Nova Scotians now have an opportunity to help improve the child-care system in the province. Parents, guardians, representatives of the child-care sector and other community members are being encouraged to participate in consultations on a new five-year plan for child care. “We have been meeting with sector representatives and need to hear from families and other Nova Scotians before moving forward on a plan to strengthen child care in our province,” said Community Services Minister David Morse. “It’s critical that new supports address the needs of families, particularly people who need child care so they can work and go to school. It’s vital that they have a say during the planning process.” In May 2005 the provincial and federal governments signed a five-year $137-million plan to strengthen Nova Scotia’s child-care system. Improvements introduced under previous federal-provincial agreements have included new spaces at licensed child-care centres, higher child-care subsidies, funding to increase the salaries of child-care staff, and more subsidized child-care spaces. Nova Scotians can share their ideas on how government can best direct the new investments in child care by completing a survey, leaving a voice-mail message on a toll-free line, sending an e-mail, or writing a letter. Copies of the survey will soon be available at child-care and family resource centres, and can also be obtained by contacting a Department of Community Services office or on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/coms . Parents and others who wish to provide their comments can also do so by: voice-mail message on a toll-free line, 1-866-367-4531, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org , or by regular mail to Department of Community Services, P.O. Box 696, 5675 Spring Garden Rd., Halifax, N.S., B3J 2T7. All comments must be received by Sept. 30. The consultations will also include six sessions with parents and four with individuals in the field of early childhood education. To register for one of these sessions, interested Nova Scotians can phone 1-866-367-4530. Meetings are also being held with other interested groups, including training institutions and community organizations. “This is an important time for child care in our province, as we plan for the largest ever new investment in child care in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Morse. “Our goal is to work toward continually improving the quality and accessibility of care, providing important supports to families while helping children get the best start in life.” Additional information on the development of the five-year plan can be obtained on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/coms .
Drivers pulled over at police roadside checkpoints this holiday season could be facing time — phone time, that is. Police will give away 20,000 free Aliant long distance phone cards as part of a campaign to keep impaired drivers off the road. The 20-minute Aliant phone cards are part of Operation Christmas, a program to combat impaired driving organized by police and Nova Scotia’s Road Safety Advisory Committee, and sponsored by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) and Aliant. It’s hoped people will use the cards to call for a drive if they are drinking. “Impaired drivers are being stopped and taken off the road at these sobriety checkpoints, and you can bet that’s saving lives,” said Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell. “Operation Christmas reminds us not to drink and drive and helps make our roads safer.” Law enforcement agencies from across Nova Scotia set up checkpoints in Sydney today, Dec. 1, to launch Operation Christmas, the annual campaign to reduce impaired driving during the holiday season. “This year’s launch of Operation Christmas demonstrates the full support and commitment of all Nova Scotia police agencies,” said Cape Breton Regional Police Chief Edgar MacLeod. “Together with our partners, our officers are determined to keep our communities safe by reducing incidents of impaired driving. We urge all citizens to join us by making the right call this season.” The NSLC and Aliant are supplying the 20,000 free phone cards for police to hand out to drivers at the Operation Christmas checkpoints. “It’s all about making the right choices. During the holidays, we want to take every opportunity to remind our customers to plan ahead to get home safely,” said Carrie Cussons, acting NSLC president. “We’re pleased to partner with organizations that are committed, as Aliant is, to making Nova Scotia a safer place to live and work,” said Sudanna MacDonald, Aliant regional manager for Cape Breton. “The calling cards are reminders to drivers who drink to find alternate ways to get home safely during the holiday season.” Over the first 11 months of 2005 there were 59 fatalities on Nova Scotia roads; about one in every four deaths on the road involved alcohol-impaired drivers. Impaired driving is one of the leading contributing factors in fatal and serious collisions in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia’s road safety partners are working toward making our roads the safest in the world by the year 2010. The partners are guided by Road Safety Vision 2010, a national plan to reduce the number of road users killed and seriously injured. For more information on the Vision, visit the website at www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/vision . Nova Scotia’s road safety advisory committee helps government develop road safety priorities and programs. The committee includes the provincial departments of Transportation and Public Works and Justice; Nova Scotia Health Promotion; Emergency Health Services; the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board; every police agency in the province; the Nova Scotia Safety Council; and the Insurance Bureau of Canada.
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society plan to shed some light on a recent topic of public debate. On Wednesday, Nov. 28, the museum and the society will host a free demonstration of lighthouse equipment that will feature the lighting of the Sambro Island lighthouse’s Fresnel lens, as well as a discussion on topics such as the recent decision to silence the Sambro Island foghorn. Measuring 2.8 metres in height and composed of crystal glass prisms set in bronze frames, the lens was built in 1906 by the Barbier, Bernard and Turenne Company in Paris. For more than 60 years, it illuminated the mouth of Halifax Harbour until it was replaced in 1967. The lens has since become one of the Maritime Museum’s most iconic artifacts. The presentation, which will be led by members of the society and museum curator Dan Conlin, will also include hands on demonstrations of various foghorns, from newer air horns, to hand cranked classics. “This is a fun and rare opportunity to make a fog horn roar or see a small light turn a beautiful crystal lens into a glowing orb of fire,” said Mr. Conlin. “It is especially significant now because these sounds and lights are rapidly disappearing from our coastlines.” The demonstration will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the museum, 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax. Reports of regular society activities will be provided at 7 p.m. and the public is welcome. Admission is free, but donations to the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society are appreciated.
A local dance troupe has been selected to perform at president-elect Barack Obama’s African Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C. The Maritime Centre for African Dance’s adult troupe has been invited to dance at the historic event on Sunday, Jan. 18. It is the only African-Canadian group selected to perform at the ball to celebrate the election of the first African-American president. “The Maritime Centre for African Dance deserves heartfelt congratulations for being chosen to perform at this great occasion,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “Being the only group of African dancers from Canada selected to perform at the prestigious event speaks to the centre’s dedication to preserving and promoting African culture in Nova Scotia and across the country.” The troupe consists of dancers Vida Ggunney, Dally Baldeh, Ruvimbo Mzududuand and Mufaro Chakabuda. They will be accompanied by drummers Wayn Hamilton, CEO of African Nova Scotian Affairs, and Jeff Chown. “It is more than a privilege to be invited to participate in such an event, performing before world dignitaries. It is extraordinarily humbling,” said Ms. Chakabuda, the centre’s creator. “I have been adopted by my Nova Scotian community and am forever grateful for its support and the chance to showcase African culture at such a historic event. We are all very excited.” The performers will travel with representatives from the Council on African Canadian Education and the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “The African Inaugural Ball is an opportunity for people of African descent to celebrate the election of one of their peers to one of the most powerful offices in the world — an event that many thought would not occur in their lifetime,” said Mr. Hamilton. More information on the Maritime Centre for African Dance is available at www.mcafricancamps.com/about_us.html .
A woman with a career in victim services and crime prevention will take the helm at the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Stephanie MacInnis-Langley, a longtime employee of the Department of Justice, will take over the position on Feb. 15. “Ms. MacInnis-Langley’s background in victim services, crime prevention, and also running a transition house, will benefit initiatives to address violence against women,” said Denise Peterson-Rafuse, minister responsible for the advisory council. “She has a track record in developing government and community partnerships. “That will be important as we work to advance the equality, fairness, and dignity of women at a time when the province faces many competing challenges.” Ms. MacInnis-Langley has worked for government for a decade in progressively senior positions, most recently as director of crime prevention in the public safety and security division, Department of Justice. She has also worked with victims in the court services, victim services, and policing and victim services divisions. Before joining government, Ms. MacInnis-Langley was executive director of the Leeside Transition House in Port Hawkesbury. She is a registered social worker. Ms. Peterson-Rafuse thanked council staff for its support and singled out Maureen O’Connell, who has served as acting executive director since Brigitte Neumann retired in September. Council advises the province and works with federal and municipal governments, community and business organizations, and universities to: increase participation of women in decisions that affect their lives, families, and communities build women’s economic equality reduce violence against women improve the health and well-being of women and their families A panel of deputy ministers recommended Ms. MacInnis-Langley as the winning candidate in the competition.
Nova Scotians will get a chance to cheer on Team Nova Scotia at the Scotian Gold Pep Rally in Halifax on Saturday, Jan. 22. Sponsored by Scotian Gold, the event at Grand Parade Square begins at 2 p.m., featuring a performance by popular precision drummers, SQUID. Team Nova Scotia’s two flag bearers will also be announced. “We are extremely proud of our athletes and artists and are excited to watch them shine on home soil in a few weeks,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “The idea of being the host province during the Games has ignited a passion for Nova Scotia, which I’m sure will be the encouragement that drives our athletes.” Premier Dexter, Minister of Health and Wellness, Maureen MacDonald, Chef de Mission Frank Garner, Team Nova Scotia mission staff, athletes, family members, coaches, and managers will be in attendance at the pep rally. “These young athletes and artists are a great example of what determination, commitment and drive can achieve,” said Mr. Garner. “We welcome all Nova Scotians to join us as we celebrate with them this weekend.” Team Nova Scotia consists of more than 200 athletes and artists competing in 20 sports and various cultural events during the Halifax 2011 Canada Winter Games from Feb. 11-27. Team Nova Scotia is made possible because of its sponsors and partners. A special thanks goes to partners Sport Nova Scotia, Support4Sport and the Department of Health and Wellness, major sponsor Atlantic Lottery Corporation and official sponsors, Karbon, Scotian Gold, The Westin Nova Scotia, CTV, The Chronicle Herald and 101.3 The Bounce. For the latest information on Team Nova Scotia, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamns or on Twitter @teamnovascotia or visit www.teamnovascotia.ca. The Canada Games is the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event. About, 3500 athletes, artists, coaches and managers will gather in Halifax to compete in more than 20 sports.
A Mi’kmaq rights advocate, the first African Nova Scotian Member of the Legislative Assembly, and a cartoonist, are among five Nova Scotians who will be invested into the Order of Nova Scotia during its 10th anniversary. Premier Darrell Dexter made the announcement today, Oct. 11. “For 10 years the Order of Nova Scotia has recognized and celebrated Nova Scotians’ outstanding achievements, and this year’s recipients are no exception,” said Premier Dexter. “The five new recipients bring honour and prestige to the province and have contributed to a stronger, more creative Nova Scotia.” The 2011 Order of Nova Scotia recipients are: — F. Wayne Adams, East Preston: Mr. Adams is well regarded as an entrepreneur, community leader, pioneer, politician and human rights advocate. He began his political career when he was elected to the (former) Halifax County Municipal Council in 1979. He was re-elected five times, serving as deputy warden (mayor) from 1982-1983. He entered provincial politics in 1993 to become the first African Nova Scotian member of the Legislative Assembly and cabinet minister. He introduced national groundbreaking policies in his various ministerial portfolios, including introducing Canada’s first fully integrated Emergency 911 System. A founding member and former executive director of the Black Cultural Centre, Mr. Adams was instrumental in establishing the Preston Development Fund, which evolved into the highly successful provincial Black Business Initiative. He became a member of the Order of Canada in 2003. — Sir (Judson) Graham Day, Hantsport: Sir Graham Day is internationally recognized as a business leader and one of the most influential lawyers in Canada. He has served as an advisor to several of the largest companies in Nova Scotia, and to numerous corporations in Canada and abroad. He taught at Dalhousie University, where he served two terms as chancellor. In 2010, a scholarship fund was raised in his honour to recognize his immense contribution to Nova Scotia business. He dedicated the fund to the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University to support students who want to enter family businesses or gain experience in trade and transportation or government. Sir Graham was knighted in 1989 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He has been inducted into the Nova Scotia and Canadian Business Halls of Fame. — Bruce MacKinnon, Halifax: “Have you seen today’s MacKinnon?” opens daily conversation among many Nova Scotians. Mr. MacKinnon’s insightful editorial cartoons are renowned for their humour, precision and power. He was only 14 when he was hired to draw cartoons for a local weekly. He continued to work for publications throughout high school and university and started a weekly editorial cartoon for The Chronicle Herald in 1985. He has won 15 Atlantic Journalism Awards, two National Newspaper Awards and second place in the 2004 World Press Cartoon Competition. Mr. MacKinnon has brought distinction to Nova Scotia by shining a spotlight on issues that affect the daily lives of its citizens, and by doing so with compassion and humour. — Joseph Benjamin Marshall, Eskasoni: Mr. Marshall has dedicated his life to advocating for the rights of the Mi’kmaq. He is an Aboriginal veteran, an esteemed leader and mentor. Mr. Marshall is the executive director and a founding member of the Union of Nova Scotia Indians, a tribal council created in 1969 to provide a unified voice for the Mi’kmaq people in Nova Scotia. Since 2004, Mr. Marshall has been senior Mi’kmaq advisor to the Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative, guiding the Mi’kmaq and the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs as they proceed through negotiations of Aboriginal and treaty rights with the province and the federal government. Mr. Marshall was recently appointed by the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs to the Department of Natural Resources steering panel, a group created to oversee the development of a new strategy governing the province’s natural resources. — Budge Marjorie MacGregor Wilson, Halifax: A world renowned writer acclaimed for her talent, passion and creative spirit, Mrs. Wilson is a mainstay in Nova Scotia’s cultural community. She has published 33 books with 30 foreign editions in 14 languages. Her Before Green Gables book is widely recognized as a ground-breaking text and her story collection The Leaving was named by the American Library Association as one of The 75 Best Children’s Books of the Last 25 Years. Mrs. Wilson has been invited to give readings, talks and workshops in libraries, schools and universities across Canada. She gives of her time tirelessly and generously to support writers and to promote a love of reading and literature. She received the Order of Canada in 2004. As a cultural ambassador for Nova Scotia, Mrs. Wilson has been recognized by her peers and readers for her lifetime achievement and her contribution to the literary world. The recipients were selected by the Order of Nova Scotia Advisory Council from 76 nominations. The 2011 recipients will be recognized at the 10th investiture ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Province House. The Order of Nova Scotia was established in June 2001 and is the highest honour bestowed by the province. Recipients have the right to use the initials O.N.S. after their names.
The rain held off and thousands of Nova Scotians got the chance to catch a glimpse of Their Royal Highnesses as they toured Halifax and Dartmouth before heading to Pictou to cap off their visit to the province. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall experienced the sights and sounds of Halifax Regional Municipality today, May 19, and met residents, business owners, community groups, artists, young farmers and musicians. “It was our pleasure and honour to host Their Royal Highnesses on the first stop of their tour to Canada,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “It was wonderful to see so many Nova Scotians, young and old, come out for the celebration.” Gov. Gen. David Johnston, Premier McNeil and other dignitaries officially welcomed Their Royal Highnesses at Grand Parade this morning where the Prince of Wales gave his only remarks during his tour to the province. Following the official welcome ceremony, Their Royal Highnesses visited the Halifax and Region Military Family Resource Centre and met with groups that provide support to military families. “We have been fortunate to enjoy the company of members of the Royal Family on many occasions in the past, and at times of great significance for our nation,” said Premier McNeil. The Prince of Wales toured the Public Gardens while The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Northbrook Community Centre in Dartmouth and attended a barbecue. “It was an honour to have the Prince of Wales visit the Public Gardens because of his strong interest in cultivation and gardening,” said Bev MacPhail, chief horticulturalist with HRM. “As a Victorian garden and historic site, we have many connections to the Royal Family, including the recently restored bandstand and Jubilee Fountain that were originally built to commemorate the 50th and 60th anniversaries of Queen Victoria’s reign.” The Royal Couple then made a trip to the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market where they met with some of Nova Scotia’s inspiring artisans and young entrepreneurs and farmers. After meeting Their Royal Highnesses, 14-year-old Hope Blooms member Bocar Wade said he thought the Prince of Wales was a nice guy and the whole thing was a really cool experience. Jessie Jollymore, project lead for Hope Blooms, said the kids were very excited. “They thought that Dragons’ Den was a big thing, but to meet the Royal Family, it doesn’t get any better than that,” said Ms. Jollymore. Their last stop in Halifax was the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 for tea with war brides and Second World War veterans. “The Duchess of Cornwall went to every table and made herself at home,” said war bride Joan Stead, of Halifax, originally from England. “Everyone really appreciated their visit.” The historic Ship Hector made a fitting backdrop for the final stop on the Nova Scotia leg of the tour. The Royal Couple was joined in Pictou by a crowd of hundreds along the water at the Hector Heritage Quay to enjoy music and song as a plaque was unveiled to commemorate the visit. The Royal Couple is now off to Prince Edward Island and will wrap up their tour Wednesday, May 21, in Manitoba. For more information about the Canadian tour, visit http://canadiancrown.gc.ca/ . To see photos of the Royal Tour in Nova Scotia, go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/123667820@N06/ .
Volunteers from around Nova Scotia were honoured at the province’s 42nd Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony today, April 4. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant, Premier Stephen McNeil and Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard celebrated 65 family, youth and community group volunteers nominated for their selfless contributions by their municipalities. Among those honoured were Family Volunteer award recipients Nancy and Bernie Schultz of Dartmouth who co-founded the Last House on the Block Society in 2012. Their non-profit organization reaches out to people recovering from addictions, abuse and homelessness. Their main fundraising project is called Santa Under the Bridge, providing hundreds of Christmas bags containing hand-knit scarves to people in their community. The scarves are made from three different colours of yarn to represent the diverse people they are trying to help. “Just like that little ball of yarn that most people would throw away, people in early recovery from alcoholism, drug addiction and mental illness and the homeless often feel the same – that society has thrown them away,” said Ms. Schultz. “But working together, we can make something beautiful. Our winters are so dark and cold, so if we can give somebody a little bit of hope during this time, we’ve fulfilled our purpose.” “Volunteering is part of what it means to be Canadian and it is why Canada is consistently rated as one of the best places in the world to live,” said Lt.-Gov. Grant. “I believe that Nova Scotians go further and volunteer – often at a personal cost – to ensure that all our citizens feel they are valued, respected and have a chance to live a good life. This is part of what makes Nova Scotia such a wonderful province.” Julia Kuhn, of Halifax, was the recipient of the Youth Volunteer award this year. She has given her time and support to many different organizations, including Feed Nova Scotia, the Interact Club, Gender Sexuality Alliance, Brigadoon summer camps, Rotary Club, and the IWK where she has been a youth volunteer for 11 years. “For me, helping in any way I can, for as many people as I can, is so important,” said Ms. Kuhn. “I want to help people feel better emotionally and to provide comfort for those who need it. You never know the impact a small gesture of kindness can have on someone.” For details about all award winners around the province, visit http://novascotia.ca/NonProfitSector/ .
Following is a provincial fire update for Thursday, Aug. 11, at 4 p.m. -30- the fire at Ten Mile Lake, Queens Co., is now 60 per cent contained there have been no significant changes to the other fires, though crews are making headway there have been no new fire starts today Trunk 8 remains closed due to active water bombing travel and activities within the woods remain restricted. People can still access beaches and provincial parks, but trail systems are restricted and the fire ban remains in effect smoke from the fires has been moving across the province, reaching Halifax there are air quality warnings in place for Hants, Annapolis, Kings, Lunenburg, and Queens counties smoke and humidity are affecting air quality and young children, the elderly, people with allergies, heart or lung conditions are most at risk. Symptoms include irritated eyes, increased mucus production in the nose or throat, coughing, or difficulty breathing, especially during exercise if you are sensitive to air quality or humidity, you may want to stay indoors, or somewhere that is cool. Spend time in an air-conditioned place – such as a library, indoor sports facility, mall or other public place if you have an air conditioner at home, set it to recirculate and keep it running keep your doors and windows closed to avoid letting in polluted air, and avoid strenuous indoor activities as well as outdoor ones if you have health concerns, contact 811 or your health-care provider more information can be found at http://novascotia.ca/nsfire/faq.asp
Government is investing $225,000 towards a building project by L’Arche at Iron Mines, Inverness Co. that will create an accessible setting for Nova Scotians with disabilities to sell produce, artwork and crafts. “This funding will help more Nova Scotians with disabilities to gather, to meet, to perform. Our Culture Action Plan launched this year supports inclusion and creating spaces where creativity can thrive for all Nova Scotians,” said Acadian Affairs and Francophonie Minister Michel Samson on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince and Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard. “This funding will help more Nova Scotians with disabilities build more inclusive lives within the community.” The 3,800 square foot space, known as The Gathering Place, will allow L’Arche to move from an aging wood structure and host functions in a barrier-free area. “Having a spacious, fully accessible hall for meetings, concerts, plays, and extensive training and formation programs will make a huge difference for L’Arche Cape Breton and the wider community,” said community leader Mukthar Limpao. “It helps us open people’s hearts to the gifts of men and women with intellectual disabilities and to continue to foster a culture of growth and learning beyond the L’Arche community.” The centre will welcome other agencies that support people with disabilities and is centrally located so that people will not have to drive long distances to rented facilities for events. L’Arche Cape Breton was founded in 1983. It is a community where men and women with intellectual disabilities can work together in a more humane society. The provincial contribution to this project is in addition to funds raised by the Ark Community Initiatives Society and a federal contribution.
New Delhi: After a wait of two years, Raahgiri Day is back to the national capital, but this time it aims to raise awareness on preventive measures against cancer.Conceived by the Raahgiri Foundation, the Raahgiri Day will be organised on World Cancer Day on Sunday at Connaught Place in collaboration with the World Research Institute India (WRII), the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and the Delhi Police. The event will now be organised on the last Sunday of every month. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarExhorting the people from different walks and ages to participate in the Raahgiri Day, NDMC chairman Naresh Kumar said it would be a dedicated campaign against cancer and will also focus on creating awareness on preventive measures against the disease. “Aiming at creating awareness about road safety, promoting cycling, walking and use of public transport as envisaged in the National Urban Transport policy, the event will also encourage physical activities to promote healthy living and above all it would support the idea of city development,” he added. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe inner circle of the Connaught Place will be closed between 6am to 9am for vehicles to accommodate people to participate in a variety of activities ranging from yoga, cycling and other sports. “And during the last hour of Raahgiri the participants can enjoy street play performances and a 30 minutes live band performance beginning at 8.30 am,” the organisers said. The event was first organised in Connaught Place in 2014 with an aim to promote pedestrians and sustainable mobility options like walking and cycling in the city.
Kolkata: A major fire broke out at a multi-storied building located on Lenin Sarani near Lotus Crossing on Sunday evening. Six fire tenders doused the fire within a few hours. None got injured or trapped in the incident.According to sources, on Sunday at around 5:30 pm locals saw smoke coming out of a building’s roof located at 171, Lenin Sarani. Immediately, Bowbazar police station and the fire brigade were informed. Initially four fire tenders were pressed into action and later two more were called in. A hydraulic ladder was also sent. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaLocal residents informed that there is a guest house at the said building. On Sunday, fire broke out on a temporary structure and spread to the fourth floor. As the building was evacuated before the fire spread, none was hurt. On the roof a temporary structure had been made, but the purpose of the structure is not clear yet. Some locals stated that it was being used as the kitchen for the guest house, whereas others claimed that an undergarment factory used to run there. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersTo control the blaze, firefighters went to the roofs of other adjacent buildings and started spraying water in ‘zig zag’ method. The hydraulic ladder was used to spray water from Lenin Sarani. While firefighters were dousing the fire, the temporary structure on the roof collapsed. Meanwhile, occupants of the other adjacent buildings got panic stricken and went outside. Also due to thick black smoke, some locals felt uneasy and breathless. At around 7 pm, the fire was controlled. Later, Fire minister Sujit Bose went to the spot and interacted with the fire brigade officials. “Our men are working. Fire has been controlled. Anything more can be said only after inquiry,” said Bose. MLA Nayna Bandyopadhyay also went to the spot. It has been alleged that the temporary construction which was made on the roof of the building, is illegal. But it is yet to be confirmed from the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) whether any permission was given to erect such a structure. Sources informed that whether the building owner and the guest house owner had obtained all the necessary permissions from the competent authorities or not will be checked. If any flaw is found, the fire brigade may lodge a complaint against the building owner and the guest house owner.
NEW DELHI: A jawan, posted on guard duty outside the Finance Ministry in the North Block in the high-security VIP zone, committed suicide on Tuesday by shooting himself with the service weapon. “Head constable Jai Narain of Rajasthan Armed Constabulary (RAC) was posted at gate number 2 of North Block. He shot himself with his service carbine in the parking lot outside Finance Ministry at around 12:40 pm,” said Madhur Verma, Public Relation Officer, Delhi Police. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkNarain was taking a break when the incident happened. He died on the spot, police said. “Two shots were fired from his service gun. No suicide note was recovered from the body. The police are conducting an investigation under Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (inquest),” Verma said. According to the preliminary investigation, Narain had just come back from his vacation. He was posted here for over a year. Police are trying to verify if he was depressed over some personal issue and hence the family of the deceased jawan is being asked to clarify if they know something was troubling him.
The third edition of ‘Navrasa Duende Classic Movie Festival’ is a rare and rich ensemble of films by directors from around the world. This year, the festival plans to screen classics including ‘Metropolis’ by Fritz Lang (Germany); ‘My Fair Lady’ by George Cukor (USA); ‘400 Blows’ by François Truffaut (France); ‘Viridiana’ by Luis Buñuel (Spain); and many more. These evergreen classics transcend all geographical, cultural and language barriers and foster a universe of their own. Hosted by Navrasa Duende Movie Club, a not to profit film society registered under Society Registration Act, 1860, the 2-day event will be held from June 29 – 30, 2019, at Sirifort Auditorium, Delhi. It is supported by Federation of Film Societies Of India, Goethe Institute, Institut Francais, Instituto Cervantes, Polish Institut, Japan Foundation, Svenska Filminstituet, Films Sans Frontieres and other institutions.
New Delhi: The Delhi government on Sunday extended by a week the summer vacation in city schools for students till Class 8 in view of hot weather conditions in the national capital. The schools for up to classes 8 will reopen from July 8 while for the higher classes will reopen from Monday as per the earlier schedule. “In view of the hot weather in Delhi, the summer vacation for students up to class 8 are being extended till July 8. For other classes the schools will reopen as per earlier schedule,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said. Sisodia, who is also the Education Minister, clarified that the order will be applicable for both government and private schools. Weather officials have predicted that heat wave may continue in the city.
London: Four years of planning will be put on the line for England when they face holders Australia in a blockbuster Cricket World Cup semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday. England’s woeful first-round exit at the 2015 edition prompted a complete rethink of their approach to one-day internationals for a side that had long placed Test success above all other considerations. Australian coach Trevor Bayliss was drafted in with the aim of guiding their bid for a first World Cup title. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe transformation has been impressive, with England climbing to number one in the ODI rankings under the astute captaincy of Eoin Morgan. Their rise to the summit has been based on dynamic run-scoring, with in-form openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow leading the way. But the stakes for hosts England are higher than simply the winning of a match that would see them into a final against either India or New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday. Satellite subscription host broadcaster Sky has said it will allow the final to be shown on free-to-air television in Britain — but only if England are involved in the showpiece match. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenIt would be the first time since 2005 that a major England men’s home match had emerged from behind a UK television paywall, with cricket having a chance to reconnect with a ‘lost’ audience in its birthplace. Australia, however, have never lost any of their seven previous World Cup semi-finals — although they did tie with South Africa at Edgbaston 20 years ago before advancing into the final on superior net run-rate. They landed a psychological blow in the group stage when they beat Ashes rivals England by 64 runs at Lord’s last month. Australia left-arm quicks Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc shared nine wickets between them in a match where Australia captain Aaron Finch made 100 after surviving a testing opening from England’s fast bowlers. Roy, however, was missing with a torn hamstring and since his return, England have scored crucial wins over India and New Zealand that took them into the semi-finals. – ‘Different animal’ – By contrast Australia, who have not won in any format at Edgbaston since the 2001 Ashes Test, suffered a surprise 10-run defeat by South Africa at Old Trafford in their final group game. England, as well as finding a way to cope with Starc, will have to contain the run-scoring threat of a powerful Australian top order. David Warner has scored 638 runs this tournament following the left-handed opener’s return to international cricket after a 12-month ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. But paceman Liam Plunkett insisted England could rise to the occasion. “We’re a different sort of animal compared to our last teams,” he said. “We’ve played well for the past four years, we’re ranked number one. “We feel on our day we can beat anyone in the world.” The five-time world champions, will pitch late call-up Peter Handscomb straight into Thursday’s match after fellow batsman Usman Khawaja suffered a tournament-ending hamstring injury against South Africa. Australia coach Justin Langer led his squad on a barefoot walkabout around Edgbaston on Monday before they shared stories on the outfield in a so-called “bonding circle”. “Haydos (Matthew Hayden) and I used to do it as a bit of a ritual before every Test match,” former Australia opener Langer explained.
Washington: Portugal star striker Cristiano Ronaldo will not face rape charges, US prosecutors have announced. The Juventus and Portugal forward had been accused by Kathryn Mayorga of sexual assault in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. However, Las Vegas prosecutors said that the claims could not “be proven beyond reasonable doubt”, reports Xinhua news agency. Mayorga claimed to have reached an out of court settlement with the star in 2010, and revealed that she had chosen to speak out against Ronaldo after being inspired by the #MeToo movement. The settlement, which compelled Mayorga to anonymity, involved a payment of $375,000. Vegas police began investigating the allegation in August 2018 at the request of Mayorga, but decided to drop the investigation “upon a review of information at this time.”
New Delhi: Four of the 10 most valued domestic companies together witnessed an erosion of Rs 84,432.8 crore in market capitalisation last week, with HDFC twins taking the biggest hit.RIL and SBI were the other frontline companies that suffered a drop in their market capitalisation (m-cap) for the week ended Friday, while Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), HUL, Infosys, ITC, Kotak Mahindra Bank and ICICI Bank finished with gains. However, the cumulative gain of these firms at Rs 22,058.3 crore was less than the total loss suffered by the four companies. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe m-cap of HDFC Bank plunged Rs 26,900.6 crore to Rs 6,22,401.90 crore, making it the top loser among the top-10 firms. It was followed by HDFC, whose valuation tumbled Rs 23,360.6 crore to Rs 3,74,131.53 crore.Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) lost Rs 22,123.4 crore in m-cap to stand at Rs 7,69,627.33 crore, while SBI’s valuation dropped Rs 12,048.2 crore to Rs 3,05,667.95 crore.In contrast, the market cap of TCS jumped Rs 11,951.35 crore to Rs 7,91,302.89 crore and that of ICICI Bank zoomed Rs 3,484.66 crore to Rs 2,68,125.39 crore. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostITC added Rs 2,487.11 crore to its valuation to reach Rs 3,31,749.04 crore and Kotak Mahindra Bank gained Rs 2,138.61 crore to Rs 2,88,522.40 crore.The valuation of Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) climbed by Rs 1,266.41 crore to Rs 3,74,651.29 crore and that of Infosys rose Rs 730.16 crore to Rs 3,38,148.69 crore.In the ranking of top-10 firms, TCS closed the week with number one ranking, followed by RIL, HDFC Bank, HUL, HDFC, Infosys, ITC, SBI, Kotak Mahindra Bank and ICICI Bank.TCS on Thursday went past Reliance Industries Limited to become the country’s most valued firm by market valuation yet again.During the last week, the Sensex lost 454.22 points or 1.18 per cent to close at 37,882.79 on Friday.
New Delhi: The Home Ministry on Friday said the deployment of paramilitary forces in Jammu and Kashmir was based on the security situation there and requirements of rotation, and that such things are not discussed in the public domain. Sources in the ministry said 100 companies (10,000 personnel) of central forces were ordered for deployment in the state about a week ago and they are in the process of reaching their destinations. This has apparently led to speculation of induction of additional forces, they said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Based on the assessment of the internal security situation, training requirements, the need for paramilitary troops to be rotated for rest and recuperation, induction and de-induction of central forces is a continuous and dynamic process,” a source said. It has never been the practice to discuss in the public domain the details of deployment and movement of paramilitary forces deployed in a particular theatre, they said. The home ministry’s response came after reports on Thursday suggested that 28,000 additional troops are in the process of deployment in Jammu and Kashmir, which is currently under President’s Rule. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Speculation is also rife that the Centre may have plans to do away with Article 35A of the Constitution, which gives exclusive rights to the state’s residents in government jobs and land. These speculation have dominated the discourse in Kashmir over the past few days. Mainstream political parties such as the National Conference and the PDP, have, however, vowed to resist any such move to tinker with the special status to the state. On Thursday, a delegation comprising National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and a party MP met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him not to take any step which may lead to deterioration in the law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir. They also urged Modi to facilitate holding of assembly election in the state by year-end.