World sees with respect those holding Indian passports, says Modi

first_imgIndia’s image has gained global prominence and the world expects our country to play a leading role in resolving international problems, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. He was addressing BJP workers at the airport during an event organised by the party’s state unit to felicitate him for his speech at the UN General Assembly. “India’s image has gained prominence in the world, which is expecting us to take a lead role in resolving global problems,” he said. A large poster of Mr. Modi and US President Donald Trump was put up on stage. “The strength and the value of Indian passport has increased. The world sees those holding Indian passport with respect,” Mr. Modi said.last_img read more

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NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 15

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next But if there’s any silver lining for coach Jerry Codiñera to take away and look forward to next year, it’s that he can  bank on Alcoriza to make things happen.(5) RK Ilagan – G, San Sebastian Golden Stags23 points (5/9 3FG), 5 rebounds, 1 assistLast Week: N/ARK Ilagan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlso fighting for its life, San Sebastian stayed in the playoff hunt and earned a bye in the fourth place playoff in the stepladder semifinals with an 80-60 rout of Perpetual on Thursday.And one of the biggest reasons for that is RK Ilagan, who rekindled his shooting touch and drilled five treys in the huge win.But coach Egay Macaraya needs to have him, as well as the other Golden Stags shooters to find their mark, especially with a streaking Letran side next on their schedule on Tuesday.(6) Levi Dela Cruz – G, Arellano Chiefs19.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.5 stealsLast Week: 5 And with that, Lyceum’s efforts has been rewarded as it progresses to the best-of-three Finals awaiting the survival of the stepladder semis.(2) Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights21.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 stealLast Week: N/ARey Nambatac. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLetran is still alive and kicking, and it’s largely thanks to Rey Nambatac.The 23-year-old swingman refused to have his swansong this week as he led the Knights to two pressure packed wins to stay in the running.Nambatac has repeatedly said that he’s not yet ready to leave the auspices of Letran, and so far, he’s backing his words up and silencing his doubters.But what awaits will be a third do-or-die game for the Knights, as they take on San Sebastian on Tuesday.(3) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP (1) Mike Nzeusseu – C, Lyceum Pirates27 points, 21 rebounds, 2 blocksLast Week: N/AMike Nzeusseu. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith Lyceum on the cusp of history, Mike Nzeusseu unfurled an amazing showing as he led his squad in a tough 107-105 double overtime win over San Beda on Thursday and thus, completing its 18-0 quest.The Cameroonian big man was instrumental for the Pirates as they had every answer for everything the Red Lions threw at them to silence the defending champions for the second time this year.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The stage is set and on to the stepladder we go.Half of the league have already went on early vacations, wrapping up their second round schedule as the contenders take center stage from here on out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut that didn’t stop the heroes from grabbing the limelight for one last time in the eliminations as they sought to end their campaign on a winning note.For one last time, here are this week’s best. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Levi dela Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAnother feel good story coming from Arellano late this season, Levi dela Cruz has come to his own on the heels of Salado’s devastating injury.With Codiñera christening him as “Mini Jalalon,” the diminutive playmaker played like a veteran in the Chiefs’ do-dor-die tussles this past week.Arellano’s season may have already ended, but next year could promise to be an exciting one with Salado and dela Cruz emerging as the next best backcourt tandem in the league.(7) Donald Tankoua – C, San Beda Red Lions34 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocksLast Week: N/ADonald Tankoua. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWe have to give the final slot to Donald Tankoua, who recorded a career-best outing in San Beda’s heartbreaking defeat to Lyceum in a duel that gave the fans a preview of how this year’s finals will be played.Admittedly still on the recovery road, the Nigerian big man showed no signs of his past injury as he kept the Red Lions in the game until he fouled out late in the first overtime. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Last Week: 1CJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe leading MVP candidate is still in the thick of things this week as he paired perfectly with Nzeusseu to help Lyceum sweep the eliminations this week.Spurred by his hero coach Topex Robinson, CJ Perez has exemplified the battlecry the Pirates had through the course of the season: play to inspire.And with Lyceum firmly in the championship series, there’s still a lot of inspiring Lyceum needs to do as it seeks to cap off this amazing season with a title to boot.(4) Rence Alcoriza – F, Arellano Chiefs12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 blockLast Week: N/ARenz Alcoriza. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRence Alcoriza played the game of his life when Arellano fought Letran on Friday.The forward tried his earnest to keep the Chiefs’ season alive, going as far as pouring 13 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter.However, Alcoriza’s efforts proved to be moot as Arellano bowed in the fourth-place playoff and saw its season cut short. 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PVL kicks off new season with All-Star Game

first_imgBefore it officially gets its latest season started, the Premier Volleyball League will provide a tasty treat for its fans.The PVL kicks off its third season with its traditional All-Star Game on Saturday featuring the game’s established queens and some of the rising stars from the country’s premier league at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss A series of activities will precede the All-Star Game, including autograph signing and photo ops at 1 p.m. to be followed by the fans’ skills games.Tickets are pegged at P50 (upper box), P200 (lower box) and P500 (ringside, inclusive of a shirt and photo ops with the players).Pablo, who will banner Motolite’s campaign starting this season, will skipper Team X which features Creamline’s Jia Morado and Jema Galanza, Jonah Sabete and Cherry Nunag of PetroGazz, BanKo Perlas’ Jem Ferrer and Joy Dacoron, Akari-Adamson’s Rose Ponce, Pocari-Air Force’s Dell Palomata, Tacloban’s Dimdim Pacres, and Ateneo’s Vanessa Gandler, Kat Tolentino and Bea de Leon.Oliver Almadro will coach the team with Jasper Jimenez as assistant.The two-time champion Valdez, on the other hand, will banner Team Y that includes Creamline teammates Michelle Gumabao, Risa Sato and Melissa Gohing, BanKo Perlas’ Nicole Tiamzon and Kat Bersola, Ateneo’s Dani Ravena, Deanna Wong and Maddie Madayag, Jessey de Leon and Chie Saet of PetroGazz, Iriga Navy’s Grazielle Bombita and UP’s Isa Molde.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Jerry Yee will coach the squad with Air Padda assisting him.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View commentscenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Alyssa Valdez, long considered the face of the sport and the reigning Open Conference MVP, and fellow power hitter Myla Pablo, also a former league MVP, head the two teams facing off in the league’s special offering for the fans, who have been the backbone of its success through the years.The 4 p.m. match, which will be aired live on television and via livestream, will be a charity duel that aims to generate funds for the benefit of the Hero Foundation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“This is our gift to the fans who have been supporting us and our way of raising funds for charity,” said Ricky Palou, president of the organizing Sports Vision Management Group, Inc.Special activities Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES Would Thurman be ready for Sen. Pacquiao? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

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Naomi Osaka Begins WTA Finals Campaign With Marathon Win Over Petra Kvitova

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Naomi OsakaPetra Kvitovatenniswomens tennis association First Published: October 27, 2019, 5:45 PM IST Shenzhen: In-form Naomi Osaka outlasted Petra Kvitova in a three-set marathon for a drought-breaking victory at the WTA Finals on Sunday.Opening the $14 million round-robin tournament, the first in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, the world No.3 regrouped from several lethargic stretches to win 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4 in two hours and 39 minutes. It was the Japanese sensation’s first victory at the WTA Finals after a winless campaign in her debut appearance last year and stretched her current winning streak to 11 matches having claimed titles in Osaka and Beijing.”She started going hard at me from the beginning and I just had to adjust to it,” Osaka said after the match.👏👏 @Naomi_Osaka_ defeats Kvitova in three sets, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 at the Shiseido @WTAFinals Shenzhen pic.twitter.com/0BjRIXMuyR— WTA (@WTA) October 27, 2019 In a rematch of this year’s tense Australian Open final, world No.6 Kvitova came out with intent until she stuttered in the eighth game of the opening set with three double faults to squander the game.Osaka held off two break points in the ninth game before dominating the tiebreak to draw first blood.It seemed to shake the Czech’s confidence but Kvitova, the oldest player in the draw, impressively clawed back in the second set and took advantage of an error-strewn Osaka who several times slammed her racquet in frustration.Excellent deep volley! @Petra_Kvitova #WTAFinals pic.twitter.com/6CpJZucEWU— WTA (@WTA) October 27, 2019 A refocused Osaka put the foot down in the deciding set but could not convert two match points in the eighth game before finally closing it out in the 10th to issue a statement to her rivals in Red Group.The 22-year-old maintained her unbeaten record over Kvitova having won their only previous clash in a three-set classic in Melbourne.The event’s move to China, after a five-year run in Singapore, is highlighted by a record prize pool in tennis with the winner receiving up to $4.725 million. last_img read more

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ICC World Twenty20: Rampaging Virat Kohli overtakes Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum

first_imgVirat Kohli continued from where he left the other night at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali to take India to 192/2 against West Indies in the semi-final at the Wankhede Stadium tonight. (Live Scorecard)Kohli smashed 89 runs off 47 balls, hammering 11 boundaries and a six in front of a massive crowd at the Wankhede Stadium. Kohli now has 16 half-centuries from 40 T20I innings, which is now the most for any batsman in the shortest format of the game. Kohli surpassed retired Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum and West Indies opener Chris Gayle who have 15 half-centuries each. (India vs West Indies, ICC World T20 semi-final: LIVE UPDATES)Gayle managed only 5 when it was his turn to bat tonight, falling to a superb delivery from Jasprit Bumrah. (Also read: India drop Shikhar Dhawan after repeated failures)  Kohli came into bat at the fall of Rohit Sharma’s wicket. The local boy took India off to a flyer in the powerplay. Kohli was a little circumspect to start with, surviving two run-out chances off the same ball, in the first over he faced.However, Kohli did not look back after the initial hiccup and started scoring freely and stitched a 66 run-stand with Ajinkya Rahane, who replaced an out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan in the line-up.Kohli didn’t relent after the fall of Rahane’s wicket. Partnering with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, he converted ones into twos after nudging the ball into the open spaces on the field. Kohli and Dhoni stitched a 64-run stand in just 27 balls on what Rahane called a two-paced wicket at the Wankhede.advertisementKohli now has overtaken Joe Root as the leading run-scorer in the tournament taking his tally to 273 runs, including three fifties, from five inningslast_img read more

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‘Don’t ask me about Kane!’ – Mourinho

first_imgHarry Kane ‘Don’t ask me about Kane!’ – Mourinho shoots down questions on Spurs star Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 22:40 10/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kane - cropped Getty Images Harry Kane Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur Premier League José Mourinho The Portuguese did not even allow journalists to speak about the Spurs star before making a pre-emptive strike Jose Mourinho headed off questions about Harry Kane’s absence from Saturday’s Premier League showdown between Manchester United and Tottenham.England striker Kane has fired Spurs to joint-second in the league with United, who will welcome Mauricio Pochettino’s men to Old Trafford looking to re-establish a cushion after last week’s defeat at Huddersfield Town.Man Utd 11/10 v Spurs Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A hamstring injury will prevent the league’s top scorer from playing, but Mourinho refused to divulge any tactical switches he could make, or his thoughts about taking on a clearly weakened opponent.Mourinho began his news conference: “Because I know the question I don’t need the question, I’ll answer.”I don’t speak about injured players so don’t ask me about Harry Kane, because to speak about Harry Kane I have to speak about [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, about [Paul] Pogba, about [Marcos] Rojo, about [Michael] Carrick, so I don’t speak. Next question.”Jose Mourinho Manchester UnitedOne player who will be available for Mourinho on Saturday is Nemanja Matic.United parted with £40 million to sign the Chelsea midfielder, but Tottenham’s Eric Dier had also been linked with a switch to Old Trafford.Pochettino accuses Mourinho of trying to unsettle the England international in his new book, but the United manager stated that Matic was always his number-one target.”I have the player that I want to have,” Mourinho said.”Probably I have the player that I didn’t think it was possible to have, but in the end we got the player that I really wanted.”last_img read more

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Man Utd flop Bebe back at Rayo Vallecano

first_imgTransfers Manchester United flop Bebe returns to Rayo Vallecano Dom Farrell 04:41 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bebe Manchester United Getty Images Transfers Rayo Vallecano Athletic Club v Eibar Rayo Vallecano v Lorca Eibar Segunda División Primera División The Portuguese has continued his nomadic career after rejoining one of his former clubs on loan from Eibar Former Manchester United flop Bebe has sealed a return to Rayo Vallecano on loan from Eibar.The Portuguese forward, a famously eyebrow-raising recruit towards the end of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at Old Trafford, spent the 2015-16 season at Rayo while on the books at Benfica.His form there persuaded Eibar to take a punt on the 27-year-old and he scored five times in 26 appearances last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Bebe has been more of a bit-part player for Jose Luis Mendilibar’s men this time around, making 11 appearances and failing to score.He will now join Rayo’s promotion push as they aim to end a two-season absence from La Liga.Bebe memorably joined United in a shock £7.4 million deal in 2010 and he scored twice in seven appearances for the club.The attacker had loan spells at Besiktas, Rio Ave and Pacos Ferreira before leaving United for good in 2014 to join Benfica.last_img read more

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MS Dhoni on back spasm: Little tight now but hopefully it will get better

first_img graphs No data available! MS Dhoni on back spasm: Little tight now but hopefully it will get betterIPL 2019: MS Dhoni said his back was a little tight following a spasm. He needed medical attention during Chenani Super Kings’ successful run chase against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. advertisement scorecardcenter_img commentary view more view less Rajarshi Gupta KolkataApril 14, 2019UPDATED: April 14, 2019 23:53 IST IPL 2019: MS Dhoni said his back was a little tight but he hoped he would get better soon. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni said his back was a little tight but he hoped he would get better soonDhoni needed medical attention while batting in Jaipur (vs RR) and in Kolkata (vs KKR)MS Dhoni, CSK captain, will be key to India’s chances in the World Cup in EnglandMS Dhoni barely seems to struggle on the field. He is one of the fittest cricketers in the world and it has been disconcerting sight for Indian and Chennai Super Kings fans to see Dhoni deal with some pain over the last two matches in the 2019 Indian Premier League.During his match-winning 58 against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, MS Dhoni needed some attention on the field after appearing to be in pain. He was once again attended to by the physio at the Eden Gardens where he made a brisk 16 as Chennai Super Kings defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets to consolidate their position at the top.At the post-match presentation ceremony, MS Dhoni was asked what was bothering him. “Back spasm,” he said. “It’s a little tight right now but hopefully, it will get better.”MS Dhoni is a hard man to please. CSK have won 7 out of their 8 matches in the 2019 IPL but he has constantly asked for improvement from different quarters of his team. However, on Sunday, Dhoni sounded happy with a strong bowling performance and a clinical chase.Chennai Super Kings had lost early wickets but Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja ensured the defending champions got home at the end.”I think the bowling was really good. KKR got off to a very good start but in the middle overs, we bowled very well as a team. Imran Tahir giving us those crucial breakthroughs.”It’s a tough wicket to bowl on. They have some big hitters and we had to get them out. Because of a good bowling performance, we were able to restrict them to a score which was not over par,” Dhoni said.advertisementMS Dhoni generally likes to bide his time in the middle but he came out in an aggressive mood against KKR. He said it was a ploy that came off well and added he was happy with the run chase.”You have to be aggressive because we bat deep. When you are comfortable against a particular bowler, you have to take those extra chances. Wanted to go after the bowlers early and it paid off well. I think it was a good run chase,” he said.MS Dhoni had courted controversy in Jaipur when he stormed onto the pitch to argue with the umpires over a no-ball confusion. He was subsequently fined 50 per cent of his match fee but the likes of Virender Sehwag and Bishan Sigh Bedi felt he had away too lightly.In fact, Virender Sehwag said MS Dhoni should have been banned for at least 1 or 2 matches.However, Michael Hussey said CSK had moved on from the episode and on Sunday, it looked like the players and Dhoni had left behind a controversial chapter as they stormed to another victory. But in the days to come, CSK (and the Indian team management) will be a little concerned with MS Dhoni’s back.Also Read | IPL 2019: Learning a lot from MS Dhoni, happy to be part of CSK, says Imran TahirAlso Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni reveals reason behind post-match interactions with young cricketersFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow IPL 2019Follow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow Eden Gardenslast_img read more

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Response to Auditor General Report

first_imgThe following is a statement from Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey: The Department of Health and Wellness is working closely with the Nova Scotia Health Authority to address recommendations outlined by the auditor general today, Nov. 22. The auditor general’s findings highlight some of the challenges in three of government’s priority areas – primary care, continuing care and mental health. The report identifies areas for improvement and also validates the work underway to better plan, co-ordinate and deliver health services to Nova Scotians. Everyone agrees changes are needed in the health-care system. We want Nova Scotians to get the care they need, when they need it – whether it is provided by doctors, nurses, social workers, mental health professionals, or others. We’re making progress on several fronts and we’re committed to addressing concerns. -30-last_img read more

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Doctors in Delhi resume duties

first_imgNew Delhi: Doctors at various hospitals in the national capital resumed duties on Tuesday, a day after their colleagues in West Bengal called off their week-long strike after meeting state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who assured them of steps to scale up security at government hospitals. Doctors at the Centre-run AIIMS, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital, and RML Hospital, and Delhi government’s healthcare facilities such as GTB Hospital and DDU Hospital, along with some private hospitals had withdrawn non-essential medical services such as OPD, and held protests. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark Members of several resident doctors associations had also took out marches in their campuses to lodge protest in the city. “With the decision of the protesting doctors of West Bengal to call off the strike, the resident doctors at AIIMS, New Delhi to shall resume their duties with immediate effect. We sincerely hope that the central government shall soon bring in a new central law on doctors’ security as promised by Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan in a time-bound manner, failing which we would be forced to resort to strike in future,” Resident Doctors’ Association of the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said in a statement. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items Junior doctors in West Bengal were on strike since last Tuesday after two of their colleagues were attacked and seriously injured allegedly by relatives of a patient who died at NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata. The IMA had launched a four-day nationwide protest from Friday over the Kolkata incident and wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah demanding enactment of a central law to check violence against healthcare workers. A delegation of IMA, Resident Doctors Association of AIIMS, Safdarjung Hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, United Resident and Doctors Association of India (URDA) and Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) had also met the Union health minister and submitted representation to him seeking a central law.last_img read more

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Couples commit suicide as families oppose relationship

first_imgLucknow: Two cases of couples committing suicide due to the opposition of their families have been reported in Kanpur and Hathras districts of Uttar Pradesh.In Kanpur, a man and a woman belonging to different communities committed suicide on Wednesday after they realised that their families would not accept their relationship.The bodies of Azad Ali, 22, and Kanchan,19, who had eloped a fortnight back, were recovered along with a suicide note and an empty bottle of a poisonous substance from the premises of a primary school in Paras village in Kanpur. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”In the suicide note, the couple had stated that they were taking the extreme step as their families did not accept their relationship. Ali was already married,” said Additional Inspector (crime) Nawab Ahmad.The police official said Kanchan and Ali, first left their homes two months ago, after which the woman’s family lodged a case of kidnapping against Ali and he was arrested.However, Ali was released on bail as Kanchan gave a statement in his favour. Later, the couple eloped again a few days ago. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn another incident, bodies of a couple were found hanging from a tree in Hathras district on Wednesday.The Station House Officer (SHO) of Shadabad police station, Arvind Kumar Rathi said that the couple had left behind a suicide note which said that they were committing suicide because their families were not willing to accept their relationship.Jyoti, 20, and Jugnu, 22, had been married off to different persons against their wishes last year. They both left their respective homes and committed suicide. The bodies have been sent for post mortem.last_img read more

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Rules needed for candidates withdrawal Elections Nova Scotia report

first_imgHALIFAX – An Elections Nova Scotia report is recommending the government move to clear up voter confusion around the withdrawal of candidates after nominations close.During last spring’s provincial election campaign that happened in the case of three candidates — one from each party.“The Elections Act currently doesn’t offer solutions to these circumstances, leaving local electors uninformed of the status of the affected candidate,” chief electoral officer Richard Temporale said in a news release.The report outlines what occurred when the Liberal party withdrew its support for candidate Matthew MacKnight in the Pictou East riding, who formally withdrew from the race on May 9.Although MacKnight’s name was removed from the printed on demand and election day ballots and replaced by that of new candidate John Fraser, there was no adjustment to the write-in ballot which only includes the names of the registered parties and a space to write in the name of an independent candidate.The report says on election day — May 30 — the 16 write-in ballots cast for the Liberals were included in the overall vote totals for Fraser.In the case of NDP candidate Bill McEwen, who withdrew May 15 in Dartmouth East, his name remained on the ballot and all of the seven write-in ballots and the 957 ballots cast for him on election day were credited to the party, which had said it didn’t want to benefit from any provincial funding arising from the votes.“There are no provisions in the Act for Elections Nova Scotia to withhold funding based on votes received and therefore the provincial funding tied to the votes for Mr. McEwen remain earmarked for the NDP party,” the report states.In the third case, the report notes that candidate Jad Crnogorac was dumped by the Progressive Conservatives in Dartmouth South and subsequently ran as an Independent.Despite that, all 12 write in votes and all votes cast for Crnogorac were counted as votes for a Tory candidate and the subsequent funding was earmarked for the party.“In the Dartmouth East case, most of the 957 votes for Mr. McEwan were cast in the 15 days remaining in the election after he withdrew,” the report says.“If his name and party affiliation was removed from the ballot, some of these voters may have chosen another candidate. Likewise, in the case of Dartmouth South, if the PC Party affiliation for Ms. Crnogorac had been removed some of the voters may have voted for another candidate.”Temporale recommends that a legislated process be put in place to address the situation.He recommends steps including a process to allow a party to withdraw support through to the end of the Saturday immediately before election day.And if a party does that, Temporale says it should allow the removal of the per vote subsidy. He says Elections Nova Scotia should also update ballots to reflect that a party has withdrawn its endorsement.The report also recommends the introduction of e-voting for out-of-province military members and flexibility to allow people to opt out of reporting their sex when registering to vote.The report says the province has made changes in how gender identity is recorded in government documents such as driver’s licences, and as a result the idea that sex be recorded for voter’s lists should be changed from mandatory to optional.last_img read more

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Australia Holland and Russia start talks over downed MH17

first_imgSydney: The Netherlands and Australia confirmed Wednesday that three-way talks with Russia have begun over the ongoing criminal investigation into the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in 2014. The two countries announced last year they were holding Russia responsible for providing the missile fired by pro-Russian forces in war-torn Ukraine that brought down the jet, causing the deaths of all 298 people aboard. The dead included 196 people from the Netherlands and 38 from Australia. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok and his Australian counterpart Marise Payne said Wednesday that the first trilateral talks about state responsibility for the incident took place earlier this month, after diplomatic approaches were made earlier this year. “We cannot go into the content of this process because confidentiality is vital here,” Blok said at a news conference in the Australian capital, Canberra. “But I can say this: We remain committed to achieving truth, justice and accountability.” International investigators last year said they had strong evidence the Buk missile system that shot down the Boeing 777 plane came from a Russia-based military unit. Russia has denied involvement and dismissed the findings from the international criminal probe because it was not invited to be part of the investigation team. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPayne said Australia remained “a strong supporter of the Dutch national prosecution of the individuals responsible,” and pledged her country’s continuing commitment to the Dutch-Australian joint investigation into the incident. If Russia were ultimately to acknowledge some form of legal responsibility, it could lead to compensation claims from relatives of the people killed. When the Netherlands and Australia last year said they were holding Russia responsible, they quickly received backing from the United States, Britain and other allies.last_img read more

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Paris Agreement on Climate Change to Enter into Force in 30

Bonn – The UN’s climate change chief Patricia Espinosa has declared the Paris Agreement will enter into force in 30 days, after the two thresholds for triggering the historic agreement were reached.Writing on Twitter, Espinosa said 72 parties representing 56.75 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions have now ratified the Paris Agreement, meaning the two thresholds of at least 55 countries covering over 55 per cent of global emissions ratifying the deal have been reached.The landmark means the Treaty will come into effect on November 4th, ahead of this year’s annual UN climate summit in Marrakesh later in the month. Espinosa’s announcement suggests several European countries have lodged official documents with the UN ahead of the EU, as full EU ratification would have taken the share of emissions covered by ratification to around 64 per cent.He has in the past signaled his backing for the Paris Agreement and has said the UN’s focus should now be on implementing the treaty and accelerating climate action through to 2030 and beyond.The full ratification of the Paris Agreement as early as next month and its goal of delivering a net zero emission economy this century surpasses many of the early expectations for the deal. Observers had counselled that the ratification process could take around two years and risked being derailed by the US presidential elections.The move also means the focus of the Marrakesh Summit will now shift to delivering on the goals of the Paris Agreement, including on-going discussions about how to mobilize increased climate finance for developing countries and ensure parties upgrade their national climate action plans in the coming years. Andrew Steer, president and CEO of the World Resources Institute, said the international agreement was now “ready for lift off”.“This is a welcome development after years of frustratingly slow progress around the international climate talks,” he said. “In a remarkable display of global cooperation, countries joined hands, demonstrating that they understand the urgent need to accelerate action on climate change.“With the Agreement in full force, countries can shift their focus from commitment to action. We need to increase investment in sustainable infrastructure and accelerate the uptake of renewable energy. We must create more livable, low-carbon cities and expand the supply of land and forests for carbon storage. We must slash food loss and waste, a major source of emissions and a travesty for people who lack enough food. And, we must continue to work at all levels – global, national, cities and communities – to build the political will for this transformation,” he added. read more

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Key information on plot to kill the President to be revealed

An Indian national was also arrested in connection to the investigations. Key information on a plot to kill President Maithripala Sirisena will be revealed over the next few days, the Government said today.Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara told reporters today that key information had surfaced in the investigations and it will be revealed soon. Former Terrorist Investigations Department head, (DIG) Nalaka de Silva, was arrested last month by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) after being questioned over the alleged conspiracy to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and other VVIPs. Activist Namal Kumara had made the revelation to the media over the plot to kill the President, following a telephone conversation he had with Nalaka de Silva. read more

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Tribe opposes Wyoming oilfield pollution proposal

CASPER, Wyo. — An American Indian tribe opposes a company’s plan to dump oilfield wastewater upstream of a river in central Wyoming, saying the pollution could hurt business for fishing and rafting guides.Dallas-based Aethon Energy plans to put over 8 million gallons (30 million litres) of polluted water from the Moneta Divide oil and gas field into two creeks feeding the Wind River and Boysen Reservoir.“Maintaining the environmental quality of these resources for current and future generations is essential,” the Northern Arapaho Business Council wrote in a recent letter to state regulators.The Casper Star-Tribune reports the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is reviewing public comments on the plan, which also has raised U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerns.The state agency has received some 450 comments on the proposal and will need some time to review them all, department spokesman Keith Guille said.Dallas-based Aethon has said it would follow all regulations and offer more water protections than those required under previous permits. The company could treat the water more thoroughly than proposed, tribal officials have said.The Wind River flows through the Wind River Indian Reservation, which the Northern Arapaho share with the Eastern Shoshone tribe.Aethon and Houston-based Burlington Resources look to expand Moneta Divide oil and gas field in Fremont and Natrona counties by 4,250 wells.___Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.comThe Associated Press read more

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I Unleashed A Super Bowl Troll And Im Sorry

Mea culpa!The assassin’s murder weapon was Twitter, that scourge on the ignorant masses. By creating an account with the Twitter name “[team name redacted] Won SB 50,” the assassin was able to force what Last Manners call “The Knowledge” (aka who won) upon unsuspecting players through favorites and replies. He took out as many people in eight hours as had been eliminated in the entire second week of the competition.The Last Man Twitter account, which had announced on Sunday that active coverage of the survivors would be winding down, sent out a warning to “go dark like it’s post-SB week again.”I had to know what would lead someone to become a Last Man assassin (and see if I could assuage my own guilt), so I used his medium of choice to get in touch. Over Twitter DM, the assassin declined to offer his full name but confirmed that he was a man who had seen my article, wanted to see how many players he could take out and made the Twitter account as “a spur of the moment thing.” He said that spoiling the result seemed like fair game, as he felt the players should have expected that this could happen. (Someone pulled a similar stunt last year.1Without my involvement!)But the reactions of eliminated players on Twitter, some more profane than others, have given the anonymous assassin pause. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel bad,” he told me. There hasn’t been a death recorded in the Last Man database since 9:43 p.m. on Tuesday, and the assassin’s Twitter account doesn’t appear to have taken any additional action since earlier that afternoon. On Wednesday, he told me that he won’t be collecting scalps next year. Nor will he be competing himself: He’s a fan of football and acquired The Knowledge the conventional way, by watching the game. I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. — Oscar Wilde, “The Importance of Being Earnest”There are some people out there who can’t leave an iced-over puddle unstomped, a freshly poured slab of concrete unmarked, or innocence unspoiled.On Tuesday, we published a story about a competition called Last Man, a challenge to see who can be the “last” American to still not know who won the Super Bowl. More than two weeks after the football game, 29 of the initial 199 Last Man players remained, and the competition had largely gone stagnant.But then a reader of my piece started targeting the remaining players. By the end of Tuesday night, 28 percent of the remaining competitors had been taken out, leaving only 21 players. UPDATE (Feb. 25, 4:58 p.m.): Since publication of this post, the Last Man organizers have acknowledged that their database did not include one contestant who was still viable in the competition. She has since been eliminated, but the numbers in this post would be slightly different if the database had been correct at the time of publication. read more

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iPhone 5 September release looking ever more likely

first_imgThe whirlwind of rumors surrounding the release of the next Apple iPhone is still swirling. Many of us thought Apple would release the iPhone 5 in June at WWDC as it has in the past. Then, we heard all the way back in February that we may have to wait until September. From February until now, we’ve heard quite a few rumors that have our heads spinning.We can hopefully retain some sanity thanks to a Reuters report today that said we will be seeing the iPhone 5 in September. Let’s hope that’s right, because we can’t take any more of these date predictions.Reuters attributed this claim to “three people with direct knowledge of the company’s supply chain.” The sources said production will start in July or August. Apparently, the iPhone 5 will look a lot like its predecessor, which means we may not be seeing the rumored 4-inch screen many people were hoping for. Although looking the same is quite a general term and the phone will look similar if it has a larger edge-to-edge display.Apple has historically released a new version of the iPhone once every 12 months, which means if the iPhone 5 really does come out in September, the time in between releases would be about 18 months.Still, there’s not much info about the iPhone 5’s specs. We have heard it will have a faster processor, which is not surprising, a higher-quality camera, and it may even feature Near Field Communications capabilities.The iPhone 4 still has some life in it, though. Apple has confirmed it will release a white version of the phone in the next few weeks.Read more at Reuterslast_img read more

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Paspaley pearling family behind deal for Darwin detention centre

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The pearling chief Nicholas Paspaley has teamed up with a Darwin property developer to secure a $200 million taxpayer-funded deal to build a detention centre. The Immigration Department has agreed to the duo’s venture to ease pressure on the overcrowded system. The centre will house 1500 asylum seekers. Paspaley and John Robinson will build and manage the new facilities at Wickham Point, about 35km south of Darwin. The government has agreed to a three-year lease with the pair. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said the deal saves the government more than $175 million in capital costs. “Based on an independent quantity surveyor’s assessment of the likely capital and lease costs of a similar sized facility for the mining industry, Wickham Point is value for money,” he said. According to the Paspaley Pearls website, Mr Paspaley’s family fled the Greek island of Castellorizo to Australia in World War I. The Paspaley family’s business empire has evolved to include aviation, property development, farming and marine engineering.last_img read more

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US Brazil Partner on Statement on Innovation in Plant Biotechnology

first_imgASA welcomed a joint statement from the U.S. and five like-minded nations this week expressing those governments’ mutual desire to pursue innovation in plant biotechnology.Among other commitments, the statement shows an effort by the nations to “endeavor to work together to promote synchronization of [biotechnology trait] authorizations by regulatory authorities, in particular for food, feed and processing purposes.”Joining the U.S. on the statement are the governments of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Paraguay, which combine to account for more than 86 percent of global soybean production.last_img read more

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