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How can fathers bond with kidsHow can fathers bond with kids

first_imgResearchers have found that fathers who spend lots of time helping out with childcare-related tasks on holidays develop stronger relationships with their kids. The study reveals that both types of involvement – caregiving versus play – and the timing – workday versus non-workday – have an impact on the quality of the early father-child relationship. For this study, the research team worked with 80 father-child pairs when the children were about 3 years old and conducted interviews and observed father-child interaction in the home, shooting video that was evaluated off-site and assigned a score indicating attachment security. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveThe team of researchers found that fathers who choose to spend time with their children on non-workdays are developing a stronger relationship with them. However, fathers who spend lots of time helping out with childcare-related tasks on workdays are developing the best relationships with their children. Men who engage in high levels of play with their children on workdays actually have a slightly less secure attachment relationship with them, revealed the recently conducted study. According to the researchers involved in the study, in early childhood, the most common way to conceptualise the parent-child relationship is the attachment relationship.last_img read more

Will discharge my duty impartially Om BirlaWill discharge my duty impartially Om Birla

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP MP Om Birla on Wednesday thanked political parties for unanimously electing him the Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha and pledged to discharge his duties without bias. “This Chair is impartial and it is meant to be impartial,” Birla said in a brief speech after he was escorted to the Chair by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said his duty was to run the House impartially and in accordance with rules and regulations irrespective of which party various members were aligned with. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France “We have several challenges ahead of us and also expectations of the people and we have to live up to their expectations,” he said. Birla said that since the government had got a mandate from the people, it should live up to their expectations and faith. The Speaker urged the members to raise issues related to the people and said he expected the government to give satisfactory answers. Birla thanked pro tem Speaker Virendra Kumar for conducting the House smoothly for two days.last_img read more

Govt identifies 5106 risky exporters who have fraudulently claimed GST refundsGovt identifies 5106 risky exporters who have fraudulently claimed GST refunds

first_imgNew Delhi: The government Thursday said it has identified 5,106 “risky exporters” so far who have claimed GST refunds based on bogus invoices, and would manually check their claims before issuing refunds.According to sources, such fraudulent claims of Integrated GST (IGST) refunds by exporters could exceed Rs 1,000 crore. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), in a statement, also assured genuine exporters that their refund claims would be processed in an automated environment and issued in a timely manner. The CBIC had on Monday issued an instruction to its Customs and GST formations to verify the correct availment of input tax credit (ITC) by few exporters who are perceived as “risky” on the basis of pre-defined risk parameters. “Only 5,106 risky exporters have been identified so far as against about 1.42 lakh total exporters. Thus the risky exporters are only 3.5 per cent of the total exporters… “Even for these risky exporters, the exports are allowed immediately. However, the refund would be released after verification of ITC within a maximum of 30 days,” the CBIC statement said Thursday. The introduction of manual checks in IGST refunds is aimed at preventing unscrupulous exporters from defrauding the exchequer, the CBIC added. It said that in the last two days – June 17 and 18 – only 1,436 shipping bills filed by total 925 exporters have been interdicted. “Considering that about 20,000 shipping bills are filed by roughly 9,000 exporters on a daily basis, the intervention is negligible,” the CBIC said. “The new verification exercise is aimed at preventing unscrupulous exporters from defrauding the exchequer and bringing a bad name to the larger exporting community. CBIC would like to assure all genuine exporters that they would continue to get their IGST refunds in a timely manner in a fully automated environment,” it added. In the instruction issued on Monday, the CBIC had asked the director-general (systems) to identify “risky exporters” and inform the respective Chief Commissioner of Central Tax about the past IGST refunds granted to such risky exporters (along with details of bank accounts in which such refund has been disbursed). With PTI inputslast_img read more

Govt working on tax sops for retail investors in CPSE Bharat22 ETFGovt working on tax sops for retail investors in CPSE Bharat22 ETF

first_imgNew Delhi: The government is working on a proposal to extend tax benefits to retail investors in its two exchange traded funds – CPSE and Bharat-22 ETF. The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) has written to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), seeking their opinion on whether equity linked saving scheme (ELSS) benefit under section 80C of Income Tax Act can be extended to retail investors of these ETFs, an official has said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepAs per the plan chalked out by the DIPAM, retail investors in CPSE and Bharat-22 ETF would be given option to enjoy tax breaks just like investors in ELSS mutual funds. However, their investments would be locked-in for three years. These investors can also choose to not opt for ELSS category and can continue to trade in their units freely. “We have written to the tax department seeking their opinion on whether ELSS benefits can be extended to CPSE and Bharat-22 ETF,” the official said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIf the CBDT, which is the apex decision making body for direct tax matter, gives concurrence, then DIPAM would work out a final plan and an announcement may be made in the 2019-20 Budget to be unveiled on July 5. Though extending ELSS benefits to the existing ETFs would not add to the government’s disinvestment coffers, but it would stimulate retail investments in ETFs and also encourage household savings. Currently, investments made in ELSS MFs are eligible for tax deduction of up to Rs 1.50 lakh under section 80C of the I-T Act, with a mandatory three-year lock-in period. The government, currently, has two exchange-traded funds – CPSE ETF and Bharat-22 ETF – listed on domestic exchanges. ETFs function like a mutual fund scheme and have underlying assets of government-owned companies. Separately, it has also kickstarted work on launching an ETF consisting of stocks of state-owned banks, insurers and financial institutions this fiscal and has invited bids from advisors to explore its feasibility. The plan to launch a financial sector ETF comes on the back of the government seeing huge investor demand for two existing ETFs. It has raised Rs 32,900 crore through two tranches and an additional fund offer of Bharat-22 ETF, and Rs 38,000 crore in five tranches of CPSE ETF in the domestic market. The government had raised about Rs 85,000 crore from CPSE disinvestment last fiscal. For the current fiscal, the target is Rs 90,000 crore.last_img read more

India holds off brave Bdesh makes semisIndia holds off brave Bdesh makes semis

first_imgBirmingham: India marched into the world cup semi-finals on Tuesday beating Bangladesh by 28 runs at Birmingham. The defeat effectively ended Bangladesh’s hopes of reaching the last four stage at cricket’s showpiece event. Shakib Al Hasan with a gritty 66, put up a spirited show. With his dismissal, Sabbir Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin stitched together a valuable 66 run partnership at a brisk rate. With Rahman’s dismissal, Saifuddin continued to power on but ran out of partners. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefEarlier on Tuesday, Rohit Sharma continued his dream run with a record-equalling fourth century but the Indian innings once again lacked the final flourish, managing a par score of 314 for nine against Bangladesh in their penultimate World Cup league match here Tuesday. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (35 off 33 balls) once again failed to get going as India managed only 63 runs in the last 10 overs after Rohit’s 26th ODI century and Rishabh Pant’s (48 off 40 balls) flamboyance had taken India to 251 for 4. Rohit’s (104 off 92 balls) love affair with Bangladesh continued as he had also scored his first World Cup ton in the previous edition in Australia and another century in the 2017 Champions Trophy semi-final at this very Edgbaston ground. En route his ton, that had seven fours and five sixes, Rohit also equalled Kumar Sangakkara’s record of four tons in a single edition of the World Cup.last_img read more

Couple arrested in West Bengal for killing teenage daughter over her relationshipCouple arrested in West Bengal for killing teenage daughter over her relationship

first_imgMalda (WB): A couple were arrested Saturday for allegedly killing their 16-year-old daughter and dumping her body in the Ganga river as they were against her relationship with a youth, police said.The incident, a suspected case of honour killing, occurred on Friday in Mahendratola village under the jurisdiction of Bhutni police station, they said.Acting on a tip-off, the police went to their residence and arrested Dhiren Mondal and his wife Sumati Mondal, a police officer said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe girl was having an affair with a youth, Achintya Mondal, a resident of adjoining village, the police officer said, adding, the girl’s parents were against the relationship.The couple, after killing the class 9 student, put her body in a gunny bag and threw it in the Ganga, he said.A suo motu case was lodged under various sections of the IPC, Superintendent of Police (Malda district) Alok Rajoria said.Efforts were on to recover the body from the river, the SP said, adding that divers were engaged to find the body.last_img read more

England took trophy but India owned World Cup 2019 on TwitterEngland took trophy but India owned World Cup 2019 on Twitter

first_imgNew Delhi: After six weeks of action-packed cricket, England emerged as the world champions after beating New Zealand in a close game ending with a Super Over. Sundays final was one of the most nail-biting games this Cricket World Cup has seen, with everything coming down to the last ball. This World Cup season, cricket fans from all over the world came to Twitter to talk about winning moments, shocking upsets, classic catches, and let’s not forget all the memes about the rain. The #CWC19 conversation generated 31 million tweets from May 20 to July 15. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherComparing the hashtag #CWC19 to the last Cricket World Cup hashtag #CWC15, there was more than a 100 per cent growth in Tweet volume containing the official hashtag. In this edition, fans across the world were able to catch the video highlight clips from each game on Twitter through official handles @ICC and @cricketworldcup. These handles also tweeted unique videos, behind the scenes content and interviews with captains, which enabled fans to connect with players and experts. These two handles clocked a collective of more than 60 million video views, reaffirming the power of video on Twitter. Also, the tweet by Indian captain Virat Kohli thanking the fans and his heart-warming gesture towards 87-year-old die-hard India fan Charulata Patel took all users on an endearing trip, making it the most retweeted tweet of #CWC19. With 2.9 million tweets, the most-tweeted about match was the one between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, making it the biggest One Day International (ODI) match ever on Twitter.last_img read more

Trumps Kashmir mediation remarks to hit IndoUS tiesTrumps Kashmir mediation remarks to hit IndoUS ties

first_imgWashington: Donald Trump’s controversial remarks that Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought his mediation on resolving the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan will “damage” bilateral ties, according to former diplomats and experts, with one of them saying the US president did not do his homework.India has already firmly rejected Trump’s claim, which he made on Monday during a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House, saying that New Delhi’s consistent position has been that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I would like to categorically state that no such request has been made by the Prime Minister to the US President,” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Reacting to Trump’s statement, former US Ambassador to India Richard Verma told PTI that “The President did a lot of damage today. His comments on Kashmir and Afghanistan were way off the mark.” According to Husain Haqqani, a former Pakistan Ambassador to the US, the President would soon learn the complexity of South Asian issues. “President Trump wants Pakistan’s help with a deal on Afghanistan and has dangled the prospect of help with what he thinks Pakistan wants,” he said. “He praised Imran Khan like he praised North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. This is his standard procedure in trying to get a deal,” he noted. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Just as he has not got a deal on the Korean peninsula, he will soon learn that South Asia’s historical issues are also more complex than fashioning a real estate deal,” Haqqani said. Former State Department diplomat Alyssa Ayres, who is now with the Council for Foreign Relations think tank, said Trump did not come prepared for the meeting. “I am worried about the President’s lack of preparation for his meetings, and his impromptu statements. His statement on Kashmir today (that PM Modi sought mediation from Trump) was categorically denied by the Indian government within hours,” Ayres told PTI. “Diplomacy requires careful attention to detail, to language, and to the facts of history. We did not see that today,” she said in response to a question.Nicholas Burns, who served as under Secretary of State for Political Affairs under the Bush Administration and played a key role in the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, said the Indian government has been consistent for many years in rejecting the US as a mediator in the Kashmir dispute. The former diplomats and experts were responding to questions on President Trump’s remarks that he is ready to mediate between India and Pakistan on the contentious Kashmir issue. PTIlast_img read more

7 killed in rainrelated incidents in Pak7 killed in rainrelated incidents in Pak

first_imgPeshawar: At least seven persons, including four children and a woman, were killed in separate incidents after incessant rain lashed parts of Pakistan, authorities said. In Pakistan’s northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, five persons, including two children and a woman were killed on Sunday. Two were killed in Shangrila and one each in Buner, Mansehra and Abbottabad, according to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority. Over 18 people sustained injuries, including six women. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Heavy rainfall in the province also damaged five houses, two huts and three school buildings. Different areas of Chitral, including Tirich Mir and Kosht were closed off for traffic due to flooding, the Express Tribune reported. In Punjab province, at least two children were killed and many more sustained injuries. In Sargodha city, two children were killed due to a roof collapse. Five more roof collapse incidents were reported in Sheikhupura and officials placed the number of injured at 10, the report added. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Rains and snowfall often cause landslides and flash floods in northern Pakistan where millions live in mountainous areas. Incessant rainfall across Pakistan has led to power outages in many major cities. There seems to be no respite in sight as according to the Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) more heavy rain has been predicted in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Multan and Bahawalpur over the next 24 hours.last_img read more

Taking the opportunityTaking the opportunity

first_imgGreen shoots are visible in the Sino-India trade relation as an impact of the US-China trade war, notwithstanding global trade which is embroiled in disarray. In other words, a third force became a key role-player to cool off Sino-India trade relation, even though a long parley was bilaterally made before. Disgruntled by the big trade balance and alleging China for dumping goods, trade relation is now seen with a volte-face of China, surging imports from India and restricting exports to India. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn 2018-19, India’s exports to China made a great leap vis-à-vis abating imports. Its exports to China zoomed by 25.6 per cent, while imports declined by 7.9 per cent. China emerged as the third biggest export destination for India, after the US and UAE. Given this paradigm shift, a bulk of trade deficit between the two countries was lowered. Trade deficit plunged to US$ 53 billion in 2018-19 from US$ 63 billion in 2017-18. The trigger in exports was due to petroleum and agriculture and allied products. Both these account for one-third of India’s exports to Also Read – Insider threat managementChina. Exports of these two product groups increased by 89.8 per cent and 92.6 per cent respectively in 2018-19. Among the agricultural products, the notable increases in exports were raw cotton (278.7 per cent), marine products (345.4 per cent) and spices (42.9 per cent). With China retaliating against the US’s high tariff trade war, the scope for India’s exports to China enhanced. For example, opportunities galore for big export of raw cotton after China bent towards India to compensate for the loss of imports from the US. China imposed 25 per cent tariff on imports of cotton from the US as retaliation. Of the 5 billion bales of cotton imported yearly by China, 40 per cent are imported from the US. China does not impose any customs duty on cotton imports from India. Similarly, in the run-up to enhance soybean imports from India as a countermeasure, China dropped import duty on soybean from India. With China imposing 25 per cent tariff on imports from the US, large scope emerged for India to export soybean to China. China is the world’s biggest buyer of soybean and the US has been the biggest supplier to China. Annually, China imports $39-40 billion worth of soybean from the world. Of these, more than one third is imported from the US ($13 billion in 2017). On the import front, the U-turn was mainly due to a decline in imports of electronic goods. This product group is the main component of India’s imports from China. They account for nearly one-third of India’s import from China. Imports of electronic goods from China dropped by 29.4 per cent in 2018-19, dragged mainly by fall in imports of telecommunication equipment. It declined by 52.5 per cent in 2018-19. Thanks to Chinese investment in telecommunication in India, it resonated a negative impact on imports from China. Currently, six big Chinese companies are producing mobile phones in India. According to a survey report, Chinese mobile phones, manufactured in India, made a great leap with a 51 per cent market share in India.Chinese brands like Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, Huawei, One Plus outplaced Indian brands like Micromax, Lava, and Karbon. Trade war generated a new synergy of the economic relationship between the two countries, reducing the political rivalry. Both India and China now oscillate in the hope for warming the relation in trade and investment. Till the trade war broke, India was eager to improve the relation with China, with an aim to dwarf the burgeoning trade deficit. But, China was reticent. After the trade war, China bent towards India and vies for India’s heart for improving economic ties. “A new day has dawned for the two countries, which were once at odds”, according to Global Times–the Chinese official media. Till the Modi-led BJP government came into power, trust deficit owing to security concern played a key role. After Modi led BJP government was installed, China has been on investment binge. Chinese investment has become a driving force for start-ups, digitisation besides electronic manufacturing. With the trade war making a major turnaround in India-China relation, hopes are raised on China being the next lead foreign investor in India. Given the manufacturing in China becoming costlier after the tariff hike by the US, investors in China will dislocate their productions bases in India and other countries. According to Standard Chartered Bank, India and China will be the two major wings for global growth. By 2030, China and India will be the second and third-biggest economies, next to the US, while outsmarting Japan and Germany. China is seen not as a foe, but rather an opportunity after the trade war broke. Trust deficit began to dilute and bonhomie between the two leaders rose. Both have vowed to make a relook to their economic relation and endeavour for a joint partnership for growth, instead of a brickbat. Needless to say, Modi was never averse to China. He visited China four times as Chief Minister of Gujarat when security concern was at the peak. His priority was to seek Chinese investment. Parallelly, China exhorted India’s potential as an important destination for investment. “India has a wealth of experiences in utilizing international capital. There is no doubt it has become more attractive to foreign investors”, according to Zjao Gancheng, Director of Centre for Asia Pacific Studies at Shanghai Institute of International Studies. As of the end of 2017, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce recorded Chinese investment in India of more than US$ 8 billion. Start-ups, infrastructure and electronics manufacturing have become the key areas for Chinese investment. Chinese investment synchronises Make in India initiative. Digitisation, Start-up are the key targets of Make in India. India has a robust IT industry, that operates at cheaper costs in India than in China. By investing in these areas, China is in a unique position to give a challenging shape to Make in India.IPA (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

MSI launches BSVI compliant Ertiga priced at 754 lakhMSI launches BSVI compliant Ertiga priced at 754 lakh

first_imgNew Delhi: Maruti Suzuki India on Thursday said its popular multi-purpose vehicle Ertiga petrol version has become BS-VI emission norm compliant and will be available at a starting price of Rs 7,54,689 (ex-showroom Delhi). This is the sixth model from the company’s portfolio after Alto, WagonR, Swift, Baleno and Dzire to be BS-VI compliant, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a statement. Commenting on the development, MSI Executive Director, Marketing and Sales Shashank Srivastava said, “With the new BS-VI compliant petrol engines, much ahead of the government deadline, we reinforce our commitment towards cleaner environment.”last_img

IDay Security beefed up in Kolkata districts of BengalIDay Security beefed up in Kolkata districts of Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Ahead of the 73rd Independence Day celebrations, security in and around the city and districts of West Bengal has been beefed up, a senior police officer said on Wednesday. Besides tightening of security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident, all entry and exit points of the metropolis have been kept under extensive watch, a senior officer of Kolkata Police told PTI. “We have increased vigil at 23 entry points of the city. All big and small hotels, guest houses and lodges in and around the city are being monitored to ensure that no outsiders without proper documents get accommodation there during this period,” the officer said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Kolkata Police have already started checking vehicles entering the city as well as those coming to the airport, a senior officer at the city’s traffic department said. “Vehicles coming to the city are thoroughly examined. The drivers’ licenses, valid documents of vehicles are also being properly checked. We are taking immediate action if any discrepancy is found there,” the IPS officer said. A senior state Home department officer said special measures have been taken keeping in mind the revocation of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir and the bifurcation of the state into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “There are alerts from the central government and we are making special security arrangements for Independence Day celebrations. We are following a standard protocol. We are leaving no stone unturned to keep up the security arrangements for tomorrow,” the IAS officer said. Incidentally, as many as 19 airports including the city’s Netaji Subash Chandra Bose International Airport have been put on a high alert by the security agencies ahead of the Independence Day celebrations. The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has issued an alert to the police of all states and union territories, along with airport authorities. Besides setting up several sand bag bunkers at key junctures, Special Task Force (STF) unit of Kolkata Police has been employed to keep a tab of things, apart from checking CCTV footages from different crossings of the city. Talking more on the security aspects taken in and around the city, the IPS officer said, “Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) will be monitoring movements of people, vehicles within the city. We have also deployed extra policemen at most public places, pilgrim spots as well as shopping malls and movie halls. Holidays for all our colleagues have been cancelled.” The Red Road venue has been divided into 14 zones where top officers of the force will be monitoring, as part of the special security arrangements for the Independence Day parade. Meanwhile, security arrangements in all other parts of the state have been increased. Security in districts such as Malda, North and South 24 Parganas, Murshidabad, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur, Coochbehar having borders with Bangladesh have been enhanced, an official with the Border Security Force (BSF) posted in West Bengal said. Even security in areas bordering with neighbouring states such as Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha has been stepped up, a police officer said.last_img read more

Improvising classical musicImprovising classical music

first_imgImprovisation in classical music is a forgotten art. It has been neglected for more than 100 years. Back in the 18th and 19th century, improvisation has been a major skill in the education of pianists. We have testimonials of improvisations played by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Chopin and many other great pianists and composers.Laurens Patzlaff, who is both a Classical and Jazz pianist gifted with the unique ability to improvise in every style, tries to revive this special type of concerts in which the artist is able to create his music out of the moment. And on his ‘World of music tour 2019’, he gives 5 continents a musical chapter with melodies of many different kinds of music which define the cultures on each continent. In addition Laurens Patzlaff is going to improvise on themes suggested by the audience in the second part of the concert. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIn a concert at India International Centre, which will be held on August 30, Laurens will be performing melodies from Africa, Australia, America, Asia, and Europe. The Classics and improvisation have rarely intermixed, and Laurens is devoted to promoting and popularizing this fascinating musical duo. Improvisation is the main focus of his artistic and academic career. A German music professor who works frequently in the U.S.A. and Australia as well as in Germany and throughout Europe and Asia, he was appointed Germany’s first ever Professor for Piano and Improvisation (Jazz and Classical) at Lübeck University of Music in 2013. Laurens dazzles audiences with his musicianship while opening their eyes and ears to the unlimited capacity for variation in even the most formal of musical genres, offering a fresh perspective on music with a range of styles few if any can imagine.last_img read more

Anita Mondal takes oath as BMC chairpersonAnita Mondal takes oath as BMC chairperson

first_imgKolkata: Following Krishna Chakraborty, who became the new Mayor of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC), newly elected chairperson Anita Mondal sworn in on Friday. Mondal took the oath in presence of BMC Commissioner Pritha Sarkar. Tapas Chatterjee has been elected as the Deputy Mayor again. Also on Friday, seven Member, Mayor-in-Councils (MMiC) took oath. Sources informed that apart from Debraj Chakraborty all the MMiCs along with their departments will remain unchanged. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaEarlier, Prasenjit Sardar, who was MMiC of Youth Development and Sports, resigned from his post after Sabyasachi Dutta’s resignation from the post of BMC Mayor. Debraj will given Sardar’s department. On Friday Krishna said: “We are like a family. We will work hand-in-hand to serve the people in BMC area.” She also informed that as per Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s instruction to use drones in order to check on the rooftops of the buildings whether any water is stored or garbage is present, a drone will be flown on Monday as experiment. Also she will attend the programme’Apnar Ward E Apnar Mayor’ (your Mayor in your ward) on Sunday at Keshtopur.last_img read more

CM Kejriwal seeks Puris direction to initiate denotification of forest landCM Kejriwal seeks Puris direction to initiate denotification of forest land

first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday, seeking a direction to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to initiate the process of denotifying the forest land where Sant Ravidas temple stood.The temple in South Delhi’s Tughlaqabad area was demolished on August 10 by the DDA on the direction of the Supreme Court. In his letter to the Union housing and urban affairs minister, Kejriwal also offered to rebuild the temple on the same site once the land is denotified and made available to the temple society. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderKejriwal said demolition of the temple has caused “tremendous hurt” to the sentiments of crores of people as Sant Ravidas was a saint, revered not just by the Dalit community, but by all. Although the temple and all other property have been demolished, it is still possible to restore the temple, the Delhi chief minister said in the letter, adding since the land is under ownership of the DDA, only the Central government can initiate its denotification. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The DDA will have to initiate the process. It will need to submit a proposal to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change through the Government of NCT of Delhi, for notifying the diversion of the land,” he said. Kejriwal assured Puri that the AAP government will act in a time-bound manner on the proposal to denotify the land. “I will ensure that state government takes up the matter immediately and that it is decided in accordance with law in a time-bound manner,” he said. On the matter of reconstruction of the temple, Kejriwal wrote, “If the Government of India makes the land available to the society that was running the temple, with your support and blessings, the Delhi government will be pleased to carry out the reconstruction of the temple.” According to the Delhi government, Delhi Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam has already written to the DDA vice-chairman, this is for the DDA to initiate the proposal for denotification of the land on which the Sant Ravidas Temple existed.last_img read more

3 killed in Quebec helicopter crash3 killed in Quebec helicopter crash

first_imgA four-seater helicopter was travelling from Quebec’s Beauce region to the Lanaudiere when it crashed in a snow-covered field near Drummondville, Que., killing all three people aboard, police said Friday.Quebec provincial police said the crash occurred at about 9 p.m. just north of the city about 110 kilometres northeast of Montreal.The victims – two women and one man – have not yet been identified.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada said the helicopter was a Robinson R44 model and owned by a private company.Police said the helicopter caught fire after a violent impact along the banks of the Saint-Francois River, in the city’s Saint-Joachim-de-Courval district.First responders had a difficult time getting to the scene because of deep snow. A snow removal machine was brought in from the city of Drummondville to help them get to the site.Marc Descoteaux, who owns a farm not far from where the helicopter crashed, said he smelled smoke as he did some work on Thursday evening.“It was burning smell, not a wood burning smell but more like metal or sodder,” Descoteaux said in a phone interview. “Before going home, I saw a fire in the middle of a field about 800 meters from my house.”Thinking it was a snowmobile on fire, he called his nephew to go have a look. The field is considered part of the farm land, but it is devoid of any buildings.His nephew accessed the area by snowmobile. Realizing it was a helicopter, Descoteaux said they called police.“A helicopter at night in the neighbourhood is very rare,” he said of his rural area. “We get very few cars at night, let alone helicopters.”His brother used a snowblower to make a path for the first officers and emergency personnel at the scene.Provincial police spokesman Hugo Fournier said an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash, including weather conditions last night.Transportation Safety Board investigators have begun their investigation as well.One of those investigators, Pierre Gavillet, said it was too soon to know whether the crash occurred at high speed.“At first glance we try to see the marks in the snow,” he told reporters at the scene. “We try to establish the flight trajectory before the impact.”Gavillet said the investigators would gather information on the weather, the pilot’s qualifications and the body of the chopper, which he said was heavily damaged.He said it wasn’t clear whether the helicopter would need to be sent to the TSB’s lab for further analysis.last_img read more

La Loche school shooter convicted of killing 4 injuring 7 to appealLa Loche school shooter convicted of killing 4 injuring 7 to appeal

first_imgREGINA – The mother of a teacher’s aide who died in a shooting at a northern Saskatchewan school says she’s disappointed her daughter’s killer is filing an appeal.The young man who killed four people and injured seven others in La Loche was sentenced in May as an adult to life in prison with no chance at parole for 10 years. His lawyer filed an appeal of the sentence Tuesday.“I don’t want him to get an appeal,” said Jackie Janvier, whose daughter, Marie Janvier, was one of those killed. “That’s one thing I don’t want, because I’ve been through enough as it is already and yet have to start all over again.”The shooter was weeks away from his 18th birthday in January 2016 when he killed teenage brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine at their home before he fatally shot Janvier and teacher Adam Wood at the high school.Although he was sentenced as an adult, he can’t be named because of his appeal.The shooter’s defence lawyer, Aaron Fox, said Tuesday that he will ask for the order that directs his client to be sentenced as an adult to be set aside.“There’s really not much else I can say at this time,” Fox said. “That’s the issue: should he have been sentenced as a youth or an adult. We’re arguing that he should have been sentenced as a youth.”Fox wouldn’t say why he didn’t appeal the decision immediately after the judge made the ruling in February. He said his office filed the notice of appeal within 30 days of sentencing, as allowed by the rules of the court.Crown prosecutor Pouria Tabrizi-Reardigan referred all questions for the case to the Ministry of Justice.“The Crown argued the teen should be sentenced as an adult given the seriousness of the crime and the offender’s circumstances. That is what happened,” a spokeswoman from the Ministry of Justice said in an email.No date has been set for the hearing. A court communications officer indicated it is unlikely to be scheduled before the Court of Appeal’s fall sittings.“The parties each have to file a written argument. The court will then set a date for the hearing of the appeal,” Fox said.Janvier travelled from her home in La Loche to every court appearance since the shooting and said the appeal will be no different.“I just want justice to be done,” she said.The young man had been imprisoned at a provincial correctional centre, but was to serve his sentence in a federal penitentiary. Fox wouldn’t say where his client has been serving his sentence.The shooter pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder.During the sentencing in May, Judge Janet McIvor called the shootings “senseless” and “coldly horrific.”“These school shootings were planned and calculated to inflict as much damage as possible,” she told court.Court heard the shooter began formulating a plan as early as September 2015. He researched different kinds of guns and the damage they could do to people.The night before the shootings, he did an online search asking, “What does it feel like to kill someone?”McIvor said the shootings have had a lasting impact on the northern community. Fewer teachers are willing to work there and there has been an increase in substance abuse and suicides, the judge said.Students in the community aren’t receiving the support they need and are being revictimized, she added.The shooter told court he can’t undo what he’s done, but he would if he could.His motive for the shooting is still unclear. Fox has said his client told him: “I ask myself that every day.”last_img read more

Brooke Henderson repeats as Canadian Press female athlete of the yearBrooke Henderson repeats as Canadian Press female athlete of the year

first_imgThere was a quiet poise to Brooke Henderson on that Sunday morning last summer in Regina ahead of her final round at the CP Women’s Open.She had experienced big moments before: her first LPGA Tour win as a 17-year-old in 2015, her first major victory a year later, her first appearance at the Olympics.This tournament was different.No Canadian had won the national open since Jocelyne Bourassa in 1973. Supporters who crammed the galleries could sense something special was happening.Henderson would deliver in emphatic fashion, firing a closing-round 65 for a four-shot victory.“The 18th hole, standing on that green, surrounded by family and friends and hundreds of fans and spectators cheering me on = it was sort of a surreal moment,” Henderson said. “To finally hold that trophy that I’ve dreamed about since I was a little girl, it gives me chills just thinking back on it.”It was one of two tournament titles and 11 top-10 finishes for Henderson last season. On Wednesday, she was rewarded for her stellar campaign by being named a repeat winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as The Canadian Press female athlete of the year.Henderson, who has won the award in three of the last four years, picked up 30 of 54 votes (55.6 per cent) in a poll of broadcasters and editors from across the country.“Especially this year being an Olympic year with all the great athletes that competed in the Winter Olympics, it’s a big honour and I’m just really proud to take home this award again,” Henderson said.Figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond and short-track speedskater Kim Boutin tied for second place with 10 votes each (18.5 per cent).The winner of the Lionel Conacher Award as Canada’s male athlete of the year will be named Thursday and the team of the year will be named Friday.With wet weather in the forecast, Henderson had an early start for her final round at the CP Women’s Open. Showing no sign of nerves or timidity, she lashed her opening drive down the fairway and birdied the hole for a two-stroke lead.Angel Yin, Sung Hyun Park, Su Oh and others tried to make charges that day but Henderson wouldn’t buckle. In fact, the Canadian found another gear.Henderson pulled away with four straight birdies on the back nine and tapped in a birdie putt on the 18th hole to send the crowd into a tizzy. Her seventh career LPGA Tour victory moved her one behind Sandra Post’s record for all-time wins by a Canadian.“The blinders were on,” Post said. “She was looking at the finish line and she just looked like it was hers. She wasn’t nervous. It was hers.”It was an emotional summer for Henderson and her family. Her maternal grandfather died in early June and her paternal grandfather died in early August.Henderson, from Smiths Falls, Ont., remained steady and consistent throughout the year. She won the Lotte Championship last April in Hawaii, earned US$1.47 million over the season and finished ninth in the world rankings.“Big performances on the biggest stage amongst stiff competition in one of the highest-profile sports in the world,” said Edmonton-based Postmedia editor Craig Ellingson.Henderson was fourth in scoring average (69.99) on the LPGA Tour, eighth in driving distance (268-yard average) and fourth in greens in regulation (74.5 per cent).Her short game statistics were middle of the pack. Henderson was 72nd in putting average (29.7 putts per round) and 87th in sand saves (43.7 per cent).“It’s easy to get down on yourself when things aren’t going perfectly,” Henderson said. “I feel like I stayed really patient through the majority of the year. When things were not very good, they always turned around. You just have to wait them out and I did that.“Even going into the CP Women’s Open, I was in contention a few times and wasn’t able to get the job done. But I feel like I learned from those experiences and then when I put myself in position in Regina, I wasn’t going to let it go that time. I was able to seal the deal.”Bobbie Rosenfeld, an Olympic medallist in track and field and a multi-sport athlete, was named Canada’s best female athlete of the half-century in 1950.The first winner of the Rosenfeld award was golfer Ada Mackenzie in 1933. Marlene Stewart Streit leads all golfers by taking the honour on five occasions (1952, ’53, ’56, ’57, ’63).last_img read more

Friend concerned for detained Canadian after fundraising effort shut downFriend concerned for detained Canadian after fundraising effort shut down

first_imgOTTAWA — A friend of Michael Spavor says he is worried about the detained Canadian’s well-being and financial future now that an online fund-raising effort in his name has been derailed.Andray Abrahamian was among the organizers of a GoFundMe campaign for Spavor, a Canadian arrested last month in China for allegedly endangering Chinese national security.GoFundMe says today the campaign was shut down because its third-party payment processor was unable to handle the donations.GoFundMe would not elaborate on the reasons why.Spavor is director of the Paektu Cultural Exchange, an organization that facilitates sporting, cultural, tourism and business exchanges with North Korea.He and fellow Canadian Michael Kovrig were taken into Chinese custody just days after Canadian authorities in Vancouver arrested Meng Wanzhou, a senior executive with Chinese firm Huawei Technologies, so she can be extradited to the U.S. to face fraud charges.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

A glance at the eight victims of Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthurA glance at the eight victims of Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur

first_imgTORONTO — Here is a glance at the victims of serial killer Bruce McArthur, who has pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder:MAJEED KAYHANThe 58-year-old Toronto man was killed on or about Oct. 18, 2012. Police investigated his death as part of Project Houston, which ran from November 2012 to April 2014 and probed the disappearances of three men who went missing from Toronto’s gay village. The probe was closed after yielding neither suspects nor leads on what happened to the men. Kayhan’s death was sexual in nature. SOROUSH MAHMUDIThe 50-year-old was killed on or about Aug. 15, 2015. He was reported missing by his family in east Toronto. A ligature was used in Mahmudi’s death, which was sexual in nature. A coat found in McArthur’s van contained Mahmudi’s DNA. The same coat was connected to the staging of other deceased victims. DEAN LISOWICKLisowick, of no fixed address, was killed on or about April 23, 2016. He was 43 or 44 years old and was never reported missing. Lisowick didn’t fit the profile of the earlier victims, who were gay and of Middle Eastern descent. A ligature was used in Lisowick’s murder, which was sexual in nature. Jewelry belonging to Lisowick was found in McArthur’s bedroom.  SELIM ESENEsen, 44, of Toronto, was killed on or about April 16, 2017. The disappearance became part of a police investigation called Project Prism, launched in August 2017. Five months later, McArthur was charged with Esen’s presumed death. A ligature was used in his murder, and there was evidence of confinment with ropes. Esen’s DNA as well as the weapon used in his murder were found inside McArthur’s van. Esen’s notebook was later found in McArthur’s apartment.ANDREW KINSMANThe 49-year-old Toronto man was killed on or about June 26, 2017. Kinsman, who was also a subject of Project Prism, had a sexual relationship with McArthur. Kinsman’s sisters said they searched for their brother for six months before police eventually charged McArthur in his death. A ligature was used in his murder as well as confinment with ropes. Video surveillance showed Kinsman getting into McArthur’s van outside Kinsman’s home. Kinsman’s DNA and the weapon used in his murder were found inside McArthur’s van.SKANDARAJ NAVARATNAMThe 40-year-old was killed on or about Sept. 6, 2010. During the investigation, police found a piece of leather lacing from McArthur’s van that contained Navaratnam’s DNA. A bracelet belonging to Navaratnam was found in McArthur’s bedroom.ABDULBASIR FAIZIFaizi was killed on or about Dec. 29, 2010. The 42-year-old was last seen in Toronto’s gay village. His vehicle was found near the home of one of McArthur’s landscaping clients. Faizi’s disappearance was also investigated as part of Project Houston.KIRUSHNA KANAGARATNAMKanagaratnam arrived in Toronto from Sri Lanka in 2010 and police believe he died on or about Jan. 6, 2016, at age 37. He was never reported missing and unlike McArthur’s other victims, Kanagaratnam had no clear ties to the LGBTQ community. A ligature was used in his murder, which was sexual in nature. An unnamed international agency helped identify Kanagaratnam after investigators released a heavily edited photo of a dead man in a plea for public help.SOURCE: Toronto policeThe Canadian Presslast_img read more