Tripura chit fund director held

first_imgThe Tripura Police has arrested a top functionary of a chit fund company who was on the run after a case was registered against him 2013. In another development, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the State CID which is probing the Rose Valley chit fund scam is preparing to bring its owner Gautam Kundu from Kolkata this month for interrogation.The SIT had earlier failed to get Kundu’s custody after his lawyers stalled two sanctions of transit remand citing his ailment. Rose Valley held at least 80 per cent of deposits in non banking financial companies in Tripura, cheating thousands of people.Police arrested Tanoy Das, local director of Rubistar, a chit fund company, in connection with a case registered with east Agartala police station in 2013. He went into hiding after filling of the case.Rose Valley casesKundu is wanted in the State in reference to another case lodged in west Agartala police station in the same year. Besides Tripura, he is facing forgery and criminal conspiracy charges in West Bengal, Assam and Odisha where the CBI is conducting probe.‘BJP-CPI(M) nexus’Absence of CBI in ponzi scam investigations in Tripura is a big political issue with opposition Trinamool Congress alleging a ‘CPI(M)- BJP’ nexus to keep the central agency at bay. “CBI is completely silent in Tripura where chit fund companies collected hundreds of crores by cheating people with high interest rate and return”, TMC leader Sudip Roy Barman said.“Undoubtedly there is a connection between CPI(M) and BJP…they have nexus”, Mr Barman told The Hindu on Saturday. His party had earlier held street protests over the issue.SIT was constituted by the State government to enquire into financial scams committed by over one hundred chit fund companies. It has taken up probe into complaints registered with police under IPC Sections 420, 406, 34 and Section 3 of Tripura Protection of Interest of Depositors Act 2000.SEBI noticesSecurities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) earlier issued notices against two ponzi fund companies – Charka Infrastructure Limited and the Suncity Infracon Corporation Limited which raised fund in Tripura. Entities in the notices are named as Bijoy Das and Apu Saha and were summoned to its office in Kolkata, but they failed to turn up.last_img read more

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first_imgA dream project by the late Dr. Tonse Madhava Anantha Pai, Manipal University has transformed a barren Karnataka hilltop into an education hub. After completing his medical education from Madras University, he was all set to go to Hong Kong when his mother asked him to stay back and serve,A dream project by the late Dr. Tonse Madhava Anantha Pai, Manipal University has transformed a barren Karnataka hilltop into an education hub. After completing his medical education from Madras University, he was all set to go to Hong Kong when his mother asked him to stay back and serve the people of the region. Pai’s aim was to develop the rural areas of the district and rid the region of ill-literacy, illhealth and poverty. This led him to start schools in the remote areas of the district, followed by opening of Syndicate Bank and setting up of a private self-financed institution in Manipal by starting the Kasturba Medical College in 1953.H. S. BallalSo, on the hillock came up a medical college, and brick by brick other institutions came into being. H. S. Ballal, pro-chancellor, Manipal University explains, “As the institutions came up, the transformation of the barren hilltop began to take place. The open underdeveloped area paved way for commercial establishments to cater to the needs of the students. And as the number of students increased with the addition of more institutes, Manipal underwent a total change. All the institutions were under one umbrellaof ManipalAcademy of Higher Education. In 1993 we got the deemed University status. Only five colleges were present at that time. Today, the University has 22 institutions.” With the increase in the size of the university- institutions, students and staff-there has been a corresponding increase in the number of shops, eating houses and other commercial establishments. A number of residential complexes came up all over Manipal as the hill-top is also being considered as lucrative business by builders.The university has been able to cater to not just academic needs but also managed to attract a large number of students for its recreational facilities. “For the sports minded in particular the opportunities are limitless. The new indoor sports complex caters to a number of games and has a gymnasium, which has no parallel at least in this country. There are grounds for cricket, football and hockey, courts for basketball, volleyball and tennis and swimming pool to name a few,” says Ballal. It also offers students respite with tourist spots close to the campus. Mangalore which is only an hour away from Manipal, is very well connected. This coastal Tier-II city is beautiful and has scope for a variety of recreational activities. “Manipal has the Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other and the tourism department has developed good getaways to let your hair down,” reiterates Ballal.Rajneesh SoniThe university has always managed to churn out some of the most interesting and unique courses including the three-year degree course in jewellery management and the medical education programme, which is a tie-up with the Malaysian government. Malaysian students are admitted to the Melaka Manipal Medical College and, initially complete two and half years of pre-clinical studies at the Manipal Campus and then move on to the Melaka campus to complete their MBBS. Sagun SawhneyThe degree is conferred by Manipal University. In another programme, the International Centre for Applied Sciences has a programme with universities in the US, UK and Canada. The students get their degrees from whichever foreign university they study at.With Pai’s dream project expanding offshore, it will soon be an Indian force to reckon with. “Diversity is the key to engaging academics”After a 40-year association with Manipal University, H. S. Ballal feels there is a lot that the university offers. He discusses its inception and changes it has brought about.Q.What was the idea and vision behind setting up Manipal University?A. Dr Pai’s aim was to develop the rural areas of the district and rid the region of ill-literacy, ill-health and poverty. This led him to start schools in the remote areas of the district, He set up a private selffinanced institution in Manipal by starting the Kasturba Medical College in 1953.Q. Has the area around the campus witnessed any cultural changes since its establishment?A. Students from different backgrounds pool in their culture to create an amazing kaleidoscopic culture. Yes, Manipal has a lot of restaurants and hotels to cater to the students of different nationality and culture. Overall, this diversity has helped the ambience around change.Q. What makes this university stand out from the rest?A. Manipal University is synonymous with education of the best kind. Students choose it for higher education with this single thought in mind and are proud of the degree. Our diverse courses and international exposure add many feathers to the cap making it one of the most trusted.Another brick in the wallTechno drive: Research is given a lot of prominence and the Health Science Library is designed in a way that it considered to be the best in Asia and so are the Anatomy and Pathology Museums.Numero uno: The three-year degree course in jewellery management and the medical education programme which is a tie-up with the Malaysian government is one of a kind programme.Local rules: Students choose Manipal University for quality higher education but the recreational activities and the tourist getaways add colour and provide respite to them.23,000 students study at the Indian, Dubai and Malaysian campus.The university has 2,500faculty members teaching various disciplines.283 courses are taught in the ten departments of the university.There are 8 foreign associations including three international campuses.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Full-on love affair: 6 quotes from what Apple CEO has said about India so far

first_imgApple CEO Tim Cook seems to be enjoying his maiden trip to India. Hours after his flight landed, he was seen sporting the tilak and the holy scarf around his neck at the famous Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai. And later he had a fun evening at a party hosted by none other than the King Khan of Bollywood.Cook is relishing everything that India offers. Spirituality, Bollywood, cricket, talented techies… you name it. Last night he watched an IPL cricket match between Gujarat Lions and Kolkata Knight Riders. While one more day remains in his trip, already he has expressed his full-on love for the country. Here is what he is saying about India, including in the comments made in an interview to NDTV.  1- The main thing I have learnt about India is the warmth of people. It is unparalleled unlike any country I have ever been to, including my own.2- I travelled to India this week to learn about the culture, learn about the people and learn how business is done. I have learnt a lot about all those, I still have a lot to learn. But most of all, I will leave India inspired. I am deeply inspired by the vibrancy of the people that I have met, the energy enthusiasm and incredible talent.Also Read: Apple is in India fro next thousand years: Tim Cook 3- The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations.advertisement4- We are honoured to be here. We hope to be a key partner of the community here and hope for lifelong friendship together.5- India is much more strategic. We are thinking about a really long innings in the country. We are here for next thousand years. We are not making the most but the best. We will never make a product that we are not proud of.6- I found cricket unbelievably exciting , you can feel so much energy there, so much enthusiasm, I loved it, I’m totally hooked on it. Also Read: Tim Cook’s planned meeting with Modi puts focus on gays in Indialast_img read more

Bishada villagers for legal battle over protests

first_imgGreater Noida, Jun 8 (PTI) A day after police began a probe into the complaint against the Dadri lynch victims family for alleged cow slaughter and beef consumption, the groundswell opinion among Bishada villagers favoured a legal battle over street protests.Residents also contacted other villages in a bid to garner support for a mahapanchyat if an FIR was not lodged against the family of Mohammad Akhlaq, who was lynched nine months ago following rumours that his family stored and ate beef at their house.”Other villages have been contacted and they have extended support to us. We will ensure that an FIR is lodged against Akhlaqs family. If in 20 days no FIR is lodged a maha panchyat will be held and the matter will be taken to streets,” said Sanjay Rana, father of one of the accused Vishal Rana.The members of the Muslim community living in Bishada village said there was no communal tension and their Hindu neighbours are protecting them.”However, we should put up our case before the court to prove innocence of those accused,” one of the villagers, Dharam Singh, said.Many of the other villagers echoed his views.”If court issues directions for lodging of FIR then police and state government will have no choice but to comply,” said Nirmal Singh.However, some called for a more aggressive stance.”State government was acting one-sided and supporting the accused. Unless we take offensive course FIR will not be lodged against Akhlaqs family,” said Surat Singh and others.advertisementSenior Prosecution Officer Daya Shankar Ram Tripathi said “Today, the application under section 156(3) for request to lodge FIR could not be moved due to some condolence meeting for which advocates were off work.”Authorities, meanwhile, described the situation in the village today as normal.”Situation in Bishada was normal and villagers are cooperating with the administration to prevent violence by anti-social elements,” SDM Dadri R K Singh said. PTI CORR BSA PAL BSAlast_img read more

Sindhu gets rousing welcome, Telangana govt felicitates her

first_imgHyderabad, Aug 22 (PTI) Amidst scenes of jubilation and a sense of pride, Olympics silver medallist P V Sindhu was today accorded a rousing welcome on her arrival to home town and felicitated by Telangana government for her stupendous performance at Rio Games. The 21-year-old, who landed with her coach Pullela Gopichand, was received at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport by her parents P V Ramana and P Vijaya, some Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Ministers, amidst cheers from crowds. A beaming Sindhu, displaying her silver medal and waving to the crowds, was then taken in a open-top-motorcade along with Gopichand to Gachibowli Stadium, where the government felicitated her along with her coach in the presence of a capacity crowd. Sports-lovers and fans, particularly school children, some with national flags in their hands waved to Sindhu at several road junctions along the route to the stadium where excitement was in the air. School children held banners hailing the badminton star, who caught the imagination of the country with her superb run at Rio. They raised slogans such as P V Sindhu Pride of India, and many of them also showered flower petals on the motorcade. A celebratory mood prevailed at the stadium, where an enthusiastic crowd, mostly school and college students, welcomed her amid beating of drums by traditional Dappu dance artistes. “I never expected such a huge turn-out; it made my day,” said a smiling Sindhu, overwhelmed by the huge reception. “Thanks for the support and blessings. I thank my Guru (P Gopichand)…my parents, who supported and motivated me. I would like to thank everyone,” she said at the felicitation event, attended by her parents, Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali and IT Minister K T Rama Rao, among others. (MORE) PTI VVK RS GK ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

UC-Riverside Coach Margaritis Quits After Abuse Allegations

first_imgUniversity of California-Riverside women’s basketball coach John Margaritis, accused by current and former players of verbal and emotional abuse over his 15 seasons, has quit as head coach without commenting on the charges, including from a Greek player,  Jessica Ogunnorin.She said he abused her in Greek in front of other players, said the Press-Enterprise in a report. He had been suspended earlier after a previous investigation into his conduct toward players who said he berated them constantly threatened to take away players’ scholarships, insulted them, berated assistant coaches and trainers and was hostile toward lesbian players.Ogunnorin, who was recruited from the American Community School in Athens, played in 2010 and said, “The whole benefit of going there was him speaking Greek,” Ogunnorin said. “It turned out to be the worst thing ever.”“He starts talking to her in Greek, and who knows what he’s saying then?” teammate Natasha Hadley said previously. “She tells us, ‘Basically, he just told me I’m not worth anything and I should go back to Greece.’” Ogunnorin said he was vicious. “He really likes to dig in and get personal,” she told the paper.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

New Music Monday: The Deslondes

first_imgJune 9th sees the release of The Deslondes’ self-titled debut on New West. The record may the debut from The Deslondes, but these five are old hands in the New Orleans music scene. Guitarist/singer Sam Doores has toured with Alabama Shakes, and both he and (upright) bassist/singer Dan Cutler were in another popular New Orleans band, Hurray For the Riff Raff.Before digging into the album’s music, it’s worth noting that what makes The Deslondes unique is the deeply collaborative nature of the project. Four of The Deslondes’ five members sing on the album, and all five write songs for the band.This is not a new focus. Before The Deslondes became The Deslondes, they performed as The Tumbleweeds. When the group learned they shared a name with a Dutch band from the ’70s, they needed to change their name. After some deliberation, the boys ended up with Sam Doores + Riley Downing & The Tumbleweeds and even released a record, Holy Cross Blues, under the name. The band changed its name again—this time to The Deslondes—when percussionist/vocalist Cameron Snyder joined. The name was chosen for a street in New Orleans that many of the members lived on. Though the first name change was a legal necessity, the band’s choice of name on both occasions speaks to that collaborative nature.As if to embody the collective ideal they put forward, the video for “The Real Deal,” one of The Deslondes’ standout tracks features Sam Doores and Riley Downing sharing a microphone as they sing. The song is more rocking than many of the other tracks on the record, but maintains a the country vibe. The Deslondes play a brand of country that, as NPR’s Jewly Hight put it, “never parted ways with [Woody] Guthrie’s populist strains of folk.” The band’s connection to those roots come through in their cover of Joe Tex’s “Yum Yum,” a non-album track they have performed live and which was featured by The Bluegrass Situation.Though the band’s self-titled record is technically their debut, The Deslondes have created an album with a fully-formed sound, thanks in no small part to their experience in New Orleans. They are deeply indebted to American roots music, but play a refreshing, unique brand of it. For anyone looking for a break from synthesizers, The Deslondes may just be your summer jam.The Deslondes’ self-titled debut is available for preorder through Amazon and iTunes. 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Editors’ Recommendations Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About last_img read more

What it Takes for an American Distillery to Make Nocino, a Traditional Italian Walnut Liqueur

first_img 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer With Italian pop music blaring through the speakers, Francesco Amodeo cuts his way through more than 300,000 walnuts over the course of two days.As the president and master distiller at Washington, D.C.’s Don Ciccio & Figil, Amodeo hand-cuts each of the California green walnuts for the nocino. The two days of hand-cutting is intensive, and the entire process of making this traditional Italian liqueur takes nearly a year from harvest to sale.Born and raised in Italy, Amodeo uses a family recipe that dates back to 1933. The walnuts are harvested in June and must be cut before June 24; they are then left to macerate for at least six months. By the time the spirit is ready for sale, it’s April or May, and the process starts all over again.“When they’re green, they’re so soft you just cut them with a knife, but after the 24th, they get hard and it’s like the snack you buy at the store,” Amodeo elaborates. “We do that in May and June and by Labor Day we add cinnamon and clove to the liquid. After the 6th of January, we start the distillation.”Not many distilleries in the U.S. have ventured into the nocino territory. Only Ohio’s Watershed Distillery, Michigan’s Long Road Distillers, Indiana’s Cardinal Spirits, Washington’s Skip Rock Distillery, and a few others make American nocinos.Amodeo opened his distillery in 2011 and released his first round of product in October 2012, which makes Don Ciccio & Figil one of the first distilleries in the D.C. area since Prohibition. He likes to distance himself from other distilleries by focusing only on traditional Italian spirits — several fruit liqueurs, multiple amari and aperitivi, and Concerto, a barley and espresso spirit with 15 botanicals — not a collection of vodka, gin and whiskies. The tagline for Don Ciccio & Figil: “Discover the Amalfi Coast in Washington, D.C.”Amodeo says there are several ways to enjoy nocino. Whether it’s neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail, the walnut and gingerbread cookie notes will be showcased.“There’s the old grandpa style, that’s at the end of the meal, straight,” he explains. “What our company is about is yes, you can drink it by itself, on ice or cold from the fridge, but you can mix it with a cocktail to bring everything up to a next level.”If you can get your hands on a bottle of nocino, we suggest trying it out in one (or both) of this cocktail recipes from Don Ciccio & Figil nocino recipes.Tell Me About It1 oz non-aged whiskey1 oz nocino1.25 oz cold-brewed coffee.25 oz maraschino liqueurOrange twistMethod: Stir and serve up with orange twist.Walnut Old Fashioned2 oz rye whiskey1 oz nocinoDash of angostura bittersOrange sliceMethod: Muddle orange slice with bitters. Add nocino and whiskey. Serve on iceFeatured image courtesy of izzzy71/Getty Images. 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master Editors’ Recommendations The Best American Liqueurlast_img read more

Better Mental Health Care for Nova Scotias Youth

first_imgNova Scotia’s children and youth will have access to additionalmental health care services from a new treatment centre inHalifax. Health Minister Angus MacIsaac opened the new, 12-bedcentre and launched its new mental health program today, Jan. 22. “Today, we are opening the doors to better mental health care forNova Scotia’s children and youth,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “In thepast, we’ve had to send children to other provinces for this kindof professional treatment, but now we can help families withinNova Scotia.” The new program was announced in February 2003. It provides amental health residential rehabilitation treatment centre for 12-to 19-year-olds who require medium to long-term residentialservices. These youths typically have severe and persistentmental health problems or behavioural issues. The new service is part of the IWK mental health program. Thecentre, called the Adolescent Centre for Treatment (ACT), wasdesigned to have a home-like atmosphere, with three apartment-style living spaces, each with four beds. The facility also hasclassrooms for schooling, some recreational space, and space forday programs for children and youth. It will reach full occupancyover the next several months as aspects of the program are phasedin. “We are pleased that the IWK plays such an integral part in thisexciting step forward in providing intensive, long-term treatmentfor children and youth,” said Hal Schmidt, president and CEO, IWKHealth Centre. “The ACT program will give young people in themost need a chance to grow into healthy adults in ourcommunities.” The minister said today that two intensive, community-basedtreatment teams, announced last year for Halifax and Cape Breton,are also up and running, helping young people and their families. The IWK team began in July 2003 and is based at the new centre. The community team in Cape Breton began its work in June 2003,and has received about 70 referrals to date from within themental health program and from such agencies as the Children’sAid Society, addiction services and probation services. “The importance of being able to provide mental health servicesto children and youth in their own communities cannot beoverstated,” said Dr. Linda Courey, director of mental healthservices with Cape Breton District Health Authority. “Our teammembers are experiencing great success by working closely withthe children and youth, and their families. This program is areal enhancement to the traditional office-based approaches thattend to be less effective with children or youth suffering fromsevere and persistent mental illness or severe, disruptivebehaviour disorders.” Mr. MacIsaac said the treatment teams and the ACT program areimproving the delivery of mental health care. “Over the years,study after study showed we had serious gaps in mental healthservices for children, so I’m pleased to show clear signs ofinvestment and commitment for them.” The 12-bed centre and two teams will cost about $3.1 millionannually to operate. In addition to these new programs, the Department of Healthannounced in November how an additional $2 million in mentalhealth funding would be spent for 2003-04. Much of the money isbeing used for child and youth mental health services across theprovince, including the hiring of more mental health staff andcase managers, and the creation of a new navigation service tohelp patients and their families at the IWK Health Centre. The Department of Health sets the policy direction for healthcare in Nova Scotia. It also provides funding for the IWK HealthCentre and the nine district health authorities that deliverservices in communities throughout the province.last_img read more

Ive pushed myself as an artist with Leila Huma

first_imgNew Delhi: As Shalini, who sets out on an arduous 16-year-long search for her missing daughter born out of a ‘mixed’ marriage in the latest dystopian show “Leila”, actress Huma Qureshi felt challenged to push her boundaries and play the role with full justice and honesty. Based on Prayaag Akbar’s 2017 novel of the same name, “Leila” showcases the fight of Huma’s character for her lost daughter amidst undesirable situations and frightening experiences in the fictional world of Aryavarta. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “It has been a gratifying journey for me. It have never played such a strong character before this show. With this character, I have pushed myself as an artiste. I really had to go deep into the story. “Playing a mother on-screen was quite difficult because it was not only about being a mother…it was more about inheriting the qualities of Shalini who fights against the evils to find her daughter. Shalini demanded strong emotions and to portay them correctly, I had to prepare a lot,” Huma told IANS. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot The gritty six-episode Netflix series also delves into the issues of authoritarian rule, class and religious divide and environmental crisis, apart from depicting a mother’s search for her daughter. While talking about the societal and political issues prevailing in real life, Huma said “Leila” is quite relevant to present times. “I really believe in the story. Every day, we read so much on Twitter or in newspapers that this happened, that happened…but we move on and ignore it. We hardly do anything about it. But when we get stuck in a particular situation and that situation starts affecting us, then we do something about it. “The same thing happens with Shalini in the show. So despite being set in a dystopian world, this show holds some elements related to present times too.” Huma considers “Leila” a show of a lifetime. “Earlier, heroines were not given proper and important roles in the films….Only heroes were doing the main job. But now it is changing. Our women are changing the game. They are turning into producers, directors and what not. Films and shows are now being made around women. For the first time in my life, I got the opportunity to play such strong character where ‘she’ is the main lead and hero of the story. “There is a long way to go. We need more stories about women for women and from women,” Huma added. Directed by Deepa Mehta, Shanker Raman and Pawan Kumar, “Leila” marks Huma’s first digital project. The 32-year-old actress said it was a “liberating” experience. “It gives more freedom to actors. When you are working for OTT platforms, you get more time to spend time with the characters without restrictions. So this way you can tell your stories in a much better way.”last_img read more

Brexit fate now in Britain’s hands: EU

first_imgBrussels: The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Monday that negotiations to break a deadlock on a deal to leave the bloc are now between British Prime Minister Theresa May and members of her parliament. “We held talks over the weekend and the negotiations now are between the government in London and the parliament in London,” Barnier said as he arrived at EU headquarters in Brussels to discuss Britain’s exit from the bloc with envoys from the other 27 member states. Hopes had been high that May would come to Brussels to finalise a deal with the EU on Monday, but a European source these plans had been shelved due to a lack of progress. With time running out, May had hoped for a signal from Brussels to help get a Brexit deal over the line in time for Britain’s looming departure from the European Union — scheduled for March 29. Instead, she spoke to European Commission chief Jean-Claude Junkcer late Sunday by phone, with both sides agreeing to stay in touch. “No further meetings at political level are scheduled, but both sides will remain in close contact this week,” Juncker’s spokesman Margaritis Schinas said. “We are committed to ratifying this deal before March 29. It is now for the House of Commons to take an important set of decisions this week,” he added. British MPs overwhelmingly rejected the deal when it was first put to them in January — with many citing the controversial Irish “backstop” clause. A second parliamentary vote will take place on Tuesday. The backstop would keep the whole of the UK in a customs union with the EU in order to keep the land border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland free-flowing. A European source said the embattled May had failed to convince her cabinet over the weekend and that talks with the EU could go no further. Barnier said his teams had offered all they could, including a last-minute proposal that Britain could leave the bloc’s customs union after the divorce. But this offer would not include Northern Ireland, which infuriated Barnier’s British counterparts who called it a “rerun of old arguments”. The Europeans have also proposed to sign a legally backed “joint interpretative document” of the Irish backstop. This would reiterate ways Britain could attempt to suspend the backstop if London were to request a suspension of some of its obligations. To assess the document, British MPs are awaiting the opinion of Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, the May government’s top lawyer who took a lead role in the negotiations with Barnier last week.last_img read more

Two minors rescued from being married

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) and Delhi Police on Monday said that they have prevented the marriage of two minor girls in Dwarka district. Samrah Mirza, member, DCPCR, told Millennium Post that they got the information from their volunteer regarding the crime and without wasting any time the child rights body shared the information with other stakeholders regarding the incident.”Soon the police personnel reached the spot and stopped the marriage,” said Mirza adding that one girl is aged between 17 and 18 and other 15 years. Investigation revealed that one of the girls was a few months away from attaining the age of majority and the age of other girl is being verified. One of the family told the cops that they will only marry the girl once she attains major age group. “The other family (groom) belongs to another state we have created awareness related to child marriage,” added officer. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsMeanwhile, the Delhi Police created awareness among the families regarding the menace and law related to child marriage. The child rights body had started mapping the city to know whether child marriages prevails in National Capital. According to DCPCR, the areas of New Delhi, North West, South West and Northeast districts are being studied. They have also held meetings with concerned stakeholders regarding this. According to official during the study, the DCPCR will identify the communities where the evil of child marriage still prevail and also the ill effect on health will also be studied. The parents will also be made aware of the crime and the importance of intervention during child marriage will also be part of the awareness programme. “We are creating awareness in community to report such kind of crime so that it can be curb quickly,” said Mirza. DCPCR official will also give focus on the clusters in national Capital to make sure that such type of evil did not prevails there.last_img read more

Nasscom, CBRE join hands to support technology startups

first_imgNew Delhi: Property consultant CBRE Wednesday said it has tied up with IT industry body Nasscom to identify and support startups that seek to transform Indian real estate sector with technological innovations. CBRE South Asia Pvt Ltd will conduct a ‘Proptech Challenge’ in collaboration with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) that aims to identify budding startups working towards innovating and building technology solutions for the real estate sector. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe collective objective is aimed to support emerging businesses with the potential to transform the real estate market with creative, innovative and disruptive thinking. Speaking on the initiative, Nasscom Head Membership Srikanth Srinivasan said it is collaborating with CBRE to nurture the real estate segment in the startup ecosystem. “Creating the next-generation of startups is the need of the hour and this platform will provide opportunities to not only present emerging technologies and innovations but also entry into our 10K start-up ecosystem,” he added. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysCBRE India Chairman & CEO Anshuman Magazine said: “In a developing economy like India, it is imperative to become tech-ready and encourage businesses working towards transformation that will take the industry to a truly global industry which is tech-ready”. Magazine also heads CBRE’s South East Asia, Africa and middle east business. Startups with an idea and in search for a platform to address a wider audience should participate in this challenge. Entries will be divided into four categories: Real Estate FinTech; Sustainability; Agility and Efficiency and Made For India. The Nasscom is the premier trade body of the IT-BPM industries in India. It has more than 2,100 members, which include both Indian and MNCs that have a presence in India. US-based CBRE Group is a Fortune 500 company.last_img read more

UN providing Afghan returnees with lifesaving mine risk education

“Mine risk education is crucial for these newly returned Afghans,” UN spokesman Adrian Edwards told reporters in Kabul today, noting that all but two of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces are still contaminated by mines and unexploded ordnance, and that an average of two Afghans fall victim to these devices every day. Mine risk education teams from the Afghan Red Crescent Society and other groups are being deployed to run sessions for returnees at the Zaranj and Islam Qala border points and also in Farah province. Mine risk education posters will also be placed in prominent sites in these areas.UNMACA will broadcast frequent messages in Farah through local radio networks to target returnees and raise their awareness of mines and unexploded ordnance.The mine risk education programme is also working with the BBC and Afghan Education Projects to incorporate mine risk education into the programme New Home New Life, which is broadcast several times a week on the BBC World Service in both Pashto and Dari.The Mine Action Programme for Afghanistan (MAPA), an umbrella organization comprised of partners that are coordinated by UNMACA, has cleared more than 1 billion square meters throughout Afghanistan since 1989 – destroying more than 323,000 anti-personnel mines, over 18,500 anti-tank mines and almost seven million pieces of unexploded ordnance. 5 June 2007Afghans who have returned from Iran over the past few weeks are receiving life-saving education to reduce the risk of injury from mines and unexploded ordnance, thanks to the efforts of the United Nations Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan (UNMACA). read more

Attack on West Bank mosque draws condemnation from UN envoy

Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, issued a statement at the weekend in which he said he was appalled by last Friday morning’s attack on the mosque in the village of Yassuf.Media reports say the mosque was set ablaze and vandalized, with hate messages scrawled in Hebrew and holy books burned or singed.“Desecrating a place of worship is deplorable,” Mr. Serry said. “This attack is a part of a broader and ongoing phenomenon of settler violence against Palestinian civilians, property and land.“Far too little is done by the Israeli authorities to enforce the rule of law on violent extremists, leading to a climate of impunity. We hope and expect that the authorities will seek out those responsible for this latest incident, along with other acts of violence and bring them to justice.”Senior UN officials have in recent weeks called for a halt to Israeli settlement activity and have also voiced concern about the demolition of Palestinian homes and evictions in East Jerusalem. 14 December 2009The senior United Nations envoy to the Middle East has condemned the burning and desecration of a mosque in the West Bank, describing the attack as part of a worrying wider pattern of violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians. read more

Samsung ordered to pay up after jury finds it stole Apple patents

Samsung ordered to pay up after jury finds it stole Apple patents AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Aug 25, 2012 5:12 am MDT Electronics company Samsung has been ordered to pay rival Apple $1.05-billion in damages after a jury found the South Korean giant ripped off many Apple patents. This is the conclusion of a complex case which initially saw Apple sue Samsung, alleging it stole elements of the iPhone, such as screen bounceback, multi-touch, zoom and navigation features. Samsung then countersued, saying it was legally giving its customers what they wanted when it released devices which were similar to the iPhone in appearance. A reporter in the courtroom for the final verdict called it “a bloodbath for Samsung.” An appeal is expected. Some financial analysts say the verdict could push Apple stock even higher, after the company’s shares hit an all-time high earlier this week. It closed out Friday trade at $663.22 U.S. per share. Apple and Samsung combine to count for half of all smartphone sales across the globe, the former being the world’s most valuable company of all time. apple|damages|patent infringements|samsung|sue read more

A look at Toyotas safety struggles

Toyota is recalling 7.43 million vehicles worldwide to fix faulty power-window switches. It’s the largest recall at the automaker, which saw its reputation for quality dip after a series of safety problems two years ago.Here is a timeline of the earlier safety woes at Toyota:— Aug. 28, 2009: A California Highway Patrol Officer and three family members are killed in a fiery crash. The officer was driving a 2009 Lexus loaner car with floor mats from another Lexus model. Previous driver of loaner vehicle had reported to dealer that mats trapped the gas pedal. Lexus is Toyota’s luxury brand.— Sept. 30, 2009: Toyota warns owners to remove floor mats from vehicles due to potential for them to snag the gas pedal, causing sudden acceleration.— Oct. 5, 2009: Toyota recalls 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the U.S. because floor mats could catch the gas pedal.— Nov. 25, 2009: Toyota announces a plan to fix floor-mat problem by shortening accelerators so they won’t get caught. It also expands the number of vehicles involved to total of 4.2 million.— Jan. 21, 2010: Toyota recalls 2.3 million Toyota vehicles in the U.S. because the gas-pedal assembly can become stuck, causing unintended acceleration.— Jan. 26, 2010: Toyota temporarily suspends U.S. sales of eight models whose accelerator pedal assemblies can become stuck.— Jan. 27, 2010: Toyota expands an earlier floor-mat recall by 1.09 million vehicles.— Feb. 8, 2010: Toyota recalls 440,000 Prius hybrids and other hybrids worldwide for braking problems.— Feb. 17, 2010: Toyota President Akio Toyoda says the automaker will have systems in all future models that allow brakes to override the accelerator in an emergency.— Feb. 24, 2010: Toyota President apologizes for recalls before the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee.— March 8, 2010: Driver James Sikes speeds along a San Diego County freeway in a 2008 Toyota Prius for 20 minutes, reaching 94 miles per hour, before a Highway Patrol officer helps slow down the car. Toyota later dismisses Sikes’ account, saying its tests show he pressed the gas and brakes rapidly at least 250 times.— July 8, 2010: Toyota says it will open six new offices across North America to gather information about vehicle problems and customer complaints.— Dec. 21, 2010: Toyota agrees to pay the U.S. government a record $48.8 million in fines over recalls that involved sticky accelerators, floor mats that can catch the gas pedal, and steering relay rods that can break. The government alleged that Toyota was slow to report problems to U.S. safety regulators.— Feb. 8, 2011: U.S. Department of Transportation, aided by NASA engineers, determines that electronic flaws were not to blame for reports of unintended acceleration in Toyotas. Lawyers and some drivers had alleged that gremlins inside electronic throttles caused the problems, not floor mats and sticky accelerators.— Oct. 10, 2012: Toyota announces its largest recall — a total of 7.43 million vehicles to fix faulty power-window switches. A look at Toyota’s safety struggles AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Oct 10, 2012 6:03 pm MDT read more

Maker of hacked Fiat Chrysler radio says no other products have same

Maker of hacked Fiat Chrysler radio says no other products have same vulnerability by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Aug 4, 2015 1:18 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2015 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – The company that makes car radios that friendly hackers exploited to take control of a Jeep Cherokee says its other infotainment systems don’t have the same security flaw.Harman International CEO Dinesh Paliwal said Tuesday that the hackers used a cellular connection to get to the radio, which they used to control critical functions such as brakes and steering.The hack by Twitter security expert Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, who heads auto security for a consulting firm, touched off the recall of 1.4 million vehicles from Fiat Chrysler to patch software holes. On Saturday, the government announced that it would investigate the Harman Kardon radios to see which other manufacturers use them and whether they had the same vulnerabilities.The hackers, who informed Fiat Chrysler of their findings, were able to control the Jeep remotely with a laptop computer, sending the auto industry scrambling to make sure its systems are secure. They were to release specifics about their attack at a hackers’ conference in Las Vegas this week.But Paliwal said the radio system that was hacked, with an 8.4-inch touch screen, was developed about five years ago and doesn’t have as many security safeguards as current models. “We believe based on our assessment with all other customers we supply our system to that the Chrysler system is the only one exposed to this particular experimental hack,” Paliwal said on the company’s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings conference call. “So it’s a unique situation.”The hackers, he said, were able to get from cellular connection into the radio and then to a network that handles commands for critical functions. “Once you go through an open port in a network, it’s like leaving a door open in a secure house,” he said. “Once you get in, then you can mimic as if you are one of the authorized messengers, you start to send messages.”Miller and Valasek released some of their findings last week, but Paliwal said Harman was told about the hack late last year and worked with Fiat Chrysler on a software fix. He also said Harman engineers are co-operating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation.NHTSA said it is investigating about 2.8 million Harman radios. “If sufficient similarities exist, the investigation will examine if there is cause for concern that security issues exist in other Harman Kardon products,” the agency wrote.The vulnerability was exposed last week in a Wired magazine story. Fiat Chrysler said it sealed off a loophole in its internal cellular telephone network with vehicles to prevent similar attacks. Owners will be sent a USB drive that they can plug in and fix the software issue.Harman International Industries Inc., which makes infotainment systems and designs software, on Tuesday reported earnings of $100 million, or $1.37 per share, during its fiscal fourth quarter, up 14 per cent from a year ago. This product image provided by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles shows the Uconnect 8.4 inch infotainment system on a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited. Harman International, the company that makes car radios that friendly hackers exploited to take control of a Jeep Cherokee, on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 said its other infotainment systems don’t have the same security flaw. (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles via AP) read more