Security forces have cordoned off Tral in Pulwama district are after militants opened fired there. Preliminary reports suggest that gunshots were heard in Tral’s Seer area when Army was surveying a residential area. It’s not immediately confirmed whether the militants opened fire at the Army or it was an attempt to escape the area. A police official told The Hindu that the area, around 40 km away from Srinagar, has been cordoned off to trace the militants.
The indefinite hunger strike of the teachers of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) demanding regularization of their jobs entered the fifth day on Saturday.“The jobs of SSA teachers were regularized in different states of the country, but despite our repeated memoranda to the government our jobs were not regularized. So we have decided to continue our agitation until our demands are met”, Secretary of the Tripura SSA teachers Welfare Asssociation, Bastab Debbarma told the press.He said 38 teachers had participated in the fast and more than 300 teachers are remaining present near the ground of agitation here.The State Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty has appealed to the agitating teachers to withdraw their strike on the plea that the government was concerned about their problems.“The SSA teachers are getting their salaries and facilities at par with the regular teachers of the State government and we have decided to introduce Employees Provident Fund (EPF) within short time,” Chakraborty told reporters.He added that the Lok Sabha MP from Tripura, Jiten Chowdhury, had raised the issue in Parliament and requested the central government to regularize their jobs, but the central government remained silent on the issue.There are 5,200 SSA teachers in the State.Meanwhile, the State BJP President Biplab Deb and Tripura Pradesh Congress President, Birajit Sinha visited the site of agitating teachers and expressed their sympathy to the teachers.Mr. Deb alleged that the State government was deliberately depriving the SSA teachers despite getting full funding from the central government.He assured them that their jobs would be regularized if the BJP was voted to power in the next assembly elections scheduled to be held in February 2018.
Welcome to India Today Online’s coverage of the first cricket Test match between India and New Zealand from the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. Score | PhotosIndia vs New Zealand Day 32:58 pm | Play has been called off. So rain has the final say in a day dominated by India, thanks to R Ashwin’s impressive six-wicket haul in the first innings. Still 2 more days to go, so plenty of time for India to bowl New Zealand out (and then bat again if necessary). All of that though, only if weather permits. Following on, New Zealand are 41/1 in the second innings. 1st innings: India 348 (Pujara 159), NZ (Franklin 43 n.o. ; Ashwin 6/31, Ojha 3/44)2:20 PM: More bad news. It is pouring at the moment. Chances of further play look bleak.2:05 pm | Pictures coming in show that more covers are coming on. It is still very dark. There is only a drizzle right now but looks like only a matter of time before it starts pelting down. The light too was a concern even after the floodlights were turned on. 1:53 pm | Bad light stops play! It is extremely dark as well. The flood lights are on. The umpires are having a chat. Looks like they’re walking off now. Bad light? Or are they concerned about the weather? The covers are coming on now. Play has been stopped! New Zealand are 41/1 at the stage with opener Brendon McCullum batting on 16 and Kane Williamson on 3.Kane Williamson, right handed bat, comes to the crease1:35 pm | 14.3 overs: WICKET! Ojha takes his first one of the innings. This wicket has been a spinners paradise. Ojha to Guptill, out Lbw!! Lucky Ojha this time! Not sure Gould has got it right this time, but Guptill finds himself walking back eventually. Error in judgement has cost him here – this was very full and pitched on off, Guptill offered no shot and shouldered arms, the ball hit him in front of off stump but might have turned away. Guptill lbw b Ojha 16(38) [4s-3] (NZ 26/1 in 14.3 overs)advertisement1:25 pm | 12.6 overs: DROPPED! Oops Virat spilled it. Ojha to Guptill, no run, catch dropped by Kohli at 2nd slip. Tough chance, but one would expect someone like Kohli to take those. Good bowling by Ojha – fires it in and gets it to turn off the track, Guptill pokes and gets a thick edge which goes quickly to 2nd slip, Kohli goes with his left hand and the ball pops out. NZ are 22/0 at the stage with Guptill (15) and McCullum (5) in the middle.12:44 pm | 0.6 overs: Ojha to Brendon McCullum, no run, tight line and length on the off, McCullum gets forward and defends it.Guptill and Brendon McCullum are at the crease. Guptill is on strike. Ojha will open the attack 12:40 pm | SECOND SESSIONLUNCH UPDATE: India enforce follow onSESSION SUMMARY: Just a 90 minute session but India have managed to bowl out New Zealand. Umesh Yadav started the day by dismissing van Wyk and the spinners took over after that. Ashwin came in to bowl late in the session but wrapped up the tail very quickly to end with a 6 wicket haul. Franklin looked solid at the other end, but he got absolutely no support from his teammates. That will be lunch on day 3. New Zealand will have to bat again after 40 minutes, so join us at 12:40.New Zealand 1st innings: 159 all out (James Franklin 43 n.o. ; R Ashwin 6/31, Pragyan Ojha 3/44)12:00 pm | 61.3 overs: WICKET! Superb! Ashwin took six wickets in the innings and NZ are all out for 159 – the same total that Cheteshwar Pujara scored. Ashwin to Chris Martin, out Bowled!! Hah, make that 34 ducks. Extreme consistency from Chris Martin, almost unimaginable. Perfect flight, pitches on off and turns back in, Martin offered a defensive stroke but the ball founds its way through to the stumps. Ashwin ends with 6 wickets to his name, and Franklin watches helplessly from the other end. Chris Martin b Ashwin 0(1) (NZ 159/10 in 61.3 overs)Chris Martin, right handed bat, comes to the crease11:56 am | 61.2 overs: WICKET! A fiver for Ashwin! Ashwin to Boult, out Caught by Gambhir!! 5 wickets for Ashwin. His 3rd 5 wicket haul in Test cricket. Once again flights it up, Boult pushes at it and gets a thick inside edge off his pads to short leg. Ashwin has a huge smile on his face as he celebrates with his team-mates. Only a wicket away from bowling out New Zealand now… Boult c Gambhir b Ashwin 4(15) [4s-1] (159/9 in 61.2 overs)Trent Boult, right handed bat, comes to the creaseadvertisement11:38 am | 57.3 overs: WICKET! And Ashwin gets his fourth wicket. Ashwin to Jeetan Patel, out Caught&Bowled!! Very good catch that by Ashwin. Tough to take those off your own bowling but he did well. Nicely tossed up delivery, Jeetan Patel looks to drive but the bat turns in his hands, it flew back low to Ash who dived forward and got his huge hands under the ball. Jeetan Patel c and b Ashwin 10(21) [4s-1] (NZ 153/8 in 57.3 overs)Jeetan Patel, right handed bat, comes to the crease11:15 am | 51.4 overs: WICKET! And Ojha gets his third wicket…he matches up with Ashwin…it’s neck and neck for them. Ojha to Doug Bracewell, out Stumped!! Lovely bowling. Really good bowling. Bracewell once again used his feet and came down the ground, Ojha saw him coming, gave it flight and slowed it up in the air, Bracewell threw his bat at it but the ball turned away past his edge. Easiest of stumpings for Dhoni who takes out all the 3 stumps. Franklin is waging a lone battle at the other end… Doug Bracewell st Dhoni b Ojha 17(25) [4s-2] (NZ 141/7 in 51.4 overs)Doug Bracewell, right handed bat, comes to the crease10:38 pm | 43.4 overs: WICKET! And Umesh gets a quick one. Umesh Yadav to van Wyk, out Lbw!! That’s the first wicket of the day, and the first wicket for an Indian seamer. Was it a good decision though? We’ll wait for a few replays. Yadav banged it in short, van Wyk looked to pull but the ball skidded on and hit him on the back thigh. Height was probably a factor, but it doesn’t matter now. NZ are 6 down. van Wyk lbw b Umesh Yadav 0(14) (NZ 111/6 in 43.4 overs)10:30 am | Finally, we’re ready for a start. Pace to start proceedings..9:50 am | The groundstaff have done a great job. We’re starting at 10:30. It’s drying well and it’s looking good for a start at 10:30. The forecast is for more rain but we’ll see as it goes. Play can be extended till 5:30 PM if necessary.9:40 am | Tt has been raining continuously from the morning. Good news is that it has stopped now, but the outfield is still wet. The umpires are having a look at the wicket. Duncan Fletcher is there too, and surprisingly, he is seen having a big smile on his face. Don’t see that too often.. DAY 2 SCORE: 1st inns – NZ 106/5 (K Williamson 32; Ashwin 3/30, Ojha 2/35), Ind 438 (Pujara 159, Dhoni 73, Kohli 58; J Patel 4/100) DAY 2 SUMMARY: The spinners have put India firmly in the driver’s seat. There was something on the track to help and they made excellent use of it to never let the pressure off the Kiwis. Ojha struck in his very first over and Ashwin did one better by striking with his first ball. None of the New Zealand batsmen attempted to break the shackles either. Kane Williamson batted stubbornly before perishing late in he day. Franklin has been at the wicket for a long time and New Zealand need to score some quick runs to release some pressure. It is not going to be easy against the Indian spinners though.advertisement
Real Madrid C.F. defender Pepe has confirmed that he is all set to leave the Santiago Bernabeu club he joined from Porto in 2007.The 34-year-old revealed that he has offers from numerous clubs from England, including Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, who have been monitoring his situation for some time.Pepe, who will be out of the contract at the end of this month, was never offered the two-year deal he was hoping for at Madrid and it seemed that this is the reason behind his decision to move on.”It is clear that I will not continue at Real Madrid C.F. One stage is over and, from now on, another one will start. There are more offers, also from England,” goal.com quoted Cope as saying.According to reports, Pepe was on brink of joining Inter Milan before PSG boss Unai Emery hijacked a two-year deal with him.Pepe, however, insisted that he is yet to agree to a deal with the Paris-based club.Meanwhile, Pepe also took a parting shot at Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.”I don’t want to blame anyone. What Zidane has done with Real Madrid is spectacular, but there are things I don’t understand,” he said.”I didn’t say goodbye to Zidane because Zidane and Real Madrid knew I was going before I did,” Pepe added.The defender had inspired Madrid to three La Liga titles, three Champions League crowns, two Copa del Reys and two Club World Cups with the Spanish giants. However, injuries saw him make just 18 appearances for the club in all competitions this season.advertisement
Mumbai, Nov 23 (PTI) Fitness chain Talwalkars today entered into a strategic partnership with holistic health expert Mickey Mehta.Talwalkars has a national footprint of over 220 fitness centres, while Mehta has 15 wellness centres across the city, Talwalkars Better Value Fitness said in a statement.This partnership will leverage Talwalkars infrastructure to promote Mehtas wellness offerings and intellectual property and also help expand the footprint of Mehtas brand.”This partnership with Talwalkars will give me a national platform and is a first step in building a global brand footprint,” he said.Mehtas wellness offerings and branded IPs include wellness foods, nutraceuticals, fitness/sports merchandise among others.”We want to create more value through wellness foods, nutraceuticals, merchandise, digital Mickey and Mickeys IPs and services via the Talwalkars network,” Talwalkars managing director and chief executive Prashant Talwalkar said. PTI DS AA BEN BEN RDS
The Goods and Services Tax Council on Wednesday slashed tax rates for 23 commonly used items that have been reduced from 18 per cent to 12 and 5 per cent respectively, said Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy.The fresh rate rationalisation is the government’s attempt to streamline GST and make it more people-friendly. Many items including television, computers and auto parts will be cheaper now.GST Council Announcements – As It Happened:6:46 pm: It seems that the movie industry is extremely happy with today’s decision to reduce GST on cinema tickets.Commenting on the move, Prasoon Joshi, said, “It is a significant decision after the fruitful interaction of industry representatives with PM. It was reassuring that PM addressed important issues and challenges faced by the industry&took prompt action.ALSO READ | GST cut in real estate: Buying flats can become cheaper after January. This is why6:30 pm: Actor Anupam Kher welcomes slashed GST rates on movie tickets.”This is a historic day for Indian film industry that GST rates have been cut down from 18% to 12%. The credit for this move goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Films not only entertain but also boost tourism,” he said.6:06 pm: Despite today’s reduction, many citizens do not seem happy about the GST Council’s stance on reducing tax slab for medical insurance. At present, a GST of 18 per cent is levied on medical insurance. However, many individuals on Twitter urged the government to move medical insurance below 18 per cent slab.Also Read: GST slashed on movie tickets. Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan and Ajay Devgn thank PM Narendra Modiadvertisement5:55 pm: The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) welcomed GST Council’s move to revise rates of cinema tickets to 12 per cent and 18 per cent for tickets below INR 100 and over 100 respectively.Commenting on the development, FICCI Assistant Secretary General Leena Jaisani said, “The move will help boost the industry and bring back the audience to theatres.”5:51 pm: The GST Council has extended the due date for filing annual GST returns and GST audit to June 30, 2019. Today’s announcement came as a huge relief to small scale traders who have been urging the government for an extension.5:38 pm: Realty remains a concern for stakeholders. While Jaitley said concerns regarding the real estate sector will be addressed in the next meeting, it has left many stakeholders dissatisfied. Many finance ministers said earlier that there needs to be a consensus on GST towards Real Estate.Also SEE: 6 items moved out from 28 per cent GST tax slab5:28 pm: The fresh rate rationalisation will also provide firm support to the Narendra Modi-led government as it gears up to take on a united opposition in 2019. The government is likely to dole out additional benefits in the next GST council meeting in January.5:09 pm: The new rates effective January 1, 2019, will offer a huge relief to the common man. 33 items in total have been moved from 18 per cent tax slab to 12 per cent and 5 per cent. Read our story to find out the complete list of items 4:56 pm: Cinema ticket prices slashed, film industry cheers move. In an official release after the announcement of rate reduction, Producers Guild of India said, “The film industry welcomes wholeheartedly the decision to reduce GST on cinema tickets, exceeding Rs 100 to 18 per cent from 28 per cent and up to Rs 100 to 12 per cent from 18 per cent.”4:50 pm: What’s in it for the common man? The following items have been moved from 5 per cent to Nil tax slab. * Vegetables, (uncooked or cooked by steaming or boiling in water), frozen, branded and put in a unit container* Vegetable provisionally preserved (for example by sulphur dioxide gas, in brine, in sulphur water or in other preservative solutions), but unsuitable in that state for immediate consumption4:46 pm: GST on real estate to be decided in the next meeting scheduled in January 2019. “The Law Fitment Committee will take a view on GST on real estate in the next meeting. There is a consensus that something needs to be done on this,” he said.4:44 pm: FM Jaitley said the decisions taken today at the GST Council meeting in Delhi will have an overall impact on revenue of Rs 5,500 crore.”Today’s GST rate reduction will have an overall impact on revenue of Rs 5,500 crore,” the finance minister said.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley: Today’s GST rate reduction will have an overall impact on revenue of Rs 5500 crore. pic.twitter.com/w3sv5UOiatANI (@ANI) December 22, 20184: 41 pm: While addressing the media, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the GST Council approved the proposal to form a 7-member Group of Minister (GoM) to study revenue trends and analyse the reasons for structural patterns affecting the revenue collection in some of the states.advertisement”The study would include the underlying reasons for deviation from the revenue collection targets vis a vis original assumptions discussed during the design of GST system, its implementation and related structural issues,” he added.According to a release on PIB, the GoM will be assisted by a committee of experts from the central government, state governments and the National Institute of Public Finance and Planning (NIPFP).”The GoM, in turn, would give its recommendation to the GST Council. The members of the GoM and the Committee of experts would be announced in due course of time,” it added.4:39 pm: The new Goods and Services Tax rates will be applicable from January 1, 2019. The move is a major relief for citizens and small scale businesses who had been demanding rate rationalisation for quite a long time.4:35 pm: Here are some of the items that have been reduced from 28 per cent to 18 per cent: Pulleys, transmission shafts, and cranks, gear boxesMonitors and TVs of up to screen size of 32 inches.Re-treaded or used pneumatic rubber tyresPower banks of lithium-ion batteriesLithium-ion batteries are already at 18 per centVideo game consoles and other games and sports requisites”This will bring parity in GST rate of power bank and lithium ion battery.Digital cameras and video camera recorders,” said FM Jaitley.4:33 pm: The finance minister said services by the banks to Jan Dhan account holders will be exempted for paying any Goods and Services Tax.4:31 pm: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley attacks Congress president Rahul Gandhi. “Rahul Gandhi has been advocating a single slab GST for India. It is a flawed idea. A single slab GST can function only in those countries where the entire population has a similar and a higher level of paying capacity,” he said.Rahul Gandhi has been advocating a single slab GST for India. It is a flawed idea. A single slab GST can function only in those countries where the entire population has a similar and a higher level of paying capacity.Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) July 1, 20184:27 pm: There are just 28 items that remain in the 28 per cent tax bracket, said FM Jaitley. “There are 28 items left in the 28 per cent bracket if we include luxury and sin items,” he said.He also said that 13 items are from automobile parts and cement. “Cement’s revenue is 13,000 crore and automobile parts revenue is 20,000 crore. If they are brought down from 28 per cent to 18 per cent implications are of 33,000 crore,” he said.4:20 pm: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said computer accessories such as monitors and television screens, tyres, power banks of Lithium-ion batteries have been brought down from 28 per cent to 18 per cent slab. Accessories for carriages for specially abled persons have been brought down to 5 per cent.4:10 pm: Addressing the media after the 31st GST Council meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government is committed towards rate rationalisation.advertisementV Narayanasamy, Puducherry Chief Minister on 31st GST Council meet in Delhi: The original demand by Congress that all goods should come down to 18per cent and below except luxury items has been agreed by the Government. Except 34 items all other will come down to 18 per cent and below, he added.After the meeting, Uttarakhand Finance Minister Prakash Pant said 22 goods have come down from 28 per cent tax slab including goods like television, auto parts and computers.Sources have told India Today TV that the GST Council is likely to provide huge relief to traders by lowering fine on late filing of GST returns. Late filing fine for nil taxpayers and traders may be reduced to Rs 1000 and Rs 2000 / month respectivelyAs of now, late filers are liable to pay fine of Rs 10,000 a month; the Congress has been constantly demanding reduction in the fine for late filers.Meanwhile, finance ministers of Congress-ruled states demanded pruning of per cent GST slab rate at the meeting. However, officials from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh have opposed to major rate cuts during the meeting.
The International Cricket Council on Friday released the official song of the 2019 ICC World Cup as the countdown to the tournament enters the final two weeks.The official song is titled “Stand By” and according to a media release by the ICC, the song is ” a collaboration between vocalist LORYN and drum and bass band Rudimental, and will be played in ground and city events across the tournament as the official song to this summer’s showpiece event.””It is important to acknowledge the power of music in sporting environments – from a motivational platform for players to providing a common voice for fans to celebrate together I am sure we will see the Official Song at the absolute heart of this tournament,” Steve Elworthy, managing director of the World Cup, had said at the announcement.According to the ICC media release, the song “celebrates the cultural diversity of The United Kingdom”. The cover of the song – ‘Stand by’ (@cricketworldcup Photo)Listen to the full song here -The ICC World Cup 2019 will kickstart from May 30 with hosts England taking on South Africa at Kennington Oval in London. India start their campaign against the Proteas on June 5 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.ICC on Thursday also released a star-studded list of commentators for the 2019 ICC World Cup. Three Indian commentators, including former captain Sourav Ganguly, are part of the 24-member commentator’s list.Full list of ICC commentators for World Cup 2019: Nasser Hussain, Michael Clarke, Ian Bishop, Sourav Ganguly, Melanie Jones, Kumar Sangakkara, Michael Atherton, Alison Mitchell, Brendon McCullum, Graeme Smith, Wasim Akram, Shaun Pollock, Michael Slater, Mark Nicholas, Michael Holding, Isa Guha, Pommie Mbangwa, Sanjay Manjrekar, Harsha Bhogle, Simon Doull, Ian Smith, Ramiz Raja, Athar Ali Khan and Ian Ward.advertisementAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly among 3 Indian commentators for Cricket World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019 winners to earn USD 4 million
AIFF president Praful Patel set to be first Indian in FIFA Executive CouncilPraful Patel is all set to become the first Indian to be elected a member of FIFA Executive Council, when elections are held in the AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, for a four-year period.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiApril 1, 2019UPDATED: April 1, 2019 15:49 IST Praful Patel has decided not to run for a re-election for AFC vice president and instead opted for the FIFA (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPraful Patel will become the the first Indian to be elected a member of FIFA Executive CouncilThe FIFA Executive Council is the world football body’s highest decision making bodyElections are held in the AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday for a four-year periodThe All India Football Federation (AIFF) might be fighting a legal battle in the Supreme Court over the validity of its constitution vis-a-vis the National Sports Code (NSC) but president Praful Patel is set to don the bigger role on the world stage this week.According to AIFF sources, Patel, in all likelihood, will become the first Indian to be elected a member of FIFA Executive Council for a four-year period when elections are held in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.The executive council is FIFA’s highest decision making body and it has never had an Indian member in the past. Former AIFF president Priyaranjan Dasmunsi was once elected to the technical committee of FIFA.Patel, who is currently the Vice President of AFC, has decided not to run for a re-election and instead opted to fight for the FIFA body. His place in AFC could be taken by the Pakistan representative.”It is an eight-corner contest for five spots from Asia in FIFA, but we are confident of Patel’s victory. He is being supported by AFC President Shaikh Salman and all other member countries will surely back him in the elections,” AIFF senior Vice President Subroto Dutta said on Monday.As per new FIFA statutes adopted in 2016, the executive council is a 37-member body with AFC having the rights to send one Vice President and six members, which include one female member. Led by the FIFA President, the council has now a wide range of powers and the Secretary General will have to report to it regularly.advertisementApart from Patel, the seven other candidates are from China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.Sources in the AIFF revealed that even as I-League clubs were openly declaring a kind of war on AIFF for its alleged partiality towards the Indian Super League franchises, Patel travelled to Kyrgyzstan to campaign for his election with the Central Asian Football Association nation. Before leaving for Kyrgyzstan, he assured the I-League club of meeting them in mid-April.”The campaign in Central Asia was smooth and highly encouraging. We are confident of their support to Patel. His election to the FIFA Council will help Indian football immensely,” said Dutta.Patel is currently going through his third term as the AIFF President and his tenure would run till December 2020. Hosting the 2017 under-17 World Cup is considered one of his biggest achievements as the head of Indian football.Also Read | Teams need to take responsibility of developing local talent: I-League CEOFor 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 Tags :Follow AIFFFollow Praful PatelFollow first IndianFollow FIFAFollow Executive CouncilFollow AFC Next
GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge will be closed until further notice. A detour will be available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. CONTINUING WORK VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place. VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced by the end of March 2013. -30- COLCHESTER COUNTY: Riverside Road Sections of Riverside Road are closed for work to improve drainage. The road is closed from two kilometres north of Route 236, Civic No. 3472 to Civic No. 3608. A detour is available on Route 236 to Princeport Road. The road will re-open March 31. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, Exit 23 eastbound off Westville Road and MacGregor Avenue’s ramp and intersection, will have periodic lane closures for the installation of traffic signals until further notice. Traffic control people are on site. Please take alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Colombo: Sri Lankan police on Friday arrested five suspects, allegedly having links with local Islamist group National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ) and its leader Zahran Cassim, the mastermind behind the Easter Sunday bombings. The five suspects were arrested in Horowpathana area on the day when the Parliament passed the state of emergency with 22 lawmakers voting for it and eight Tamil National Alliance members voting against it, the Daily Mirror reported. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Wednesday extended by a month the state of emergency imposed in the wake of the deadly Easter Sunday bombings that killed nearly 260 people. The emergency law gives police and the military extensive powers to arrest, detain and interrogate suspects without court orders. The five arrested on Friday include a development officer attached to the Horowpathana Divisional Secretariat, a teacher of a government school in Horowpathana, two teachers of an Arab school in Kiwulekada and a resident of Kebithigollewa, the daily said. According to the police, the suspects had delivered extremist sermons upon the invitation of suicide bomber Zahran in the Horowpathana, Kebithigollewa and Trincomalee areas. Investigations have shown that the arrested suspects were closely associated with another suspect who has been arrested overseas. Police said investigations revealed that the five suspects had received funds from the NTJ via one of the main suspects, in the Easter Sunday attacks, who is abroad.
Login/Register With: Canadian actress Emily Hampshire and American actor Eric Roberts head the cast of a new film based on a Linwood Barclay bestseller.Never Saw It Coming is now shooting in Sudbury, based on Barclay’s 2011 book about a psychic who parts troubled families from their money and gets entangled with a man whose wife has gone missing and who has dark secrets.Gail Harvey, who has directed numerous Canadian TV series as well as the documentary Rickie Lee Jones: The Other Side of Desire, is directing. Barclay, a former columnist for the Toronto Star, wrote the screenplay. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter Hampshire (12 Monkeys, Schitt’s Creek) stars as psychic Keisha Ceylon. Roberts (Lost Girl, CSI, Heroes) plays Wendell Garfield, whose wife Ellie (Diane D’Aquila) has gone missing. Katie Boland, Harvey’s daughter, also co-stars as Garfield’s daughter.The aim is for Never Saw It Coming to be finished by late summer, in time for fall film festivals.BY DEBRA YEO Advertisement
“The response will come at a point and time of our choosing where our civil military leadership decides, and as a matter of fact, has decided,” he had said, reiterating the statement issued after the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting convened by Prime Minister Imran Khan. (Colombo Gazette) Pakistan says its Air Force shot down two Indian warplanes after they crossed the Kashmir border and one pilot has been captured.Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Wednesday, in retaliation to India’s Line of Control (LoC) violation a day earlier, undertook strikes across the LoC from Pakistani airspace, the Dawn website reported. “The sole purpose of this action was to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self defence. We do not wish to escalate but are fully prepared if forced into that paradigm,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, the director general (DG) of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), confirmed the action, adding that “in response to PAF strikes this morning as released by MoFA, IAF [Indian Air Force] crossed LoC.” “PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K [Azad Jammu and Kashmir] while other fell inside IoK [Indian occupied Kashmir]. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area.”A day earlier, the army spokesperson said that the prime minister had asked everyone to get ready for every eventuality. “We are all ready. Now it is time for India to wait for our response,” he asserted.
Currently, the Sudan is facing “one of the largest humanitarian emergencies in the world today,” Kevin Kennedy, Chief of the UN’s Humanitarian Emergency Branch, told a press briefing in New York, pointing out that the UN and its partners were working to meet the needs of over 3 million Sudanese.A recent mission to the country by Tom Vraalson, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Affairs for the Sudan, had achieved progress in expanding the UN’s reach in the country, Mr. Kennedy said. He noted that the envoy’s trip came at a particularly critical time, as it followed “a series of attacks on civilians by the Government of Sudan throughout the month of February.” While in the Sudan earlier this month, Ambassador Vraalson had worked to support an effort to expand the access of humanitarian agencies to needy Sudanese in the Nuba Mountains – a region that the UN had only been able to access intermittently in recent years. The envoy was actively supporting the implementation of an agreement to deploy international observers to monitor the declared ceasefire as well as the shipment of relief goods to the area. “This is a significant step forward because it allows agencies and NGOs to deliver assistance to people who are very much in need,” said Mr. Kennedy.He added that the envoy – who met with the parties to the conflict – had secured an agreement to gain “nearly full access” for immunization drives to certain areas. Concerning food airlifts throughout conflict-ridden southern Sudan, Mr. Kennedy said discussions between Mr. Vraalson and officials had served to cut the number of denied locations to some 30 out of the 230 requested. “While we still very much regret those areas that we cannot fly to, it is a step forward in terms of our access and ability to deliver assistance,” Mr. Kennedy said.
Mr Hewitt’s agent told The Telegraph that she has not spoken to Mr Hewitt in two weeks and has been unable to contact him since the news of his illness was broken to her.Teresa Quinlan said she did not know of any pre-existing medical condition and said Mr Hewitt will have a close set of friends looking out for him.”I can’t confirm anything,” she said. “The last time I had communication with him was by text message two weeks ago and at that point he said he was not feeling well and was in bed with a bug.”I’ve tried to get hold of him a couple of times over the last couple of weeks and I haven’t been able to and the first I heard of this was when a newspaper contacted me yesterday. His mobile phone has been off and I’ve tried him a couple of times.”I am quite concerned about him because, as I say, the last time I was in contact with him he was just in bed with a bug. I am just hoping that he makes contact with me when he puts his phone back on.” Diana and Prince Charles separated in 1992 and divorced four years later.The Princess admitted to Martin Bashir for BBC’s Panorama in 1995 – in an interview that enraged Buckingham Palace – that she had an affair with Mr Hewitt. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Princess Diana with Prince William (right) and Prince Harry (left) in 1992Credit:Martin Keene/PA The former lieutenant, who served in the Gulf War, has frequently had to palm off rumours that he could be Prince Harry’s father.The claims, which royal butler Paul Burrell said were impossible given that Mr Hewitt did not meet Diana until her youngest son was already a toddler, were referenced in BBC2 drama King Charles III on Wednesday.Speaking on Australian TV in March, Mr Hewitt was asked if he was Harry’s biological father, to which he replied: “No I’m not”. He added: “It’s worse for him, probably, poor chap.” James Hewitt, Princess Diana’s former lover, has reportedly been fighting for his life in hospital after suffering a stroke and heart attack.The 58-year-old was said to have been placed in intensive care after an emergency operation relating to a pre-existing illness.The Sunday Mirror reported that his family are hopeful he will pull through. He is now said to be recovering and has been moved to a different hospital.A relative said the family were “concerned” after the former British Army officer suffered the cardiac arrest just before going in for a medical procedure.Mr Hewitt was reportedly in Derriford Hospital in Plymouth before being transferred to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.”He had a pre-existing illness, then got seriously ill. Suddenly it got very critical and he was rushed to hospital,” a source told the Sunday Mirror.”It was pretty serious, but hopefully we’re all OK now. He is recovering and has been moved to Exeter.”Mr Hewitt, a household calvary officer who was born in Northern Ireland but spent most of his life in the West Country, had an affair with Diana in the 1980s while she was still married to Prince Charles.In a now iconic photo, thought to have been taken amid their secret relationship, Diana is pictured presenting the Captain and Subalterns Cup to Mr Hewitt after leading his Army polo team to glory at Tidworth, Wiltshire.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Warnings that e-cigarettes are luring teenagers into smoking tobacco are unfounded, a major Public Health England (PHE) study has found.Data involving 60,000 11 to 16-year-olds revealed there is no evidence that “vaping” the electronic devices acts as a gateway to the more harmful habit.Analysis showed that across all the young people surveyed, only three per cent used e-cigarettes at least once a week, and that teenage use was “highly concentrated” in those who already smoked tobacco. Because vaping has only become relatively widespread in recent years, there is a dearth of robust evidence indicating to what extent, if any, the practice is harmful in itself.However, some scientists have said that e-cigarette smoking is, at most, five per cent as harmful as traditional smoking, with policy makers favouring e-cigarettes as a means of giving up tobacco.Martin Dockrell, tobacco policy manager, Public Health England, added: “The findings in this study suggest that in terms of protecting children we are broadly getting the balance right in the UK.”We have a regulatory system that aims to protect children and young people while ensuring adult smokers have access to safer nicotine products that can help them stop smoking. This includes a minimum age of sale, tight restrictions on marketing, and comprehensive quality and safety requirements. We will continue to monitor the trends in e-cigarette use alongside those in smoking.”Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the campaign group Action on Smoking and Health, said: “A small proportion of young people do experiment with e-cigs, but this does not appear to be leading to regular vaping or smokingin any numbers, indeed smoking rates in young people are continuing to decline.” For those teens who don’t smoke, e-cigg experimentation is simply not translating into regular useProfessor Linda Bauld, University of Stirling Among young people who have never smoked, regular use of e-cigarettes was between 0.1% and 0.5% across the five surveys, the analysis found.In recent months, opponents of e-cigarettes have pointed to slew of smaller studies, mainly from the US, as evidence that vaping leads to traditional smoking.But last night experts at PHE said the new study, which analysed five large-scale surveys conducted in the UK between 2015 and 2017, proved current Government policy was “broadly getting the balance right”.“Our analysis of the latest surveys from all parts of the United Kingdom, involving thousands of teenagers shows clearly that for those teens who don’t smoke, e-cigg experimentation is simply not translating into regular use,” said Linda Bauld, professor of health policy at the University of Stirling, which collaborated in the research. “Our study also shows that smoking rates in young people are continuing to decline.”
WorleyParsons has been awarded a contract to perform engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for Rio Tinto’s Koodaideri iron ore mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.The award of the EPCM contract follows the completion of the detailed engineering study for the Koodaideri project.The project will be executed over a three-year period from the Perth project office with additional support teams on the mine and rail locations. WorleyParsons will use data centric engineering processes to also produce a digital asset for Rio Tinto. “We are pleased to expand our relationship with Rio Tinto onthis important project”, said Andrew Wood, Chief Executive Officer of WorleyParsons.Koodaideri will deliver a new production hub for Rio Tinto’s iron ore business in the Pilbara, incorporating a processing plant and infrastructure including a 166 km rail line connecting the mine to the existing network.Construction on Koodaideri Phase 1 will start this year with first production expected in late 2021. Once complete, the mine will have an annual capacity of 43 Mt, underpinning production of the company’s flagship iron ore product, Pilbara Blend. The operation has been designed to use an increased level of automation and digitisation, helping to deliver a safer and more productive mine, which is expected to be Rio Tinto’s lowest cost contributor to its industry benchmark Pilbara Blend product. Koodaideri will feature technology already in use across Rio Tinto, such as autonomous trucks, trains and drills, and implement systems connecting all components of the mining value chain for the first time.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Germany’s Angela Merkel came under fire from opposition parties on Wednesday after failing to clinch a financing deal for Greece, with her main rival threatening to withdraw support for her euro policies and delay a budget vote in parliament. The exchange between Social Democrat (SPD) challenger Peer Steinbrueck and the chancellor was one of the fiercest in months, underscoring how difficult it will be for her to secure Bundestag backing for her euro rescue course in the run-up to next year’s election. Until now Merkel has been able to count on the support of parties like the SPD and Greens to help push through controversial bailout votes in the lower house. “If we get the impression we are being cheated, we won’t come to the rescue anymore when you need our support,» Steinbrueck warned in a speech to the chamber just before Merkel took the podium. The parliamentary debate was supposed to be focused on the 2013 German budget, which is up for approval on Friday, but it was colored by the failure of European governments to reach an aid deal for Greece at a marathon overnight meeting in Brussels. After failing twice to clinch an agreement, euro zone finance ministers scheduled a third meeting next Monday where they will try to overcome stubborn differences with the IMF and ECB over how to put Greek debt on a sustainable path. In closed-door meetings with lawmakers in her conservative party on Wednesday morning, Merkel once again ruled out accepting a so-called «haircut», or losses, on European loans to Greece. Instead, Berlin is pushing for a solution under which Athens would receive new funds from Europe’s EFSF bailout fund to buy back Greek debt held by private investors at a discount. Germany is also prepared to lower the interest rates Greece pays on its loans and consider stretching out maturities. But even with these measures, Greece seems sure to miss a goal of reducing its debt pile to 120 percent of annual economic output by 2020. The IMF is insisting this goal be kept, while governments are open to pushing back the target date to 2022. “I believe there are chances, one doesn’t know for sure, but there are chances to get a solution on Monday,» Merkel said in her speech in parliament. She made clear however, that she favored a piecemeal «step by step» solution to Greece’s and Europe’s problems – an approach Steinbrueck and his opposition allies say is based on a cynical political calculus and will only raise the long-term costs of the crisis for German taxpayers. “This coalition is only fighting with and for itself, it isn’t dealing with the problems of this country and its citizens,» Steinbrueck said. «If you need all your strength to keep your coalition together, at the expense of the country, then you all need to go into rehab.” He pressed Merkel to delay Friday’s vote on the German budget until there was more clarity on Greece. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble rebuffed that suggestion, promising that new Greek aid measures would not affect the 2013 budget. Despite the failure to reach a deal in Brussels, Schaeuble said he was confident the Bundestag would be able to hold a separate vote on Greek aid at the end of next week.Like Merkel, he made clear that different countries could agree different solutions for Greece – a sign that the divide may simply be too big to agree a common stance among all euro members. Merkel is riding high in the polls roughly 10 months before the election, with two in three Germans saying she is doing a good job and her Christian Democrats (CDU) roughly 10 percentage points ahead of the SPD. But satisfaction with her government is low, in part because of her struggling coalition partners, the Free Democrats (FDP), who have seen their support plunge. The euro crisis also remains a major threat. The opposition and some private economists accuse Merkel of delaying a lasting solution to Greece’s woes in order to avoid having to take politically risky steps before the vote. In her speech to parliament, she was greeted with loud jeers when she said: «This government is the most successful one since German reunification». Source: Kathimerini
San Francisco Lego fans are about to enjoy their very first retail store.The new Lego store will open on 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 25 at the Westfield San Francisco Centre Mall at 838 Market St.To celebrate the opening they’re kicking things off with lots of free giveaways, so it’s in your best interest to get there early. The first 400 customers to make a purchase every day this weekend will receive a freebie, a different one for each day. On Friday you can get a free Lego backpack with a purchase of $50 or more. On Saturday the store will give out 400 limited edition Lego sets will a purchase of $99 or more, and on Sunday they will offer an exclusive Lego minifigure with a purchase of at least $50.While this is the first Lego store in San Francisco proper, there are three stores in the Bay Area- at the Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, the Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo, and the Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton.Photo Credit: wiredforlegoLego loves to show off their master creations in their stores, making them mini-museums for mini-figs. This one is no exception. The store will have a “Master Builder” on hand constructing an eight-foot tall model of Jay from Ninjago, and customers will even be able to aid him in his creation. The build will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day this weekend, because serious Lego require serious work. Hopefully no kids will tip it over and destroy it immediately after it’s done, as happened recently with a $15,000 Zootopia sculpture at a Lego Expo in China. Would hate to step on that.Photo Credit: davebloggs007