Four Naxals killed in encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh

first_imgFour Naxals were gunned down in an encounter with security forces on Tuesday in the insurgency-hit Sukma district in Chhattisgarh, police said.The encounter took place around 6 AM in a forest in the Chintalnar police station area, Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P. told PTI.An elite unit of the CRPF’s Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) was cordoning off the forest area near Karkanguda village, around 500 km away from the state capital, when a group of Naxals started firing on them, leading to a gun-battle, he said.In the encounter, four Naxals were killed.One INSAS rifle and two .303 rifles were recovered from the spot, he said.Further details were awaited, he added.Anti-Naxal operations have been intensified in the forests of Bastar division in view of the Lok Sabha elections.Chhattisgarh will vote in three phases on April 11, April 18 and April 23. Sukma district is a part of the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency which will go to poll in the first phase in the State.last_img read more

Reality check hits Gilas ahead of Fiba Asia Cup

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FILE PHOTO – Guard Ray Parks and national team assistant coach Jimmy Alapag during practice at Meralco Gym. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere were occasional bursts of laughter during practice on Thursday.Controlled scrimmages between Gilas Pilipinas’ Fiba Asia Cup team and Southeast Asian Games squad were intense, but fun was still written on the players’ faces from the ever playful Calvin Abueva to the usually stoic Mac Belo and always serious Terrence Romeo.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES “As you can see, we’re very far from being in competitive shape so all we can do is really make the best of what we have and have fun like this kasi there’s just so much we can do. We’ll just try our best.”Gilas opens its campaign against China on Wednesday. The team takes a break on Friday, then holds its last practice here Saturday morning.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Seasoned Fernandes wages ONE bantamweight title to young Leone But beyond the feeling of ease throughout Gilas’ second to the last training session before leaving for Lebanon early Sunday morning, reality check hits.“As you can see, the Fiba Asia team, they’re having a hard time against the SEA Games team. Can you imagine if that’s China?” Reyes told reporters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“But like I always keep saying, we gotta work with what we have. We had to rest the players who have games tomorrow so those who  are not playing tomorrow were the ones who scrimmaged,” said Reyes, referring to June Mar Fajardo and Jayson Castro, who will suit up for their respective PBA clubs on Friday.Reyes admitted the team still has a lot of catching up to do to reach its desired form in time for the Fiba Asia tilt. View commentslast_img read more

Gomez De Liaño impresses Odom

first_imgMOST READ It took just one practice session for Juan Gomez de Liaño to create quite an impression on former Los Angeles Lakers standout Lamar Odom.“This kid can play and is good,” said Odom of the UP star, who showcased his shooting and playmaking skills in Mighty Sports’ first practice session.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts PLAY LIST 02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss 2019 Batang Pinoy set for fine weather Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The team, which will also parade former Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee and Chinese league veteran Randolph Morris, is gearing up for the Dubai International Basketball Championship set Feb. 1 to 9.“First practice was OK; I like that guys were excited, lots of laughs. They were practicing well,” said coach Charles Tiu, the younger brother of retired Rain or Shine star Chris Tiu. “Juan looked very good. I was also impressed with his decision-making. His overall game, including his shooting, was great.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

10 activities to boost your brain

first_imgDid you always think we are born with a set intelligence level which cannot be changed? That’s not true. To maximise your potential, you just need to work out and stimulate different areas in your brain allocated to different activities.The more we challenge our brain to do new creative or logical things, the more we enable it to create new pathways for a better functioning mind and reinforce the old pathways. That way, the brain becomes faster and better, and yes, we train ourselves to be more intelligent.Times have been changing and the word ‘hobby’ itself has taken a backseat. With a smart phone in every young palm, a huge world opens for the young generation. However, with this advent of technology, have other doors shut themselves? Not if we do not allow them to be shut!The following is a list of common activities we ought to spend more time in, primarily to relax and take a break from our studies or from work, but also with a motive to hone our grey cells and become a tad smarter:1. SportsPlaying a particular sport keeps your body in top shape and instils in you sportsmanship and helps you work better in groups. Increased blood circulation to brain means increased brain function.Physical exercise causes the release of endorphins, which promotes the creation of new neural pathways in your brain, improving your reasoning and memory. Thus, sports make you mentally and physically agile. Moreover, you boost your confidence, capabilities, coordination and also increase responsiveness.advertisementAlso, note that forging new neural pathways is going to be a recurring theme in this article; that’s just science-talk for becoming smarter and being able to think in new ways.2. Video gamesFor introverts who are petrified of stepping out of their home, there are plentiful options.  While each of you may not have much use for lightning-quick reflexes, problem-solving skills are a must for life, no matter what you choose to do. It improves hand-eye coordination as well if you take shooting and RPG games into account.Apart from building strategising skills, some video games also equip the player with an understanding of history and how society used to be, so that they might better understand why it is the way it is now. Some notable examples are the Age of Empires and Sid Meier’s Civilization series, along with the slightly less well known Paradox Interactive titles, such as Crusader Kings and Hearts of Iron. Yes, it’s a simplified version of history, but it is often quite accurate, and so much more fun than just reading a book about it.3. MusicIn the 1990s, the so-called ‘Mozart effect’ became the go-to method for ensuring developing foetus were born with superhuman intellect. The reasoning was simple: playing Mozart to the unborn makes them smarter. Does that sound too good to be true? That’s because it is.Science has shown that there’s nothing inherently superior about Requiem that makes toddlers-to-be any smarter than those brought up on AC/DC’s Highway to Hell. In fact, Blur have been found to produce better results than boy-wonder Mozart in improving cognitive abilities. Listening to music does make you smarter, but only if you listen to it as an actual person, after you have been born. Music deals with sound frequencies, which have a great impact on our brain waves. It can give rise to complex emotions and psychological states. Research has shown that listening to music or playing an instrument improves our memory capacity. It sharpens concentration and teaches patience and perseverance.Studies have shown that it doesn’t matter whether you listen to Beethoven and Bach or Vance Joy or AR Rahman, all of them (yes, that’s right) will forge new neural pathways, while improving your cognitive and reasoning abilities. What does matter is how much you enjoy the music. 4. Reading The benefits of reading are repeated endlessly, but they are so great that we do not mind repeating them. Seeking new ideas and exploring different points of view produce the most concrete results when attempting to improve one’s intellect.Read Tolstoy, read Wodehouse, read Milton, read Adams. You don’t even need to enjoy what you read, just think about what you have read once you’re done. Think of life as one of those literary analysis questions in your exams, where you need to dissect and deconstruct all that you have read, and come up with your own coherent explanation for it all.A point to be noted here is the importance of reading opposing viewpoints. It’s all very well to read only the material that you agree with, but that’s not going to help you grow as a person with varying opinions and viewpoints. Exposing yourself to perspectives contrary to your own, and reacting not angrily but rationally by understanding why these opposing viewpoints exist is a big boost to your grey cells.advertisement5. Writing It is not simply enough to consume media. In Vanilla Ice’s immortal words, “Stop, listen, and collaborate.” Be it with music or literature or any other pursuit, you derive just as much pleasure and benefit (if not more) from creating your own work.Your writing need not be very good; you’re not trying to be published. Just a written record of your mental meanderings will help you keep track of what you think and why you think so.And as with everything, finding like-minded people can greatly improve your results. JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis were part of the same Old English reading group at Oxford. Coleridge and Wordsworth belonged to the same society of poets at Cambridge. And it’s helpful to find a collective even if you’re not looking to get published; unbiased criticism and opposing perspectives are vital for building character, and, after all, isn’t that what this is about?It still counts if you go on a weekly tirade on you Facebook wall, provided you engage them when they express a different point of view, rather than just deleting their comments outright. What matters is arranging your thoughts in a logical and cohesive manner, removing anything that doesn’t fit and adding anything that’s missing.6. Learning languages: How many languages do you speak? If you are bilingual, chances are that you are better at solving puzzles than those who know only one language-research says so. Problem-solving, planning and management-all come easier to the brain if you train it by learning a new language. Learning to speak more languages changes your brain in a way that you can monitor your environment and direct your attention to difficult work much better. It will also make it easier for you to pick up top level jobs.7. Solving puzzles: Solve more puzzles, riddles, Sudoku, board games and the like. Solving puzzles is putting your brain to exercise. The nerve cells respond in new ways which increase neuroplasticity -the elasticity of neurons. As the neural pathways change, we see things from a new perspective and can understand various viewpoints much more easily.Moreover, unexpected behaviours or emotions are less likely to throw you off balance as your brain will be able to understand the cause and effect of the emotions faster and better. Basically, our cognitive abilities are improved. People who possess high neuroplasticity learn faster, memorise more and are less prone to anxiety and depression.8. Meditation: Regular meditation allows you to train your brain in a manner where you can generate certain brain waves on command. So, this enables us to fully control our emotions – we can feel any emotion we want, whenever we want – thus enabling us to tune into the happiness channel by default. This essentially does away with the damaging power of negative emotions as we can easily switch our mindset when we are feeling anxious, depressed or sad. This also boosts our confidence and pumps up our innate energy whenever we want to.advertisementIn 1992, scientist Richard Davidson conducted a study on the pattern of brain waves of the Dalai Lama and other accompanying monks when they were meditating. The studies condone what is mentioned above and was published in ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences’ more than 10 years later, in 2004, and subsequently, also in the Wall Street Journal.9. Art: Producing art effectively cleans the brain. Studies have clearly shown how indulging in painting or other forms of art improves the way different parts of the brain interact with each other. When you are fully emerged in creating art, you are not just functioning with motor skills and cognitive processing, rather you are going through a flow, which is a very personal integrative experience. Areas of the brain concerned with emotions, inner thoughts and learning all are activated in the process.Your psychological resilience will go up and your stress levels can decrease merely through a trip to the nearest art gallery, though it is actually producing art which is most beneficial. Our brain is so hard wired into deciphering and analysing art that it will get down to business even if you are not doing it consciously or trying to criticise the painting. When you see a certain piece of art, pictures and emotions form in your head trying to make sense of what you see, even without trying!10. Travelling: While this is a hobby which cannot always be indulged in easily, regular short trips to nearby places sneaked between your college or workplace daily routine can keep your mind fresh and de-stressed.Travelling results in a physical workout that drives blood to your brain, and the new things that you can learn, ranging from food and clothes, to the very culture, language and the way of perception of various kinds of communities and people, all go into developing your brain’s perceptive capabilities and improving its neural pathways. The more variations you come across in the existence and behaviour of human life in the world, the more your mind opens up and you are able to accept and process new information.Read: Evolution of blackboards: From clay tablets to the digital board Read: Creating a performance environment: How Google and Apple get the best from employees Read: Rules for a perfect resume in 2017 For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.com.last_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2018: Akram, Gavaskar discuss Virat Kohli’s absence from Asia Cup

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Wasim Akram weighed in on Virat Kohli’s absence from the Asia Cup, saying that it is the right decisionAkram said that the fact that Kohli will not be available for India, will mean that the Pakistan bowlers will be more confident and will be psychologically boosted. Drawing a comparison with his own is experience, Akram said that he would be more confident as a bowler when batsmen like Sunil Gavaskar, Mohammad Azharuddin and Sachin Tendulkar did not play for India.”Kohli has been rested and that is the right decision. When Gavaskar, Azhar and Tendulkar did not play, I was high on confidence. The Pakistan bowlers will be psychologically boosted with Kohli being rested,” Akram said at the first session, named ‘Diggajon Ki Nazar Se’ at the Salaam Cricket 2018 held at the Hotel Address Boulevard in Dubai on Monday.READ – Wasim Akram recalls playing Holi with Indian teamBut when Akram was asked who were the favourites between India and Paksiatan in their Asia Cup blockbuster clash, “India favourites on paper,” he said.But former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels it will be Paksitan who will go into the match as favourites, saying that they will their morales high especially after their victory over their neighbours in the final of the Champions Trophy final in England last year.Salaam Cricket 2018: Live | Watch”The last defeat creates a touch of uncertainty in your mind,” Gavaskar said at Saalam Cricket 2018.But Akram disagreed saying that the players will not be thinking about the Champions Trophy final at all when they step on the field of play.advertisementGavaskar also said that, “Virat’s absence will be crucial.””That is a call for the selectors. Maybe Virat himself suggested he himself be given a break from this. The tiredness is mental more than physical. Mentally, maybe with what happened in England, maybe the better idea is for Virat to take a break and take it easy,” Gavaskar elaborated.”On a lighter note, maybe Virat thought it would be a good idea to take a break,” Akram jocked.”He might have checked the weather of uae and be like I should rest. do you think that makes a difference.”These people have yo-yo tests nowadays so if they pass that I don’t think the temperature makes a difference. Otherwise whats the point of this test,” was Gavaskar’s quick response.last_img read more

Rashtriya Bal Puraskar: President Kovind awards 26 children for their bravery and innovation

first_imgThis year, the National Bravery Award was merged with the Bal Shakti Puraskar and Bal Kalyan Puraskar. More than 783 applications were received and only 26 bright minds were shortlisted for the esteemed award which was given by President Ramnath Kovind on January 22, 2019.President Kovind presented the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2019 at Rashtrapati Bhavan today. pic.twitter.com/KqwnyN8UUaPresident of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) January 22, 20191) Bal Shakti Puraskar shall be given in the following fields:InnovationSocial ServiceScholasticSportsArt & CultureBraveryThe award carries a medal, a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000/-, book vouchers worth Rs. 10,000/-, a certificate and a citation.2) Bal Kalyan Puraskar shall be given in the following categories:IndividualInstitutionThe award for individual consists of a cash prize of Rs. 1, 00,000/- (one lakh), a medal, a citation and a certificate to each awardee.The award for institution consists of a prize of Rs. 5,00,000/- each and a medal, a citation and a certificate.How are the candidates selected?The winners were selected through a rigorous process of critical analysis by a committee comprising experts from varied disciplines such as sociology, psychology, mathematics, science, art, music and sport.The final list was drawn up by the National Selection Committee, under the chairpersonship of the WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi.How to apply:Students who are planning to apply for it next year can check the details on www.nca-wcd.nic.in and fill in the applications online.Who can apply?A child who is an Indian citizen and residing in India can apply for National Child Award by registering on the web portal, filling the requisite information and attaching the relevant documents.advertisementIn order to draw wide response from public, any citizen of India can nominate any child who has achieved excellence in any of the field.Candidates who have made an outstanding contribution for the cause of children in the field of Child Development, Child Protection and Child Welfare for not less than 7 years and have a positive impact on the lives of children and Institutions who have done exceptional work for the cause of children in any field of Child Welfare for 10 years can apply for the National Child Welfare Award.Watch LIVE as President Kovind presents Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar – 2019 https://t.co/RC8chYoLuHPresident of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) January 22, 2019Brave stories1. Young environmentalist, Eiha Dixit, who is six-year-old received the honour for planting 500 saplings in her town, Meerut, and surrounding areas.2. Adrika Goyal along with Kartik Goyal showed courage during riots and curfew at Morena, Madhya Pradesh in April last year and provided food, water, medicine and first aid to the passengers of a train raided by rioters.”We thought how we could have felt had we been in that situation. So we gathered courage and helped the passengers as much as possible,” said 10-year-old Adrika.3. Arunima Sen, who is a Class 12 student in Bengaluru, received an award for her contribution in the field of innovation and science.”My board exams are near but nothing could have brought me more happiness than this,” said Sen.4. Esow (18), who belongs to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, said the National Award is a big boost for his native place.”There is not much scope for youths like me to get proper training in sports. I hope through this award I’d draw attention to the need to encourage more sports opportunities,” said Esow. He was awarded for excellence in the field of sports.Complete list of winners is available at:http://pibphoto.nic.in/documents/rlink/2019/jan/p201912201.pdflast_img read more

Province Celebrates Gaelic Awareness Month

first_imgMay is Gaelic Awareness Month — a time to celebrate and create greater awareness of Nova Scotia’s Gaelic language and cultural heritage. In Gaelic tradition, May 1 is the sunny day of the feast of Beltane or Là Buidhe Bealltainn, an important day that marks the beginning of the summer season. “Because Là Buidhe Bealltainn represents newness and rebirth, it presents a great opportunity for Nova Scotians to learn more about one of the province’s early languages and cultures,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Gaelic Affairs. Throughout May, the Office of Gaelic Affairs will provide online Gaelic awareness information and learning opportunities, which will include Gaelic expressions, Gaelic foods, Gaelic surnames and a Gaelic map of Nova Scotia. Other events include a film series, Gaelic immersion opportunities planned by Gaelic communities and organizations, and in-service training for teachers interested in Gaelic, sponsored by the Department of Education. “To help celebrate Gaelic’s presence in the province, the Office of Gaelic Affairs has been working with the Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia to develop an image for the Gaelic community in Nova Scotia,” said Lewis MacKinnon, CEO of the Office of Gaelic Affairs. “When this image is unveiled later this month, it will serve as a source of identity, pride and inspiration for all who see the value of Gaelic language and culture and its significant contribution to our province.” For more information on Gaelic Awareness Month, go to www.gov.ns.ca/oga and click on Gaelic Awareness. For more information on Gaelic in Nova Scotia phone 1-888-842-3542 or (902) 424-4298 or e-mail gaelicinfo@gov.ns.ca or fiosgaidhlig@gov.ns.ca.last_img read more

Cut adrift by Canada Michaelle Jean continues bid for Francophonie post

first_imgYEREVAN, Armenia – Delegations from Canada and Quebec arrived in Armenia Wednesday ahead of the summit of la Francophonie, intent on putting the controversy over the election of a secretary general behind them.But Michaelle Jean, the former governor general and current holder of the top job at the international body, showed no signs of abandoning her candidacy despite losing the support of her home country and province.Jean, who has been secretary general of the organization of French-speaking nations since 2014, is seeking a second term and will be up against Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo when members make their choice this week.The Canadian and Quebec governments announced Tuesday they were withdrawing support for Jean’s bid to remain in the job, backing instead the “consensus” candidate, Mushikiwabo.Jean still does not seem to believe her fate is sealed, suggesting through a spokesman on the eve of the two-day summit in the Armenian capital of Yerevan that no such consensus exists.“A consensus implies a debate that is held according to the standards,” Jean spokesman Bertin Leblanc said. “With the summit beginning (Thursday), no doubt this discussion will take place among the heads of state and of governments behind closed doors.”Leblanc said on the weekend that Jean had no intention of dropping out.Jocelyn Coulon, a political scientist at the Universite de Montreal, said Jean finds herself completely isolated. Among la Francophonie’s 54 full members, only Haiti — her country of birth — continues to back her, he said.“I imagine that Madame Jean thinks that she has to prove herself, and she’s doing this on principle,” Coulon said. “She thinks she’s the best to continue in this job, and she’s convinced that she will be able on Friday morning, when she meets with the heads of state, to change their minds. But I doubt that.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who travelled to Yerevan with Quebec premier-designate Francois Legault, met with Jean soon after landing Wednesday.Trudeau’s office did not tell the media about the meeting beforehand and would not say what was discussed. But a government source said the message has not changed: Ottawa will endorse the consensus choice that emerges from the summit.Several federal government sources recently told The Canadian Press the re-election of Jean, who was chosen in 2014 in part due to the absence of a clear African front-runner, would be “difficult.” They said that if a consensus emerged, Canada would join it to avoid having the summit overshadowed by a fight for the top job.Traditionally, the selection of a secretary general is by agreement, not through a vote.Mushikiwabo has support from France and the African Union countries, leaving Jean’s chances of retaining the top job slim, particularly without Canada and Quebec in her corner. Sources said the Canadian government tried unsuccessfully to convince Jean that re-election was improbable.Legault tweeted Tuesday that his government would not support Jean and would join what he called the “African consensus.” He said it was time for “a new style of management” in the organization.A spokesman for the federal minister responsible for la Francophonie, Melanie Joly, said in an email Tuesday that Canada was ready to “rally around the consensus.”Jean has been dogged by accusations of excessive spending during her time as head of la Francophonie. Quebecor media outlets reported she spent $500,000 renovating her rented Paris residence, as well as $20,000 on a piano, but she’s defended the spending in interviews.The Rwandan candidate is not without critics. French President Emmanuel Macron has backed her, but four former French ministers responsible for the la Francophonie signed an open letter last month saying Mushikiwabo has no place at the head of the organization.The candidacy is controversial because of Rwanda’s poor human-rights record and the fact Rwanda replaced French with English in its education curriculum in 2010.Canada may have chosen to abandon Jean partly for geopolitical and strategic reasons as it tries to secure a seat on the UN Security Council in 2020.— with files from Sidhartha Banerjee in Montreal.last_img read more

Sensex snaps 4day winning streak drops 180 points

first_imgMumbai: Breaking its four-day rising streak, the Sensex dropped about 180 points Wednesday on profit booking and forecast of below-normal monsoon this year. Despite a strong rally in global equities, Indian market failed to sustain at lifetime highs led by losses in oil and gas, telecom, metal and healthcare stocks. After swinging nearly 450 points, the 30-share Sensex settled 179.53 points, or 0.46 per cent lower at 38,877.12. The broader NSE Nifty too pared early gains and ended 69.25 points, or 0.59 per cent, down at 11,643.95. Benchmark indices gave up all the early gains and ended in red after Skymet predicted below normal monsoon for this year, said Sunil Sharma, Chief Investment Officer, Sanctum Wealth Management. “This news comes just a day before RBI is expected to cut rates by 25 bps and adopt a pro-growth stance. However, expectation of poor rainfall and already slow economic growth alongside subdued inflation may pressurise RBI to go for a higher rate cut, thus surprising the street positively,” Sharma added. The RBI’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is holding a three-day meeting between April 2 – 4 for the first policy statement for 2019-20. SBI was the biggest loser in the Sensex pack, shedding 2.40 per cent, followed by Yes Bank, Bharti Airtel, L&T, Sun Pharma, M&M, ICICI Bank, ONGC, RIL, Asian Paints, Vedanta and HUL, which lost up to 2.37 per cent. On the other hand, Maruti, HCL Tech, HDFC, Tata Steel, PowerGrid, Hero MotoCorp and TCS ended with gains of up to 2.78 per cent. Sectorally, the BSE oil and gas, telecom, capital goods, energy and healthcare indices fell up to 2.06 per cent. Broader indices too ended in the red, with the BSE Midcap and Smallcap slipping up to 0.87 per cent. Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net buyers in the capital markets, putting in Rs 543.36 crore Tuesday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold equities to the tune of Rs 437.70 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed.last_img read more

Upcoming polls must be inclusive free and fair Ban tells Myanmars authorities

The Union Election Commission of Myanmar has announced that the polls – the country’s first elections in 20 years – will be held on 7 November.“The Secretary-General reiterates his call on the Myanmar authorities to honour their publicly stated commitments to hold inclusive, free and fair elections in order to advance the prospects of peace, democracy and development for Myanmar,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “As essential steps for any national reconciliation and democratic transition process, the Secretary-General strongly urges the authorities to ensure that fundamental freedoms are upheld for all citizens of Myanmar and to release all remaining political prisoners without delay so that they can freely participate in the political life of their country,” the statement added.In March, Mr. Ban and the Group of Friends on Myanmar, which brings together more than one dozen nations and one regional bloc in support of greater dialogue in the country, said the Government must create the conditions to allow for free participation in the elections.“This includes the release of all political prisoners – including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi – and respect for fundamental freedoms,” he stated after meeting with the group in New York. Ms. Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who has been under house arrest for much of the past two decades, was sentenced last August to an additional 18 months of house arrest, effectively barring her from taking part in the polls. Mr. Ban and his Special Adviser, Vijay Nambiar, remain closely engaged with the Myanmar authorities, “but they feel that this process requires more cooperation from Myanmar and all concerned,” UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters today.Earlier this week, Mr. Ban told a news conference in New York that “a lack of cooperation at this critical moment represents nothing less than a lost opportunity for Myanmar.” 13 August 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the authorities in Myanmar to ensure that the upcoming general elections are free and fair, and to release all remaining political prisoners so that they can fully participate in their country’s political life. read more

Feast or famine for Alberta farmers as harvest begins

by Jonathan Muma Posted Sep 21, 2015 7:22 am MDT As the temperature drops, farmers around the province are starting to harvest their crops and assess their livestock.It was a tough summer for a number of producers because a lot of areas faced drought conditions.With more than 30 per cent of the harvest in the books, it has become a case of feast or famine.For the farmers who got enough water to get their crops to grow, yields are above expectations.In fact, Nikki Booth with the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation said they’re at 81 per cent of the five year average.“When it comes to quality, early quality indications for the crops harvested show they are above the five to ten year average,” she said.Booth admits they have already seen 9,200 claims from farmers whose crops did not do so well and total claims will likely equal $700 to $900-million by the end of the year.She added no one crop suffered more than others, but to date they’ve already paid out $200-million.The majority of claims are coming from the southern half of the province, specifically the areas around Red Deer and Lacombe.As for next year, Booth said it will all depend on the weather, but lending programs will help producers who had a lean 2015 start the spring on the right foot. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Feast or famine for Alberta farmers as harvest begins JONATHAN MUMA/660 NEWS read more

UK new vehicle production – January 2009

Total61,40461,4048,3518,35169,75569,755 -58.7%-58.7%-59.9%-59.9%-58.8%-58.8% * Car production continued to fall sharply, down 58.7% in January* Commercial vehicle production also posted a substantial fall, down 59.9%* Plants announce further action in response to weak global demand * 83.5% of car output allocated for export is a record for any January Export51,27251,2726,4046,40457,67657,676 -54.2%-54.2%-47.9%-47.9%-53.6%-53.6% “Following extended winter shutdowns, vehicle output continued to fall in January in line with expectations. The extent of the decline highlights the critical need for further government action to deliver the measures already announced and ease access to finance and credit,” said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt. “The proportion of cars exported peaked in January, evidence of the resilience of UK automotive manufacturing. European markets have been lifted by scrappage incentive schemes and SMMT continues its call for a UK plan to boost the new vehicle market and support employment throughout the sector. The motor industry reiterates its request for an urgent government response.” SMMT LtdJan-09YTD 2009Jan-09YTD 2009Jan-09YTD 2009 Source:CarsCommercial Vehicles Total vehicles  -72.3%-72.3%-77.2%-77.2%-73.3%-73.3% DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Home10,13210,1321,9471,94712,07912,079 % of total83.5%83.5%76.7%76.7%82.7%82.7% % of total16.5%16.5%23.3%23.3%17.3%17.3% For more detailed tables, please see the attached read more

Opera for a new age

A group at the heart of the “Neo-cabaret phenomenon” will perform at the Centre for the Arts this month.Vagabond Opera bills itself as a mixture of “Paris hot jazz, gut bucket swing, tangos, Ukrainian folk-punk ballads…and the enigmatic Marlene Dietrich.” The Portland, Ore. group will perform at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre Jan. 28.Described as a “lusty and gritty cabaret of liberated opera,” Vagabond Opera has released three albums. The group was founded in 2002 by opera singer and composer Eric Stern, who grew frustrated with the opera world’s half-hearted attempts to reach new audiences.“I wanted to connect with my peers, and thought ‘Why can’t there be another context for opera? And different instruments played?’” Stern told straight.com in November. “I realized there was no reason to stay within the established confines.”The band’s lineup includes operator vocals, accordion, tenor saxophone, two cellos and a stand-up bass. Inspirations, says the band’s bio, include Kurt Well, Duke Ellington and Edith Piaf.Tickets are $41, or $20 for post-secondary students and $5 for high school students. The show is at 7:30 p.m.The Centre for the Arts will also present Coleman Lemieux and Compagnie: In Paradisum on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m.Centre for the Arts box office:905.688.5550 x3257Toll free: 1-866-617-3257Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m read more

Pothole related breakdowns soar following harsh winter

“While RAC patrols saw the third highest quarterly share of pothole-related breakdowns in the first three months of 2018, the figure was not as high as we had been expecting, probably due the fact that the weather hit relatively late in the quarter.”For this reason we feel we are likely to see more vehicles suffering pothole damage in the second quarter of 2018 compared with recent years.”The Government has made additional funding available through yet another emergency pothole fund, but at best this will only allow councils to patch up roads that in many cases are in desperate need of longer term preventative maintenance.”A Local Government Association spokesman said: “When exceptional weather occurs, the impact on local roads can be significant.”It’s essential this is measured and that funds are provided for serious repairs so that traffic can move freely through our communities, and local economies and businesses aren’t impacted.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Pothole related breakdowns have doubled in the space of three months following the harsh winter, the RAC has revealed.The breakdown rescue firm said the proportion of call-outs caused by issues such as damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension springs and distorted wheels reached 2.3 per cent between January and March.This is almost double the rate during the previous three months and equates to 5,540 cases.Since RAC records began in 2006, only two three-month periods – January to March in both 2015 and 2017 – saw a higher proportion of pothole-related breakdowns.A better indicator of the true state of the UK’s roads is expected to be revealed in figures for April to June as the Beast from the East brought snow and freezing weather towards the end of the previous quarter.RAC chief engineer David Bizley said: “Anecdotally, few would disagree that the harsh cold weather experienced over the last three months has led to a further deterioration of road surfaces. read more

Taxi driver accused of murdering Kescia Branche remanded

Matthew Munroe (white shirt) in the court compound on WednesdayThe 47-year-old taxi driver accused of killing 22-year-old teacher, Kescia Branche was on Wednesday remanded to prison when he appeared before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan.Matthew Munroe of 19th Street, Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on November 05, 2017, he physically assaulted Branche and left her in an unconscious state in the vicinity of Princes Street and Louisa Row, Georgetown, resulting in her death on November 7, 2017 at the Georgetown Public Hospital.The accused is expected to return to court on January 9, 2017.INews had reported that Branche, a mother of one, who resided in Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown was last seen on November 4, when she left for a night out with her friends. However, her unconscious and battered body was found in the vicinity of Princes Street and Louisa Row, Georgetown the morning after.She was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where she remained in an unconscious state until her death, two days later.Several persons were questioned and subsequently released for the young teacher’s killing.These included the father of Branche’s daughter and two police officers who claimed that they offered her a lift after seeing her waiting outside a city establishment.Munroe, who was the taxi driver implicated, had reportedly left the country the day that Branche’s body was found. However, police recently confirmed that the man returned to Guyana and was taken into custody for questioning. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedProsecution closes case in preliminary trial of taxi driver accused of murdering young teacherOctober 8, 2018In “Court”Departmental changes, disciplinary actions for cops fingered in Teacher’s murderDecember 22, 2017In “Crime”Teacher testifies in Kescia Branche’s murder trialJune 7, 2018In “Court” read more

Samsung Galaxy Return Rate Shades of Ubuntu

first_imgAccording to some new numbers, Samsung Galaxy Tab buyers are returning their devices at a much greater rate than iPad buyers. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 percent of folks who have picked up Samsung’s tablet have returned the thing (the number is being reported as closer to 16 percent elsewhere). Compare that two percent for the iPad.It’s hard not to draw comparisons to the whole netbook/Linux mess, in which remorseful buyers started returning devices by the boatload. In that instance, the problem was pretty straightforward in retrospect–people were choosing netbooks loaded with Linux over Windows because the things were cheaper without the Microsoft premium.Once they actually got the devices home and powered them up, the disappointment settled in: these non-Windows devices, well, weren’t Windows. Which is to say, of course, that they lacked the familiarity users weaned on Microsoft expect from a device–also, the software support.Looking at the Samsung Galaxy numbers, I’ve got to wonder if the situation isn’t similar. Now that carrier subsidization has helped lower the price of the device, the think has become a bit more appealing to consumers (though, not all that appealing, apparently, judging by the numbers). Once users actually get their hands on it, the Galaxy Tab fails to live up to its promise.There are two obvious reasons for this. First, there’s the fact that, as Google has reminded us, time and time again, Android 2.2 just isn’t optimized for tablets (wait for Honeycomb, they tell us. Second, and perhaps more importantly, it’s not an iPad. Sure it does some of the things an iPad does, and heck, it even kind of looks like an iPad, but like the aforementioned Linux netboooks, one of the device’s primary flaws is its inability to be its primary competitor.last_img read more

Portal lockscreen for Android no root required

first_imgWhile the smartphone OS wars are going on all around us, and the constant argument of “mine’s better” wages on across the internet, it’s always really fun to be able to stop and just appreciate something for being really geeky. All of the mobile OS’ have this seedy underbelly where all of these really cool hacks and mods and themes are flying around, allowing those brave souls to push their devices to the limits and back, or maybe just change the color on their battery meter. I find myself in pretty constant awe of just how creative some of these people are, but I rarely find something that is simple enough that anyone can do it, and have it still be really fun. One such example I have for you today, the Portal Lockscreen for Android.Who doesn’t love Portal? The cult hit turned full fledged video game has consumed the lives of many a happy geek the world over, and such popularity obviously means you want to take pieces if that experience with you everywhere. While I haven’t seen a watch that threatens to keep trying to kill me, this lockscreen is the next best thing.Due to the intensely modular nature of Android, theme schemer Shockwaav put together this lockscreen replacement using a hand full of existing apps and some clever imagery he’d made. The end result is a really slick looking Aperture Science lockscreen just waiting for you to “Slide for Cake”.This modification is really well detailed in step by step directions right here. It doesn’t require root access in order to do anything here, but there are some steps that require you to install apps that are not yet in the market. Having put this new lockscreen on my LG G2X, I can tell you the whole process takes about 20 minutes if you follow the directions.  Shockwaav has noted that this was a first attempt, and to keep a lookout for an even better Portal Lockscreen in the future.  Also, since the lockscreen was published, several other users have stepped up with their modified versions of the lockscreen idea, so feel free to get the creative juices flowing when building yours!3JmHy3JmHy325840117976sMlast_img read more

Dance group in Facebook fury over Festival

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Melbourne dance group, specifically the dance instructor, has used the social media forum Facebook to communicate his disdain with the organisers of Melbourne’s Antipodes Festival for not allowing his dance group to perform. The Manasis School of Greek Dance and Culture posted a comment on the Antipodes Festival’s Facebook page on Monday asking for a reply to their submission to perform at this year’s Lonsdale Street Glendi. But this wasn’t the first time Manasis Dance’s Facebook page had posted public messages on the Festival’s page enquiring why they hadn’t been informed on whether or not they were to be invited to perform at this year’s Glendi. Which begs to ask, why didn’t they try another method of communication such as a telephone or email, to get a more immediate response? The Festival, in their good grace, continued to reply to Manasis Dance’s messages, the eventual private email sent to them resulted in their decision on Wednesday to post it on their Facebook page in it’s entirety. One of the claims made by the Festival Director was that Manasis Dance was not invited to participate due to their previous participation where, according to the Festival, they “proved to be recalcitrant and unable to follow the Festival’s rules and beyond this, your subsequent consistent and continuous public slander of our event in social media amongst other forums”. In the email, the Festival Director suggested they both “sit down and talk about how the group can perform at event” adding if in the meantime they could cease their “baseless and monotonous claims” against the festival. This public post began a debate with people putting their ‘two cents in’ on what Manasis Dance should do with most suggesting they sit down with the Antipodes Festival and clear the air. During the online conversation, Manasis Dance claimed they had barbecues in their backyard bigger than Antipodes Festival, which prompted the comment to boycott the event all together with Manasis Dance saying they would host a paniyiri on the same weekend as Antipodes Festival. But the saddest victims in this public and silly squabble are the children of the dance academy who miss out on performing at one of Australia’s largest Greek cultural events. Here’s hoping that in years to come Manasis Dance does take up the Antipodes Festival on their offer to sit down and talk through these differences for the benefit of the wider Greek community.last_img read more