Public Comment Sought on New Biosolids Guidelines

first_img The health and safety of Nova Scotians are the focus of proposednew rules for applying biosolids to land. The Department ofEnvironment and Labour is now seeking public comment on the newrules. “We need a safe, stable, long-term solution to the disposal ofmaterials left over from sewage treatment,” said Kerry Morash,Minister of Environment and Labour. “These guidelines will giveus that.” The draft guidelines will allow only treated sludges that meetspecific biological and chemical criteria to be applied to theland. No untreated septage or sewage sludges can be used. Septage sludge is the solid material that remains after water isremoved from the sediments pumped from a septic tank. Sewagesludge is the residue generated during the treatment of sewage ina treatment plant. Once they are treated to meet biological andchemical standards, they are called biosolids. “Land application of biosolids is the best alternative fordisposal of these materials,” Mr. Morash said. “Sending it to alandfill is expensive and not consistent with our wastemanagement strategy. Incineration is the only other option andthat’s expensive and not environmentally responsible.” The draft guidelines result from a department review of approvalpractices that began in the fall of 2003. In January, governmentdirected the department to suspend current land-applicationapprovals and to stop issuing new approvals for land applicationof sewage and septic sludges. The guidelines, when finalized and approved by government, willbecome part of any approval issued by the department for landapplications. The public comment period ends on Friday, April 16. The draftguidelines are available on the department’s website atwww.gov.ns.ca/enla ; at any Environment and Labour office; or bycalling 1-800-567-7544. ENVIRONMENT/LABOUR–Public Comment Sought on New BiosolidsGuidelineslast_img read more

Financial Measures Act Introduced

first_imgFinance Minister Graham Steele introduced the Financial Measures Act today, April 15. The act provides the legislative and regulatory authority for measures in the annual provincial budget. “Our budget this year invests in health care, growing the economy, helping people make ends meet, all while ensuring government lives within its means,” said Mr. Steele. “The Financial Measures Act is part of our plan to get the province’s finances back to balance.” The act contains amendments to 14 pieces of legislation.For example, it reduces the rate of corporate income tax for small businesses, as announced on budget day, and implements a previously announced move to improve the film tax credit. Amendments to the Revenue Act improve tobacco enforcement controls by implementing new high-tech stamps to more easily detect and seize counterfeit tobacco products. The Financial Measures Act also contains amendments to the Motor Carrier Act to support the transfer of the Motor Carrier Inspection Division from the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board to Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. Changes to the Corrections Act, Education Act and Housing Act are associated with changes to municipal-provincial funding arrangements. “An agreement entered into by the previous government committed the province to assume about $100 million of municipal costs,” said Mr. Steele. “Given the province’s current financial situation, we have advised municipalities that we are not in a position, for the time being, to accept further uploading.” The Financial Measures Act also includes amendments to eight different acts required to increase most user fees and government charges, as previously announced.last_img read more

Details on Potential Protected Areas Online

first_imgNova Scotians can help choose which lands should be protected as part of the province’s 12 per cent plan, now that details on nearly 220,000 hectares of land are available online. “Our province’s protected areas are places where families can experience natural habitats and enjoy outdoor recreation,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “We are encouraged by the high level of interest demonstrated so far, and we encourage Nova Scotians to visit the protected areas site and get involved in the selection process.” Comments will be incorporated into a draft plan, which will be released for provincewide consultation next year before final decisions are made. The province has a legislated goal to legally protect 12 per cent of its land by 2015. Written comments will be accepted until Dec. 1 at Department of Environment, Protected Areas Branch, Box 442, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2P8 and by e-mail at protectedareas@gov.ns.ca. A discussion paper titled Our Wild Spaces, photos and descriptions of review lands can be viewed at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/12percent/ .last_img read more

Prudence recommandée pendant le nettoyage

first_imgLe gouvernement provincial demande aux résidents de faire de la sécurité une priorité alors que les eaux se retirent, que les routes sont réparées, que les ponts sont inspectés et que les efforts de nettoyage se poursuivent aujourd’hui 11 septembre dans le comté de Colchester. « Lundi a été une journée difficile pour les résidents de Truro. Je l’ai vu de première main, a dit Ross Landry, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Comme l’a dit le premier ministre ce matin, le gouvernement provincial rencontrera bientôt les représentants municipaux et les experts afin d’élaborer un plan d’action qui aborde le problème croissant des inondations dans la région centrale de la Nouvelle-Écosse. » Aucune nouvelle inondation n’a été signalée dans la région de Truro aujourd’hui, et de nombreuses routes sont maintenant ouvertes. On demande aux résidents de vérifier les conditions routières avant de se déplacer. « Soyez prudent aujourd’hui et continuez à vous aider les uns les autres alors que tout le monde s’efforce de nettoyer les propriétés et les communautés », a dit M. Landry. Les plages provinciales, les parcs d’utilisation diurne et les parcs de camping seront ouverts à compter de 8 h le mercredi 12 septembre, sauf dans deux cas. Le parc faunique Shubenacadie sera ouvert à l’heure habituelle de 9 h, et le parc provincial de l’île McNabs doit faire l’objet d’une inspection par le personnel du ministère des Ressources naturelles. Des mises à jour seront publiées au www.novascotiaparks.ca. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences rappelle les conseils suivants aux propriétaires de maison et aux résidents : Une fois les eaux retirées, on encourage les propriétaires à vérifier leur système septique et à communiquer avec le bureau du ministère de l’Environnement de la région si le système ne fonctionne pas. Il faut également s’assurer que les réservoirs à mazout sont bien solides. Toute personne qui a besoin d’aide financière pour répondre à ses besoins essentiels peut présenter une demande d’aide au revenu en communiquant avec le bureau du ministère des Services communautaires de leur région. Les demandes sont évaluées de façon individuelle afin de déterminer le besoin. Si le demandeur n’est pas admissible, le personnel peut le diriger vers d’autres soutiens communautaires qui pourraient lui offrir de l’aide. M. Landry a applaudi les efforts des intervenants locaux. « Je félicite tous les membres du personnel de soutien municipal et provincial ainsi que les premiers intervenants des services d’urgence, qui ont réagi à cet événement avec professionnalisme et compassion. Ils ont bien planifié et ils étaient prêts », dit-il. Au cours des prochains jours, des renseignements sur l’ampleur des dommages causés par la tempête seront recueillis. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le nettoyage et la sécurité en cas d’inondation, consultez le http://emo.gov.ns.ca (en anglais seulement). Communiquez avec votre compagnie d’assurance dès que possible si vous avez subi des dommages. Faites une liste et incluez des photos ou des vidéos des dommages et des articles qui doivent être jetés. Conservez un dossier des activités liées à l’inondation, par exemple le temps passé à nettoyer, et conservez des copies des factures et des reçus. N’utilisez pas les appareils ménagers, les prises de courant, les boîtes d’interrupteurs, les boîtes à fusibles ou les panneaux de distribution avant de les faire vérifier par une personne qualifiée du service public. Faites appel à des professionnels qualifiés pour rebrancher l’alimentation en gaz ou en électricité. Si vous sentez une odeur de gaz, quittez la maison et communiquez immédiatement avec votre fournisseur de gaz. Rincez toute contamination à l’intérieur de la maison et éliminez l’eau de rinçage. Nettoyez et faites sécher votre maison et vos biens récupérables dès que possible. Les articles ménagers qui ont été contaminés par des eaux usées ou qui sont restés trempés pendant une longue période devront être mis dans des sacs étiquetés et jetés conformément aux règlements locaux. La nourriture qui entre en contact avec les eaux de crue doit être jetée. Les boîtes de conserve peuvent être nettoyées. D’abord, enlevez les étiquettes, puis nettoyez les boîtes de conserve à l’aide d’un mélange d’une cuillerée à table d’eau de Javel pour chaque litre d’eau. Ensuite, écrivez sur les boîtes de conserve nettoyées à l’aide d’un marqueur. Jetez toute boîte de conserve bombée, endommagée ou ouverte. Les propriétaires qui utilisent un puits privé comme source d’eau potable doivent faire vérifier le puits et éviter de consommer l’eau avant d’être certains qu’elle ne soit pas contaminée. Des trousses d’analyse sont disponibles aux bureaux régionaux du ministère de l’Environnement. Le ministère travaille en collaboration avec les municipalités afin d’offrir les trousses dans les bureaux municipaux.last_img read more

Graduate Scholarships Support Research Spur Innovation

first_imgGovernment is putting money directly into the hands of smart, talented graduate students who are doing research that will help Nova Scotia innovate, grow and succeed. Government will fund 120 innovation and research scholarships for graduate students at Nova Scotia universities this year. The program will be fully phased in over four years, and will eventually fund 310 scholarships a year. “These scholarships will support graduate students as they do their research, and they’ll also boost Nova Scotia’s economy as that research turns into new products and more opportunity,” Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan said today, April 25. “Our universities compete for graduate students from other places, and this program will help our schools attract the best and brightest minds to Nova Scotia.” Scholarships are available for masters and doctoral students. A third type of scholarship will help international graduate students cover differential fees. The annual scholarships are valued at $10,000 to $15,000 each. “It’s virtually impossible to do cutting-edge research without funding,” said Dalhousie University PhD candidate Chris Burns. “Innovative work and developments are continually happening in graduate research, and this new provincial funding recognizes that potential and the need for it in Nova Scotia. “I’ve been lucky enough to do state-of-the-art research at Dalhousie University that will be commercialized through my startup, QNova. With these new scholarship opportunities, I believe others will be encouraged to study, work and innovate in Nova Scotia as well.” Universities will administer the program using existing Canada Graduate Scholarship application processes and selection committees. Universities will report to government annually. Applicants must: be a full-time graduate student enrolled in a non-professional doctoral or masters program with a thesis requirement be researching an area related to Nova Scotia’s priority sectors be supervised by a professor working on research linked to industry, or related to innovation in social policy, or have commercialization potential meet established Canada Graduate Scholarship criteria for academic excellence, research potential and personal characteristics The idea for graduate scholarships was suggested by Students Nova Scotia. The program was developed with input from the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents. “This program is an excellent example of collaboration between the government and our universities,” said Ray Ivany, Acadia president and Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents chair. “The government’s funding commitment will play an important role in attracting and retaining more talented graduate students, thereby further improving the national competitiveness of our province. We commend the government’s vision and demonstrated commitment to higher education in Nova Scotia.” Scholarships will be allocated based on the number of graduate students enrolled at each university. Research can be supervised by professors at different schools, which will encourage more collaboration among universities. Government will invest $3.7 million in the graduate scholarship program annually, once it is fully phased-in. Government has recently announced several new efforts to help students during and after their post-secondary studies, including eliminating the interest on Nova Scotia student loans and more career-related work placements. In the coming months, government will announce details of a new Graduate to Opportunity program.last_img read more

Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar takes charge

first_imgNew Delhi: Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar Friday took charge of the ministry and made it clear that Team Modi 2.0 will focus on labour reforms and work for welfare of informal sector workers.”In today’s Cabinet meeting the first agenda is related to labour. That much I can tell you,” Gangwar told reporters when asked about the agenda of the government on issues related to labour and employment. “At present around six crore formal sector workers are covered by this ministry under various social security schemes. But the pervious NDA government brought schemes for welfare of around 50 crore informal sector workers,” he said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCOn labour reforms, he said, “All labour codes would be pushed for passage in the Lok Sabha. We would try to complete the labour reform agenda. But, we want to take along all section and stakeholder in the process including trade unions, employers and civil societies”. Out of the four proposed labour reforms, Wages Bill 2017 was introduced in the Lok Sabha in August 2017 and was subsequently referred to Parliamentary Standing Committee. The panel gave its report in December 2018. Since the 16th Lok Sabha was dissolved earlier this month, the Code on Wages Bill will have to be reintroduced. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe ministry is also formulating three other labour codes on industrial relations; social security and welfare; and occupational safety, health and working conditions. These proposals are at pre-legislative stage. Earlier, the NDA regime had launched Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan Dhan (PMSYMD) in the general budget for 2019-20 on February 1, 2019. The scheme provides for minimum monthly pension of Rs 3,000 for informal workers like rickshaw puller, farm labour, domestic help and others. Known for his simplicity and honesty, Gangwar has been elected as Lok Sabha member from Rohilkhand region for the eighth time. He had sworn in as a Cabinet minister on Thursday. Gangwar was Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge) in the previous NDA government. Taking plunge into politics during the days of Emergency, Gangwar was jailed for guiding a people’s movement against then government. He made an entry into the national arena in 1989 when he was elected from Bareilly in the ninth Lok Sabha on a BJP ticket. He went on to represent Bareilly as BJP MP until 2009 when he had to face defeat by a narrow margin. He, however, returned in 2014 as an MP to become a minister in the Narendra Modi government.last_img read more

NCP leader Praful Patel appears before ED in aviation scam PMLA probe

first_imgNew Delhi: Former civil aviation minister and NCP leader Praful Patel Monday appeared before the ED in connection with a money laundering probe related to losses suffered by Air India as part of an alleged multi-crore aviation scam, officials said. Patel appeared before the agency around 10:30 am here, they said. His statement will be recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and he is expected to face a series of questions. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC The case emerges from a criminal complaint registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for alleged irregularities in fixing air slots for international airlines that purportedly led to losses for Air India, the national aviation carrier. Patel, 62, has also been named in a recent charge sheet filed by the federal agency before a court as a person known to alleged aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar, arrested by the ED sometime back. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, who was in-charge of the civil aviation ministry between 2004 and 2011, has not been mentioned as an accused in the case. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations Sources had told PTI that the ED had already questioned a number of people in the senior management of the state-owned airline and the aviation ministry. Patel, a Rajya Sabha MP, was expected to be quizzed about the statements and revelations made by Talwar, officials said. The ED charge sheet in the case named Talwar and claimed he was in regular touch with Patel. It has alleged that Talwar finalised various communications addressed to Patel on behalf of Emirates and Air Arabia. Talwar obtained undue favours for the private airlines using his contacts, according to the charge sheet. The agency has also alleged that Talwar was engaged in lobbying with politicians, ministers, public servants and officials in the civil aviation ministry for Emirates, Air Arabia and Qatar Airways in order to secure undue benefits to these airlines. “He (Talwar) illegally managed to secure favourable traffic rights for these airlines during 2008-09 at the cost of the national carrier Air India,” the ED has claimed. It has also been alleged that in lieu of securing favourable traffic rights, these airlines made payments to the tune of Rs 272 crore to Talwar during 2008-09. “He created a web of his own entities and used the companies of his son, Aditya Talwar, in India and international offshore havens to launder Rs 272 crore received from foreign airlines. “Part of these payments were made to a bank account in the Bank of Singapore, belonging to a company called Asiafield Limited, registered in the British Virgin Islands and beneficially owned by Deepak Talwar,” the agency has said in the charge sheet. Talwar was arrested by the ED early this year after he was deported from Dubai.last_img read more

Indianorigin truck driver arrested in US for killing wife three others

first_imgWashington: A 37-year-old Indian-origin truck driver has been arrested in the US on charges of murdering his wife and three other relatives in April this year, authorities have said. Gurpreet Singh, the Ohio truck driver, has been arrested in Connecticut. He was being held in New Haven County pending extradition to Ohio to face four aggravated murder charges, West Chester Township Police Chief Joel Herzog said. Herzog did not say why Singh was in Connecticut, Fox News reported. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’ The Branford police department said in a statement on Facebook that West Chester Police had notified them that Singh was staying at a local residence. The suspect was arrested in a Wal-Mart parking lot at 2 pm on Tuesday, shortly after leaving the home. Singh called 911 on April 28 to say he found the four “on the ground and bleeding in a West Chester apartment where he lived. The victims were later identified as Shalinderjit Kaur, 39; Amarjit Kaur, 58; Parmjit Kaur, 62, and Hakiakat Singh Pannag, 59. The Butler County coroner said all four died from gunshot wounds to the head and each victim was shot at least twice. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping After the murder, Singh told the police that he and Shalinderjit Kaur had been married for 17 years and had three children. Family members identified Parmjit Kaur and Hakitakat Singh Pannag as his wife’s parents and Amarjit Kaur as Parmjit’s sister. Members of a nearby Sikh temple said the four had worshipped there. Singh and Kaur’s children were staying with other relatives at the time of the slayings and police said Tuesday they were safe but wouldn’t say where they were. Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser declined to discuss details of the investigation, saying the case will be presented to a grand jury, which could help determine whether the suspect would face the death penalty upon conviction. According to Herzog, “This process is complicated and takes time. Preserving the integrity of this case is crucial to the process.” Fox19 reported that Singh was questioned as a witness the night of the murders, but was not taken into custody at the time. Investigators combed the apartment complex for clues. At one point, divers recovered a gun from a pond behind the building where the murders took place. However, authorities have not confirmed that the gun was used in the killings.last_img read more

High Protein Chips In Seven Different Flavours

first_imgNew Delhi: Naturell (India) Pvt. Ltd., the lifestyle health products company, offers a wide range of RiteBite premium products like protein bars, nutrition bars and protein chips that helps one boost up the energy levels. The company is also a pioneer in innovating the concept of ‘Power Snacking’. RiteBite Max Protein fuels one with sustained energy, and has no preservatives and artificial sweeteners. The recently launched, RiteBite Max Protein chips is a power snack that provides protein by blending seven ingredients (Jowar, Quinoa, Ragi, Whole grain oats) super grains and (Soya, Urad and Chick peas) pulses which provides sustained energy for a longer period. This 60 Gms gluten-and-guilt-free wholesome snack provides 10 g protein, 4 g fibre and has a low glycemic index i.e. it has no white carbs like rice, corn, potato or wheat which tend to spike up blood sugar levels and cause it to drop rapidly making one feel tired. RiteBite protein chips has 35% lesser fat compared to other traditional namkeens, making it just the perfect, tasty, 5 pm snack to satisfy savoury cravings. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain Mr. Vijay Uttarwar, the Managing Director and Founder of the crunchy snack family, avers that, “Consumers should never compromise on taste for nutrition. One’s taste palate and nutritional needs should go hand in hand and at RiteBite we have kept all these factors in mind while the recipe for chips was in progress. RiteBite protein chips proves that guilt-free, crave-worthy indulgence is possible. Our products are available in 10,000 outlets and we intend to reach a target of 20,000 outlets by the end of this fiscal.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award RiteBite Max Protein offers a wide range of ‘Power Snacks’ that help consumers adopt a healthier lifestyle and boost up their energy level. The company’s focus has always been on providing tasty and healthy, protein and fibre rich products in innovative formats which help in hunger satisfaction and keep a check on cravings. One can pick and choose any healthy chips from the range of RiteBite protein chips like: Cheese Jalapeno, Spanish Tomato, PeriPeri, Chinese Manchurian, Salt and Pepper, Desi Masala, Cream and Onion.last_img read more

UN Nwatchdogs chief plans to step down early

first_imgVIENNA: UN nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano plans to step down early, in March of next year, because of an unspecified illness that has visibly weakened him over the past year, diplomats who follow his agency’s work said on Wednesday.Amano, a 72-year-old Japanese diplomat, was reappointed in 2017 to a third four-year term in charge of the International Atomic Energy Agency, until Nov. 30, 2021. The IAEA’s responsibilities include policing the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities under Tehran’s 2015 deal with world powers, which the United States quit last year. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangHis departure raises the question of what future course the agency will take, though few expect its handling of Iran and other sensitive issues to change significantly. Amano has frequently emphasised that his agency’s work is technical rather than political, a reaction to the tenure of his predecessor Mohamed ElBaradei, who together with the IAEA was awarded the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize and clashed with US officials over Iran. Amano’s plan to leave in March leaves the IAEA’s 35-nation Board of Governors time to pick a successor, who must also be approved by the agency’s General Conference, a meeting of all its member states.last_img read more

Police busted gambling den with the help of drama

first_imgNew Delhi: With the help of drama, the North Delhi Police busted a gambling den in Timarpur area. Police arrested nine persons and recovered more than 90,000 rupees.According to the investigators, on July 26, they went near the house of the accused persons in plainclothes. The other team was waiting nearby the spot. CCTV cameras were installed outside the accused’s house. “Few men were keeping a close eye on outside movements and if they found something fishy they alert the kingpin who flee from the other door. So we wore plain clothes,” police said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”We had identified the house, one of our police personnel was carrying a utensil and clothes soaked in petrol,” police said. The policeman droped the clothes near the main gate of the house. Later another policeman, on the pretext of smoking cigarette, droped burning matchstick on the cloth which caught fire. “We started shouting fire. All the accused who were sitting inside the house saw the TV screen connected with CCTV. Once they opened the door, all the police personnel went inside and caught the gamblers,” police said. A senior officer told Millennium Post that whole operation was completed in less than half an hour including 5-10 minutes of drama. “Around 6-7 police personnel were in plain clothes and the same number of police were deployed a few meters away from the house,” an officer said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsDeputy Commissioner of Police (North) Nupur Prasad said that one Vivek is the kingpin of this racket. He had invited other accused persons by phone. “Nine accused persons were arrested and Rs. 94,100 as stake money, 20 sets of cards, two LEDs, two DVRs etc have been seized,” said DCP North. ACP Operations (North) Jitender Patel led the team with SI Devender from the cyber cell (North). Investigators further added that the accused had chosen an isolated place for gambling. “We had earlier conducted the recee. To reach the spot we crossed several small lanes,” added another investigator.last_img read more

Forest cover grew by 15000 sq kms during Modi govt

first_imgPune: India’s forest cover has grown by over 15,000 sq kms in the five years of the Modi government, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Sunday.He was speaking on the sidelines an event here. When asked about Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala’s statement in which he said that the government has given permission to cut over one crore trees for development projects, Javadekar said that the Congress leader is picking up selectively on the number of trees felled for the development projects. “But he forgets that in the main answer (given in the Parliament) it is clearly mentioned that within two years, 8,000 sq kms of forest cover has increased and in the five years of the Modi government, more than 15,000 sq kms of forest cover is increased,” the minister said.last_img read more

Varun Dhawan gets hilariously trolled by Arjun Kapoor

first_imgMumbai: Actor Arjun Kapoor trolled his friend and actor Varun Dhawan on a photograph taken at the wrap-up bash of “Street Dancer 3D”. In the image shared on Instagram, Varun is seen posing with co-stars Shraddha Kapoor and Nora Fatehi. He captioned it: “Coming to you January 24. Bye-bye”. Nora replied on the post, saying: “We look like snacks”. The “Main Tera Hero” actor asked Nora if she is doing people’s eyebrow to which Arjun wrote: “Nora Fatehi he’s definitely done his eyebrows.” “Street Dancer 3D” is helmed by Remo D’Souza and will hit the theatres in January 2020.last_img read more

Ayodhya case Let the first court remain the first court of country

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday got irked when one of the advocates interjected during the hearing in the politically sensitive Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case of Ayodhya. “Do not turn this first court of the country to any other thing. Let it remain the first court of the country,” a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said when a lawyer tried to say something out of the turn. The observation came when the bench was asking senior advocate Sushil Jain, representing Nirmohi Akhara, to refer to evidence to substantiate the claim of possession over the disputed site.last_img read more

Security strengthened at AMU to deal with possible breach of peace

first_imgAligarh (UP): Security has been strengthened on the AMU campus here to deal with any possible protests by Kashmiri students in the wake of the Centre’s decision to revoke some provisions ofArticle 370. Over 1,000 students belonging to Kashmir Valley study in the Aligarh Muslim University. SSP Akash Kulahari told PTI Thursday, “We are keeping a strict vigil in view of certain recent developments in the country. Security has been beefed up since Wednesday night.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’RAF personnel and state police have been deployed at all sensitive points on the periphery of the campus. Parliament on Tuesday approved a resolution abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and a bill for splitting the state into two union territories. Meanwhile, AMU spokesman Prof Shafay Kidwai said university authorities were taking “all necessary steps to allay concerns of Kashmiri students who are out of touch Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&Kwith their families for past three days following snapping of communications with the Valley”. Kidwai said that while no written advisory has been issued to Kashmiri students, “they have orally been advised not to move out of the campus or travel during next few days till normal conditions return, as a precautionary measure.” He said that the central government had also asked the AMU and all other educational institutions where Kashmiri students were studying “to address the genuine concerns of the students following disruption of normal life in the Valley”. He, however, said, “There is no report whatsoever of any agitation or protest by Kashmiri students at AMU following recent events in the Valley.” Kashmiri students have met AMU officials in the past two days and voiced concerns over the disruption of communication with their families, keeping in mind that this is a festival time, he said, adding that the AMU authorities will do everything possible to address their concerns.last_img read more

EastWest corridor work to restart after getting courts nod Metro Rly tells

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation (KMRC) told the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday that it had stopped underground construction for the East-West Metro corridor, following Sunday’s damage to several houses in the central parts of the city during a tunnel-boring work. Admitting that at least five houses had collapsed owing to ground settlement from seepage after a tunnel-boring machine hit a water table, the KMRC counsel told a division bench presided by Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan that work will start only after getting the court’s nod. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Several buildings in the congested Bowbazar area have developed cracks, leaving hundreds homeless. At least 323 residents of these damaged houses were shifted to hotels, KMRC lawyer Jishnu Saha told the bench, adding that all the affected and collapsed buildings will be repaired or reconstructed by the Metro Railway authority. He further submitted that the businessmen and workers who had lost their livelihood owing to the damage to the properties will be rehabilitated. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Hearing a PIL seeking termination of underground drilling for metro tunnels in congested areas, the division bench, also comprising Justice Arijit Banerjee, directed the KMRC to apprise it of the developments in arresting further ground settlement and damage to buildings by September 16. The court also asked the advocate general to make sure that the state government and the city civic authorities extend all cooperation in dealing with the situation and ensuring that the affected people are taken care of. The bench will hear the PIL, which has also challenged the provisions of Metro Railway (Construction of Works) Act, 1978, again on September 16. The KMRC lawyer told the bench that the work for 9.8 km of the 10.9-km-long underground tunnel was completed for the East-West Metro corridor. Saha said the KMRC had invited experts from within and outside the country for preparing a comprehensive geotechnical report on the incident and finding ways to prevent any damage to the remaining one-km tunnel work. He said the KMRC was likely to get reports from them within a fortnight on how to complete the construction work using tunnel-boring machines, without affecting life or property. Even as the court was hearing the PIL on Tuesday, there were reports of more buildings developing cracks owing to the ground settlement. Agitated residents demanded that the KMRC ensure that damage to more buildings was prevented and a written assurance be given to those affected that their buildings will be reconstructed or repaired as per requirement. Tunnels have been bored under the Hooghly river to connect the twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah through the rapid transit system, spanning a length of 16.6 km from Howrah Maidan to IT hub Sector V in Salt Lake. The new metro corridor passes through some of Kolkata’s most-congested areas where there are many century-old buildings, some of which are in a dilapidated condition. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who visited Bowbazar on Monday evening and spoke to some of the affected residents, said the state government will work together with the KMRC authorities to ensure proper rehabilitation of those who have been rendered homeless. Banerjee, a former railway minister, has also convened a meeting with the KMRC authorities, the city mayor, the police commissioner, secretaries of the disaster management and transport departments on Tuesday to discuss the modalities for providing rehabilitation. The chief minister appreciated that people were evacuated in time, preventing any loss of life or injury to anyone. Noting that the affected people had to vacate their residences, leaving behind their belongings, bank and identification documents, Banerjee said necessary assistance will be provided to them.last_img read more

Incurring heavy losses Gurugram Rapid Metro to be managed by state govt

first_imgGurugram: Justice D.K. Jain, appointed by NCLAT to oversee the IL&FS resolution process, on Friday approved the transfer of the Gurgaon Rapid MetroRail to Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).It will now be incumbent on the Haryana government on what the way forward will be for the Rapid Metro Rail. The Haryana government could either choose to run the Rapid MetroRail itself or subcontract it to another party. This is pursuant to the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal order of August 8 wherein – Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon Limited (RMGL) and Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon South Limited (RMGSL) – being red entities were required to seek prior approval from Justice (retd), Jain, former Supreme Court judge mandated to oversee the IL&FS resolution process, before selling, transferring, encumbering, alienating, dealing with or creating any third party right, title or interest on any movable or immovable assets. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe new development comes at a time when the financial situation of Gurugram rapid metro was in dire straits and it was expected that by next week it may suspend its operations. The rapid metro was constructed by IL&FS Infrastructure in two phases. In the first phase, the company built 5.1 km elevated track, connecting National Highway No 8 at Shankar Chowk to Sikandarpur DMRC station, covering 6 stations. Built-in three years for Rs 1,450 crore, the service was opened for public on November 2013. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings The company expected office-goers from Delhi to the cyber city to inter-change at Sikandarpur & use the rapid metro. But it didn’t succeed a. Higher costs for travelling, less focus on last-mile connectivity and lesser frequency of the movement of trains are resulting in many residents still relying on other modes of transportation. Considered to be a bane for many residents who drive on routes of Golf Course, Sikanderpur, MG road and Cybercity, the diesel-run autos and private city buses continue to retain its popularity. While these transportation mediums still charge a reasonable sum from their customers, the ticket prices in rapid metro range from a minimum sum of Rs 20 to a maximum of Rs 35. Not only are the common citizens but even the office goers have lessened their daily travels. Besides providing services for commuting, the other forms of revenue for rapid metro is through advertising on its trains and on certain occasions providing space for hosting functions in its coaches.last_img read more

IRCTC to launch its first passenger train on LucknowDelhi route

first_imgNew Delhi: Ministry of Railways, over the last few years, have been executing prestigious projects for improving the overall traveling experience of rail passengers including running of premium high speed trains, station and premises development, and providing state of the art amenities to its passengers on trains as well as at stations. To further professionalise the services, Railways have entrusted IRCTC, it’s commercial tourism and catering arm and a two decade old service organization to operate two premium passenger trains for general public using the air conditioned chair car rakes of Tejas trains. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’These two trains will ply on Lucknow – Delhi – Lucknow and Ahmedabad – Mumbai- Ahmedabad routes for 6 days in a week and will primarily cater to the business travellers traveling frequently between these cities, besides catering to tourists. Trains would be equipped with all modern on board facilities for ensuring a high level of comfort to the passengers. The first train to start with IRCTC management will be operated in Lucknow – New Delhi – Lucknow sector having a total journey time of 6 hours and 15 minutes. This train will have one Executive class air conditioned chair car having 56 seats and nine air conditioned chair cars having capacity of 78 seats each. The total carrying capacity of the train will be 758 passengers. The train will start its journey in the morning at 06:10 hours and will reach New Delhi at 12:25 hours having scheduled commercial halts at Kanpur Central and Ghaziabad. In the return direction, train will leave New Delhi at 16:30 hours and will reach Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KLucknow at 22:45 hours having schedule halts at Ghaziabad and Kanpur Central enroute. Train will run 6 days a week except Tuesday. Another train on Tejas rake will be run by IRCTC on Ahmedabad – Mumbai – Ahmedabad route a little later. This train will leave Ahmedabad at 06:40 hours and will reach Mumbai at 13:15 hrs. In the return direction, train will leave Mumbai at 15:40 hrs and reach Ahmedabad at 22:25 hrs. This train will also run 6 days a week, except Thursday.last_img read more

Banks companies step up with cash to assist BC wildfire victims

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s big banks and other companies are donating sizeable sums to the Canadian Red Cross to help the victims of the wildfires in British Columbia.About 14,000 people have been displaced by more than 200 wildfires and an official with Emergency Management BC said Tuesday that the situation continues to deteriorate.The Canadian Red Cross has said cash donations for wildfire victims are coming in at an overwhelming rate from across B.C. and Canada, and with the crisis expected to continue, there is no set goal for fundraising efforts.On Tuesday, Scotiabank, CIBC, Royal Bank and the Bank of Montreal each said they would donate $50,000 to the relief effort.The banks also said donations to the Red Cross can be made at any of their branches. Donors are asked to indicate that their donation is for the British Columbia Fires Appeal.Other corporate donations announced Tuesday include $100,000 each from the Honda Canada Foundation and the British Columbia Automobile Association, plus $25,000 each from Sun Life Financial and CN Rail.“BCAA has seen first-hand the overwhelming effects of forest fires on communities, including some of the most destructive wildfires in B.C.’s history and we want to help in any way that we can,” says president and CEO Shom Sen.Pierce said cash donations are the best way to help the thousands of people forced from their homes because donated goods often don’t match the needs of evacuees and are costly to ship and store.last_img read more

Improved treatment allowing more HIVpositive women to get pregnant study

first_imgVANCOUVER – Lisa Partridge was 14 when she learned she was HIV-positive.The teenager living in Comox, B.C., underwent a tainted blood transfusion when she was an infant in Romania. When she fell terribly ill at age one, her distraught parents searched for a cause until a doctor finally recommended HIV testing.She tested positive. For the next 13 years, she took a daily cocktail of pills that she believed were for a congenital heart defect, from which she also suffers. When her parents told her the truth, she was stunned.“I kind of remember freaking out a little bit and being like, ‘Oh my God,’ ” recalled Partridge, now 27. “But then I did more research into it and it’s not as bad as people thought it was.”Partridge’s story speaks to the enormous medical and social strides that have been made since HIV was first identified in the 1980s. Antiretroviral therapy has suppressed the virus in her system, allowing her to lead a healthy life without fear of transmitting HIV to others, and she has rarely encountered stigma from romantic interests, friends or co-workers.So, her dream of starting a family with her husband has never been in doubt. Their daughter, Adrianna, was born healthy and HIV-free four years ago, and the “rambunctious little thing” has been keeping her mom busy.“I thought I wanted two (kids) and I had one and I think I’m OK with that,” said Partridge with a laugh.New research shows that improved treatment is allowing more Canadian women living with HIV to get pregnant. Nearly 25 per cent of women reported a pregnancy after an HIV diagnosis, says the study from the Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study, supported by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.Angela Kaida, a co-author and a Canada research chair in global perspectives on HIV and sexual and reproductive health at Simon Fraser University, said HIV-positive women are living healthier and longer lives when properly treated.“An HIV diagnosis doesn’t preclude you from motherhood and that experience can be healthy, can be happy, can be wonderful and that’s a reality that we didn’t foresee in the earlier days of this epidemic,” she said.In British Columbia, among pregnant women living with HIV who are successfully engaged in treatment, there has not been a single HIV transmission from a mother to child in over 20 years, said Kaida.One major reason for that impressive statistic is the hard work of the Oak Tree Clinic, the Vancouver-based provincial referral centre for women living with HIV and their families, said co-author Kate Salters.“We are really leading the charge in that capacity,” said Salters, who is based at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.The authors analyzed data involving 1,165 women living with HIV. Two-hundred-seventy-eight women reported 492 pregnancies after diagnosis, 61 per cent of which were unintended.The rate at which women with HIV are getting pregnant is lower than that of women without HIV, but the rate of unintended pregnancies is much higher. Among the general population, just 27 per cent of pregnancies are unplanned.Kaida said unintended doesn’t necessarily mean unwanted, but the study does suggest there are gaps in reproductive planning for HIV-positive women. There tends to be an over-reliance on the male condom, which has a relatively high failure rate, she said.Another reason could be that women who are on treatment are healthier and may see an unexpected rebound in their fertility, she said.Partridge, who has been taking medication her entire life, said she’s never noticed any adverse health effects related to her HIV.Right now, her four-year-old daughter just knows her mom takes pills to keep her healthy. Partridge said she and her husband plan to start explaining HIV to Adrianna in the next couple years, so she understands it’s a manageable condition.“There have been kids that grow up thinking, ‘Oh no, mommy or daddy is going to pass away because they’re sick,’ ” said Partridge. “That’s not what we want to instill in her.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more