Agriculture sector: 107 applications received, 43 completed Fishery sector: 206 applications received, 150 completed Residential sector: 239 applications received, 146 completed Small business sector: 143 applications received, 45 completed Forestry sector: 729 applications received, 0 completed. EMERGENCY MEASURES ORGANIZATION- Hurricane Juan DisasterFinancial Assistance Update The provincial Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) plans tohave all the Hurricane Juan disaster financial assistanceapplications (DFAA) from the fishery and agriculture sectorscompleted by mid February. The majority of residential and small business applications underthe program are expected to be completed by the end of March. In total, 1,424 applications were received for disaster financialassistance. Six hundred and ninety-five applications came fromfarmers, fishers, small businesses and individuals. To date, 384of these applications have been completed with more than $1.35million already being distributed. “This is the largest disaster financial assistance program theprovince has ever administered and I am pleased with the progresswe are making,” said Ernest Fage, Minister responsible for theEmergency Measures Act. “It takes time to review each application, especially consideringthe federal eligibility guidelines we must follow are subject tobroad interpretation and require extensive consultation with thefederal government. Individuals who submitted applications,however, deserve to know that their applications are going to becompleted in a timely fashion and that is why we have initiatedthe completion target dates.” Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, is the target to have all the fishery andagriculture applications completed. “Completed” means theapplications have been screened for eligibility, evaluated, apayment amount established and the payment is either made or aletter of commitment provided. EMO has also set the date of March31, 2004 to have 80 per cent of the residential and businessapplications processed. The remaining 729 applications involve woodlots where applicantswill be paid after they have completed the required silvaculturework. Since restoration work is still on going, no payments haveyet been made for woodlot restoration. Applicants have been givenuntil March 31, 2005 to complete the work. The following is a breakdown of the disaster financial assistanceapplications to date:
The government of Nova Scotia brought into force some of the most progressive and stringent food safety regulations in Canada this year. “Our province’s new regulations are some of the best in the country,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. “Some of these requirements are for mandatory food hygiene training for operators of the facility, increased powers for inspectors, and a requirement for operators to document their food safety programs, maintenance, cleanliness, sanitation and contamination control.” Since 2002, the number of consumer complaints of food facilities has dropped by 28 per cent. The number of suspected food poisonings has also been reduced by 26 per cent in that same time frame. “Nova Scotians and visitors to our province should be confident that our provincial food safety inspection is carried out with the utmost respect for human health. To find out information on food establishments we have made our inspection reports easy to access,” said Mr. Taylor. Consumers can get inspection reports on any three different restaurants within one or two days of the request at no cost. The policy is called routine access and has been in place for two years. In a recent national survey looking at how provinces release inspection reports it was found that most provinces provide similar access to inspection reports. Nova Scotians can access inspection reports by contacting email@example.com or by calling 902-424-4560. A mail-in request can be also be directed to Routine Access Designate, 5151 George St., 7th floor, Halifax, N.S., B3J 3C4. “From a public health standpoint the new Public Health Protection Act offers Nova Scotians one of the most effective regulatory environments in Canada,” said Dr. Jeff Scott, chief medical officer of health for Nova Scotia. “The new food safety regulations are a fine example of the protection Nova Scotians can expect and we will continue to work together to protect public health.” Assessment of food safety in Nova Scotia restaurants is done by food safety specialists. These 20 individuals employed by the Department of Agriculture conduct about 6,500 inspections in 3,700 licensed restaurants throughout the province every year. Food safety specialists are nationally certified public health inspectors, with a food safety professional designation and once passing national examinations they are appointed under the authority of the Health Protection Act. Food safety inspections focus on food preparation and handling, storage, staff hygiene and the cleanliness of the facility. Inspectors are also responsible for responding to consumer complaints, investigations of suspected food borne illnesses and are involved in food product recalls. “Our food safety specialists are highly qualified professionals that determine regulatory compliance based on their observation, measurement of risk and professional judgement,” said Mike Horwich, director of food protection for the Department of Agriculture. “They carry out unannounced inspections, education and training, voluntary closures or immediate food destruction. There is a high degree of regulatory compliance in restaurants and it is achieved for the most part because of education, cooperation and recognition that food safety is an essential component of the business. High profile punitive actions are a last resort.” “Food safety is a shared responsibility between government, industry and the consumer.” said Mr. Taylor. The work of the food safety specialists, as well as the genuine concern about food safety within the industry, has resulted in a continuing improvement of public health protection and food safety.
Finance Minister Michael Baker defended Nova Scotia’s position on the Offshore Accord at a meeting of Canada’s finance ministers today in Meech Lake, Quebec. Mr. Baker said a strong economy in every province is beneficial to all Canadians, and Nova Scotia’s offshore contract with the federal government should be upheld for that reason. “The Nova Scotia Offshore Accord is no different than other economic development agreements between the federal government and all other provinces and territories, such as Ontario’s Auto Pact or recent funding to Quebec’s aerospace industry,” he said. Mr. Baker said it’s important to rise above jealousies over federal-provincial economic arrangements that are designed to meet unique circumstances. “These measures have allowed these provinces to improve their economies to the benefit of their citizens, and for the benefit of all Canadians. The rising tide lifts all boats.” The government of Canada signed Offshore Accords with the provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland in 2005, which guaranteed that offshore revenues would not be deducted from equalization payments. Federal legislation to implement the 2007 budget, now being reviewed by the Senate, contains provisions to reduce Nova Scotia’s rights under the accord. Nova Scotia maintains that, as a result of these changes, the province will be deprived of as much as $1.3 billion dollars over the life of the agreements. Mr. Baker and Premier Rodney MacDonald presented Nova Scotia’sposition for nearly two hours at the Senate Committee on finance on June 19. Several finance ministers spoke to the issue of equalization at the two-day meeting, along with topics such as Canada’s economic performance, securities issues, monetary policy, and taxation initiatives. “There are a lot of misunderstandings about what these accord agreements were designed to do,” said Mr. Baker. “Our goal is to improve Nova Scotia’s fiscal capacity so that we can fund programs and services at the same level as other provinces, at around the same level of taxation.”
Contracts valued at $7.7 million were awarded to two Cape Breton companies as the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens cleanup heads into its peak construction season. McNally Construction Inc., Port Hawkesbury, was awarded a $3.8-million contract to remove contaminated material from the lower reaches of Coke Ovens Brook from the Victoria Road overpass to Inglis Street, and to build a protective liner along the bottom of the brook. It will join the Coke Ovens Groundwater Collection Treatment System, now being built, to an engineered channel. Work is expected to run from April to October. ALL-TECH Environmental Services of Cape Breton, Sydney, was awarded a two-year, $3.9-million contract to continue monitoring and evaluating air quality for the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. The consulting firm provides real-time data upwind and downwind of the site. It also reports on data collected on a six-day cycle. “The awarding of these contracts illustrates the continued progress being made on this important cleanup as well as the government of Canada’s commitment to a safe environment and a strong economy for the people of Sydney,” said Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada. “This remediation project continues to build a lasting legacy that will have a positive impact on the Cape Breton economy and its residents for years to come,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “As these contaminated properties are safely transformed into useable land, local contractors and tradespeople continue to gain valuable skills and experiences they can market to the world.” In January 2007, the government of Canada and the province of Nova Scotia committed $400 million to ensure the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens cleanup is completed by 2014.
Applications for the annual antlerless deer hunt will be accepted starting Monday, July 26. There will be 11,500 permits available. To manage the deer population in Nova Scotia, a zone system is used to set the number of antlerless licences, based on the abundance of deer in various areas. This year, the province has reconfigured the deer zones from an eight to 12, so applicants should review the zones before applying for the draw. Antlerless deer permits will be awarded by draw in seven of the twelve deer management zones. Hunters will be permitted to harvest one deer of either sex in zones 105, 107 and 102 with no permit required. Hunters can also buy a bonus antlerless deer stamp for zone 102. No antlerless deer permits are available in zones 111 and 112. For more information on deer zones check www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/deerdraw/ddZones.asp . Beginning at 7 a.m., July 26, hunters can call 1-900-565-DEER (3337) 24 hours a day, to apply. The line will remain open until midnight, Sept. 10. It is not possible to call from a cellphone. Hunters can also apply on-line using a credit card atwww.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/deerdraw/. A non-refundable application fee of $7.25 will be charged to apply. A computerized random draw will take place on Sept. 11 and results will be available online Sept. 13 on the department website Hunters who do not apply or who are unsuccessful in the draw, will still be eligible to hunt deer where permitted. However, other than zones 102, 105, and 107 they will be limited to hunting for bucks with antlers a minimum of 7.62 centimetres (three inches)in length. Information on the 2010 draw can be found where hunting and angling licences are sold, or on the department website.
Premier Stephen McNeil has appointed a deputy minister and associate deputy to Agriculture, and Fisheries and Aquaculture, and has re-assigned deputy-level responsibility for the Office of Immigration. Brian Rogers has been appointed deputy minister, and Kim MacNeil appointed associate deputy minister of the departments of Agriculture, and Fisheries and Aquaculture. Mr. Rogers has a background in marine sciences and business management, having led several private sector companies. Mr. MacNeil is a long-time provincial employee who recently served as executive director of the Public Service Renewal. “These industries are deeply rooted in Nova Scotia’s collective culture and serve as important economic drivers for the province,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Mr. Rogers has proven his business expertise in the private sector and has a background in marine science research. His experience, alongside Mr. MacNeil’s public service background, will help us grow and foster these sectors in a responsible and sustainable way.” Mr. Rogers served as president of fisheries resource development at High Liner Foods and most recently as president of his own aquaculture and fisheries consulting firm. Mr. MacNeil has worked in the civil service since 1986 in several departments, including serving as acting deputy minister at the Department of Environment in 2010. Catherine Blewett will become CEO of the Office of Immigration in addition to her duties as deputy minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Affairs. Aiming to advance Nova Scotia’s immigration priorities, the responsibility will be more closely aligned with intergovernmental affairs, maximizing links to the federal government and to a wide range of stakeholders in Nova Scotia. Ms. Blewett will take over the responsibilities immediately. Mr. MacNeil’s appointment is effective Jan. 27, and Mr. Rogers’s Feb. 24.
La mise à niveau de la piscine de l’Université Sainte-Anne est l’un des 13 projets de la région de la Vallée qui recevront une subvention à l’appui de l’activité physique et des loisirs pour les Néo-Écossais. Des subventions d’une valeur totale de 244 000 $ ont été annoncées aujourd’hui, 25 juin, dans le cadre du Programme de développement des installations de loisirs. « Il est important pour les Néo-Écossais de faire de l’activité physique dans le cadre de leur routine quotidienne, affirme Gordon Wilson, député de Clare-Digby, au nom du ministre de la Santé et du Mieux-être Leo Glavine. Nous investissons près de 1,7 million de dollars pour la construction ou la mise à niveau de 65 installations à l’échelle de la province afin d’offrir aux gens des occasions d’être actifs et de s’amuser dans leur collectivité. » L’Université Sainte-Anne utilisera une somme de 17 000 $ pour faire la mise à niveau des systèmes de récupération de la chaleur et de ventilation de la piscine du Centre sportif. « Ce financement permettra d’améliorer la qualité de l’air et de réduire l’excès d’humidité autour de la piscine, ce qui augmentera la durée de vie de l’édifice et réduira les coûts de l’énergie, souligne Mary Ann Gauvin, directrice du centre. Après 40 ans de service, notre piscine et les autres installations du Centre sportif continueront d’offrir des occasions aux gens de la région de pratiquer des loisirs pendant des années à venir. » Les subventions aident les groupes communautaires, les municipalités et d’autres organismes à but non lucratif à aménager des installations visant à augmenter la participation du public aux sports et aux activités physiques. Il peut s’agir, par exemple, de rénover des bâtiments, de créer et d’entretenir des sentiers pédestres ou de construire et de mettre à niveau des terrains utilisés pour les sports et les activités récréatives. Les subventions appuient le plan Thrive! pour une Nouvelle-Écosse en meilleure santé. Ce plan vise à créer des environnements qui favorisent l’alimentation saine et l’activité physique. Pour obtenir plus d’information, consultez le thrive.novascotia.ca.
Nova Scotia will donate $50,000 to support the Syrian refugee relief effort, Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, Sept. 4. “Around the world, there has been an outpouring of grief for the Syrian people and their plight,” said Premier McNeil. “Nova Scotians join in supporting the Syrian people in their time of need and I am proud to offer this support on their behalf.” The donation will be made to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. “I have encouraged Canada’s premiers to provide financial support and, as well, I hope Nova Scotians who are able will consider donating what they can to the refugee relief effort,” said Premier McNeil.
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax kicked off its Tuesday Night Tunes series today, June 3, as part of its annual Oceans Week event, The Ocean Plus You, open free to the public. Today’s launch included a short set of ocean-related songs by Jiggers Mist, with songs by the main performer James Devine. Jiggers Mist will start the summer concert series on Tuesday, June 7, which will include Mariners, a new song dedicated to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The series is in its fourth season and has grown to include weekly concerts on Tuesday nights over the summer months. These free performances include a range for all musical tastes – from Acadian and Celtic to sea shanties, African drumming, classical, roots and jazz. “We are excited to host Tuesday Night Tunes at the museum and be a part of the fantastic summer activities that happen on the Halifax waterfront,” said Kim Reinhardt, manager of the Maritime Museum. With support from Waterfront Development and the Canadian Maritime Heritage Foundation, this popular series is performed in the museum’s outdoor courtyard. During bad weather, concerts will be held indoors in the Small Craft Gallery, located at the museum. Audiences will experience an entertaining hour of live music from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, the same night as the museum’s community evenings, where admission is free from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the year. “We’re proud to support our partners at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to bring back Tuesday Night Tunes,” said Jennifer Angel, acting CEO, Waterfront Development Corporation. “Diverse, high quality, accessible and free entertainment makes an exceptional Tuesday evening at the water’s edge.” For more information on the concert lineup follow the Maritime Museum on Twitter or like it on Facebook, visit maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca or call 902-424-7491.
Government is supporting three new sustainable transportation projects in the Lunenburg and Mahone Bay areas that help connect residents to community hubs and promote active living. Lunenburg MLA Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, on behalf of Energy Minister Michel Samson, announced today, Aug. 19, that local sustainable transportation projects will receive funding from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2. “I am thrilled to see these projects that enhance sustainable transportation in our region moving forward,” said Ms. Lohnes-Croft. “The project teams have shown great dedication and worked hard to promote active living by using our beautiful landscape.” With a $4,500 grant from Connect2 and additional funding from the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, the Dynamite Trail Association will upgrade the Dynamite Trail. “The Dynamite Trail runs from Martins River to Mahone Bay. The trail needs a higher level of maintenance to give cyclists a better experience,” said Sandy Hamilton, chair of the Dynamite Trail Association. “This trail is used by residents as an alternate route to Mahone Bay for work or shopping and as an exercise trail for runners, hikers and cyclists. We are very excited to improve this busy trail.” Queen’s Rails to Trails Association is receiving $5,000 from Connect2 and additional funding from the Department of Communities Culture and Heritage to help with the Summerville Trail project. The project will create a new rail to trail to allow residents to safely and actively commute in an area where a narrow roadway and road shoulders make it dangerous for active transportation. The project will link the villages of Hunts Point, Summerville Center, White Point, and the Summerville Beach Provincial Park. “With Highway 3 being narrow and winding, it’s unsafe to walk on the shoulder of the highway,” said Kevin Traynor, vice president of Rails to Trails. “Along the highway is an abandoned rail bed giving both ocean and woods views, and we are looking forward to creating a safe connection for the residents using this route.” The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is receiving $50,000 to widen the shoulders and resurface Pine Grove Road to create an active transportation route. This will connect residents to community facilities and schools, with connector points to Bridgewater. “An active transportation route is essential for this growing community,” said deputy mayor of Lunenburg Claudette Garland. “This will provide residents and visitors a way to connect with the business and employment district of Osprey Village, and with the neighbouring school, Centre Scolaire de la Rive Sud, the Pinegrove Outdoor Play Association Park, as well as local connectors such as the LaHave River Trail, the Arthur Young Trail and the Centennial Trail.” Connect2 aims to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by March 10, 2017. For more information, visit http://novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/.
$850,000 increase to enhance export development programming for Nova Scotia businesses $500,000 increase for incubators and accelerators that support startup companies $2 million increase for Invest Nova Scotia to fund projects that increase competitiveness in economic sectors $620,000 increase to support growing immigration $15 million total funding for this year to expand and create tax credits that encourage investment in new and growing Nova Scotia businesses $415,000 increase to support Nova Scotia’s Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund and build on export success $1.7 million increase to move toward ecological forestry, including more silviculture $2 million increase in funding to make progress on revitalizing tourism icons across the province Budget investments to create the conditions for economic growth: Budget investments to support people and communities: Budget 2019-20 contains $691.3 million for capital projects including schools, roads and highway, and an investment of $156.9 million to support the largest health care redevelopment projects in the province’s history. The budget also contains the final forecast for 2018-19, which updates the surplus to $28.4 million. Additional appropriations related to the forecast, totalling $59.0 million, account for unplanned spending by eight departments and assistance to universities. For more information, see http://www.novascotia.ca/budget . $14.2 million increase for programs that support adults and children with disabilities $5.6 million in new funding to introduce the standard household rate which will increase income assistance payments to recipients $5 million total funding this year for the third year of a three-year commitment to invest in poverty-reduction initiatives $1.7 million increase to fully implement the exemption of child maintenance payments from income assistance calculations so parents have more money to take care of their children’s needs $3 million total funding this year to help prevent domestic violence $470,000 in new funding for sexual violence prevention work on university and Nova Scotia Community College campuses $3 million increase as part of a three-year plan to create 1,500 new rent supplements and reduce wait lists by 30 per cent Budget investments in education and preparing youth for the workforce: $10.2 million increase to expand pre-primary classes $67 million total funding this year for the regulated child care sector, including expanding subsidies for families $15 million increase to continue implementing recommendations from the Commission on Inclusive Education $1.4 million increase to complete the reinstatement of the Reading Recovery program to all elementary schools by September 2019 $3.6 million increase to the university operating grant as the province prepares to enter another multi-year memorandum of understanding with post-secondary institutions $10 million increase to further develop collaborative care teams $2.9 million increase to open 15 residency spaces for specialty medical positions at Dalhousie University Medical School for a total of 65 seats $1.1 million continued funding to open 10 family practice residency seats at Dalhousie University Medical School this year for a total of 46 seats $2.2 million increase to improve access to hip and knee replacement surgeries $1 million continued funding for 11 mental health and addictions staff to support an adolescent outreach program in 41 schools in western and northern Nova Scotia $1 million increase to complete the province-wide SchoolsPlus expansion by September 2019 Government tabled its fourth consecutive balanced budget today, March 26, with continued investments in health care, education, communities and the economy. “This budget builds on our strong fiscal foundation,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Finance and Treasury Board. “Managing our finances well and balancing budgets has given us the ability to invest in new and existing programs and services for Nova Scotians, in areas most important to them.” Budget 2019-20 estimates a surplus of $33.6 million with revenue of $11.01 billion and expenses, after consolidation adjustments, of $10.98 billion. It also projects balanced budgets in each of the following three years. Budget investments to improve access to health care:
Washington: US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will deliver a major policy speech next week on how India and the US lay a economic foundation for a free and open Indo-Pacific region, an official announcement has said. Pompeo will deliver the keynote address on “The US and India: An Economic Foundation for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific” at the US-India Business Council’s India Ideas Summit on Wednesday, June 12, the State Department said Friday. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ This will be Pompeo’s major foreign policy speech on India. US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross is also scheduled to address US-India Business Council’s (USIBC) India Ideas Summit on June 12 and June 13. Among other speakers at the conference are Matthew Bevin, Governor of Kentucky; Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra; Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion; Deepak Bagla, CEO, Invest India; James Taiclet, CEO, American Tower Corporation and Milind Pant, CEO, Amway. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China Indian-origin Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google; Pawan Goenka, managing director, Mahindra & Mahindra; Adena Friedman, CEO, Nasdaq; Ritesh Agarwal, CEO, OYO Rooms and Meg Gentle, CEO, Tellurian are other prominent speakers. Indian Ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla, his American counterpart Ken Juster; former Supreme Court Justice Shiva Kirti Singh; Lockheed Martin Executive VP Rick Edwards; Rajasthan’s Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot; and Intel India Managing Director Nivruti Rai are other prominent speakers at the two-day conference. Coming on the heels of SelectUSA, the India Ideas Summit will highlight the critical role cities and states play in growing the U.S.-India commercial relationship, the USIBC said. India Ideas conference will be one of the first opportunities where both governments can really amplify this relationship after the election, USIBC president Nisha Desai Biswal told PTI in a recent interview. The first edition of the USIBC’s India Ideas summit was held in Mumbai last year. The US has been pushing for a broader role by India in the strategically important Indo-Pacific region. India, the US and several other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s rising military maneuvering in the region. In November last, India, the US, Australia and Japan had given shape to the long-pending Quadrilateral coalition to develop a new strategy to keep the critical sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free of Chinese influence.
London: South Africa great Jacques Kallis has urged the Proteas to learn lessons from England’s one-day international revival following the team’s miserable early exit from the World Cup. A 49-run defeat by Pakistan at Lord’s on Sunday ensured that, with two games in the 10-team round-robin phase still to play, there is no way South Africa can qualify for the semi-finals. Faf du Plessis, the South Africa captain, did not pull any punches, labelling his side’s 259-9 in response to Pakistan’s 308-7 as “borderline embarrassing”. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev But Kallis, the outstanding all-rounder of his generation, said South Africa should take heart from the way England recovered after suffering an equally woeful first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup Eoin Morgan’s side have since risen to the top of the ODI rankings and are among the leading contenders to lift the trophy this year. “England used the disappointment of their performances in 2015 to rebuild their team and totally change their mentality and approach to one-day cricket,” wrote Kallis in an International Cricket Council column. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships “England now play without fear and aren’t afraid to make mistakes. For me, South Africa have approached things too defensively at this tournament and they need to attack each match with much more positivity going forward.” Kallis said altering their approach did not mean the Proteas had to start from scratch with a new squad. “You don’t need to make wholesale changes, England are still captained by Eoin Morgan, as they were four years ago,” he said. “A total clean-out is just not the way ahead. We need to be more considered and thoughtful. “South Africa have some great young players in their 20s (Kagiso Rabada, 24, Lungi Ngidi, 23, Andile Phehlukwayo,23, and Aiden Markram, 24) and they can be the foundation for the future.” Kallis added: “The first thing that needs to be looked at is the brand of cricket South Africa are playing. “England are proof how quickly things can change in four years, so long as you have the right approach.”
Kolkata: Manoj Sharma, a resident of Golabari in Howrah sustained a bullet injury on Monday morning when a bullet was fired accidentally by his mother during an altercation between his wife Baby Prasad.Baby is a lady home guard. The Howrah city police received the information from Baby in the morning that her husband Manoj Sharma sustained a bullet injury at their home around 8 am. Police rushed to the spot and Manoj was immediately shifted to Howrah Hospital. He was later shifted to SSKM hospital where he is still undergoing treatment. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaOn the basis of the complaint by the lady home guard, a FIR was registered by the police. She said a quarrel took place between her and Manoj and mother-in-law intervened to resolve the issue. The complainant mentioned that Manoj was brandishing the gun at his mother. She further said her mother -in-law was holding the gun when it accidentally went off and the bullet injured her son. On the basis of the complaint, the Howrah city police arrested Manoj’s mother. Police have started a detailed probe into the incident.
Mumbai: Actor Abhay Deol says he never felt the urge to chase roles that would put him in the league of quintessential Bollywood heroes because he grew a distaste for fame and glamour very early on in life. Abhay made a name in Bollywood with alternative cinema such as “Dev.D”, “Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!”, “Manorama Six Feet Under” and “Road, Movie”. Why did he not play the classic hero in Bollywood? “I grew a very early distaste for fame and glamour because I saw what the spotlight and attention can do to you as a family, so to speak. When there is stuff being written about your family and people ask you questions which are very personal in nature, it makes you defensive and almost makes you angry. And maybe because I was exposed to that, I did not see the positive (side). I only saw the negative,” Abhay told IANS. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography The 43-year-old, nephew of veteran actor Dharmendra, says it is only now that he sees the “positive aspect”. “I was inherently slightly more bitter or cynical and that kept me from going to the commercial formulaic crowd. Also, I went to an art college and I did my foundation in art. I remember they said and that stayed with me — ‘If we even see a line plagiarised by you in one of our exams, you’re kicked out of school, no questions asked’. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “So, I think that set the mind inspired by the journey of ‘Oh wow, that means it is totally left up to me to discover myself’. That is what is going to make you an artist, not trying to improve upon what has come, but trying to add something that you can. So, that led me away from those (typical) roles.” He currently awaits the release of “Jungle Cry”, a sports biopic based on life of rugby coach Rudraksh Jena and is inspired by the true story of the rugby team of the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS).
London: Running straight through the Wimbledon championships, St. Mary’s Walk is the artery along which nearly 40,000 tennis-goers flow each day; the pulse of the world-famous tournament. Roughly 500 metres long, the main thoroughfare takes visitors from the heights of Henman Hill, past Centre Court and through the middle of the grounds to the posh hospitality suites at the southern apex. The axis route starts in the circular orchard right atop the hill, where picnickers escape the hubbub and enjoy the panoramic views over London. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together The orchard is ringed by an ornamental pond. Beyond is the Aorangi picnic terrace, dubbed Henman Hill or Murray Mount, depending on individual taste, where people with the cheaper grounds passes sit and watch the Centre Court action on a giant screen. The pop of champagne corks blends in with the thud of tennis shots as people tuck into strawberries, sandwiches and crisps. “Let’s go! I’m stepping in!” said one man picking his way through the maze of picnic blankets. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open – ‘Be patient and prepared’ – ============================= On the west side is the charity resale ticket booth, where regular ticket-holders wait to snap up the Centre Court seats of early leavers. Charlotte, 30, from the northwest outskirts of London, was first in the resale queue, having already queued outside from 4:30am. “I’ve been doing this every year for 15 years. I just love queueing!” she told AFP. “I’ve never not got Centre Court tickets. You have to be patient and prepared: sunscreen, water …and prosecco. “People think we’re crazy queueing 11 hours but we love it!” Down the slope at Court 18, some peer through the slats to glimpse the action. The plaque on Court 18 commemorates the longest-ever tennis match, where John Isner beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the final set after 11 hours and five minutes in 2010. “It was absolutely foolish. 70-68!” exclaimed one picture-snapping passer-by. Next along is Court 14 where people waiting for a seat crane five-deep for a view of the action — unaware that Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, was sat just metres away. Opposite, beneath the broadcasters’ studio windows, sits a grass roller from 1899 that was originally pulled by a horse and remained in use until 1986. – Teacups and laundry – ======================= Next down is the media centre terrace. Tennis fans gawp up to see if they can spot players being interviewed on camera, but the back of Dan Evans’ head garners no recognition. Opposite, in the northwest corner of Centre Court, is the ball distribution hatch. Ball girls rush off after exchanging old balls for new. More than 50,000 balls come and go during the tournament. Beneath the bridge between Centre Court and the players’ enclosure atop the main press room, fans wait, hoping to spot Roger Federer. The path then drops and opens out between the umpires’ restaurant and the southwest corner of Centre Court, from whence the smell of fresh laundry mysteriously emanates after dark. The overhang of Court Three provides the route’s only shade. In quieter moments, the competitors can hear the teacups clinking in the players’ restaurant opposite. Resplendent in their blazers, a fresh set of eight line judges shelter waiting to start an hour-long shift on Court 4. – Luxury and prestige – ======================= The route kinks round the steep Court 12 temporary stand before opening onto a new section of pine decking and picnic tables. It features a future sustainability zone, answering the big questions like “how will we make plastic circular?” and showing off the electric cars used to transport the players. In a new fan experience zone, tennis-goers can don virtual reality headsets and have a go at playing on Centre Court. Saving the best till last, the route ends at the new Rosewater Pavilion — the poshest seats in the house. Entry costs ?5,982 ( 7,550, 6,675 euros) per person on men’s final Sunday, but a mere ?1,644 on the second Tuesday. Guests have a four-course a la carte menu overseen by Albert and Michel Roux, Centre Court seats, a free bar and the promise of star visitors. The luxury is lavish — but way up at the other end of the grounds on the hill, punters seemed to be having just as much fun.
He is an immortal writer whose writings live on in millions of hearts across the world. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his radio broadcast ‘Mann Ki Baat’, even mentioned that Munshi Premchand’s stories have touched him deeply. Referring to “Nasha”, Modi said, “On reading it, I recalled my youth when poverty was widespread. It tells us that we should beware of bad company. ‘Eidgah’ also touched me deeply.” The bond between the writer and the Prime Minister, ironically, reaches Varanasi as well. Premchand was born in Lamhi, a village in the Prime Minister’s parliamentary constituency here. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHowever, for one who is known as among the most celebrated writers of the country, Munshi Premchand’s legacy is almost untraceable. In July, the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation disconnected the power supply at Premchand’s ancestral home during his 139th birth anniversary over alleged non-payment of dues. Durga Prasad Srivastava, a Lamhi resident and an active organiser of the Lamhi Mahotsav since 2011, said that the power supply to the house was disconnected for almost a week. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”We made preparations for the celebration of the late master story teller’s 139th birthday on July 31 amid the candle light and lanterns. It was only when the media raised the issue that the power supply resumed,” he said. Varanasi District Magistrate Surendra Singh, however, denied that the power supply to the legendry writer’s ancestral home was ever disconnected. “The power line was snapped due to ‘carelessness’ of some labourers engaged in the painting of the two-room house of the late writer,” he said. There are two houses in the village linked to Munshi Premchand – one is his ancestral house and another is a museum named after him. “The museum is managed by the state’s Culture Department, the house is a private property, which has not been visited by even the distant kin of the legendary writer,” said Singh. The Varanasi administration, after seeing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interest in Munshi Premchand, has been trying to locate his family. “There are no papers to ascertain the ownership of the house and no one has ever visited the place. The local people also have no clue about the whereabouts of his family,” said an official of the Varanasi administration. Premchand had two sons, Amrit Rai and Sripat Rai, who lived in Allahabad and a daughter Kamla. The sons, according to sources, never returned to Lamhi. “Munshi Premchand’s life has been full of irony. His original name was Dhanpat Rai Srivastava but he was always bereft of money. People here say that his family life was also disturbed and that could be one reason why no one has claimed his legacy till now,” said Srivastava. The Varanasi Development Authority, however, has undertaken the repairing and painting of the building. The renovation of the writer’s ancestral house began in 2015 when a Hindi teacher from Bengaluru, Vinay Kumar Yadav, met the then Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and asked him to preserve the memory of Premchand. Writers and literateurs now want that the government should create a befitting memorial for Munshi Premchand in Lamhi. “Munshi Premchand’s house should be converted into a museum. There should be a library of his works and a research centre for Hindi scholars. Munshi Premchand’s works are as relevant today as they were in the early 1990s when he lived,” said noted Hindi writer Vandana Misra. She said that the memorial should be such that it becomes a tourist attraction for literature lovers.
Monza: Charles Leclerc secured Ferrari’s first victory at their home Italian Grand Prix since 2010 on Sunday when he resisted race-long pressure from both Mercedes rivals to claim his second successive Formula One triumph. The 21-year-old Monegasque, who dedicated his maiden win last Sunday to the memory of his late friend Anthoine Hubert, who was killed in an F2 race a day earlier, was exultant as a vast army of ‘tifosi’ in an estimated crowd of more than 150,000 celebrated deliriously. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”What a race!” said an exhausted Leclerc. “I have never felt so tired in a race. It was so difficult. For me, it is a dream to win here like this in front of the ‘tifosi’ – thanks to everyone!” Lelcerc came home narrowly ahead of second-placed Valtteri Bottas and his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who pursued the victor for most of the race until his tyres let him down. After a late pit stop, Hamilton then claimed the fastest lap of the race. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterLeclerc’s Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel endured a torrid and disappointing day, finishing 13th after spinning off and taking a penalty for rejoining in a dangerous fashion. Hamilton apologised to Mercedes and said his tyres “had gone off the cliff…. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to pull it off,” he said. The defending five-time champion now leads his Mercedes team-mate Bottas by 63 points in the drivers’ championship. Daniel Ricciardo came home fourth ahead of his Renault team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, Red Bull new boy Alex Albon, Sergio Perez of Force India and Max Verstappen, who finished eighth after starting from 19th in the second Red Bull. Local hero Antonio Giovinazzi came home ninth for Alfa Romeo ahead of Lando Norris of McLaren, who continued his impressive rookie season. The air temperature was 20 degrees Celsius and the track 33 as the lights went out, Leclerc making a clean start and fending off Hamilton at the first chicane. Verstappen was an opening lap casualty and required a pit stop for a new front wing and a set of hard tyres, after a collision at the first chicane. After a wheel-banging battle between Albon and Sainz, Leclerc clocked a fastest lap and then Vettel spun at Ascari, clipping Lance Stroll’s Racing Point as he re-joined. Both cars were damaged, Vettel pitting for a new front wing. Vettel was given a 10-seconds stop-and-go penalty and dropped to last. By lap 19, Hamilton and Vettel had warned their tyres were gone, the Briton pitting immediately for ‘mediums’ as Mercedes went for the ‘under-cut’. He fell to fifth, but Leclerc hung on to pit a lap later for ‘hards’ and return fourth as the champion roared down the straight. The two fought ferociously, Hamilton attempting to pass twice, the second attack ending with him escaping across the grass. “He didn’t leave me a car’s width,” said Hamilton. The stewards agreed and Leclerc was shown a black-and-white flag, warning him to behave. “I need more power, man,” exclaimed Hamilton after another foiled attack as Leclerc surged out of range again. On lap 36, Leclerc kept his lead by scampering across the run-off at the first chicane. “Some dangerous driving here,” reported Hamilton as the stewards noted the incident and Bottas, remorselessly fast, closed to within three seconds in third. His tyres worn, with 10 laps to go, Hamilton out-braked himself and ran into the first chicane escape road. Bottas passed for second and the hunt was on. “I’ve nothing left in these tyres,” said Hamilton.
RANCHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asserted that his government has taken several measures in the first 100 days of NDA 2.0 to rein in corruption, bring about development and root out terrorism.Inaugurating a slew of projects here, the Prime Minister also said that Jharkhand is the launching pad of big schemes beneficial for the poor and the tribals. “We pledge to rein in corruption, fight for the rights of Muslim sisters and root out terrorism. Some corrupt people have already been put in their place (jail),” he said while addressing a public meeting here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThose who thought they are above the law are now approaching courts for bail, he said. Talking about the two newly formed Union territories, Modi said, “We aim to bring about development in J&K and Ladakh, the work for which has begun in the first 100 days of NDA 2.0.” The Prime Minister also said that he was happy to have got the opportunity to inaugurate multiple development projects in Jharkhand. The new multi-modal cargo terminal, which was inaugurated here, will ease transportation in the region, he stated. “Ayushman Bharat, the world’s largest health assurance scheme, was launched in Jharkhand. Today, pension schemes for traders and farmers were also launched from this land of Birsa Munda. Jharkhand is the launching pad of big schemes beneficial for the poor and the tribals,” he added.
RED DEER, Alta. – A trial for two men charged in the deaths of a central Alberta couple and their daughter has heard about charred remains discovered inside the family’s farm home and a dead pet dog found nearby.Two members of the Castor Fire Department were the first witnesses to testify at the first-degree murder trial for Jason Klaus and Joshua Frank.They face three counts each of first-degree murder in the deaths of Klaus’s parents, Gordon and Sandra Klaus, and their daughter Monica Klaus.Lee Bagshaw, the fire department’s deputy chief, testified on Wednesday that the house near Castor was engulfed in flames when crews arrived on Dec. 8, 2013.Bagshaw said firefighters set about protecting nearby buildings and a propane tank next to the house, but he soon noticed a dead chocolate-coloured Labrador retriever nearby.Bagshaw told the judge-alone trial in Red Deer that the scene started to look suspicious when he spotted a fuel can — about two-thirds full — sitting about two metres from the home’s door.During cross-examination, defence lawyer Allan Fay asked Bagshaw if the nozzle was out, as if ready to pour, or if it was tucked away. Bagshaw said he noted it was tucked away.Travis Ryan, another fire department member, testified he came across what appeared to be charred remains inside the home.He said the home’s residents were nowhere to be seen, which also led firefighters to think something wasn’t right.Earlier Wednesday, the final video recordings of Frank’s interviews with police in August 2014 were played in court as part of a voir dire to determine the admissibility of the accused man’s statements to police as evidence.Frank told investigators that in the month following the deaths, Klaus paid him between $3,500 and $4,000, which was dispensed in $500 cash instalments.Frank said the money was in exchange for carrying out the murders and for keeping his mouth shut about it.The trial has previously heard that Frank told police he was blackmailed and threatened into killing the family by the couple’s son.He said Klaus was with him stride for stride when they entered the house and that he was told to shoot all three or he would be killed.He also said in the interview that after the shooting he got a can of aviator fuel from a nearby Quonset hut and Klaus used a butane barbecue lighter to set the house ablaze and shot the dog before they both fled.Frank also revealed to investigators that he had had a sexual encounter with Klaus when he was 14. He told police about the co-accused demanding Frank perform sexual acts.“I just tried to pretend it never happened,” he said.(RD News Now)