BJP leader booked for burning photos in Barabanki, UP

first_imgA BJP leader in Uttar Pradesh has been booked under the stringent Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for allegedly burning the photos of BSP supremo Mayawati and SP president Akhilesh Yadav during a Holika Dahan event in Barabanki.The incident took place on March 20 and an FIR was filed at Ramnagar police station in Barabanki late on Friday, the police said on Saturday. The case was registered against Rambabu Dwivedi, State vice-president of the BJP Kisan Morcha.‘Hurled casteist abuses’According to the complaint lodged by SP MLC Rajesh Yadav, Mr. Dwivedi, along with others, burned pictures of Ms. Mayawati and Mr. Akhilesh Yadav during the festival and hurled sexist and casteist abuses at the leaders. A video of the event was also shared on social media.“Even today people of savarna caste want to oppress Dalits and OBCs and they have made their intentions known by setting on fire pictures of leaders of Dalits,” said the MLC in his complaint, adding the video was shared to instigate riots. “A probe is on,” the Barabanki police said on Twitter. Mr. Akhilesh Yadav said the Holika Dahan had sent a clear message that “Dalits and OBC communities will be suppressed and burned under the BJP rule just like they have been for centuries.” “The BJP will soon face the wrath of the deprived sections,” Mr. Akhilesh Yadav tweeted.Mr. Dwivedi, however, sought to justify the incident. “It was not to personally hurt anyone. The event was an effigy burning of the forces of anarchy, corruption and goondaism,” he told The Hindu.last_img read more

Cyclone Bulbul to make a landfall in Sunderban delta

first_imgCyclone Bulbul: Squally weather prevails over Odisha Very severe cyclonic storm Bulbul is likely to make a landfall in the Sunderban delta by today night, officials of the Regional Meteorological Centre in Kolkata said on Saturday. G.K. Das, director of the weather office said that maximum impact of the storm will be felt between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Saturday evening.“It is very likely to weaken gradually, move northeastwards and cross West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts between Sagar Islands (West Bengal) and Khepupara (Bangladesh), across Sunderban delta by late evening/ night of 9 th November (20.00 hrs to 2300 hrs IST) as a severe cyclonic storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph,” a press release from the Indian Meteorological Department said.A press statement of IMD also stated that Bulbul at 14.30 hrs lay centered about 90 km south-southeast of Digha 85 km south of Sagar islands and 185 km south-southwest of Kolkata. Mr. Das said that North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas will be the two districts which will be affected by the cyclone and the impact will be felt in gangetic West Bengal. In Kolkata wind speed about 50 to 70 kmph when the cyclonic storm crosses.While the weather office have predicted light to moderate rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is continuing over north coastal districts of Odisha and coastal districts of West Bengal.Also Read  Meanwhile, certain areas in the coastal parts of the State in Kolkata have witnessed moderate rainfall since Saturday morning. Digha reported 7cm and Canning 3cm rainfall till 8.30 a.m. over the past 24 hours.“The wind speed is likely to increase after 18.00 hrs on Saturday. The weather is likely to improve from Sunday afternoon,” Mr. Das said.Meanwhile, alert has been issued in all coastal districts of West Bengal and Indian Navy, West Bengal Police and Coast Guard are closely monitoring the situation. Camps have been set up in both North and South 24 Parganas to accommodate 1 lakh people.“District police is coordinating with civil administration for setting up relief camps and Sunderban PD (police district) has setup 55 camps to accommodate 80,500 persons and Basirhat PD has setup 14 camps for 39,000 persons. Situation is being closely monitored,” West Bengal police said.Eastern Naval Command (ENC) in a press statement said that a Naval Aircraft deployed in the Bay of Bengal have been warning fishing boats about the impinging cyclone and advising them to return to the nearest harbour for shelter.“Three IN ships at Visakhapatnam are standby with relief material embarked for immediate deployment to the most affected areas to undertake Humanitarian Aid Distress Relief (HADR) operation. Additionally, 10 diving and medical teams are also kept ready for augmenting rescue and relief efforts in Odisha and West Bengal,” a press statement from Ministry of Defence said.last_img read more

Steve Waugh’s reply to Shane Warne’s ‘most selfish cricketer’ jibe is classic

first_imgSteve Waugh on Friday hit back at Shane Warne after the legendary spinner reignited a long-running feud between the two by calling the former Australia captain a selfish cricketer .In his reply Waugh said he was just doing his job as a captain when he dropped the leg-spinner in 1999 for a Test in the West Indies. Earlier this week, Warne blasted Waugh as “the most selfish cricketer I have played with”. The grudge was related to Waugh’s decision of dropping Warne from the playing XI for the final Test on a tour of the West Indies 17 years ago.It sparked a backlash against the legendary leg-spinner on the social media with Waugh issuing a short statement the next day that read, “I’m not justifying his comments with an answer.”But today, he opened up, explaining that the decision to drop Warne was tough but part of his job as the captain.”To be fair, not only Shane, any player I had to tell was dropped wasn’t easy,” Waugh was quoted as saying by Triple M commercial radio.”It wasn’t easy telling Adam Dale he was dropped for a Test match or Greg Blewett. There were a number of players I had to tell they weren’t playing,” he said.”As a captain, that is the hardest thing to do. But it’s also why you’re the captain, because people expect you to make the tough decisions for the benefit of the team,” Waugh added.”You have got to do that at times and you have got to be prepared not to be liked by everyone.”advertisementlast_img read more

Second camera in iPhone 7 Plus is like human eye and it’s a big deal

first_imgRecently, when Apple announced the iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 7, it too jumped on the dual-camera bandwagon. Just like some recent high-end Android phones, the iPhone 7 Plus sports two rear cameras at the back. However, unlike what other phones have, the functionality of this second camera in the iPhone 7 Plus is quite unique. The focal length of the lens used in this second camera is very different and that gives the iPhone 7 Plus an ability to picture a scene just the way humans do. This doesn’t sound much on the paper. But in actual use, it is a big deal. In fact it can be argued that this is one of the next big things when it comes to the cameras in phones.To understand why the second camera in the iPhone 7 Plus is so important, you need to understand why the 50mm lenses are so popular in the world of photography.Like human eyeIt’s a controversial subject among the photographers and photography enthusiasts. But despite all the agreements — and disagreements — it is widely acknowledged that the focal length, or more precisely the field of view, of the human eye is around 50mm in terms of full-frame 35mm film. It’s actually around 43mm, but depending on the perspective it always shifts this way and that. In other words, it means that a 50mm lens, when used on full-frame camera, gives the similar view that a human sees with his eye. This is the reason why the 50mm lenses are so popular. They always click the images that have a field of view that our brain can easily understand and identify. These 50mm images look “natural”. They don’t look wide. They don’t look too up-close. They look just right, most of the time.advertisementIncidentally, this also happens to be pretty close to the view that you will get with the second camera in the iPhone 7 Plus. This camera, in terms of 35mm film, shoots images with 56mm focal length. It’s slightly closer compared to what you will get with the 43mm lens, but yet allows for images that are more candid and natural than the images that the normal phone cameras with their 27mm or 28mm lens shoot.Again, it is hard to convey this in words, but once you use the 2X zoom aka the second lens in the iPhone 7 Plus, you will realise that finally you have the phone that helps you capture a scene in similar sort of dynamics that you are seeing with your eyes. To be precise, here is what the second lens of the iPhone 7 Plus lets you do:Click more candid photos. Images where the subjects fill the frame are always more dynamic and impactful. With the iPhone 7 Plus you can do it. Or at least as well as you can do it with a phone.Click more up-close portraits. With a 27mm or 28mm lens, clicking portraits, which require a bit closer framing, is always difficult. The 2X lens on the iPhone 7 Plus makes it easier.Get better bokeh or in other words the blurred background in images. The bigger focal length helps blur the background. This is one reason why professionals shoot portraits with a 200mm lens. Now, the 2X lens in the iPhone 7 Plus can’t match the pro lenses, or even the good old 85mm, which is considered gold standard for everyday portrait photography, but it is better than the wide-angle lenses that are normally part of the phones. Right way to do dual camera?Of late, a lot of companies are putting two rear cameras in their phones. But all of them are taking a different approach when it comes to the utility of this second camera. Earlier we saw companies using the second camera to capture depth of field and then allowing people to change the focus points after the image was clicked. This wasn’t very useful.Then LG earlier this year came out with rear-camera setup in the G5. But on this phone, one was a regular camera and the other had a wider angle lens. It was more useful than the earlier approach, but still the situations where you want a very wide-angle lens aren’t many in day-to-day shooting. So the second lens in G5 didn’t click with consumers all that much.A 50mm lens gives the view similar to what a human sees with his eye. These 50mm images look “natural”. They don’t look wide. They don’t look too up-close. They look just right, most of the timeadvertisementThen, there is Huawei. In P9 and Honor 8, it has dual-camera setup but both cameras have same focal length. Instead, the second camera in these phones clicks beautiful black & white photos. Also it captures data, which is used to make images better, even when you are clicking images in full colour. This too is useful.But it is clear that in terms of utility, the 2X lens on the iPhone 7 Plus is the better approach. The convenience of getting closer to subjects is unmatched, particularly in day-to-day photography. A focal length of around 50mm makes photos all that more natural. Now that Apple has taken this approach with the iPhone 7 Plus, I expect to see similar — and probably even more useful lenses — to appear as part of the dual-camera setup in the future phones.  Also read: iPhone 7 Plus in Varanasi: Apple’s newest phone meets one of oldest cities in the worldlast_img read more

Misbah-ul-Haq set to miss second Test due to family illness

first_imgCaptain Misbah-ul-Haq is highly unlikely to be available for his country’s second Test against New Zealand in Hamilton on Friday after having to return to Pakistan due to a family illness. (New Zealand thrash Pakistan in 1st Test)Misbah’s father-in-law was critically ill and had been admitted to hospital and placed in intensive care, a Pakistan team spokesman said in an email to Reuters on Sunday.The 42-year-old was due to leave New Zealand on Sunday evening and the spokesman said it would be “difficult” for him to return in time for the match at Seddon Park.Misbah was missing from the post-match formalities after his side lost the first Test by eight wickets to New Zealand at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Sunday.Vice-captain Azhar Ali, instead addressed the media and said their inspirational captain was heading home to deal with the issue.”Unfortunately his father-in-law is very serious and he has to go back,” Azhar said. “Hopefully things turn out well.”Azhar added Misbah would be a big loss for his side, if he did not make it back in time for the match. Travel time between the two countries is a minimum of 18 hours each way.”We’ll miss him definitely,” Azhar said.”We have to cope with that now and whoever comes into the side will take that opportunity and give us runs, as well as the stability he gives us in the middle.”New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said while Misbah’s ability to galvanise his team and composed middle-order batting would be missed, he doubted the visitors would be under-strength for the Seddon Park game.advertisement”Misbah is a fantastic leader, certainly a great middle order batter and a world class player,” Williamson said.”When you’re without someone like that it is a loss. But (one of the) reasons why they’re number two (in the world) is because they have depth and experience.”I’m sure they’ll find a suitable option for that middle order.”last_img read more

J-K Indias crown: Nirmal Singh

first_imgJammu, Oct 31 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh today termed Jammu and Kashmir as the crown of India and said Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had played the biggest role in ensuring the accession of the state to the country.He flagged off the Run for Unity on the 142nd birth anniversary of the first deputy prime minister.”Jammu and Kashmir is the crown of India and this is the message we are giving by participating in the Run for Unity in the state,” Singh told reporters here.Flanked by state Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta and the ministers, he said the run was for re-discovering Patels legacy to unite the country.”Sardar Patel has biggest role in ensuring accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India as well as forcing out raiders from territory and ensuring peace here,” Singh said.He said it was a run for the unity of the country.Singh said people were running for this cause across the country which showed that India would become a superpower in the world.He said anyone trying to divide the country would not be spared.He said Patels commitment to unite India should be remembered today as it was a rebuff for people who had earlier tried to diminish and make others forget his contribution.”But the people of India respect his contribution towards building oour nation. We want the youth to carry forward the ideas and commitment of Patel and make it a strong country,” he said.The Jammu and Kashmir Police also organised a separate Run for Unity led by its chief S P Vaid.advertisementVaid said the youth of the country should learn from Sardars Patel contribution and make the country strong and united.The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly speaker said the state was an integral part of India and no one could snatch it.”The day shows our commitment to it,” he said.The 3-km run witnessed the participation of 15,000 to 20,000 people including school children, elders, sports- persons, artists and politicians. PTI AB AARlast_img read more

Third place in Greece belongs to AEK

first_imgWith the unstoppable duo of Malik Hairston (24 points, 5 assists) and J’ Covan Brown (22 points) pulling the strings, AEK defeated Aris 89 – 81 and won the third-place series of the Greek Basket League 3-1.Being significantly better right from the start, AEK did not have any problem filling the basket of its opponents per its desires. Meanwhile, the 17 turnovers (in contrast with the 10 assists) that the players of Aris made, prohibited them from answering back in a fitting manner.Okaro White with 16 points plus 7 rebounds, along with Dominic Waters who added 17 points, fought hard for the team from Thessaloniki, but what ultimately hurt the guests, was the lack of their usual defensive consistency.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

College Spun’s Staff Picks For All 41 Bowl Games

first_imgCollege Spun's staff picks for all 41 bowl games.Believe it or not, college football’s bowl season is just two days away. This Saturday at 2 PM ET, Arizona and New Mexico will kick things off in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. In fact, there are five contests in total on the day. And as you’re probably aware, there are 41 postseason contests this year – the most in college football history.We’ve gone through and made our picks – including the national championship game. Who will be crowned the College Spun bowl game king? We’ll find out in the coming month.Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 1.58.22 PMScreen Shot 2015-12-17 at 1.58.33 PMScreen Shot 2015-12-17 at 1.58.43 PMScreen Shot 2015-12-17 at 1.58.51 PMlast_img read more

Malaysia Masters: Srikanth, Saina lead Indian contingent as new season begins

first_img Next Press Trust of India Kuala LumpurJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 14:58 IST Kidambi Srikanth will begin Malaysia Masters after an unbeaten record in the PBL. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKidambi Srikanth failed to win a single title on BWF tour in 2018Saina Nehwal won medals at six tournaments in 20182019 is the year of qualification for 2020 Tokyo OlympicsTop Indian shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal will begin the season with renewed verve at the Malaysian Open World Tour Super 500 tournament which gets underway with the qualifiers here (Kuala Lumpur) Tuesday.World No 8 Srikanth endured a below-par season where he topped the BWF ranking for a brief period and also claimed the Commonwealth Games silver but failed to win a single title, following an unprecedented high of 2017.Though he couldn’t produce the goods in the international circuit, Kidambi Srikanth managed to keep a clean slate in the just-concluded Premier Badminton League (PBL) where he anchored his team to a title win on Sunday.The 25-year-old from Guntur will hope to continue his unbeaten run when he takes on Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus in his season-opener on Wednesday.Saina, on the other hand, has been one of the top achievers in 2018, claiming a second gold in the CWG and securing a bronze at the Asian Games and Asian Championship.She also reached the finals at Indonesia Masters, Denmark Open and Syed Modi International.The 28-year-old from Hyderabad, who recently married fellow shuttler P Kashyap, will also face a Hong Kong player in Deng Joy Xuan in her women’s singles first round.B Sai Praneeth, meanwhile, has decided to give the tournament a miss after featuring in the PBL for Bengaluru Raptors.Commonwealth Games silver medallists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will look for a positive start too when they face China’s Ou Xuanyi and Ren Xiangyu.In women’s doubles, CWG bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will meet Hong Kong’s Ng Tsz Yau and Yuen Sin Ying, while the mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa square off against English pair of Ben Lane and Jessica Pugh.advertisementKashyap, Ajay Jayaram and Subhankar Dey will compete in the men’s singles qualifiers, while women shuttlers Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka and Rituparna Das will also play on Tuesday.Also Read | Never had a fight with Pullela Gopichand, says Saina NehwalAlso Read | Saina Nehwal accepts Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore challenge, tells her #5MinuteAur storyAlso Read | Cancer-stricken Lee Chong Wei resumes badminton training in MalaysiaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Kidambi SrikanthFollow Saina NehwalFollow Parupalli KashyapFollow Malaysia MastersFollow Badminton Malaysia Masters: Srikanth, Saina lead Indian contingent as new season beginsMalaysia Open World Tour Super 500: Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal look ahead at the new season with an eye at 2020 Tokyo Olympics after contrasting 2018.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Pakistan announce ‘robust review’ of performance amid World Cup struggle

first_img Next World Cup 2019: Pakistan announce ‘robust review’ of performance amid World Cup struggleWorld Cup 2019: Pakistan have lost three of the four matches they have played at the World Cup 2019 to be ninth in the 10-team standings. They were defeated by 89 runs in their last game against India.advertisement Reuters SouthamptonJune 19, 2019UPDATED: June 19, 2019 23:15 IST Pakistan suffered an 89-run defeat to India in World Cup game on Sunday. (Twitter/@ICC)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan Cricket Board will review the team’s performance in last 3 yearsWith 3 points in 5 World Cup games, Pakistan stand 9th on the points tableIn their last World Cup game, India defeated Pakistan by 89 runsThe Pakistan team under captain Sarfaraz Ahmed have failed to live up to their country’s expectations and there will be a robust review of their performance in the last three years, the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Wednesday.Pakistan are still trying to salvage their World Cup campaign as they languish ninth in the 10-team standings with one win from five matches.They are still smarting from Sunday’s heavy defeat by arch-rivals India.The PCB is expecting the team to stage a comeback in the tournament but they would need something extraordinary to finish the group stage in the top four and make the semi-finals.The BoG had a discussion on the Pakistan cricket team’s recent performance across all formats, the PCB said in a statement after a Board of Governors meeting in Lahore.The members agreed the team’s performance in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 to date has been below expectation, but expressed faith, support and confidence in the side, and hoped they will … bounce back strongly and finish on a high….following the World Cup, the PCB will carry out a robust review and analysis of the side’s and the team support personnel’s performances in the past three years and submit their recommendations to the Chairman and the BoG for their consideration.The 1992 world champions next play South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday.Also Read | Pakistan Cricket Board should penalise players spotted at Shisha cafe: Intikhab AlamAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Former Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam questions Inzamam’s presence in EnglandAlso SeeadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs Pakistanlast_img read more

Costamare Expands Fleet as Market Improves

first_imgzoom Greece-based containership owner Costamare has expanded its fleet with two ships as the container shipping industry experienced a slight recovery.The company added the newbuilding containership Polar Argentina, the first of the two 3,800 TEU newbuildings ordered together with York Capital, on January 23, 2018. Upon delivery, the vessel started a seven-year charter with German shipping major Hamburg Süd.The company’s remaining equity capital expenditure commitments stand at USD 1.07 million, relating to the second newbuild vessel which is expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2018.Additionally, the 2005-built container vessel CMA CGM L’Etoile, which was purchased in October 2017, joined its new owner at the start of November 2017. The 2,556 TEU ship is chartered to the French shipping company CMA CGM for a period, expiring at the charterers’ option, between March 10, 2018 and June 10, 2018, at a daily rate of USD 10,250.The fleet expansion was unveiled as part of the company’s unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017. Costamare said that its net income for the fourth quarter reached USD 2.7 million, against a net loss of USD 11 million reported in the same three-month period a year earlier.For the full year, the company’s net income stood at USD 72.9 million, compared to a net income of USD 81.7 million seen in the previous year.“2018 started with a positive momentum across the board. So far larger vessels have captured most of the upswing and hopefully this will give a further boost to the smaller sizes as well,” Gregory Zikos, Chief Financial Officer of Costamare Inc., said.“On the chartering side, we chartered in total 16 ships since last quarter and today we have no ships laid up,” Zikos added.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgCONTINUING 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.center_img 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.last_img read more

Kejriwal says Yamuna to breach danger mark this evening urges people to

first_imgNew 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.last_img read more

March 27April 2 Must See Cultural Events

Rabat – Each week, Morocco has a comprehensive cultural plan. Read our listing to discover some of the most interesting cultural happenings taking place this week in the kingdom.Cinema Human Rights “3000 Nights”:The ARMCDH program, as part of its monthly activities devoted to the promotion of human rights through cinema, will screen the Palestinian film “3000 nights” directed by Mai Masri. The screening will be followed by a debate on the film’s themes. 3000 nights centres around a young Palestinian woman in an Israeli prison as she fights to protect her newborn son and ensure his survival. 3000 nights is a powerful portrayal of hope, bravery and strength.Screening Dates and Locations: Thursday March 30- 6.30 pm, at the Cinémathèque du CCM-Rabat Friday March 31 – 6.30pm at the Cultural Center ‘Les étoiles’- Casablanca Tuesday April 4 – 8pm at the Cinéma la Renaissance – Rabat Thursday April 6 – 6:30 pm at Kenitra’s Cultural CenterFor more information check ArmcdhViolin and Piano Concert:Two Moroccan musicians, Mohammed El Hachoumi on violin and Reda Bennani on piano, will revive the expressive and inventive opuses of the Romantic Era in a performance of compositions of some of the era’s most celebrated composers, namely: Brahms, Massenet, Mendelssohn and Bartok.  The concert will take place on April 1, at the BNRM library, Rabat.For more information check with Reda Bennani.Pakistani Food Festival – Casablanca & Marrakech:Hotel chain “Mogador Hotels & Resorts” invites the public to come and discover Pakistani cuisine in all its forms in the first edition of the Pakistani Food Festival.The festival will consist of meetings and discoveries of “the best Pakistani culinary traditions,” where Pakistani chefs invite the public to an “unforgettable gustative journey” through Pakistani traditional dishes. The food is specially prepared for the occasion and served in the hotels’ restaurants, particularly Mogador Hotel Agdal Marrakech from March 29 to 31, and the Grand Mogador Hotel Casablanca from April 1 to 3.The festival also includes the opportunity to discover the Pakistani culture through dance and vocal concerts throughout the event, and “many surprises for the visitors.”For more information check Mogador Hotels & Resorts.Africultures at the HEM Campus Fez:In the framework of establishing cultural exchanges between Morocco and African-Sub-Saharan countries, an Intercultural event under the theme “Africa without borders”, will take place on April 1 at the HEM campus in Fez. The event is part of an effort to strengthen the ties between Morocco and Sub Saharan Africa.For more information check Help4Life.Marrakech Dance Festival Fourth Edition 2017:The 4th Annual Marrakech Dance Festival invites you to enjoy a variety of dance genres including Hip Hop, Dancehall, Popping, Locking, House and Top Rock.It also offers an intensive week of dance classes, workshops, conferences, battles, parties and other suprises, supervised by internationally renowned teachers: Kevin Paradox, Kapela, Audrey Bosc, Nelson, Willow Evann, Rafa, Malika Benjelloun, Babson, Blacka Di Danca, Andrey Boyko, Houssni Mijem.The festival is intended to be a place of creative exchange. The last three editions hosted participants of all ages from countries all over the world. It will take place from March 27 to April 2 at the Hotel Farah Marrakech.For more information check MARRAKECH DANCE FESTIVAL.Earth Friends:The High Atlas Foundation will host Earth Friends with the aim of offering an opportunity for people from different walks of life to come together and forge bonds. The event hopes to educate visitors about cultural diversity in the Marrakesh region, as well as raise awareness about the importance of protecting the environment. It will take place April 2, at the High Atlas Foundation, Marrakech. For more information check Earth Friends.Asi balia Jerez:Isi balia Jerez is “a breathtaking show,” which will be performed by Jerez dancer, Maria del Mar Moreno, with her extreme sensitivity and strong academic background. As a dancer, she represents “the most authentic and traditional” school of her native land while being well engaged in her time. She is also an acclaimed singer, performer, and a flamenco teacher. The event will take place March 30, in Studio Des Arts Vivants Theater in Casablanca.For more information check  Le Studio Des Arts Vivants THEATRE.If you would like to see your event in our Cultural Agenda, feel free to email us at ensure inclusion, please include the date, time, a brief description of the event, and a link to more information.  We look forward to hearing about unique and diverse events for our weekly listing. read more

Survey Companies add fewest jobs in 9 years in May

WASHINGTON — U.S. companies added the fewest jobs in nine years, a private survey found, as manufacturers, construction firms and mining companies cut workers.Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that businesses added just 27,000 jobs in May, the fewest since March 2010. Jobs in construction fell 36,000 and in manufacturing by 3,000.Growth is expected to slow this year as the global economy weakens, the impact of the Trump administration’s tax cuts fade, and its tariffs take effect. The economy could expand at just a 1.5% annual pace in the April-June quarter, analysts forecast.The ADP’s figures don’t include government hiring and frequently diverge from the government’s official report, which is scheduled to be released Friday. Economists expect that report will show job gains of 185,000, while the unemployment rate remains 3.6%.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press read more

Underworld gang member arrested

A hand grenade and heroin was also seized from his possession following the arrest. The Police Special Task Force (STF) arrested a leading underworld gang member in Hanwella.The Police said that Sisira Kumara alias Bula was arrested by the STF in a special operation.

Countries retaining death penalty fail to give details of executions UN says

An analysis of recent replies to a UN survey by 18 Member States confirms the finding of a report on the same subject, issued in March, that “many retentionist States did not provide accurate and comprehensive statistics on the number of death sentences imposed, appeals allowed, or executions carried out by age, gender and type of offence,” the report to the General Assembly’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) says.The 18 responses bring to 70 the number of countries which have replied to the seventh survey in 35 years, “seven more than replied to the sixth survey,” it says.Seven of the 18 respondents have abolished capital punishment for all crimes. Brazil has abolished it for ordinary crimes, but has not executed anyone since 1855, while Brunei Darussalam has not carried out an execution since 1957 and Madagascar, which is drafting a law on abolishing the death penalty, has not executed anyone since its independence in 1960, the report says.The eight States which have kept the death penalty on the books, whether or not they have executed any prisoners in recent years, are Ghana, Jamaica, Republic of Korea, Serbia and Montenegro, Tanzania, Tunisia, the United States and Zimbabwe, it says.The countries each have at least a few safeguards, which include a minimum age for people sentenced, prohibitions against executing a person who is pregnant, insane or mentally retarded, unquestionable evidence of guilt, competent courts, the right to appeal the sentence and the right to request a commutation of sentence or a pardon.The Secretary-General says the low response from the 191 UN Member States suggests that the form of the survey needs to be reconsidered. read more

Ban marks Chernobyl anniversary with call for greater support for recovery efforts

“This is an opportunity to pay tribute to the emergency workers who responded, remember the more than 330,000 people who were evacuated from contaminated regions, and stand in solidarity with the millions who still live in the affected areas in Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine,” said a statement issued by the spokesperson for the Secretary-General.The explosion that occurred at Chernobyl on 26 April, 1986 marked the worst nuclear power plant accident in history. The United Nations has played an important role in addressing the challenges faced by affected communities, and remains committed to the UN Action Plan on Chernobyl until 2016. The Plan contains a declaration of principles embraced by all UN agencies involved in recovery efforts and emphasizes social and economic development and the promotion of healthy lifestyles and community self-reliance.“Those affected still require targeted yet comprehensive support in creating new livelihoods and restoring self-reliance and self-sufficiency. The Secretary-General applauds the determination of people in affected territories to bring life in the region back to normal,” said the statement.Mr. Ban noted that Chernobyl recovery has produced new knowledge and experience in addressing the multifaceted consequences of nuclear emergencies. “Over the years, the United Nations and its partners have tackled development challenges that emerged in the aftermath of the nuclear disaster, supported recovery efforts tailored to addressing the fallout, and found practical solutions on the ground,” the statement noted, adding that Mr. Ban welcomes the request of the General Assembly to fully utilize those experiences in development cooperation worldwide.“On this solemn occasion, the Secretary-General calls upon the international community to further support the process of recovery and sustainable development in the Chernobyl-affected region, to optimize the knowledge gained for the common good, and to do everything possible to prevent any future nuclear disasters.” read more

Clashes in Parliament as vote of confidence debate begins

first_imgThe debate leading up to Friday’s confidence vote got under way in Parliament, with New Democracy and SYRIZA attacking each other straight from the opening exchanges.“The opposition did not engage in constructive criticism over the past two years,” said Health Minister Makis Voridis, who opened the discussion due to Premier Antonis Samaras being at a European Union leaders’ summit. “I remind you of the swearing, the threats, the terrorizing and the nooses when the coalition MPs were trying to keep the country standing.”Voridis also accused SYRIZA of engaging in “hate speech,” which stoked political tension and, according to the minister, played a part in the murder of rapper Pavlos Fyssas by a Golden Dawn member and the assassination of two members of the neo-Nazi party, Argyris Kapelonis and Giorgos Fountoulis.His comments prompted an immediate response from SYRIZA’s opening speaker, economic spokesman Yiannis Dragasakis.“Isn’t Mr Samaras the architect of the theory of the two extremes?” he asked. “And who was it that was in contact with the criminal organization [Golden Dawn]?” he added in reference to the revelations earlier this year that the prime minister’s former aide Panayiotis Baltakos had a secret meeting with Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris.Dragasakis then accused the government of succumbing to pressure from businessmen to change laws.“Today it just takes a powerful businessman, a major publisher, sometimes even a medium-sized publisher, a shipowner, a friend of the prime minister to call up and have a law abolished or a fine scrapped,” said the SYRIZA lawmaker.State Minister Dimitris Stamatis challenged Dragasakis to provide some examples to back up his allegations.“Of course we will name names but I am not ready to do so now,” said the opposition MP. “I will decide when to do so. Until then, check the amendments that were made by Mr Baltakos and after that we can speak again.”Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos and another five extreme-right lawmakers who are in pretrial custody are to lodge appeals with the Greek judicial system and the European Court of Human Rights after a prosecutor rejected their requests to appear in Parliament ahead of Friday night’s vote of confidence in the government.Apart from Michaloliakos, requests were made by the party’s second-in-command Christos Pappas, spokesman Kasidiaris, the MPs Nikos Michos and Panagiotis Iliopoulos, as well as Stathis Boukouras, who quit the party in March and is now an independent lawmaker.In a statement released via his lawyer, Michaloliakos condemned the decision as “unprecedented” and “a blatant violation of the Constitution.” Of GD’s 16 MPs, nine are in custody pending trial on a series of criminal charges.Source: Kathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Resident Evil Revelations on Switch Has Exclusive RetroStyle Mini Games

first_img Back during this year’s NYCC, Capcom revealed that Resident Evil: Revelations Collection for Nintendo Switch would contain some exclusive retro mini-games. Today, the company has released two trailers that show us what these hidden gems are all about.The first one is Ghost Ship Panic. Here, players must shoot monsters that drop down from the top of the screen. The monsters include Ooze, Rachel Ooze, and Scagdead, all of which appeared in the first Revelations. Most enemies are easily dispatched with a single shot, but some of the faster enemies are veritable bullet sponges. Graphically speaking, this one is a bit on the cheap side. Still, it looks fun enough.The second mini-game is called Ghouls ‘n Homunculi. As you’ve no doubt surmised, this one is inspired by Capcom’s own Ghouls ‘n Ghosts. Instead of playing as Arthur, players take control of Resident Evil‘s Barry Burton. Like Arthur, Burton loses a piece of clothing whenever he takes damage. I’m curious to know if this game is as brutally difficult as the original Ghouls ‘n Ghosts. Also, do we have to play it twice to get the real ending?These mini-games earn players BP (Battle Points) which they can use to purchase or upgrade items from the in-game Raid Shop. The Revelations titles can get pretty tough, so it’s cool to know you can earn BP by playing these two games.Both Resident Evil: Revelations games have been released on multiple consoles. Because of that, it was a wise move by Capcom to put this type of exclusive content on the Switch release. I can see Switch owners who already own Revelations and Revelations 2 picking up the collection just to try out these mini-games. Ghouls ‘n Homunculi looks like a lot of fun!Resident Evil: Revelations Collection will release for Nintendo Switch on November 28. Keep in kind that the physical release only has the first game on the cartridge. The second game must be downloaded from the Nintendo Switch shop. Get those SD cards ready, kids!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Resident Evil Revelations and Puzzle Fighter Are Portable Capcom Games Stay on targetlast_img read more