Nova Scotians will soon see more wilderness conservation, thanksto a new partnership agreement. Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Natural Resources, and MartinJanowitz, president of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust (NatureTrust), announced the new land conservation agreement today,April 7. The Lands and Legacies Conservation Partnership enables theprovince to provide the Nature Trust with $300,000 over a three-year period. In return, the Trust will transfer to the provincelands with an appraised market value of no less than $300,000. The lands transferred to the province will be private landslocated within areas designated, or proposed to be designated,under the Wilderness Areas Protection Act and the Special PlacesProtection Act or similar conservation legislation. “By combining the resources of both organizations, we are able toacquire lands in ecologically significant natural areas forconservation and preservation purposes,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “Thisagreement is a powerful tool for securing a land base, which willbenefit existing and future generations of Nova Scotians.” The Trust will also buy land or work with private landowners tosecure donations of land and conservation easements. Aconservation easement allows the landowner to restrict activitiesand developments on their land to protect the naturalenvironment. Such easements become part of the legal land titleand remain in place for future owners. These lands will be ownedand managed by the Trust. As part of the agreement, the organization will also provide landmanagement and education programs, designed to promote awarenessamong private landowners about the ecological significance oftheir lands and options for conservation. “The Lands and Legacies Conservation Partnership is an excellentstep forward for land conservation in Nova Scotia,” said Mr.Janowitz. “With over three quarters of the province in privateownership, including many of our most unique and outstandingnatural areas, the approach taken by the Nature Trust is criticalfor effective conservation of our natural heritage. Thegovernment’s support for the Nova Scotia Nature Trust is timelyand vital.” The Trust is the only provincial organization focused exclusivelyon protecting Nova Scotia’s natural legacy through private landconservation. The Trust works with private landowners and otherpartners to protect significant natural areas throughout theprovince. They protect these lands primarily through acquisitionand conservation easements. The Trust also develops andimplements campaigns and projects to identify and protect placesof unique environmental value and to educate Nova Scotians on howto provide care and management of their lands.
Renewed support to law enforcement will further enhance and protect Nova Scotia’s quality of life. Funding to address youth crime, child pornography, and illegal drugs will help keep homes and streets safer. ADDRESSING YOUTH CRIMEThe province will invest $450,000 to create a Youth Attendance Centre designed to provide an improved response to youth crime. The centre will provide intense support and supervision for young offenders in the community. PROTECTING CHILDRENAdditional police officers will be hired to address Internet — and technology-based offences. This $330,000 investment will be critical in addressing child pornography and will allow for better tracking of serial offenders. TAKING ACTION AGAINST DRUGSAlong with legislation that will allow Nova Scotia to control the distribution of products used in the manufacturing and production of illicit drugs, $685,000 will be provided to law enforcement to improve co-ordination among the RCMP and municipal police. The improved links will enhance policing efforts against organized crime, as part of our $6-million commitment to Criminal Intelligence Service Nova Scotia. SAFE HOMES, SAFE STREETSA $540,000-investment will create a Public Safety Investigative Unit under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act. This unit will target criminal activities such as the illegal sale of drugs and alcohol, prostitution, and illegal gaming. Offenders will be under more intense supervision with $400,000 invested in an electronic supervision program that uses global positioning system (GPS) technology. It’s a Canadian first — and allows Nova Scotia to more closely monitor offenders on house arrest or those serving conditional sentences. Another $200,000 will help police monitor bail compliance and ensure more aggressive monitoring of offenders in the community. LEGAL AIDAn additional $700,00 will be invested in legal aid funding to allow for speedier trials and resolution of issues in the courts. -30- Note: For further 2006-07 budget information, see the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance
The 2011 Canada Winter Games goes to Halifax Regional Municipality. The announcement was made today, Feb. 2, by Premier Rodney MacDonald at the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame. Four years from now, Nova Scotia will welcome the country’s best young athletes to Halifax. More than 3,600 athletes, mangers and coaches will come to compete in 20 selected sports. “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I congratulate everyone involved in Halifax’s bid. All the Nova Scotia communities that competed to host these games showed great spirit and professionalism,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “We’re excited to host what will be the best Canada Winter Games possible, and to build on this success toward the 2014 Commonwealth Games.” The Canada Games Council policy allowed Nova Scotia to submit a maximum of three bids for consideration as a Canada Games host for the 2011 Games. The three Nova Scotia bid communities included the Highland Region (Antigonish), Hub Central Nova (Truro) and Halifax Regional Municipality. The province of Nova Scotia selected the three bids from among four regional contenders based on an internal process that included the evaluation and recommendations of a panel of experts. The three bid committees submitted their bids to the Canada Games Council in December. Then in January, the council’s bid evaluation committee spent a day with each of the three bid communities to tour venues and evaluate presentations. After approval by the council’s board of directors this past Wednesday, a formal recommendation was made and accepted by the province. “From the time that the bid books were received in the fall of 2006 we knew that the 2011 Games were in good hands in the province of Nova Scotia,” said Sue Hylland, president and CEO of the Canada Games Council. “Halifax’s unique approach, commitment to athlete care and comfort, as well as their impressive history of hosting world class events impressed bid evaluation members and ultimately drove the final decision.” The Canada Games Bid Evaluation Committee scored each community’s bid book and site visit on core areas, such as games village, revenue generation, sports/venues, volunteers, legacy and preliminary plans and frameworks. In the end it was Halifax that had the highest overall score among committee members. Health Promotion and Protection Minister Barry Barnet oversaw the provincial selection process and accepted the recommendation of the Canada Games Council on behalf of the province. “It is with great pride that Nova Scotia accepts the recommendation of the Canada Games Council and welcomes the 2011 Games to Halifax,” said Mr. Barnet. “It has been a long journey for our three bid committees and I want to thank everyone involved for their hard work and dedication. Their passion and support demonstrates that amateur sport is alive and well in Nova Scotia.” This will be the second time that Halifax has hosted the Canada Games. Halifax and Dartmouth hosted the 1969 Summer Games but it is the first time Halifax has hosted the Winter Games. “On behalf of the Halifax Regional Council and residents of the Halifax Regional Municipality I would like to thank the Canada Games Council and the province of Nova Scotia for selecting Halifax as the host for the 2011 Canada Winter Games,” said Peter Kelly, mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality. “I would also like to congratulate the HRM bid committee for its hard work to bring this wonderful opportunity to our municipality, our athletes, and Nova Scotia. I am proud of our track record as a host of large scale sporting events and look forward to welcoming Canada’s best in 2011.” The Halifax bid will now choose individuals to act as representatives to attend the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, Feb. 23 to March 10 to participate in the mentoring program offered by the Canada Games Council. These representatives will begin planning for the 2011 Winter Games.
Yarmouth and area residents will benefit from new nursing home facilities with the replacement of Tidal View Manor, a 105-bed long-term-care facility in Yarmouth. “Nova Scotians want to know that — if they need it — long-term-care facilities that offer a high quality of life and a high quality of care are available close to home,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. “Tidal View Manor has been home to many people over the years, but it is now time for a new facility that will be better able to meet the needs of residents now and in the days to come.” The replacement of Tidal View Manor became necessary in part because of its age and also because of demands placed on the facility by the changing needs of residents, who generally require more complex care. New long-term-care facilities being built in the future will reflect more home-like environments for smaller numbers of residents. This will also allow them to be located in more communities around the province, giving Nova Scotians access to care closer to home. Facility resources will include more social and recreation space, more personal space, and private rooms. Facilities may also include different levels of care, allowing people to remain in the same location even as their health requirements change. The new facility for Yarmouth is expected to be completed by March 2010.
Highland Village Museum is constructing a vintage-style stone wall to build on the Scottish atmosphere of the living history museum. The Iona, Victoria Co., museum is adding an authentic stone wall to its Hebridean-style black house. Stonemason John Urich is leading construction of the wall to the museum’s Hebridean-style black house with builders Sandy MacNeil and Dan MacKenzie. Originally hailing from Austria, Mr. Urich has been doing masonry work since 1954, restoring various historic sites throughout Canada, including the Fortress of Louisbourg and Ben Breagh. Made of dry fieldstone and boulders, the stone wall is about one metre high, and more than a metre wide. Like the black house, it is hand-built in the traditional fashion of dry stonework. The fence connects to the house, allowing animals access to the byre, a part of the home that was used to house animals during the winter. Highland Village Museum, located on Route 223 in Iona, is open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visit the website at www.visithighlandvillage.com , or call 902-725-2272 for information on daily animation and special programs.
An independent human rights board of inquiry that was to begin hearing arguments on Wednesday, Sept. 12, will not proceed. A tentative settlement has been reached involving a disability discrimination complaint against Trenton Works Limited by Dennis Bowden of New Glasgow. -30-
wear light-coloured long-sleeved shirts and pants (so ticks are more visible), light-coloured socks and enclosed shoes while working or playing outside or hiking in the woods; pull socks up over pant legs and tuck in shirts; spray clothing and exposed skin with an insect repellant containing DEET; check clothing and exposed skin for ticks after working or playing outside or in the woods and remove any ticks attached to the skin; DEET should not be applied to pets, however, pets should be checked for ticks regularly in areas where blacklegged ticks and Lyme disease are known to be established; keep grass well cut to minimize suitable habitat for ticks on your property. As Nova Scotians enjoy the woods and parks this spring, it is important to take precautions against bites of blacklegged (deer) ticks that can cause Lyme disease. Infected ticks can spread the bacterial infection through bites. The earliest and most common symptom of Lyme disease is a bull’s-eye rash at the site of the bite. Other symptoms such as fever, fatigue, muscle aches and headaches may occur. If detected early, Lyme disease can be cured with antibiotics. If untreated, although not common, the disease can lead to more serious illnesses such as facial palsy (a weakening of facial muscles) and heart or chronic joint problems. These complications can also be cured with antibiotics. “The risk of Lyme disease is low in most areas of Nova Scotia and poses a similar risk to other regions of Canada,” said Medical Officer of Health Richard Gould. “But it is still important to take appropriate precautions, particularly along the South Shore, in the Lunenburg area, and the area around Admiral’s Cove Park in Bedford, where we know there are ticks established which carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.” There have been 12 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Nova Scotia since 2002. Blacklegged ticks can also carry bacteria that can cause Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis (HGA). The infection usually causes symptoms similar to influenza and sometimes disappears without treatment. However, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may develop more serious illnesses and should see their doctor if the symptoms persist. HGA can be treated and cured with antibiotics. There have been no reported cases of HGA in Nova Scotia. Dr. Gould said people should enjoy the outdoors, but should take the following precautions, especially in areas where blacklegged ticks and Lyme disease are known to be established: Tick checks are important. Blacklegged ticks can only transmit the bacterial infection after they have been attached to the skin for about 24 hours. Removing ticks as soon as possible can prevent or reduce the risk of infection. There are many kinds of ticks in Nova Scotia, but only blacklegged ticks carry the bacteria that can cause Lyme disease. Blacklegged ticks are brown to reddish orange, lack white markings on their backs and are much smaller than dog ticks. Images of the blacklegged tick, instructions on removing ticks and general information on Lyme disease are available at www.gov.ns.ca/hpp . People are urged to send ticks that they find on themselves or pets to the Museum of Natural History in Halifax, or drop them off at a local Department of Natural Resources office. The ticks should be placed in an empty pill bottle and labeled with the date and location where they were found.
Nova Scotians may now apply for zero-interest loans for energy upgrades and rebates on new furnaces under the province’s Heat Smart program. Up to $5,000 in interest-free loans are available to Nova Scotians who have an energy evaluation performed through the EnerGuide for Houses Program. The loan can be used for efficiency upgrades and is repayable over five years. “Many Nova Scotians want to reduce heating costs by replacing old equipment and making their homes more energy efficient,” said Minister Murray Scott on behalf of Conserve Nova Scotia Minister Richard Hurlburt. “With its reasonable monthly payments and guaranteed energy savings, our zero-interest loan makes energy upgrades affordable for Nova Scotians. The furnace rebate also encourages the replacement of old furnaces, benefitting both homeowners and the environment.” Through the EnerGuide for Houses program, homeowners have 18 months to make recommended energy upgrades. Homeowners can do the upgrades themselves or hire a contractor. If a homeowner is approved for the low-to-modest income EnerGuide program, they can apply for an advance of up to $1,500. Once the upgrades are complete, homeowners then schedule a follow up evaluation to confirm what work has been done. This information is then used to determine the total approved loan amount. Making homes more energy efficient can help participants cut their annual home energy bills by 30 per cent, and reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions by five tonnes every year. Applications are also available for Nova Scotians who replace old furnaces with new energy-efficient models. Through the program, homeowners can receive a $500 rebate. New furnaces can save up to 25 per cent, or about $750, on home-heating bills annually. Applications are also available for the province’s Heating Assistance Rebate Program. Individuals who earn $27,000 or less, or families with a combined income of $42,000 or less, that purchase home heating fuels can apply. Eligible Nova Scotians may receive up to a $450 rebate if heating with oil, propane or natural gas, or up to a $150 rebate if heating with electricity, wood, coal or wood pellets. These programs are part of Heat Smart, the province’s new $92-million program that provides home-heating assistance this winter, and helps to save energy and money for years to come. Applications are available at Access Nova Scotia centres, on the government website at www.HeatSmart.ca, or by calling 1-800-670-4357. More information on the programs can also be found on the website.
Old asphalt shingles are being used by the province to pave a road as part of an innovative recycling pilot project. The paving project on Mills Drive in Goodwood, Halifax Regional Municipality, will use 20 tonnes of recycled asphalt shingles. “We pave hundreds of kilometres a year in Nova Scotia, and welcome this opportunity to be a partner in exploring new ways to incorporate more recycling into our work,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This pilot project is consistent with our greener approach to infrastructure, including salt management in winter and environmentally sustainable road construction.” Partners in the project include the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, the RRFB Nova Scotia, Halifax C&D Recycling and the Department of Environment. “Recycling asphalt shingles into pavement is another great example of how Nova Scotians are creating a green economy in this province,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment. “I congratulate Halifax C&D Recycling, the RRFB Nova Scotia and Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal for their work in reducing the amount of garbage that goes to our landfills.” Halifax C&D Recycling has developed a process to separate waste asphalt shingles into two products. One of those products, asphalt grit, can be recycled into pavement. This recycling process is believed to be the only one of its kind in the world. “RRFB Nova Scotia’s value-added manufacturing program challenges entrepreneurs to develop innovative technologies and business models for diverting waste from the province’s landfills,” said Bill Ring, CEO RRFB Nova Scotia. “Halifax C&D Recycling’s asphalt shingle technology helps divert additional material from Nova Scotia’s waste sites, offers tremendous business opportunities and is a great example of the value-added success RRFB Nova Scotia is encouraging.” The pilot project will cost around $180,000. RRFB Nova Scotia is funding 40 per cent, businesses along the road are funding 40 per cent and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is paying the remainder. The department will test and monitor the paving to determine its suitability for other paving projects.
Des cas du virus H1N1 (grippe porcine chez l’être humain) continuent d’être signalés dans la province. Cinq nouveaux cas ont été confirmés aujourd’hui 6 mai, trois dans le territoire de la régie régionale de la santé Annapolis Valley et deux dans le territoire de la régie régionale de la santé Capital. Les cas de la régie Capital sont reliés à l’éclosion initiale à Windsor. Les trois nouveaux cas dans la régie Annapolis Valley sont toujours sous enquête. « Comme nous le disons depuis le tout début, il est sécuritaire de se rendre au travail et à l’école, de participer aux activités scolaires et de faire des sorties sociales si vous ne présentez aucun symptôme de la grippe, » a dit le Dr Robert Strang, médecin-hygiéniste en chef de la Nouvelle-Écosse. « Si vous avez des symptômes de la grippe, que vous ayez voyagé ou non, traitez-les simplement comme dans le cas d’une grippe saisonnière normale en restant à la maison pendant sept jours et en vous isolant de vos amis et de votre famille le plus possible. » La Nouvelle-Écosse compte maintenant un total de 53 cas depuis le début de l’épidémie, le 26 avril. Tous les cas sont bénins. Une ligne d’information sans frais est en opération de 8 h 30 à 20 h 30 chaque jour. Le numéro de la ligne sans frais est le 1-888-451-4222. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le virus H1N1 (grippe porcine chez l’être humain), consultez le www.gov.ns.ca.
The Utility and Review Board is reducing the cost of payday loans. Effective April 1, the maximum allowable cost of borrowing on payday loans will be $25 per $100, instead of the current $31. The UARB recommended that lenders should be required to disclose the cost of borrowing in advertising and to file information on repeat loans with Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The department is reviewing these recommendations. “Consumers should remember that payday loans are high-cost loans,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Before borrowing any money, a consumer should shop around. Not all lenders charge the maximum rates.” Mr. MacDonell also added that consumers should also be aware that regulations prohibit payday lenders from requiring a consumer to purchase any other product or service to take out a loan. This includes bank accounts and insurance. For more consumer information on payday loans, visit www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/consumer/paydayloans/default.asp.
Government today, Oct. 28, announced support for a sustainable transportation project in Stellarton that will create a multi-use path between the Pioneer Coal Athletic Field and the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Town of Stellarton will receive a $40,000 grant from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2. “Pictou County’s young people, families, and visitors will benefit greatly from a walkable connection between these two sports hubs,” said Michel Samson, Minister of Energy. “We are proud to support this project and help make this connector a reality.” Additional project support will come from Trans Canada Trail and the Municipality of Pictou County. “The Town of Stellarton is thrilled that the province is able to contribute to this initiative,” said Paul Corbin, Stellarton recreation director. “We are privileged to have so many great partners willing to help us create a way for people to participate in active transportation and access these two facilities.” Connect2’s goal is to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by March 10, 2017. For more information, visit http://novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/.
Nova Scotians are getting the opportunity to further their studies of the Gaelic language and culture in Scotland. The bursary program is funded by the Scottish government through Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the principal public body in Scotland responsible for promoting Gaelic development, and administered by Gaelic Affairs. It supports Nova Scotians attending language training in Scotland with travel, meal and accommodation costs. The program will assist with distance learning costs if the student does not go to Scotland. “Gaels have contributed to Nova Scotia’s, and more broadly Canada’s, ethnic and cultural diversity for more than 250 years,” said Gaelic Affairs Minister Randy Delorey. “This program provides a unique opportunity for Nova Scotians to ensure the continuation of Gaels’ social and economic contributions by furthering their Gaelic language and cultural skills through international travel and studies in Scotland or distance learning.” Recipients will enroll in Gaelic-language study and either attend formal classes at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (SMO), a national centre for Gaelic language and culture on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, or participate through distance learning courses. “Thanks to the Gaelic Language Learning Bursary I was able to attend Gaelic classes at SMO in Scotland, an opportunity that I would not have had otherwise,” said Kate Dunlay, Gaelic Language Learning Bursary recipient. “It was a huge boost to my language ability and experiencing Gaelic this way motivated me to continue to reclaim and regenerate our Gaelic heritage here in Nova Scotia.” “This program, which supports Nova Scotia’s Gaelic language and cultural assets, has been well received by our successful applicants,” said Fiona Hyslop, Scotland’s cabinet secretary for culture. “The initiative supports the many connections that exist between Nova Scotia and Scotland based upon shared Gaelic language and common cultural origins.” Applicants are required to identify how they will continue to support the Gaelic cultural community in the province by engaging in language immersion and cultural mentorships in the future. They must be at least 18 years old and permanent residents of Nova Scotia to qualify for the bursary. The deadline for applications is Feb. 17. For more information about the program and how to apply, visit: https://gaelic.novascotia.ca/gaelic-language-learning-bursary-scotland.
New Delhi: Delhi poll panel official said all arrangements have been made for smooth counting of votes on Thursday for seven Lok Sabha constituencies and security personal have been deployed in the large numbers in three tiers.”Every assembly segment has 200 polling stations out of which five will be selected randomly. This will delay the formal results but trends will be already out. Formal declaration of results will be five to six hours delayed,” said, Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarDelhi has seven parliamentary constituencies and there is one counting centre in each of them. Counting centres will have one counting hall for each of the 10 assembly segment, officials said. In each counting hall, a maximum of 14 tables can be put and machines that would come in the first round, their results will be compiled and uploaded on the ‘Suvidha’ app. The counting at 8 am will also commence with postal ballot counting. In the end, when two rounds of EVM counting will remain, the officials will have to ensure that the postal ballot counting is over. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceFor the First time Delhi CEO has also arranged display screens at various location for faster dissemination of results on wide scale. The digital display are arranged at New Delhi Municipal Council Building, Khan Market Connought place, Main gate of Civic Centre and at reception of East MCD . “These screens will display Delhi Specific results of Lok Sabha Elections 2019, also a scroll will run at the bottom of the screen which will display the results at National Level,” said CEO official. It is also informed that the Lok Sabha Election 2019 results can also be accessed through the link https://results.eci.gov.in. It is requested that wide publicity may be given of the link, so that the public can also have access to the updates related to the results. The Results of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 can also be accessed through ECI’s mobile application “Voter Helpline”. This can be downloaded from the Google Play Store/Apple Play Store (available both on Android & IoS). On the other hand, the ECI has decided to set up a control room to deal with complaints related to Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) round the clock. “The 24-hour EVM Control Room will be made functional from tonight at Nirvachan Sadan to monitor complaints relating to polled EVMs,” EC Spokesperson said on Twitter. Complaints related to storage issues at strongrooms, security of strongrooms, permissions to candidates to post their agents at strongrooms, CCTV monitoring, movement of EVMs and any complaints during counting related to the EVMs can be informed at control room number 011-23052123 (five lines).
Braving the barrier of age and ailment, the first CD containing folk songs by 83-year-old Anubha Ganguly will be released on June 7, in Kolkata by Governor KN Tripathi.At the age when most people complaint of ill health and loneliness, Ganguly’s amazing energy and undaunted courage stand as a source of great inspiration to the singers and musicians, who are much junior to her in age. The CD contains 10 popular folk songs including ‘Longor Chariya Naoer’, ‘Ki Ajob Karigor’, ‘Prem Janena Roshik Kalachand’, ‘Hosti Konya Hosti Konya’, ‘Kanai oo Kanai’, ‘Kunchboron shundor konya’, ‘O amar dorodi’, ‘Loke Bole Bolbe’, ‘Emon Premer Nodite Soigo’, ‘Ore Ore sundoira naoer majhi’. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveGanguly joined Gananatya Sangha, where she came in contact with the king of folk songs – Nirmalendu Chowdhury and became his first student. Her husband Gokulchand and brother –in- law also joined the choir. She took part in many shows and enthralled the audience. Undoubtedly, music was Anubha’s, first love. Though born in a well-settled family, Anubha being daughter of a cook, took her intial lessons in music from Krishna Chandra Dey – popularly known as KC Dey – who happened to be the uncle of Manna Dey. Dey had a baritone voice was a great exponent of Kirtan. Later, she learned music under the mentorship of renowned music teacher Yamini Gangopadhyay. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painAnubha’s son actor-singer Arindam Ganguly said that despite being the mother of three children, which kept her busy looking after the day to day duties, she kept pursuing music and balancing her personal and professional life quite well. “This CD is my tribute to her,” he said. It was Biswa Roy, Head of Bhavna Cassettes and Records, who mooted the idea of making a CD of folk songs by an octogenarian vocalist, that will stand as an inspiration to the present day folk artists. Ganguly did not turn down Roy’s proposal, and yet has presented to us a unique CD with the inimitable style of singing.
Jammu: A 10-year-old girl was mauled to death by a leopard in a remote village in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Friday. The girl, Ruksana Bano, was feeding cattle near her ‘dhok’ (mud-house) at Neeram village in Mahore area when she was attacked and taken away by the wild beast Thursday evening, a police official said. He said the body of the girl was later recovered by a joint search party of police, wildlife employees and locals from the nearby forest area and handed over to her family for last rites after completion of legal formalities. Efforts are on to track down the leopard which had caused panic among the local residents by frequently venturing into human habitat from the nearby forest, the official said.
Kolkata: State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim inaugurated the toll-free New Town helpline number at a programme in Salt Lake Sector V on Tuesday evening.The residents of New Town can now call up the toll-free number 1800-103-7652 for any information on New Town, as well as for registering complaints. Hakim, who has decided to talk to the residents of the city every Wednesday on a toll-free number, said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants the civic authorities to provide better service to the people. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersHe said intense campaign on garbage segregation is required. It may be mentioned that the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) had organised a day-long seminar on garbage segregation to create awareness among the residents. Later, the residents of New Town took part in a rally and agreed to segregate garbage at source. Hakim also inaugurated a 350 m stretch of road connecting the parking plaza and Ring Road in Sector V, on Tuesday. The road falls under the jurisdiction of Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe said Sector V has become saturated and IT companies are moving out to New Town, where the country’s biggest IT hub is coming up. Some companies have also moved to Bantala in South 24-Parganas. Hakim thanked Debashis Sen, chairman of HIDCO, NDITA and New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA), who is also the additional chief secretary of the IT department, for his personal efforts to bring several IT firms to Bengal. The New Town IT hub will follow the model of Silicon Valley and the roads will join the IT hubs in New Town, Sector V and Bantala, he maintained.
New Delhi: Stating that Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit is “not keeping well”, AICC incharge PC Chacko on Wednesday authorised the three working presidents to hold meetings of district and block committee heads and take decisions, seen as an attempt to dilute her powers amid a deepening turf war between the two.Chacko wrote to Dikshit apprising her of his decision following which she issued an “action note” of her own assigning different set of responsibilities to the working presidents. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticDikshit’s aides said that she was in hospital for a routine check up and was discharged on Monday, and alleged that “rumours” were being spread about her health. In his letter, Chacko expressed displeasure that his earlier directions were not implemented and some “so-called spokespersons” of the party were issuing “irresponsible” statements and questioning the decisions of All India Congress Committee (AICC) incharge. He said that Assembly elections in Delhi are a few months away and the working of Delhi Congress Committee has to be streamlined as early as possible. “As you are not keeping well and hospitalised and I did not receive any reply to my letters, in the interest of the party, I am authorising the working presidents to hold meetings of district and block presidents in their respective areas and take appropriate decisions to activate the party and report to you the decisions taken,” Chacko wrote to Dikshit.
New Delhi: There was no discussion on Kashmir in the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Japan recently and there is no question of any mediation on the issue, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.Amid a walkout of proceedings by the opposition which has been demanding a statement from the prime minister since Tuesday, Singh said in the House that mediation on the Kashmir issue is also ruled out as it is a question of national pride for India. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”There was no discussion on Kashmir during the meeting between the Prime Minister and US President Trump in June. There is no question of any mediation on Kashmir issue,” he said. Singh also asserted that when India talks to Pakistan, it will not be limited to the issue of Kashmir, but also include Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). US President Trump had on Monday claimed that Prime Minister Modi had asked him to play the role of a mediator on Kashmir. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe defence minister said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was present at the Trump-Modi meeting held on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Osaka and his statement is the “most authentic” on the issue. The external affairs minister had already made a statement in both houses of Parliament on Tuesday, making it clear that the prime minister had made no such request to the US President. Earlier, during Question Hour, the Congress, DMK and a few other parties came to the well demanding presence of Modi in the House and a statement from him. They were continuously engaged in sloganeering, trying to disrupt the proceeding of the House. When the Zero Hour began, Speaker Om Birla allowed Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to speak and also asked him to stay put in the House when the government will reply to his statement. Chowdhury said the entire country was confused following the statement of President Trump and it would be appropriate to hear from the “horse’s mouth”, the prime minister, to make the issue clear as it was a matter between him (Modi) and Trump. “What is wrong if we are seeking a statement from the horse’s mouth. The prime minister must come to the House and make a statement,” he said. However, when deputy leader of Lok Sabha and the defence minister rose to make a statement, the Congress, DMK and other members staged a walk out in protest. Singh said the opposition had promised to listen to the government, but by walking out, they have “broken their promise”. Earlier during Question Hour, as the uproar continued, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that while no doubt about the issue is left since the External Affairs Minister has already given a statement, the defence minister would respond during Zero Hour as the Opposition has again raised the matter. However, protesting members were not convinced and continued with their sloganeering. They were heard shouting slogans like ‘Prime Minister jawab do jawab do’ (Prime Minister should answer). On Tuesday also, the Opposition had sought a response from the prime minister on the issue.
New Delhi: A large number of discoms are making a beeline for the power supplied by NTPC under the SCED system which facilitates supply of cheaper electricity on priority, industry sources said. Under SCED (Security Constrained Economic Dispatch), implemented over a year ago, power generating companies raise capacity utilisation of more efficient plants or of those units which are located closer to coal mines and thus have lower freight cost. As a result, the cost of power production goes down, which benefits both the distribution companies (discoms) and end consumers. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe mechanism then pools supply from selected stations on a national-level ‘merit order’, under which power is first dispatched from lower fuel cost units whenever any state seeks electricity from the central pool. “A large number of discoms are availing benefit under the SCED system to get cheaper power supplies,” a source said. “Power purchase cost of cash strapped power distribution companies has started to come down under the new SCED programme,” the source added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAccording to an estimate, discoms are expected to save as much as Rs 2.5 crore per day due to this mechanism that allows states to access cheaper power first. There are currently 49 thermal power plants as part of the SCED pilot project with a total installed capacity of 56 GW. All stations of NTPC are contributing to the central pool. This optimisation scheme has a cost saving potential of around Rs 3,000 crore per year if all coal stations of the IPPs (independent power producers) and state generation companies are brought under its ambit. The arrangement where POSOCO (Power System Operation Corporation) has been given the flexibility to reschedule power from lower fuel cost units first means that even after adding transmission charges, the final tariff is still lower than most of the contracts signed by these entities. NTPC is best equipped to offer power at lower cost to the central pool since a number of its units have lower fuel costs and have been operational for decades now, which translates into lower fixed cost as well, another source said. The gross power generation of the the NTPC Group for 2018-19 was 305.90 billion units (BUs) as against 294.27 BUs during the previous year. The average power tariff of the firm was Rs 3.38 per unit in 2018-19.