October, 2019 Archive
Hyderabad: GMR Infrastructure suffered Rs 2341.25 crore loss on consolidated basis during the quarter ended March 31, owing to impairment losses of some of the power assets, the infra major said in a filing with bourses Thursday. The company reported Rs 4.81 crore profit after tax during the same quarter in FY18. Consolidated total income stood at Rs 2293.63 crore during the quarter under discussion against Rs 2234.88 crore in the same quarter in FY18, it said. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsGMR booked an impairment loss of Rs 1,242.72 crore in the value of Group’s investment in GMR Energy Ltd and its subsidiaries/joint ventures , while it has accounted Rs 969.58 crore as impairment loss for GMR Chhattisgarh Energy Ltd an associate of the Group, total Rs 2212.30 crore. GMR Chhattisgarh Energy Limited (‘GCEL’) is engaged in development and operation of 2 X 685 MW coal based power project and had declared commercial operations of Unit I on November 1, 2015 and Unit II on March 31, 2016 of its 1,370 MW coal based thermal power plant at Raipur district Chhattisgarh. GCEL docs not have any long-term PP currently and has been incurring losses since the commencement of its commercial operations and has accumulated losses of Rs 4,228.51 crore as on March 31, 2019. GMR’s Airport segment reported Rs 1357.44 crore revenues with Rs 271.02 profit in Q4FY19. It garnered against Rs 1215.06 crore revenues in Q4FY18 with Rs 1,215.06 profit.
People who face racism may be at an increased risk of inflammation and chronic illness, a study has found. Inflammation serves to protect an organism from a health threat. However, if someone feels under threat for long periods of time, their health may suffer significantly with chronic inflammation. “If those genes remain active for an extended period of time, that can promote heart attacks, neurodegenerative diseases, and metastatic cancer,” said Steve Cole of the University of California, Los Angeles in the US. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveThe research, published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, shows that racist experiences increase inflammation in African American individuals, raising their risk of chronic illness. “We know discrimination is linked to health outcomes, but no one was sure exactly how it harmed health,” said April Thames, an associate professor at University of Southern California in the US. The survival of all living things depends on their ability to respond to infections, stresses and injuries. Such threats trigger an immune system response to fend off pathogens and repair damaged tissues. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painA select group of genes are key to this defense mechanism, and inflammation is a sign that those genes are working to counter the threat or repair the damage. “We’ve seen this before in chronic loneliness, poverty, PTSD, and other types of adversity. But until now, nobody had looked at the effects of discrimination,” said Cole. For the study, researchers focused on a group of 71 subjects: two-thirds of them were African Americans; the others were white. In addition, 38 of the participants were positive for HIV. Their participation gave scientists a chance to study the effects of racism independently from the effects of the disease. The scientists extracted RNA from the participants’ cells and measured molecules that trigger inflammation, as well as those involved in antiviral responses. The team found higher levels of the inflammatory molecules in African American participants. The results found in the study also indicate that racism may account for as much as 50 per cent of the heightened inflammation among African Americans, including those who were positive for HIV. The scientists made sure that all the participants had similar socioeconomic background to account for financial stressors, which eliminated poverty as a potential factor for chronic inflammation among the people in the study. Individuals’ lifestyles can reduce the ill effects of some stressors, but racial discrimination is a chronic stressor that people have no control over.
Mumbai: Refuting charges of misappropriation of around Rs 98,000 crore by its Chairman Sameer Gehlaut and other directors, Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd (IBHFL) has said that the allegation is “bizzare” and is meant to malign the reputation of the company.The statement comes after a plea was filed in the Supreme Court on Monday seeking legal action against Indiabulls Housing Finance, Gehlaut and the directors for the alleged misappropriation of public money. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe petition alleged that money worth thousands of crores were siphoned off by Gehlaut and the directors of the firm for their personal use. “The total loans on the books of Indiabulls Housing are approxRs 90,000 crores. The allegation of siphoning-off Rs 98,000 crores is bizarre,” the company said in a regulatory filing. The company said that a racket of blackmailers has been trying to extort money from Indiabulls over the last two months threatening to write complaints to various government departments alleging siphoning off of Rs 55,000 crore if Rs 10 crore was not paid to them, following which the company filed an FIR on June 4. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefIt further said that one of the people involved in the blackmail was arrested on June 7. Following the arrest, the group of people involved floated another complaint enhancing the amount concerned to Rs 98,000 crore, it said. The company said the writ petition is a “desperate attempt” to malign its reputation. Indiabulls Housing Finance also mentioned that the petitioner had bought four shares in the company a month back. Meanwhile, shares of Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd dropped 8 per cent on Tuesday following allegations of siphoning off Rs 98,000 crore of public money. The scrip plunged 7.97 per cent to close at Rs 674.65 on the BSE. During the day, it tumbled 8.77 per cent to Rs 668.70. On the NSE, shares of the company tanked 8 per cent to close at Rs 674.15. As many as 25.70 lakh shares of the company were traded on the BSE, while over three crore shares changed hands on the NSE.
New Delhi: Crediting the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his lieutenant and Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that Yoga is now the signature of Indian culture globally.While addressing a gathering in Rohtak in Haryana on the occasion of the International Yoga Day on Friday, Shah said, “Yoga is acting as an Ambassador of India, attracting the world towards Yoga and the country’s old age culture.” He further praised PM Modi’s efforts in this move and it is being performed simultaneously in about 200 countries, the minister added. “Addressing the UN General Assembly on December 11, 2014, PM Modi presented our heritage before the world. Within 70 days of putting the proposal of observing June 21 as Yoga day, 177 countries accepted it. As a result of it, the whole world is celebrating International Yoga Day,” he said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaHe was the chief guest at poll-bound Haryana’s state-level function of the 5th International Yoga Day. It is also celebrated to raise global awareness about the benefits of the ancient Indian practice. Without naming anyone, Shah said there are some who point fingers by saying what will be gained by doing yoga for a day. “I want to humbly tell those pointing fingers that today, on this occasion, in 200 nations crores of people who are doing yoga will help inspire millions of children, who will take a pledge to connect yoga with their life,” he added. In the past when India was under foreign rule, including by the British, yoga was restricted to saints and seers, the ruling BJP president further mentioned. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahMoreover, he expressed gratitude to saints and seers as also to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Ramdev for popularising this ancient Indian practice. Expressing happiness on a large number of people taking to yoga, the home minister said he is surprised to see a gathering of 1 lakh to 1.5 lakh attending early morning yoga camps of Ramdev. “I want to express gratitude and thank all those who have helped promote yoga and make it as a revolution,” he said. Shah also congratulated the Khattar government for setting up a Yoga Council in the state. He highlighted the benefits of the ancient Indian practice for overall well-being, saying yoga keeps body and mind healthy. Yoga is showing the world the way towards a healthy life, he said. “Yoga is the symbol of India’s ancient history and diversity which is showing the world the way towards a healthy life,” he tweeted after the event. Earlier, speaking on this occasion, Chief Minister Manohar Lal described Yoga as an ancient practice and said that the present State Government has taken several steps for the promotion of Yoga in the State. He said that yesterday only, the State Government has constituted Yog Parishad so that the people of all walks of life adopt Yoga in their life and ensure their physical, mental and spiritual development. The celebrations were held at 80 places in Haryana. On the occasion, apart from Khattar, state minister Anil Vij, Manish Grover, senior BJP leader Anil Jain, BJP MP from Rohtak, Arvind Sharma, state BJP chief Subhash Barala, Chief Secretary D.S Dhesi and other senior officers of the district administration also performed various yoga ‘asanas’ including ‘Kapal Bhati’, ‘Anulom Vilom’ and ‘Bhramari Pranayama’. s
Los Angeles: Kevin Costner has revealed Princess Diana came quite close to featuring in the sequel of “The Bodyguard”. In the 1992 original, the actor played the title role as former Secret Service agent-turned-bodyguard Frank Farmer who is hired to protect a music star (Rachel Marron), played by Whitney Houston, from an unknown stalker. “The studio liked the idea of doing a ‘Bodyguard 2’ (with Princess Diana) in the same kind of capacity as Whitney. Nobody really knew that for about a year,” Costner told Lola Ogunnaike on PeopleTV’s “Couch Surfing”. The actor said when he suggested the idea to Princess Diana, she actually agreed to do the role. “I just remember her being incredibly sweet on the phone when she asked the questions. She goes, ‘Are we going to have like a kissing scene?’ But she said it in a very respectful she was a little nervous because I think her life was very governed,” Costner said. The sequel never happened.
Whether it is robbery, snatching, murder or any form of the heinous crime, criminals are not hesitating to use the firearms on the victims. Easy availability of firearms to criminals a cause of worry for city police. “The problem of illicit firearms and their use is becoming worse with every passing year. The reasons why people go in for illegal arms vary from person to person, though most who seek illegal arms are petty criminals or those seeking revenge,” reads Delhi Police annual report 2018. Also Read – Remembering Sudhir PhadkeRecently the street of the city witnessed several incidents which proved gun culture booming in the National Capital. CCTV footages captured various inexplicable and spine-tingling incidents where trigger-happy criminals strike fear in Delhi. Though police busted several gangs involved in the supply, manufacturing of illicit weapons but the investigation revealed that arms demand still there. Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma said that all the teams of Delhi Police dedicatedly work to break the supply chain of illegal weapons. Apart from local police, Special Cell and Crime Branch are continuously working to curb the crime. “We have made big catches. Several criminals were arrested and weapons were seized,” said Madhur Verma. Also Read – YOUR HEALTHY FESTIVE PALATEFiring incidentsTwo unidentified assailants fired three shots at a reporting team from a news channel on the Barapullah flyover in New Delhi on Sunday, 9 June. The incident took place when the team – a reporter, cameraman and driver – were in the cab. Meanwhile, when they reached the Barapullah flyover two armed men on a motorbike approached their car. On seeing a pistol in the bike rider’s hand, the crew tried speeding, on which the biker fired at their car. The first bullet hit the gate, second hit the driver side window and the third one missed. Later the Crime Branch arrested two accused —Tayyab and Shahid in the robbery bid. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Dr G Ramgopal Naik said after any violent incident reported in the city, they start their investigation. “We scan different records and modus operandi of criminals. Several teams are formed to nab accused,” said DCP Crime. In May, two criminals were shot dead in firing in the busy streets under Dwarka Mor metro station. The investigating agency said that one of the criminals was killed by the rival whereas the other gangster was shot dead by alert PCR personnel. The 12 seconds CCTV footage of the alleged incident shows that two men including one of them wearing helmet fired indiscriminately in a white Ritz car. “One of the assailants was shooting from the front of the car and another one at the driver’s gate,” CCTV shows. Further, one of the criminals take out his helmet and went inside the Swift car. The commuters, who were earlier seeing the horrific, started leaving the spot. Later in an encounter, a 20-year-old gangster and a policeman were injured in Bawana area on Friday. Police said that the injured accused was involved in the recent gang war reported from Dwarka Mor. Special Cell arrested one accused in the case. Later Dwarka district arrested a person believed to be a conspirator in the case. In June five persons were gunned down by assailants in different parts of the city in 24 hours. Police said that personal enmity was the reason behind the killings. Later after investigation, several arrests were made. In June a 35-year-old jeweller was shot dead in Outer Delhi’s Ranhola area. In April an eatery owner was shot by a customer with whom he had an argument on mobile charging in East Delhi’s Ashok Nagar. Last year a 38-year-old woman (teacher) was shot dead in Rohini when she was going to her government school in Haryana. The city police solved the case and arrested several persons including the deceased’s husband and his paramour. In an alleged celebratory firing in East Delhi’s Mandawali, a 19-year-old bride was shot in her own marriage function in January this year. At the starting of 2019, a 45-year-old woman architect was shot in the head, allegedly by a former MLA from Bihar, at a New Year’s party at a farmhouse in south Delhi. The woman later died and accused in the case were arrested. A 30-year-old man was shot dead by the owner of a dog in Delhi allegedly after he threw some stones at the animal in North East Delhi. Delhi Police Data In the year 2016, as many as 912 cases were reported in which firearms were used. In 2017 nearly 848 such cases registered with the law enforcement. Last year in 752 cases arms used. In the year 2016, nearly 902 firearms were recovered. In 2017 as many as 1,381 firearms and last year 1,905 firearms were recovered. The Delhi Police data of the current year (till June 15) revealed that as many as 1,074 cases under the Arms Act reported. Around 1,262 persons were arrested. “Nearly 1,119 firearms, 4,206 ammunition and 323 sharp-edged weapons recovered, ” added Delhi Police data. In a crime review meeting, the Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik had asked senior officers regarding stern action to curb street crime involving the use of firearms. As many as 33 unsolved heinous cases in the current year were the major highlights of the recent crime review meeting between Delhi Police Commissioner and 15 districts, units in June. Police sources said that the top cop reviewed the reasons behind the pendency of the cases and directed officers to solve them as soon as possible. Investigators said that the before committing any shoot out every detail of the crime is planned out well in advance. The associates of the criminals keep an eye on the movements of the rival members and provide live tracking information to their gang. “In open places, there are chances that the rival gang member can flee by speeding the vehicle but in busy places possibility of slowing down vehicle or traffic snarls are there which give gangsters time to commit the crime and flee the spot,” investigator said. In many cases, criminals are found not using mobile phones. They connect to each other with internet calls to hoodwink police. Another officer said,” they want to establish supremacy.” Arms Trafficking Investigators in Delhi Police told Millennium Post probe revealed that from Dhar, Khargone, Burhanpur, Sendhwa, Munger, arms being smuggled to different parts of the country. A police officer said that due to their constant pressure in Bihar gunrunners have changed their locations. “We have found that raw materials for arms are being manufactured in one state. Later the raw materials trafficked to another state for weapon assembling,” police said. The arms are then sent to different parts of the country (transit points) for further supply to gangsters or criminals. Another police officer added that the investigation revealed that Munger-made illegal weapons are more sophisticated.” The gun runners have expertise in making weapons. The quality of Munger made weapons are much superior,” officer added. Name & fame Investigators are in Delhi Police found that youths from rural parts in Delhi-NCR are getting attracted towards gangsters. “Try to impress girlfriends or to frighten people living in the locality are a few reasons why youngsters are keeping arms with them,” said an investigator.”During the investigation, we found that budding criminals belong o the poor background. Lack of strong emotional bonds with parents is also one of the reasons for them to move towards crime,” added the officer. “Some movies glorify gangsters, youths can be affected by the violence,” said an officer. Another trend which is seen in recent days that people are posting their pictures or videos with arms in social media. Another trend which is seen in recent days that people are posting their pictures or videos with arms in social media. In April, a 19-year-old man was shot dead, allegedly by his friend, inside the car the two, along with a friend. Police claimed that the shot was fired while filming a video for the application. In the first week of June, Dwarka district apprehended a juvenile after a video emerged on social media in which a boy was seen firing at the house. Later the juvenile shared the video through social media amongst his known to make an impression on them. In another case, the team of special staff (Dwarka) under Inspector Naveen arrested two persons who posted their dance videos brandishing pistols in hands-on social media. Both used to roam on roads and enter into social functions with arms and brandish these to impress upon the other boys. Weapons industry The manufacturing of illegal weapons is not a big thing. Recently special cell team under DCP Manishi Chandra arrested two persons involved in the illegal activity. “The accused disclosed that the trade in illicit firearms has been inherited by them as hereditary occupation and they have been involved in last 10 years,” police said adding that their family members manufacture illegal arms at a cottage industry and they are supplied to various parts of the country. The accused used iron scrap and other materials to prepare .32 bore semi-automatic pistols. To set up a cottage industry all that is required is furnace with a fan, some brass metal rods, iron plates, cycle frame/tods, spring made from iron wire/line taken out from tyres of heavy vehicles and a lathe machine and filers of different numbers to smoothen the assembled parts of the pistol. According to investigators the whole process cost around Rs 6000 to 7000. One finished pistol cost Rs 25,000. “The pistol rate is Rs 4000-5000 but the middlemen sold it at the high price,” added investigator. Recently the team of under DCP (Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwaha led by ACP Attar Singh arrested three criminals with 21 semi-automatic pistols from Ghazipur area in East Delhi. Investigators have also found that new faces are used arms traffickers for the transportation of weapons in the city. “The illegal business of arms trafficking runs on the formula of demand and supply,” added police officer. New modus operandi The investigators revealed that arms traffickers mainly use social media applications to connect with each other. According to police, the gun runners adopt the break journey technique. “The criminal never used direct transport from any state. They can board train and after few railway stations they may take the bus to reach the destination,” investigators said.
Agra: Twenty-nine people were killed and 18 injured after a Lucknow-Delhi state-run bus skidded off the Yamuna Expressway and fell into a large drain in Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of Monday, officials said. The accident occurred around 4:30 am in Etmadpur, around 200 km from the national capital, they said. The operation to pull out the mangled remains of the bus from the bottom of the 20-foot-high bridge took several hours, with two excavators and a crane being deployed for the salvage exercise. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu The injured have been admitted to different hospitals, including a private health facility, in the district, the officials said. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has formed a committee to probe the reasons behind the accident and directed it to submit a report, Additional Chief Secretary Information, Awanish Awasthi, said. “As per the district magistrate (of Agra) 29 persons have died. The bus fell into a ‘nallah’ (drain),” he said The Uttar Pradesh Roadways will pay ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased, the officials said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC “One sleeper coach passenger bus travelling from Lucknow to Delhi met with an accident on Yamuna Expressway (sic),” the Uttar Pradesh Police said on Twitter. The Janrath bus of the Uttar Pradesh Roadways’ Awadh Depot was going from Lucknow to the national capital’s Anand Vihar ISBT, the officials said. The 165-km six-lane expressway connects Noida with Agra in Uttar Pradesh. The chief minister expressed his condolences and has directed the Agra district magistrate and senior superintendent of police to ensure the injured get proper medical treatment, the officials said. He has asked his deputy Dinesh Sharma and Minister of State for Transport Swatantra Dev Singh to immediately visit the accident site. The committee, comprising the transport commissioner, divisional commissioner and an inspector general of police, will investigate the incident in 24 hours, the chief minister has directed. It will give a report on the cause of the accident and also suggest long-term measures to avoid such mishaps, Awasthi said. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted that BJP state general secretary Pankaj Singh has gone to the spot. “I convey my condolences and pray for the speedy recovery of those injured. I have spoken to CM Yogi Adityanath about it. He has sent Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma and Transport Minister Swatantra Dev Singh to the spot,” he said. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled the death of the 29 passengers. “Saddened to hear about the tragic loss of lives because of another bus accident, this time near Agra. My heartfelt condolences to the grieving families. I wish the injured a speedy recovery. Let us all follow #SafeDriveSaveLife” she tweeted.
Gurugram: Increase in cases of dog bite continues to be a major challenge in Gurugram. The increase in the population of stray dogs especially in the residential colonies of Gurugram and their rising aggression has resulted in differences in opinion between various residents and dog lovers over the handling of stray dogs. While a certain group of residents feel that there must be firm action taken by the authorities towards the problem, the dog lovers want an amicable solution to the challenge. Recently, a man was bitten in Sector-46 area by the stray dogs and this resulted in an FIR being lodged by him as he accused the animal activists of preventing action against such animals. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsAn RTI report recently filed revealed that in 2017 there were 7,113 cases of dog bites that were registered in Gurugram. These were 1,372 cases more than what was registered in 2016 which was at 5,741. Further constant barking during night time, dog fights and hygienic issues have also been raised by aggrieved residents. According to official estimates, there are over 50,000 street dogs. While concerns have been raised over the rising population of the stray dogs there is also a lot of affection which is shown especially by residents that live in the same locality with the dogs. Besides providing them with food, some of the residents have personally financed in getting these animals vaccinated and even got them sterilised. Some of the residents in collaboration with the NGO’s are also setting up the dog shelter homes. “It is easy to blame the animals but humans are equally to blame for the rising aggression. Many of us blamed overfeeding of stray dogs but just imagine the plight of the dog that is hungry for two days and its behaviour and compare it with a well-fed dog, “said Shruti Khandelwal, a dog lover. “There are complaints of constant dog fights in my colony. Many residents feel that this, in turn, causes danger to them. To prevent this we are of chaining the dogs especially during the night time so that they are in control,” she further added.
Beni (Congo): Two-month-old Lahya Kathembo became an orphan in a day. Her mother succumbed to Ebola on a Saturday morning. By sunset her father was dead, too. They had been sick for more than a week before health workers finally persuaded them to seek treatment, neighbours said. They believed their illness was the work of people jealous about their newborn daughter, a community organizer said, and sought the guidance of a traditional spiritual healer. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo is ravaging Beni, a sprawling city of some 600,000, in large part because so many of the sick are choosing to stay at home. In doing so, they unknowingly infect caregivers and those who mourn them. “People are waiting until the last minute to bring their family members and when they do it’s complicated for us,” says Mathieu Kanyama, head of health promotion at the Ebola treatment center in Beni run by the Alliance for International Medical Action, or ALIMA. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Here there are doctors, not magicians.” Nearly one year into the outbreak which has killed more than 1,700 and was declared a global health emergency this month, a rise in community deaths is fueling a resurgence of Ebola in Beni. During a two-week period in July alone, 30 people died at home. Health teams are now going door-to-door with megaphones trying to get the message out. “Behind every person who has died there is someone developing a fever,” Dr. Gaston Tshapenda, who heads the Ebola response in Beni for Congo’s health ministry, told his teams. Many people still don’t believe Ebola is real, health experts say, which stymies efforts to control the disease’s spread. Ebola symptoms are also similar to common killers like malaria and typhoid, so those afraid of going to a treatment center often try to self-medicate at home with paracetamol to reduce fever. But Ebola, unlike those other illnesses, requires the patient to be kept in isolation and away from the comfort of family. Dr. Maurice Kakule, who became one of this outbreak’s first Ebola patients after he treated a sick woman at his clinic, is now trying to make it easier for those who are ill to get help in and around Beni, near the border with Uganda. He and other survivors, who are now immune to the disease, run a motorcycle taxi ambulance. After receiving a phone call for help they go to homes, reassure the sick and take them for medical care without infecting others. People’s most common fear is that they will only leave an Ebola treatment center in a body bag, Kakule says. “Some have heard of the problem of Ebola but there have been no survivors in their family,” he said. “Since they had relatives die at a treatment center, they think people are killed there and that’s why they categorically refuse to go.” They fear, too, that they will die alone, surrounded only by health care personnel covered in protective gear from head to toe. To try to humanize the care of patients in isolation, ALIMA’s Ebola treatment center in Beni places some patients in their own transparent room called a “CUBE,” where they can see visitors from their beds. Others share a room with one other patient and a glass window where loved ones can gather.
Kolkata: For the first time, Coal India Limited (CIL) has decided to procure rail wagons under General Purpose Wagon Investment Scheme at an estimated cost of Rs 700 crore to transport more coal to power plants. The CIL-owned rakes dedicated to transport coal will help us in pushing higher volumes of coal to the power sector, the mining major said in a statement on Thursday. “The Maharatna PSU’s board has given the green signal to procure 40 rakes at a total expenditure of nearly Rs 700 crore. One rake comprises 59 wagons. According to a rough estimate, one rake can move 1.4 million tonne of coal per annum,” the company said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHowever, the power sector would have to wait for about two years before the CIL’s own rakes begin rolling to support their supply, officials indicated. “With the life of a wagon spanning 35 years, it would be an asset creation for the CIL,” the miner said. The CIL expects to realise its entire investment on the rakes within a decade as the internal rate of return is financially viable and attractive. Initially, the rakes would be used to ply in South East Central Railway (SECR) zone in Jharsuguda-Nagpur and Katni northwards and the entire stretch of South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) regions. The mismatch of SECR carrying capacity and CIL’s envisaged growth in coal production in the region was a major reason for the miner to decide on procuring own rakes, the officials said. Increase in rail transport of coal would offset the transportation of the fuel on road proportionately, they said adding that movement by rail is cheaper and less polluting.
London: China will not “sit by and watch” and is ready to “quell the unrest swiftly” if the crisis in Hong Kong becomes “uncontrollable”, China’s ambassador to London Liu Xiaoming said on Thursday. “If the situation deteriorates further into unrest uncontrollable by the SAR (Special Administrative Region) government, then the central government will not sit by and watch. We have enough solutions and enough power to quell the unrest swiftly,” he said. (
NEW DELHI: The Delhi Assembly monsoon session on Thursday witnessed a ruckus after ruling Aam Aadmi Party legislatures went near the Speaker’s podium shouting slogans against the BJP for demolition of Saint Ravidas Temple.The Speaker Ram Niwas Goel has to adjourned the Delhi assembly for 45 minutes after members of the ruling AAP came into well of the House shouting slogans against the BJP in connection with the recent demolition of a Ravidas temple. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Assembly session began by offering condolences to former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and former Union Minister Sushma Swaraj, both of whom passed away recently. The APP leaders marched into the well of the House carrying posters and shouted slogans following which the session was adjourned for half an hour. “This House resolves that the Central Government has badly mishandled this issue by not supporting their cause in the Court of law which finally led to its unjustified and unfortunate demolition,” alleged by AAP legislatures. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe uproar continued when the session resumed after which the Assembly was further adjourned for 15 minutes. The Ravidas temple was demolished by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) earlier this month on the orders of the Supreme Court. Dalit protesters, who had taken to the streets to protest the demolition of the temple on Wednesday had brought traffic movement in several parts of Delhi to a standstill. The protesters asked the central government to rebuild the temple. The protest had turned violent on Wednesday night, leaving several people, including policemen, injured.
New York: While a host of young rivals hope to disrupt the dominance of the “Big Three” in men’s tennis, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer remain the US Open favorites. The year’s final Grand Slam showdown starts Monday on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts with top-ranked Djokovic, 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer and Spanish superstar Nadal having combined to win the past 11 Grand Slam titles. Federer, 38, doesn’t see a problem with the dominance by the sport’s elder statesmen, who together own 54 of the past 65 Slam titles. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “I don’t think it’s a problem, per se,” Federer said. “Now that Novak, Rafa and me are healthy again, Andy (Murray) also slowly coming back again, has made it much harder for young guys to come through. “They are definitely knocking on the door big-time now. I think that’s very encouraging for those who want to see somebody else win. I think also Novak’s domination, Rafa’s domination is also not normal for the game of tennis. “I think there’s going to be chances moving forward, but it’s not surprising with the type of tennis they’ve been playing in recent years.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Third-seeded Federer also throws in a chance for Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka, who like Britain’s injured Murray has won three Slam crowns during the “Big Three” reign, but figures a familiar face will be lifting the US Open trophy. “Yeah, it seems like the same guys are the favorites again this time around,” Federer said. “It will be a surprise if anybody else won.” Defending champion Djokovic, seeking a 17th career Grand Slam title, has won four of the past five Slams, denied only by Nadal’s French Open win in June. The 32-year-old Serbian says he has adjusted to the extra pressure of defending over the years. “It’s a paramount challenge to defend a Grand Slam title,” he said. “These are the tournaments you want to win the most. This is where you want to shine.” Nadal, 33, has made an impressive run with titles at Rome, the French Open and Montreal and a Wimbledon semi-final loss to Federer. “Arrive to the big events with good feelings helps,” Nadal said. “Positive feeling, positive memory on my mind. That helps for the confidence. “For the moment I am feeling well. I am practicing well during the whole week. Now remain a couple of days to just push a little bit more and try to start the tournament in a good way.” Second-ranked Nadal, an 18-time Grand Slam winner who took his 12th French Open title in June, isn’t too excited over Federer and Djokovic both being in the opposite half of the draw. “I have to win my matches to have an advantage because I only can meet them in the semifinals,” Nadal said. “I have plenty of work before that to know if I have an advantage or not.” – Medvedev, Thiem surging – =========================== Russia’s Daniil Medvedev has enjoyed a stellar US Open run-up with a win at Cincinnati and runner-up efforts at Washington and Montreal. “I don’t consider myself as one of the favorites just because at this moment of my career I haven’t even been in a quarter-final of a Slam,” Medvedev said. “If I get to the quarter-final, it’s going to be already a step forward and I’m going to be really happy about it. “When I play my best tennis I can beat basically everybody and that’s what I need to keep doing here.” Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem lost to Nadal in the Roland Garros final and will be a threat. “Every year he’s improving,” Nadal said. “Every day he’s very solid and every year is more solid. “He has everything to win important events. He already is winning important events. He’s a very, very hard worker. Just a question of time that he achieve all his goals.” Germany’s sixth-ranked Alexander Zverev warns not to ignore other lower seeds such as Japan’s seventh-seeded Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, and Greece’s eighth-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas. “There are a few guys that have a real shot to win it,” Zverev said. “Obviously the ‘Big Three’ we don’t need to talk about. Of course, Novak is the big favorite, no question about it, but there are other guys that have been playing great tennis. I think those guys will be able to do some damage.” Federer, however, wouldn’t mind stretching his lead over Djokovic and Nadal in the men’s all-time Grand Slam title race. “I’m not putting extra pressure on myself. I know it’s going to be tough,” Federer said. “I feel like I’m part of that group who can do it.”
New Delhi: After the amended motor vehicles act came into effect on Sunday, the Delhi Police has issued an average of 4000 to 5000 challans per day against various traffic violations.According to police data (from September 1- September 5) as many as 254 challans were issued for drunken driving. Around 1,229 challans were issued for without seat belt. “The traffic police issued 1,527 challans for dangerous driving and 2,698 challans for the red signal violation,” Delhi Police data revealed. The Delhi Traffic Police recently directed all DCPs to brief their staff to follow the traffic rules. A letter was written to all senior officers in Delhi Police by Joint Commissioner of Police (traffic) Meenu Choudhary.
Los Angeles: Hollywood star Salma Hayek is excited to work with “Game of Thrones” heartthrob Kit Harington in Marvel’s “The Eternals”. The veteran actor took to Instagram to share her ‘fan girl’ moment with Harington on Tuesday. “I still can’t believe that I’m working with #jonsnow! Kit you’re the best! #theeternals #gameofthrones #kitharington,” Hayek captioned the picture. Harington was sporting a shorter crop, bidding his Jon Snow days goodbye. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The announcement of Harington, who played fan favourite Jon Snow in the HBO series, was made at the D23 Expo last month. He joined fellow “GOT” star Richard Madden, who is also a part of the star-studded cast. “The Eternals” also boasts of Hollywood stars like Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan and Gemma Chan. Critically-acclaimed filmmaker Chloe Zhao is attached to direct the movie from a script by Matthew and Ryan Firpo. The film is slated for a November 6, 2020 release.
BURLINGTON, Ont. – Police in Burlington, Ont., say a toddler is dead after being found in a vehicle without vital signs on Wednesday evening.Halton regional police Insp. Anthony Odoardi says officers got a call at about 5:30 p.m. from a “hysterical” man, indicating that a child was in a vehicle and was not breathing.Odoardi says the three-year-old boy was outside the car when emergency crews arrived and paramedics pronounced him dead.The cause of the boy’s death is unknown, Odoardi says, adding the body will be transported to Toronto for an autopsy Thursday.Odoardi says he did not want to speculate whether the heat was a factor in the boy’s death or how long he was inside the car.He says some members of the toddler’s family have been notified.“We are saddened by any situation in which a death occurs, let alone one in which a young child dies,” Odoardi told reporters Wednesday evening. “To the family, we offer our deepest condolences.”He said the vehicle is a grey Ford Escape, but said police don’t yet know who owns it.
MEADOW LAKE, Sask. – The sentencing for a teenager who shot and killed four people and injured seven others at a home and a high school in northern Saskatchewan has been delayed after a new report led two defence witnesses to conclude the teen has fetal alcohol syndrome.The conclusions are based on the findings of what is known as a Gladue report, which examines an Indigenous offender’s background for the judge to use when determining a sentence. It can include information about abuse, developmental or health issues, such as fetal alcohol syndrome, or substance use.In this case, defence lawyer Aaron Fox said the report “makes reference to some of the drinking history of (the teen’s) biological mom.”As a result, Fox said psychiatrist Dr. Mansfield Mela and neuropsychologist Dr. Monty Nelson “feel they can confirm the diagnosis” of fetal alcohol syndrome.Mela testified during part of the hearing in June that the teen has symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, an intellectual disability, major depressive disorder and displays signs of fetal alcohol syndrome.However, at that time he could not confirm fetal alcohol syndrome because he said he didn’t know enough about the teen’s family history.The Crown now wants to question Mela and Nelson again about their confirmation of the diagnosis.Judge Janet McIvor, who is presiding over the case in Meadow Lake, Sask., granted the Crown’s request to delay the hearing until Sept. 1, but she also said “this needs to keep moving” forward.“Perhaps it’s the nature of these kind of matters, but there seems to be issues arising at the last minute,” said McIvor.It’s not clear whether final arguments in the sentencing, which were scheduled for Friday, will go ahead next week.The teen — who cannot be named because he was just shy of his 18th birthday when the shootings occurred — pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder in the January 2016 shooting in La Loche.Some victims have already told court that the teen should be sentenced as an adult because of the severity of his crimes.“A lot of people, I think, want to move this process forward and move onto their healing journey,” La Loche Mayor Robert St. Pierre said outside the courthouse Friday.“So delaying it again on the defence, just adds to that anxiety again. When are we going to go through this? What’s the end result here? Is he going to be sentenced as a youth? Is he going to be sentenced as an adult? A lot of people want some closure, so it just prolongs that process.”The hearing is to determine whether the teen is sentenced as an adult or a youth. He could get six years of custody and four years probation if sentenced as a youth but faces a life sentence as an adult.Court previously heard that the teen first killed Dayne Fontaine, 17, and then his brother Drayden, who was 13. Dayne pleaded for his life before he was shot 11 times, including twice in the head. Drayden was shot twice.The teen then drove to the high school, where surveillance footage captured his frightening walk through the halls, his shotgun raised, as students and staff ran in fear.When police arrived, the shooter ran into a women’s washroom where he put his weapon down and gave himself up.The teen said he didn’t know what he was thinking when he pulled the trigger.Nelson testified for the defence that the teen had an IQ of 68, which is considered well below average. A child psychiatrist who testified for the Crown said the teen did not come across as being clearly developmentally delayed or slow.McIvor has already said she will deliver her sentence at a later date and indicated that may happen in La Loche.St. Pierre said there are “some reservations” in the community about that.“But other community members have said they’d rather have it in the community, so it’s still a toss up,” he said. “I’m still not sure where that’s going to lead and still need to have more consultation.”
HALIFAX – Some Canadian universities are gearing up for the new academic year by training staff on how to deal with opioid overdoses and equipping them with naloxone kits.The University of King’s College in Halifax has taught staff how to administer naloxone, the potentially life-saving antidote, and students can access them through residence personnel.The school told Global News it introduced the safety measure because of the growing incidents of opioid misuse across the country, which saw about 2,500 opioid-related deaths last year and hundreds more this year.In British Columbia, where the opioid epidemic has hit the hardest, the University of British Columbia allows students to pick up free naloxone kits on campus if they think they are at risk of an overdose.Health Canada recently put out a warning about the drugs for students during orientation week, also recommending that students carry naloxone kits in case of an overdose caused by opioids.The University of Alberta is giving its Protective Services staff Narcan nasal spray, while Edmonton’s MacEwan University has two naloxone kits with three people trained to administer them.(Global News)
FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s Liberal government got some good pre-election news today: The auditor general says the province actually had a surplus last year.Audited financial statements, released today, show a surplus of $67 million for the fiscal year of 2017-2018.Finance Minister Cathy Rogers says the surplus is the result of a decrease in expenditures and a $150 million increase in revenues — largely due to corporate income taxes.She says the economy is growing at a rate faster than predicted by private sector economists.However, she says the government is forecasting modest deficits over the next few years — with the net debt expected to top $14 billion by the end of March next year.The provincial election campaign officially begins Thursday, but Premier Brian Gallant launched his party’s campaign Sunday, and all the parties have been in pre-election mode for weeks.The Liberals promised today to provide free second-language training if re-elected.Gallant says it could help attract investment and bring jobs to the province because of a bilingual workforce.The Progressive Conservatives and the Green Party are also both expected to make announcements today.The Tories say their first campaign announcement will be at Carleton Park on Fredericton’s north side, while the Green Party plans to launch its campaign with the opening of its Fredericton regional campaign office by leader David Coon.The NDP says it will launch the official campaign Thursday, so far nominating 29 candidates with plans to run 49 in the vote expected on Sept. 24.
SAINT-JEROME, Que. — The trial of a Quebec man accused of murdering his partner and killing another man for a getaway vehicle began Friday at a courthouse north of Montreal.Crown prosecutor Steve Baribeau told the jury Ugo Fredette couldn’t accept the end of his relationship with Veronique Barbe, 41, so the accused allegedly stabbed her 17 times, in front of a child. Baribeau claims Fredette then fled with the child and while on the lam, allegedly murdered another man before stealing his car.None of the Crown’s allegations have been proven in court.Fredette, 43, was arrested Sept. 15, 2017, in Ontario. He was reportedly spotted by citizens across Quebec during his alleged run from authorities. Barbe was found dead Sept. 14, 2017, at her home in St-Eustache, Que., northwest of Montreal.The Crown will call 25 witnesses, including a neighbour who allegedly saw part of the attack on Barbe. A child is also expected to testify via video conference.Baribeau told jurors Fredette and Barbe had been in a relationship since 2009, but things weren’t going well in the months leading up to her death. The Crown is also planning to call the couple’s therapist to the witness stand.“Pay attention to that testimony,” Baribeau said. “Pay attention to what happened in the preceding days.”The Crown also alleges Fredette murdered a 71-year-old man named Yvon Lacasse after the two met at a highway rest area near the town of Lachute, Que., about 70 kilometres northwest of Montreal.Fredette allegedly severely beat the man, killing him, and then disposed of the body in a nearby wooded area.The accused is facing two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Barbe and Lacasse. Fredette on Friday pleaded not guilty.Superior Court Justice Myriam Lachance told jurors at the St-Jerome courthouse Fredette is innocent until proven guilty. The accused was present in court, handcuffed and wearing glasses and dark clothing. He took notes during the proceedings.Fredette’s lawyer, Louis-Alexandre Martin, did not address jurors Friday.Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Press