Fun and adventure await visitors to the Maritime Museum of theAtlantic this March break. The museum and a local heritageeducation company have joined forces to proudly present the Marchbreak event, Whale of a Tale. Back by popular demand, this eventgives visitors the opportunity to step inside The Finner, a life-size inflatable Fin Whale. Young and old visitors will have a whale of a time walking insidethe 18-metre (60-foot) Fin Whale replica. The replica is owned by Heritage Explorers and is only one ofmany fun activities at the museum. Visitors start their whale-themed adventure by picking up a mapthat will guide them on a voyage through the museum. Dress uplike an old whaler, pretend to be a member of the ship’s hardenedcrew and listen to some real-life stories from the diary of 19thcentury maritime whaler Benjamin Doane. Find out whatwas needed to outfit a sailing ship for a whaling voyage thatcould last up to three years. “We feel it is important to offer our audiences a uniqueopportunity to learn more about these amazing marine mammals andwhat we can do to help them. The more we appreciate them, thegreater chance they will be around for future generations,” saidmuseum curator Christine Sykora. “It is also an opportunity forNova Scotians to learn more about our whaling heritage andthe harsh conditions routinely experienced by 19th centurywhalers.” Visitors will also learn about Abraham Gesner, the Nova Scotianwho invented kerosene. “Kerosene diminished the need for whaleoil as a fuel and as a result, many whales were saved because ofGesner’s invention,” said Mrs. Sykora. Like many whalers, visitors will be able to take home a mementoof their whaling adventure by creating their own piece ofscrimshaw on a plaster whale tooth. Scrimshaw is an art formdeveloped by 19th century North American whalers. During long voyages, crews often made intricate designs on sperm whale teethand bones, some of which can be seen at the museum. Whale of a Tale will run from Saturday, March 12 to Sunday, March20 at the museum, located at 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax.Special admission prices will be offered. See the museum’swebsite at http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mma/ for more information.
TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Tender Called for Paving ProjectNear South Alton A stronger surface on North River Road will make driving smootherand safer for trucks and other vehicles in the South Alton areaof Kings County. A recent provincial tender calls for the construction of pavementon North River Road from the junction of English Mountain Road,near Casey Corner, south west for 8.4 kilometres. “This new pavement will hold up well in this section which isused by many heavy vehicles,” said Ron Russell, Minister ofTransportation and Public Works. “It will make this section saferand more comfortable for all traffic.” The tender will close on Thursday, May 5 and the work isscheduled for completion by the end of September. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincialferries. Staff provide services from district offices inBridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
Acadian and francophone Nova Scotians are being asked to provide comments on draft regulations for the French-language Services Act. “The draft regulations are the product of extensive discussions with Acadian and francophone community leaders and government departments,” said Acadian Affairs Minister Chris d’Entremont. “Now we need to hear from all Acadian and francophone Nova Scotians to make sure that the regulations meet their needs.” The French-language Services Act, proclaimed in 2004, specified regulations be produced by Dec. 31, 2006, that would clarify what French-language services government would provide for the public. For the last two years, the Office of Acadian Affairs has worked with government departments and agencies, as well as with the Acadian and francophone community, to find the best approach to delivering services in French while respecting financial and operational realities of the public service. The draft regulations outline departmental responsibilities to improve service. The document is now posted on the Acadian Affairs website at www.gov.ns.ca/acadian under the French-language Services Act link. The deadline for feedback on the proposed draft regulations is Friday, Nov. 17. People can send their comments by mail to the Office of Acadian Affairs or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The latest edition of an innovative, provocative and uncensored newsletter is ready to hit the streets and tell Nova Scotians what it is like to be “youth in care” of the province. In its seventh year, the Youth in Care Newsletter Project develops social, communication, writing, Web and job skills while supporting success in education. The youth, age 14 to 23, come from various care situations; from living in a group home or foster care, to being on income assistance. Some former youth in care now living on their own are “mentors” to the program. The youth write about their experiences in care, recommendations to improve the child welfare system and a variety of other topics, from Positive and Negative Memories to If I Could Create My Own School. Some get school recognition for their work in the project. The Department of Community Services, Halifax District Office–Child Welfare, is the agency sponsor of The Youth in Care Newsletter Project. Community Services Minister Judy Streatch said she is encouraged by the positive influence of the project. “I congratulate the youth for their courage and creativity,” she said. “This newsletter is a productive and enlightening outlet for their experiences. Through their participation, they are role models for all of us.” This year’s Youth in Care Newsletter Project has almost double the participants at weekly sessions, from 10 youth last year, to 19 for this edition. Two thousand copies of The Voice will be distributed to social workers, other youth workers, child welfare administrators, educators, politicians, youth groups, community groups and media. It will also be available online after the launch at www.youthnewsletter.net .
Nova Scotians are invited to enjoy a day on the farm during the annual Open Farm Day on Sunday, Sept. 23. “Agriculture has an important role in providing us with the foods and products we use every day, yet many of us don’t have the opportunity to visit a farm to see how it all works,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. Nova Scotia farms generate more than $450 million in revenue each year. This year, the department introduced a Select Nova Scotia campaign to encourage consumers to choose locally produced products when available. In keeping with that program, this year’s Open Farm Day theme is Buy Local … Eat Fresh! “Farmers feed us all, and this is a great opportunity to enjoy local produce and thank a farmer,” said Mr. Taylor. “I was privileged to have grown up on a farm and I encourage all Nova Scotians to take part in Open Farm Day to experience what that life is like,” said Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian Wheat Board. “Our farmers take pride in providing safe, high quality food for consumers every day.” The province’s largest farm sectors are dairy, horticulture, poultry and eggs, and livestock. Last year, more than 9,500 visitors took advantage of the Open Farm Day opportunity. This year, 40 farms will participate in the event that is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Nova Scotia Agricultural Awareness Committee, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and Sobeys Inc. A map and list of participating farms are available at Sobeys, Price Chopper and Foodland stores. Information is also available on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/agri .
Twelve communities in Nova Scotia are on the road toward a cleaner, more sustainable future, thanks to funding by the province. “We are extremely pleased with the tremendous community response to this year’s program,” said Barry Barnet, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia. “I applaud these communities for theirleadership and commitment to a cleaner, more sustainable NovaScotia.” Through Conserve Nova Scotia’s Green Mobility Grants program, towns, municipalities and community groups submitted 29 applications for grants of up to $25,000 for community-based projects that encourage transportation efficiency. Projects approved for 2009 include: bus shelters, bicycle infrastructure, accessible buses, community vans and a multi-use trail upgrade. The projects are scheduled to be completed this fall. Ecology Action Centre administers the program with funding fromConserve Nova Scotia. “Rural communities are in the best position to develop efficient transportation solutions,” said Jen Scott, Green Mobility Grants Co-ordinator at the Ecology Action Centre. “The applicants had plenty of practical, creative ideas for reducing single car trips and greenhouse-gas emissions.” Under the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, Nova Scotia has established a target to have one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by 2020.
preparing and serving holiday buffets travelling with food; how to prepare and store special holiday foods such as egg nog and apple cider ordering and serving take-out foods such as meat trays saving and re-serving leftovers, and how to buy, thaw and cook a turkey and store leftovers. With the holiday season upon us, Nova Scotians are urged to remember the importance of safe food preparation and handling. The Department of Agriculture’s food safety division reminds people that four basic rules apply to help prevent foodborne illness over the holidays: clean, separate, cook and chill. “As Nova Scotians enjoy the holidays with family and friends, we encourage them to be aware of the safety issues around storing, handling and preparing food for these events,” said Mike Horwich, director, food protection. “The best advice for everyone is to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold, and if in doubt, throw it out.” Good food-safety practices are important when preparing, transporting and re-heating food for parties and potlucks. The Department of Agriculture has several fact sheets on food safety available online at www.gov.ns.ca/agri/foodsafety/factsht . They include tips on:
Fifteen organizations involved in community recreational activities will each receive $12,000 from the province’s Lighthouses Program, Justice Minister Ross Landry announced today, Feb. 12. The new Lighthouses Program helps community groups provide recreational, educational, cultural and life skills programs for Nova Scotia youth. “It’s important to prevent crime before it happens and these grants will help youth get involved in after school recreational programs,” said Mr. Landry. “These grants are going to organizations with a track record in their communities of providing a safe environment and helping build self esteem.” The grant applications were reviewed by a crime prevention advisory committee. An additional $180,000 will be awarded again next year. “Experience shows that once youth are meaningfully engaged, the chances of being involved in criminal activities are minimized,” said John Gaye, spokesman for the African Diaspora Association of the Maritimes, one of the organizations receiving a grant. “The Lighthouses grant will enable us to provide educational and recreational activities for youth, as a deterrent to criminal activities.”
Nova Scotia youth can learn and win by participating in water projects designed to better protect, understand, and encourage community involvement with water resources. Nova Scotia 4-H clubs will be eligible for cash prizes when they participate in the 2011 4-H water challenge to celebrate Canada’s inaugural Water Week from March 14 to 22. World Water Day is celebrated on March 22. “Nova Scotians value their water and they want to see it protected and well managed,” said Minister of Environment, Sterling Belliveau. “Canada Water Week is an opportunity for us to celebrate water as a resource and to consider water conservation. The 4-H Water Challenge is a great way to engage youth and the community to care about our water.” The Department of Environment, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, is offering up to $500 in each of Nova Scotia’s six 4-H regions to clubs who participate in community water projects such as a stream clean up, visiting a water treatment facility, conducting water testing, or carrying out water conservation practices. “Through this project 4-H members and leaders will learn more about the importance of water and the value of protecting this important resource,” said Ruth Grant, senior 4-H program co-ordinator with Department of Agriculture. “Clubs across the province will be developing community projects to celebrate the importance of protecting the water around us.” In August, Canadian premiers approved the Council of the Federation’s water charter and initiated Canada Water Week. Under the council banner — Celebrating and Conserving Water Across Our Country — provinces and territories are holding events and activities to draw attention to the importance of water for Canada’s prosperity. 4-H is a nationwide program dedicated to the development of rural leadership skills of young people. In Nova Scotia, there are about 100 clubs in six regions. The Department of Agriculture works in partnership with the Nova Scotia 4-H council and its volunteer leaders and members. For information on Nova Scotia’s water resource management strategy Water for Life, visit http://waterforlife.gov.ns.ca .
The province today, April 17, submitted new evidence that confirms the Maritime Link is the lowest-cost, long-term alternative to provide clean energy to the province. The new data is in a report with additional findings by independent energy expert John Dalton, of Power Advisory LLC. It contains analysis of more scenarios, including one with more natural gas, as well as the cost of alternatives over a longer timeframe. “We know things will change, and that’s why we expanded our analysis of a range of plausible scenarios,” said Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “We asked Mr. Dalton to look at a variety of conditions and options, and Maritime Link remains the best option for Nova Scotians by a consistently wide margin.” The report considered two additional alternatives: — Accessing energy from Hydro Quebec, via New Brunswick, with 300 megawatts of transmission capacity, instead of 500 megawatts. The Maritime Link would cost $560 million to $973 million less than this option. — Pursuing a mostly natural gas alternative, which would require eliminating the 40 per cent provincial renewable electricity requirement while maintaining federal requirements for greenhouse gas emission reductions. The cost for the Maritime Link would be $1.05 billion to $1.77 billion lower than this alternative. “We looked at the alternatives and tested them extensively,” said Mr. Dalton. “The Maritime Link continues to show broad-based economic benefits over the other options. It is also the best choice for strategic reasons, as Nova Scotia would become part of an integrated transmission path that provides direct access to an abundant hydroelectric supply. “It is the best option to achieve Nova Scotia’s strategic policy goals for electricity supply and to enhance the competitiveness of electricity pricing in the province.” The new report updated costs for the two base case scenarios released in January. It indicates accessing hydroelectricity through the Maritime Link would cost $342 million to $412 million less than a contract with Hydro Quebec, and $1.48 billion to $2.24 billion less than domestic energy generation, using gas and wind, during contract and post-contract periods while the Maritime Link is in use. “When we do this kind of analysis, we expect the numbers to change,” said Mr. Parker. “The important thing is that, with extensive testing, Maritime Link remains the lowest cost alternative to meet Nova Scotia’s requirements.” The Maritime Link is the only option that provides Nova Scotians with: The Utility and Review Board will examine all options and determine whether the Maritime Link is the lowest-cost option and in the best interest of Nova Scotia ratepayers. To read Mr. Dalton’s report, visit http://novascotia.ca . a reliable source of clean energy with predictable prices for 35 years a second connection to the North American grid, increasing the reliability of the electricity system the flexibility to access more options for purchasing competitively priced electricity in the future the ability to balance more local renewable sources such as wind
COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 (Exit 13A) Crews will begin resurfacing the southbound lanes on highway 102 near exit 13A today, July 6. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in the work zone while the project is underway. Work is expected to be finished Friday, July 22. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 236 Crews will begin repaving and shoulder work on Route 236 from the entrance of Old 3 Road to Milltown Road today, July 6. Traffic will be reduced to one lane for 4.8 km while work is underway. The project is expected to be finished Friday, July 22. -30-
Srinagar: Protests in the wake of the killing of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind outfit’s chief commander Zakir Musa, forced authorities in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday to continue preventive restrictions in the Kashmir Valley. All schools and colleges in the valley were ordered to shut down for the second day in a row by Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Basheer Ahmad Khan. All exams scheduled by different universities in the valley have been postponed. Officials of the Kashmir University, Islamic University of Science and Technology said new dates would be announced later. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Musa was gunned down during an encounter with the security forces on Thursday in Pulwama district’s Dadsara village of Tral area. Mobile Internet services have since been suspended in the entire valley. Restrictions continue in many areas of the city. Rolls of razor edged concertina wire have been spread across roads, crossings, bylanes in areas under preventive restrictions to prevent any movement of vehicles. The congregational Friday prayers were not allowed at the historic Jamia Masjid in the old Nowhatta area. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Senior separatist leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who delivers the traditional Friday sermon at the Masjid, came down heavily on the authorities for the move during the holy month of Ramadan. Meanwhile, thousands of people offered multiple funeral prayers for Musa — both at his native Noorpora village in Tral and at dozens of other places in the valley. A spontaneous protest shutdown was observed throughout the valley on Friday as reports of Musa’s killing was confirmed. Real name, Zakir Rashid Bhat, Musa was a militant of Hizbul Mujahideen who succeeded Burhan Wani and later headed the Al Qaeda affiliate. He had taken to militancy in 2013. An engineering student in Chandigarh, Musa had abandoned education and joined militancy. His father, Abdul Rashid Bhat, is a senior engineer working for the Jammu and Kashmir government. Clashes were reported in the old city of Srinagar, Sopore town in Baramulla district, Anantnag town and other places between the angry youth and the security forces. Heavy deployments of police and CRPF have been made in Srinagar, Pulwama, Anantnag, Shopian and Kulgam districts in south Kashmir.
New Delhi: State-owned gas utility GAIL India Ltd Monday reported its highest-ever net profit, record dividend payout and largest-ever capital expenditure of Rs 54,000 crore as it builds infrastructure to take clean fuel to unconnected parts of the country to aid transition to a gas-based economy. The country’s biggest transporter and marketer of natural gas reported that net profit rose 10 per cent in the fourth quarter to Rs 1,122 crore and by 30 per cent to record Rs 6,026 crore in the financial year ended March 31, its Chairman and Managing Director B C Tripathi told reporters here. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsGAIL Board recommended a final dividend of Rs 1.77 per share to take total dividend payout to highest ever of Rs 8.02 per share in the fiscal, he said. “The year saw highest-ever capex (capital expenditure) spending in a single year of Rs 8,344 crore and we are investing another Rs 54,000 crore over the next 2-3 years in laying of gas pipeline network that will feed households and industries such as fertiliser plants,” he said. GAIL’s investment is critical to realising the government objective of raising the share of natural gas in the energy basket to 15 per cent by 2030 from the current 6.2 per cent and create a gas-based economy. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefNatural gas being a cleaner fuel will help cut carbon emissions and bring down vehicular pollution. GAIL, which owns and operates 14,000-km of pipeline network in the country, is laying 6,000 km of new lines at a cost of Rs 32,000 crore to take gas to unconnected areas in the east and the south. Besides, it is investing another Rs 12,000 crore in city gas distribution networks to retail CNG to automobiles and piped natural gas to households in towns such as Varanasi and Patna. Another Rs 10,000 crore will go into the expansion of petrochemical manufacturing capacity, he said adding the company is also helping revive shut fertiliser plants that will build self-sufficiency in producing crop nutrients. Currently, most of the gas pipelines in the country are concentrated in the western and northern part of the country. GAIL is now laying a pipeline upto Haldia in West Bengal and parts of Odisha and will extend it to the northeastern region. Also, it is laying pipelines in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Tripathi said net profit in fourth-quarter rose 10 per cent as margins on natural gas sales and transmission more than made up for the loss in the petrochemical business. Net profit in January-March at Rs 1,122.23 crore, or Rs 4.98 per share, was 9.92 per cent higher than Rs 1,020.92 crore, or Rs 4.53 a share, net profit in the same period of the previous fiscal year. Revenue rose to Rs 18,763.87 crore in the fourth quarter of the 2018-19 fiscal year when compared with Rs 15,430.69 crore net profit in the year-ago period. GAIL had a segment loss of Rs 20 crore in its petrochemical business. Also, pre-tax profit on LPG and liquid hydrocarbons business halved to Rs 416.15 crore. This, however, was made good by higher margins on gas transmission and natural gas sales businesses. Pre-tax profit on gas transmission business rose 8.3 per cent to Rs 777.92 crore while that on natural gas marketing tripled to Rs 587.53 crore. Tripathi said took a one-time impairment loss of Rs 326.33 crore on its US shale gas ventures and Dabhol power plant to reflect the true value of such investment. The company transported 107 million standard cubic metres per day of gas in the period under review as compared to 105 mmscmd in the same period of the previous financial year. Sale rose to 97 mmscmd from 85 mmscmd. Its turnover in FY19 increased 39 per cent at Rs 74,808 crore. In fiscal year ending March 31, 2019, GAIL registered 14 per cent growth in natural gas marketing and 2 per cent growth in natural gas transmission volumes. Sale of petrochemicals rose 9 per cent. “The increase in profit was mainly due to the robust performance of natural gas marketing segment duly supported by increase in profit from natural gas transmission, liquid hydrocarbons and petrochemicals segments,” he said. GAIL Board approved a 1:1 bonus share – one free share for every one equity shares held. It also recommended a final dividend of Rs 1.77 per share on paid-up equity (pre-bonus issue) making the total dividend for the year to Rs 8.02 per share.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress leaders and workers will go to the voters in North 24-Parganas to take cognizance of their opinion following the poll debacle.Reacting sharply to the Trinamool MLAs and councillors joining BJP, state Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim said: “Those who left the party have done so out of pressure. Even Mukul Roy had left out of pressure. These people do not have any respect for ideology. When any problem crops up, the rats are the Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durgafirst to jump into the sea without realising what the consequences will be.” Party district president Jyotipriya Mallick, along with the senior leaders held a meeting to analyse the post-poll scenario in North 24-Parganas, where Trinamool has lost the Lok Sabha seats of Bongaon and Barrackpore in North 24-Parganas. Mallick said the leaders have been forced to join BJP ‘at gunpoint’. He assured that the party would do well in the 2021 Assembly elections. “Remember we had only one MP in 2004 and from there the party consolidated its position. We are all working together with Mamata Banerjee,” he said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersVeteran party leader Tapas Roy said the election was held not on the basis of development, but on communal lines and the air strike at Balakot. “This is for the first time that polling in Bengal was held on communal lines. It is most unfortunate,” Roy said. Meanwhile, BJP took control over four municipalities in North 24-Parganas after the Trinamool Congress councillors joined the party. In Bhatpara, 19 out of 34 Trinamool councillors have joined in BJP. In Halisahar, 17 out of 23 councillors have joined BJP, including its chairman and vice-chairman. In Kanchrapara, 17 out of 24 councillors have joined BJP including its chairman and vice-chairman, while in Naihati, 29 out of 31 councillors have joined BJP. Rabindranath Chatterjee, chairman of the Trinamool controlled Katwa municipality, lodged complaint against three Trinamool councillors after they pelted glasses and bottles at him. The councillors demanded Chatterjee’s resignation as the BJP candidate in his ward took a lead over Trinamool’s contender in the Lok Sabha election. Chatterjee said the accused councillors will join BJP and they had been trying to prepare ground to quit the party. They had not joined the board meeting of the municipality for the past three months.
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday said his government proposes to make metro and bus travel free for women in the national capital.The proposal will be implemented within 2-3 months, he said. The move comes ahead of the assembly elections scheduled early next year. “Women will be given free rides in DTC, cluster buses and the Delhi Metro. The government will bear their travel expenses,” Kejriwal said at a press conference. For the remaining part of this financial year, the cost of this comes to Rs 700-800 crore, he said. Kejriwal said he has asked officials to study the proposal. The government has also sought feedback from the public. Officers have been given a week to prepare a detailed report after which a proposal will be brought in the cabinet, he said.P3
New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Wednesday refused to stay the interview process for admission of Christian students in Delhi University’s St Stephen”s college.The court said it did not consider it appropriate to stay the interview process. “I am not inclined to grant the stay. I do not consider it appropriate to stay the interview process. They are seeking to maintain their institution as they want it to be,” Justice Anu Malhotra said. The interview process is scheduled to commence next week. The court was hearing a petition filed by three teachers of the college against the inclusion of a member of the institution’s Supreme Council in the interview panel for the selection of Christian students. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkThe teacher-members of the college”s governing body-NP Ashley, Abhishek Singh and Nandita Narain – have challenged a decision taken by the Supreme Council at its meeting on March 12. The teachers, represented in the court by advocate Sunil Mathew, said it was decided at the meeting to have an additional Christian member nominated by the Supreme Council or the governing body to be part of the interview panel in respect of admission of Christian students in all subjects. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe Supreme Council is higher in authority than the governing body of the college comprising members from the Church of North India and also those nominated by it. The teachers contended that the “interference” of the church in the admission process was against the norms of the college. However, the college, in its response, claimed that the petition was not maintainable as neither any fundamental right nor any statutory or legal right of the petitioners was violated. The college, represented by senior advocate A Mariarputham, sought dismissal of the petition alleging that the teachers had not approached the court with clean hands and the plea had been moved with oblique motives. An earlier statement by the three teachers had said the Supreme Council’s decision went against the Constitution of St Stephen”s college, which expressly prohibited interference of the council in its administration.
Los Angeles: Actor Daisy Ridley has says she was not “surprised” by the backlash her 2017 film “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” had received as she believes the fans are very much attached to the franchise. Talking to USA Today, Ridley, who is set to reprise her role of Rey in the franchise’s upcoming installment “The Rise of Skywalker”, said it was “fair” on the fans part to have strong reaction to anything which they believe is “wrong”. “I wasn’t surprised, no. It’s just a different thing. Everyone’s going to have an opinion now anyway on the internet, but I also think it’s fair,” the actor said. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography Directed by Rian Johnson, “The Last Jedi” had received criticism from fans for killing a key character of the franchise and also for its story. Ridley said, “If people hold something incredibly dear and think they know how it should be and it’s not like that, it’s fair for people to think they were done wrong. It doesn’t mean they were ultimately, Rian’s a filmmaker and one person can’t dictate how a film is supposed to be but freedom of expression, sure.” “The Rise of Skywalker”, directed by JJ Abrams, will bow out on December 20 this year.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress councillors moved a no-confidence motion against Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayor Sabyasachi Dutta on Tuesday, a day after he was asked to step down from the post.Thirty five out of 39 Trinamool councillors submitted a no-confidence motion against Dutta to Krishna Chakraborty, the chairperson of BMC. Chakraborty said she would send the letter regarding the same to the joint Municipal Commissioner as the Municipal Commissioner Pritha Sarkar is indisposed. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe issue of the no-confidence motion is likely to be discussed on July 18. Dutta himself received a copy of the letter on Tuesday evening. The letter which was submitted to Chakraborty, reads: “We the undersigned elected councillors of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation have lost confidence on the activities of Shri Sabyasachi Dutta, present Mayor of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation. His manner of functioning has lost our confidence. We therefore submit our requisition before you in terms of Section 18 (C) of West Bengal Municipal Corporation Act 2006 and request you to convene a Special Board Meeting to consider a resolution for removal of the Mayor. Copy of the draft resolution intended to be moved is enclosed herewith for your kind perusal.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaState Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim had asked Dutta to tender his resignation on Monday. Earlier on Sunday, Hakim met councillors of BMC at Trinamool Bhavan and discussed about the anti-party activities of Dutta. On Friday, the BMC Mayor had addressed a meeting which was organised by some employees of West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Limited (WBSEDCL), where he had demanded that the due DA of the employees be cleared immediately. Following Dutta’s statement, both Hakim and Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee had criticised him for “breaking the discipline of the party.” Hakim had said that “nobody should consider himself bigger than the party,” while Chatterjee had said that “the silence of the party should be not be considered its weakness.” There are 41 councillors in BMC, of which 39 belong to Trinamool Congress. To get the no-confidence motion passed, the nod of 21 councillors will be required. There had been a rumour in the past few months that Dutta would join BJP. Shortly before the general elections, BJP leader Mukul Roy had visited Dutta’s residence. However, Dutta had dismissed the rumour. On Sunday, Roy again met Dutta at a club in Salt Lake. Dutta had described Roy’s visit as a courtesy call. On the other hand, Dutta’s differences with BMC Deputy Mayor Tapas Chatterjee is a well-known issue. He even refused to share the dais with Chatterjee at a function organised to celebrate the birth and death anniversary of Dr B C Roy on July 1.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has created history with his clarity and determination on the Kashmir issue, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday, asserting that the vision of party’s ideologue Syama Prasad Mookerjee has proved correct and that of Jawaharlal Nehru a “failure”.In a blog following the government’s move to revoke provisions of Article 370 giving Jammu and Kashmir a special status, he took a dig at the Congress over its opposition to the exercise. He termed it a “headless chicken” and said its leadership is determined to succeed in its race to the bottom. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have earned a place in history, the former Union minister said, adding that a separate status for the state led to separatism and that no dynamic nation can allow this situation to continue. Jaitley said “popular support” to the government’s move has compelled several opposition parties to support it as they have sensed the ground reality and do not want to face the wrath of the people. “Today, when history is being re-written, it has given a verdict that Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s vision on Kashmir was the correct one and Panditji’s dream solution has proved to be a failure… The prime minister has created history through his absolute clarity and determination,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KModi and Shah achieved the impossible, he said, noting that historic legislations were passed in the ongoing Parliament’s session, including the triple talaq bill, strengthening of India’s anti-terror laws and the decision on Article 370, all of which are “unprecedented”. “The popular belief that the promise BJP made on Article 370 is an unachievable slogan has been proved wrong,” Jaitley said. Regrettably, he said, the Congress, which first “created the problem and then added to it”, fails to see reason. He claimed that an overwhelming majority of Congress leaders support the government’s move, saying that their private and public comments are in this direction. “But the national party as a headless chicken is further consolidating its alienation from the people of India,” he said. Just as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s support to the “tukde-tudke gang” at the JNU was at variance with the sentiments of even the Congress workers, the same applies to its leadership’s stand now, he said. Jaitley, who opted out of joining the government due to health issues and is now recuperating at home, also gave a brief history of the state’s accession to India, Article 370 and its political history since then. He said the “historic blunders” of special status under Article 370 and Article 35A had cost the country both politically and financially and that different attempts to resolve the issue of separatism and terrorism proved a disaster. It prompted Modi to follow an alternative approach as a few hundred separatist leaders and armed terrorists were holding the state and country to ransom, he said. Complementing Modi and Shah for correcting a historic blunder, he said their move has shown that “Modi hai to mumkin hai” (It is possible if Modi is there), a slogan coined by BJP supporters.
Jammu: Seven people, including a minor boy, were killed while 25 more were injured on Sunday when an overloaded private vehicle skidded off a road and fell into a deep gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, a senior official said.The victims were en route to the famous shrine of Sharda Sharief from Poonch when the vehicle fell into the 800-metre-deep gorge in the Thanamandi area around 1.30 pm after its driver lost control while negotiating a curve, Rajouri District Development Commissioner (DDC) Aijaz Asad told PTI. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He said seven people, including four women and a minor boy, were killed and 25 more injured in the accident. Eleven of the critically injured, some of whom had head injuries, were referred to the Government Medical College (GMC) Hospital, Jammu, for specialised treatment, Asad said, adding that the remaining 14 were admitted to the district hospital in Rajouri and their condition was “stable”. The DDC said the district administration would extend every possible help to the victims on humanitarian grounds. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KMost of the victims were relatives and neighbours who had hired the vehicle from Khanetar village of Poonch in the morning to visit the shrine, he said. A police official said the dead included a couple, Mohammad Pazir (40) and his wife Safeena (33). He identified the other deceased as four-year-old Abdul Qayoom, Mohammad Rashid (50), Mansha Begum (60), Masarat Bi (20) and Kaneeza Bi (45). The official said a police investigation was underway.