African Heritage Month kicks off in Cape Breton with two events designed to engage the whole family. Mayann Francis, lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia, is a guest at both events to help begin the month-long celebration. “Studying and celebrating the rich heritage of Canadians of African descent adds to our collective culture. It fills in gaps, deepens understanding and brings new voices to the national story,” said Lt.-Gov. Francis. She will be the special guest speaker at the first Celebration Gala dinner and dance, being held at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs partnered with the Menelik Hall Association to organize the event that sold out weeks ago. “The Celebration Gala will create an opportunity for individuals and communities to interact, for the African Nova Scotian community to be recognized for their contributions to the province, and to introduce other events scheduled during the month of February,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. A partnership with the African Nova Scotian Music Association helped secure Halifax-based rhythm and blues band Asia & Nu Gruv. Popular local band Spyder will also perform and the Inspirational Singers, a local choral group, will sing the black national anthem, Lift Every Voice. On Monday, Feb. 4, the lieutenant-governor will cut a ribbon to unveil a mural that students from Harbourside Elementary School in Sydney have completed. Under the direction of local artist Robin Martelly, in partnership with the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs, the school and the ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia program, the students have created a work of art that depicts the many cultures that make up the community of Whitney Pier. “The Whitney Pier community is one that is very rich in culture and ethnicity. The mural depicts all of the wonderful cultures, and it creates a template for the children to look at and relate to,” said Stephanie Black, vice-principal of Harbourside Elementary. For information on African Heritage Month and a list of events being held provincewide, please visit the African Nova Scotian Affairs website at www.gov.ns.ca/ansa or call the events line at 424-3482.
Premier Rodney MacDonald has declared July 19 to 27 Drowning Prevention Week in Nova Scotia. “During the height of summer, many Nova Scotians seek refuge from the heat at the beach or lake,” said Premier MacDonald. “By raising awareness about water safety this week, I hope we can prevent tragic drowning accidents in our province.” Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death for Canadians under the age of 60. It is estimated to claim about 400 victims each year. More than 75 percent of drownings occur in natural bodies of water such as rivers, lakes and oceans. “Drowning Prevention Week is the perfect time to remind Nova Scotians of a few simple water safety rules,” said Krista Elvidge, president of the Lifesaving Society, Nova Scotia Branch. “By wearing a life jacket when in or near water and by keeping children near, Nova Scotians can avoid tragedy this summer.” For more information about water safety, visit the website at www.lifesavingsociety.ns.ca .
Premier Darrell Dexter joined members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) Network, and their supporters today, July 20, at Province House to celebrate the launch of Pride Week 2009 in Halifax. “Today, we launch Pride Week, but we also celebrate a first in government with the establishment of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex Network,” said Premier Dexter. The network, formed in March, is a safe-place for public servants who identify with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities to discuss opportunities to create a more inclusive work environment. With more than 35 public servants as members, the network is growing and gaining support. Laura Barbour has been a member of the network since it began. Events like pride week celebrations and the start of the network help Ms. Barbour feel supported by the provincial government. “Creating an inclusive environment for LGBTI public servants and all LGBTI Nova Scotians is important,” said Ms. Barbour. “I’m pleased to be able to work with people across government and community-based organizations to address the challenges facing LGBTI people in this province.” The event also brought together all levels of provincial public servants and community organizations, such as the Department of Health Promotion and Protection, The Youth Project, the Halifax Pride Committee, Capital Pride Health, and the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project. “We are all here together because our communities go beyond geography,” said Premier Dexter. “Supporting inclusion and diversity within the public service and Nova Scotia’s communities is important.”
-30- HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 On Sunday, Sept. 20, the northbound lanes of Highway 102 will be closed at the Horne Settlement Underpass between exits 7 and 8. There will be at least three separate closures of 15 minutes each between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. To avoid delays during these hours, northbound traffic should exit Highway 102 at Exit 7 (Enfield) and return to Highway 102 at Exit 8 (Elmsdale). Local Area Office: 902-883-3535 Fax: 902-883-8732
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 On Friday, Dec. 4, Highway 102 (Bicentennial Highway) will be closed for about 20 minutes, between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., for blasting at the Larry Uteck Interchange. Drivers should expect delays or use alternate routes, which will be indicated by electronic signs. Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 -30-
An act to help the Department of Agriculture work more closely with fur ranchers so the industry can continue to grow was introduced today, April 29. The Act for the Development and Management of the Nova Scotia Fur Industry was developed in consultation with members of the fur industry, including the Nova Scotia Mink Breeders Association, and interested community groups. “The Nova Scotia fur industry is a significant contributor to our provincial economy,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Agriculture. “This legislation puts in place measures to ensure the appropriate management and development of the industry for years to come.” The new legislation places more responsibility on ranchers to ensure operations take into account the effect on their neighbors and the environment. Specifically, the act requires that fur ranchers obtain a site approval permit before getting their operating licence. Ranchers will also be required to have management plans that will cover environmental impacts such as waste, water management and disease prevention. The act also gives the Department of Agriculture inspection and enforcement authority. “We feel confident that this legislation will help the mink industry in the long run,” said Earl Prime, president of the Nova Scotia Mink Breeders Association. “Mink farms offer valuable employment to rural communities through on-farm work, pelting plants, and feed kitchens.” The Nova Scotia mink industry has seen a steady climb in profit in recent years with export sales exceeding $65 million in 2008 and about $80 million last year.
The province is celebrating an important part of Nova Scotia’s shared history by designating a section of the Belleisle Marsh as a protected site. The protected section contains significant archaeological artifacts of early French and Acadian settlement before the deportation of the Acadian people in 1755. “Recognizing the importance of the Belleisle Marsh site helps ensure that it is carefully preserved and interpreted for the benefit of Nova Scotians and visitors,” said Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Percy Paris. “The designation also enables us to promote its safe enjoyment.” The protected site is a 37-hectare section of Crown land located about 15 kilometres northeast of Annapolis Royal. “This designation is extremely valuable for the Acadian and francophone community because the site contains traces of settlement before the deportation,” said Graham Steele, Minister of Acadian Affairs. “The designation will help the community continue to preserve and promote its unique identity.” The Belleisle Working Group, consisting of community and government representatives, is developing a long-term management plan to manage the site.
Film Nova Scotia is partnering with the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corp. and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) to lead a business development mission to Los Angeles from June 8-14. During the trip, 10 film, television and new media producers from each province will attend the annual Producer’s Guild of America Produced By Conference to participate in panels, candid conversations, roundtables and networking events with top level Hollywood professionals. Past presenters at the event include Harvey Weinstein, Marc Cherry and Morgan Freeman. After the conference, participants will attend workshops and meetings with producers, production companies, studios and networks to provide an opportunity to pitch projects and meet with individuals in the Los Angeles market. “The Business Development Trip to Los Angeles has always proven to be very beneficial for us, allowing us to raise the awareness of our local talent in other markets,” said Ann MacKenzie, president and CEO of Film Nova Scotia. 2012 will be the third year Film Nova Scotia and ACOA have partnered on the initiative. To expand co-operation in the Atlantic Region, Newfoundland was invited to join the team this year. “We immediately saw the benefit in getting involved,” said Chris Bonnell, executive director/film commissioner, Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corp. “The program not only provides a professional development opportunity to our producers but also allows us to keep a finger on the pulse of the Los Angeles market.” Emerging and mid-level producers will enter into a competitive application process to secure a spot. In advance of the trip, selected participants will work with a market preparedness consultant to polish their pitching package and identify meeting targets. A Los Angeles based matchmaker will also be hired to assist in approaching and confirming meetings with targeted companies. Local producer Stephen MacLean attended the business development trip last year and immediately saw the advantages. “This invaluable program allows local producers to connect with companies and individuals we normally wouldn’t have a chance to meet,” said Mr. MacLean. “I’ve started building a network of contacts in one of the largest film markets in the world, which is an important step for me as a producer as they are key when you’re trying to co-produce and market a television program or feature film.” Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to support the province’s audiovisual industry. Nova Scotia is among the largest production centres in Canada.
—————————————————————Exposure to jobs helps students make career choices and shows them the skills employers want in action. EDUCATION–Take Our Kids to Work Day To give them that exposure Grade 9 students are visiting workplaces across the province today, Nov. 7, as part of Take Our Kids to Work Day. “Students are telling me they want good jobs that will allow them to work and stay at home,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “No matter what their future plans are, experiencing a real workplace in their own community is a wonderful way to encourage career planning.” Kids and Learning First, the province’s plan to help every student succeed, links learning to the workplace to help prepare Nova Scotia students for good jobs and citizenship. In junior high and high school, students learn about career options, factors that influence career choices, and how to planfor a career. “I’m going to visit CSC Corporate Domains in Yarmouth because I’m interested in the registration of domain names online,” said André Cormier, a student from St. Mary’s Bay Academy in Weymouth. “My Dad works there and I think the experience will show me what I need to know about this field. Having this opportunity in Grade 9 is great because now I’ll be able to choose courses in high school that fit the description of the job.” Nova Scotia high school students now have the opportunity to learn more about career options in the classroom and in the community through programs such as co-op, Skilled Trades, Options and Opportunities, and the new Personal Development Credit. These programs help more students develop transferable skills such as problem-solving and a work ethic that employers are looking for.
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. CONTINUING WORK 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. 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. VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic signals are in place. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge will be closed until further notice for repairs. A detour will be available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road.
Le gouvernement a fixé les dates et les endroits des consultations publiques sur le rapport portant sur l’élargissement à quatre voies de certains tronçons d’autoroute. Les consultations fourniront des renseignements sur la manière dont les autoroutes peuvent être élargies à quatre voies plus tôt au moyen du péage. Toutes les séances ont lieu de 18 h 30 à 20 h 30. Voici les dates et les endroits : l’autoroute 101, de Three Mile Plains à Falmouth, 9,5 km l’autoroute 101, de Hortonville à Coldbrook, 24,7 km l’autoroute 103, de la sortie 5 à Tantallon à la sortie 12 à Bridgewater, 71 km l’autoroute 104, de Sutherlands River à Antigonish, 37,8 km l’autoroure 104, de Taylors Road à Aulds Cove, 38,4 km l’autoroute 104, de Port Hastings à Port Hawkesbury, 6,75 km l’autoroute 104, de St. Peter’s à Sydney, 80 km l’autoroute 107, de Porters Lake à la rue Duke, Bedford, 33 km La date et l’endroit de la consultation à Porters Lake seront annoncés plus tard. * Les Néo-Écossais nous ont demandé de tenir ce débat et nous voulons faire en sorte que tous les citoyens aient l’occasion d’exprimer leur opinion, indique le ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure, Geoff MacLellan. Le gouvernement étudiera plus à fond l’option du péage uniquement si les Néo-Écossais le lui demande. * J’encourage tous les gens qui sont intéressés par la question à consulter les documents et à nous faire part de leur opinion. * Outre les 12 séances de consultation, les gens peuvent envoyer leurs commentaires en ligne à l’adresse https://novascotia.ca/twinning/ ou par la poste. Toute la documentation présentée lors des séances de consultation et le rapport complet sont disponibles en ligne. Le rapport a été préparé par CBCL Limited, une société de génie établie dans la région. Il détermine la faisabilité de l’élargissement à quatre voies de huit tronçons d’autoroute à partir de l’analyse des critères suivants : la sécurité et le nombre de collisions; le coût par rapport aux recettes prévues; le trafic moyen par jour; les économies liées à la durée des déplacements et aux coûts connexes; les préoccupations environnementales; l’acquisition de terrain. Les huit tronçons d’autoroute étudiés dans le rapport, et qui représentent 301,2 kilomètres, sont : mardi 24 janvier – New Glasgow, Pictou County Wellness Centre, 2756 Westville Rd. mardi 31 janvier – Kentville, Kentville Recreation Centre, 348, rue Main mercredi 1er février – Windsor, Hants County War Memorial Community Centre, 78, rue Thomas mardi 7 février – Bridgewater, Best Western, 527 Route 10, sortie 12 mercredi 8 février – Chester, Atlantica Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre, 36 Treasure Dr. lundi 13 février – Antigonish, Claymore Inn, 137, rue Church jeudi 16 février – Halifax, Delta Halifax, 1990, rue Barrington mardi 21 février – Sydney, Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, 50, rue Maillard mercredi 22 février – River Bourgeois, Tara Lynne Community Centre, Recreation Rd. jeudi 23 février – Port Hawkesbury, Centre municipal de Port Hawkesbury, 606, rue Reeves mercredi 1er mars – Dartmouth, Best Western, 15 Spectacle Lake Dr.
The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) delivered a unanimous 25 basis points (bps) rate cut as well a change in stance to accommodative. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) forecast has been marginally revised upwards for H1FY20 to 3-3.1 per cent (from 2.9-3 per cent) but is a shade lower for H2 at 3.4-3.7 per cent (from 3.5-3.8 per cent). The commentary notes upside pressure to food prices, but a broad-based decline in core inflation on the back of ‘significant’ weakening of demand conditions. Crude prices are volatile, but near-term inflation expectations of households have continued to moderate. Also Read – A staunch allyAcknowledging slowdown in growth drivers, the gross domestic product (GDP) forecast is revised lower to 6.4-6.7 per cent in H1 (from 6.8-7.1 per cent) and 7.2-7.5 per cent in H2 (from 7.3-7.4 per cent). The MPC notes that “growth impulses have weakened significantly as reflected in a further widening of the output gap compared with the April 2019 policy”. Though the change in stance is being seen as unnecessary this late in the cycle, what has been done has only rectified the under-utilisation of a potent policy tool. Also Read – Cuban pathosThe RBI also seems to have de facto adopted a positive liquidity stance. This is evident in the core liquidity having turned positive some time back and yet the RBI having persisted with further injection tools, including open market operations (OMOs) that is scheduled for mid-June. Now with the government spending happening, the headline liquidity is positive too. Further, an internal working group has been constituted to review the existing liquidity management framework and suggest measures, among others, to simplify the current liquidity management framework, and clearly communicate the objectives, quantitative measures and toolkit of liquidity management by RBI. The group is expected to submit its report by mid-July 2019. The one aspect that we have been disappointed with is the continued insistence to not anchor the monetary policy to some sort of a better defined real rate framework. The RBI governor was emphatic in saying observers will have to deduce this via RBI/MPC actions and he would not commit to anything at this point. However, so long as the absence of this framework does not impart a systematic hawkish bias to policy (as seems to have been the case in the past), this may not be a constraint at least in the near term. The other notable aspects of the post-policy press conference were: The RBI governor seems to have a reasonably benign view on government finances. Thus, he underplayed the recent stress instead of focusing on the consolidation underway over the past few years. Furthermore, he also does not seem to be unduly concerned about the PSU borrowings saying borrowings done by PSUs, which have their own revenue streams, shouldn’t be looked upon as government borrowing. This is somewhat surprising since the common perception is that at least some part of the heavier than usual PSU borrowings recently has been to compensate for lack of budget resource availability. Similarly, the heavier usage of small savings was not considered to be a sticky point. Given large buffer stocks (3.4 times the prescribed norm), there seems to be less of a concern from an inflation perspective, in case monsoon turns out to be weaker. This is the right approach. We have gone a step further to argue that even if prices were to rise on the back of a supply shock, they are unlikely to have second-round effects and hence are unlikely to be relevant from a monetary policy standpoint. A welcome clarification has been provided with respect to state development loans (SDL) with the governor explicitly stating that they have an implicit sovereign guarantee and that the RBI automatically debits state accounts at the time of payment. It is relevant since a recent push by the RBI towards asking states to get rated was somewhat muddying the risk perception. A question could always be asked as to what the importance of rating was for a sovereign backed asset? The clarification conclusively clears the air. Implications World growth expectations have taken a decided turn towards the worse over the past month or so. This is now reflected in expectations of easing by major central banks later in the year. As an example, the US yield curve is now reasonably inverted up to 10 years with the market expecting 2-3 rate cuts in the future. Locally as well, there has been a marked deterioration in growth drivers with consumption being the latest casualty, probably, courtesy of an impact to leverage given the ongoing stresses in certain parts of the financing market. Thus, the current monetary easing underway has to be looked at in this context. While currently, the expectation would be for one last rate cut alongside continued easy liquidity, it can quickly change towards expecting a deeper further easing should the global outlook further deteriorate. The next major domestic trigger is going to be the Union Budget in early July. Given the large undershoots in the actual revenue collections in FY19 versus even the revised numbers presented in February, the numbers targeted in the interim budget are looking truly daunting. This is especially in the context of the ongoing growth slowdown. The new Finance Minister will have to present a credible budget while sticking to the assumed deficit target. In this context, the Jalan Committee report on potential excess RBI reserves and their usage by the government will assume importance. From a bond market standpoint, the focus should remain on quality rates (sovereign, SDL, AAA) as the best vehicles to play the current macro environment. As developments continually highlight, the lower rated credit markets are far from settled and the spreads that can effectively be captured there may not yet be compensating for the risks involved. IANS (Suyash Choudhary is Head – Fixed Income at IDFC AMC. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has publicly taken to task the parliamentary select committee on the Easter Sunday jihadi attacks, saying he was opposed to top officials testifying on national security matters before the media. Sirisena’s outburst is set to trigger another conflict between him the executive and parliament the legislature, analysts said. Sirisena on Friday called for an emergency Cabinet meeting and said he stand opposed to the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the attacks summoning intelligence officers and disclosing intelligence information to the media. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ “I am completely opposed to senior intelligence officers being questioned openly in parliament. This exposes very sensitive national security information,” Sirisena said. Among the officials questioned so far are the Defence Secretary, intelligence chief, police chief and former defence secretary. The president said that those who have appeared before the PSC so far are former officers or officials and not current officers and have revealed key information. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China The then police chief Pujith Jayasundera, who was sent on compulsory leave, told the PSC that he had been overlooked by Sirisena for security council meetings. Sirisena was dealing with the head of the State Intelligence Service, overlooking Jayasundera. Hemasiri Fernando, the defence ministry secretary sacked by Sirisena for his failure to prevent the April 21 attacks, said the intelligence on a possible jihadi attack had not been given due importance at the security council meetings. Other unimportant matters discussed while no action plan was ever discussed on the jihadi threat. He said that he will not allow any current officer to be summoned before the PSC and that his stand has been communicated to the Cabinet. “This is not done anywhere in the world – key intelligence officers being openly questioned in front of the media,” Sirisena said. “They can become targets of criminals as their identities have been revealed.” Sirisena’s discomfiture stems from the fact that Sirisena as the Minister of Defence was responsible for the intelligence failure which led to inaction despite the availability of prior warnings on the Easter Sunday attacks. The aim of the emergency Cabinet meeting was to discuss what he termed the damage caused to the national security by the PSC proceedings. The cabinet meeting, however, ended without any agreement. Sirisena on June 4 wrote to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya asking him to stop the PSC proceedings. The legislature hit back saying that executive must not interfere in its business. This situation is similar to when Sirisena suspended parliament in October last year after he had unconstitutionally named Mahinda Rajapaksa as the prime minister. The unprecedented clash between the executive and the legislature lasted nearly 3 months before the highest court in a landmark judgment ended the stalemate forcing Sirisena to restore the status quo. A string of powerful blasts tore through three churches and as many luxury hotels, killing 258 people and injuring more than 500 others. The Islamic State has claimed the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaath (NTJ) for the bombings. A total of 106 suspects, including a Tamil medium teacher and a school principal, have been arrested in connection with the blasts.
New Delhi: The Railways need a few lakh crore rupees and a few years to eliminate all 21,000 manned level crossing across the country, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said in Lok Sabha on Wednesday. Goyal said there were 21,340 Manned Level Crossings (MLCs) and 1,048 Unmanned Level Crossings (UMLCs) in the country as on April 1, 2019. “We need a few lakh crores rupees and a few years to completely eliminate all 21,000 manned level crossings,” he said during Question Hour. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The money is required to construct underpass or overbridges to replace the railway level crossings. The minister said out of the 21,340 manned level crossings, 20,993 are on broad gauge (BG), 136 are on metre gauge and 211 are on narrow gauge. Goyal said so far as gauge-wise breakup of unmanned level crossings are concerned, record number of of 3,479 unmanned level crossings were eliminated in 2018-19 out of which 1,714 were eliminated in one month i.e. September 2018. “As of now, all UMLCs on broad gauge have been eliminated on January 31, 2019, 348 UMLCs exist on metre gauge and 700 UMLCs are on narrow gauge,” he said.
Kolkata: Nine Trinamool Congress (TMC) councillors of the Kanchrapara Municipality in the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, who had defected to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the Lok Sabha elections results, returned to the state’s ruling party on Saturday, allowing it to regain control over the civic body board. The development comes two days after five Kanchrapara councillors returned to the Trinamool fold, taking the party’s tally to 19 in the 24-seat municipality. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Meanwhile, one more councillor from the district’s Halisahar municipality rejoined the party after eight councillors, led by municipal chairman Anshuman Roy, returned to Trinamool earlier this month. Welcoming the councillors back, Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Congress MP and nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, claimed the BJP had forced the civic representatives to switch sides by intimidating them but could not hold on to them for long. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “Today nine councillors, including the municipality chairman and vice-chairman, have come back to our party. This takes the tally of Trinamool Congress councillors in Kanchrapara to 19,” Banerjee told reporters at the party headquarters here. “The councillors said they were forced to join the BJP after the Lok Sabha elections results. We are happy to take them back as they are old soldiers of our party and they are synonymous with Trinamool,” Banerjee said. The Trinamool had 12 councillors in the 23-member Halisahar municipality board after the return of eight of them. “Today one more councillor – Mrityunjoy Das – returned to the party. We have the majority with 13 councillors in Halisahar. In the coming days, Trinamool will run the boards of both these municipalities,” he said. Halisahar and Kanchrapara are the home turf of senior BJP leader Mukul Roy, once the right hand man of Mamata Banerjee. The two municipalities also fall in the Bijpur Assembly constituency, whose two-term MLA Mukul Roy’s son Subhrangshu Roy also defected to the BJP after the 2019 election results. Taking a swipe at Mukul Roy, Abhishek Banerjee said he should refrain from calling himself a national leader and should dare not to talk to the Trinamool Congress MLAs as he has failed to hold on to the councillors from his locality. “He cannot even hold on to the councillors from Halisahar and Kanchrapara. He is talking about being in touch with 160 Trinamool MLAs. If he has shame, he will not dare to talk to the MLAs of other political parties after today’s development,” Abhishek Banerjee said.
Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday conducted an aerial inspection of flood hit districts of North Karnataka, where several villages were inundated following increased outflow from reservoirs across the Krishna and its tributaries in Maharashtra.He flew by a special plane from the HAL airport here to Toranagal airstrip in Ballari, from where he proceeded to Bagalkote, Raichur, Vijayapura and Yadgiri to get a first-hand assessment of the situation, official sources said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Krishna, Malaprabha, Markandeya rivers and some other rivulets are in spate, submerging thousands of hectares of land in Belagavi, Bagalkote, Raichur, Vijayapura and Yadgir. A huge quantum of water had been released from the Koyna and four other dams in Maharashtra, which were reportedly full to the brim. As a result, the Almatti dam on the Krishna river in Karnataka and three to four barrages on its upper regions were completely filled and excess water was released, the director of the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre G S Srinivasa Reddy said. The increased outflow flooded the lower regions, leading to thousands of hectares being submerged and standing crops in parts of the region completely destroyed, sources said. Yediyurappa also announced that he would visit Delhi tonight and present a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to release a package for relief and rehabilitation work.
New Delhi: In a bid to encourage domestic manufacturing, India will increase import duty on solar equipment down the value chain in the coming years, Power Minister R K Singh said on Thursday. “Right now safeguard duty is imposed on solar equipment which will be diluted in few years. We will increase tariff on solar equipment down the value chain in coming years,” the minister said at a curtain raiser press conference on 3rd Global RE-Invest. Allaying fears that any hike in import duty may increase solar energy tariff bidding rate, he assured that it will not impact solar energy bidding process in India. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn July last year, India had imposed a safeguard duty on imports of solar cells from China and Malaysia for two years to protect domestic players from steep rise in inbound shipments of the product. India had imposed 25 per cent safeguard duty on solar cells for July 30, 2018 to July 29, 2019 period. Now it has come down to 20 per cent for July 30, 2019 to January 29, 2020. It will further come down to 15 per cent during January 30, 2020 to July 29, 2020. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThere has been a significant increase in imports of solar cells in absolute terms. Imports of cells jumped to 9,790 MW in 2017-18 from 1,275 MW in 2014-15. India produced 842 MW solar cells in 2017-18. Certain domestic players had claimed that on account of the surge in imports of the cells, many domestic producers have kept their production facilities almost idle and the heavy losses have crippled the domestic industry. Solar cells, electrical devices that convert sunlight directly into electricity, are imported primarily from China, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. Imports of cells from these countries account for more than 90 per cent of the total inbound shipments in the country.
Kolkata: The teachers of 113-year-old Kidderpore Academy School, along with its alumni association and parents, conducted a mass convention in connection with fake letters stating that they are associated with terrorist activities at Hemchandra Library on Sunday.”All the teachers, parents and members of Kidderpore Academy School Alumni Association were present at mass convention and shared their opinion on how deal with issue,” said Mohammad Salehin, a senior teacher of the school. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhile the ‘fake letters’ as claimed by the teachers have stated that they are ISI spy, who are divulging secre ts of Army activities, the Kidderpore Academy School Alumni Association has lended support to the teachers of the school. Salehin, who is also a NCC teacher, pointed out thatpolice officials of Watgunge police station assured us that they have started their investigation. “Since 2013 we have been disgraced and humiliated by some unidentified persons. The FIR in this connection was lodged on July 19. We met the police officials today (Sunday). They have are co-operating and told us that the probe had already started,” he said. Established in 1906, the Kidderpore Academy School at present has a strength of 400 students.
Kolkata: A youth was found murdered beside a drain near his residence at Shyamlal Lane under Garden Reach police station on Saturday morning. The police has arrested his son-in-law in connection with this.According to police sources, body of 35-year-old Mohammad Sultan was found with a stab wound on his left chest nipple. He was rushed to SSKM Hospital where he was declared brought dead. The police, during questioning of the family members of the deceased and their neighbours, learnt that there was a dispute between the two. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMoreover, 18-year-old Arshad who lived at the same address had fled the area and so the needle of suspicion was on him. The police soon tracked him down from another location of a relative by tracking his cell phone and brought him at Garden Reach police station for interrogation. After prolonged grilling, he admitted his crime and was arrested. He will be produced at Alipore Court on Sunday. Police sources said Arshad bore an old grudge against the victim over some family dispute. In the morning, when the latter ventured out, he followed him with a sharp cutting instrument and inflicted multiple stab injuries on his chest. He died on the spot.
New Delhi: The New Delhi Municipal Council’s Suvidha Camps have resolved up to 89 percent of public grievances they have received since its inception in December 2018, a new data released by the Council on Sunday showed. The NDMC also said that it has registered as many as 960 public grievance cases as of the 13th Suvidha Camp, which was conducted at the NDMC Convention Centre here on Saturday.The NDMC had initiated this move last year to establish a system for addressing public grievances of residents living in the New Delhi area, with services pertaining to information, facilitation and redressal of these public grievances. Most of the cases these camps have received relate to personnel, estate, public health, civil engineering and tax departments. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderNDMC Secretary Rashmi Singh said that 26 teams from various departments of the Council were present at the Suvidha Camp along with their respective Heads of Department to address grievances of residents. The NDMC Secretary said that the Council had directed all Heads of Departments to be available during the Public Hearing Hours between 12-1 pm every day to address problems of the residents and also asked them to prepare an Action Taken Report with respect to Public Hearing Hours every Friday. This recent camp saw NDMC employees and representatives of Resident Welfare Associations and Market Traders Associations take a pledge to stop plastic usage. Moreover, a Women Help Desk was also set up to facilitate addressing problems faced by women in the community. The NDMC’s Suvidha Camp is organised on the second Saturday of every month with the aim to redress public grievances.