‘No fly zone’ during CWG opening

first_imgWith the shadow of terror looming over the Games, the opening and closing ceremonies would see no aircraft flying in the Capital’s skies for five continuous hours on each day.Post-9/ 11, the danger that terrorists could hijack a plane and use it as a missile at a high value target could not be underestimated, according to highly placed security officials.And the Commonwealth Games is an occasion when the government is making all-out efforts to ensure foolproof security.According to sources, the government has decided to ensure that Delhi’s airspace is shut down during the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games.For both the opening ceremony on October 3 and the closing ceremony on October 14, the airspace is likely to be closed for five hours, suspending all civilian aircraft movements over the city, senior officials said.However, the skies would still see helicopters manned by defence and security agencies hovering over the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the venue for both the ceremonies.A similar effort is also made every year on Independence Day and Republic Day, when the top brass of the country’s political and military leadership gathers in the Capital.last_img read more

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first_imgLegislations passed by Lok Sabha in a rush are debatedLegislations passed by Lok Sabha in a rush are debated and discussed at length in Rajya Sabha to correct any flaws, Yadavsaid.Referring to the media, senior leader of JD(U) Sharad Yadav, who is among the retiring members, stressed on striking a balance on the issue of freedom of speech”Only politicians are accountable…but others must also have some accountability,” he said, adding the maximum hiring and firing is in the media sector.”Owners have become editors,” he said.Dilip Kumar Tirkey (BJD) said the fourth estate plays an important role, but cautioned against the ill effect of “paid news or match fixing”.J D Seelam (Congress) expressed concern over “commercialisation” of politics and incidents where public representatives are lured by money.He said that while it is said that courts should not interfere but the legislature should also examine what it is doing.The issue of disruption of proceedings was also raised by members. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa (SAD) said in the democracy one should “discuss, debate and decide”. Without referring to any one in particular, he said when members rush to Well of the House, smaller parties do not get time to raise their issues.He also made a case for special session of parliament to discuss judicial reforms.Tapen Sen (CPI-M) said in a democracy, it is the numbers which decide, but efforts should be made to reach consensus on different issues.He said members may argue or even quarrel in the House, but things never go to “personal level”.advertisementKanaklata Singh (SP) gave an emotional farewell speech in which she said people in politics should realise that it is means to serve people.She lamented the frequent disruptions especially during Question Hour and Zero Hour that prevented many a MP like her from raising issues even after a lot of preparation.Singh, daughter of former Parliamentarian Mohan Singh, called for upgradation of Gorakhpur Medical College to a super speciality hospital and Gorakhpur University to a Central University.MORE PTI NKD ANZ ADS SKC RTlast_img read more

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Indian-origin steel tycoon named 21st Century Icon in UK

first_imgBy Aditi Khanna London, Sep 27 (PTI) Indian-origin steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta has been awarded the title of 21st Century Icon at an awards ceremony in London in recognition of his success in building a flagship UK-based international metals, industrials, energy and financial services group.Gupta, Executive Chairman of GFG Alliance, was named an “Icon” in the “Astute Finance and Investments” category for his “relentless pursuit of a strategy to revive metal manufacture and other heavy industry across the developed economies and his embrace of innovation in order to make industry both competitive and sustainable” by the judging panel for the 21st Century Icon Awards held last week. The accolade, which also highlighted Gupta’s work in establishing the industry-friendly Wyelands Bank, was announced during the second annual 21st Century Icon Awards at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London last Friday.ELITE, the London Stock Exchange Group’s business support and capital raising programme, had thrown its weight behind the awards ceremony aimed at recognising next-generation talent among businesses from India and around the world. “This is a great honour for all of us in the worldwide GFG family and I’m thrilled for us to be recognised in a programme that specifically sets out to inspire future generations, said Gupta, in reference to his award, presented by Hinduja Group Co-Chairman GP Hinduja.”I received a lot of encouragement as a young man which has definitely been the foundation of my journey. It is now important for me to try to inspire and encourage the next generation of young entrepreneurs, he said.advertisementThe awards, now in their second year, covered categories across business, the arts, sport, entertainment and technology, with other major winners including the Dedicated Stalwart Award for Hatul Shah of Sigma Pharmaceuticals plc, Generous Philanthropist Award for Sheetal Ansal of Ansal University, and the Magnificent Performing Arts Award for Zanai Bhosle, who received the award from her grandmother legendary Indian singer Asha Bhosle. Tarun Ghulati, founder, president and chief executive officer of Squared Watermelon Ltd the hosts of the awards, and Preeti Rana, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of the company, said in a statement: We are absolutely delighted that ambitious companies and individuals around the world nominate themselves to participate in the awards.””These include many Forbes winners, Olympic Champions, highly successful inheritors and creators of wealth.”The panel of judges for the awards included House of Lords peer Baroness Sandip Verma, Vice-Chairman of Financial Services at KPMG David Sayer, and former Olympic heptathlon gold-medallist Denise Lewis. This year’s nominees and finalists came from 20 countries including India, the UK, US, Russia, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Pakistan, Scotland, Jamaica, Hong Kong, China, Switzerland, Dubai, Turkey, France, Belgium, Australia, Italy and Germany. PTI AK PMSPMSlast_img read more

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Women’s IPL exhibition games likely during playoffs: BCCI official

first_imgThe women’s T20 exhibition matches, which will be staged during the Indian Premier League (IPL), is once again likely to be slotted during the playoffs as the BCCI that remains the only window available for these games.As stated earlier by the board officials, the matches are expected to have a 7 PM start to grab maximum eyeballs.”Like last year, the sole window we have is during the play-offs. But a lot depends on the election dates,” a BCCI official told PTI on Monday.The one-off T20 between Supernovas and Trailblazers last year had a 2 PM start which attracted only a handful of fans at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.The game, featuring women’s cricket stars like Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Meg Lanning, Elysse Perry and Suzie Bates, went down to the wire but could not create the buzz that the BCCI had hoped for despite being played ahead of the men’s IPL playoff game later in the evening.”We are waiting for the Election Commission of India to announce the full schedule of the general elections and once that happens, we will finalise the schedule for the women’s games.”A 7 PM start on days when the IPL games are not held makes more sense than staging them in the afternoon when not many people are likely to turn up again,” the official said.The board is contemplating two formats for the women’s games: best of three matches between two teams or a round robin stage involving three teams, followed by the final.advertisement”Logistically and even considering the players’ pool we have, the best of three games between two teams seems a lot more doable than forming three teams. The quality of the competition can’t be compromised and that is one of the reasons why a women’s IPL can’t be organised at the moment,” the official said.Logistically, organising three women’s games on prime time will be a big challenge and it is only possible during the IPL play-offs.The 2018 IPL was held from April 7-May 27 and the entire tournament had only three rest days, two between play-offs and the final and no game was held a day after the league stage ended on May 20.The BCCI last week announced the schedule of the first 17 IPL games starting March 23, subject to the dates of general elections.Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will host Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament opener in Chennai on March 23.Also Read | Mithali Raj backs women’s IPL after World Cup performancelast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Pakistan fans cheering on India to beat England

first_imgThe Edgbaston cricket ground is expected to turn blue on Sunday as India get ready to face England in a crucial group encounter in Birmingham with a spot in the semi-finals on the line for both teams.The game is a 25,000-seater sellout which will be played in a raucous soccer-style atmosphere with India set to attract more fans than England. Interest in the match is intense in Birmingham with a fan zone set up in the city’s Victoria Square.Indian fans have turned up in huge numbers in their six matches so far and the trend is expected to continue against England as well.But there might be a few green jerseys in the crowd as well as Pakistani fans are also supporting the Indian team for now. A victory for Virat Kohli’s side will keep Pakistan’s campaign alive in the tournament.Social media is abuzz with Pakistani fans tweeting in support of an Indian victory, especially on Nasser Hussain’s account who had tweeted on June 26 asking Pakistani fans on who they would be supporting on Sunday.Who you supporting, Nass?Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) June 26, 2019England of course Kev .. same as you when England play South Africa at rugbyNasser Hussain (@nassercricket) June 26, 2019Definitely backing India for two reasons1- they’re neighbours2- they’re passionate about cricketRana Shazib (@RmShazib) June 26, 2019IndiaJ A W W A D (@engr_views) June 28, 2019FOR SURE INDIAPakistan Tehreek e Insaf (@PTINEWSCHANNEL) June 26, 2019Is that even a question? pic.twitter.com/CenAXF1A47advertisementzaki zaidi (@zakiistan) June 26, 2019We want semi- final with india ..Tahir Rana (@iamtahirrana) June 26, 2019Yes ofcourse we love our neighbour’s. Ofcourse we support India. @MehrTarar #CWC19https://t.co/ilamj20iQOAhmed Sa£¡M (@Ahmadd_Saleem) June 26, 2019Definitely Neighbours i.e. India.We can choose our friends but not neighbours.India any day over colonial England.(@ThePreCambrian) June 26, 2019India come on neighborsAishaBajwa (@Bajwa3700) June 26, 2019Time to support our neighbourAll the bestInshallah India will winSupport from@BCCI@TheRealPCB#IndvsEng#WeHaveWeWill#PAKvNZ pic.twitter.com/1RgpNG7ZSbXami Niazi (@Xamy_99) June 27, 2019Pakistan moved ahead of England in the points table with their win over Afghanistan and are now placed fourth with 9 points, one more than the host nation which has lost three and won four out of 7 games so far.For second-place India, it’s simple. Win in Birmingham and Virat Kohli’s team joins Australia in the semifinals.For fifth-place England, Eoin Morgan’s team likely needs to beat India – which no team has done so far – and also defeat 2015 finalist New Zealand in its last group game on Wednesday to advance. Two wins in two games and England will be through.A loss, however, takes England’s fate out of its own hands and opens the door to fourth-place Pakistan, which is a point ahead of England but has played one more game, and sixth-place Bangladesh, which is a point behind England.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Desperate England brace for ruthless India as semi-finals race heats upAlso Read | India vs England, World Cup head-to-head: Another Birmingham test for England in 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: England’s struggle leaves Virat Kohli surprisedAlso Read | Jonny Bairstow entitled to his opinion, like critics are: Eoin Morgan ahead of India clashlast_img read more

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Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey goes on hat-trick rampage against Everton

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Arsenal Share on Twitter Play Video Share on WhatsApp Time and again in those early moments Everton struggled to track the movement of Arsenal’s midfield and the runs of the forward players into space behind the wing-backs. The third goal duly arrived on 19 minutes at the end of another lovely move. Özil’s run and pass found Ramsey with enough time to think for a bit, scratch his ear and finally decide on a sidefoot shot that found the top of the net via a deflection off Mangala.Shortly after there was a glimpse of Aubameyang in full flight, scampering away into the open green spaces and leaving four blue shirts for dead before his low shot was well saved by Jordan Pickford. His goal was coming. It duly arrived two minutes later. Iwobi found Mkhitaryan, who turned and played the perfect nudged pass into Aubameyang’s run. His dinked finish on the move was a thing of beauty, the ball hanging gently in the north London air before nuzzling into the corner of the net with Aubameyang already celebrating.Everton began the second half with a surge of Sam-driven energy. For a while they swarmed over Arsenal’s midfield as the home team looked a little sleepy and sated. Oumar Niasse hit a post but really should have scored, sliding on to Walcott’s low cross and colliding heavily with Petr Cech. They deservedly pulled one back, the substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin planting a fine header past Cech from Yannick Bolasie’s cross. Cech left the field injured shortly afterwards, suffering from his collision with Niasse.Tom Davies and Morgan Schneiderlin had been key for Everton in that period, as the visitors finally began to compress the spaces in central midfield. Ramsey demonstrated the other side of this on 74 minutes, striding forward and pinging a low shot past Pickford to complete his hat-trick from another perfectly weighted Mkhitaryan cross. With the decks cleared of malcontents and an infusion of high-class blood this felt like a fresh start to the season for Arsenal.Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang in particular, so familiar from their Dortmund days, performed like a genuinely alluring bolt-on attacking part. The question from here, with ground to make up, is how far this regeared team can ride that thrilling early wave. Share via Email European roundup: Madrid draw while Ademola Lookman hits Leipzig winner match reports The Observer Alexis Sánchez off the mark to help Manchester United sink Huddersfield 0:47 Wenger excited by new Arsenal arrivals Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan – video Premier League There were riches all over the pitch. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored on his debut and showed signs of the supercharged speed he still has in reserve, the kind of speed that alters the entire feel of a game, and which Arsenal have lacked in a centre-forward since Thierry Henry left. Behind Aubameyang the re-signed Mesut Özil played like he had just woken up surrounded by the most wonderful array of birthday presents.Even before kick-off there were elements of the Premier League at its brash, shopaholic best, with intriguing nuggets of rejig and relocation shot through both sides. Eliaquim Mangala made his debut for Everton while his team-mate Theo Walcott was applauded warmly on his return. Well, that didn’t take long. For Arsenal this was an evening of instant ignition, a 5-1 win that scarcely reflected their superiority against a meek and muddled Everton.Arsène Wenger had enjoyed one of his more frantic January transfer windows, the doors of the Emirates revolving like the barrels on a Las Vegas slot machine. On a chilly north London day the fruits of those toils clicked beautifully into place. Most notably Henrikh Mkhitaryan produced a wonderfully deft display of attacking craft, creating three of Arsenal’s goals, while Aaron Ramsey rampaged unimpeded in central midfield and scored the first hat-trick of his career. Everton Topics Share on Facebook Read more Share on Pinterest Read more Arsenal 5-1 Everton: Premier League – as it happened For Arsenal the new challenge of finding the space to cram in all their mature attacking galácticos saw Mkhitaryan and Özil providing a dreamy-looking creative fulcrum alongside the muscular prompts of Alex Iwobi. It all fell into place. The first half in particular had a sheen of quick-passing perfection as Everton were repeatedly scythed apart, albeit an Everton who seemed to have forgotten not just how to defend, but that defending existed as a concept in the first place. Afterwards Sam Allardyce described his team’s performance as “pathetic” and “crap”, complaining bitterly of the inability of his players to follow a gameplanInstead the traffic flowed one way, beginning with a beautifully worked goal after six minutes. Özil played a neat pass into Aubameyang, who laid the ball out to Mkhitaryan on the right. From his low cross Ramsey had space to tuck the ball home at his leisure. It was a goal that had some of that deceptive old Arsenal ease about it, the high-speed passing football Wenger is so keen to return to. And so it went on. With 13 minutes gone Aubameyang had his first sight of goal, his shot from Ramsey’s cross blocked by a sprawling challenge. From Özil’s corner Shkodran Mustafi flicked on and Laurent Koscielny was free, almost on the line, to dive and head in the second. Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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England sweat on the fitness of Maro Itoje following knee injury

first_imgShare on Pinterest Six Nations 2019 Read more Itoje limped out of England’s 32-20 victory against Ireland on Saturday with a knee injury and was on crutches during his side’s post-match celebrations. England do not convene to begin preparations to face France on Sunday until Tuesday and Itoje will be assessed between now and then. It is highly unlikely he will be available to face France however, with Eddie Jones stating after the match he thought Itoje had sustained medial ligament damage. When Itoje suffered the injury, the referee, Jérôme Garcès, could be heard saying: “I think he’s broken his leg.”If Jones’s early prognosis is correct, Itoje – who has endured a recent spell on the sidelines with a separate knee injury – may miss the rest of the tournament considering Joe Cokanasiga has not played since suffering medial ligament damage in December. “He’s going to be the best lock in the world so it’s a big loss,” said Jones. “But we’ve got good depth. We’ve got Joe Launchbury ready to come back in, you saw Courtney [Lawes] come off the bench for us. We’ll have to fill his spot and guys will just to work that bit harder to cover his gap for how long he is out for.” Share on Facebook England rugby union team Six Nations Meanwhile, Tuilagi’s shoulder charge on Stockdale at a first-half ruck went unpunished but could land him in hot water. The citing commissioner Jeff Mark has until 48 hours after the match in which to cite any incidents so Tuilagi, who impressed in his first Six Nations start for six years, will learn his fate on Monday. Topics Share on Messenger Manu Tuilagi Support The Guardian The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Reuse this contentcenter_img Ireland rugby union team Since you’re here… Maro Itoje news Share on LinkedIn … 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. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. 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. Share via Email Share on WhatsApp England are sweating on the fitness of Maro Itoje amid concerns he could be ruled out for the rest of the Six Nations tournament, while Manu Tuilagi also faces an anxious wait to learn if he will be sanctioned for a dangerous clear‑out on Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale. Henry Slade scores twice as England stun Ireland in Six Nations Share on Twitter Rugby unionlast_img read more

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Ohio State Is Getting Crushed For This Tweet Ahead Of Penn State Game

first_imgOhio State football's controversial "silence the white noise" graphic ahead of Penn State.Ohio State football is 4-0, coming through Urban Meyer’s suspension unscathed in terms of on-field record. There was a definite reputation hit though, with the handling of the Zach Smith scandal, including the defiance coming from the Meyer camp over the last few weeks.Now, the Buckeyes head to Happy Valley for the season’s biggest game to this point.College GameDay will be on hand for Ohio State’s game for the second time in three weeks, after the neutral site game in Arlington against TCU in Week 3.Penn State has made this its “white out game” for the season, and likely the biggest game on the schedule at home for the Nittany Lions this season as well.Ohio State football put out a stylized graphic ahead of the game in reference to the Penn State white out, and…it may want this one back.The tweet, which references “blocking out the white noise,” dropped on Wednesday morning, but most have discovered it this morning.It is pretty undoubtedly tone deaf.Silence the white noise.#GoBucks #WinTheMoment pic.twitter.com/sipz9AsB8s— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 26, 2018Given the recent domestic violence scandal with Zach and Courtney Smith, and the culture that prevents most instances of domestic and sexual violence from being reported, “silence the noise” might not be the best message.Throw in the silence on the part of Meyer, and whomever else was aware of violence going on within that marriage, and this whole thing is just very, very poorly thought out.you guys are pretty good at silence.— Ocho Fisho (@OchoFisho) September 26, 2018 pic.twitter.com/tq6Q6jF8G4— LG (@LGhail) September 27, 2018Ohio State Football, fresh off a scandal where their beloved coach admitted he did not speak up about a domestic abuser on staff, debuts a new marketing campaign called “Silence.””Silence the white noise.” https://t.co/hUwNFY5sno— Astead (@AsteadWesley) September 27, 2018Ohio State hoping everyone forgets the coverup of domestic abuse that just happened… a few weeks ago. https://t.co/kZdwIcoCa8— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) September 27, 2018How on earth did this make it through the brainstorm as the best idea for Ohio State at this time? https://t.co/gISwR7pJ0q— ????? ?????? (@LoganMBooker) September 27, 2018You cannot possibly be this tone deaf… pic.twitter.com/fuKZw8HOHr— Erin Shedd (@NOLAcuse) September 27, 2018Yeah probably not the best branding for Ohio State all things considered, geez— coreyspring (@coreyspring) September 27, 2018dudes. dudes. C’mon you can’t be that tone deaf.— ???? ???????? (@prof_gabriele) September 27, 2018 pic.twitter.com/N5s7MmTZpb— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 27, 2018This tweet seems less than ideal. https://t.co/L0qV8tiQnR— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) September 27, 2018Now, obviously a social media manager mocked this up, and probably didn’t think twice about the ways it might be taken, but someone senior has to see this and realize it is a horrible message to send, especially from that program right now.last_img read more

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OCR in Charge of Ananda Alert

first_imgThe Ananda Alert programme is now officially under the purview of the Ministry of Youth and Culture.This was disclosed by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, as he responded to questions posed by Member of Parliament for West Kingston, Desmond McKenzie on Tuesday (Jan. 15), in the House of Representatives.He informed the Lower House that Cabinet approved the transfer of Ananda Alert from the Local Government Ministry to the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR).“The programme, although well intentioned, was never properly staffed or properly structured in the first place. One officer was assigned to it; in fact, it was put in the Public Relations Department and there was no budgetary allocation for the programme. This thing as a serious matter, about missing children, and it has implications for the reputation of Jamaica in terms of human trafficking. It is a programme, which must be properly resourced and taken seriously,” Mr. Arscott said.In his comments, Mr. McKenzie, said he wanted the assurance that the programme will operate effectively under the Ministry of Youth and Culture.“All the requisite skills set reside with the Ministry of Youth and Culture to be able to deal with this properly,” Mr. Arscott stated.He said the Local Government Ministry will continue to assist and will help to located missing persons through the Social Development Commission (SDC).The Ananda Alert is a nationwide system designed to ensure a speedy and safe recovery of a child in the unfortunate event that he/she is missing or abducted.The system involves the mobilization of stakeholders into getting the message of a missing child into the public domain the moment the matter is reported to the police.The aim is to create a rapid response from law enforcement and communities to help bring the matter to public attention with the aim of increasing the chances of a safe recovery and return to family, guardian and/or place of safety.last_img read more

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Nine Foreign Flagged Ships Detained in UK Ports during …

first_imgzoom The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that nine foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during November 2013 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.Latest monthly figures show that there were five new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in UK ports and four vessels remained under detention from previous months. Only seven vessels remain under detention at the end of this month.MCA, December 9, 2013last_img

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Lok Sabha passes Indian Medical Council Amendment Bill 2019

first_imgNew Delhi: The government will soon come with a National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill to usher in comprehensive reforms in the medical education sector, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.He said this while replying to a on debate on Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which was later passed by the House by voice vote. This bill provides for supersession of Medical Council of India for a period of two years with effect from September 26, 2018. It will replace an Ordinance promulgated on February 21. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The minister said the government is working on the NMC bill and “will soon take it to union cabinet and then in Parliament”. He said the NMC bill, which was introduced in December, 2017, lapsed with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha. On the Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, the Minister said that the Board of Governors (BoG) which had replaced the MCI has worked well and taken a series of steps to improve medical education in the country. The BoG has granted accreditation to more number of medical collges, increased number of seats and reduced procedural hurdles, he said ,adding it is manned by doctors of great repute. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”This is just abegining of our work and you will see radical reforms in the medical education of the country,” he said. The Indian Medical Council or the Medical Council of India (MCI) was set up under the Medical Council Act 1956, for setting standards for medical professionals, new medical colleges and revision of curriculum, among others. Participating in the debate on the bill, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury opposed the Ordinance route taken by the Government to supersede the Indian Medical Council saying it was unhealthy for democracy. Chowdhury said the Ordinance was promulgated twice by the government despite elections being round the corner. “MCI had become a scam tainted authority,” he said. Introducing the Bill, Vardhan said in the last two decades, a perception was built that MCI has been unsuccesful in discharging its duties and that corrupt practices are prevalent in the regulatory body. “Although the National Medical Commission Bill could be introduced in the near future but to have legal continuity every Ordinance has to be converted into a law,” he stressed. The Cabinet on June 12 had approved the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which provides for supersession of the MCI for a period of 2 years with effect from September 26, 2018, during which the board of governors will run it. The move aims to ensure transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical education in the country. The Bill also proposes to increase the number of members in the board of Governors to 12 from the existing 7. The Health Ministry had come across certain arbitrary action by the MCI in disregard to the provision of IMC Act and regulations. Further, the oversight committee constituted by the Supreme Court to oversee the functioning of MCI had also cited instances of non-compliance of their instructions and subsequently all its members tendered their resignation. In view of these developments and to put an alternative mechanism in place of MCI so as to bring transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical education in the country, it was decided to supersede the MCI through the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, promulgated on September 26 and entrust its affairs to a board of governors consisting of eminent doctors. Subsequently, the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 14, 2018, and passed by the House on December 31. However, the Bill could not be taken up for consideration in the Rajya Sabha. Accordingly, it was decided to promulgate a fresh Ordinance namely the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019, to allow the board of governors appointed in view of supersession of MCI to continue to exercise powers of MCI. Participating in the debate, Sanjay Jaiswal (BJP) said the government should look for good and whole-time professors for medical colleges. Opposing the Bill, Gautham Sigamani Pon (DMK) said the intention of this government was to undermine the powers of the state.last_img read more

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Temperature To Increase in Morocco Today

Rabat – The National Meteorological Directorate forecasts that the weather today will be relatively warm and stable compared to the cold conditions experienced recently.Wind speeds from will range from moderate to fairly strong (moving west to southwest) over the North Atlantic coasts, and weak to moderate (moving west to north) in the southern provinces.The Rif, High and Middle Atlas Mountains, northern and central plains, Souss, Oriental region, and coasts north of Guelmim will all be overcast by dense clouds, and experience some moderate rain showers. Everywhere else, the sky will remain slightly cloudy. The directorate says that weak snowfall is expected over the summits of the High Atlas.Minimum temperatures will be around 2— 7 ° C on the reliefs and high plateau, and 7—11 ° C in the Oriental region, Mediterranean, Saiss, and the phosphates and Oulmes plateaus. Temperatures will range from 9—15 ° C in Tangier, Souss, in the plains, and along the north and center coasts. 14 to 20 ° C in the southern provinces.Maximum temperatures will be 8—13 ° C on the reliefs, 13—18 ° C on  the high plateau, Saiss, phosphates and Oulmes. 16—22 ° C expected on the northern and central plains, Oriental region, and Souss, and  22 — 29 ° C in the southeastern and northern areas of the southern provinces. Temperatures may reach 30 — 34 ° C in far extreme south. read more

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Finance ministers to press Morneau about opting out of controversial tax change

OTTAWA — Finance ministers from at least two provinces are planning to question their federal counterpart Bill Morneau about whether they can opt out of Ottawa’s plan to implement a controversial tax change.The country’s finance ministers will gather in Ottawa today to discuss a range of issues — from the state of the economy, to federal equalization payments, to the escalating threats of U.S. protectionism.Manitoba’s Cameron Friesen and Saskatchewan’s Donna Harpauer say they will also press Morneau about a tax change he first announced last year that’s related to passive investment income held by incorporated individuals.Both Friesen and Harpauer say Morneau has told them each province must choose whether to implement his tax change — and they want to know how complicated it would be if they ultimately decide not to follow Ottawa’s lead.The government has argued the tax change on passive investment income will only affect the top three per cent of the wealthiest incorporated individuals — but critics have warned it will unfairly pile on significant costs for small business owners.Canadian Federation of Independent Business president and CEO Dan Kelly says he’s been lobbying provinces not to follow Ottawa’s lead on the passive-income change because he argues it will hurt small businesses and damage economic growth.Friesen said in an interview Monday that the Manitoba government was a “powerful critic” of the first version of Morneau’s tax reform plan, which Ottawa later watered down following a backlash that included small business owners and incorporated professionals, such as doctors and lawyers.He said Morneau has been clear that the provinces can choose whether they want to be integrated with Ottawa on the tax change.But the issue and how to go about opting out is very complex, he added.“We are trying to understand more what it is the federal government is permitting here,” he said.“And we’re trying to understand, also, the timeline that will be necessary to undertake, to understand, what are our options.”Kelly said the passive-income tax change will require the provinces to make legislative changes of their own in order for them to follow suit with Ottawa.The change, which will take effect in 2019, is projected to add $2.3 billion to government coffers over five years, but Ottawa has insisted the effort was not about generating more revenue.Morneau’s office has maintained it was about ensuring wealthy individuals do not have an incentive to incorporate, just so they can get a better tax rate than people in the middle class. read more

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Lauding progress in Côte dIvoire Security Council voices concern at instability

“The Security Council is convinced that a lasting solution to the problems of the sub-region also requires genuine cooperation among all States concerned, together with confidence-building measures and the personal commitment of Heads of State in the sub-region,” the Council President for July, Ambassador Inocencio F. Arias of Spain, said in a statement after an open meeting.The statement stressed that much remained to be done to fully implement the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement, a French-brokered peace accord reached in January that calls on the Government, rebels and political opposition in the West African country to share power in a transitional administration until elections in 2005.“The Security Council reiterates the need for Ivorian political forces to implement fully and without delay all the provisions of the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement, as well as those of the agreement signed in Accra on 8 May 2003 (“Accra II”), with a view to open, free and transparent elections being held in 2005,” the presidential statement declared.It noted with satisfaction the formation of a government of national reconciliation and the progress made, particularly the identification of cantonment areas and the delegation of powers to the Prime Minister, and looked forward to new progress.The statement also called on Ivorian political forces to redouble their efforts in the following areas: voting for the amnesty bill submitted to the National Assembly by the Government, the complete implementation of a “disarmament, demobilization and reintegration” programme, extension of public services and the authority of the State to areas still under control of the Forces Nouvelles, the appointment of ministers for defence and interior security, the guarantee of equal security for all ministers, the dismantling of militias throughout the country and the termination of the activities of mercenaries and of the purchase of weapons.The Council reiterated its full support for the efforts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and France in contributing to a peaceful solution of the crisis, welcoming in particular the satisfactory deployment of their peacekeeping forces in the western part of the country to support implementation of the ceasefire.It also called on Member States to continue to respond to the appeal made at the donors’ conference in Paris on 18 July to provide logistic and financial support to the ECOWAS Mission in Côte d’Ivoire so that it can continue to fulfil its important mandate, and it invited donor countries to contribute to the reconstruction of the country.At the outset of the meeting, Prime Minister Seydou Elimane Diarra briefed the Council on the latest developments in Côte d’Ivoire since the signing of the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement and the formation of the National Reconciliation Government, reiterating his gratitude to Secretary-General Kofi Annan for his tireless support to the process of restoring peace to the country.Mr. Diarra noted that he had undertaken contacts with the country’s President and political forces on the appointment of the ministers of defence and security. Once he returned from New York, he would take up the initiative to address that issue, in order to have a full government. The Government was working normally and the functions of the ministers of defence and security were being carried out, he added.As to the next steps, the Prime Minister mentioned the extension of phase 3 of security throughout the country, and financing for the ECOWAS mission, the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme, the redeployment of administration through the territory, and the provision of education and health services. The holding of fair, transparent and open elections would require assistance, as would humanitarian activities and the creation of employment. At the sub-regional level, the resolution of the Liberian conflict was crucial. A robust campaign against poverty reduction was also vital to providing stability, not only in Côte d’Ivoire, but also in the entire sub-region, he added. read more

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Slán abhaile Madiba TDs pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

first_img“In the hard years when the Western powers were against him, when he was vilified as a terrorist, when he was denounced as a criminal, he kept the faith. He showed perseverance and vision.There are lessons in all of this for us, but particularly for the people of the island of Ireland and all persuasions as we continue the necessary and challenging task of rebuilding the peace.” I was present in this chamber when he addressed a joint sitting of the Houses of the Oireachtas on his visit to Ireland in 1990, just six months after his release from prison after 27 years.On that day, speaking in the chamber, he showed no bitterness, no resentment, and no hostility, towards the regime that denied him his freedom and denied his fellow South Africans their basic human rights.Instead, on that July afternoon, his message was one of hope for a better future for South Africa and love for his fellow man.It was also one of gratitude to the Irish people, for the welcome he had received, but above all else, for his whole hearted and often sacrificial support for the anti-apartheid movement. Read Michael Martin’s full speech here.Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Féin, called Mandela “a friend to those engaged in struggle for justice across the globe… and a friend to the people of Ireland”.He referenced the ANC’s affinity with the IRA, saying that there are reports of the two organisations interacting and supplying military aid, and how Mandela marked the death of hunger-striker Bobby Sands on his prison calender.Deputy Adams praised Mandela’s dedication to the South African cause: Kenny ended his speech with simply “Slán abhaile, Madiba”.Minster Joan Burton, who lived in Africa for a number of years and was involved in the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement, spoke on behalf of the Labour party.“I saw up close both the struggle to free South Africa, and the solidarity shown by campaigners across the world,” she said.His memory will remain alive in Africa, and all over the world, as long as there are people who have a thirst for justice and freedom.At the turn of millennium, he said in a magazine interview that he dreamed of an Africa at peace with itself.As someone who lived in Africa and holds it dear in my heart, I hope his dream is one day realised. The small but personal acts of defiance by men and women on a small island on the fringes of Europe resonated with those in the midst of a great struggle against an historic injustice.His visit here in 1990 electrified the nation and underlined the deep bond between us.Nelson Mandela embodied the fact that one man not only can make a difference but is morally obliged to and across the globe people have responded to that call.center_img TDS SET ASIDE some time this evening to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, as South Africa began the official ceremonial mourning of its former leader.Speaking in the Dáil, party leaders shared their thoughts and memories of Mandela, and spoke of his relationship with Ireland.Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that Mandela’s “epic battle” is a reminder of a responsibility to stand up to injustice, and recalled when Mandela spoke in the Dáíl in 1990: Read Gerry Adams’ full speech here.Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan, Chair of the Irish Section of Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa, spoke of the continuing challenges facing democracy in Africa and across the world.“In [a] 1994 speech, he referred to an amnesty for the various categories of people currently serving time in prison”, she said, “and I hope his words and what he said then will reach out to those countries who have prisons in unfair unjust circumstances left in jail without charge and not being given the right to a fair trail”.Photo: Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban president Raul Castro > Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin said that Mandela’s story a “perfect antidote to the relentless cynicism that infects politics”.He, like other speakers, praised the Dunnes Stores workers strike in the 1980s, saying they “embodied direct action against the fundamentally flawed regime”. He added that there was an important bond between Ireland and Mandela:last_img read more

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Attaque cérébrale consommer de lhuile dolive pour réduire les risques

first_imgAttaque cérébrale : consommer de l’huile d’olive pour réduire les risquesConsommer de l’huile de l’olive réduit chez les personnes âgées de plus de 65 ans les risques d’attaque cérébrale. C’est ce que révèle une récente étude menée auprès de plus de 7.600 personnes en France.Les personnes de plus 65 ans qui consomment régulièrement de l’huile d’olive ont moins de risques d’être victimes d’une attaque cérébrale que ceux qui n’en mangent pas. Telle est la conclusion d’une étude menée par des chercheurs de l’Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche médicale (Inserm) de Bordeaux, et publiée le 15 juin dans la revue scientifique américaine Neurology.À lire aussiUn labrador joue les “zoothérapeutes” dans un hôpital de LyonLes chercheurs ont suivi pendant cinq ans quelque 7.625 personnes âgées de 65 ans et plus, toutes originaires de Bordeaux, Dijon et Montpellier. Les sujets ont été répartis en deux groupes : ceux qui consommaient régulièrement de l’huile d’olive, et ceux qui n’en utilisaient jamais. Au cours des cinq ans pendant lesquels a été conduite l’étude, 148 attaques cérébrales ont eu lieu parmi les participants. Les chercheurs de l’Inserm ont alors examiné les critères de poids, d’activité physique et de régime alimentaire des sujets, et c’est ainsi qu’ils ont découvert que le risque d’attaque cérébrale chez les consommateurs réguliers d’huile d’olive était 41% moins important que chez les personnes âgées qui n’en utilisent jamais.”Notre étude tend à montrer qu’une nouvelle série de recommandations alimentaires devrait être publiée pour prévenir les attaques chez les personnes de 65 ans et plus. (…) Les attaques sont très répandues chez les personnes âgées. L’huile d’olive est une méthode peu coûteuse et simple pour aider à les prévenir”, estime Cécilia Samieri, l’un des auteurs principaux de cette recherche. Le 19 juin 2011 à 19:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Les déchets plastiques une réelle menace pour les baleines et les dauphins

first_imgLes déchets plastiques, une réelle menace pour les baleines et les dauphins A la surface des océans, les déchets en plastique ne cessent de s’accumuler, menaçant de mort les baleines et les dauphins, qui comme les tortues et les oiseaux, digèrent très mal cette pollution. Une menace qui n’est aujourd’hui pas suffisamment prise en compte par la Commission baleinière internationale, souligne une étude remise à l’occasion de l’ouverture d’une réunion sur l’île de Jersey.Le réchauffement des océans, les captures accidentelles, ou encore la pollution : les menaces sont de plus en plus nombreuses pour les cétacés, dont beaucoup d’espèces, telles que les baleines grises ou les baleines bleues, sont à ce jour encore en danger malgré le moratoire sur leur chasse entré en vigueur en 1986.Lundi, à Jersey, s’est ouverte une réunion de la Commission baleinière internationale (CBI). Une étude sur les diverses menaces qui pèsent sur les grands cétacés à été remise à cette occasion au comité scientifique de la Commission, insistant sur le grand danger que représentent pour les baleines et les dauphins les déchets en plastique qui envahissent la surface des océans. “La menace des débris marins en plastique pour nombre d’animaux marins est établie depuis longtemps, mais la menace pour les baleines et les dauphins est moins claire”, déplore l’auteur de l’étude, Mark Simmonds, un responsable scientifique de la Société pour la conservation des dauphins et des baleines (WDCS), dont les propos sont rapportés par le site Sciences et Avenir. Toutefois, il est “établi que ces débris peuvent faire du mal à ces animaux à la fois par ingestion et par enchevêtrement”, souligne-t-il, regrettant que la recherche des plastiques dans les intestins des cadavres de cétacés soit si rare, lorsque les carcasses échouées sont enregistrées.Une menace croissante”L’effet le plus évident est d’interférer avec le processus d’alimentation”, explique Mark Simmonds, précisant que les baleines à bec et les cachalots semblent plus vulnérables que les autres grands cétacés, sans doute parce qu’ils capturent leurs proies par succion, avance-t-il. Mais aujourd’hui, “nous n’en savons pas assez au sujet des débris marins pour pouvoir comparer cette menace aux autres menaces”, telles que les prises accidentelles ou le changement climatique, déplore le chercheur. Or les déchets en plastique ne cessent de croître à la surface des océans, et cette menace doit à tout prix être prise en compte et étudiée par la CBI. La WDCS souhaite ainsi que la Commission souscrive à l'”Engagement d’Honolulu”, un appel international qui lancé en mars dernier à Hawaï, vise à encourager les gouvernements, les associations, les industries comme les citoyens, à réduire les déchets marins.Le 13 juillet 2011 à 12:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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