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Congress leaders welcome Priyanka, Shiv Sena downplays dynasty angle

first_imgMaharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan on Wednesday welcomed Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s official entry into politics saying her appointment as a general secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) signals the arrival of good times for the party in Uttar Pradesh. The Congress on Wednesday morning announced the appointment of Ms Gandhi-Vadra as general secretary in-charge for Uttar Pradesh East. She would take charge of the new assignment in the first week of February.“Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is a good administrator and experienced leader,” said Mr. Chavan, while referring to her role in handling parliamentary constituencies of Raebarelli and Amethi over the last few years.He said Ms Vadra’s contribution was also instrumental in Congress’s successive victories in the two seats held presently by former Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi. “We are happy Priyanka has been given a wider responsibility in Uttar Pradesh politics. It is a heartening moment for all Congress workers. Under her able leadership, Congress will definitely register an outstanding victory in U.P.,” he said.Mumbai city unit Congress president and former Lok Sabha MP Sanjay Nirupam said Ms Vadra’s entry into politics will “strengthen” the hands of Rahul Gandhi.“Great decision by Hon Congress President @RahulGandhi to appoint Priyanka ji and @JM_Scindia as general secretary in charge UP east and west. It will strengthen the hands of CP (Congress President). Congratulations to both of them,” he tweeted.Former minister and sitting MLA Naseem Khan said this will boost the morale of Congress workers. “Lakhs of Congress workers and office-bearers have been demanding that Priyanka be brought into active politics. She is a good orator and her active participation in the party affairs will further boost the image of Congressand bring the party back in power after LS polls,” he said.Opposition Shiv Sena said that every individual has a right to enter politics and every party can chose its leader. “Ultimately people decide who will win. It doesn’t matter whether it is a dynasty or not. People are supreme in an election,” said Sena Lok Sabha MP Arvind Sawant. Congress ally, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said her entry will enthuse party workers. NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said Congress will reap “special benefits” in Uttar Pradesh.“The SP-BSP alliance will not be affected much because they have a fixed vote bank of Yadavs, Dalits and Muslims. However, her (Priyanka’s) clout will charge up the party workers,” he said.last_img read more

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Share financial burden of Kartarpur pilgrims: Dal Khalsa

first_imgSikh radical outfit Dal Khalsa has asked the Punjab government and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to equally share the financial burden of pilgrims who cannot afford $20 fee proposed by Pakistan for visiting the Gurdwara through the upcoming Kartarpur corridor.The organisation also urged Pakistan to reduce the fee to an affordable level for poor pilgrims. “We urge the SGPC and the Punjab government to work out modalities and bear the expenses of a pilgrim who could not afford but desire to have ‘darshan’ of Guru Nanak’s place. On the other hand, Pakistan administration too needs to reduce the fee to half,” said Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh.Mr. Singh said if the Punjab government could bear the entire costs of boarding and lodging of all pilgrims from Amritsar, Talwandi Sabo and Anandpur Sahib to Hazoor Sahib in 2015-2016, under the Tirath Yatra Scheme, there was no point in denying it to pilgrims to Kartarpur Sahib.Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has also urged Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to ensure free pilgrimage to Kartarpur Sahib on the pattern of a service provided to pilgrims under the Mukh Mantri Tirath Yatra Scheme during the previous Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janta Party regime in Punjab.last_img read more

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Lewandowski Scores 2 as Bayern Beats Olympiakos 3-2

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Two goals from Robert Lewandowski handed Bayern Munich its third straight Champions League win on Tuesday as the German side came from behind to beat a high-spirited Olympiakos 3-2 at Karaiskakis Stadium.Youssef El Arabi gave Olympiakos the lead when he caught Manuel Neuer off guard in the 23rd minute with a powerful downward header that pushed the Germany goalkeeper behind the goal line.But the heavily marked Lewandowski found space 11 minutes later to fire in a loose ball after a shot from Thomas Mueller was blocked by Jose Sa. The Poland striker added the second two minutes after the hour mark, swinging his leg high to tap past Sa.Substitute Corentin Tolisso made it 3-1 with a stylish shot from outside the area in the 75th. Olympiakos hit back four minutes later through Guilherme, with a deflection helping his volley beat Neuer.“We had to score three goals to win the match and we need to get back to playing like Bayern … So another difficult night but we have nine points,” Neuer said. “They were dangerous — we knew they would be — but we have Lewandowski.”Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski scores his second goal during the Champions League group B soccer match between Olympiakos and Bayern Munich at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus port, near Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)Bayern leads Group B with nine points after routing Red Star 3-0 and Tottenham 7-2 in their previous matches.“I don’t like conceding so many goals because that means we have to keep chasing,” Lewandowski said. “We have to get used to winning this way … (But) it’s my job to score goals and help my team.”Tottenham thrashed Red Star 5-0 in the group’s other game on Tuesday.Olympiakos nearly snatched a draw in the final minutes as Daniel Podence used good footwork to get a shot on target test Neuer, who then barely beat El Arabi to the rebound.Striker Giorgos Masouras said carelessness had undone his team’s hard work.“We can’t say the result was unfair. At this level, individual mistakes will cost you and all three goals involved bad decisions by players,” he said. “It is disappointing but we were well prepared, fought hard, and took them on.”___By DEREK GATOPOULOS Associated PressBayern’s Robert Lewandowski, second left, celebrates with team mates Bayern’s Philippe Coutinho, second right, Bayern’s Thomas Mueller, left, and Bayern’s David Alaba after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League group B soccer match between Olympiakos and Bayern Munich at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, in Piraeus port, near Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League group B soccer match between Olympiakos and Bayern Munich at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, in Piraeus port, near Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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New Nokia phone receives 3C certification, could be HMD’s 2018 flagship

first_imgHMD has launched a slew of Nokia phones this year, most of which fall in the budget to mid-range segments. The company is yet to announce a true 2018 flagship Nokia phone, and with just a few more months to go before the year comes to a close, one expects that a flagship is just around the corner. Now, a new Nokia phone has been spotted on China’s 3C certification site, which suggests this could be the high-end Nokia phone we have been waiting for.The Nokia phone comes with a model number TA-1131, and there is some expectation that this could be the rumoured Nokia 9 flagship. The certification itself doesn’t reveal anything apart from the fact that it supports 5V/3A, 9V/2A and 12V/1.5A charging speeds, which confirms that it will have fast charging support. That’s not really surprising since most Nokia phones support fast charging. The certification only really tells us that a new Nokia phone is in the works and seeing as how HMD has already launched a bunch of affordable smartphones already, all fingers now point towards a new flagship.The new Nokia phone will likely be launched in China first before goes global, a trend HMD has been following with the Nokia X5 and Nokia X6, which launched globally as the Nokia 5.1 Plus and Nokia 6.1 Plus, respectively. The Nokia 8 Sirocco that was launched earlier this year cannot be called a true 2018 flagship as it brought last year’s hardware. The phone was more of a statement from that company that it can design flagship-level smartphones that can take on the best of them when it comes to looks.advertisementBack in March, there were reports that HMD could launch a Nokia 8 Pro and Nokia 9 in the second half of 2018. These phones are expected to be powered by the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset. Notably, the Nokia 9 has been rumoured to sport a penta-lens setup, which is now closer to being possible after HMD recently acquired the PureView trademark from Microsoft. A 2018 flagship Nokia phone with great cameras is exactly what the company needs to cap off the year on a strong note. We should know more about this mystery new Nokia phone in the days to come.last_img read more

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England vs Australia, World Cup 2019 Broadcast: When and where to watch Live Streaming

first_imgAfter suffering a shock defeat against Sri Lanka, England will look to return to winning ways and take one step closer towards the semi-finals when they face arch-rivals Australia in their crucial World Cup game at the iconic Lord’s on Tuesday.With four wins from six games, England are currently at the fourth spot in the points table. The hosts, who came into the tournament as overwhelming favourites, are in a bit of a tight situation as they need to win at least two of their remaining three games to enter the last four.However, it would not be an easy task for them, especially considering they have to face India and New Zealand after their Australia game. England’s record against all the three teams is not great as they have not been able to register a single World Cup win against Australia, India and New Zealand in the last 27 years.Thus, the pressure will surely be on Eoin Morgan and team to come out with a fearless brand of cricket which they have playing in the last two years. To add to their woes is the unavailability of Jason Roy, who has been sidelined due to hamstring injury.Australia, on the other hand, have been quite formidable in their performances so far. They have won five out of their six games and are currently placed at the second position in the points table. The batsmen, especially their openers, have been in top form and have scored runs in bulk. Their bowlers, led by Mitchell Starc, have been able to pick wickets at crucial junctures of the games.advertisementWhat TV channel and live stream is the World Cup 2019 match England vs Australia on?All World Cup 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD. Hotstar.com and Hotstar app will live stream all the games.Where will the World Cup 2019 match England vs Australia be played?The World Cup 2019 match England vs Australia will be played at the Lord’s in London from 3 PM IST on Tuesday, June 25.Where can I watch the World Cup 2019 match England vs Australia live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2019 match England vs Australia?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019What are the squads for the World Cup 2019 match England vs Australia?England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.Australia: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Nathan LyonAlso See:last_img read more

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DP World Fights Off 750% Rent Hike at Port of Melbourne

first_imgzoom Dubai-based port operator DP World has managed to negotiate a new 50-year tenure deal at the Port of Melbourne at a fraction of the previously proposed 750% rent hike.The new lease arrangements for DP World Australia’s West Swanson Terminal include incremental rent increases over the course of the fifty year tenure commencing with CPI increments in 2015 and 2016 to nominally AUD 45 in 2023, with agreed escalations to 2028.The first market rent review will then take place in 2028 and occur every five years thereafter. Up to now, DP World Australia paid between AUD 16 and AUD 18 per square meter used.Had the Port of Melbourne’s 750% rate increase proposal been accepted, DP World Australia would pay AUD 120 for every square meter used.Nick Easy, CEO at Port of Melbourne Corporation, said: ”The new lease will grant fifty-year tenure to DP World Australia to 2065 under a lease with key performance indicators, efficiency incentives, and most importantly, known fixed escalations for the next 13 years.”Back in May, the Victorian Government announced plans to lease out the Port of Melbourne for a period of fifty years, a deal expected to fetch between AUD 5 and 6 billion.last_img read more

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Canadian Supernatural Sensation WYNONNA EARP Joins Space Premiering April 15

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement “We’re thrilled that WYNONNA EARP is now part of the Space lineup,” said Jordy Randall, Executive Producer, SEVEN24 Films. “Canadians across the country are now going to be able to see why this show has struck such a chord with audiences around the world.”Developed for television by showrunner Emily Andras (KILLJOYS) and based on the IDW Publishing comic book series of the same name by Beau Smith, WYNONNA EARP is a fast-paced, gun-slinging thriller that follows Wyatt Earp’s great-granddaughter as she battles demons and other supernatural beings. After years away, Wynonna Earp (Melanie Scrofano, DESIGNATED SURVIVOR) has traveled back to her home town of Purgatory to reluctantly take on the role destined for Wyatt Earp’s heir: end the family curse that has resurrected the villains her legendary ancestor dispatched – now known as Revenants. Using her unique abilities, a magical gun, and a dysfunctional posse of allies, Wynonna must try to stop the Revenants from taking over the town – and escaping into the world.After a successful run on U.S. network Syfy last year, WYNONNA EARP earned critical acclaim including being named E! News TV Scoop Best New Show 2016, and Collider.com’s Best New Sci-fi series. In addition, the series was nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards, winning for Best Cross-Platform Project – Fiction, and has also been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series.Starring Melanie Scrofano as the titular demon hunter, WYNONNA EARP also features Tim Rozon (BEING HUMAN) as Doc Holliday, Shamier Anderson (Race) as Agent Xavier Dolls, and Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Avengers: Age of Ultron) as Waverly Earp.In the debut episode, “Purgatory” (Saturday, April. 15 at 10 p.m. ET), on the night of her 27th birthday, Wynonna Earp – descendent of the great gunslinger Wyatt Earp – reluctantly returns to her hometown to take on her family’s legendary curse.WYNONNA EARP was developed for television by Emily Andras who also serves as executive producer, writer, and showrunner. Executive producers are Jordy Randall (HEARTLAND), Tom Cox (YOUNG DRUNK PUNK), David Ozer, Ted Adams, Rick Jacobs and Todd Berger. Brian Dennis (THE BEST LAID PLANS) is producer. The writing team spearheaded by Andras includes Alexandra Zarowny, Brendon Yorke, James Hurst, Shelley Scarrow, and Caitlin Fryers. Directors are Paolo Barzman, Peter Stebbings, Ron Murphy, and Brett Sullivan.WYNONNA EARP is produced by SEVEN24 Films in association with Space and Bell Media and distributed by IDW Entertainment. Production Executive for Bell Media is Rebecca DiPasquale. Tom Hastings is Director, Original Programming, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter@SpaceChannelSpace on FacebookAbout Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, hit drama CARDINAL, and upcoming original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and Ilana Banks’ new detective drama. Among the original series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are Space’s internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK as well as KILLJOYS and DARK MATTER; Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2; CraveTV comedies LETTERKENNY and WHAT WOULD SAL DO?; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON; and nine series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About SEVEN24 FilmsSEVEN24 Films is an independent film and television production company whose work has spanned over two decades. Executive Producers Tom Cox and Jordy Randall have produced dramatic series, mini-series, television movies and feature films garnering over one hundred industry awards and nominations. Current projects include the hit family series HEARTLAND, the longest running one-hour series in Canadian history, now in its tenth season on CBC and UPtv, as well as YOUNG DRUNK PUNK, a half-hour comedy starring KIDS IN THE HALL alumnus, Bruce McCulloch. Other award-winning projects include the Canadian Screen Award winner, BOREALIS, as well as the Gemini Award-winning movie MAYERTHORPE and Gemini Award-winning mini-series BURN UP (with Bradley Whitford and Neve Campbell). Tom Cox and Jordy Randall were also co-producers on numerous high-profile feature films including the Academy Award nominated Brokeback Mountain, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Resurrecting the Champ and are both recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of their contribution to the arts.About IDW EntertainmentIDW Entertainment launched in November 2013 to distribute productions globally as well as to develop film and television properties based on IDW’s extensive catalog. The division is currently in development on a slate of properties including the chilling and realistic vampire thriller, V WARS, by New York Times best-seller Jonathan Maberry with writer/executive producer Tim Schlattmann (DEXTER, SMALLVILLE); political conspiracy series, COBB, with writer/executive producer Thania St. John (CHICAGO FIRE, COVERT AFFAIRS); quirky supernatural mystery, DOUGLAS ADAMS’ DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY, with writer/executive producer Max Landis (CHRONICLE); supernatural action series, PANTHEON, with co-creator Michael Chiklis (THE SHIELD). IDW also has several active theatrical projects in development. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.About SpaceSpace is home to phenomenal programming including imaginative dramas, epic movies, engaging reality series, and the daily entertainment talk show INNERSPACE, the source for all-things genre, and the popular after show AFTER THE BLACK. Named “Channel of the Year” in 2013 by Playback magazine, Space is also home to original series ORPHAN BLACK and KILLJOYS, and the exclusive Canadian home for signature series DOCTOR WHO, THE EXPANSE, DARK MATTER, and AFTERMATH. Space content is always available at Space.ca, and on Facebook, @SpaceChannel, and other social media platforms. Space is part of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. TORONTO, March 29, 2017 – Space announced today that it has become the Canadian production partner of Calgary producer SEVEN24 Films for their original Canadian series WYNONNA EARP, distributed by IDW Entertainment. Season 1 of the 13-episode, one-hour, supernatural western, which Variety named as one of the Top 20 series of 2016, airs exclusively in Canada on Space beginning with a two-episode premiere event on Saturday, April 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, following the Season 10 premiere of DOCTOR WHO. Season 2 of WYNONNA EARP, recently nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards, is currently in production in Calgary, and premieres exclusively on Space this summer.“WYNONNA EARP is an action-packed, supernatural thriller that introduces us to the badlands of the Wild West with a contemporary twist,” said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. “This modern western is an exceptional addition to the existing slate of exclusive genre series on Space, and we’re delighted to schedule it immediately following ratings juggernaut DOCTOR WHO.”“WYNONNA EARP and the SEVEN24 Films production team are a perfect addition to the Canadian programming slate at Space which already boasts the best genre lineup on any network, including ORPHAN BLACK, KILLJOYS, and DARK MATTER,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “This buzzy drama delivers a compelling and fresh new style of programming to our Space audience.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Hydro power storage project to be built near retired Alberta open pit

first_img“We’re repurposing the site for what we believe is a modern grid type of product,” he said, pointing out the project will be able to utilize mine roads and a high-voltage power connection to reduce new environmental disturbances.In November 2013, one of the then-suspended mine’s tailings dams failed, releasing an estimated 670 million litres of slurry into two creeks that fed into the Athabasca River, thus sending fine rock, clay and unrecovered coal particles as far as Lake Athabasca, 500 kilometres away.The mine owner was handed nearly $4.5 million in federal and provincial penalties in 2017.The Canyon Creek facility will consist of two new 40-hectare water storage ponds, connected by a five-kilometre, two-to-three-metre-wide pipeline, Horton said.At night, when power demand is low, water will be pumped from the lower to the upper pond, gaining 500 metres of elevation. When demand is high, the water will flow the other way, turning a turbine generator producing 75 megawatts, enough to power about 50,000 homes, for up to 37 hours at a time.“Typically, the price of power goes down during the night because we’re all sleeping, industry isn’t using it and, in Alberta, in fact, the wind blows stronger at night,” said Horton. Horton said he is also looking for customers to sign long-term contracts but hopes to start construction on the much smaller Canyon Creek project by next spring and have it operational by the end of 2020. He said the capital cost will be in the millions but has yet to be finalized.In its decision, the regulator found that the project “is in the public interest” in terms of social, economic and environmental effects.In February, Alberta’s NDP government unveiled its second request for proposals to build renewable power projects, targeting a total of 700 MW of new capacity, with 300 MW reserved for proposals with Indigenous equity ownership.In the first round last year, three companies were chosen to spend about $1 billion to build four wind power projects capable of generating 600 MW of new generation under 20-year contracts with a set minimum price.The province wants to add up to 5,000 MW of renewable energy through private sector investment of about $10 billion by 2030. “We can be a sponge and soak up that power that’s being produced at night … run our pumps, move that water uphill 500 metres in elevation and then have a fully charged battery, in a sense, ready for 8 a.m. when Alberta wakes up and starts flicking on lights.”The only other pumped hydro system in Canada has been in use at Niagara Falls in Ontario since the 1950s, he said.Calgary-based TransAlta Corp. has proposed adding a pumped hydro component to more than double capacity at its existing 355-MW Brazeau facility on the North Saskatchewan River southwest of Edmonton.It has set 2021 target to start construction, subject to winning a long-term contract.center_img CALGARY, A.B. – A hhydropowerstorage project proposed at the site of one of the worst coal mining environmental disasters in Canada has been given regulatory approval.Turning Point Generation, developer of the Canyon Creek Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Project, says the recent ruling by the Alberta Utilities Commission means it can now seek financial support for what it says would be the first large-scale energy storage project in the province.Canyon Creek is to be located next to the decommissioned Obed Mountain open pit thermal coal mine about 60 kilometres east of Jasper National Park, said Kipp Horton, CEO of Calgary-based WindRiver Power Corp., the parent company of Turning Point.last_img read more

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All in the game

first_imgIn a match of football, if a player does a foul, a referee’s natural instinct is expected to be a quick blow of the whistle, occasionally followed by a card as punishment for flouting the rules. The game resumes, only to pause at another foul by either team. The vigilance of a referee is good, with the position’s autonomy highly respected and appreciated, yet there are instances when undetected mistakes are brought to the referee’s notice by anxious players of the other team. At that point, the referee’s credibility is put to test. Fair play is expected and, more often than not, practised. And the contest proceeds irrespective of the outcome with the foul treated as part of the game. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has been approached by the opposition leaders lamenting about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s misuse of position to draw political mileage while the nation edges towards the Lok Sabha polls scheduled to start on April 11. The ECI has directed a committee of officers to examine the Prime Minister’s announcement of an Anti-Satellite Missile test. The news channels went into a frenzy as Modi tweeted about his plan to address the nation at noon. From a variety of apprehensions that may have been cooked in the anticipation of the announcement, it unfolded to be an achievement in the field of Science & Technology. India had entered the elite list of Space Super Powers, only the fourth nation to do so in the world. There is no doubt that this makes every Indian proud. Collectively, as a nation, we have walked quite a mile since we won our Independence back in 1947. The fact that our PM treated us to this delight on Wednesday noon, however, did not digest for some. While the achievement reverberated in the heads of many, some snapped out of it. But few criticised and demonstrated discontent over it. The outcry of opposition leaders protesting a flout of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by Modi labelled the day which started on a high note of scientific progression. Like the anxious players on a field, they complained to ECI, in case ECI did not detect such a prominent address by the PM. Few pertinent questions spurred in social discussions amongst which one was if the achievement was necessary to be announced by the PM himself and not DRDO, that too in the middle of the election campaign with MCC in effect. PM is the head of the state and in all likelihood an appropriate person to do so. And, besides, our PM is the one who has ensured that we are in “safe hands” and hence demonstrating space prowess is only fitting for such a statesman. But, the statesman did not address the nation despite Pakistan holding his nation’s Airforce pilot captive. The time and occasion of his announcement are what have left a dubious mark on the entire episode. Also Read – A compounding difficultyThe MCC was developed with the intention to check and maintain fair play in the contest. Part VII of the MCC deals with regulations for the ruling parties and point four of part VII deals with misuse of official mass media by the ruling party for publicising achievements during the election period. Modi’s ‘Mission Shakti’ speech has attracted criticism over the aforementioned norm, and to the opposition parties’ credit, and facilitated scrutiny by the ECI. Similarly, the unprecedented biopic of a serving Prime Minister scheduled to release just days prior to the elections and a web show about Modi’s life have both been considered as flouting of MCC in full effect during the election period. With incumbents making partisan statements and state governments complaining of the commission’s double standards, MCC has been a regular feature in the election discussions this week. Will the voters care is the bottom line of the entire episode. The bitter taste in the opposition camps is the apprehension of Modi’s announcement doing irreversible damage to their election prospects by his government’s achievement. Modi launched his party’s campaign from Uttar Pradesh citing how his administration had shown the courage to conduct a surgical strike in all spheres – land, sky and space. Though, even if he hadn’t announced it himself, including it in the campaign speech the next day would also have attracted abject criticism from the opposition camps. But announcing himself is where the rivals are hurt. Sitting BJP Ministers using the party’s slogan – “Namumkin ab mumkin hai” – have only rubbed salt on the opposition’s wounds in what is expected to be a fine example of good governance through technological achievement. While the eyes focus on ECI and what it comes up with its examination, the PM has nevertheless, got the benefit of doubt, and all that remains to be seen is how big an impact it made on the voter.last_img read more

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Rogers reports firstquarter profit and sales down falls short of expectations

TORONTO — Rogers Communications Inc. fell short of expectations as its first-quarter profit and revenue declined compared with a year ago.The wireless, cable and internet company says it earned $391 million or 76 cents per share for the quarter ended March 31.That compared with a profit of $425 million or 80 cents per share a year ago when Rogers received a special payment from Major League Baseball.Revenue totalled nearly $3.59 billion, down from $3.63 billion in the same quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, Rogers says it earned $405 million or 78 cents per share for the quarter, down from an adjusted profit of $477 million or 90 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 94 cents per share and revenue of $3.72 billion, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B)The Canadian Press read more

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Global citizen get on UN YouTube and tell world leaders how to

23 September 2009The United Nations today harnessed the powers of cyberspace to enable the ordinary global citizen to join the scores of presidents, kings and other leaders now gathered at the General Assembly in proposing solutions for the planet’s problems. The United Nations today harnessed the powers of cyberspace to enable the ordinary global citizen to join the scores of presidents, kings and other leaders now gathered at the General Assembly in proposing solutions for the planet’s problems.Starting today and running until 10 October, coinciding with the Assembly’s General Debate, people everywhere can directly engage with decision makers by uploading video messages on the UN YouTube channel as part of the “Citizen Ambassadors to the United Nations” campaign.Launched by the UN Department of Public Information, the campaign offers a unique opportunity for world citizens, youth in particular, to make their voices heard during the General Assembly by responding to the question: “If you had the opportunity to speak to the world leaders, what would you say?” Videos featuring Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and high-profile celebrities, including UN Messenger of Peace George Clooney, allow UN YouTube users to reply with their own video message on how to create “a better, safer world” by 10 October. The best five video finalists will be designated “Citizen Ambassadors” and invited to UN Headquarters on the 64th UN Day, 23 October, when they will take a special guided tour, have their photo taken with Mr. Ban and receive VIP seating at the UN Day Concert. The campaign is the latest in a series by the UN to use the power of the Internet and online social networking to increase awareness of the work of the Organization and engage a new generation of world citizens in the importance of international diplomacy.These initiatives include the “We Must Disarm” campaign, which uses the online social networking sites, Twitter and Facebook, to disseminate information about nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. The UN YouTube Channel can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/unitednations read more

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Promising UN help Ban calls for Caribbean regional action to combat organized

In a message to the heads of government of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) meeting in Frigate Bay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Mr. Ban said a “challenge for Caribbean countries is the growing threat posed by organized transnational crime and the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.”“We must consider this challenge in a regional context, as well as through the prisms of development, human rights, rule of law and security reform,” he said. “The United Nations system stands ready to work with you on these issues.”He said the region was vital to the work of the United Nations.“It is strongly committed to multilateralism and regional integration, and remains at the forefront in tackling global challenges – from climate change to strengthening democracy to rebuilding after natural disasters,” he said. “Climate change is yet another urgent and growing threat to development, economic growth, public health and our very security,” he said. “You have been pioneers in calling attention to the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).”“Please rest assured that you can count on me to continue the promotion of our common objectives for development, security and human rights for all,” he said. 30 June 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Caribbean nations to combat organized crime on a regional level and promised United Nations assistance in the fight. read more

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Orbotix releases the Sphero SDK at Google IO

first_imgOf the numerous little gadgets, gizmo’s and various other yet to be categorized trinkets that interact with your smartphone, Sphero–the robotic ball you control with your iOS or Android phone–is, in my opinion, one of the coolest.Sure, the Parrot AR drones are fun, but most aren’t going to really enjoy flying that thing around everywhere. These little guys were revealed to the world at CES, and my seemingly insatiable desire to mess with one of these balls hasn’t decreased any since my last fix. Today at Google I/O, the Sphero team gave developers yet another reason to be excited, with the release of the Software Development Kit.AdChoices广告Being able to drive one of these is cool, sure, but what if you gave developers the power to create games, push these spheres of goodness to their fullest potential, and even do things that no one else would have thought of doing with them? Orbotix eagerly awaits such answers to this question!Who know’s what games, apps, and more will come with the release of the Sphero robotic balls now that Android and iOS developers have been handed the tools needed to turn a really amazing concept into a truly unique experience!The Sphero developer page will be available here. You can reserve a Sphero today as well.last_img read more

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Anonymous hacks Booz Allen Hamilton 90000 military emails stolen

first_imgBooz Allen Hamilton is a government contractor with millions of dollars of government contracts in civilian and defense projects. The company has strong ties to the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. They’re also the latest target of Anonymous’ anti-sec crusade, with the group getting access to the company’s network and making off with 90,000 military email addresses and non-salted passwords.According to Anonymous‘ own statement, the hack wasn’t terribly difficult. They noted that the company’s security was fairly lax, and they had no serious difficulty gaining access to the company’s network. They also retrieved some source code from a software repository, and took the time to do some sniffing around the company’s network to see what else they could find.AdChoices广告Of all of the snooping the group did however, the email addresses and passwords were the most valuable prize. Along with the complete dump of the database they got access to, those files all made it into the file posted at The Pirate Bay earlier today.The Anonymous statement at The Pirate Bay also notes that there was a direct connection between Booz Allen Hamilton and HBGary, the security firm that the group hacked back in February. Anonymous also went out of their way to note the number of political scandals and civil rights issues unfolding around and involving Booz Allen Hamilton, accusing the company of shady dealings similar to the ones they uncovered at HBGary.Regardless of the political motivations of the group, the fact of the matter is that Booz Allen Hamilton’s security left much to be desired. While Anonymous doesn’t specify how they gained access to resources at the company, they do say it was easy, and they note they have enough password information for military personnel that most people at the DoD will likely have to change their passwords, again.Read more at The Pirate Baylast_img read more

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