2016 NTL Player of the Final awards

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first_imgCongratulations to the following players who received Player of the Final honours at the 2016 National Touch League. Elite Eight Men’s Player of the Final – Lachlan Pierce (QLD Cowboys)Elite Eight Men’s Player of the Series – Lachlan Pierce (QLD Cowboys)Elite Eight Women’s Player of the Final – Kimberley Sue See (QLD Broncos)Elite Eight Women’s Player of the Series – Kimberley Sue See (QLD Broncos)Mixed Open – Oscar Sanft and Natasha Adams (Brisbane City Cobras)Men’s T League – Marcus Holme (South QLD Sharks)Women’s T League – Eliza West (Victoria)Women’s 27’s – Katie Shaw (South QLD Sharks)Men’s 30’s – Ryan Pollock (South QLD Sharks)Women’s 35’s – Nicole Mitchell (Hunter Western Hornets)Men’s 40’s – Dean Wilbow (Hunter Western Hornets)Women’s 40’s – Anita Hagarty (NQ Cyclones) Men’s 45’s – Bruce McDonald (South QLD Sharks)Men’s 55’s – Shane Beale (NQ Cyclones)Men’s 50’s – Jeffrey Carrick (South QLD Sharks)Senior Mixed – James Harrington and Hayley McAnelly (South QLD Sharks)Related LinksNTL Player of Finalslast_img read more

3 days agoEvra: Why Burnley winger Lennon one of the toughest opponents

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Evra: Why Burnley winger Lennon one of the toughest opponentsby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Patrice Evra admits Burnley winger Aaron Lennon was one of his toughest opponents.Evra clashed with Lennon when he was with Leeds United and Tottenham.He says the winger’s pace and style of play would sometimes cause him problems.”Lennon is the kind of player – if I wasn’t 100% fit – he would run behind me, and defenders hate when that happens.”He had this quick movement and it was also difficult to play against him.” last_img read more

With Opposition in disarray BJP eyes poll sweep in Maharashtra

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first_imgMumbai: The BJP is eyeing to sweep the next month’s Maharashtra Assembly polls and is confident of a second term in office as the opposition NCP and Congress in the state appear to be in disarray, say observers.While the BJP and ally Shiv Sena are yet to announce the seat-sharing pact for the polls, scheduled on October 21, the Amit Shah-led party believes it will be back to power with a thumping majority. The BJP top brass is repeatedly stressing that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis would helm the state once again, but the Shiv Sena wants to project party president Uddhav Thackeray’s son Aaditya Thackeray for the top post in the event of the saffron alliance returning to power. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe Sena may agree to contest less seats if Aaditya Thackeray, who is likely to make his poll debut next month, is given the deputy chief minister’s post, a party source said. “A section of Sena leaders are, however, uncomfortable with this strategy,” he added. Making it clear that the abrogation of Article 370 would be the BJP’s main poll plank in Maharashtra, Shah last week urged people to show the Congress and NCP their place for “opposing” the government’s move in Jammu and Kashmir. As part of a pre-poll mass outreach campaign, Fadnavis also recently toured 140 out of the total 288 Assembly seats in the state through his ‘Mahajanadesh Yatra’. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadWhile NCP chief Sharad Pawar has also been touring the state, the Congress appears to be direction-less with there being no ‘pan Maharashtra’ leader. Many senior leaders from both the parties joined the BJP and Sena in last few months, a political observer noted. “There is no clarity about the Congress’ vision and direction and transparency in candidate selection,” he said. The five working presidents appointed along with Balasaheb Thorat as state Congress chief have not been taken into confidence on seat-sharing with the NCP, a source said. “All five working presidents and Thorat are contesting the upcoming polls and are unable to move out of their respective constituencies,” he added. The party is also criticism over Thorat not travelling across the state to campaign, amid rumours that former chief minister Ashok Chavan is calling the shots behind the curtain. To add to the confusion, the Congress has appointed poll in-charges for the five regions (Vidarbha, Marathwada, Konkan, north Maharashtra and western Maharashtra). “Most of them don’t know what they are supposed to do,”the source said. But, the Congress is putting up a brave front and countering the BJP’s move to highlight Article 370 scrapping, saying this election is about Maharashtra and not Kashmir. However, Fadnavis has been blunting the opposition’s point, saying what is the harm in speaking about national issues which concern the entire country. “The Congress hasn’t been able to counter the BJP, which is an expert in making an event out of everything, as to how the abrogation of Article 370 will help to wipe out terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir,” the source said. He said joblessness, slowdown in the economy and farm crisis need to be highlighted during the poll campaign which will gain momentum now. The opposition NCP is also dealing with its own issues, including naming of 78-year-old Sharad Pawar in the Maharashtra State Co-operative (MSC) Bank scam. The Maratha strongman’s deft political move to go to the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) office on Friday to face questioning almost galvanised the party cadres, but the Maharashtra government acted swiftly in enforcing prohibitory orders around the probing agency’s office here. Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve also persuaded Pawar against going to the ED office since it could lead to law and order problems. Observers feel the slight political point scored by Pawar senior was short-lived as the same day his nephew Ajit Pawar, who is one of the 70 people named in the scam, stunned the NCP by quitting as an MLA. The former state deputy chief minister on Saturday said he resigned as MLA as he was pained after his uncle’s name got embroiled in the MSC Bank scam for no reason. However, there have been speculations that all is not well in the Pawar family since the Lok Sabha polls when the party chief initially opposed the candidature of his nephew’s son Parth Pawar, but later relented. At the same time, his another grand nephew Rohit Pawar (son of Ajit Pawar’s cousin) is being encouraged in the party and is likely to contest the state polls next month.last_img read more

Panaji An IndiGo flight to Delhi had to return to

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first_imgPanaji: An IndiGo flight to Delhi had to return to the Goa airport and make an emergency landing after its engine developed “some technical issues” mid-air, the airline said on Monday. Goa Power Minister Nilesh Cabral, who was among the passengers on the flight which took off from the coastal state on Sunday, told PTI that the aircraft’s engine caught fire following which the plane had to return to the airport. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has launched a probe into the incident. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh IndiGo flight 6E336, operating from Goa to Delhi on September 29 returned to Goa due to “technical issues in engine”, the airline said in statement. “As per the laid down Standard Operating Procedures, our pilot landed the aircraft in Goa for inspection. All the passengers were accommodated on other flights to Delhi,” a spokesperson of the airline said. Cabral, however, said the flight had to return after the aircraft’s engine caught fire. He later flew to Delhi in another plane. “The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has started an investigation into the IndiGo Goa-Delhi flight incident,” a senior DGCA official said.last_img read more

Mumbai Actor Bhumi Pednekar who is gearing up fo

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first_imgMumbai: Actor Bhumi Pednekar, who is gearing up for the release of her upcoming film Saand Ki Aankh, feels inequality towards women are burning reality even in today’s time. She hopes that the film brings about some change in the way people think and celebrate daughters. “Saand Ki Aankh is a film about equality of women at its core. Women have faced inequality in our country ever since we can remember. It’s taken a bunch of bold and courageous women to break those age-old moulds of discrimination, to bring about an evolution of equality in our country. These women started a revolution,” Bhumi said. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerShe added: “And that’s exactly what the Tomar sisters did. Unknowingly, they were a part of a system that didn’t give them any opportunities cause the society just didn’t know better, but they didn’t want the same for their daughters and granddaughters.” Saand Ki Aankh is inspired by Chandro Tomar, or Shooter Dadi, and her sister-in-law Prakashi Tomar or Revolver Dadi, from Uttar Pradesh, who are said to be the oldest sharpshooters in India. Bhumi is deeply inspired by Chandro and Prakashi’s journey. “In their 60’s they broke all shackles of patriarchy through a very inspiring and truly overwhelming journey.”last_img read more

New Delhi Telecom regulator Trai will take additi

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first_imgNew Delhi: Telecom regulator Trai will take additional time to finalise its views on Over-The-Top (OTT) norms and issues around lawful interception and security are expected to be the key focus, an official said. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (Trai) deliberations on the issue may take at least one more month to conclude, as it is looking at international practices and regulations around OTTs, particularly on security-related aspects. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraOTT services refer to applications and services that are accessible over the internet and ride on an operator’s network. Skype, Viber, WhatsApp and Hike are some of the popular and widely-used OTT services. A senior Trai official said that the regulator wants to take a “practical approach” to the OTT issue. Moreover, OTT usage is also benefiting telcos given the spike in data consumption and traffic, and hence any argument about such services merely riding free on telecom networks is no longer as compelling. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysEconomic aspects, therefore, are not the prime focus any more, said the official. “Now largely it has boiled down to security issue…questions like how the security concerns can be addressed, how other countries have dealt with security concerns. The problem has become a little limited – it is not as big as it was, when we started,” the Trai official said. Last year, Trai had issued its consultation paper — Regulatory Framework for Over The Top Communications Services’ – to debate whether OTT players should be brought under the regulatory regime. Of late, many of these platforms have come under intense scrutiny, and the Indian government is also proposing changes in IT rules to seek greater accountability from these firms, in the backdrop of the apps being used for circulation of fake news and misinformation. While issuing its discussion paper last year, Trai had made it clear that the scope of its consultation would be regulatory issues and economic concerns pertaining to those OTT services that are same or similar to the services provided by telecom service providers (TSPs). In the consultation paper, Trai had also sought the industry’s views on which OTT services should be regarded as the same or similar to those offered by telecom operators, and if “substitutability” should be the main criteria for comparison of regulatory or licensing rules applicable to TSPs and OTT service providers. Trai has also sought industry’s opinion on whether there are issues surrounding lawful interception of OTT communication that need to be resolved in the interest of national security and whether responsibilities of OTT service providers and telecom service providers should be distinct. “Now the question is of regulatory imbalance, on the issue of lawful enforcement…This is not only regulatory imbalance, it has implications on security of the country. So the argument is now limited to security-related issues,” the TRAI official said. Trai is looking at how other nations have dealt with such issues. “Security is not just India’s concern, it is a concern for every country,” the source said adding that TraiRAI has scheduled internal presentations and is likely to finalise its view in another month or so.last_img read more

New Delhi Delhiites woke up to a humid day on Thu

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first_imgNew Delhi: Delhiites woke up to a humid day on Thursday, with the minimum temperature settling at 23.8 degrees Celsius. The relative humidity in the morning was recorded at 83 per cent. “The minimum temperature settled at 23.8 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average while the maximum temperature is expected to hover around 35 degrees Celsius,” a MeT Department official said. The weatherman has forecast a generally cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder or lightning. On Wednesday, the city registered a low of 23.4 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature had settled around 32 degrees Celsius.last_img read more

Palghar A newborn baby girl was found dumped in a

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first_imgPalghar: A newborn baby girl was found dumped in a dustbin by unidentified persons in Virar town of Maharashtra’s Palghar district, the police said. The child was found inside a gunny sack in a dustbin on a stretch of road between Global City and Narangi Phatak in the town on Wednesday afternoon. The girl was noticed by passers-by when she started crying, and was admitted to Virar Sub-District Hospital. A case was registered against unidentified persons under IPC section 317 (abandonment of child) at Arnala Sagari police station, the official said. Probe was on to identify the baby’s parents, he added.last_img read more

New Delhi There will be many more structural refo

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first_imgNew Delhi: There will be many more structural reforms by the government in the coming days to push economy to a high growth trajectory, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Thursday. In the last five years, the economy has grown at about 7.5 per cent. The country’s growth rate of 8.1 per cent in the last quarter of 2017-18 has fallen to 5 per cent in April-June, 2019-20, Kant said at a World Economic Forum event here. “The RBI and the government have taken a series of measures to take India back to a high trajectory of growth. The RBI has dropped repo rate by about 110 basis points (in 2019 so far) but there are limitations to monetary policy and therefore the government stepped in and took a series of measures,” Kant said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra The government announced a series of economic boosters including capitalisation of public sector banks, merging some of them, package for exports, and bringing down corporate tax rate, he said. “I think many more structural reforms are in the offing. The government has pushed for public sector disinvestment. I can tell you we have pushed for asset monetisation in a very big way. Our belief is that instead of green-field projects, investors must come into brown-field projects,” he said further. Kant also said the government must be a facilitator, a catalyst and should keep itself out of business.last_img read more

Washington DC The US government plans to collect

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first_imgWashington DC: The US government plans to collect the DNA of all migrants detained after entering the country illegally, officials said Wednesday. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is developing a plan to take DNA samples from each of the undocumented immigrants and store it in a national database for criminal DNA profiles, they said. Speaking to journalists on grounds of anonymity, DHS officials said the new policy would give immigration and border control agents a broader picture of the migrant and detainee situation. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAnd stored on the FBI’s CODIS DNA database, it could also be used by others in law enforcement and beyond. “It does enhance our ability to further identify someone who has illegally entered the country,” said one official. “It will assist other organizations as well in their identification ability.” Officials said they were in fact required to take the DNA samples by rules about the handling of arrested and convicted people that were issued by the Justice Department in 2006 and 2010, but which had not been implemented. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThey said the program for collecting DNA was still being developed, and they did not have a date set for implementation. Collecting and storing the DNA of people simply detained and not tried or convicted of a crime has drawn criticism from civil rights advocates. “Forced DNA collection raises serious privacy and civil liberties concerns and lacks justification, especially when DHS is already using less intrusive identification methods like fingerprinting,” Vera Eidelman, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement.last_img read more

Mumbai The Reserve Bank on Thursday enhanced the

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first_imgMumbai: The Reserve Bank on Thursday enhanced the withdrawal limits for depositors of the scam-hit Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank to Rs 25,000 from Rs 10,000 per account over the next six month. This is the second time the regulator has increased the withdrawal limits since its clamped down on the bank on September 23 when it had capped it a low Rs 1,000 per customer which led to lot of distress and criticism. Since then PMC, which has among the top 10 cooperative banks with a deposit of over Rs 11,600 crore, is under an administrator appointed by the RBI the past management is being probed by the economic offences wing of the city police. “We again reviewed PMC Bank’s liquidity position and with a view to reducing the hardship of depositors, have decided to further enhance the limit for withdrawal to Rs 25,000 (during the pendency of the six months operational restrictions on the bank),” RBI said in a statement. With the above relaxation, more than 70 percent of the depositors of the bank will be able to withdraw their entire account balance, the central bank said as most of its account holders have an average balance of just about Rs 10,000. The total retail despot is worth Rs 915 crore. The regulator further said it has also decided to appoint a three-member committee to assist the administrator JB Bhoria. The Reserve Bank is monitoring the position of the bank very closely and will continue to take necessary steps in the interest of depositors, it added. On September 23, RBI had put regulatory restrictions on the bank after finding irregularities, and misreporting of loans given to real estate developer HDIL, with whom it has an exposure of a whopping 73 percent or Rs 6,500 crore of its total loan book of Rs 8,880 crore. The entire loan has been NPA for the past two-three years. The restriction included barring the bank from lending and accepting fresh deposits. It also superseded the board and the management of the bank and appointed an ex-RBI official as the administrator at the bank. PTIlast_img read more

The first list of candidates declared by the Bhara

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first_imgThe first list of candidates declared by the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) for the Haryana assembly on September 30 elections sprung a surprise for many observers after one of the doyens in Haryana politics, veteran Ahirwal leader and a cabinet minister in the Haryana government holding key portfolios Rao Narbir Singh was denied a ticket from Badshahpur. The largest constituency in Gurugram Vidhan Sabha was won by Rao Narbir Singh by a margin of over 80,000 votes in 2014. Rao Narbir has been replaced by Manish Yadav who will turn 37 years in age just a week before the declaration of election results on October 24. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarSon of a former sarpanch in Sikander Pur Ghosi village, Yadav has obtained a master’s degree in real estate management and financing. He was working in his own real estate firm in the USA, untill he returned back to India in 2008 and joined BJP. He was elevated to the position of state president of the youth wing (Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha) of BJP in Haryana. Interestingly, Yadav lobbied hard for the Badshahpur constituency ticket in 2009 and in 2014 but could not get the ticket at that time. Yadav is known for his organisational skills. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaIn a candid conversation with Millennium Post correspondent Piyush Ohrie, Yadav speaks of why BJP this time will deliver its best result in Haryana assembly elections, his vision for his constituency and the solution to the challenges that are being faced by the citizens of the constituency he will fight to win. What gives you the confidence that BJP will be able to achieve the ambitious target of winning 75 out of 90 seats this time in the Haryana assembly elections? The confidence comes out of us being connected with people on the ground. Not only are the voters happy with the work of the Narendra Modi government in the center but they are also extremely satisfied with the work of the Manohar Lal Khattar government in the state. The Manohar Lal government has successfully demonstrated that a corruption-free government works without favour and bias does result in the progress for the region. Our principle Haryana ek, Haryanvi ek (one Haryana, one Haryanvi) has found a resonance with the people. What is your vision for your constituency? Badshahpur is the largest constituency in Gurugram Vidhan Sabha seat. Badshahpur consists of urban as well as rural voters. My priority, therefore, is to ensure that there is balanced and equitable development where each and every citizenry is benefitted from the government schemes. I want to improve the infrastructure and my focus will be to reform the primary educational and healthcare centers. Harnessing water harvesting techniques is also on my agenda. Does the opposition claim that basic services like education, medicine and power have only deteriorated in your five years of governance? How do you counter these allegations? Unlike the previous governments, BJP, when it came to power, was committed to improving the basic services. We have set up a structure and the work is going on the reformation. Gurugram University, Mata Sheetala medical college, and smart grid power project is the evidence on the ground of how we have dealt with the challenges effectively. How will you tackle with those builders who have duped the homebuyers by not delivering the flats or providing substandard quality houses? We understand the pain of home buyers and that is why we set up Haryana real estate regulatory act. Builders who are not complying with the laws and not paying heed to homebuyers, interest will be booked as per law. Most of the areas in your constituency get waterlogged with few millimeters of rainfall? How do you wish to deal with this challenge if you win the seat? Our government worked on the widening of Badhahpur drain and this has yielded results. We have also worked on improving the drainage system and are in the process of reviving water embankments. All these processes will ensure that the residents of Gurugram would not have to suffer because of rains.last_img read more

Mumbai The greens environmentalists have faile

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first_imgMumbai: “The greens (environmentalists) have failed,” the Bombay High Court said on Friday, while refusing to declare Aarey Colony a forest and declining to quash the BMC tree authority’s decision allowing felling of over 2,600 trees in the green zone to set up a metro carshed. The court imposed a cost of Rs 50,000 on Shiv Sena corporator Yashwant Jadhav, who opposed the approval given by the BMC tree authority, of which he is a member, for hacking trees in the green belt. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework A division bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Bharati Dangre dismissed four petitions filed by NGOs and environmental activists on issues related to Aarey Colony in Goregaon, a major green lung of the metropolis. The court termed all the petitioners as “Davids” taking on the industrial “Goliaths”, apparently suggesting that they were fighting an unequal battle. One of the pleas moved by city-based NGO Vanshakti had sought that Aarey Colony be declared a forest and an ecologically sensitive zone, while another petition filed by green activist Zoru Bathena had pleaded that the area be given the status of a floodplain. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports Two separate petitions were filed by Bathena and Jadhav, challenging the decision of the BMC tree authority permitting the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) to cut 2,656 trees to construct a metro carshed in Aarey Colony. Dismissing the petition filed by Vanshakti, the court, in its judgment, noted that the issue was already decided by an earlier bench of the high court and the matter was presently pending before the Supreme Court. “The greens (environmentalists) fail in the instant petition because they have lost touch with the procedure to be followed as per law. The clock cannot be put back. We do not make any comments thereon as the petitioner has to now swim or sink before the Supreme Court,” the court said. Dismissing the petitions filed by Bathena and Jadhav, the bench said the greens had failed on merit. “The tree authority’s decision-making process was fair, transparent and based on reason. The greens fail not on account of sailing their boats in the wrong channel but on merits,” the court said. The bench imposed a cost of Rs 50,000 on Jadhav. “It (Jadhav’s plea) is sans any material and bereft of concise statements and details concerning the meeting of the tree authority held on August 29, 2019,” the court said. It noted that there was no variation in the opinion of the members of the tree authority on whether the trees could be transplanted or had to be cut. “There are good reasons for taking the view that the trees would not survive if transplanted and that it would be futile to spend good money to transplant the trees, which ultimately would by and large die,” the bench said. The court also took note of the submission made by MMRCL counsel Ashutosh Kumbhakoni that the authority had already planted 20,900 trees in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. “This establishes that about seven times the number of trees to be felled have been replaced by planting of saplings,” the court said. It termed all the petitioners as “Davids” taking on the industrial “Goliaths”. “Relationship with nature and love for environment alone is true and all other relationships are unreal and temporary, is their (environmentalists’) belief. Their hearts are a temple of devotion to flora and fauna,” the court said. “In the instant case, the Davids (environmentalists) row their boat with faith, courage and devotion in the storm of development but directionless,” the bench said in its judgment, dismissing the plea filed by Vanshakti. It also refused to accept the contentions raised by Bathena and Jadhav in their pleas that the tree authority had granted approval in haste and without considering opposing views. “We highlight that the deliberation by the tree authority members was not only at the meeting held on August 29, 2019. They had discussed the issue at site visits held on August 10 and 20, 2019. What was discussed at the site has been neatly presented as a bonsai in the report prepared by the tree officers,” the court said. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had given the tree-hacking approval on August 29, triggering protests by green activists and common citizens, who had launched a “Save Aarey” campaign. Vanshakti, in its plea, had said Aarey Colony, measuring 1,287 hectares, had several exotic flora and fauna. On the Vanshakti petition, the court said, “The remedy is before the Supreme Court or the National Green Tribunal. We have applied the principle of commonality and not decided on merit.” The Maharashtra government had claimed that Aarey Colony could not be termed a forest and that the issue was already decided by another high court bench. Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, appearing for the state earlier, had said an appeal against the high court order refusing to declare Aarey a forest was currently pending before the Supreme Court. Bathena, in his plea, had challenged the decision taken by the tree authority granting permission to fell trees. The proposed carshed, part of the metro-3 project, will occupy 33 hectares in the southern part of Aarey Colony. The authority has approved felling of 2,185 trees and transplanting (uprooting from the original spot and replanting them at an alternate spot) 461 trees from the area. The authority’s approval is mandatory for felling more than 20 trees at a time at any place in the city.last_img read more

Moscow Russian President Vladimir Putin says Mosc

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first_imgMoscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow is helping China build a system warning about ballistic missile launches. Since Cold War times, only the United States and Russia have had such systems, which involve an array of ground-based radars and space satellites. The system is essential for early spotting of intercontinental ballistic missiles. Speaking at an international affairs conference Thursday, Putin said that Russia has been helping China develop such a system. He added that this is a very serious thing that will radically enhance China’s defense capability. His statement signalled a new level of defense cooperation between the two former Communist rivals, which have developed increasingly close political and military ties.last_img read more

RBI increases lending limit of MFIs to Rs 125 lakh

5th international film festival ends best films get awards

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first_imgShimla: Film like ‘Are you a Volleyball’— an entry from Tehran (Iran), ‘Glide Bir Billing’ first of its kind documentary film on Himachal Pradesh famous paragliding paradise in Kangra district and ‘Hope of Tomorrow’, a popular entry from Jammu & Kashmir’s filmmaker Gul Reyaz dominated the action at the fifth International Film festival, which came to an end on Sunday eveningChief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi, who watched the short film – Tanak on a social theme to encourage people to donate eyes, gave away the prizes and praised the organisers especially Dev Kanya – a young an award-winning film herself, who hails from Kullu. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadDocumentaries including, ‘Birth of a Life’ by Bizoy Mahmud from Bangladesh, ‘The Divine Get-Together’ by Gitesh Gupta from Shimla, ‘Budhi Diwali’ by Mela Ram Sharma from Shimla and ‘Alone in The Combat Zone’ by Monjul Baruah from Assam were screened. Short films including ‘Aapke Aa Jane se’ by Shailaditya Bora from Mumbai, ‘The Phish Tale’ by Shefali Singh Bora from Mumbai, and ‘Fucking Cola’ by Sophie Van De Pol from the Netherlands were screened. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiTotal 20 films were screened during the third day of the film festival including animated films, short films, documentaries, music videos and international films from countries like Poland, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Iran, Bangladesh, Cyprus and Israel. In the International category, the best documentary award was given to ‘Burkinabe Bounty’ and best short film to ‘Are you a Volleyball’. In the national category, best documentary Film was given to ‘Gyamo- Queen of The Mountain’, Best short Film to ‘Pamphlet’, In the state category, Director Novita’s Documentary Film ‘Glide- Bir Billing’ was adjudged as Best Film.last_img read more