of aforesaid four entities, including the amount payable to one or other financial creditor and operational creditor.” The matter with regard to these four amber entities will be taken up on the next date of hearing, which is April 8. “However, in the meantime, with regard to rest of the nine Amber entities, similar status report be prepared and kept ready for taking up their matter subsequently,” the order said. During the proceedings, the appellate tribunal also clarified that there was no stay on the government to proceed with the resolution plan for IL&FS companies. The bench also said it would hear the banking regulator RBI on moratorium against IL&FS group companies at the next hearing. During the proceedings, senior secured financial creditors of IL&FS asked the tribunal to direct the amber companies to discharge their debt liability. Earlier, the corporate affairs ministry submitted the debt resolution plan for IL&FS. The entire resolution process is based on the principles enunciated in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, as per the ministry. During the previous hearing on March 19, IL&FS had informed NCLAT that the number of ‘green’ companies has increased to 50 from 21. The number of ‘amber’ companies also increased to 13 from 10. IL&FS, which is facing a debt burden of over Rs 90,000 crore, is in the process of classification of the rest group companies.last_img read more

Speaking at an event to mark the launch of a five-year National Action Plan for Combating Bribery and Corruption in Sri Lanka, the President said that while investigations into the Central Bank treasury bond scam were progressing, the main suspect was not yet arrested. Mahendran is in Singapore and an Interpol Red Notice has been issued for his arrest. President Maithripala Sirisena today said that he regrets the failure by the Singapore Government to make a formal statement on the issue surrounding Sri Lanka seeking the arrest of former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran.The President revealed that during his last visit to Singapore he had sought the arrest of former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran over the Central Bank treasury bond scam. “When I went to Singapore I asked Singapore about its policy on handing over the main suspect in the treasury bond scam to us. I spoke to the Singapore Prime Minister on this personally. The Singapore Prime Minister said that his country had no issue in supporting such an investigation,” the President said.However the President said that he regrets the fact that the Singapore Government has not yet made a formal statement on this issue so far. “That is the reality of the situation now,” the President said.The international police known as Interpol had informed Sri Lanka last year that former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran is in Singapore.The Attorney General’s Department informed the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court last May that Interpol had communicated the information to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). (Colombo Gazette) read more

The United Nations refugee agency has managed to deliver food and relief supplies to 102 desperate Iranian Kurd refugees, including at least five pregnant women and a large number of children, who have been marooned for up to four weeks on the Iraqi-Jordanian border without access to any assistance.On Friday, the Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organization delivered food, plastic sheeting, mattresses, blankets and jerry cans provided by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the same day the agency reported that it had so far not been allowed to bring aid from Jordan to the refugees who are stranded on the Iraqi side of the border.The Kurds, from the 20-year-old refugee camp at Al Tash in the violence-torn Fallujah region of Iraq, have not been permitted to enter Jordan or join another group of 660 mostly Iranian Kurds living in a camp in no-man’s land between the two countries for the past year-and-a-half.UNHCR is trying to confirm reports of more arrivals at the border, possibly expanding the group to 115 refugees.The agency has been exploring with the Iraqi authorities the possibility of supplying them from the Iraqi side, not an easy option. It has also discussed two options with the Jordanian authorities – admission or the transport of assistance across the border. read more

first_imgDhanbad is the ‘Coal Capital’ of India, and some of the largest coal mines in the country can be found in the city. With production levels on the rise, local mine operators need heavy-duty machines that are durable enough to withstand the punishing conditions and productive enough to meet rising targets.One mine in the area is Kankanee Colliery Coal Mines, run by Hilltop Hirise. The company purchased an EC480DL to handle overburden removal back in November 2014, and to ensure the machine produced maximum uptime, it signed a Gold Customer Support Agreement (CSA). This Volvo agreement guarantees the highest levels of maintenance, inspection, repair and service for all parts. This is executed by the local dealer — in this case, Infra Equip, the Volvo dealer for the states of Jharkand and Bihar.As part of a Gold CSA, all dealer technicians working on the machine must have completed a comprehensive Volvo training program. As soon as the Gold CSA was effective, the technicians from Infra Equip worked daily if necessary to ensure the EC480DL enjoyed near-uninterrupted production. As a result, it avoided major breakdowns and recorded impressive performance figures.Working up to 22 hours a day, seven days a week, alongside 56 Volvo FMX 440 tipper trucks, the EC480DL chalked up 24,000 hours of operation in its first three-and-a-half years. Considering Hilltop Hirise was targeting 5,000 hours per year, this represents a dramatic increase over anticipated productivity.“The preventive maintenance schedule devised by Volvo helped us push our output above 150% at times,” said Navin Tulsyan, Director at Hilltop Hirise. “The machine has performed flawlessly with an average availability of over 93%, and the Gold CSA support provided by Infra Equip has proven very good value.”At Kankanee Colliery Coal Mines, potential problems on the Volvo machine were identified at an early stage, enabling relevant repairs to take place with minimal disruption to operations.“The experience of Volvo-trained technicians means they know what to look for in any particular machine,” said Dimitrov Krishnan, Vice President and head of Volvo CE India. “Customers love Volvo machines for their high performance, but maintaining that performance is all about taking a professional attitude to machine support. To limit an EC480DL to minor stoppages over 24,000 working hours at a mine is a great achievement, and the whole team at Infra Equip deserves a lot of credit. In addition, we calculated that the Gold CSA saved Hilltop Hirise about INR 31 lakhs [$47,923] in spare parts costs.”Analysis tools and services like Care Track, Volvo Oil Analysis and MATRIS analysis can also be included in a Gold CSA. All CSAs are managed by Volvo CE and executed in partnership with its distributors. With a much better understanding of the EC480DL, Hilltop Hirise has now opted for periodic machine inspections and preventive maintenance, to be managed locally by the dealer.The EC480DL is the best-selling high capacity excavator in India. Its 265-kW engine features an automatic idling system which reduces engine speed to idle when the levers and pedals are not activated, lowering fuel consumption. The reinforced heavy-duty boom and arm are built from high-strength steel for added reliability in severe applications.Hilltop Hirise was incorporated in 2010, and provides various coal mining services, including overburden removal, coal extraction, drilling, site levelling and grading, and transportation.last_img read more

first_imgAll I can think about is how we survived all the death during the last few years and then could have died just after we finally escaped.More than 5,000 people left Fuaa and Kafraya and about 2,200 left Madaya and Zabadani on Friday, the latest in a series of evacuations from the four towns under the agreement.The evacuation process resumed after the bombing, the Observatory said, with the residents of Fuaa and Kafraya eventually arriving in Aleppo, Syria’s second city which the government gained full control of last year.Wounded survivors, including many children, were taken for treatment at an Aleppo hospital.‘Monstrous, cowardly attack’UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien condemned the bombing, saying in a statement: “The perpetrators of such a monstrous and cowardly attack displayed a shameless disregard for human life.” Pope Francis addresses the crowd prior to delivering his Urbi et Orbi message from at the Vatican today Source: AP/PA ImagesPope Francis today also urged an end to the war in Syria as he presided over the traditional Easter mass in Rome.The pontiff said he hoped that Jesus Christ’s sacrifice might help bring “comfort and relief to the civil population in Syria, prey to a war that continues to sow horror and death”.The residents and rebels from Madaya and Zabadani arrived late yesterday in rebel-held territory in Idlib province, where they were greeted with embraces and shots fired into the air.It was not immediately clear whether further evacuations were to take place today.The evacuation deal was brokered by Qatar, a longtime supporter of Syrian opposition forces, and Iran, a key regime ally.Shiite-dominated Iran has repeatedly raised concerns for the residents of Fuaa and Kafraya, who are mainly Shiites and were besieged by Sunni rebels.Syria’s war has left more than 320,000 people dead since erupting in 2011, with more than half the population forced from their homes and hundreds of thousands trapped under siege.© – AFP, 2017Read: Poll: Are you going to a religious service today? >Read: Fine Gael back on top as latest opinion poll shows seven point surge > By AFP At least 68 children among dead in horror Syrian bomb blast At least 112 people have died in the blast, 109 of them evacuees. 101 Comments 22,049 Views https://jrnl.ie/3343036 Share Tweet Email Source: AP/PA ImagesUpdated 16.39NEARLY SEVENTY CHILDREN were among those killed when a suicide car bombing tore through buses carrying evacuees from besieged government-held towns in Syria, a monitor said today.Yesterday’s blast hit a convoy carrying residents from the northern towns of Fuaa and Kafraya as they waited at a transit point in rebel-held Rashidin, west of Aleppo.At least 68 children were among the 126 people killed in the attack, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, updating a previous toll of 112 dead.At least 109 of the dead were evacuees, the Britain-based monitoring group said, while the rest were aid workers and rebels guarding the convoy.The evacuations were taking place under a deal between Syria’s regime and rebels that is also seeing residents and rebels transported out of Madaya and Zabadani, towns near Damascus which are surrounded by pro-government forces.The agreement is the latest in a string of evacuation deals, which the government of President Bashar al-Assad says are the best way to end the violence after more than six years of civil war.Rebels say they amount to forced relocations after years of bombardment and crippling sieges.Body parts and the belongings of evacuees – including clothes, dishes and even televisions – were still strewn at the scene of the attack early today, an AFP correspondent said.The shattered buses were nearby as was the shell of a pick-up truck – with little left but its engine block – that was apparently used to carry out the bombing.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, though the key Ahrar al-Sham rebel group denied any involvement. The government blamed “terrorists” – a catch-all term for its opponents.The Observatory, which relies on a network of sources inside Syria to monitor the conflict, said hundreds of people were also wounded in the blast. handout picture shows children walking through the Al-Ramusseh bus station, west of Aleppo. Source: DPA/PA Images‘People crying and shouting’It said a petrol station at the transit point was caught up in the explosion, adding to the number of victims.The Syrian Red Crescent said three of its workers were among the wounded.Maysa al-Aswad, a 30-year-old evacuee from Kafraya, said she was sitting on one of the buses with her six-month-old son Hadi and 10-year-old daughter Narjis when the blast shook the parked convoy.“Hadi was on my lap and Narjis on a chair next to me. When the explosion happened I hugged them both and we fell to the floor,” she told AFP by telephone from near Aleppo. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 16th 2017, 4:40 PM Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 4:40 PM I didn’t know what was happening, all I could hear was people crying and shouting. Short URLlast_img read more

first_imgAccording to Mauro Icardi’s agent and wife, the Argentinean player is not near signing an extension to his Inter Milan contract.There have been some rumors that Internazionale Milan footballer Mauro Icardi might leave the Italian Lega Serie A team.And today his agent and wife Wanda Nara spoke to the press about what his future looks like.“The renewal of Icardi with Inter is very far away today. We are far from reaching an agreement, we have not yet received a satisfactory proposal from Inter”, Nara was quoted by Calcio Mercato.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“I do not deny that at any moment we can reach an agreement, but today we are very far.”“It is not logical to renew the contract for the amount of money that Mauro already earns. We believe that Mauro deserves more,” she added.“There are very important clubs interested in Mauro, the two most important clubs in Spain, with whom we have excellent relationships, plus an English and a French team”.last_img read more

first_imgASA/ WISHH Executive Director Jim Hershey addressed more than 100 attendees at the Oil Crop Growers Association of Afghanistan (OCGAA) Oilseed Conference this month.  The meeting was designed to build awareness and membership in a trade association that includes soybean and other oilseed businesses.  Government and industry leaders presented a wide array of information about production, trade and consumption of vegetable oil and other oilseed products.  Also presenting at the conference was Robin Tilsworth, USDA Minister-Counselor for Afghanistan.The conference was one component of the USDA’s funded Food for Progress’ Soybeans in Agricultural Renewal in Afghanistan Initiative (SARAI), a three- year project led by ASA/WISHH to build a soybean value chain in Afghanistan.Robin Tilsworth, USDA Minister-Counselor for Afghanistan, presents at the OCGAA Oilseed Conference in Kabullast_img read more

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police have located an 85-year-old man with Alzheimer’s who went missing in Miami.Eighty-five-year-old Jonas Roosevelt, Miami-Dade Police said, left his Miami house Friday on foot.However, he has since been found and is in good health. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgTirupati: The office bearers of SVIMS Officers Association were elected unanimously on Tuesday. SVIMS Deputy Director (PR) Dr Y Venkata Rama Reddy was elected as President while V Sudarsan and G Suresh Kumar have become Vice Presidents. M Prasanna Lakshmi, Assistant Director (Nephro Plus) was elected as General Secretary and V Sasikala and T Ravindra Babu as Joint Secretaries. The other office bearers include L Satish – Organising Secretary, D Dilip Kumar – Treasurer, Dr N Adikrishnaiah and Dr M Yerrama Reddy – Advisors and D Anand Babu – Lega Advisor. M Sunitha Devi, Dr K Madhavi, Dr Sudharani, K Vivekanandan, E Dorai Swamy, V Rajasekhar, G Babu, G Dargaiah, GP Manjula, N Sireesha, G Bhagyasri and Captain D Elango Reddy were elected as executive members.last_img read more

first_imggettyimages [Representational Image]Polling in as many as 14 constituencies in Karnataka will take place on Thursday, April 18, as the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2019 gets underway. Other states where partial or full polling will take place tomorrow include Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Maharashtra, Assam and West Bengal. The 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka that go to the polls include those in the Bengaluru capital region as well. In Karnataka the Congress-JKD (S) alliance is locked in an intense battle against the BJP. Bengaluru is also witnessing a pitched battle between the two sides.So, what should you know tomorrow as you head to the polling booths? Here are some things to keep in mind as you plan to exercise the democratic right:List of documents accepted as identity/address proof Voters ID Indian passportIndian driving licenseAadhar cardRation cardBank/Post office passbookIncome Tax assessment orderWater billPhone billElectricity billGas connection billRent agreement(The list goes on)No cell phones at the polling boothThe Election Commission (EC) has banned mobile phones within a 100-metre radius of the polling stations. Chief electoral officer (CEO) of Karnataka Sanjiv Kumar said that the voters will be asked to give their mobiles to the polling officials before entering the booth and after casting their vote, the phones will be given back.However, many of the EC officers and public are critical of this move as they think that this plan might backfire on them and would impact voter turnout. The public has slammed EC over this decision.Voter’s helpline 1950The Election Commission has set up a toll-free helpline number-1950 for the voters. The number provides necessary assistance to the voters (especially first-timers), regarding any information about the general elections. The enrolled electors can use this helpline to check details such as personal information and the assigned polling station. They can also find the contact details of booth level officers, electoral registration officers and district election officers. Close A voter can search for the polling booth online at electoralsearch.in or use the Voter Helpline App, developed by the EC, so that the voters can find their polling booth easily.Check your name in the Voters listTo check your name in Bengaluru’s voter’s list, go to- https://www.ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in/Availability of BMTCAlthough nearly half the KSRTC fleet have been pulled for election duties and several BMTC buses also made a part of the elections, people in the capital city have nothing much to worry. Since there are a lot of holidays this week, very few commuters are expected to travel on the BMTC buses.How internal migrants can vote Many Indian citizens find it hard to cast their vote in their home constituencies due to time and money constraints. However, any person who has shifted their residence or is residing at a specific location can enrol their name in the particular constituency (where you have relocated) after providing a formal request to the Electoral Registration Officer.Once your name is enrolled in the new voter’s list, remove your name from the previous list. But the drawback here is that you will not be able to cast your vote for the local elections from your previous constituency.No online votes for NRIs Several fake news articles spread through social media claiming that NRIs can exercise their votes online through e-voting for the Lok Sabha elections. As inviting as it may sound, India does not support online voting and the NRI voters can only cast their vote after registering themselves as an overseas voter, for which they have to fill the Form 6A that can be downloaded online. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/0:47Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:42?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Phase 1: India Votes for the 17th General Elections to choose the next Prime Ministerlast_img read more

first_imgValue buying, coupled with the successful passage of the crucial bankruptcy bill in the Lok Sabha, saw the Indian equity markets rise on Monday.The barometer index of the Indian equity markets gained by 217 points during the day’s trade.Initially, both the bellwether indices of the Indian equity markets opened on a weak note in sync with their Asian peers and last Friday’s slump.However, both the key indices soon rose on the back of value buying and a further fall in international crude oil prices that buoyed investors’ sentiments.Apart from oil prices, metal stocks, too, supported the day’s gains — as investors expected the government to set a minimum import price on several steel products.In addition, the passage of crucial bankruptcy bill in the Lok Sabha gave a major boost to markets.Besides, investors have hedged their hopes on the government getting other critical bills approved by parliament including a legislations on setting up of commercial courts and amendments to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act.Even the clarity on the status of the GST (Goods and Services Tax) bill getting delayed due to parliament’s logjam increased risk-taking appetite of investors.The barometer 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) closed higher by 217 points during the day’s trade.Similarly, the wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) also gained. It ended higher by 72.50 points or 0.93 percent up at 7,834.45 points.The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 25,425.32 points, closed at 25,735.90 points — up 216.68 points or 0.85 percent from the previous day’s close at 25,519.22 points.The Sensex touched a high of 25,757.84 points and a low of 25,413.54 points during the intra-day trade.The Sensex had closed the previous session on December 18, down 284.56 points or 1.10 percent, while the Nifty was lower by 82.40 points or 1.50 percent.”We saw a relief rally taking place today after Friday’s profit bookings. The rally was supported by value buying and clarity on the passage status of some major economic legislations,” Anand James, co-head, technical research desk with Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services, told IANS.”The upcoming US GDP (gross domestic product) figures scheduled for tomorrow’s release will be on focus, being the first crucial data greeting markets after the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) decided to raise US benchmark rates.”Nitasha Shankar, vice president for research with YES Securities said that the Indian markets ended trade higher, amidst thin volumes suggesting a range bound movement for markets.”Further, broader markets gained in line with the headline indices. Market breadth favoured the bulls throughout the day with 1,795 advancing shares against 909 declining,” Shankar told IANS.”All major sectorial indices, barring the pharma index, ended in the green with gains of one percent and higher. Pharma index declined one percent led by a sharp fall in the Sun Pharma stock.”Besides equities, even the Indian rupee gained in the day’s trade. It strengthened by five paise at 66.35 to a US dollar from its previous close of 66.40 to a greenback.Both, the foreign and domestic institutional investors were net buyers in the day’s trade.According to data with stock exchanges, FIIs invested about Rs.37.37 crore, while DIIs bought stocks worth Rs.62.7 crore.Sector-wise, healthy buying was witnessed in banking, automobile, metal, information technology (IT) and FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) stocks.The S&P BSE banking index augmented by 270.70 points, automobile index gained by 153.54 points, metal index increased by 105.48 points, IT index rose by 102.39 points and FMCG index was higher by 97.64 points.On the other hand, healthcare and consumer durables scrip were trading in the red.The S&P BSE healthcare index receded by 86.69 points and consumer durables index declined by 77.73 points.Major Sensex gainers during Monday’s trade were ICICI Bank, up 3.24 percent at Rs.258.20; ONGC, up 3.16 percent at Rs.230.30; ITC, up 2.68 percent at Rs.325.75; Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M), up 2.64 percent at Rs.1,277.15; and Axis Bank, up 2.09 percent at Rs.441.45.The major Sensex losers were Sun Pharma, down 4.55 percent at Rs.754.45; Gail, down 0.97 percent at Rs.336.70; Hindustan Unilever, down 0.81 percent at Rs.852.10; and Asian Paint, down 0.66 percent at Rs.875.05.last_img read more

first_imgPoet and columnist Farhad MazharPoet and columnist Farhad Mazhar was taken to the Detective Branch (DB) headquarters at Minto Road after being brought to Dhaka from Jessore on Tuesday morning.Police confirmed this to Prothom Alo.Earlier in the morning, writer Farhad, allegedly abducted by unidentified people from his Adabar residence in the capital, was brought to Adabar police station in Dhaka, after being ‘rescued’ in Noapara of Abhaynagar upazila in Jessore.Adabar police inspector (operation) Sujit Kumar Saha said a team of senior police officers brought Farhad Mazhar to Dhaka.Rapid Action Battalion (RAB-6) director Khandker Rafiqul Islam on Monday also said Farhad Mazhar was rescued around 11:30pm when he was returning to Dhaka from Khulna in a Hanif Paribahan bus.Earlier in the day, Farhad Mazhar was reportedly abducted by unknown miscreants from his Adabar residence in the capital.Having failed to know the whereabouts of Farhad Mazhar till 10:00am, his family members then went to Adabar police station and informed the police.Read more:Farhad abduction another ugly act of rulers: KhaledaGovt agencies involved in Farhad abduction: BNPFarhad Mazhar ‘abducted’ from residence: FamilyFarhad Mazhar rescued in Jessorelast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: In a tragic incident, an 8-year-old girl from Bhatpara in North 24-Parganas died while enacting a scene that she had recently watched in a television serial.A pall of gloom descended over the family members of the victim and the neighbours as the news of the little girl reached the neighbourhood. Her parents are still to recover the shock they had gone through. The victim, Puja Majumdar (8) was a class II student, who had picked up the habit of watching serials as she used to see her family members involved in a similar activity. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBut her parents could never expect that this habit of watching television would be this fatal for the child.It is suspected that she was trying to enact a scene of strangulation when a piece of cloth got stuck around her throat resulting in choking. Police are yet to confirm the exact reason that led to her death. They said the victim girl, a resident of Natunpally area of Bhatpara under Barrackpore sub-division, was alone inside a room when the incident took place. Some of the family members found that he was hanging against a window on Monday evening. She was immediately rushed to Bhatpara state general hospital where the doctors pronounced her brought dead. After being informed, police reached the house and started a detailed probe into the incident. The body was later sent for post-mortem. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to the preliminary investigation, police have come to know that the child was rebuked by her mother on Sunday.On Monday morning, she went to the house of one of her neighbours to watch television.Since her return, she was inside a room and did not talk to the family members. People thought she might have been playing with her toys as she often does.Her mother was away from home on Monday evening while her elder sister was studying in another room when the incident occurred.Police are yet to investigate if the child committed suicide after being rebuked by her mother or it was the result of the enactment of a TV serial scene.Police are also probing whether it is an accident that happened while playing with a piece of cloth. The family members of the victim told the police that she used to watch various crime related serials and often enacted them.last_img read more