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Northern Region Preliminary Assessment Notices Sent

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Moose Management Progress in Cape Breton

18 hours Ago, October 22, 2019

October 22, 2019

Northern Region Preliminary Assessment Notices Sent

first_imgMore than 300,000 Nova Scotia property owners will have a chance to review their proposed 2007 assessments, now that notices are in the mail. The proposed notices were sent to owners of properties whose assessments are expected to increase by more than three per cent in 2007, and are based on Jan. 1, 2005 market value. Proposed notices allow property owners to make inquiries about their proposed assessment before the formal assessment notice is sent in January. In the northern region, which includes Hants East, Cumberland, Colchester and Pictou counties, the total proposed combined value of 2007 commercial and residential property assessments is about $8.2 billion, up almost 6.4 per cent from 2006. Residential proposed assessments in the north are showing a total increase of 8.3 per cent, while commercial proposed assessments are up 1.2 per cent. The most common reason for an increase in a residential assessment is that the value of a property increased as a result of a strong real estate market. Assessments also change when renovations or additions are done to a property. All properties in Nova Scotia are assessed at market value. Nova Scotia property owners can check their 2007 proposed assessments online by going to www.nsassessment.ca/cap and clicking on online property assessment information. “Sending Nova Scotia property owners their proposed assessment in June, means that they can talk to us and get information about their property assessment before the formal assessment notice is sent in January,” said Terry Hartling, regional director for the northern regional assessment office. “This year, the information will also help property owners decide if they will apply for the 2007 CAP Assessment Program.” The CAP Assessment Program is designed to help protect property owners from sudden and dramatic increases in market value by placing a limit, or cap, on the amount of taxable assessment increase on eligible properties. Property owners who qualified for the program in the past need not reapply. Applications are available online at www.nsassessment.ca/cap , by calling 1-800-667-5727, or at any assessment office, municipal tax office, Access Nova Scotia Centre or registry of deeds. “We encourage property owners to call us or visit our website if they have any questions about their preliminary assessment or need further information about the CAP Program,” he added.last_img read more

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Moose Management Progress in Cape Breton

first_imgDepartment of Natural Resources staff will increase their enforcement presence this year in northern Cape Breton to ensure the moose hunt is conducted lawfully. Hunting includes attracting, pursuing, searching for, shooting at, or stalking wildlife. Nova Scotians are reminded that it is illegal for a non-Mi’kmaw person to hunt wildlife without the proper licence issued by the Department of Natural Resources. The penalties for infractions of hunting regulations can be quite severe, and conservation officers are determined to protect moose from illegal hunting practices. The province and Mi’kmaw representatives are currently involved in discussions on moose management issues to establish a future management plan that is science-based, sustainable, and allows an increased level of Mi’kmaw self-government and self-management. These matters involve constitutional and treaty rights. The process will take time, but this year’s collaboration shows that real progress can be made through discussion. The Department of Natural Resources will implement interim measures to ensure that animals taken by Mi’kmaw harvesters, are used primarily to benefit the Mi’kmaw community. Any non-Mi’kmaw person will continue to need a permit to possess more than 15 pounds of moose meat. Changes to these moose meat possession permits have been made to better control how the meat can be transferred. Permits must be obtained at local Natural Resources offices.last_img read more

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Province Formalizes Support for Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games

first_img support initiatives that enhance tourism, sport volunteerism, trade, and investment, and other economic related benefits; ensure Aboriginal participation and inclusion throughout the Games; and, showcase Nova Scotia artists and arts organizations. “By collaborating with the Vancouver Organizing Committee we are not only showing our support for the 2010 Winter Games, but we will use this as an opportunity to learn and become more knowledgeable as we prepare to host the 2011 Canada Winter Games,” said Mr. Barnet. VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic and Paralympic Winter in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from Feb. 12 to 28, 2010 and the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Nova Scotia is heading to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games. The province and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) announced today, Jan. 29, that Nova Scotia’s culture, innovation and athletes will be on display in 2010, when the eyes of the world will be on Vancouver and Canada. “The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are Canada’s games and offer an unparalleled opportunity to promote our province and our people,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “We are proud to offer our support to the Games and look forward to helping Canada welcome the world.” A memorandum of understanding was signed on behalf of the province by Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection and VANOC chief executive officer John Furlong. “The Vancouver 2010 story will be shaped by Canadians from coast to coast to coast, and we are delighted to welcome Nova Scotia, proud hosts of the 2011 Canada Winter Games, to the team,” said Furlong. “Today you join us on an exciting journey that presents Nova Scotia, along with the rest of Canada, with a unique opportunity to showcase our culture and heritage to the world.” The memorandum of understanding includes the following areas of co-operation:last_img read more

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Amendments to Agricultural Marshland Conservation Act

first_imgMarshlands will be managed more efficiently with amendments introduced to the Agricultural Marshland Conservation Act today, April 30. The act allows management of dykes and marshlands in the province for agriculture. The proposed amendments were identified by the marshland administrator. “Marshlands are an important part of agriculture and the landscape of Nova Scotia,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Agriculture. “These changes are primarily administrative, but they will ensure that the act is current and addresses the existing needs for marshland management.” Some of the changes include permitting marshland owners to form groups to collectively manage the marshland, as well as allowing construction, repair and maintenance to protect, drain and improve marshlands. The province took over management of marshlands from the federal government in 1967.last_img read more

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Province Supports Halifax Regional Municipality Project

first_imgThe province supports Halifax Regional Municipality’s direction with enhancements to the Dartmouth Common and the construction of a new Bridge Transit Terminal. “I am committed to preserving the Dartmouth Common, because it will help make life better for families in and around the Dartmouth area,” said the Premier Darrell Dexter. “The Dartmouth Common is part of our heritage, and our future.” Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, made the announcement today, July 29. The province will introduce legislation this fall to better identify and expand the boundaries of the Dartmouth Commons to ensure its long-term preservation. Halifax Regional Municipality is moving forward with several initiatives to enhance the existing Dartmouth Common area. Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Peter Kelly said he is pleased that the province and the municipality have worked together to ensure improvements to public transit are carried out. “The new Dartmouth Bridge Terminal will be the busiest facility in the Metro Transit system. As such, it is vital to our efforts to increase transit ridership and broaden the customer base,” said Mayor Kelly. “Our two levels of government have worked successfully together to support this initiative while continuing to be mindful of the issues surrounding the Dartmouth Common.” “We look forward to working with Halifax Regional Municipality to ensure that the Dartmouth Commons is protected and remains a vital asset for the community for generations to come,” said Ms. Jennex. The Dartmouth Common was established in 1788.last_img read more

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Senior Abuse Awareness Events in June

first_imgMaking life safer for seniors is the theme of several senior abuse awareness activities being held across the province this month. “It is very important that families, friends and citizens in our communities are aware of the signs of senior abuse so it can be recognized and prevented,” said Denise Peterson-Rafuse, Minister of Seniors. The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse reports that abuse of seniors is largely underestimated, not easily recognized and often goes unreported throughout the world. Senior abuse can be defined as physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse, and neglect. Abuse can occur within relationships where there is an expectation of trust. Some of these relationships include family, intimate partners, adult children, grandchildren, friends, a care worker, or paid person who is providing services in an older adult’s home. “We hope that everyone will take the opportunity to learn more about this very concerning issue because many seniors are vulnerable to abuse,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “We all play a role in raising awareness and preventing senior abuse.” The Department of Seniors will co-host and sponsor seventeen events throughout the province. Many of the events will coincide with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15. Community-led events are also being held across the province. Some activities include presentations, speakers and displays. For information on all the events visit the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/seniors or call toll free 1-800-670-0065. Seniors and family or friends of seniors who need immediate assistance with an abuse situation should call local police. For information or referral call the toll-free confidential Senior Abuse Information and Referral Line at 1-877-833-3377. Under the Protection for Persons in Care Act, administrators, staff and volunteers of hospitals, licensed residential and long-term care facilities are required to report all allegations or instances of abuse through a toll free line, 1-800-225-7225.last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Lunenburg County

first_imgLUNENBURG COUNTY: Tancook Island Ferry The Tancook Ferry service has been suspended until further notice by weather conditions and high winds. -30-last_img

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Government Moves to Strengthen UARB Oversight on Maritime Link

first_imgNova Scotia is moving to ensure the Utility and Review Board’s Maritime Link decision is supported by legislation and that ratepayers benefit from the project’s federal loan guarantee. Amendments introduced to the Maritime Link Act today, Dec. 3, clarify that the UARB has full authority over the project and can ensure Nova Scotia Power Maritime Link (NSPML) complies with all board decisions. The province has also signed a Canada-Nova Scotia indemnity agreement and almost completed negotiations to allow the use of Crown lands to build the subsea cable so project financing can begin with the federal guarantee. “We have always stated that if the Maritime Link project is to go ahead, it must do so for the benefit of Nova Scotians,” said Energy Minister Andrew Younger. “We have now ensured beyond a shadow of doubt that the full decision of the board stands. “We have successfully completed negotiations on the indemnity agreement and are very close to completing the subsea land access agreement. These agreements will allow us to access millions of dollars in savings, putting the interests of Nova Scotia ratepayers first.” The indemnity agreement had to be signed to access federal support. As a condition of the federal loan guarantee, the province agrees it will not increase risks for the federal government. The agreement is reasonable commercial practice and does not affect the UARB’s ability to protect ratepayers’ interests. The key terms of the federal loan guarantee, signed Nov. 30, 2012, required Nalcor and Emera to finalize all necessary permits, approvals and land-use agreements. The province expects the Crown land-use agreement for the Cabot Strait subsea corridor to be finished soon.last_img read more

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Nouveaux visages et nouveaux programmes dans le cadre de la rentrée scolaire

first_imgBon nombre de programmes éducatifs connaîtront une expansion cette année, y compris le programme ÉcolesPlus, qui a ajouté quatre écoles. Il est maintenant offert dans plus de 150 écoles afin d’aider les étudiants à se préparer en vue de leur succès scolaire et personnel. « Je suis ravie de souhaiter un bon retour en classe à tous nos élèves et membres du personnel scolaire pour une autre année scolaire fructueuse remplie de possibilités », a dit Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Le programme ÉcolesPlus offre des services tels que le mentorat, l’aide avec les devoirs et les programmes de santé, y compris des services de santé mentale, directement dans les écoles, où les enfants et les familles y ont facilement accès. Cette année, les efforts seront aussi concentrés sur les mathématiques et la littératie à tous les niveaux. « Nous travaillons avec les enseignants et les élèves pour leur offrir les outils dont ils ont besoin pour réussir en mathématiques et en littératie, a dit Mme Casey. Le ministère et les conseils scolaires collaborent pour faire en sorte que les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse acquièrent les compétences et les connaissances nécessaires pour réussir lorsqu’ils quitteront le système des écoles publiques afin de trouver des possibilités d’emplois sur le marché du travail ou poursuivre leurs études postsecondaires. » Le programme Options et opportunités (O2) connaîtra également une expansion pour offrir à un plus grand nombre d’élèves des possibilités d’explorer différentes carrières. Le programme est maintenant offert dans 63 écoles secondaires et à plus de 2 400 élèves à l’échelle de la province. Les métiers spécialisés continueront de jouer un rôle important dans l’éducation grâce aux nouveaux centres de métiers spécialisés qui ouvriront cette année. Les élèves des écoles secondaires de Glace Bay et de Cole Harbour pourront profiter d’une formation pratique dans les métiers spécialisés. Les élèves et les parents remarqueront également des bulletins améliorés cette année, y compris des commentaires personnels sur les forces et les faiblesses de l’élève, ainsi que des suggestions pour appuyer l’apprentissage à la maison. Les bulletins incluront une mise à jour de certaines sections pour les commentaires, donneront des notes en pourcentage pour les élèves de 7e et 8e année, et incluront d’autres changements pour les élèves de la maternelle. Environ 118 000 élèves sont inscrits à 400 écoles à l’échelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse. « Je souhaite à tous les élèves et les enseignants une excellente année scolaire, où tout le monde aura l’occasion d’explorer, d’apprendre et de grandir », a dit Mme Casey.last_img read more

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Minister Confirms Provincial Position on Villages

first_imgMunicipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey confirmed today, March 12, that government will not force amalgamation or dissolution on villages in the province. “We are working collaboratively with all our community leaders to engage in an open dialogue on the best municipal governance structure for the province, and this includes villages,” said Mr. Furey. “We want to work with municipalities and villages on sustainable solutions and not force them to dissolve or amalgamate.” Mr. Furey met with representatives of the Association of Nova Scotia Villages this week to discuss the draft provincial-municipal fiscal review report. The report contains 41 recommendations. The fiscal review was led by a steering committee of elected municipal officials and deputy ministers. A working group of senior municipal and provincial staff supported the committee in its work. The steering committee and departmental officials are analyzing the feedback received during consultations before finalizing the report and presenting it to government.last_img read more

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Funding for Ski Ben Eoin

first_imgFunding for infrastructure improvements at Ski Ben Eoin in Ben Eoin, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, will help support participation in winter sport and recreation and tourism. Ski Ben Eoin will receive $150,000 from the province and funding from other partners. The funding will be used to enhance snowmaking, ski lifts, facility heating and events at the ski hill. “Cape Breton is a beautiful place that can be enjoyed all year long,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “Ski Ben Eoin gives Nova Scotians and visitors to our province an opportunity to maintain a healthy lifestyle and have fun outdoors throughout the winter months.” Ski Ben Eoin has invested $90,000 plus $35,000 in in-kind contributions. “These funds will help us improve our facilities and ensure our guests have the best ski experience possible,” said Jim Gilbert, chief operating officer, Ski Ben Eoin. “Having government support for Ski Ben Eoin represents how integral this asset is to the community.” Government is helping to build infrastructure for strong and vibrant communities. Supporting this project makes it easier for individuals and families to enjoy what their communities have to offer and provides opportunities for Nova Scotians to participate in healthy activities.last_img read more

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October 20, 2019

BJP wins Gurugram Faridabad by massive vote margins

first_imgGurugram: If there is one word which can be described for the scale of victory for BJP in South Haryana constituencies of Faridabad and Gurugram, it will be massive. While in Gurugram, Rao Inderjit won with over three lakh fifty thousand votes in Faridabad, it was even higher for Kishan Pal Gurjar whose votes difference from his rival Avtar Singh Bhadana in Congress was over six lakh votes. Historically the trends in South Haryana seats of Gururgam and Faridabad decide what Haryana decides and it was no different this time. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe massive margin by which BJP won in Gurugram and Faridabad was reflected in the rest of the state as the saffron party achieved its best haul by winning almost all the seats. Co-incidentally just 10 years back, BJP did not have any standing in the state and had to rely on the alliance of regional parties for fighting polls. It was not supposed to be so simple for Rao Inderjit Singh who was contesting against Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, six-time MLA from Rewari. Yet, the 69-old old four-time MP from Gurugram Rao Inderjit not only bettered his previous record but in effect won by over three lakh fifty thousand votes. “I want to thank the voters of Gurugram who again laid their trust on me. I am committed for working towards their welfare,” said Rao Inderjit Singh, the Gurugram candidate. For the opposition, the situation was even worse in neighbouring Faridabad which competed with Karnal of how large the voting difference would be and will set the national record. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceIn effect, Kishan Pal Gurjar extended his lead first to three lakh to five lakh and then a mammoth lead of six lakhs from his rival Avataar Singh Bhadana. Such was the wave that the AAP state President Naveen Jaihind who was contesting his second Lok Sabha elections lost his deposit for the second time. “People of Haryana are nationalist and this was reflected in these elections where people gave emphasis to national issues and in effect defeated dynasty and regionalism that was promoted by the opposition,” said Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar.last_img read more

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Khandu thanks people for reposing faith in his Govt

first_imgItanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu Saturday thanked the people of the state for reposing faith in the policies and performance of his government and electing 41 BJP MLAs in the recently held state polls.The BJP won 41 seats in the 60-member Assembly while the Janata Dal (United) bagged seven, the National People’s Party (NPP) five, the Congress four, the People’s Party of Arunachal one and Independents two. Khandu, in a statement here, also thanked the people for electing two BJP MPs from the state with massive margins, “strengthening the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi”. “It is Narendra Modi’s good governance and policies that ignited minds of our people and they openly voted for development and voted for ‘Phir Ek Baar Modi Sarkar’,” he said. He dedicated the people’s massive mandate to party leaders and workers. He said the BJP’s ideology of development and strong leadership under Modi and party chief Amit Shah resulted in the Lok Sabha successes.last_img read more

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Yogi bans mobile phones in cabinet meetings

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has banned the use of mobile phones during his official meetings, including at cabinet meetings. “The Chief Minister wants all ministers should focus on issues that are discussed in the cabinet meetings. They should not get distracted by their mobile phones. Some ministers have been busy reading messages on WhatsApp during the meetings,” said a senior official in the chief minister’s secretariat. The decision has also been taken keeping in view hacking and electronic espionage threats. The ministers were, earlier, allowed to bring mobile phones but had to keep them on silent mode. Now, they would be required to deposit their phones at a designated counter and a token would be issued which could later be exchanged for their mobile phone.last_img read more

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National outrage over 3yr old Aligarh girls murder

first_imgAligarh: Amid outrage over the murder of a toddler here, authorities on Friday suspended five policemen for negligence and began proceedings to invoke the stringent NSA against the two men who allegedly killed her over a Rs 10,000 loan.The decomposed body of the two-and-a-half-year-old was found in a garbage dump three days after she was reported missing by her family in Tappal township, police said. The policemen, including a Station House Officer, were suspended for alleged delay in registering the case after the girl was reported missing on May 30, and also for delaying the probe which eventually led to the discovery of her body on June 2, officials said. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistThe post-mortem examination confirmed death due to strangulation. It has not found any sign of sexual assault but this cannot be ruled out at this stage. The murder triggered a massive outrage on social media, with political leaders and celebrities tweeting their disgust over the brutality of the crime. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights sought a report from district authorities. Replying to questions from reporters in Lucknow, ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said, “The case will be fast-tracked. POCSO will also be included in the FIR. As of now, sexual assault is not ruled out.” Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceTappal police station officials registered the case on May 31, a day after she had gone missing. Two suspects have been arrested. The accused Zahid and Aslam have confessed to killing the girl after her father failed to return Rs 10,000 he had borrowed from them, police said in a statement. Asked about the suspension of police officials, SSP Kulhari said that it was done on the basis of the inquiry conducted by circle officer Pankaj Srivastva. A neighbour said the girl was playing outside her home with other children on May 30 before she disappeared. Her uncle said police did not take action when they reported that the child has gone missing. SSP Kulhari said proceedings have begun to charge the duo under the National Security Act. A six-member SIT has been formed to investigate the case and a female inspector had been appointed to carry forward the probe, he said.last_img read more

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Adani wins final nod to start Australia coal mine project

first_imgMelbourne: Indian energy giant Adani on Thursday cleared the last regulatory hurdle to commence work on its controversy-hit Carmichael coal mine near the iconic Great Barrier Reef in Australia with the Queensland state authorities approving its groundwater management plan. The final and last approval for the group’s long-delayed billion dollar mega coal mine project came weeks after a surprise election win of Australia’s pro-coal ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsReacting to the development, Gautam Adani, Chairman of Ahmedabad-headquartered Adani Group said: “Today our remarkable journey of conviction, resilience, and commitment in Australia enters a new phase… I am thankful to the Queensland government and the Australian federal government for believing in the Adani Group’s vision of strengthening India’s energy security and creating new opportunities for the people of Australia.” On May 31, the group won the first approval from the Queensland state government to protect the endangered black-throated finch bird population as part of its crucial environmental plan at the site of its mine project. The finch management plan and the groundwater plan were the two persisting hurdles before the Indian energy giant could begin work on the largest coal mine project in the country. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefThe mining company is now expected to start construction at the site within days. The State Department of Environment and Science said in a statement that it has approved the most recent version of the plan, which Adani submitted just a day ago. “Adani submitted its most recent version of the plan, addressing the department’s feedback, on Tuesday. “The (plan’s) assessment has been rigorous and based on the best available science,” the department said. The group’s country head — Adani Australia Chief Executive Officer Lucas Dow — said: “Adani Mining received advice today from the Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Science that the Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Management Plan has been finalised and approved. “Throughout the past eight years, regional Queenslanders have been beside us every step of the way and we thank them for their on-going support. We’re ready to start work on the Carmichael Project and deliver the jobs these regions so badly need”. The approval states that the plan complies with all regulatory conditions set by the Australian and state governments, bringing to a close a two-year process of rigorous scientific inquiry, review and approvals. This includes relevant reviews by Australia’s pre-eminent scientific organisations CSIRO and Geoscience Australia, the group said in a statement. “Moving forward, Adani Australia’s priority is ensuring the safety of everyone who works on the project and that all construction activity meets the strict environmental requirements we have agreed to meet in our management plans and approvals,” it said. Over the coming days, preparatory activities such as finalising contracts, mobilising equipment, recruitment and completing inductions will continue. “These preparatory actions will enable us to then start construction activities including fencing, bridge and road upgrades, water management and civil earthworks on the mine site. The level of construction activity will then steadily increase over the coming weeks. “The project will deliver 1,500 direct and 6,750 indirect jobs during ramp up and construction, with Rockhampton and Townsville the primary hubs for employment,” it said, adding that the Whitsunday, Isaac, Central Highlands, Mackay, Charters Towers and Gladstone regions will also benefit from work packages and employment opportunities. According to media reports, the company had earlier submitted almost a dozens of ground water management plans but failed to meet the key environmental requirements. Adani, which has mining and environmental licences of the state government, required the state approvals on management plans on the endangered finch bird and groundwater in order to commence the mine construction. Following the approval, Adani can now break ground at the site. PTIlast_img read more

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Priyamvada Birla Scholarship disbursed at solemn ceremony

first_imgAsit Mandal, Md Akbar Ali, Dipu Roy and Jamiruddin Saikh are all completely blind with meagre source of family income were among the 30 students, selected on the merit-cum-means criterion, for the Priyamvada Birla Scholarship and the Jaswant Singh Lodha Scholarship, disbursed on June 14, 2019. Each of them got scholarship of Rs 24,000 per annum for four years to enable them to complete graduation from a college in West Bengal.Speaking on the occasion, Harsh V Lodha, Chairman, M P Birla Group, said: “The limited means and severe hardships through which these awardees have come out should teach us not to complaint about trivialities, demands less of others, accept the circumstances, focus and do much more by ourselves. We should shape our own destinies. They have not allowed their minds to be corrupted by the materialistic pleasures of success, but are looking forward to achieving real happiness which comes by serving society in a meaningful manner,” He further said: “What started out as a small initiative has transformed itself into an occasion of learning for each and every one of us privileged to be here today-to see and experience first-hand real-life histories of the 30 new heroes who will be added to our family of scholarship students. Their individual journey despite all odds shows us that nothing is impossible if pursued with determination, dedication, discipline and hard work.” Lodha and Anamika Lodha, Trustee, Madhav Prasad Priyamvada Birla Apex Charitable Trust, handed over the scholarships at a simple ceremony. The Priyamvada Birla Scholarship was introduced by the Madhav Prasad Priyamvada Birla Apex Charitable Trust in 2013 and has been providing scholarship to 25 students. The Jaswant Singh Lodha Scholarship, instituted by the Lodha Charitable Trust, has been providing scholarship to five students since 2018. Both the scholarships are executed by the South Point Education Society and are valid for the entire duration of the selected course (viz. B.A., B.Com, B. Sc, BBA, BCA, LLB, B.E. / B. Tech., MBBS / BDS etc), but not exceeding four years, provided the recipients maintain a certain academic standard. The recipients’ annual family income has to be within Rs 75,000. At its full strength from 2016-17 onwards, the Priyamvada Birla Scholarship has been supporting 100 aspirants every year in their first, second, third or fourth year of studies. In its first year the scholarship was awarded to 20 aspirants. Five aspirants each in the first, second, third or fourth year of their undergraduate studies has been supported by the Jaswant Singh Lodha Scholarship. All the awardees admitted that both the scholarships had given them the opportunity to pursue higher studies. Sharmita Bakchi, who is suffering from a rare disease where her growth is restricted, is studying with English Honours at Durgapur Government College and wants to be a WBCS Officer. Subrata Pandit from Birbhum, who is visually impaired, is pursuing Bengali Honours at Visva-Bharati, had participated in the para-Olympics and is a member of the Bengal Blind Boys’ Cricket Team. Lincoln Roy, who is studying Zoology at Barasat Government College, had lost his father and his mother is a domestic help. Sourav Banerjee (2013-14) was an orphan and was looked after by Badsha Mir, a friend of his late father. This is a wonderful example of communal harmony. Sourav has now completed his M. Com. Samsad Hossain (2014-15) has completed M. A. (English). His father has virtually no income. Debasis Jana (2014-15) is 75% blind and his father is a daily worker. He has completed M. A. (History) from Jadavpur University. Mamoni Adhikary (2015-16) is pursuing M.A. (English) from Taki Govt College presently. Her mother, a widow, is a biri maker. Manowar Hossain (2016-17) is in the final year of B.A. (English Hons). His father has virtually no income. Simarul Halsona (2017-18) is in the second year of B.A. (Bengali Hons) at Jadavpur University. He is 100% blind. The above, indeed, serves as a tribute to the visionaries who had reposed their trust in education as a life-changing enabler. More than 500 students of South Point High School and M P Birla Foundation Higher Secondary School as well as members of the staff witnessed the ceremony.last_img read more

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One nation one election not possible sans constitutional amendment Former CEC

first_imgHyderabad: Former chief election commissioner T S Krishnamurthy Tuesday said the ‘one nation one election’ idea is very attractive but cannot be put into practice without a Constitutional amendment providing for fixed tenure for legislatures.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited heads of all political parties which have at least one MP either in the Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha for a meeting Wednesday to discuss the “one nation, one election” and some other important matters. Krishnamurthy, who oversaw the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, said a lot of administrative arrangements, including increasing the strength of paramilitary forces for poll duties, might be required for holding simultaneous elections but they are possible. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaThe idea has several advantages, he said, but the biggest impediment in its implementation is constitutional provision relating to no-confidence motion and related issues. “The only way out is amendment by which you say…a vote of confidence will be effective only if some other person is elected as a leader; otherwise old government will continue. Unless you provide for fixed tenure of the House, it’s not possible”, he said. “…transitional provisions may be required because some Houses would have had two-and-half years (of its tenure), some would have had four-and-half years, like that. Transitional provision providing for extending the (tenure of) Houses to a common date may be required,” Krishnamurthy said. He further said it’s very difficult to guess if a consensus would emerge among political parties on the issue.last_img read more

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Rupee rises 15 paise to 6892 vs USD in early trade

first_imgMumbai: The rupee appreciated by 15 paise to 68.92 against the US dollar in opening trade Friday, driven by positive opening in domestic equities and easing crude oil prices. The rupee opened strong at 69 at the interbank forex market then gained further ground to touch 68.92 per dollar, displaying gains of 15 paise against the greenback. Rupee is trading in a narrow range as forex traders took a cautious approach ahead of the G20 Summit, which is taking place amidst ongoing US-China trade tiff and rising tensions in the Middle East, say experts. On Thursday, the rupee had settled at 69.07 against the US dollar. Foreign funds pulled out Rs 0.71 crore from the capital markets on a net basis Thursday, provisional data showed. The benchmark BSE Sensex was trading with gains of 42.13 points, or 0.11 per cent to quote at 39,628.54 while the NSE Nifty was trading at 11 up 17 points, or 0.14 per cent. Meanwhile, brent crude, the global benchmark, was trading at 66.24 per barrel lower by 0.47 per cent.last_img read more

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Google Chrome gets some Brave competition

first_imgNew Delhi: Google Chrome, the undisputed leader used by over 2 billion people globally for Internet browsing, has got some serious competition in “Brave” browser that automatically blocks third-party ads and cookies, and even offers to pay users when they click and see a promoted or partnered ad in a secure way. Called “Brave”, the new browser has begun previewing the new advertising model which promises to funnel 70 per cent of earned revenue to users who load up and view the ads. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app The remaining 30 per cent will go to the browser’s developers. Participating users would be able to earn around $60 to $70 this year and possibly around $224 in 2020. “With Brave Ads, we are reforming an online advertising system which has become invasive and unusable,” the company said in a recent blog post. “Brave Ads remove intermediaries that exploit user data and thrive on surveillance, and instead offer a consent-based system,” according to Firefox co-founder and JavaScript creator Brendan Eich who created the browser. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails “Brave” is the open source Chromium-based browser that out-ranked Chrome to be the second best after Mozilla Firefox when it came to speed, secure browsing and quick navigation. Apple Safari was third while Google Chrome came fourth on the browser-ranking index by reviewing portal toptenreviews.com. “Brave” was initially launched for iOS back in 2018 but is now also available on Android, macOS, Windows, Linux. According to their website, the browser is up to two times faster on desktop and up to eight times faster on mobile then Crome. “Brave” automatically blocks any third-party trackers. Additionally, it can block third-party cookies, block scripts and has secure HTTPS protocol everywhere whichever website you browse. The biggest advantage of “Brave” browser is that its servers does not see or store your browsing data and one can customize privacy settings unlike in Chrome. “Brave” also lets you see how many ads and trackers are being blocked on a daily basis. It was built specifically as an ad-free experience and has built-in ad blocking capabilities and anti-tracking technology. “Brave” is currently working on integrating cryptocurrencies like Ethereum, Ledger and Trezor in their browser which would allow users to earn and store funds directly into a self-custodial wallet. A Reddit user shared several screenshots of Brave’s GitHub repository that showed developers working on a completely new Ethereum wallet, news website Cryptoslate reported recently.last_img read more

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