first_imgChennai, Apr 12 (PTI) The Madras High Court today made the Ministry of Environment and Forest and the Animal Welfare Board parties to a plea for permission to hold cock fights in Coimbatore district.While making the two authorities parties to the plea made by Veera Vilayattu Sangam of Coimbatore to have their say on it, a bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar posted the matter to April 19. The petitioner had moved the court seeking direction to the police to let them hold cock fights in Coimbatore after they were denied the permission in March 2017 to conduct the event.But the high court had dismissed the plea and asked the petitioner to make fresh representations to the authorities to seek their permission to hold sporting event on some other convenient date.Pursuant to the order, the petitioner sought fresh permission to conduct the fight between April 5 and 9, but the police denied the permission again saying that the organisers were holding the cultural event for gambling purpose.The petitioners further submitted that though they had given an undertaking to police that there would be no gambling and law and order problems, their plea was rejected. PTI COR ROH APR RAXlast_img read more

first_imgLiving with one of Indian shooting’s most painful stories, Joydeep Karmakar is certain that his “phenomenally” talented protege, Mehuli Ghosh, has it in her to achieve what he could not by half a point: win an Olympic medal.Shooting without the weight of expectations and with all the focus trained on the likes of Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang and Ronjan Sodhi, Karmakar was on course for a podium at the 2012 London Olympics before missing out by the smallest of margins to finish fourth.Since that agonising English summer evening nearly seven years ago, Karmakar has come a long way, producing promising shooters. Mehuli, undoubtedly, is one of his most talented shooters.”She is definitely up there technically, she has the results, scored quite high scores in training and competitions,” Karmakar told PTI ahead of the season-opening World Cup in the capital.”That was a totally different scenario,” Karmakar, now 39, said, recalling his near-miss in London. He was asked what he thinks about Mehuli if she were to experience similar match situations.”She will be facing innumerable difficulties, challenges, and near misses and situations like that. But you cannot define every kind of situation, cannot simulate every kind of situation, it is all about your thought process and philosophy which an athlete will go ahead with.”She is being instilled with those kinds of thoughts which can be useful in moments of stress … when you feel challenged, when you are going down, or even when you are doing well, how to protect it, how to preserve it and all,” said Karmakar, India’s lone World Cup silver medallist in a prone event.advertisementWhen asked if he relates with his experience and performance in the biggest event of his career while training the likes of Mehuli at his academy in Kolkata, Karmakar was not very comfortable with the thought.”Definitely, it adds to the drama, but I don’t mix my performance with her performance. Of course the experience which I have from 29 years of my shooting career I am transferring it to her, and hopefully, she makes good use of it.”She is a phenomenally good student, she never misses a single work which I tell her, she understands the idea and executes it perfectly.”A bronze medallist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and a winner of a staggering eight medals at the 61st Shooting Nationals, 18-year-old Mehuli missed India’s first-ever Youth Olympics gold after shooting a disappointing 9.1 in the final of 10m Air Rifle event in Buenos Aires last October.A few months before that, she ended up winning a silver at CWG when she could have gone for the gold.With a sensational 10.9 in the final shot, Ghosh forced a shoot-off against Singapore’s Martina Lindsay Veloso. Seeing her name on the scoreboard, Ghosh thought she had won the gold and waved at the cameras, only to be told by the Indian coaching staff to return to her position for the shoot-off.However, in an international tournament in the Netherlands, beginning the qualifying round with a disastrous 3.4, Mehuli showed character to make the finals and claim the gold medal.After a run full of highs and very few lows, Mehuli said, “I am just working with my technique and consistency at the moment.”About her coach Karmakar, she said, “He is always motivating me, ensures that our training is not boring so that I don’t get too tired easily, and recovery is also very important.Also Watch:last_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that the Government will continue to give the Tourism Ministry and its agencies all the support they need in order to fully maximise the sector’s potential. “The Caribbean region recorded 50 million visitors last year. The international tourism movement is about 1.3 billion, so we are not even getting one per cent of tourists from around the world. Much, much more can be done to bring tourists to our shores,” he argued. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that the Government will continue to give the Tourism Ministry and its agencies all the support they need in order to fully maximise the sector’s potential.He said that while the local industry has been performing exceptionally well, “much, much more can be done”.“The Caribbean region recorded 50 million visitors last year. The international tourism movement is about 1.3 billion, so we are not even getting one per cent of tourists from around the world. Much, much more can be done to bring tourists to our shores,” he argued.“We can bring in much more revenues… much more visitors,” he added, while addressing a function at the Jewel Grande Hotel in Rose Hall, St. James, on April 28.The Prime Minister said he is very happy with the aggressive approach being undertaken by the Tourism Ministry as it relates to venturing into new markets and also in giving brand Jamaica a high-profile presence on the world stage.He noted that it is not just in the traditional markets of Canada, the United States, and Europe that “we are breaking new ground”, pointing out that “we have a concerted strategy” for the Latin American market, particularly in South and Central America.“We are well on our way. If we can open up the markets of South America and Eastern Europe… and with China on the horizon… then easily we could have 10 million visitors,” he said.The Prime Minister said he is confident in making that prediction, as the island’s allure is second to none, and when visitors think of a Caribbean vacation, Jamaica is almost always at the top of any list.“This is why the Ministry of Tourism has my full support in beating down a path to the doors of the big markets… to bring them (visitors) here to Jamaica,” he said. He said that while the local industry has been performing exceptionally well, “much, much more can be done”. last_img read more

first_img More than 135 newly elected municipal councillors are gatheringin Halifax on Saturday, Nov. 20, to learn more about their newjobs. From balancing a budget to barking dog bylaws, the 2004Municipal Orientation Workshop provides an informative overviewof the roles and responsibilities of municipal councillors. “Municipal government is democracy in action at the communitylevel,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Service Nova Scotia andMunicipal Relations. “There’s so much to learn about the way municipal government works. This workshop will help our newlyelected councillors get off to a good start with a betterunderstanding of their role and the responsibilities of council.” The workshop includes sessions on the roles and responsibilitiesof council and administrative staff, an introduction to municipalfinances, and the legal authority and liability of council. Aswell, there will be a presentation by Lawrence Mawhinney, Mayorof the Town of Lunenburg, on making council meetings work. “Municipal councillors play a vital role in keeping ourcommunities strong and vibrant,” said Charles Crosby, presidentof the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. “This orientationworkshop will help our municipal councillors make informeddecisions to better serve their communities.” Mr. Barnet and Mr. Crosby will address the councillors as willGreg Keefe, deputy minister of Service Nova Scotia and MunicipalRelations and George McLellan, president of the Association ofMunicipal Administrators. Guest speakers at the Municipal Orientation Workshop includeLinda Parker, former president of the Association of MunicipalAdministrators; Jamie Campbell, solicitor for the Union of NovaScotia Municipalities; Dale MacLennan, director of finance forHalifax Regional Municipality; Greg Herrett, director of financefor the Town of Amherst and Jack Novack, director and professorof public sector programs at Dalhousie University. The 2004 Municipal Orientation Workshop is a partnership ofService Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, the Union of NovaScotia Municipalities and the Association of MunicipalAdministrators. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Orientation Workshop for NewlyElected Municipal Councillorslast_img read more

first_imgStudents can now apply for the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship, which helps them pursue careers in Nova Scotia’s energy sector. “We want more young Nova Scotians to stay here and build successful careers in our energy sector,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette. “Their ideas will become Nova Scotia’s innovations, and together we will move toward a more prosperous and cleaner energy future.” Eight university students will receive scholarships valued at $2,500 per year for four years. Eight other students enrolled in trades and technology programs at the Nova Scotia Community College will be awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500. Pengrowth Energy Corporation, Pengrowth Management Limited and the province have together invested more than $4.8 million to give students the opportunity to pursue their passions in the energy sector. Since 2005, about 265 scholarships have been awarded. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on academic standing, community involvement and interest in the Nova Scotia energy industry. Applications will be accepted until May 3. For more information visit .last_img read more

first_imgCelebrity Auction specializes in driving the online charity auction the extra mile along the red carpet. By matching up everyday people with their favorite stars and their special charities, Celebrity Auction allows anyone to give a little and get a life-changing experience in return.Video: Celebrity Auction – What We DoImagine getting a private tour of Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage car collection, going to a concert and having a meet and greet with Andrea Bocelli, or attending a star-studded event like the Maxim Hot 100 Party. These are the one-of-a-kind experiences you will find at Celebrity Auction and the list will keep growing.“It’s been a long time coming but we are excited to finally make our debut,” says founder, Nick Batchelor. “Often for Celebrities their aim is more than fame. Many want to use their notoriety to make a real difference and do something that is close to their heart. We are here to help them put the spotlight on a cause they really care about.”Musicians and bands can donate a slice of their time at a scheduled event for a meet and greet backstage experience and sign on memorabilia. Sport stars can give back by allowing their fans to a private practice and maybe even give a lesson. Movie and TV stars can donate a set visit experience and have coffee with them. Models and fashion designers can give a behind-the-scenes look at what happens at a fashion show. Think of something big and Celebrity Auction can help to make it happen.“Collect moments in life not just things.” says co-founder, DeAnna Batchelor. “Our tagline is: Meet your HERO + Be a HERO. Celebrity Auction is excited to make this possible. We want to make what is normally inaccessible, accessible!”Celebrity Auction is looking to partner up with anyone, artist to zoologist, who has a big following. Celebrities can donate experiences but they can even get paid for an experience where a portion of the purchased price still helps a charity. Celebrity Auction splits commissions with anyone who brings them a fabulous experience so that it truly is a win-win experience for everyone.Charities and foundations are the big winners and they are welcome to contact Celebrity Auction to see how they can help raise funds for their non-profit and at zero cost to them. Their goal is to make dreams come true, while helping the underprivileged realize theirs.Find out more here.last_img read more

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsAn award winning Nunavut program that teaches northern kids computer programming now has a full time address.Kent dropped by the opening of Iqaluit’s new Makerspace and has this

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,162.31, up 18.76 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 72 cents, or 10.00 per cent, to $7.92 on 11.9 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up $2.90, or 8.75 per cent, to $36.04 on 6.4 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up 37 cents, or 3.11 per cent, to $12.26 on 5.4 million shares.OceanaGold Corp. (TSX:OGC). Miner. Down one cent, or 0.31 per cent, to $3.26 on 5.1 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 11 cents, or 0.77 per cent, to $14.21 on 4.7 million shares.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Up one cent, or 0.01 per cent, to $75.60 on 4.5 million shares.last_img read more

first_imgKanpur/Hardoi: SP chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday lashed out at the Congress over its big ego while continuing his attack on the BJP, suggesting that voters will walk away this time from the tea being offered by the chaiwala’ prime minister Narendra Modi.Mocking Modi at a public meeting in Hardoi, he said people voted for the ‘chaiwala’ in 2014. “As you know the taste of the tea now, will you vote for him again?” the Samajwadi Party president asked. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He also called the prime minister a prachar mantri , or a publicity minister. At his Kanpur rally, Yadav sharpened his attack against the Congress, which has been kept out by the SP and the Bahujan Samaj Party from their alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha elections. “Like the BJP, the Congress too believes in threatening political opponents,” he said. “We had an alliance with the Congress, but found that their ego is too big,” Yadav said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe SP had an understanding with the Congress during the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. In the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, the alliance of the SP, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal has shunned it. However, the alliance decided not to field any candidate from Rae Bareli and Amethi, the bastions held by Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. “The Congress is not stopping the BJP, it’s the SP-BSP alliance which is stopping the BJP,” the SP leader said. He accused the Congress of initiating a CBI probe against his father and SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav when it was in power at the Centre. He claimed that a Congress activist was doing this even now. The apparent reference was to Vishwanath Chaturvedi’s attempt to revive an old case, alleging amassing of disproportionate assets by the Yadav family. Chaturvedi had sought a Supreme Court direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation to place the status report on a probe in the case against Mulayam Singh Yadav and his sons Akhilesh Yadav and Prateek Yadav.last_img read more

9 April 2008Statisticians from India and Cambodia today completed the first video conferencing course provided by a new United Nations programme that aims to boost the quality of information received from Governments of developing countries. “It has been found that there is a substantial need to improve the ability of government statisticians in data analysis and manipulation by taking advantage of statistical software,” said Chultemjamts Davaasuren, Director of the UN Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP). “This training course addresses that need and we hope it will serve as a model for other courses throughout the region,” he added, noting that the programme has already trained about 11,000 people from more than 120 countries and territories through more conventional methods. In the trial distance-learning course, 30 statisticians from India and Cambodia completed a nine-day training course taught by lecturers based in Japan, in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Cambodia’s National Institute of Statistics and India’s Central Statistical Organisation. The students attended their classes in videoconferencing facilities located in local JICA offices, using an integrated statistical software package known as STATA. SIAP, a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), was created to strengthen the capability of the developing countries to collect, analyze and disseminate timely and high-quality statistics by providing fellowships, training courses and workshops, and course design and materials. The Institute is planning to hold two similar training programmes later this year. read more

In a statement read at an open meeting by the Council President for May, Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan, the 15-member body urged the Congolese and Rwandan Governments to investigate jointly, with the assistance of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC), recent reports of armed incursions across their border.”The Security Council further calls on both Governments to establish border security mechanisms to prevent the recurrence of such incidents,” the Pakistani Permanent Representative said.The two governments should “take all necessary measures to facilitate the swift and voluntary repatriation of Rwandan combatants from the DRC,” after disarming and demobilizing them, the Council said.Clashes last month between DRC forces and a Rwandan rebel group accused of genocide and known as the Interahamwe led to the displacement of some 25,000 people in the DRC’s South Kivu area, the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said last week.The Security Council commended the DRC for arresting long-sought fugitive Yussufu Munyakazi on charges he took part in the Rwanda genocide of 1994 and transferring him to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, based in Tanzania. It encouraged the two governments to continue working towards normalizing their relations, Mr. Akram said.Earlier this week, Foreign Ministers from Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC met for normalization talks in Washington, DC. read more

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Unacceptable” failings by NHS screening programmes mean smear test results for more than 150,000 women have been left in a backlog, instead of being checked.A damning report by the National Audit Office (NAO) warns that most women participating in the national screening programme are now being forced to endure long waits for the results.Take up of cervical cancer screening is at a 21-year low, with more than 1 million women missing tests in the last five-years.NHS officials have repeatedly urged those eligible to come forward.After women undergo a smear test, they should receive their results within two weeks.But today’s investigation reveals that this target has been missed for more than three years – with just 33 per cent getting results on time in March of last year, compared with a target of 98 per cent.Figures for last December show 55 per cent of women receiving results on time.The report found that a backlog of samples was allowed to build up, after NHS laboratory staff went in search of new work after being told most centres would close.The NAO study said every NHS screening programme – including breast, bowel and cervical screening – is failing to meet take-up targets.The report said delays modernising “complex and ageing IT systems” meant a risk that screening programmes could not identify and invite those eligible for screening.It follows serious incidents reported last year regarding the cervical and breast cancer screening programmes, when thousands of women were found to have not been sent invitations. The NAO said the NHS handling of changes to the cervical cancer screening programme had led to a backlog of samples, amid growing shortages of laboratory staff.  The problems occured after staff left “in search of greater job security” after being told the number of laboratories would be cut from 48 to nine.This has led to a “decline in performance against turnaround time targets” and a build-up of samples waiting to be tested, the NAO said.Its report said: “In October 2018, there was a backlog of 98,000 cervical screening samples waiting to be tested by laboratories across England.”NHS England told us that it is working to reduce the backlog, which has been reduced from 152,742 in March 2018 by moving the analysis of samples around the country, to reduce the burden on those laboratories under most pressure.”Labour MP Meg Hillier, chairwoman of the Commons public accounts committee, said the failings were “unacceptable” and “worrying”.Robert Music, chief executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, said: “Over the past year we have had many women contacting us with concerns over delays in their results and it is simply not fair that women should be put under undue stress as a result of failings in the programme management.”Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, said it was “extremely worrying” that NHS performance targets for breast screening continued to be missed, with “completely unacceptable” waits for some patients.A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “Our screening programmes are widely recognised as among the best in the world, and we are committed to making any improvements needed to keep our offer to patients world-class.“Prevention and early diagnosis of cancer are key priorities for this Government, and we are already working closely with NHS England and Public Health England to address the issues this useful report highlights. “An independent review announced by NHS England is looking at cancer screening services. We expect this to lead to an overhaul of the system so it meets the high standard NHS patients rightly expect.” read more

Scotland Yard has urged people to remain vigilant after a fifth person was stabbed in north London right under the noses of a police patrol.A man in his 30s was left in critical condition after being knifed in the back just yards from the scene of a previous incident, prompting fears the attacker could be taunting the police.It was the fifth knife attack in the area since Saturday evening, in a spree that has left three people critically ill.A man in his 30s was arrested in connection with the attacks on Tuesday morning, but police have warned people to remain on their guard in case the person responsible is still at large.Another suspect who was arrested on Sunday remained in custody last night after police were given more time to question him, while a third suspect was bailed by police.The spate of stabbings has led to widespread concern in the local community, with schools put into lockdown and children warned not to walk home alone. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The fourth victim was stabbed yesterday morning just after 5am as he was walking with a friend close to the scene of the first incident.After being stabbed in the back he was able to make his way to a police cordon, where officers were able to provide first aid and alert paramedics.The first incident took place in Aberdeen Road in Edmonton, when a 45-year-old woman was stabbed in the back.Around four hours later the same man attacked a man in nearby Park Avenue and he struck again just before 4am in the Silver Street area of Edmonton.The fourth attack took place at 9.43am on Sunday in Brettenham Road, when a man was stabbed in the back.Children at schools in Edmonton are being restricted from leaving the premises during breaks and lunchtime and are being advised to walk home in pairs or small groups. “It could happen to anyone, my friends, my family, it could happen to me. It’s really scary. We don’t even know this guy they are talking about, so it’s really scary.”The latest attack comes just a day after the Prime Minister hosted a knife crime summit at Downing Street to address mounting concern over the number of attacks.But just hours after the event a man in his 20s was stabbed to death by a group of attackers in Kentish Town, north London.Figures released under Freedom of Information laws also revealed that hospitals are treating up to 21 young knife victims a day.Almost 8,000 children and young people aged eleven to 25 years attended hospitals last year after being assaults with knives and other weapons. Police are carrying out a huge search of the area Five people have now been stabbed at random in Edmonton, north LondonCredit:Getty Images Referring to the latest Edmonton incident, Helen Millichap, borough commander for Enfield and Haringey, said: “The victims appeared to have been approached from behind, they do not appear to have been engaged in conversation, these are currently very unprovoked attacks.”The actions of the suspect, the fact the incidents are in a similar area and the descriptions given meaning we are only potentially looking for individual perpetrator.””However, until these investigations have developed further and we are in a position to speak with certainty about this, I have a duty to ask the public to remain vigilant and to please continue to report anything suspicious to us.” Five people have now been stabbed at random in Edmonton, north London She added: “My message to the public here in Edmonton is that the police are here, the police are out and about.”We want the public to stay alert, I do want people to report anything suspicious to us, but I also do want them to feel as safe as they can. We are not advising people to stay indoors.” They are also being warned to stick to main roads rather than take shortcuts and not to listen to music or be distracted by their smartphones when walking. Police are carrying out a huge search of the area Local residents close to the scene of yesterday’s stabbing said they were scared to go about their day to day activities.Kelvin Ojo, 36, said: “It’s scary now, this is not normal. They can’t find this person, it’s just one guy. Now I’m starting thinking about moving from this area, I’m not liking it. read more

first_imgvia MAY REMEMBER we reported last month on a proactive trend being promoted by the Student Network, called #RAKnominations.The ‘RAK’ stands for Random Act of Kindness and was a direct and positive reaction to the dangerous #neknomination craze that saw young people put themselves at risk by daring each other over social media to throw down shots or pints of alcohol.The Student Network decided to get a different ball rolling with a Random Act of Kindness, and took to the streets of Dublin to distribute food to the homeless.Then, they got to nominate three others to carry out a #RAKnomination. One of those three – Slattery Communications – took up the challenge and at the end of their rainy day cheer-spreading project (see video), nominated another three, including….!So, never shy of adventure, staff have been volunteering at Age Action’s superb Getting Started programme, which aims to get older people comfortable with going online. They learn everything from email to searching the web, to shopping for groceries online, to Skype-ing the grandkids abroad.See how we got on in the video at the top of the article.Thanks to Pauline Power of the Getting Started programme and all the folks from Age Action – if you would like to volunteer like we did, you should visit or click here for details.The Getting Started programme also has some excellent easy-to-use guides and exercises for beginners and learners if you fancy a bit of online tutoring. Click here to see.And now for OUR #RAKnominations…. #RAKnominates The Department of the Taoiseach, Enda #RAKnominates athlete Derval O’ #RAKnominates TV personality Daithí Ó SéTake it away, folks! If any of the three above send us pics, video or any other proof that they were up to the challenge, we’ll be sure to carry them on company starts random acts of kindness… nominations>last_img read more

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This Saturday is the Kenai Peninsula’s 27th annual Industry Appreciation Day at the Kenai Park Strip, from Noon to 4pm. The Industry Appreciation Celebration was established many years ago to acknowledge and show thanks to local industries for their contributions to the local community. Outstanding businesses, support organizations, and individuals will be honored at Industry Appreciation Day festivities on August 25. It’s a free, family-friendly event with kids activities, info booths, prize giveaways & free food sponsored by local businesses. Michelle Glaves with Jack White Realty: “We’ve been recognizing and giving awards for commercial fishing, oil and gas, and tourism for several years. Last year we added medical because it is a growing industry on the Kenai Peninsula.”last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 9 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 4.47 points down to stand at 20,724.91. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 6.25 points down to stand at 6,168.35. Muthoot Finance Ltd. and Financial Technologies were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 19.98% and 10.00% along with Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd. and Cadila Healthcare Ltd. with an increase of 5.20% and 5.11% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Prestige Estates and HDIL with a decrease of 5.40% and 5.35% along with Future Retail and Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. with a decrease of 4.68% and 4.22% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 84.81 points at 12,065.58 while the banking sector is down 75.56 points at 12,550.31 and the realty sector is down 33.49 points at 1,368.37. The Indian currency is up 0.11% at Rs 62.00 per dollar.last_img read more

first_imgMembers of the United Nations` Independent International Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar (2ndL) Christopher Sidoti, chairperson Marzuki Darusman (C) and Radhika Coomaraswamy (2ndR) present the final report on alleged rights violations during a press conference on 27 August 2018 in Geneva. United Nations investigators called for an international probe and prosecution of Myanmar`s army chief and five other top military commanders for genocide against the country`s Rohingya minority. – Photo: AFPUN investigators called Monday for the prosecution of Myanmar’s army chief for genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority after a ferocious army crackdown drove more than 700,000 of them into Bangladesh.Here are key dates since the exodus began a year ago:- Rohingya ‘militants’ attack -On 25 August 2017 hundreds of alleged Rohingya militants stage coordinated attacks on 30 police posts in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, killing 13 police.The Myanmar army hits back with operations in Rohingya villages, saying it is trying to flush out insurgents.Witnesses tell of Rohingya civilians being massacred in retaliation, with mortars and machine guns fired at villagers fleeing to the Bangladesh border.The army in the mainly Buddhist nation says it has killed 400 rebels. Opponents of the regime say most of the victims were civilians. The UN says at least 1,000 were killed in the first two weeks.- Refugee storm -By 5 September more than 120,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh, overwhelming its handful of ill-equipped refugee camps.Many arrive desperate for food and water after walking for more than a week over hills and through dense jungle.Many say they have been victims of abuses by the army and Buddhists.Bangladesh already houses at least 300,000 Rohingya in camps near the border after previous exoduses.- Suu Kyi breaks silence -In her first public statement on the crisis, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi says on 19 September she is open to resettling some of the Rohingya who have fled, pending a “verification process”.She fails to appease critics around the world.Inside Myanmar her supporters say the Nobel Peace laureate, in power since April 2016, is unable to rein in the army, in charge for nearly half a century.She makes a first visit to the conflict zone on 2 November but issues no statement.- Repatriation accord -Bangladesh and Myanmar on 23 November ink a deal to start repatriating refugees in Bangladesh in two months, without using the word “Rohingya”.A day later the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says conditions have not been met for their safe and lasting return.The accord remains a dead letter. The Rohingya want Myanmar to give guarantees about security and treat them as citizens.- Pope asks for forgiveness -Pope Francis meets 16 Rohingya refugees in a visit to Bangladesh on 2 December, asking afterwards for “forgiveness”.In Myanmar for four days, he avoids any direct reference to the Rohingya in public while appealing to Buddhist leaders to overcome “prejudice and hatred”.- Possible ‘genocide’ -UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein calls on 5 December for a fresh international investigation into Myanmar’s abuses against the Rohingya, warning of possible “elements of genocide”.The UN has on several occasions denounced “ethnic cleansing” by the Myanmar authorities.- Thousands killed: aid group -Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) says on 14 December that at least 6,700 Rohingya were killed in the first month of the army crackdown.Gunshot wounds were the cause in 69 per cent of cases, it says.Another nine per cent were reported burned alive inside houses while five percent died from beatings.- Ethnic cleansing continues: UN -On 6 March 2018 the UN rights organisation says Myanmar is continuing its “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya with a “campaign of terror and forced starvation” in Rakhine state.- Rohingya mark anniversary -Tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees stage protests on 25 August, the first anniversary of the exodus, for “justice”.- UN cites ‘genocide’ -UN investigators on 27 August call for an international investigation and prosecution of Myanmar’s army chief and five other top military commanders for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes against the Rohingya.last_img

first_imgKolkata: Diabetes and Endocrinology Forum (DEF) will start a cardiac diabetes course for the doctors at Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and will also provide free insulin to patients suffering from type 1 diabetes under KMC area.DEF will sign a memorandum-of-understanding (MoU) with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Monday in this regard. It has been learnt that the DEF will train permanent doctors of KMC on cardiac diabetes. The total duration of the course will be between four and twelve months. Apart from diabetes, the training course will also include COPD and thyroid. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAs per plan, a special clinic will be opened at all the borough offices of KMC, where patients with chronic history of diabetes would be referred to. There will be specially trained health employees of KMC, who will make people aware on how to take insulin at home. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients under the jurisdiction of KMC will be provided treatment at the clinic.The patients suffering from type 1 diabetes will be provided insulin completely free of cost. When a patient comes to the primary health care centres at various wards, he/she will be inquired by the KMC doctors about their ailments in detail. Only those requiring insulin will be sent to the special clinics, which will come up at the borough level. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedOne of the main purposes behind organising the training is to mitigate cardiovascular risk in diabetes. DEF is organised its 8th ‘Diabetes Update 2018, Kolkata’, at a city hotel on Sunday.According to a survey, there are over 62 million people with diabetes in India, projected to be over 79 million by 2030. An estimated 11.7% prevalence of diabetes is in Kolkata, 11.6% in Delhi, 12.4% in Bangalore and 13.4% in Chennai. Also, there are one million deaths in India every year due to Diabetes. Even the younger population is being affected by diabetes in India.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Tension was triggered at Bally area after a woman’s body parts and head was found inside two travel bags. Till Thursday night, the identity of the deceased could not be established. Five knives were also found inside the bags.According to sources, local residents saw two bags filled with something at the Jetia Ghat under the Bally bridge on Thursday morning. A few of them subsequently went close and dragged the bags out of the water. As soon as they opened the bags, they saw the horrifying sight of the decapitated head and some body parts of a woman. Immediately, the Bally police station was informed. Police soon went to the spot and sent the head and body parts for autopsy examination. After preliminary investigation, it is suspected that the woman might have been aged between 25-30 years. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe was likely killed very recently as the body parts and the head was found in only partially decomposed condition. It is almost clear that the miscreant or miscreants involved in the crime had tried to hide her identity and thus had chopped up the body parts. However, it is not clear that whether the bags were thrown into river Ganges from somewhere or if they had been dumped at the Jetai Ghat during the dark hours. Police took a picture of the head and circulated it in all police stations of Howrah, Barrackpore and Kolkata Police. As there are no CCTV cameras installed in and around the Jetia Ghat, police are facing trouble cracking the case. It is suspected that the woman might have been killed over some old rivalry and the motive behind the murder might be revenge. Though it is almost confirmed that the body parts found inside the second bag are of the woman, police may go for a DNA test to establish it officially.last_img read more