Odisha farmers suffer extensive crop damage

first_imgFarmers in western and northern Odisha districts bore the brunt of unseasonal rain triggered by cyclone Phethai. Agricultural fields were filled with water leaving little scope for a normal harvest.Except Jajpur, Puri, Balasore, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Bhadrak, all other districts in the State received rainfall in the last 24 hours, ending on Tuesday morning. “Highest average rainfall of 75.3 mm was received in Jharsuguda district while neighbouring Sambalpur recorded average 73.5 mm rain. Estimated 71.5 mm rainfall was recorded in Bargarh, while Deogarh (68.3 mm) and Subarnapur (67.7 mm) also received significant precipitation,” said Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi. Gajapati, Boudh, Rayagada and Angul received average rainfall of above 50 mm.“Farmers were warned about possible rain. We don’t expect paddy which was stored in market yards and threshing floor after harvest to be badly damaged in the rain. We are waiting for reports from collectors about crop damage,” he said. According to the SRC, the government would announce compensation after analysing the crop damage.last_img read more

India, Sweden to Sign Security Pact to Enable Transfer of Swedish Defence Tech

first_imgIndia and Sweden are set to sign a security agreement when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Stockholm next week, people familiar with the developments said, a move that will facilitate transfer of technology if Swedish defence major Saab is chosen to build fighter jets here. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

Teng pumps 30 as Flying V goes 6-0

first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJeron Teng caught fire in the third quarter and carried Flying V to a 104-89 blowout win over Tanduay to preserve its pristine record Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Misfiring from the Thunder’s last game against Racal, the 23-year-old swingman recaptured his shooting touch in the second half as he exploded for 11 of his 30 points in the third period, while also hauling down nine rebounds and four assists, to keep his side at the top of the standings at 6-0.ADVERTISEMENT Tanduay saw its three-game winning streak cut short as it dropped to a 3-2 slate.Alvarez paced the Rhum Masters with 23 points on a 4-of-10 clip from beyond the arc, to on top of seven assists and three rebounds, while Jerwin Gaco had 15 markers, seven boards, and three assists off the bench in the losing effort.The Scores:FLYING V 104 – Teng 30, Torres 18, Salamat 14, Thiele 14, Dionisio 9, Paredes 8, Banal 8, Webb 2, Cabahug 1, Cañada 0, Colina 0, Tampus 0, Austria 0.TANDUAY 89 – Alvarez 23, Gaco 15, Santos 10, Tambeling 10, Vigil 8, Palma 6, Varilla 6, Terso 3, Sollano 3, Taganas 3, Martinez 2, Eguilos 0, Sanga 0.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 Quarters: 26-17, 44-45, 80-66, 104-89.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thomas Torres contributed 18 markers, four assists, three boards, and three steals, while Eric Salamat shot 4-of-7 from three to wound up with 14.Hans Thiele missed out of a double-double as he racked 14 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks in the victory.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 starsTeng went on a blaze after the halftime break, leading the killer 19-4 assault to turn a close 61-60 lead at the 4:05 mark of the third frame to a commanding 80-64 advantage, as Flying V uncorked 36 points in the quarter.“I didn’t really expect a lopsided game,” shared coach Eric Altamirano. “We told the boys that this game may come down to the last minutes, that it’s going to be a dogfight, but I think we stepped up defensively and limited Lester Alvarez whom felt was the was the engine of their team.” Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenacenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong PSC to hold weekly Children’s Games View commentslast_img read more

PVL: San Beda thwarts St. Benilde for second win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Beda bounced back from its shutout loss to Arellano to tie the Lady Chiefs at second behind Adamson’s 2-0 mark.The Lady Blazers struck back from two sets down with a convincing win in third but lost steam after battling the Red Spikers in a fierce duel majority of the fourth. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThey slid to 0-2 and are in danger of missing the semifinals.St. Benilde came through with 15 blocks, including eight from Ranya Musa. Nieza Viray backed Racraquin with 12 points. LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo SBC’s top hitter Cesca Racraquin challenges St. Benildes’ Dianne Ventura as Marites Pablo tries to provide help during their PVL Collegiate Conference clash at the Filoil Flying V Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSan Beda warded off St. Benilde’s late charge for a 25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19 victory t in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Center Wednesday.Cesca Racraquin took charge with 15 points for the Red Spikers, who notched survived the Lady Blazers’ fightback to notch their second win.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ateneo Blue Babble protests CHR budget, EJKs at halftime performance 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 MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Lakshya Sen just falls short of Youth Olympics gold in Badminton

first_imgAdvertisementIndia’s rising badminton star Lakshya Sen stumbled in the final hurdle and had to settle for a silver medal at the ongoing Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.The 17-year-old lost 15-21, 19-21 against China’s Shifeng Li in 42 minutes.Lakshya Sen finished second in boys’ singles at the 2018 Youth GamesThe Chinese spearheaded his way in the initial stages of the first set as he reached a score of 14-5 in no time. Lakshya showed enough grit coming into the game as he narrowed the margin to a 13-16 deficit. The 2018 Junior Asian Champion could muster only two more points as Shifeng Li took the first set.The second set was a neck-to-neck encounter with Lakshya trailing 7-8 at one instant. However, Shifeng notched four continuous points before Lakshya lodged a comeback to make it 11-14. The three-point lead would continue to be maintained before the Chinese made it 20-17. Lakshya saved two match points, but couldn’t control his resilience any further as Shifeng sealed the deal.Laksya was seeded fourth at the ongoing tournament and won all the matches of his group in straight sets. He took out Indonesia’s Ikhsan Leonardo 21-17, 21-19 in the quarters and the second-seeded Kodai Naraoka of Japan 14-21, 21-15, 24-22 in a tight encounter.The Sportsindiashow team wishes Lakshya Sen all the best for his future endeavors.Advertisementlast_img read more

Champions League: Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery declared fit for Atletico Madrid clash

first_imgBayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has recovered from a back injury in time for their Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, coach Pep Guardiola said.The Germans, chasing a treble of titles this season, must overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg in Spain last week if they are to reach their first final since 2013.”Today Franck trained with us and he is here with us,” Guardiola told reporters on Monday. “He is an option for us tomorrow and that is very good.”Ribery missed Bayern’s league game on Saturday against Borussia Moenchengladbach and fellow winger Arjen Robben is already sidelined through injury.Guardiola, whose Bayern have stumbled at semi-final stage in the past two season against Spanish teams, wants to leave after three seasons in charge with the Champions League trophy that has been eluding him in Munich.”It is the third semi-final in a row for us. It is a real honour,” he said. “We need our best performance to reach the final. We must not think about how many goals we have to score, first we need to defend well and control the game.””It is difficult to play against Atletico. They stay very tight. But we will do all we can to fight our way through that. We will try to attack with the whole team and not give away any counter attacks,” he said.Bayern lost to Real Madrid at the same stage two years ago and Barcelona last year.advertisement”Obviously this game is important but it was equally important against Real and Barcelona,” Guardiola, who will join Manchester City next season.”But this is a new year and a new opportunity for us.”Guardiola can also count again on central defender Jerome Boateng who returned to action on Saturday in the Bundesliga after a month-long injury break.”I don’t know how long he will play. He was long out injured, he played 65 minutes (on Saturday). We will see,” the Spaniard said.Guardiola said his team had shown it can defend equally well with players like David Alaba and Joshua Kimmich, who are not as tall as Boateng, during his absence.”We have shown we can attack as well as defend well. We played with Alaba and Kimmich as central defenders in the past two three months and we were very solid and conceded very few goals.”last_img read more

Panathinaikos Upsets Olympiakos, 77-76

first_imgATHENS – Olympiakos was upset by two-time defending Greek Basketball League champion Panathinaikos, 77-76 on Oct. 9 and is out of the semi-finals.The Greens, who were not figured to win, join PAOK, Apollon Patras and Nea Kifissia in the last four. Except for 2003 when AEK won, either Panathinaikos or Olympiakos has won the previous 21 titles in a league in which they dominate and other teams are also-rans.Despite playing behind closed doors, without several key players due to injury and having changed most of the squad and its coach, Panathinaikos defeated the Reds with a memorable comeback at the end.Panathinaikos jumped out to a 14-4 lead five minutes into the game, which was whittled to 33-32 at half-time. Olympiakos ran up to a big 55-42 lead in the second half before a furious Panathinaikos comeback brought them back to a 75-75 tie on a three-pointer by Dimitris Diamantidis before Uruguyan Esteban Batista, who played with the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA, scored the winner.In the other quarterfinals week, PAOK demolished KAO Dramas 88-63, Nea Kifissia reached the semi-finals for the first time in its history beating the once-glorious Aris 73-69 and Apollon Patras beat a young Panionios at Nea Smyrni, 81-63.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

9 wickets for 900 runs: Nightmare for South Africa spinners in India

first_img No data available! advertisement graphs 9 wickets for 900 runs: Nightmare for South Africa spinners in IndiaIndia vs South Africa 2nd Test: South African spinners led by Keshav Maharaj are having a torrid time in India as they have already leaked 940 runs while taking a mere 10 wickets while the hosts keep on piling the misery over the tourists. scorecard view more view less commentary Ajay Tiwari PuneOctober 11, 2019UPDATED: October 11, 2019 21:05 IST Keshav Maharaj has leaked more than 500 runs in 3 innings while picking up 6 wickets (AP)HIGHLIGHTSKeshav Maharaj has picked 6 wickets in 3 innings but has conceded more than 500 runsDane Piedt and Senuran Muthusamy have combined to pick just 3 wickets so farSouth Africa’s cause hasn’t been helped by the poor performance of their spin departmentBy now, you must have already heard about all the records Virat Kohli broke en route his epic 254* on Day 2 of the ongoing 2nd Test vs South Africa in Pune on Friday. Whether it’s his new Test-best score or leading his countrymen with the most number of double hundreds. While all the talk on the 2nd day in Pune was dominated by Kohli, there was another double hundred for the taking but Kohli didn’t let it happen. This one would have belonged to South Africa.South Africa main spinner Keshav Maharaj finished a torrid day in the heat and humidity of Pune with the shambolic figures of 1/196 after bowling 50 overs. That’s actually a whole ODI innings bowled all by himself, however for little reward. As Kohli declared the Indian 1st innings at 601/5 as soon as Ravindra Jadeja fell in search of quick runs, it marked the end of Maharaj’s misery as well as he couldn’t get a chance to bowl anymore which in turn would have meant – at least by the way he has been going in the series – that he could have touched the figures of 200 runs conceded in the innings.And this is not the first time in the ongoing Freedom Trophy that Maharaj has missed out on conceding 200 runs in an innings. In the 2 innings of the 1st Test in Visakhapatnam, Maharaj returned figures of 3/189 (55 overs) and 2/129 (22 overs) respectively.So far, Maharaj has picked up 6 wickets in the series while conceding 514 runs – that’s a really poor average of 85.67 runs per wicket. His strike-rate looks even worse at 127 balls per wicket.advertisementOther SpinnersSouth Africa had earlier said that they had learned from their mistakes from their 2015 tour to India and this time they arrived with 2 more spinning options apart from Maharaj – Dane Piedt and Senuran Muthusamy. But, while Piedt was dropped for the 2nd Test after picking up just a solitary wicket in Visakhapatnam while giving away 209 runs, Muthusamy has so far bagged just 2 wickets (Kohli in Vizag and Jadeja on Friday) leaking 180 runs in 3 innings. Together, Piedt and Muthusamy have averaged 129.67 with the ball while striking every 147 balls!If you combine the figures of all the South Africa spinners (including part-timers Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram) the figure turns out to be an astonishing 940 runs for 10 wickets!Given their premier spinner coming up with such poor figures and his sidekicks faring even worse, there should indeed be no surprise at the predicament South Africa currently find themselves in the series. The visitors are currently trailing India 0-1 while, at Stumps on Day 2, they had already lost 3 wickets for 36 runs in reply to India’s 601/5 declared.Also Read | India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli 5th Indian to score 250 in a Test inningsAlso Read | Virat Kohli hits 7th Test double hundred, goes past Sachin Tendulkar and Virender SehwagFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Keshav MaharajFollow Dane PiedtFollow Senuran MuthusamyFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Virat Kohli Nextlast_img read more

$30 Million Spent on Plastic Ban Education Campaign

first_img Government Senator and Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) Chairman, Matthew Samuda, says that approximately $30 million has been expended to date on the education campaign surrounding the ban on single-use plastic bags and polystyrene foam in Jamaica. Story Highlights Government Senator and Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) Chairman, Matthew Samuda, says that approximately $30 million has been expended to date on the education campaign surrounding the ban on single-use plastic bags and polystyrene foam in Jamaica.The ban, which began on January 1, 2019, covers the importation, manufacture, distribution and use of the materials.Senator Samuda said that the campaign involves the use of “radio, television and print media, as well as electronic billboards, to ensure that all stakeholders, consumers and manufacturers are informed about the ban and are on board in terms of the production and use of environmentally-friendly packaging materials”.It is being undertaken by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) with the support of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).“The public awareness blitz has taken NEPA to 11 parishes to date and includes town hall meetings, meetings with business operators, small businesses, community groups, educational institutions and churches,” Senator Samuda said at a meeting at the BSJ’s Winchester Avenue headquarters in St. Andrew recently.He noted that NEPA has established a plastic ban hotline (876-285-8531) and email address (policyonplasticban@nepa.gov.jm), which have already received approximately 700 calls and 600 emails, respectively, from Jamaicans, who are seeking information about the steps they need to take in accordance with the ban.“Even now, roughly four months into the ban, people are still asking what the alternatives are. They include multi-use cloth bags…some supermarkets have gone back to using brown paper bags and boxes for the heavier goods,” he pointed out. Senator Samuda said that the campaign involves the use of “radio, television and print media, as well as electronic billboards, to ensure that all stakeholders, consumers and manufacturers are informed about the ban and are on board in terms of the production and use of environmentally-friendly packaging materials.” The ban, which began on January 1, 2019, covers the importation, manufacture, distribution and use of the materials.last_img read more

CEO HMM Looking to Double Vessel Capacity by 2022

first_imgzoom South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) intends to double its vessel capacity by 2022 as part of the company’s long-term plan, C.K. Yoo, HMM President & CEO, said in its New Year message. The plan includes the recently unveiled 22,000 TEU newbuilding construction project that is expected to be realized this year.As explained by Yoo, HMM’s maritime technology sector needs to improve the efficiency of ships operation in an effort to enhance the safety and fuel consumption. Further, the sector needs to focus on all of the technologies applicable to the building of mega containerships, in addition to keeping a close eye on new technologies which may turn out to be a “game changer.”To prepare for mega growth in 2020, the company plans to launch many projects in the IT sector such as the upgrade of operational and analytic programs, in addition to equipment and ship optimization programs.“This year, the first year in our preparation for 2020, is likely to be another year of uncertainty. According to the latest reports from various maritime research institutions, while they are positive about the prospects of the world economy this year overall, they cite protectionism, unstable oil prices and regional oversupply of tonnage as negative challenges for the shipping industry,” Yoo said.“Under these circumstances, while we deal with such a fluid environment with flexibility and agility, we ought to persistently pursue growth and profitability,” he added.During the past year, the company concluded deals with K2 and 2M, making use of its tonnages and achieving “synergy as a result of the cooperation.” Now, HMM is to design products in newly added services in the East-West lane and offer more products, combined with expanded coverage in Asia through the cooperation with K2.In 2017, five VLCC and two 11,000 TEU containerships compliant with the new environmental regulations in 2020 were ordered or acquired by the company.“In the wet bulk sector, we will make the most of the new order for five VLCC vessels… Also, the dry bulk sector should revamp the tonnages to be more competitive as the old chartered tonnages are being returned to owners,” Yoo continued.HMM also acquired operational rights or partial ownership of several terminals at key hub ports in an aim “to establish a long belt of hub ports connecting East and West, from the US west coast ports to Rotterdam in Europe.”Moreover, the company reached the four million TEU milestone in annual lifting in 2017, compared to three million TEU in 2016.In the future, HMM’s focus will be on optimal use of vessel and terminal assets, as informed by the CEO.“I am convinced that these achievements have laid a solid foundation for our long-term plan where we continue to consider ways of doubling our vessel capacity by 2022 including the launching of mega containerships as we deem the environmental regulations in 2020 as a golden opportunity for our resurgence,” Yoo concluded.last_img read more

New Administrative Structure for School Board Offices

first_imgTeachers, principals, schools and others working to providestudents with a quality education will get stronger support fromsenior school board staff with a new administrative structure. The regulations that define the new structure were releasedtoday, Sept. 19. “Our Learning for Life Plan is designed to help all studentssucceed and enjoy a strong future. This new structure is verymuch part of that plan,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “Itwill put senior school board staff in a better position tosupport teachers, principals and others so students benefit fromquality education programs and services.” The new model means there will be consistency in job titles andfunctions across the boards and that people’s roles will beclarified. For example, staff at the school boards who are thereto support teachers in the classroom can do so without thedistraction of also being responsible for non-educational matterslike purchasing or maintaining computer equipment. The newstructure will clarify that it should be administration and otherstaff who look after these types of support responsibilities. The new structure will also enable principals to shift moreattention from administration to educational leadership in theirschools, and enhance support for school board members and SchoolAdvisory Councils. “It is timely to review the administrative structures that haveevolved in each school board since the boards’ amalgamated morethan seven years ago,” said Jim Gunn, superintendent, AnnapolisValley Regional School Board and member of the AdministrativeStructure for Senior School Board Staff Sub-Committee. “I believethat we were able to find a balance between recognizing theuniqueness of each board and the strength in having someconsistency across the province with the goal to enhance studentlearning.” Each school board will have a superintendent and four directors.Each of the directors will oversee one of the following sections:programs and student services; operational services; financialservices; human resource services. All staff will continue toreport to their school board. The new structure will vary slightly for the pilot structureschool boards in the southwest and the strait areas, which have adirector of education position and a CEO. Many school boards already have elements of the new model inplace. School board superintendents, directors of education, CEOs andtheir senior staff were consulted on what should be in the newstructure and the implementation plan. The new model is flexible, to accommodate differences betweenschool boards including the number of students and schools thateach board serves as well as those that are geographicallydiverse like the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. All school boards have until the end of the 2004-05 school yearto implement the changes. This should minimize disruption tostaff and programs as well as avoid extra costs. The boards canphase in the changes over time but all school boards mustactively work toward the model. The department will evaluate the new structure’s effectivenessregularly, starting next spring.last_img read more

Shocked TRS counts LS election losses in Tgana

first_imgHyderabad: The ruling TRS in Telangana is in an introspection mode after the unexpected Lok Sabha election shocker that’s seen as a setback to the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.The Rao-led outfit welcomed into its fold as many of 11 Congress MLA since early March expecting them to further shore up the party’s prospects in the April 11 Lok Sabha elections. But that was not to be. In fact, the move to get them on board may have backfired, a senior TRS leader said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCBefore the poll in Telangana, which has a total of 17 Lok Sabha segments, TRS was confident of sweeping the elections in the company of AIMIM led by Hyderabad Lok Sabha member Asaduddin Owaisi. And its hope sounded credible in many quarters as both the Congress and the BJP had put up a dismal show in the Assembly elections just four months ago. The Congress won only 19 Assembly seats in the 119-member House, while the BJP could bag only one. The TRS returned to power with a rich haul of 88 seats. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations”Admitting the (11 Congress) MLAs created mistrust in the people who questioned the flouting of democratic norms…sort of dictatorship (by the Chief Minister) that is going to happen in future. That was one issue talked by many people,” a TRS leader admitted. “People who voted for (Congress) MLAs felt cheated. So, they wanted to teach TRS a lesson. With such a huge majority, there was no need for the TRS to accept Congress MLAs,” another TRS functionary added. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the TRS bagged 11 seats and the Congress two. The BJP, TDP, YSRCP and AIMIM shared one seat each. This time, the TRS saw its tally going down to nine. The BJP and the Congress won four and three seats respectively. Sources in the TRS alleged “collusion” between the Congress and the BJP to defeat candidates of the party. The big shocker for the TRS was the defeat of the Chief Minister’s daughter K Kavitha in Nizamabad and B Vinod Kumar, the party’s deputy leader in the previous Lok Sabha, in Karimnagar. Both lost to BJP candidates. “The fact that people generally preferred national parties in Lok Sabha elections and sidelining of TRS senior leader and the Chief Minister’s nephew T Harish Rao also played a part in the party losing ground,” a TRS leader said. There was also a wave in favour of the BJP, he added. “We (TRS) are in a shock; how could this happen? Now, in the coming days there could be revamp and reconstruction. Some exercise is going on,” a TRS leader said. The TRS was expecting a hung Parliament and keen to play a role at the national level but the NDA coming back to power on its own strength dashed its hopes. In fact, Rao had spearheaded the effort to bring together non-BJP and non-Congress regional parties on a common platform for a collective bargaining power. “But the whole programme is derailed”, sources in the regional party admitted.last_img read more

Startups Accredited investors may receive exemption from angel tax

first_imgNew Delhi: Funds received by startups from accredited investors may be exempted from angel tax subject to complying with certain net worth criteria, an official said. This provision is considered by the government as part of an exercise to define ‘accredited investors’ with a view to increase investment flow in startups. The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) is working on the definition, which would be submitted to the finance ministry for approval. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”Accredited or genuine investors can invest any amount but we will make some criteria for that. It should be liberal enough so that all such people can come under its purview. But it should not be over liberal and extra-stringent,” the official said. “How much a genuine investor is investing per year would depend on his/her net worth. For example, if you invest Rs 2 crore, then the net worth should be 10 times of that. There should be a linkage between investments and investors’ net worth and certain income should be there,” the official added. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThese accredited investors, which can include trusts, individuals, family member of a startup and unlisted companies, may get exemption from angel tax under Section 56(2)(viib) of Income Tax Act, 1961, beyond the Rs 25 crore limit. Currently, the government allows startups to avail full angel tax concession on investments up to Rs 25 crore. Section 56(2) of the I-T Act provides that the amount raised by a startup in excess of its fair market value would be deemed as income from other sources and would be taxed at 30 per cent. Touted as an anti-abuse measure, this section was introduced in 2012. It is dubbed as angel tax due to its impact on investments made by angel investors in startup ventures. An angel investor is the one who puts funds in a startup when it is taking steps to establish itself in the competitive market. Normally, about 300-400 startups get angel funding in a year. Their investment in a unit ranges between Rs 15 lakh to Rs 4 crore. The department is also suggesting to exempt funds of alternate investment funds (AIFs) category 1 and 2 in startups to be completely exempted from this section. Currently, only certain areas of AIF category 1 are exempted. DPIIT has proposed various measures such as tax incentives to promote budding entrepreneurs as part of the ‘Startup India Vision 2024’. The vision document aims at facilitating setting up of 50,000 new startups in the country by 2024 and creating 20 lakh direct and indirect employment opportunities. In the document, it has suggested setting up of 500 new incubators and accelerators by 2024; 100 innovation zones in urban local bodies; deployment of entire corpus of Rs 10,000 crore Fund of Funds; and expanding CSR funding to incubators. Startup India is a flagship initiative of the government launched in January 2016. The programme intends to build a strong ecosystem for the growth of startup businesses, to drive sustainable economic growth and generate employment opportunities. So far, as many as 17,984 startups have been recognised by the department.last_img read more

Haitian leadership vital to postquake response – UN relief officials

26 January 2010Haitians must have leadership of the post-earthquake recovery process, top United Nations humanitarian officials stressed today as they reported that aid agencies are making important progress in reaching people affected by the disaster. Significant steps forward are being made in the areas of water and food distribution, among others, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told reporters in New York. But he added that “we are conscious it’s a very long way to go to get to all the people in need with basic items.” The World Food Programme (WFP) said that it has reached almost 450,000 people with nearly 10 million meals since the 12 January earthquake, with more food set to arrive. Mr. Holmes, who also serves as UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, pointed out that the availability of medical supplies remains a problem, even as emergency health operations are starting to slow down. “There is an issue of where people are going to go to recover from their injuries,” especially given the large number of amputees. Shelter remains a major priority, he stressed. Haitian President René Préval has estimated that 200,000 family-sized tents may be needed to shelter those made homeless from the quake, and the UN official stressed today that talks are under way today to determine what kinds of camps should be set up where. Currently, there are 40,000 tents already in Haiti , but many more are needed, with some 800,000 to 1 million people already having organized themselves into temporary shelters. The $575 million UN flash appeal for Haiti launched on 15 January, three days after the quake, is only 49 per cent funded, Mr. Holmes announced, expressing concern that certain crucial sectors – including early recovery – remain underfunded. Senior UN officials and foreign ministers from over one dozen nations converged in Montreal yesterday for a “Friends of Haiti” meeting to discuss Haiti ‘s future. There was wide agreement among the participants “on the kind of process we now need to start” before a donors’ conference slated to be held in March at UN Headquarters in New York , said Mr. Holmes, who attended yesterday’s meeting. Those taking part underscored the importance of Haitian ownership of the recovery process, as well as the need to plan ahead for the post-recovery stage of rebuilding the impoverished country, the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. Also identified as vital at the Montreal summit is “the restoration of national authority after the disruption by the earthquake,” as well as “getting people back to work as quickly as possible,” Jordan Ryan, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said today. The agency has launched a cash-for-work programme to provide Haitians with an independent source of income – $5 a day – in return for such work as rubble removal, street repairs and aid distribution. By the end of this week, UNDP hopes that 10,000 people will be involved the scheme, ultimately being scaled up to include 220,000 people, indirectly benefiting 1 million others. The scheme “builds security” as well as “a sense of hope,” Mr. Ryan underscored. Prior to the catastrophic earthquake, Haiti was making tremendous strides and now the country has the opportunity to “build back better” and push ahead with the democratic renewal that was already under way prior to the tremors, he said. Lessons learned from the international response to previous disasters have been applied in Haiti, the UNDP official said, adding that “there is the sense that we have an opportunity to be ruthless in terms of rooting out duplication by having a much more coordinated effort” on the ground. Edmond Mulet, the Secretary-General’s acting Special Representative to Haiti , proposed a new way to coordinate relief efforts in Haiti to ensure that aid reaches those who need it at yesterday’s Montreal gathering. The plan seeks to coordinate and integrate the political, humanitarian and military facets of the international response to the quake – which has killed more than 100,000 people and severely affected an estimated 3 million others – and the Joint Operation and Tasking Centre started operating today, bringing together the UN, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the US Army and the Canadian Army. “There is a lot of talk about coordination, but the fact that there’s a need for it and a lot of talk for it doesn’t make it easy to accomplish on the ground,” Anthony Banbury, acting Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for MINUSTAH, told reporters in New York via videolink from the capital, Port-au-Prince, yesterday. Coordination is complicated by the number of people working on the ground, many new to the country, who have different backgrounds, priorities and perspectives, he said. “While I think everyone wants to do what’s best for the Haitian people and the Haitian Government, really being committed to coordination and being willing to all move in the same direction, that’s a true challenge,” Mr. Banbury stressed. read more

UN chief welcomes successful staging of presidential election in Niger

Niger’s National Independent Electoral Commission has announced that the opposition figure Mahamadou Issoufou outvoted Seini Oumarou to win Saturday’s election, according to media reports.“The Secretary-General welcomes the peaceful and credible conduct of the poll,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.In February last year, renegade soldiers stormed the presidential palace and deposed then President Mamadou Tandja, who had been accused by opposition figures and others of anti-democratic practices. A military ruling council subsequently dissolved the Government and suspended a contested constitution that would have allowed Mr. Tandja to remain in power beyond the stipulated term.In his statement, Mr. Ban underlined the UN’s commitment in Niger and said the Organization would “continue to assist the people of Niger and the future leadership in addressing post transition challenges.” He also commended voters for participating actively in the election as well as those who worked “tirelessly for a peaceful transition in Niger,” including the country’s Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy. 14 March 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today took note of the provisional results of the second, run-off round of presidential elections in Niger, calling it “an important step towards restoring democratic governance” in the West African country. read more

UN experts call on Chinese authorities to probe death of prominent human

According to a news release issued by the experts, Ms. Cao had tirelessly campaigned since 2008 for transparency and greater participation of civil society in the periodic review of China’s human rights record by the UN Human Rights Council. On 14 September 2013, Ms. Cao was prevented by Chinese authorities from boarding a flight from Beijing to Geneva where she was to participate in a human rights seminar and observe China’s review by the Council. Her whereabouts were unknown until she was charged with the crime of provocation, noted the experts, who are tasked by the Council with reporting on various human rights issues. Her health deteriorated while she was in detention and she was transferred to hospital in a critical condition on 19 February 2014. “Ms. Cao’s enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention, failing health and the fact that she was denied medical care were brought to the attention of the UN experts who transmitted urgent appeals to China,” stated the experts, who urged the Chinese authorities to promptly investigate the circumstances leading to her death. “The death of Ms. Cao is a tragic example of the results of criminalization of the activities of human defenders in China and reprisals against them. It is unacceptable that civil society activists pay the ultimate price for peaceful and legitimate interaction with the United Nations and its human rights mechanisms,” the experts said.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.Expressing their concern about Ms. Cao’s death are the Special Rapporteurs on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; on the right to freedoms of peaceful assembly and association; on the right to freedom of opinion and expression; on the situation of human rights defenders; and on the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health; and the Working Groups on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, and on Arbitrary Detention. read more

Kevin Garnett Fined 25K For Ducking Interviews

It was classless enough that Kevin Garnett (along with Rajon Rondo) walked off the court with time remaining in the Boston Celtics’ Game 7 loss in the Eastern Conference finals to the Miami Heat.But Garnett magnified that out-of-line move by not participating in post-game interviews (Rondo did), which is a no-no in the NBA. And so, the league fined the Celtics star $25,000.Garnett scored 14 points in the 101-88 loss Saturday night that put the Heat in the NBA Finals.

UNRWA spokesperson breaks down during TV interview on Palestinians rights

first_img UNRWA #Gaza has opened 1 new shelter in the south so there are now 86 housing 219, 657, average shelter population is 2,554. Appaling RT— Chris Gunness (@ChrisGunness) July 30, 2014 UNRWA is overwhelmed in #Gaza we have reached breaking point, our staff are being killed our shelters overflowing. Where will it end? RT— Chris Gunness (@ChrisGunness) July 30, 2014 UNRWA’S SPOKESPERSON BROKE down in tears while carrying out a TV interview on the continuing crisis in Gaza.Chris Gunness of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the near East was speaking after today’s shelling of a UN school housing Palestinian refugees.“The rights of Palestinians, even their children, are wholesale denied and it’s appalling,” he said before being overcome with emotion:  Source: مصطفى الرستناوي/YouTubeGunness also tweeted his frustrations over the danger facing his staff and the scale of the tasks they face: The US issued some of their strongest comments on the violence yet in their criticism of the school attack, but did not assign blame for the incident.“Obviously nothing justifies the killing of innocent civilians seeking shelter in a UN facility,” deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said today.Harf stressed that ”Innocent Palestinians seeking refuge in these schools should not have shells dropped on them, should not come under attack,” and added, “we don’t know for certain who shelled this school, we need to get all the facts.”This afternoon, at least 17 people were killed in an Israeli strike on a busy market in Gaza during a limited ‘humanitarian’ ceasefire announced earlier today by the Israeli military.The IDF declared a “humanitarian window in Gaza from 15:00 to 19:00″ to allow the evacuation of the dead and wounded, though the military said the ceasefire would not be in effect in areas where its soldiers were operating.- Additional reporting by the AFPRead: Strike on Gaza market during ‘partial ceasefire’ kills 17 >center_img Source: Chris Gunness/Twitter Source: Chris Gunness/Twitterlast_img read more

Apple cuts Mac Mini price but not in the US

first_imgThis doesn’t happen very often. Apple has implemented a price cut to its Mac Mini line of products. The only problem is it seems to be happening in multiple territories, but doesn’t include the U.S.If you check the Apple Store in the U.K today the price has been reduced by £50 ($80). Across Europe a 100 Euros ($140) drop seems to be in place. Don’t fret too much as those markets are still paying way more based on current exchange rates than American shoppers do. In the UK the price is £599 ($960) where as European countries pay around 709 Euros ($988).The speculation is that the price drop has come due to the decline in value of the dollar compared to other currencies. That also means no price drop is planned for the U.S. any time soon.Read more at Engadgetlast_img

Un site recense tous les téléchargements illégaux

first_imgUn site recense tous les téléchargements illégauxLe site YouHaveDownloaded.com permet de lister avec une simple adresse IP tous les fichiers échangés sur les réseaux BitTorrent. En quelque sorte, un Hadopi mais public.En voilà un site qui va probablement faire des remous dans les prochains jours, si ce n’est déjà fait ! YouHaveDownloaded.com permet à quiconque de saisir une simple adresse IP, la sienne ou celui de proches par exemple, pour consulter instantanément tous les fichiers téléchargés par ce compte sur les réseaux BitTorrent.Pour ce faire, le site interroge tous les sites de trackers, ces serveurs qui font transiter les différents fichiers, et peut ainsi lister en quelques secondes un panorama complet des agissements d’un utilisateur. La technique est connue et employée par TMG qui fournit les informations préalables à Hadopi pour envoyer les avertissements par mail et par courrier.Le site YouHaveDownloaded.com se targue d’avoir aujourd’hui près de 52 millions d’adresses IP enregistrées dans sa base de données, associés à plus de 110.000 torrents téléchargés, rappelle Numérama. Lorsque vous vous connectez sur le site, il détecte automatiquement votre adresse IP et donne une liste de fichiers, ou ne trouve rien et affiche ce message: “Ca veut dire que vous utilisez un tracker BitTorrent privé ou, bien sûr, que vous n’utilisez pas du tout BitTorrent !”À lire aussiHadopi en 2013 : la riposte graduée sur le téléchargement des jeux vidéo ?Au contraire, si la recherche se révèle fructueuse, les équipes derrière le site ne se privent pas d’un brin de moquerie: “Bonjour Pirate ! Nous vous avons eu ! (Dans nos bases de données). Vous aimez les torrents, n’est-ce pas ? Ou au moins quelqu’un dans votre maison les aime (…) Bien sûr, vous êtes sûrs que vous n’avez enfreint aucune loi de la France et téléchargé uniquement des choses légales, n’est-ce pas ?”Un humour que nombre d’utilisateurs ne vont pas du tout apprécier. Il leur est possible toutefois de demander leur suppression des bases de données du site mais là encore, le formulaire vous demande tout un tas d’informations personnelles et n’oublie pas de vous bousculer au passage, avec un petit paragraphe plutôt agressif: “Quel est le problème ? Vous êtes assez courageux pour voler de la musique, des films et des logiciels mais seulement parce que vous pensiez que vous n’alliez pas vous faire prendre ? (…) Avez-vous peur que des entreprises de médias découvrent que vous êtes un pirate ou avez-vous peur que vos amis découvrent exactement ce que vous avez téléchargé ? Quelle que soit la raison, Internet n’est pas un endroit où avoir des secrets. Même si vous avez suivi toutes les précautions à la lettre, il y a des chances que quelqu’un comme nous découvre ce que vous avez fait.”Les fichiers tracés par les équipes de cette plateforme indiquent avoir une vue sur entre 4 et 6% des téléchargements BitTorrent dans le monde, et 20% de ceux effectués sur des réseaux publics. Ils préviennent que la surveillance est également possible sur les trackers privés bien que “ce serait plus cher, mais c’est faisable.” Ces personnes se veulent idéalistes sur le partage en ligne mais le but de leur démarche se révèle purement commercial, puisqu’ils proposent leurs services à des annonceurs pour tracer les usages des clients sur Internet.Le 16 décembre 2011 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more