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Hold early, simultaneous Parliament and Assembly polls, says J&K parties

first_imgThe J&K’s political parties on Monday called for “simultaneous and early” Assembly and Parliament elections, as the full team of Election Commission of India (ECI) arrived in Srinagar on a two-day visit to hold deliberations and assess the ground situation.The ECI team, comprising Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Sushil Chandra and Ashok Lavasa, met at least 11 political parties and individuals in Srinagar. It also held discussions with senior officers of the police and the administration “to get a first-hand information on the ground situation” of the State, which witnessed several cycles of both street and militancy-related violence since 2014.“Elections are soon going to be held to uphold the principles of democracy. The ECI desires that the elections should be the most inclusive with absolute neutrality by people involved in organising them” CEC Arora said.The ECI team met the representatives of National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Congress, BJP, CPI (M), Peoples Conference (PC), People Democratic Front (PDF), Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN), Awami Ittihad Party (AIP) etc. in Srinagar and sought their inputs.“Situation in Kashmir is fragile. An elected government is the only way out to bring normalcy. The ECI should not wait to announce dates for holding both Lok Sabha and Assembly polls together,” said NC general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar.PDP leader A. R. Veeri also told the ECI that “prevailing alienation and unpredictable situation can only be handled by an elected government and both the elections should be held simultaneously”. Seconding the demand to hold both the elections together, Congress leader Taj Mohiudin said, “Security agencies should create a conducive atmosphere for polls”. AIP chief Engineer Rashid early these elections were important to allow the local government “to deal with the issues of Article 35A and Article 370”. CPI(M) leader M.Y. Tarigami pointed out that “in absence of an elected government, uncertainty in the State is was deepening day-by-day”. “There is no justification to delay elections in J&K, neither political nor constitutional. The elections dates for both Parliament and Assembly should be announced soon,” said Mr. Tarigami. DPN chief Ghulam Hassan Mir said holding early elections would be a test “whether the ECI was an independent body or was influenced by the Centre”. The BJP said it’s also ready to face the elections. “We expressed our readiness to contest the elections as and when ECI desired it,” said BJP spokesman Altaf Thakur.Meanwhile, the ECI team reviewed “preparedness of various departments of civil and police administration”, besides transportation of EVMs and polling material. The ECI team will visit Jammu on Tuesday and meet political parties there before it leaves for New Delhi to take a final call.J&K first came under the Governor’s rule on June 19, 2018 and under President’s rule on December 19, 2018. The state is without an elected government for around 10 months and the President’s rule will complete its six months in June this year.last_img read more

What Does Goddess Durga Feast on at Bonedi Barir Pujo

first_imgUnderneath contemporary trappings and irrational excesses, Durga Puja has more intimate connotations, best understood, perhaps, at a ‘Bonedi Barir Pujo’ Related Itemslast_img

Bopanna-Qureshi enter US Open double’s finals

first_imgThere was no stopping the ‘Indo-Pak Express’ as Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi inched closer to their maiden Grand Slam title together by advancing to the US Open finals in New York.Continuing with their message of ‘Stop War, Start Tennis’, 16th seeds Bopanna and Qureshi beat Argentines Eduardo Schwank and Horacio Zeballos 7-6 (5) 6-4 to set up a summit clash with top-seeded American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan in the finals.”I mean, to win a Grand Slam you have to beat the best there is. That’s what Aisam and me keep telling (each other),” Bopanna said after the win on Wednesday night.The Indo-Pak duo was cheered on from the stands by, among others, the United Nations ambassadors from their respective countries. India’s ambassador Harpreet Suri and his Pakistan counterpart Abdullah H Haroon even met the two players after the match.Though there summit clash seems tough on paper against the Americans but Bopanna and Qureshi can draw confidence from the fact that they beat the Bryans just a few weeks ago in an ATP tournament in Washington.”They are the best out there now. For us, we just have to go there, play our games. You know, we just beat them few weeks ago in Washington, so, you know, we are really looking forward to that Friday match, and we go in confident, playing and doing well there,” Bopanna said.Qureshi said his pairing with Bopanna has worked perfectly so far because he shares a warm relationship with the Indian off-court as well.advertisement”I always believed if we played consistently on ATP, me and Rohan both as a team, we can do really well on the tour and we can make our mark,” he said.”And in the last past two or three months we have had I think wins against all the top 10 teams in the world. It just shows that I was pretty right about our pairing together, and you know, it would be just a matter of time. I always believe we can do really well in the Grand Slam on the ATP circuit.”Making quarterfinals at Wimbledon was a huge learning experience. I definitely learned a lot from it, and that whole experience is definitely paying off in this US Open these last two weeks,” he added.last_img read more

The year that was

first_imgSimply Kolkata lists the milestones that became important for the city and its people in the year that’s almost gone by. Rituparno GhoshEntertainmentRituparno Ghosh (Best Director) and Ananya Chatterjee (Best Actress) made Kolkata and Tollywood proud by bagging the prestigious National Awards for their Bengali film, Abohoman. Rituparno Ghosh made,Simply Kolkata lists the milestones that became important for the city and its people in the year that’s almost gone by.Rituparno GhoshEntertainmentRituparno Ghosh (Best Director) and Ananya Chatterjee (Best Actress) made Kolkata and Tollywood proud by bagging the prestigious National Awards for their Bengali film, Abohoman. Rituparno Ghosh made the film as a remake of the 60s’ classic, Kaagaz ke Phool. The film explores the relationship between a married filmmaker and his muse, a young actress.Rahul BanerjeeSportsThe Prince of Kolkata has not given us a reason to rejoice for some time now and victories in sports have been significantly absent. But with city youth Dola Banerjee (archery), Rahul Banerjee (archery) and Subhajit Saha (Men’s Doubles table tennis) winning gold at the Commonwealth Games, the smile was back on the faces of Kolkatans.FoodKolkata, which is a foodie’s paradise, welcomed national food chains and cafes in 2010. Mocha opened doors to give more joy to the city with its delicious ‘Lindt Hot Chocolate’ and the decadent ‘Vertigo’ among others. Wellknown national food chain, Yo!China brought its lip-smacking Chinese cuisine to Kolkata. Its ‘Thai Chi Chicken’ and ‘Legendary Malha Sizzler’ will leave you asking for more. Other restaurants such as ‘Sarson’ and ‘Harvey’s World’ also added flavour to the city’s taste-buds.LifestyleIt’s been a while since any new hotels opened in the city. But 2010 saw Swissotel Kolkata, of the Swissotel Hotels and Resorts, bringing Swiss hospitality to the city in collaboration with Ambuja Realty. Located in Rajarhat, New Town, the hotel is a few minutes from the airport and is the ideal luxury hotel for business travellers. The ‘infinity pool’ and rooms with Jacuzzis are major attractions.FashionKolkata girl, Ushoshi Sengupta represents India in the Miss Universe pageant wearing ensembles designed by city-fashion designers, Dev and Neel. Unfortunately, both Ushoshi and the designers failed to impress.RetailAxis Mall along with multiplex, Bioscope opened this year to delight city-shoppers and movie lovers especially from Rajarhat and Salt Lake. The Mall also boasts of having the second outlet of the famous Bengali eatery, ‘Aaheli’ which offers delectable Bengali cuisine such as Shorshe Ilish, Kasha Maangsho and the list goes on.MusicSinger and composer, Rupam Islam made the city proud by winning the National Award for Best Male Singer for Mahanagar while Nilanjana Sarkar received Best Female Singer for House Full. The film explores the relationship between a married filmmaker and his muse, a young actress.BusinessIndia’s largest coal producing company, Coal India Ltd’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) becomes the biggest IPO in country. The IPO is subscribed more than 15.28 times and received bids of more than $ 53 billion (U.S.) worth of equity shares as against issue size of $ 3.5 (U.S.) billion.advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 7, KKR vs KXIP: Key players, stats and preview of Qualifier 1

first_imgYusuf Pathan’s recently found form will be crucial for KolkataThey might have finished their IPL 2014 campaign at the top, but Kings XI Punjab will be wary of the challenge that lies ahead when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier 1 at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.Full IPL Coverage The Stakes:Both Kolkata and Punjab will be eager to secure their IPL 7 finals berth with a clinical win tomorrow. However, the losing team will have another shot to make the finals cut in the Eliminator match against the winner of Qualifier 2 between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.Statistics:Sunil Narine has picked up 20 or more wickets in three consecutive editions of the IPL. He picked up 24 wickets in 2012, 22 wickets in 2013 and 20 so far in 2014. Lasith Malinga is the only other bowler to have achieved this feat in 2011 (28 wickets), 2012 (22 wickets) and 2013 (20 wickets).This will be the 100th T20 game for Manish Pandey.Morne Morkel needs one more wicket to get to 150 wickets in T20s.Robin Uthappa is the only player in the history of T20 cricket to score 40+ runs in nine consecutive matches.Quotes:”There is always that fear of getting hit for long sixes, but I mainly try to stick to my strength of bowling the arm-ball and the quicker one. I don’t look to spin the ball or try different variations; I only concentrate on bowling a good arm-ball,” Kings XI Punjab spinner Akshar Patel, on his bowling.”We are going to have to be on our A game. They are a good team, a very good batting team and they could easily turn the game around, so we have to stay focused and concentrate on what we are doing,” Kolkata Knight Riders’ coach Trevor Bayliss said ahead of his side’s clash with Punjab.advertisementKings XI Punjab:Punjab, on the other hand, have been the team to beat for oppositions. Their sheer aggression with the bat has intimidated many bowlers and it will be a big test for Gambhir and his men come Tuesday. The fact that Manan Vohra is firing all guns at the top of the order, alongside Virender Sehwag, adds to the opposition captain’s woes.If one thought those two were a destructive combination, there is more to come in the form of Glenn Maxwell and David Miller. It is quite clear that the bowlers and the fielders will have to be on their toes to stop the best batting line-up of this IPL.Punjab’s Indian talent has not disappointed the team management in the bowling department. Akshar Patel has been very impressive and even when skipper George Bailey asks him to bowl in pressure situations, Patel has shown maturity and has delivered quality goods. The fact that he has not missed a single game this year tells more about the trust the captain has in him.Sandeep Sharma lost his touch in the last few games but he has troubled many a batsman with his sharp swinging deliveries. He also tops the side’s bowling charts with 17 wickets.Kolkata Knight Riders:Gautam Gambhir’s men are on a roll with seven consecutive wins under their belt, including a stunning display against Hyderabad, which helped them pip Chennai and grab the second stop in the table. The fact that the Qualifier 1 was shifted out of Chennai has now given them an added advantage – they will be playing in familiar conditions and in front of an boisterous Kolkata crowd.Robin Uthappa has grabbed eyeballs whenever Kolkata have taken the field of late. With nine consecutive 40+ scores, Uthappa is in fine form and is looking good for more. Deservingly, he is also the leading run-getter in this year’s competition. The way he has scored these runs has forced many to be glued to their seats when he is batting in the middle.Though the skipper has not made many runs in his last few games, he has had no problems in timing the ball. Shakib Al Hasan too has done well in the competition and plays a vital role with both bat and ball. Yusuf Pathan’s stunning innings against Hyderabad not only silenced his critics but also helped Kolkata grab the crucial second place on the table, which now gives them an extra opportunity to make it to the final.If you have Sunil Narine in your ranks you are normally considered to have a fine bowling line-up and the Kolkata attack is no different. He is also the leading wicket-taker in the tournament and is the trump card for Gambhir in crunch situations. The rest of the bowlers too have formed good partnerships with Narine to constitute a formidable bowling attack.advertisementKey players to watch in the crucial tie:Glenn Maxwell: The million-dollar man last season, Maxwell was snatched by Kings XI Punjab for a whopping Rs 6 crore this year. The 25-year-old is a terrific all-rounder to have in your side. He can bowl right-arm off-spin and bat anywhere in the middle-order. He shot to fame after smashing a 19-ball half-century in 2009-10 – the fastest fifty in Australia’s domestic cricket. His most recent antics of 33-ball 74, the third fastest fifty in T20 internationals, shows his batting prowess. He will have to play a key role if Punjab intend to clinch their first IPL title this year.Sunil Narine: The mystery spinner from West Indies, Sunil Narine, was been one of the most influential players for the KKR during their victorious IPL campaign in 2012. Narine was also the highest wicket-taker for KKR with 22 wickets in 16 matches last season. His exemplary performances also helped him in bagging the Player of the Tournament award in 2012. His ability to bowl tidy overs in pressure situations gives an edge to KKR’s bowling department.David Miller: The 24-year-old South African, aka ‘Killer Miller’ in IPL, is as explosive as they come in limited-overs cricket. After making a name for his power-hitting, Miller has turned into a gruesome strokeplayer in modern-day cricket. His ability to play a wide range of strokes, both off the front and backfoot has earned him quite a reputation in international cricket. Miller was also one of the most entertaining batsmen in the IPL last season. The young South African took the IPL by storm after scoring 418 runs with 28 fours and 24 sixes for Kings XI Punjab in 2013. The performance impressed his team owners to such an extent that he became one of the only two players to be retained by KXIP ahead of 2014 IPL auctions.Gautam Gambhir: Indian opening batsman, Gautam Gambhir, was one of the most consistent performers for KKR last season. The skipper, while leading from the front, helped Kolkata to it’s first-ever IPL title victory in 2012. The left-hander was also the highest run-scorer with 406 runs in 16 matches last season. Apart from being a devastating batsman, Gambhir is an active and responsible skipper on field.Robin Uthappa: The 27-year-old explosive batsman was the top run-scorer for now-defunct Sahara Pune Warriors with 405 runs in 16 matches in 2012. He is an outstanding fielder, a reliable wicketkeeper and can even bowl slow medium pace. Following the termination of Pune Warriors in 2013, Uthappa was bought for a whopping Rs 5 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders during the IPL auctions this year. His availability in the team will provide the much-needed balance at the top-order for Kolkata.Teams(from):Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey(c), Mitchell Johnson, David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, Virender Sehwag, Shaun Marsh, Cheteshwar Pujara, Gurkeerat Singh, Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Thisara Perera, Akshar Patel, Karanveer Singh, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Murali Kartik, Shivam Sharma, Beuran Hendricks, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Sandeep Sharma, Parvinder Awana, Anureet Singh, Shardul ThakuradvertisementKolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(wk), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine, Vinay Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Jacques Kallis, Manvinder Bisla, Kuldeep Yadav, Veer Pratap Singh, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sayan Mondal, Pat Cummins, Debabrata Daslast_img read more

Nokia 6.1 to get Android 9 Pie soon, Digital Wellbeing available on Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1 Plus

first_imgHMD Global is working hard to meet its promise of rolling out Android 9 Pie to most of its Nokia smartphones. The Nokia 7 Plus received the stable Pie update last month and the Nokia 6.1 Plus is on course to get the stable update as it is already on beta. Next up on the list is the Nokia 6.1 and HMD’s chief Juho Sarvikas tweeted on Friday that the company will be skipping Beta Labs for the device and will instead go straight to the stable release “soon.”Sarvikas on Friday tweeted that Digital Wellbeing is available on Beta Preview for Android One devices on Pie. This means Nokia 7 Plus and the Nokia 6.1 Plus users running Pie (stable or beta) can now download the Digital Wellbeing app from the Play Store. Digital Wellbeing is a Pie-exclusive feature that gives the user an overview of how much time is being spent on apps. Users will also get options like daily app timers to set time limits on apps, Wind Down which will turn the screen into Grayscale at night and Do Not Disturb which will mute notifications while you sleep.Sarvikas also replied to a user’s query on when the Nokia 6.1 will receive Pie to which the HMD chief replied that the company will be skipping Beta Labs and will roll out the Android update soon. HMD has already promised an October timeframe for the Nokia 6.1, so it looks like users can expect to see the Pie update in the next few days. The Nokia 6.1 was announced earlier this year as a refresh to last year’s Nokia 6. The device brings a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a dual-tone design with copper accents all around as visual upgrades over last year’s model. The Nokia 6.1 sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display with a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio and a 2.5D Gorilla Glass on top. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 630 processor coupled with up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage. Much like most other Nokia phones this year, the Nokia 6.1 is also an Android One device that ships with Oreo out-of-the-box.advertisementThe Nokia 6.1 also gets Zeiss-branded optics with a 16-megapixel rear camera and f/2.0 aperture and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The device houses a 3,000mAh battery with fast charge support over USB Type-C. Notably, HMD recently slashed the prices of the Nokia 6.1 in India following the launch of the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The base variant is now available at Rs 13,499 as opposed to its original price of Rs 16,999, while the 4GB variant is now priced at Rs 16,499, down from its original price of Rs 18,999.ALSO READ: Nokia 5.1 Plus may get Android 9 Pie by the end of 2018, hints HMD Global chieflast_img read more

From one slinger to another Bumrah says will continue to admire Malinga

first_imgNew Delhi: Similar to Lasith Malinga in more ways than one, Jasprit Bumrah says he will “continue to admire” the Sri Lankan pace ace, who ended his career in a blaze of glory. As he has done so many times in his glittering limited overs career, slinger Malinga rattled Bangladesh with a fiery spell in his final ODI, signing off in style with figures of 3/38 in front of his home crowd in Colombo. “Classic Mali spell. Thank you for everything you’ve done for cricket. Always admired you and will always continue to do so,” Bumrah wrote on his twitter handle. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Both have an unusual action that inflicts tremendous pressure on their torsos, both have an uncanny ability to hurl the ball at high velocity and trouble the toes and timber at the other end. And, both have spent time together at IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, often exchanging ideas with the young Indian speed merchant receiving more than he could offer to his battle-hardened senior. “I feel it’s the right time for me to retire from ODIs. I have been playing for the last 15 years for Sri Lanka and this is the right time to move on,” Malinga, who finished his ODI career with 338 wickets, said after the game. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “My time is over and I have to go,” he added. Tributes poured in from the cricket community as the veteran Sri Lankan walked out one last time. Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar led the way while other Sri Lankan legends, who were once the 35-year-old’s teammates, also joined in to praise the fast bowler’s achievements. “Congratulations on a wonderful One Day career, #Malinga. Wishing you all the very best for the future,” Tendulkar tweeted. Malinga’s former captain and team-mate for over 10 years, Mahela Jayawardene recalled his early days. “As a 18-year-old net bowler who I faced in Galla 2002 to the champion who’s going to walk out today for your last ODI game u have been true to your self. Champion a team mate and above all a good friend you have done Sri Lanka proud. Enjoy every moment Mali !!!!!” Jayawardene wrote on instagram. Malinga’s Mumbai Indians teammate Rohit Sharma termed him one of the biggest match-winners for MI in the last decade. “If I had to pick one match winner among many others for @mipaltan in the last decade, this man will be on the top for sure. As a captain he give me breather during tense situation and he never failed to deliver, such was his presence within the team. Best wishes LM for the future,” Rohit tweeted. Owing to Malinga’s efforts with the ball after Kusal Perera’s quick-fire century, Sri Lanka crushed Bangladesh by 91 runs in the first one-day of a three-match series in Colombo on Friday. Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh said, “Congratulations on the glorious journey Yorker King #Malinga. There will never be another toe crusher like you again. Best wishes for your future endeavours.” Malinga, the only bowler to have taken three ODI hat-tricks, retired from Test cricket in 2011. Former Sri Lanka cricketer Rangana Herath tweeted, “Congratulation to Lasith Malinga on a fantastic ODI career. He has single handedly won many games for Sri Lanka. All the best for the T20Is in future.” Upul Tharanga said the sport will “definitely miss you in 50 over cricket”. “Go well champion,” Tharanga wrote.last_img read more

BIG WINNER DRAKE ENCOURAGES ARTISTS TO SHOW LOVE AT BILLBOARD AWARDS

first_img Twitter Advertisement Drake won multiple honours at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards and encouraged the audience of musicians to give their peers their flowers while they’re still alive.“We’ve obviously had like an unfortunate series of losses within our business, and I just want to encourage everybody to let other artists know how you feel about them,” Drake said as he accepted top male artist Wednesday. “Let them know that you love them (and) respect them while we’re all still here.”Drake could have been referring to a number of deaths in the music industry, from Nipsey Hussle to Aretha Franklin. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: The rap star, who walked into Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena with 17 nominations, also won top Billboard 200 album, beating out Cardi B, Travis Scott, Post Malone and the late XXXTentacion.BTS was also having a major night. At the Billboard Awards and American Music Awards, the K-pop band had only previously won “social” awards based off their fanatic fan base, but on Wednesday BTS picked up top duo/group, besting Grammy-winning groups like Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons and Dan + Shay.“I still can’t believe we’re here on this stage with so many great artists,” RM said as fans screamed loudly. “We’re still the same boys from six years ago, we still have the same dreams … we still have the same thoughts. Let us keep dreaming.”Imagine Dragons did pick up top rock artist, and band leader Dan Reynolds used his speech to highlight the dangers of conversion therapy on LGBTQ youth. He earned rousing applause.Halsey arrives at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)The show was a family affair: Ciara’s husband, NFL player Russell Wilson, and young son danced along while she worked the stage, and Nick and Joe Jonas gave kisses to Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Turner of “Game of Thrones” fame when they sang in the audience before hitting the stage.Cardi B, the night’s top nominee with 21, locked lips with husband Offset on the red carpet and the couple sat closely inside the venue. She will compete for top artists along with Drake, Scott, Malone and Ariana Grande.Taylor Swift kicked off the show when she brought her new music video to life with a colorful, eye-popping performance of her song “ME!” She was backed by dancers wearing bright, pastel colours and her featured guest — Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco — descended from the ceiling holding an umbrellaA marching band kicked off Swift’s performance — like most of the world, maybe Swift was inspired by Beyonce’s new Coachella film? Dancers also spun in the air holding umbrellas.Ciara arrives at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)Swift is the most decorated winner in the history of the Billboard Awards with 23 wins. She is nominated for two awards at the show airing live on NBC — top female artist and top touring artist.Kelly Clarkson is hosting the show for a second time — and sang a medley of hits following Swift’s performance, from Cardi B’s “I Like It” to “Boo’d Up” by Ella Mai, who won the first award of the evening, top R&B artist.Clarkson will also perform later in the show. Other performers include Madonna with Maluma, BTS with Halsey, Paula Abdul, Panic! at the Disco, Lauren Daigle, Ciara and Mariah Carey, who will receive the Icon Award.THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Drake (Credit: Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (10225918w)Drake accepts the top billboard 200 album award for “Scorpion” at the Billboard Music Awards, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas2019 Billboard Music Awards – Show, Las Vegas, USA – 01 May 2019last_img read more

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez found hanged in prison cell

NFL star Aaron Hernandez has been found dead in his prison cell, according to the Massachusetts Department of Correction. CNN reports.

UNICEF teams up with Radio Goma to help children in wake of

UNICEF has identified more than 600 unaccompanied children in the DRC and Rwanda in the vicinity of the Mount Nyiragongo eruption. The agency hopes that broadcasting their names on Radio Goma will speed up the unification process. Thus far, 31 children on the Rwandan side have been returned to their parents. UNICEF is seeking $660,000 to assist with the identification, tracing and reunification of the remaining children.According to the UN’s World Food Programme, which is providing aid in the area, some 346,831 people have received assistance in the DRC and Rwanda since the eruption two weeks ago. read more

UN agencies assist children suffering acute malnutrition in Madagascar

A recent nutritional assessment, carried out in response to food shortages in the Atsimo Atsinanana region, indicated that up to 14,000 children may be acutely malnourished and 3,700 suffering severe malnutrition.The assessment was conducted by inter-agency teams comprised of Government, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP), and non-governmental (NGO) personnel.Repeated floods, insect infestation and drought, and lack of a clove harvest due to the biannual cycle of the crop are thought to have turned chronic food shortages into an emergency situation this year, OCHA said.In response to the situation, the Government is providing food, material and medical assistance, with support from UNICEF, WFP, and NGOs German Agro-Action, Catholic Relief Services and Caritas.The WFP intends to provide some 300 tons of food for targeted distribution to 7,800 families with children at serious risk. Approximately 200 tons of this assistance will be distributed as take-home rations for primary school students. The WFP will also increase its food-for-work activities.UNICEF will work with the Government to establish five therapeutic and supplementary feeding centres, and will complement WFP’s efforts through the provision of sugar and oil.The UN’s response is being coordinated by the Resident Coordinator of the UN system in Madagascar, with support from OCHA. read more

UN labour agency urges new jobcentred approach to tackle Portugals economic crisis

“Much of the policy action so far has focused on reducing fiscal deficits and boosting competitiveness,” says Raymond Torres, head of the UN International Labour Agency’s (ILO) Research Department.“Cuts in wages and welfare programmes, combined with tax increases, have eroded family incomes and domestic demand,” added Mr. Torres. “Small- and medium-sized enterprises struggle to find credit, which means lost opportunities for job creation.”Since the start of the global crisis in 2008, one in seven jobs have been lost in the country, two-thirds of those in the past two years, according to “Tackling the job crisis in Portugal” released today by the ILO.A large part of this deterioration occurred since the start of the financial assistance programme in 2011, with young workers and families with small children disproportionately affected.The report describes the socio-economic situation in the country as “critical,” marked by unprecedented levels of unemployment, a drastic decline of productive investment and an economic recovery that is likely to be too weak to make a significant dent in the jobless figuresThe report findings are being discussed today at a high-level ILO conference in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. Among its recommendations, the report highlights improved credit conditions for viable small firms. “The establishment of a Eurozone ‘banking union’ would trigger a move towards sustainable investments and job recovery,” the report authors wrote.Another suggestion is for promotion of apprenticeships, work experience and internships, and establishment of new partnerships between educational institutions, enterprises, worker representatives and young people themselves.“Some of these policies will cost the public purse, but they would be short-term and would kick-start the job recovery process,” said Mr. Torres.“The ILO can provide technical expertise to help the Portuguese government and its social partners put in place programmes that are suitable to their specific needs.” read more

Preparing for E3 Nintendo launches a Wii U showcase in Downtown Disney

first_imgAs we get closer and closer to the biggest gaming event of the year, it is becoming clear that Nintendo’s approach to showcasing the Wii U and new titles headed for the console are slightly more hands on than their competitors. Downtown Disney, the massive Disney themed shopping center just outside of their Florida parks, is about to play home to a huge hands on Wii U experience.Nintendo has has trouble with the Wii U since the day it was announced, when it wasn’t totally clear whether the company was releasing a new console or a new controller for their existing popular console. The new console was released with very little excitement and even fewer sales, and the lack of new titles for the console since launch has not done much to encourage new users to buy.There are signs all over the place that seem to indicate the Wii U is not long for this world. Not to be deterred by the slow progress of the console, Nintendo decided to offer gamers the ability to play the next wave of games to be announced at E3 the very next day at participating Best Buy locations. Keeping on that same path, the company is now setting up a massive gaming experience in Downtown Disney to showcase the best features of this not-quite-next-gen console.According to ThrillGeek, Nintendo has started rolling in huge cases designed to operate as standalone console demo stations. Everything from Wii U chat in separate booths to demo stations for current popular titles. When E3 starts, several stations are to be setup just like the Best Buy locations to allow players a hands on look at the titles that were only announced hours ago at the gaming convention.It’s also rumored that at least one of the demo stations will be used to showcase the upcoming Skylanders competitor, Disney Infinity. These demo stations are expected to stick around in Downtown Disney until June 23, with Nintendo staff on hand while they are open to answer any questions about the console or games. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Wii U Nintendoland DemoWii U Nintendoland DemoWii U Mario U DemoWii U ChatWii U DemoWii U SMB U DemoWii U Pikmin Demolast_img read more

Mozambique du manioc à la place du charbon

first_imgMozambique : du manioc à la place du charbonEt si le manioc, en plus d’être un aliment de base en Afrique, devenait une alternative au charbon utilisé dans les réchauds ? Au Mozambique, ce projet initié par des sociétés danoises et américaines a su séduire plusieurs centaines de familles qui se servent désormais de cette plante pour alimenter leurs nouveaux poêles.Un réchaud écologique utilisant du manioc à la place du charbon dans des pays en développement, et permettant à ses vendeurs d’obtenir des crédits carbones : c’est l’idée d’un groupe formé de trois sociétés, la banque Bank of America Merrill Lynch, la société américaine de capital-risque Cleanstar, et la firme danoise Novozymes. Ce trio commercialise en Afrique, et au Mozambique notamment, des poêles qui en visant à réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre dans des pays en développement, lui permet de réduire son propre bilan carbone en emmagasinant des crédits au fil de ses ventes.Aux mois d’avril et mai dernier, 200 réchauds ont ainsi été achetés à Maputo, la capitale du Mozambique. Toutefois ce projet risque de rencontrer des obstacles, et le chercheur britannique Joseph Hanlon, spécialiste de l’économie locale, ne croit pas en un développement à grande échelle de ce poêle écologique. “Les pays en développement croulent sous les centaines, voire les milliers de tentatives d’améliorer les poêles. Ça marche à petite échelle mais n’est jamais largement adopté. Et il y a beaucoup de raisons à ça. Changer les méthodes de cuisson est difficile. Les appareils trop techniques marchent rarement”, explique-t-il à l’AFP.Mais Abyd Karmali, directeur pour le marché carbone du cabinet d’analyse financière BoA Merrill Lynch, se montre lui plus optimiste. Ce réchaud, affirme-t-il, “est le premier vraiment complet. Du point de vue de l’environnement, il apporte une vraie réduction des gaz à effet de serre”. 85% de l’énergie aujourd’hui consommée au Mozambique est issue du bois. Les familles cuisinent avec un réchaud à charbon qui en plus de provoquer des risques de maladies respiratoires, coûte de plus en plus cher. Le prix du charbon a en effet doublé en seulement trois ans.Des terres peu exploitées au Mozambique À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le poêle commercialisé par le trio américain et danois fonctionne avec de l’éthanol de manioc produit par la société Novozymes dans une raffinerie de la ville portuaire mozambicaine Beira. Un carburant vendu dans le magasin Cleanstar de Maputo. Mais ce projet n’a pas tout de suite convaincu le gouvernement du pays, qui se méfie des biocarburants et de leur impact sur la crise alimentaire. Le Mozambique souffre déjà beaucoup de son très faible taux d’exploitation de ses terres arables. Le pays en cultive aujourd’hui moins de 10%. De la nourriture doit alors être importée.Néanmoins, le ministre de l’Agriculture Jose Pachecoil a fini par conclure qu’il n’y avait “pas de contradiction entre produire de la nourriture et produire pour l’agro-industrie”. Le Mozambique “estvaste”, souligne-t-il.Le 16 juin 2012 à 14:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Lotus to move some production to China expand model lineup

first_img 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 10 Photos Share your voice Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. More From Roadshow Tags 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 71 Photos Car Industry Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Enlarge ImageThe company that gave us Driftmas will be moving some of its production to China and possibly expanding its model range. Lotus It looks like Lotus will be expanding production from its factory in Norfolk to China, according to a report published Thursday by Automotive News Europe. British-built Lotuses haven’t historically represented the last word in quality construction, so the Geely factory in China building the cars could be a boon for quality.Geely bought a majority stake in Lotus in 2017 but has, until this point, been a mostly hands-off owner though it has rekindled plans to expand Lotus’ lineup to include more luxurious cars and even — GASP — SUVs.The new factory in China’s Hubei province cost the company approximately $1.3 billion, and while it’s not yet clear how much of the factory’s estimated 150,000-car-per-year capacity the expanded Lotus line would use, we’re betting it will be a lot more than the paltry 1,630 cars Lotus sold in 2018. 81 Photos Comment 52 Photos More From Roadshow GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Share your voice 7 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 1 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 69 Photoscenter_img Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Lotus Exige Cup 430 Type 25: Another special-edition Lotus 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 49 Photos Lotus,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Sports Cars Car Industry Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 18 Photos General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura Lotus 68 Photos 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 12 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Comments 26 Photos Tags 4last_img read more

Force Motors shares surge as Q3 profit soars 200

first_imgShare prices of utility vehicles and agricultural tractor manufacturer Force Motors (formerly Bajaj Tempo) soared on Monday after the company posted about 200% increase in its net profit for the December quarter.Net profit of Force Motors jumped to Rs 27.44 crore in the October-December quarter compared to Rs Rs 9.99 crore in the corresponding period last year.Stock price of Force Motors surged over 7% in trade to Rs 2,764 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) following the announcement of upbeat quarterly results.The company reported net sales of Rs 740 crore for the third quarter, up 45% compared to Rs 512 crore in the same quarter last year.On account of strong topline and bottomline growth, the company shares witnessed a massive rally in the past one year, gaining by over 130% compared to a closing price of Rs 1,204 on 27 January 2015.The rally in the stock is largely led by growing optimism among investors about the company’s earning potential. The stock had hit a life-time high of Rs 3,288 on 5 August this year.”Force Motors moved five times from the first day when we started it at Rs 568. But still this is a stock we have given for 2020 series also, which means we are not bullish just for one year, we are bullish for the next five years and we have given a target of Rs 10,000 for 2020. If I talk of 2016-2017, which is one year forward, then the target is Rs 3,700,” Daljeet Singh Kohli, Head of Research at India Nivesh Securities had told CNBC-TV18 last month.Force Motors had opened a new engine manufacturing and testing facility near Chennai on July 21 and the plant was expected to receive an order to make engines for BMW India.last_img read more

At least 12 dead in London tower block fire Police

first_img-At least 12 people are confirmed dead in a massive fire which ripped through a London tower block on Wednesday, police said.”I do anticipate that the number of fatalities will sadly increase beyond those 12,” said the Metropolitan Police’s Stuart Cundy in a televised address.Dozens of residents caught up in the blaze at Grenfell Tower, west London, have received medical treatment.<>Residents and campaigners in the London neighbourhood where a tower block went up in a giant blaze on Wednesday spoke angrily about longstanding safety concerns, saying they were ignored because the community was not rich.Damian Collins, former head of the Grenfell Tower Residents’ Association, said residents had complained to the local council over the handling of a major refurbishment of the building completed last year.”We used to say that… it’ll take a tragedy before the people wake up and before the people managing the building get held to account,” Collins told AFP, as the 24-storey building smouldered nearby.Collins said residents of the tower were particularly concerned about the lack of fire exits in the building.He said there were also faults in the heating and lighting systems, and 90 percent of residents had signed a petition in 2015 that was ignored.”There were so many concerns,” Collins said.”The telling thing this morning is that when I woke up I wasn’t surprised… Shocked, terrified for all the people living here, not surprised,” he said.Grenfell Tower is a concrete tower block built in 1974.Its £8.7 million (9.9 million euro, $11 million) refurbishment was completed last year and included new cladding covering the whole of the exterior, which residents blamed for spreading the fire.”They decided that £10 million would go on this cladding, and we believe that’s what went on fire,” said Stewart Wallace, 59, a resident who said he had been evacuated from his home over fears Grenfell Tower could collapse.Wallace told AFP those who lived in the tower were looking to local authorities for answers: “They’re wondering where the councillors are, they’re looking for someone to blame.”As locals stood aghast at the sight of the burning building, some wearing protective masks, people carried donations such as bags of clothing and bottles of water to a nearby church.Nana Akuffo, 46, a chef who lives in the neighbourhood, said the community was used to fending for itself.”It’s all residents running the show. The council are nowhere to be seen,” he said.Referring to the multiple complaints by residents, he said: “If this happened somewhere near (up-market) Knightsbridge that would have been resolved. It wouldn’t have been an issue.”Virginia Sang, 62, said she knows many of the Grenfell Tower residents through her work at a local health centre and had walked past its only entrance hours before the fire started.”The council were aware of all the problems that’s going on in the tower block,” she said, explaining that since the refurbishment there had been problems with the electricity and gas.Sang, another person evacuated from her home, said there had been a notice in the lifts telling residents to stay in their flats if there was a fire.She recalled seeing residents of Grenfell Tower in the early hours of Wednesday morning, shouting for help and trying to escape.”(A man) tied sheets together to try and get out. I don’t know what happened,” she told AFP.The tower was built as public housing and is located in a working-class but rapidly gentrifying part of the mostly wealthy Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.It neighbours the chic district of Notting Hill, famed for its Portobello Road market from where the flames of Grenfell Tower were still visible on Wednesday afternoon.”If the same concerns were had in a wealthy part of Kensington and Chelsea they would have got resolved, but here they didn’t get resolved,” said Collins.”This is a multi-ethnic, multicultural, diverse community that just didn’t get served by the people representing them,” he said.Eddie, a 55-year-old resident from the Grenfell Action Group, told AFP he too had been complaining for years. He was particularly concerned about work at the base of the building, which he said blocked access for fire trucks.”This is mass murder and these people need to be put into court for the way they’ve treated this community,” he said at the scene of the blaze.A blog post on the Grenfell Action Group blog last year warned about a potential fire risk caused by rubbish being allowed to accumulate during the works.”This matter is of particular concern as there is only one entry and exit to Grenfell Tower during the improvement works,” it said.”The potential for a fire to break out in the communal area on the walkway does not bear thinking about as residents would be trapped in the building with no way out,” it said.last_img read more

Houston Congressmen Call For Emergency Flood Control Construction Funding

first_imgListen 00:00 /01:00 Share Ruthy MunozParts of Eldridge Parkway, which run along Addicks Reservoir are completely submerged. This portion of the parkway closest to I-10, disappears quite suddenly under water.The Army Corps of Engineers is helping out with the Addicks and Barker reservoirs, which are at record elevations after recent rains.Richard Long with the Corps says they’re releasing water from the reservoirs to stabilize the elevations.“This will provide significant relief to the individuals upstream, to the homeowners upstream, but it will be a very, very slow process in the beginning,” Longs says. “We must first catch up with the inflows that are coming into the reservoir with our outflows. As long as there is a lot of water remaining up on the Katy Prairie, it will take a while for us to do that. ”   Houston Congressmen Al Green and Gene Green are proposing an emergency appropriations bill for the Army Corps of Engineers. The funds would provide relief for areas of Houston stricken by this week’s historic flooding, as well as helping to prevent future disasters.The bill would appropriate $311 million for flood control construction projects.“That would take care of the backlog of all the projects that’s been considered by Harris County Flood Control, so we could deal with all the different bayou systems we have,” says cosponsor Gene Green.He notes that backlog has been building up for more than twenty years.Green is hoping for quick action on the bill, while this week’s flooding is still fresh in people’s memories.“When there’s a disaster,” he says, “whether it be (Hurricane) Ike or (Tropical Storm) Allison or this flood, we get national coverage for about three or four days, and so it’s on everyone’s mind. As we get away from that tragedy, there’s other tragedies around the country, so it loses the attention of Congress.”Green says he’s optimistic he’ll be able to pick up support from Texas Republicans whose own districts have suffered from recent storm damage. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Lab for testing export goods to come up in New Town

first_imgKolkata: A laboratory to test export goods will be set up in New Town. The state Cabinet has given the approval to allot 40 cottahs of land to Export Inspection Agency, a wing of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, to set up the laboratory in New Town. The laboratory will come up at Action Area III.The laboratory will test goods, particularly tea and seafood items, which are being exported. In order to export goods, various certificates are required and the consignments are often rejected as they fail to meet the international standards. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Export Inspection Lab, which now functions from a rented premise, was established in 1963. Its purpose is to ensure development of export trading through quality control.The lab conducts chemical testing on items like spices and condiments, pulses, fish and fishery products, fruit juices, fruits and vegetables, drinking water, carbonated water etc. which undergo tests like Parathion methyl, Aldrin, Alpha-BHC, Copper, Acidity, Moisture, Total ash, Water Soluble ash, Crude Fiber, Volatile Oil and many more.The lab also conducts biological testing on items like fish and fish products, milk and milk products, bakery products, swabs, water and ice from processing industries, beverages etc. which undergo tests like Shigella sp, Total Plate Count, Escherichia coli, Salmonella sp, Coliforms and many more. The lab is well-equipped with skilled professionals to carry out accurate testing services.last_img read more

Protest action on R103 near Estcourt motorists warned to stay clear

first_imgPolice have been dispatched to the area.Motorists are warned to be wary when driving in the direction of Estcourt and Mooi River in the Willow Grange area.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Protest action is taking place on the R103 near Estcourt this morning (May 2).Protesters are currently blocking roads with branches and also stoning passing vehicles.At this stage, it is unclear what they are protesting about, but reports indicate that it has to do with electricity.Also read: Protests close R103 at RoosboomAlso read: Warning to motorists: N3 not affected so far, as police battle protesters in Bruntville (Mooi River) arealast_img read more