800 resume yatra day after Chamoli landslip

first_imgOf the around 2,000 pilgrims on the Char Dham yatra in Uttarakhand, who were stranded after a landslip in Chamoli district, 800 have resumed their onward journey and work is on to clear the debris, officials said on Saturday.The Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway was closed near Vishnuprayag, one of the five important points of the Alaknanda river, between Joshimath and the hill shrine of Badrinath.Huge boulders had rolled down the Hathi Pahar mountain on Friday afternoon, blocking the highway.CM’s directiveChief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has directed the Secretary of the Disaster Management Department, Amit Negi, to monitor the situation.‘Arrangements in place’“There were no unfortunate incidents, 1,800 tourists were affected and arrangements were made for them. The Border Roads Organisation and other authorities are working on clearing the debris and the route will be opened today; all the suitable arrangements are in place,” Mr. Rawat tweeted.He said, “Information of landslides was shared with various towns along the route.”Chamoli District Magistrate Ashish Joshi dismissed reports that around 15,000 people were stranded. “Only 2,000 people have been affected,” he said.last_img read more

PDP hails Rajnath’s offer of talks with Hurriyat

first_imgThe ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday described Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s offer of fresh dialogue with stakeholders as “a golden opportunity for the Hurriyat.”“The Hurriyat and Pakistan should respond positively to the offer of talks on Kashmir. It’s high time for the Hurriyat to initiate a result-oriented and meaningful dialogue with the Government of India,” said PDP general secretary Mansoor Hussain Sohrawardhy.Ready for dialogueIn an interview to a New Delhi-based channel, Mr. Singh said, “If Hurriyat is ready to talk, we have no problem, we are ready to talk to anyone. Even if Pakistan comes for a dialogue, we are ready for it.”The PDP leader said the State government had taken a series of confidence and peace-building measures to put a lid on the violence and bloodshed and that “more [measures] could be taken in the future.” “The ball is in the Hurriyat’s court now. The onus also lies on Pakistan to hold dialogue with India and stop painting the borders and the LoC in Kashmir red,” said Mr. Sohrawardhy.Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq maintained that the Hurriyat leadership would “extend its full support to every serious effort aimed at resolving the Kashmir [issue] so that peace prevails and bloodshed stops”. “It’s long overdue that India and Pakistan allow the leadership of the two divided parts of Kashmir to meet with each other and decide on their future course of action regarding their destiny. Such a step is of utmost importance,” said the Mirwaiz.Meanwhile, separatists forum Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) leader Yasin Malik, also JKLF chief, held a sit-in protest in Srinagar to demand release of all political prisoners.“We demand the immediate release of all prisoners, including Masarat Aalam, Qasim Faktoo, Asiya Andrabi and others,” said Mr. Malik.last_img read more

Parties’ tall claims for rejuvenation of lakes

first_imgThough both the major political parties have been making tall claims for rejuvenation of water bodies in the “City of Lakes”, the voters here are disillusioned with their “restricted vision” which they say is unable to grasp the significance of the ecosystem that ensures protection of catchment areas. The lakes here are facing a major issue of pollution and reduction of submergence area.After the successful removal of water hyacinth about six years ago, the water bodies such as Pichola Lake, Swaroop Sagar and Udai Sagar are facing contamination caused by the discharge of pollutants from the phosphorite mines and chemical factories and the release of sewage and domestic waste from settlements and hotels.The residents of the city expect the two stalwarts pitted against each other – Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria (BJP) and former Union Minister Girija Vyas (Congress) – to resolve the lake pollution issue for saving the identity of Udaipur, on which the survival of tourism business depends.Udaipur district BJP president Dinesh Bhatt told The Hindu that the State government was making “serious efforts” for conservation of lakes. Mr. Kataria, contesting for the fourth consecutive term, has highlighted his achievements on the law and order front as the Home Minister and the city’s infrastructure development as the MLA during his election campaign. He has credited the jump in Udaipur’s rank as a tourist destination to the projects initiated by the BJP government.On the other hand, District Congress Committee general secretary Saddam Hussain said Ms. Vyas’ return to the constituency after serving in the Centre as the National Commission for Women’s chairperson was a challenge before Mr. Kataria which he would find difficult to face. On the lake front, the Jheel Sanrakshan Samiti and the Jheel Hitaishi Nagrik Manch have taken up the initiatives for educating the people and cleaning the water bodies. Manch’s founder Haji Sardar Mohammed said the community efforts for taking out pollutants and aquatic weeds through boats had led to an improvement in the situation. The activists working for conservation of lakes have demanded that the next government centralise the works currently undertaken by as many as five different agencies.last_img read more

Newly elected Haryana MLAs to take oath today

first_imgThe newly elected members of the Haryana Assembly will be administered oath here on Monday when the three-day session of the House begins. Senior Congress leader and Beri MLA Raghuvir Singh Kadian, the Pro-tem Speaker of the 14th Haryana Legislative Assembly, will administer the oath to the newly elected members, as per tentative programme of the session. After the members are administered the oath, election of Speaker and Deputy Speaker will also take place the same day. On November 5, Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya will also address the Assembly, this being the first session of the new Assembly. Later, discussion on the Governor’s address will take place while on concluding day on Wednesday, the House will conduct legislative business. The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Jannayak Janta Party have formed the government in alliance in Haryana. They also enjoy the support of seven independents. The polls were held on October 21 and results came out on October 24. In the 90-member House, the BJP won 40 seats falling short by six members for a simple majority. JJP won 10 seats, Congress 31, independents 7, INLD and Haryana Lokhit Party one each.Lone INLD MLAWhile Dushyant’s JJP has 10 members, his uncle Abhay Singh Chautala will be the lone MLA from his party representing his Indian National Lok Dal outfit. On October 27, Manohar Lal Khattar took oath as Haryana Chief Minister for the second time and is leading the BJP-JJP coalition government in the State, with JJP leader Dushyant Chautala being sworn in as his deputy.last_img read more

Weather for the Bahamas

first_img Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 2, 2017 – Nassau – GENERAL SITUATION:  A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE ACROSS THE BAHAMAS WILL SLOWLY SHIFT EASTWARDS TODAY AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT NOW ACROSS FLORIDA…SPECIAL WARNINGS: BEACHGOERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO REMAIN ALERT FOR THE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS MAINLY ALONG THE EAST COAST BEACHES TODAY…NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMASWEATHER:  PARTLY SUNNY AND WARM WITH THE CHANCE OF A BRIEF PASSING SHOWER OR TWO THIS AFTERNOON…FAIR TONIGHT WITH INCREASING CLOUDS ACROSS THE NORTHERN BAHAMAS LATE AS THE FRONT APPROACHES…WINDS: SOUTH-SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH-SOUTHWEST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS BECOMING SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS LATE…SEAS:  2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEAN…SOUTHEAST BAHAMASWEATHER:   A MIX OF SUN AND CLOUDS AND BREEZY WITH THE CHANCE OF A FEW QUICK PASSING SHOWER THIS AFTERNOON…STAYING BREEZY TONIGHT…ADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS SHOULD CONTINUE TO EXERCISE CAUTION…WINDS:EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS…AND GUSTY AT TIMES…SEAS:4 TO 6 FEET OVER THE OCEAN…HIGHER IN GUSTS…DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE  84 °F      29 °COVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE 72 °F      22 °CSUNSET: 6:13PM              SUNRISE: 6:31AM FRIMOONSET: 10:28PM       MOONRISE: 10:11AM FRILOW TIDE: 4:39PM           &             5:15AM                FRIHIGH TIDE: 10:55PM       &             11:13AM               FRIWEATHER OUTLOOK: 11:00 AM (FOR TOMORROW)…A COLD FRONT WILL MOVE INTO THE BAHAMAS ON FRIDAY…WITH STRONG HIGH PRESSURE BUILDING BEHIND THE FRONT GENERATING STRONG BREEZES AND HAZARDOUS BOATING CONDITIONS INTO THE WEEKEND… Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

OBITUARY Lena Fontana Mercuri 77

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Lena (Fontana) Mercuri, age 77, of Wilmington, formerly of Jamaica Plain, died peacefully on December 22, 2018.Lena was the beloved wife of Raymond Mercuri, loving mother of Raymond Mercuri and his companion Dawn Young of Chelmsford, Mark Mercuri of Wilmington and the late Michael Mercuri, loving “Noni” of Shane and Cody Mercuri of Tewksbury, cherished daughter of the late Domenic and Rosemarie (Cantera) Fontana, dear sister of Rosemarie Buckley & her husband William and the late Louise Hall & her husband Paul all of Foxborough. Lena is also survived by many loving relatives, nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather for a Funeral on Saturday, December 29th, at 10:00 a.m. at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt 62), Wilmington, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, December 28th, from 4:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Lena’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, Attn: Gift Box Program, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; VNA of Middlesex East Hospice, 800 West Cummings Park, #5000, Woburn, MA 01801 or a charity of your choice.Lena (Fontana) Mercuri(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Crooning of love

first_imgHe took the country by storm with his soothing voice when he sang Mitwa in Kabhi Alvida na Kehna. By then he was already a favourite of music  lovers with songs like Mora Saiyyan mohse bole na and Aankhon ke saagar which he performed in the Pakistani band Fuzon.  The man with the golden voice, Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan talks to Naila Manal about his newly released album Muhdikhai…Tell me about your musical journey.I was born in a musical family so music wasn’t something new to me.  We had seven generations of musicians. I was a part of the Pakistani band Fuzon (as the lead singer). I bumped into the band members when I was in Karachi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’When we came up with the album Saagar, which had the song Aankhon ke Saagar, two of my songs were used by Nagesh Kukunoor in his film. Shankar (Mahadevan) called me and signed me. There has been no looking back since.But as far as my overall journey is concerned it has been great so far.  I am coming up with an album Muhdikhai…Unveiling the songs of eternal love. This is my fourth album and my third solo album. My journey has been productive so far. I have learnt a lot, experienced a lot and in the midst of it all distributed and shared a lot too. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYou came up with your new album Muhdikhai… Unveiling the songs of eternal love recently. Tell me more about it.For quite some time my fans have been demanding an album. Personally, I also wanted to go back to the studios and work. But films and other engagements, especially travelling gave me no time. Baith ke kaam karne ka waqt nahi tha (I didn’t have time to sit and work for the album), but one day I decided. It somehow came by and I started enjoying returning to the studio and recording. I really enjoyed it all, mazaa aya. My album hits stores on March 20. How is coming out with an album different from say, singing a song in a film, or performing in a band?It’s about the joy of creation, the difference between contributing to someone else’s work and creating something all by yourself. Film music is a collective effort and you are a part of someone else’s vision. Here, I was taking care of everything from the music to production and I had to oversee every intricacy. From a raw idea to a final productive, it is all mine, however it is. How is it for you to perform in India?India is like a second home to me. I get so much love here. In fact I have been lucky to get love everywhere lekin yahan aur jagaah ke muqaable zyada pyaar milta hai (I get more love here than anywhere else). Which is your favorite song among all those you have sung?You should pose this question to someone else. All I can say is I perform all my songs with all honesty.Ok, so which is your all time favourite song?That would be Tere Bina Zindagi se koi shakwa nahi.Who is your inspiration?My father, I have always wanted to be like him, sing like him, look like him.  He is my inspiration. It is a compliment for me if someone says that I sound like him.last_img read more