NEW WORK: HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Highway 118 will be closed on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Exit 4 at Highway 111 to Exit 13 at Highway 107. The road closure is for installation of girders. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-543-6342 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Open The Old Baxters Mill Bridge, near Baxters Harbour in Kings County, is open to one-lane traffic. There is a weight restriction for vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms. Local Area Office: 902-424-2213 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. HALIFAX COUNTY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Highway 118, from intersection at Highway 111 northerly (toward the airport) will have intermittent lane closures in both directions during interchange construction. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels and jersey barriers. For information call 902-424-6144 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 KINGS COUNTY: Intersection of Prospect Road and Kentville Connector Traffic signals will be installed at the intersection of Prospect Road and the Kentville connector, with work being conducted until Wednesday, Jan. 18. A single-lane closure will be in effect during the installation. The traffic signals will be set to flash mode for the first six days of operation and then will begin normal activation. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-424-7116 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 YARMOUTH COUNTY: East Kempt Bridge The East Kempt Bridge on Route 203 will be closed for bridge replacement until Wednesday, Feb. 15. Traffic control consists of detour signs. A detour is available on the North Kempt Road and the Gray Road. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Antigonish-Guysborough Road The Antigonish-Guysborough Road, from the Antigonish-Guysborough County line easterly to Doyle Branch Road, will have intermittent lane closures for upgrading and gravelling until Tuesday, Jan. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. -30-
Nova Scotia’s new land registration system will soon be better and faster. Starting Tuesday, April 18, authorized lawyers across the province will be able to submit more than 70 per cent of all land-related documents directly from their desks to one of the 18 land registration offices for recording or registration. Since March 2003, the province has been rolling out a new land registration system that is modernizing Nova Scotia’s 250-year-old property-based system. “Nova Scotia is a world leader with this unique electronic system,” Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, said today, April 13. “This innovative and accessible system provides easy and timely access to land information and registration.” By the end of the year, it is expected that all land-related documents will be able to be transmitted in this way. The province is also converting at least 60 years of historic paper records at the land registries so that scanned images are available online from anywhere around world. By 2007, the Halifax Land Registration Office will make documents and plans dating back to 1749 available online. The new land registration system removes many of the constraints that delayed property transactions. As red tape, travel and title searching time is reduced, consumers should see faster closings, with lower legal bills for transactions involving properties that have been converted to the new system. For more information about land registration, call toll free 1-866-518-4640 or see the website at www.servicens.ca/property/landreg/.
A surface-water monitoring project in the Annapolis Valley is allowing farmers to better manage water use and protect the resource. The Pereau River Project will use in-stream gauges to continuously measure water volume and collect data. Farmers will use up-to-the-minute data to make decisions about how much water to withdraw for irrigation, and how often, without threatening the sustainability of the watershed. “Projects that enhance our ability to manage water as an important provincial resource will supplement the development of the provincial water strategy,” said Brooke Taylor, acting Minister of Environment and Labour. “Environment Week, and Canada Rivers Day in particular, is an excellent time to showcase technology and co-operation between resource-users and government that protect the environment the way this project does.” Preliminary work began in the Pereau River watershed in 2006. With more than $34,000 in funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the 2007 growing season will find the project in full force, and expanded to include the North Brook watershed. Farmers who will use the water gauges are looking forward to ensuring water is managed and used efficiently. “Until now, not knowing how much water was available affected our ability to use the water sustainably,” said Richard Melvin, Valley farmer and member of the Pereau Water Club. “The Pereau Project bridges this gap and will allow us to effectively manage the resource.” The project is expected to demonstrate how surface water can be better managed using good data, and the technique can be transferred to other watersheds and streams. Proving the benefits will encourage farmers to access available funding and buy water metres. The Pereau River project is a partnership between Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, Nova Scotia departments of Environment and Labour, and Agriculture, and the Pereau Water Club.
Nova Scotians will gather to reflect on the history and experience of Aboriginal Peoples in the province and explore foundations for positive change. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission will host its 2007 Public Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 10, and Thursday, Oct. 11. This year’s program will take place at Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, Membertou, Cape Breton, and focus on Aboriginal rights and people. “At this year’s forum, we want to acknowledge the past and look to the future,” said Michael Noonan, acting director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “In addition to strengthening our own ties with the Aboriginal community, the commission encourages the public to attend the forum and learn more about Mi’kmaw concerns and rights.” The forum will open on Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. with a screening of the film Wabanaki: People of the Dawn, Part II. The film is a follow-up to the award-winning Wabanaki: People of the Dawn. A reception will follow with an opportunity to meet people who were featured in the film and the film’s producer. The program will continue Thursday with an interactive panel, breakout sessions and a variety of presentations. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission will also unveil its plan to better address and investigate complaints from the Aboriginal community. “The Plan for Investigation and Resolution of Aboriginal Complaints is the result of extensive consultation with Aboriginal communities across the province,” said Mr. Noonan. “We look forward to receiving feedback on the report at the event and as it is implemented.” Each year the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission organizes an event to study one of the characteristics protected by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act. Space is limited, so people interested in attending the event should register with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission by calling 902-424-4622. A complete schedule of events can be found on the commission’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/humanrights/aboriginalforum.htm .
crampes de chaleur : spasmes musculaires syncope de chaleur : évanouissement ou faiblesse épuisement par la chaleur : fatigue, étourdissement, manque d’énergie, maux de tête, nausée, etc. coup de chaleur : confusion, désorientation, perte de connaissance ou crise Les personnes qui ont des problèmes de santé sous-jacents peuvent constater que leurs symptômes s’aggravent. Si vous présentez des symptômes d’une maladie causée par la chaleur et si vous avez des questions, composez le 811 pour communiquer avec la ligne Info-Santé. En cas d’urgence, composez le 911. Les représentants de la santé recommandent aux personnes les plus à risque de rester à l’ombre ou dans des endroits climatisés, de boire beaucoup d’eau, de porter des vêtements aux couleurs pâles et de prendre des pauses souvent s’ils font de l’exercice ou du travail à l’extérieur. Le Dr Richard Gould, médecin-hygiéniste en Nouvelle-Écosse, rappelle aux Néo-Écossais de faire attention aux conditions météorologiques et d’adapter leurs activités en conséquence. « On recommande aux gens de surveiller l’indice humidex et de prendre les précautions nécessaires pour se protéger lorsque les températures sont élevées, a dit le Dr Gould. On recommande également aux organisateurs d’activités de sports et de loisirs d’accorder suffisamment de pauses pour permettre aux gens de s’hydrater et même de reporter les activités, particulièrement si l’indice humidex dépasse 40. » On encourage les gens qui n’ont pas accès à un endroit frais à la maison ou au travail de profiter des endroits climatisés tels que les centres d’achat, les bibliothèques, les centres communautaires ou la maison d’un ami. Il est possible que les ventilateurs n’assurent pas un rafraîchissement suffisant lorsque la température est élevée. L’indice humidex nous indique la température que la personne moyenne ressent. Il s’agit de la combinaison de la température et de l’humidité. Pour connaître l’indice humidex dans votre communauté, consultez le site Web d’Environnement Canada au www.meteo.gc.ca. Pour obtenir d’autres conseils sur la sécurité en été, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/publications/HeatSummerSafety_FR.pdf ou le www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/publications/Hydration_scr.pdf (en anglais seulement). La température augmente et le ministère de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé demande aux gens de prendre de simples précautions pour se protéger. Le temps chaud et l’humidité augmentent le risque de maladie pour les bébés, les enfants d’âge préscolaire, les aînés de 65 ans et plus et les personnes atteintes de maladies chroniques telles que des maladies respiratoires ou cardiaques. Les animaux de compagnie sont également susceptibles aux températures élevées. Les symptômes des maladies causées par la chaleur incluent :
The news of her daughter’s passing took her by surprise. But through the mother’s grief she made sure to fulfill her daughter’s promise to give many others the gift of life. Five families received phone calls that day informing them that they would receive her daughter’s organs. Even more families benefitted from her tissue: corneas gave someone else sight, her skin covered a young burn patient and her heart valves went to a child born with a deformed valve. As an intensive care doctor, I have seen many families comforted through their grief by being able to provide others with the gift of life. Yet, there are many Nova Scotians who do not realize that there is an urgent and significant need for organ and tissue donations. In Atlantic Canada, about 285 people are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and hundreds more are waiting for tissue. In 2010, there were 19 organ donors in the province, and nearly 100 tissue donors. This number could be higher if more people made their wishes known and talked about organ and tissue donation with their families. As laws change to keep people safer and technology becomes further advanced, Nova Scotians are living longer and the number of potential donors has decreased. But, tragedies do still happen. A discussion with loved ones regarding your wish to be an organ and tissue donor will provide many more people with a second chance at life. We don’t know the future. Any one of us might be a donor, or find ourselves in desperate need of an organ or tissue transplant. Know that a decision to donate will make a real difference in the lives of others. Legacy of Life is a provincial program of the Department of Health and Wellness that promotes organ and tissue donation awareness and education. Visit legacyoflife.ns.ca to learn more and register as a donor, and remember to discuss your decision with your family. -30- The following is an op-ed from Dr. Stephen Beed, Clinical Advisor, Legacy of Life Program
The province is providing teachers with more technology that will help young students improve reading and writing and older students prepare for good jobs. Every elementary school will have a mobile technology centre this fall, including notebooks, software and links to online resources. More than 110 teachers are attending a workshop in Wolfville today, May 3, and Friday, May 4, to learn use the technology in ways that excite students and support their learning. “Kids and Learning First supports effective teaching in every classroom by providing teachers with tools and resources to bring curriculum alive for every student,” said Kings North MLA Jim Morton on behalf of Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “These technology centres also support our plan to help more children strengthen their reading and writing skills in early elementary.” The province is investing $1.4 million in the mobile technology centres. Other efforts will ensure students continue to benefit from more technology and innovation in classrooms at all grade levels. A new Technology Education course will be offered next year to Grade 9 students at more than 100 schools. The new course will engage students and provide powerful hands-on learning experiences in innovative subject areas such as energy engineering, production technology, communications technology and inventions and innovations. Teachers and students at each participating schools will have access to tools of the trades such as screen process printing kits, power drills and cutting tools and digital cameras. The skills students learn illustrate the province’s commitment to prepare young people for good jobs in Nova Scotia. Teachers are learning about the new course at a workshop in Truro today and Friday. Industry and education partners involved in the workshop include: Skills Canada Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Community College, North Nova Education Centre technology education students, Atlantic Photo Supply, Progressive Educational Systems, Fundy Grinding and Machining, Makita Canada, Advance School Supply and Kidder Manufacturing.
Nova Scotians can help ensure fishing regulations remain relevant and effective by taking part in consultations throughout the province. The meetings to discuss issues begin in Oxford on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The Recreational Fishing Advisory Council meetings are held annually by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture to share sportfishing information, research and promote discussion. “The sportfishing industry is valued at $58 million and attracted 70,000 licensed anglers in 2012,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “It’s a healthy, outdoor activity which can be enjoyed at a reasonable cost as a lifelong sport by young and old.” Feedback from past meetings brought regulations to help eliminate the spread of invasive species. There will be six Recreational Fishing Advisory Council meetings throughout the province, from Nov. 5 to 14. More information on angling and meeting dates can be found at http://novascotia.ca/fish/programs-and-services/industry-support-services/inland-fisheries/ or by calling 902-485-5056.
Les conditions météorologiques semblent plus favorables aujourd’hui, avec une alternance de soleil et de nuages, et 60 p. 100 de probabilité d’averses. Il y a un risque d’orage en après-midi, avec des vents du sud-ouest à 20 km/h. Le feu de forêt de Seven Mile Lake, dans le comté d’Annapolis, brûle toujours sur environ 377 hectares. Les équipes font des progrès et le feu demeure circonscrit dans une proportion de 35 p. 100. Le feu de forêt à Ten Mile Lake, dans le comté de Queens, est circonscrit et s’étend sur environ 8,3 hectares. Les feux de Perch Lake, dans le comté de Pictou, et de Maitland Bridge, dans le comté d’Annapolis, sont entièrement circonscrits et s’étendent sur 10 hectares et 21 hectares respectivement. Les feux de Greenfield, comté de Queens, West Dalhousie, comté d’Annapolis, Clyde River, comté de Shelburne, et Round Hill, comté d’Annapolis, sont entièrement circonscrits et font l’objet de patrouilles. Un plus petit feu à Coldbrook, comté de Kings, et trois petits feux près de Morganville, comté de Digby, sont éteints. Ils s’étendaient sur environ 0,01 hectare chacun. La route 8 demeure fermée en raison de l’arrosage aérien dans la région. Depuis le 9 août, les activités et les déplacements dans les régions boisées sont interdits. Les gens peuvent continuer d’utiliser les plages et les parcs provinciaux, mais l’accès aux réseaux de sentiers sera limité, et l’interdiction de brûlage demeure en vigueur. Pour de plus amples renseignements : http://novascotia.ca/nsfire/fr/faq.asp Voici une mise à jour du gouvernement provincial sur les feux de forêt, publiée le jeudi 11 août à 9 h. -30-
A test of the public emergency alerting system will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 1:55 p.m. This is the second test this year of the Alert Ready system which includes cellphones. The Alert Ready system allows emergency management officials to send out public alerts in times of emergency. Participants in the national system include private and public broadcasters, cellphone service providers and government organizations. “When an emergency happens, seconds count. Alert Ready is one of the many tools we can use to notify Nova Scotians of an emergency,” said Chuck Porter, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. “We encourage Nova Scotians to visit the Alert Ready site or speak with their wireless provider to confirm if their device is compatible to receive these alerts.” The Emergency Management Office regularly tests components of the public alerting system before an actual emergency occurs. Tests of the system create awareness of Alert Ready and how it works on television, radio and wireless. Not everyone received the alert on their mobile devices during the test in May for a variety of reasons, including device compatibility, settings and connection to a network. Nova Scotians who do not receive the alert Nov. 28 are encouraged to follow up with their service provider. The test begins with a loud alert sound on radio, television and compatible cellphones. The sound is followed by a spoken message on television and radio and a text on television and cellphone screens. If a cellphone is in silent mode, there will be no sound but a message will be displayed and the phone may vibrate. If it is switched off it will not receive an emergency alert. In addition to the alert system, the Emergency Management Office uses Twitter and Facebook to alert the public. Information about cellphone compatibility is available at http://www.alertready.ca.
“India wins yet again”, gasped Narendra Modi via his tweet as his Bharatiya Janta Party and allies registered a landslide victory yesterday. The counting trends that the nation woke up to suggested a comprehensive NDA grab of Centre’s seat in line to predictions brought up by exit polls. The so portrayed ‘silent’ Modi wave suddenly grew gigantic and swept the nation, expanding BJP’s outreach compared to its last outing in 2014. BJP registered more votes in several states such as Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh than it had in 2014 which clearly backed the Modi wave. BJP’s more than 50 per cent vote share in a dozen big states strongly affirms his popularity as well as India’s decision. Not just Modi but all stalwarts from BJP won their respective seats, and by a margin, which invariably signifies the nation’s mood and expectations. Despite losing the Hindi Belt to Congress in assembly elections prior to the Lok Sabha election, BJP arose to a commanding lead. Trends cited a figure meandering around 340 seats for NDA while Congress and its allies featured in a poor bracket of 90-110 seats with Congress managing only a meagre gain of 10-12 seats from a historic low of 44 last time. Other parties collectively put up a fair show of 100-110 seats. BJP’s soaring confidence to storm back to power as a single-largest party capable of forming a government on its own has been aptly reflected in the outcome of this tedious exercise. Opinion and exit polls had predicted a clean sweep but their credibility was limited. However, post-results, it seems there was no doubt that BJP will return to power, even as the anti-BJP sentiment strengthened amidst the opposition parties. BJP, all along, had been confident of the win even as reports of EVM-rigging surfaced which sparked curiosity over handling of precious voting machines by authorities. While the concern was amplified by a consortium of opposition parties who took the matter to the Election Commission, it did not yield much. EC stood by the Supreme Court’s order of tallying VVPATs for five polling stations in each assembly segment. Trends usually oscillate, keeping the fight on but not yesterday since it was clear right from the morning tea as to who is going to accede to the seat of government at Raisina Hills. The all-day counting process facilitated drum beats at BJP offices across the nation with party workers and supporters revelling. BJP’s trajectory to yet another historic win includes its growing presence in states where it had not done well back in 2014. Of the 282 seats the party won in 2014, 193 came from Hindi-speaking populous states of North India but this time it surprised the opposition by its gains in Odisha, West Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra as well as Assam and Tripura. While BJP is yet to penetrate the south, losing out to UPA in Kerala, Tamil Nadu (where DMK restrained BJP) and YSRCP – which swept all seats – in Andhra Pradesh, its pan-Indian presence has definitely enhanced. Its crucial alliance in Maharashtra and Bihar with Shiv Sena and JDU respectively aided in widening the lead even as it lost Punjab to Congress. The most dismal performance in the anti-BJP camp evidently remains that of BSP-SP-RLD combine who looked strong but could not prevent BJP from sweeping the major chunk of seats in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read – Securing nutritionThe clean sweep outlines India’s decision to see a strong leader like Modi lead and build a strong nation. All electoral rhetorics come to an end when people’s mandate is pronounced and quite rightly, Modi has been hailed as the one India desires. Irrespective of issues that manifested while his term or adversities that arose along communal lines, irrespective of the negative rate of job growth or resounding agrarian crises across the country, Modi’s polarising figure trumped outstanding issues while his government’s on-ground work spoke louder than the oppositions’ allegations and sops. Congress could only muster a clear majority in two states viz. Kerala and Punjab, with Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from Wayanad working well for the party while simultaneously costing him his family’s bastion seat in Amethi. For the country in general, the ‘if not Modi then who’ question decided the mandate then and there. It does seem that the absence of a strong opposition leader has definitely let the opposition down. For them, issues were real and rallying around those while accusing BJP of building a narrative around national security in the light of recent events seemed enough but not for the country. For India, the presence of a strong enigmatic leader in Modi with no proven accounts of corruption and work across sectors was enough to make a choice. It will be ascertained in the years to come how right this mandate is.
Do I need to bathe my guinea pig? No. Guinea pigs are quite capable of cleaning themselves and taking care of their hygiene. In fact, taking a bath could be stressful. They are not natural swimmers and are prone to cold. So, taking a bath could lead to serious diseases. Your guinea pig has natural body oils which get stripped when they take a bath, leaving them susceptible to parasites infestation. You should not give your guinea pigs a bath if they are very dirty and need to be cleaned up, if your guinea pig recently had a parasite infestation and you need to clean out the dead parasites, if he/she has a dirty rump because of bladder infection or diarrhoea. If you must give your guinea pig a bath, make sure of the following details: Also Read – Feel what you fear The water is not too cold The room in which you are giving your guinea pig a bath is not too cold Do not use a deep washing bowl and ensure the water is not higher than your guinea pig’s height After the bath immediately dry your guinea pig with a towel or flannels by gently rubbing or patting down in the direction of the fur. My guinea pig is eating its droppings. Is this normal? This is very normal and healthy. Even though humans might find this action abnormal and dirty, your guinea pig eats his/her own droppings to completely absorb the nutrients in the food. Guinea pigs have two types of food – dark solid droppings and soft squishy droppings called caecals or cecotropes. Caecals are lighter in colour with a green or yellowish tint to them. Plant material is difficult to digest in one go therefore, many nutrients don’t get absorbed in the intestine and pass out of the body as faecal matter. Like a cow chews the cud, a guinea pig eating its caecals is a similar process. The food is first consumed and broken down by bacteria in the intestines of the guinea pig. This result in partial absorption of the nutrients in the food, the guinea pig will then consume the caecal again to thoroughly absorb the nutrients. Therefore, ensure that your guinea pig gets an adequate balanced diet to keep him/her healthy. Also Read – Homecoming My guinea pig seems to be shivering. Is something wrong? Generally guinea pigs shiver because of fear. If there are any animals in the vicinity of your guinea pig or if he/she is in a new environment then he/she could be experiencing fear. Make him/her comfortable, spend time with him/her and ensure that no animals in the vicinity are scaring your pig. Another cause of shivering is if your pet is cold. Guinea pigs can’t handle cold well. Even if it feels warm to you, it might not be warm enough for your guinea pig. Ensure that there is no wind or drafts near your guinea pig’s cage and that it is sufficiently warm and cosy. Guinea pigs are prone to pneumonia and respiratory infections so if you notice any abnormal shivering with other symptoms, immediately consult a vet. (Views expressed and information provided are personal. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org)
New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his sister and party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday condemned the brutal killing of a two-and-a-half-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh district and demanded strict action against the accused. “The horrific murder of a little girl in Aligarh, UP has shocked and disturbed me. How can any human being treat a child with such brutality? This terrible crime must not go unpunished. The UP police must act swiftly to bring the killers to justice,” the Congress President tweeted. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Condemning the inhumane act, Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet: “The brutal murder in Aligarh is yet another inhuman, unspeakable crime against an innocent child. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain her parents must feel. What has become of us?” The Congress leaders’ remarks came days after the toddler’s badly mutilated body was found in a dumping ground near her house in Tappal town on June 2, three days after she went missing. According to the Uttar Pradesh Police, the victim was strangled to death and her eyes were gouged out after her parents allegedly failed to repay a loan of Rs 10,000. Two of the accused have been arrested.
Washington: President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would be willing to accept information from a foreign country on his opponent in the 2020 election race, after years of denying Moscow helped him win office. Trump team contacts with Russians during the 2016 presidential race led to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion and obstruction of justice, as well as several similar and ongoing efforts in Congress. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’The Russia issue has consumed the Trump presidency for the past two years, and his new remarks suggested he still sees nothing wrong with a US political candidate accepting help from a foreign power. “I think you might want to listen… there’s nothing wrong with listening,” Trump said when asked by ABC News what he would do if a country such as Russia or China offered him such information. He denied the suggestion that that would amount to foreign meddling in a US election. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China “It’s not an interference, they have information — I think I’d take it,” Trump said. “If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI — if I thought there was something wrong,” Trump said. Mueller’s report on his investigation stated that while there was insufficient evidence to charge Trump with criminal conspiracy, he was happy enough to benefit from Russian dirty tricks. Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden said that Trump was “welcoming” foreign interference in US voting. “This isn’t about politics. It is a threat to our national security. An American President should not seek their aid and abet those who seek to undermine democracy,” Biden said on Twitter. Another Democratic presidential hopeful, Elizabeth Warren, seized on Trump’s comments to repeat her strident calls for him to be impeached. “The #MuellerReport made it clear: A foreign government attacked our 2016 elections to support Trump, Trump welcomed that help, and Trump obstructed the investigation,” Warren tweeted. “Now, he said he’d do it all over again. It’s time to impeach Donald Trump.” Democrats in Congress continue to seek testimony and information as they press the president with multiple investigations — mostly related to Russia meddling, obstruction and the 2016 election — and are debating among themselves whether there is enough evidence and political space to pursue impeachment. The president’s remarks came on the same day that his son Donald Jr was grilled by US senators about his contacts with Russians. The younger Trump likely faced questioning about his role in arranging meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016 that included his father’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, then-campaign manager Paul Manafort, and a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. “If it’s what you say, I love it,” Trump Jr had written in response to a 2016 email offering the information. Some Democrats suspect Trump Jr may have lied in previous testimony in 2017 about what he and his father knew about the now-infamous meeting, as well as other connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. The Trump team had initially tried to cover up the meeting, providing conflicting stories about its purpose and what happened. Mueller’s report detailed how the president’s former lawyer Michael Cohen recalled that Trump Jr may have told his father about the meeting. The president has denied knowing about it ahead of time.
Manchester: India’s captain and vice-captain ran the show in their much-awaited World Cup clash against Pakistan here on Sunday. While Rohit Sharma smashed a masterful 140 off 113 balls (4×14, 6×3), skipper Virat Kohli hit a 65-ball 77 (4×7) as India scored 336/5 in the allotted 50 overs. Put into bat by Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, K.L. Rahul walked out with Rohit to open the innings for India. Rahul quelled any doubts as to whether he can fill injured Shikhar Dhawan’s shoes at the top of the order by holding up one end as he and Rohit gave India a perfect start. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevThe openers put up 136 runs with Rohit doing the bulk of the scoring. Both players crossed their half-centuries and it was the fourth instance of an Indian pair recording a century stand against Pakistan in a World Cup. Pakistan finally got the breakthrough in the form of Rahul. Bowling the 24th over, Wahab Riaz changed his angle to round the wicket after he got a warning from umpire Marais Erasmis for running into the protected area of the pitch in his follow through. He sent in a full delivery and Rahul was early to his drive. He ended up hitting it straight to Babar Azam at cover after having made 57 off 78 deliveries (4×3, 6×2). Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsBut Pakistan were never let off the hook throughout the Indian innings. Kohli replaced Rahul and played second fiddle as Rohit continued the onslaught. The pair also put pressure on the Pakistan fielders with swift running between the wickets and soon Rohit notched up his 23rd ODI century. Rohit raced to the three-figure mark in just 85 balls after which he uppped the ante. The pair continued to pick singles and doubles as Rohit attacked spinners Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan. The Indian vice-captain’s dismissal, however, came completely against the run of play with Rohit looking set to cross 150 and even get to a fourth ODI double hundred. In the 39th over, Rohit looked to scoop Hasan Ali over short fine leg, only to find Wahab Riaz placed at that paricular position. The dismissal ended a 98-run second wicket stand between Rohit and Kohli. Pakistan picked up wickets more frequently after that but could not manage to dismiss Kohli. The Indian captain soldiered on and soon crossed 11,000 ODI runs, becoming the fastest to reach the milestone. Hardik Pandya came in at number four and tried to accelerate the Indian innings. He was successful to a certain extent, putting up 51 runs with Kohli before falling to Mohammad Amir by holing out at long-on for 26 (24 balls; 4×2, 6×1). Amir then dismissed Mahendra Singh Dhoni for just one in the 46th over as Vijay Shankar, playing in place of the injured Shikhar Dhawan, joined Kohli in the middle. Shankar was given out off Wahab after seemingly edging one to the wicketkeeper, but he successfully reviewed the decision. There was a temporary halt in the proceedings after that with the rain coming down, as was the forecast on the eve of the match. But the rains did not last long and the teams were back in the middle without any over being deducted. After resumption in the 48th over, Amir banged one short as Kohli looked to pull the delivery. He only got what looked like a faint edge and Sarfraz made no mistake behind the stumps. Interestingly, it was Kohli who walked while the umpire never raised his finger. Replays indicated there was gap between bat and ball. After the skipper’s dismissal, Shankar and Kedar Jadhav added 22 runs to take India to 336/5 at the end of 50 overs. Brief scores: India: 336/5 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 140, Virat Kohli 77; Mohammad Amir 3/47) against Pakistan.
Gandhinagar: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Tuesday filed his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha poll from Gujarat, scheduled on July 5. Jaishankar reached Ahmedabad Monday evening, hours after he officially joined the BJP in the presence of BJPs working president J P Nadda in Delhi. Jaishankar, 64, had served as the Foreign Secretary in the previous Modi-led government. He was inducted into the Union cabinet in Modi’s second term. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Gujarat BJP OBC cell president Jugalji Thakor also filed his papers for the second Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat. The two seats were vacated after BJP leaders Amit Shah and Smriti Irani were elected to the Lok Sabha last month. As per norms, a minister who is not a member of Parliament has to be elected to either House within six months of his or her swearing in. Thakor is from Mehsana district and belongs to the dominant Thakor community in the state. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and state BJP chief Jitu Vaghani were present as Jaishankar and Thakor submitted their nomination forms to the returning officer C B Pandya. The last date of submitting nomination papers is June 25, while scrutiny of papers would be conducted on June 26, and the last date of withdrawal is June 28. Given its strength in the Assembly, the BJP is set to win both the seats, especially as the election will be held separately as per the Election Commissions notification. Upset over the Election Commissions notification, the Congress had moved the Supreme Court seeking its direction to the poll body to hold the elections to the two seats together, as this gives a chance to the opposition party to win at least one seat. The apex court refused to entertain the plea. The Congress has fielded Gaurav Pandya and Chandrika Chudasama for the two Rajya Sabha seats.
NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and their families will join a group of senior citizens for pilgrimage to Vaishno Devi on July 20, being organized under the “Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana”. Interacting with pilgrims selected under the scheme, Kejriwal said the Delhi government-funded pilgrimage scheme is the most sacred of all the works done by his dispensation so far.The Chief Minister will launch the Delhi government’s first and fully-funded religious pilgrimage on July 12 by flagging off a train ferrying 1,000 pilgrims on the Delhi-Amritsar-Wagah Border-Anandpur Sahib tour circuit. The second tour on the Delhi-Vaishno Devi-Jammu corridor, will be from July 20 to 24. “Manish Sisodia and I, along with our families, will join you (pilgrims) for the Delhi-Vaishno Devi pilgrimage on July 20 to take blessings of Vaishno Devi,” Kejriwal told the gathering and slammed accused his political opponents for “indulging in politics over this scheme”. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe Chief Minister also said that he would ensure every senior citizen in Delhi gets at least one pilgrimage in his life. There are five corridors selected under the scheme so far — Delhi-Mathura-Vrindavan-Agra-Fatehpur Sikri, Delhi-Haridwar-Rishikesh-Neelkanth, Delhi-Ajmer-Pushkar, Delhi-Amritsar-Wagah Border-Anandpur Sahib and Delhi-Vaishno Devi-Jammu. Under the scheme, the government will bear the entire expenditure for all pilgrims, including air conditioned train travel, accommodation, meals and other arrangements. One attendant above the age of 21 can accompany each pilgrim. The government is also planning to expand the scheme and has received requests for Tirupati Balaji, Rameshwaram and Shirdi pilgrimage.
New Delhi: The CRPF Friday unveiled the country’s first prototype of a body protector for women personnel which it has jointly developed with the Defence Research and Development Organisation. The “gender-specific protective gear” weighs 6 kg and has a different design and layout from the regular fibre-made black coloured body protector which is worn by both men and women police and paramilitary personnel during riot-control duties and regulation of public protests. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedOne such female body protector, that would protect an individual from the neck to the toe with chest, hand, legs, shin and thigh guards, is estimated to cost Rs 9,000, a senior official involved in the project said. CRPF Director General R R Bhatnagar unveiled the new design at the forces’ headquarters here. The need to have women-specific body protector for police and Central Armed Police Forces personnel was first mooted during the national conference for women in police in 2016 that was organised by the Union Home Ministry here. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliThe prototype has been developed after over two years of research by the Central Reserve Police Force in collaboration with the Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), that functions under the DRDO. “While the weight and components of the new body gear are similar to the old one, it has a better ergonomical design that would help women personnel better manouvere and be comfortable while on duty,” CRPF Deputy Inspector General (Intelligence) Moses Dhinakaran told PTI. The officer said the CRPF, which has about 8,000 women personnel in its combat ranks, will soon issue technical specifications so that police gear manufacturing firms could provide them the new protectors in commercial quantity.
Rampur: Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan’s luxury resort ‘Humsafar’ in Rampur was now facing trouble following allegations of land grabbing. The district administration of Rampur, according to sources, was preparing to demolish the boundary wall of the resort “in a day or two”. The Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Department had served a notice to Khan, alleging that the luxury resort was built on land owned by the state government. Allegations of irregularities have also been raised by the district administration regarding the encroachment of government land in the resort. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ On July 29, Khan was declared land mafia following a series of cases registered against him in connection with the grabbing of government and agricultural land owned by poor farmers. The Enforcement Department (ED) is also inquiring into alleged money laundering charges related to donations from abroad in the account of Khan’s private university — the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University. The ED has sought a list of cases registered against the MP from Rampur police. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Rampur Superintendent of Police (SP) Ajay Pal Sharma has said that the police have sought the revenue records, payment receipts and land agreements with different parties from whom the land, worth several hundred crores, was purchased. “We need to investigate the sale deeds and verify authentic documents to ascertain the actual seller. We also want to assess the accounts through which the payments were made. The parties which received the payments have to be authenticated,” he said.
Sanaa: More than 100 people are believed to have been killed when the Saudi-led coalition fighting Huthi rebels launched an air strike on a detention centre in Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Sunday. “We estimate over 100 people were killed,” Franz Rauchenstein, head of delegation for the ICRC in Yemen, told AFP after he travelled to the city of Dhamar where the air strikes hit. He said at least 40 survivors were being treated for their injuries in hospitals in the city, which lies south of the capital Sanaa. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The Saudi-led military coalition said earlier that it launched air strikes against a Huthi military target that “stores drones and missiles”. However, the Huthi television channel Al-Masirah said that “dozens were killed and injured” in seven air strikes that hit a building the rebels used as a prison. The ICRC has sent medical teams and hundreds of body bags to Dhamar, saying that it had visited detainees at the location before. “As we speak, the teams are working relentlessly to find survivors under the rubble” and are “currently collecting bodies,” Rauchenstein said, adding that the chances of finding anyone else alive in the heavy debris “are very low”.