Beermen off to fiery start

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think this is our best start (coming off a championship),” a satisfied Austria said after his Beermen held the short-handed Elite to 36 first-half points. “I’m so proud of my players (because) despite the long break, they were very sharp.”Wendell McKines scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds and five assists while four locals also finished in twin digits. McKines, Marcio Lassiter and June Mar Fajardo combined for 32 points in the first half and almost outscored Blackwater, which fell to its third straight loss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOvershadowed by the Beermen’s explosive debut was Meralco’s 89-73 ripping of Rain or Shine in the second game that gave the Bolts a piece of the early lead with NLEX.Allen Durham scattered 23 points, had as many rebounds and missed a triple double by just three assists. Jared Dillinger backed him up with 19 points built around four triples. Meanwhile, the Road Warriors collide with Phoenix Petroleum at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday as action returns to Smart Araneta Coliseum.NLEX is coming off a win over the Elasto Painters, who are now at 1-2. Yeng Guiao and his rejuvenated Road Warriors are shooting to extend a five-game winning streak dating back to their last two games in the Commissioner’s Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 PH riders join London cycling fest FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—Showing no signs of a championship hangover, San Miguel Beer put its Grand Slam bid into high gear right in its first game in the PBA Governors’ Cup by routing Blackwater, 118-93, on Saturday at Ynares Center.The result made coach Leo Austria say something he had never said before.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

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LOOK: Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach train together again

first_imgHead trainer Buboy Fernandez was also present at famed boxing gym during the training session.Pacquiao parted ways with Roach before his bout against Lucas Matthysse in July, but had said he wasn’t closing the door on a return.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach working the mitts. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines–Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is back in his old stomping ground with a familiar face by his side.READ: Manny Pacquiao back in LA, trains even on Christmas ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Rain or Shine headed to Bahrain to bolster buildup for new PBA season BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid The eighth division world champion worked the mitts with his long-time trainer Freddie Roach, who is now serving as a consultant for Pacquiao’s upcoming fight against Adrien Broner, at Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles on Friday.Manny Pacquiao with his trainers at Wild Card Gym. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOREAD: Adrien Broner arrested, released ahead of Manny Pacquiao fightFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefPacquiao flew back to LA before Christmas as he continues his training camp for the January 19 welterweight title defense, his first bout in the United States in two years.READ: Don’t worry, Pacquiao says, Broner will make it to fight night in Vegas Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:40Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more

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Cadence when running may be less important for performance than previously thought

first_imgNew research has found evidence to suggest that reaching an optimal cadence on 180 steps per minute may not have such a large effect on speed and performance. Image: Istock.com/davidf via AFP RelaxnewsA new small-scale United States study has found that cadence, or the amount of steps you take while running, may not have such a big effect on speed and efficiency as previously thought. Google Philippines names new country director Short walks, gardening can add up to longer life — study Running shoes for elite athletes benefit slower runners the most, says new study LATEST STORIES Missed lunch leads to shooting stars gig for Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Burns also found that at the end of an ultra-marathon, rather than take shorter, “choppier” steps during what he describes as the “ultra shuffle,” the runners’ cadence still stayed constant, even if they were barely lifting their feet as they crossed the finish line.The researchers commented that the findings, published in the journal Applied Physiology, suggest that runners should not alter their cadence to reach the 180 steps.Instead, they should monitor their own individual cadence as their running progresses, with the results also showing that cadence naturally increased by four to five steps per minute per mile as runners ran faster, in contrast to the long-held belief of many coaches and practitioners, which is that cadence should remain constant as speed increases.“It’s a barometer and not a governor,” Burns said. “There’s no magical number that’s dogmatically right for everybody.” CE/JBRELATED STORIES: ADVERTISEMENT View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Carried out by researchers at the University of Michigan, the new study looked at 20 elite male and female runners and recorded their cadence using wrist-based accelerometers during the 100-kilometer International Association of Ultrarunners World Championship in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event The team wanted to investigate whether “optimal” cadence could actually reduce injury or improve speed.Since the 1980s, this optimal amount has been set at 180 steps per minute for elite runners, when running coach Jack Daniels noted that this was the average step rate for runners in the 1984 Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHowever, in the new study the researchers found that although the average number of steps for the 20 runners was 182 per minute, the number of steps per minute per mile varied enormously by individual.“Some ran at 160 steps per minute and others ran at 210 steps per minute, and it wasn’t related at all to how good they were or how fast they were,” said researcher Geoff Burns, who himself is an elite marathoner. “Height influenced it a little bit, but even people who were the same height had an enormous amount of variability.” Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

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Make With Ada

first_imgI subscribed to Make magazine for a year when it first came out but let the subscription lapse as the projects were all over the map. Electronics, mechanical, gardening – there really wasn’t much focus. Perhaps that has changed in the intervening decade.What hasn’t changed is the “maker” movement, which every year seems to gain steam. Some of that is driven by the wide availability of cheap evaluation boards, and even full-blown Linux machines that priced at tens of dollars or less. Back when the first 8 bitters came out the simplest computer costs thousands to build. Today Freescale’s FRDM boards, ST’s Discovery, TI’s MSP430 boards and the like are widely available and cheap to the point of absurdity. Many tools are open source and even pro IDEs that cost thousands are often free for small projects.Want to make something embedded? There’s really no barrier to entry. In fact, you could earn rich rewards by participating in a maker contest.One that looks really cool is the recently-started Make With Ada challenge. Build a cool embedded system using the Ada language and you could win a variety of prizes; the grandest is 5000 Euros. It’s sponsored by AdaCore and runs from now till the end of September.This a deeply-embedded tournament. You have to use a Cortex-M or –R processor.I often hear from readers that, sure, Ada sounds interesting but it doesn’t work on microcontrollers. That simply isn’t true as the runtime has been ported to a number of MCUs and there are ports for various evaluation boards, for example ST’s Discovery series. Get a $20 board and the free GNAT compiler and you’re set to go.But there’s a cooler platform. The $180 Crazyflie nanodrone weighs just 27 g and includes (among other things):STM32F405 main application MCU (Cortex-M4, 168MHz, 192kb SRAM, 1Mb flash)nRF51822 radio and power management MCU (Cortex-M0, 32Mhz, 16kb SRAM, 128kb flash)3 axis gyro3 axis accelerometer3 axis magnetometerhigh precision pressure sensorJust think about this for a minute: two 32-bit computers plus all of those sensors – in a 27 G package. It was about ten minutes ago that a 3-axis gyro needed spinning wheels and weighed a lot. Or a 32-bit computer sucked many amps and couldn’t be lifted by one person.(I asked Seeed for permission to run their picture of the drone but got a baffling response that seemed to imply unpleasant legal action. Check out their web site for details.)The gyro, accelerometer and magnetometer are all provided by a single MPU-9250 chip. These are under a buck in 5000 lots and come in tiny 3 x 3 mm QFN packages.The Crazyflie’s code is written in Ada. Examining it is a great way to build familiarity with the language.The contest’s web site states “The Ada programming language encourages a ‘think first, code later’ discipline that helps produce more readable, reliable and maintainable software.” That’s a noble aspiration. And, we have tons of data that shows that approach leads to more reliable code. And shorter schedules! You can have your cake and eat it too.The contest is for Ada code but that includes anything written in SPARK. SPARK is a subset of Ada. However, it requires the developer to annotate the code, in the comments, with formal notation that describes the engineer’s intent. Free tools parse that with the code to make sure both align.The problem with SPARK is that error rates are so low as to be almost immeasurable. The late Peter Amey said: “In my 10-plus years of using SPARK, I have never needed to use a debuggger. I have become so used to things working the first time that my debugging skills have almost completely atrophied.”Now that’s something to aspire to!(Full disclosure: I’m one of the judges for this competition. And you have no idea how much I’m looking forward to seeing the entries!)Full information is here.Jack G. Ganssle is a lecturer and consultant on embedded development issues. He conducts seminars on embedded systems and helps companies with their embedded challenges, and works as an expert witness on embedded issues. Contact him at . His website is . 2 thoughts on “Make With Ada” Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram ymoy says: June 27, 2016 at 6:38 pm “ADA subset has been available for the AVR for several years:nnhttps://sourceforge.net/projects/avr-ada/” Log in to Reply Continue Reading Previous Want a free copy of ‘A Tour of C++’?Next Secure your data with self-encrypting drives (SEDs) “SPARK annotations are not in comment anymore since 2014. Instead they are in contracts following the Ada syntax, so that they can be both executed during tests, and proved during analysis. That makes them much easier to write and debug!” bpaddock says: Log in to Reply June 30, 2016 at 1:44 pm last_img read more

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2014 Silent Sports Challenge

first_imgAs a part of the 2014 Hearing Awareness Week (Sunday, 24 August to Saturday, 30 August) Deaf Sport Australia and Touch Football Australia in conjunction with the Australian Business Academy will be hosting an exciting event: the Silent Sports Challenge, to be held in a number of locations across the country, including Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne and the Gold Coast. Modified games of Touch Football will be played where all participants will be required to wear earplugs to simulate the experience of playing Touch Football with a hearing impairment. As well as wearing earplugs, all participants will not be permitted to talk during play, this poses quite a challenge!There will be free events for all to attend in the following locations:·         Canberra (Australian Capital Territory) – Tuesday, 26 August – 12:00pm to 2:00pm – Reconciliation Park, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT·         Adelaide (South Australia) – Wednesday, 27 August – 7:00am to 9:00am – City Touch Fields, Beaumont Drive, Adelaide SA·         Melbourne (Victoria) – Thursday, 28 August – 11:30am to 2:00pm – Alexandra Gardens, Boathouse Drive, Melbourne VIC·         Gold Coast (QLD) – Friday, 29 August – 11:00am to 1:00pm – Palm Beach Touch Fields, Nineteenth Ave, Palm Beach QLDIf you have any further enquiries on the event please feel free to contact the team via silentsportschallenge@austouch.com.au or using the details below.Website: www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter: https://twitter.com/touchfootyaus #silentsportschallengeInstagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia   Please click on the attached flyers for more information. Related Filesact-pdfsa-pdfvic-pdfnational-pdfqld-pdfRelated LinksSilent Sport Challengelast_img read more

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Cabinet approves blanket ban on ecigarettes

first_imgNew Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a blanket ban on e-cigarettes in the country with complete suspension of its manufacturing, import, export, distribution and storage. Addressing the media after the cabinet meeting, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government would pass an ordinance immediately subject to President’s approval to give effect to the ban. The government would introduce a bill in Parliament in the winter session, she said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details As per the terms of the ban, punishment to be meted out for the first offence by an individual would be a one-year imprisonment or a fine of Rs 1 lakh. Repeat offences could lead to a three-year imprisonment or a penalty of Rs 5 lakh or both, said Preeti Sudan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. She said all offences such as import, export and distribution, except storing e-cigarettes and vaping products are cognizable. The decision comes after demands from several quarters to ban Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), which includes e-cigarettes, Heat-Not-Burn devices, Vape, e-Sheesha, e-Nicotine Flavoured Hookah, and other similar devices. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday E-cigarettes do not burn tobacco but heats the liquid chemicals into vapour or steam that a person inhales. This is the reason it is also called vaping. E-cigarettes are considered harmful to health. Sitharaman said that currently, though no Indian company was manufacturing e-cigarettes, some 400 brands were already operating here offering the product in 150 flavours.last_img read more

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Ahead of byelections in Bihar Grand Alliance appears to be under strain

first_imgPatna: Even though the Grand Alliance is yet to decide seat allotment for the by-polls on five Assembly segments and Samastipur Lok Sabha constituency, Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) president Jitan Ram Manjhi Monday said they would contest Nathdwara vidhan sabha seat in Bhagalpur under all circumstances.Manjhi, who had recently threatened to pull out of the five-party formation, said his party would field its candidate “har haalat mein” (under all circumstances) from the Nathdwara assembly seat in Bhagalpur district which has fallen vacant upon the sitting JD(U) MLA Ajay Mandals election to the Lok Sabha. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”After five assembly segments fell vacant in the state, we had initially wished to contest Kishanganj and Nathdwara. I had even spoken about this to Tejashwi Yadav (RJD heir apparent). “However, taking into consideration the fact that Kishanganj was a sitting seat of the Congress our alliance partner we have forgone our claim on the same”, Manjhi told reporters. “But, we will contest Nathdwara. Har haalat mein ladenge. We have conveyed this to our alliance partners and reiterate our stand when coalition partners sit together later this week to decide respective candidates for the poll-bound seats. “In the meantime, we are undertaking a massive public outreach programme in Nathdwara, which we are confident of winning”, he added. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe Grand Alliance which had come into being after Chief Minister Nitish Kumars JD(U) tied up with the RJD- Congress combine in 2015 now comprises RJD, Congress and HAM besides former Union minister Upendra Kushwahas RLSP and Bollywood set designer turned politician Mukesh Sahnis VIP. Kumar returned to the NDA in July, 2017, about six months before Manjhi quit the BJP-led coalition and switched over. Kushwaha followed suit 10 months later. Manjhis latest outbursts come less than two months after he had accused the Grand Alliance of having underestimated his party, just like the NDA did, and threatened to go it alone in the assembly polls due next year.last_img read more

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Unnao survivor accident CBI seeks time to record lawyers statement

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday requested the Supreme Court to grant more time to record the statement of lawyer in the Unnao rape survivor accident case. The lawyer Mahendra Singh, who suffered critical injuries in the Rae Bareli accident on July 28, is still unconscious, CBI told a bench headed by Justice Deepak Gupta. The court granted two weeks more to the CBI to file investigation report after concluding investigation in the accident matter and adjourned the case for October for further hearing. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh The court had taken suo moto cognizance of a letter written by the family of the victim alleging threats from men close to expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the main accused in the case. The rape survivor, who was brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, was in critical condition. Her lawyer is still critical and unconscious. On July 28, the car in which the rape survivor, her lawyer and two of her aunts were travelling was hit by a speeding truck killing the two women — the aunts of the victim.last_img read more

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Delhi Tourism celebrates World Tourism Day

first_imgCelebrating World Tourism Day to spread awareness about the role of tourism in the world and its importance in social, economic and cultural spheres, this year’s theme has been set as ‘Tourism and Jobs: A better future for all’ by United Nations World Tourism Organization. Since 1980, the World Tourism day has been celebrated across the world on September 27.To commemorate the day, Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) planned engaging events throughout the day. With activities lined up to mark the celebration, DTTDC had put in efforts to draw the attention of masses to the significance of tourism in today’s time. Also Read – The Puja carnivalThe day was marked by activities like musical performances, welcoming of tourists, showcasing of folk-art forms decorations etc. The festival aims to spread the message of tourism playing a pivotal role in promoting an environment of community development. Tourism sector worldwide requires extensive community participation and has a tremendous scope in meeting the challenges across the world. This year, the focus was on the potential of tourism industry for generating employment opportunities and hereby, better supporting native and global economies. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraAll tourists who visit Delhi were offered special sweets and were also garlanded at all information offices and properties of DTTDC. A musical performance by bands of police and paramilitary forces at all three Dilli Haats (JanakPuri, INA and Pitampura) and Garden of Five Senses in the evening were the highlight of the day. The stage of Dilli Haat INA witnessed a stellar musical drama by Ministry of Tourism and was graced by a mesmerising piano performance. Folk dances and performers had also been lined up in order to further enhance the festivities.last_img read more

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New Delhi There have been three firing incidents

first_imgNew Delhi: There have been three firing incidents in various parts of Delhi within a span of 24 hours which left two persons dead and one battling for life. The three shooting incidents occurred in Kalyanpuri, Rohini and New Usmanpur area.In the first incident, objecting to the foul language of some ruffians proved fatal for a young man as he was murdered by the group in Kalyanpuri area of East Delhi. The man was shot dead purportedly for objecting to their use of foul language. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe victim has been identified as Jaspal, a resident of the same area. Sources said that the incident took place when some men in a car were using bad language which was objected to by Jaspal. This made the men furious and they fired at Jaspal. The firing took merely 100 meters from the local police station. The police said that the cause of the murder was being ascertained. A criminal, Guddu, has been detained and investigations were underway. Police recovered a damaged motorbike from the spot, which was said to belong to the criminals involved in the incident. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaIn the second incident, a 22-year-old man was shot dead by some persons in Rohini’s Prem Nagar allegedly after an argument over consumption of liquor, police said on Tuesday. The man, identified as Ashish was living inPrem Nagar in a live in relationship with a girl. Ashish was involved in smuggling of illicit liquor, a senior police officer said. On Monday, at around 8 pm, an argument broke out between him and some persons over consuming liquor, following which one of the accused shot him in the stomach. He died instantly. The third incident happened in North east Delhi’s Brahampuri where a man was shot by unidentified assailants. The victim Mohammad Abbas received a bullet injury on his neck. He is admitted and his condition is said to be stable. “The injured, as well as other persons present at the time of the incident, have not alleged any one. The circumstances seem suspicious,” said Ved Prakash Surya, DCP North East Delhi. On September 26, a man identified as Mohammad Hasan was shot dead in the same area by gunmen.last_img read more

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New Delhi A court here has ordered framing of cha

first_imgNew Delhi: A court here has ordered framing of charges against seven people for allegedly abducting children, including newborns, and selling them. It observed that trafficking in human beings is a multi-layered phenomena that can take different forms and occur in various industries. “There common characteristic is the element of constraint, deceit, threat, fraud, coercion, etc. used with an aim to economically and/or sexually exploit one or other persons and besides that there are other, less widely known forms of trafficking,” Additional Sessions Judge Anil Antil said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar Prima facie various offences, including trafficking and forgery, are made out against the seven accused, the court said, adding it cannot be said that sale and purchase of infants are out of the purview of the offence of trafficking. It said the seven accused abducted children from their guardians by fraud and were actively involved in trafficking. “All the accused, who in connivance of their common intention, were knowingly or actively involved in the commission of offence of trafficking and for this purpose they abducted innocent babies from their lawful guardianship by playing fraud upon their parents/guardian,” the judge said. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in Dwarka The court passed the order of framing charges against the seven people — Mohd Jahangir, Rahul Baudh, Jyoti Baudh, Jitender Kumar, Mithla, Shakeela Khatoon and Kavita. “Though it seems that the babies were taken from their parents with the consent but I must state that consent by playing fraud and based on false and misleading facts is no consent in the eyes of law in terms of Section 90 of the IPC,” the judge said. The Crime Branch of Delhi Police in February last year busted a child trafficking racket following a tip off and recovered a 10-day-old old baby from Jahangir’s possession. Officials had arrested Jahangir, along with the other co-accused, who during interrogation revealed about other cases of abduction. Later, police recovered some minors and cash worth Rs 43,500 from one of the accused persons. The counsel for accused submitted in court that they cannot be framed for chid trafficking since consent of victim was mandatory to indicate that there was exploitation and therefore, the said provisions were not applicable to case of minors. The counsel further contended that mere sale and purchase of infants cannot be termed as exploitation.last_img read more

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Washington India needs the S400 Triumf missile

first_imgWashington: India needs the S-400 ‘Triumf’ missile defence system and has apprised the Trump administration of its decision to acquire them from Russia, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said, exuding confidence that the US would appreciate its rational. India announced its intention to acquire Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile systems in 2015. The delivery contract worth USD 5.43 billion was signed during the visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to India last year. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Senior Trump administration officials have cautioned India that the S-400 deal could attract sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) law that restricts defence purchases from Russia, Iran and North Korea. Responding to a question on the S-400 missile system purchase, Jaishankar, who is here on an official visit, said, “India has made a decision on the S-400 and we have discussed that with the US government. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports “I am reasonably convinced of the powers of my persuasion ,” Jaishankar said, responding to a question from a Russian journalist on the possibility of US sanctions on India under CAATSA if New Delhi goes ahead with its decision to purchase the S-400 missile defence system from Russia. “It would be my hope that people understand why this particular transaction is important for us, so I think of your question to me is hypothetical,” he said, during his appearance at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington DC-based top American think tank. The S-400 ‘Triumf’ is the most advanced long-range air defense missile system that went into service in Russia in 2007. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and can also be used against ground installations. The S-400 can engage targets at a distance of 400 km and at an altitude of up to 30 kilometres. During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Far East Russian port city of Vladivostok last month, India and Russia decided to start manufacturing spare parts and components for the Russian military equipment in India under transfer of technology and set up joint ventures, as the two strategic partners tried to transform their existing buyer-seller relationship into one of collaboration. Prime Minister Modi and Russian President Putin also pledged to elevate India-Russia partnership to new heights of cooperation. Close cooperation between Russia and India in military and military-technical areas is a key pillar of bilateral and especially privileged strategic partnership, the two leaders said. According to a joint statement, the two countries expressed their commitment to upgrading their defence cooperation, including by fostering joint development and production of military equipment, components and spare parts, improve the after-sales service system. Both countries agreed to take forward ongoing engagement to encourage joint manufacturing in India of spare parts, components, aggregates and other products for maintenance of Russian-origin arms and defence equipment under the Make-in-India programme through transfer of technology and setting up of joint ventures.last_img read more

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Bengaluru Amid growing criticism against the dela

first_imgBengaluru: Amid growing criticism against the delay in release of central funds for flood relief, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday said it would be released in a couple of days as Prime Minister Narendra Modi was aware of the situation. Yediyurappa’s assurance comes a day after the opposition parties in the state hit out at Modi, alleging he has adopted an “indifferent behavior” towards Karnataka on the issue of extending flood relief funds. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “There is no need for anyone, whether from our party or others to create any confusion. Relief funds have not been announced to any of the flood affected states in the country yet,” Yediyurappa said. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi was outside the country, now he has come back, in another two to three days all affected states will get funds,” he said. Speaking to reporters in Mysuru, the Chief Minister said, “there is no need for anyone’sinfluence or to meet Prime Minister in this regard. PM is aware of the situation. Amit Shah (Home Minister) also is aware… Funds will be released at the earliest.” Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tweet expressing concern over the floods in Bihar drew the ire of leaders of Congress and JDS. In his tweet on Monday, Modi said, “Spoke to Bihar CM @NitishKumar Ji regarding the flood situation in parts of the state. Agencies are working with local administration to assist the affected. Centre stands ready to provide all possible further assistance that may be required.” Reacting to Modi’s tweet, senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah had sought to know why there was “hatred” for Karnataka, and no response from Modi despite severe floods that ravaged many parts of Karnataka. “More than 60 days since parts Karnataka suffered from floods. No shelter, nothing to eat, cattle dying, crops lost – but response from @narendramodi is missing. Why this hatred towards Ktaka? What are our 25 MPs from @BJP4Karnataka doing? #NAMOMissing, pls help us find him,” Siddaramaiah had tweeted. Interestingly, Vijayapura City BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal had said Modi tweeting concern for Bihar flood victims and not with those affected in Karnataka has made people feel he did not care about the state as there were no immediate polls there. BJP governments at both centre and the state have been facing criticism from the opposition regarding the “delay” in grant of central funds despite Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman and an Inter-ministerial Central team visiting the affected region. The Opposition parties have accused the Modi government of showing its “apathy” towards Karnataka, despite state sending 25 BJP MPs. Last evening, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman had said, the Inter-ministerial Central Team’s report was under finalisation. Karnataka has sent a flood damage estimate of Rs 35,160.81 crore to the central government, and is waiting for the relief. As many as 103 taluks in 22 districts were affected due to floods in August, in which over 80 people were killed. Around seven lakh people were shifted to safe areas and thousands of houses were damaged.last_img read more

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New Delhi Mahatma Gandhi had visited RSS shakha d

first_imgNew Delhi: Mahatma Gandhi had visited RSS shakha during the time of Partition, interacted with swayamsevaks and expressed joy over their discipline and the absence of divisive feelings over caste and creed among them, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said.Sangh swayamsevaks recall Gandhi and his values as part of their morning prayer in Shakhas, he said while referring to ‘Ekatmata Stotra’ which is recited in the daily gatherings of its workers. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”Gandhiji… visited a shakha near his place of residence in Delhi during the tragic days of Partition. He spoke to the swayamsevaks in the shakha. Its report was published in the Harijan, dated September 27, 1947. Gandhiji expressed his joy over the discipline of the Sangh swayamsevaks and complete absence of divisive feelings of caste and creed in them,” Bhagwat said in an article posted on the RSS website as the country celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Wednesday . Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiGandhi had also visited a Sangh camp near Wardha in 1936 and next day RSS founder Dr Hedgewar met him at his Ashram. The contents of the long question-answer session and discussion are now in public domain, he said. Emphasising on Gandhi’s Swadeshi vision for the country, the RSS chief said the Mahatma gave a thought process that was based on giving India its own identity in all spheres of life but people with “slavish mindset” accepted western set of values as a model. He said Gandhi advocated Swadeshi philosophy as the West, on back of its political power, promoted its systems and lifestyle by distorting education and making others financially dependent. “However, without understanding this, the people with a slavish mindset accepted the western set of values as a model, denouncing our forefathers, pride and culture as inferior and disgraceful and engaged themselves in imitating and flattering the West. Its massive influence is visible in the country’s direction and condition even today,” he said. Gandhi pitched for “reorganisation of Bharat” based on self reliance, he said adding that the Father of the Nation firmly stood for social equality and harmony.last_img read more

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New Delhi The Finance Ministry will start preBud

first_imgNew Delhi: The Finance Ministry will start pre-Budget and Revised Estimates meetings from October 14 to November’s first week, an official notification of the ministry said on Wednesday. “The pre-budget/RE meetings will begin on the 14th October 2019. All Financial Advisers should ensure that the necessary details related to these meetings are entered in the RE Module. This data shall be the basis for pre-Budget discussions,” a Budget Circular (2020-21) of the Budget Division of the Department of Economic Affairs of the Ministry said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraBudget Estimates for 2020-21 will be provisionally finalised after Secretary, Expenditure, completes discussions with the Secretaries and Financial Advisers. Pre-Budget Meetings shall begin from October 14 and will continue till the first week of November, it said. The upcoming Budget of next fiscal will have gender, and child budget statements as well. Some of the new inclusions in the Circular relate to instructions regarding filling up of SCSP/TSP, Gender, Child Budget Statements etc. The format for Output-Outcome Monitoring Framework 2020-21 has also been revised, said the circular. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysIn calender year 2019-20, government had to present two budgets due to national elections — an interim Budget in February and a general Budget on July 5 after formation of the government. Ceilings for all categories of expenditure, including Central Sector and Centrally Sponsored schemes will be discussed. Accordingly, the RE 2019-20 and BE 2020-21 for all categories of expenditure, and select schemes/projects specifically included in the MTEF Statements, may be indicated separately for Revenue and Capital expenditure, the notification said.last_img read more

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Houston Thousands of people from all walks of lif

first_imgHouston: Thousands of people from all walks of life turned out for the day-long ceremonies here on Wednesday to honour slain Indian-American police officer Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, who was shot dead on duty during a traffic stop. Dhaliwal, 42, was the first Sikh sheriff’s deputy in Harris County with a population of over 10,000 Sikhs. He made national headlines when he was allowed to grow a beard and wear a turban on the job. He was gunned down while conducting a routine mid-day traffic stop in northwest of Houston on Friday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report The fallen deputy’s funeral included processions, a traditional Sikh funeral and a law enforcement funeral with a 21-gun salute from fellow officers and a helicopter flyover. As ‘Amazing Grace’ was played on the bagpipes, members of Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) folded the American flag that covered his casket and Sheriff Ed Gonzalez presented it to Dhaliwal’s widow who clutched it to her heart. After final ceremonies from the law enforcement memorial service, the Dhaliwal family and members of HCSO headed to the Winford Funeral Home for a closed cremation. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests The procession route was lined with blue and white signs reading “Always in Our Hearts,” and “In Loving Memory of Deputy Dhaliwal.” People had posted custom yard signs, billboards and flowers all along the route and in the neighbourhood. At the service, Simratpal Singh, a US Army Captain, flanked by other members of the Sikh community in military service, described Dhaliwal as “humble, fearless, not dissuaded by negativity.” “Our lion may be gone physically but his legacy of selfless service and of breaking down barriers will continue to live,” he said. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaking before thousands during the Sikh part of the ceremony, addressed Dhaliwal’s wife and three children in saying the community “supports you and lifts you up.” “We are grateful for your father’s service, and his sacrifice and his legacy,” Cruz said. Dhaliwal, the father of three, joined the force 10 years back and was the state’s first law enforcement officer to receive permission to wear a religious turban and beard while on duty. Commissioner Adrian Garcia who hired Dhaliwal 10 years ago said the stadium full of people and the deputy’s celebration of life was “fit for a king.” As he addressed Dhaliwal’s father, he said, “Baba, you raised a good man. You raised him with a heart of gold. It is unfair that a father should outlive his son.” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said he doesn’t normally speak at public funerals but he was honoured to be invited to speak at Dhaliwal’s funeral. “Since 2015, we’ve lost 50… 50 men and women of law enforcement in the line of duty and Deputy Dhaliwal was the 50th,” he said. “He (Sandeep) did more in his life than some people do in a hundred years, he added. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said it was “moments like these when we fall on our faith.” “He (Dhaliwal) was the ambassador of all that is good. And the way he died does not erase that,” Turner said. “In a city that happens to be the most diverse in the country, is a city, because of this one person, on this day and hopefully days to come, will be the most unified it has ever been,” added Turner. Gonzalez said Dhaliwal was a trailblazer and wore his Sikh faith on the outside for all to see. “Sandeep was an inspiration to us all and was considered to be one of our finest deputies, with a bright future to match his beautiful bright personality. I will miss the gentle smile and embrace I received each time I saw him,” he said. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, the nation’s first Sikh state’s attorney general, said Dhaliwal “inspired an entire generation of Sikhs” to join public service. The services on Wednesday followed a candlelight vigil by the sheriff’s office for Dhaliwal on Monday and a 48-hour-long prayer-vigil. Dhaliwal was killed in the town of Cypress after pulling over a vehicle for running a stop sign. Investigators said video from a dashboard camera shows the suspect, 47-year-old Robert Solis, getting out of his car, approaching Dhaliwal from behind and shooting him twice in the head. Police said Solis had a warrant for his arrest on parole violations and likely feared that his arrest would mean a return to prison. Solis, who has been charged with capital murder, was arrested at a nearby grocery parking lot.last_img read more

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New Delhi After tomatoes dal is next in line to

first_imgNew Delhi: After tomatoes, dal is next in line to bear the brunt of spiralling prices during the festive season. In the last one week, the price of urad dal has increased by Rs 450-Rs 850 per quintal in the major markets of the country. Along with urad, the prices of moong, masoor and chickpeas (chana) dal have also gone up. Experts opine that pulses will be more expensive because the urad crop has suffered in Madhya Pradesh due to the incessant rain. At the same time, sowing of pulses has also been estimated to be less in this kharif season than last year. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar Rajni, a resident of Delhi’s Mandawali area, said that after the spike in vegetable prices, she used to manage with potatoes and lentils as the prices were low, but now pulses have also become expensive. Earlier, chickpeas (chana) was available at Rs 55-Rs 60 per kg, but now it has gone up to Rs 65-Rs 70 per kg while chickpea lentils (chana dal) is at Rs 90 per kg. Mumbai’s Amit Shukla, a pulses market expert, said that there was a rumour in the market on Tuesday that the government is going to impose a stock limit on pulses for wholesale and retail traders, which led to a one-day fall in the prices of all pulses. But for the last one week, the prices of gram, moong and lentils have been going up. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in Dwarka The wholesale price of Urad’s FAQ (imported from Burma) variety in the country’s financial capital Mumbai on Tuesday was Rs 5,450 per quintal, which is Rs 550 more than the previous week. At the same time, the price of FAQs in the National Capital Region of Delhi was up by Rs 450 to Rs 5,400 per quintal from the previous week. The price of FAQ Urad in Chennai was Rs 5,650, UQ of SQ Variety was Rs 6,775 per quintal. In Chennai, the prices of FAQ and SQ have increased by Rs 600 and Rs 525 per quintal respectively in the last one week. The price of FAQ Urad in Kolkata rose by Rs 850 to Rs 6,200 per quintal in the last one week. The price of moong has also increased by Rs 100-Rs 200 in various cities during the last one week. The price of Rajasthan Line Moong was Rs 6,100 per quintal in Delhi on Tuesday. In Delhi, the price of moong has increased by Rs 200 per quintal in the last one week. At the same time, the price of gram has increased by Rs 25-Rs 100 per quintal in major mandis of the country in the last one week. In Ganj Basoda, Madhya Pradesh, the price of desi gram increased by Rs. 100 to Rs. 4,100 on Tuesday. The price of Lemon Tur in Delhi was Rs 5,300 a quintal and there has been no significant change in the price in the last one week. During the crop year 2018-19 (July-June), the total production of all pulses was estimated to be 234.8 lakh tonnes, while traders indicated that the total consumption of pulses in the country was around 240 lakh tonnes. Not only this, in the current crop year 2019-20, the production of Kharif pulses could be 82.3 lakh tonnes in 2019 as compared to 92.2 lakh tonnes in 2018. President of the All-India Dal Mill Association, Suresh Agarwal told IANS that the government agency National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) has a full stock of red gram and Bengal gram and also the new crops of red gram will arrive in November-December. Madhya Pradesh has received non-stop rain for 40 days which has damaged the fields and the crop. It also affected the crop of green gram and black gram by 25-30 per cent. If the rain continues in the state then black gram and green gram might suffer further losses and their prices might increase by 5-10 per cent.last_img read more

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Ranchi Two policemen were killed when Maoists ope

first_imgRanchi: Two policemen were killed when Maoists opened fire on security forces in Ranchi district in Jharkhand on Friday, a senior police officer said. Following a tip that members of the banned CPI (Maoist) group had gathered near Dassam falls between Bundu and Namkum, security forces rushed to the area around 4 am, Additional Director General of Police Murari Lal Meena told PTI. “The Maoists opened fire on the security forces and two of our district jawans suffered bullet injuries. While one jawan was declared brought dead at the hospital, another succumbed during treatment,” the ADGP said. The security forces retaliated but there was no report of any casualty from the other side, Meena said adding search operations are under way.last_img read more

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Smriti Irani inaugurates Durga Puja

first_imgSmriti Irani, Minister of Women and Child Development, Minister of textiles, visited Matri Mandir Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti, Safdarganj Enclaves Durga Puja pandal, on October 4, to take blessings and offer prayers to Maa Durga. This year theme of the pandal is ‘Recreating JorashankoThakurbari’ – the place where Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was born. Irani also inaugurated the puja and appreciated organisers for the wonderful theme and decoration of pandal. Also Read – The Puja carnivalSpeaking on the occasion, Debashis Saha, Chief Coordinator of Durga Puja 2019 said, “This is the second time that all Puja Committee members are women. This year, they have gone a step ahead and volunteered to take up this onerous task of leading and organising the Puja festivities. Though we do not claim for this to be a unique venture, it is very special for us, considering the magnitude and complexities involved in organising it.” Chairperson Bhog and Prasad committee Amita Chakraborty said, “This time, we are expecting more than 5000 devotees each day. We have made elaborate arrangements and all committee members will take special care to ensure that all the visitors can enjoy the Bhog and Prasad. For maintaining the eco-system, we will be distributing bhog in special plates made with Beatel leaf. Also, we are preparing different menu on Saptami, Astami and Navami which will include Bengali delicacy Khichuri made with Gobindo Bhog rice and Soona moong dal, Beguni, Laabra, Payesh, Sweets, Halwa etc.” Marking the grand closing ceremony on Navami this year, renowned singers like Kailash Kher and Rahul Deb will be performing at the venue.last_img read more

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