Sameera ReddyState of Affairs It is evident from your story that Punjab and Kerala have topped the list again because of their emphasis on what they are good at-agriculture and education (“North South Lead”, August 16). Transparency and good governance are the keys to being a good state. K. CHIDANAND,Sameera ReddyState of AffairsIt is evident from your story that Punjab and Kerala have topped the list again because of their emphasis on what they are good at-agriculture and education (“North South Lead”, August 16). Transparency and good governance are the keys to being a good state. K. CHIDANAND KUMAR, BangaloreDespite the fact that different states have bagged awards for development in some sector or the other, not a single state has attained self-sufficiency in infrastructure development. Had they done so India would have been ranked first in the comity of developing nations. S. NAGARATNAM, MumbaiThe left parties have always been critical of the policies and programmes of other parties but your survey shows that Left ruled West Bengal is lagging behind in almost all parameters with an overall rating of 14 among the big states. The Left does not have any moral right to preach to anyone else. They should set their own affairs in order first. M.M. GURBAXANI, BangaloreKerala has never tried to shed its post-independence slumber on the economic front even though it has taken enviable care of education and health. It should focus more on sustainable and growth-oriented economic ventures with employment generation within the state rather than depend on overseas dollars and dinars. ANIL THOMAS, ChennaiYour story should be an eye-opener for states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Lagging way behind on almost all socio-economic fronts, these states’ performances have hit rock bottom. Governance is conspicuous by its absence. Illiteracy and poverty are all-pervading. How long will these states be content to be mocked at as laggards of democracy? ALOK SRIVASTAVA, DelhiYou have missed some vital parameters like economic disparity, employment and growth of population while conducting your survey. All these factors have a lot of impact on the social and economic life of the people. Even the UN and other international research organisations take them into consideration while conducting studies. SURESH SURATWALA, MumbaiYour otherwise comprehensive report missed out two important factors- sustainable environment and ecological balance. Aren’t fresh air and clean drinking water important? Similarly cheaper and cleaner energy sources would attract investments and might be an answer to the soaring LPG and petroleum prices. YASH TOKARSI JAIN, on e-mailKerala cannot be considered a progressive state by any yardstick. A state that does not allow any industry to develop even during these times of liberalisation has nothing to do with any kind of progress. Nani Palkhivala had rightly said that social justice, when not accompanied by economic growth, is meaningless. T.S. PATTABHI RAMAN, on e-mailHaving a stable government does not necessarily mean that the state will witness economic progress. Had that been the case states like Bihar, where the RJD has been ruling for the past 14 years, andWest Bengal, where the Left Front has been in power for 27 years, would have prospered like Punjab and Kerala. RAJIB SARMA, on e-mailYour survey has many contradictions. Bihar is ranked last in health but in life expectancy and infant mortality the state is in the top 10. And how can West Bengal, with the fourth largest state GDP (and projected to be the second largest in 2020) be 18th in investment scenario? SAIBAL BAGCHI, on e-mailFloundering AroundThe BJP has been indulging in introspection and analysis of the reasons for its defeat in the Lok Sabha elections (“Still in a Stupor”, August 16). But so far it has only managed to replace “Hindutva” with “Bharatiyata” and “vikas”. SHIKHA KATARIA, PanchkulaThe BJP, the so-called party with a difference, is acting like a child whose lollipop has been snatched away. The Congress too is not behaving like a mature winner. Both parties seem to have forgotten that there are important issues to be dealt with. But instead of cooperating they are only trying to embarrass each other at every available opportunity. JOHN ERIC GOMES, Goa advertisementOne expected the BJP to act in a more responsible manner and Atal Bihari Vajpayee to provide the right guidance. But both have been big let-downs. MADHU SINGH, Ambala CantonmentPrice of HealthLow-cost blood glucose testing machines are indeed a must (“The Sweet Check”, August 9). But the fact is that the cost of the machine is only a part of the total cost of testing at home. The glucose testing strips are a major and recurrent cost. The testing device is of no use without these strips and diabetics would benefit only when the price of these strips come down. RAKSHIT TEWARI, AhmedabadSafety CatchDo our politicians and actors feel their lives are more precious than those of our soldiers or senior citizens who are soft targets for anti-social elements (“VIP Insecurity”, August 9)? People should not be forced to pay for the security of the privileged classes. S.L. BEDEKAR, BangaloreHit ParadeSalman Khan is the only actor who dares to be different (“Role Reversal”, August 2). When most other actors are doing only one or two films a year, Salman will have seven releases in a single year.With his hattrick of hits one can easily say that he is one of the most bankable stars in Bollywood. NITESH VYAS, on e-mailBasic ProblemThe Punjab Government is well within its rights to promulgate the legislation cancelling all its watersharing agreements (“Troubled Waters”, July 26). Punjab is an agrarian economy and it needs water to support the farming community. Contrary to popular belief, it relies heavily on groundwater to meet its agricultural requirements. But now even groundwater levels have dipped because of the indiscriminate installation of tubewells. SATISH SHARMA, DelhiCHARGE COUNTER CHARGEIt is difficult to believe Shujaat Hussain’s contention that Nawaz Sharif is lying because none of his pro-India statements would have endeared him to anyone in Pakistan (“Nawaz Sharif is Lying”, August 16). KESHAV AGARWAL, on e-mailBlame game seems to have become the national sport of Pakistan. The interview raises doubts about whom we should believe. SUBHAM PATHAK, BangaloreHussain’s statements on the Kargil war conceal rather than reveal what actually took place. H.R. BAPU SATYANARAYANA, Mysoreadvertisement
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: Leicester will end season in top fourby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists victory against Leicester was well-deserved as they snatched a 2-1 win at Anfield.The Reds were handed a controversial spot-kick deep into stoppage time when Marc Albrighton was adjudged to have brought down Sadio Mane.James Milner calmly slotted home the winner in a result Klopp admits already feels like a huge moment in their season.Klopp told Liverpool’s official website : “So, if you score in the 95th minute with a penalty everybody would say that’s lucky but over the full game we had more chances, we were the better team, so I’m really happy about that.“This one [win] alone feels already big enough, to be honest, because of how difficult this league is [and] how difficult the life of an LFC player is.“I think Leicester at the end of the season will be in the top four and then they will realise how different it is when you play Wednesday, Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday. The quality they have is already good and we all know Brendan, what a sensational manager he is and what he’s doing with them.”
Atalanta boss Gasperini pays tribute to Man City counterpart Guardiolaby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has received praise from Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini.The Italian outfit are in England as they face off against City in the UEFA Champions League group stages.And Gasperini has not forgotten a gesture of kindness from Guardiola a few years ago, when the former was sacked by Inter Milan.Gasperini said at his press conference: “His compliments are very welcome. I have got nothing to add to what has already been said about Pep Guardiola, not just as a coach but as a human being.”He made a really nice gesture towards me and I can’t forget that. This makes this occasion even more poignant.”When I was sacked by Inter he called me and invited me to go to Barcelona to see them. It was a very nice gesture from a human point of view at a very difficult moment for me.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
The amfAR Gala Cannes event will take place later this month.Nicole Kidman, Jessica Chastain, Dustin and Lisa Hoffman, Diane Kruger, Milla Jovovich, Eva Longoria, Carine Roitfeld, Pedro Almodóvar, David Lynch, Vanessa Redgrave, amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, and amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby will be among the chairs of the 24th edition of amfAR’s world-renowned amfAR Gala Cannes event, to be held on May 25, 2017, during the Cannes Film Festival. Other event chairs include Len Blavatnik, Nayla Hayek, Michel Litvak, and Vincent Roberti.The annual star-studded event is one of the world’s most successful benefits, and is the most coveted ticket during the Cannes International Film Festival. Held at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, this glamorous and unpredictable gala will include several musical performances and a parade of prominent appearances, as many of the celebrity guests help with the event’s exciting live auction of exclusive items and experiences.Longtime amfAR supporter Carine Roitfeld will once again curate a fashion show of one-of-a-kind looks from a who’s who of the world’s most celebrated fashion designers. Forty of the world’s top models will participate in the spectacular Golden Age of Hollywood Collection runway presentation, accessorized with jewelry by Harry Winston.Harry Winston and Bold Films are the Presenting Sponsors of the amfAR Gala Cannes. Moët Hennessy, Persol, and Renault are the event’s Signature Sponsors. Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy Belvedere Vodka’s specialty amfAR Martini Cocktail, Hennessy X.O, Moët & Chandon Impérial, Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay and other fine wines and spirits from the Moët Hennessy portfolio. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.After the amfAR Gala Cannes dinner, guests will be invited to the exclusive After Party, presented by Moncler.amfAR’s annual amfAR Gala Cannes events have been important and successful fundraising events for the Foundation for over two decades, generating more than $190 million for amfAR’s life-saving research programs and keeping the fight against AIDS in the global media spotlight. amfAR continues to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide, and works to translate their research into effective policy, prevention, and treatment education programs around the globe. Additionally, amfAR recently launched the Countdown to a Cure for AIDS Initiative, aimed at finding a broadly applicable cure for HIV by 2020.Countdown to a Cure is designed to intensify amfAR’s cure-focused HIV research program with plans to strategically invest $100 million in cure research over the next five years, with the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research, an innovative collaborative enterprise based at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as the cornerstone.Past events have been chaired by amfAR’s late Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who hosted the first amfAR Gala Cannes in 1993, President Bill Clinton, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Sir Elton John, and Madonna, among many others.The amfAR Gala Cannes event is produced by Andy Boose/AAB Productions.For more information, click here.
NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus’ foreign minister says he’s optimistic that the U.S. will soon start lifting a decades-old arms embargo because Washington acknowledges the island nation’s contribution to bolstering stability and security in the east Mediterranean.Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides told The Associated Press on Friday that Washington sees the “added value” of allowing Cyprus to acquire military equipment that would help enhance its capabilities to boost regional security.Christodoulides said he has conveyed to his Russian counterpart that stronger ties with Washington shouldn’t be interpreted as “prejudicial” to Cyprus’ relations with any other country. He said Cyprus’ foreign policy doesn’t engage in a “zero-sum game.”Christodoulides said the U.S. and some European Union countries are keen to join energy-based partnerships that Cyprus has established with neighbouring countries including Egypt, Jordan and Israel.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C.’s coffers will be getting just over $42 million from a drilling license that was auction off in the provincial petroleum and natural gas land rights sale this week.Landsolutions GP Ltd. paid $42,052,202.00 for a 1,847-hectare drilling license in the provincial auction, which was held on Wednesday, June 13th. The parcel, which overlaps the Halfway River First Nation and the proposed Tsaa Nuna Conservancy on the other side of the Halfway River from the First Nation, went for a whopping $22,767.84 per hectare.Scott Land & Lease Ltd. purchased two of the other three parcels that were up for auction in the sale for a combined $22,952.16. The last parcel of land to fetch such a high cost was a 5,542-hectare drilling license bought by Scott Land & Lease Ltd. Last July. That license brought in over $77 million, though the cost per hectare was lower, at just under $14,000/hectare.June’s sale saw by far the most amount of money spent by companies on acquiring land rights this year. In May companies spent just $1.3 million, though that number is higher than the lowest tally of the year in April when companies spent just over $200,000.So far this year, the Province has generated $59.4 million from land rights sales, which is higher than the $33.4 million that was spent in all of 2015 and 2016 combined.
(b) interferes with or obstructs any person in the exercise of any power or the performance of any duty conferred or imposed under this Act.(2) A person who commits an offence under subsection (1) is liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than one year or to a fine of not more than $10,000 or to both imprisonment and fine.It is strongly recommended that any residents who have not left the Evacuation Order area leave for their own safety. If you wish to leave the PRRD will make arrangements to pick you up. Call 250 784-3200 24 hrs a day.”Earlier this afternoon, the PRRD issued it’s sixth evacuation order since the landslide first began on September 30th. FORT ST, JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District says that it will begin cracking down on anyone that violates the evacuation orders that have been issued for areas around the community of Old Fort.In an update late this afternoon, the PRRD said that additional cracking and movement on the slide has resulted in the Peace River Regional District Board issuing the following statement:“An Evacuation Order for the Old Fort Landslide was issued on October 7, 2018 and expanded on October 11, 2018. Pursuant to the Evacuation Order and the powers available under the Emergency Program Act to control or prohibit movement during a state of local emergency, THE PEACE RIVER REGIONAL DISTRICT WILL NOT TOLERATE ENTRY INTO THE EVACUATION ORDER AREA EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 12, 2018 AT 6:00 AM.EMERGENCY PROGRAM ACTPart 3 — Emergencies, Disasters and Declared EmergenciesSection 27(1) A person commits an offence who(a) contravenes this Act or the regulations, or
Kolkata: The Minister of State (MoS) Fire with independent charge Sujit Bose on Wednesday visited the Bagri Market and reportedly assured the shopkeepers that Fire department would extend all cooperation to reopen the market shortly.He said some safety guidelines need to be followed by the market authorities and if the traders follows the Fire department suggestions they would shortly get the clearance to reopen their shops. According to sources, shop owners and members of Bagri Market Central Kolkata Traders’ Welfare Association had earlier requested the fire department to provide necessary clearance to reopen the shops in the market as the businessmen were facing huge losses. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBose had asked the traders’ welfare association to submit an undertaking to the Fire department that the 11 points, which the department had suggested earlier will be followed accordingly. On Wednesday, Bose along with other fire officials went the Bagri Market to check its present situation. After inspecting the market premises, Bose asked the shop owners and traders’ welfare association authorities to implement those 11 points suggested by the department. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayInstallation of an underground reservoir with capacity of 50,000 litres, installation of smoke detectors-sprinklers, conversion of manual pumps to automatic, demolition of illegal part of the market and changing of diesel run transformer to dry transformer were some of the suggestions made by Sujit Bose during his visit to the market on Wednesday. Bose told the shop owners that if the association follows the Fire department guidelines then they would get the clearance within a week of submission of the undertaking. He provided seven days to the traders’ welfare association to submit the undertaking. A massive fire had broken out at the Bagri market a few months ago. About, 30 fire tenders were pressed into service. Ashutosh Singh, president of Bagri Market Central Kolkata Traders’ Welfare Association, said: “Businesspersons are happy with the suggestions made by Bose and his department as it is ray of hope for them. Singh said out of 11 points, four points have been taken care of and the problems have been sorted. He assured that the remaining seven points will be looked into soon and the orders from the Fire department will be followed accordingly. “We are grateful to the minister as responded positively to our demands. The suggestions made by him will definitely help us. The rectification process is on. We are doing it step-by-step. We have been granted seven days to submit the undertaking. Bose said after the submission of the undertaking, clearance will be given within seven days,” said Singh.
Riverside (US): A pilot ejected moments before an F-16 fighter jet crashed Thursday into a warehouse just outside March Air Reserve Base in California, military officials said. The pilot was not hurt, and there were no immediate reports of injuries on the ground, said Maj. Perry Covington, the base’s director of public affairs. The cause of the crash was under investigation. Interstate 215, which runs between the base and the warehouse, was closed in both directions, backing up rush-hour traffic for miles. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportTelevision news showed a large hole in the roof and sprinklers on inside the building about 65 miles (105 kilometers) east of Los Angeles. Cellphone photos and video from inside showed what appeared to be the tail of the plane buried in twisted metal and piles of cardboard boxes. Daniel Gallegos, a warehouse worker, said he’s used to hearing the sound of planes coming and going, but the noise just before the crash was deafening. “Next thing I know I just hear this explosion and turn around to the back of the building, and I just seen a burst of flames and just the ceiling started falling through every part of the building,” he told KABC-TV . Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”I turned around, and my co-worker just told me to get, so I just made a run for it.” Gallegos said he believed one of his co-workers was struck by something possibly a falling fire sprinkler but wasn’t seriously hurt. The crash happened as the pilot was landing following a routine training mission, March Air Reserve Base Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Holliday said. “The pilot was having hydraulic problems,” Holliday said. “He started losing control of the aircraft.” The jet’s cockpit canopy was on a runway, and a parachute had settled in a nearby field.
First-year Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals insists that the Buckeyes (1-2) not set specific goals as they progress through this season, though he will demand a “fighting mentality.”“We’re too young and too inexperienced to have these expectations of, ‘We should win all our games,’ or, ‘We should do this, this and that,’” Beals said. “We need to go out and establish ourselves as a baseball team before we start setting up what our goals are.”Beals has emphasized an approach that he says will help build a great team.“We have expectations about going through the process (of improving) the quality of our at-bat, the quality of our pitches,” Beals said.Redshirt senior right fielder Brian DeLucia has already bought into his new coach’s thinking.“For right now, our expectations aren’t very extensive in terms of where we want to be at the end of the season,” DeLucia said. “We’re gonna take it game by game.”With 19 underclassmen on its 33-player roster, OSU is a young team. DeLucia said the team’s youth is part of the reason for tempering predictions about wins and losses.“We’ve got a lot of young guys on this team,” DeLucia said. “We’ve got a lot of learning experiences, a lot of obstacles to overcome.”DeLucia also said his only personal expectation for the season was that he and his teammates would “fight like dogs.” Having already played their first three games, Beals’ players have proven to be resilient.While competing in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge in Florida on Friday and Saturday, OSU dropped its first two games, losing, 11-5, and, 2-0, to Cincinnati and No. 20 Louisville, respectively. The Buckeyes then eked out an 8-7 win on Saturday against No. 23 St. John’s in a game that lasted 11 innings.Beals pointed to Sunday’s win, his first as OSU’s coach, as evidence of the Buckeyes’ unwavering effort on the field.“It’s gonna take all of us, and a great example of that was the Sunday win,” Beals said. “We had to go deep into our bullpen. It took a lot of guys, and we ended up laying down a bunt to win a ball game.” In Beals’ eyes, the path to success is very simple.“Anyway, anyhow, anybody,” Beals said, “we gotta get that mentality to just fight and claw to get every success we can.”There is no set number of wins that the team is striving for, but redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Paul Geuy said the outlook is positive.“Expectations are quite high,” Geuy said. “It’s going to be a good year, definitely.”