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Sherbrooke Village Celebrates Seasons End

first_imgThanksgiving weekend in Sherbrooke will be extra special thisyear thanks to folklorist Clary Croft and some of the region’sbest scarecrows. Mr. Croft, one of Nova Scotia’s pre-eminent folklorists andmusicologists, has conducted extensive research into the originsof the musical traditions of Nova Scotia and is a weeklycontributor to CBC radio’s Mainstreet on the subject of folklore. He returns to Sherbrooke on Friday, Oct. 10 with a benefitconcert in aid of the Historic Sherbrooke Village DevelopmentSociety. The concert marks Mr. Croft’s first Sherbrookeappearance in two years. Clary is an honourary lifetime directorof the Historic Sherbrooke Village Development Society and arecipient of the Sir John Coape Sherbrooke Heritage Award. The all-acoustic benefit concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday,Oct. 10 in the Sherbrooke Courthouse. Clary will be joined by theSherbrooke Trio, a group of Sherbrooke area singers. Tickets are$8 and are available by contacting the village. On Saturday, the fun continues when the fourth annual SherbrookeScarecrow Festival kicks off at 1 p.m. Last year, 23 scarecrows were on exhibit in and around SherbrookeVillage with entries from village staff, local businesses andcommunity groups, members of the general public and the localhigh school tourism class. This year, scarecrow artist AngellaGeddes, of The Scarecrows of Necum Teuch, will display some ofher intricate work. Visitors will be able to vote for their favourite scarecrowduring the festival, which runs until 3 p.m. on ThanksgivingMonday. A people’s choice award will be presented on Monday atthe close of the festival. Scarecrows will also be judged in anumber of categories including scariest, most original and beststaff entry. Sherbrooke Village will officially end the 2003 season onWednesday, Oct. 15 but will host Old Fashioned Christmasactivities during the last weekend of November and the firstweekend of December. For more information on benefit concert tickets or on thescarecrow festival call 1-800-743-7845 or visit the Web site athttp://museum.gov.ns.ca/sv .last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_img Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118 Highway 118 northbound at the Portobello Road overpass will have partial lane closures for repairs from Monday, Aug. 1 to Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of flashing lights and jersey barriers. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. -30-last_img

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Traffic Advisory Colchester County

first_img Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 -30- COLCHESTER COUNTY: Vernon Bridge The new Vernon Bridge in Murray Siding is open to traffic. Motorists may experience some delays until Monday, Oct. 11, while shouldering and other work is completed.last_img

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Premier Mayor Community Members Thank Firefighters Organizations

first_imgHundreds of Nova Scotians joined Premier Rodney MacDonald and HRM Mayor Peter Kelly as they thanked firefighters, volunteers, community organizations, RCMP, ground search and rescue workers, and government staff whose courageous efforts saved lives and property during the June 13 wildfires along the Eastern Shore and in Tantallon. The appreciation event was held today, July 3, at Cole Harbour Place in Dartmouth to recognize Department of Natural Resources firefighters, the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Service, Halifax Regional Search and Rescue, the Canadian Red Cross, and the Salvation Army for their efforts during the fires. “Today was a wonderful opportunity for everyone affected by the fires to express their gratitude to the everyday heroes who went to extraordinary lengths to stop the large fires and to provide comfort for thousands of evacuees,” Premier MacDonald said. The Porters Lake-Lake Echo fire was the largest wildland fire in an urban area fought in Nova Scotia and the largest fire in more than 30 years. It resulted in the most significant fire-caused evacuation in the province’s history. “For their extraordinary strength, dedication, generosity and willingness to help, they are commended,” Mayor Kelly said. “Everyone worked tirelessly to respond to this crisis and in a manner that was swift, compassionate and effective.” During the event, Premier MacDonald announced that the Department of Natural Resources will provide up to 175,000 black spruce seedlings to homeowners in the Porters Lake-Lake Echo and Tantallon areas. The seedlings will be available during National Forest Week in September. Residents who would like more information about the seedlings can call the department’s Waverley office at 902-861-2560, or the Middle Musquodoboit office at 902-384-2290.last_img read more

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Governor General to Visit Nova Scotia

first_img Gov. Gen. David Johnston will make his first official visit to Nova Scotia from May 31 to June 2. He will be accompanied by his wife Her Excellency Sharon Johnston. During the three-day visit to Halifax and Cape Breton, Their Excellencies will learn about innovative research and environmental projects underway in Nova Scotia. They will also meet with volunteers, young people and groups that support learning and economic growth. Their Excellencies will be officially welcomed at Province House where the Governor General will inspect a 100-person guard of honour and deliver official remarks. Premier Darrell Dexter said Gov. Gen. Johnston and the province share values that are important to Canadians and Nova Scotians. “Opportunities for young people are very important to this province and this country,” said Premier Dexter. “Innovation, enhanced learning and clean technologies will help to create jobs, strengthen the economy and make life better for families. On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I welcome Their Excellencies to our province.” Other highlights of the visit include a tour of the National Research Council, Marine Research Station in Ketch Harbour, a world-class facility where scientists are researching the use of algae to create biofuels for energy sustainability and a greener future. They will also tour the Centre for the Built Environment at the Waterfront Campus of Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) in Dartmouth. The campus is a living laboratory designed to balance the natural and built environments. Students in trades and technology work collaboratively, as they would in industry, to learn more sustainable building practices. Their Excellencies will tour the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. The Governor General will present the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards to young people involved in community service. While in Cape Breton, the Governor General will visit a Habitat for Humanity site in Glace Bay. He will spend time at Cape Breton University’s (CBU) Unama’ki College and participate in a roundtable discussion with CBU Aboriginal graduates on post-secondary education and its link to community economic development in First Nation communities. Their Excellencies will visit Membertou to learn about the past, present and future leadership of the community and how a collaborative approach to economic development has contributed to its success. “I am delighted that Their Excellencies will be able to see the nationally recognized successes of the Community of Membertou,” said Premier Dexter. “It continues to make a significant contribution to the province – socially, culturally and economically.” His Excellency David Johnston is the 28th governor general since Confederation. For more information on the Governor General, visit www.gg.ca NOTE TO EDITORS: A detailed itinerary will be released prior to the visit.last_img read more

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Teachers School Staff to be Recognized

first_imgParents and communities across the province are encouraged to take time to acknowledge teachers and school staff for their professional and personal contributions to Nova Scotia students. Premier Darrell Dexter has proclaimed Feb. 12-18 as teacher/staff appreciation week in the province. “Putting kids and learning first is a priority for all of us,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “Our schools have dedicated teachers and staff, including bus drivers, educational assistants, custodians and administrative workers, who are aware that providing our children with a quality education will give them tremendous advantages throughout their lives.” There are about 10,000 public school teachers and close to 6,000 support staff in the province. The Canadian Home and School Federation has celebrated teacher/staff appreciation week annually since 1988.last_img read more

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Rapport intérimaire publié

first_imgLa Commission indépendante de délimitation des circonscriptions électorales a soumis et publié son rapport intérimaire, aujourd’hui 1er juin, tel qu’exigé par le comité spécial de l’Assemblée législative. Les membres de la commission ont été nommés à la fin décembre pour établir un maximum de 52 circonscriptions et pour maximiser la parité du pouvoir électoral. La commission a été chargée de créer des circonscriptions dont la population varie seulement de plus ou de moins de 25 p. 100 du nombre moyen d’électeurs. Elle était aussi chargée de fournir des conseils sur la façon dont les législateurs peuvent aborder les préoccupations liées aux régions géographiques, à l’histoire et aux intérêts communautaires, ainsi qu’à la diversité linguistique et culturelle, particulièrement en ce qui a trait aux populations acadienne et afro-néo-écossaise. Différents points de vue et intérêts ont été présentés lors des consultations publiques en mars et en avril. « Les enjeux clés auxquels fait face la commission aujourd’hui sont essentiellement les mêmes auxquels ont fait face les deux commissions précédentes, a dit Teresa MacNeil, présidente de la commission. Il s’agit des circonscriptions protégées, de la parité relative du nombre d’électeurs dans la mesure du possible, et des mouvements de la population qui exigent des ajustements. » La majorité des commissaires ont déterminé : qu’il doit toujours y avoir 52 membres dans l’Assemblée législative; que les quatre « circonscriptions protégées » doivent être conservées; que deux circonscriptions doivent être éliminées, soit une de la région urbaine du Cap-Breton et une de la Nouvelle-Écosse continentale; que deux nouvelles circonscriptions soient ajoutées dans la région d’Halifax en raison de la croissance de la population du côté ouest du port; que les ajustements des limites dans les autres circonscriptions soient guidés par l’objectif de la parité relative du nombre d’électeurs, dans la mesure du possible. Bien que la commission ne soit pas tenue de respecter les limites des comtés ou des municipalités, elle les a utilisés, dans la mesure du possible. Elle a utilisé les circonscriptions électorales actuelles ainsi que des éléments géographiques tels que les autoroutes et les cours d’eau, qui offrent une séparation naturelle des zones de population. Avec l’aide d’Élections Nouvelle-Écosse, les commissaires ont examiné l’ajustement des limites de façon à ce que la population des 48 circonscriptions non protégées respecte la variance de plus ou de moins de 25 p. 100 du nombre moyen d’électeurs. Malgré les défis posés par les changements proposés, la population dans les six régions géographiques de la province se trouve à plus ou moins 10 p. 100 de la moyenne. La population des électeurs des 37 circonscriptions ne varie pas plus de 15 p. 100 de la moyenne, et la population dans 29 circonscriptions ne varie pas plus de 10 p. 100 de la moyenne. La commission a remercié les Néo-Écossais de leur intérêt envers la première phase des travaux et se prépare en vue de la prochaine série de consultations publiques, qui débute le 6 juin à Antigonish. Le rapport peut être consulté en ligne au http://nselectoralboundaries.ca/fr.last_img read more

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Nouvelle ressource pour aider les élèves à planifier leur carrière

first_imgLes écoles ont maintenant une nouvelle ressource pour aider les élèves à explorer leurs options de carrière et à se préparer en vue du marché du travail. Les kiosques « Chercher l’avenir », disponibles dans toutes les écoles secondaires, offrent des ressources sur la planification de la carrière dans un site accessible permettant aux enseignants de les utiliser en classe ou aux élèves de les explorer par eux-mêmes. « Nos élèves ont de nombreuses possibilités intéressantes qui les attendent, que ce soit au niveau postsecondaire ou sur le marché du travail », a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation, lors de l’annonce aujourd’hui 11 février au Northeast Kings Education Centre de Canning. « Nous nous sommes engagés à préparer nos élèves à obtenir de bons emplois et à être de bons citoyens dans leurs communautés. Cet outil facile à utiliser permettra aux élèves de prendre des décisions éclairées au sujet de leur avenir. » Mme Jennex a procédé au lancement des kiosques dans le cadre de sa mise à jour annuelle du plan Priorité aux jeunes et à l’apprentissage, publié il y a un an. Le programme « Chercher l’avenir » appuie l’engagement pris dans le plan Priorité aux jeunes et à l’apprentissage et dans la stratégie sur la main-d’œuvre visant à augmenter les efforts de développement de carrière dans les écoles secondaires et à établir un lien au marché du travail. Ce programme est étroitement lié au site Web careers.novascotia.ca . « Je suis ravie que ce programme permettra de mettre l’accent sur l’importance de l’exploration des carrières dans nos écoles secondaires, a dit Mary Hanneman, conseillère en orientation au centre Northeast Kings. Les élèves seront incités à entamer le processus de planification de carrière plus tôt, et ce processus sera plus accessible. » Le site « Chercher l’avenir » inclut des profils d’emplois, des vidéos et des articles sur différentes carrières, les étapes de la planification, des jeux-questionnaires sur les carrières et des renseignements qui permettront aux élèves de faire des choix éclairés sur leur formation ou leurs études postsecondaires. Une application mobile « Chercher l’avenir » sera lancée au printemps.last_img read more

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36 new duplex flats ready to be allotted to newlyelected MPs in

first_imgNEW DELHI: Thirty-six new duplex flats with modular kitchens, four bedrooms each, a lift and an office area are ready to be allotted to the newly-elected MPs in Lutyens’ Delhi’s North Avenue. All the flats, which have a view of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, have been constructed by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), the prime construction agency of the central government.A senior government official said that by the end of this month, all the newly-constructed flats will be handed over to the Lok Sabha Secretariat. He said these low-rise building flats were equipped with solar panels, LED lights, a dedicated basement parking for two cars each and all modern amenities to cater to the parliamentarians. “Thirty-six flats have been constructed at a cost of around Rs 80 crore against the sanctioned cost of Rs 92 crore. The construction work of these flats had started in October 2017,” the official said. He added that the CPWD constructed these flats after demolishing the old flats built several decades ago. “According to the plan, the old flats located in South and North Avenues, which were built a long time ago, will be demolished in a phased manner and the new ones will be constructed,” he said. The new Lok Sabha has around 300 MPs who have been elected for the first time, including cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir, Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Smriti Irani, singer Hans Raj Hans and Bengali actresses Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan Ruhi.last_img read more

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Maha Oppn seeks probe in budget leak on FMs Twitter ac

first_imgMumbai: Opposition legislators on Wednesday demanded a probe by the cyber cell into the alleged “leak” of Maharashtra budget provisions on Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar’s Twitter handle before presentation in the Assembly.NCP leader Jayant Patil said in the state Assembly that thebudget provisions were known outside before the finance minister’s presentation in the Lower House on Tuesday. He lamented that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Mungantiwar justified the tweets. Fadnavis and Mungantiwar on Tuesday dismissed the budget “leak” charge, saying the provisions were put out on Twitter 15 minutes after the finance minister began his budget speech in the Assembly. “This is not justified,” Patil said and demanded that the cyber crime investigation cell probe the alleged leak. To this, Speaker Haribhau Bagade said he would accept the demand for probe if sufficient proof was submitted. Earlier several lawmakers, including NCP’s Ajit Pawar, Patil and Dhananjay Munde, held a demonstration over the issue in the state legislature premises. “The government leaked the budget on Twitter even before it was presented before the legislature by Mungantiwar on Tuesday. We are protesting against the government’s such irresponsible approach. We want a probe into the matter by the cyber cell,” Munde said.last_img read more

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10yearold girl trapped under Mumbai wall collapse debris

first_imgMumbai: Rescue workers in the congested Pimpripada area of north Mumbai are working to get a 10-year- old girl out of the debris of a wall which collapsed, killing 18 persons early Tuesday. A rescue worker said the girl, Sanchita Nalawade, has been crying for help and asking for water since the last few hours. “Shortly after the wall collapsed, we rescued a child from underneath the debris. This girl Sanchita has been crying for help since 2 am,” the worker, a local resident, said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “Mujhe bahar nikalo,” has been her repeated plea, he said. The girl’s cry for help from under the debris set off a massive rescue effort. Sanchita’s faint voice could be heard calling out for water to drink. Efforts are on to cut a small section of the wall and clear a path for the girl to escape. At the scene of the tragedy, an eyewitness said when the wall collapsed, it was like a tsunami accompanied by a massive thud. “Water was getting accumulated since it began raining heavily several hours ago. It created massive pressure on the wall. It soon gave way,” a resident said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed People gathered at the site were seen discussing the ownership of the wall. While some claimed it belonged to the Forest department, others said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation was the owner, while some said auto major Mahindra & Mahindra had erected it. “It came down like a tsunami and the gushing waters threw aside everything that came its way,” said Sachin Dhuri, a resident. Another local likened the collapse to the flash floods in Uttarakhand’s Kedarnath in 2013, which killed over 5,500 people and buried most swathes of the town in slush. Political parties, who regularly line up for votes, also came under fire as the residents, trying to come to terms with the tragedy, spoke in huddles at the site. “They come here for votes but no one listens to us. Once elections are over, they disappear. They have done nothing for us,” resident Suresh Patil said. “These political parties have a use and throw attitude towards us,” said Pramod Pawar, another local. Residents said 60-70 hutments got damaged in the wall collapse, and demanded adequate compensation from the authorities. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis earlier in the day announced Rs 5 lakh to the kin of each deceased. “The government promises housing for all but does not do anything. Lives have been lost. It should rehabilitate us now,” said resident Mahindra Singh. Eighteen people were killed and over 50 injured when heavy rains led to a wall collapsing on hutments in Malad’s Pimpripada area.last_img read more

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Indian among 9 hurt in Yemeni rebels attack on Saudi airport

first_imgRiyadh: An Indian national was among nine people injured in an attack by Yemeni rebels on Abha international airport in southern Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, a spokesperson of the Saudi-led military coalition said. “A terrorist attack at Abha International Airport…led to the injury of 9 civilians – eight Saudis and one Indian national,” Coalition for the Support of Legitimacy in Yemen spokesperson Colonel Turki al-Maliki said in a statement. All injured are stable and under treatment at hospitals, Colonel al-Maliki was quoted as saying by the state-owned Saudi Press Agency (SPA). Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’He blamed the Houthi militia for the attack, which took place shortly after midnight on Tuesday. “In the face of these acts of terrorism and the immoral violations by the Houthi terrorist militia, the command of the coalition forces continues to carry out strict measures to deter these terrorist militias in order to protect the civilian and civilian assets,” Colonel al-Maliki said. “The terrorist elements responsible for the planning and execution of this terrorist attack will be held accountable in accordance with international humanitarian law and its customary rules,” he added. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingAir traffic at the airport was not affected by the incident, tweeted the airport authorities. Earlier, the Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV said the rebels “launched a wide operation targeting warplanes at Abha international airport” with drones. The UAE strongly condemned the attack. In a statement, the UAE Foreign Ministry and International Cooperation said the security of the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is indivisible.” “Any threat or danger to the (Saudi) Kingdom’s security is considered a threat to UAE’s security and stability,” it said in a statement. The Yemeni rebels have stepped-up attacks in recent weeks against Saudi Arabia, targeting key facilities. On June 12, a missile attack on Abha airport by the Houthis injured 26 civilians, including an Indian. On June 23, another attack on Abha airport killed a Syrian national and injured 21 others. The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to push back an advance by the Houthis and to restore to power President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. Since then, the conflict has killed tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, pushing the Arab world’s poorest country to the brink of famine. The Saudi-led coalition members include the UAE, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Djibouti. The UN describes the Yemen conflict as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with 24.1 million — more than two-thirds of the population — in need of aid.last_img read more

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JMB terrorist accused in Bodh Gaya blast arrested in Burdwan

first_imgKolkata: Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police has nabbed a member of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) a terrorist organisation, from Katwa in east Burdwan on Monday evening.According to STF officials, the terrorist identified as Abdul Rahim of Dhuliyan at Shamshergunje in Murshidabad is one of the prime accused of Bodh Gaya blast which took place during January 2018. According to STF sleuths, Rahim is a member of (JMB) and was associated with JMB leaders like Abdul Wahab and Moulana Yousuf who were arrested earlier. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersHe was an active member of JMB’s Dhulian module in Bengal. During 2018 Bodh Gaya blast, members from Dhulian module took effective part and responsible. Rahim used to recruit members in the module and provided logistics support. Since the blast, he was absconding since January 2018. On Monday, STF got hold of an information that Rahim was seen in Katwa. Immediately a team went to Katwa’s Bajepratappur Charkhumbha as per the information provided by the source. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAround 7:20 pm, sleuths saw Rahim at the Bajepratappur Charkhumbha bus stoppage and surrounded him. Later, he was arrested and brought to Kolkata. Earlier on June 23, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has brought Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terrorist Habibur Rehman Shaikh alias Habibur Shaikh to Kolkata, who is an accused in Khagragarh blast case in Burdwan. He was arrested from Dodabalpur in Bangalore in Karnataka. According to NIA, a chargesheet was submitted before the NIA court accusing Habibur for his involvement in the Khagragarh blast in 2015. It is alleged that Habibur was involved in an conspiracy by Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh to wage war between India and Bangladesh. Habibur used to be a close associate of senior Jamaat-ulMujahideen leader Jahidul Islam alias Kausar. He was also associated with JMB leaders Rahamatullah Shaikh alias Sajid and Moulana Yusuf. Habibur was also an active member of JMB, Bolpur Module in Bengal. He had attended a number of training camps conducted by senior Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh leaders.last_img read more

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Trinamool lashes out at BJP over fake membership card of Mamata Banerjee

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress came down heavily upon the BJP on Tuesday, accusing them of engineering the circulation of a fake membership card bearing the name of party supremo Mamata Banerjee, on social media.”We will take strict and appropriate action against the culprits behind the act, which is an attempt to malign the image of our party chief. We will also lodge a complaint with the cyber crime cell of the police,” TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said, condemning the act. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersChatterjee displayed a printout of the fake membership card before the reporters that carries a photo of Banerjee on its left. It mentions the “member’s” name as Mamata Banerjee and the state as West Bengal. The card, which has Bharatiya Janata Party inscribed on it in a large font with a logo, also shows a membership number. “They (BJP) have been doing similar acts on Facebook and other social media platforms and spreading false propaganda to misguide people and party members. It is a disgrace that they have stooped so low, trying to tarnish the image of Mamata Banerjee. These are the inauspicious signs of democracy,” he said, adding that they are unable to fight Banerjee politically and are thus wrongly using technology for such acts. It may be mentioned that the saffron party had launched its nationwide membership drive on Saturday, on the birth anniversary of Syama Prasad Mukherjee.last_img read more

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Apex court to consider plea for early hearing of PIL challenging Art

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would consider the plea seeking urgent hearing of a PIL challenging the constitutional validity of Article 370 which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir and limits Parliament’s power to make laws for the state.A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose took note of the submission of BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay that his PIL be listed for an urgent hearing. “File a memo. We will see,” the bench said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!On February 18 this year as well, he had mentioned the PIL for urgent listing for the hearing. Upadhyay, in his plea which was filed in September last year, has contended that the special provision was “temporary” in nature at the time of framing of the Constitution and Article 370(3) lapsed with the dissolution of the Jammu and Kashmir Constituent Assembly on January 26, 1957. The plea also seeks a declaration from the apex court that the separate Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir was “arbitrary” and “unconstitutional” on various grounds, including that it was against the “supremacy of the Constitution of India and contrary to dictum of ‘One Nation, One Constitution, One National Anthem and One National Flag'”. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”The Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir is invalid mainly for the reason that the same has not yet got the assent of the President, which is mandatory as per provisions of the Constitution of India,” the plea, which may come up for hearing next week, said. The petition, filed through advocate R D Upadhyay, claims that the maximum life span of Article 370 was only till the existence of the Constituent Assembly, that was January 26, 1950 when the national document was adopted. Article 370 is a “temporary provision” with respect to Jammu and Kashmir and restricts the applicability of various provisions of the Constitution by “curtailing” the power of Parliament to make laws on subjects which fall under the Union and Concurrent lists, it said. Consequently, it allows the state to accord special rights and privileges to the natives, the plea said. It claimed that the Article empowered the state legislature to frame any law without attracting a challenge on the grounds of violation of the right to equality of people from other states or any other right under the Constitution.last_img read more

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Sensex closes 266 pts higher auto stocks rally

first_imgMumbai: Equity benchmark BSE Sensex rose 266 points Thursday, led by metal, auto and financial stocks amid positive global market sentiment after US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell hinted at a rate cut later this month. After rising as much as 335 points during the day, the 30-share index settled 266.07 points or 0.69 per cent higher at 38,823.11. The index hit an intra-day high of 38,892.50 and a low of 38,631.31. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty ended 84 points, or 0.73 per cent, higher at 11,582.90. During the day, it touched a high of 11,599 and a low of 11,519.50. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep Hero MotoCorp was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, spurting 4.46 per cent. IndusInd Bank, Tata Motors, Vedanta, SBI, M&M, Sun Pharma, Tata Steel and HDFC twins too rose up to 3.63 per cent. On the other hand, Tech Mahindra, Yes Bank, TCS, L&T, Axis Bank and NTPC fell up to 1.27 per cent. “Indian markets opened positively for the first time post budget, taking cues from Asian markets which ended with handsome gains after US Fed signalled at interest rate cut soon in the face of some weakening economic data,” said Narendra Solanki, Head Fundamental Research (Investment Services) – AVP Equity Research, Anand Rathi Shares & Stock Brokers. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs In his congressional testimony on Wednesday, Powell confirmed that the US economy was still under threat of a slowdown, and that the Fed was ready to “act as appropriate” to boost growth. Elsewhere in Asia, Shanghai Composite Index, Hang Seng, Nikkei and Kospi ended in the green. Equities in Europe were also trading higher in early deals. On the currency front, the Indian rupee appreciated 14 paise to 68.43 against the US dollar (intra-day). The global oil benchmark Brent crude futures rose 0.61 per cent to USD 67.42 per barrel.last_img read more

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Facing favouritism charges railways introduces fresh tender system for Train 18

first_imgNew Delhi: With the production of the third Train 18 unit virtually stopped over allegations of favouritism in the tendering process of the first train set, the railways Tuesday said it has introduced a new system for giving all bidders a level playing field and ensuring transparency.Officials said the manufacturing process for the third Train 18 set, or Vande Bharat Express, would go on now with the new tendering process in place. Earlier, stung by allegations of favouritism in the tendering process for manufacturing the first Train 18 set, which was rolled out earlier this year, the Integral Coach Factory had scrapped all existing tenders for the third rake. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!A second Train 18 set is ready and is likely to be launched next month on the Delhi-Katra route. Officials said the new tendering process gives vendors three months to apply for bids instead of the present three weeks. It makes it mandatory for the production units to follow Research Design and Standards Organisation, which functions as a technical adviser and consultant to the railways, specifications while issuing a tender, which was not followed by the ICF during manufacturing of first Train 18 set. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”This will bring in more transparency and also give all parties a level playing field,” an official said. The first rake of Train 18 was manufactured in a record time of just 18 months at a cost of about Rs 97 crore. However, the ministry received around 25 complaints from vendors and multinational companies that a domestic private firm was allegedly favoured in the procurement process for electrical equipment for the train set. During the bidding process for the first rake, 18 companies were in the fray for supplying electrical equipment. Eight of these firms were Indian. However, only one consortium could make it on the last day of the tender submission, February 6, 2018, due to “certain pre-bidding conditions”, sources said, though they did not elaborate. This led to the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) red-flagging the process. And the manufacturing of the third train virtually stopped with a vigilance enquiry at the Integral Coach Factory underway. Not just the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, but the Modern Coach Factory, Rae Bareli, also cancelled all tenders pertaining to Vande Bharat Express type of rakes, suburban trains such as Electric Multiple Units (EMU), Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMU) and Mainline Electric Multiple Units (MEMU) as well. An official said, “We want to offer a level playing field to all suppliers to participate in the making of these trains which will not only have high quality but (will be produced with) much greater transparency.” The Railway Board in a recent meeting with top officials and leading manufacturers of propulsion systems discussed the new timelines to invite wider participation, another official said.last_img read more

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Govt levies 18 GST on flat owners paying monthly maintenance charges of

first_imgNew Delhi: Flat owners will have to pay GST at 18 per cent if their monthly contribution to resident welfare association (RWA) exceeds Rs 7,500, the Finance Ministry said Monday. As per the rules, RWAs are required to collect GST on monthly subscription/contribution charged from its members if such payment is more than Rs 7,500 per flat per month and the annual turnover of RWA by way of supply of services and goods exceeds Rs 20 lakhs. In a circular issued to field offices on how should the RWA calculate GST payable where the maintenance charges exceed Rs 7,500 per month per member, the Finance Ministry said the exemption from GST on maintenance charges charged by an RWA from residents is available only if such charges do not exceed Rs 7,500 per month per member. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”In case the charges exceed Rs 7,500 per month per member, the entire amount is taxable. For example, if the maintenance charges are Rs 9,000 per month per member, GST @18 per cent shall be payable on the entire amount of Rs 9,000 and not on (Rs 9,000-Rs 7,500) = Rs 1,500,” it said. On how the tax liability would be calculated for a person who owns two or more flats in the housing society or residential complex, the Ministry said in such cases the ceiling of Rs 7500 per month per member shall be applied separately for each residential apartment owned by him. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”For example, if a person owns two residential apartments in a residential complex and pays Rs 15,000 per month as maintenance charges towards maintenance of each apartment to the RWA (Rs. 7500/- per month in respect of each residential apartment), the exemption from GST shall be available to each apartment,” it said. The Ministry further clarified that RWAs are entitled to take input tax credit (ITC) of Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid by them on capital goods (generators, water pumps, lawn furniture etc.), goods (taps, pipes, other sanitary/hardware fillings etc.) and input services such as repair and maintenance services.last_img read more

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Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in JKs Rajouri

first_imgJammu: Pakistan violated ceasefire on Tuesday by mortar shelling and small arms firing on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. The firing from across the border started in Sunderbani sector around 12.40 pm, prompting retaliation by Indian Army, an army officer said. He said the exchange of firing between the two sides continued till 2.30 pm. However, there was no immediate report of any casualty in the Pakistani firing which was unprovoked, he said. This was the second ceasefire violation along the LoC in the past four days. On August 3, Pakistan targeted Mehdhar sector of Poonch. Last month, two Army personnel and a 10-day-old baby were killed and several civilians injured in heavy Pakistani shelling and firing in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region.last_img read more

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Hindu Sanhati begins mass signature campaign for naming Sealdah station after Syama

first_imgKolkata: Members of Hindu Sanhati on Thursday began mass signature campaign demanding the Sealdah station here be named after Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee. The week-long campaign aims to collect one lakh signatures. The organisation’s workers started their campaign at 1 pm in the Sealdah station premises and also fanned out to nearby railway stations. A representative team called on the Eastern Railway General Manager and submitted a deputation articulating their demand. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The campaign would continue till August 14, said the organisation’s leader Debtanu Bhattacharya. According to him, the crores of people who were forced to come as refugees to West Bengal from Pakistan after the 1947 partition of India found strong backing from Mookerjee, who worked untiringly for rehabilitating the refugees. “Most of these refugees took shelter in the Sealdah station. So this station should be rechristened Syama Prasad Mookerjee Terminus,” he said.last_img read more

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