After LS fireworks JK resolution cleared

first_imgNew Delhi: Parliament on Tuesday approved a resolution abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and a bill for splitting the state into two Union Territories.The resolution was adopted by Lok Sabha with 351 members voting in its support and 72 against it, while one member abstained. The bill to create two UTs -Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh – was passed by 370 votes in favour and 70 against. PM Modi hailed the passage of bills on Jammu and Kashmir in Parliament as a “momentous occasion” in parliamentary democracy and said a new dawn awaits the state which is now free from the “shackles” of vested interest groups. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe resolution and the bill were approved by Rajya Sabha on Monday. Replying to the debate on the resolution for abrogating some provisions of Article 370 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019, Home Minister Amit Shah said that India will continue to claim the territories of Jammu and Kashmir under the occupation of Pakistan and ruled out any talks with separatist amalgam Hurriyat Conference. Shah also said the Modi government will have no hesitation in restoring statehood to Jammu and Kashmir when normalcy returns. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayDefending the government’s action to put restrictions in Kashmir Valley in the last two days, the home minister said the law and order there has not deteriorated and whatever actions have been taken were all precautionary. The opposition in Lok Sabha on Tuesday accused the government of not consulting “stakeholders” before deciding on abrogating provisions of Article 370 which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, a charge rejected by treasury benches which said Parliament represents the will of the people. Bengal Chief Minister on Tuesday said the Centre should have consulted all political parties before deciding to scrap Constitutional provisions that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Initiating the debate on the motions, Manish Tewari tried to trace the origins of Article 370 and said the then Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir chose to accede with India. T R Baalu (DMK) said the government should have got the resolution and the bill passed as it has a “brute” majority. After the resolution and the bill were adopted, Speaker Om Birla adjourned Lok Sabha sine die.last_img read more

Soccer Stadium Planned for Haitis Notorious Cite Soleil Shantytown

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) A local sports hero, a New York real estate developer and a well-known architect are teaming up to build a soccer stadium in Haiti’s notorious Cite Soleil, hoping to revive the seaside shantytown known throughout the hemisphere for its extreme poverty and gang battles.Foreign investors in Haiti have largely directed their efforts at rebuilding from a devastating 2010 earthquake, focusing their funds on Port-au-Prince and the overlapping cities that make up the capital and the country’s sleepy coastlines.But ex-Haiti soccer star Robert ”Boby” Duval has masterminded the $5 million stadium project, which he says will address problems that predate the 2010 disaster. Developer Delos LLC and architect Carlos Zapata are working with him on the project in a slum on the outskirts of the capital, full of tin shacks and open sewage canals formerly shunned by investors, avoided by diplomats and at one point considered so dangerous that U.N. peacekeepers would only enter it in armored vehicles.”Cite Soleil was destroyed way before the earthquake,” said Duval. ”This stadium is going to clean up Cite Soleil…. and I’m betting on it.”The 12,000-seat stadium will be called the ”Phoenix Stadium,” referring to hopes that the shantytown will rise up.The organizers also hope the stadium, scheduled to break ground within six months and due to be built by the end of 2013, will bring an initial 500 jobs and inject commerce into Cite Soleil, where politicians have long gone so far as to pay gang leaders to stir up trouble.The arena will also host concerts and serve as a cultural center to foster a sense of community.Duval said it will also serve as the home to a new soccer league for some 350 players, independent of the Haitian Federation of Soccer.For the past 18 years, Duval has run the L’Athletique D’Haiti sports program from a field at the northeastern edge of Cite Soleil, giving some of Haiti’s poorest children life skills through sports. Some 2,000 youths participate in the program, which has been featured along with Duval in Sports Illustrated and ESPN.Duval said the introduction of a second soccer division will raise the quality of Haiti’s national league while providing a future for his budding professionals.”Let me do my own thing so my kids can make some money,” Duval said at his nonprofit sports academy.Federation officials didn’t return calls seeking comment.The current league and smaller clubs play their home games at the only official stadium in Haiti’s capital, the Stade Sylvio Castor in downtown Port-au-Prince. Until last summer, Its parking lot was used as a makeshift settlement for several hundred people displaced by the earthquake until city authorities paid some of them to leave even if they had no place to go. League organizers wanted to reclaim the stadium to resume matches.The bulk of the new stadium’s financing will be provided by Delos, corporations and individual donors. The land, 12 acres in all, was donated by a banker, Duval said.On a recent Thursday morning, dozens of youths sprinted across several adjacent fields in pursuit of a soccer ball at L’Athletique D’Haiti. Just outside the cinderblock wall, a police officer waved cars past a checkpoint, his face masked so that gang leaders wouldn’t recognize him.”I can’t wait for the day that the (stadium) arrives,” 17-year-old student Jean-Gilles Fritznel said as he leaned against a goal post. ”I will have a hard time sleeping the night before, waiting for the sunlight to see it.”The director of a neighborhood youth program welcomed Duval’s project and hopes it will change the culture of violence in the shanty.”Soccer players will be role models,” said 38-year-old Olerch Alexis. ”The youths will want to play soccer instead of pick up guns.”To read the entire story by Trenton Daniel, go to Yahoo read more

CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW REPORT COMES AHEAD OF JMC IN LONDON

first_img Related Items:british overseas territories, Constitutional Review Committee, foreign commonwealth office, joint ministral council, peter beckingham, rufus ewing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp NEW CHAIRMAN, PNP keeps Ewing Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 Nov 2014 – Government will today present to media the findings contained within the report of the Constitutional Review Committee. A press conference is planned for this afternoon. The information comes just before the Premier is due to head off to London for the JMC or the Joint Ministerial Council for British Overseas Territories on December 1-4, 2014. Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing and Govenor, HE Peter Beckingham will both attend. It is believed the Premier will use this JMC as an opportunity to share the views of islanders with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the 2011 version of the Constitution, perhaps even talk of independence will come up. MM is also told the country’s Tourism Minister is seriously exploring opening a significant presence for the TCI in London. PNP Convention Feb 19 Weekend; South Caicos woman announces at large interest Coming budget proposes police recruitment and aerial surveillance, says Premierlast_img read more

Huawei P30 Pro might have four rear cameras and launch in March

first_img Phones Apple Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All Mentioned Above Huawei P30 (128GB, black) The Huawei P20 Pro is a low-light photography champ See it Tags 3 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See how the Huawei P20 Pro’s cameras stacks up to the Galaxy S9 Plus, iPhone X and Pixel 2 2:16 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itcenter_img Now playing: Watch this: Huawei P30 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 reading • Huawei P30 Pro might have four rear cameras and launch in March Could this really be the Huawei P30 Pro? If so what do all those cameras do? Spigen Last year, the Huawei P20 Pro and its triple rear cameras stole the show from other photo heavy hitters like the Google Pixel 2 and iPhone X. And while there are rumors that the 2019 iPhone and the upcoming Galaxy S10 Plus will have three rear cameras, it seems Huawei isn’t one to be outdone. A photo of a case for the unreleased Huawei P30 Pro shows the phone with four rear cameras. This could be a case of Huawei literally one-upping Samsung and Apple.As reported by Android Authority, phone case maker Spigen published photos of the Huawei P30 Pro sporting a clear plastic case. The case has a cutout for a camera bump with four rear cameras stacked vertically. Another photo on the site shows the front of the phone sporting a notched display. The notch looks like a half-circle with curved edges.Four rear cameras is terribly exciting but what could they all be used for? For that, we’ll have to wait for the Huawei P30 Pro to be released, which might not be that long. According to TechRadar, the Polish website Telix says that the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will launch at the end of March at an event in Paris. This is obviously after Mobile World Congress which is at the end of February.Huawei did not immediately respond to a request to comment. $534 47 Photos News • Huawei P30 Pro in a gorgeous orange finish leaks Google Huawei Samsung Apple Review • Huawei P30 review: The P30 Pro’s fantastic photos for less Comments • How To • Huawei P30 phone announcement: How to watch, what to expectlast_img read more

Rohingyas still coming 32 enter in 7 days

first_imgSmoke is seen on the Myanmar border as Rohingya refugees walk on the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh 11 September 2017. ReutersAt least 32 Rohingya of 8 families have freshly entered Bangladesh through Teknaf border last week.  Some families started to cross the river Naf on 19 April.   They were initially sent to Bangladesh Army’s relief camp in Sabrang union, Teknaf.Upazila senior fisheries officer Md Delwar Hossain, representing the district commissioner of Cox’s Bazar at the camp, told Prothom Alo that the Rohingya arrival had stopped for some time. But as the remaining Rohingyas face food shortage and restricted movement in Myanmar, they are compelled to come into Bangladesh afresh. The relatives of the newly arrived refugees entered Bangladesh earlier.They were sheltered in Noyapara Rohingya camp, he added.Though Bangladesh has signed a Rohingya repatriation deal with Myanmar on November last year,  Rohingya’s are still arriving intermittently.  In another move on February, Bangladesh handed over an initial list of 8032 refugees to be repatriated to Myanmar at a home minister level meeting in Dhaka. More than seven hundred thousand Rohingyas arrived in Bangladesh since 25 August last year in the face of severe persecution in Myanmar.Immigration and passport department’s deputy director Abu Noman Muhammad Zakir Hossain told Prothom Alo that, a total of 1,1 09,864 new and old registered Rohingyas were staying in different camps of Ukhiya and Teknaf upazila.last_img read more

UN prepares ground for Yemen peace talks

first_imgIranians carry placards as they demonstrate in front of the UN office in Tehran on 20 November 2018, in support of the Yemen people. Photo: AFPUN envoy Martin Griffiths was preparing Tuesday to head to war-torn Yemen to lay the groundwork for peace talks in Sweden, after fresh fighting shook the flashpoint city of Hodeida.Griffiths—whose efforts at kickstarting peace talks collapsed in September—is again trying to get the Iran-aligned Huthi rebels and the Saudi-backed government to the negotiating table by the end of the year.He is expected to meet with Huthi officials in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday.Both sides have in the past week expressed their support for the envoy and his mission to hold talks in Stockholm, but fierce clashes erupted in the Red Sea city of Hodeida late Monday after a lull.Military officials said the battles were the worst since loyalists halted an offensive last week, and were concentrated in the eastern part of the city where rebels fired artillery.Pro-government forces struck back, supported by warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition which launched a dozen raids, the sources said.According to Huthi-run media, clashes lasted up to four hours and resulted in fatalities.The city was relatively calm on Tuesday morning, according to an AFP correspondent who spoke to residents by telephone from Khokha about 100 kilometres (62 miles) away.Call for truce – On Monday, Britain presented to the UN Security Council a draft resolution urging an immediate truce in Hodeida, whose port serves as an entry point to nearly all imports and humanitarian aid to the impoverished country.The draft, circulated by Britain to the 14 other council members and seen by AFP, sets a two-week deadline for the warring sides to remove all barriers to humanitarian aid.The proposed resolution would significantly ratchet up pressure on the Saudi-led coalition and the Huthis to seek a negotiated settlement in Yemen, where millions are on the brink of starvation.It also calls for a large injection of foreign currency to support Yemen’s collapsing currency and for salaries of civil servants, teachers, and health workers to be paid within a month.Mohammed Ali al-Huthi, head of the Huthi rebels’ Higher Revolutionary Committee and an influential political figure, tweeted on Monday that he wanted his group to announce “readiness to suspend and halt all military operations” and stop firing missiles on Saudi Arabia.Riyadh also lent its support to new talks.Saudi King Salman told the Shura Council, his country’s top advisory body, that the kingdom backed a “political solution” and a “comprehensive national dialogue” in Yemen.Multiple past attempts to hold negotiations between the government alliance and Huthis have failed.Griffiths said on Monday he hoped the rivals would meet in Sweden “within the next few weeks”. No date has yet been set.‘Stop selling weapons’ – The Huthis seized Sanaa in late 2014, when they also took control of Hodeida and its port.A year later, Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in the war to bolster Yemeni president Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.Both parties in the conflict stand accused of acts that could amount to war crimes.Human Rights Watch on Tuesday called on France to address laws-of-war violations with the UAE—a key member of the Saudi-led coalition—during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan’s visit to Paris on 21 November.“If president (Emmanuel) Macron is truly concerned about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, he should tell the crown prince that France will stop selling weapons to the UAE if there’s a real risk of their unlawful use,” said Benedicte Jeannerod, HRW’s director for France.Although Western governments have condemned civilian deaths in Yemen, they remain political and military backers of Saudi Arabia, which is a regional ally and spends billions of dollars on arms from the United States, Britain and France.The World Health Organization says nearly 10,000 people—mostly civilians—have been killed in Yemen since the Saudi intervention in March 2015, but rights groups believe the toll may be five times higher.The World Food Programme says up to 14 million Yemenis are at risk of starvation.On Monday, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates announced they would each give $250 million in aid to the war-ravaged country to support more than 10 million people.last_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