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Death toll rises to 26 in protests in Indonesias Papua

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first_imgJakarta: The death toll from violent protests in Indonesia’s restive Papua province has risen to 26 after several bodies were found under burned buildings. An angry mob torched local government buildings, shops and homes and set fire to cars and motorbikes in Papua province’s Wamena city on Monday in a protest by hundreds of people sparked by rumors that a teacher insulted an indigenous student. Papua police spokesman Ahmad Musthofa Kamal said Tuesday that six more bodies were found in and around the burned-out wreckage of buildings engulfed in the fires set by rioters. Another 70 people were injured. National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said police were questioning 733 university students involved in another protest in Jayapura that left one soldier and three civilians dead.last_img read more

Britains Boris Johnson stirs outrage over murdered MP quip

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first_imgLondon: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson challenged Opposition parties to table a no-confidence motion in his government to trigger a general election, amid chaotic scenes in the House of Commons after a historic Supreme Court verdict over-ruling his earlier suspension of Parliament. Johnson, who had to dash back from the United Nations summit in New York to face furious parliamentarians on Wednesday evening, appeared unrepentant as he stuck to his stand that the senior judges had been wrong and rejected the pleas of members of parliament to moderate his inflammatory language as an attempt to frustrate his Brexit strategy to meet the October 31 deadline. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportInstead of facing the voters the Opposition turned tail and fled from an election. Instead of deciding to let the voters decide, they ran for the courts it is absolutely no disrespect to the judiciary to say I think the court was wrong, he declared, amid extraordinary verbal clashes in the Commons. Other parliamentarians also rounded on Johnson for his lack of contrition following the unanimous and historic defeat for the government in the highest court of the country, when it ruled on Tuesday that the UK PM had been unlawful in seeking Parliament to be prorogued earlier this month. Responding to Johnson, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn accused him of failing to take the court defeat seriously, branding his statement “10 minutes of bluster from a dangerous Prime Minister who thinks he is above the law but in truth is not fit for the office he holds . He said that Johnson should have done the honourable thing and resigned.last_img read more

Kolkata President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday vis

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first_imgKolkata: President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday visited the National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities (NILD) here and inaugurated an e-rickshaw to help the physically challenged patients move inside the campus. The president also interacted with the differently abled and autistic children at the NILD. Kovind, who did not deliver any speech on the occasion, inspected the Multi-sensory Integrated Therapy Unit and inaugurated the first e-rickshaw to be used by the institute for ferrying patients from nearby state highway to the NILD compound, a spokesman of the institute said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The integrated therapy unit will benefit 12,000 cases of paediatric population every year. The president complimented the institute for setting up the new unit containing various sensory equipment which will help in rehabilitation of children with various disabilities in empowering their movement, behavioural and mental learning process. Kovind mingled with physically challenged children at the Female and Children Ward of NILD and asked a girl to sing a popular Hindi classic, the spokesman said. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi He later visited an exhibition of wall hangings and handicrafts made by physically challenged children and praised their artworks. “I am so happy, the President of India talked to my 12-year old daughter,” mother of a differently-abled girl said. NILD Director Dr S P Das told reporters later, the president came and inspected facilities at the institute and commented to accompanying Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot that “we should take it forward.” To a question Das said, there will be one e-rickshaw to ferry physically challenged as of now. Apart from the Union minister, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar accompanied the president, who is on a two- day visit since Monday. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made a courtesy visit to the president at the Raj Bhavan here on Monday. Kovind on Monday visited the Belur Math, the global headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission.last_img read more

Mumbai One coach of a Mumbai local train derailed

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first_imgMumbai: One coach of a Mumbai local train derailed on Wednesday morning after one of its wheels came loose. Railway officials said while no injuries were reported, services on the line had to be suspended.According to officials, the wheel of a Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus-Bandra local came off between Mahim and King’s Circle stations around 11:30 am. As a result, services on the stretch had to be suspended. Trains, however, were running normally on the CSMT-Panvel leg of the line. According to officials, a Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) level enquiry has been constituted by the GM of Western Railway to look into the incident. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

New Delhi The role of an opener in Test cricket r

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first_imgNew Delhi: The role of an opener in Test cricket requires a different philosophy and mindset, where the ability to translate talent and intent into consistent performance is paramount, insists the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. As Rohit Sharma showed signs of fitting into Indian team management’s ‘Virender Sehwag Model’ with a hundred in his first Test as opener, Tendulkar spoke about the bigger picture of facing the new ball in traditional format. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”It’s all about the mindset. If somebody wants to open the innings, then he needs to have a different kind of mindset,” Tendulkar told PTI in an exclusive interview. Talk about Sehwag, Tendulkar reminded that along with the mindset, it is also about ability, which Sehwag had in abundance. “Sehwag had that different mindset. Be it a ODI or Test, he would more or less play in the same manner. That aggressive nature was always there. Again, it boils down to the capability and the potential of that particular player,” said Tendulkar. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”There are number of guys, who want to be aggressive but to able to use that ammunition (aggression) consistently enough is something that Sehwag had been able to do. That number (opener) suited him. One needs to wait and see how it pans out (for Rohit),” said Tendulkar, whose world record of 200 Test appearances is unlikely to be broken anytime soon. Talking about philosophy, Tendulkar recalled that along with stupendous success, Sehwag also encountered rough patches but never changed his style. “Like for Sehwag, he opened for the first time in England and got a hundred. It brought him success but there were occasions, when he also had his share of rough patches. So it’s not the numbers that always really matter but what you bring to the table does,” he explained. Security and a sense of belonging is something that also brings the best out of any player, opined the all-time highest run scorer in Tests and ODIs. “I think security has to be there. If you look at any number, there has to be that security and one needs to feel that he belongs to the team. Players go through ups and down, but if they know that management is backing them, they tend to think differently,” he feels. Among the new crop of youngsters, Tendulkar is impressed with Hanuma Vihari’s temperament during the past few series. “You need to play Test cricket differently and real skill is tested on good bowler-friendly tracks and he has gone out and shown an ideal temperament,” Tendulkar said. “Vihari has been smart in selecting right shots to play at the right time. I have been impressed by his calmness, temperament as well as ability to absorb pressure. In Test cricket, various aspects are going to be tested and if you are sure of those things, your body language is different, which I saw in him,” said Tendulkar. The technical aspect that impressed Tendulkar was Vihari was ready to leave deliveries, a quality that’s also there in Australia’s find of Ashes Marnus Labuschagne. “In Ashes, Marnus Labuschagne is one of the top examples, he replaced Smith (as that Concussion substitute) at the Lord’s and then he stood out because I feel he was leaving the ball better than anyone else.” Tendulkar loves the concept of World Test Championship but it will only have context if the tracks are “sporting” in nature. “It can only happen if you play on sporting tracks and when I mean sporting tracks, it’s balanced one. If there isn’t a bit of something for everyone, then there is no point as the game itself gets affected,” he said giving the example of Ashes. “Ashes was example we got to see everything. Quality batting, top notch fast bowling and spinners also in play. There were players, who were attacking and there were players who are leaving the balls as well. Those elements shouldn’t disappear from Test cricket.” As far as points system is concerned (120 for series clean sweep), Tendulkar finds it as a good move to keep the fans engaged. “Points and all that, team would want to focus on game and nothing else. But what points system does is to keep spectators’ engagement alive. If a team has won first two Test matches, third shouldn’t be a dead rubber. Players will always give their best but how do you keep spectators engaged and involved is also important. “In the last 4 and 5 months, when teams are fighting for the top two slots, the points system will certainly add dimension and I wont be surprised if Test enthusiasts will be engrossed in calculating points,” said Tendulkar.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

Islamabad A highlevel Taliban delegation on Thur

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first_imgIslamabad: A high-level Taliban delegation on Thursday met Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi as part of a push to revive the Afghan peace process stalled after US President Donald Trump abruptly declared the talks with the rebel group “dead”. The Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday night. The issue of Afghan peace talks and regional situation were discussed during their meeting Qureshi, a Foreign Office official said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report Qureshi told the delegation that war was not a solution of the ongoing unrest in Afghanistan. The delegation is also expected to meet American officials in Islamabad. Taliban’s Pakistan visit is the fourth leg of a tour that included Russia, China and Iran. The Foreign Office announced on Wednesday that Afghan delegation was visiting on the invitation of Pakistan to review the progress made so far under the stalled US-Taliban peace talks. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests US special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is also in Pakistan to discuss revival of the peace talks. He may also meet the Taliban delegation. Khalilzad’s comes days after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to the US where he met Trump and among other issues discussed the revival of negotiations to bring peace in Afghanistan. Since his appointment in September last year, Afghanistan-born Khalilzad has met with all sides in an attempt to end America’s longest war in which the US has lost over 2,400 soldiers in more than 17 years. The US and the Taliban had agreed on draft peace plan, but the process was suspend by President Trump following killing of an American soldier in Kabul last month in a suicide attack claimed by the Taliban. Trump stunned the world when he suddenly declared that the Afghan peace talks with the Taliban were “dead”. He cancelled a secret meeting with the Taliban and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at Camp David near Washington after the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Kabul, in which an American soldier was among the dead. The Taliban control nearly half of Afghanistan, and are more powerful now than they were at any time since the 2001 US-led invasion after the 9/11 terror attacks. The US has continued to push for a ceasefire in the war-torn country and the opening of negotiations between the Taliban and the Kabul government. The Taliban, however, have repeatedly refused to meet with officials of the Afghan government, whom they dismiss as “puppets”. The US has long considered Pakistani cooperation crucial to efforts to end the war in Afghanistan.last_img read more

Islamabad Pakistan on Thursday asked the Taliban

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first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan on Thursday asked the Taliban to grasp the opportunity and resume talks with the US for an early and peaceful resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan, saying war is not a solution, as top leaders of the rebel group met Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi here. A high-level Taliban delegation met Qureshi as part of a push to revive the Afghan peace process stalled after US President Donald Trump abruptly declared the talks with the rebel group “dead”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report The Foreign Office said in a statement that a delegation of the Taliban Political Commission (TPC) called on Qureshi. The delegation was led by the head of TPC Mulla Abdul Ghani Baradar and included senior members of the commission. Welcoming the delegation, the Foreign Minister noted that while the people of both Afghanistan and Pakistan have a shared history, geography and culture, Islam remains the strongest bond between the two brotherly countries. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests “While appreciating Taliban’s serious engagement in the peace process, he underscored the need to take these efforts to their logical conclusion,” Qureshi said. Qureshi noted that the existing, broad regional and international consensus for achieving peace in Afghanistan at the earliest provided an unprecedented opportunity that must not be lost. The US and the Taliban had agreed on draft peace plan, but the process was suspend by President Trump following killing of an American soldier in Kabul last month in a suicide attack claimed by the Taliban. Trump stunned the world when he suddenly declared that the Afghan peace talks with the Taliban were “dead”. He cancelled a secret meeting with the Taliban and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at Camp David near Washington after the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Kabul, in which an American soldier was among the dead. Qureshi said it was up to the parties to the conflict in Afghanistan to grasp this opportunity. Qureshi also expressed the hope that the currently paused peace process would be restarted at an early date. Qureshi said that “Pakistan has maintained for several years that there is no military solution to the complex situation in Afghanistan. An inclusive peace and reconciliation process, involving all sections of the Afghan society, was the only, practical way forward. “It was time to make all possible efforts for an early and peaceful resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan, he said. Qureshi added that Pakistan would continue to support all efforts to achieve permanent peace in Afghanistan which was essential for Pakistan’s own socio-economic development and progress. Qureshi said all these years Pakistan has also kept reminding the world not to overlook the hardcore political, economic, socio-cultural and ethnic ground realities in Afghanistan and its immediate neighborhood. Foreign Minister further noted that the direct Taliban-US talks since last year, strongly and sincerely supported by Pakistan, had now laid a firm ground for achieving a sustainable peace deal in Afghanistan. “A pacific settlement of the conflict would lead to a significant reduction of violence, end of bloodshed and long-term peace, stability and prosperity for future generations of Afghanistan, he said. This was first ever visit of a Taliban delegation to Pakistan since the establishment of the TPC. Official sources said that the talks between Qureshi and the Taliban went on for more than one and half hours. Chief of Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency Lt Gen. Faiz Hameed was also present in the meeting. The delegation will also held more meetings with the civil and military officials of Pakistan but the details have not been shared. The delegation is also expected to meet American officials. US special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is also in Pakistan to discuss the revival of the peace talks. He may also meet the Taliban delegation. Khalilzad’s visit comes days after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to the US where he met Trump and among other issues discussed the revival of negotiations to bring peace in Afghanistan. Since his appointment in September last year, Afghanistan-born Khalilzad has met with all sides in an attempt to end America’s longest war in which the US has lost over 2,400 soldiers in more than 17 years. The Taliban control nearly half of Afghanistan, and are more powerful now than they were at any time since the 2001 US-led invasion after the 9/11 terror attacks. The US has continued to push for a ceasefire in the war-torn country and the opening of negotiations between the Taliban and the Kabul government. The Taliban, however, have repeatedly refused to meet with officials of the Afghan government, whom they dismiss as “puppets”. The US has long considered Pakistani cooperation crucial to efforts to end the war in Afghanistan.last_img read more

NEW DELHI In the last one week the price of urad

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first_imgNEW DELHI: In the last one week, the price of urad dal has increased by Rs 450-Rs 850 per quintal in the major markets of the country. Along with urad, the prices of moong, masoor and chickpeas (chana) dal have also gone up. Experts opine that pulses will be more expensive because the urad crop has suffered in Madhya Pradesh due to the incessant rain. At the same time, sowing of pulses has also been estimated to be less in this kharif season than last year. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarRajni, a resident of Delhi’s Mandawali area, said that after the spike in vegetable prices, she used to manage with potatoes and lentils as the prices were low, but now pulses have also become expensive. Earlier, chickpeas (chana) was available at Rs 55-Rs 60 per kg, but now it has gone up to Rs 65-Rs 70 per kg while chickpea lentils (chana dal) is at Rs 90 per kg. The price of FAQs in the National Capital Region of Delhi was up by Rs 450 to Rs 5,400 per quintal from the previous week. The price of FAQ Urad in Chennai was Rs 5,650, UQ of SQ Variety was Rs 6,775 per quintal. In Chennai, the prices of FAQ and SQ have increased by Rs 600 and Rs 525 per quintal respectively in the last one week. The price of FAQ Urad in Kolkata rose by Rs 850 to Rs 6,200 per quintal in the last one week. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaThe price of moong has also increased by Rs 100-Rs 200 in various cities during the last one week. The price of Rajasthan Line Moong was Rs 6,100 per quintal in Delhi on Tuesday. In Delhi, the price of moong has increased by Rs 200 per quintal in the last one week. At the same time, the price of gram has increased by Rs 25-Rs 100 per quintal in major mandis of the country in the last one week. In Ganj Basoda, Madhya Pradesh, the price of desi gram increased by Rs 100 to Rs 4,100 on Tuesday. The price of Lemon Tur in Delhi was Rs 5,300 a quintal and there has been no significant change in the price in the last one week. During the crop year 2018-19 (July-June), the total production of all pulses was estimated to be 234.8 lakh tonnes, while traders indicated that the total consumption of pulses in the country was around 240 lakh tonnes. Not only this, in the current crop year 2019-20, the production of Kharif pulses could be 82.3 lakh tonnes in 2019 as compared to 92.2 lakh tonnes in 2018. President of the All-India Dal Mill Association, Suresh Agarwal said that the government agency National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) has a full stock of red gram and Bengal gram and also the new crops of red gram will arrive in November-December.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

Buses go off in Telangana as TSRTC strike begins

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first_imgHyderabad: Buses of state-owned Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) went off the roads across the state as employees began an indefinite strike from Friday midnight to press for their demands. Hundreds of passengers were stranded at bus stations across the state and people travelling to their destinations for Dasara and Bathukamma festivals faced severe inconvenience as over 10,000 buses remained confined to the bus depots. Authorities were running skeletal services by using 2,100 hired buses and deploying temporary drivers and other workers. Buses of some schools were also pressed into service. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The Joint Action Committee of TSRTC employee unions claimed that all 50,000 employees are participating in the strike. JAC leaders said they were not afraid of the government threats to dismiss striking employees from service. The government has declared the strike illegal and warned that those not returning to duties by 6 p.m. on Saturday will be dismissed from service. Officials said Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) will be invoked to deal with the strike. They claim that TSRTC management had the power to dismiss the striking employees from service. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi Taking a tough stand, the government late Friday night warned that only those reporting to duty by 6 p.m. on Saturday will be treated as TSRTC employees. The government said that the rest will never be taken back into the organisation. Those who don’t report by 6 p.m. Saturday will be deemed to have given up jobs on their own, said an official statement after Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao held a review meeting with Transport Minister and top officials. Rao, who held the meeting soon after his return from New Delhi, took serious note of the decision of the JAC to go on strike. The government also dissolved the three-member committee of IAS officials constituted to look into the demands of the employees and declared that there will be no more talks with the union leaders. After talks with the panel failed, JAC leaders decided to go on strike to press for their demands, the chief being merger of TSRTC with the government. The government took strong exception to the JAC calling for strike at a time when it hoped that the income during Dasara and Bathukamma festivals will be of some help to the TSRTC, which is neck-deep in losses.last_img read more

Cabinet approves new process of strategic disinvestment

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Cabinet has approved a new process of strategic disinvestment with a view to expediting privatisation of select PSUs, officials said on Friday. The Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at its meeting on Thursday evening approved the new policy under which the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) under the Ministry of Finance has been made the nodal department for the strategic stake sale. This was done with a view to streamlining and speeding up the process, reducing the role of administrative ministries which often used to place hurdles in the path of major stake sales, officials said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraWhile presently PSUs for strategic sale are identified by NITI Aayog, the tweak in policy has now brought DIPAM into the picture. DIPAM and NITI Aayog will now jointly identify PSUs for strategic disinvestment, they said. Also, DIPAM secretary would now co-chair the inter-minister group on disinvestment, along with the secretary of administrative ministries concerned. The change comes within a week of a group of secretaries agreeing for sale of government’s entire 53.29 per cent stake in Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd and its 63.75 per cent stake in Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), 30 per cent in Concor, 100 per cent NEEPCO and 75 per cent in THDC. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysOfficials said strategic sale may involve two-stage bidding beginning with an expression of interest (EoI) or a preliminary intent showing bid, and a final financial bid. Pre-bid meetings with likely bidders and roadshows to attract potential investors will form part of the process to provide clarity on every aspect of the stake sale. Also, data centre will be set up for bidders to look for information on the PSUs up for sale, they added. Officials said the idea is to complete the stake sale within a timeframe, say 4-5 months. The government has set a target of mobalising Rs 1.05 lakh crore from disinvestment proceeds and achieving this has become more critical after it doled out Rs 1.45 lakh crore stimulus by way of a cut in corporate tax. Disinvestment proceeds will be critical for the government to stick to its target of keeping fiscal deficit at 3.3 per cent of the GDP in the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2020.last_img read more

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

Elderly woman dies after wall of dilapidated house collapses

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first_imgGreater Noida: A 75-year-old woman died while a few others sustained injuries after the wall of her house collapsed in Rabupura area of Greater Noida on Sunday morning.According to police, the deceased has been identified as Farzana. Cops said that the deceased had no son and was staying at her house with four daughters. The incident occurred around 7 am in Rabupura area. The elderly woman was doing household work near the wall when it collapsed and she was trapped under the debris. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarNeighbors took her help out of the debris but by the time she was taken to hospital, doctors declared her dead. A local persons said that the was collapsed due to a pool of water formed near the wall because to rainfall on Thursday night. “The house was already in bad condition and the woman had applied under Pradhan mantri Awas Yohan scheme to get it repaired as she failed to repair it by her own due to poverty. An inspection of her house was also done by officials last month but the money was not received,” said a local person. Meanwhile police have not received any complaint into the matter. “As of now we have not received any complaint into the matter. The family of deceased woman also didn’t inform police about the incident but we came to know through some local persons,” a senior police officer of Rabupura police station said.last_img read more

Woman alleges husband impersonated as ISRO scientist to marry her

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first_imgNew Delhi: A PhD student in Delhi has alleged her husband had impersonated an ISRO scientist to marry her and she found about his lies after tracing his location to Gurgaon through their shared Netflix account, police said on Sunday. She also found that the man was already married to another woman, they said. The man and his family have been absconding after his lies were busted. In her police complaint registered on October 1, the woman alleged Jitender posed as an ISRO scientist before her family and married her. He claimed he had an MTech degree from IIT-Kharagpur and showed them bogus documents to prove he had worked in the Defence Research and Development Organisation as a scientist, before joining the Indian Space Research Organisation, a police official said.last_img read more