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No coercive steps till Mar 25 against Pak woman asked to leave the country: HC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the Centre to not take coercive steps, till March 25, against a Pakistani woman who has been asked by the government to leave the country in view of adverse security reports against her.The interim order by a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambani came on the woman’s husband’s appeal against a single-judge decision upholding the government’s direction. Issuing the interim order, the bench observed that the confidential security report, based on which action was taken against the woman, “does not inspire confidence”. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The court also directed the Centre to file its response to the plea and listed it for further hearing on March 25. “Till the next date of hearing no coercive action be taken against the petitioner’s wife. She shall report to the nearest police station on every alternate day and she shall not be kept waiting there for more than one hour,” the bench said. It observed the long-term visa held by the woman since 2007 did not appear to be cancelled till date. To this, central government standing counsel Anurag Ahluwalia, appearing for the Ministry of Home Affairs, said once she was asked to leave the country, it amounted to cancellation of her visa. Ahluwalia also argued that grant and cancellation of a visa was a sovereign right and the woman had no right under the Constitution to approach the court, seeking permission to be allowed to stay here. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedHowever, the bench said, “Nothing can be done arbitrarily”. The woman’s husband, Mohd Javed, in his appeal has challenged the single judge’s Feb 28 order upholding the Centre’s Feb 7 notice asking her to leave the country within 15 days by Feb 22. The single judge had given the woman two weeks to leave the country, saying that under the principles of law she has no right to stay here. The 37-year-old woman had come to India in 2005 after marrying an Indian man. She has been residing in Delhi with her husband and two sons aged 11 and 5 years. According to her husband’s plea, she has a long-term visa valid till 2020 which has not been cancelled, but she has been asked to leave the country. The single judge in his order had also said that the bench was unable to accept the woman’s contention that the government’s notice was arbitrary.last_img read more

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‘I am very possessive about the character’

first_imgAtleast once in the lifetime, every actor wishes to play a character that would bring out the best in him/her and change the audiences’ perception. In case of Shefali Shah, something like this happened when she signed the character of ‘Vartika Chaturvedi’ for Netflix web show ‘Delhi crime’.In a dialogue with Millennium Post, the actor shares her experience of working in the show, her character and how web shows are ruling the entertainment space. Read on… Also Read – An income drop can harm brain Is the show inspired from a real incident. If yes, to what extent has it been fictionalised? This show is the fictitious version of the 2012 incident (Nirbhaya rape case). The show revolves around the investigation which followed, so there was no fiction in the story. But on the creative end of the writer and director, they must have explored certain creative liberties. Who do you think would have been the ideal fit for the role other than you? Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardHonestly…I cannot imagine anyone playing ‘Vartika Chaturvedi’, I don’t even want to. This has happened for the first time in my career that I am so possessive for my character. How did you come across this project, what made you say yes to the role? Well, I never go and ask for work. Even for this role, Richie approached me and shared his interest to direct a show on the 2012 incident. He said that he wanted me to play Vartika. At that time I was not sure, so I just asked for the script and told him that I will read it and let him know. But the last thing I remember is that I read the whole script in one hour and called him to inform that I am on board. As it is a real character and a real story, what all preparations were needed. Was it totally the director who helped you get under the skin of it, or was it you who made it happen? The primary source of preparation was obviously Richie. He gave me all the research about the character. I even met the officer. But I believe when you are playing a real character – it is majorly the observation and your instinct towards their personality. From action to cut, I used to forget who I was and just be Vartika Chaturvedi for that time. It is not a one time process, it is ongoing. You keep improvising it while working on the show, in different scenes. With the emergence of OTT platforms and so many web shows being made, do you believe the opportunities for an actor have increased? Definitely. I guess with the emergence of OTT platforms, there are so many stories and a plethora of characters to play. Also, I feel that web shows and their success is beyond the box office spectrum. How have things changed for the audience? I think people today are inclined towards something that is well made. And particularly talking about the web, I think it has so much to offer and comparatively a larger reach than films – you can watch anything and everything being made across the world sitting at home.last_img read more

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Sig Sauer executives reach court deal over Colombia gun sale

BERLIN — Three former executives of German gun maker Sig Sauer have reached a deal that will spare them jail time over allegations they illegally sold firearms to Colombia.A spokeswoman for the Kiel regional court said Wednesday that defence lawyers, prosecutors and judges have agreed on suspended sentences and large fines for the men, including the current chief executive of Sig Sauer’s sister company in New Hampshire.Spokeswoman Rebekka Kleine told The Associated Press the court still needs to determine the precise penalties, pending the defendants’ pleas.The trial centred on the shipment of semi-automatic SP 2022 pistols from Sig Sauer’s factory in Germany to New Hampshire from 2009-2011. Prosecutors claim most of the pistols were subsequently forwarded to Colombia, in breach of the export license issued by German authorities.The Associated Press read more

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CCOVI seminars let you taste and learn at the Niagara Wine Festival

Sample VQA wine and nibble on Canadian cheese as Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) teams up with VINES magazine and the Dairy Farmers of Canada for wine and cheese seminars during the Niagara Wine Festival.Each seminar will feature tastings of two Niagara VQA wines. Dairy Farmers of Canada will supply cheese plates paired with each wine and cheese expert Deborah Levy will provide tasting notes.The interactive 50-minute seminars will be co-hosted by Christopher Waters, editor of VINES magazine, wine writer for the St. Catharines Standard and Niagara Falls Review and Continuing Education instructor at CCOVI, as well as by Barb Tatarnic, co-ordinator, Continuing Education and director, Canadian Wine Library.During the sessions, winemakers will share the stories behind their wines and their approach to winemaking. Many seminars will feature alumni winemakers of the Oenology and Viticulture (OEVI) program.Just last month, Brock and CCOVI celebrated in style the 10th anniversary of the first graduating class.Wine seminars schedule – weekend oneSaturday, Sept. 182 p.m. – Marc Pistor, Inniskillin Wines3 p.m. – Lydia Tomek, Hernder Estate Wines4 p.m. – Sue-Ann Staff, Sue-Ann Staff Estate WinerySunday, Sept. 19, 20102 p.m. – Rob Power, Creekside Estate Winery3 p.m. – Tom Green, “Fresh”, Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits2Wine seminars schedule – weekend twoSaturday, Sept. 252 p.m. – Steve Trussler, Coyote’s Run Estate Winery3 p.m. – Richie Roberts, Fielding Estate Winery4 p.m. – Colin Ferguson, Cattail Creek Estate WinerySunday, Sept. 26, 20102 p.m. – Ed Madronich, Flat Rock Cellars3 p.m. – Jeff Hundertmark, Marynissen EstatesLocation: Roy T. Adams Bandshell, Montebello Park, Lake Street, St. Catharines, ONCost: one token if you have a glass or two tokens and we’ll give you the glassLinks:• Niagara Wine Festival• VINES magazine• Dairy Farmers of Ontario read more

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Annan sends letter to Security Council on OilforFood programme

While the contents of the letter have not been made public, Mr. Annan told reporters this morning that there would be a probe. “I’ve been in discussions with Council members for some time now to discuss the scope and the extent of the investigation,” he said in response to questions.”It is highly possible that there’s been quite a lot of wrong-doing, but we need to investigate and get to see who was responsible,” he added, pointing out that the massive relief effort had involved “so many companies [and] so many countries” that a great deal of information would be needed. “Whoever undertakes the investigation would need quite a bit of cooperation from others,” he said. “But at least, we will go ahead full-speed on our own staff, and hopefully, it can be expanded to other areas.”The Secretary-General also noted that the Iraqis themselves say they are organizing a probe and voiced hope that relevant documents would be shared with the UN.Asked whether a Security Council resolution would be necessary to authorize an investigation, he replied, “if not necessarily a resolution, an agreement, an understanding that they will cooperate and get others to cooperate to make the report.””Don’t forget that the 661 Committee also oversaw the Oil-for-Food” programme, he added, referring to a panel of all Security Council members set up in 1990 to monitor the sanctions imposed on Iraq for invading Kuwait. “Their cooperation is going to be essential,” he stressed. read more

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For disability rights meeting UN will print first directtoBraille documents

In time for negotiations for an international agreement on the rights of persons with disabilities, the United Nations will be able for the first time to produce materials directly in Braille thanks to the donation today of a state-of-the-art printer by a US-based non-governmental organization (NGO) for the blind. At a Headquarters press event this morning, Dr. Harold Snider, Executive Director of the Services for the Visually Impaired, delivered a Thiel Beta X printer to Ambassador Don MacKay of New Zealand, the Chairman of the Ad-Hoc General Assembly Committee on a Convention on the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, which is meeting at the UN from 16 January to 3 February.The donation was made in cooperation with the World Blind Union, which represents 180 million visually impaired persons from about 600 different organizations around the world, and the software is being donated by Duxbury Systems of Massachusetts, a leader in the industry.“This is a positive step towards making the United Nations accessible,” said Ambassador MacKay, who explained that accessibility of facilities was one of the key issues to be covered in the treaty. “What we have lacked is the ability to produce working documents during the negotiations themselves in a Braille format. This particular, extremely generous gift will enable us to fill that very significant gap,” he added.In addition to accessibility, the convention will deal with such issues such as the right to life and non-discrimination for persons with disabilities, awareness regarding disability, equal recognition before the law, independent living and inclusion in the community.Beside national delegations, some 500 representatives of disability NGOs are expected to attend the session. Both groups will include visually-impaired persons, according to the Ad Hoc Committee. read more

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Mylee Billingham murder Father posted Facebook photo of girl 8 eating pizza

first_imgA 54-year-old man was taken to hospital and is in a stable condition. Police said he would be questioned “in due course” over the incident in Valley View, a residential street on the edge of the town.A post-mortem examination is set to take place on Monday to determine the cause of death.On Sunday, the home was being searched by forensics experts in the cordoned off, one-storey home, which is believed to belong to the local authority. Mylee Billingham eating pizza in bed in a picture believed to have been taken just hours before her deathCredit:Facebook A police forensics officer outside the property in Brownhills, near WalsallCredit:Matthew Cooper /PA Mylee Billingham Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police were called to a the address at 9.15 pm on SaturdayCredit:Laura Dale/Caters News A father arrested for the murder of his eight-year-old daughter posted a photo of her eating pizza on Facebook just minutes before she was allegedly stabbed to death.Bill Billingham, 54, was arrested over the death of his daughter Mylee Billingham after being found at the property with a stab wound to his stomach.Police were called just 15 minutes after the photo of her was uploaded online, with the caption: “Pitza on bed lv moo x.” The girl’s mother is said to have told a neighbour in the aftermath: “He stabbed my little girl”.Mylee died in hospital after she was discovered badly wounded at an address in Brownhills, near Walsall, on Saturday night.Neighbour Graham Greatrex, 74, told how he helped comfort the woman after Mylee was discovered badly injured on Saturday night.The schoolgirl later died in hospital. The girl’s father, Bill Billingham, has been arrested after being found at the property with a stab wound to his stomach. Mylee Billingham Mylee BillinghamCredit:Facebook Police tape in front of house A police forensics officer outside the property in Brownhills, near Walsallcenter_img Mylee Billingham has died after she was found stabbed at the address in WalsallCredit:Facebook Other neighbours said they were also stunned at news that a child had died. Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, from WMP’s homicide unit, said: “We are treating this as a domestic incident and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the child’s death.”Our family liaison team are supporting the family of the little girl, who are naturally devastated by her death. Our thoughts remain with them.” It was one of a row of terraced bungalows in the street.Mr Greatrex said that a man had lived there for the past six months after the previous occupier, a woman, had died.But he said he did not know the current occupant.He added: “It was a bit of a shock. You can’t imagine it happening on our doorstep, especially when it’s a little girl.”Video: Neighbours speak of shock at girl’s death Bob Weir, who lives two doors away from the bungalow where the stabbing happened, said he had initially thought the incident was drug-related.Mr Weir, 72, added that a middle-aged man lived at the now sealed-off property, apparently on his own.The pensioner told reporters: “I didn’t hear until this morning what it was and I was absolutely shocked – I didn’t know the bloke who lived there and he hadn’t lived there long, maybe six months, if that.”There were police cars both sides of the road, ambulances … all sorts. I thought it was something to do with drugs.”I didn’t know there were any kids in there. I thought he just lived on his own. I never saw a girl or a woman there.” Mr Greatrex, who lives a few doors from the crime scene, said he went to help the mother.He said: “I just offered her a warm drink because it was a bitterly cold night.”She just said, ‘He’s stabbed my little girl’. She was in shock and she couldn’t say anything else.” Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “I only knew the guy to say hello to and I think he was married and was living there on his own.”I didn’t hear anything before the police got here. It’s really sad. This is not the sort of area where you hear of anybody being stabbed.” Mylee Billingham West Midlands Police (WMP) said they were called to a “domestic incident” shortly after 9.15pm.last_img read more

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CTran board calls for new I5 bridge

first_imgThe C-Tran Board of Directors is now the most recent Southwest Washington governing body to urge state leaders to take the earliest step of replacing the Interstate 5 Bridge.On Tuesday, the transit agency approved a resolution that “supports efforts to analyze all options available to reduce congestion in the region,” starting with the I-5 Bridge. It also urges Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Legislature to “adequately fund” the Washington State Department of Transportation’s analysis “of options for congestion reduction for the region, including the replacement of the Interstate 5 Bridge.”While the city of Vancouver, Clark County Council, all ports in the county and others have passed similar resolutions, C-Tran’s is different because it is the only public entity that directly uses the bridge on a daily basis — and that’s reflected in the document’s language.In addition to naming the current bridge’s realities and shortcomings — its significance to the West Coast transportation corridor, regional trade, severe congestion, seismic obsolescence and the inadequacy of current bistate public transit — all have called for a dedicated guideway to serve mass transit.C-Tran and the Clark County Council both went out of lockstep and named bus rapid transit specifically as their preferred mass transit solution. But while the county council’s position is rooted in opposition to light rail, C-Tran’s is rooted in the improvement of its service into Portland.last_img read more

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Plane carrying Miami Heat slides on Milwaukee airport runway

first_img(WSVN) – A charter flight carrying the Miami Heat slid on the runway due to icy conditions at a Milwaukee airport, Wednesday evening.The plane stayed on the pavement as it made impact on the runway.Heat guard, Wayne Ellington tweeted about the scare. Could have been worse. Thank God it wasn’t..— Wayne Ellington (@WayneElli22) January 12, 2017Team officials said thankfully no one was hurt.The Heat was coming off a tough loss, Tuesday night, against the Golden State Warriors. They are set to play the Milwaukee Bucks, Friday night. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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McMurry Suspends Publication of 6

first_imgSEE RELATED: Luxury Magazines Not So Recession-Proof After All?Custom publisher McMurry has suspended publication of 6, the ultra-affluent bi-monthly it launched last fall.“We have not folded 6 but we have suspended it until the economy and luxury goods ad spending pick back up,” CEO Chris McMurry wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “It was a financial return on investment consideration. In the best of times, convincing advertisers to try something new is a challenge. With the current economy, and universally reduced spending, that was going to lengthen the return on investment period.” There were no layoffs associated with the magazine’s suspension, McMurry said. The magazine did not have a dedicated staff so those who worked on it are now “working on other projects.” 6 (the name refers to six “passion points” of the readership: wealth, style, travel, design and body and health) debuted with a November/December issue. At the time, McMurry said the magazine targeted affluent, rather than aspirational readers—households with average net worth of $25 million.The publisher began building its target audience by accumulating lists through a variety of different data sources and ended up with a list of 300,000 names, then pared it down to get down to a target list of 100,000. McMurry hired Monroe Mendelsohn Research to extract names from the list on a random basis and conduct a survey to help validate the list.“The concept of delivering the highest-end consumer audience in the U.S. of any magazine, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences to that audience, is an unfulfilled niche,” McMurry wrote.last_img read more

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Skagway Welcomes Annual Tourism Gold Rush

first_imgSkagway’s modern gold rush – the cruise ship season – has begun. The town of around 1,000 people expects almost 800,000 cruise ship passengers this summer. And the first 2,000 of those passengers had the chance to explore town on Tuesday. The Celebrity Solstice sailed north from Vancouver, with stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway.Southeast Alaska residents are reveling in the warm, sunny May weather. But some cruise ship passengers are confused.“I was gonna say I was expecting more snow, not realizing how temperate it really was,” one passenger said.“And there’s no snow on the ground, we expected at least two foot of snow,” another said.But the snow-less sidewalks aren’t a big deal. Not for Floridian Martin Levenson, at least. Alaska? He says, there’s nothing like it on earth.“I visited all the other 49 other states and this is the last one,” Levenson said. “Save the best for last.”This is Levenson’s 19th cruise, but he’s never been to Skagway before. David Freeman and Denise Gunn from Victoria, BC are repeat visitors to Skagway.“We’ll probably go to the purple onion, is it? The Red Onion.”This is their sixth time here.“Skagway’s just beautiful, I really enjoy it. If Skagway wasn’t on the itinerary I probably wouldn’t do it.”David and Denise head to the Red Onion on Broadway, and Eric Hauck from Alberta heads to the, “train ride, choo choo. Be a kid again.”“It’s quite an interesting operation to see, moving so many people around,” Tyler Rose, the HR director at The White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad, said. “We haul over 400,000 passengers a year.”The railroad takes passengers on scenic rides to destinations like Carcross and Fraser. It’s also the biggest summer employer in Skagway, with 175 people working the train, the gift shop, the ticket booth.“It’s unreal, it really is. All the people coming in, it’s almost like a homecoming. Employees and friends you get to see, the shops open up. The ships start coming in. I know for the businesses the cash registers start to ring.”“Caribou and a buffalo burger! Ok that’ll be $27.20.”Bob Gibson is owner of the Barbeque Shack.“We do caribou burgers, caribou and elk and buffalo burger,” Gibson said. “And my baby back ribs, the meat’ll just fall right off the bone.”Bob just sold a couple burgers to Laura Everitt and her husband. They’re from England and it’s their first time in Alaska.“We’ve traveled and we’ve done Juneau and Ketchikan,” she said. “And Skagway, and Skagway is so beautiful. It’s so pretty. The buildings are stunning.”Laura says they wanted to come to Alaska because they watch TV shows that take place here. Like the Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers.“We’ve seen it television, but it just does not do it justice,” she said. “It really doesn’t. It’s beautiful.”Laura says they’re also enjoying learning about the history of Skagway, the gold rush days.“Well, the celebration didn’t last long, three days later, everything took a turn for the worse. A man named JD Stewart strolled into town with $2,800 worth of gold dust in his poke,” Allison Graham said. “Jeff’s men were still riled up from the fourth. I guess they must’ve felt untouchable because the lured poor JD into Jeff’s parlor and right into a trap.”She plays Belle Davenport in the Days of ’98 show, which she says is a mostly true story.“It’s a vaudeville style show all about Soapy Smith and the events the led to his tragic demise at a shoot out down on the pier on July 8th, 1898,” Graham said.Down the block from the Days of ’98 show, is a much different business – a jewelry store.“Ooh, I have a really cool one I can show you too,” Jennifer Ozuzun said. “This is amethyst. Still in rock form.”Jennifer and her jeweler husband, Murat, own The Local Jeweler shop.“Are you feeling really excited about the start of the season? Uh, can you tell? (laughter) I’m really excited, I waited 7 months for this. And having your own, it’s our baby so it’s a big deal.”Jennifer says she’s been back and forth between Skagway for 8 years. Her friend Letishia Moore, who works at the Milano jewelry store, says she feels drawn to Skagway. And apparently so do the cruise ships. According to the Skagway Visitors’ Bureau, there will be 402 port calls this summer.last_img read more

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Juneau loses boundary dispute to Petersburg

first_imgThe Petersburg Borough’s boundaries will stand as they are, now that Juneau has lost its last legal challenge on the matter.The Alaska Supreme Court issued a decision Friday, upholding a lower court’s decision and the state Local Boundary Commission’s 2012 decision to grant Petersburg a huge boundary expansion.It puts to bed a dispute over about 1,500 square miles of Southeast both boroughs laid claim to.The previously contested land is almost completely uninhabited national forest – an old estimate puts the population at one – but with the land goes potential federal receipts, some property and sales tax revenue, and local authority.“I don’t necessarily consider it a loss,” Amy Mead, the City & Borough of Juneau’s attorney, said. “We thought the law stood for something that needed clarification, and the court has now clarified.”The Supreme Court heard the case in June.last_img read more

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UK India can do great business and achieve real change British envoy

first_imgTech Rocketship Award winners posing with British Deputy High Commissioner Dominic McAllister and Gita Krisnankutty – first secretary of head of inward investment India.IBTimes India/Sami KhanThere are now a record 842 Indian companies operating in the UK, up from 800 in the previous year, with combined revenues of almost £48 billion (£46.4 billion in 2018 report), according to a Grant Thornton-CII report. Indian companies paid a combined total of over £684 million in corporation tax, which is almost double the amount recorded in last year’s report (£360 million), and employed 104,783 people (104,932 in the 2018 report). The India Meets Britain Tracker 2019 report was released earlier this year. GT and CII are holding a roadshow in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi to highlight the report’s findings.During the report’s launch at the roadshow in Bengaluru on Tuesday, British Deputy High Commissioner in Bengaluru, Dominic McAllister, said: “We are determined that the UK will be the best place in the world to grow your business. The UK government is committed to facilitating the closest possible relationships between business leaders in both our countries – including supporting pioneers in innovation. The UK and India can do great business and achieve real change. Both governments are committed to taking this further by building on the technology partnership; leveraging finance; sharing skills and expertise.”The report provides a tracker of the fastest-growing companies, as measured by those with a turnover of more than £5 million, year-on-year revenue growth of at least 10 percent and a minimum two-year track-record in the UK. This year’s tracker includes 62 companies that recorded an average growth rate of 37 percent. The total combined revenue of these companies reached over £12 billion last year. Three companies in this year’s tracker reported a growth of more than 100 percent. UNCTAD/twitterThe UK and India have been the top five investors in each other’s economies since 2010. Since 2010, the UK has been the largest G20 investor in India. Building on the UK’s Industrial Strategy, the India-UK Tech Partnership sets out how we are building a Britain fit for the future – how we will help businesses create better, higher-paying jobs with investment in the skills, industries, and infrastructure that we will need, added McAllister.Technology and telecoms companies continue to dominate the Tracker, as they have done since its launch in 2014. This year, they account for 35 percent of the fastest-growing companies. Engineering and manufacturing companies are the next in line, accounting for 16 percent of the 2019 Tracker. This is followed by pharmaceutical and chemical companies, which account for 15 percent, continuing historically strong representation.The geographical spread of the fastest-growing Indian companies across the UK remains unchanged compared to last year. London continues to be the preferred location for more than half (53 percent) of the 62 fastest growing Indian companies. London is the global home of capital. Over £2.2 billion (Rs 20,000 crore) in Masala Bonds have been listed on the London Stock Exchange by Indian companies.last_img read more

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Chinese defence ministry issues white paper on 2017 Doklam standoff

first_imgInternational defence think-tank, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) ranked China the second-largest spender on defence in the world with a military expenditure of $250 billion in 2018. The US topped the charts with $639 billion while India spent $66.5 billion in 2018. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … China has accused India of transgressing into its territory. (Representational Image)DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty ImagesThe National Defence Ministry of China issued a white paper on Wednesday, July 24, on the Doklam stand-off with India in 2017. The paper says China is working to promote stability along the India-China border by creating “favourable conditions” for the peaceful resolution to the Doklam stand-off.The document titled ‘China’s National Defence in the New Era’ said: “China’s armed forces maintain a rigorous guard against encroachment, infiltration, sabotage or harassment so as to safeguard border security and stability.””They strive to promote stability and security along the border with India, and take effective measures to create favourable conditions for the peaceful resolution of the Donglang (Doklam) stand-off,” it added, according to PTI.Tensions between China and India heightened in 2017 after Indian forces halted the construction of roads by People’s Liberation Army near a trijunction border area in Doklam. The disputed region is claimed by both China and Bhutan. Indian and Chinese troops called off the stand-off in Doklam after 73 days following multiple rounds of diplomatic talks between the two countries.The white paper also analysed Chinese military developments and compared them with India, the US, Russia, France, Germany and Japan.The document claims that technological advancements are the future of advanced warfare strategy: “Driven by the new round of technological and industrial revolution, the application of cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), quantum information, big data, cloud computing and the Internet of Things are gathering pace in the military field.” The document claims that military competition is enhanced with technological developments along with the rapid development of long-range precision, intelligent, stealthy or unmanned weaponry and equipment. “War is evolving in form towards informationised warfare, and intelligent warfare is on the horizon,” it said.It also discussed defence expenditure with respect to its national economic devolvement strategy to maintain a ‘moderate and steady growth’. It self-proclaimed its military expenditure as open and transparent that attends to both development and security within reasonable and appropriate limitations.”It is making an integrated effort to build a prosperous country and a strong military, and striving for the coordinated development of national defence and the economy,” the document claims. Close The India-China Stand-off At Sikkim Borderlast_img read more

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Café attack mastermind Rashed remanded

first_imgCafé attack mastermind Rashed remandedA Dhaka court on Saturday put Rashed alias Rash alias Abu Jarra, one of the suspected masterminds of Gulshan Café attack, on a five-day remand in a case filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act, reports UNB.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Nurunnahar Yeasmin passed the order after inspector of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC), also the investigation officer of the case, Humayun Kabir produced him before the court asking for a 10-day remand.Earlier on Friday, police arrested Rashed from Singra upazila in Natore district.Some gunmen attacked Holey Artisan Bakery at Gulshan diplomatic zone in the city on 1 July, 2016, killing 20 hostages, mostly foreign nationals.last_img read more

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Sweet sound of Bengal

first_imgMukherjee also performed her own composition on Matrivandana, which is an affluent of devotional songs with Sanskrit chants. Kolkata Doordarshan telecasted Matrivandana in last year during Durga Puja. With the requests of audience her scheduled performance for one hour was extended to approximately for two hours in Manchester. According to Bhattacharya, the organiser of Durga Mandir Trust of Manchester, ‘Rini is simply fantastic, everyone has liked her performance …she has enthralled the audience.’ He further added that  ‘Our divine mother binds the entire community with peace and harmony. In order to promote, serve and benefit the inhabitants of Greater Manchester and neighbouring areas, and to stimulate public consciousness on our rich cultural heritage, our vision is to have our own building with a community centre to organise Social, Cultural, Religious and Educational activities.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Mukherjee has also performed in Belsize Park, Wimbledon and Uptron Park. With her versatility, she presented Bengali and Hindi Rabindra Sangeet and folks, Nazrul Geeti, melodies of Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle both  in Hindi and Bengali. Banerjee the organiser of  Bengali Cultural Association, London mentioned that, ‘She has got very powerful voice’. According to Ghosal, a veteran member of the puja committee,  ‘At this age, her beautiful voice and sense of rhythm has compelled us to dance and looks that our age has gone back by ten years.’last_img read more

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SC to hear in open court pleas to review verdict on govt

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear in open court a batch of petitions seeking review of its landmark judgement barring publication of photos of leaders in official advertisements except those of the President, Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of India.“Application for hearing in open Court is allowed,” a bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Pinaki Chandra Ghose said. The bench passed the order after considering the pleas of various states governments in its chamber proceedings. The bench said all the petitions seeking review of the verdict will be tagged and heard together. It had on September 14 issued notice to the centre and the NGO Common Cause, which had filed the original PIL, on review petitions filed by the states. Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal and Assam had also moved the apex court seeking its nod to publish photographs of Chief Ministers on their advertisements.Recently, the apex court had sought response from Centre as to whether it has set up a three-member ombudsman to regulate advertisements issued by various governments and authorities.last_img read more

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Creepy cargo Philippines seizes 757 tarantulas from Poland

first_imgTags: Animals, Cargo << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Creepy cargo: Philippines seizes 757 tarantulas from Poland Wednesday, April 3, 2019 center_img Share Posted by MANILA — Philippine customs officials were astonished when they opened nicely gift-wrapped boxes of cookies and oatmeal flown in all the way from Poland and found a hair-raising contraband: hundreds of live tarantulas.Bureau of Customs personnel seized the 757 tarantulas at a mail exchange centre near Manila’s international airport Monday and later arrested a Filipino man who tried to claim the long-legged and venomous spiders, which were declared as “collection items.”Many of the baby tarantulas were concealed in small plastic vials punctured with holes for air while bigger spiders were shipped in see-through plastic containers. Officials estimated the value of the unusual shipment at 310,000 pesos (US$5,900).Philippine wildlife laws prohibit the trading, collection and possession of such spiders, which are popular pets among arachnid enthusiasts, without permits.Despite threats of hefty fines and imprisonment, a startling array of wildlife have been seized by the hundreds by airport customs inspectors in Manila since last year, including geckos, iguanas, chameleons and a popular reptile called bearded dragons.last_img read more

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Canberra loses Marque Hotel

first_imgCanberra will be waving farewell to its Marque Hotel, with owners announcing its closure on 30 November this year.The Rendezvous Hospitality Group (RHG) said earlier this week that the decision to close came after lease owners decided to redevelop the site.Senior vice president of operations Geoffrey Johnstone described the closure as “unfortunate” and is looking for alternative locations for staff.“We will be taking bookings up until the 30th November 2011 and cease trading thereafter,” Mr Johnstone said. “As a course of action we are looking to place staff currently employed at The Marque Hotel Canberra within the RHG network.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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DriveAway Holidays reckons its decadelong partner

first_imgDriveAway Holidays reckons its decade-long partnership with TravelManagers is something to celebrate, so much so the company decided to present TravelManagers with a ‘Partnership Award’ to mark the occasion and recognise the significant sales contribution (well above average year on year growth) made by TravelManagers over the past ten years.“TravelManagers has always been a terrific partner to work with over the years,” said Nathan Baber, DriveAway’s National Industry Sales Manager. ” … it really feels like a partnership where we are both in it together, with the entire team, in particular Tanyu Cilek and Sandra Reucker, [who are] fantastic to work with and [have been] really accommodating of DriveAway Holidays’ needs throughout the years.”TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager Michael Gazal echoes Baber’s support of the partnership.“TravelManagers is privileged to have exceptional, strong and effective relationships with key suppliers such as DriveAway Holidays at both national and state levels. We view our partner relationships as exactly that, where we work together to achieve mutual benefits and successes. This is the TravelManagers way and we are also thrilled to see our personal travel managers being recognized for their dedication and sales focus of the products and their commitment to customer service.”In 2016 TravelManagers transitioned to a combined agreement with DriveAway which included both TravelManagers Australia and House of Travel NZ. “Through our combined partnership with the House of Travel Group in New Zealand, TravelManagers has an enviable distribution network throughout Australasia resulting in substantial buying power and competitive advantage. Our exceptional, strong and effective regional relationships with DriveAway and our other key airline, cruise and international partner suppliers is it no surprise that our combined sales volumes are close to AU$1.5 billion,” says Gazal. IMAGE: DriveAway Holidays’ NSW & ACT Business Development Manager Blake Wiggins (right) presents TravelManagers Michael Gazal and Sandra Reucker with ten-year partnership award DriveAway HolidaysTravelManagerslast_img read more

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