Mamata Banerjee pens lyrics of Durga puja theme song

first_imgMamata Banerjee’s sop for Durga Puja  Popular singer and West Bengal Minister of State for Culture Indranil Sen has lent voice to the lyrics.Mr. Sen, who regaled the audience at the Netaji Indoor Stadium with the song during the function said, “There is a devotional side in the lines Jai Maa Jai Durga…”“The lyrics have been penned by Didi [Mamata] and it is the theme song of a prominent puja committee. I am happy to be associated with it,” she said.Even during the last year’s Durga puja event, the Chief Minister composed the theme song of Suruchi Sangha puja Boichitrer muktoy gantha ekotar monihar (the jewel of unity is stitched with a string of pearls of diversity).Last year, singer Shreya Ghosal lent her voice to the theme song.Suruchi Sangha is one of the most popular Durga pujas of the city West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has composed the theme song for a popular Kolkata Durga puja this year.Ms. Banerjee said on Monday at a function with organisers of Durga puja committees that the lyrics are aimed at bringing back the spirit of agomoni  (traditional Bengali songs invoking the goddess) songs in theme music once again.“I had been asked by Arup [Ms. Banerjee’s Cabinet colleague Arup Biswas] to compose the theme song for his Durga puja (Suruchi Sangha) and I decided to retain the spirit of Agomoni songs like Ja Devi Sarbabhuteshu  in my lyrics. Hope it will be liked by everyone,” she said.Also Readlast_img read more

Kabaddi’s Star Turn

first_imgThe franchisees and owners of the World Kabaddi League was unveiled by Sukhbir Singh Badal, Punjab’s deputy chief minister and president of the league, on Thursday.”We started the Kabaddi World Cup four years ago which was a success. That prompted us to start a league competition.A total of 86 matches will be played in the weekends across 13 international citiesKabaddi is one of the many sports in India which needs to be encouraged. We are glad to start this league,” said Badal.The four-month long league will begin in August and will see participation of teams – Speedy Singhs, Vancouver Lions, Punjab Thunders, Yo Yo Tigers, Haryana Focus, United Singhs, and California Eagles.Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar is the owner of Speedy Singhs, United Singhs is coowned by Sonakshi Sinha while rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh has bought Yo Yo Tigers.”I had a chance to buy a cricket team but instead I opted for a Kabaddi team as I wanted to support the game. Cricket is a religion in India but I want other sports to come up as well,” said Akshay Kumar.The league, however, will be different from the existing Pro Kabaddi League.”Pro Kabaddi League is played more in a national style while this will be more of a Punjabi style. World Kabaddi league will be more aggressive,” said Badal.A total of 86 matches will be played in the weekends across 13 international cities. The winning team will receive a prize money of 3.5 crore.last_img read more

‘Incredible’ dream: Nadal faces Thiem for 12th Roland Garros title

first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning against Switzerland’s Roger Federer during their men’s singles semi-final match on day 13 of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 7, 2019. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP)Rafael Nadal admits the prospect of winning a 12th Roland Garros title and 18th major on Sunday would have once just seemed liked an “incredible” dream in a career so often at the mercy of a succession of morale-sapping injuries.However, he knows he cannot under-estimate Austria’s Dominic Thiem when they meet again in the Roland Garros final.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue His coach Nicolas Massu, however, had said he asked the tournament referee if the final could be shifted back 24 hours.“I think it’s fine. I mean, it’s not the first time that that happens in tennis, and it’s not going to be the last time. That’s our sport,” said Thiem whose semi-final with Djokovic spanned a full 24 hours.Thiem, bidding to become just Austria’s second Roland Garros men’s champion after Thomas Muster in 1995, describes facing Nadal in Paris as “the ultimate challenge”.“I played a really good match against him in Barcelona. It was six weeks ago. So of course I try to do similar even though it’s way tougher to play him here,” he said.Despite playing over four hours over two days to defeat Djokovic for just the third time in 10 meetings, Thiem has only spent two more hours on court than Nadal getting to the final.“I’m feeling fine. I’m full of adrenaline still from today’s match, and also I will have that tomorrow,” he added.“So I’m not going to be tired. It’s all going to come after the tournament. So I’m ready to leave all or everything what I have out on the court tomorrow.”With Nadal the overwhelming favourite, Thiem refuses to put too much pressure on his shoulders.Some of the statistics back up his conservative approach.Nadal has saved 15 of 22 break points (68%) while Thiem has saved 17 of 32 (53%). LATEST STORIES Djokovic Grand Slam run ends at French Open vs Thiem ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Thiem has four wins on clay over the 33-year-old Spaniard — only Novak Djokovic has more.The 25-year-old arrives in the final having shocked world number one Djokovic in a five-set semi-final on Saturday, ending the Serb’s 26-match winning run at the Slams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Yes, it’s incredible to be here again to be honest,” said Nadal, who has never lost a Roland Garros final and boasts a 92-2 record at the tournament since his 2005 debut.“It is very special and difficult to explain, but here we are. And the day that we start thinking about if it’s incredible or not probably will be the day to do another thing.” On break points converted, the Spaniard has a 37/70 conversion rate (53%) with Thiem making 34 of 71 (48%), less than half his opportunities.“It’s big dream for me to win on Sunday. But I also have in my head that if it’s not happening tomorrow, which can happen easy because of the opponent who is on the other side of the net, so I think I don’t make myself too much pressure.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment PLAY LIST 04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Nadal has hardly broken sweat at the French Open this year, making the final for the loss of just one set, against David Goffin in the third round.Against Roger Federer in the semi-finals, he conceded just five games, handing the Swiss his worst Slam loss in 11 years.“There is nobody who even plays remotely close to Rafa,” admitted Federer.“I don’t even know who I need to go search for to go practice with somebody who plays like him.”‘Ultimate challenge’Victory on Sunday will move Nadal on to 18 majors, just two behind Federer on the all-time list.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess He is also the best part of five years younger than his old rival.“This is something I never dreamed about five, six, eight years ago, but it’s happening today,” said Nadal who has been written off numerous times in his career.His battles with knee and wrist problems have seen him miss eight Grand Slam tournaments.A wrist injury forced a withdrawal from Roland Garros after two rounds in 2016 which in turn forced him to sit out Wimbledon.“My goal is to keep going,” a defiant Nadal added.The world number two allowed Thiem just nine games when they met in the 2018 final in Paris.However, the Austrian won their most recent meeting on clay in the semi-finals in Barcelona in April in straight sets.Nadal also needed five sets to see off Thiem in the quarter-finals at the US Open last year.He leads their head-to-head 8-4.Despite having to play four days in succession, Thiem said he was happy to come back out again on Sunday. 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World Youth Chess Championship: R Praggnanandhaa Wins Gold as India Bag 7 Medals

first_imgMumbai: R Praggnanandhaa emerged as unconquered king in the World Youth Chess Championship here, claiming the gold in the Under-18 Open category on Saturday.The 14-year-old Grand Master from Chennai settled for a cautious draw in the 11th and final round against Valentin Buckels (Germany) to top the charts with nine points. He, however, will also have to thank compatriot, International Master Arjun Kalyan for achieving a crucial draw against top-seeded Shant Sargsyan (Armenia).Praggnanandhaa would have been under pressure if Grand Master Shant had won. But Shant could not unravel a determined Arjun, allowing Praggnanandhaa to annex the title. That’s the walk of a WINNER!!! U18 Champion Praggnanandhaa walks to receive his first GOLD in U18 category!!!#chess #championsoflife #WorldYouthChessChampionship— World Youth Chess Championship (@WorldChess2019) October 12, 2019The Championship ended on a high note for India, with six other medals, including three silver, coming their way.Only the Under-16 Girls category proved tough for India, although B M Akshaya gave a good account of herself.Akshaya lost the medal to Anousha Mahdian, suffering an unexpected defeat to her in the final round.But Indian girls in the Under-14 segment compensated for it, with Divya Deshmukh and Rakshitta Ravi winning two medals.Top seed Women’s International Master Divya, who seemed to be out of contention midway through the event, pulled off a well thought-out victory in the last round to clinch silver.Rakshitta too beat overnight leader Bat-Erdene Mungunzul on the top board to earn the bronze.Kazakhstan’s Meruert Kamalidenova, however, was the star of this category, registering five straight wins to clinch the gold.Fide Master L R Srihari (Under-14 Open) and Vantika Agrawal (Under-16 Girls) collected other two silver medals for India, playing out draws in their respective matches.Vantika had an outside chance of pocketing the gold, especially after top seed Polina Shuvalova (8.5) settled for a draw.Vantika, with eight points, however, couldn’t beat Alexandra Obolentseva of Russia, and finished half a point behind Shuvalova.Srihari (8), who was in contention for the gold at the start of the penultimate day, endured draws in the last two rounds to slip to the second position.S Maralakshikari won the bronze, after beating the surprise package of the championship, R Abinandhan.CM Aronyak Ghosh (8) claimed the other bronze for the country in the Under-16 Open category after drawing with Iran’s Arash Daghli.He will, however, look back at the WYCC as a missed opportunity, after accepting a quick draw in the penultimate round.Winners:U18 Open: Praggnanandhaa R (IND) 9.0; Shant Sargsyan (ARM) 8.5; Artur Davtyan (ARM) 8.0U18 Girls: Polina Shuvalova (RUS) 8.5; Vantika Agrawal (IND) 8.0; Alexandra Obolentseva (RUS) 7.5U16 Open: Rudik Makarian (RUS) 8.5; Stefan Pogosyan (RUS) 8.0; Aronyak Ghosh (IND) 8.0U16 Girls: Leya Garifullina (RUS) 8.5; Nurgali Nazerke (KAZ) 8.5; Anousha Mahdian (IRI) 8.0U14 Open: Aydin Suleymanli (AZE) 9.0; Srihari L R (IND) 8.0; Sreeshwan Maralakshikari (IND) 8.0U14 Girls: Meruert Kamalidenova (KAZ) 8.5; Divya Deshmukh (IND) 8.0; Rakshitta Ravi (IND) 8.0. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.center_img ChessIndiamedalworld championship First Published: October 12, 2019, 8:21 PM ISTlast_img read more

IPL 2016: Clinical Sunrisers Hyderabad rout Mumbai Indians for massive win

first_imgRiding on Shikhar Dhawan’s unbeaten 82 followed by an impressive performance by the bowlers, Sunrisers Hyderabad outclassed defending champions Mumbai Indians by 85 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Sunday. (Full IPL Coverage)Batting first, Sunrisers posted an impressive 177/3 in 20 overs. Dhawan was well supported at the other end by David Warner (48 of 33 balls) and Yuvraj Singh (39 off 23 balls). (Scorecard)In reply, Mumbai Indians lost wickets at regular intervals from the start and were eventually bundled out for just 92 in 16.3 overs.Veteran pacer Ashish Nehra (3-15), Muztafizur Rahman (3-16), and Barinder Sran (2-18) were the pick of the bowlers for Hyderabad while Moises Henriques and Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed one wicket each.Chasing a challenging target of 176, Mumbai got off to a terrible start losing both openers Rohit Sharma (5) and Parthiv Patel (0) in the second over itself to have Mumbai in trouble. (Yuvraj Singh hits form in his 100th IPL match)Incoming batsman Krunal Pandya (17) and Ambati Rayudu (6) tried to build a partnership but some outstanding bowling by Hyderabad bowlers saw Mumbai wickets falling in clusters.It was a one-way traffic in favour of Hyderabad as not a single Mumbai batsmen could settle down.With the dismissal of Krunal, Rayudu and incoming batsman Jos Buttler (2), the defending champions were left tottering at 30/5 in the fifth over.Kieron Pollard (11) struck two boundaries and looked to putting some runs on board but eventually failed.Hardik Pandya (7), Tim Southee (8), Mitchell McClenaghan (8) all departed cheaply to hand the match to Sunrisers. Harbhajan Singh (21 not out) top scored for Mumbai.advertisementEarlier put in to bat on a hot and humid afternoon, Sunrisers got off to a flying start, courtesy in-form openers Warner 48 and Dhawan. The duo added 51 runs without losing any wickets after the completion of the powerplay.Warner kept up his sublime form in the cash rich T20 tournament going as he closed in on yet another half-century before he was dismissed in the 10th over to have Hyderabad at 85/1.The left-hander struck seven boundaries and one six in his 33-ball innings.Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh who had dismissed Warner earlier, helped Mumbai get back into the game by getting rid of incoming batsman Kane Williamson (2) in the 12th over to put a check on the Hyderabad run flow.Despite two wickets falling in quick succession, Dhawan and incoming batsman Yuvraj used their experience not to let the team’s run-rate fall.Both the left-handed batsmen sneaked in with ones, twos and in the death overs brought in handy boundaries and couple of sixes to have the team on course for a competitive total.The duo managed to put on a much needed 85-run partnership for the third wicket to help the team.Harbhajan Singh (2/29) was the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai.Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 177/3 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 82 not out; Harbhajan Singh 2/29) vs Mumbai Indians 92 in 16.3 overs (Harbhajan Singh 21 not out; Ashish Nehra 3-15, Mustafizur Rahan 3-16).last_img read more


first_imgNow that the weather is warming up, several street repair projects are getting underway in Sioux City.City Engineer Gordon Phair says 27 projects are scheduled for the weeks and months ahead, including resurfacing parts of ten local streets between May and October:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….Jackson to Main. :26Two different Contractors will work on the resurfacing projects.There will also be reconstruction projects including the west end of Glenn Avenue:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……two year project. :06Glenn Avenue is already reduced to one lane on some of that stretch.Next month a full reconstruction of Military Road between Riverside Boulevard and River Drive begins plus the removal and replacement of the bridge deck over the Big Sioux River.The bridge will be fully closed to traffic and a detour will be posted utilizing Riverside Boulevard, I-29, and River Drive in North Sioux City.There’s also a full reconstruction of Pierce St from 18th to 24th Street beginning in May and complete in November 2020.City Annual Resurfacing ProjectsAsphalt re-surfacing will also include construction of curb and gutter, replacement of sidewalk ADA ramps and asphalt overlays.Work will begin in May and be complete in October of 2019.• West 4th St from Perry St to Market St• West 2nd St from George St to West St• Collins St from West 5th St to West 6th St• Douglas St from 3rd St to 6th St• Douglas St from 8th St to 18th St• 8th St from Douglas St to Pearl St• 14th St from Douglas St to Pierce St• Stone Park Boulevard from Hamilton Boulevard to Pierce St• 5th St from Pierce St from Jennings St• 11th St from Jackson St to Floyd Boulevard• 14th St from Jackson St to Main StMilitary Road Reconstruction and Bridge Rehabilitation Project includes the full reconstruction of Military Road between Riverside Boulevard and River Drive and the removal and replacement of the bridge deck over the Big Sioux River. The bridge will be fully closed to traffic and a detour will be posted utilizing Riverside Boulevard, I-29, and River Drive in North Sioux City, SD. Work will begin in May and be complete in late 2019.Pierce St Reconstruction Project includes the full reconstruction of Pierce St from 18th St to 24th St. The contractor will start work on May 2019 and is anticipated to be complete in November 2020.Leech Avenue ReconstructionThis will be a full reconstruction of Leech Avenue between S. Fairmount St and S. Rustin St. The project will be completed in a single phase with a full closure of the roadway during the construction period. Construction will start in July and will be complete by end of 2019.Glenn Avenue ReconstructionThis full street and utility reconstruction will span between 520’ east of Lewis Blvd and continue east to S. Cecelia St. A portion of S. Alice St will be realigned and reconstructed with the project as well. Phase 1 of the work will start on the west end of the project boundaries on Glenn Avenue and extend to the alley between S. Helen St and S. Alice St. This will take place in 2019.Phase 2 will take place in 2020 and start at the east end of Phase 1, east to S. Cecelia St. Both phases will contain full closures of the roadway and driveways. Detours will be posted for both phases of the project.2019 Annual Curb and Gutter ProjectThis project is located on 20th St from Jackson St to Ingleside Avenue. This project includes construction of curb and gutter and replacement of sidewalk ADA ramps. The work is anticipated to be complete in July 2019.2018 Annual Manhole Rehabilitation ProjectProject includes the rehabilitation of sanitary and storm sewer manholes in various parts of the city. Work is anticipated to be completed in July 2019.2019 Annual Utility Lining ProjectThis project’s locations are West 20th St from Myrtle St to Center St, Correctionville Road from South Rustin St. to Gordon Drive, and Riverside Boulevard from Military Road to War Eagle Drive. This project includes the cleaning, televising and lining of the sanitary sewer and storm sewer. Work will begin in May and be complete September of 2019.Bridgeport West Roadway Improvements Phase 4 – Harbor Drive & Murray St Intersection includes lane widening on Harbor Drive and Murray St. Work will begin late April and is anticipated to be complete in July 2019.Bridgeport West Roadway Improvements Phase 5/6 – Discovery Blvd & Al Haynes Drive includes removing the medians on Discovery Blvd. and extending it to connect to the existing Al Haynes Drive. This work will allow increased traffic flow and turning movements on the south end of the Bridgeport West Industrial Park. Work is taking place on Discovery Boulevard, east and west of Aviation Boulevard. The new roadway from the existing Al Haynes Drive, running north and west to the new Seaboard Triumph Parkway will be completed Summer of 2019.Garretson Avenue Realignment Project includes the realignment of Garretson Avenue to the south where it ties into 158th St south of Gordon Drive. The realignment is necessary for better access to Siouxland Community Christian School and Menards on to Gordon Drive. The contractor will start work on June 4, 2019 and is anticipated to be complete before August 10, 2019. 158th St will remain open to traffic.Hunt Elementary School Site ImprovementsWork will continue in 2019 and includes the reconstruction of Nebraska St from about 50’ north of 21st St, as well as 20th St from east of Pierce St to Nebraska St and 21st St from about 75’ west of Nebraska St to just west of Jackson St. The next phase of construction will include construction of the new Hunt Elementary School building starting in 2020 with the school opening in August of 2022.Division Street Paving Project is located on Division St from Seneca Way to Pueblo Court. This project includes installing subdrains, construction of new pavement and replacement of sidewalk ADA ramps. Work is anticipated to begin June 2019 and be complete in August of 2019.Jones Street Public ImprovementsThis is in the Jones Street Urban Renewal Area. The improvements include storm sewer intakes, watermain replacement, new curb and gutter, replacement of sidewalk ADA ramps, and asphalt resurfacing. Work will begin in May and be complete in October of 2019.Riverside Boulevard Storm Sewer Cleaning Project includes the cleaning of storm sewers along Riverside Boulevard. Work will begin in June and be complete in August of 2019.South Alice St and Linden Way Watermain Repair Project includes the replacement of street paving, watermain, sanitary sewers, storm sewers, and water service connections at South Alice St and Linden Way. Work will begin in May and be complete by September 2019.Cheyenne Boulevard Watermain Hydrant Repair Project includes the construction of watermain to link existing segments and the addition of a fire hydrant for improved fire protection and improved water quality. Work will begin in June and be complete by August 2019.2019 Annual Sidewalk ProgramProject Description/Status: Project includes the inspection of all sidewalks within Zone 9 (Leeds), removal and reconstruction of defective, and broken or missing sidewalk. Inspections will begin in May and construction will be in Spring of 2020. The Zone 9 map is attached and on the City website.Convention Center Parking Ramp construction has begun and is expected to be complete in August of 2019. The south lane and street parking on 5th St. from Virginia St. to Jennings St is closed as is the southbound lane on Virginia St. between 5th St and the alley on the southside of the project.Christy Road Sidewalk Improvements is located on the northside of Christy Road from Overlook Lane to Sunnybrook Drive. Work will begin in June and be complete in October 2019.Wesley Parkway Sidewalk Widening Project is located on Wesley Parkway and 3rd St. Work will begin in May and be complete in June 20192018 Paving Patch Project: The remaining work will take place at the intersection of Court St/21st St, and then a section of pavement on 11th St near Fowler St. Work will begin in May and take 1-2 months to complete.2017 Annual Resurfacing ProjectProject Description/Status: Project includes the replacement of curb and gutter, replacement of sidewalk ADA Ramps, rehabilitation of storm inlets, and asphalt resurfacing. Knife River Midwest has been working on the project punchlist since the fall of 2017. Final project completion is anticipated to be in August 2019.Morningside Avenue Reconstruction ProjectProject Description/Status: Project includes full reconstruction of Morningside Avenue from South Nicollet St to Sergeant Road. 2019 construction closes Morningside Avenue from South Henry St to just short of the South Lakeport St Intersection. Stages 3 and 4 will reconstruct the intersection of South Lakeport St and Morningside Avenue. Full project completion is anticipated to be in August 2019.last_img read more

Newcastle target Joelinton leaving, Hoffenheim manager confirms

first_imgHoffenheim coach Alfred Schreuder has admitted that Joelinton is leaving the club amid reports he is close to completing a move to Newcastle.The Premier League side have been linked with the striker since the beginning of this year while RB Leipzig were also said to be interested.The Magpies are reportedly advancing on a €40 million (£36m/$45m) move for Joelinton, 22, which would set a new record transfer fee for the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Hoffenheim left the Brazilian out the squad for their friendly with Jahn Regensburg on Wednesday and confirmed that he was “in concrete negotiations with a club from the Premier League”.And Schreuder has now revealed that the star is on the way out, admitting he is sad to see his side lose a key player.”Of course it is a pity that he’s leaving,” he told Kicker. “It’s not my decision, that’s what the club does. “It’s always the same in football: when players leave, it also opens up room for other players, and of course it’s a shame he’s leaving, but it’s also a matter of philosophy.”The attacker joined Hoffenheim from Brazilian side Sport Receife in 2015 but was loaned to Rapid Vienna for two seasons, scoring 21 times in 79 games.He returned from Austria last summer went on to make 35 appearances for the German outfit in 2018-19, scoring 11 times and setting up a further nine as they finished 10th in the Bundesliga.Joelinton will be Newcastle’s first signing of the summer in what has been a busy close season for the St James’ Park side.They have already seen star attacker Ayoze Perez leave for £30m ($38m) to join Leicester City and striker Joselu depart for Spanish side Alaves, while Salomon Rondon’s loan from West Brom came to an end.Meawnhile, Newcastle have also undergone a change in manager, seeing Steve Bruce appointed to the role this week, replacing fan favourite Rafael Benitez, who left after guiding them to 13th in the English top-flight.last_img read more

President appoints Governor of six states Anandiben Patel now in charge of

first_imgNew Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind Saturday appointed six new Governors in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Nagaland and Tripura. Anandiben Patel, who was the Governor of Madhya Pradesh, has now been appointed as Governor of Uttar Pradesh. Besides, Jagdeep Dhankhar, Ramesh Bais, Lal Ji Tandon, Phagu Chauhan and RN Ravi have been appointed as Governors of West Bengal, Tripura, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Nagaland respectively. With Anandiben’s appointment, this is the first time that UP will get a lady Governor since it’s inception in 1950. Sarojini Naidu was first Governor in 1947 but of United Provinces. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day The appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices. Earlier this week, sitting Rajya Sabha member Anusuiya Uikey and senior BJP leader Biswa Bushan Harichandan were appointed as governors of Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh respectively. A day before, senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra was given the charge of the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, replacing Acharya Devvrat, who was transferred and appointed as the Governor of Gujarat. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Air Canada Express plane returns to Saskatoon due to flames near tail

first_imgSASKATOON – An Air Canada Express plane had to return to Saskatoon shortly after takeoff when flames were reported to be coming from it.Airline spokesperson Teri Udle says in an email that Flight 8585, a Dash 8 Q400 operated by Jazz, was on its way to Calgary on Saturday when flames were noticed near the left tail pipe.Udle says the crew requested priority landing, and the aircraft landed safely.Saskatoon’s airport says in a tweet that the plane was evacuated on the runway.Everyone got off safely and were taken to the terminal.The airport says passengers took off for Calgary later in the afternoon.last_img read more

Bengals Panchayat system a model for entire nation says CM

first_imgKolkata: On the national Panchayat Raj Day, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the three-tier Panchayat system in Bengal is the model followed by the country.”Today is National #PanchayatiRaj Day. The three-tier #panchayat system in #Bangla is a model for the rest of the country. #Bangla is No. 1 in rural road construction under 100 Days’ Work scheme,” Banerjee tweeted on Wednesday. After coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave maximum emphasis on the construction of rural roads and from then till now, over 13,571 km of rural roads connecting different villages with state or national highways have been constructed. It may be recalled that during the Left Front regime, only 10,239 km of rural roads had been built between 2001 and 2011. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring Left Front’s time, the Centre used to fund the entire construction cost of rural roads. From 2015-16, the Centre reduced its percentage and now it is providing 60 percent of the cost of construction. The state government has to give 40 percent of the cost of construction, along with maintenance of the roads. The Panchayat and Rural Development department has started construction of 8,000 km of rural roads and the department proposes to complete 35,000-odd rural roads by December 2019. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe improvement of rural connectivity has improved the standard of living of the rural populace. Because of better roads, business has gone up in the rural belts. More state-run buses have been deployed along with private buses in these areas. Because of road accessibility, the number of school dropouts has been reduced. Many resorts and hotels have also come up to promote eco-tourism, thanks to better connectivity. Under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), Bengal has done a remarkable job not only in the construction of rural roads, but also in strengthening rural economy. The Panchayat and Rural Development department has also chalked out various schemes to make the Self Help Groups (SHGs) self-reliant. In the construction of rural roads, bricks made of fly ash which are manufactured in brick kilns run by the SHGs, have been used. The department has also excelled in making 19 out of 23 districts open defecation free (ODF). It may be recalled that the three-tier Panchayat system was introduced by the Left Front government. But during their rule, the condition of the villages had turned from bad to worse and the economic condition of the people had reached rock bottom.last_img read more

UK Muslim Baroness Warsi Resigns over Gaza

Meknes- Sayeeda Warsi, the first Muslim to serve in British Cabinet, resigned on Tuesday over Cameron’s government policy on Gaza.The senior minister in Britain’s Foreign Office tendered her resignation to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, over his government stance towards the conflict between Israel and Palestine.Warsi confirmed her resignation in a tweet that she posted on her official twitter account early this morning. With deep regret I have this morning written to the Prime Minister & tendered my resignation. I can no longer support Govt policy on #Gaza— Sayeeda Warsi (@SayeedaWarsi) August 5, 2014Her tweet has been re-tweeted by more than thirty thousand twitter users and has gained the support of many twitter users.@SayeedaWarsi Respect to this brave lady. #SavaGaza #SavePalestine— Dr Sanjay Gangwani (@GangwaniSanjay) August 5, 2014@SayeedaWarsi At last someone in the Tory party standing up against genocide.— Darryl Collins (@darrylxxx) August 5, 2014A twitter user, who introduced himself as an Israeli, thanked the British minister for this move, admitting that his “government is committing crimes against humanity in #Gaza with UK government complicity”.@SayeedaWarsi Thank you from an Israeli citizen! My government is committing crimes against humanity in #Gaza with UK government complicity— Ofer N (@ofer_n) August 5, 2014In an interview with the Huffington Post after the announcement, Warsi said she “couldn’t sit silently by as the Israeli military committed acts that have been described by (U.N. Secretary-General) Ban Ki-moon as ‘moral outrages’ and ‘criminal acts’”.Warsi is not the first British politician who voiced their support for the people of Gaza who were under Israeli shelling for more than four weeks.British Liberal Democrat MP David Ward created controversial debate after his tweets in favour of Gaza.The MP was under fire for tweeting “The big question is – if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes” read more

UN rights official calls for more donor help for Sierra Leone women

Addressing a press conference in Freetown at the conclusion of her week-long visit to Sierra Leone, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Radhika Coomaraswamy, expressed concern over the social state of women whose condition has been worsened by a decade of civil strife, adding that “the donor community is not responding appropriately.”Ms. Coomaraswamy also said her office was concerned over the country’s commitment to the main international treaty dealing with women’s rights, the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, which Sierra Leone has signed. Other problems confronting women in Sierra Leone included the use of women as sexual slaves, rape, drug abuse, traditional practices that are harmful to women, including female genital mutilation, and discriminatory laws on inheritance, she said.During her visit to Sierra Leone, Ms. Coomaraswamy met with officials from the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), President Ahmed Kabbah and senior members of his Government, foreign diplomats, the high command of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and several women’s organizations. She also visited Kenema, Bo and Makeni, where she heard testimonies from female victims of psychological and physical atrocities perpetrated during the civil war.In response to reporters’ questions on the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Ms. Coomaraswamy said those who had committed atrocities should be held accountable for their crimes. She pointed out, however, that only those who bore the greatest responsibility should be brought before the Court and that this should be done in a manner that does not jeopardize the current peace process. The Special Rapporteur also called for the inclusion of women on the Special Court and related bodies. read more

SubSaharan Africa lags rest of world on track to meet poverty goals

Video of press briefing [48mins] The number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen by 130 million worldwide since 1990, even with overall growth of more than 800 million in the developing regions since then, according to The Millennium Development Goals Report 2005, an interim survey launched by Secretary-General Kofi today in New York.Speaking to correspondents following the launch, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, José Antonio Ocampo said hat contrary to global trends, extreme poverty had actually increased in sub-Saharan Africa since the 1990s. And while about one billion people in the developing world still live on less than a dollar day, in Sub-Saharan Africa, that income actually fell, from 62 cents a day in 1990 to 60 cents in 2001.Describing the Secretary-General’s report, with its comprehensive charts and graphs, as “user-friendly”, Mr. Ocampo, who was joined by the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Thoraya Obaid, said it was the most authoritative evaluation of progress toward meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) globally and regionally. By 2015, the poorest countries in Africa are likely to have a rising proportion of those living in extreme poverty, lacking a primary school education and dying before the age of 5, the MDGs report says. It goes on to detail the trends affecting the achievement of the other Goals in primary, education, promoting gender equality, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, ensuring environmental sustainability, and promoting global partnerships for development.Mr. Ocampo said the report also mentioned some critical factors, such as conflict and natural disaster, that exacerbated poverty and hunger, he added. Facing conflict was a significant part of the war against poverty. Overcoming conflict was crucial to overcoming poverty given the fact that the largest proportion of conflict took place in the poorest countries.On the issue of trade, he said the report pointed out several positive trends, particularly the dynamic growth of trade and the advances made by the middle-income countries in the international trading order. Contrary to the specific measures taken by industrial countries to allow greater access of the goods of the least developed countries to their markets, a growing proportion of exports from least developed countries were not entering duty free into the developed countries, reflecting not only harmful regulations but also their weak supply capabilities.The major issues now on the table was the fact that agricultural subsidies in the industrialized world continued to be at a very high level, and that major manufactures of interest to developed countries continued to have much higher targets than what was typical in international trade today, Mr. Ocampo said.Noting that gender cut across the MDGs as a whole, Ms. Obaid said some progress had been made in fighting poverty, promoting the rights of women and improving maternal health. Some success had also been made in combating HIV/AIDS.An alarm clock of disease, disability and death was ticking, however, and the international community would have to go along way before it could rest, knowing that it transformed the world. Each minute, each day, nine persons contracted HIV, six persons died of AIDS and one woman died bringing life into the world, she said.The report shows that empowering women is a prerequisite to overcoming hunger, poverty and disease, she said. Gender equality and reproductive and maternal health free women to pursue opportunities in education and work, giving them the power to make decisions that improve their families, communities and nations. “This helps attain other development goals,” said Ms. Obaid. read more

UN foodaid agency to address longterm nutrition needs in DPRK

Even though its emergency operation feeding operation for 6.5 million vulnerable people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is severely under-funded, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today pledged to continue working with the Government and the donor community to ensure that long-term needs are met. “The transition from emergency assistance to the promotion of longer-term food security is an important feature of our operation and will be accelerated,” said Richard Ragan, WFP’s Country Director for the DPRK, which has suffered years of hardship from floods, droughts and economic changes. The aid operation’s shortfalls over the past four years have deprived millions of its beneficiaries of supplementary rations of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil and other commodities for long periods, Mr. Ragan said.To date, only 270,000 of the 500,000 tonnes of food needed for 2005 has arrived. Mr. Ragan described as inaccurate recent media reports alleging that the DPRK Government had asked WFP to leave the country by year’s end. “Our counterparts in Pyongyang see us as a valuable partner and want the relationship to continue,” he said. “But they have expressed a clear preference for development-oriented assistance over emergency relief. That shift is already well underway. Three-quarters of our current activities involve some form of capacity-building.”WFP supports food-for-work projects which provide nourishment to participants and their families, create employment opportunities where few otherwise exist, and help build and rehabilitate community-level agricultural and urban infrastructure. “We are discussing with the Government and with donors how our assistance programme can be further refined to support development,” Mr. Ragan said.WFP is by far the largest aid agency in the DPRK, with 40 international staff members and six offices countrywide. According to the agency, it has progressively refined its targeting and monitoring mechanisms since 1995 to ensure that donations channeled through the agency reach the neediest. read more

NYC to pay 625M to man imprisoned for 25 years over killing

NEW YORK, N.Y. – New York City has agreed to pay $6.25 million to a man who spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated in a killing that happened while he was more than 1,000 miles away vacationing at Disney World, the city comptroller said Tuesday.Comptroller Scott Stringer said settling Jonathan Fleming’s claim is “in the best interest of all parties.”“We cannot give back the time that he served, but the city of New York can offer Jonathan Fleming this compensation for the injustice that was committed against him,” Stringer said.Fleming was released last year after the Brooklyn district attorney’s office said it had come to agree that his alibi — which he offered from the start — was valid.His lawyers praised the city for moving expeditiously to settle with Fleming, who filed notice last year that he planned to sue for $162 million.“The swift settlement will enable Jonathan and his family to build a new life without the painful and costly prospect of further litigation” with the city, attorneys Paul Callan and Martin Edelman said. He still has an unresolved claim against the state.But Fleming’s relief was streaked with sadness: Shortly after signing the settlement documents, Fleming, 53, went to a hospital where his mother was near death, his lawyers said.Her only son was behind bars for nearly half his life, convicted of shooting a friend in Brooklyn in August 1989, though he had told authorities he was in Orlando, Florida, at the time and had plane tickets, videos and other material to show it. A woman testified that she had seen him commit the crime.But then that eyewitness recanted, newly found witnesses implicated someone else and prosecutors’ review of authorities’ files turned up documents backing Fleming’s alibi. That evidence included an Orlando hotel receipt he paid about five hours before the shooting and had in his pocket when arrested. Authorities had never given his defence that receipt or a 1989 Orlando police letter telling New York detectives that some employees at the hotel remembered Fleming.“No amount of money will ever give him back that time” he unjustly served, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson said Tuesday.While the city has a legal department that fields lawsuits, the comptroller also can settle claims. Stringer has made a point of doing that in civil rights cases, saying that resolving them quickly saves the city money on legal fees.He reached a $6.4 million settlement with a man exonerated in the 1990 killing of a rabbi; agreed to a $2.25 million payout to the family of a mentally ill inmate who died in a Rikers Island jail cell that sweltered to 101 degrees because of a malfunctioning heating system; and helped put together a $17 million settlement in the case of three half brothers who spent a combined 60 years in prison before their convictions were thrown out.___Reach Jennifer Peltz on Twitter @ jennpeltz. by Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2015 1:17 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2015 at 5:30 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NYC to pay $6.25M to man imprisoned for 25 years over killing while he was at Disney World FILE – In this April 18, 2014 file photo, Jonathan Fleming, who was exonerated of murder after almost 25 years behind bars, listens during a visit with his lawyer in New York. New York City has agreed to pay $6.25 million to Fleming the city comptroller said Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) read more

Whats next for augmented reality after Pokemon Go

What’s next for augmented reality after ‘Pokemon Go’? by Lou Kesten, The Associated Press Posted Jul 19, 2016 7:04 am MDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2016 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email “Pokemon Go” has introduced much of America to augmented reality, a freakish landscape with computer-generated monsters frolicking in the real world. It also has game designers scrambling to create the next AR smash. What classic games could be good choices to make the leap?— “Pac-Man Chomp”: There’d better be a power pellet around the corner, because those ghosts are gaining on you.— “Space Invaders Smash”: The aliens are attacking Mount Rushmore, and your smartphone is the only thing stopping Abe and George from being obliterated.— “Tetris Drop”: Those gaps in the Manhattan skyline need to be filled. Better yet: How many blocks will it take to stuff the Grand Canyon?— “Monopoly Up”: Replace that ugly dump on the next block with a shiny red hotel. Just don’t try to squeeze cash out of passersby, or you might really Go to Jail. (Do not pass Go, do not collect $200.)— “Grand Theft Auto Vroom”: Uh, no.__Follow Lou Kesten on Twitter @lkesten. read more

Polish Fans appeal to the Federation PHF

← Previous Story Rade Mijatović to replace injured Pejanović in Dinamo Minsk! Next Story → Austria (W): Hypo wins 64:15 against Stockerau Plock’s fans don’t want any help from the Federation with cheering in national team match.It is only a month and a few days from the first game for many years, Polish national adult handball players in Plock. There is no doubt that the visit our team in Orlen Arena will be a true celebration of handball and patriotic values.We are confident that fans in Plock will show the whole Poland cheering what people playing with eagles on the chest deserve. At the same fans have a small appeal to Polish Handball Federation:”To match the remaining month in PHF probably will collapse any moment last decisions as to carry out the vision of the event in Orlen Arena. We, the fans of Wisla Plock, at this point we need to ask the federal decision-makers with a heartfelt appeal – Ladies and Gentlemen, do not get ready for us fans activists!Do not spend money on cardboard, or any other “improvers doping”. We do not employ well-known DJs from the retina, or drummers tethered to the electrical system. We show that it can be different! We give you a guarantee that not everything that we fanatics of Plock create a unique atmosphere, which – we hope – also give a boost of energy to our players.Plock fans repeatedly proved that only with their shout and hands, unable to help Polish players to important victories. Cheering Plock’s fans also praised the youth team coach Jaroslaw Cieślikowski, on the occasion of the January matches Polish with Denmark.Plock also falls to invite fans from other cities who want to join us in standing position, without the “modern support” personnel do at the game cheering from the real event. Let the celebration will be Oct. 31 from across the Polish fans!TEXT: Wojciech Wisniewski PlockPolandpoland fanspolish fansWisla Plock read more

Barca could make more signings – Ernesto Valverde

first_imgCoach Ernesto Valverde believes Barca could make more signings this summer following the arrival of Bordeaux winger Malcom.Malcom is the third arrival of the summer at the Camp Nou after the deals for Arthur Melo and Clement Lenglet, however, the coach maintains he needed more strengthening of the central midfield.Even though the club have engaged in one of the biggest football transfers this summer, the ex-Athletic Bilbao boss believes they are not done yet.“We are keeping all our options open,” Valverde told reporters at a press conference via Football Espana.“We have two big departures from the centre of our midfielder and only one has come in (for that position), so yes more signings are likely.samuel umtiti, barcelonaBarca’s Umtiti out for weeks with broken bone George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken bone in his foot.Last week, Samuel Umtiti withdrew from…“Andres and Paulinho have both left but we need to have as strong a squad as possible who can compete on all fronts.“We need players who can fit our style, who can be creative yet also arrive in the box too.”Ajax’s Frenkie De Jong, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot and Steven N’Zonzi, of Sevilla have been linked with a move to Barca.last_img read more