From confrontation between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, it’s a television signal war to grab the attention of locals now. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has launched a major drive in the border areas to wean away locals from channels beamed from across the border. Over 30,000 free Doordarshan (DD) dish set-top boxes have been earmarked to be distributed in 10 border districts closer to the LoC and the International Border (IB), out of the State’s 22 districts. They will provide 100 channels for free, including local news channels. Only dish antennas Hundreds of residents, especially in the Pir Panjal Valley’s Rajouri and Poonch districts, have only dish antennas or traditional antennas because no cable operator can access the tough terrain. Given their geographical location, these antennas easily catch TV channels from across the border, including the official channels of Pakistan Television (PTV). “We use dish antennas. We easily access channels from across the border. Pakistani serials are very popular with the population closer to the LoC,” N.A. Manhas, a resident of Poonch’s Meandhar, told The Hindu.‘A better alternative’ Doing away with the one-time fee of around ₹2,000 for these set-top boxes, the State government will make them available for free. “There are undesirable channels, not approved by the Ministry, being received and watched in J&K. Strategically, the move will help us to reach out to people with a better alternative,” a senior DD official said. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Mohammad Aijaz Asad, said free dish set-top boxes were recently distributed in Rajouri’s Nowshera and Seri area among border residents during the ‘Back to Village’ programme, where senior officials directly meet sarpanchs and panchs in far-off villages.Governor Satya Pal Malik kicked off the distribution of these set-top boxes on June 22 in Srinagar and termed it a significant milestone towards achieving the goal of reaching out to people living in far-flung and border areas.“Through these set-top boxes, authentic information will be disseminated to border residents, where connectivity has always remained an issue,” Mr. Malik said, while launching the programme.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to announce the squad for the upcoming Champions Trophy in England on Monday, more than two weeks after missing the April 25 deadline set by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to name the team due to the ongoing tussle between the Indian board and the sports’ governing body.Virat Kohli’s team will get a chance to be defend its title this year after winning the Champions Trophy in England four years ago.It unlikely that the selectors will tinker with the existing squad which won the ODI series against England earlier this year. Opener Rohit Sharma is expected to make a comeback, even though he hasn’t been in the best of form since his return from a thigh injury.Rohit is averaging a little over 22 for the Mumbai Indians in the ongoing Indian Premier League but he will be drafted into the squad in the premier opener’s slot left vacant by KL Rahul, who is nursing a shoulder injury. Rohit’s opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, who was adjudged Player of the Tournament in the 2013 Champions Trophy, is expected to retain his place in the team.Fast-bowler Mohammed Shami, who last played an ODI in March 2015, might also be recalled in the 15-member squad to bolster the pace attack alongside Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah. Shami has picked up two wickets in five games in the IPL since his return to action from a lengthy injury layoff.Star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who made a successful comeback in the ODI side against England, is also expected to retain his place in the team along with Hardik Pandya.advertisementMeanwhile the BCCI, in its Special General Meeting on Sunday in New Delhi, had cleared the Indian team’s participation in the Champions Trophy.”The Board unanimously authorised the acting Hony. Secretary of the BCCI to continue negotiations with the ICC in the best interest of the BCCI while keeping its legal options open,” the BCCI said in a press release.”The BCCI SGM unanimously decided that the Indian cricket team will participate in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy. The All-India Senior Selection Meeting will be held tomorrow, May 8, in New Delhi to pick the team,” it added.The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) had convinced the members that governance and bilateral series are far more important and if they have increased say on governance, the shortfall can easily be made up.”It was a unanimous decision that the Indian team will be participating in the Champions Trophy. We will not take any legal recourse in the matter. Mr Amitabh Chaudhary will negotiate with ICC,” a senior office-bearer told PTI.Earlier, the CoA met the state units in two sessions ahead of Sunday’s SGM where implications of a pull-out were discussed. The CoA apprised the members of how India will have to pull out of all ICC tourneys till 2023 if they wish to boycott the Champions Trophy, scheduled to start in England from June 1.
New home crowd favourite Johanna Konta looked at odds with the world on Thursday as she gave Venus Williams’ hand a cursory shake at the net, the disappointment of falling at the last-but-one Wimbledon hurdle etched into her face.But the 26-year-old’s trademark smile was back in place by the time she articulated her thoughts about the sobering 6-4 6-2 semi-final defeat – along with the conviction that her ascent through the tennis firmament is only just beginning.”She was just, quite frankly, better than me today… I think I definitely have a lot more to improve on…,” Konta told reporters.”But I definitely feel like there’s no reason why I would not be able to be in a position to win a title like this one day.”That confidence seems to have drawn extra strength from the wave of support that has built for her over the past 10 days, reaching a crescendo after men’s world number one Andy Murray, so often the focus of British hopes at the sharp end of the Wimbledon fortnight, crashed out in the quarter-finals.Fans calling her a role model was “humbling”, she said, and progressing to a second major semi-final – she also made the last four at the Australian Open in 2016 – put her in a better place to help raise the sport’s profile.”I’d like to think that Andy (Murray) has inspired both girls and boys to play. I’d like to think that I’m doing the same… I will only ever try to do that in a positive way.”advertisementAnd the same goes for her own game.Told she would break into the world’s top five on Monday, she said: “I guess it’s a nice club to be a part of. But, again, I’m looking to keep getting better.”
ANSYS 19 empowers engineers to develop products from autonomous vehicles to smarter devices to more electric aircraft, at an unprecedented pace.ANSYS 19 tames complexity by supporting and empowering engineers with tools that improve reliability, performance, speed and ease of use. From support for Architecture Analysis and Design Language (AADL) to Human Machine Interfaces to radar cross section calculations, ANSYS 19 simplifies user experience across every discipline. Advancements in autonomous technology across industries demand increased functionality and testing within applications. With ANSYS 19, engineers can design and implement complex and state-of-the-art embedded HMIs. From designing cockpit displays for aircraft to infotainment and dashboard displays for automobiles, to control room displays for industrial applications, ANSYS 19 accelerates the development, deployment and testing of safety-critical HMIs. In the electromagnetics suite, ANSYS introduces RCS analysis using HFSS SBR+. This technology is ideal for engineers designing autonomous vehicles, advanced detection systems and stealth technology, these capabilities enable users to digitally explore and optimize more design iterations in less time.New to the systems suite, ANSYS medinianalyze is now available for functional safety analysis in applications for automotive, aerospace and defense, rail, nuclear and other safety-critical industries. By implementing step-by-step modeling, analysis and verification processes that conform to applicable safety standards, this update simplifies and automates the analysis of failure modes and their coverage by safety mechanisms under a wide range of operating scenarios.Next-generation automotive, mobile and high-performance computing applications require advanced systems on chips that are bigger, faster and more complex. ANSYS 19 for semiconductors provides comprehensive simulation solutions that simultaneously solve for various design attributes such as power noise, thermal properties, reliability and performance across the spectrum of chip, package and system. The big data simulation platform in ANSYS 19 enables rapid design iterations across multiple operating conditions and its actionable analytics can be used to prioritize design fixes to accelerate time to market.ANSYS 19 delivers solutions that greatly enhance productivity and create a more seamless workflow at every stage — empowering engineers to accomplish more in shorter timelines. From improvements at the solver and technology level that result in even faster, more powerful product performance to updates that ease time-to-certification, ANSYS 19 improves time to market and engineers’ productivity.In the structures suite, breakthrough updates to the ANSYS separating, morphing, adaptive and re-meshing technology fracture method enhance speeds and automate the remeshing approach. The industry-first material force fracture parameter enables the user to go beyond the traditional linear elastic fracture mechanics assumptions. Advances to the non-linear adaptivity capability in ANSYS 19 empower engineers to conquer non-linear problems in applications like sealing and forming materials.In the mechanical and electromagnetic suites, ANSYS 19 increases the number of built-in high-performance computing cores from two to four. Combined with faster and more scalable solvers, the additional HPC cores deliver significant computational power and result in additional capacity. To increase flexibility, customers can also use the same ANSYS HPC license to enable all ANSYS products. These changes make licensing more consistent and easier for customers to deploy across their organizations. As aerospace and automotive vehicles become more autonomous, the applications used in these industries become more complex, requiring multirate capabilities. With ANSYS 19, the multirate application support in the embedded suite provides a seamless flow to capture and verify multirate application architecture in an application code that is portable, qualifiable and certified — enabling faster times to certification and qualification. In the 3-D design suite, ANSYS 19 empowers engineers at every level to explore new design spaces with simulation, regardless of their experience level.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Kontron announces Astone France as new distributorNext COMSOL: 500 papers and posters on multiphysics simulation online available
New Delhi, Aug 12 (PTI) All India Football Federation senior vice president Subrata Dutta was today elected as a vice president of the newly formed South West Asian Football Federation during its General Assembly in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Dutta was elected to the post for a four-year term in the polls of the regional football body. “I believe my election as vice president of SWAFF will be good for Indian football. I am happy to be part of the SWAFF as vice president,” Dutta told PTI. “The SWAFF has promised to give the AIFF USD 500000 for the development of Indian football and India will be taking part in the SWAFF Cup and play against the likes of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain,” he added. Dutta said SWAFF president Adel Ezzat, who heads the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, will visit India either on August 30 or 31 to meet his AIFF counterpart Praful Patel and find out how the new football body can help the country in the development of the sport. He said there is a high possibility of India playing Saudi Arabia in a football friendly in mid November ahead of the Asian Cup in January next year. PTI PDS PDSPDS
Quite like the beginning and the dozen years that followed, the end of Sardar Singh’s journey in international hockey was understated, contrasting with the hype that often marks the culmination of a great career.What was there, instead, was a simple goodbye and gratitude.A third Olympic appearance did not materialise but Sardar, nonetheless, walked into the sunset after a stellar 12-year career during which he not only established himself as a face of Indian hockey but also as a global star.Sardar was eager to continue till the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but destiny had other plans as he called time at 32, after a disappointing Asian Games campaign where India failed to defend its title.Former India hockey captain Sardar Singh retiresMany feel that Sardar was made a scapegoat for India’s disastrous campaign and was forced to retire but by his own admission, the loss to Malaysia in the Asiad semifinal triggered thoughts of retirement.”I wanted to continue and I feel I had some more years of hockey left in me but I just couldn’t digest the loss to Malaysia. I couldn’t sleep for days after that loss. That was the trigger,” Sardar told PTI.He played hockey like a king and goes away after a career during which he led India to Asian Games gold in Incheon (2014) besides two bronze medals in 2010 and 2018. He won two Commonwealth Games silver, a historic silver in the Champions Trophy (2018 Breda), two Asia Cup titles and numerous other trophies.At 32, Sardar left behind a rich legacy, having led the side for eight years from 2008 till handing over the responsibility to P R Sreejesh in 2016. He was a talismanic midfielder who played the game on his own terms with fitness being key to his success.advertisementSardar was among the fittest players in the squad and registered a score of 21.4 in the Yo-Yo fitness test before the Asian Games. He not only bettered his own record of 21.3 but also surpassed the fitness freak Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, considered one of the country’s fittest athlete.Wishes pour in for former hockey captain Sardar Singh after announcing retirementThroughout his 12-year career, Sardar was held in high esteem by the hockey world, for his midfield control and precision passing.His stature can be gauged from the fact that at his prime Sardar was included in the FIH All-Star team for consecutive years in 2010 and 2011, a feat very few hockey player of India has achieved.Sardar was an epitome of hard work and dedication. During his entire career, he usually was the first player to reach the ground for practice sessions and the last one to leave, a fact confirmed by his own teammates.From the time he hits the turf in training sessions, Sardar puts his head down and goes about his business with dedication.”Sardar paaji sabse jyaada serious rehte hain training mein. (Sardar’s is the most serious in training sessions,” young striker Dilpreet Singh had once said.Sardar was a fighter to the core. Every time he was left out of the squad he roared back into the team, riding on his work ethic and dedication.With age not on his side, he was left out of India’s squad for this year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The fighter that he is, Sardar decided to hit the gym and work on his fitness. The move paid dividend and he made a comeback to the side for the Champions Trophy, where he helped India win a historic silver.A firm follower of ‘Guru-Shishiya’ parampara, Sardar never said no to his coaches. Although a centre-half specialist, he would fit in all positions. Barring goalkeeper, there isn’t a position on the field Sardar hasn’t played in from the preferred midfield position to defence, wing, upfront or a free man.In Indian hockey, changes tend to come without warning, but Sardar has been a rare constant since making his senior debut against Pakistan in 2006.The 32-year-old made over 350 international appearances and was also the youngest player to captain India when he led the team at the 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.His achievements on the hockey turf was duly appreciated when he was awarded the Arjuna award in 2012 and Padma Shri in 2015.But Sardar’s career was not devoid of controversy either. He was accused of rape by his Indian-origin British girlfriend in 2017, a charge which he vehemently denied and was given a clean chit by the special investigation team of Ludhiana Police.That episode, however, had a lasting negative impact on his game, and he called it one the “toughest” phases of his career.advertisementSardar has been an asset to Indian hockey. In 1992, Didar Singh became the first hockey player from the little village of Sant Nagar in Haryana to represent India at the Olympics and at that time his younger brother, Sardar, was six years old.Didar created a storm in his hamlet and from there on hockey became a part of life for every kid of the village. But little did Didar know that his younger brother would go on to become one of the famous sons of Indian hockey.
Former champions Mohun Bagan survived a scare before holding relegation-wary Gokulam Kerala FC 2-2 in their return leg I-League fixture at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Wednesday.Shilton D’Silva made an impact in his comeback match, giving the Mariners an 18th minute lead from a Sony Norde’s curling corner. But what followed was a brain fade in the home team’s camp with Lalchhawnkima finding his own net with a misplaced clearance from Bijesh Balan’s cross in the 21st minute.Within a space of three minutes, Marcus Joseph capitalised on a pass from Suhair VP before shooting the ball over Shilton Paul to give the Kerala outfit a superb 2-1 lead inside the half-an-hour mark.Aser Dipanda scored at the hour-mark after being set up by Henry Kisseka from the edge of the box as Mohun Bagan managed to secure a point after their 0-2 humiliation in the Kolkata derby against East Bengal.Mohun Bagan now have 22 points from 15 matches and their title hopes are as good as over, while Gokulam Kerala remained in the relegation zone with 12 points from 14 matches.Both the teams played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg fixture.Earlier, Gokulam had a golden chance to go ahead in the very first minute when Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Shilton Paul found himself out of place.But Mohun Bagan found luck by their side with the advancing Joseph’s shot missing the target by a whisker.Gokulam dominated the hosts in the midfield as Mohun Bagan struggled to get the ball.advertisementIn the eighth minute, Mohun Bagan wasted two chances with Dipanda’s scissor kick coming off the crosspiece, while moments later Kisseka’s header was off target.It was only in the 18th minute when they managed to go up with Norde’s curler from the flagkick.They failed to hold the lead with a sloppy defending from Lalchhawnkima before their Trinididian forward Joseph put them ahead.In the end there was some relief for Khalid Jamil when Kisseka set up Dipanda with a lobbed ball before the Cameroonian headed it home.Also Watch:
Pavel Nedved Legendary former Juventus star Pavel Nedved comes out of retirement Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 10:20 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Juventus Serie A Transfers The Czech legend has signed for amateur side FK Skalna in his homeland after retiring from football in 2009 At the age of 45, former Juventus midfielder and Ballon d’Or winner Pavel Nedved is coming out of retirement.Czech legend Nedved signed for amateur side FK Skalna in his homeland after retiring from football in 2009. 7/1 for Juventus and Olympiakos draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 It is a return home for Nedved, who started his career in Skalna before going on to win Serie A titles among others with Juventus and Lazio.Skalna is also the home of his 18-year-old son Pavel Jr.It remains to be seen when Nedved – who won 91 caps for Czech Republic – will be available to play due his commitments with Juve, where he is vice-chairman of the Scudetto holders.Dream Team FC reports that the Serie A side are willing to give him time away from his responsibilities in order for him to play for the Czech club.
Share on WhatsApp Topics Read more news The game was not without controversy. Two French players, Matthieu Jalibert and Antoine Dupont, suffered serious knee injuries; their tournaments are probably over. “I cannot anticipate what the doctors are going to say but I believe it might be serious for them,” said Jacques Brunel, France’s new coach. “We’ll probably pay a very high price for this defeat.”Despite the obvious agony of their knee injuries, both players were registered as head-injury assessments, conjuring memories of France’s win over Wales here last season. In Dupont’s case, the HIA meant France were able to return their starting scrum-half to the fray. “The HIA protocol was decided by the independent doctor,” said Brunel. “It wasn’t our decision. The players did have knee injuries, but the independent doctor decided on the HIA.” Read more Share on Twitter Six Nations Ireland’s patience and composure was, indeed, remarkable. They worked their way through some 40 phases during five minutes of nerve-shredding rugby in the relentless drizzle, at the end of which Johnny Sexton landed a fabulous drop goal. “When he struck the drop goal I was just willing it to have enough distance to get over. As a coaching staff we stood up as one and cheered with the other Irish supporters in the stadium.“Johnny has hit a few drop goals in his time, but not many. And I don’t think he was really thinking too much about history, he just stepped and seized the moment and he did it with absolute aplomb.“That’s credit to a man who was struggling a little with cramp and fatigue. But his clarity of thought and ability to win those big moments is second to none.”Ireland had dominated, according to most of the statistics. “Having metrics in your favour doesn’t necessarily give you the one metric you want at the end of the day. Maybe people underestimate how hard it is to come here and win,” said Schmidt. Johnny Sexton’s stunning drop goal snatches win for Ireland over France Share on Facebook Ireland rugby union team France rugby union team Share on LinkedIn The Observer Share on Pinterest Share via Email Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Six Nations 2018 A relieved Joe Schmidt hailed his Ireland team for dragging themselves out of a hole it had appeared for 70 minutes there was no danger of them tumbling into. “It’s pretty hard to explain how you feel when you think you’ve let the game slip and then suddenly you’ve grabbed it,” he said.“I felt it was an incredible team effort to work your way up the pitch about 45 metres and then to add on to the end of it a 45-metre drop goal. It was inspirational, especially when so many had to be involved.” Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Wales and Leigh Halfpenny rip apart Scotland’s Six Nations ambitions Rugby union Reuse this content
Plus d’argent pour les soins infirmiers à domicile et les rénovations des maisons Plus de 500 lits dans les foyers de soins infirmiers, offrant aux aînés un endroit accueillant et chaleureux où vivre Réduction du coût des médicaments génériques et investissement de plus de 3 millions de dollars pour que plus de 100 000 aînés n’aient pas à payer des primes et des quotes-parts plus élevées Remboursement de l’impôt provincial sur le revenu à 17 000 aînés à faible revenu qui reçoivent le Supplément de revenu garanti Une subvention provinciale visant à aider les aînés à rester actifs ainsi que plusieurs autres initiatives permettent d’améliorer la vie des aînés néo-écossais. « Le gouvernement poursuit son engagement visant à améliorer la vie des aînés par le biais du Programme de subventions pour le vieillissement positif, a dit Denise Peterson-Rafuse, ministre des Aînés, aujourd’hui 4 mars. Ces subventions aident les communautés à créer des programmes et des services qui répondent aux besoins changeants des aînés et aux circonstances uniques des communautés locales. » Les organismes communautaires à but non lucratif peuvent présenter des demandes de subventions s’élevant à 10 000 $ pour réaliser les objectifs et les actions indiqués dans la Stratégie pour un vieillissement positif en Nouvelle-Écosse, en se concentrant notamment sur la santé, le bien-être et la participation à la vie en communauté. Les demandes doivent être reçues avant 16 h 30 le 29 juin. Des projets financés dans le passé ont appuyé les aînés par l’activité physique et la vie active, la créativité et les arts, la formation continue, le bénévolat et l’accès amélioré à la technologie. « En plus des subventions, le budget provincial continuera également de rendre la vie plus abordable pour de nombreux aînés en les aidant à demeurer chez eux et dans leurs communautés plus longtemps », a dit Mme Peterson-Rafuse. Voici quelques initiatives proposées dans le budget : Le formulaire de demande du Programme de subventions pour le vieillissement positif et des renseignements sur d’autres programmes sont disponibles au www.gov.ns.ca/seniors ou en composant le numéro sans frais 1-800-670-0065.
EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will go on tour starting Nov. 20 to stump for the Trans Mountain pipeline, but is resisting opposition calls to wield a big stick against its opponents.Notley will speak in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton over the next three weeks on the importance of the pipeline expansion to the B.C. coast through Burnaby.The $7.4-billion Kinder Morgan Canada (TSX:KML) project will expand an existing pipeline so Alberta can get a better price overseas for its oil.The line was approved last year by the federal government, but is opposed by B.C.’s governing NDP, and Burnaby officials have been accused of delaying the project by dragging out permit approvals.Notley has joined Kinder Morgan to ask the National Energy Board to cut the red tape with Burnaby, but refused suggestions from the Opposition United Conservatives to threaten consequences against opponents who try to block a legally approved project.Notley says they will continue to focus on selling the benefits of the pipeline expansion, noting that such action got the project approved in the first place.
Darjeeling: Bimal Gurung and Roshan Giri finally decided to give the Hills a miss, fearing arrest. Meanwhile, two members from the Bimal camp who had arrived from Delhi, were picked up by the police at Bagdogra Airport.Speculations were rife in the Hills that Gurung would try to stage a comeback using the Supreme Court order as a shield. The Supreme Court on Wednesday had ordered Gurung and others to file a petition at the Calcutta High Court in the next four days and stated that no coercive action should be taken against them till then. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaGiri claimed in a social media message on Thursday morning that they were returning home at 2pm. He also asked supporters to be present at Bagdogra Airport. With news of Gurung’s plans to return, police presence was beefed up. Top cops of Darjeeling Police and Siliguri Metropolitan Police were present at Bagdogra. According to information, Gurung and 8 others were booked in two flights. The list included Roshan Giri, Anmol Thapa, Nima Tamang, Sanjit Subedi, Phup Namgyal Bhutia, Yogendra Pradhan, Bidraman Golay and Bal Krishna Thapa. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe AirAsia flight landed at around 12:30 pm in Bagdogra, but Gurung and his men were not there. In the meantime, posters were put up in Darjeeling by the Yuva Morcha, threatening to stop Gurung from returning to the Hills. Tshering Dahal, president, Gorkha Janmukti Nari Morcha, said: “While people were suffering in the Hills during the strife in 2017, Gurung and his men were enjoying in Delhi. Now that it is peaceful and normalcy has returned, he is trying to disturb the peace and tranquility. We will not allow him to do that.” The IndiGo flight landed at around 2:20 pm. Though Gurung and Giri were not there, Yogendra Pradhan along with one Rohan Rai of the Bimal camp arrived in that flight. The duo was immediately nabbed by the waiting police and taken to Phansidewa police station. They have been detained. B P Bajgain, spokesperson, GJM (Bimal faction) in a press conference in Siliguri remarked that Gurung and the others were all set to arrive in Bagdogra and then would file a petition in the Circuit Bench of the Calcutta High Court in Jalpaiguri. “However, we got inputs that there could be clashes in the Hills. In order to maintain peace and tranquility we asked him not to come. Our party does not believe in violence and hence it was cancelled,” claimed Bajgain. The spokesperson further said that legal experts are being consulted to decide on the future course of action. Meanwhile Binoy Tamang, president, GJM, said: “Their return will in no way affect us politically as the public will not accept them now.” Goutam Deb, president, TMC district committee, Darjeeling, stated that the BJP is trying to create unrest and strife in the Hills, using Gurung.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI sent a message of congratulations to president of the Republic of Cameroon Paul Biya following the Cameroonian football team’s winning of the 31st edition of the African Cup of Nations. In this message, the King extended his heartfelt congratulations to Paul Biya as well as to the brotherly Cameroonian people.“I also want to pay tribute to the players and the technical staff in the Cameroonian team who showed during this African sports event a remarkable talent and a spirit of competition and fair-play crowned by this major achievement,” wrote the message.Cameroon beat Egypt in the final of the African Cup of Nations in Libreville. It is the fifth time Cameroon has won the Cup of Nations and first since 2002.
The two men, both wearing red prison-issue clothing, were also ordered to refrain from contacting any of the other four accused in the smuggling.The accused are charged with organizing the smuggling of the Tamils aboard the MV Sun Sea between August 2009 and Aug. 13, 2010, when the ship arrived in Esquimalt. The passengers were picked up in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand.The other four accused have not yet had bail hearings. The next court appearance in the case is set for Aug. 29. No trial date has yet been set. The reasons for judgment of B.C. Supreme Court Madam Justice Brenda Brown ordering the release of the two men cannot be reported due to a publication ban. They were brought to B.C. and appeared in a Vancouver courtroom Monday following an application to be released on bail. Canada’s British Columbia (B.C.) Supreme Court has ordered the release of two Ontario men charged in the smuggling into Canada of 492 Tamils aboard a freighter off the B.C. coast.Nadarajah Mahendran and Thampeernayagam Rajaratnam were charged in June with organizing illegal entry into Canada in violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Mahendran was released on a $25,000 surety and a number of conditions including that he remain in Ontario and not change his residence without permission and that he surrender his Canadian passport and any visas or travel documents.Rajaratnam is to be released on a $10,000 cash deposit with three named sureties. He must also remain in Ontario and surrender his passport. As of April 30, six out of the 492 asylum seekers had been accepted as refugees and 19 had been issued deportation orders. (The province)
The meeting in Abuja will provide “a high-level forum to discuss fruitful partnerships amongst the regional/subregional bodies in Africa…[and] will enhance coordination of initiatives and programmes related to agriculture and food security and facilitate immediate action for addressing the challenges facing Africa,” according to a statement issued by FAO.The summit, from 11 to 12 December, is expected to attract the Presidents of a number of African States as well as the leadership of the FAO, the African Development Bank, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), and several other regional development organizations.Topping the agenda will be the “harmonization” of the activities of the regional economic organisations with the NEPAD Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme. The meeting will also focus on cooperation between international financial institutions in support of increased agricultural and rural development and regional support to national food security and agricultural development efforts.
“I just sat there and listened to their horrible stories,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ruud Lubbers said after visiting some of the refugees in eastern Chad’s Touloum transit centre. He called for intensified efforts to bring peace to the Darfur region of western Sudan where the conflict between rebel movements, militias and the Government has also displaced an estimated 1 million people internally. Noting that the refugees seemed very traumatized, Mr. Lubbers added: “There’s no immediate prospect for them to go back now. UNHCR’s role is to accommodate them in Chad until it is safe for them to go back to Darfur.” It could be “months and months” before they could even begin to think of returning home, he said.Touloum houses more than 4,800 refugees, many of whom live in huts made of branches and UNHCR plastic sheeting. Some told Mr. Lubbers they fled after their villages were bombed by a plane, then attacked by militia. They walked for days to Tine on the border and built makeshift shelters before being moved by UNHCR to the safer site of Touloum.Today the High Commissioner is scheduled to meet the UN Special Envoy to Sudan, Tom Eric Vraalsen, in N’Djamena, the Chadian capital.
OSU senior forward David Gust (17) skates toward the puck while Michigan State defenseman Carson Gatt (18) looks to slow Gust in a game on March 3 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Lantern photographerAfter finding themselves dumbfounded and on the wrong side of 5-4 scoreline in Game One Friday night, the No. 13 Ohio State men’s hockey team relied on its Big Ten-leading powerplay efficiency to carry them to a victory in Game Two.Converting on 3-of-4 powerplay opportunities, the Buckeyes (18-10-6, 9-8-1-1) closed out their home slate of the 2016-17 season with a 5-3 win over the Michigan State Spartans (7-22-3, 3-13-2-0) on Senior Night.Senior forwards Nick Schilkey and David Gust, junior forward Kevin Miller and sophomore forwards Mason Jobst and Dakota Joshua all found the back of the net for OSU in the victory. Jobst, Joshua and Schilkey also registered assists in the game, as well as three helpers from senior defenseman Josh Healey and one from sophomore defenseman Tommy Parran.Senior goaltender Matt Tomkins proved effective between the pipes for the Scarlet and Gray despite allowing three goals, notching 22 saves.“I just think our guys were going to be determined to win a hockey game tonight for a lot of reasons,” said OSU coach Steve Rohlik. “I think most importantly it was the group in the room — they just weren’t going to let each other down tonight, and I think that was our attitude.”The OSU penalty kill was on display early in the first period, as Joshua entered the penalty box twice in the first six minutes. But after warding off two Spartan powerplays, the Buckeyes earned one of their own and quickly capitalized on the opportunity.Jobst took a pass from Healey, and the sophomore fired a wrister from the slot into the top corner to put the Scarlet and Gray up 1-0 with 7:55 remaining in the period with his 16th goal of the season and second of the series. Schilkey also recorded a helper on the play, his 13th of the year.The lead, however, quickly disappeared as Michigan State freshman forward Sam Saliba cashed in on a power play just 36 seconds later to tie the game at one with his second goal of the weekend.With three minutes left in the first, the Spartans found themselves on the penalty kill for a second time — and the nation’s most efficient powerplay offense again took advantage of the extra man.Off a pad save from Michigan State freshman goaltender John Lethemon, Gust one-timed the rebound from the point into the back of the net to put OSU in front 2-1 heading into the first intermission with his 15th goal of the season and third point of the series. Healey and Schilkey each notched their second assist and point of the game on the goal.Out of the locker room, the Scarlet and Gray lead swiftly vanished as the Spartans tied the game at two just 52 seconds into the period when freshman forward Patrick Khodorenko tapped in a pinpoint pass from outside the crease on the powerplay. Less than two minutes later, the Scarlet and Gray regained the lead as Miller’s shot deflected over Lethemon and trickled into the net to put OSU back in front 3-2 on the junior forward’s 10th goal of the season. With 16:18 remaining in the period, however, the visitors netted their third goal of the night on the rush as Saliba buried his second of the contest.Chances remained abundant for both sides throughout the final 10 minutes of the period, but as the horn sounded around the Schottenstein Center, the Buckeyes and Spartans entered the locker room in a 3-3 deadlock.Five minutes into the final frame, it was the OSU powerplay again. Jobst pushed a pass to Joshua behind the Michigan State net, and the Dearborn, Michigan, native carried the puck to just outside the crease and wristed a shot past Lethemon for his 10th goal of the season and second point of the night. Healey also notched his third assist of game on the go-ahead goal.With time winding down, both OSU and Michigan State produced opportunities to extend or cut the lead. The Spartans emptied their net and controlled the puck with less than a minute remaining, but a sloppy pass in the neutral zone turned into Schilkey adding another for the home side with an empty-net goal with under 10 seconds left.After 60 minutes, OSU captured three important conference points on Senior Night to close out the home slate of the season with a 5-3 victory. “I think we just played a better team game tonight, especially in the third,” Healey said. “The boys knew what was on the line… and every win is important, so we just came out in the third, locked it down and did everything we could to limit their chances.”One series remains on the schedule for the Scarlet and Gray, as they will travel to the Kohl Center for two conference clashes with the Wisconsin Badgers. With that, Rohlik said his team will have to continue to make adjustments down the stretch, and that refining skills in certain parts of the game will lead to more success on the ice.“We’ve got to still become a better five-on-five team,” Rohlik said. “We’re understanding that it takes a lot of hard work five-on-five to get to the dirty areas, and I think if we can improve in that area, if we can improve on the (penalty kill), I think our best hockey is still ahead of us.”
Detective Inspector Simon Pickford said: “One week on from this terrible crime, our officers will return to the scene on the evening of Monday, 9 April, as we continue our work to find those responsible for Tanesha’s murder. Police at the scene in Collier Row, Romford, east LondonCredit:Isabel Infantes/PA Wire Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “The Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed. A mandatory referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.”Local resident Angela Dorman told the BBC she was on her way to work when she saw a “large police cordon” and “lots of police sirens”.”Collier Row Road is usually very busy with traffic at this time of the morning,” she said. “Traffic was being diverted up Lodge Lane which I thought was unusual and just knew something was wrong.”As I got to the Esso garage I could see white tarpaulin covering something, there were also gloves and tissues lying on the ground. I could see one police officer standing on the garage’s concourse.” He said: “Is a life in my constituency worth less than a life elsewhere in our country? I have had four young people lose their lives since Christmas and not a single phone call or visit from the PM or Home Secretary. Where is the political consensus on a serious strategy? Enough is enough.” One of these young people was Tanesha Melbourne, 17, who was shot dead last week. Detectives are to return to the scene, one week after the drive-by killing.Police will visit the Chalgrove Road area of Tottenham, north London, between 8pm and 11pm on Monday to speak to locals and distribute leaflets.On April 2 officers were called to the scene of a shooting and found Tanesha Melbourne-Blake with a gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at 10.43pm.At this early stage detectives believe that shots were fired from a vehicle into a group of people, hitting Tanesha, Scotland Yard said.They are working to establish the type of car involved and how many people were both in the vehicle and within the group who came under fire. BREAKING: #Romford: Reports of 2 people shot as police cordon off patrol station on Lowshoe Lane and Collier Row Road pic.twitter.com/BqzOuFpE8T— London 999 Feed (@999London) April 9, 2018 Romford’s Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell tweeted: “Shocking incident in Collier Row today, just relieved that no member of the public has been harmed. Thank you to the Police for protecting our community.”Crime in Havering is rising- Mayor Khan, you have a duty to allocate more resources to our borough!”Over 50 people have died as a result of violence in London so far this year, as ministers and MPs work to address the causes.Amber Rudd is due to launch a new violent crime strategy after criticism of the Government over police cuts.The move comes amid an escalating row over crime rates. Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, Rudd had argued that there wasn’t a link between the fall in police numbers and the rise in violent crime.Labour MP David Lammy, whose Tottenham constituency has seen multiple deaths since Christmas, has criticised the government response. Tanesha Melbourne was shot dead last week “I’m certain someone in the community has information that can assist us. Perhaps you are worried about contacting police to tell us know what you know. I can assure you your information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”To anyone who is concerned about any loyalties they have that they think means they cannot talk to police, I would ask you to think of Tanesha’s grief-stricken family and do the right thing by speaking to us.”A 30-year-old man who was arrested on Friday in the E9 area of London on suspicion of murder has been released under investigation. A man, believed to be in his 40s, has been shot dead by police in Romford.According to police reports, the unnamed man was making threats and claiming to be in possession of a firearm.The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “At approximately 03.50hrs on Monday, 9 April, police were called by a man making threats and claiming he was in possession of a firearm at an address in Collier Row.”Firearms officers attended the location and were informed the man had left the address, armed with a firearm.”At approximately 04:45hrs a man – believed to be aged in his 40s – was shot by police in the vicinity of Collier Row Road and Lodge Lane. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 05:17hrs.”Road closures remain in place around the scene.
‘FLOODGATE ARGUMENTS’ ABOUND in the current debate about abortion legislation in Ireland. In our research, we have found that many of these arguments serve only to distort the current debate because they suggest long-term implications of abortion legislation that are simply precluded by the clear and unambiguous wording of the Constitution.As well as that, these arguments have a tendency to use information from other countries in a selective and sometimes disingenuous manner. In fact, when the existing constitutional regime is taken into proper account, many of the ‘risks’ of abortion legislation are clearly mitigated. This calls into question the weight, if any, that these kinds of arguments ought to be given.Claim 1: Abortion cannot be limited by legislationIt is often claimed that legislation allowing for abortion cannot effectively limit abortion to specific circumstances. The anti-choice parliamentarians who recently travelled to the United States are reported onTheJournal.ie this morning to have made this same argument by reference to California, Britain, France, Chile and New Zealand. However, these examples are entirely inapposite to Ireland.Article 40.3.3 of the constitution contains an express statement of equal constitutional protection for a pregnant woman and the unborn. This means not only that abortion can be limited by legislation, but that in fact it must be if it is to avoid unconstitutionality. The only abortion that is clearly permitted by the Constitution is one where three requirements are fulfilled: (i) there is a real and substantial risk to the life of the pregnant woman; (ii) on the balance of probabilities that risk can be averted only through termination of the pregnancy; and (iii) the foetus is not viable nor on the cusp of viability. If the foetus is viable, the appropriate intervention under Article 40.3.3 is early delivery.Even if the Irish judiciary were to be ‘activist’ in interpreting the Constitution, two important points remain for noting: first, Article 40.3.3 simply cannot be interpreted in a manner that allows for abortion ‘on demand’; and second, if the Supreme Court interprets the constitution in a manner considered to be contrary to its intention the government of the day can propose a referendum for the People to endorse or reject that interpretation.Claim 2: Rates of abortion increase dramatically when legislation is introducedIn the absence of constitutional change, legislation can only permit abortion where the limited constitutional test is satisfied. Thus, even if abortion rates in Ireland were to increase, the increase could only be modest and will comprise only women who fall into these limited circumstances. The constitutional restraints are such, therefore, that claims of a substantial increase in abortion undertaken in Ireland are mere assertions divorced from legal realities.Claim 3: Medical certification does not workThe British Abortion Act 1967 is often used to argue that requiring certification by more than one doctor does not work. Under the Abortion Act 1967, apart from in an emergency, two doctors must agree in good faith that one of the four grounds for abortion under the Act applies. Here, the second doctor reviews the case to ensure the accuracy of the first doctor’s conclusion, a step which is routinely taken in a GP practice’It is correct to say that concerns have been raised about doctors using ‘pre-stamped’ forms to approve of abortions. However, where this practice has been uncovered in Britain, there have been threats of criminal sanctions and steps have been taken to ensure compliance with the law. In addition, this version of events is only part of the story; in reality the two-doctor rule also has the effect of giving doctors the capacity to refuse abortions including, in some cases, on the basis of a pregnant woman’s ‘actual or reasonably foreseeable environment’ (s.1(2))—a wide ground that allows for non-medical matters to be taken into account in deciding whether an abortion is permitted. As well as this, there is evidence of doctors in Britain telling women to take a few weeks to “think about it” before they discuss abortion refusal, or to ask patients to read the Bible (L Riley and A Furedi, ‘Autonomy and the UK’s Law on Abortion: Current Problems and Future Prospects’, in S Scatler et al (eds), Regulating Autonomy: Sex, Reproduction and Family (Oxford: Hart, 2009)).The picture in Britain is thus significantly more complex than is often represented in the Irish debate.Further to that, it is important to remember that the standard for accessing abortion in Ireland is so materially different—and so much more onerous—than that in Britain that it is almost certainly the case that any abortion decisions to be taken will be made in the context of hospital care, where averting procedures (and, indeed, ethics committees) may well be more difficult than is the case in general practices. The Abortion Act 1967 thus does not provide any useable argument against abortion legislation in Ireland.Claim 4: A change in culture will occurA final claim – one made by the anti-choice Parliamentarians reported in TheJournal.ie this morning – is that introducing abortion legislation will lead to a change in culture in which abortion becomes more acceptable. Although this is a floodgate argument inasmuch as it is intended to distract decision-makers from the task at hand (giving effect to the current constitutional provision), it is one that may well be true given that, as abortion becomes legally available in Ireland, claims for more availability might be made. However, this does not mean it provides a basis for refusing to legislate because, even if there were such a cultural change, this could not result in a legal change without a constitutional amendment, which in turn can only be achieved by means of a referendum of the People.Fiona de Londras is a professor of law & co-director of the Human Rights Centre at Durham Law School. She tweets at @efdel. Laura Graham is a lecturer in law & co-director of Gender and Law at Durham at Durham Law School. She tweets at @lauragraham86