Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, the world famous schoonerBluenose II, is sailing into Toronto, bringing with it the sights and sounds of Canada’s seacoast province. The visit is part of the 2008 Nautical Festival at the Toronto Harbourfront Thursday, June 19 to Sunday, June 22. “We are thrilled to have Bluenose II at the Toronto Nautical Festival,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “While she was born in Nova Scotia, Bluenose II is a symbol of endurance and achievement for all Canadians and remains a wonderful ambassador for our province.” The event will feature a Nova Scotian pavilion, including a wide range of industry professionals demonstrating new products, sharing experiences and offering samples from Canada’s seacoast province. It will also give the public an opportunity to stroll the deck of Bluenose II. Popular entertainers, such as the Barra MacNeils, will perform at the festival, immersing Toronto residents in Nova Scotia’s rich and lively music. Information about Nova Scotia as a travel destination will be featured at the Nautical Festival. Included will be an outline of air travel options available to those interested in visiting Nova Scotia from Toronto’s Pearson International and City Centre airports. The original Bluenose was launched from a shipyard in Lunenburg on March 26, 1921. Because of wins in the races of Grand Banks schooners between Canada and the U.S., the Bluenose became known as Queen of the North Atlantic. In 1963, the ship’s replica, Bluenose II, was launched from the same shipyard, also built by many of the same men who worked on the original Bluenose.
Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 Fax: 902-893-2259 -30- COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 236 Weather permitting, Route 236 will be closed for culvert replacement Tuesday, June 23, at 8 a.m., until Wednesday, June 24, at 9 p.m. The detour route will be Riverside Road and Princeport Road.
In preparation for Hurricane Bill, the Emergency Management Office is encouraging Nova Scotians to stay safe and be ready for potential flooding, storm surges and hurricane-force winds. “We just want to remind Nova Scotians to be careful and take precautions,” said Emergency Management Minister Ramona Jennex. “Being prepared will help keep themselves, their families and their loved ones safe.” Residents in flood-prone areas should take measures to protect themselves and their property. They should move furniture and belongings away from possible flood water, secure property that might be swept away or damaged by a flood, and pile sandbags along shorelines abutting property. They should also secure objects that could be torn loose or blown around. Storm surges often accompany hurricanes and along with the highest tides expected this weekend, can create tremendous damage, severe flooding and force evacuations. Getting caught near the shoreline during a storm surge could be life-threatening, and dangerous riptides are expected off the shores of Nova Scotia. It is important that people take measures to protect themselves, their family and their property. To prepare for a storm-surge or flood-related emergency, there are a number of things that can be done in advance: In the event of flooding or power outages, officials from the Department of Agriculture suggest people be careful about foods in refrigerators or deep freeze units. Foods will generally stay safe in a refrigerator for several hours even without power, especially if the door is kept closed. For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit EMO’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo . Prepare an emergency supply kit that includes food, a supply of drinkable water, clothing, blankets, medication, flashlight and a first aid kit. Include any important documents and a list of your property and personal items. Listen for warnings. Include battery-operated or crank radio in emergency kits to check for weather warnings in the event a storm surge is forecast. Develop a family plan. Agree on a location to meet if separated during an emergency and make sure to know emergency plans for schools, offices, daycare and other places where family members spend time. Know how to turn off water, gas and electricity in case instructed to do so by local officials. If the main power box is not in a dry, safe area, do not try to turn off the electricity. Contact Nova Scotia Power at 902-428-6004 or 1-877-428-6004 for instructions. Using candles is not recommended, but if you must use them, make sure they are properly supported — use a non-combustible container that is larger than the candle. Keep materials at least half a metre (two feet) away from candles. Extinguish all candles before leaving the room. Put the correct fuel in portable appliances like Coleman stoves or oil lamps. Substituting fuels is extremely dangerous. Propane and liquid camp stoves are for outdoor use only. Generators should be operated in well-ventilated locations outdoors away from doors, windows and vent openings. They should be placed so that exhaust fumes cannot enter the home through windows, doors or other building openings. Generators must be certified and connected to the electrical system of a house by a construction electrician. They should be used to power equipment such as lights, portable electric heaters and a water pump and other equipment that may be connected directly by plug to the generator.
A new group of students will be picking up hammers, nails and drills this year as Construction Trades 11 launches in six schools across the province. The course builds on the material taught in Skilled Trades 10 with students expected to construct four full-sized motel rooms by semesters’ end. “Construction Trades 11 gives teens the opportunity to work in a hands-on environment and develop the skills necessary to begin a career in the trades,” said Minister of Education Marilyn More. “It’s an excellent example of how we can help prepare and encourage more young people to stay, work and build a life here in Nova Scotia.” During the 110 classroom hours, students explore six different facets of trades: carpentry, plumbing, construction electrical work, lathering, painting and decorating and floor covering installation, and the roles and responsibilities of each job. The course curriculum is centred on a process that allots time for classroom instruction and applying what is learned, and time for students to present that knowledge. This allows students to develop the necessary hands-on, oral and written skills to join a construction trades workplace. “At the department, we worked closely with trades people to develop a course that fits the school curriculum, in terms workplace preparedness, and that also allowed for all students to explore the trades as a viable career option,” said John Drish, co-ordinator of trades integration for the Department of Education. Because students are developing specialized workplace skills, the departments of Education and Labour and Workforce Development have signed a memorandum of understanding allowing students who participate in skilled trades courses taught by a recognized Red Seal journeyperson to count classroom hours toward their apprenticeship. “The memorandum of understanding provides trades students with a head start,” said Ms. More, who is also Minister of Labour and Workforce Development. “The special agreement to have academic hours count toward apprenticeship encourages students to begin their successful careers right here in Nova Scotia.” Construction Trades 11 is an academic high school course open to all Nova Scotian students who have successfully completed Skilled Trades 10.
Bridgewater, le 4 mai, Club de curling, 90, rue Dominion Yarmouth, le 5 mai, Rodd Grand Hotel, 415, rue Main Digby, le 11 mai, Caserne de pompiers, 163, avenue First Wolfville, le 12 mai, Université Acadia, complexe sportif, rue Main (en face de l’avenue University) Truro, le 18 mai, Collège d’agriculture de la Nouvelle-Écosse, salle Cumming (perpendiculaire à College Road) Antigonish, le 19 mai, Légion royale canadienne, 294, rue Main Sydney, le 20 mai, Days Inn, 480 Kings Road Dartmouth, le 26 mai, campus Waterfront du NSCC, 80 Mawiomi Place (perpendiculaire à la rue Pleasant) Le gouvernement provincial veut connaître l’opinion des Néo-Écossais au sujet de l’avenir de leurs côtes. Des journées portes ouvertes auront lieu dans huit communautés en mai afin de recueillir des renseignements pour l’élaboration d’une stratégie provinciale sur la gestion des côtes. « Nos régions et ressources côtières ont en grande partie façonné la Nouvelle-Écosse actuelle, a dit Sterling Belliveau, ministre des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture. Une stratégie qui vise à aborder les questions prioritaires concernant les côtes aidera à assurer la durabilité de nos côtes et nous permettra de laisser cet héritage aux générations futures. » L’élaboration de la stratégie vient à la suite de la publication du Rapport sur l’état des côtes de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Dans ce rapport, le gouvernement a cerné six questions prioritaires concernant les côtes, notamment l’aménagement des côtes, la montée du niveau de la mer et les tempêtes, l’accès public aux côtes, les installations de travail en bord de mer, les écosystèmes et habitats sensibles et la qualité de l’eau des côtes. La stratégie sera basée sur les renseignements contenus dans le rapport et sur la rétroaction des groupes intéressés et du grand public. « Le Rapport sur l’état des côtes de la Nouvelle-Écosse est un point de départ pour les discussions sur les questions complexes qui concernent la gestion améliorée du littoral. Nous voulons connaître l’opinion des gens au sujet des questions posées dans le rapport, » a dit Justin Huston, conseiller en gestion des côtes, ministère des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture. On encourage les participants aux journées portes ouvertes à consulter le Rapport sur l’état des côtes de la Nouvelle-Écosse à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/coast/state-of-the-coast.htm . Les journées portes ouvertes auront lieu de 16 h à 20 h aux endroits suivants : Les journées portes ouvertes se dérouleront en anglais, mais des représentants bilingues seront sur place à Digby, Wolfville et Dartmouth. En plus des journées portes ouvertes, les gens peuvent transmettre leurs commentaires en ligne ou par la poste aux adresses suivantes : Ministère des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture de la Nouvelle-Écossea/s du coordonnateur de la gestion des côtesC.P. 2223Halifax (N.-É.) B3J 3C4ourcoast@gov.ns.ca La date limite pour la soumission des commentaires est le 30 juin.
HRM: Highway 101, Margeson Interchange Open The new Margeson Drive Interchange that connects Highway 101 with Trunk 1 near Upper Sackville is open to traffic as Exit 2A. The interchange has a roundabout on each side of the overpass and a third roundabout where Margeson Drive connects with Trunk 1. Drivers should use extra caution until everyone becomes accustomed to the interchange. Local Area Office: 902-835-3924 -30-
Government announced today, June 19, it is looking for a partner to develop and host an open-data portal. The virtual warehouse of non-sensitive government data will be stored in standard searchable formats people, businesses and academics can use to stimulate economic growth. There are more than 300 open-data portals around the world. Open data offers a number of opportunities such as giving business leaders information to help make decisions or supporting new businesses that package or interpret public data. “Open data is good for society, for democracy and for the economy,” said Mike Smit, a professor at Dalhousie University’s school of information management. “It’s the ingenuity of those who give us new ways to use information, and to make evidence-based decisions, that deliver the full potential of open data.” The province already shares data by request, on websites and through initiatives such as GeoNova and NovaRoc, which offer geology information and mineral and petroleum title data. But offering such information in common formats, in one place, will make it easier to use. “Government is excited by the opportunities that open data provides and it is another example of how we are being open and accountable to all Nova Scotians,” said Internal Services Minister Labi Kousoulis. Last year, Halifax Regional Municipality and IBM co-sponsored a competition for people to recommend and develop apps for local activities and users of services like transit and parks. The goal is to have the provincial open-data portal online by the end of the year. For more information, visit novascotia.ca/tenders .
A new incentive program and additional seats at Dalhousie University will help ensure Nova Scotia has the nurse practitioners it needs. The Nurse Practitioner Education Incentive will cover the salaries of up to 10 registered nurses while they attend Dalhousie University’s two-year Master of Nursing nurse practitioner program full-time. In return, recipients will commit to work in one of several designated communities for five years. “Our top priority is improving access to primary health care and that includes nurse practitioners,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “Supporting registered nurses to become nurse practitioners will fill a growing workforce need and improve access to collaborative health care.” An expression of interest will be issued to those accepted to Dalhousie’s nurse practitioner program, family all-ages stream. Recipients will be selected based on whether they live in or are affiliated with one of the designated communities and are willing to relocate. “Nurse practitioners offer untapped potential in clinics, hospitals and long-term care facilities – particularly in underserved communities. Educating more nurse practitioners, and allowing them to work to their full scope of practice, will go a long way in improving access to care,” says Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union president Janet Hazelton. “Maintaining their salary while in school allows the nurse to study full-time and return to the system sooner than if they were unpaid and studying part-time.” The eligible geographic areas are: Town of Digby, plus 50 kilometre radius of surrounding area Town of Shelburne, plus 50 kilometre radius of surrounding area Cumberland County Pictou County Cape Breton Regional Municipality Inverness County Victoria County Town of Sheet Harbour, plus 50 kilometre radius of surrounding area “I think it’s fantastic the importance and benefit of nurse practitioners and how they contribute to the health and wellness of all Nova Scotians is being recognized,” says Cape Breton registered nurse Chris Browner. “This type of forward thinking will improve access to health care and promote wellness in all areas of the province, including those that may have limited access to primary health-care services.” An arrangement with Cape Breton University will allow students to complete some program requirements locally, minimizing the need to travel to Halifax. “Educating more nurse practitioners will have a positive impact on the primary health-care landscape of the province,” said Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy, director School of Nursing and Assistant Dean Research Dal Faculty of Health. “We are thrilled to be part of this solution with our partners in government, Nova Scotia Health Authority and Cape Breton University.” Government is also funding an additional 25 seats in Dalhousie’s nurse practitioner program. Fifteen seats will be added this academic year and 10 will be added in 2019-20. The total four-year investment is $1.6 million. “Recruitment has become a challenge in several communities, and this incentive will make a difference in our ability to attract and retain nurse practitioners,” said Carmelle d’Entremont, vice president of People and Organizational Development, Nova Scotia Health Authority. “Nurse practitioners, working with family physicians and other collaborative family practice team members, are enhancing access to comprehensive care for Nova Scotians.” Government will invest $1.4 million in the Nurse Practitioner Education Incentive over two years. These initiatives are part of Nova Scotia’s Nursing Strategy, designed to ensure Nova Scotia has the right number, mix and distribution of nurses now and in the future.
CONTINUING WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre, is closed until further notice due to safety concerns. Replacement to take place this year. Detour via East Big Intervale Road, Crowdis Cross Road and West Big Intervale Road. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102/103 – Bicentennial Highway Blasting is taking place on Highway 102 between Exit 2A and Exit 1D and Highway 103 between Exit 2A and Exit 1B. Work is for the new 102/103 interchange. Blasting will take place twice a day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for ten-minute intervals. Work is expected to continue until Sunday, March 31. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Cape Forchu Bridge, Route 304 Cape Forchu Bridge on Route 304, Yarmouth Bar, is reduced to one lane for repairs until Sunday, March 31. Traffic lights and traffic control personal will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. -30- CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road.
Amaravati: YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), which swept to power in Andhra Pradesh with a landslide victory, has bagged 151 seats in 175-member Assembly. It also won 22 out of 25 Lok Sabha seats. As counting in couple of constituencies continued past midnight with keen tussle between the YSRCP and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the final tally became clear early Friday. The TDP finished a distant second with 23 Assembly and three Lok Sabha seats. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Actor Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena Party (JSP), which made the electoral debut, bagged one Assembly seat. Both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) drew blank. In 2014, the TDP had bagged 102 seats while its then ally BJP had won four seats. The YSRCP had won 67 seats while two independents were also elected. In the simultaneous Lok Sabha polls, TDP had won 15 seats, YSRCP eight and BJP two seats. In the results declared late Thursday night, TDP’ Galla Jayadev retained Guntur Lok Sabha seat with a margin of 4,800 votes over his nearest rival M. Venugopal Reddy of the YSRCP. TDP’s Kesineni Nani and K. Rammohan Naidu also retained Vijayawada and Srikakulam Lok Sabha seats respectively after a close contest.
London: Australian officials are confident that soreness in David Warner’s leg won’t stop him from playing in the World Cup against Afghanistan on June 1. Warner missed Australia’s final World Cup warm-up match against Sri Lanka on Monday after he suffered from tightness in his upper leg. In his place, Usman Khawaja opened the innings and played a match-winning knock of 89. Warner then only batted at training on Wednesday morning in Bristol without taking part in any fielding drills. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun However, according to a report in cricket.com.au, it is understood that there is no serious concern over his fitness to play the opening match. Once Warner is declared fit, it would be up to coach Justin Langer and selectors to take a call on whether Warner should return to the top of the order, or bat at the number three position. Warner, who made a comeback to cricket after serving a one-year ban for his involvement in the Sandpaper Gate, has been in tremendous form of late. In the IPL 2019, he scored 692 runs in 12 matches he played for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday that people should have freedom of choice and regional languages must be given respect.”I believe that there should be freedom of choice. Each state has its own character and language. Regional language should be given priority. I support the regional languages. We must give respect to regional language. I have support for them (southern states),” Banerjee said, while reacting to the draft of National Education Policy (NEP) of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, which had earlier made Hindi compulsory. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaHowever, the HRD Ministry on Monday omitted the mandatory teaching of Hindi, amid strong voices of dissent particularly from the southern states. “I love Bengali which is my mother tongue but I do not interfere with those who speak Alchiki. Keralites speak Malayalam, Gujarat people speak Gujarati. They (BJP) should not interfere unnecessarily in every matter,” Banerjee added. When questioned about her reaction on the “Jai Shri Ram” slogan, Banerjee referred to it as a distorted one. She accused the saffron party of deleting the name of Lord Ram’s wife Sita from the original chant of “Jai Siya Ram”, to coin the twisted slogan. “You people write what-ever the BJP says. Listen, the actual slogan ‘Jai Siya Ram’ is used in Uttar Pradesh. It means glory to Ram and Sita,” she asserted.
Hyderabad: One nation, one election is a “fancy idea” of the BJP and it’s neither possible nor necessary, said the Communist Party of India.CPI’s national general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy asked what would happen if some state governments were to fall during their term for one reason or the other. “What will happen to all these states (where governments fail to complete their term)? there will be by-elections. You cannot deny democratic rights of the people and ask them to wait till the next election,” he said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana”We think it (‘one nation, one election’) is neither possible nor necessary”, the CPI boss, a veteran Communist leader, said. “It’s some sort of fancy idea of the BJP,” he added. Chairing an all-party meeting on the eve of the first session of the new Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday invited heads of all parties to meet on June 19 to discuss the “one nation, one election” issue and other important matters.
New Delhi: Delhi Waqf Board chairman and AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan Thursday said the panel will give Rs 5 lakh and a job to the wife of 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari who was lynched in Jharkhand. Ansari was allegedly tied to a pole and thrashed with sticks by a mob in the state’s Seraikela-Kharsawan district last Wednesday on the suspicion of theft and he succumbed to injuries on Saturday. He was seen in a video being forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark The waqf board chairman also said they will help Ansari’s wife get legal aid. “We are trying to send a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to Tabrez’s wife. I may also go there to handover the cheque to her. We will also give her a job at the waqf board and provide her legal help,” Khan told PTI. Five people have been arrested in connection with the case. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday had said lynching of Ansari in Jharkhand, pained him and the guilty must be severely punished, but stressed that all incidents of violence in the country, whether in Jharkhand, West Bengal or Kerala, should be treated the same and law should take its course.
Singapore: For the Indian economy to return to its potential growth rate, the government has to focus on timely rollout of reforms and reviving investments while taking proactive efforts to guard against rising external risks, a DBS report says. According to DBS, India currently enjoys an ideal mix of political stability, a credible central bank, reform-centric focus and catalysts for growth to recover. “We reckon time is ‘RIPE’ for growth to climb out of the current slowdown and return towards its potential rate over the next two-three years,” Radhika Rao, Economist at DBS Group Research said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep According to DBS, timely rollout of R’eforms, jumpstarting I’nvestments and ‘P’roactive efforts to guard against rising external risks will return the economy to a healthy and steady E’xpansion mode. Regarding reforms DBS said, rather that rollout of another bunch of fresh reforms, there is value in ensuring efficient and effective implementation of the already announced measures. “Even in the absence of fresh ‘big bang’ reforms, smoother execution and implementation of already rolled out reforms will benefit the economy,” it said and cited examples of already announced reforms like Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs Another key focus area should be reviving the investment climate, which has been moderating for the past five-six years, Rao said. Besides the domestic agenda, authorities will be required to take proactive efforts to guard against rising external risks. Multiple headwinds have emerged over the course of first half of 2019, led by a rising protectionist tide across economies as US-China trade dispute escalates, moderating in in G7 growth, sluggish global trade, Brexit-led uncertainty, volatile oil prices and slower China, the report said. “Developments on the US-China trade dispute and other protectionist policies, present both a challenge and opportunity for India,” it added. According to Rao, return to faster expansion mode for the Indian economy is on the cards. “India’s macroeconomic vulnerabilities have improved sharply vs 2013 taper tantrum and better than 2018. Current account deficit is primed to stay below 3 per cent of GDP for the seventh consecutive year in 2019,” the report said. The structural need to raise potential growth to provide for the economy’s rising employment needs, higher savings rate and in turn, boost investment capacity through domestic resources, should remain a priority. Hence as highlighted in this report, the combination of effective reforms and improved productivity, are crucial ingredients for the economy to return to potential growth and accelerate further, the report added.
Bangkok: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty on Sunday became the first Indian pair to win a BWF Super 500 badminton tournament with a hard-fought victory over Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen of China in the summit clash of Thailand Open here. The unseeded Indian duo prevailed 21-19 18-21 21-18 over the third seeded Chinese pair after battling hard for an hour and two minutes. It was the first final of the 2019 season for Rankireddy and Shetty, the men’s doubles silver medallist at 2018 Commonwealth Games. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhRankireddy and Shetty got off to a good start as they broke away from 3-3 early on and moved ahead to open up a 10-6 lead, but their Chinese opponents kept breathing down their necks and made it 14-14. It was a closely fought affair after that and the world No. 16 Indian pair could take a slight edge only at 20-18. Although the Chinese duo narrowed down the gap further to 19-20, the Indians managed to win the crucial point to wrap up the first game. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterIn the second game, the Indians managed to take an upper hand as they moved to a 6-2 lead but the Chinese soon bridged the gap to 5-6 before catching up with them at 11-11. After the interval, the Chinese duo surged ahead to 13-11 but the Indians lifted their game and drew parity at 13 apiece. The Indians then overtook their opponents to 16-14 and then climbed up to 18-16 before the Chinese pair won five consecutive points to stun the Indians and take the match to the decider. Rankireddy and Shetty were slow off the blocks in the third game but managed to make it 6-6. From there on, the Indians never looked back and kept their composure to maintain the edge over their rivals till the end. Even though the Chinese pair fought back and at one stage reduced the gap to 18-19, the Indians looked in no mood to climb down and went on to pocket two consecutive points to seal the match in their favour.
Tel Aviv: India’s economic transition, workforce expansion and urbanisation will boost investment opportunities in real estate sector in the next decade, leading to significant growth in housing, office, retail and warehousing space, says a CREDAI and CBRE report. In its joint report released at a real estate conference held here, property consultant CBRE said the sector would expand tremendously by 2030, led by new asset classes such as coworking, coliving, student housing and real estate investment trusts (REITs). Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe report estimated that office space stock will touch one billion sq ft by 2030, with flexible workspace accounting for 8-10 per cent of the total stock. The retail shopping centre stock is estimated to cross 120 million sq ft by 2030, while warehousing stock could touch 500 million sq ft by then. By 2030, residential real estate has the potential to almost double from the current stock of 1.5 million units in key cities, the report said. “As the Indian economy transitions and its workforce expands, it will offer vast development and investment opportunities for the real estate sector,” CREDAI-CBRE report said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe growth of cities is going to further influence the country’s built environment, while technology, demographics and environmental issues will become the new value drivers, it added. Commenting on the report, CREDAI President Satish Magar said, “India continues to remain a high-priority market for long term growth potential as is evident from the increased investment flows in the last few years. “In the wake of positive policy reforms and emergence of a strong workforce, the momentum of India’s economic growth is steady and it will only grow stronger in the next 10 years,” said Anshuman Magazine, Chairman and CEO, India, South East Asia, Middle East and Africa, CBRE. The factors which will further facilitate this growth trajectory are investment, improved governance, human capital upgrade, improved connectivity, infrastructure enhancement, strengthened institutions, policy reforms and integrated sustainability of the entire ecosystem, he added.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has cleared the decks for the Chardham highway project, which will connect four holy places in the hills of Uttarakhand through 900-km all-weather roads, by modifying an NGT order to constitute a fresh committee to look into environmental concerns.It ordered the Ministry of Environment and Forest to form the high-powered committee (HPC) by August 22. NGO Citizen for Green Doon had petitioned the apex court, after the National Green Tribunal on September 26 last year gave its conditional approval to the connectivity project in view of larger public interest, saying the project would cause an irreversible damage to regional ecology. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The NGT had constituted a committee headed by a former Uttarakhand High Court Judge to monitor the project. On Friday, hearing the NGO’s petition against the project, the apex court bench comprising Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman and Surya Kant only modified the September NGT order by constituting a fresh high-powered committee (HPC). In addition to this, the court added representatives from Physical Research Laboratory under the government’s Department of Space, Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India, MoEF (from Dehradun regional office) and Defence Ministry to the HPC. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe top court asked the committee to submit its recommendations within four months. The HPC shall hold quarterly meetings thereafter to ensure compliance and may suggest any further measure after each review meeting. “The committee shall consider the cumulative and independent impact of the Chardham project on the entire Himalayan valleys and for that purpose, the HPC will give directions to conduct Environmental Impact Assessment by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH),” it said. The HPC should consider whether revision of the full Chardham project should at all take place with a view to minimize the adverse impact on the environment and social life, it said. It will identify the sites where quarrying has started recommend measures required to stabilise the area and for safe disposal of muck. It will also assess the environmental degradation loss of forest lands, trees, green cover, water resources etc. on the wildlife and will direct mitigation measures, it said. In Bhagirathi Eco-Sensitive Zone (Gangotri to Uttarkashi), the HPC will make special provisions in its report keeping in mind the guidelines given under the notification of the Bhagirathi ESZ to avoid violations and any environmental damage, the court said. The HPC will also suggest the areas in which afforestation should be taken and the kind of saplings to be planted, it said. In case of non-survival of any sapling, further plantation should be done and compensatory afforestation should be ten times the number of trees cut, the court said.
New Delhi: Water level in the Yamuna is likely to cross the danger mark this evening, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, urging people in low-lying areas to move to temporary shelters set up by the administration. Traffic movement on Old Yamuna Bridge (popularly known as Lohe Ka Pul) was closed by the administration in view of rising river. Addressing a press conference, Kejriwal said the next two days are “critical” but asserted his government is ready to deal with the situation that may arise. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The chief minister held a meeting with ministers and top officers to assess the situation and reviewed arrangements. Haryana released a record 8.28 lakh cusecs water in the Yamuna on Sunday, he said. “This water is likely to reach Delhi by Monday evening and the danger mark in the Yamuna at 205.33 metres is likely to be breached,” he said. In 2013, Kejriwal said, Haryana released 8.06 lakh cusecs water which led to a rise in the Yamuna to 207.32 metres. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday So far, 2,120 temporary shelters have been set up, where food, water and other amenities are being provided by government agencies. More than 23,800 people will be required to be moved out from low-lying areas, according to official estimates. The river was flowing at 205.2 metres in Delhi at 3pm. Haryana released 1.87 lakh cusecs water at 2pm on Monday and 1.79 lakh cusecs was discharged from Hathnikund barrage at 3pm. Kejriwal said there was no need for people to panic but those in low-lying areas needed to shift to temporary shelters. He also urged parents to not allow their children near the river or to go for swimming or bathing in the swelling waters. The Yamuna flows through six districts of Delhi whose low-lying areas are prone to flooding. The administration has deployed 30 boats to prevent accidental drowning.
Lima: Archeologists in Peru say the 227 bodies they have unearthed from a site used by the pre-Columbian Chimu culture is the biggest-ever discovery of sacrificed children. Archeologists have been digging since last year at the huge sacrificial site in Huanchaco, a beachside tourist town north of the capital Lima. “This is the biggest site where the remains of sacrificed children have been found,” chief archeologist Feren Castillo told AFP on Tuesday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USCastillo said the children, who were aged between four and 14, were sacrificed in a ritual to honor the Chimu culture’s gods. “They were sacrificed to appease the El Nino phenomenon,” and show signs of being killed during wet weather, he said. He added that there may still be more to be found. “It’s uncontrollable, this thing with the children. Wherever you dig, there’s another one,” Castillo said. The children’s remains were found in a position facing the sea. Some still had skin and hair. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHuanchaco was a site where many child sacrifices took place during the time of the Chimu culture, whose apogee was between 1200 and 1400. Archeologists first found children’s bodies at the dig site in the town’s Pampa la Cruz neighbourhood in June 2018, unearthing 56 skeletons. Pampa la Cruz is a short distance from Huanchaquito, where the remains of 140 sacrificed children and 200 llamas were found in April 2018.