Month: October 2019

Circus Parade to Hit Halifax Streets

first_imgThe Museum of Natural History is hitting the streets of Halifaxwith a children’s circus parade on Saturday, Aug. 23. It’s partof the museum’s program focusing on the World Circus exhibitvisiting from the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau,Que. For more than 200 years the circus parade was a powerful andalluring advertising tool used by the travelling circus to drawcustomers to performances under the “Big Top.” Before television,the circus and its parade was the “piece de resistance” ofentertainment. Historically, the parade included a procession of clowns,musicians, live exotic animals and fantastic and beautifullydecorated wagons. It wound through the city, ending at the showlot. “Our museum parade will also be a thrilling kaleidoscope ofcolour, sights and sounds,” said Alex Wilson, manager ofinterpretation at the museum. “Children can decorate theirtricycles, wagons or scooters. With music-makers and favouritestuffed animal toys, we will create our own version of a circusparade.” To help get ready for the parade, a decorating workshop will beheld from 10 a.m to noon. The museum is supplying all of theaccessories to adorn wagons or tricycles. Funny clown faces willbe provided by Rosie Facepainting. The sidewalk-parade begins at around 1 p.m. at the Museum ofNatural History and will proceed along Summer Street, SackvilleStreet and Bell Road. Children interested in joining can call themuseum at 902-424-3563. “Everyone loves a parade, and although our’s may be a tad modestcompared to that of Barnum and Bailey’s, it’s going to be greatfun,” said Mr. Wilson.last_img read more

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Report Released on Financial Reporting

first_imgNova Scotia’s auditor general, Roy Salmon, tabled a report today,Nov. 14, on the province’s consolidated financial statements forthe year ended March 31, 2003, and other financial reportingpractices. The report contains a letter sent to the president and members ofthe Executive Council in regards to their responsibility forgovernment’s financial reporting processes. The auditor generalalso provided comments on and recommendations to improvegovernment’s financial reporting practices. The report is on the government website at www.gov.ns.ca/audg/ . -30-last_img

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New Budget on April 22

first_imgFinance Minister Peter Christie today, April 20, announced hewill introduce the government’s 2004-05 budget in the Nova ScotiaHouse of Assembly on Thursday, April 22, beginning at 2 p.m. “This will be our third consecutive balanced budget,” said Mr.Christie. “As promised, we will continue to invest in health careand education, which Nova Scotians tell us are their toppriorities.” The minister said the government is facing difficult decisions inlight of shortfalls in the federal budget last month anddecreases in equalization funding from Ottawa. He confirmed thatlarge scale public sector staff reductions is not an option thegovernment will use to reduce expenses. “This budget will protect our priorities, but it will alsorecognize our limitations,” Mr. Christie said. “We are managingour available resources wisely, while still providing the muchneeded programs and services that Nova Scotians expect anddeserve.”last_img read more

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Cooperation Key to Beef Industry Improvements

first_imgAGRICULTURE/FISHERIES–Co-operation Key to Beef IndustryImprovements Nova Scotia will work more co-operatively with Prince EdwardIsland and New Brunswick to improve the beef industry, Chrisd’Entremont, Nova Scotia Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries,said today, Sept. 22, following the annual meeting of federal,provincial and territorial Ministers of Agriculture. “One of the big challenges we face in Nova Scotia is the need toincrease our slaughter capacity so that we have a place to sendboth our beef and dairy cattle,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “I thinktogether we can make some positive things happen for our cattleproducers.” Ministers gathered in Brudenell, P.E.I. from Sept. 20 to 22 todiscuss advancing the federal cattle strategy to repositionCanada’s cattle and ruminant industry. Announced on Sept. 10, thestrategy looks at the long-term viability of the industry byincreasing slaughter capacity, sustaining the cattle industryuntil capacity comes online and expanding access to exportmarkets for both livestock and beef products. “There needs to be some flexibility within the strategy, becauseeach province’s issues are not the same and they requiredifferent solutions,” said Mr. d’Entremont. Ministers reviewed Canada’s response to BSE and will examineshort and long-term options for the handling, alternate use, anddisposal of animal waste. They also discussed the costsassociated with the cattle strategy and agreed to continue towork together to address this important concern. Other discussions resulted in the establishment of an annualreview process of the Agricultural Policy Framework (APF).Ministers also agreed to extend the 1/3 simplified deposit forthe Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization Program for the2004 stabilization year, and to extend the deadline by whichdeposits must be made to March 31, 2005.last_img read more

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Paving Project Scheduled for Colchester County

first_imgDrivers in the Bible Hill area will soon be travelling on smoother, stronger pavement thanks to a road-paving tender announced by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. The tender is for repaving on nine streets in Bible Hill and Colchester County for a total distance of 6.8 kilometres. The streets are Rhyland Drive, Maple Boulevard, Scenic Drive, and Hillcrest Avenue in Bible Hill, as well as Evergreen Drive, East Prince Street, Spruce Drive, Hill Street, and William Street in Colchester County. “These roads are important to local residents and it’s important that we bring them back to top shape,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “The province is investing $177-million in road paving this year.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro, and Sydney.last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Cumberland County

first_img Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-8175 -30- CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Folly Lake Bridge Folly Lake Bridge over the CN rail tracks will be periodically reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Wednesday, January 16. A 25-tonne weight restriction will be in place until repairs are completed. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Sunday, including weekends.last_img

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Province Provides funds to SPCA

first_imgThe province announced $100,000 in funding today, April 25, to the Nova Scotia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The funding will support the SPCA’s work implementing the new Animal Protection Act. The act, passed in November 2008, designates the SPCA as responsible for the enforcement of the companion animal portion of the act. “The SPCA plays a significant role in assuring companion animals in Nova Scotia are protected and treated with the care they deserve,” said Minister of Agriculture Mark Parent. “This funding will help the SPCA meet its obligations under the Animal Protection Act.” The new act shifts responsibility for farm animals from the SPCA to the Department of Agriculture. It will allow the SPCA to focus on the protection of non-farm animals. The act is scheduled to be proclaimed in the coming months. “We are very pleased to receive this funding from the department as it allows us to focus on improving our investigation capability by providing our staff and volunteers with operational funding and additional training,” said Jim Kochanoff, treasurer for the provincial SPCA. “As well, it allows us to adjust to our new administrative requirements and responsibilities under the act.” The provincial SPCA has been incorporated since 1877. Nova Scotia was the first jurisdiction in North America to pass laws for the prevention of cruelty to animals.last_img read more

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14 Charged Under Health and Safety Act This Year

first_imgAs part of its efforts to promote safer workplaces and to reduce injury and accident rates in Nova Scotia, the Department of Labour and Workforce Development has charged 14 parties with 41 infractions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act this year. The charges range from failing to provide information to an occupational health and safety officer to not taking reasonable measures to ensure the health and safety of people at a workplace. “Last year, 32 workers did not come home and 7,200 loss-time injuries were reported to the Workers’ Compensation Board. These numbers are unacceptable,” said Labour and Workforce Development Minister Marilyn More. “Under our leadership, we want workplace health and safety to be forever on the minds of each and every person.” Ms. More acknowledged that 2009 was the first time in a decade that loss-time injuries fell below 8,000 but, she said, there is still room for improvement. “Any workplace death or injury is one too many,” said Ms. More. As of June 30, the department had been advised of six workplace deaths during the first half of this year. “Our efforts to reduce workplace injuries and fatalities include a mix of education, rewards and enforcement,” said Jim LeBlanc, executive director of the department’s Occupational Health and Safety Division. Starting in September, occupational health and safety will be part of the Grade 9 public school curriculum. In January, the department introduced administrative penalties to reinforce to employers and employees that they share a responsibility to keep workplaces safe. When a provincial health and safety officer issues orders, an administrator determines whether a fine should be imposed. The fine reflects the level of authority the person holds on the work site, past convictions or penalties, and the potential for injury. As of June 11, there were 230 administrative penalties issued, ranging from $100 to $2,000. Of those, 216 penalties were levied against employers, eight against employees, and six against owners, supervisors, self-employed people, contractors and service providers. This year’s prosecutions and convictions include: On May 31, 10 charges were laid against RMSEnergy Ltd., Rotor Mechanical Services Ltd., and three owners and employees of the companies, related to the deaths of Kyle Elliott and Mandi Balagot in July 2009. On May 7, Divco Canada Limited and Southeast Drywall Ltd. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that employees were familiar with health and safety hazards at the workplace. In September 2007, an employee fell through an unsecured skylight opening and sustained critical injuries. Divco was fined $18,700 and Southeast Drywall was fined $12,600. The fines include a judicial order for each company to contribute $8,000 to the Minister’s Education Trust Fund. On April 14, charges were laid against Sepracor Canada (Nova Scotia) Limited, after an investigation into the Oct. 7, 2008 death of employee Roland Daigle.last_img read more

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Final Report on Municipal Loan Guarantees and Loans

first_imgOmbudsman Dwight Bishop released his report today, May 12, regarding an investigation examining nine municipalities providing loan guarantees and loans to the former South West Shore Development Authority. The investigation concluded nine municipalities authorized guarantees and expenditure of public funds outside the authority of the Municipal Government Act. The investigation also examined the oversight role of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The report contains six recommendations. Mr. Bishop recommends that public funds not be used to pay the loan guarantees and the municipalities are to recover the money related to the loans. Four of the recommendations deal specifically with Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and its processes regarding the act and municipal funds. The report is available at gov.ns.ca/ombu/publications.htmlast_img read more

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Amendments Make OutofProvince Investigations Easier

first_imgProvincial enforcement officers will have more tools to investigate people and companies based in other provinces that break the law in Nova Scotia. Justice Minister Ross Landry announced amendments to the Summary Proceedings Act today, Nov. 5, that will allow provincial enforcement officers to collect evidence from out of province for investigations. Currently, enforcement officers have no authority to gather evidence outside of Nova Scotia. “If evidence is not located in Nova Scotia, enforcement officers have no authority to access it. That’s just not reasonable,” said Mr. Landry. “These changes will help ensure that people and companies who break our laws can be investigated and held accountable for their actions, whether they are based in Nova Scotia or not.” Nova Scotia will be the first province to add a provision for out-of-province search warrants to its legislation. This will allow the province to make reciprocal agreements with other provinces so Nova Scotia search warrants can be enforced in other jurisdictions. “This is a very positive first step,” said Peter Craig, senior Crown attorney with the Public Prosecution Service. “This will make the work of prosecutors across the country much easier. It will facilitate investigations and lead to more successful prosecutions.” Workplace accidents, speeding, hunting while disqualified and creating a disturbance while on a trail are all examples of offences that provincial enforcement officers, and sometimes police, investigate under provincial legislation.last_img read more

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Heavy influx of tourists chokes roads in Uttrakhand

first_imgDehradun: As the oppressive heatwave gripping the country’s plains pushes a huge number of tourist to the relatively cooler hilly regions, several popular holiday destinations in Uttarakhand are witnessing massive traffic jams, forcing some visitors to return midway. Choked by traffic jams and the heavy influx of tourists, the commuting time from Haridwar to the four Himalayan shrines (Char Dham) in Garhwal has more than doubled. It is now taking almost 18 hours to reach Badrinath from Haridwar, an official in Chamoli said. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Large swathes of the country have been searing under markedly high temperatures for the past several days, with the mercury hovering around the 50-degree Celsius mark in many areas in north India. Over 80,000 vehicles pass through Haridwar on a daily basis these days, Haridwar SSP Janmejay Khanduri said. Additional forces had been deployed to control the traffic but tourists continue ro remain stuck for four to five hours, he added. The situation is not unique to Haridwar. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize Rishikesh, Mussoorie, Dehradun, Rudraprayag, Gangotri, Yamunotri and Nainital are facing a similar problem. According to Joshimath Block Pramukh Prakash Rawat, the debris left during the construction of all-weather roads had added to commuters’ woes beyond Rishikesh. Though the widening of the roads was suspended due to the pilgrim season, the debris deposited on Chamoli-Joshimath stretch was contributing to traffic jams, Rawat said. He said timely removal of the debris would have saved the situation. However, Chamoli District Magistrate Swati S Bhadoria said the debris had been removed from most places and it was being removed from the remaining places on a war footing. The biggest factor contributing to traffic jams was the rise in the number of small vehicles entering the state on a daily basis and a shortage of parking lots, she said. The stretch from Janki Chatti to Syana Chatti on the way to the Yamunotri shrine and the 13-km road from Ganganani to Sukki Top on the way to Gangotri are witnessing traffic bottlenecks, allowing only two vehicles to pass at a time. Uttarkashi District Magistrate Ashish Chauhan blamed the increasing rush of vehicles on the roads to Yamunotri and Gangotri. Since the opening of the portals at the Yamunotri and Gangotri temples on May 7, 51,480 small vehicles have reached the shrines till now. The figure for the entire season stood at 56,291 last year. Nainital-bound vehicles were being parked at temporary parking lots near the Rusi bypass and at Charkhet on the Kaladhungi road to decongest city roads, Nainital ADM Harbir Singh said. “Those who leave their vehicles at the parking lots are being sent to Nainital by a shuttle service,” he said. There was a long traffic snarl on the Mussoorie-Haridwar road on Monday, which was cleared with deployment of additional police personnel, SP (City) Shweta Chaubey said.last_img read more

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From cars to bullet trains IndiaJapan ties have come a long way

first_imgKobe: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday the ties between India and Japan have become stronger from the time the two countries cooperated to make a car to coming together to manufacture the bullet trains. Addressing the Indian community in this Japanese city, Prime Minister Modi said Japan has played an important role in India’s economic development. Modi said the bilateral ties are going to become more robust as India aims to become a USD 5 trillion economy in the next five years. Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in France “There was a time when we were collaborating in building cars and today we are collaborating in building a bullet train,” said Modi, who is here to attend the G20 Summit to be held in Osaka from Friday. “Today there is no such part of India where Japan’s projects or investments have not left its mark. Similarly talent and manpower of India are contributing to strengthen Japan,” he told the enthusiastic Indian diaspora who gave a rousing welcome to the Prime Minister. India is planning to run its first bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad with Japan’s help. The first stretch of the ambitious project is expected to be completed by 2022. The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHRSCL) is in the process of acquiring land for the 508-kilometer project.last_img read more

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Gulshan Grover shares a major throwback with Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir

first_imgMumbai: Gulshan Grover, the original ‘BAD MAN’, shares a light-hearted moment in this major throwback picture from the 1990s with none other than Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan. Grover has been part of the Indian film industry from the past 39 years. He started his career with the film ‘Hum Paanch’ and went ahead to become one of the most iconic villains in the Indian film industry. He became known as ‘BAD MAN’ after his iconic role in the blockbuster hit from 1989 – ‘Ram Lakhan’. He has also been part of many international films and is well known for his role in “The Second Jungle Book, ‘Mowgli and Baloo”. Penguin India will soon release Gulshan Grover’s biography, ‘BAD MAN’, written by senior journalist Roshmila Bhattacharya.last_img read more

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CJI has sent proposal to increase retirement age of HC judges Prasad

first_imgNew Delhi: The Chief Justice of India (CJI) has sent a proposal to increase the retirement age of high court judges to reduce pendency of cases, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Thursday told Rajya Sabha.The minister, however, did not respond in either yes or no to a question on “whether the government is considering to raise the retirement age of high court judges”. In a written reply, Prasad said CJI Ranjan Gogoi has sent the proposal to ensure continued availability of more experienced judges for a longer tenure to improve the vacancy position and reduce the pendency of cases. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!A constitutional amendment bill moved by the UPA government in the Lok Sabha to increase the retirement age of high court judges from 62 to 65 years had lapsed as it never came up for discussion or voting. Prasad said as on July 1, there are 403 vacancies in the 25 high courts. He said initiation of proposal for appointment of judges in the high courts vests with the chief justice of high court. As per the Memorandum of Procedure, the chief justice of high court is required to Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedinitiate the proposals for filling up of vacancies of judges in the high court six months prior to the occurrence of vacancies “but this timeline is rarely adhered to”, the Law minister said. “Appointment of judges in the high courts is a continuous collaborative process between the Executive and the Judiciary, as it requires consultation and approval from various constitutional authorities both at the state and the Centre-level. Hence, the timeline for filling up of the vacancies cannot be indicated. “While every effort is made to fill up the existing vacancies expeditiously, vacancies do keep on arising on account of retirement, resignation or elevation of Judges and increase in judge strength,” he said.last_img read more

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Train carrying water from Jolarpettai arrives in parched Chennai

first_imgChennai: A train carrying 2.5 million litres of water arrived in Chennai, which has been grappling with an acute water crisis over the past few months, officials said Friday.The train with 50 tank wagons (BTPN), carrying 50,000 litres of water in each of them from Jolarpettai in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district, reached the filling station at the Integral Coach Factory Yard in Villivakkam Friday afternoon. Around 100 inlet pipes installed near the railway tracks would be used to discharge 2.5 million litres of water in all the wagons to be sent to a treatment plant after passing through a conduit, an official of Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”After treatment it would be sent for distribution. This arrangement has been made for the next six months until the (advent of the) north-east monsoon,” the official said. The train was supposed to reach Chennai on Thursday, but leakages in the valves led to the delay. Jolarpettai is 217 km away from the southern metropolis. All the arrangements took around 20 days of time to complete. The initiative would be formally inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Ministers later in the day, the official said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedChennai has been grappling with an acute water crisis over the past few months. The southern metropolis is facing a daily water deficit of at least 200 million litres, and the four reservoirs supplying to the city have run dry. The Tamil Nadu government had earlier requested the railways to help them ferry the water to the city. Earlier, Chief Minister K Palaniswami had announced mitigating Chennai’s water woes by getting drinking water supplied from Jolarpettai with an allocation of Rs 65 crore.last_img read more

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N Korea warns USS Korea drills will affect nuclear talks

first_imgSeoul: North Korea on Tuesday said looming US-South Korea military drills could impact the proposed resumption of nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington, and hinted that it could reconsider its moratorium on nuclear testing. It was the first statement from Pyongyang on the talks since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to their resumption at an impromptu meeting in the Demilitarized Zone in June, following months of deadlock between the two sides. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping The joint drills have been held for years but were scaled down to facilitate dialogue with the North after Trump’s historic first summit with Kim in Singapore last year. “If the military exercise really goes ahead, it would affect the DPRK-US working-level talks,” an unnamed foreign ministry spokesperson said in comments carried by state news agency KCNA, using the official acronym for North Korea. The official described next month’s drills as “clearly a breach” of a joint statement signed by the leaders in Singapore and hinted that Pyongyang may resume weapons tests in response. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang Pyongyang’s moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests was a commitment aimed at improving bilateral relations and “not a legal document inscribed on a paper”, the official said. “With the US unilaterally reneging on its commitments, we are gradually losing our justifications to follow through on the commitments we made with the US as well.” Trump and Kim’s latest meeting took place as negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington were at a deadlock, following a rocky negotiation process brokered by Seoul after a thaw in tensions in early 2018. During the encounter, Trump stepped into North Korean territory in the border village of Panmunjom, becoming the first US president to set foot on North Korean soil. There are close to 30,000 US troops stationed in South Korea, and their annual drills with tens of thousands of South Korean soldiers have always infuriated the North — with Pyongyang condemning the manoeuvres as provocative rehearsals for invasion. But following the Singapore summit, Trump announced the suspension what he called Washington’s “very provocative” joint military exercises with South Korea. A smaller-scale version of the exercises was last held in March, with more scheduled for August. Washington has previously insisted on North Korea’s complete denuclearisation as a condition for lifting punishing US sanctions. At the Singapore summit, the two adopted a vaguely-worded statement on “complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula” and agreed to “establish new US-DPRK relations”. But failure to reach an agreement over sanctions relief and what the North was willing to give in return led to the collapse of the leaders’ second summit, which was held in February in Hanoi. Pyongyang had taken “humanitarian measures without conditions” to implement the Singapore statement, the foreign ministry spokesperson said Tuesday, in reference to the return of the remains of US service members killed during the 1950-53 Korean War. Tensions were raised in May, during the standstill in negotiations between Trump and Kim, when North Korea fired short-range missiles for the first time since November 2017.last_img read more

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Indian banks win UK court order to seek details of Vijay Mallyas

first_imgLondon: Two superyachts, a game reserve, numerous undeclared high-value and vintage cars, valuable paintings and a piano previously owned by Elton John are among the assets in contention as part of a latest legal claim by Indian banks against embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya in the UK High Court on Monday.Justice Robin Knowles, presiding over the hearing in the Commercial Court division of the High Court, ruled that he was satisfied that a consortium of Indian banks led by SBI have a right to the documents they are seeking to establish the true ownership of the assets they believe are linked with the Mallya. “I consider the test to be satisfied and I don’t take that view lightly. I do take the view that without this disclosure the consequences are highly unsatisfactory for a judgment creditor [Indian banks] and from the vantage point of progressing towards a fair conclusion of the matter and a conclusion that is cost effective,” said Judge Knowles in his ruling. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Frankly, the answer needs to be known as to which assets are that of Dr Mallya, both for the purpose of the worldwide freezing order and enforcement of the judgment,” he noted. The consortium of PSU banks led by State Bank of India (SBI) have been pursuing the 63-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss in their attempt to recover some of the funds owed to them under a 1.145 billion pounds worldwide freezing order. During Monday’s hearing, they sought the disclosure of crucial documentation that would establish the true ownership structure of the VMDS Trust, named after Mallya’s father Vittal Mallya (VM), in which Vijay Mallya claims he has no “beneficial interest”. “We, that is the courts in India and here [UK], are not being told the full story,” barrister Nigel Tozzi told Justice Robin Knowles on behalf of the Indian banks. PTIlast_img read more

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18000 Delhi flats up for grabs DDA to hold draw of lots

first_imgNEW DELHI: Preparations are underway at the Vikas Sadan in New Delhi for the draw of lots for allotment of flats to applicants under the DDA’s Housing Scheme 2019 slated to be held on July 23, officials said on Monday. The scheme, which ended on June 10, is for sale of nearly 18,000 newly-built flats in Delhi’s Vasant Kunj and Narela residential areas, for which the DDA has received about 50,000 applications.”The draw of lots for the scheme will be held on July 23 and begin at noon, and the process will be streamed live on the web through the DDA website,” a senior DDA official said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”All preparations are being made for the randomised computer-based draw of lots for the scheme. Interested applicants can also visit the DDA headquarters at Vikas Sadan at INA to watch the proceedings at Nagarik Suvidha Kendra,” he added. The DDA Housing Scheme 2019 was launched on March 25, offering flats across four categories. The deadline for application was extended by a month till June 10, after getting a lukewarm response. The earlier deadline was May 10. “As many as 17,922 flats are on offer in four categories –HIG, MIG, LIG and EWS,” a senior DDA official had earlier said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe flats available in these categories are –488 (HIG), 1,555 (MIG), 8,383 (LIG) and 7,496 (EWS). For the economically weaker section (EWS) category, the application fee was fixed at Rs 25,000, for the LIG category it was Rs 1 lakh and for MIG and HIG flats Rs 2 lakh. DDA’s vice-chairman Tarun Kapoor had on June 11 attributed the poor response by applicants to bulk of the flats being located in Narela area in outer Delhi, among other factors. Recently, the DDA had approved a proposal to reduce the cost of EWS flats in Narela, part of the online Housing Scheme 2019, “by up to 40 per cent of the construction cost”. The modified rates would apply to allottees of the current scheme. In the case of leftover flats, it would be re-advertised soon at reduced rates. This will help in making these flats at concessional rates to the economically weaker section, it had said.last_img read more

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Ktaka logjam Speaker turns down HDK request

first_imgNEW DELHI/BENGALURU: The Karnataka assembly was thrown into disarray as the Speaker turned down Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s request for more time before the trust vote and asked the MPs to keep their speeches short. Amid huge slogan shouting, the house was adjourned temporarily and both the Chief Minister and Congress’s Siddaramaiah left. The slogan-shouting continued even after it reconvened and the exasperated Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar was heard saying that they could continue till “10 pm, 11 pm”. The BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa said he was ready to “wait till midnight if need be”. The coalition has been asked to prove majority after its 16 MPs resigned and two independents withdrew support. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe BJP has accused the government of using lengthy speeches in the assembly to delay a floor test it is certain to lose after 18 exits. The coalition has accused the BJP of trying to wean away MPs to unseat the government. There were reports that the Speaker had asked the rebel MPs of the Congress-Janata Dal-Secular alliance to be present in the assembly by 6 pm. The lawmakers, who have stationed themselves at a Mumbai hotel, say they will not attend the assembly under any circumstances. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAmid the chaos in the assembly, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy went around distributing copies of what he claimed was a fake letter of resignation that was being circulated by his political rivals. On Friday, no trust vote took place despite two deadlines from Governor Vajubhai Vala. The house was adjourned after marathon speeches by Kumaraswamy and a few other coalition leaders. Two Independent legislators who have withdrawn support to the Congress-JDS government urged the Supreme Court to order a floor test. The court may take up their petition Tuesday. Senior minister and Karnataka Congress troubleshooter DK Shivakumar claimed HD Kumaraswamy has told the Congress that it can appoint any leader of its choice as Chief Minister to save the coalition. There was, however, no confirmation from the JDS that it has made such a proposal though there were reports earlier that such a suggestion by HD Kumaraswamy was shot down by his father and JDS chief HD Deve Gowda. HD Kumaraswamy and the Congress had moved the Supreme Court on Friday, accusing the governor of interfering with the assembly proceedings when the debate on the trust vote was underway and sought clarification on its July 17 order, which they said, stopped them from issuing a whip to the legislators.last_img read more

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Polls in only 15 pc Panchayat seats in Tripura on Saturday

first_imgAgartala: The three-tier panchayat elections in Tripura will be held in only 15 per cent of the total seats on Saturday as 85 per cent seats have already been won by the ruling BJP unopposed. While the Congress and the CPI(M) have accused BJP- backed goons of preventing opposition candidates from filing nominations, the saffron party has said the opposition parties failed to find nominees. “Elections will be held in 833 gram panchayat seats, 82 panchayat samiti seats and 79 zilla parishad seats,” SEC Secretary Prasenjjit Bhattacharya told PTI on Friday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ There are a total of 6,111 gram panchayat seats, 419 panchayat samiti seats and 116 zilla parishad seats in Tripura. The SEC official said the BJP has won 5,652 seats of the total 6,646 gram panchayat, panchayat samity and zilla parishad seats unopposed. Ballot papers will be used in the polling which will be held between 7 am and 4 pm. Votes will be counted on July 31. Tight security arrangements are in place and 1172 of 1848 polling booths have been identified as sensitive, a senior police officer said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Over 6,000 Tripura State Rifles (TSR) personnel and 17 companies of BSF and CRPF would be deployed, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Arindam Nath said. The DIG said that 18 cases of poll violence have been registered in the state so far. While CPI(M), in a statement, said 121 of their candidates were forced to withdraw their nomination papers, state Congress vice-president Tapas Dey said 124 of their nominees were compelled to take back their nominations. BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya denied the charges saying said candidates of the opposition parties did not file nomination as they have ‘lost their support base’.last_img read more

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