Talent agent heads North to find next big star

first_imgAPTN National NewsA renowned talent agent went to the Northwest Territories to look for the next big star.Jack Cooper visited several communities across the region before wrapping up his search in a remote First Nation community.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers was there and has this story.last_img

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang appointed to second 5year term

first_imgBEIJING, China – China’s ceremonial legislature appointed Premier Li Keqiang, the No. 2 leader of the ruling Communist Party, to a second five-year term Sunday and approved the appointment of a director for a new anti-corruption agency with sweeping powers.National People’s Congress delegates voted 2,964 to 2 to approve Li’s appointment. The vote came a day after party leader Xi Jinping was reappointed China’s president with no limits on how many terms he can serve.The premier traditionally is China’s top economic official, but Xi, the country’s most dominant leader since Mao Zedong, has stripped Li of many of the post’s most prominent duties by appointing himself to lead party bodies that oversee economic reform and state industry.The legislature also approved the appointment of Yang Xiaodu as director for the National Supervisory Commission, created from a merger of the party’s internal anti-graft watchdog with one that oversees civil servants. It will have the power to detain suspects for up to six months without seeking court approval.Political analysts see the creation of the anti-graft agency as part of efforts to enforce party control over an increasingly complex society and government.A marathon anti-corruption campaign led by Xi has snared thousands of government officials and managers of state companies.Xi has been steadily tightening central control over the government and state industry while also stepping up efforts to crush dissent.On Saturday, a key Xi ally, Wang Qishan, was appointed to the previously ceremonial post of vice-president.last_img read more

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Supreme Court ruling corks BC vintners hopes for free trade of Canadian

first_imgVANCOUVER – The Supreme Court of Canada ruling upholding interprovincial trade laws may have other implications for trade, including for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, says a lawyer who represented some British Columbia wineries at the trial.Shea Coulson said the unanimous decision issued Thursday in Ottawa is “going to shape our federation in many ways that we don’t yet know.”The ruling upholds Section 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867 which says anything grown or produced in one province should be “admitted free” into any other province.The decision restores a $240 fine and fees issued to New Brunswick resident Gerard Comeau under that province’s Liquor Control Act for being in possession of a large amount of alcohol he bought outside the province and was trying to bring home.In confirming the penalty, the Supreme Court supports provincial legislation that Coulson said has a higher purpose of controlling liquor supplies and protecting health and safety.He said it is important to distinguish between the finding against Comeau and the court’s comments about the constitution in general.The decision is “progressive” Coulson said, because its wording liberalizes safeguards “against the kind of protectionist behaviour that we have been seeing lately in B.C. and Alberta in their (pipeline) disputes.”Coulson said the high court has created a test that will help determine if a province is creating a trade barrier that is a tariff or similar to one.“If the primary purpose of the law is to create a trade barrier, or to punish another province or to protect a local industry, then that would not be permissible,” he said of his interpretation of the ruling.“I think Trans Mountain was in their mind because at paragraph 111 of the judgment … they explicitly say that punishing another province is probably not okay,” he said, adding he has never seen such wording in previous decisions.Attorney General David Eby said he read the ruling with interest for the way it might affect not only B.C. wine producers, but also the province’s pipeline dispute with Alberta.“It just confirms our analysis of their bill as being completely unlawful and unconstitutional,” Eby said, of Alberta’s proposed legislation that would allow its government to limit the flow of fuel leaving its province.“The court specifically noted that provinces are not allowed to impose tariffs, or rules like tariffs, to punish other provinces. That’s exactly what we’ve been saying in response to Alberta’s proposed legislation, that it is unconstitutional, that they are not allowed to use their oil resources to punish other provinces.”But the Supreme Court of Canada’s examination of Section 121 appeared to shy away from venturing into federal jurisdiction such as pipeline regulations.“While this Court has in previous decisions proceeded on the basis that federal laws may engage (Section) 121 …, no federal law is properly at issue in the present appeal and so the question need not be resolved here,” the judgment said.The court said the application of Section 121 may be different according to whether it is provincial or federal legislation that is involved “because what may amount to a tariff or customs duty under a provincial regulatory statute may not have that character at all under a federal regulatory statute.”Coulson said he believes the decision has positive implications for the five B.C. wineries he represented in the court.He said it aims to limit a province from offering more favourable treatment to local businesses at the expense of any outside its boundaries. As an example, he pointed to Ontario’s refusal to allow B.C. wineries to sell directly to Ontario consumers, while Ontario vintners don’t face the same limits.“The judgment explicitly says protecting your local industry can be a strong indicator that you are creating a trade barrier that is impermissible,” said Coulson.However, the president and chief executive officer of the British Columbia Wine Institute, which represents all B.C. wineries, called the decision a disappointment.Miles Prodan said the institute had hoped the high court would instead clear the way for B.C. wineries to begin shipping their products directly to consumers in other provinces.“We are going to have to continue to work with the provinces and the federal government to come up with a solution. We can’t rely on the court to impose that,” said Prodan, in an interview Thursday from Kelowna, B.C.Coulson questioned the institute’s expectation of a court-imposed resolution to interprovincial trade difficulties, saying the justices could not make significant policy decisions on matters that should be resolved by politicians.John Nater, Conservative Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Interprovincial Trade and the Sharing Economy, echoed the call for a political response.“Given the Supreme Court’s decision, it is now more important than ever for Prime Minister Trudeau to renegotiate the Liberals’ inadequate Canadian Free Trade Agreement,” Nater said in a news release.last_img read more

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Eby cancels tax town hall in Point Grey riding over safety blames

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia Attorney General David Eby says he cancelled a town hall meeting on a property-tax increase amid security concerns ignited by the leader of the Opposition.Eby said he became worried about safety and security issues connected to the event in his Vancouver-Point Grey riding after Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson and others working in the real estate industry encouraged people without tickets to attend.The meeting on Tuesday evening was set to discuss the government’s plan to increase school taxes next year on homes assessed at above $3 million.“The frustration for me is Mr. Wilkinson is totally capable of hosting his own events and his own rallies, but he was inviting people, along with a couple real estate agencies, to attend this event even if they didn’t have tickets,” Eby said. “We had no capacity and no ability to deal with that.”Wilkinson rejected Eby’s concern that having an overflow crowd at a community gathering posed a security risk and warranted cancelling the event.“Almost all the people involved are seniors and pensioners, and so it’s difficult to contemplate how someone in their 70s represents a security risk to David Eby,” Wilkinson said.Eby said the event was scheduled to be held in a former church in the Kitsilano neighbourhood and the 300 tickets sold out quickly. He said organizers considered holding a telephone town hall to accommodate more people, but decided to keep it as scheduled.Organizers did not have enough time to find a larger venue, said Eby, whose riding has some of Canada’s highest-priced homes, including that of Lululemon Athletica founder Chip Wilson, who owns a house assessed at $78.8 million.Eby said that in the days prior to the meeting, a letter from the Liberals urging people to attend the town hall without tickets was circulating in his riding. He said he didn’t want students and seniors who volunteered to work security to face an overflow crowd of potentially uninvited guests.“I was no longer able to ensure the security of the event,” he said. “I’ve never had to cancel an event before in my whole career. I couldn’t ask seniors and high school students to try and hold the line at the front door.”Wilkinson said Eby had enough time to book a larger venue to accommodate the many concerns of his constituents, who are primarily seniors on pensions.“The question goes back to Mr. Eby: Are you prepared to be accountable to your constituents or not?,” Wilkinson said.He signed a letter from the Liberals urging homeowners, including those in his neighbouring riding, to attend the meeting “whether you have a ticket or not.”The New Democrats introduced several tax measures in last February’s budget to dampen property speculation and increase the supply of affordable housing opportunities in British Columbia.The school tax would be set next year at 0.2 per cent on the portion of property valued above $3 million. It would increase to 0.4 per cent on properties above $4 million.— By Dirk Meissner in VictoriaCompany in this story: (Nasdaq: LULU)last_img read more

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Develop funding plan to help Greyhound NDP leader Singh urges Trudeau

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling on the Liberal government to come up with a way to keep Greyhound buses on Canadian highways and servicing remote northern communities.In a letter to Justin Trudeau. Singh urges the prime minister to take “immediate action” and develop a funding plan that would prevent Greyhound from shutting down crucial routes in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, northwestern Ontario and rural British Columbia.“This federal funding plan must ensure there is no interruption or reduction in bus service, so no community is left stranded,” Singh writes in the letter released Wednesday.He also urges Trudeau to enlist the help of impacted provinces and municipalities in coming up with the plan.Greyhound Canada announced Monday that its cutting its passenger and delivery services in those regions, triggering outrage and apprehension among rural and First Nations communities that rely heavily on the company’s long-ubiquitous coaches and shipping services.The company is blaming a 41 per cent decline in ridership since 2010, persistent competition from subsidized national and inter-regional passenger transportation services, the growth of new low-cost airlines, regulatory constraints and the continued growth of car ownership.Singh said the cancellations — only the latest in Greyhound’s steady string of service reductions — would create a massive gap in transit services and make it all but impossible for many to access to jobs, health care, education, family and public services.He also urged Trudeau to listen to those worried about safety, citing the notorious stretch of B.C. highway known as the Highway of Tears, a region where many Indigenous women have gone missing.“If your government does not intervene to ensure service continues, you will be increasing these perilous conditions that put so many Indigenous women and girls in danger.”Rachel Rappaport, a spokeswoman for Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott, said the government recognizes the impact that Greyhound’s decision will have on First Nations communities, including those who require transportation for medical appointments.“We also recognize the serious concerns being raised regarding the safety and security of Indigenous women and girls. We will be reaching out to Indigenous partners to better understand the impacts on their communities, and we will continue to analyze the situation as we look to identify options to address these serious concerns.”Transport Canada said Greyhound Canada operates on a commercial basis with no support from the federal government, and that there are no existing federal programs that would subsidize a private intercity bus carrier.“As the economic regulation of interprovincial bus carriers in federal jurisdiction has been delegated to the provinces and territories, under the federal Motor Vehicle Transport Act, the federal government has not taken an active role in supporting service provision,” said spokesman Pierre Manoni.Manoni said Greyhound has announced service reductions in a number of markets since 2009 due to low ridership and financial losses and in many cases, service gaps are filled by other bus companies, and “other modes.”Citing Transport Canada’s statement, Singh said officials “played down” the government’s responsibility to act and called it “deeply concerning.”Conservative innovation critic Matt Jeneroux said Conservatives sympathize with Canadians and those communities that will be affected by the cancellations.“A Conservative government will examine ways to keep rural communities connected while protecting taxpayers’ hard-earned money,” he said.last_img read more

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Canopy Growth buying US hemp research firm Ebbu in deal worth more

first_imgSMITH FALLS, – Canopy Growth Corp. has signed a deal to buy Ebbu Inc., a Colorado-based hemp researcher, in a stock-and-cash deal worth more than $425 million.Under the agreement, Canopy will pay $25 million in cash and issue 6,221,210 shares to Ebbu.The company will also pay up to an additional $100 million if certain scientific-related milestones are achieved within two years of the deal closing.Canopy will have the option of making the milestone payments in cash, shares or a combination of cash and shares.Shares in Canopy closed Monday at $73.75, up $8.85 or 13.64 per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The company says the deal will help its hemp and THC-rich cannabis genetic breeding program, as well as other parts of its business.“Beyond the technological edge this transaction provides, we are pursuing this acquisition because Canopy shares Ebbu’s core ethos of building consumer trust,” said Mark Zekulin, Canopy’s co-chief executive and president.“We collectively believe consumer trust is achieved by driving the scientific agenda needed to build predictable, repeatable outcomes and layering on brand power.”Companies in this story: (TSX:WEED)last_img read more

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US sanctions Russians for election meddling nerve agent use

first_imgWASHINGTON — The U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned 15 Russians over hacking, interference in U.S. elections and a nerve agent attack in England.In a separate action Wednesday, the agency also announced plans to lift sanctions on the aluminum manufacturing giant Rusal. It comes after the department approved a plan that severed Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s control of the company.The sanctions announced Wednesday include actions against nine Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking into Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic Party and releasing tens of thousands of private communications.The Treasury Department says Russia’s “continued disregard for international norms” necessitated the sanctions.Sanctions were also levied against Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. They’ve been charged by British officials with the botched assassination attempt on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal.Michael Balsamo, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Suncor plans 10 production increase for 2019 holds capex spending steady

first_imgThe production guidance came as Suncor says it is planning between $4.9 billion and $5.6 billion in capital spending next year, roughly in line with this year.The Alberta government has announced a mandatory cut to oil production which amounts to 8.7 percent of overall output in a bid to reduce a glut of oil and help boost low prices.Western Canadian crude had been trading at a steep discount to the North American benchmark prices, however, that gap has narrowed since the Alberta announcement.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Suncor Energy Inc. is planning to grow production by about 10 percent, even after Alberta’s mandatory production curtailments.The company says it expects average upstream production of 780,000 to 820,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from about 730,000 boepd this year.Suncor says its guidance assumes the curtailments are in place for three months before falling to 30 percent of initial levels for the remainder of 2019, in line with the provincial announcement.last_img read more

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LIVE – Video stream of the Caribou Recover Public Meeting

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  The Province of B.C. will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, April 2, at 5:30 p.m. about the draft Caribou recovery program.The meeting will happen at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre in Fort St. John.  Energeticcity.ca will be streaming the meeting when it starts at approximately 5:30 p.m.  The meeting will be live streamed below or on our Facebook and Youtube pages.Video is not published or doesn’t exist.last_img

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SCO to hold joint antiterrorism exercise in 2019

first_imgBeijing: India, Pakistan and the other members states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will take part in a joint anti-terrorism exercise to be held this year by the grouping. The decision to hold the joint exercise ‘Sary-Arka-Antiterror 2019’ was announced during the 34th meeting of the SCO’s Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) council held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Xinhua news agency reported. The SCO, in which China plays an influential role, is also comprised of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan. India and Pakistan were admitted into the bloc in 2017. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Delegations of the competent authorities of India, Kazakhstan, China, the Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and the RATS Executive Committee attended the meeting. Chaired by Russia, the meeting also declared plans to hold the first stage of the joint border operation “Solidarity 2019-2021,” the 7th meeting of the heads of the border services, and training workshops on identifying and preventing the use of the Internet for terrorist, separatist and extremist purposes. RATS is a permanent organ of the SCO which serves to promote cooperation of member states against the three evils of terrorism, separatism and extremism. It is headquartered in Tashkent. The next meeting of the Council of the RATS SCO is scheduled to be held in Russia in September 2019.last_img read more

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NCERT book piracy Accused illegally made printing plates from online material

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Monday said that the interrogation of the accused in the NCERT textbook piracy case has revealed details on how he operated his illegal publishing syndicate, by procuring illegal printing plates of the books and using an offset printing unit to maximise his profit margin.According to police, the Crime Branch arrested the accused from his printing unit located in Gazipur village after conducting a coordinated raid with the vigilance officer and production officer of Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderNCERT. The police immediately started investigating in the case after they registered an FIR on March 13 based on the statement given by the aforementioned officials. Police said that during sustained interrogation of the accused, who they identified as one Abhishek Chaudhary (28), it was revealed that he learnt printing from his father’s press. Eventually, police said Chaudhary admitted to coming in contact with one Rahul Jain of Karawal Nagar who also ran an offset printing unit of his own. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsDuring Chaudhary’s confession, he said that he came to know about the huge profit margin in pirating NCERT books only after when Jain asked him to print some title pages of the national council’s textbooks. The accused subsequently set up his own publishing establishment and started printing NCERT textbooks which are being used to teach students of 6th to 12th Standards. Additional CP (Crime Branch) Rajiv Ranjan said that they recovered a total of more than 3,000 finished copies of 9th and 10th standard’s Hindi, English, and Mathematics textbooks; nearly 700 unfinished copies of 9th standard’s Hindi and History books; several printing plates and reel papers with NCERT watermark. Speaking to Millennium Post, DCP (Crime Branch) Rajesh Deo said that the accused made printing plates of the textbooks from material available online and bought NCERT watermarked reel papers from Chawri Bazar. When asked about whether the role of Rahul Jain is also being probed, DCP Deo added, “We cannot name any person as the investigation is ongoing. I can say that we are looking at all persons involved in this piracy racket.” A case against Chaudhary has been registered under relevant sections of the IPC and Copyright Act.last_img read more

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As son father join Cong Anil may lose cabinet post in HP

first_imgShimla: Faced with a piquant situation at home after his son Ashray Sharma and father Sukh Ram, former telecom minister joined the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, minister for power Anil Sharma is set to lose his cabinet post.”I don’t know why they did so. I have been trying to convince them against this (decision). There is no other option but to resign on moral grounds by post now,” said Anil Sharma when contacted during the day. Sharma said he has already briefed Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and also conveyed his helplessness to dissuade the duo from joining the Congress. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Anil Sharma had also defected from the Congress in 2017 when he was a cabinet minister. He joined the BJP, which also gave him a ticket from Mandi assembly constituency. He defeated Chamba Thakur, daughter of then cabinet minister Kaul Singh Thakur. Jai Ram Thakur inducted Anil Sharma as minister for power and multi-purpose projects. However now, it was the turn of his son to turn to the Congress after his demand for a BJP ticket from Mandi parliamentary constituency was not conceded by the party. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe BJP has fielded Ram Swaroop Sharma, a sitting MP from Mandi – which is also a native district of Jai Ram Thakur. Annoyed over the BJP shutting the doors at him, Sukh Ram established contacts with Rahul Gandhi and expressed his desire to return to the Congress since he was already 92 years, and had a wish to launch political career of his grandson Ashray Sharma, elder brother of Aayush Sharma, who married film star Salman Khan’s sister Aaprita. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, when contacted, said Pandit Sukh Ram was not a member of the BJP and his return to the Congress was his personal matter. “Ashray Sharma had been lobbying of a BJP ticket for Lok Sabha but he too had never taken membership of the BJP. The party’s prospects for the Lok Sabha polls will not get affected in any manner,” he said admitting that Anil Sharma did indeed meet him on Monday morning to inform that Ashray Sharma and Pt Sukh Ram have decided to join the Congress. During the day, both Sukh Ram and Ashray Sharma had reached Congress headquarters where they joined the Congress in presence of AICC in-charge Rajni Patil, PCC president Kuldeep Rathore and CLP leader Mukesh Agnihotri. Later in the evening, the Congress insiders said Ashray Sharma’s ticket for Mandi has been cleared, though a formal announcement will follow on March 30. There are reports that the party wanted former CM Virbhadra Singh to fight from Mandi Lok Sabha which he had won in 2009 and became a minister in UPA-II. But he refused to contest and even his son Vikramaditya Singh, a Congress MLA, was also not prepared. The Congress found an opportunity to give a jolt to the ruling BJP. Sukh Ram was expelled from the Congress in 1996 after CBI raids and his arrest in telecom scam when Narasimha Rao was Prime Minister. He later joined the BJP-led coalition government in 1998. Yet, he had to quit the cabinet post after a CBI court framed charges against him. He returned to the Congress in 2003-2004 but again went back to the BJP in 2017 before assembly polls, alleging humiliations in the hands of Virbhadra Singh. This is s second time he is back but with a motive to launch the political career of his grandson.last_img read more

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Mayawati slams both BJP Congress dubs them corrupt

first_imgBhubaneswar: Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) chief Mayawati Tuesday mounted a blistering attack on both BJP and Congress and accused them of betraying the dalits and the minorities while benefitting the rich. Kicking off her party’s election campaign in Odisha at a rally here, the BSP supremo accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA government of introducing GST in haste and failing to implement it in a proper manner resulting in rise in unemployment among the country’s youths. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ She hit out at the BJP-led government over demonetisation saying the hurriedly taken measure had harassed small businessmen and traders who eke out their living without depending on any government aid or assistance. “Both Congress and BJP are corrupt. While Congress was in news for its involvement in the Bofors scam, the BJP government has been embrolied in Rafale deal,” Mayawati said. Coming down heavily on both parties, she accused them of never working for the uplift of the dalit, backward and minorities sections. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “Their discriminatory mindset is yet to change towards dalits,” Mayawati said adding unemployment has grown manifold during the BJP-led NDA government which has distressed the jobless youths. Though BSP’s presence in Odisha is limited, the party has been contesting both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state in recent times. In 2014, BSP had fielded candidates in 113 out of the 147 assembly constituencies in the state and polled only 0.86 per cent of votes. This time too several nominees of the party are in the fray. Assembly election in Odisha is scheduled to be held along with the Lok Sabha polls in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.last_img read more

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Kejriwal fooling people on full statehood Sheila

first_imgNEW DELHI: Congress candidates kicked off a hectic campaign for Lok Sabha polls in Delhi. Congress candidate for North East Delhi Parliamentary constituency Sheila Dikshit claimed that Congress will sweep all the seven seats in Delhi in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on the strength of the Congress Government’s unmatched achievements during its 15-year rule in Delhi.Addressing large public meetings at Seemapuri A Block Mother Dairy, Subzi Mandi Seelampur Mauzpur, E Block Shastri Park, New Seelampur and Babu Nagar Chanaiwali gali 25-futa road, in the Mustafabad Assembly in the North East Delhi Parliamentary constituency, Dikshit said that during the 15-year Congress rule in Delhi, the national Capital witnessed massive developments as new flyovers, schools, colleges and hospitals were constructed to make the life of the citizens easier without crying for full Statehood in Delhi. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesShe said that the metro project got off the blocks in Delhi only because of the planning and initiative of the Congress Government when developments became a constant feature in Delhi. Dikshit said that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was fooling the people on the issue of full Statehood for Delhi. She said that ever since Kejriwal came to politics, he has been mouthing lies and making hollow promises to fool the people, but the intelligent Delhi voters have seen through his game plan, and they would no longer be fooled by his lies and falsehood as his politics have been without any scruples. With the rise in the Lok Sabha 2019 election mercury, the campaign mode is in full swing for every political party. Four-time MP and Congress candidate from Chandni Chowk constituency, JP Agarwal on Monday received support and appraisal from people across various walks of life.last_img read more

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RBU to confer D Litt on Sanjib Chattopadhyay

first_imgKolkata: Rabindra Bharati University (RBU) will confer D Litt on noted author Sanjib Chattopadhyay at its 44th convocation that will be held on Wednesday. Apart from Chattopadhyay, noted classical dancer Sonal Mansingh and tabla maestro Swapan Chaudhuri will also be awarded D Litt by the university.The convocation will also see some other awards being handed over to the recipients. Kalabati Debi will be conferred the West Bengal State Akademi Award for dance, while Maya Ghosh will receive the same award for drama, noted sitar player Manilal Nag for music and Wasim Kapoor for visual arts. Acharya Dinesh Chandra Sen Memorial Award will be presented to Shubhendu Maity for folklore research. RBU Vice-Chancellor Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury said that Professor V N Jha will deliver the convocation address and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, who is also the Chancellor of the university, will also grace the occasion. The convocation programme will be held at the Jorasanko campus of the varsity. 99 students will be handed over their PhD degrees while medals and endowments will be handed over to 138 students. Rabindra Bharati University was founded on May 8, 1962 under the Rabindra Bharati Act, to mark the birth centenary of poet Rabindranath Tagore at his residential house at Kolkata, for the advancement of learning and culture particularly in the branches of music, dance and drama.last_img read more

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ITC Chairman Y C Deveshwar passes away after brief illness

first_imgNew Delhi: Noted industry leader and ITC Chairman YC Deveshwar, who transformed the cigarette major into a diversified player with interests in FMCG, hospitality, IT and other sectors, passed away Saturday morning after a brief illness. Deveshwar (72), who stepped down from executive role as chairman and CEO in 2017 but remained as a non-executive chairman, breathed his last at a private hospital in Gurugram. “We deeply mourn the passing away of Y C Deveshwar, Chairman ITC,” ITC Managing Director Sanjiv Puri said in a statement. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraDeveshwar passionately championed the cause for sustainable and inclusive growth and the transformative role businesses could play in creating larger societal value. This vision drove ITC to pursue business models that today support over 6 million livelihoods, many amongst the weakest in society, Puri added. He leaves behind his wife and two children –a son and a daughter. Deveshwar joined ITC in 1968 and was appointed as a director on ITC’s board on April 11, 1984. He rose to become its chief executive and chairman on January 1, 1996. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysOne of the longest serving top executives of a corporate entity in India, he was responsible for transforming ITC from mainly a cigarettes maker into a diversified entity with interests in FMCG, hospitality, paper, agri business and information technology, among others. When Deveshwar took charge at the helm of the company in the mid-1990’s, ITC was confronted with formidable challenges, with diversification efforts either failing or languishing. The company’s revenue was less than Rs 5,200 crore and Profit Before Tax (PBT) stood at Rs 452 crore. In 2017-18, the company posted revenues of Rs 44,329.77 crore and net profit of Rs 11,223.25 crore. “His leadership transformed ITC into a valuable and admired multi business conglomerate with a robust portfolio of front-ranking businesses in FMCG, hotels, paperboards and paper, packaging and agri-business. “His vision to make societal value creation a bedrock of corporate strategy also led ITC to become a global exemplar in sustainability and the only company in the world to be carbon positive, water positive and solid waste positive for over a decade,” Puri said. An alumnus of IIT Delhi and Harvard Business School, Deveshwar had also led Air India as chairman and managing director between 1991 and 1994. When ITC split the role of the Executive Chairman between Chairman and Chief Executive Officer with effect from February 5, 2017 as part of succession planning in the company, Deveshwar continued as chairman in non-executive capacity and played the role of mentor to the executive management led by Sanjiv Puri. A recipient of Padma Bhushan –one of the highest civilian awards in the country –in 2011, Deveshwar also played his part in nation building, taking up various roles in several institutions. He served as a director on the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India, as a member of the National Foundation for Corporate Governance and member of the governing body of the National Council of Applied Economic Research. “Inspired by a patriotic fervour, manifest in his clarion call of ‘Lets Put India First’, he led ITC’s strategic thrust to create an exemplary Indian enterprise dedicated to serving national priorities,” Puri said. Well respected by his peers in the industry, YCD, as he was popularly known in corporate circles, was also a past president of CII, besides being on the National Executive Committees of some of India’s premier trade and industry bodies.last_img read more

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Godse extremist remark Kamal Haasan secures anticipatory bail

first_imgChennai: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to actor-politician Kamal Haasan in the case filed against him for his Hindu extremist comment. Campaigning for his party Makkal Needhi Maiam’s (MNM) candidate in the bye-election for the Aravakuruchi Assembly constituency, the actor speaking about the killer of Mahatma Gandhi, said: “The first extremist of independent India was a Hindu — Nathuram Godse. It all started from there.” Haasan made the comment in a locality were Muslims lived in large numbers. His comment created a huge row nationwide and police complaints were filed in Aravakuruchi against Haasan for trying to create enimity between communities.last_img read more

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Spain boosts Melilla border fence with Morocco with barbed wire

first_imgMADRID – Spain has installed barbed wire on the triple border fence that separates its north African territory of Melilla from Morocco, a key entry point into Europe for illegal migrants.Barbed wire started being placed on the top of several sections of the seven-metre (23-foot) high fence last week to “reinforce security a bit”, a spokesman for government of Melilla said Monday.Barbed wire had been used before in Melilla but was removed from the top of the border fence in 2006 after causing injuries to migrants as they tried to illegally enter the territory. Forty-eight surveillance cameras already watch over the 11-kilometre (seven-mile) long fence which loops around the city until it reaches the Mediterranean coast.At night the fence is lit up along its entire length to help spot migrants trying to enter the Spanish territory, which has 80,000 inhabitants.The Spanish branch of Amnesty International said it was “deeply worried” over the installation of barbed wire on the border fence.“The response of the Spanish government to the migratory pressure is moving away from the respect of the rights of people who try to enter our country and is a serious step backwards,” it said in a statement.About 3,000 migrants tried to scale the border fence between January 1 and September 17, compared to 1,610 during the same period last year, according to Spanish interior ministry figures.Nearly four-fifths, 77.3 percent, were prevented from entering the territory by Spanish and Moroccan security forces.Melilla and Ceuta, another Spanish territory on the north African coast, have the European Union’s only land borders with Africa.last_img read more

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King Mohammed Appoints Charif Sidi Mohammed El Alaoui his new Chamberlain

first_imgFes – King Mohammed VI, received, Thursday at the Royal Palace in Fes, Charif Sidi Mohammed El Alaoui, whom the Sovereign appointed as Chamberlain of His Majesty, said a statement from the Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery. Charif Sidi Mohammed El Alaoui is the grand- son of the late Princess Lalla Fatima Zahra El Azizia, daughter of Sultan Moulay Abdelaziz, and the late Prince Moulay El Hassan Ben El Mehdi.Charif Sidi Mohammed El Alaoui succeeds Mr. Brahim Frej, who has held the position since the reign of His Majesty the late King Hassan II. On this occasion, the King bestowed on Mr. Brahim Frej the Order of the Throne in the exceptional class in appreciation of the loyalty and dedication he showed during his rich career in the service of the Throne.last_img read more

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