3 more die in U.P. floods

first_imgThree more flood-related deaths have been reported in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, taking the toll to 72. The overall situation in the State is still grim, the Relief Commissioner’s office said.Over 20 lakh people have been hit by the current spell of floods in 24 districts and 2,688 villages are under water.A report said 43,602 people had taken shelter in relief camps in eastern U.P., whipped by the raging waters of the rivers emanating from Nepal.Army choppers, NDRF and PAC jawans continued relief and rescue operations.A Central Water Commission report said the Sharda river was flowing above the red mark at Palia Kalan and near the danger mark at Shardanagar while the Ghaghra was flowing above the red mark at Elgin Bridge, Ayodhya and Turtipar (Ballia).In Bihar, light to moderate rainfall occurred at one or two places in the past 24 hours.With the south west monsoon getting weak, major cities of Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur and Purnea did not receive any rainfall during the day.last_img read more

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ScienceShot: Protecting Ships From Undersea Eruptions

first_imgPlumes of volcanic ash are a well-known threat to aircraft. A similar threat occurs beneath the ocean surface: Undersea volcanoes belch out pumice that floats to the surface and then clumps together into large, sometimes more-than-a-meter-thick rafts of frothy rock. This material can clog the engines and intake valves on ships and can even drift long distances to block harbors. Now, simulations of pumice dispersal from a submarine eruption in the southwest Pacific in 2012 offer hope of advance warning of these perils. The eruption, which took place mostly over the course of a single day, emanated from the Havre undersea volcano (which lies about 800 kilometers northeast of New Zealand and whose peak is more than 700 meters below sea level). Rafts of pumice quickly covered 400 square kilometers of sea (image shown was taken 28 July 2012, about 8 days after the eruption) but later broke apart into streamers hundreds of kilometers long. When researchers fed data about ocean currents and typical winds in the region at that time of year into a program that simulates how ocean eddies tend to disperse floating objects, they successfully tracked the pumice as it spread to afflict an area twice the size of New Zealand. In the future, similar simulations could track pumice patches in near-real time, providing navigators with a weather forecast–like early warning system, the team reports online today in Nature Communications.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Gender Gap

first_imgIndia has the fewest women employees among 20 countries surveyed in the World Economic Forum Corporate Gender Gap 2010. The United States (52%), Spain (48%), Canada (46%) and Finland (44%) have the highest percentage of women employees at all levels among the 600 companies in 16 industrial sectors that were surveyed. India has the lowest percentage of women employees (23%), followed by Japan (24%), Turkey (26%) and Austria (29%).Just 5% of the companies reported women CEOs. Finland (13%), Norway (12%), Turkey (12%), Italy (11%) and Brazil (11%) had the highest percentage of female CEOs. India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United States reported no female CEOs among the responding companies.  Related Itemslast_img read more

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Indian stumper Deep Dasgupta claims Wicketkeeper of the Week honours

first_imgIndia’s rookie stumper Deep Dasgupta’s gutsy showing as opener in the second Test against South Africa at Port Elizabeth helped him claim the Wicketkeeper of the Week honours ahead of Kumara Sangakkara, Adam Gilchrist and Andy Flower in the ESPN-Star Sports Super Selector competition for the week ending November 26.Gavaskar,India’s rookie stumper Deep Dasgupta’s gutsy showing as opener in the second Test against South Africa at Port Elizabeth helped him claim the Wicketkeeper of the Week honours ahead of Kumara Sangakkara, Adam Gilchrist and Andy Flower in the ESPN-Star Sports Super Selector competition for the week ending November 26.Gavaskar takes overClick here to EnlargeAustralia’s Ricky Ponting left behind a slow start to his home season with a century against New Zealand in the rain-hit Hobart Test. His 157 runs saw him become the Batsman of the Week ahead of Craig Wishart, Dion Ebrahim and Justin Langer.At Kandy, Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan picked up his second successive 10-wicket haul in Tests to emerge the Bowler of the Week.South African Jacques Kallis’ patient century and two wickets in India’s first innings in the unofficial Test at Centurion fetched him 165 points and the Allrounder of the Week title.Meanwhile, Muralitharan also rewarded his backers in the Super Selector competition with a rich haul of 558 points, thanks mainly to the 21 wickets in the two Tests against the West Indies.last_img read more

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Terrence Romeo calls out haters after winning 1st PBA title: ‘I have nothing to prove to you’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Here’s a video of newly-minted PBA champion Terrence Romeo clapping back at his haters: pic.twitter.com/1L2TgRFhvV— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) May 16, 2019(My haters always message me on Instagram and Twitter, saying ‘ you will never win a championship’ or that ‘you’re talented, you have all these awards but you will never be a champion,’ ‘you bring bad luck to San Miguel.’ Now I want to tell them to send me a message again, later when I post a photo with the trophy. Message me again and tell me everything you want to say.)READ: Leo Austria puts positive spin on Terrence Romeo’s outburstADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Year after year—from Far Eastern University to San Miguel Beer—Terrence Romeo had to endure the criticisms, trolling and constant blame.The moment he had been waiting for so long finally came on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Even the PBA commentators on TV got a special mention from the prolific yet enigmatic guard.“Hindi maiiwasan na meron talagang mga tao na minsan binibilang pa kung ilang dribbles yung ginagawa mo. Pero ang point ko lang doon katulad nung Game 1, nakalimutan ko [kung sino] yung mga commentators, pero binibilang nila kung ilang dribbles ginagawa ko,” he recalled. “Pag sumablay pagtatawanan nila pero pag yung dribbles ko na-shoot ko hindi naman nila binibilang. Pag sablay lang nila binibilang.”“Yun ang mahirap eh pero at least nag-champion na ako ngayon. Paki bilang na lang ulit dribbles ko.”(There are really people who count the dribbles that you make. Like in Game 1, I forgot who the commentators were, they were counting my dribbles. When I fail, they laugh at at me, but when I make the shot, they don’t count my dribbles. They only care when I miss. At least I’m a champion now. They can count my dribbles again.)READ: Finals first-timer Terrence Romeo ‘serious’ about mulling retirement if Beermen wins titleThe 27-year-old Romeo, who has multiple scoring titles to add to his maiden championship, also said he has nothing else to prove.“Ilang beses na ako nag-40 points sa PBA. Wala na akong kailangan patunayan sa kanila.”Romeo had said he’s been seriously contemplating about retirement if he wins his first PBA title before the finals.But his first taste of the championship left him wanting for more.“Gusto ko pa makakuha ulit,” he said. Red flags raised over Southampton’s ‘record’ deal with Chinese company LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess San Miguel Beer won a grueling seven-game series that came down to the last second to extend its Philippine Cup reign.READ: San Miguel makes history with 5th straight Philippine Cup title, outlasts MagnoliaFEATURED 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, logisticsRomeo cut down the net and wore it over his neck. He can finally be called a champion and he made sure his haters would know about it.“Mga haters ko lagi akong mine-message sa Instagram, sa Twitter. Mine-message ako na hindi raw ako magcha-champion. Talented daw ako, nasa akin daw lahat ng award pero never daw ako magcha-champion, Malas daw ako sa San Miguel. So parang gusto kong sabihin sa kanila ngayon na paki-message nila ako ulit sa Instagram ko and mamaya pag nag-post ako ng picture, pag nag-post ako ng trophy, paki-message ako ulit, lahat sila sabihin nila lahat ng gusto nila,” Romeo said.last_img read more

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Pelicans to rebuild on Zion

first_imgPBA: Beermen get back on track with rout of Aces Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View comments His assault on the rims made him a favorite of college basketball fans, but his game is more than just dunks. Williamson averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds on 68 percent shooting.The Memphis Grizzlies also quickly addressed a positional need by taking Murray State’s Ja Morant with the No. 2 pick. The Grizzlies agreed to trade Mike Conley, their longtime point guard, to Utah a day earlier.They got a good replacement in Morant, who led Division I with 10 assists per game as a sophomore while averaging 24.5 points.RJ Barrett then made it two Duke freshmen within the top-three picks when the New York Knicks took the guard who actually edged out Williamson to lead the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring. Knicks fans hoped they would get Williamson after finishing with the worst record in the league but seemed happy to end up with Barrett, loudly cheering and chanting “RJ! RJ!” when the pick was announced.Rui Hachimura became the first player from Japan to get chosen in the first round of the NBA draft, taken with the No. 9 overall pick by the rebuilding Washington Wizards.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The 6-foot-8, 235-pound forward averaged a team-leading 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds last season as a junior at Gonzaga.“It means a lot for me, for my family,” Hachimura said. “For Japan basketball, all my country, it’s a big thing.”Former first-round prospect Bol Bol, meanwhile, waited a long while before he was finally drafted.The son of legend Manute Bol waited until Miami picked him with the 44th overall pick.Not that Bol is heading to South Beach. Nope, the Heat traded his draft rights to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for a future second-round pick and financial considerations. —APSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Rebuild public trust in Customs, says new chief Guerrero PLAY LIST 02:42Rebuild public trust in Customs, says new chief Guerrero01:10Trump pledges $1 trillion to rebuild infrastructure05:54Triple celebration for Baby Zion02:42PH 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 MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duke’s Zion Williamson, right, poses for photographs with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the New Orleans Pelicans as the first pick during the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK—Zion Williamson plays with force and ferocity, a Hulk in hightops who looks as though he’d never show a soft side.Draft night proved otherwise.ADVERTISEMENT Williamson was the No. 1 pick of the New Orleans Pelicans—a surprise to nobody who watched basketball this past season. But afterward he couldn’t hide his emotions, even though he, along with everyone else, knew what would happen on Thursday night.“Because I love the game of basketball,” he said. “You can hear people say things like, ‘Oh, that it was likely I was going to go No. 1.’ But I guess you don’t know until you actually go through it. Hearing my name called and I was able to make it on stage without a tear, shake the commissioner’s hand, but in the interview my mom was standing beside me, and my emotions just took over.”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, logisticsThere might be tears of joy in New Orleans, too, after the Pelicans were able to get a cornerstone for a rebuild now that the team will move forward from former franchise player Athony Davis, who was traded to the Lakers.The 6-foot-7, 285-pounder compiled a college career worth of highlights into just one season, becoming the third freshman to be voted player of the year by The Associated Press. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

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Mitharwal strikes gold; Manu Bhaker, Heena Sidhu fail to make final at World C’ships

first_imgChangwon (South Korea), Sep 4 (PTI) Indian shooter Om Prakash Mitharwal picked up his maiden gold medal at the ISSF World Championships, claiming the top honours in the 50m pistol event here Tuesday. The 23-year-old, a bronze-winner in the 10m air pistol and the 50m pistol events of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast earlier this year, shot a score of 564 to finish on top here. The silver was won by Serbia’s Damir Mikec (562), while the bronze went to local favourite Daemyung Lee (560). The seasoned Jitu Rai, who won a silver medal in the 2014 edition of the tournament, endured disappointment as he finished 17th in the field with a below-par score of 552. The ongoing championship is the first qualifying event for the 2020 Olympics but since 50m pistol is no longer a part of the Games roster, there were no quota places to be sealed. The International Shooting Sport Federation’s (ISSF) premier tournament is offering as many as 60 berths across 15 events. In the team competition of the same category, Mitharwal, Rai and Manjit (532) combined for a fifth-place finish with a total score of 1648. Manjit signed off 56th in the individual field, failing to make the finals along with Rai. The women shooters, who could have sealed Olympic qualification, faltered in the 10m air pistol event. Teen sensation Manu Bhaker, after a medal-less Asian Games campaign, and senior shooter Heena Sidhu were off-colour and both failed to make the finals. Bhaker shot a score of 574 to be 13th, while Sidhu was further down at 29th with a total of 571.advertisement The Indian team finished fourth with Bhaker, Sidhu and Shweta Singh (568) combining for a total of 1713. On Monday, Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela became the first set of Indian shooters to secure quota places for the Olympics by winning a silver and finishing fourth respectively in the women’s 10m air rifle event. Though the two shooters have secured quotas, as per the stated policy, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) will take the final call on selection, based on the aggregate scores of shooters (in international tournaments and selection trials) leading up to the Olympic Games. PTI PM PMlast_img read more

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ESPN Releases Epic 2019 College Football Hype Video

first_imgOregon Ducks cheerleaders running onto the field.EUGENE, OR – OCTOBER 08: Oregon Ducks cheerleaders take the field prior to the game against the Washington Huskies on October 8, 2016 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The Huskies defeated the Ducks 70-21. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)College football is exactly 17 days away from returning. In preparation for the upcoming season, ESPN has released an epic video that should have fan bases everywhere ecstatic.As usual, the favorites for this season’s championship will be Alabama and Clemson. Those two powerhouses won’t be alone though, as programs like Georgia, Ohio State, LSU and Michigan could all make postseason runs.In addition to having a plethora of great programs, the upcoming season will also have a handful of elite players to showcase. The amount of quarterback talent on display is fantastic, such as Trevor Lawrence, Tua Tagovailoa, Jake Fromm, Shea Patterson and Jake Fromm.Somehow, ESPN found a way to produce a hype video that includes almost every top program and player heading into the 2019 season. The video includes the song Let Go from the band ‘Judah & The Lion.’Check it out:C H I L L S pic.twitter.com/GQWuylIiLR— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) August 7, 2019This video should give most fans chills as they prepare for the season.Florida and Miami will kick off the 2019 season with an epic clash at Camping World Stadium.Last year, the landscape of college football was dominated by the elites in every conference. We’ll see if there is some chaos in store for us this year.Are you ready for this college football season?last_img read more

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Jio has widest 4G network Airtels grows over 3fold Trai

first_imgNew Delhi: Reliance Jio has the widest 4G network in the country with more than 7.46 lakh 4G base stations, according to Trai data. Bharti Airtel’s 4G coverage is less than half of Reliance Jio’s but it has expanded its network more than three-folds since September 2017. According to the data published by Trai in a consultation paper for reviewing deadline to end mobile call termination charges, Jio’s 4G network almost doubled from 3.81 lakh 4G base transceiver stations (BTS) in September 2017 to 7.46 lakh BTS in June 2019. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Airtel’s 4G network more than tripled from 97,130 BTS to over 3.26 lakh BTS. Vodafone Idea holds the highest amount of spectrum that can be used for 4G services, around 1.5 times of Reliance Jio, but its 4G network grew only 62 per cent. 4G base stations now constitute around 60 per cent of the total network, which has grown from 5.91 lakh to 12.55 lakh within a span of two years. 2G network size in the country has now reduced by around 27 per cent to 4.79 lakh BTS from 6.61 lakh BTS in September 2017. Similarly, 3G base stations have declined to 3.43 lakh in June 2019 from 3.6 lakh in September 2017, according to Trai.last_img read more

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Pulled UP out of identity crisis Yogi

first_imgLucknow: Marking the completion of 30 months in office, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday said his government has changed the “perception” of the state considerably and “restored its identity”.Addressing a press conference, he claimed Uttar Pradesh has set a record in implementation of various central schemes, including the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Saubhagya Yojana, Kisan insurance, construction of toilets and provision of health insurance. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”On March 19, 2017, the BJP government was formed in the state after a 14-year-exile. In the past two-and-half years Uttar Pradesh was pulled out from a state of identity crisis as we converted challenges to opportunities. “The biggest achievement of my team has been changing the perception of Uttar Pradesh and restoring its identity,” Adityanath said. The chief minister said the law-and-order situation in the state has “improved” and claimed that there “has not been a single incident of riot in the state in the last two-and-half years”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Dacoity cases declined by 54 per cent, incidents of rape declined by 36 per cent, murder by 15 per cent, loot fell by 45 per cent, extortion/kidnapping by 30 per cent and clashes (balwaa) by 38 per cent. “The dreaded criminals have either fled from the state or are in jail. There has been a sharp decline in dacoity, rape, extortion, loot and clashes (balwaa). As many as 41 new police stations have been opened in the state,” Adityanath said. During the hour-long press conference to mark the occasion, he released a booklet on the achievements of his government and listed organising the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad and Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas in Varanasi as the key successes of the state government. A film titled ‘UP Ke Karmayogi’ was also screened at the press conference where the chief minister was flanked by his two deputies Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma besides state BJP chief Swatantradev Singh. “Sanyasi ke karmayoga se damak raha UP ka bhaal (Because of the work of a saint, UP is shining),” the video said, claiming that the two-and-half years of the Adityanath government were better than the past 65 years. Adityanath also said the condition of farmers in the state earlier was very bad and they were forced to commit suicide. “We devised a number of schemes for the farmers. Crop loans up to Rs 1 lakh given to 86 lakh farmers in the state were waived and record purchase of crops was done,” he said. Adityanath took the opportunity to point out that “all major festivals have been held peacefully in the state”. Asserting that Lok Sabha polls were held peacefully in the state, he said there in reports of violence in certain states with half the number of seats compared to Uttar Pradesh. The state has witnessed huge investments in the industrial sector and creation of job opportunities for the youth, according to the booklet titled ‘Vikas Evam Sushashan Ke 30 Mah’ (30 months of good governance and development). The chief minister pointed out that the state government’s workplan for the future is to enable Uttar Pradesh to become a USD 1 trillion economy. He claimed that in the past two-and-half years 50 lakh children have been enrolled in government primary schools. Another major achievement of his government was a significant decline in deaths caused by encephalitis, Adityanath said. The BJP, which had stormed to power in the state with a massive majority, maintained its grip over the electorate as the saffron party and its ally Apna Dal (S) won 64 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh earlier this year.last_img read more

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State govt working on ecosystem to give shot in arm to fintech

first_imgKolkata: The state government is developing an ecosystem to provide a boost to its fintech hub and has hence conceived the Silicon Valley Hub in New Town, for which huge investments are already coming.Speaking at the CII Banking Colloquium on Friday, Debashis Sen, state Additional Chief Secretary, Information Technology department, said economists have predicted that the gravity of technological intervention is moving towards the east pulled by China and India and so, Bengal is gearing up to meet the demand. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The new banking industry will depend on modern cutting-edge technology like Blockchain, Cyber Security and Quantum Computing and so we are developing an ecosystem where banking and technology will be at very close proximity,” Sen said. He added that the workforce for this ecosystem will receive a boost with the education hub coming up near the fintech hub in New Town. Amity University and Aliah University have already come up with their campus there as well. The campuses of IIT Kharagpur’s research park and Presidency University are also under construction. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySen mentioned that 25 financial institutions, both banking and non-banking, have taken up space in the fintech hub located at the Central Business District (CBD) in New Town. The State Bank Institute of Leadership has already come up, while the National Insurance Corporation is in an advanced stage of construction. On the other hand, several others have constructed their boundary walls. It may be mentioned that the space that was initially designed as a financial hub in January 2012, has now been transformed into a legal and financial hub. The National Green Tribunal has started its operation in the same space and forums for settling disputes related to arbitration, consumer matters and similar quasi-judicial centres are coming up there for dispute redressal. A Mckinsey Global Institute report has predicted that Kolkata will be one of the three metros that will emerge as the epicenter of global financial activities by 2030, which is why the state government is leaving no stones unturned to project itself as one of the major players in the financial world.last_img read more

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Detained JK politicians are house guests MoS Jitendra

first_imgJammu: Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday urged Mulsim community not to be misguided by the propaganda by “vested interests” that they would lose their majority position in Jammu and Kashmir after revocation of its special status.Singh also warned “vested interests” against linking the fallout of nullification of the Article 370 to the religion, saying the Narendra Modi government would not tolerate any mischief and will punish those speaking against the country’s interest. Referring to the detention of various leaders of Kashmir after the nullification of Article 370, the minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office also asserted that the leaders are not under “house arrest” but are “house guests”, “enjoying a hospitality” and facility better than what they had in their own homes. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghHe also sought to assure people that in any case the detained leaders would not suffer the same fate of 18-month detention that many prominent BJP leaders had undergone during the Emergency. Singh made the remarks while addressing a BJP’s rally organised on the eve of the last Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh’s birth anniversary. Maharaja’s grandson and senior BJP leader Ajatshatru Singh, however, was conspicuous by his absence at the function which was attended by, amongst others, Union Minister of State Anurag Thakur, BJP national vice president Shyam Jaju and state BJP president Ravinder Raina. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadWithout identifying anyone, Singh said a big propaganda has been launched by some “vested interests” to link the fallout of nullification of the Article 370 to religion. “I want to appeal to the Muslim community that attempts are being made to misguide them,” he said, in an apparent reference to the apprehensions that Jammu and Kashmir will lose its Muslim-majority character if the people from other parts of the country are allowed to settle in the state after revocation of its special status. “Whatever has been done is in the interest of the people of the state, irrespective of their religion, caste and creed. The Article 370 was the biggest hurdle in the overall development of the state and was misused by some families,” he said. “After October 31 (when Jammu and Kashmir turns into two Union territories), the ordinary people of Kashmir will see the benefits of the abrogation of this article as the entire region will see large-scale developments within next six months,” said Singh “The people of the state will soon see the real face of democracy where anyone can aspire to become chief minister or minister. The people will then thank (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and (Union Home Minister Amit) Shah for this historic decision,” he said. Singh also vehemently sought to cast aside the impression that Kashmir valley has been under the spell of curfew after revocation of state’s special status. “There is no restrictions in Kashmir and even there was no curfew for a single day after the abrogation of the Article 370. Only minor restrictions under section 144 Cr PC were imposed in a dozen police station, out of 200, earlier so that nobody is able to create any trouble,” Singh said.last_img read more

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20 killed over 300 injured in PoK after earthquake jolts northeastern Pak

first_imgIslamabad: A powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake jolted Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and several cities in the north-eastern parts of the country on Tuesday, killing at least 20 people and wounding over 300 others. According to US Geological Survey, the epicentre of the quake was near New Mirpur in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), which was severely affected by the quake. The depth of the quake, which occurred at 4.02 pm (local time), was at 10 kilometres. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportPoK Information Minister Mushtaq Minhas told the media that 20 people were killed and over 300 injured in Mirpur and surrounding areas due to the powerful quake. Pakistan Meteorological Department’s earthquake centre said the 5.8-magnitude earthquake was located near the mountainous city of Jehlum in Punjab province. However, Minister for Science Fawad Chaudhry said that the intensity of the quake was 7.1. Some houses collapsed in Mirpur following the earthquake, Deputy Commissioner Raja Qaiser said. Parts of a mosque also collapsed in the area. Emergency has been declared in hospitals across PoK. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsTV channels showed the footage of heavily damaged roads in Mirpur, with many vehicles overturned. Several cars fell into the deep cracks on the roads. The building of the state-run Broadcasting House in Mirpur was badly damaged. The quake was powerful and created panic as people ran out of building, eyewitnesses said. Several cities including Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Skardu, Kohat, Charsadda, Kasur, Faisalabad, Gujrat, Sialkot, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Chitral, Malakand, Multan, Shangla, Okara, Nowshera, Attock and Jhang felt the tremor. Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly session, expressed grief over the loss of human life. He directed all the concerned departments to provide immediate assistance to the quake-hit areas. President Arif Alvi also expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives.last_img read more

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Now tenants living in Delhi too can avail power subsidy scheme

first_imgNew Delhi: In a major relief to tenants living in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has announced to provide subsidized electricity on the lines of earlier announced subsidies to the owners of residential units in the city. The announcement to this effect was made by the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday as he claimed to be committed to provide cheap electricity to those living in the national Capital.The Delhi CM said that under this scheme tenants can now have access to power supply at subsidised rates hence launching “Mukhyamantri Kerayedaar Bijli Meter Yojna”. “Tenants in the city can now avail Delhi government’s power subsidy scheme under which there is no charge for the electricity consumption of up to 200 units and above that consumption, the normal rates apply,” he said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesKejriwal went on to explain that this scheme comes with a prepaid meter which works on the lines of a prepaid phone recharge. The CM added, “Usually in a building there are 2 or 3 tenants and the landlord has only one meter for all of them. At some places tenants pay 8 or 10 rupees per unit. This will no longer be the case. The tenants will have to submit two documents–rent agreement or rent receipt and residential ID proof of the landlord like electricity bill or any such document. The tenants no longer need an NOC from the landlord, they can directly approach their respective Bombay Suburban Electric Supply (BSES).” Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarOn the flip side, Kejriwal assured the landlords of the city and said, “landlords need not fear that tenants will take over the house. In fact, under this scheme, their position as tenants will be determined strongly. This scheme is for tenants who have domestic consumption of electricity.” “Tenants need not run from pillar to post to avail this scheme. This scheme comes with a doorstep delivery. They have to call up any of the three numbers–BSES Yamuna 19122, BSES Rajdhani 19123, and TATA 19124–and request the services. The respective people will come and collect the documents and install a separate meter,” he added. The total cost to avail this scheme comes up to Rs 6,000 out of which 3,000 is security deposit (refundable) and remaining 3,000 is set-up and installation cost (not refundable).last_img read more

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Pak PM going doortodoor around world creating content for cartoonists Rajnath

first_imgMumbai: The Pakistan prime minister is going door-to-door around the world and creating content for cartoonists, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday, a day after Imran Khan raised the Kashmir issue in his address to the UN General Assembly.Singh also said there are some powers who want to carry out a Mumbai-like attack along India’s coastal regions, but their plans will not succeed. The defence minister on Saturday commissioned India’s second Scorpene-class submarine INS Khanderi and launched INS Nigiri, the first ship of the P-17A frigates, in two separate events here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghHitting out at Khan, half of whose speech was on India and Kashmir at the UNGA, and asserting that abrogation of Article 370 provisions was a progressive step, Singh said, “On one side, our progressive steps in Jammu and Kashmir are being accepted across the world, (while on the other) the Pakistan prime minister is creating content for cartoonists by running around door-to-door.” Pakistan should now understand that the commissioning of INS Khanderi has increased India’s capability to strike with “greater force, if needed”, he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”The government is committed to strengthen and modernise the armed forces,” the defence minister said, adding that the Navy will take strict action against those who disturb peace in the region. On the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event in Houston, he said the prime minister’s recent visit to the US “showcased India’s emergence as a superpower”. “We witnessed how the prime minister was welcomed by top leaders of the US at a jam-packed stadium. President Donald Trump has also acknowledged the potential of our government…Trump also said that India is capable of fighting against Pakistan-sponsored terrorism,” Singh said. India is proud of its Navy and can never forget the exceptional role it played in the 1971 war when Operation Trident and Operation Python broke the backbone of the Pakistan navy, he said. “Under operation Trident, the Indian Navy had broken the back of Pakistan. The Navy had brought the trade routes to Pakistan ports completely under its control and made the economy of Pakistan crumble,” he said while citing the importance of submarines in modern strategic warfare. On further advancement of the armed forces, he said, “We are committed to fulfil the requirements of the armed forces in terms of technological advancements and procurement of new machineries…” “In the recent years, we have been able to bring down incidents of piracy in the Arabian Sea, thanks to the Indian Navy,” Singh said. The Navy will take strong action against any state that tries to disrupt peace in the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean regions, he asserted. “The Indian Navy wants to win the confidence and mutual trust of all small and major countries in the Indian Ocean. But there are some powers whose actions are unholy,” Singh said. “There has been speculation of possibility of another 26/11-type attack on India’s west coast. But such plans will not succeed here,” Singh said, adding that India today has the capability and the Navy, the confidence, that no one else in the Indian Ocean region has. “We will leave no stone unturned in order to strengthen the Indian Navy. With its modern weapons, the Navy is not a threat to any peace loving nation,” he asserted The truth is that the Indian Navy wants to inspire confidence and trust in all the nations, whether small or big, of the Indian Ocean region, Singh said. “There are certain powers that have ill intentions. They are conspiring to conduct a Mumbai-like 26/11 attack — using the sea routes — in the coastal regions of India. Their desires will not be allowed to be fulfilled in any way,” he said. On the commissioning of INS Khanderi, he said, “It is a matter of immense pride that India is one of the few countries which can build its own submarines.”last_img read more

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Researchers have found that in top athletes exce

first_imgResearchers have found that, in top athletes, excess physical activity could be harmful and also associated with major fatigue and reduced performances. The study published in the journal Current Biology shows that intensive physical training could harm brain capacity, particularly cognitive control. For the findings, Mathias Pessiglione and his team said that they were interested in identifying the causes of a common phenomenon in top athletes, known as “overtraining syndrome”. Also Read – The Puja carnivalThis was characterised by reduced athletic performance and intense fatigue. Athletes suffering from this syndrome might be tempted by products likely to restore their performance. The primary hypothesis of the researchers were clear: the fatigue caused by overtraining is similar to that caused by mental efforts. To test this idea, the team spent nine weeks working with 37 triathletes, who were split into two groups. The first underwent the “usual” high-level training whereas the second had additional training during the last three weeks of the experiment, with sessions lasting 40 per cent longer, on average. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraFrom this, the researchers were able to identify similarities between overly intensive physical training and excessive mental work. This excessive physical activity leads to reduced activity of lateral prefrontal cortex, similar to that observed during mental effort. Reduction in brain activity was associated with impulsive decision-making, in which short-term gratification was prioritised over long-term goals. In the case of top athletes, being this impulsive could lead to their decision to stop right in the middle of a performance or to abandon a race in order to end the pain felt during physical exertion. The researchers believe, fatigue and reduced cognitive control might also constitute the first stage in development of a “burnout syndrome”, which affects people across professional sectors.last_img read more

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New Delhi Political leaders in Kashmir who have

first_imgNew Delhi: Political leaders in Kashmir, who have been placed under house arrest since August 5 as part of the lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir following the revocation of Article 370 provisions, will be released from detention in a phased manner, an adviser to J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik said.”Yes, one by one after analysis of every individual, they will be released,” Farooq Khan was quoted as saying by ANI when asked if Kashmiri leaders will be released from detention after Jammu region leaders. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework On Wednesday, around a dozen top Opposition leaders of the Jammu region were allowed to move out of their homes to resume their political activities. The lifting of restrictions on movements of Jammu Opposition leaders came ahead of the first Block Development Council elections in the state, scheduled for October 24. National Conference provincial president and former J&K minister Devender Rana, younger brother of Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the PMO, had told The Indian Express: “A senior police officer called me late Tuesday night, saying restrictions imposed on us have been lifted and now we are free to go anywhere and meet party workers.” Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports Sajjad Kitchloo, another former state minister and ex-NC lawmaker, and Javed Rana, a former MLC, too said restrictions imposed on their movements outside homes have been lifted. “Police personnel outside our residences have been withdrawn,” they said. The situation in J&K continues to remain volatile as authorities had reimposed restrictions in Kashmir Valley on Saturday. Protests had broken out in several parts of Srinagar after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Imran Khan finished their speeches at the United Nations General Assembly. A grenade was lobbed at CRPF personnel in downtown Srinagar, but it had missed the target. The CRPF issued a release on the attack, making it possibly the first militant strike acknowledged by the forces since the August 5 scrapping of Jammu & Kashmir’s special status. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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