New Delhi, Jul 6 (PTI) Following are the highlights at 2100 hours: TOP STORIES:DEL50 DL-POWER-LD TUSSLE-LG2015 notification that ‘services’ outside purview of Delhi Assembly valid: LGNew Delhi: Hitting back at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Lt Governor Anil Baijal today said the Home Ministry’s 2015 notification stating that ‘services’ falls outside the purview of the Delhi Legislative Assembly “continues to be valid”.FGN40 PAK-LDALL SHARIFNawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 yrs rigorous imprisonment in 1st corruption caseIslamabad: Pakistan’s deposed premier Nawaz Sharif was today sentenced in absentia to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment by an anti-graft court in one of the three corruption cases against him in the Panama Papers scandal, dealing a huge blow to his party ahead of the elections on July 25.DEL42 UP-LD-PLASTIC-BANUP bans plastic bags from July 15Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has banned the use of polythene bags and items of common use made of plastic from July 15, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said today.DEL19 BIZ-LD MALLYA-SBIBanks working closely with UK agencies to recover maximum dues from Mallya: SBI MDNew Delhi: Indian banks are working very closely with various agencies, including in the UK, to recover maximum out of assets owned by Vijay Mallya after a British court allowed them to search and seize properties of the fugitive liquor baron, SBI MD Arijit Basu said today.LGD30 SC-LD ROSTERCJI is ‘master of roster’, has ultimate authority to allocate cases: SC New Delhi: The chief justice of India is the “master of the roster” and there is no dispute that he has the “ultimate authority” and “prerogative” to allocate cases, the Supreme Court asserted today, in third such reiteration by the apex court in eight months on the contentious issue.advertisement NATION:DEL44 DL-POWER-TUSSLE-KEJRIWAL-RAJNATHKejriwal seeks appointment with RajnathNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today sought an appointment with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to urge him to ensure implementation of the Supreme Court orders on governance in Delhi.DEL46 CBI-2NDLD ARRESTCBI arrests two retired BoI officials in Rs 2654 crore fraud case New Delhi: The CBI today arrested two senior retired officers of Bank of India in connection with alleged loan fraud of Rs 2,654 crore by Vadodara-based Diamond Power Infrastructure Ltd. (DPIL).DEL38 RAHUL-MSPPMN’s MSP increase is like band-aid for a haemorrhage: Rahul Gandhi New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “grand MSP increase” for farmers is like applying band-aid to a “massive haemorrhage”.DEL7 NIA-JK-ANDRABIDukhtaran-e-Milat chief Asiya Andrabi, two others taken into NIA custodyNew Delhi: The NIA today took custody of chief of the banned Dukhtaraan-e-Milat, Aasiya Andrabi, and two others in connection with a case registered in April this year for allegedly waging war against the country and delivering hate speeches in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.LGD12 SC-GOVT PROPERTYCan religious acts be allowed on govt land: SC refers plea to larger benchNew Delhi: The Supreme Court today referred to a larger bench the question whether religious activities can be allowed on government land or property in a secular State like India. BUSINESS:DCM21 BIZ-PNB-BAD LOANSPNB invites bids to sell 3 NPA accounts to recover over Rs 136cr New Delhi: Punjab National Bank (PNB) has put on sale three non-performing assets to recover Rs 136 crore dues from the borrowers.FOREIGN:FGN25 NEPAL-LD INDIAN PILGRIMSOver 1,200 stranded Indian Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims evacuated from Nepal’s SimikotKathmandu: Over 1,200 Indian pilgrims moved to safety from Nepal’s mountainous Simikot region, the Indian embassy here says, as efforts continue to evacuate those stranded in Hilsa while returning from the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage in Tibet amidst inclement weather.FGN30 MALAYSIA-ZAKIR-LD DEPORTATIONZakir Naik will not be deported from Malaysia: PM MahathirKuala Lumpur: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad today ruled out the deportation of the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to India if he does not create problems in Malaysia, where he has permanent residency status.SPORTS:SPO-IND-REPLACEMENTShardul to replace Bumrah in India’s ODI squadNew Delhi: Mumbai fast bowler Shardul Thakur will replace injured pacer Jasprit Bumrah in India’s ODI squad for the upcoming three-match series against England starting July 12. PTI SNESNE
Story Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says this represents a 4.7 per cent increase when compared to the corresponding period last year. Providing an official update on the performance of the sector at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on September 5, Mr. Bartlett said the sector continues to perform well amidst national, regional and global challenges. Provisional figures from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) show that between January and August 2018, a total of 2.95 million tourists visited Jamaica.Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says this represents a 4.7 per cent increase when compared to the corresponding period last year.Providing an official update on the performance of the sector at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on September 5, Mr. Bartlett said the sector continues to perform well amidst national, regional and global challenges.He said the figures indicate that the sector is on target to outperform the benchmark target of five per cent growth in five years.“Last year broke all of that, because we got 12 per cent. To grow on last year is a phenomenal achievement and to be growing at the five per cent that we project is even more phenomenal,” the Minister said.He noted that preliminary gross foreign exchange earnings for the first eight months of 2018 were approximately US$2.2 billion.“That means you are trending well ahead of the US$3-billion mark for the end of this calendar year. If we continue with these robust arrival figures to year end, then for the third consecutive year, the growth of Jamaica’s tourism sector would have exceeded the projected five per cent annual growth,” he said.Meanwhile, the Minister pointed out that the figures indicate the country experienced the “best summer” performance for the period May to August 2018.Mr. Bartlett informed that the provisional estimates showed stopover arrivals up by six per cent, when compared to the corresponding period last year.“That is 884,324 visitors compared to the 834,292 in 2017. These figures contributed to total visitor arrivals of 1,312,494, which was a 4.4 per cent increase over the same period last year,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett emphasised that this augurs well for the country’s high season, which begins in December. Provisional figures from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) show that between January and August 2018, a total of 2.95 million tourists visited Jamaica.
Are You Ready For MTV’s “Crash Karaoke”? mtv-set-crash-new-karaoke-game-show Twitter “‘Crash Karaoke’ is an innovative twist on the traditional game show,” said Bruce Gillmer, head of music and music talent, Global Entertainment Group, Viacom. “We’re excited to disrupt everyday life in some of the most unlikely locations and pass the mic to the most fearless performers — from the great, to the outrageous and cringeworthy — and bring our audience along for the ride.””Total Request Live”: MTV Reboots A ClassicRead more MTV Set To Crash In With New Karaoke Game Show Facebook The network’s latest game show will be co-hosted by Dylan Landon and feature karaoke battles in unsuspecting locationsRenée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 17, 2017 – 12:19 pm GRAMMY.comThere’s a new sing-along show coming to town, and it could crash into your life when you least expect it.MTV’s “Crash Karaoke” will literally pop up in various locations, such as fast food restaurants, and “challenge people to karaoke battles for cash.” They’ll seek out brave volunteers to sing it out and deem a winner based on the crowd’s reaction, sans judges.”Contestants will be asked to spin the crash wheel to randomly select a style of music to perform,” said MTV. “A mix of hit songs [will] serve as the soundtrack for the series, from current tracks and global anthems to the most iconic karaoke throwbacks from the ’80s.”The show will be hosted by Hannah Rad and Dylan Landon, and the 30-minute format has been given an initial run of 10 episodes. It will roll out on MTV International later this year. News Email
A faction of quota protesters brought out a procession at the Dhaka University campus area on Tuesday. Photo: Mosabber HossainA faction of the students and job-seeking youth has rejected the decision to postpone the demonstration demanding reforms of the quota system in public service, following talks with the government.Apparently infuriated by the postponement of the campaign before any formal announcement, the protesters in hundreds held a rallly on the Dhaka University campus on Tuesday.Some of the protesters requested others not to bring out any procession and to wait until the government scrutises the matter and gives its decision after 7 May.In fact, the road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, in a meeting with a delegation of 20 demonstrators, said they had agreed to postpone the programme until 7 May.Some protesters expressed their dissent on Monday evening. On Tuesday they brought out a procession, chanting slogans demanding reforms in the quota system in public service.The protagonists of the dialogue with the government requested all others to ignore the call to continue the campaign, reports UNB.Rashed Khan, joint convener of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council, came up with the request while briefing reporters in front of Dhaka University Central Library premises.He alleged that a faction, from the beginning of the movement, was trying to disrupt their programme.Rashed also said that they have suspended their movement until 7 May following the assurance from the prime minister on quota reformation.He requested journalists not to cover any programme of the ‘dissidents’ as that might create confusion among people.The protesters apologised for assaulting some journalists during the Monday protest.The leaders of the council demanded an apology from agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury for her comments in parliament on Monday night.The ‘dissidents’ are in favour of carrying out their movement on the university campus, demanding reforms in the quota system within one week.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Roy Luck via FlickrA view of power lines near Thompsons, TX, southwest of Houston.A new report finds positive signs, but some “mixed results”, from deregulating the Texas electric market.The consumer advocacy group Texas Coalition for Affordable Power used federal government data to track Texans’ electric bills since deregulation. The report says electricity has gotten cheaper in cities where you can choose your provider, but it’s still been historically more expensive compared to cities with one provider.“I think it’s a good news/bad news story,” says R.A. Dyer, the group’s spokesperson. “I think the market is progressing.”The good news from the report is that in places where you can shop around for electricity – like Houston and Dallas – you can find better deals than in San Antonio or Austin, where there’s one provider.The bad news?“What we have seen, year after year, is prices are consistently higher in areas of the state with retail electric competition,” Dyer says.Still, the report found that gap is shrinking, and there are other positive signs. A separate study from Rice University – one that looked at different and more recent data – found that in 2016, some deregulated parts of Texas finally had cheaper electricity.“Our prices in the state are very closely linked to the natural gas price,” says Michelle Fost, Chief Energy Economist at the University of Texas’ Center for Energy Economics.So, as long as natural gas stays relatively cheap, you could expect the trend of ever-cheaper electricity in deregulated cities to continue. X Listen 00:00 /01:10 Share
email@example.com Mayor Bowser’s new crime legislation would allow increased police presence and surveillance by both police and business owners. (Twitter Photo)Mayor Muriel Bowser opened the calendar year touting the benefits of Council and resident support for her reduced crime legislation, “Safer, Stronger D.C.” despite a tenuous relationship between law enforcement and residents in many metropolitan areas. In a package initially introduced in August to settle community disruption, Bowser’s proposal has yet to be voted on by Council members.Included in Bowser’s proposal are an increased police presence in designated communities, getting tough on repeat violent offenders, offering grants to small businesses to secure video surveillance, reduced time in prison for inmates with good behavior, and providing law enforcement with additional tools.On Jan. 4, Bowser criticized the D.C. Council for not acting quickly to enact her crime bill. “I think the Council just hasn’t acted, and we’re calling on them to act on the public safety legislation,” Bowser said. “So far as I know, there hasn’t been any robust discussion among the council following the September hearing, and we’re in January.”Critics of the proposal, like Ward 8 resident Gerald Stanton, cite an emotionalism and disconnect in the document that provides scarce data and poor insight into how best to combat crime.“All I’m reading is police presence, manpower, crime lab, and equipping local businesses to identify potential and definite criminals. Are we supposed to have our entire neighborhood under surveillance and profile?” Stanton asked. “Bowser wants to add revolving 12-hour shifts and bring in retired police to weed out criminals, something the rest of the nation is trying to move away from.”D.C. Council Judiciary Chairman Kenyan McDuffie said he would not engage in finger pointing regarding the status of the legislation, though he was troubled by certain aspects of the bill, including the ability of law enforcement to conduct warrantless searches of violent offenders on probation or parole. There was also concern about allowing police to hold some released offenders for 72 hours.“We do plan to take the elements of her proposal that make sense,” McDuffie told the Washington City Paper. “But unfortunately, many elements of the mayor’s plan are not evidence-based or data-driven.”During the last year, the city has witnessed a return to violent crimes, many documented on public transportation. The 162 homicides in the city, an uptick of 54 percent from December 2014 has left residents and city officials grappling with how best to address crime amid growing concerns over police misconduct.“The continuing problem with the Bowser administration is the belief that they can run the city from the top-down without asking and actually utilizing the residents to address issues. There are other ways of addressing crime that does not entail the police,” Stanton said. “When you talk law enforcement in a Black city, you need to ensure you aren’t asking parents to give you license to shoot down their kids.”
Kolkata: Mystery has deepened on what prompted Ramakrishna Math and Mission to cancel the scheduled visit of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to Chicago. Banerjee was scheduled to visit Chicago to attend a programme of the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission on August 26 to mark the 125th anniversary celebrations of the historic Parliament of World’s Religions that had catapulted Vivekananda to the world stage… and to a permanent place in global history. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAlthough the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago mentioned in a letter to the Chief Minister that the programme has been cancelled due to the death of Assistant General Secretary Swami Abhiramananda and other “unforeseen difficulties”, it is not clear to many how his death in Howrah could be the reason behind cancelling the programme in Chicago.According to sources, Ramakrishna Math and Mission succumbed to the pressure of the Ministry of External Affairs as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is himself visiting Chicago to attend a programme on the 125th anniversary of the Parliament of World’s Religions that has been arranged by a Hindu organisation. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn the letter to the Chief Minister dated June 11, Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago President Swami Ishatmananda stated, “We are thankful that you accepted our invitation to attend our programme celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Parliament of World’s Religions, which was to be held at the Art Institute of Chicago on August 26.”Explaining the reason behind cancellation of the programme, Swami Ishatmananda maintained in the letter, “We are sorry to inform you that due to the sudden demise of Swami Abhiramananda, Assistant General Secretary, Trustee of Ramakrishna Mission and member of the Governing Body of Ramakrishna Mission, as well as unforeseen difficulties, we have had to cancel the August 26 programme. We remain ever thankful for your support and regret any inconvenience this may cause you.” It may be mentioned that the body of Swami Abhiramananda was found in the river Hooghly near a ghat at Belur in Howrah on June 8.The Chief Minister’s scheduled visits to China and Chicago were cancelled within a gap of a few days and it prompted political observers to suspect that the developments are not just mere coincidences. Instead, they are conjecturing that there is a “strong enough political reason” behind the cancellation of Banerjee’s trip to Chicago as her visit was scheduled within a few days of Modi’s visit.Interestingly, the Chief Minister’s visit to China had to be cancelled just a few hours ahead of the journey on Friday as “the political meetings at appropriate level” could not be confirmed.This happened despite the fact that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had a couple of months ago recommended that Banerjee lead a delegation to China under the Union Government’s Exchange Programme with the Communist Party of China’s International Department.So political experts are considering “negligence” in the Centre’s part for “lack of confirmation of the meeting at the appropriate level”.It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister’s Chicago trip has been cancelled when her government has decided to take up character building programmes in schools as a part of the celebration of 125 years of Swami Vivekananda’s address at the Parliament of World’s Religion in Chicago.A programme will also be organised at Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan in which 1 lakh students and youths will be participating.