Rajasthan to scrap education criterion

first_imgThe Rajasthan Assembly on Monday passed two Bills which seek to end the minimum education criterion for panchayat and civic poll candidates. The House passed by voice vote the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Rajasthan Municipality (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The previous Vasundhara Raje-led government had introduced education criterion in 2015 which required a candidate to pass Class X for contesting zila parishad, panchayat samiti and municipal elections. For contesting elections for sarpanch of a panchayat in scheduled and non-scheduled areas, it was mandatory to pass Class V and VIII, respectively. Replying to the debate on the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Amendment Bill, 2019, Panchayati Raj Minister Sachin Pilot said that the present government is committed for development of every section of the society.‘Against Constitution’ “Sarpanches awarded by President, Vice President were declared ineligible due to the provisions in the previous Act. The Act was against the basics of the Constitution. Society cannot be divided on the basis of education,” Mr. Pilot said. He said that education criterion should first be introduced for contesting Assembly and parliamentary elections. Local Self Government Minister Shanti Kumar Dhariwal presented the Rajasthan Municipality (Amendment) Bill, 2019. In reply to the debate on the Bill, Mr. Dhariwal said the Congress in its election manifesto had promised to scrap education criterion for contesting municipality elections.last_img read more

Three held for hacking Facebook account, posting obscene messages

first_imgThree persons including a couple from Rajasthan were arrested allegedly for hacking the Facebook account of a person in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir and posting vulgar and obscene messages, police said on Sunday. Varinder Singh had lodged a written complaint on December 25 last year alleging that some unknown persons hacked his Facebook account and embarrassed his family by creating his fake ID and IDs of his wife and sister and sharing his family photographs with vulgar and obscene messages, a police spokesman said. He said an FIR under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act and the Ranbir Penal code was registered at the Reasi police station and the investigation set into motion.Third accused During investigation, the spokesman said the Internet Protocol addresses of the fake ID’s were retrieved from Facebook and the accused were identified as Rahul Jain, his wife Kirti Jain of Jaipur and Parvinder Singh alias Rocky, a local driver. “It came to the light that the couple had once visited Reasi and had exchanged their phone numbers with the complainant. Later, they managed to contact the third accused through the friend list of Facebook account of the complainant,” he said. He said the accused couple were arrested from their residence in Jaipur by a special team on a court warrant and were brought to Reasi on Saturday and on their disclosure, the third accused was also arrested.last_img read more

Italian prosecutors break up Chinese transport mafia

first_imgMILAN – Italian law enforcement has broken up a Chinese organized crime ring that used money from criminal activities to force its way into European trucking companies and control the movement of Chinese-made goods in much of Europe, anti-Mafia prosecutors said Thursday.Top anti-Mafia prosecutor Federico Cafiero de Raho told reporters in Florence that the organization used mafia methods, including intimidation, extortion and violence.He said the ring earned cash from drug trafficking, gambling and prostitution in locations throughout Italy, which they used to take over transportation companies in Italy, France, Spain and Germany.More than 50 people were under investigation, most in the Tuscan city of Prato, a key centre of Chinese business in Italy. Arrest warrants were issued for 33 people, including several already jailed on other charges, two in France and two in China.The criminal components hail mostly from the Chinese provinces of Zhejiang and Fujian, police said in a statement.The prosecutor said that the Chinese-run transport companies laundered money from the criminal businesses, and that they were also a form of illicit competition with legitimate companies operating under the law.last_img read more

Indigenous leaders welcome chance to invest in Alberta renewable power auction

first_imgCALGARY – Indigenous leaders say they are eager to invest after Alberta unveiled a plan on Monday that demands bidders in one of its next two rounds of renewable power project auctions include partnerships with those communities.The province said it hopes to attract bids to build a total of 700 megawatts of renewable power capacity, enough to power 300,000 homes, with 300 MW reserved for proposals with Indigenous equity ownership and 400 MW without restriction.Winners in both new rounds of bids will be judged on their power price bids, said Environment Minister Shannon Phillips.She added the province hopes to duplicate the success of its first round, held last year, when three companies were chosen to spend about $1 billion to build four wind power projects capable of generating 600 MW of new generation, 50 per cent higher than target. They bid an average price of $37 per MW-hour, which the province touted as a record low price for renewable power in Canada.The Kainai First Nation is planning a 200-MW wind project that’s “shovel-ready” to be built if selected, said Chief Roy Fox of the southern Alberta tribe also known as the Blood Tribe, speaking at the government’s news conference in Calgary.“We want to proceed with the first phase, which is 100 megawatts, and we have everything in place,” said Fox, who also goes by the name Makiinima. “We have the expertise, we’ve built some capacity, we have the financing in place, we’re ready to go and it will be situated on our reserve lands.”He said later the First Nation has an agreement to obtain funding from Indigena Capital, a Utah-based firm that finances Indigenous projects, but wouldn’t give a cost estimate for the project.Aaron Young, chief of the Chiniki First Nation, said his community is already pursuing solar power options.“We are good partners,” he said at the conference. “Just know, for us, success is well-being of our First Nations, of our people, and respect for the land that we all call home.”Successful auction bidders will win a 20-year contract with the province that provides subsidies if power prices fall below the bid price, to be paid from Alberta’s carbon levy on heavy industrial emitters. If the price is higher, the companies are to pay the difference to the province.The province wants to add up to 5,000 MW of renewable energy through private sector investment of about $10 billion by 2030.“Climate change is indeed the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. It is real,” Phillips said. “But it represents trillions in economic opportunity around the world. Albertans want to be part of those new jobs, those new businesses.”Phillips said she expects wind power projects to be most successful at auction because they cost the least but she said the government is considering ways to encourage other options such as solar power in future auctions to improve reliability of the system.Details of the upcoming auctions are to be worked out by the Alberta Electric System Operator over the next several months and a request for proposals is expected in the spring, with winning bids selected by year-end, said AESO chief operating officer Mike Law.He said bidders in the 300-MW round will need at least 15 to 25 per cent Indigenous ownership to qualify.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Petronas said to possibly be looking to buy Chevrons stake in Kitimat

first_imgTORONTO, O.N. — Petronas could possibly be looking to get back into the Canadian LNG game after sources said that Chevron is exploring options including selling its minority stake in the proposed Kitimat LNG project.According to Reuters, three unnamed sources said that Petronas is among the parties in talks with Chevron for a possible stake in Kitimat LNG, after it scuppered plans to build the $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project last July because of unfavourable market conditions. Speaking anonymously, the sources told Reuters that it was not guaranteed that Chevron would sell its stake. They said that Chevron is considering selling a stake in Kitimat LNG to a financial investor such as a Canadian pension fund or a private equity firm.The sources added that Seven Generations Energy Ltd and Tourmaline Oil Corp are also in discussions to supply natural gas to Chevron’s project, and that Seven Generations may also consider buying a stake in the project by partnering with other gas producers. Kitimat LNG, a 50/50 joint venture with Australia’s Woodside Petroleum Ltd, has a 20-year, 10 million-metric-tonne-per-year export license for LNG and is expected to cost tens of billions of dollars to build. Story courtesy The Globe and Mail/Reuters: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/chevron-in-talks-to-sell-stake-in-canadian-lng-project-sources/article38211025/?utm_source=Shared+Article+Sent+to+User&utm_medium=E-mail:+Newsletters+/+E-Blasts+/+etc.&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Linkslast_img read more

Selfishness Racism and Hypocrisy of Some Adults Ruined It

It is sad that a story that resonated and inspired so many has been imploded by so few. When Little League baseball—little league!—can be compromised by adults with their own agenda, it’s as clear an indication as any of the corruption that engulfs us.Kids playing a kid’s game has gone political, controversial and, yes, racial, with the kids the ultimate losers in all the machinations by self-serving, jealous and timid adults.Not just the Jackie Robinson West players who had their U.S. Championship rescinded on the heels of allegations that kids who did not live in the implicit district were playing on the team. But there will be other kids who will lose, too.In the world we live in, when Black people achieve something significant, they still often are trailblazers setting the path for others to follow their journey.Think the next all-Black team that dominates in little league baseball won’t be vetted beyond non-Black teams because of this fiasco? Of course, they will.This isn’t about race; it’s about reality. Want to shield your vision from what has happened time and again in corporate American or newsrooms or apartment leasing offices, go ahead. Some of us set the stage for others to follow, and if one goes awry, the decision-makers (Caucasians) heavily consider that misstep before granting another African-American an opportunity.Indeed, Black people often rue the conduct of other Black people. Say, for instance, Charles Barkley says something dumb, as he is wont to do. Many of us shudder, understanding that while Barkley does not represent us, his words and views inevitably will in some way be used against us.That phenomenon makes this little league baseball scandal that much more disheartening and significant.Even Jesse Jackson has come out from his seeming retirement to chime in on behalf of his fellow Chicagoans. “This is persecution. This is not right, it’s unnecessary. And it’s not fair,” Jackson said the other day at a press conference.He may be right. This whole drama started when a mostly white team from Chicago called authorities to say the Jackie Robinson West squad had players on its roster that did not live in the district. This also, it is important to note, was after the JRW team beat the brakes off that mostly white team, 43-2. And this came after JRW had captured the nation with a Little League World Series run that was marked by immense talent and admirable grace.Now, a city known for corruption in politics, has this on its ledger, too. And it’s the kids who are pained the most.“Little League says that they teach character and they teach courage. Well, this isn’t an act of courage and this sure isn’t an act of character. Brandon Green and his teammates, they earned the championship win and we will not stop until justice is done,” said Venisa Green, mother of JRW player Brandon Green.Renown Catholic priest Michael Pfleger said the words: “You need to reverse this unless you’re going to go after all 16 teams. This is a racist attack and racist at the foot of this, and there’s no way I’ll back off from that, none whatsoever.”The argument that every team has players living outside the designated zones does not make what JRW is alleged to have done right. But it sure is interesting that Evergreen Park, the whistleblowers on JRW, had at least one player from outside its area on its team in 2011. Renee Cannon-Young said her son, Jacoby, was recruited to play in Evergreen Park’s Little League, despite living on Chicago’s South Side.“The paperwork was filled out for me,” Cannon-Young said. “I was told that although he was not a resident of Evergreen Park, they were going to fix that so that he could play. Just use another address, and he would be able to play.”When Cannon-Young learned of Evergreen Park’s ratting out JRW, she screamed hypocrisy.So serious is this that Chicago mayor Raham Emanuel put it on his radar. He supports the team holding on to its championship. “Every home run was real,” he said. “Every great catch was real. The passion they brought from Chicago to Williamsport was real. And the character they showed on and off the field was real.”In vacating the title, Emanuel said, “You have turned (the youths) into the perpetrators when they are the victims. You know what they have done for Chicago, and let’s face it, you know what they’ve done for your tournament.”Jackie Robinson West player Brandon Green added: “We work hard all year long. And we went down there to play baseball and we weren’t involved in anything that could’ve caused us to be stripped of our championship.”This weekend, Rainbow PUSH (yes, it’s still around) plans to have a rally for the devastated and embarrassed players, to remind them that they are still champions, if not on paper any longer. Hovering above the occasion will be this truth: Adults who are supposed to be responsible let down the kids they are charged to protect. read more

Ohio State fall sports wrap

It was a down year for the Buckeye fall sports teams, with no Big Ten championships won by any squad. However, the teams secured five NCAA tournament bids this season with women’s volleyball still in contention. Women’s field hockey and men’s soccer ended the regular season with the best conference success, narrowly missing out on first place and securing second in the Big Ten. Despite the overall lack of championship success, the Buckeyes earned several high individual honors and each team had its own season highlights. Men’s soccer For the first time since 2006, the Ohio State men’s soccer team was not a part of the NCAA tournament. Junior midfielder Chris Hegngi and senior defender David Tiemstra headlined a list of eight OSU players who received Big Ten awards; Hegngi and Tiemstra were named the conference’s best offensive and defensive player, respectively. Tiemstra and Hegngi were named First-Team All-Big Ten while senior forward Parnell Hegngi, junior midfielder Austin McAnena and junior goalkeeper Matt Lampson earned second-team honors. The Buckeyes finished with an overall 10-7-2 record, 4-2 in the Big Ten, placing second behind Northwestern. After losing to Northwestern on Oct. 9, a regular season conference championship seemed unlikely as the team sat at 7-5-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference. Coach John Bluem said the game was “one of the worst performances by an OSU team in (his) 15 years here.” The team responded, going 3-0-1 in its next four contests to put itself in a position to win the title in its final regular season game. OSU was not up to the task as they fell to Indiana on the road, 1-0. “It was certainly a disappointment to come away without a win and not win the championship outright,” Bluem said in a press release. “But it was definitely a difficult task at hand.” OSU had won the Big Ten tournament the last four years, but the team was defeated by Penn State in the first round of the tournament, ending its season. Women’s soccer At first glance the OSU women’s soccer team’s final regular season record of 10-8-1 and subsequent first-round loss in the Big Ten tournament doesn’t seem like anything too special. However, it was a couple of program milestones and an unlikely run in the NCAA tournament that made the 2011 season memorable. The Buckeyes received a bid to the national tournament, albeit one the team and coach Lori Walker did not expect to receive, and collected upset victories against Tennessee and Milwaukee to advance to the Sweet Sixteen to play Duke, the top-seeded team in the region. OSU led the Blue Devils, 1-0, at halftime, but two second-half goals by Duke ended the Buckeyes’ tournament run. “This team found a second life and made something of it,” Walker said following the loss. “We always said we wanted to advance until we met a team that is playing better than us … I give credit to our seniors for leading us to be here and we’ve got nothing to be disappointed about.” The 2011 senior class tied last year’s class as the winningest four-year group in program history with 51 victories. The Buckeyes also recorded program win No. 200 on Sept. 23 at home against Illinois. Field Hockey The field hockey team ended its 2011 campaign with a 12-9 overall record and 4-2 mark in conference play. By losing to Old Dominion in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the team overcame its semifinal loss in the conference tournament to make the big dance in three consecutive seasons. This was the Buckeyes’ seventh appearance in the tournament, while six of them have been under 16-year head coach Anne Wilkinson. The team was led by captain and First-Team All-Big Ten honoree Jenn Sciulli while forwards Berta Queralt, Danica Deckard and midfielder Paula Pastor-Pitarque were named Second-Team All-Big Ten selections. The team strongly depended on its defense in many of its games. Goaltender and captain Ally Tunitis notched four shutouts on the season and now holds the single-season wins record for OSU goalkeepers. The season was far from a failure due to the girls’ most notable win against No. 11 Michigan when they won, 2-1, in a thriller to kick off conference play. Tunitis described the win as the “most meaningful moment of the season.” Women’s volleyball The women’s volleyball team has yet to finish its season, as it will be making its way to Florida, Saturday and Sunday, for the Gainesville Regional to face the winner of Illinois and Marquette in the Sweet 16. The team finished its regular season with an overall record of 21-14 and a conference record of 9-11. The Buckeyes’ rollercoaster ride of a season sparked surprise at their tournament run, but a win over No. 14 Tennessee on Friday kept the girls’ season hopes alive. Junior Mari Hole was the only Buckeye named a First-Team All-Big Ten honoree while Kelli Barhorst was named a Sportsmanship Award honoree. Men’s cross-country The OSU men’s cross-country team was without its No. 1 runner for most of the 2011 season. For most teams, losing a top runner would spell doom, but for the Buckeyes this season, it did not. OSU qualified for the 2011 NCAA National Championships in Terra Haute, Ind., and finished 23rd out of 31 teams on Nov. 21 to conclude its season. The National Championship appearance was the third in five years for head coach Robert Gary and the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior Jake Edwards, OSU’s top runner coming at the beginning of the year, suffered a hamstring injury at the Notre Dame Invitational on Sept. 30 and missed the rest of the season. Led by junior Donny Roys and redshirt senior Taylor Williams, the Buckeyes were resilient. Two weeks after losing Edwards, OSU ran at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Oct. 14. Among a field featuring 20 of the top 30 programs in the nation, the Buckeyes finished 17th. The men went on to finish fifth at both the Big Ten Championships on Oct. 30 and NCAA Great Lakes Regionals on Nov. 12, and received an at-large berth to the NCAA National Championships. Roys and Williams paced the way for the Buckeyes at the National Championship meet, placing 95th and 100th, respectively. Gary said the 2011 season was one of his all-time favorites. “I would have to say … (the 2011 team) was my third favorite team ever to have,” he said. Women’s cross-country The 2011 OSU women’s cross-country season has assistant coach Chris Neal optimistic for 2012. The Buckeyes sent two runners to the 2011 NCAA National Championships in Terra Haute, Ind., on Nov. 21 as individual qualifiers, and finished sixth at the NCAA Great Lakes Regionals on Nov. 12. Four of OSU’s top-five runners will return in 2012. “(This season) is definitely a building block going forward,” Neal said. Jordan Jennewine, the team’s lone senior, along with junior Tori Brink and freshman Nicole Hilton, led the Buckeyes this season. A first-place finish at the Mountaineer Open in Boone, N.C., on Sept. 16 by both Jennewine and OSU as a team, started off the season on a high point. Following a disappointing 38th-place finish at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Oct. 14, the Buckeyes failed to impress at the Big Ten Championships on Oct. 30, placing ninth as a team. OSU sixth-place finish at the regional meet didn’t earn the team a bid to the NCAA National Championships, but Brink and Hilton were individual selections. Brink and Hilton ran well again at the National Championship, finishing near the top half of the field in 120th and 142nd place. Golf The OSU men’s golf team’s opened its autumn slate on a high note with its second consecutive and 19th team title overall in the 15-team Marshall Invitational, with senior Alex Redfield claiming the individual title. The Buckeyes hit a bit of a rough patch after that, finishing in a tie for 10th out of 15 teams in the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational from Sept. 16-18 and earning a last-place 11th in a rain-shortened Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational on Sept. 27. As the host team of the Jack Nicklaus Invitational from Oct. 10-11, OSU finished second out a field of 12 teams, placing higher than four Top 25 ranked teams. The Buckeyes concluded the season with a last-place performance in the 15-team Isleworth Collegiate Invitational from Oct. 23-25. The OSU women’s golf team finished in third-place or better in all four autumn tournaments in which it played. The Buckeyes opened the season with a runner-up performance in the 12-team Mary Fossum Invitational from Sept. 16-17 and recorded a third-place finish out of 15 teams in the Windy City Invitational from Oct. 3-4. In the Lady Northern Invitational from Oct. 10-11, on the same course that the 2012 Big Ten championship will be played this spring, OSU finished second out of 12 teams. The Buckeyes concluded their fall slate by finishing third out of 18 teams in the Landfall Tradition from Oct. 28-30. Both OSU golf teams will resume play in February. read more

Letter to the Editor Thad Mattas impact on a former manager

Thad Matta addresses the media for the final time as head coach at Ohio State on June 5, 2017. Credit: Courtesy of 97.1 The FanMy junior year of high school, I had just wrapped up a day tour at Ohio State and was literally about to pass out on a couch in the Union. My dad shook me awake and loudly whispered “Brian, that’s Thad Matta!” as Matta walked past with Bobby Knight. I had no idea that 18 months later I’d be starting a four-year term working under him as a student manager from the 2013-14 season through his final season in 2016-17. A phrase that I remember being thrown around a lot as an underclassman in the program was “great player, better person.” Substituting “player” for “coach,” the phrase couldn’t be more true for Coach Matta. He always wanted not just what was best for the team, but what was best for the individuals, as both players and men, and during some of the tougher stretches, the pain he felt from having let his team down as a coach was both visible and genuine. It’s rare to see anyone as invested in their profession as Coach Matta was in his teams and the state of the program. Everyone saw, and unfortunately quickly forgot, the huge success Coach Matta brought to the Ohio State men’s basketball program. Most people don’t get to see what he’s like off the court. Contrary to the occasional beet-red face sometimes seen on the sidelines, he’s actually one of the most laid-back individuals I’ve been with in a work environment. From addressing me by Brian about ten times per day the last week of my senior season after realizing my real name wasn’t “Chops,” which is what my nickname within the program was, to seamlessly transitioning from a regular conversation with me to a Chris Farley Saturday Night Live sketch dialogue, I’ll always appreciate Coach Matta’s wit. I don’t know if he will be back out on the hardwood again, but if not, I know, as he has told me on several occasions, he’s looking forward to living where “It’s never colder than 70 degrees, (he) never has to wear long pants and doesn’t have to put a shirt on before 5 o’clock.”Thanks, Coach.Brian Lamb, former Ohio State men’s basketball manager read more

New Government School construction to begin contract awarded

first_img Related Items:aierra missick, budget debate, construction, government schools Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Loaded; Bank amounts and accounts disclosed in House of Assembly Recommended for you Opposition says: Govt slow to restore construction industry; 12-storey debacle no surprise Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Feb 2015 – Construction will soon start at the 13-acre site in Long Bay Hills for the new government high school for Provo. Cabinet last week revealed that the tender for the construction has been awarded; finally. There were some snags to the process which caused government to not only extend the time for bids to be turned in for the project, but for the payment for the job to be boosted. There were criticisms that the originally quoted figure for the work, at $600,000 was too low. During Budget Debate last year, Education Minister Hon Akierra Missick explained that the new facility was mainly to alleviate overcrowding and the issues linked to that… she had said: “…once the first phase is completed we intend to transfer the entire first form and a zoned form two. The following years will see further re-zoning which will ensure equitable distribution of children.” With a reported surplus, Government moved to have more monies for phase one in a supplementary to the budget; it is now a one million dollar job. There are to be eight classrooms, restrooms and administration block built in this first phase. The need for a new school was one touted by the Rufus Ewing administration since the beginning of tenure in 2012; three years later work is poised to begin on that new school. ZNS facing privatizationlast_img read more

Banks closed storm updates

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:banks, closed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Aug 2015 – Additionally, banks will close today at 1pm and reopen on Monday, weather permitting. You can keep it here at Power 92 and Kiss FM for continuous coverage and regular storm updates.Take care of yourselves… take care of each other… and in the TCI we still believe that prayer changes things. Stay safe! CLOSED: Revenue and Treasury Offices overrun with mold 18 Underpopulated Primary Schools To Be Closed One Stop Shop Closed Tuesday June 23last_img

Hero Working on Honda Activas Rival to Boost Sales

first_imgHero MotoCorp seems to be working hard on launching a rival to Honda Motor Co.’s best-selling scooter Activa, as it struggles with slowing demand in the motorcycle segment.To counter the stiff competition from former partner Honda, India’s largest two-wheeler maker is expediting its work on a rival to Activa, Live Mint reported quoting sources close to the matter.The new launch, a 110cc full metal body unisex scooter, is reported to be undergoing rigorous trials, as the company plans to release it for sale by July this year.The features include external fuel filling, telescopic front suspension, tubeless tyres, digi-analogue console, integrated braking system, remote-controlled seat and fuel lid opening, a USB mobile charging unit and a light in the under-seat storage.However, the new scooter did not feature in the models displayed by the company at the 2014 Auto Expo in Delhi due to competitive reasons, according to another source close to the development.”They want to take Honda by surprise,” the source noted. After the release of Acitva’s rival, the company is expected to introduce another scooter Dash, one of three new scooters it showcased at Auto Expo in Delhi. The other two models are Dare and ZIR.”While the new range of motorcycles, including the 250cc sports bike, were originally scheduled to be launched in the first half of 2015, the company wants to hold them back for some time,” said a person familiar with the development.Sales are motorcycles across the country have been slowing due to subdued demand from rural consumers, as their incomes are hit by unseasonal rains.”Going forward, Hero will increase focus on scooters, which has very much become an urban phenomenon. There will be more variants of Pleasure and Maestro,” said one of the sources.While scooters occupied a 58.68% share of Honda’s total sales in 2014-15, Hero’s scooter sales accounted for 12% of its overall sales.last_img read more

Maruti Suzuki to invest Rs 15000 crore for sales and services infrastructure

first_imgMaruti Suzuki will spend a whopping Rs 15,000 crore towards expanding its sales-and-service infrastructure over the next five years, as India’s biggest carmaker aims to grow its annual sales to nearly 2 million units by 2020 from 1.1 million vehicles in last fiscal year.The earmarked investment will be used to procure land for dealers to double the number of dealership outlets, expanding warehousing capabilities and transportation facilities.The growth in the company’s annual sales will be mainly led by production at its third plant in Gujarat, which is expected to start operations by early 2017.”We have to double our network as the Gujarat plant output will lead to a gradual doubling of sales. The bulk of the investment required for additional sales will precede start of production at our Gujarat plant. The total money needed for creating additional sales-and-service infrastructure has been estimated to be Rs 30,000 crore. Of that, half the money will be invested by us, and the rest by dealers,” Maruti Suzuki Chairman R C Bhargava told Business Standard.Currently, the Delhi-headquartered automobile company has more than 1,700 dealership outlets in the country and it has recently set up a new dealership network, Nexa, to sell premium cars. The company is also planning to open a network for its light commercial vehicle launches.The company had spent Rs 11,000 crore to build its current sales-and- service infrastructure , Bhargava said adding that the setting up of the same infrastructure would now cost Rs 30,000 crore due to an exponential rise in land prices.As land prices are expensive for dealers, the company plans to procure the land and lease it for the dealers. It has already formed a team of executives from real estate firms to manage its “land-procurement exercise”.”The land cost today is making it difficult for dealers to invest. But if investments are not made, it will hurt us. We will buy sites where we want dealerships and workshops to come up in future,” said Bhargava.The company is sitting on a cash pile of about Rs 13,000 crore and the Rs 8,000-10,000-crore investment in the Gujarat plant will be made by its parent Suzuki.last_img read more

Gold prices continue on downward spiral

first_imgGold prices have declined for the second consecutive week since November 9 as they are now down by 7.4 percent. Silver has also seen a slump in price as it has gone down by 8.17 percent.The trend is unusual for jewellery sector this time of the year as India, the world’s second biggest consumer of gold, usually sees a surge in prices due to the demand during peak wedding season.However, the main reason for the price fluctuation can be traced to the Narendra Modi government’s announcement to ban high-value currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000.Both, gold and silver, witnessed a slight surge in prices on November 9, a day after the announcement of the currency ban, increasing from Rs 43,850 to Rs 45,000 and from Rs 30,850 to Rs 31,750, respectively.This has been correlated to the sudden surge of customers who were exchanging their illegal notes with jewellers, albeit at a premium favouring the jewellery merchants. But the government was quick to plug such leakage as it made it mandatory to submit PAN details for buying jewellery to restrict conversion of black money to white. Notices were also sent from the excise department to about 600 jewellers in the country.While the share price of Titan was down 3.25 percent to trade at Rs 306.95, it was up by around 4.83 percent for Gitanjali Gems, which was trading at Rs 55.30 at National Stock Exchange on Monday. Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri was trading 0.24 per cent up at Rs 61.40 at NSE.last_img read more

Nach Baliye 9 Faisal Khan shares cosy romantic picture with Muskaan

first_imgInstagramWhile this season of Nach Baliye has brought in some extraordinary and quite popular couples, there’s no denying the fact that the audience just can’t get over Faisal Khan and Muskaan’s romance. Hailed as one of the strongest contenders this year, Faisal and Muskaan are leaving no stone unturned in impressing the judges with their fabulous performances, week after week.While we get to see a lot of their chemistry onscreen and onstage, back stage and in real life too the couple is incredibly romantic. Faisal, recently shared a candid moment with Muskaan on Instagram and wrote, “Sometimes the moments in which you are doing nothing except laughing and being silly are the most memorable of them all.”While Faisal has won several dance reality shows and is a trained dancer, the duo knew from the beginning that it would be difficult for Muskaan to match upto his level. In an interview with International Business Times, Faisal had said, “I have always either won the reality shows or have been the finalist. It is like my reputation is on stake. It is not going to be easy, because this time I am not doing it alone or with a professional dancer. I am going to dance with my girlfriend Muskaan, who is a complete non-dancer. I think it will be a little difficult for me but we are going to try our best and attempt to put in our best in the show, so that I can accomplish my hat-trick of winning the reality shows. This was the last show left that I wanted to do and I don’t know what next is in my platter. I really wanted to do this show and I am doing it. So, it is a great feeling. I have never faced an elimination in my life and I would prefer not to.”last_img read more

Over 380000 Rohingya children at risk of losing future

first_imgRohingya refugees make their way to a refugee camp after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palong Khali, near Cox`s Bazar.File photo ReutersThe International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has warned that more than 380,000 children were at a risk of losing their future as the Rohingya crisis in southeast part of Bangladesh would be prolonged.”With an uncertain future and no solutions in sight, the world must not let these children lose their future,” said secretary general, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society M Feroz Salah Uddin.IFRC warned the situation would be more fragile in the coming monsoon and cyclone season or a disease outbreak could trigger a disaster within a disaster, said a press release.To help protect children and their families in the displaced and host communities, the Red Cross Red Crescent is prioritising contingency planning and preparedness to respond to new challenges, and building community resilience to threats including disease, cyclones and the monsoon, along with continued humanitarian assistance for 200,000 people.According to the release, the scale and speed of the displacement and the severe vulnerability of many of those displaced has created one of the most critical and complex humanitarian crises in the Asia Pacific region in decades.last_img

Did You Know

first_img Did you know…?A student-athlete must be enrolled full-time to be eligible for practice, financial aid, and competition. If a student-athlete drops a class and becomes less than full-time, he or she is immediately ineligible for practice and competition. When adding a course to become full-time, the student is eligible for practice and competition once the course has been approved by the appropriate department head and submitted to the registrar. See Bylaw 14.2 below for more information. Print Friendly Version 14.2.2 Requirement for Competition. To be eligible for competition, a student-athlete shall be enrolled in at least a minimum full-time program of studies leading to a baccalaureate or equivalent degree, which shall not be less than 12 semester or quarter hours. (Revised: 6/1/07)14.2.2.1 Exceptions. The following exceptions to the minimum 12-semester or 12-quarter-hour enrollment requirement are permitted:14.2.2.1.1 Competition Prior to Initial Enrollment. A student-athlete may compete during the official vacation period immediately preceding initial enrollment, provided the student has been accepted by the institution for enrollment in a regular, full-time program of studies at the time of the individual’s initial participation; is no longer enrolled in the previous educational institution; and is eligible under all institutional and NCAA requirements. (See Bylaw 16.8.2.1.)14.2.2.1.2 Eligibility Between Terms. To be eligible for competition that takes place between terms (including competition between a student-athlete’s final term as an undergraduate student and first term as a graduate or post baccalaureate student), the student-athlete shall: (Revised: 1/11/89, 3/27/18)    (a) Have been registered for the required minimum full-time load (see Bylaw 14.2.2) at the conclusion of the term immediately preceding the date of competition, if the     student is continuing enrollment; or    (b) Be accepted for enrollment as a regular full-time student for the regular term immediately following if the student is either continuing enrollment or beginning enrollment     (see Bylaw 14.4.3.4).14.2.2.1.3 Final Semester/Quarter. A student-athlete may compete while enrolled in less than a minimum full-time program of studies, provided the student is enrolled in the final semester or quarter of the baccalaureate or graduate degree program and the institution certifies that the student is carrying (for credit) the courses necessary to complete degree requirements. Thereafter, the student shall forfeit eligibility in all sports, unless the student completes all degree requirements during that semester or quarter and is eligible to receive the baccalaureate diploma on the institution’s next degree-granting date. (Revised: 1/10/92, 1/16/93, 1/10/95, 2/1/05, 11/1/07 effective 8/1/08, 1/14/12, 8/21/12, 3/27/18)14.2.2.1.3.1 Eligibility Following Final Term. A student-athlete who is eligible to compete while enrolled less than full time during his or her final term remains eligible for regular-season competition that occurs after the term and any postseason event that begins within 60 days following the term. A student-athlete who attends a quarter-system institution and who graduates at the end of the winter quarter may compete in any postseason event (and preceding regular-season competition) that occurs during the same academic year following the completion of the winter quarter. (See Bylaw 12.8.) (Adopted: 4/29/04 effective 8/1/04, Revised: 3/27/18) Story Links 14.2 Full-Time Enrollment.14.2.1 Requirement for Practice. To be eligible to participate in organized practice sessions, a student-athlete shall be enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies leading to a baccalaureate or equivalent degree as defined by the regulations of the certifying institution. (See Bylaw 12.8.2.5.) [D] (Revised: 1/10/92, 10/28/99,3/27/18)14.2.1.2 Drop/Add Course. A student-athlete no longer shall be considered enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies (after dropping a course that places the student below full-time status) when the dropped course becomes official in accordance with procedures determined by the institution for all students. A student who is adding a course to reach full-time status shall become eligible for practice and competition once the course has been approved by the appropriate department head (or designated representative) and submitted to the registrar. (Adopted: 1/10/92)14.2.1.3 Exception—Final Semester/Quarter. A student-athlete with athletics eligibility remaining may participate in organized practice sessions while enrolled in less than a minimum full-time program of studies, provided the student is enrolled in the final semester or quarter of the baccalaureate or graduate degree program and the institution certifies that the student is carrying (for credit) the courses necessary to complete the degree requirements, as determined by the faculty of the institution. (Revised: 3/27/18)14.2.1.3.1 Eligibility Following Final Term. A student-athlete who is eligible for practice while enrolled less than full time during his or her final term remains eligible for practice during the remainder of the institution’s season, including postseason events. (See Bylaw 12.8.) (Adopted: 3/27/18)14.2.1.6 Exception—Practice During First Week of Class. A student-athlete may practice, but may not compete, during the institution’s first five days of classes if the student-athlete is enrolled in less than a minimum full-time program of studies, provided the student is otherwise eligible under all institutional, conference and NCAA requirements. (Adopted: 1/10/95 effective 8/1/95)last_img read more

Get to Know Shay Clevenger

first_imgStory Links Get to know freshman defender Shay Clevenger.Favorite Sports Team: Baltimore RavensFavorite Athlete: Justin TuckerBest compliment: On some notes to songs, I don’t sound terrible, only badPerfect Pizza: Plain CheeseFavorite singer: Thomas RhettFavorite Movie: Mama MiaBest Subject: PsychWorst Subject: MathFavorite Food: Grilled cheeseFavorite TV show: Grey’s AnatomySuper Power: InvisibilityFavorite Cartoon Character: Patrick the StarMost influential Person in your Life: Mom and DadWhat do you like to do outside of lacrosse: Going to the beachOne thing most people don’t know about me: My real name is SheilaBiggest Celebrity Crush: Patrick DempseyFunniest Player on the Team: Sarah BlalockBest Dancer on the Team: Sarah and Caroline BlalockBest Singer: KirstenPregame Routine: I do not have a pregame routineBest Part of Your Game: Lacrosse IQFavorite Thing About Uofl: How friendly and supportive everyone is, like the community and the other student athletes.Why I Chose UofL: All your coaches want the absolute best for you in the classroom and on the field.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Forrest Earns Honorable Mention on Final Day of NCAA Championships

first_imgForrest finished 22nd in discus with a throw of 49.47m/162-03. It was her second event of the competition after placing 15th in hammer throw on Wednesday, collecting second team All-American honors. AUSTIN, Texas – Sophomore Makenli Forrest wrapped up the University of Louisville’s 2019 track and field season with honorable mention recognition in discus on the final day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships at the University of Texas. NCAA Outdoor Track & Field ChampionshipsMike A. Meyers Stadium | Austin, TexasJune 8, 2019 In her outdoor season, Forrest threw a season best of 63.08m/206-11 in hammer throw and set a new personal-best mark of 55.76m/182-11 in discus. Women’s Discus22. Makenli Forrest – 49.47m/162-03 Print Friendly Version As a team, the Louisville women finished tied for 55th with two points. Story Linkslast_img read more

Scientists identify oldest wood specimens

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Researchers studying two fossilized plants, one from New Brunswick, Canada, the other from France have been identified as being 397 and 407 million years old respectively. Both are believed to be the oldest known examples of wood, predating previously found specimens by ten million years. Lead researcher Philippe Gerrienne, of Belgium, and his team have published the results of their research in Science. © 2011 PhysOrg.com The New Brunswick sample was found by co-author Patricia Gensel, who brought it back to the University of North Carolina where she is a professor of paleobotany. The fossil remained on the shelf apparently for several years before it was included in a study being led by Gerrienne, (research associate and lecturer at the University of Liege) of the plant specimen found in France.The two specimens are believed to be not just the earliest examples of wood found, but actual samples of wood in its earliest form of existence. Both plants were very small, just 20 centimeters tall (with stems just 12 centimeters tall and 3 to 5 centimeters wide) and were a type of herb.After studying cross sections of the plants, the researchers have theorized that wood did not evolve as a means to allow plants to grow taller as has been widely assumed, but to allow for the more efficient transfer of water and nutrients from the soil to the rest of the plant. They say they believe this is so because of the way that cells are arranged in the cores of the stems, and even more so because of the existence of long thin cells that grow across several rings, extending like rays from the middle to outer edges of the stems; both are reminiscent of modern trees. The presence of thick walled cells adds to the evidence. Because these structures were in place in very small plants, it’s hard to argue that they evolved to allow for more height.The authors suggest that because these plants were living in a time (the early Devonian age – 407 to 397 million years ago) when the amount of carbon dioxide in the air was decreasing (which reduced water-use efficiency) they were forced into coming up with something quick to survive; hence, the development of wood.The plants discovered are believed to be the ancestors of modern trees, the wood that evolved to help in nourishment wound up having the side benefit of allowing the trees to grow into the comparatively mammoth specimens found around the planet today. Citation: Scientists identify oldest wood specimens (2011, August 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-scientists-oldest-wood-specimens.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Gene discovery to increase biomass needed for green fuel Explore further Image credit: University of Liege More information: A Simple Type of Wood in Two Early Devonian Plants, Science 12 August 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6044 p. 837. DOI:10.1126/science.1208882ABSTRACTThe advent of wood (secondary xylem) is a major event of the Paleozoic Era, facilitating the evolution of large perennial plants. The first steps of wood evolution are unknown. We describe two small Early Devonian (407 to 397 million years ago) plants with secondary xylem including simple rays. Their wood currently represents the earliest evidence of secondary growth in plants. The small size of the plants and the presence of thick-walled cortical cells confirm that wood early evolution was driven by hydraulic constraints rather than by the necessity of mechanical support for increasing height. The plants described here are most probably precursors of lignophytes.last_img read more