Nova Scotians and people from around the world will have better access to museum research and publications online thanks to the Nova Scotia Museum’s new electronic publishing program. In partnership with the Nova Scotia Provincial Library and Dalhousie University Libraries, the Nova Scotia Museum has developed a system to offer research papers and books online for academics and the public. “The new publishing program opens the door to a new level of accessibility for Nova Scotians who work with, and rely on, museum research,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “Past research and many new publications that examine our province’s rich and diverse culture will have a home with this program, and that will help the excellent work of curators and researchers reach people no matter where they are.” Research by museum staff and their partners is one of the fundamental activities of the Nova Scotia Museum. The goal is to publish research related to the vast museum collection to advance the understanding of the world and encourage research by others. For example, the two-volume book, The Natural History of Nova Scotia, provides a framework for natural history resources across the province. Also included will be an illustrated book, Baskets of Black Nova Scotians by Joleen Gordon, which documents the skills that African Nova Scotians brought when they came to Nova Scotia seeking freedom in the War of 1812. “Basketry is one of the oldest handcrafts in the world,” said Ms. Gordon. “Choosing it as the Nova Scotia Museum’s first electronic book is an awesome blend of old and new.” Among the rest of the first wave of publications to be available are two new reports, Curatorial Report No. 100, Osteological Atlas of the Brown Bullhead by Dr. Alfonso Rojo, and Hello Sailor! Canada: Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered Seafarers by Emily Burton and Bob Harding. Also available is a wide selection of older curatorial reports from the Nova Scotia Museum dating back to 1967. To view the electronic publishing program, go tohttps://museum.novascotia.ca/collections-research/publications .
Le musicien de jazz Jerry Granelli a accepté le Prix Portia-White et le cinéaste Fabien Melanson a accepté le Prix Grand-Pré lors du gala des Prix pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse 2016 qui avait lieu aujourd’hui 5 novembre. Des prix et des subventions d’une valeur de 90 000 $ ont été remis lors de la célébration annuelle à Halifax. M. Granelli a entamé sa carrière comme batteur, enseignant et compositeur à San Francisco dans les années 60. On le connaît surtout pour sa participation au projet A Charlie Brown Christmas avec le Vince Guaraldi Trio, mais il se consacre depuis longtemps à de la musique plus d’avant-garde qu’il exécute avec certains des plus grands musiciens de jazz du 20e siècle, et il enregistre un album par année depuis 1987. “Quand je me souviens des efforts que des gens de la communauté artistique ont déployés pour m’amener en Nouvelle-Écosse et comment je me suis senti accueilli, et comment, au cours des années, vous m’avez fait confiance et permis d’enseigner à vos enfants, et comment vous avez appuyé le Creative Music Workshop de même que mes spectacles, je suis énormément reconnaissant,” a dit M. Granelli. “Et j’ai maintenant l’honneur de recevoir un prix inspiré par l’œuvre et l’humanité de Portia White : je ne peux rien dire d’autre que merci. Je ne m’arrêterai pas!” Le prix Portia-White est nommé en l’honneur de l’artiste néo-écossaise qui était considérée comme l’une des meilleures cantatrices du 20e siècle. Le prix souligne l’excellence culturelle et artistique d’un artiste néo-écossais qui a atteint le statut de professionnel, qui est maître de son art et qui est reconnu dans sa discipline. Le prix comporte un Prix du protégé de 7 000 $ que l’artiste lauréat donne à un artiste de la relève ou à une institution de soutien. M. Granelli a choisi de remettre le prix à la 1313 Music Association. “La culture de la Nouvelle-Écosse fait étroitement partie de qui nous sommes et nous éprouvons beaucoup de fierté à rendre hommage à ces artistes remarquables,” précise Tony Ince, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. “Le Prix Portia-White souligne de manière appropriée le dévouement extraordinaire d’un artiste de la Nouvelle-Écosse.” Le Prix Grand-Pré, d’une valeur de 5 000 $, reconnaît les artistes néo-écossais qui travaillent dans les arts de la création et de l’interprétation et dont les œuvres reflètent les valeurs culturelles acadiennes tout en faisant preuve d’excellence et d’originalité. Le Prix du chef-d’œuvre du lieutenant-gouverneur de la Nouvelle-Écosse, d’une valeur de 25 000 $, est le prix annuel le plus important pour une œuvre d’art en Nouvelle-Écosse. Il a été décerné à Canvas 5 x 5, œuvre créée par le chorégraphe Tedd Robinson et les danseurs Jacinte Armstrong, Rhonda Baker, Susanne Chui et Ruth-Ellen Kroll-Jackson. Au nombre des autres prix remis samedi, notons le Prix communautaire pour les arts et la culture d’une valeur de 10 000 $ qui a été remis à la ville de Lunenburg, et cinq Prix de mérite pour un artiste établi, d’une valeur de 5 000 $ chacun, qui ont été remis à l’artiste visuelle Bonnie Baker, d’Annapolis Royal, à l’auteur et comédien Christian Murray et à la danseuse et chorégraphe Jacinte Armstrong, tous les deux d’Halifax, à l’artiste visuel François Gaudet, de Clare, comté de Digby, et au chef d’orchestre et compositeur Mark Hopkins de Wolfville. Pour de plus amples renseignements sur les prix et les gagnants, consultez l’adresse artsns.ca/grants-awards/awards/grand-pré-prize. read more
Homeowner Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program, an additional $6.9 million Emergency Repair Program, $800,000 Access-A-Home, $100,000. More seniors, low-income homeowners and people with disabilities in Nova Scotia will be able to remain in their homes longer thanks to significant improvements to existing home repair and adaptation programs. Housing Nova Scotia and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation are investing $7.8 million to give Nova Scotians more access to affordable housing and to support independent living. The investment more than doubles the funding that was previously available. Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage MLA Joyce Treen, on behalf of Joanne Bernard, Minister responsible for Housing Nova Scotia, and MP Darren Fisher, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, made the announcement today, March 29. “We know that most seniors would prefer to stay in their home as long as possible,” said Ms. Treen. “With this funding, more seniors will be able to enhance their housing units so that they can live there longer.” “We recognize how important it is for seniors and people with disabilities to be able to live independently close to their families and friends,” said Mr. Fisher. “The enhancement of these programs will help improve their well-being and sense of security while supporting the local economy.” The funding announced today will go toward three existing programs: The funding is cost-shared 50/50 between the federal government and Nova Scotia. Homeowners may be eligible for financial assistance based on their household income and, in some cases, the value and location of their home. Eligible repairs may include structural, electrical, plumbing, heating and fire safety. The funding announced today is through the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement. Under the agreement, the provincial and federal governments each contributed $21.4 million, a total of $42.8 million, for existing affordable housing and repair programs. For more information about Housing Nova Scotia’s repair and adaptation programs homeowners can call 1-844-424-5110. read more
the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia–based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing. When the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process once a production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBI To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at www.nsbi.ca. -30- Quick facts: Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has announced a newly approved production through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, Sept. 12. Documentary Assholes: A Theory, produced by A Rude Film Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $236,911 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $816,935. More details about productions approved for incentives through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund are available on the NSBI website at www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding. read more
The following is a statement from Premier Stephen McNeil, who is also Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, on the death of Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy: “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I extend heartfelt sympathies to the family of the late Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy and all Mi’kmaw people. Grand Chief Sylliboy was a steadfast leader for his people, a wise mentor, and a highly respected partner in our treaty relationship with the Mi’kmaq. His passing is a loss that will be felt across Nova Scotia and the Atlantic region.” -30-
Toronto: Dozens of genes, previously thought to have similar roles across different organisms, are in fact unique to humans and could help explain how our species evolved, scientists have found. These genes code for a class of proteins known as transcription factors, or TFs, which control gene activity, according to researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada. TFs recognise specific snippets of the DNA code called motifs, and use them as landing sites to bind the DNA and turn genes on or off. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Previous research had suggested that TFs which look similar across different organisms also bind similar motifs, even in species as diverse as fruit flies and humans. However, a new study from Professor Timothy Hughes’ lab, from the University of Toronto, shows that this is not always the case. The researchers found a new computational method which allowed them to more accurately predict motif sequences each TF binds in many different species. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe findings, published in the journal Nature Genetics, reveal that some sub-classes of TFs are much more functionally diverse than previously thought. “Even between closely related species there’s a non-negligible portion of TFs that are likely to bind new sequences,” said Sam Lambert, former graduate student in Hughes’ lab. “This means they are likely to have novel functions by regulating different genes, which may be important for species differences,” said Lambert, who is now at the University of Cambridge in the UK. Even between chimps and humans, whose genomes are 99 per cent identical, there are dozens of TFs which recognise diverse motifs between the two species in a way that would affect expression of hundreds of different genes. “We think these molecular differences could be driving some of the differences between chimps and humans,” said Lambert. To reanalyse motif sequences, Lambert developed new software which looks for structural similarities between the TFs’ DNA binding regions that relate to their ability to bind the same or different DNA motifs. If two TFs, from different species, have a similar composition of amino-acids, building blocks of proteins, they probably bind similar motifs. However, unlike older methods, which compare these regions as a whole, the new method automatically assigns greater value to those amino-acids — a fraction of the entire region — which directly contact the DNA. In this case, two TFs may look similar overall, but if they differ in the position of these key amino-acids, they are more likely to bind different motifs. When Lambert compared all TFs across different species and matched to all available motif sequence data, he found that many human TFs recognise different sequences — and therefore regulate different genes — than versions of the same proteins in other animals. The finding contradicts earlier research, which stated that almost all of human and fruit fly TFs bind the same motif sequences, and is a call for caution to scientists hoping to draw insights about human TFs by only studying their counterparts in simpler organisms. “There is this idea that has persevered, which is that the TFs bind almost identical motifs between humans and fruit flies,” said Hughes. “And while there are many examples where these proteins are functionally conserved, this is by no means to the extent that has been accepted,” he said. read more
Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s leader signalled Monday that her government will go ahead with proposed amendments to its extradition laws despite a massive protest against them that underscored fears about China’s broadening footprint in the semi-autonomous territory. Chief Executive Carrie Lam told reporters the legislation is important and will help Hong Kong uphold justice and fulfill its international obligations. Safeguards added in May will ensure that the legislation protects human rights, she said. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ In what appeared to be Hong Kong’s largest protest in more than a decade, hundreds of thousands of people marched through central Hong Kong on Sunday, three days before the Legislative Council is slated to take up the bill. Hong Kong was guaranteed the right to retain its own social, legal and political systems for 50 years under an agreement reached before its 1997 return to China from British rule. But China’s ruling Communist Party has been seen as increasingly reneging on that agreement by pushing through unpopular legal changes. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China The extradition bill amendments would allow Hong Kong to send people to mainland China to face charges, spurring criticism that defendants in the Chinese judicial system won’t have the same rights as they would in Hong Kong. Opponents contend the proposed legislation could make Hong Kong residents vulnerable to vague national security charges and unfair trials. Lam said Sunday’s protest shows Hong Kong’s enduring commitment to its people’s freedoms. She denied that she is taking orders from the central government in China’s capital. “I have not received any instruction or mandate from Beijing to do this bill,” she said. “We were doing it and we are still doing it out of our clear conscience, and our commitment to Hong Kong.” Hong Kong currently limits extraditions to jurisdictions with which it has existing agreements or to others on an individual basis under a law passed before 1997. China was excluded because of concerns over its poor record on legal independence and human rights. Lam was elected in 2017 by a committee of mostly pro-Beijing Hong Kong elites. Critics have accused her of ignoring widespread opposition to the extradition law amendments. She said Monday that the bill seeks to prevent Hong Kong from becoming a haven for fugitives and is not focused on mainland China. Western democracies have accused Hong Kong of failing to address issues such as money laundering and terrorist financing, Lam said. Sunday’s demonstration was mostly peaceful, though there were some late-night clashes between some remaining protesters and police. Three officers and one journalist were injured, according to Hong Kong media reports. read more
Islamabad: Pakistan’s former president Asif Ali Zardari was sent on a 11-day physical remand by an accountability court on Tuesday, a day after he was arrested in a multi-million dollar money laundering case. A team of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested the 63-year-old co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party from his house here on Monday hours after the Islamabad High Court rejected his bail plea. He was presented before accountability court judge Mohammad Arshad Malik, who granted the NAB 11-day physical remand of Zardari and ordered that he be presented before the court again on June 21. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’During the court proceedings, the NAB requested 14-day physical remand for Zardari, which was opposed by his counsel Farooq H Naek. NAB prosecutor Muzaffar Abbasi informed the court that fake bank accounts were opened with the help of bank officials. Abbasi said that Zardari had been arrested and his remand was necessary for investigation. Zardari also moved an application through lawyer Farooq Naek for additional facilities during detention, which also include a request for servant. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaTalking to the media outside the court, Zardari said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was “selected” leader and not elected. He claimed that interior minister Ijaz Shah ordered his arrest. Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur are two of the main accused in the money laundering scandal which utilised fake bank accounts to channel illegally gained funds out of Pakistan. According to the NAB officials, the duo made transactions of Rs 150 million through alleged fake bank accounts. The arrest warrants were issued on Sunday by the NAB, the anti-corruption watchdog, which is probing them in the fake bank accounts case. Strict security arrangements were made for Zardari’s appearance in court on Tuesday and around 1,500 security personnel were deployed. At least 300 policemen were deployed outside the NAB headquarters, while roads leading to accountability court remained closed for all kind of traffic. Prior to his arrival at the court, a three-member team of doctors conducted a medical examination of the former president. According to the NAB sources, Zardari was found to be fit for physical remand. Zardari, the 11th President of Pakistan from 2008 to 2013, has denied any link with the fake accounts. He has said the allegation was part of a vilification campaign by the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party to malign opposition leaders. He was elected as a member of the National Assembly from the NA-213 Nawabshah seat of Sindh province in last year’s general election. Zardari’s arrest prompted a strong reaction from the Opposition and sporadic protests by PPP workers in various parts of the country, mostly in the party-ruled Sindh province. read more
Chandigarh: Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is facing a 20-year jail for raping his two disciples, has sought a parole of 42 days for tendering sprawling fields in his sects headquarters in Haryana’s Sirsa town, officials said on Sunday. “We are awaiting a reply from central security and intelligence agencies and also from the Sirsa District Magistrate that whether his parole at this point in time is feasible or not,” a government official told IANS, requesting anonymity. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana The official said his parole could create law and order problem in the state at the time of his release and surrender later. The self-styled godman was sentenced in August 2017 for 20 years in jail for raping two women. A special CBI court in Panchkula this January also sentenced him and three others to life imprisonment for the murder of a journalist over 16 years ago. The 51-year-old is currently lodged at the high-security Sunaria jail in Rohtak. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah In the jail too, Ram Rahim spends most of his time growing vegetables and fruits and daily earns Rs 20 for eight hours for farming, which comes under the unskilled work category. As per the jail superintendent, Ram Rahim’s conduct in the jail is like a “disciplined inmate”. His conviction on August 25, 2017, had led to violence in Panchkula and Sirsa, leaving 41 people dead and over 260 injured. Ram Rahim was patronized by political leaders and parties of Punjab and Haryana for nearly two decades due to his ability to shift votes of his followers. read more
New Delhi: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday challenged senior BJP leaders J P Nadda and Vijay Goel to compare the top 10 government schools in BJP-ruled states with the ones under the AAP government and then debate. The challenge by Sisodia comes in response to Bharatiya Janata Party working president J P Nadda’s claims, on Saturday, that the ruling AAP in Delhi had become “a laughing stock”, as he exuded confidence that his party will form the next government in Delhi as the city needs a leadership with “serious vision”. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! In retort, Sisodia said the BJP’s working president was ridiculing the people of Delhi, by calling the AAP-led Delhi government a laughing stock. “I challenge @JPNadda & @VijayGoelBJP to choose top 10 govt schools of BJP education model from any BJP state. I’ll choose top 10 govt schools of Kejriwal education model. I’ll visit your schools, you can visit ours. Let’s then debate- what’s laughing stock and what makes one cry (sic),” Sisodia tweeted. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Addressing BJP Delhi leaders on Saturday on the second day of the state working committee’s meeting, Nadda asked them to work together for the Delhi assembly elections due early next year. Referring to the 2015 Assembly election results, where the Aam Aadmi Party had won 67 of the 70 seats, Nadda claimed the people of Delhi were now realising what the leaders had actually done. “They (AAP) have become the laughing stock. Delhi, being the national capital, needs a leadership which has a serious vision for the city,” he said. Nadda claimed the people were not happy with the the Arvind Kejriwal-led government. “I am fully confident that we will succeed in Delhi,” the BJP working president said. Reacting sharply to Nadda’s words, the Delhi deputy minister said, “By calling the choice made by the people of Delhi a subject of ridicule. I want to remind him about what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his maiden speech in the new Lok Sabha. He said that when some people make fun of the elected government, they are making fun of the people of the country. Perhaps Nadda-ji’s views differ from the prime minister’s.” Stating that the BJP has governments in a number of states and in a few for decades, Sisodia sought to compare the schools being run by the BJP and the AAP governments. “Delhi schools posted the best result in Delhi’s history this year with 94 per cent pass rate. What is the best result in your states? Delhi has the highest portion of the budget (for education), at 26 per cent, do any of your states have such a high allocation for education? Show us even one state run by the BJP where the school infrastructure has been developed, which can be compared with the Kejriwal model,” he said. Sisodia claimed children from Gurgaon in Haryana and Noida, Loni and Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh were coming to Delhi to study in schools run by the AAP government. The BJP has formed the state governments in both Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The AAP leader alleged the BJP has failed to improve the school education system in its states. “Is it a joke that Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party government has successfully regulated private school fees, and the CM of a neighbouring state had recently said private school fees can’t be controlled? Is it a joke that Delhi has 25 per cent budget for education? Or that Delhi school teachers go abroad for training?” he added. Sisodia said, “At least Kejriwal’s education model is making you laugh but look at the BJP’s government schools it will make you cry!” read more
New Delhi: Taapsee Pannu has a message for the critics of the first poster of Mission Mangal which courted controversy for giving Akshay Kumar a bigger display than his women colleagues: star value is a “brutal truth” that must be accepted. Taapsee said instead of questioning the poster, people need to be the change they want to see. The actor plays Kritika Aggarwal, one of the female scientists spearheading India’s mission to send a spacecraft to orbit Mars in the film, slated to be released on Independence Day. Akshay plays Rakesh Dhawan, a scientist, who is in-charge of the mission. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”The problem is not from this end (the film). The people who are not happy about it, they need to do something because there’s a reason behind it… “The star value is such… That’s a brutal truth that we need to accept and then think that there is no point questioning it. Be the reason to change this truth,” said Taapsee. Mission Mangal is based on real-life scientists, who contributed to India’s first interplanetary expedition, Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), launched by Indian Research Space Organisation (ISRO) in 2013. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaThe 31-year-old actor said the film would have managed a good run at the box office even if the five female cast members – Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menon and her – were not a part of the movie. “Had we, the five women actors, not been a part of this film, there would have been some impact on the collections but not that much as the content of the movie would have remained as strong as it is now. There’s already a big superstar in the film,” she said referring to Akshay. “We 5 being a part of it just makes it go higher. But box office wouldn’t have dropped even if we were not in the film. Pick up any of our films, add them and compare the collection of the opening day of all those films with an Akshay movie…” she added. read more
Chennai: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday asserted that removal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution will lead to end of terrorism and progress of the region. Speaking at the launch of a book on Vice President M Venkiah Naidu here, Shah said he firmly believed that Art 370 that gave the special status to Jammu and Kashmir should be removed as it was not beneficial to the country. “I was firm that Article 370 should be removed…. after (scrapping) Article 370, terrorism in Kashmir will end and it will progress on the path of development,” he said.
New Delhi: Stressing the need to have anti-counterfeiting solutions along with adequate awareness and monitoring, industry body ASPA has claimed counterfeit products across various sectors in India are causing losses to the tune of over Rs 1 lakh crore every year. The Authentication Solution Providers’ Association (ASPA), comprising 60 members, mainly focuses on adoption and advancement of authentication technology and solutions for brand, revenue and document protection. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”At present counterfeiting causes around Rs 1.05 lakh crore losses to India per annum. If counterfeiting is curbed by 50 per cent through proper implementation of authentication solutions, enforcement, awareness and monitoring, it can save more than Rs 50,000 crore per annum,” ASPA President Nakul Pasricha said. Amongst various sectors, counterfeiting is more prevalent in the pharmaceutical industry, he said adding that the government needs to take measures in this regard as it is a threat to public health. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostCiting a report of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Pasricha said trade in counterfeit and pirated goods has risen steadily in the last few years globally with trade volumes in fake products now standing at 3.3 per cent of total global trade. Trade of fake goods causes loss to the companies and governments while creating profit for organised crime gangs, he added. There is a wide variety of technologies available today that support in curbing counterfeiting, the ASPA president said. These technologies are applied in the three main areas of anti-counterfeiting — anti-tampering, tracking and tracing. Giving an example, Pasricha said that with the use of physical as well as digital authentication solutions like track and trace, Nigeria could reduce rate of counterfeiting in some key medicines from nearly 20 per cent to 3.5 per cent within a period of three years. While anti-tampering technologies are used to protect a product from adulteration or replacing it with a fake product, tracking and tracing technologies are used to determine where and when a product, taking its components into account, was manufactured and its current status in the supply chain, he said. Some technologies also allow for determining where a product is supposed to go. Thus, tracking and tracing technologies are used to fight unauthorised distribution, which is frequently linked to counterfeiting, he said. “The return of investment on authentication solutions is much greater and the positive impact of using of the anti-counterfeit solutions is proven in the other countries and we are confident that India too will adopt it,” Pasricha added. read more
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind will on Friday visit former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where he has been undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU). Jaitley was admitted to the AIIMS on August 9 after he complained of uneasiness and weakness. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and other top Bharatiya Janata Party leaders visited the hospital to inquire about his condition. Owing to his health conditions Jaitley did not fight the elections this year.
Anaheim: JJ Abrams says it would be impossible to imagine the end of Star Wars saga after almost 40 years without the story’s heart, Princess Leia, played by the late Carrie Fisher, who had sort of predicted that he was not yet done with the galaxy far, far away. Abrams, who successfully launched the franchise’s sequel trilogy with 2015’s The Force Awakens, had not signed on for the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker but he stepped in after Colin Trevorrow left the project over creative differences with Lucasfilm. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaSpeaking at the D23 Expo where an exclusive trailer and poster from the much-awaited film was shown to the audience, Abrams opened up about working with Fisher, who died of a cardiac arrest on December 27, 2016 at the age of 60. “The character of Leia is, in a way, the heart of this story. We couldn’t possibly talk about the end of these nine films without Leia and we realised that we had footage from ‘Episode 7’ and we didn’t even know that we could use it in a new way. So Carrie as Leia gets to be in the film,” Abrams told fans here. “People have asked me for many years now like ‘what is she like’, ‘what’s Carrie like’. It was always very hard to describe this. She was sort of supernaturally witty and magical in a way,” he added. Fisher will appear as Princess Leia in The Rise of Skywalker after Abrams decided to incorporate the actor’s unused footage from The Force Awakens in the film. read more
New Delhi: The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has rescued a 16 years old girl from Holambi Kalan in Delhi who was trafficked from Assam and was forced into prostitution.According to DCW, the girl’s parents had died several years back and she had been living with her two sisters in Assam. Over nine months back, a person known to the elder sister lured them to come to Delhi with the promise of a high paying job in a cup manufacturing company. The women commission further stated that they came to Delhi and started staying with the same person and his wife at his residence. Three days later, the girls were informed that they will have to work as prostitutes in Delhi and shall have to sleep with multiple men. When they protested, they were attacked with blades and were not given food for several days. Soon men started coming and raping them over and over again and they were forced into prostitution. read more
Geneva: Hurricane Dorian has caused “extensive damage” across the Bahamas, the Red Cross said Monday, warning that as many as 13,000 houses may have been severely damaged or destroyed. “We don’t yet have a complete picture of what has happened,” Sune Bulow, head of the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies’ Emergency Operation Centre in Geneva, said in a statement. “But it is clear that Hurricane Dorian has had a catastrophic impact,” he said, adding that “we anticipate extensive shelter needs, alongside the need for short-term economic support, as well as for clean water and health assistance.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas with ferocious wind and rain on Sunday, the monstrous Category 5 storm wrecking towns and homes as it churned on an uncertain path toward the US coast where hundreds of thousands were ordered to evacuate. There was no immediate word on casualties in the low-lying islands. But IFRC said that up to 13,000 houses may have been severely impacted. The organisation also warned that extensive flooding on the island of Abaco was believed to have contaminated wells with saltwater. IFRC said it had released 250,000 Swiss francs (USD 252,000) from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to bolster the initial response to the crisis, and to provide some 500 families with emergency shelter assistance. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPacking sustained winds of 185 miles per hour (295 kilometre per hour), Dorian crashed onshore in the Abacos Islands, in the northwest of the Bahamas, as the strongest storm ever to hit the Caribbean chain. After days of nerve-wracking uncertainty surrounding the storm’s path, the southeastern US states of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina finally ordered coastal residents to evacuate in a mass exodus set to affect hundreds of thousands of people. The American Red Cross estimated that some 19 million people live in areas that could be impacted by the storm, with as many as 50,000 people in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina potentially in need of emergency shelter, depending on the impact. read more
New Delhi: A Delhi court Wednesday remanded Karnataka Congress leader D K Shivakumar, who is arrested in a money laundering case, to ED’s custody till September 13. Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar passed the order after the ED sought 14-day custodial interrogation of Shivakumar, arrested on Tuesday night, claiming that he was evasive and non-cooperative in the probe and there was “phenomenal growth” in his income while he was in important position. Opposing ED’s contentions, Shivakumar’s counsel said that the Congress leader has already been quizzed for 33 hours by the agency and he is not a flight risk. The ED had in September last year registered the money laundering case against Shivakumar, Haumanthaiah, an employee at Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi, and others. read more
New Delhi: Auto industry body SIAM on Wednesday said the industry, which has been reeling under a prolonged slump, is staring at a difficult road ahead for the rest of the year due to transition to BS-VI emission norm from BS-VI by April 2020. Terming it as a “huge challenge”, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) President Rajan Wadhera said on an average each vehicle manufacturer is spending close to Rs 1,000 crore to upgrade all of their model line-up to meet the new emission norm within a short span. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The auto industry, as we all have seen in the past eight months, has witnessed continuous de-growth and August being the worst at 30 per cent,” Wadhera said, while speaking at Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) annual auto retail conclave. He further said the entire value chain of the auto industry – from component suppliers to vehicles manufacturers and dealers – have been impacted by the slowdown. “The road for the rest of the year is also looking difficult because there is a huge challenge of migration from BS-IV to BS-VI is awaiting us,” Wadhera said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostNew technologies coming into vehicle, which has to be done “in a span of three years across all models and have defect free products is a huge challenge”, he added. “On an average an OEM is spending about Rs 1,000 crore to upgrade their product portfolio,” Wadhera said. In order to ensure a smooth transition, he said, “Sales forecasting and operational efficiency has become important on account of the upcoming BS-IV to BS-VI transition”. While the dealers will be managing the front-end, OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) need to ensure that there should neither be loss of sales on account of unavailability of products nor allow inventory build up or write-off which will create more hardships for the dealers, he added. In the near future, Wadhera said the auto industry will not only have to deal with slowdown and BS-VI transition, but also has “actually prepare for the future mobility” – electric, connected and autonomous. read more
New Delhi: Intelligent traffic system does not discriminate between violators of law whether it is a central minister, chief minister, bureaucrat or a journalist, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Sunday while asserting hefty fines for traffic rule violations are aimed at curbing road accidents.He also stressed that there should be no fear of hefty “challans” if someone is abiding by the law. Post imposition of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, from September 1, hefty challans for traffic rules violations by the police have hit the headlines. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Why is this fear of challans if one is following traffic rules. People should rather be happy that India’s roads will become safer like abroad where people strictly abide by traffic norms. Is human life not precious,” Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari told PTI in an interview. Gadkari said stringent rules were “much needed” as people had taken traffic laws very lightly and there was neither fear nor respect for law. “I am sensitive to this issue. Ask the family members who have lost someone near and dear in road accidents. 65 per cent of the road accidents victims are in the age bracket of 18 to 35 years, ask their families how they feel. I too am an accident victim and it is a well-thought-of step with consent from almost all political parties whether Congress, Trinamool or TRS,” he said. He said there are people who have not even been once fined as they follow traffic norms asking why others cannot emulate them. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAsked there have been multiple instances of hefty penalties where challans issued surpassed the cost of the vehicle, the minister said they were slapped multiple fines on account of multiple offences and instances had come to his notice where offenders lacked licence, pollution clearance, insurance etc. “Intelligent traffic system does not discriminate. If you violate the law, you will have to pay penalty whether you are central minister, Chief Minister, bureaucrat or a journalist. There have been instances in my knowledge where CMs and others have been slapped with challans.” He appealed to the people to use the digital platforms like DigiLocker or mParivahan to carry Driving Licence, Registration Certificate or other documents in ‘electronic form’ which are valid under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, and present them to traffic police if asked. These electronic records available on DigiLocker or mParivahan are deemed to be legally recognised at par with the original documents as per the provisions of the Information Technology Act and the Motor Vehicles Act. As per the Motor Act, the owner/driver has to produce the documents — licence or certificate of registration etc to the authority on demand. About states, he said that all the states are on board and have started implementing the new provisions and Tamil Nadu could play a role model as implementation has resulted in 28 per cent drop in accidents in the state. PTI read more