Noida: The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team recovered the body of the seven-year-old boy who had fallen in a drain on Monday afternoon in sector 81, after 17 hours of the rescue operation. Officials said that the body was recovered on Tuesday morning.According to a senior NDRF official, the search operation was stopped around 9.15 pm on Monday and it was resumed again on Tuesday morning at 6.30 pm following which the body was recovered around 8:45 am. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The body was recovered from the drain on Tuesday morning, nearly 1500 metre downstream from where the boy had fallen. The body had floated in the drain due to heavy water flow and was recovered from a point where the water flow had slowed down” said Jeetendra Yadav, inspector, NDRF. The officer further said that the body was sent for post mortem and was later handed over to the family members. Police officials said that the boy, identified as Saurabh, student of class first student at a nearby school, accidentally fell into the drain while playing near the drain.
BOSTON — The Latest on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s hearings on what Wynn Resorts knew about sexual misconduct allegations against Steve Wynn (all times local):6:10 p.m.Elaine Wynn is defending her decision not to disclose to Massachusetts regulators a $7.5 million settlement her ex-husband Steve Wynn made to a former employee who accused him of rape.The state’s gaming commission is holding hearings on what company leaders knew about allegations of sexual misconduct against Steve Wynn as it considers the fate of the company’s license and its $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor resort.Steve Wynn has denied the allegations.Elaine Wynn co-founded Wynn Resorts and is the company’s largest shareholder. She told the commission Thursday that she relied on the company’s lawyers to decide what should be disclosed to regulators as the company sought a casino license in 2013.Wynn says she told the company’s lawyer about the 2005 settlement in 2009. Board members say they didn’t learn about the settlement until 2016.___11:45 a.m.Massachusetts gambling regulators are questioning Wynn Resorts leaders about what they knew about allegations of sexual misconduct against company founder Steve Wynn.The state’s gaming commission is resuming its questioning of new CEO Matt Maddox on Thursday. Maddox is a close confidant of company founder Steve Wynn. It’s also expected to question Wynn’s ex-wife Elaine Wynn, who is a major shareholder.It’s the third and potentially final day of public hearings as regulators weigh whether the company is still suitable to hold a state casino license. A written decision is expected later and has implications for Encore Boston Harbor, the Boston-area resort the company hopes to open in June.The commission received a 200-page investigative report Tuesday that concluded company executives concealed allegations against Steve Wynn. He has denied the allegations.The Associated Press
The Police also found 5 grams of heroin and a hand grenade in his possession. (Colombo Gazette) A notorious drug dealer was arrested in Peliyagoda with drugs and grenade, the Police said.The Police said that 26 year old Jayaratnage Gihan Sandaruwan was arrested in Peliyagoda by the Police Special Task Force (STF).
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. An F-35 fighter The Government’s failure to disclose how much Britain’s new stealth jets will cost is unacceptable and risks undermining public confidence in the programme, MPs are warning.The multi-billion pound scheme to buy F-35 Lightning II jump jets is the UK’s second largest weapons programme, but the MOD has refused to tell Parliament how much they will cost.A Commons defence select committee report has said the MOD’s response is “wholly unacceptable” and demanded six monthly updates on the programme to buy the Lockheed Martin jets.Julian Lewis MP, chairman of the committee said: “There has been an unacceptable lack of transparency from the MoD and Lockheed Martin which risks undermining public confidence in the programme.“F-35 is a major investment for the UK and we want it to succeed for the good of this country’s security.”However, it is precisely because this project is so important that it must be subjected to the closest possible scrutiny.”MOD officials repeatedly failed to give the committee the full cost of each aircraft, including spares, upgrades and retrofits. RAF Mildenhall was built in 1930, but has been a US-only base since 1959. America has announced its forces will leave the base next decade, some time after 2024. The committee said it “views this failure to provide adequate cost estimates, either on a per aircraft or programme-wide basis, as wholly unsatisfactory”.Britain last week received its 14th F-35B. The first UK squadron is due to be operational from RAF MArham next year, while flight trials will also begin from HMS Queen Elizabeth in the autumn off the east coast of America.
President David GrangerThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) has launched an investigation into an alleged assassination plot against the President of Guyana, David Granger.This was confirmed by State Minister, Joseph Harmon today during a Post Cabinet Briefing at the Ministry of the Presidency.According to Harmon, the investigation has reached a stage where advice is now being sought from the police legal advisors; however he refrained from disclosing more information, such as the identities of the alleged perpetrators.“Since this is one of these on-going investigations, I don’t think that we’re at liberty to disclose in any greater details, the nature of that investigation,” he said.Nevertheless, he expressed full confidence in the security forces to protect the President as well as all Government officials from what he deemed as misguided persons.“It is important that we understand that while we have a very popular president, that people all around this country love him and embrace him, and that sometimes there are some people who are misguided” said Harmon.Attempts to contact the authorities in the Force for more information on the alleged plot proved futile at this juncture. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident’s lack of confidence in the Force evident with assassination plot CoI- JagdeoJune 20, 2017In “Crime”Action yet to be taken on COI report into alleged assassination plot – HarmonNovember 3, 2017In “latest news”Suspect in alleged assassination plot on the President nowhere to be found- PoliceApril 25, 2017In “Crime”
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No (798) Yes (198) I didn’t make any (609) Poll Results: IT’S TWELVE DAYS into 2014, coming up to the halfway mark into January.At the beginning of the month we were full of good intentions – you told us what yours were here.Whether it be to save more money, not to be late any more, quit smoking, lose weight or exercise more, the new year gives us hope of a new you.However, motivating yourself in a cold, dark January can be difficult and requires strong will power.So today’s poll question, we want to know if you have powered on: Have you kept to your New Year’s resolutions? YesNoI didn’t make anyVoteIf you have managed to stay the road and have any advice to those that have fallen of the band wagon, why not share your tips in the comments section below.
Home Sweet Home campaigners outside Apollo House earlier this month Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie By Gordon Deegan Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Jan 25th 2017, 9:11 AM THE PLANNED DEMOLITION of Apollo House in Dublin has been put on hold.This follows objectors to the demolition and redevelopment of the 1960s office block lodging appeals with An Bord Pleanála against the decision by Dublin City Council to give the scheme the go-ahead.Over Christmas and the New Year, the focus on the homelessness crisis centred on Apollo House after it was occupied by housing activists and homeless people in a ‘direct action’ move fronted by singer Glen Hansard and movie director Jim Sheridan.Now, An Bord Pleanála is to decide the future of Apollo House after it confirmed yesterday that appeals have been lodged against the City Council decision by a management firm representing the nearby 66 Corn Exchange apartments and developers, Balark Investments Ltd.The planned demolition of Apollo House is part of an overall €50 million scheme that also involves the planned demolition and redevelopment of the adjacent Hawkins House, long regarded as one of Dublin’s ugliest buildings.The appeals board also confirmed yesterday that a third party appeal has been received, but has yet to be validated, against the decision to give the go-ahead for the redevelopment of Hawkins House which is a companion application to the Apollo House plan.The Office of Public Works (OPW) is the applicant for the redevelopment of Hawkins House while Nama appointed receiver to Cuprum Properties Ltd, Mazars is seeking to redevelop Apollo House.The city council permission granted to the OPW allowed for a combined development of a new office “quarter”, along with shops, restaurants, a public plaza and a diagonal pedestrian street.Not a worthy replacement In their objection against the redevelopment of Apollo House, the Corn Exchange residents stated that the new building by way of its massing, scale and design does not represent a worthy replacement to the existing building.However, in response to the concerns expressed when the plan was before the city council, consultants for Cuprum reduced the height of the new block by omitting one floor from the 12-storey building and reducing its height by 13 feet to 146 feet.The consultants also included an image showing the new Apollo House will be significantly lower in height than Liberty Hall and the MonteVetro Google Dock building.The building’s architects, Henry J Lyons, stated: “The tallest elements of the proposal provide a significant and elegant presence underpinning the project as an important point along the proposed Civic Route as well as being a high quality Headquarter Style office building.”Consultants for Cuprum, Brady Shipman Martin, told the city council that “the redevelopment of Apollo House represents a significant opportunity in the revitalisation of not only this city block, but a strategic positive contribution in the urban environment of the city centre”.The second appeal against the Apollo House redevelopment is by Balark Investments, which recently purchased the nearby College House and Screen Cinema.In their objection against the plan, Balark state the three key site locations of their own land bank, Hawkins House and Apollo House should be redeveloped together.The objection stated that the piecemeal approach to the redevelopment of the city block has resulted in a number of inefficiencies and challenges.The objection stated that without the integrated approach for the three sites, “there is a strong possibility that the existing situation will be repeated with three individual buildings developed with connectivity or inter-relationship”.A decision is due on the appeals in May of this year.Read: Home Sweet Home accuses minister of ‘U-turn’ as Anti-Evictions Bill voted downRead: ‘This is only the start’ – The occupation has ended, but what’s next for Home Sweet Home? 14 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3203829 Short URL 10,992 Views Demolition of Apollo House put on hold Objections about plans for the site have been made to An Bord Pleanála. Wednesday 25 Jan 2017, 9:11 AM Home Sweet Home campaigners outside Apollo House earlier this month Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share30 Tweet Email
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram New taxi drivers will be put through their paces before being able to apply to become a taxi driver, with the new knowledge test now in effect, Victorian Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said this week.Assessing drivers across a number of key areas, the Knowledge test is one of the Victorian Coalition Government’s taxi and hire car reforms aimed at improving driver standards across the industry.“We know that passengers have been frustrated by some taxi drivers who don’t know how to take them where they want to go,” Mr Mulder said.“Poor customer satisfaction was one of the reasons we undertook the taxi inquiry and we’re now implementing the biggest reform to the taxi industry Victoria has ever seen.“We want to make the whole industry better for customers, drivers and the industry itself.The Knowledge test is the first of its magnitude and standard in Australia and will be administered at a number of sites across Melbourne. Drivers will be assessed across a number of key areas including customer service, driver behaviour and geographical knowledge, before they are allowed out on the roads and interacting with passengers.Chair of the Taxi Services Commission (TSC) Graeme Samuel said that the assessment process is rigorous and the TSC makes no apology for that.“Passengers are tired of drivers not knowing where they are going. No one wants to jump in a cab, give the driver directions and then be asked how to get there. It’s just not good enough.“Now is the time for the industry to take stock and improve the way it serves its passengers, and the Knowledge is the first step in doing that,” Mr Samuel said.All new drivers will be required to do the Knowledge test prior to applying for accreditation from 30 June 2014, while drivers with less than five years’ experience will also be required to do the Knowledge test as part of their renewal.In several weeks’ time, passengers will be able to tell which drivers have passed the knowledge (and subsequently received their accreditation) as they will wear a badge and also be allowed to put a sticker on their cab.While drivers who are new must pass the Knowledge, as must those with less than five years’ experience when up for renewal, anyone else who chooses to can sit the test.As from this week taxi drivers will also benefit from other reforms taking effect from this week, with new implied conditions now forming part of all driver agreements.“Drivers will now take home a minimum of 55 per cent of the fare box (rather than the 50-50 split that they used to), so drivers will be better compensated for the work that they do.“We want to encourage cabbies to take up taxi driving as a career, with better pay and better prospects and the ability to work towards owning and running their own cab if they want to,” said the Victorian Minister for Public Transport.
L’iPad : une console de jeux révolutionnaire ?États-Unis – Les développeurs estiment que l’iPad, la tablette internet d’Apple, est une console de jeux en puissance. Plusieurs éditeurs de jeux vidéo travaillent aujourd’hui dessus.L’iPad se découvrirait-il de nouvelles fonctions ? La tablette internet d’Apple pourrait bientôt servir de console de jeux. Pour beaucoup, ses caractéristiques pourraient servir à créer des programmes d’un genre nouveau : “Ce sera vraiment une console portable puissante” se réjouit déjà Asbjoern Soendergaard, fondateur et patron de la société Tactile Entertainment, au micro de RTL. Il prévoit de sortir un jeu basé sur les animaux domestiques, “avec des options que l’on envisageait à peine il y a un an.”À lire aussiCorneille, sarcophage et fruits de mer, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 22 juillet Grâce à son grand écran et à la puissance de son processeur, l’iPad attire plus d’un développeur : “On a été impressionné par ses possibilités, pour les jeux et la lecture de livre électroniques en particulier”, confie Ben Reitzes, analyste financier chez Barclays Capital. Disponible en avril, la nouvelle coqueluche d’Apple a déjà convaincu certains acteurs de sa supériorité par rapport à la plupart de ses concurrents. Découvrez la première publicité présentant officiellement la tablette d’Apple en vidéo : https://www.maxisciences.com/ipad/ipad-decouvrez-le-dans-sa-premiere-publicite-officielle_art6211.htmlLe 8 mars 2010 à 12:16 • Emmanuel Perrin
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl says his side must be alert to curb Leicester City’s offensive threat when they visit King Power Stadium today in a Premier league encounter.Southampton have had an impressive run in the last three Premier league outings including a draw at Stamford Bridge and the Coach wants his team to capitalize on that.“We have to be aware about the counter qualities that they have, with a lot of speed with [Jamie] Vardy in front, so we can’t have any easy ball losses in the centre,” Hasenhüttl told the club’s websiteLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“For us, we want good transition forward and then it is best we finish the action and come back in our shape.“If we are in our shape it is not so easy to score against us, like we showed against Chelsea. They are a good team who weren’t able to score and that’s what we need.”
With nearly 8,000 total attendees, the 2015 Commodity Classic convention and trade show, which took place last week in Phoenix, Arizona, shattered previous records for the landmark event.“The 2015 Commodity Classic was a terrific event for our growers and all involved,” said Commodity Classic Co-Chair Sam Butler. “We know it wasn’t just getting away from the weather for a sunnier climate. Our farmers were actively engaged in everything the landmark event had to offer, with many arriving early for policy sessions and coming to association meetings on a picture-perfect Saturday afternoon in Phoenix.”Total attendance was 7,936, more than 600 over the previous record, 7,325, set in 2014. Other records broken were the number of growers, at 4,328 (compared to 3,874 in 2014); and the number of first-time attendees, at 1,409 (compared to 1,261 in 2014). Additionally, the trade show featured an all-time high of 355 participating companies, representing a record 170,500 net square feet of booth space. In 2014, 301 exhibitors used 126,200 net square feet.“The number of first-time attendees we saw at this year’s Classic was important to us,” Commodity Classic Co-Chair Bart Schott said. “It shows that growers are spreading the word about the value of the Commodity Classic experience – and that they appreciate how the world-class educational and networking opportunities help them back home.”The 21st annual Commodity Classic will take place March 3-5, 2016, in New Orleans. Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers. Starting in 2016, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and many of its members will be joining the event.Click here for more information about Commodity Classic.
Alaska law enforcement officials are investigating two suspicious deaths in Soldotna. According to a Alaska State Trooper dispatch posted Monday, two burned bodies were found in a burned-out Ford Bronco that was located off a trail near a Soldotna residence.On November 20, two people were reported missing at the Trooper post in Soldotna. The two were known to drive a Ford Bronco and had not been seen since November 14.The remains were found Sunday night, as Troopers were following up on the missing persons case at the residence where the two were last seen.Troopers say the remains are thought to be of the missing people. Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said the bodies are being examined by the state medical examiner for positive identification and cause of death.The Alaska Bureau of Investigations has joined the investigation.
New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) On I-Day eve, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking exclusively to IANS just days after his government’s decision on Article 370 noted how he was troubled and saddened by the fact that the 73rd Amendment to the Constitution pertaining to Panchayati Raj institutions did not apply to Jammu and Kashmir. He said that in the last few years, panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir got more powers to work towards peoples progress and various subjects transferred to panchayats under the 73rd Amendment were transferred to panchayats of Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – Delhi court acquits former coal secretary H.C. Gupta Advertise With Us A hint of what he meant was evident as he delivered his I-Day address to the nation from the Red Fort on Thursday against the backdrop of the move in Jammu and Kashmir. “From the Red Fort, I can say with pride that every Indian can say ‘One Nation, One Constitution’. Sardar Patel’s dream of one Bharat has been realised.” During the interview, the Prime Minister referred to the Jammu and Kashmir government’s recent ‘Back to the Village’ initiative, where officials reached out to the people by going to them to help resolve their problems. Also Read – Trouble brews on Congress turf, meeting underway at Rahul Gandhi’s residence Advertise With Us Your decision on Article 370 has been welcomed by many and also been opposed by a few. There seems to be an uneasy calm at the moment. Why do you think the people of J&K will stand with you? Please see the list of people who have opposed the decisions about Kashmir — the usual vested interest groups, political dynasties, those who sympathise with terror and some friends in the Opposition. Advertise With Us The people of India, irrespective of what their political preference is, have supported the steps taken in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. This is about the nation, not politics. The people of India are seeing that tough but essential decisions that were earlier assumed to be impossible are becoming a reality. It is now clear to everyone how Articles 370 and 35(A) fully isolated Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. The status quo of seven long decades clearly could not fulfill people’s aspirations. Citizens were kept away from the fruits of development. The greatest casualty was the lack of any proper economic avenues to increase earnings. Our approach is different — instead of the vicious cycle of poverty, the people need more economic opportunities. What is your message for the people of J&K in the new dispensation, unshackled and unfettered to reap the future of reform in India, one replete with jobs and a better life? For years, intimidation ruled the roost. Let us now give development a chance. My sisters and brothers of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh always wanted a better future for them but Article 370 did not enable it. There was injustice against women and children, ST as well as SC communities. And, most importantly, the innovative zeal of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh was not harnessed. Now, from BPOs to startups, from food processing to tourism, many industries can avail investment and create opportunities for the local youth. Education and skill development will also bloom. I want to clearly assure my sisters and brothers of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh that these regions will develop as per the wishes of local people, their dreams and ambitions. The growth of these regions will first and foremost be powered by those belonging to these regions. Articles 370 and 35(A) were like chains that kept people tied. These chains are now broken, people have been unshackled from such dominance and they will now shape their own destiny. Those who are opposing the decisions on Jammu and Kashmir should answer one basic question — what is their defence for Articles 370 and 35(A) remaining? They would have no answer to this question. And, these are the same people who are used to protesting when it comes to anything that helps common people. There is a project to provide water to people, they will oppose it. There is a railway track being built, they will oppose that. Their heart only beats for Maoists and terrorists who have only bullied common citizens. Today, every Indian is fully standing with the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and I am confident they will stand with us in the aim to boost development and bring peace. But aren’t there concerns about democracy? Will the voice of the people of Kashmir be heard? Kashmir has never witnessed such a strong commitment in favour of democracy. Remember the turnout during the panchayat elections? The people voted in large numbers and did not get cowed by bullying. In November and December of 2018, there were 35,000 sarpanches elected and the turnout in the panchayat elections was a record 74 per cent. There was no violence during the panchayat elections. Not a drop of blood was shed in poll violence. This, when the main parties there were lukewarm to this entire exercise. It is very satisfying that now panchayats are back at the forefront of furthering development and human empowerment. Imagine, for so many years those in power did not find it prudent to work towards strengthening panchayats. And remember, they gave great sermons on democracy but the words never led to action. It surprised and saddened me that 73rd Amendment did not apply to Jammu and Kashmir. How could such injustice be tolerated? It was in the last few years that panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir got more powers to work towards people’s progress and various subjects transferred to panchayats under the 73rd Amendment were transferred to panchayats of Jammu and Kashmir. Now, I have requested the Honourable Governor to work towards organising Block Panchayat elections too. Recently, the Jammu and Kashmir administration did the ‘Back to Village’ programme, where the entire government machinery went to the people instead of vice versa. They went just to mitigate people’s problems. The common citizens appreciated the programme. The results of these efforts are for all to see. Swachh Bharat, rural electrification and other such initiatives are reaching the grassroots. This is what democracy truly is. In any case, I have assured people that elections in Jammu, Kashmir will continue and it is the people of these regions only who will represent the larger public. Yes, those who ruled Kashmir thinking it is their divine right to do so will dislike democratisation and peddle incorrect narratives. They do not want a self-made, younger leadership to emerge. These are the same people whose own conduct in the 1987 elections has been suspect. Article 370 has helped the local political class avoid transparency and accountability. Its removal will only empower democracy even more. You have completed 75 days of your government. Every government passes through such milestone numbers and talks about steps taken. Why should we think your government is any different? We have set an unprecedented pace within just the first few days of our government. What we have been able to achieve is the result of ‘Spasht Neeti, Sahi Disha (Right Intentions, Clear Policy)’. In just the first 75 days of our government, a lot has happened. From children’s safety to Chandrayaan-II, from action against corruption to freeing Muslim women from the scourge of Triple Talaq, from Kashmir to Kisan, we have shown what a resolute government with a strong mandate of the people can achieve. We have taken a head-start in tackling the most pressing issue of our times, with the formation of Jal Shakti Ministry for a mission mode and integrated approach to improve water supply and augment water conservation. Did the unprecedented mandate help you firm up your commitment to the people of India with an unstinting resolve that reform has to percolate down? And you have used your political heft by going beyond the executive and using the mandate in the legislature? In a way, it is also the result of the government coming back with a stronger mandate. What we were able to achieve in the first 75 days was the outcome of the robust base we were able to build in the last five years. Hundreds of reforms in the last five years have ensured the country is now ready to take off, powered by the aspirations of the people. The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha has been a record-creating one — it was the most productive session since 1952. This is not a minor achievement but, in my view, a historic turn for the better and one which will make our Parliament much more responsive to the needs and aspirations of the people. Many momentous initiatives have been taken such as pension schemes for farmers and traders, reform of the medical sector, important amendments in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy code, beginning of labour reforms–I could go on and on. But the gist of the matter is that when the intentions are right, there is clarity of purpose and implementation, and there is people’s support, then there’s no limit to what we can do. There has been some noise on the medical reforms front from various quarters. Do you think the changes you have brought in are well thought through? When we formed the government in 2014, there were many concerns about the existing system of medical education. Earlier, courts have used strong words for the institution overseeing medical education in India, calling it a’den of corruption’. A parliamentary committee did rigorous study and took a very dull view of the state of affairs in medical education. It pointed out mismanagement, lack of transparency and arbitrariness. Earlier governments too had given a thought to reforming this sector but could not go through with it. We decided to go through with it because this is not a matter that can be taken lightly, as it concerns the health of our people and future of our youth. So, we set up an expert group to look into what is plaguing it. The expert group studied the system carefully and brought out the problems and improvement areas. It is based on the suggestions from experts that we came to the current bill. Why is there so much hullabaloo about the Bill then? The National Medical Commission is a far-reaching reform in this space and seeks to correct the prevalent problems. It contains multiple reforms that curb avenues of corruption and boost transparency. At a time when nations are looking at India to power the next wave of growth in the world, we realise that this can happen only with a healthy populace. Freeing the poor from the vicious cycle of poverty that lack of health perpetuates is very important. The NMC serves this purpose well too. It will ensure transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical education in the country. It aims to lessen the burden on students, increase the number of medical seats and reduce cost of medical education. This means more talented youth can take up medicine as a profession and this will help us increase the number of medical professionals. Ayushman Bharat is bringing about a revolution in the healthcare sector. It is increasing awareness as well as affordability of quality healthcare, especially in tier-2 and tier-3 towns. We are also working to ensure that there is at least one medical college between every 3 districts. With rising awareness about healthcare, rising incomes and greater focus on aspirational goals among people, we will need thousands and thousands of doctors to fulfil the demand, especially in rural and rurban areas. The NMC seeks to address these issues for a better outcome for all stakeholders. You must have also read that the academic year 2019-20 will see the biggest addition of medical seats in government colleges in a single year with the creation of around two dozen new government medical colleges. Our roadmap is clear — a transparent, accessible and affordable medical education system leading to better healthcare outcomes. Education is critical for a young nation. However, in the conversations surrounding your government, education seems missing. What is the government doing on this? Education is not just critical but the most important component in the overall spectrum of skilled human resource for a technology-oriented, inclusive, people-centric and people-driven growth model. It not only has the potential to positively transform lives but also has a bearing on the future of the nation. We are working on all aspects of education. At the school level, special focus is being paid to improving quality of education, improving learning outcomes, giving a boost to innovation and scientific temper, improving infrastructure, using technology to improve understanding among the students. We are trying to leverage technology like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning to improve school education. In higher education, we are constantly striving to increase seats, increase presence of premier institutions across the country, give more autonomy to institutions, and while boosting research and innovation. We set up a Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) with an aim to provide funds upto Rs one lakh crore by 2022. Rs 21,000 crore has already been sanctioned till now. Sixty Higher Educational Institutions, including 52 universities, have been granted autonomy. These universities will remain within the ambit of UGC but will have the freedom to start new courses, off campus centres, skill development courses, research parks and any other new academic programmes. They will also have the freedom to hire foreign faculty, enrol foreign students, give incentive-based emoluments to the faculty, enter into academic collaborations and run open distance learning programmes. Progress has been also made in taking forward the mission of National Education Policy. The first draft of National Education Policy (NEP) got lakhs of inputs and suggestions right from the block and panchayat level. Looking at the response and the interest of various stakeholders, the committee went for another round of consultations. The latest draft of the Education Policy, drawn after such extensive consultations, has again been put in the public domain for a final round of inputs. All stakeholders in education — the states, parents, teachers, students, counselors, have been heard a multiple number of times. Our focus is that the National Education Policy should be driven by educationists, experts and stakeholders so that it does not remain a policy but is adopted in practice at the earliest. India with its huge demographic dividend, has the potential to become a leading knowledge economy in the world. A couple of important decisions related to corruption sent shock waves in the bureaucracy–what message were you intending to send? Since India’s independence, one of the biggest things holding us back was corruption. Corruption spared no one, neither the rich nor the poor. People resorted to corruption either due to some greed or to make a quick buck or due to some compulsion. But even these people wanted corruption to stop. The question in everyone’s mind was that who will start the fight against corruption and from where. The fight against corruption always had the support of people, media, institutions, because everyone agreed that corruption was a major obstacle in India’s development journey. And this was not only an issue related to money. Corruption eroded trust in the society, be it a government office or the market. A person going to the police station would think whether he will get justice and similarly a person buying something from the market will fear adulteration. We decided, right from day one, to attack the menace of corruption. Someone had to make a start somewhere, we decided to do this, without caring for political consequences. The results show that we are succeeding. Not only is corruption coming down, but trust in society is increasing. The number of people filing income tax returns almost doubled in the last five years. We have systematically clamped down on corruption and made tax filing and refund process online. Already, refunds are being credited directly to bank accounts of income-tax payers, without any human intervention. Going a few steps further, we aim to make faceless assessment of income tax return a reality. This would be a game-changer in ushering a new era of transparency in the tax system. We are firm in our commitment that neither will we allow corruption nor will we tolerate any form of undue harassment. Hence, we took tough steps and compulsorily retired some tax officials in the last few weeks. In the previous term also, hundreds of government officials were removed from service when there were reasons to do so. We have also leveraged the power of technology through DBT which has resulted in a savings of more than Rs 1.4 lakh crore. You have appeared in Man Vs Wild. What prompted you to appear in this very unconventional show for a politician? Sometimes it is good to do something unconventional to highlight a conventional cause. I believe that it is always a good time to speak and act for the right cause. Every community, every state, every country, every region has a cause dear to it. But, I believe the cause of environment conservation is larger than the sum total of all causes affecting select groups of people. This affects every single human being, every single herb and bush, every single animal on the planet today. It is a test of humankind, of how fast and how effectively can we rise above our self interests to think about global interest. India has a great tradition of living in harmony with nature. Across the country, across states and cultures, various aspects of nature are considered holy, automatically helping in its preservation. This is in a way is a natural conservation mechanism inbuilt in our country. Our upbringing is such that we are trained to co-exist with nature. We just need to remember these ideals. I think we are also succeeding, as the recent released figures show an impressive increase in the tiger population. The programme was a good medium to show India’s flora and fauna, along with its beauty and its richness to the world. India is blessed with innumerable places for people who love nature, places rich in various forms of vegetation, places rich with various forms of wildlife. The last five years have seen an increase of almost 50 per cent in terms of the foreign tourist arrivals in our country. I am confident that with various initiatives planned to boost infrastructure, connectivity and safety we will see even more tourists coming in from across the world to experience the beauty of Incredible India. How do you see the developments in Congress Party where Sonia Gandhi became the President after Rahul Gandhi had publicly said that he doesn’t want any Gandhi to get the role? What happened in the Congress party is an internal matter of their family. I would not like to comment on it. It was believed in 2014 that you would not be able to establish friendly relations with Gulf countries, but we have seen that India’s relations with the Gulf countries have been improving since 2014. Currently, it may not be wrong to say that India’s relations with Gulf countries are the best now in the last seven decades. How do you explain this? I feel that there are two aspects to this. First, a certain section of people believed that my government — and I personally — would fail on the foreign policy front not just in the Gulf region, but also in the wider context. The reality is that my Government’s successful track record on foreign policy across the world is there for everyone to see. In fact, after assuming office in 2014, the very first Foreign Minister my government received on an official visit was that of the Sultanate of Oman. So, what others thought of me, and what the reality turned out to be, is for them to introspect. I want to focus on the second aspect instead — the importance of the Gulf region to India. This is a region that has deep-rooted historical and cultural ties with India. It is home to almost 9 million Indians whose remittances are a significant contributor to our economy and they have also contributed immensely to prosperity in the region. I have always found that leaders of the Gulf countries value the enriching presence of the Indian diaspora and care for their well-being like a guardian. This region is also our major partner in ensuring our energy security. We have gone beyond a buyer-seller relationship with them. UAE has participated in our strategic petroleum reserve programme, and both UAE and Saudi Arabia are to invest in the world’s largest oil refinery project in India. For the first time, Indian companies have secured rights in offshore oil fields in the Gulf region. I have made a special effort to focus our foreign policy on enhancing our ties with all countries in the region. Our outreach to the region has been unprecedented, right from the official level to the political level. I have myself visited the region many times, and we have also hosted many leaders from the region in India. Some of my closest and warmest interactions anywhere in the world are with leaders in the Gulf region. We are regularly in touch. And, I think our policy has succeeded to a large extent because of this outreach, this constant engagement. We have not allowed any miscommunication, any doubts to play spoilsport. We have been very open with all the countries, and they have also reciprocated with warmth and friendship. I firmly believe that India and the Gulf countries have only begun to explore the true potential of a partnership which will go far beyond mutual benefits and can anchor peace, progress and prosperity not only in our common and extended neighbourhood but also in the larger world. During the 2019 elections, a lot of people predicted that you may not get the majority. Some said that 2014 was a Black Swan moment. While you were campaigning what was your inner self saying and how confident were you of the victory? There is a set of people, who because of their prejudice, ideology or some sort commitment, invent logic to defeat people they do not like. There is a time when the reality becomes evident on the ground, but these people choose to rubbish the reality. They deploy lies and spurious data to create confusion in the minds of people. It is these people who invent theories like BJP will not get majority, BJP will form government but will need a new leader, BJP will need newer allies, etc. These people also discredit those who don’t toe their line. They have been caught again and again but their behaviour remains the same. In our country, election analysis by this set of people takes into account parties, potential alliances, glamour of families based on decades old chemistry, but ignores people and their aspirations. In 2014 and 2019, people who chose to talk to people and understand their preferences knew what was happening. As for us, we don’t work to win elections, we work to win trust of people. Meeting sarkari targets alone don’t achieve much if we do not win people’s trust. “Sarkari Dhan se zyada Janta ke Man ki Taakat hota hai” (People’s views are more powerful than government’s money). We focus on the welfare of the people, election results are a byproduct. For the last 20 years, I have been actively involved in several campaigns and there has not been one election where my defeat has not been predicted. There are doom-sayers and I wish them well. Talking specifically about 2019, I can tell you that I was very confident about our electoral prospects. This confidence stemmed out of the track record of our government and the manner in which we have delivered on the agenda of good governance and development. Wherever I went, I could see the groundswell of support for the BJP and NDA family. The people had made up their mind — corruption, nepotism, dynasty politics are not acceptable in 21st century India. We live in the era of politics of development and performance, not outdated rhetoric and tokenism. To give you an example — the Congress Party spoke about NYAY Scheme. Perhaps it was the biggest ever pre-election promise, but the people saw through such empty promises. They did not see the Congress as having the honesty and capacity to deliver on such a scheme. No wonder those who promised Rs 72,000 could not even manage 72 seats!
The Indian stock market rose more than 3 percent this week, while the Chinese bourses witnessed their worst losses since 2008, raising speculations of correlation between the two markets, but analysts rule out such connection.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 13 percent in the last five trading sessions amid worries over a bubble in the domestic equity markets.Even after the latest fall, the Shanghai index is still 40 percent up compared to the level in the beginning of the year. The Shanghai has more than doubled in the past one year, as retail activity went up sharply due to easing monetary conditions in the country.Slowing economic growth has forced the monetary authorities in China to ease interest rates to boost liquidity in the financial system.On the other hand, the domestic benchmark index BSE Sensex rallied 891 points or 3.4 per cent this week, coinciding with a fall in Chinese stock markets. Prior to this week’s gains, the markets went through many highly volatile sessions as concerns over monsoon rainfall and rising crude oil prices dampened the sentiment.Analysts said that there is no sufficient data to draw a comparison between the two Asian markets.”Again the correlation seems a bit far-fetched. Investors are going into India because it is a long-term growth story, and to China because of the momentum trade,” Hans Goetti, BIL, told The Economic Times.Some analysts discard the correlation saying that the two markets differ fundamentally on a number of parameters. The Chinese equities are expected to fall further as authorities try to clamp down the speculative retail activity by tightening margin financing.”I think margin debt will have to come down meaningfully in China and we have to see how it plays out,” Goetti added.In contrast, Indian equities are underpinned by monsoon rainfall witnessed so far, which raised the expectations of a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).Further, the markets are supported by a slew of positive economic data. The index of industrial production (IIP) rose to a two-month high of 4.1 per cent in April. The retail inflation edge up higher to 5.01 in May, giving more room for an interest rate by the RBI.”The liquidity-driven rally in China can go on for some time, but for it to be sustainable, it requires fundamental improvement in earnings or in economy. Unfortunately, the latter part is not happening just yet,” said Tai Hui, JP Morgan AM, Chief Market Strategist, Asia.
Lauren Schnipper, who led creator partnerships for Facebook for more than four years, has left the social-media giant to join Next 10 Ventures, a startup investing in digital creators worldwide.Next 10 Ventures was founded last year by CEO Benjamin Grubbs, formerly YouTube’s global head of top creator partnerships. The company has raised $50 million in financing from private investors. Next 10 — whose name reflects the startup’s focus on establishing brands into the next decade — is focused on investing in and partnering with creators, initially targeting education, kids’ and young adult categories, to help grow them into bigger businesses. So far, it hasn’t announced deals with any creators.Schnipper, who started at Next 10 as VP of creator partnerships on Jan. 9, said she was enticed by the company’s vision of funding creators who have “an amazing business idea.” She’s based in Next 10’s offices in Culver City, Calif., and also works with the company’s team in Singapore. “I had a great run at Facebook and learned a ton,” Schnipper told Variety. About joining Next 10 Ventures, she said, “I’m very entrepreneurial at heart. What I love doing is finding an idea and molding and shaping it to success.”At Facebook, Schnipper worked to bring digital talent to the platform and expand their audiences, helping to launch Facebook Live and Facebook Watch. She also led the company’s presence at VidCon and originated the premium talent lounge concept for Instagram at the video confab.Prior to joining Facebook in 2014, Schnipper worked with Shane Dawson, one of the most popular creators on YouTube. Together they produced over 80 sketch, original music, and parody music videos, as well as branded content. In 2013, she and Dawson launched the podcast “Shane and Friends” and co-created a pilot for NBC. As an independent producer, Schnipper’s projects included producing “The Annoying Orange” pilot for Cartoon Network.In addition to Schnipper, Next 10 last fall hired Peter Cho as VP of finance. Cho most recently was senior director of finance at Reformation, a sustainable-clothing company, and held financial roles at companies including IAC, Disney’s Maker Studios, the Walt Disney Co. and ValueClick.“We are pleased to welcome Lauren and Peter to leadership roles in the company,” Grubbs said in a statement. “Both bring exceptional domain experience working with Creators. Their arrival enables our company to forge ahead on investing in incubating and accelerating creators around the world.”Other senior executives at Next 10 Ventures include eBay veteran Cynthia So Schroeder as VP of marketing and COO Paul Condolora, former co-head of the Harry Potter franchise at Warner Bros. who also held senior positions at Turner, including SVP of digital and consumer products for Cartoon Network/Adult Swim. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
No related posts. Former Costa Rican President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Oscar Arias offered a harsh assessment of Latin America’s fight against poverty since the consolidation of democracy in the region three decades ago.“Democracy has not yielded fruit, not only in Central America but across all of Latin America,” Arias, who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his role in negotiating an end to regional civil wars, said in a Thursday interview on CNN México’s “Aristegui.”The Noble Prize winner said Latin America has fallen behind other developing countries when it comes to addressing poverty, especially China.Arias, who twice served as president from 1986-1990 and 2006-2010, noted that the region’s tax structure was one of its biggest challenges. The former president said that the tax system in Costa Rica was regressive, with the brunt of the burden falling on lower-income citizens, and has gone unreformed for 12 years.“There is great inequality in Latin America because the wealthy don’t pay their taxes,” Arias said.According to World Bank data, inequality has been rising in Costa Rica since 2005. Costa Rica’s Gini coefficient, an income distribution index, trails behind Nicaragua, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic.Guatemala and Honduras remain the most unequal countries in Latin America.Despite Arias’ dire assessment, many have celebrated the drop in extreme poverty in Latin America during the last decade and the expansion of the region’s middle class.A June report from the World Bank lauded Latin America and the Caribbean for reducing extreme poverty by 50 percent and growing its middle class between 1995 to 2011.Central America and Mexico, however, remain at the rear of these gains. This region has the largest number of people living in extreme poverty in Latin America. According to the World Bank, 16.4 percent of people in Mexico and Central America are extremely poor, compared to 10.6 percent in the Southern Cone, the Latin America’s leader. The former president suggested that Latin America was unable to move beyond the idea of spending its way out of poverty, namely through social programs and the expansion of the welfare state.This kind of social spending however, epitomized by conditional cash transfer programs like Brazil’s Bolsa Familia and Mexico’s Oportunidades that pay poor families small amounts of money provided they spend it on education or health care, has been credited with lifting millions out of poverty in Latin America.The World Bank reported that 60 million people were lifted out of poverty in Latin America between 2003 and 2008. This progress, however, did not satisfy Arias.“We should be ashamed of this poverty and Costa Rica is no exception,” he lamented. Facebook Comments
Photo shows Kristen Wiig in museum for “Wonder Woman” sequel by The Associated Press Posted Jun 28, 2018 5:40 am PDT Last Updated Jun 28, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Dec. 18, 2017, file photo, Kristen Wiig, a cast member in “Downsizing,” poses at a special screening of the film at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles. Wiig does not look much like a villain in a photo released for “Wonder Woman 1984.” Director Patty Jenkins on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, tweeted the first look at Wiig as Wonder Woman’s foe, Cheetah. Wiig is dressed as Barbara Minerva, the mortal who morphs into a powerful nemesis. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Kristen Wiig doesn’t look much like a villain in a photo released for “Wonder Woman 1984.”Director Patty Jenkins on Wednesday tweeted the first look at Wiig as Wonder Woman’s foe, Cheetah. Wiig is dressed as Barbara Minerva, the mortal who morphs into a powerful nemesis. Wiig’s character is shown standing in what appears to be a natural history museum, looking at taxidermy.Gal Gadot returns as Wonder Woman, and Chris Pine reprises his Steve Trevor role.“Wonder Woman 1984” is the fourth movie featuring Gadot as the title character.It is due in theatres in November 2019.
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