October, 2019 Archive
An independent human rights board of inquiry will continue hearing testimony on Monday, May 8, in a complaint filed by Dexter Halliday against Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. Mr. Halliday, of Bridgewater, complained to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission in 2002 that he was terminated from his job at the Michelin plant in Bridgewater because of a disability. He alleges that Michelin did not accommodate his anxiety disorder when applying its absentee policy. The independent board is being chaired by Gilles Deveau. The hearing will resume at 9:30 a.m. at the Wandlynn Inn, 50 North St., Bridgewater. The hearing is scheduled to continue on Tuesday, May 9, and Wednesday, May 10. Further testimony will be heard on Wednesday, May 24, Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26. -30-
Coaches Cindy Fraser of Merigomish, Pictou Co., and Ben Zisserson of Marion Bridge, Cape Breton Co., will accompany the team with manager, Jack Cameron of Halifax. “The process took three years, but we wanted the most dedicated and deserving athletes on our team,” said Mr. Zisserson. “The team has several national medalists and international competitors, and we have an excellent chance to win a few medals.” The team will continue weekly camps and its training routine. On average, members train 14 to 16 hours a week. Team Nova Scotia 2007 has 290 members — 213 athletes, 36 coaches, 23 managers, three artists and 15 mission staff. See the team’s website at ns.canadagames.ca for the latest information on Team Nova Scotia. The Canada Games is the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event. More than 3,600 athletes, coaches and managers will gather in Whitehorse to compete for 1,122 medals in 22 sports. Eleven Nova Scotia judoists will try to fight their way to the podium in Whitehorse, Yukon, at the 2007 Canada Winter Games from Feb. 23 to March 10. The final team, selected after a series of camps over the past three years, is as follows: Bryan Campbell of New Glasgow, Pictou Co. Candace Broughm of West Northfield, Lunenburg Co. Robert Dorton of Margaree, Inverness Co. Cory Fraser of Merigomish, Pictou Co. Jessica Lavers of Durham, Pictou County Scott MacAdam of East Bay, Cape Breton, Co. Joshua MacKenzie of Little Harbour, Pictou Co., Colby MacNeil of Port Hawkesbury, Inverness Co. Chrystal Penney of Sydney Matthew Vaughan of Halifax Nathan Alexander Vakaras of Sydney
The province is seeking public input to revise its provincial energy strategy and create an action plan to curb greenhouse-gas emissions. Public consultation workshops will take place in four mainland communities during the first week of December. Dalhousie University oceanography professor Bob Fournier will facilitate the sessions. “The province has set a deadline of 2020 for cutting greenhouse gas emissions 10 per cent below 1990,” said Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt. “We’re committed to achieving that goal while maintaining a strong and growing economy.” Mr. Fournier, who recently chaired an environmental assessment of the proposed White’s Point Quarry near Digby, said meeting those goals presents challenges for policy planners. “Our electricity, which is mostly coal-fired, generates about 42 per cent of our greenhouse gases,” said Mr. Fournier. “How do we reduce our use of coal without driving up electricity prices? How do we balance our need for wind power with our ability to provide adequate back-up power? What new technologies or initiatives should we be promoting to meet our green energy needs? “These are challenging questions and we want public input before we generate a policy that is to guide the province for years.” The December workshops will wrap up 12 similar sessions held around the province. They will take place in: — Amherst: Monday, Dec. 3, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at The Wandlyn Inn, Exit 3, TransCanada Highway and West Victoria Street. — Antigonish: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., in Conference Room A of the Keating Millennium Centre, St. Francis Xavier University. — Truro: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the 437 Prince St, Truro Convention Center — Halifax: Thursday, Dec. 6, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in Suite 101, World Trade and Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle St. The province has created two documents, Consultation Paper: Nova Scotia’s Renewed Energy Strategy and A Background Paper to Guide Nova Scotia’s Climate Change Action Plan, to help inform public discussion. The first deals with broad energy policy and the second with climate change — especially action to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The documents are online at www.gov.ns.ca/energy/energystrategy . The province will also accept written submissions on energy strategy and greenhouse-gas reduction until Dec. 19. Information gathered from the public-consultation sessions will be used to create the Energy Strategy and the Climate Action Plan, scheduled for release in the spring. Under the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, Nova Scotia has established a target to have one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by 2020.
Repaving of the northbound lanes of Highway 102 may cause delays for drivers approaching the Robert L. Stanfield International Airport from Halifax. Work is taking place from south of Exit 5A (Aerotech Park) to Exit 6 (airport). Access to the airport via Bell Boulevard will be maintained at all times. To minimize traffic delays the following schedule has been developed: Wednesday, June 30 – No work on Highway 102. Two lanes will be open to traffic all day. There may be work on the Exit 5A on and off ramps from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 1 – No work. Two lanes will be open to traffic. Friday, July 2 – No paving on Highway 102. Two lanes will be open to traffic. Work may be taking place on Aerotech Drive and on the Exit 5A on and off ramps. Saturday, July 3 – No work. Two lanes open to traffic. Sunday, July 4 – No work. Two lanes open to traffic. The project is scheduled for completion at the end of July. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 -30- TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL: Traffic Advisory, Update, Highway 102, Paving Near Airport
diabetes hypertension heart failure unexplained anemia a family member has kidney disease African Nova Scotian or Aboriginal decent Kidneys are the body’s filtration system. They remove toxins and excess water from the blood. Kidneys also help to control blood pressure and produce red blood cells and hormones. They are two of the body’s most vital organs, which is why it is important to protect and keep them healthy. In Nova Scotia, nearly 4,000 people have some degree of kidney disease and are being treated by a kidney specialist. Many others are at high risk to develop the disease and likely don’t know it. March is Kidney Health Month and, March 8, is World Kidney Day. Both raise awareness of the disease and ways to deal with it. People with diabetes, high blood pressure, who are overweight, older than 50, have a family history of kidney disease or are of Aboriginal or African Nova Scotian descent, should be screened for kidney disease every year. The good news is risk of kidney disease can be lowered. Knowledge is key: people who know they are at risk can manage it by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Some tips for a better lifestyle are: Increase daily physical activity to reduce blood pressure. Check and reduce blood pressure. Control blood sugars if diabetic. About half of diabetics develop kidney damage, so it is important to regularly test kidney function. Damage can be reduced or prevented if detected early. Eat healthy, including reducing salt intake, and maintain a healthy weight to help prevent diabetes, heart disease and other conditions linked with chronic kidney disease. Quit smoking. Smoking slows the flow of blood to the kidneys. When less blood reaches the kidneys, it decreases their ability to work properly. Avoiding non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen. They can cause kidney damage if taken regularly. Those with chronic pain, such as arthritis or back pain, should consult a doctor to control pain without putting their kidneys at risk. People should also check their kidney function, if they have one or more of the following high risk factors: The Nova Scotia Renal Program is committed to raising awareness of kidney disease. It works to let Nova Scotians know they can help protect their kidneys by taking certain steps. People at increased risk for kidney disease should talk to a doctor and check kidney function regularly. It is as simple as 1-2-3: having a blood pressure check, a urine sample for protein, and a blood sample to calculate kidney function. -30-
Film Nova Scotia president and CEO Ann MacKenzie is leaving the organization, Film Nova Scotia announced today, March 21. Carolyn Horton, current director of finance for Film Nova Scotia, will act as interim CEO. “Ann’s passion and leadership during the past 14 years has been a benefit to Nova Scotia’s film industry on the international stage,” said Cheryl Hodder, chair of the board of directors. “Her knowledge of financing, marketing and distribution for the film and television industry has been a huge asset for Nova Scotia.” Ms. MacKenzie’s last day with the organization will be Friday, March 30. The board of directors will establish a recruitment committee to find a new president and CEO. “Film Nova Scotia has benefitted significantly from Ann’s experienced leadership in many areas of management, including strategic planning, financial management, policy development and implementation,” said Ms. Hodder. “We thank Ann for her many contributions and wish her continued success.” Ms. Horton will ensure a seamless transition as interim CEO. Carolyn is a chartered accountant and has been with Film Nova Scotia for five years. Before that, she was controller with Nova Scotia Business Inc. Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to support the province’s audiovisual industry. Nova Scotia is among the largest production centres in Canada.
Le rapport indique que le succès d’un service de traversier durable du point de vue commercial dépend de la capacité d’atteindre un achalandage de 130 000 à 135 000 passagers par année. Les projections financières du rapport suggèrent que le service puisse atteindre le seuil de rentabilité vers la septième année et pourrait réaliser des profits modestes après cette période. Toutefois, les résultats seraient encore meilleurs s’il était possible d’attirer un plus grand nombre de passagers. C’est pourquoi une stratégie de marketing plus vaste est nécessaire pour attirer les visiteurs américains et pour améliorer le produit touristique du sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse. « Je crois que le comité a rempli son mandat visant à fournir au gouvernement les faits et les résultats de l’analyse opérationnelle dont il a besoin pour prendre une décision éclairée au sujet du service de traversier entre Yarmouth et le Maine, a dit Peter Nicholson, président du comité d’experts. Durant ce processus, nous avons grandement misé sur d’autres études importantes effectuées au cours des deux dernières années. » M. Nicholson est ancien président et directeur général du Conseil des académies canadiennes. Les autres membres du comité étaient les suivants : Michele McKenzie, présidente et directrice générale de la Commission canadienne du tourisme, Elizabeth Beale, présidente et directrice générale du Conseil économique des provinces de l’Atlantique, et Peter Wild, consultant basé au Royaume-Uni qui se spécialise dans le domaine de l’exploitation des traversiers et du tourisme. Mary Brooks, professeure à l’école d’administration des affaires de l’Université Dalhousie, a dirigé l’équipe responsable de la recherche et du soutien organisationnel pour l’examen. Le rapport intégral et les biographies des membres du comité peuvent être consultés au www.gov.ns.ca/econ (en anglais seulement). réparer et remettre à niveau les installations du terminal de Yarmouth, qui appartiennent au gouvernement fédéral; assurer une partie des coûts de démarrage pour la recherche de base, la publicité et certains coûts liés à l’acquisition et au financement des navires; couvrir les pertes d’exploitation des premières années. Un rapport indépendant reçu par le premier ministre Darrell Dexter, aujourd’hui 7 septembre, suggère qu’un service de traversier durable entre Yarmouth et le Maine soit possible, mais seulement avec un modèle de gestion différent de celui qui a été utilisé dans le passé. Le rapport final, rédigé par un comité d’experts nommé en avril, suggère qu’un service de traversier entre Yarmouth et Portland qui met l’accent sur l’expérience des passagers puisse être durable du point de vue commercial. « Je tiens à souligner les efforts extraordinaires déployés par les membres du comité dans l’élaboration de ce rapport très plausible, a dit le premier ministre Dexter. Leur travail fait honneur aux gens du sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et offre une orientation claire au gouvernement pour l’établissement d’un service de traversier durable. » Le rapport indique qu’un service de traversier fructueux exigera un investissement initial de 30 à 35 millions de dollars par les partenaires du gouvernement pour :
Nova Scotians age 50 or older are showing creativity has no age limit at the Seniors Art and Photo Gallery. Several new works of art and photography by older Nova Scotians are available for viewing by the public. “Art and photography are rewarding hobbies. I’m impressed by the talents our seniors have and the quality of the pieces,” said Leo Glavine, Minister of Seniors. “Our gallery welcomes artists of all skill levels who want to share their creativity and passion with everyone.” The gallery provides a free, central location for seniors to display and sell their works. “Painting is something that I’ve loved to do for much of my life. When I heard of the seniors’ gallery, it was such an incentive for me to produce some work that would actually be out in public,” said Pia Popowich, an amateur artist who recently started submitting her pieces to the gallery. “I am strictly an amateur, but it gives me such a thrill to be part of the art displays. It has been a source of fun and a bit of validation for an activity that allows me to nurture my creative side – and my kids are impressed!” The gallery is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third floor foyer of the World Trade and Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle St., Halifax. Gallery displays change every three months. Admission is free.
Amendments to the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter, introduced today, Oct. 22, will allow the city to create a bylaw to recover costs of infrastructure needed after new development. “With new development comes demand for fire services, libraries and recreation facilities like arenas, parks and trails,” said Halifax Mayor Mike Savage. “This amendment allows HRM to consider when and how capital cost charges will be levied such that those who benefit most from growth can contribute to the cost of municipal services needed to support that growth.” Halifax has authority to recover costs from developers to build and maintain roads and sidewalks, solid-waste management systems, wastewater collection and treatment facilities, and electrical distribution systems. The amendment will expand that list. “It’s a matter of fairness,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey. “It means that current property owners are not paying the growth-related capital costs associated with new development. The amendment will ensure that is no longer the case.”
comply with Nova Scotia securities laws pay an administrative penalty of $7,500 pay costs in connection with the commission’s proceedings of $1,000 be reprimanded be denied the use of exemptions contained in Nova Scotia securities laws for two years be prohibited for two years from acting as a director or officer of any issuer, registrant or investment fund manager be subject to close supervision for two years upon the grant of any category of registration with the commission complete the conduct and practices handbook course offered by the Canadian Securities Institute within six months of being granted any category of registration in Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the order, visit http://nssc.novascotia.ca . The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has approved a settlement agreement with former financial advisor Michael Andrew Harrigan. Mr. Harrigan violated Nova Scotia securities laws by selling securities and providing investment advice to the public while not being registered with the commission. “Registration laws are in place to protect investors and foster fair and efficient capital markets,” said Heidi Schedler, the commission’s enforcement counsel. “Although an investor may have faith or trust in the competence of the financial advisor, it is still important for the investor to be proactive about protecting their investments by ensuring their advisor is registered with the commission.” Mr. Harrigan admitted to the wrongdoing and accepted responsibility for his conduct. The commission approved the settlement agreement and ordered him to:
Nova Scotians from Sydney to Shelburne will have a chance to enjoy the majesty of tall ships in a port near their home next summer. Premier Stephen McNeil announced the outport program for Rendez-Vous 2017 – Tall Ships Regatta Nova Scotia today, Sept. 30. “Tall ships will bring together Nova Scotians and visitors alike for a celebration of our past, present and future,” said Premier McNeil. “They are an important economic boost for our province. This event is also an opportunity to showcase Nova Scotia to the world. “Outport programs promote local food and wine, local performers and artisans and local businesses to the thousands of visitors who will visit Nova Scotia.” Between late June and mid-August, tall ships will visit 11 ports around the province, including Lunenburg, Pictou, Sydney, St. Peter’s, Louisbourg, Pugwash, Port Hawkesbury, Halifax, Shelburne, Digby and end with an evening sail past in Annapolis Basin, a first for Nova Scotia. “Rendez-Vous 2017 is the culmination of a lot of hard work over a number years. We are thrilled that Nova Scotia is playing a key role by organizing roughly one-third of the Canadian ports for the program,” said Doug Prothero, chairman of Sail Training International. “The thousands of young people who will venture here will be moved by the hospitality, welcoming and knowledgeable ports along this magnificent part of the Canadian coastline.” Thanks to a provincial government investment of $1.5 million, people from around the province will be able to see the majestic ships, many of which will have sailed from the United Kingdom, Portugal, Bermuda, Boston and Quebec City, in addition to multiple outports across eastern Canada. Waterfront Development Corporation also announced key Rendez-vous 2017 partners, which include Taste of Nova Scotia, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Symphony Nova Scotia and Parks Canada. “Waterfront Development is proud to once again welcome tall ships to Nova Scotia,” said Jennifer Angel, acting president and CEO of Waterfront Development. “We have assembled an incredible team and together with very talented local teams in each of the outports, and many hardworking folks behind the scenes, we will create an incredible provincial platform for local talent and business to showcase the best of Nova Scotia to the world.” Tall ships will visit Canada to honour the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation in 2017. They are scheduled to stop at host ports in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. A large event is scheduled for Quebec City, from July 18 to July 23, giving hundreds of thousands of people the opportunity to admire the majestic beauty of these cathedrals of the seas. The Government of Canada has also provided support to make Rendez-Vous 2017 happen.
Premier Stephen McNeil announced almost a million dollars today, Oct. 28, for equipment to keep first responders safe. “When Nova Scotians need help, our first responders, many of whom are volunteers, answer the call,” said Premier McNeil. “This funding will help firefighters, hazardous materials teams, and ground search and rescue volunteers stay safe while they help others.” The $957,644 in funding is through the Emergency Services Provider Fund. It helps groups buy equipment including personal protective equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus and rescue tools. The Yarmouth Fire Department is one of 77 groups receiving funding this year. The department will use $15,496 to buy personal protective equipment. “This funding was a large part of our recruitment plan for new volunteer firefighters,” said Yarmouth Fire Chief John Verrall. “When new members came on board, the funding to equip them with bunker gear was already there. This had a positive impact on their morale and safety.” Eligible groups can receive up to 50 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of $20,000. A list of recipients for 2016 is available at http://novascotia.ca/dma/funding/community/emergency-services-provider-fund.asp
New Delhi: Five days after the murder of Tik Tok sensation and Gym Trainer Mohit Mor in Dwarka’s Najafgarh, Delhi police has connected the dots between Mohit’s murder and the Dwarka gang war that left two dead.Cops believe that these murders were a part of Land Mafias rivalry. Special Cell on Friday apprehended a juvenile for the murder. He along with two other members of Jyoti Sangwan-Kapil Sangwan gang alias Nandu gang pumped 13 bullets in Mohit who was sitting at the sofa of a photocopy shop on Sunday evening. Mohit died on the spot. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe juvenile told the Special Cell of Delhi Police that in April, he visited Sandeep Pahalwan a gangster and offered him to join the gang. However, he also asked him to try and test him in any criminal act to trust his criminal capabilities. Though he did not get any immediate assignment but on May 21 he got a video call from the gangster Sandeep Pahalwan asking him to come to a particular place in Najafgarh. When he reached there, he was given a pistol. Two other gangsters Vikas and Rohit were already present there who were given weapons too along with the whereabouts of Mohit Mor. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceIt was then these three assailants went to the market in Najafgarh where Mohit was present inside a Photocopy shop. He was gunned down there by these three assailants who fled after the shootout. “The motive behind was that Mangu (killed earlier), had invested about 30 Lakhs in a plot of land in Mohan Garden through deceased Mohit. After Mangu’s murder, Mohit did not return that amount to Mangu’s friends and instead took protection from Manjeet Mahal gang through Pradeep Solanki and VikasDalal. After the murder of VikasDalal (killed in Uttam Nagar shootout case), Mangu’s friends again demanded money from Mohit, to which he again refused. It was due to this reason that Sandeep alias Pahalwan got murdered Mohit through Vikas, Rohit and a juvenile,” said DCP Special Cell, Sanjeev Kumar Yadav.
Mumbai: In a major setback to the lenders’ revival/sale plan of the grounded Jet Airways, two operational creditors — Shaman Wheels and Gaggar Enterprises — Monday moved the NCLT seeking bankruptcy proceedings against the airline.The tribunal issued notices to Jet Airways and banks which own the airline now and posted the matter for further hearing on June 13 when it will decide on admitting or rejecting the bankruptcy pleas. The development comes at a time when banks are looking to resolve the once premier airline’s debt issues outside the insolvency process. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsJet Airways owes more than Rs 8,000 crore to a consortium of banks led by the State Bank of India, which now run the airline, while it has a much larger debt pile by way of accumulated losses to the tune of Rs 13,000 crore and vendor dues of over Rs 10,000 crore and salary dues of over Rs 3,000 crore. The banks have appointed SBI Capital Markets as the investment banker to find an investor to scout an investor for the company. Bankers, after taking over the airline late March had invited bids on April 8 to sell up to 75 percent stake in the crippled carrier that formally stopped operations on April 17. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefThough it had received initial bids from parites- Ethihad Airways, two private equity players TPG Capital and Indigo Partners, and the sovereign wealth fund NIIF, none of them chose to submit the final bids. Currently the bankers are trying to stave off bankruptcy even as media reports said Etihad Airways, which already owns 24 percent in the airline, has teamed up with the Hindujas to buy the airline. The Jet Airways counter closed flat at Rs 125.20 on the BSE, down 0.36 percent on a day when the benchmark gained 0.43 percent.
Kolkata: Metro services were disrupted on Monday evening after a rake got stuck on the Down line due to power failure. As a result, passengers had to face immense harassment while going to their destinations during the peak hours.According to sources, at around 6:30 pm on Monday a Kavi Subhash bound Metro rake got stuck at Sovabazar Metro station. Despite repeated efforts by the motorman, the rake could not be started. Later, it was found that the electricity connection was faltering despite repair works. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaHaving no other way, services were totally suspended for almost an hour. In the meantime, despite repeated requests, passengers of another Metro rake which was stuck at Central Metro station, refused to evacuate the rake to allow truncated service. Later at around 7:30 pm, Metro authorities convinced the passengers and started truncated service between Central and Kavi Subhas Metro stations. The first truncated service ran at 7:32 pm from Central Metro station. But after two service runs, the passengers got furious and started an agitation. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to the Metro Railway authorities, passengers have been refusing to cooperate and thus they were unable to run the truncated services. Till last news came in at around 9:30 pm, Metro services have not commenced yet. The rake which got stuck at Sovabazar Metro station, has been moved after three hours. It may be mentioned here that similar problems have occurred on several occasions in the said area in recent past. Though Metro Railway authorities claimed that the problems related to power connection have been solved, it can evidently be seen that the situation still needs rectification.
Washington: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that his upcoming visit to New Delhi will be focused on advancing America’s “incredibly important” ties with India which is a significant part of President Donald Trump’s strategy to advance the shared goal of a “free and open” Indo-Pacific region, where China is flexing its muscles. Pompeo would leave for New Delhi on June 24, State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus told reporters on Monday. His visit will take place ahead of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28-29. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCNew Delhi would be Pompeo’s first stop and South Korea his last during the nearly week-long visit to the Indo-Pacific region, beginning June 24, that would also take him to Sri Lanka and Japan. Before starting his trip, Pompeo will address the India Ideas Summit of US-India Business Council on June 12. “I’ll be speaking to a group of Indian business leaders in preparation for the trip that I’ll take in a couple weeks where I’ll be visiting India, an important part of President Trump’s strategy in the Indo-Pacific,” he told reporters at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the US State Department. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity both to give the set of remarks about how it is our relationship is so closely tied economically, but also importantly the things that the United States and India can continue to do to build out what is an incredibly important relationship for both countries,” Pompeo said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsState Department spokesperson Ortagus said that Pompeo will travel to the Indo-Pacific region from June 24 to June 30 to “broaden and deepen America’s partnership with key countries to advance their shared goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific.” “The secretary’s first stop will be in New Delhi, India. Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi’s recent election victory provides an excellent opportunity for him to implement his vision for a strong and prosperous India that plays a leading role on the global stage,” she said. India, the US and several other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s rising military maneuvering in the region. China has been trying to expand its military presence in the Indo-Pacific, which is a biogeographic region, comprising the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacific Ocean, including the South China Sea. China claims almost all of the South China Sea. Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims over the sea. China has expanded through reclamation or built entirely new man-made islands atop coral reefs and has equipped many of them with military installations and airfields. Prime Minister Modi during his recent visit to the Maldives underscored India’s firm commitment to make the strategic Indo-Pacific an area for shared economic growth, saying it has been “our lifeline, and also the highway for trade and prosperity.” Pompeo will preview elements of a cooperative agenda during his remarks at the India Ideas Summit at the US Chamber of Commerce, State Department spokesperson Ortagus said.
New Delhi: HP Inc on Wednesday introduced three new series of laser printers in India, promising to deliver high print speeds compatable with easy mobile printing features including Wi-Fi Direct. While the starting price of HP’s Laser 108 Printer Series is Rs 10,960, the initial price of the Laser MFP 136 Series and Laser MFP 138fnw series is Rs 16,560. “The new series of HP Laser Printers can help businesses, especially small and medium businesses and startups, to drive efficient and economical printing operations without compromising on the quality,” said Leo Joseph, Senior Director, printing systems and solutions, HP Inc. India, said in a press statement. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app The 108 single-function series, along with the multi-function 136 series and 138fnw, are designed to support mobile-first work spaces. Powered with Wi-Fi Direct, the printers are compatible with the HP Smart App, allowing users to print, scan and copy documents from their smartphones and share them via Cloud or email. The app could also connect and print documents when there is no network connection available. “With the introduction of the new range of HP Laser Printers, we are catering to the evolved needs of consumers with full-featured laser printing solutions suitable for modern workplaces,” said Manoj Kapoor, Country Category and Sales Head for consumer and SMB printing, HP India. The new series of HP’s laser printers are available for purchase across HP World Stores, retail outlets, IT retailers and e-tailers.
Mumbai: Actor Mallika Sherawat says she lost out on a number of projects as male actors could not stomach her opinionated nature and replaced her with their girlfriends. The actor, who got a breakthrough with Murder almost 15 years ago, said when she looks back at all those people, they look like fools. “I lost film projects because they thought I was opinionated. I would hear from heroes ‘don’t cast her she speaks a lot and has a lot of opinions.’ They would prefer their girlfriends instead of me in projects. I can list at least 20-30 movies that I’ve lost. But it didn’t make me bitter. It was my gradual evolution. Now when I look back, they look like fools, all of them,” said Mallika. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiographyThe 42-year-old actor said when she started to speak about social issues, including the mindset of people towards women, no one took her seriously. “When I spoke about women’s issues, there were people in Bollywood and the media who thought I wasn’t a patriot and weren’t ready to listen. I know actresses who attacked me. But I love my country and hence this regressive mindset we have against women needs to change,” she said. Mallika says today with the arrival of digital platforms, things are looking up for all those actors who could not do much in the “traditional, formulaic Bollywood” set up. “Actors are seeing a freedom which wasn’t there before. Now is the golden period where you get meaty parts and express yourself freely.”
New Delhi: The first meeting of the BJP parliamentary party during the ongoing session will be held on July 2, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi expected to lay down the agenda for its near 380 MPs, the highest-ever saffron tally in Parliament. Apart from the significance of the ongoing session, in which his government will present it first budget and also hopes for the passage of many bills, Modi may also speak about key decisions his dispensation has taken since it assumed power in May. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Though there has been no official word about its agenda, it has been customary in the parliamentary party meeting to facilitate Modi following his return from any significant international event. He returned to India on Saturday after attending the G-20 Summit in Japan. It will also be the first time in many decades that BJP veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi will not be present in the BJP meeting as the party did not field them in Lok Sabha polls on the ground of 75-year age bar it introduced for its candidates. The first meeting was scheduled for June 25 but called off following the death of Rajasthan BJP president and Rajya Sabha member Madan Lal Saini. The BJP won an unprecedented 303 seats in the general election.
New Delhi: Supreme Court judge Justice Indu Malhotra Monday recused herself from hearing a batch of appeals and cross-appeals challenging a Bombay High Court verdict which held that mere possession of beef of animals slaughtered outside the state cannot invite criminal action.A bench headed by Justice A M Sapre said that Justice Malhotra was recusing herself from the hearing as she had earlier appeared as a lawyer in the case. Now the petitions would be listed before an “appropriate bench” by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The apex court, on August 17, 2016, had sought the response of the Maharashtra government on the plea of ‘Akhil Bharat Krishi Goseva Sangh’ against the high court order. Later, as many as 33 petitions were filed in the apex court by different individuals and organisations. The high court, on May 6, 2016, had said that the provisions of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, which criminalised possession of beef, was an infringement on the right to privacy of citizens and unconstitutional. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe high court had also upheld the ban on slaughter of bulls and bullocks in Maharashtra while striking down two sections of the state act which criminalised possession of beef. Striking down sections 5(d) and 9(b) of the act which criminalised and imposed punishment for possession of beef of animals slaughtered in the state or outside, the high court had held that the state cannot control what a citizen does in his house, which is his own castle, provided he is not doing something contrary to the law. “Sections 5(d) which provides that no person shall have in his possession flesh of cow, bull or bullock slaughtered outside Maharashtra is unconstitutional and infringes upon a citizen’s right to privacy,” the high court had said. The court had also modified section 5(c) of the act, which makes possession of beef of animal slaughtered in the state an offence, and had said only “conscious possession” of such meat will be held as an offence. The high court’s order had come on a bunch of petitions challenging the provision of the law which had said that mere possession of beef in any place in the state is a crime. In February 2015, the president had granted sanction to the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act. While the act had banned slaughter of cows way back in 1976, the recent amendments prohibited slaughter of bulls and bullocks, possession and consumption of their meat. As per the act, slaughter attracts a five-year jail term and Rs 10,000 fine and possession of meat of bull attracts one-year jail and Rs 2,000 fine.