Asom Gana Parishad, an ally of the ruling BJP in Assam, said on Monday that the ongoing updation process of the National Register of Citizens will be of no use if the Centre passes the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.AGP president and Assam Minister Atul Bora said The Foreigners (Amendment) Order, 2015, and the Passport (Entry into India) Amendment Rules, 2015, are “back-handed means” of the Centre to grant citizenship to foreigners of “certain religions” staying in the country illegally.“If the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, is passed, the exercise of updating the NRC will be of no use,” Mr. Bora alleged at a press conference here.“The Central government is trying to grant Indian citizenship to people of certain religions, claiming that they are facing religious persecution in their homelands. The AGP strongly protests any such attempt and we will stop such attempts at any cost,” he said.The AGP, Mr. Bora said, has been in talks with other parties like the Shiv Sena, who have presence in the Parliament, over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. “We will foil any attempt to make it into a law.”Mr. Bora, who is the State Agriculture Minister, said an AGP team, led by its working president and Water Resources Minister Keshav Mahanta, met the NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela and submitted a memorandum demanding an error-free NRC.“We want an error-free NRC in which name of no foreigner is included and name of no genuine citizen is excluded. The Supreme Court is monitoring the process and we are hopeful of such a genuine document,” he said.Asked to comment on the West Bengal Chief Minister’s strong opposition to the NRC complete draft, Mr. Bora said, “Politicians like Mamata Banerjee should refrain from trying to create a divide between the people for the sake of vote bank.”The Assam government should deal sternly with such people trying to create tension, he added.
At least nine people were killed and 25 injured when a bus fell from a bridge into a river in Himachal Pradesh’s Sirmaur district on Sunday, the police said. The accident took place near Khadri village on the Renuka-Dadahu-Nahan road, 168 km south of Shimla, at 4.30 p.m. The private bus was on its way from Renuka Ji to Nahan when the driver lost control, broke the railing of the Jalal bridge and fell 40-feet down into the Jalal river, said Additional Superintendent of Police Virender Singh Thakur. Four passengers, including three women, died on the spot, while five critically-injured persons succumbed to their injuries in a hospital. Twenty-five people are under treatment in the Nahan medical college and Dadahu sub-divisional hospital, the ASP said.Mr. Thakur, who reached the spot and supervised the rescue operation, said prima facie the accident happened due to the negligence of the bus driver. According to eyewitnesses, the bus was over-speeding when it was crossing the bridge. Another mishapIn another accident, as many as 21 people from Delhi were injured after their bus fell into a gorge near Kyari in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district on Sunday, the police said.The accident took place when the bus was returning to Delhi from a trip to Shimla and nearby tourist places, they said. Police are yet to verify the exact cause of the accident
As heavy rains lashed Punjab during the past three days, leaving its rivers Sutlej, Ravi and Beas in spate, a flood-like situation was witnessed in many parts of the State on Monday. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday announced ₹100 crore for emergency relief and rehabilitation measures in the flood-hit regions of the State and said a special ‘Girdawari’ will be conducted as soon as the water level recedes to ensure adequate compensation for the affected farmers.The Chief Minister made these announcements during a tour of the flood-affected areas of Rupnagar district. Capt. Amarinder also expressed grief over the death of three persons due to roof collapse in Ludhiana district on Sunday.Rupnagar Deputy Commissioner Sumeet Jarangal informed the Chief Minister that due to heavy downpour in Rupnagar district the total release at Ropar headworks was 2,50,000 cusecs, in addition to unprecedented increase in flow in many rivulets like Swan Nadi (90,000 cusecs), Sirsa Nadi (60,000 cusecs), and Budhki Nadi (20,000 cusecs). “The district administration rescued more than 600 families from 45 villages. While there had been no reports of loss of human life there was significant loss of crops and cattle which was being assessed,” he said.Later, the Chief Minister held a meeting to review the flood situation in the State with senior officials. During the meeting it was revealed that the overall situation in the rivers Beas and Ravi was under control though danger continued to lurk in areas adjacent to the Sutlej river and further downstream, at Harike headworks in Ferozepur. The flood releases from the Bakhra dam was above its maintainable level, flowing currently at 1681.23 feet, an official statement said. Meanwhile, the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force have been stationed at villages in Jalandhar. Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma said keeping in view the alarming situation due to release of 2,40,000 cusecs of water from Ropar headwork, companies of NDRF and SDRF have been stationed at vulnerable points in Shahkot, Nakodar and Phillaur. Also, Army authorities have also been requested to station their companies at all these sub-divisions so that they could help the administration in case of any need, he added. Flood relief teams of the Army under the Western Command are actively carrying out rescue operations in various areas of Punjab and Haryana. Teams of strengths of 60-70 persons each with requisite equipment and resources have been deployed at Mirthal in Pathankot district, Dinanagar in Gurdaspur district, Phillaur, Nakodar, and Shahkot in Jalandhar district and near Karnal in Haryana.A total of 15 persons have been rescued so far from various areas, said an official statement. In neighbouring Haryana, a flood-like situation was seen in many parts. The Indian Air Force rescuing nine persons stuck in Karnal district owing to the rise of water in the Yamuna river.
The Goa government has set up a three-member committee to review the findings of high-level panels formed earlier to identify private forest lands in the coastal state.The move comes after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on August 8 imposed a fine of ₹10,000 per day from July 2019 on the State government, till it submits the report on private forest land.The Government, in a notification issued on August 24, said a three-member panel will have to review the findings of the Karapurkar and Sawant committees (set up earlier) and submit its report within three months on the exact quantum of private forest land existing in Goa. This is the second review committee formed by the State government. In April last year, the Government constituted a similar committee which reviewed reports of the Karapurkar and Sawant committees, identifying 42.12 sqkm of land in Goa as private forest. However, the BJP-led State government last month rejected that review panel’s report, claiming the “aggrieved people were not heard by the review committee“.In the notification issued last week, State undersecretary (Forest) Shaila Bhosle said, “The committee has been constituted to finalise the report on private forests submitted by the review committee, after considering the objections of the affected parties whose properties are going to be identified as private forests.” The committee should consider the objections of the affected parties and submit a report before the time limit prescribed by the NGT, she said. The NGT allowed a final extension of three months for submission of the report, subject to deposit of a performance guarantee of ₹1 crore to the satisfaction of the Central Pollution Control Board. Last month, the then state Forest Minister Vijai Sardesai said it was incorrect to be assumptive about demarcation of land as forest, and people should be consulted before finalising the report. He said many a times, a land owner is not even consulted or informed before his assets get marked as a private forest, depending on a survey. He said that the stratified random sampling method adopted for the survey was not acceptable as the actual position should be known before marking the forest.
His slump is over, and now No. 3 Duke hopes its slide is, too.The Blue Devils routed Miami 87-57 on Saturday behind 19 points and 10 rebounds from RJ Barrett and 19 points from fellow freshman Cameron Reddish.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWith national player of the year candidate Zion Williamson sidelined for a third straight game with a mild right knee sprain, Duke (25-4, 13-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed and shot 57 percent to bounce back from its second loss in three games — which coincided with Williamson’s injury.“Everyone plays their part in the team and does their thing, but our focus right now is to get Zion healthy and get everyone healthy and feeling good,” White said. “Just trying to have everyone playing their best basketball by that point. But you know, it’s not just about me — it’s a team effort.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Chris Lykes, who scored in double figures in 24 of Miami’s previous 27 games, finished with four points on 1-of-15 shooting while being hounded by Jones. The Hurricanes trailed by 25 when he hit his only bucket.Anthony Lawrence and Ebuka Izundu scored 15 points each for the Hurricanes (12-16, 4-12). They have lost nine of 12 and haven’t won a road game in more than 12 months.“For the first time all season, I thought our emotions were maybe a little bit out of control,” coach Jim Larranaga said. “We couldn’t calm ourselves down to make a free throw or a shot or make a good pass or good decision.”BIG PICTUREMiami: Asking the depleted Hurricanes to snap their yearlong road losing streak at Cameron seemed like a tall order — even against a Duke team missing its headliner. Miami fell to 0-9 on the road this season, 0-8 in the conference and were playing four days after blowing a 10-point lead in the final 2 minutes of a loss at Wake Forest. It’s effectively come to this for the Hurricanes — either win at Virginia Tech next week, or carry their road slide into 2019-20.Duke: Barrett averages an ACC-best 23.3 points, has led the league in scoring virtually all season and has shouldered the scoring load in Williamson’s absence. Barrett entered averaging 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists while shooting 51 percent, and with his godfather — two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash — sitting behind the Duke bench, he finished three assists shy of his second triple-double in two weeks.“With Zion being out, everybody kind of gets the ball more, everybody has to make more plays,” Barrett said.ZION WATCHCoach Mike Krzyzewski says there is “no time pressure” on Williamson, adding that the star freshman and second-leading scorer in the ACC “hasn’t done anything with contact” since he was injured in the opening minute of a loss to North Carolina on Feb. 21. “We’re not in any hurry or whatever,” Krzyzewski said.UP NEXT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting After Roy Williams falls and leaves, No. 5 UNC outlasts Clemson 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Duke’s Jack White (41) reacts with the crowd following his 3-point basket against Miami during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)DURHAM, N.C. — Jack White took the pass from Tre Jones in the left corner, squared to the basket and launched a 3-pointer.Unlike the previous 28 he shot, this one went in.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Miami: Hosts Pittsburgh on Tuesday night in its final home game.Duke: Hosts Wake Forest on Tuesday night in its home finale. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte White’s struggles from 3-point range had taken on a life of their own. He hadn’t hit one since Jan. 12 at Florida State, was 0 for 10 in a loss to Syracuse two nights after that and missed all 12 he attempted in the month of February.“I haven’t gone through a stretch like that before in my life,” said White, who went 3 for 3 from 3-point range. “Towards the latter end of it, it was more surprising than anything when I’d miss because I’d felt good and I was like, ‘Why?’”When he finally swished one with 12:34 left in the first half against the Hurricanes, Cameron Indoor Stadium erupted with arguably its loudest cheers of the season and the Crazies chanted “Jack is back.”“I was really happy for him,” Barrett said, “but I had to get back on defense.”It wasn’t just a feel-good moment for White and the Blue Devils. It started the run that completely overwhelmed the Hurricanes. Starting with that shot, Duke outscored Miami 36-11 over the final 12-plus minutes of the half.ADVERTISEMENT
The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) has released the admit cards for the for staff nurse (female) examination 2017 on its official website, uppsc.up.nic.inThe recruitment examination will be conducted on December 17.Steps to download UPPSC staff nurse exam admit card 2017:Log on to the official website, uppsc.up.nic.inClick on the link to download admit card for staff nurse (female) examination- 2017Enter your registration number, date of birth, gender and verification codeAdmit cards will be displayed on the screenDownload and take a print out of the samePaper pattern:The paper will be for two hours and will include 170 objective type questionsIt has been divided into three sections including general knowledge, general Hindi and the main subject of nursingThe break-up of marks among the above sections is 30, 20 and 120 respectively.Further, the recruitment exam is being held to fill more than 3,000 posts.About UPPSC:The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) is the state agency authoriaed to conduct the Civil Services Examination for entry-level appointments to the various Civil Services of Uttar Pradesh.Read: Supreme Court directs UP to promote mainstream education for specially abled childrenRead: Sports enthusiasts in schools to get financial aid by Delhi governmentFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at email@example.com
NICOSIA (AP) — Cypriot police say an APOEL team doctor was taken to the hospital after opposing soccer fans hurled objects toward the Nicosia club’s bench.Police say the 62-year-old doctor collapsed on the field and broke into convulsions at the end of Wednesday’s match against Anorthosis Famagusta.A stadium physician found that the doctor’s tongue had blocked his airway. The doctor, who also had bruising on his left ear and face, was treated in the hospital and released.Police also say three cars belonging to Anorthosis fans parked outside their stadium sustained deep gouges.The match ended in a 0-0 draw. APOEL, which is trying to win a record sixth-consecutive league title, is two points behind Apollonas Limassol with four matches remaining.TweetPinShare0 Shares
New Delhi, Oct 28 (IANS) Lauding the performances of Indian sportspersons in the Asian Para Games and Summer Youth Olympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the country was setting new records not just in the field of sports but also in “uncharted areas”.Addressing the 49th episode of his monthly radio programme “Mann Ki Baat”, the Prime Minister stressed on the “4S” — spirit, strength, skill and stamina — as key elements in the field of sports as core foundation of the nation.”If the youth of a country possess these qualities, that country will progress not only in areas such as economy, science and technology but also bring laurels home in the field of sports,” Modi said.He congratulated the athletes who participated in the Asian Para Games 2018 held at Jakarta and the winners of the Summer youth Olympics 2018 held in Argentina, saying: “The Para athletes bagged a tally of 72 medals, creating a new, unprecedented record, bringing glory to the nation”.In the Summer Youth Olympics 2018, Modi said the performance of our youth was the “best ever”.”You may recall that even, in the recent Asian Games, India’s performance was par excellence… This is the real story of Indian sports which are witnessing an upswing with each passing day. India is setting new records not just in the field of sports but also in hitherto uncharted areas.”Mentioning about Para athlete Narayan Thakur, who won a gold medal, the Prime Minister said Thakur who was a Divyang by birth, had lost his father when he was a child and had spent some eight years in an orphanage, cleaned DTC buses for a living and also worked as a waiter at roadside eateries.advertisement”The same Narayan is now winning medals for India at international events,” Modi added.Observing the rapidly enhancing levels of excellence in Indian sports, the Prime Minister said India had never won a medal in a judo event, at the junior or senior level, but Tabaabi Devi created history by bagging the silver medal at the Youth Olympics despite the 16-year-old Manipuri player’s father being a labourer and mother, a fish-seller.Modi said stories like these were innumerable.”Every life, every being is a source of inspiration. Every young sportsperson’s passion and dedication is the hallmark of New India.”Recalling the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2017, Modi said “we had successfully organised the event” and it was highly acclaimed because it created a record in terms of the number of viewers on the ground.”This year also, we have been fortunate to be the hosts of the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 in Bhubaneshwar,” said Modi, adding the event will commence on November 28 to be concluded on the December 16.Remembering hockey legends Major Dhyan Chand, Balbeer Singh Senior, Leslie Claudius, Mohammad Shahid, Udham Singh to Dhan Raj Pillai, the Prime Minister appealed citizens to visit Bhubaneshwar and cheer the Indian team.–IANSrak/ksk
Jaipur, Dec 27 (IANS) Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh on early Thursday allocated portfolios to the Council of Ministers, three days after 23 ministers took oath, with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot keeping key departments including Home, Finance and Personnel.The allocation of portfolios took place at 2 a.m., a statement said. Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot gets PWD and Rural Development, the statement said.General Administration, Information Technology and Telecommunications are also with Gehlot while Science and Technology, and Statistics have been allotted to Pilot.B.D. Kalla has been given Power, Public Health Engineering, Culture and Archaeology, while Pratap Singh Khachariyawas got two departments — Transportation and Soldiers’ Welfare. Shanti Dhariwal has been given the Urban Development, Housing and Legal departments.Raghu Sharma has got the Medical and Health, Ayurveda, ESI, Information and Public Relations departments. Parsadi Lal was allotted Industries and State Ventures while Master Bhanwarlal has been given Social Justice and Empowerment and Disaster Management. Lalchand Kataria gets Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, whilePramod Jain Bhaya has received Mining and the Cow Ministry.Vishwendra Singh will look after Tourism Ministry, while Harish Chaudhary has got Revenue and Irrigation.Ramesh Chand Meena has been given the Food and Civic Supplies department, Udailal Anjana has got co-operative and Indira Gandhi Canal Project while Saleh Mohammad gets the Minorities and Waqf departments.Govind Singh Dotarasa has got Education, Mamta Bhupesh has been alloted the Women and Child Development department and Arjun Sungh gets the Bamania Tribe Regional Development Department. Bhanwar Singh Bhati has got the Higher Education depatrment (independent charge), Sukhiram Vishnoi has Forest department (independent charge), Environment, Department of Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs. Ashok Chandna gets the Youth and Sports department, Tikaram Juli has been given the Labour department (independent charge), Bhanjanlal Jatav gets the Department of Home Defence and Civil Defence (Independent charge) and Department of Printing and stationery (Independent Charge).Rajendra Singh Yadav has been allotted Planning (Manpower), (Independent Charge), State Motor Garage Department (Independent Charge) Language Department (Independent Charge), Social Justice and Empowerment and Disaster Management and Assistance. Earlier, throughout Wednesday, the files related to portfolio were being transferred from Delhi to Jaipur and vice-versa due to difference of opinion between the Congress members. On Wednesday morning, Pilot met Congress President Rahul Gandhi while in the later half, Gehlot went to Delhi with the files. After an eight-hour long meeting in Delhi, the portfolio distribution process was eventually a success around 2 a.m. on Thursday.–IANSarc/pgh/vmadvertisement
Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi is gearing up to launch its flagship smartphone very soon. We are talking about the Redmi K20 here — that Xiaomi India MD Manu Jain says will be a flagship killer. With the Redmi K20 phone, Xiaomi India will aim to take on the likes of OnePlus 7 Pro, that is what the company says. A lot of details have been confirmed about the Redmi K20 in the past. It has been confirmed that the Redmi K20 will be powered by the flagship level processor aka Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. The launch date of the Redmi K20 hasn’t been revealed by the company yet but considering the rumours and leaks looks like the launch day isn’t too far. Ahead of the launch the full specs of the Redmi K20 has been leaked. Let’s take a look.According to the specs sheet leaked by a Twitter user — who goes by the name Harsh — the Redmi K20 will come with a 6.39-inch OLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The specs sheet reveals that the Redmi K20 will sport screen resolution of 1080p+. It also reveals that the Redmi K20 will include a pop-up selfie camera with a 20MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. On the rear panel the Redmi K20 will sport three cameras, the leaked specs sheet reveals.On the rear panel, the phone will include a 48MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, a 13MP secondary camera with f/2.4 aperture, and third will an 8MP with f/2.4 aperture. The 13MP and 8MP will be ultra-wide and telephoto cameras, respectively. The specs sheet further reveals that the Redmi K20 like the Redmi Note 7 series of phones will include 4000mAh battery. However, the flagship killer is expected to come with a 27W quick charge adapter in the box.advertisementPast rumours have also revealed several details about the Redmi K20. Some of the rumours have revealed that the Redmi K20 will launch in two variants. The standard one is expected to launch as Redmi K20 while the top-end model is tipped to bear Redmi K20 Pro as its name. The Redmi K20 India launch has also been confirmed by the company. Some rumours suggest that the Redmi K20 Pro may come as the Poco F2 in India. Xiaomi is yet to reveal details about Poco F2.ALSO READ | Fitbit Versa Lite Edition review: Versa-tile smartwatch at an affordable priceALSO READ | Micromax iOne launched in India for Rs 4,999 aims to take on Realme C2, Xiaomi Redmi 6AALSO READ | Redmi Note 7S India launch on May 20: 48MP camera, dot drop notch, glass body and all we know so far
zoom Maritime services provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has signed a new contract with Danish shipping company Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S for crew logistics and husbandry services.Under the additional agreement for the dry cargo and tanker specialist, ISS will co-ordinate over 2,800 crew changes per year across 32 vessels worldwide, as well as husbandry and disbursement account processing.The arrangement with ISS is expected to support Norden’s operations and accounting teams and provide a single point of contact and remittance, negating the need for multiple regional agents, ISS said.“ISS will help improve cost scheduling for core services and ensure greater transparency,” the company said.In addition, Norden is said to benefit from cost savings as a result of ISS’ global vendor agreements and volume, according to ISS.Managed from the ISS vessel supply chain hub in Mumbai, India, the firm said it will work with Norden in key locations across Europe, the Americas and the Middle East, including Rotterdam, Houston and Fujairah.
New Delhi: Any misadventure by Pakistan Army will be repelled with punitive response and no act of terror will go unpunished, Army chief General Bipin Rawat said Saturday.Speaking at an event on ’20 Years after Kargil Conflict’, Rawat said the Pakistan Army, time and again, resorts to misadventure, either through state-sponsored terrorism or intrusions in India. “The Indian armed forces stand resolute and ready to defend our territorial integrity. Let there be no doubt that misadventures will be repelled with a punitive response,” he said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Rawat also asserted that no act of terror will go unpunished. “Surgical strikes post Uri and Balakot (terror attacks) have amply demonstrated our political and military resolve against terror. Any act of terror will not go unpunished,” he added. The Army chief noted that the country cannot afford to be import-dependent throughout and emphasised on achieving self-reliance in critical technology. The rise of non-state actors and the readiness to use terror and other irregular methods of fighting have become a new norm, he said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedAddition of cyber and space domain has changed the battlefield scenario, the Army chief said. He said the Indian armed forces must be prepared for the future conflict with these changed character of the warfare. Rawat said the armed forces need to be conscious about the dynamic and rapid technological advancements in the space, its militarisation and increasing integration of space capabilities in future war-fighting. Referring to the raising of the Defence Space Agency, the Defence Cyber Agency and Special Operations Divisions, he said it is a step in transforming the armed forces towards jointness and integration. Rawat said India has come a long way since Kargil and raising of new battalions in consonance of forces’ operational requirements have taken place. Improvements in the war-fighting doctrine, strategy and concepts have been enunciated and revised continuously, he said. Reorganisation of the Indian Army is currently underway and these efforts are a step towards achieving a lean force. The Congress on Saturday expressed strong concern over reports of the Chinese Army crossing the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh division of Jammu and Kashmir last week. “We condemn the attempts of the Chinese army of continuous interference with our territory and its hostile attitude towards India. It is a serious matter for the country, about their incursion in Damchok”, JKPCC Chief Spokesperson Ravinder Sharma said. Chinese soldiers crossed the LAC in Demchok sector of Ladakh division after some Tibetans hoisted Tibetan flags on the occasion of Dalai Lama’s birthday, security officials had said. There was another version of the incident with South Block sources saying the Chinese personnel, who were in “civilian clothes”, did not cross the LAC but showed banners that read “Ban all activities to split Tibet”. Recalling the tension with the Chinese Army in Doklam sector in 2017, Sharma said intrusion in Demchok was very disturbing. “It is very aggressive posturing of China for past few years and now its quite a hostile neighbour”, he said.
BOUCTOUCHE, N.B. – Canada’s premiers emerged from meetings with Indigenous organizations Wednesday with little in the way of concrete initiatives after several major Aboriginal groups refused to participate in the gathering for the second year in a row.Three of the country’s largest Indigenous groups — the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Metis National Council — all bowed out of the talks in Bouctouche, N.B., held a day before provincial leaders are set to gather in St. Andrew’s, N.B., for their annual Council of the Federation meetings Thursday and Friday.However, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples national chief Robert Bertrand, who represents off-reserve Indigenous people, attended the meeting along with Francyne Joe, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.The less than half-day meeting at Pays de la Sagouine focused on economic partnerships and Indigenous children in care, said New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant.“I think that having CAP and the native Women’s Association here was beneficial,” said Gallant. “I think the presentations were great and I think today would have been that much greater had we had the other three organizations present.”Ahead of the meeting, Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod said it may be time to look at other options in order to attract more groups to the table.“I’ll be suggesting that we take another look at it and find a better way, and I think we can do it,” he said.Gallant said finding an alternative to satisfy other Indigenous groups would likely be discussed over the coming days. Three premiers also didn’t attend the meeting, including Doug Ford of Ontario, John Horgan of British Columbia and Nova Scotia’s Stephen MacNeil.Still, Bertrand said he believes there is value in meeting the premiers.“We are not necessarily pushing one organization versus another one. We are all working to improve the life of our constituents, whether it’s the on reserve or off reserve,” he said. “We’ve all seen on TV the pictures of poverty and these problems. They have to be resolved.”Joe said the issues facing organizations like her own were far too important for her to pass on the meeting.“I think the information that was shared with the premiers and the presenters is going to lead us forward and we are going to be able to collaborate in the future to actually make a difference in these areas,” Joe said in reference to economic development and child poverty.But Clement Chartier, president of the Metis National Council, said the three Indigenous organizations are the national representatives of Indigenous Peoples and “should be respected as such.”He said they should be included in official government meetings, not put on the sidelines like a special-interest group.“We are a government and Indigenous Peoples by virtue of Section 35 have the inherent right of self-government,” Chartier said. “We are one of the three orders of government in this country — the provincial governments, the federal government and the Indigenous governments.”Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said he would not attend the meeting because of ongoing concerns about minimizing the participation of First Nations in the Council of the Federation meetings, pre-meetings and other intergovernmental forums.Although a regional chief had planned to attend, Bellegarde said in a statement that changed “when we learned First Nations leadership identified on the draft agenda had not been contacted and had not received invitations to date or (been) treated with appropriate protocol and respect.”“The AFN will continue to push for an effective, respectful process for intergovernmental relations that reflects government-to-government relationships, First Nations rights, title and jurisdiction,” Bellegarde said.Meanwhile, a spokeswoman said Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed will be attending the Inuit Circumpolar Council General Assembly in Alaska.“This is a meeting that happens only once every four years with representatives from the four circumpolar Inuit regions (Canada, Greenland, US and Russia),” Erin Brandt Filliter said in an email.She later clarified that the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami is advocating for closer collaboration in working with the Council of the Federation.Presentations were made at Wednesday’s meeting by other speakers, including Kim Nash-McKinley of the St. Mary’s First Nation, Jake Augustine of McGraw Seafood Inc., and Jennifer Dockstator, project director for the National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education.– With files by Brett Bundale in Halifax
Baby Buggy, founded by Jessica Seinfeld, today announced that it has changed its name to GOOD+ Foundation.What started 15 years ago as a small New York City charity addressing babies’ needs has evolved into a major philanthropic organization that annually grants millions of dollars in products and services to proven anti-poverty programs serving mothers, fathers and their children across the country.“Since our inception we have tried to find new ways of helping children and families outgrow poverty. I am incredibly proud of our success and humbled by the support from our donors, volunteers and partners,” said Founder and Board President Jessica Seinfeld. “GOOD+ Foundation’s tagline — ‘Partnerships for Stronger Families’— signals our unique approach: teaming up with leading life-changing programs that use our donated goods to help motivate parents to play a more active role in their own progress. Our new name recognizes that it is the GOODs PLUS the education and services our partners provide that move families out of poverty.”GOOD+ Foundation is both a grant-seeking and grant-making organization. Its partner network is carefully selected through an application process.“Together with our partners, we help keep parents engaged in meeting important goals, such as earning a GED, completing a parenting class, building job and life skills or securing better housing,” said GOOD+ Foundation Executive Director Katherine Snider. “Our in-kind grants of products and technical services are highly sought after by our partners because they enhance the services they provide to families and also help with their own employee retention. Our collaboration with Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is a great example of our successful model.”NFP is a renowned program for new and expecting low-income mothers that has demonstrated higher rates of maternal employment, lower rates of child abuse and neglect, and better child school readiness.“Many of the families in our programs just don’t have access to the same resources that the majority of new parents enjoy,” said Roxane White, CEO of Nurse-Family Partnership, an evidence-based maternal and early childhood health program. “By working together with GOOD+ Foundation over the past 10 years, we have been able to give low-income, first-time moms the support and the tools they need to provide their babies with the best possible start in life. This has included nearly 1.3 million baby items that GOOD+ Foundation has distributed to 23 of our programs across the country.”In honor of the name change, eight corporate donors have each pledged or given at least $100,000 in products, services or financial support to GOOD+ Foundation in 2016, including Boppy, Bravado Designs, ErgoBaby, Lansinoh, Seventh Generation, The Children’s Place, UPPAbaby and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. For more information on this campaign and ways to participate, visit the GOOD+ Foundation website at www.goodplusfoundation.org.
APTN National NewsIt’s a disease becoming more prevelant in Aboriginal communities.And it’s time to start talking about cancer so First Nations are teaming up to do just that.APTN’s Donna Sound has the story.
New Delhi: To curb child labour, the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) will soon be approaching the Deputy Commissioner of Police of 15 districts and civic bodies seeking the details of spa centres running in their respective areas.The child rights body noticed irregularities in several spa centres in East Delhi during their inspection. The DCPCR members Roop Sudesh Vimal, Rita Singh and Ranjana Prasad conducted an inspection in more than a dozen spas running in East Delhi area. “We found many irregularities like staff registers were not maintained, no fire safety measures, no proper verification, the positioning of CCTV,” said Roop. He further stated that they will write to DCPs and Police Commissioner to seek details regarding spas operating in their respective jurisdiction. “We can conduct surprise check to know whether these spas are employing children,” Roop further said adding that they will also write civic bodies regarding the data. Meanwhile, three girls appeared to be minor rescued from a prominent mall in Shahdara district area. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Joy Tirkey said that in a joint operation of crime branch, local police, DCPCR and Child Line, on March 14, a search operation was carried at the spa centres at the mall. “Three girls who were appearing to be minor were rescued during the raid. They were handed over to the local police for their age verification and further course of action,” said DCP Crime. The DCPCR had recently launched the initiative where they will reward good samaritans for credible information on child labour. The DCPCR notice said that for the rescue of one child, there is a reward of Rs 1,000 whereas rescue of two-five children Rs 2000 is the reward whereas for six to 10 children, the reward increases to Rs 5,000. “The reward for the rescue of 11 or more children is Rs 10,000,” reads the notice.
The United Nations refugee agency has succeeded in dispatching a truck convoy from Liberia to Mauritania in a 25-day journey aimed at redeploying resources as part of a broader cost-saving effort that will benefit thousands of people.“This was an extraordinary achievement. The redeployment was done under extreme conditions and it succeeded thanks to the perseverance of the convoy members,” said Ursula Aboubacar, Deputy Director of UNHCR’s Middle East and North Africa Bureau.The 20 trucks from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which arrived in southern Mauritania on Monday, will be used to support the voluntary repatriation and reintegration of Mauritanian refugees from Senegal and Mali.The vehicles driven by staff from UNHCR’s partner GTZ, the German aid agency, carried 2,000 buckets, 1,600 kitchen sets, 4,500 plates, 9,600 bars of soaps, 3,125 blankets, 3,920 jerry cans, 20 bales of fabric, 3,600 items of women’s clothing and numerous mosquito nets.The convoy was sent to Mauritania as part of UNHCR efforts to maximize the use of existing resources and minimize the cost of the new operation. The UN agency is looking at ways to redeploy as many assets as possible from other programmes currently phasing down in West Africa. It wound up the Liberia assisted repatriation programme at the end of June this year after helping more than 100,000 refugees go back home since late 2005.The resources from Liberia will be badly needed by UNHCR, which said it is facing funding shortages for the Mauritania operation. The agency launched a $7 million appeal at the end of August to fund the voluntary repatriation of 24,000 Mauritanian refugees, mainly from Senegal and Mali.“This return will help resolve one of the most protracted refugee situations in Africa and represents the only durable solution in the Middle East and North Africa region at present. Some of the Mauritanian refugees have spent more than two decades in exile,” UNHCR spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis told journalists in Geneva on Tuesday.“The 17-month operation, which faces some major logistical challenges, is scheduled to start this month,” she said, while adding that “with only $500,000 received so far, we fear serious delays.”More than 60,000 Mauritanians fled to Senegal and Mali in April 1989 when a long-standing border dispute between the two countries escalated into ethnic violence. 17 October 2007The United Nations refugee agency has succeeded in dispatching a truck convoy from Liberia to Mauritania in a 25-day journey aimed at redeploying resources as part of a broader cost-saving effort that will benefit thousands of people.
14 March 2008The General Assembly today adopted a resolution on the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan in which it called for the immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian forces “from all the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan.” The General Assembly today adopted a resolution on the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan in which it called for the immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian forces “from all the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan.” With 39 votes in favour, seven against and 100 abstentions, the Assembly adopted a text that also called for “continued respect and support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan within its internationally recognized borders.” The resolution reaffirmed “the inalienable right of the population expelled from the occupied territories” of Azerbaijan to return to their homes, and to achieve that end it underlined the need for the comprehensive rehabilitation of all conflict-affected territories. No State should recognize as lawful the current situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, nor provide aid or assistance to maintain that situation, according to the text, which also called for “normal, secure and equal conditions of life for Armenian and Azerbaijani communities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region” so that “an effective democratic system of self-governance” can be built up. In addition, the resolution voices support for international mediation efforts to the dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, particularly the work of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group Co-Chairmen.
There has been a notable rise in violations against civilians and attacks on humanitarian workers in North Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), leading to new displacement, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today. Some people fled the fighting, while others moved from villages to the forest and back again, OCHA’s Elizabeth Byrs told reporters in Geneva. In addition, seven security incidents against humanitarian actors had been documented between 14 and 24 February, compared to 15 incidents since the beginning of the year. The rise in such incidents might lead humanitarian organizations working in the province – which has been the scene of clashes between Government forces and rebels that have uprooted hundreds of thousands of people – to reduce or limit their work, leading to “disastrous” consequences for the population, Ms. Byrs said.She said that the humanitarian community is appealing to all the parties in the territory to respect and protect the civilian population as well as aid workers and their equipment. OCHA added that attacks against individuals, as well as entire villages and health centres, by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) are continuing in Haut Uélé province. DRC, Uganda and Southern Sudan have joined forces in an offensive against the group, whose attacks have left hundreds dead and uprooted roughly 150,000 people. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it is preparing an emergency operation targeting those driven from their homes or who lost their crops and possessions as a result of LRA attacks. Meanwhile, aid agencies say they need military protection and are working to find ways to get to remote populations that can only be accessed by helicopter. Despite these constraints, OCHA reported that aid is reaching some people. WFP, for example, was able to distribute food to more than 32,000 displaced people last week. OCHA also noted that work is ongoing to improve the airstrip in the north-eastern city of Doruma to facilitate arrivals of humanitarian air flights.In a related development, Hilde Johnson, Deputy Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is currently in eastern DRC, where she called today for the release of all children currently associated with armed groups in the area. 27 February 2009There has been a notable rise in violations against civilians and attacks on humanitarian workers in North Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), leading to new displacement, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.
OTTAWA — Slashing interest rates and printing wads of money may have saved the global economy from catastrophe, but taking back all the monetary candy opens the world to new risks, the Bank of Canada warns in a research paper.[np_storybar title=”Canada’s policy makers fixed on doing nothing” link=”http://opinion.financialpost.com/2013/05/15/canada-interest-rates-debt-cd-howe/”%5D Terence Corcoran: Instead of moving to reverse the twin risks of low interest rates and rising debt, Canadian policy makers seem intent on keeping the game going for as long as possible [/np_storybar]The paper, written by economists Eric Santor and Lena Suchanek as part of the institution’s quarterly Bank of Canada Review, says efforts to stimulate the economy through the 2008-09 recession appear to have worked but risk remains.“Exiting too soon could undermine the recovery, while too slow an exit could lead to excess liquidity and contribute to inflationary pressures,” they write.The economists also make clear the successes so far have not come without costs — mostly punishing savers by pushing down interest rates and yields on safe investments, such as government bonds.The paper appears more directed at central bank policies in hard-hit economies such as Europe, Japan and the U.S., which radically increased the money supply through a policy known as quantitative easing.The Bank of Canada never took that step, but did slash interest rates to close to zero in 2009 and still retains a super-low overnight rate of one per cent.In a report issued Wednesday by the C.D. Howe Institute, former Bank of Canada special advisor Paul Masson argued that it was time for Canada’s central bank to start hiking interest rates.He cited some of the same risks to keeping rates low for long periods as the new Bank of Canada paper — creation of asset bubbles, as households take advantage of easy money conditions to purchase homes. As well, market distortions and risks as low yields hammer pension funds and insurance companies, which might be driven to riskier ventures to meet their longer-term liabilities.The Bank of Canada economists, however, do not offer an opinion on when to begin pulling back the stimulus, but agree that almost five years of super-low interest rates have come at a cost. Removing stimulus poses new risks, the economists add, including that central banks themselves could suffer losses from the risky assets they acquired.A bigger problem may arise if all the money central banks have poured into the system comes back to haunt them by spiking inflationary pressures.Still the authors say the central bank experiment with monetary easing was worth the potential price.“On balance, research to date suggests these measures were, and remain, effective. Without them, economic outcomes would have been much worse,” they say.