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BJP bandh hits life in Jeypore

first_imgNormal life was disrupted in Jeypore Assembly constituency in Odisha’s Koraput district on Thursday following an eight-hour bandh call given by the BJP.Local BJP workers had called the 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. bandh in support of four demands, including declaration of Borigumma as a notified area council. Borigumma is currently a panchayat and not recognised as an urban centre. The other demands included ‘non-transferable’ tag in land records of all residents in Jeypore constituency, a CBI probe into the alleged distribution of fake land pattas (documents) by the administration, and Jeypore government hospital to start functioning as a full-fledged district headquarters hospital.The BJP workers took to the streets early morning and were seen picketing at several key points across the constituency. Many passenger vehicles stayed off the roads while several others were stranded due to the picketing. Many shops downed their shutters while educational institutions, banks and government offices could not function properly.The impact of the bandh was felt most in Borigumma, where roads were tyres were burnt to block the roads.last_img read more

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U.S. postdoc system still needs improvement, new study finds

first_imgThe U.S. National Academies today issued a new look at the travails of the postdoctoral training system in the United States. The report, The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited, is a sequel to the seminal report issued in 2000 that called for significant reform. Our colleagues at Science Careers have an analysis.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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BCCI recommends Zaheer for Arjuna award

first_imgIndian pacer Zaheer Khan.The Indian cricket board on Tuesday recommended pace spearhead Zaheer Khan for the prestigious Arjuna award for his excellent showing in the cricket World Cup.The pacer, who took 21 wickets to finish the quadrennial extravaganza as the joint-highest wicket-taker with Shahid Afridi of Pakistan, has been in terrific form over the past one year.If Zaheer wins the award, he will join the likes of Salim Durani, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Vijay Manjrekar and team-mates Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Sachin Tendulkar amongst others.Gambhir was the last male cricketer to have won the award, in 2009, while women’s team pacer Jhulan Goswamy received the honour last year.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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ISL: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu gets two-match suspension, fined Rs 3 Lakh for violent conduct

first_imgBengaluru FC No. 1 Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has been handed a two-match suspension and fine of Rs 3 Lakhs with immediate effect for violent conduct in Indian Super League (ISL) match against FC Goa.All India Football Federation (AIFF) Disciplinary Committee, on Tuesday, announced the decision over breach of AIFF Disciplinary Code Article 49 (misconduct against opponents or person other than match officials) by Gurpeeet, based on the Referee’s report of violent conduct in ISL match No. 12 played between FC Goa and Bengaluru FC on November 30, 2017 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa.”Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Player (Jersey No. 1) of Bengaluru FC is fined Rs 3,00,000 (three Lac INR) and is suspended for two matches of Bengaluru FC, from the date of this decision. The amount should be deposited to All India Football Federation within 10 days from the date of communication of this decision and until such payment, the match suspension to continue, over and above the two-match suspension,” AIFF Disciplinary Committee report said.Gurpreet received a red card for his violent reaction towards FC Goa’s Manuel Lanzarote.Some sloppy passing deep inside their own half forced Gurpreet into making a challenge at Lanzarote which he managed well. But immediately after that he went ahead and pushed Lanzarote from behind, after which he got the red card and FC Goa got a penalty. Goa eventually won the match 4-3.Gurpreet will miss Bengaluru’s two upcoming away games, against NorthEast United FC on Friday in Guwahati and against FC Pune City on December 14 in Pune.Gurpreet, earlier this year, moved to Bengaluru FC from Norwegian side Stabaek FC on a one-year deal for the 2017-18 season.advertisementWith the transfer, he became the first Indian player who has been bought by an Indian club from a European team with a transfer fee. After the completion of the transfer, Gurpreet had expressed that lack of game time in Europe triggered his move back to India. He is the only Indian player to have played in the Europa League.last_img read more

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Nokia 6.1 Plus is the Redmi Note 5 Pro killer you’ve been waiting for

first_imgHMD deserves a lot of credit for bringing back the Nokia brand from the ashes last year. And after setting up a pretty solid base, the company decided that 2018 would be the year to rapidly expand its product portfolio. So far, the company has launched around 9 smartphones, all of which have come to India. The latest two being the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus. HMD’s lineup nicely covers the budget to mid-range segment in India, and wile not all of them are a hit, some of them have the ability to take on the best the segment has to offer.The Nokia 6.1 Plus (Review) is arguably the most popular Nokia phone right now and one that fans were waiting for quite a while. And the wait has been worth because not only does the phone bring a stunning design with an edge-to-edge display and a solid performance under-the-hood, but HMD also managed to price the phone competitively at Rs 15,999. This also gives the Nokia 6.1 Plus a great chance to take on the segment heavyweight, the Redmi Note 5 Pro (Review). And in many ways, the Nokia 6.1 Plus does seem to have an edge.– Let’s talk about the design because that’s the first thing that hits you when you take a look at the Nokia 6.1 Plus. Simply put, the latest Nokia phone is a stunning device and it shows that the company has put a lot of effort into it. It’s shouts out premium from the front and the back thanks to an edge-to-edge display and glass design. The phone sports a notch on the top, allowing HMD to chop down the bezels and offer a full-screen immersive display. The Gorilla Glass 3 on the back nicely curves around the edges to meet the meal frame. This gives the phone a very premium design and makes it stand out in a segment filled with metal and plastic phones.advertisement — The Redmi Note 5 Pro, in comparison, has a design that we have seen many times before. It’s a tried and tested formula that doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. Sure, it has a sturdy metal build and an 18:9 display, but the design as a whole is uninspiring and largely derivative from past Redmi phones. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is really about the metal body design as much as it is about the display and hardware, which we will get to in a bit. From a design perspective, the Nokia 6.1 Plus definitely looks like a more attractive and unique smartphone in this segment.– The Nokia 6.1 Plus doesn’t have a large display, but it does come with a larger screen-to-body ratio compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. What this means is you get more display in a given footprint. The 6.1 Plus comes with a 5.8-inch FHD+ display while the Redmi Note 5 Pro gets a 6-inch FHD+ display, but it also comes with more bezels compared to the Nokia phone. Now, a notched phone may not appeal to a lot of people, but I mentioned in my review that the Nokia 6.1 Plus has one of the best notch implementations in this segment. By that I mean the notch never intrudes or eats into your experience of the display, especially when consuming media or playing games.– While both the phones offer a FHD+ resolution that look vivid and crisp. Notably, the Nokia 6.1 Plus has a higher pixel density of 432 ppi which translate to a sharper panel. Pound for pound, both the devices offer an immersive experience with good brightness and viewing angles.– The Nokia 6.1 Plus also matches the Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of performance as both the devices are powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset, which is arguably one of the more powerful processors you can find in the affordable segment. Both the devices perform really well under intensive pressure and manage to stay smooth consistently even while playing graphic intensive games. These phones are capable of handling day-to-day multitasking with ease and you won’t find reasons to complain about performance issues here. — Design aside, the other area where the Nokia 6.1 Plus gets an edge over the Redmi Note 5 Pro is in the software department. It’s hard to beat a pure, stock Android Oreo software out-of-the-box and that’s what HMD has promised for all its devices. The Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with a bloat-free, simple and smooth UI with a promise of monthly Android security updates. It will also receive Android 9 Pie and Android Q in the future, which is something you cannot say with surity for the Redmi Note 5 Pro.advertisement– The Redmi Note 5 Pro disappointingly ships with Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based MIUI, which makes it quite dated now that Android 9 Pie is out. The phone received the Android Oreo update in late June, and may just receive Android 9 Pie eventually as Xiaomi is listed as one of the OEMs part of Google Beta program, but it still puts the phone behind the Nokia 6.1 Plus in staying up-to-date with Android. Xiaomi isn’t the fastest at pushing out security updates as well, and it seems unlikely that the device will get Android Q in the future. The MIUI software is also quite heavy with pre-loaded apps and customisations, which may not attract everyone. That being said, the UI should not give you any noticeable lags or stutters.– Now, here’s where the Redmi Note 5 Pro has the edge – cameras and battery. Xiaomi’s device comes with some of the best cameras in this segment and a large battery capacity that will last you a good day and a half. The Nokia 6.1 Plus takes capable daylight photos but suffers in low-light conditions. Compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro’s 4,000mAh battery, the 3,060mAh capacity inside the Nokia 6.1 Plus will get you through a full day and maybe a day and a half on average usage. It’s still a lot given its size, but that’s also because of some neat software optimisation that helps preserve battery life.– Both the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Redmi Note 5 Pro have something unique to offer. HMD’s latest phone trumps the latter in design and software, while the Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with superior cameras and battery life. Both offer similar performances and immersive displays. In the end, I feel HMD has finally come out with a pretty great under Rs 20,000 phone that can go toe-to-toe with the the best of Xiaomi.last_img read more

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Akinfenwa: Ramos lucky to avoid ‘Beast Mode’

first_imgReal Madrid Akinfenwa: Ramos lucky to avoid ‘Beast Mode’ after Salah scuffle Chris Burton 00:00 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ramos Salah injury Real Madrid Liverpool Champions League final 26052018 Getty Images Real Madrid Sergio Ramos Liverpool UEFA Champions League Mohamed Salah The Liverpool fan and FIFA cult hero has sent a warning to the Real Madrid skipper following his actions during and after the Champions League final Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos has been warned he got “lucky” avoiding Adebayo Akinfenwa and the Liverpool fan’s ‘Beast Mode’ after his tussle with Mohamed Salah in the Champions League final.The World Cup-winning defender has become public enemy number one in the eyes of Reds supporters following his antics during and after a continental clash in Kiev.It was after tangling with Ramos that Salah was forced from the field in tears in the Ukrainian capital, with a shoulder injury robbing Jurgen Klopp of the services of a 44-goal talisman. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The Blancos captain also caught Loris Karius on the head during an eventful first-half, with it since revealed that the German goalkeeper suffered a concussion as a result of that coming together.Ramos has hardly endeared himself to Liverpool followers since lifting another European Cup, with the Spain international offering a sarcastic response to the post-game fallout.He has been the subject of a petition calling for action from football’s authorities, while an Egyptian lawyer went as far as filing a €1 billion lawsuit against the 32-year-old centre-half.Ramos may have been able to laugh off the accusations being levelled against him, but he should probably consider himself fortunate to have avoided running into Akinfenwa.The FIFA cult hero, who is renowned for his brute strength, has suggested that he would have dealt with Ramos in an altogether different manner in a video posted on his social media accounts titled “Don’t worry Liverpool FC I will always have your back. #WeInThisTogether #SometimesYouHave2Smile #BeastMode.”Don’t worry Liverpool FC I will always have your back. #YNWA 🤣🤣🤣💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿 #WeInThisTogether #SometimesYouHave2Smile #BeastMode pic.twitter.com/2aaYtffSMs— daRealAAkinfenwa (@daRealAkinfenwa) June 6, 2018Akinfenwa says in the video: “So it’s been a week since the Champions League final and I’ve just got back from holiday.“Sergio Ramos, not only did you take out my man Mo Salah, but now I’m hearing you put Karius in concussion.“Look brother, I’m never going to play against you because I’m never going to make it to the Champions League, but you’re lucky.”Ramos has further incurred the wrath of Liverpool supporters with his response to discovering that he had left Karius concussed.He said: “Damn, they’ve given this a lot of attention, the Salah thing.”I didn’t want to speak because everything is magnified. I see the play well, he grabs my arm first and I fell to the other side, the injury happened to the other arm and they said that I gave him a judo hold.”After the goalkeeper said that I dazed him with a clash. I am only missing Firmino saying that he got a cold because a drop of my sweat landed on him.”last_img read more

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Former Duke Guard Austin Rivers Says He’s “Straight Up Better” Than Many Players In USA Basketball Scrimmage

first_imgAustin Rivers thinks he is better than the players in the USA basketball scrimmage.Austin RiversThe U.S. men’s basketball team held a scrimmage in Las Vegas Thursday night. Jerry Colangelo’s program ended its 34 player minicamp – a precursor to next summer’s Olympic Games – with a Blue and White exhibition contest that looked similar to an All-Star game. Most of the camp’s star players – LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, etc. – did not play in the game televised on ESPN, but most of the young guys did. Team USA announces Blue and White rosters for Thursday night’s showcase at UNLV pic.twitter.com/pX2JxvQQ1T— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) August 13, 2015Former Duke star and current Los Angeles Clipper Austin Rivers was not too impressed.Straight up better than a lot of those dudes playing last night….. Have to prove that this year. M.o.a.M MIP…..why not— Austin Rivers (@AustinRivers25) August 14, 2015It’s cool to be confident, but when your college coach, Mike Krzyzewski, is the man leading USA Basketball, and you weren’t invited, that kind of speaks volumes.last_img read more

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Not thinking about records: Rohit Sharma after smashing 5 hundreds in World Cup 2019

first_imgNot thinking about records: Rohit Sharma after smashing 5 hundreds in World Cup 2019India vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, the only man to hit 5 hundreds in a single World Cup, said he starts every day afresh and does not think about past achievements.advertisement India Today Web Desk LeedsJuly 6, 2019UPDATED: July 6, 2019 23:27 IST Rohit Sharma 2nd India batsman to score 600 runs in a single World Cup. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma was named man-of-the-match for his 94-ball 103 vs Sri Lanka on SaturdayRohit Sharma is the first man to hit 5 hundreds in the same World CupRohit said he never thinks of his past achievements when he walks in to batRohit Sharma became the first ever cricketer to score 5 hundreds in a single World Cup but the star India opener said he never thought about this record. Rohit scored his 5th hundred in World Cup 2019 and 27th in his ODI career during India’s emphatic 7-wicket win over Sri Lanka at Leeds on Saturday.This was Rohit Sharma’s 3rd successive hundred and 6th in his World Cup career which is the joint most with Sachin Tendulkar. During the course of his innings, Rohit Sharma became the 2nd India batsman after Tendulkar to score 600 runs in the same World Cup.Rohit Sharma is no stranger to records. He is the only man with 3 double hundreds in ODIs and holds the record for the highest individual score in one-day internationals. In fact, he is within touching distance of Tendulkar’s record 673 runs in the 2003 World Cup.But Rohit Sharma, who was named man-of-the-match for his 94-ball 103, said he never thought about milestones.”Like I have been talking about, going out there and do my job. Not thinking about all these kind of milestones,” Rohit Sharma said at the post-match presentation ceremony.”I know if I play well all these things will happen along the way. My job is to keep my head straight and get my team to the finishing line,” he said.Rohit Sharma said he does not think about his previous achievements when he walks in to bat and his focus is to start afresh every time he takes guard.”I want to start every day as a fresh day. I come out thinking I have not played any ODIs or scored any hundreds in the tournament.advertisement”That is the mindset I want to get in and I keep telling myself that. Although people around me keep talking about the hundreds, but that is the challenge as a sportsperson,” Rohit said.Rohit Sharma now has 647 runs from 9 matches in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. In 8 innings, Rohit has scored 5 hundreds and 1 fifty.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul hundreds help India crush Sri LankaAlso Read | Rohit Sharma 1st batsman to hit 5 hundreds in a single World CupAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Sri Lanka vs IndiaFollow Rohit Sharma Nextlast_img read more

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Forget numbers be active in House PM tells Oppn

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday underscored the constructive role of the opposition in a healthy democracy as the 17th Lok Sabha began. Speaking to reporters outside the Parliament House, PM Modi said, “Every word of the opposition is valuable… The Opposition need not bother about their numbers. I hope they speak actively and participate in the house proceedings”. The opposition has been in shock after their drubbing in the national elections and is yet to hold a strategy session – customary before every session of parliament. The monsoon session started Monday with PM Modi and other members taking the oath. Over the coming days, the government will present the budget and focus on a few key bills. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France”When we come to parliament, we should forget about paksh and vipaksh (government and opposition). We should think about issues with a nishpaksh (impartial) spirit and work in the larger interest of the nation,” Prime Minister Modi said. The BJP has a comfortable majority in the Lok Sabha – the party won 303 seats in the national elections, a jump over its last time’s score of 282 – making for smooth sailing of any bill in the lower house. But in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house, it still has a numerical disadvantage. The NDA has 102 members in the 245-seat upper house, which might affect the passing of key bills, like the bill to make triple talaq illegal, which is likely to be introduced in this session. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizePM Modi reached out to the opposition Sunday as well at an all-party meeting and asked the attending leaders to “introspect whether members of parliament are able to fulfil people’s aspirations as their representatives”. He also thanked the leaders for their suggestions. At the meeting, the Congress had raised the issues of unemployment, farmers’ distress, drought and press freedom, while also calling for early conduct of assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir. Modi expressed satisfaction that the new Lok Sabha has a high number of women members. Pro tem Speaker Virendra Kumar administered the oath to Modi and other newly elected members. The first two days of the session will be devoted to oath-taking by Lok Sabha members. The Speaker will be elected on Wednesday. The next day, at a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament, President Ram Nath Kovind will deliver his customary address. See P5last_img read more

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Indias GDP growth rate much weaker than expected IMF

first_imgWashington DC: India’s economic growth is “much weaker” than expected, according to the IMF, which attributed it to the corporate and environmental regulatory uncertainty and lingering weaknesses in some non-bank financial companies. India’s GDP growth rate slipped to 5 per cent in the first quarter of 2019-20, the lowest in over six years, according to latest official data. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in July projected a slower growth rate for India in 2019 and 2020, a downward revision of 0.3 per cent for both the years, saying its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will now grow respectively at the rate of 7 per cent and 7.2 per cent, reflecting a weaker-than expected outlook for domestic demand. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHowever, India will still be the fastest growing major economy of the world and much ahead of China, the Washington-based global financial institution had said. “We will have a fresh set of numbers coming up but the recent economic growth in India is much weaker than expected, mainly due to corporate and environmental regulatory uncertainty and lingering weakness in some non-bank financial companies,” IMF spokesman Gerry Rice told reporters at a news conference here on Thursday. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe risks to the outlook are tilted to the downside, he said. Responding to a question on the recent GDP figures of India, Rice said the IMF will monitor the economic situation in the country. Sharp deceleration in manufacturing output and subdued farm sector activity pulled down India’s GDP growth to over six-year low of 5 per cent in the April-June quarter of 2019-20, according to official data released last month. The previous low in GDP growth was recorded at 4.3 per cent in January-March quarter of 2012-13. India’s economic growth stood at 8 per cent in the same quarter of 2018-19. “The GDP at Constant (2011-12) Prices in Q1 of 2019-20 is estimated at Rs 35.85 lakh crore, as against Rs 34.14 lakh crore in Q1 of 2018-19, showing a growth rate of 5 per cent,” the National Statistical Office (NSO) said in a statement. “We will update that assessment in the upcoming world economic outlook,” IMF spokesman said.last_img read more

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BC SPCA investigating absolutely sickening alleged abuse of chickens

first_imgVANCOUVER – Animal advocates say they have opened an investigation into “absolutely sickening” alleged animal abuse by a chicken-catching service in Chilliwack, B.C.B.C. SPCA spokeswoman Marcie Moriarty says the agency has launched a formal investigation after receiving undercover video that allegedly shows multiple workers throwing, hitting, dismembering and killing the birds, and forcing the animals into violent sexual acts with each other.She says the workers were hired to round up chickens for transport to a slaughter plant in Port Coquitlam.Moriarty says the footage was shot by a non-profit animal advocacy group between May 10 and June 9.Investigators with the B.C. SPCA are now working on a report that will be forwarded to Crown counsel and Moriarty says they will be recommending multiple charges of animal cruelty under both the Criminal Code and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.She says if the individuals are convicted, they face a fine up to $75,000, a maximum five-year prison sentence and could be banned for life from owning or being around animals.The people shown in the video need to be held accountable for their actions, Moriarty says.“The video includes some of the most brutal and sadistic acts of violence against animals I have ever seen,” she says. “It is extremely difficult to watch.”last_img read more

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Private cargo ship arrives at space station with food galore

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A private cargo ship has arrived at the International Space Station with food galore, following a 1 1/2-day journey from Virginia.Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus capsule pulled up early Friday morning. Space station astronaut Anne McClain used a robot arm to capture the capsule as they soared 250 miles (402.32 kilometres) above Earth.The Cygnus and its 7,600-pound (3,450-kilogram) shipment rocketed from Wallops Island on Wednesday. It holds numerous science experiments, including 40 mice taking part in a tetanus vaccination study, and three small free-flying robots to assist astronauts inside and out.There are also more than 800 meals for the six station residents, including the makings for a fine Easter meal. NASA packed pork chops with gravy, potatoes au gratin and lemon meringue pudding, among other space specialties.Marcia Dunn, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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American Groups Receive 206 Million to Incite Hatred Against Muslims

By Kimberly J. AvalosRabat – A report released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and University of California Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender names 74 groups that they found contribute in some way to Islamophobia in the United States.The report, titled “Confronting Fear,” which was released Monday, also found that a core group—including the Abstraction Fund, Clarion Project, David Horowitz Freedom Center, Middle East Forum, American Freedom Law Center, Center for Security Policy, Investigative Project on Terrorism, Jihad Watch and Act! for America—had access to $206 million in funding between 2008 and 2013, as reported by the Guardian. The Guardian also reported that of the 74 groups, 33 had the primary purpose of “promot[ing] prejudice against, or hatred of, Islam and Muslims.”The report was intended to “represent a four-point strategy designed to achieve a shared American understanding of Islam… in which Islam has an equal place among the many faiths that together constitute America’s pluralistic society.”Corey Saylor, director of CAIR’s Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia, said “Confronting Fear” presents an opportunity to move anti-Muslim bias “back to the fringes of society where it belongs,” especially after a disruptive presidential election.“The 2016 presidential elections has mainstreamed Islamophobia and resulted in a number of un-constitutional proposals targeting Muslims,” said Saylor.On Monday, the headline on the David Horowitz Freedom Center website was “Muslim privilege killed 49 people in Orlando,” a reference to the mass shooting by a Muslim American in an Orlando LGBT nightclub.The same group along with another on the list—the Center for Security Policy—have given awards of recognition to Jeff Sessions, a US senator from Alabama who chairs Donald Trump’s national security advisory committee and is a possible vice-presidential pick, according to the Guardian.The CAIR-UCB report also documented the negative impact of Islamophobia in America, including 10 Anti-Islam bills that became law in 10 states. In addition, there were 78 recorded incidents in 2015 in which mosques were targeted.Saylor said this was the highest yearly number of attacks on mosques since CAIR started tracking in 2009, according to The Guardian. read more

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Prince Harry Shares Iftar with Muslim Community in Singapore

Rabat – During his two-day trip to Singapore, Prince Harry of the UK joined members of a local Muslim-welfare organization, Jamiyah Singapore, for a traditional Iftar on Sunday.After a welcome with flower petals and hand drums, the prince joined 80 young people to break the fast with a meal of porridge (bubur) and dates at a center run by Jamiyah Singapore.Just before the iftar, Muhammad Rafiuddin Ismail who is the secretary general of Jamiyah Singapore, spoke out against the terrorist attacks that took place in London just hours earlier: “Our thoughts go out to the families of the victims of the London terror attack last night. Let peace and harmony prevail in communities all over the world.” After the meal, the prince mingled with attendees and chatted about Ramadan and his visit.The President of Jamiyah Singapore said that the community was honored that Prince Harry could share iftar with the young people and explained, “Ramadan is a time of reflection, for spending time with family and friends while giving support to those who are less fortunate.”Prince Harry was in Singapore to play in a charity polo competition, the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup. The polo cup is an annual fundraiser for the Prince’s charity which helps at risk young people suffering from HIV in southern Africa.Prince Harry’s embrace of the opportunity to celebrate Ramadan is in stark contrast to the actions of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who declined to host an event to mark the holy month of Ramadan. read more

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Beirut selected by UN cultural agency as 2009 World Book Capital

6 July 2007The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today that Beirut has been chosen as the 2009 World Book Capital as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to promote books and reading. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today that Beirut has been chosen as the 2009 World Book Capital as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to promote books and reading. The Lebanese capital was nominated “in the light of its focus on cultural diversity, dialogue and tolerance,” the selection committee said after meeting this week at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris.The committee brings together representatives of UNESCO and some of the main professional associations in the book industry – the International Publishers Association, the International Booksellers Federation and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura hailed the fact that “the city of Beirut, which is facing great challenges in terms of peace and peaceful coexistence, is recognized for its commitment to dialogue, which is necessary more than ever in the region, and that the book is able to contribute actively towards this goal.”Beirut becomes the ninth city to be designated as World Book Capital, after Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Antwerp (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogotá (2007) and Amsterdam (2008). The winning city begins its reign as World Book Capital on World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April, each year. read more

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Wigneswaran accused of fighting for ITAK leadership post

Mavai Senathirajah was in 2014 appointed leader of ITAK after R. Sampanthan stepped down from the post.Sampanthan continues as the leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which includes ITAK. Wigneswaran, has over the past couple of years, been critical of the TNA and has refused to support the alliance at elections. (Colombo Gazette) Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran has been accused of fighting for the leadership post of the Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK).ITAK Secretary K. Thurairajasingam said that the main rift between Wigneswaran and ITAK is that Wigneswaran has been demanding the post of party leader. read more

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Security Council authorizes threemonth Multinational Interim Force for Haiti

Acting just hours after Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigned as President of Haiti, the United Nations Security Council this evening unanimously authorized the immediate deployment of a Multinational Interim Force to the troubled nation.The Council’s action followed an appeal by Haiti’s acting President, Boniface Alexandre, for urgent international support in restoring peace and security.Adopting a resolution under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which allows for the use of military power, the Council mandated the operation to contribute to a secure and stable environment in the country, to facilitate the provision of relief aid to those in need, and to help the Haitian police and the Haitian Coast Guard maintain law and order and protect human rights. The Council decided that the operation would be stationed in Haiti “for a period of not more than three months” while declaring its readiness to establish a follow-on UN stabilization force to support the continuation of a peaceful and constitutional political process and the maintenance of a secure and stable environment.Secretary-General Kofi Annan was requested, in consultation with the Organization of American States (OAS), to make recommendations on the size, structure and mandate of the follow-on UN operation. He was also asked to elaborate a programme of action for the UN’s political, humanitarian, human rights and development work in support of Haiti.Member States were called on to urgently contribute personnel, equipment and other necessary financial and logistic resources to the Multinational Interim Force.The Council demanded that all the parties to the conflict halt the violence, reiterating that “there will be individual accountability and no impunity for [human rights] violators.” It further demanded respect for the constitutional succession and the political process under way to resolve the current crisis.The resolution called on the international community, in particular the UN, the OAS, and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), to work with the people of Haiti in a long-term effort to promote the rebuilding of democratic institutions and to assist in forging a development and poverty alleviation strategy.Speaking to reporters after the vote, Mr. Annan hailed the quick adoption of the resolution, declaring that “the international community has shown the will to help the Haitian people.”Ahead of the Council’s meeting, the Secretary-General had pledged the UN’s help for Haiti.Responding to press questions, Mr. Annan also voiced hope that the “the international community is not going to put a band-aid on, and that we are not only going to help stabilize the current situation, but assist the Haitians over the long haul and really help them pick up the pieces and build a stable country.”He called on the Haitian people to “remain calm, to work with the new President, and to think of their country and their future, not individual ambitions.”In addition, he warned “those who are likely to want to commit serious human rights violations that they will be held individually accountable.”The Secretary-General has been in touch with various world leaders on the Haiti issue over the course of the past critical days, including Mr. Aristide. read more

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Ratio of Afghan women registering to vote shows consistent gradual rise UN

As of yesterday, 28 per cent of the nearly 1.4 million Afghans who have registered in the eight regional centres so far open are women, compared with only16 per cent at the start of registration in December, and 22 per cent in January, in a country where women’s rights were severely restricted under the previous Taliban regime. In a bid to bring out the female vote, some 600,000 extra posters and 300,000 leaflets are being distributed in Dari and Pashto, the principal Afghan languages, telling women their vote is important. In another development, some 42 tons of cannabis seeds, 22 tons of poppy seeds, 4.3 kilos of heroin and 23 kilos of opium have been seized at the entrances to Kabul by the Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan set up by the Afghan authorities with support of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Germany, the United Kingdom and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).The spokesman for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Manoel de Almeida e Silva, told a news briefing in Kabul that the first unit, a 12-member specialist team, had been patrolling the four main entrances into Kabul for some two months in an effort to halt the flow of illegal narcotics. read more

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UN needs urgent funds to feed growing tide of Somali refugees fleeing

As Somalis fleeing renewed conflict in their homeland pushed the number of refugees in neighbouring Kenya to the highest level in a decade, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed for immediate contributions to stave off major cuts in essential aid by November.“The situation is dire,” WFP Deputy Country Director Marian Read said. “Unless we get new funds for our refugee operation immediately, we will have to cut rations in the camps in November. “It is a terrible decision to face but we have no choice – we can’t wait until food stocks run out. Even with the cuts, we will still run out of food in February next year.”To continue feeding 240,000 refugees already in Kenya, as well as the tens of thousands of new arrivals, WFP needs $8.1 million over the next six months for its operations in the camps where malnutrition is already rife. Since January, an estimated 24,000 people have entered camps in Dadaab in north-eastern Kenya, but with escalating tension between the Transitional Federal Government in Baidoa and the Union of Islamic Courts, which controls the capital of Mogadishu and coastal areas, Somalis have recently been pouring in at the rate of 2,500 a week.Unless new donations are made now, rations will be cut by 12 per cent in November, leaving refugees to survive on 1,900 kilocalories a day instead of the recommended daily minimum of 2,100 kilocalories per day. In December, deeper cuts will follow, with rations at 79 per cent of the normal level, or 1,700 kilocalories a day, for all except the most vulnerable. Malnutrition rates in the camps are already well above the emergency level. High energy biscuits are urgently needed because they help tide over the newly arrived families before the next fortnightly food distribution. Kenya’s refugee camps were set up 15 years ago, and mainly host refugees from Somalia (62 per cent) and Sudan (33 percent). WFP provides general food distributions for all registered refugees in the camps, school meals, and food for selective programmes for malnourished children and pregnant and nursing mothers. At another crisis flashpoint, WFP said today it had started airlifting urgent food aid to at least 8,800 people in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), although it has not yet received any funding pledges for next year’s operations.Over 70 nutritional centres run by non-governmental organization (NGO) partners desperately need food for children, pregnant mothers and returnees and the agency has contracted several commercial airlines to bring 1,450 metric tons of food into North Katanga, Maniema and South Kivu provinces, where road and rail transport is virtually non-existent.“Some centres have not received food in months and the situation of the children is particularly worrying,” WFP Country Director Charles Vincent said. “They are in an area cut off by lack of infrastructure and struck by high rates of malnutrition among the local and displaced people.“Here in DRC, we are obliged to act like firemen: we put out a blaze, but we know it will re-ignite unless we provide continuous nutritional support to those in need, especially children,” he added.The current airlift operation is being financed through a contribution of $1.95 million from the new UN Central Emergency Response Fund.WFP aims to feed more than 875,000 people in DRC each month, with 7,800 tons of food. But only 500,000 people are currently provided with rations – and these are reduced. Some 35,000 tons of food worth $63 million is urgently required to meet food needs from October to next June. read more

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Video tour of space station living quarters

first_imgWhile working on the International Space Station (ISS) astronauts are promised incredible views, but when it comes to living quarters astronauts shouldn’t expect anything as grand. Scott Kelly, current ISS expedition commander, offers a tour of his personal quarters aboard the space station through a video uploaded to YouTube. As most people will notice right away, his living area is really nothing more than a closet.As you would expect, space aboard the ISS is a premium so astronauts don’t get a lot. Luckily, thanks to a lack of gravity, they don’t need a lot either. In space, a bed doesn’t need to lay on the ground. Thanks to micro gravity an astronaut’s bed is little more than a sleeping bag with arm restraints that’s hung on the wall.As Commander Kelly points out, one area that is lacking is space for clothing. He states that six months worth of clothes has to fit into the equivalent size of a large suitcase . That means you may have to wear underwear for more than just one day, but Kelly states clothes don’t get as dirty while aboard the ISS as they would on Earth. Speaking of being dirty, your room is also where you take sponge baths since there are no showers aboard the space station. Talk about roughing it.The room does have some nice electronics though. Two computers are provided to the astronaut. One gives them access to ISS systems including their email and schedule while another connects them to the Internet, though connections are slow and spotty at times. Another nice feature is a Skype-like phone which allows the astronaut to make calls when the space station’s satellite dish is properly aligned.While a room at the cheapest Holiday Inn would look like a suite to astronauts aboard the ISS any good real estate agent will tell you that it’s not the size of the room that’s important it’s “location, location, location.”Read more at YouTube.last_img read more

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