The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission will be holding its first restorative board of inquiry Monday, Sept. 17. The commission has significantly restructured its investigation and adjudicative processes over the past year. This includes approaching the resolution of human rights disputes from a restorative justice perspective. “Restorative justice is about helping all parties involved heal and move forward,” said Ross Landry, Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “This new, innovative approach makes the commission a leader in how it resolves human rights-related disputes.” Nova Scotia is the first province to implement a restorative board of inquiry to resolve human rights complaints. “Restorative justice focuses on rebuilding relationships, repairing emotional harms and developing a forward-looking plan that all the parties can take a role in creating and implementing,” said David Shannon, director and CEO, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. This is consistent with the province’s position as a leader in the youth criminal justice system. Nova Scotia was the first jurisdiction in the world to use restorative justice as a formal diversion program and for sentencing. The commission’s first restorative board of inquiry is being held from 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 17, Dartmouth Sportsplex, Valardo Room, 3rd floor. The parties involved are Marcy Gavel and the Province of Nova Scotia. The restorative facilitator is Jennifer Llewellyn from Dalhousie Schulich School of Law. The board chair is Marion Hill. The Human Rights Commission is also planning restorative justice related events for the public and media to attend in the fall.
Grâce au programme Thrive!, la Province investit dans les installations récréatives et élargit le soutien provincial destiné à l’utilisation communautaire des écoles par des groupes de loisirs et de sport et d’autres groupes bénévoles. Les réserves Annapolis Valley/Glooscap, Eskasoni, Millbrook, Membertou et Paqtnkek embaucheront du personnel à temps plein pour élaborer et mettre en œuvre des plans d’activité physique. Dès cet automne, le cours de Mathématiques 10 s’étendra sur toute l’année afin d’offrir plus de temps pour l’apprentissage. Le programme La réussite en lecture aide plus de jeunes élèves néo-écossais à apprendre à lire. Plus de 3 800 enfants ont obtenu de l’aide l’année dernière. Le programme sera maintenant offert aux élèves de 3e année et encore plus d’enfants pourront ainsi en profiter. Les familles de la Nouvelle-Écosse recevront un soutien mieux coordonné et plus accessible durant les premières années de la vie de leurs enfants. La Province a annoncé dans le discours du Trône prononcé aujourd’hui, 26 mars, le renouvellement de ses efforts à l’égard des enfants et de la jeunesse, et plus particulièrement la création du ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. « Nos enfants méritent de commencer leur vie de la meilleure manière possible pour les aider à réaliser leur plein potentiel, de souligner le premier ministre Darrell Dexter. Nous avons demandé aux Néo-Écossais comment améliorer notre approche à l’égard de la petite enfance et nous répondons aux suggestions avec un plan qui permettra aux familles de recevoir plus facilement l’aide et les services dont elles ont besoin. » Le ministère réunira du personnel à plein temps de l’Éducation, des Services communautaires et de la Santé et du Mieux-être qui administre plus de 200 programmes et services tels que les garderies et l’intervention précoce. La nouvelle Direction de la petite enfance améliorera la manière dont la Province soutient les enfants et les familles durant les premières années de la vie. Au cours de la présente session de l’assemblée législative, la ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, Ramona Jennex, présentera des mesures immédiates et des objectifs pluriannuels pour aider les Néo-Écossais à tirer le meilleur parti des années de la petite enfance. Le plan repose sur les conseils et les idées reçus lors de consultations tenues dans la province, de même que sur les recommandations du Conseil consultatif sur la petite enfance. Il fait fond sur le succès remporté par ÉcolePlus, un programme qui offre des services sociaux, des services de santé, du mentorat et des ateliers sur l’art d’être parent à l’intention des élèves et des familles; le programme est maintenant offert dans 98 écoles. Anne McGuire, coprésidente du Conseil consultatif sur la petite enfance, s’est dite heureuse du renouvellement des efforts à l’égard du développement de la petite enfance au sein du nouveau ministère. « L’annonce de ce nouveau ministère est une excellente nouvelle, de dire Mme McGuire, présidente et directrice générale du IWK Health Centre. L’intégration de programmes en un seul ministère permettra de mieux mettre l’accent sur la prestation de soutiens de qualité à l’intention des familles et des enfants durant les premières années de la vie, période qui est si importante. » Le lieutenant-gouverneur J. J. Grant a annoncé aujourd’hui plusieurs autres programmes gouvernementaux qui mettent les enfants au premier plan.
PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 The eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from Exit 21 at Westville to Exit 25 at Stellarton, are reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and repaving until Sunday, Aug. 31. Speed limit in the work zone is 80 km/h. -30-
labs where students work with technology first-hand such as 3D printers and can gain skill and experience in engineering, metal and woodworking, fashion, textiles, electronics, robotics, rapid prototyping and fabrication, computer programming, video-audio engineering and more a project-based learning fund designed to assist teachers by providing resources and support for science, technology, engineering-entrepreneurship, arts and math projects programming, special events and collaboration with industry. Students will be able to foster creativity and entrepreneurial spirit during the 2015-2016 school year. Premier Stephen McNeil and Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey announced today, April 7, that Brilliant Labs will open in all eight school boards across the province in September. “This government is working to improve Nova Scotia’s education system,” said Premier McNeil. “Though we are in times of financial restraint, our students and their education are one of the best investments we can make. They are the future of this province.” Brilliant Labs offers students opportunities including: Brilliant Labs supports the 3 Rs: Renew, Refocus and Rebuild in Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education, by providing students with a hands-on way to explore science, technology, engineering-entrepreneurship, arts and math-related fields. “Brilliant Labs helps teachers incorporate technology, creativity, and entrepreneurship into the classroom,” said Ms. Casey. “Students are encouraged to be creative and explore new ways of using technology, helping prepare them for the type of innovation needed to have success in any field.” Government will invest $400,000 in Brilliant Labs. The Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, Halifax Regional School Board, South Shore Regional School Board, Strait Regional School Board and Tri-County Regional School Board will each have a permanent lab. The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board will have a mobile lab and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial will have a pop-up, portable lab. Brilliant Carts, which are portable mini-labs, will also be available to students in all school boards. Brilliant Labs, a not-for-profit organization, and its partners have been highly successful in New Brunswick where they work with more than 200 schools. “This is about encouraging students to think of new solutions and look at challenges from a different perspective,” said Jeff Willson, executive director of Brilliant Labs. “Through hands-on learning, students get to express their creativity, find innovative new ways to use technology to solve problems and put their ideas into action.” This is an example of the initiatives the oneNS Coalition has said will help create opportunities for youth by equipping them with the entrepreneurial, math, science and technological skills they need in today’s world.
According to new data released today, March 24, Mi’kmaq people between ages 20 and 39 are five times more likely to get diabetes than other Nova Scotians. Their health could improve significantly with support from the province’s diabetes centres. The data also highlights a need to encourage more Mi’kmaq people to take part in regular breast cancer screening, to reduce breast cancer mortality rates. These are examples of the information now available from the new First Nations Client Linkage Registry, a joint project of First Nations chiefs, the province and Health Canada. “This is a significant achievement, and an important step forward in enhancing our capacity to meet the health needs of our community members,” said Chief Andrea Paul, of Pictou Landing First Nation, speaking on behalf of the Nova Scotia chiefs. “Having reliable health data will help us better monitor changes in the health of our communities, inform decisions about limited health care resources, and assist us in negotiating services that our communities need now and into the future.” The registry includes information on hospital admissions, visits to doctors, cancer and diabetes treatment, and mortality rates. No individual data is shared. Only community data, coming from a group with more than five people, can be shared through the registry. “This information is key to preventing chronic disease, improving treatment, and helping people live longer, healthier, lives,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. Since October 2012, Nova Scotia First Nations, the province and Health Canada have been working to create the registry, develop health status reports, find ways to share key findings, and offer training for First Nations health centre staff. “Our government is committed to improving First Nations health outcomes, and I am pleased to support an innovative and collaborative initiative such as this, which will help us deliver health programs and services more efficiently,” said Jane Philpott, federal Minister of Health. “This project will facilitate access to valuable information on the health of First Nations communities, and will contribute to evidence-based decision making regarding health services.” Health Canada’s Health Services Integration Transition Fund provided $487,947 over four years. The province contributed in-kind staff expertise to help extract and analyze the data.
Drivers are reminded to slow down and be patient as crews begin painting lines on Nova Scotia highways. Warm, sunny weather means crews are able to repaint the yellow and white lines on roads. It’s important that drivers coming across a line-painting crew slow down and follow traffic control signing. This will help ensure the safety of the public and crew as they complete this important work. The province uses a string of vehicles, called a train, of a paint truck, trail vehicle, with a crash-absorbing trailer and electronic arrow board, and a second trail vehicle with an electronic message board. Approaching traffic must follow the instructions on the message and arrow boards until they pass the entire group. The province has four paint crews on the roads in dry weather. Their goal is to paint all road lines in the province by mid-October.
The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is alerting investors that Quantum Code, also known as Quantum Code Software, is not registered to trade securities in Nova Scotia. Quantum claims to offer a “100 per cent guaranteed way to make profits everyday” using their unique trading platform for binary options. At least one Nova Scotian was lured by a Facebook advertisement to view an online video explaining Quantum’s platform. Binary options are essentially “bets” on how a particular underlying asset will perform in a limited amount of time. Despite appearing to operate out of Canada or the USA, many binary options trading platforms are based overseas in countries like Cyprus, Belize and the Seychelles, and the companies managing these platforms are often not registered to conduct business in Canada. “These types of promotional videos prey upon people’s biggest financial dreams, offering ‘free’ software and impossible to refuse guarantees” said Heidi Schedler, senior enforcement counsel with the commission. “But investors are required to provide credit card information when signing up, despite the claims that all services offered are free. These promotions are, quite literally, too good to be true, and Nova Scotians should be very cautious when providing any personal or financial information online.” The commission urges Nova Scotians to exercise extreme caution when dealing with firms that are not registered in Nova Scotia. It is illegal to solicit investments in Nova Scotia without registering with the commission and complying with Nova Scotia securities laws. To see if a company or person is registered, you can check the Canadian Securities Administrators’ National Registration Search.http://www.securities-administrators.ca/nrs/nrsearch.aspx?id=850 To report a scam: http://nssc.novascotia.ca/recognize-and-report-scam The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating the investment industry in the province. -30-
Dwayne Cameron, Prospect, Halifax Regional Municipality Bruce Cruickshank, Canning, Kings Co. Nigel Gerroir, Truro Dana Jenkins, Middle Sackville Owen Lynds, Tatamagouche, Colchester Co. John MacIsaac, Sydney Stephen McCulloch, Shubenacadie East, Hants Co. Keith Odlin, Parrsboro, Cumberland Co. Jonathan Pippy, Bridgewater Christopher Renaud, Digby Robin Roswell, Bridgewater Maxwell Taylor, Sydney Paul Carr, Springhill, Cumberland Co. Thirteen Nova Scotia paramedics have been awarded the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Services Medal for their service to Nova Scotians. The paramedics have dedicated their careers to providing high-quality emergency health care during times of need, sometimes at great personal risk. Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc presented the medals during a ceremony at Government House in Halifax today, Nov. 3. “This medal recognizes the professionalism, commitment and dedication of Nova Scotia’s outstanding paramedics,” said Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc. “On behalf of Her Majesty The Queen and all Nova Scotians, it is my honour to recognize the vital contribution of the men and women who are always there to respond in a medical crisis.” Paramedics who received the medal are: “It is an honour to be recognized for my years of service as a paramedic,” said Max Taylor, operations supervisor in Cape Breton. “Having started my career in the fire service in 1990, transitioning to paramedicine in 2000, I would like to dedicate this award to my fire chief, Robert Drake, in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, who recently passed away. “Without the opportunity he provided me, my life may have taken a different turn. I have had the privilege to see the growth of emergency medical services and first response in Nova Scotia and am honoured to lead a professional team of paramedics in the North and Cape Breton regions.” The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal was created by Her Majesty The Queen in 1994. It is part of a national recognition program for people who work in high-risk jobs that enhance Canada’s public safety. Police, firefighters, corrections officers, coast guard members and peace officers are also eligible for exemplary service medals which are part of the Canadian honours system. Paramedics can be nominated by their peers or the public. Recipients must have demonstrated exemplary service in their careers for at least 20 years, including 10 years in an emergency medical services position that involves potential risk. For more information on the awards, visit www.gg.ca/esm.
Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for RKO Steel Limited. Based in Burnside Industrial Park, RKO Steel has been manufacturing steel products, coatings and other high quality steel items for over 30 years, for export across Canada, the United States and other international markets. RKO Steel Limited is proceeding with a $2.9 million capital investment to add specialized stainless and aluminum welding equipment to meet the increased demand for export and help increase efficiency and production levels. The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $725,000 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $2.9 million. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $2 million and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs. Quick facts: the Innovation Rebate Program was developed in consultation with Nova Scotia companies the Innovation Rebate Program provides financial incentives on projects that enable a company to increase innovation capacity through private sector capital investments or adoption of new technologies and business processes the program provides up to a 25 per cent rebate based on eligible project costs, as defined in the Innovation Rebate Program guidelines the total project cost must be between $2 million and $15 million. The maximum amount of eligible project costs to which the rebate will be applied is $15 million. the maximum rebate amount for an eligible project, including related parties, cannot exceed $3,750,000 over a 24-month period the innovation rebate works as a rebate against a company’s direct costs and is only paid out once the project is complete Information on NSBI transactions can be found at http://www.novascotiabusiness.com/fundingdisclosures. -30-
Mumbai: The Anil Ambani-led Reliance Capital on Tuesday said that the Offer for Sale (OFS) of its stake in Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Ltd (RNAM) had received an excellent response from investors. In a statement issued here, Reliance Capital said it had exercised the “Green-Shoe” option and would sell over eight per cent of its shareholding in RNAM through the OFS aggregating approximately Rs 1,100 crore. The company announced OFS of its shareholding in RNAM in order to comply with the mandatory requirement of achieving a Minimum Public Shareholding of 25 per cent by reducing the promoter stake. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents The RNAM entire stake monetisation proceeds of about Rs 6,000 crore and the already announced transaction with Nippon Life Insurance Company of Japan would be utilised to reduce Reliance Capital’s outstanding debt. Based on the above, and other asset monetisation deals presently underway, Reliance Capital expects to reduce its debt by at least Rs 12,000 crore, or 70 per cent, in the current financial year.
Kolkata: The city witnessed another green corridor on Tuesday night when the heart retrieved from a 16-year-old boy, who was declared brain dead at a hospital in Mumbai, was taken to the Fortis Hospital in the city to be transplanted on a 47-year old woman.The heart was harvested from the youth at 6:40 pm at Global Hospital, Mumbai, after he met with an accident and was declared brain dead by the doctors at the hospital. A team of doctors headed by cardiovascular surgeons — KM Mandana and Tapas Roychowdhury —performed the surgery and gave a fresh lease of life to Anusha Adhikary (47) at the Fortis Hospital. At present, Adhikary has been kept under ventilation. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAccording to the hospital doctors, the heart transplant was successful but they were yet to see how the patient responds in the post-operative scenario. This is the fourth heart transplant carried out by the Fortis Hospital so far. The heart of the 16-year-old boy was brought from Mumbai. Hospital sources said the heart started beating again in the body of the recipient. She is stable and has regained consciousness. The city police facilitated a green corridor between the Calcutta Airport and the private hospital in Mukundapur covering a distance of 18 km. It took about 16 minutes and 23 seconds to take the organ to the hospital from the airport. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThere had been a spur in organ transplantations in Bengal in the past two years due to awareness campaigns carried out by the state government. The state health department has been conducting camps at both the government-run and private hospitals and the efforts have started yielding results. According to a senior official of the state Health department, 14 organ transplant surgeries have been conducted in the state. Calcutta Medical College and Hospital conducted two heart transplants at free of cost a few months back. The whole process is done through a register maintained by the Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO) having names of potential receivers who urgently require organs. A number of important organ transplantations have already been conducted at various government-run medical colleges, including the SSKM Hospital and Calcutta Medical College and Hospital.
Three in four adult consumers in India constantly use more than one device simultaneously and spend almost 90 per cent of their workday interacting with devices, said a study on May 31. Interestingly, switching screens is common in India with 50 per cent of consumers starting an activity on mobile and then switching to a computer, said the study titled “2019 Mobile Marketing Research – India Market”. Switching is most common among male millennials, the research showed. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveWhen faced with the proposition of having their smartphone taken away for two weeks, 39 per cent said it would be a major hassle. This reaction was more pronounced among millennial consumers, said the study which showed that Indian consumers have developed an increased affinity for smartphones when it comes to all online activities as compared with computers. Video calling (88 per cent), checking social media (85 per cent) and texting (89 per cent) are among the key activities which Indian consumers prefer to use their mobile devices for as compared to computers. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painSmartphones have also emerged as the most preferred medium for all shopping activities with 89 per cent of consumers currently being able to do all the retail activities they want on mobile, showed the findings based on a survey of 1,000 adult consumers in India. A vast majority of consumers (83 per cent) have a strong preference for using mobile apps over mobile browsers while interacting with a company. The study revealed that more than half of adults surveyed regularly use voice commands. “The rapid proliferation of advanced technologies and their increased usage on mobile devices, points to potential new areas for marketers to engage with consumers,” said researchers. “Considering the fast consumer adoption of voice tech, we expect to start seeing more brands experimenting with immersive ways of customer engagement over the next few years,” researchers further added.
Washington: A 23-year-old Indian national was sentenced to over seven years in federal prison by a US court for his role in an Indian call centre scam involving conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Sharvil Patel, who pleaded guilty to the crime in February this year, was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison on Thursday, becoming the third Indian to be sentenced for his involvement in the call centre scam. In March, Nishit kumar Patel was sentenced to 8 years and 9 months in prison for his involvement in the scam. Hemalkumar Shah was sentenced to 8 years and 6 months in jail in April. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Two others, Brenda Dozier and Alejandro Juarez were sentenced to 21 months and 15 months in prison respectively. According to court documents, from 2014 through at least 2016, Patel conspired with US-based co-conspirators and India-based call centres to extort money from US residents by impersonating IRS officers and misleading victims to believe that they owed money to the IRS and would be arrested and fined if they did not pay their alleged back taxes immediately. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe conspirators collected the fraud proceeds by withdrawing cash from prepaid cards purchased and funded by victims; hiring other conspirators (runners) to retrieve money wired by the victims to those runners; and hiring runners to open bank accounts into which victims deposited fraud proceeds. Patel collected the proceeds by providing the runners with the victims’ names, locations, and amounts paid. The runners were directed to retrieve the fraud proceeds in cash and turn the funds over to the defendants, often less a payment to the runner for opening the account or conducting the transaction, the Department of Justice said.
London: A no-deal Brexit could lead to a united Ireland as more people in Northern Ireland would “come to question the union” with Britain, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said. His comments came after new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the current Brexit deal was unacceptable and set preparations for leaving the EU without an agreement as a “top priority” for his right-wing government. Tension around the withdrawal deal centres on the so-called Irish backstop — a mechanism designed to preserve the bloc’s single market and prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland. Varadkar warned a no-deal Brexit could see more people in the North question the union with England, Scotland and Wales. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”People who you might describe as moderate nationalists or moderate Catholics who were more or less happy with the status quo will look more towards a united Ireland,” Varadkar said Friday at a summer school in county Donegal, the Irish Independent newspaper and other media reported. “And increasingly you see liberal Protestants, liberal unionists starting to ask the questions as to where they feel more at home. “Is it in a nationalist Britain that’s talking about potentially bringing back the death penalty and things like that? Or is it part of a common European home and part of Ireland?” said Vardakar, whose heavily trade-dependent nation stands to lose most from a messy EU-UK split. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsVardakar said there could be no Brexit deal without the Irish backstop, which Johnson is committed to abolishing. Johnson has staked his reputation on bringing Britain out of the EU by the current deadline of October 31, meaning that if new negotiations are refused the UK would crash out without a deal in place. “I think one of the things ironically that could really undermine the union is a hard Brexit, both for Northern Ireland and for Scotland. That’s a problem they’re going to have to face,” Varadkar said, according to the Independent. Separately, Ireland’s foreign minister said on Friday that Johnson had deliberately set Britain on a “collision course” with the EU over Brexit negotiations. “He seems to have made a deliberate decision to set Britain on a collision course with the European Union and with Ireland in relation to the Brexit negotiations,” Simon Coveney was quoted by Irish state broadcaster RTE as saying. European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker told Johnson on Thursday that EU officials have no mandate to renegotiate the Brexit withdrawal agreement, and chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said eliminating the Irish backstop was “unacceptable”.
New Delhi: Six-time world champion Mary Kom (51kg) and 2018 World Championships bronze winner Simranjit Kaur (60kg) grabbed a gold each as Indian boxers finished their campaign at the 23rd President’s Cup in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia with nine medals on Sunday. The rich haul comprised seven gold and two silver. While the women had a flawless record in the finals, winning all the four gold medals on offer, the men had mixed fortunes and had to settle for two silver along with three gold. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe superb all-round performance helped the contingent win the ‘Best Team’ award. Two months after winning the gold at the India Open, Mary Kom arrived at this prestigious tournament with the aim of testing herself against the world’s best ahead of the World Championships in October. In her first bout on Saturday Mary Kom had to dig deep to stave off the resistance of Vietnam’s Anh vo Thi Kim 3-2, but she was simply magnificent in the final as she powered to a 5-0 win over Australia’s April Franks. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”Gold medal for me and for my country at #PresidentCup Indonesia. Winning means you’re willing to go longer,work harder & give more effort than anyone else. I sincerely thanks to all my Coaches and support staffs of @BFI_official @KirenRijiju @Media_SAI,” Mary Kom tweeted. Mary Kom, who claimed her sixth world title last year in Delhi, will be looking to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the World Championships in Yekaterinburg, Russia. India’s gold rush continued with Simranjit Kaur being equally impressive in her final against Indonesia’s Asian Games bronze medallist Hasanah Huswatun. The Asian Boxing Championships silver medallist dominated her opponent 5-0. In 54kg, Assam’s young and bright talent Jamuna Boro did not put a foot wrong in a 5-0 demolition of Italy’s veteran boxer Giulia Lamagna to add to the gold she won at the India Open in May. In 48kg, youngster Monika ended the challenge of Endang of Indonesia by a similar scoreline to round off what was a memorable campaign for Indian women pugilists. Among the men, 2017 Ulaanbaatar Cup gold medallist Ankush Dahiya (64kg), 2017 Simon Prestige Memorial tournament bronze medallist Neeraj Swami (49kg) and Ananta Pralhad Chopade (52kg) were crowned the champions in their respective weight categories. Chopade did not show any nerves in a strong 5-0 win over Afghanistan’s Rahmani Ramish for his first significant international medal. Dahiya too absolutely outpunched his opponent, Macau’s Leung Kin Fong 5-0 to lay his hands on the glittering gold. Neeraj had it tougher and dropped a point for a 4-1 gritty win over Filipino pugilist Macado Jr. Ramel. However, it was a heartbreak for former World Championships bronze medallist Gaurav Bidhuri who gave his all but was edged 2-3 by Indonesian Mandagie Jill in the 56kg bantamweight bout. 2018 India Open silver medallist Dinesh Dagar found Indonesia’s Samada Saputra too strong and was dealt a 0-5 blow on his way to the silver medal.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be joined by his cabinet colleagues Amit Shah, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Smriti Irani- all three first time Lok Sabha members- in the front row of the lower house, with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav retaining their front seats meant for opposition leaders.While Home Minister Shah and Law Minister Prasad had front row seats in Rajya Sabha before the general elections, it is for the first time Irani will have a front row seat in Parliament. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Women and Child Development minister, who was in Rajya Sabha before she defeated Congress leader Rahul Gandhi from Amethi, did not have front seat in the upper house. Rahul Gandhi retains his seat in the second row in lower house in the seat allocation by Speaker Om Birla on Wednesday. Union ministers –Nitin Gadkari, Sadanand Gowda, Narendra Singh Tomar, Arjun Munda and Arvind Sawant– have also got seats in the first row. From the opposition parties, Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and DMK leader T R Baalu were also allocated seats in the front row. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAmong the bigger parties, leaders of JD(U), Trinamool Congress and YSR CP have also got front seats. The prime minister has a reserved corner seat to the right of the Speaker. Rajnath Singh, considered the senior most minister in the cabinet, will retain his seat adjacent to Modi. Senior BJP leaders like LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Sushma Swaraj had front row seats in the previous Lok Sabha but they will be missing this time as none of them contested the elections. Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda will also be missing from the front row as he lost his Lok Sabha seat in the elections. One seat in the front row has been kept vacant for the deputy speaker, who is yet to be elected.
NEW DELHI: A new Congress president will be chosen when the party’s top decision-making body meets Saturday, sources said on Friday after a meeting at Sonia Gandhi’s home. Mukul Wasnik has emerged as the front runner for the post left vacant after Rahul Gandhi quit in May, owning responsibility for the party’s national election debacle. A non-Gandhi may be at the helm of the party for the first time in two decades as the Congress Working Committee meets Saturday. Wasnik, a former minister with much administrative acumen, is expected to take charge at least till the organizational elections. In its 134-year history, India’s oldest political party has mostly had a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family in charge. But at a time all three Gandhis are in politics, Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have refused to be a part of the process. The Congress Working Committee will formally thank Rahul Gandhi for his role as president, the sources said.
Mumbai: With the deepening crisis in auto sector, which has seen the worst volume plunge in two decades in July, independent HR industry feels the maximum impact will be on temporary workers followed by service roles in sales & marketing along with R&D as OEMs are forced to cut production. While media reports say the sector has already culled 3.5 lakh jobs since April, the national OEM body Siam Tuesday said at their level itself more than 15,000 jobs were laid off this fiscal, and thousands lost their livelihood at the dealerships side where hundreds of them have been shuttered. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe Automotive Component Manufacturers Association had last month warned that of 1 million potential job losses and called upon the government to do something urgent to arrest the deepening slowdown. The sector employs over 35 million, directly and indirectly and accounts for nearly half of the country’s manufacturing output. The auto sector has been on a downhill since the past 18 months or so after the government flip-flop on ICE engines and the push for electric mobility without any policy or financial support. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSlowdown in the auto sector is a global phenomenon and India is no exception and companies are leveraging the flexibility available at their hands like cutting down/shuttering plants temporarily to minimise their cost, CIEL HR Services chief executive Aditya Narayan Mishra said. A sustained slowdown will push companies to optimise cost further by laying off high cost resources who are not critical for the day-to-day operations, he opines. “The major impact will be on the manufacturing side, especially on the temporary workforce as companies cut down production. The other segment that will hit the most will be in the mid- to senior level jobs involved in the strategic positions like R&D or product development,” he says. Laying off permanent employees is one of the last resorts companies adopt to adjust their cost, however, there will be cascading effect on bonus, increment among others if the slowdown deepens further, he adds. According to Munira Loliwala, a business head at TeamLease Services, service roles in sales & marketing are facing the heat at the moment as they are less tolerant. “We expect the slowdown to be arrested in the next few months. However, some roles which may see a drop are sales and R&D roles. Some other segments which are likely to see the impact are dealers, distributors and channel partners. Falling sales is affecting the components industry,” she added. Michael Page India regional director Mohit Bharti blames the disruptions taking place in the sector, leaving customers uncertain. “If this trend continues for a couple of more quarters, we anticipate layoffs to start in the auto components and ancillary organizations as well. There are a lot of disruptions happening in the market right now hence at least for FY20, the situation does not look very positive, of course unless government steps in,” he says. A cut in GST, reducing registration fee for old and new vehicles among others will help the sector, he says and adding some uncertainties are likely to go away in 2020 and demand is expected to pick up from there.
Kolkata: Two bike riders died after they collided with the guard wall of Maa flyover on Wednesday night. The pillion rider fell down on the Park Circus Connector due to the momentum.Though police found helmets on the spot but the officers are not sure if they were wearing them at all. Police are checking CCTV footages to find how the accident took place. According to sources, on Wednesday night, around 8:10 pm, two persons identified as Uttam Ghosal (46) of Behala and Joydeb Hazra (33) of Paikpara were moving towards Police Training School (PTS) on a bike on Maa flyover at a high speed. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaNear the new flank connecting Maa flyover to AJC Bose Road flyover, Ghosal lost control over the bike and rammed into the guard wall of the flyover. Hazra was knocked out from the pillion seat due to the impact and fell on the Park Circus Connector, which is almost 35 feet from the flyover. Ghosal fell on the flyover and the bike stopped after it skidded off a few metres. Hazra was rushed to SSKM Hospital where he was declared brought dead. Ghosal was admitted at the Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital (CNMCH) where he succumbed to his injuries. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDriver of a car, who had witnessed the accident, reportedly stated that Ghosal was driving at a high speed and lost control at the sharp turn on the flyover. According to sources, this is the third such accident on the new link road. But, earlier no one fell down from Maa flyover. However, police sources claimed, driving at high speed is the only cause of accidents on Maa flyover. Despite more than one speed camera have been installed on Maa flyover, trend of over speeding by the bikers is not showing any relent.
Mumbai: Financially crippled power companies cannot be revived or resolved under the provisions of the existing bankruptcy laws, but asset reconstruction companies can better deal with them, a senior government official said Friday. Crucial agreements on the power purchase and fuel supply come apart if an asset goes for bankruptcy by sending it to NCLT as required under the law now, leaving only the plant and machinery, Union power secretary SC Garg said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe power sector is one of the worst performing from an asset quality perspective for banks and Garg pegged the overall stressed portfolio at around Rs 4 trillion or over 65,000 mw of generation capacity. “Not every kind of industry or every kind of asset can be best reconstructed through the IBC,” Garg told an event on ARCs organised by industry lobby Assocham. If a power sector asset goes to NCLT, “practically nothing will survive, except the plant”, he said, adding PPAs and FSAs will come off. Any new buyer will lose interest asset because of this, he said, recommending the ARC route to resolving the stress in the sector. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHe said the dozen-odd ARCs, which have been around for over a decade now, can collaborate with an industry expert, to help in resolution. However, absence of strong homegrown power companies which can team up with financial investors to resolve an asset, is delaying the resolution process. Meanwhile, Garg also pitched for an amendment in the powers of ARCs, underlining that they need to be empowered to act like an asset manager, much beyond the current limited role of being a debt manager. “The ARC model is perhaps not fully developed as they reach the asset via the debt route and not equity,” he said. Garg, who was recently shunted out from the finance ministry and is seeking VRS, said the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill will have to be bought back to deal with stressed cases in the financial sector. “As the economy grows, financial entities are becoming equally significant. They will also face insolvency. We see some problems in the NBFC space today, they need to be resolved,” he said. Garg also warned that the impact of financial entities going down “is much larger systemically than of a single entity in one of the real sector”. It can be noted that the financial sector companies are not included under the provisions of the IBC at present. Garg, meanwhile, refused to answer questions on the slowdown and fiscal stimulus. He said the power ministry is creating a new framework on the lines of the Uday scheme to ensure that discoms pay for the power that they are using. Under this, “discoms will buy power and would pay for that on time. We are also talking about creating a new scheme where the reforms can be brought in backed by incentives and investment support from government,” he said, refusing to share a timeline for the introduction of the new scheme. Even after Uday scheme, some entities have started delaying payments and over Rs 40,000 crore of bills are unpaid now, he said.