Chinmayanand case: lawyers move SC over missing victim

first_imgA group of lawyers here on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court requesting initiation of proceedings over the missing law student incident in Uttar Pradesh to avoid repeat of the Unnao incident.Suo motu cognisanceIn a letter to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, a group of lawyers requested the court to take suo motu cognisance of the issue. They also mentioned the matter before the Bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana.Initially, the court asked lawyers to approach the High Court but later asked them to submit the letter. It also assured them that it would look into the matter.The lawyers requested the court to issue notice to the U.P. government to trace the girl and provide police protection to her family. “We as a society can’t allow another Unnao case to happen,” it said.The National Commission for Women has issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh police while the Uttar Pradesh Women Commission has sought a report from the Shahjahanpur district administration in the case.The NCW, which has taken a serious note of the incident, has urged the Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police to expeditiously investigate the allegations of harassment levelled by the student and ensure the safety of the girl and her family.“Considering the gravity of the matter, the commission is taking suo motu cognisance of this case and issued a notice to the DGP Uttar Pradesh to investigate this matter and send a detailed report to the commission. The commission had urged the DGP to ensure the safety of the girl and her family and also make sure that the investigation is done very quickly,” the NCW said in a statement.UPWC chief Vimla Batham also expressed her commitment to safe return of the girl, who had been pursuing her studies in a college run by Mr. Chinmayanand’s Mumukshu ashram. “We have taken note of the incident and sought a report from the district magistrate and superintendent of police of Shahjahapur. We are awaiting report,” Ms. Batham told reporters.The student went missing following her allegation in a video clip that she was under threat from the leader of the sant community, without naming Mr. Chinmayanand.last_img read more

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Gill open to contesting Punjab assembly polls

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 15 (PTI) Former Union Minister MS Gill, who is retiring from Rajya Sabha this year, today suggested in a lighter vein that he is open to contesting upcoming Assembly elections in Punjab.Speaking at a function to felicitate retired and retiring Rajya Sabha members, Gill told Deputy Chairman of the Upper House PJ Kurien that he got “depression” when he was told repeatedly in the House by him that he has retired.Talking warmly about his relationship with political parties across the spectrum when he was the Chief Election Commissioner, Gill thanked them for still calling him with love.Turning to Kurien, he said, “I did not like one thing. You told me that I am retiring, I have retired but I should not fall. I got some depression then and there. Here again you said all this more forcefully. I was about to fall thinking what has happened, what will I do. Life is now finished.”But remember I have retired from here. I have not retired from life. You do not know in what form and where will you see me in future.”Asserting that he is a person who looks forward and cannot look back, Gill said,”I will see what happens, what comes. Kurien has given me an idea. He said there are some strong politicians like Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Balwinder Singh Bhunder who have come back to the House and others will also come.”Its not that the rest cannot come in the field. So you are telling me that elections are happening in Punjab and I must contest that. Get me a ticket. Ask them,” Gill said.advertisementGill has served two terms in Rajya Sabha as a Congress member representing Punjab and was Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports in UPA government. PTI AMR SMJ PAL SMNlast_img read more

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Wimbledon 2017: In-form player Karolina Pliskova sent packing by Magdalena Rybarikova

first_imgKarolina Pliskova, a favourite for the Wimbledon title, was dumped out in round two on Thursday, blowing the women’s draw wide open in one of the shocks of the tournament so far.The Czech third seed had been leading by a set and a break, but was beaten 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 by 87th-ranked Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova, who put on a never-say-die show of gutsy tennis after coming back to the game after injury.Pliskova came into the tournament on the back of a grasscourt title in Eastbourne and leading the Race to Singapore season rankings but had never reached the third round at the All England Club.”My expectations were a little bit different than to make one round here. That’s tennis, you know. Still, you still can play well and you don’t have to win,” Pliskova, 25 said.Depending on the results of Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber, she still has a shot at being world number one after Wimbledon.”Well, for me, the tournament is over. So, whatever happens, happens. I’m not going to pray for somebody’s losing or winning,” she said.”I’m just going to take off and let’s just wait (to see) who’s going to win it. It’s a tough draw for everybody I think.”With 23-times grand slam champion Serena Williams out expecting her first child, the women’s field already had plenty of names in the frame for the title, with pundits also starting to talk up the chances of British sixth seed Johanna Konta.”It really blows the women’s draw wide open,” twice U.S. Open champion Tracey Austin told the BBC.advertisementRybarikova, who meets Ukrainian world number 35 Lesia Tsurenko in round three, played down her own chances despite now having won 15 out of 16 matches on the grass this season.”I’m not thinking about it … It will be very difficult,” she said.Experienced campaigner Rybarikova had been as high as 31 in the world in 2013 but missed the second half of 2016 due to wrist and knee surgery.”It’s special. I had two surgeries and hadn’t played for seven months, and right now I am in the third round in Wimbledon and I just beat Karolina Pliskova,” she said.”It was a difficult time for me and my fitness coach told me that something good was going to happen. And I guess it just happened right now.”last_img read more

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2011 World Cup winner Munaf Patel retires: ‘There is no motivation left’

first_imgFast bowler Munaf Patel on Saturday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, citing age and his declining fitness as a reason behind this decision.Munaf last played for India in a T20 international against England in Setpember, 2011. Overall, he represented India in 13 Tests, 70 ODIs and 3 T20Is since making his debut at Mohali on March 9, 2006.”There is no regret; after all the cricketers I played with have retired. Only Dhoni is left! Baki sab done ho chuke hain. So, there is no sadness as such. Sabka time khatam ho chuka hain, ghum hota jab saare khel rahe hote aur mein retire kar raha hota (everyone’s time is up; there will be sadness only if others are playing and only I had quit!),” Munaf told Indian Express.Even though he is retiring from the sport, Munaf still won’t be letting go of the sport and will take part in the upcoming T10 League in the UAE.Munaf will represent the Rajput franchise in the league which will take place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2.”Mera mann aaj bhi nahi maan raha hai ke cricket chhodoon as I don’t know anything else. Cricket hi samaj mein aata hain. (I still can’t believe I am quitting cricket as I don’t know anything else. I understand only cricket,” Munaf said.In 13 Tests Munaf took 35 wickets at an average of 38.54 with one four-wicket haul while in 70 ODIs he picked up 86 wickets at 30.26. He finally finished his international career with 4 T20I wickets.advertisement”There is no special reason, age ho chuka hai, fitness is not the same. Youngsters are there waiting for chances and it doesn’t look nice if I keep hanging on. The main thing is there is no motivation left. I was part of World Cup winning team in 2011; there can’t be a greater high than that,” the 35-year-old added.Munaf was also part of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning team and finished the tournament as the third-highest wicket-taker for the eventual champions, behind Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh.”If it wasn’t for cricket, I would have been a worker, a labourer, in some company in Africa. Most Gujaratis from this region go there. Probably, I would have been cleaning and arranging tiles. I never thought I would go on playing cricket for so long,” Munaf said.last_img read more

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Barcelona beat Getafe 2-0 after Champions League failure

first_imgSpanish champions Barcelona beat top-four chasing Getafe 2-0 in front of a subdued and near half-empty Nou Camp on Sunday in their first Liga game since a humbling defeat by Liverpool sent them crashing out of the Champions League semi-finals.Sunday’s result meant little to Barca, who clinched an eighth Liga title in 11 seasons two weeks ago, but it could prove fatal to Getafe’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time as they dropped to fifth.Valencia leapfrogged Getafe into fourth due to their superior head-to-head record after beating Alaves 3-1 and will snatch the final Champions League spot if they win at Real Valladolid in their final game of the season next week.Barcelona’s Chilean Arturo Vidal opened the scoring near the end of the first half, poking a loose ball home after Gerard Pique’s flicked header was parried by Getafe keeper David Soria.Barca’s second came in the 90th minute thanks to an own goal after captain Lionel Messi combined with Sergi Roberto and beat two players before his shot got a final touch off Mauro Arambarri.Only 57,000 people turned up at the 99,000 capacity ground, which turned into a forum for fans to vent their frustrations at Barca’s 4-0 second-leg surrender at Anfield on Tuesday as they went out of Europe’s elite club competition 4-3 on aggregate.Forward Philippe Coutinho suffered the bulk of the whistles and boos after his poor display against his old club Liverpool, while veteran midfielder Sergio Busquets was also subjected to boos when he misplaced several passes in the first half.advertisementCoutinho’s day got worse when he was forced off injured in the second half.A statement from Barca said the Brazilian had strained his hamstring and would be out for 10 days, meaning he will miss their final league fixture against Eibar. He is set to return two days before the Copa del Rey final against Valencia.LOWEST POINTBusquets said the defeat by Liverpool was the lowest point of his career and made it more difficult to play against Getafe.”The last few days have been very tough but we wanted to get out of this deep hole we have been in, we have to face the fans, they showed their anger but we have to move on now,” he said.”We are all feeling very low. I have lost trophies and matches but I never had to deal with something like this (the defeat by Liverpool). It’s difficult for everyone although it’s part of the sport. We will all move on together.”Barca have one final league game at Eibar next week before facing Valencia in the Copa del Rey final when they can secure a second successive double although it still might not be enough to keep coach Ernesto Valverde in his job.The defeat at Anfield may also lead to several players leaving the club but Busquets urged the Barca directors to carefully weigh up any decisions.”I think you should evaluate things at the end of the season and consider everything that has been achieved,” he added.”We are all united, the players and the staff. There will be debates, but the players won’t be involved. It’s difficult to know what is the best thing for the club but we shouldn’t lose our heads, we must trust each other.”When the season is over decisions will be made but until then we must stick together, do our own thing and focus as much as possible on the Copa del Rey final.”Also Read | Manchester City defend Premier League title, valiant Liverpool finish 2ndAlso Read | The wait goes on: Elusive league title evades Liverpoollast_img read more

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Arsenal’s Chambers wanted to be Beckham

first_imgArsenal Arsenal defender Chambers: I wanted to be Beckham or Ronaldinho Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 07:41 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Beckham Ronaldinho AC Milan Getty Arsenal Premier League Ronaldinho Gaúcho The England international has penned fresh terms with the Gunners and revealed that he idolised Manchester United and Barcelona icons in his youth Calum Chambers has revealed that he wanted to be David Beckham or Ronaldinho before becoming a defender with Arsenal and England.While growing up, the 22-year-old turned out on the wing while part of the academy system at Southampton.He was eventually moved back and offered enough to earn a £16 million move to Emirates Stadium in 2014. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Arsenal 7/4 for CS at EvertonChambers now has over 100 appearances, three international caps and a new contract with the Gunners to his name, but admits that things could have turned out differently had he followed in the footsteps of his childhood heroes.“I looked up to David Beckham when I was a kid because I played right wing, so I looked up to the way he played and I liked his style,” the versatile defender told the Arsenal Weekly podcast.“I’d also have to say Ronaldinho because he’s an amazing player, a legend and the skills he used to do were just amazing to watch. I’d try them in the garden and I’d never pull them off, but it was still loads of fun.Calum Chambers Arsenal“People I look up to now and respect now in other sports are people like Roger Federer. He’s a legend. The way he plays, the dedication he puts in, he’s just amazing to watch. In football, I’d also have to say Sergio Ramos.“He’s captain of Real Madrid and Spain, I like his style of play, he uses the ball well and he’s also aggressive. Those are attributes I like to have and put in my game. Those are the people who I say are my sporting heroes and people I respect.“I actually had the chance to meet David Beckham once. It was in London at an art gallery. It was all his pieces from the past, from the magazine front covers to the famous pictures that had been taken. I was there with a mate and we were looking around the place, and I actually got the chance to meet him.“I had a chat with him which was pretty amazing to be honest. I was a bit star struck and thinking of things to say. He’s a great guy and one of my sporting heroes growing up. It was amazing to see the impact and influence he’s had on people in and out of football.”The challenge for Chambers now is to tread a similar path to Beckham and Ronaldinho.Arsenal have shown enough faith to award terms through to 2021 and have high hopes for him despite seeing him struggle for fitness and game time of late.A loan spell at Middlesbrough in 2016-17 did allow him to get important minutes under his belt and he will be looking to force his way into Arsene Wenger’s plans once fully clear of a hip problem. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Report: Tottenham 5 Stoke City 1

first_imgTottenham 5 Stoke City 1: Kane at the double to pile pain on Potters Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 00:51 12/10/17 HarryKane - cropped Getty Images Harry Kane hit a brace for Tottenham, with Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen also on target as Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross scored at both ends. Harry Kane helped himself to a second-half brace in a 5-1 rout as Stoke City collapsed to a familiar thrashing at the hands of Tottenham.The past three matches between the sides had finished 4-0 in favour of Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino could not have wished for more accommodating opponents as his team won for the first time in five Premier League matches.Ryan Shawcross’ unfortunate own goal – the Stoke captain’s sixth in the top flight – punctuated an uneventful first half but the wheels came off in worrying fashion for City boss Mark Hughes after the interval. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Kane had already passed up a pair of glorious chances by the time the excellent Son Heung-min made it 2-0 and the England striker’s double made it three goals in the space of 12 second-half minutes.Christian Eriksen got in on the act as Stoke’s defence unravelled terribly, with Shawcross heading into the intended net 10 minutes from the end offering meagre consolation.Spurs are up to fifth, above Arsenal and Burnley on goal difference, while Stoke and their battered goal difference sit precariously three points above the relegation zone.131 – Only Alan Shearer (113) has reached 90 Premier League goals in fewer matches than Harry Kane (131). Chase. pic.twitter.com/bBpBtdfiQT— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 9, 2017The game was low on goalmouth action during the opening stages and there was a significant slice of fortune when Tottenham hit the front after 21 minutes.Son had provided most of Spurs’ attacking spark by that stage and the South Korea international made his latest dart for the byline down the left flank and whipped in a low cross.His delivery flicked up off Kurt Zouma and Shawcross could do little as the ball struck him in the chest and zipped past goalkeeper Jack Butland.Wembley was waiting for the net to bulge when Son threaded a pass through to Kane, played on-side by Stoke youngster Tom Edwards, but the striker uncharacteristically slotted wide.Unperturbed by his earlier setback, Shawcross got in the way at close quarters to deny Kane with a pair of blocks two minutes before half-time.6 – Ryan Shawcross has now scored six own goals in the Premier League; only Richard Dunne (10), Jamie Carragher (7) and Martin Skrtel (7) have scored more in the competition. Misdirected. pic.twitter.com/bfVGj2T88H— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 9, 2017Kane was still struggling to locate his usual poise early in the second period when Stoke failed to clear a corner and he hacked wildly over from four yards.It fell to Son to show him how it was done in the 53rd minute, scampering on to Dele Alli’s throughball and smashing past Butland after Harry Winks’ flicked pass on the turn launched a Tottenham counter-attack.Stoke were rattled and Butland scrambled behind having ceded possession to Kane before the Spurs striker finally got on the scoresheet 90 seconds after Son’s goal.Ben Davies was given far too much space to hang up an inviting cross to the back post, where Tottenham’s top scorer leapt to power home.There was a rare moment of encouragement for Stoke when Xherdan Shaqiri burst into the Tottenham box and forced a stunning reaction save from Hugo Lloris – Eric Dier turning the rebound just the right side of his own post.Lloris’ opposite number Butland was increasingly exposed and Edwards was found wanting when Son stole in front of him and laid off for Kane to sweep home with a sense of inevitability.Erik Lamela then replaced Alli for his first Tottenham home game on the other side of his 13-month injury ordeal and Wembley was willing the ball into the net when he lunged in to try beat Butland from close range.Hughes is unlikely to be the recipient of similar goodwill back in Stoke after this latest thumping, compounded when Eriksen breezed beyond a vacant backline to gleefully accept Son’s fine 74th-minute pass, even allowing for the quirk of Shawcross bookending the scoring.There was still time for Butland to wonderfully deny Eriksen, leading to the uncomfortable conclusion that Stoke’s best player in a 5-1 hammering had been their goalkeeper. Key Opta stats: – Tottenham have become the first team in top-flight history to win four consecutive games against the same opponent by four or more goals.- This was Stoke’s 1,000th top-flight defeat, making them the 15th side to reach that figure since its inception in 1888-89.- Harry Kane has scored eight Premier League goals against Stoke, only against Leicester City has he scored more in the competition (9).- Ryan Shawcross is the first Stoke player to score at both ends in a Premier League game.  read morelast_img read more

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Poch backs Alli: Remember he’s still a kid

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Pochettino backs Alli: Important to remember he’s still a kid Dejan Kalinic 09:54 3/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mauricio Pochettino Dele Alli Tottenham Justin Setterfield Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The promising Spurs star is a kid who still needs support despite his high-profile job, according to his manager Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino backed Dele Alli, reminding critics the midfielder was “still a kid”.Alli, 21, has been unable to find his best form consistently this season and played just 22 minutes in England’s friendlies against Netherlands and Italy.England boss Gareth Southgate was unwilling to guarantee Alli a starting spot for the World Cup, which is less than three months away. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Pochettino again backed Alli, who has been the PFA Young Player of the Year the past two seasons.”I have full confidence in him and his talent and because I know him. He is a great kid and a very good person,” he said.”But he is young. He is 21. If you compare [him] with normal people on the street who are 21, they are still living at home with their parents, they are still at university doing stupid things.”Sometimes we expect too much and we put too much pressure on 21-year-old players. Sometimes we forget and treat them like 40-year-old men.”It’s not like this. We need to be focused on him being still a kid. It’s a lot of pressure on his shoulders and not always can he act how the people and the society expect. That is so important to understand.”We are going to help him because he is a talented player and a great kid. And he has done a lot for us and the club.”Alli has six goals and nine assists in the league this season, down from his 2016-17 (18 goals, seven assists) and 2015-16 (10 goals, nine assists) campaigns.Pochettino feels the attention on Alli is unfair, saying the midfielder was capable of being a key player for Spurs and England.”You can see every time that we play away from home, the fans focus on him and it’s a moment to stop and try to help because, for me, Dele would be such an important player for England, not only for Tottenham,” he said.”It’s not to give presents but, yes, to help him because he is a talent. For every player there are tough moments and in those situations the most important thing from my side is to support Dele – but not be funny with him or nice.”Sometimes you need to push him and be tough. Those situations are in my manager’s room and we have a lot of chats. It’s about trying to help a very talented player, an English player.”Despite Alli’s dip in form, Spurs sit fourth in the Premier League heading into the weekend, but face a crucial showdown with fifth-placed Chelsea on Sunday.last_img read more

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a month agoMauricio Pochettino remains top of Real Madrid shortlist

first_imgMauricio Pochettino remains top of Real Madrid shortlistby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMauricio Pochettino remains Real Madrid’s number one target, should they part ways with Zinedine Zidane.World Cup winner Zidane is already under pressure to keep his job after re-joining the club towards the end of last season.It is not clear whether Pochettino wants to leave Spurs, considering he signed a five-year contract extension in 2018.But the Mirror says Real will be ready to pounce if the Argentine hints at wanting to leave North London.Los Blancos are convinced of Pochettino’s pedigree after he guided Spurs to the Champions League final last season.Some reports have suggested Pochettino is frustrated with Spurs after last summer’s transfer window. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo: Heavy Snow Falling At This College Football Game Today

first_imgWisconsin's stadium with snow on the field.MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 15: Snow falls on the endzone during play between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The first snow game of the college football season is here! We’ll give you a minute to guess where the game is being played.If you guessed Wisconsin, go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back – you’re right. The Badgers are currently hosting the Illinois Fighting Illini and it’s safe to say they’re both dreaming of a white Christmas.When the game kicked off Saturday afternoon, snow was in the forecast, but hadn’t yet hit the ground. It didn’t take long for that to change.After one quarter of play, the ground is now covered in snow and the play on the field is getting shaky.Punting in near-blizzard conditions is NOT easy. Check it out.Oh hell yes #B1G football pic.twitter.com/iCH0klUoUD— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) October 20, 2018Passing will be at a minimum in this contest. There have already been two fumbles since the snow started falling and that’s probably not going to end any time soon.Wisconsin leads Illinois 14-0. The game is being broadcast on FS1.last_img read more

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Job creation down 1.7% in Feb to 15.03 lakh: ESIC payroll data

first_imgNew Delhi: Job creation dropped by 1.73 per cent in February to 15.03 lakh compared to 15.30 lakh in the same month last year, according to the latest payroll data of the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC). The data showed that during September 2017 to February 2019, nearly 3 crore new subscribers joined the ESIC scheme. The ESIC has been releasing payroll data from April 2018, covering the period starting September 2017. The ESIC provides health insurance and medical services to insured persons covering all those establishments which have 20 or more workers and all those employees whose monthly wages are up to Rs 21,000. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAccording to the data, the gross new subscribers addition remained the highest at 19.81 lakh in July 2018. The data showed that 2.34 lakh women subscribers joined the ESIC scheme in February 2019 while around 12.69 men enrolled under the scheme. The number of subscribers of Employees State Insurance (ESI) scheme also gives an idea of the level of employment in the formal sector. However, contrary the ESIC data, the retirement fund body EPFO’s latest payroll data showed that net employment generation in the formal sector almost trebled to 8.61 lakh in February compared to 2.87 lakh in the same month of last year. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation has also been releasing payroll data from April 2018, covering the period starting September 2017. According to the latest data, the highest job creation was recorded in January 2019 at 8.94 lakh against the provisional estimate of 8.96 lakh released last month. During February 2019, the highest number of 2.36 lakh jobs were created in the 22-25 years age group, followed by 2.09 lakh in the 18-21 years age bracket. The data showed that 80.86 lakh new jobs were created in the 18 months period from September 2017 to February 2019.last_img read more

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President refuses to step down over attacks

“I am shocked and can’t understand why they chose Sri Lanka for this attack,” Sirisena told the BBC in an interview. The police said that detailed maps were among the items found in the two-storey house, Colombo Gazette reported.Also, a sack of gunpowder was discovered by some parents near a school in the city. State schools in Sri Lanka resumed classes on Monday amid tight security. (Courtesy IANS) Amid the public outrage following the bombings, Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara were asked to resign. The President said these men had received prior warnings from state intelligence over possible attacks but had failed to brief him and others.Asked whether he should be considering his own position after the security failure, Sirisena said: “Nowhere in the world have the heads of state resigned or relinquished their duties after bomb blasts. I believe my duty right now is to take the necessary action to face this challenge.”Responding to a query that whether the high-profile spat between him and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was a reason behind the failure of the intelligence services to adequately share the information, Sirisena said that contrary to the “rumours”, he and the Prime Minister “do not have such serious issues”. Asked about the failure to act on the repeated warnings in the lead up to the killings, the President said: “It’s clear that information had been received by those occupying top positions in intelligence services. However, I wasn’t appraised of this information.“They neglected their duties which is why I have taken action against them. These people have been removed from their offices and I have appointed a committee to investigate the matter,” he added. Wickremesinghe earlier said he and his Cabinet Ministers had not been informed about the prior threats.Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan police on Monday said they have discovered a suspected safe house in Nuwara Eliya city used by the suicide bombers.The safe house located at Blackpool in Nuwara Eliya had been used for training purposes as well, investigations revealed. “To be clear, when it comes to action being taken with regard to matters relating to the national security, political differences and other issues are set aside.” “I do question if it is because they do not have the ability to go head to head with the world’s powerful nations… So they chose a country that had recently established peace, to make the statement that the Islamic State still exists.” President Maithripala Sirisena has said that he believes the Islamic State (IS) terror group chose to target his country to show that “they still exist”.The terror group claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings targeting three luxury hotels, three churches and two other locations which killed over 250 and injured hundreds. read more

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Pharma industry launches court challenge of federal regulatory changes

OTTAWA — A Canadian pharmaceutical lobby group and 16 of its members have filed a lawsuit against Ottawa’s overhaul to how it regulates the costs of patented medicines.Health Canada announced long-awaited amendments last month to patented medicine regulations, which include allowing the arm’s-length Patented Medicine Prices Review Board to consider whether the price of a drug reflects the value it has for patients.The list of countries that the review board uses to compare prices and gauge its own levels will no longer include the United States and Switzerland, both of which are home to some of the highest drug prices in the world.The judicial review application in the Federal Court of Canada is being led by Innovative Medicines Canada.The lobby group’s president, Pamela Fralick, says that it’s a necessary step for the industry because the regulations will have a significant impact on patient access to medicines and the country’s life sciences sector.Fralick says the industry tried to work with Health Canada for nearly two years to find policy alternatives to lower the cost of drugs without hurting industry investments in Canada.The Canadian Press read more

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Canadian dollar advances amid higher commodities positive US data

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Thursday amid rising prices for oil and metals and positive U.S. economic data.The loonie shook off early losses to gain 0.04 of a cent to 101.45 cents US as weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits hit a five-year low and U.S. home construction surged in December to the highest level in 4 1/2 years.The U.S. Commerce Department said housing starts came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 954,000 last month. It was the fastest pace since the summer of 2008, near the beginning of a major U.S. downturn that has been deeper and longer than the relatively brief disruption in Canada in 2008-2009.The United States is also showing an improved job situation. The U.S. Labour Department reported Thursday that the number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell to a five-year low last week.Weekly unemployment benefit applications fell 37,000 to a seasonally adjusted 335,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to 359,250.Other data indicated the pace of foreign investment in Canada slowed late last year.Statistics Canada reported that foreign investment in Canadian securities came in at $5.6 billion in November, which was the lowest amount since July. Foreign investment in the Canadian money market was $3.8 billion, led by federal Treasury bills.The data was important as “foreign investment flows into Canada have been an important support for the Canadian dollar over the last year and are expected to continue,” said Scotia Capital chief currency strategist Camilla Sutton.Oil prices headed higher, building on Wednesday’s gain of almost $1 after the U.S. Energy Information Administration said crude supplies declined by one million barrels last week. Analysts polled by Platts expected a 2.5-million-barrel climb.Prices were also supported by an attack on a natural gas plant deep in the Sahara in Algeria where Islamist militants have been holding dozens of hostages.The February crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $1.25 to a four-month high of US$95.49 a barrel.March copper in New York rose six cents to US$3.66 a pound while February gold bullion erased early losses to gain $7.60 to US$1,690.80 an ounce. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 17, 2013 4:32 pm MDT Canadian dollar advances amid higher commodities, positive U.S. data read more

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Minister of Research and Innovation visits Brock

From left: CCOVI scientist Jim Willwerth, CCOVI researcher Gary Pickering, Minister of Research and Innovation Reza Moridi, and St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley during today’s tour of CCOVI.Ontario’s Minister of Research and Innovation Reza Moridi stopped by Brock today to see first-hand the applied research, inventions and innovation being undertaken at the University.During his visit, Minister Moridi checked out the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), Brock’s flagship interdisciplinary institute that supports the grape and wine industry. He also visited the University’s BioLinc bioscience business incubation facility located in the Cairns Complex, which is part of Innovate Niagara, a Regional Innovation Centre (RIC) and member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE).His first stop was CCOVI where the minister toured Inniskillin Hall. During his tour he learned about the research and outreach activities that have made the Brock institute an internationally recognized centre of grape and wine research.Minister Moridi also visited the lab of CCOVI scientist Jim Willwerth who oversees the institute’s grapevine cold hardiness Vine Alert program. He also learned more about what Brock researchers are doing to better understand how climate change is impacting Ontario’s grape and wine industry. This work is supported by a $2.86 million grant from the Ministry of Research and Innovation’s Research Excellence program, which helps cover the cost of groundbreaking, internationally significant research.The Minister then stopped by BioLinc to learn more about the business incubator, which was created to establish closer ties between leading bioscience researchers and local entrepreneurs.Minister Moridi was in Niagara for the day where he also visited Niagara College and the Generator at one facility in downtown St. Catharines, which is also part of Innovate Niagara. read more

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WATCH LIVE TDs grill CRC officials over topups

first_imgiPhone/iPad users: click here. Streams provided by HEAnet.Updated 10.28amOFFICIALS FROM THE scandal-hit Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) are before TDs on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) this morning.The CRC’s chairman and interim chief executive Jim Nugent as well as director David Martin are appearing before the Committee from 10am this morning along with HSE and Department of Health officials.The CRC has been plagued by controversy in recent weeks after it emerged that former chief executive Paul Kiely received a top-up of €135,000 on top of a basic salary of €116,000, with the clinic admitting it used monies from charitable donations to “pay any additional salary amounts over the Department of Health’s consolidated pay scale”.Kiely is a surprise attendee at this morning’s hearings which you can watch on the livestream above. However, it is the non-appearance of Brian Conlan, who resigned as CRC chief executive on Monday, that is also causing considerable controversy.Conlan resigned in the wake of reports that the HSE was unhappy with the way he had been appointed, but has repeatedly declined to appear before TDs today, saying current board members can answer all queries.The PAC is set to seek powers to compel Conlan to appear before it, meaning it will need the permission of the Oireachtas Committee on Procedures and Privileges (CPP), a protracted process that could mean Conlan will not appear until January.Committee chairman and Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness told TheJournal.ie last night that Conlan’s decision not to appear is “unacceptable” and said the committee will seek to compel the former CEO to come before it.He said the committee has “to get answers and we have to understand just what is happening”. “There is €1.6bn in terms of Section 38s (health agencies which receive State funding) and €16 million of that is tied-up in CRC and we just have to get to the bottom of how all of that is paid out and who authorised these top-ups,” McGuinness said yesterday The HSE’s national director of human resources, Barry O’Brien, is before the committee today where he is likely to face questions bout how much the HSE knew about the top-ups and what concerns it raised in relation to Conlan’s appointment.Officials from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform are also expected to give evidence.Meanwhile, RTÉ reports this morning that the HSE wrote to the CRC nine times this year to express concern at the appointment process used to appoint Conlan.First published 7.30am WATCH: ‘They normally get to the bottom of things’: Howlin confident PAC will get facts of CRC scandalRead: Extra powers sought as ex-CRC chief ‘puts two fingers up to the PAC’last_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Saturday

first_img NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of today’s news.IRELAND Bloomsday is celebrated by a costumed performance by The Joyceanstagers of chapter six, “Hades”, from Ulysses, which is set in Glasnevin Cemetery. Source: Iain White – Fennell Photography Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Share2 Tweet Email 11,561 Views No Comments http://jrnl.ie/4074884 Sinn Féin passed a motion which seeks to whip its TDs into voting in favour in abortion on requestThe UK government agreed to return medicinal cannabis back to a 12-year-old boy from Tyrone who suffers from epilepsy after it was confiscated from his motherA man in his late 80s died after being injured in a house fire in Co ClareDarts were delayed after a Liam Gallagher concert due to anti-social behaviourA man in his early 30s died in a suspected hit-and-run in Co LongfordGardaí in Dublin are appealing for information after a man was shot in the legA programme that aims to assist young people with disabilities to find employment has been criticised for a lack of funding for projects in the northwest.WORLD Irish sources say they have been informed via European capitals that British officials have been briefing against Ireland, hoping to diminish support for Ireland’s case. Saturday 16 Jun 2018, 7:45 PM By Gráinne Ní Aodha ‘It was felt for some time that if they could just get through June,’ says an Irish source, ‘and then use the time pressure of October, which would, in their view, result in pressure coming on Ireland from other member states. Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday The Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, medicinal cannabis, and the Pope’s opinion on abortion. Here’s your news round-up. Jun 16th 2018, 7:45 PM ‘We’re not naive about it, but I do think they’re misreading that.’ Firefighters at the historic Mackintosh Building in Glasgow battle the blaze at the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) building. Source: Andrew Milligan via PA Images#FIRE STRIKES TWICE: A fire ripped through the Glasgow School of Art building, causing significant damage throughout the night.#TRUMPS A TRADE WAR: Companies and trade groups in the US and China have expressed concern over how the escalating trade spat between the world’s two biggest economies could affect operations.#PONTIF: Pope Francis denounced abortion as the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi eugenics programme and urged families “to accept the children that God gives them”.PARTING SHOTAhead of a crucial Brexit meeting between 27 EU leaders and Theresa May at the end of June, RTÉ’s Tony Connolly has compiled this report of the whispers between officials, governments, and the EU about the likelihood of a good deal for Ireland.This section from the report was particularly interesting: Get our daily news round up:last_img read more

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Des électrons filmés lors de leur changement détat

first_imgDes électrons filmés lors de leur changement d’état Grâce à des flashs de rayons X très courts, des scientifiques ont pu filmer les changements d’état d’électrons. Une modification qui s’effectue en quelques fractions de seconde seulement.   Publiée dans la revue Nature, une nouvelle étudeindique que des scientifiques sont parvenus à observer des électrons qui passaient d’un état d’énergie à un autre. Ces réactions de 10 puissance -15 secondes (une femtoseconde) sont tellement rapides qu’il a fallu développer de nouvelles techniques pour enregistrer ces changements.  À lire aussiLa géniale démonstration d’un sabre laser enflamméC’est en mettant au point des lasers femtoseconde qu’il a été possible de capturer de tels phénomènes. En générant des lumières d’une longueur d’onde extrêmement courte, des images d’états d’électrons ont pu être prises.  Grâce à cette étude, les chercheurs pensent pouvoir “avoir de nouveaux aperçus sur les propriétés électroniques des solides”, comme l’explique Michael Bauer, auteur principal de l’étude. Les résultats peuvent avoir une application importante dans l’industrie qui se sert de composants optiques et électroniques. En effet, il pourrait très rapidement être possible d’accélérer encore les débits de transmission de données grâce à de nouvelles technologies.Le 11 mars 2011 à 14:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Bethel Search Rescue says Kuskokwim River is no place to be

first_imgTwo open holes in front of Wassilie B. Evan’s camp. There are 30 open holes in Kuskokwaq Slough alone. (Photo Courtesy of BSAR)On Wednesday morning Bethel Search and Rescue conducted an aerial survey of the Kuskokwim River from Napaskiak to Tuluksak, and reported there are approximately 50 holes in that 50-mile stretch of the river following recent days of warm and rainy weather.Downstream from Bethel, a recent storm brought deep overflow to all areas of the lower river affected by the tides.BSAR is recommending people stay off the river and not travel on it, adding that the glare ice conditions will make it harder to see the dozens of smaller holes.They ask that people be patient and use the back inland trails if people must travel.They said the cold weather should cover up the smaller holes in the coming days, after that Bethel Search and Rescue plans to do more surveys on the river.last_img read more

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Implement RTE Act demands Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad

first_imgHabsiguda: Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) took out a huge rally here on Friday, demanding implementation of Right to Education Act.ABVP state secretary Ambala Kiran criticised the State government for neglecting education. “It has failed to regulate fees in private institutions. The Chief Minister failed to keep his electoral promise of KG to PG free education and is now, hand in glove with private institutions like Chaitanya and Narayana,” he added. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us The activists expressed their ire at KCR for spending crores of rupees towards construction of a new secretariat and not sanctioning funds for construction of residential school buildings. They threatened to stage protests all over the State if their demands are not met. ABVP leaders Yella Swamy, Venkatesh Chary and activists in large numbers took part in the march.last_img read more

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