Indian election produces shock results

first_imgAfter a month of polling, voting has finally closed in India’s general election. It was predicted that the Prime Minister’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had failed to secure an overall majority. In the world’s largest democracy, over 600 million adults had the right to vote in the election, in which over forty parties were represented. The BJP had been widely expected to win the election relatively easily. Their main threat was the Congress Alliance, which governed India for its first 50 years of independence, led by Sonia Gandhi. Two Communist parties have also polled well. The main issue in the election has been the economy. The BJP had to abandon their ‘India Shining’ slogan in the campaign following harsh criticism. The party needs to gain 272 seats for an overall majority in Parliament. Current polls indicate that it has won between 240 and 280 seats. Turnout was less than 60%.ARCHIVE: 2nd week TT 2004last_img read more

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Commencement ceremonies to begin earlier than previously scheduled

first_imgCommencement ceremonies for the Notre Dame class of 2019 took place in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center at 8 a.m. — two hours earlier than scheduled — due to a “high probability of heavy rain and lightning,” according to a Sunday morning email from vice president for Campus Safety and Operations Mike Seamon and University registrar Chuck Hurley. The gates to the venue opened at 7 a.m., and there was no procession by the graduates or the faculty.Due to limited seating, ceremony attendance was limited to guests with a “red severe weather ticket.” According to the email, other guests were able to view a “closed-circuit broadcast” of the ceremony at several locations around campus: the north dome of the Joyce Center, auditoriums in the DeBartolo Hall, Jordan Hall of Science and Compton Family Ice Arena. The ceremony was also streamed on commencement.nd.edu and WNIT2.Individual diploma ceremonies will take place Sunday at noon instead of the previously scheduled 2 p.m., according to the email.Editor’s Note: Story updated May 19 at 8:37 a.m.Tags: Commencement 2019, Inclement Weather, Joyce Center, Notre Dame Stadiumlast_img read more

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Huntington Station Teen Nabbed for Carjacking Try

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A teenager armed with a hammer was arrested for allegedly trying to carjack a driver, who instead ran away from the suspect in Huntington on Wednesday afternoon, Suffolk County police saidThomas Rivas was charged with attempted robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.Police said the 19-year-old Huntington Station man was armed with a roofing hammer when he ordered the victim to hand over his wallet and keys while the victim was retrieving an item out of his trunk at the Waldbaum’s parking lot on Wall Street at 2 p.m.The victim told Rivas he had no money and ran away before calling 911 and giving police the suspect’s description, police said.Rivas, who did not give chase, was apprehended shortly later in front of the nearby Southdown Market, police said.He will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

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Double-digit growth of organized tourist traffic from Russia announced

first_imgThis was confirmed by the representatives of TUI, led by Mahmut Kansu, Director of Foreign Market Development. Thus, TUI is announcing a 20 percent increase in Russian guests, and they are very satisfied with the cooperation with Croatian hoteliers and the available capacities this year. The Croatian delegation also met with representatives of the tour operator PAKS, whose director and co-owner Vitlalij Cizikov announced a growth of 15 percent and stressed that a significant part of their offer relates to Croatian destinations.   “Russian tourists spend the most nights in Croatia in Istria, Split-Dalmatia County and Kvarner. In addition to the growth of tourist traffic, our goal is to approach and position the Croatian continental offer in this large and potent market. “, believes the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that during the last year in Croatia there were more than 135 thousand arrivals and more than 932 thousand overnight stays of Russian tourists. As part of the Croatian stand, five co-exhibitors present their offer, including the Zagreb Tourist Board, Atlantis Travel, Istarski dvori 2, Lošinj Hotels & Villas and Croatia Yachting.  The Director of the CNTB Representation in Russia, Rajko Ružička, emphasized that based on the first information and the meetings held, it can be concluded that there is great interest in Croatia, which is why positive trends and growth in tourist traffic are expected to continue. “Positive growth in arrivals, which according to the announcements should be higher than 20 percent, is expected not only from the Russian market but also from the Ukrainian market. This is the result of numerous promotional activities that we carry out during the year, with the greatest attention being paid to the presentation of health and nautical tourism, which are the most recognizable segments of our tourist offer among Russians. “, concluded Ružička. “Russia is a significant emitting market for Croatia, which, among other things, is confirmed by the daily consumption of Russian tourists, which is 50 percent higher than the average. It is important for us to continue good tourism cooperation and strengthen our visibility in this market. I am extremely pleased that the largest Russian tour operators have recognized our continuous work on improving quality, which is why they have created additional offers for Croatia. “, said the State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Tonči Glavina. The Croatian National Tourist Board is once again presenting the Croatian tourist offer at the MITT fair, which is being held in its 26th edition in Moscow until March 14. It is the largest tourism fair in the Russian Federation, which is one of the top 5 tourism fairs in the world. Namely, about 2000 companies and representatives of about two hundred international tourist destinations are participating in the fair this year as well, and it is expected that about 30.000 visitors will visit the fair. last_img read more

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