JNU polls: AISF wins presidential post, ABVP makes comeback after 14 years

first_imgOn September 13, in a major boost to the BJP, RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad made a comeback at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) after 14 years by winning the students union Joint Secretary’s post.AVBP’s Saurabh Sharma won the Joint Secretary’s post. The ABVP had last won a post in the JNU elections in 2001 when Sandeep Mahapatra became the president by a vote’s margin.The newly-elected Joint Secretary of JNUSU said that, “I am very happy that ABVP made a comeback in JNU after 14 years. I was confident about my victory as we were fighting on the student welfare issues. I want to thank the students of JNU who showed confidence in me and elected me as their joint secretary.””I also want to thank the JNU unit of ABVP volunteers,” he added. The JNUSU President’s post was won by the CPI-affiliated All India Students Federation’s (AISF) candidate Kanhaiya Kumar, while Vice President and General Secretary’s posts were retained by Left-leaning All India Students Association (AISA). The seats were won by Shehla Rashid Shora and Rama Naga, respectively.Talking about his priorities for the campus, Sharma said that women security and construction of new hostels would be on the top of his agenda. “There are several places in JNU which remain dark during night that causes a risk to the security of female students here. I would try my level best to get street lights fixed at these places and ensure women security in the campus in every manner,” he said.advertisementPraveen Thallapelli, JNU poll’s Chief Election Commissioner said, “The poll results were declared at 8 a.m. today (September 13). Since paper ballots are used for polling and counting is done manually, the counting process takes longer at the JNU.””The voting percentage at the university is also relatively high. The ABVP made a comeback at the JNU after almost 15 years,” he said.The AISF won the President’s post by 67 votes over AISA, while AISA nominee won the Vice-President’s post against his ABVP rival by 234 votes. For the General Secretary’s post, AISA candidate defeated ABVP nominee by 213 votes while Joint Secretary’s post was claimed by ABVP, defeating AISA by 28 votes. Shehla Rashid of AISA is the first Kashmiri woman in JNU history to contest the students’ union polls and win in the central panel. She is also this year’s highest polled candidate (1,387), according to JNU sources.This victory is a mandate for carrying on the struggles for which JNUSU is known. We will carry on the struggle for social justice, gender justice and against privatisation and saffronisation of education,” said Shehla after winning the Vice President’s post.She added that, “We are content with the overall Left mandate, but we have to take cognizance of the proliferation of the right-wing in the campus and work collectively towards establishing a Left-progressive consciousness on the campus.”A total of 22 candidates contested the JNUSU central panel that includes posts of President, Vice President, General Secretary and Joint Secretary. The students’ union elections in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Friday recorded 53.3 percent turnout, a marginal dip over last year, when the turnout was 54.58 percent.last_img read more

British Olympic Champion Mo Farah Defends Reputation After Doping Ban on Former Coach Salazar

first_img Alberto SalazarathleticsDopingMo Farah First Published: October 12, 2019, 8:13 AM IST New York: British Olympic champion Mo Farah defended his reputation at a news conference ahead of the Chicago Marathon on Friday after being bombarded with questions about his former coach Alberto Salazar who has been banned for doping violations.Farah, who has not been accused of any wrongdoing, worked from 2011 to 2017 with Salazar, who was given a four-year ban by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on September 30. The 36-year-old Farah, speaking for the first time since Salazar was suspended, responded angrily to questions about his former mentor, with whom he achieved some of his best performances.”It’s very disappointing to see you guys going at it again and again, and headlines, ‘Farah, Farah, Farah’,” he said.”I’ll just say there’s no allegation against me. I’ve not done anything wrong.”If I tell you guys and talk to you guys and be nice to you, you’ll still be negative. If I don’t talk to you, you’ll still be negative.”I’m aware I can’t win. You’re already made up your mind what you’re going to write — that is a fact.”Asked if he regretted staying with Salazar, particularly after a 2015 BBC documentary made a series of allegations against the American, Farah said he had confronted his coach.”I was out in Birmingham (England) racing, I pulled out (of) the race in 2015,” he told reporters. “I wanted some answers and I flew to Portland to get some answers from Alberto.”Talked to him face-to-face and he assured me at the time, ‘These are just allegations. This is not true. There are no allegations against you, Mo.’ He promised me. And that hasn’t been true.”FARAH UNAWAREFarah, who won Olympic gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres at the 2012 and 2016 Games, said he was unaware until after the ban was announced that Salazar was charged with doping in 2017.Salazar has denied any wrongdoing and said he plans to appeal against the suspension.Defending Chicago marathon champion Farah and 2017 winner American Galen Rupp plus women’s marathon runner Jordan Hasay are among Salazar’s most decorated athletes.Nike announced on Thursday that it would shut down the Nike Oregon Project, the elite programme overseen by Salazar, where Rupp and Hasay trained.Neither Rupp nor Hasay has been accused of any wrongdoing.The 33-year-old Rupp, who missed the Spring marathon season due to surgery, deflected questions about Salazar, saying he had had no “professional” contact with his long-time coach since the announcement of the suspension.Hasay, who like Rupp was coached by Salazar until the suspension, said she was “very, very close” to her coach and it was hard not speaking with him in the days before Sunday’s race.”I trust what I know and what I’ve seen and I’ve never been offered anything or seen anything,” Hasay said. “If that were to happen I would have left long ago.”In the days leading up to the Chicago Marathon, race director Carey Pinkowski said he viewed the Salazar announcement as “an opportunity to move forward”.Paula Radcliffe, a Nike ambassador who holds the world record for the women’s marathon, told Reuters the sport still needed to work to clean up competition.”My issue is this isn’t the battle won,” she said. “This is the battle far from won.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Rohit Sharma reveals secret behind Team India’s stupendous success

first_imgIn the limited overs format, India defeated West Indies 3-1 in their backyard, they whitewashed Sri Lanka 5-0 in the island nation and decimated Australia 4-1.Star batsman Rohit Sharma has said that playing as a cohesive unit has been the primary reason for Indian cricket team’s stupendous success across formats in recent times.”The way we are playing, credit goes to everyone. Because irrespective of whether you play for a city or country, you have to win a match and it is not an easy task. We have won six back-to-back series because we have played together as a unit,” Rohit said during a promotional event.In the limited overs format, India defeated West Indies 3-1 in their backyard, they whitewashed Sri Lanka 5-0 in the island nation and decimated Australia 4-1.The right-handed batsman was speaking to reporters after the launch of Adidas Uprising 3.0 here. Unless a team performs collectively, it is difficult to sustain performances.”If you (the team) want to win a tournament, its not that that one or two players will perform and you will win. It is essential that everybody contributes as this is a team sport. We are going towards a goal and that I think is good for team.”The way the team is thinking that is in one direction, which is helping the side and everyone is contributing, not just one or two players,” Rohit added.Asked whether the goal was 2019 World Cup, Rohit said, “See, there is one and half year for the World Cup. Now, it will be too early for me to comment on it. Yes, our aim is the 2019 World Cup and the preparations are on.”advertisement”Like our selectors, coach and captain have said the way our team is playing and the combination of the team has been made keeping the World Cup in mind. It is clear that what the team (management) wants from the players.”India play New Zealand in a three match ODI series and as many T20Is. On the series, Rohit said: “We haven’t thought what we will do. When we will reach the hotel then the preparations will start. Two days before we have finished a series. Our goal will be to beat any team whom we play against.”last_img read more

Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: August 20, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALNew Delhi: Rajiv Gandhi’s 74th Birth Aniversary(B+A)Patna/Patna:Last Somvar of the holy month of Shravan (A+B)Srinagar: Holy mace leaves Bhaderwah for Machailcave shrine/Security(A)Bhopal: Rajiv Gandhi’s 74th Birth Aniversary(B)Kottayam/ Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala floods/rescue/ relief camps(B+A)New Delhi: A pair of Duck swims in a pond(B)New Delhi: PM Modi with Defence Minister of Japan(B)Surat: PAAS supporters protest(B)Patiala: Heavy rains(B)Srinagar: Passing out parade at JAKLI Regiment Centre(B)INTERNATIONALBeijing: Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamadin China(A)Montreal: PM Justin Trudeau during his nominationmeeting(B)Chicago: Annual Chicago Air and Water Show(A)New York: 38th India Day Parade(B+A)Toronto: 140th annual Canadian National Exhibitionin Toronto(B)SPORTSGreensboro: Wyndham Championship golf tournament (A)Mason: Western & Southern Open tennis tournament (A)Madrid: Spanish La Liga soccer match(B)Palembang/Jakarta: 18th Asian Games(B+A)Pebble Beach: USGA Amateur Golf Championship(B)PTI PHOTO VNA OSOSlast_img read more

La Liga mulls collaboration with AIFF, 18 clubs meet in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 20 (PTI) Top officials from 18 Spanish La Liga clubs got together in the city Tuesday, ramping up their activities in the country while mulling a collaboration with the All India Football Federation. A couple of them enquired about the popularity of kabaddi in India, and a few said they are aware of cricket being the country’s number one sport. “We are not here to displace cricket from the top. We have come to see football’s potential for growth in India,” said one of the club officials. Dignitaries from renowned Spanish clubs such as Atletico de Madrid, Vilarreal, Valencia and Deportivo Alaves, among others, gathered here to study the Indian market and draw a future course of action for what is a potential market that needs to be tapped. “According to the report I have with me, that is the plan – a collaboration with the All India Football Federation, so that they can work on the sport in India right from the bottom to the top,” an official, who was part of the event, told PTI. The clubs, however, were not as forthcoming when asked if they were looking for some kind of formal association with the AIFF. “India is a huge market with a lot of following for football, La Liga as well. We know cricket is big here. But we want to help grow football in India. We know there is lot of business in India. We want to be closer to the fans here,” said Deportivo Alaves’ president Alfonso Fernandez.advertisement They are scheduled to meet ISL franchises on Wednesday to discuss possible associations before leaving for Spain. In one of the tables, Alfonso was accompanied by Real Sociedad’s director Nerea Aramburu, S D Eiber’s Yogaraj Kumal and Celta Vigo’s commercial director Carlos Salvador. In another group, seated were Atletico de Madrid’s director of communications Rafael Alique, Getafe CF’s secretary of board of directors Juan Leif, Real Valladolid’s deputy director to presidency, David Espinar, and Royal Vallencio’s managing director Luis Yanez. Representatives from teams like Sevilla FC, Real Betis and Girona FC, which is the first club from Spain to play in a tournament in India, were also present. In August, Sony Pictures Networks India announced its partnership with social media company Facebook Inc. to telecast La Liga matches on television in India. As part of the deal, over 100 selected matches will be aired on ESPN’s sports channels, including the key clashes, El Clasico (matches between rivals FC Barcelona and Real Madrid) and Madrid Derby (matches between Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid). This came after Facebook bought a three-year exclusive rights to show all La Liga matches in India. Social media and digital media were the buzzwords on Tuesday and the La Liga clubs are more focussed on that than television. Last month, the league launched football schools in India for a comprehensive development of the game in India. In association with India On Track (IOT), the schools are being set up across cities. La Liga hopes the programme will be accessible to over 30 schools and 3,000 youngsters nationwide by the turn of this year. PTI AH SSC ATKATKlast_img read more

FA supports Sterling over tattoo

first_imgRaheem Sterling FA supports Sterling over assault rifle tattoo Iain Strachan 03:35 5/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Raheem Sterling - cropped Getty Images Raheem Sterling England England v Nigeria England v Costa Rica Tunisia v England England v Panama England v Belgium World Cup Friendlies Manchester City Premier League The England attacker has drawn criticism for getting an assault rifle tattoo, but the Football Association is standing by the player The Football Association has expressed its support for Raheem Sterling after he offered an “honest and heartfelt account” of his reasons for getting a tattoo of an assault rifle.Sterling recently drew criticism from sections of the media and anti-violence campaigners for his choice to have the likeness of a weapon inked onto his right leg. In an Instagram post published on Monday, the 23-year-old Manchester City and England player said the image was a tribute to his father, who was shot dead when Sterling was just two years old. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now And the governing body appears satisfied with the forward’s explanation.”We all support Sterling and acknowledge the honest and heartfelt account he gave,” an FA spokesperson said in a statement.”He and the rest of the squad are focused solely on preparing for the forthcoming World Cup.”In his Instagram post, Sterling said: “When I was two my father died from being gunned down to death.”I made a promise to myself I would never touch a gun in my lifetime.”I shoot with my right foot so it has a deeper meaning.”Sterling and England will begin their World Cup campaign on June 18 against Tunisia. They will then face Panama on June 24 and then close out the group stage against Belgium on June 28.last_img read more

Strategy Education Changes to Better Support Nurses

first_img The three universities that offer bachelor of science in nursing programs — Cape Breton, Dalhousie and St. Francis Xavier universities — have worked together to improve their programs. All three universities will offer a common, modern curriculum, introduce a new accelerated program, and create multiple start and graduation times. Nursing students will be able to start — and finish — their undergraduate degrees at different times, allowing the health-care system to hire them throughout the year rather than all at once. Universities will better recognize previous academic credits and work experience, and offer a longer, 13-week final clinical placement. These changes are expected to take effect September 2016. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan said these changes will mean new nurses are better prepared for the workforce. “These universities know that working together will better prepare their nursing students for the workforce, and improve the quality of undergraduate nursing education overall,” said Ms. Regan. “This kind of collaboration among our universities is unprecedented — we thank them for it, and encourage others to follow suit. These changes will make Nova Scotia’s undergraduate nursing programs among the very best in the country.” Government will also invest $800,000 in upgrades to the nursing simulation lab at St. Francis Xavier University, and another $34,000 in upgrades to the simulation lab at the Yarmouth campus of the Dalhousie School of Nursing. Provincial data shows that the number of nurses working in Nova Scotia has grown by about 2,000 to a total of 14,000 since the first nursing strategy was introduced in 2001. Nearly 4,300 registered nurses and 1,600 licensed practical nurses in Nova Scotia will be over the age of 55 in the next five years. The nursing strategy and nursing education review are both available at http://novascotia.ca/dhw . A new nursing strategy and an improved undergraduate nursing education program will help Nova Scotia attract and keep the nurses it needs well into the future. “Nurses are the heart and soul of patient care across our province. We know many are nearing retirement, and we need to ensure we have the right number and mix of nurses to care for Nova Scotians for generations to come,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “Under this new nursing strategy, we will support all nurses to provide the care they are educated and licensed to give. New RN graduates will be better prepared to enter the workforce, and we’ll support experienced nurses to continue to grow and develop in the career they love.” The province consulted over 500 nurses, both online and in person. The new strategy will address their concerns by: FOR BROADCAST USE Government says a new nursing strategy will help support experienced nurses and help new graduates become workforce-ready. The strategy, launched today (May 12th), will help nurses spend more of their time on patient care and give them dedicated time to mentor new nurses. Starting in 2016, undergraduate nursing students will be able to start — and finish — their degrees at different times throughout the year. They’ll also get a longer, 13-week final practical placement so they’re more prepared for the workforce. Government is also investing eight-hundred thousand dollars in the nursing simulation lab at St. Francis Xavier University. -30-center_img paying for experienced nurses to spend dedicated time mentoring new nurses increasing the number of specialty programs to train nurses in areas like operating rooms, critical care, and mental health and addictions continuing to support professional development for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nurse practitioners — but targeted on topics like improving practice environments, developing clinical leadership, developing strong teams and injury prevention targeting co-op placement funding for student nurses to areas where they are most needed creating a fund for nurses who have innovative ideas to improve their workplaces and patient care removing legislative, policy and other barriers in the workplace that prevent nurses from working to their full scope of practicelast_img read more

In the news today June 7

first_imgEight stories in the news for Thursday, June 7———ELECTION DAY IN ONTARIOAfter weeks of attack ads and controversies, Ontarians go to the polls today to elect a new provincial government. With Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne admitting she’s unlikely to be re-elected as premier, the race appeared to be a battle between the NDP and Progressive Conservatives. But after a drama-filled campaign — including a lawsuit made public this week against PC Leader Doug Ford — anything could happen as the race concludes.———TRADE CRISIS A ‘FAMILY QUARREL,’ SAYS U.S. OFFICIALDonald Trump’s top economic adviser has dismissed differences over tariffs as a “family quarrel” amid reports of a testy phone call between the U.S. president and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of this week’s G7 summit. Larry Kudlow played down his country’s trade dispute with Canada, and said he hoped Trump and Trudeau could work through their differences during their face-to-face meeting at the summit, which opens Friday.———KENT HEHR TO STAY IN CAUCUSKent Hehr says he will remain in the federal Liberal caucus, but won’t rejoin the Trudeau cabinet after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct with women. The former veterans and sports and disabilities minister resigned from cabinet in January after a former employee accused him of calling her “yummy” during his time as a member of the Alberta legislature a decade ago. Hehr says he does not recall the encounter with Kristin Raworth, but has nonetheless apologized.———THREE SISTERS AMONG FIVE DEAD IN ALBERTA CRASHTwo First Nations communities in Alberta are grieving the loss of five people in highway crash south of Edmonton on Tuesday. Three sisters — Cheyane Soosay, 22, Dominique Norwest, 19 and Latesha Norwest, 23, were among those killed. They, along with Anthony Swampy, 30 and Terrelle Minde, 22, died when their car and an SUV collided near Millet, Alta. RCMP continue to investigate the cause of the crash.———YOUTH POT STUDY REVEALS DANGERSA 10-year study on cannabis use among Canadian youth reveals some troubling findings. The study examined data from the Victoria Healthy Youth Survey, which followed 662 young people between the ages of 12 and 18 from 2003 to 2013. It shows those who start using pot at a young age and kept using it often during adolescence and beyond were more likely than their peers to have poor health outcomes. They also achieve less occupational and educational success in young adulthood.———DAVID SUZUKI TO RECEIVE HONORARY DEGREEScientist David Suzuki will receive an honorary doctor of science degree today from the University of Alberta after months of criticism. The Edmonton university said in April that the environmentalist and oilsands critic would receive the honour this spring, which prompted a flood of complaints. Suzuki says universities should be the place “to air a range of ideas about the geophysical, social and economic consequences of fossil fuel use.”———GRIFFIN PRIZE TO BE HANDED OUT IN TORONTOLiterary luminaries gather in Toronto tonight as two of the best wordsmiths from home and abroad receive the Griffin Poetry Prize. One Canadian and one international winner will each take home a $65,000 prize at the awards gala. Scholar Billy-Ray Belcourt of the Driftpile Cree Nation in Alberta, Montreal-born dancer and choreographer Aisha Sasha John and interdisciplinary artist and critic Donato Mancini are in the running for the Canadian prize.———WILL THE STANLEY CUP BE AWARDED TONIGHT?The curtain could fall on the NHL season tonight if the Washington Capitals beat the Golden Knights in Las Vegas. The Capitals lead the best-of-7 series 3-1 and are seeking their first Stanley Cup in the franchise’s 43-year history. Washington star Alex Ovechkin is looking to become the first Russian captain to raise the Cup.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Trudeau meets with the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission in La Malbaie, Que.— French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in Montreal to begin his Canadian visit.— A first major protest against the G7 summit will be held in Quebec City.— The Bank of Canada will release its latest financial system review report.— Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan will host a roundtable in Ottawa on Veterans homelessness.— Premier Dwight Ball will provide updates on healthcare infrastructure for western Newfoundland.— Companies reporting results today include Stingray Digital Group, Saputo and Dollarama.last_img read more

Tall timber towers taking root in Canada as builders look to go

TORONTO — Six years ago architect Michael Green took the stage at a TED conference and called for an global era of wood-framed skyscrapers.Some were skeptical. “People really thought I was an idiot,” said Green in a recent interview.“I got constant comments from my peers just saying this guy didn’t know what he was talking about, this will never happen, the construction industry doesn’t change. And look at it now, it’s made a massive amount of change.”Almost non-existent a decade ago, tall wood buildings have defied skeptics and are sprouting up in cities across Canada as the wood industry sees opportunity, developers embrace new designs and momentum builds to reduce the heavy carbon footprint of concrete and steel in construction as the urgency of the battle to combat climate change grows.“For me it all comes back to the carbon story. It all comes back to choosing renewables to build our cities,” said Green, principal at Vancouver-based Michael Green Architecture.Wood offers the benefit of being made of captured carbon and of reducing the need for concrete, which the International Energy Agency estimates is responsible for seven per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.But it was the housing market collapse a decade ago that helped prompt B.C. to start promoting the use of new timber building techniques already being used in Europe in an effort to boost the forestry sector.  The results include the Brock Commons tower on the University of British Columbia campus, the world’s tallest wood building at 18 storeys. The hybrid building has two concrete core pillars, but is still estimated to have captured 1,753 tonnes of carbon in the timber and prevented 679 tonnes of emissions, equivalent to taking more than 500 cars off the road for a year.Building tall with wood has been made possible thanks to the use of both new and old techniques. Brock Commons used the relatively recent innovation of cross-laminated timber, which involves gluing perpendicular layers of lumber together to create reinforced sheets for the walls and floors. For pillars, it used the much older technique of gluing parallel pieces of lumber together to make thick beams.  Growth in tall wood buildings has been hampered by code limitations, but one-off exemptions mean several others are in the works even as the codes themselves are expected to soon change.The University of Toronto is embarking on a 14-storey tower and George Brown College plans for a 12-storey building on the city’s waterfront, while developers have already broken ground on the 19-storey Terrace House in Vancouver.The Toronto Sidewalk Labs development, still in planning stages, claims it will build the “first-ever mass-timber district in the world” at a proposed 306,580 square metres (3.3 million sq. ft) across 12 buildings ranging from three to 30 storeys. There are also a range of mass timber buildings already complete or underway in major Canadian cities that fall under the six-story standard building code.The building rules could change next year to allow 12-storey towers in the 2020 update of the national building code, which is revised every five years.Fire chiefs have raised objections to the code changes, saying there still isn’t enough known about fire risks, but Natural Resources Canada senior research adviser Mohammed Mohammed said there has been quite a bit of research.“In terms of safety, there has been extensive structural and fire-resistance testing that’s been conducted in Canada,” said Mohammed. “I think everything is aligned to target the 2020 edition.”The thick timber beams act more like logs than kindling, so they resist burning and then char to create an insulating layer before burning at a predictable rate. But as extra precautions, the code updates will require wrapping much of the timber in drywall or cement, which act as both a fire and sound barrier.Those extra measures mean buildings won’t look quite like tree forts, with many areas of Brock Commons, for example, not showing any exposed wood at all. Proposed rules could allow somewhere in the range of 10 to 25 per cent wood exposed, said Mohammed.The precautions added about seven per cent to Brock Common’s construction costs, but as techniques and knowledge improve it can be quite cost competitive, said Hardy Wentzel, CEO of Structurlam Mass Timber Corp.“Because it’s a new product, we’re getting compared every time to what will concrete do, what will traditional wood frame do, what will steel do, and we’re able to compete. In the right building, we’re very cost competitive.”Because many of the walls, pillars and floors are pre-assembled in mass timber it translates to a much faster build with less disruption to the neighbourhood. The light-weight construction, about a fifth the density of concrete, also creates more possibilities on site, said Hardy.Builders are exploring the possibilities of mass timber and looking at how tall their ambitions will reach.Japan’s Sumitomo Group has announced what looks to be the tallest building yet planned with a 70-storey, 350-metre tower, though it’s not planned to be completed until 2042 to commemorate the company’s 350-year history.Mass timber buildings could theoretically go even higher. Green created a design mock-up of what a mass timber version of the 102-storey Empire State Building would look like to show it would be possible.“Knowing that you could build 102 stories is an eye-opening thing. And that’s why we did that exercise, we wanted to kind of remind people that this is an incredibly strong material that has great capacity.”Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press read more

Some 50000 Colombians in Ecuador to be registered under UNbacked scheme

Ecuador is home to some 20,000 refugees, but an additional 130,000 people who may be in need of international protection have not been registered, either through lack of information or difficulty of access, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).“Like other countries in the region, Ecuador faces a major challenge of refugee documentation,” UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva.The scheme began this week in two pilot locations in Ecuador’s Amazonian region along the border with Colombia – the small community of Barranca Bermeja and La Bonita. Three mobile teams made up of registration officials, representatives from the Ecuadorian Government and UNHCR observers are taking part in the pilot phase. “The objective is to speed up the registration process, so that people in need of international protection can be interviewed, assessed and issued with documentation on the same day,” said Mr. Redmond.According to UNHCR, the majority of refugees come from Colombia, where armed conflict and violence have forced millions of people to flee their homes. UNHCR in Colombia marked the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights earlier this week by issuing a new call for solidarity with internally displaced people. During a celebration in Bogotá on Wednesday night, 5,000 paper lanterns were lit up in support of internally displaced people and other victims of the conflict.The celebration marked the close of the UNHCR-led Corre por la Vida (Running for Life) campaign to foster solidarity with the displaced and raise understanding of the massive human rights violations that lead to forced displacement. The UN refugee agency has 12 offices inside Colombia, where it has been working since 1998 to support the South American nation in addressing one of the largest crises of forced internal displacement in the world. It works from four locations in Ecuador, three of them along the northern border with Colombia. UNHCR also has offices in Venezuela, Brazil, Panama and Costa Rica, all of which have large numbers of Colombian refugees. 12 December 2008Nearly 50,000 Colombian refugees are expected to benefit from the Ecuadorian Government’s nationwide registration scheme, which aims to recognize and document refugees who have been in the country for more than a year, the United Nations said today. read more

TSX holds on to gains even as Dow snaps 10day win streak

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Friday, helped by energy and mining stocks, while U.S. markets gave back a bit of the enthusiastic gains of recent sessions.The S&P/TSX composite was up 30.12 points at 12,830.03, while the TSX Venture Exchange rose 4.54 points to 1,116.61.The Canadian dollar was up 0.29 of a cent at 98.11 cents US, backing off a three-week high of 98.22 reached in the morning.After eight record high sessions and 10 consecutive days of gains, the Dow industrials gave back some of that on mixed economic data, dropping 25.03 points to 14,514.11.The Nasdaq was down 9.86 points at 3,249.07 and the S&P 500 index slid 2.53 points to 1,560.70.“The U.S. drive has been pretty relentless. Sooner or later, you’re going to have a down day,” said Colin Cieszynski, market analyst at CMC Markets Canada.“You’re at a point where some people are just looking for any excuse to take profits because we’ve had such a run the last few days.”In commodities, the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange added 42 cents to close at US$93.45 a barrel, as the TSX energy sector gained 1.1 per cent.Telecom stocks ran up 0.4 per cent with BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) ahead three cents to $46.74.The financial sector was also higher, rising 0.1 per cent, as Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) said its fund management joint venture with the Bank of Beijing has received regulatory approval for a license to operate in China. Its shares were up 33 cents to $60.33.Royal Bank (TSX:RY) shares rose 16 cents to $61.43, while Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) was up five cents to $15.48.The Canadian Real Estate Association reported that home and condo resales fell 2.1 per cent in February from the previous month, when they logged a small gain. On a year-over-year basis, last month’s activity was down 15.8 per cent.Meanwhile, in the U.S. a spike in gasoline prices drove up expenses in February. The Labour Department says consumer prices increased a seasonally adjusted 0.7 per cent last month from January, the biggest rise since June 2009. Three-fourths of the increase reflected a 9.1 per cent surge in gas prices.The concern about inflation pushed gold prices higher with April bullion gaining $1.90 to US$1,592.60 an ounce.May copper lost two cents to US$3.52 to pound.Production at U.S. factories rose last month, weighted heavily in autos and automotive parts. The Federal Reserve said factory output rose a seasonally adjusted 0.8 per cent month over month in February after having fallen 0.3 per cent in January.In European economic developments, a summit of the 27 European Union leaders in Brussels failed to deliver any fundamental change in economic strategy though there was more talk of the need to promote growth rather than just cut debt. read more

Prince Charles to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle

Doria Ragland was previously expected to walk her daughter down the aisle The Prince of Wales has expressed his excitement about the wedding, telling reporters in Nice, France last week: “It’s absolutely marvellous. It’s going to be a very special day for everybody.”It was thought her mother Doria Ragland would walk the bride down the aisle – so this decision may shock some Royal fans. Prince Charles is to walk Meghan Markle own the aisle, the Palace has revealed.The question of who would perform the role was raised after Thomas Markle, the bride’s father, pulled out due to a health condition.Kensington Palace announced: “Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George’s Chapel on her Wedding Day.”The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way.”Hannah Furness, our Royal Correspondent, has learnt that the Prince of Wales will accompany Ms Markle down just one half of the aisle (the second half) at St George’s Chapel – but no one will “give her away”.  There was no protocol preventing Ms Markle from choosing her mother, a member of the Royal family, or a close friend from escorting her. She could also walk alone, should she wish. Hugo Vickers, royal biographer, said of Ms Markle’s decision: “It’s her wedding and I think she should be able to do whatever she likes. “It’s meant to be a happy occasion and that’s what it’s all about.” According to TMZ, Thomas Markle gave  his ex-wife his blessing to perform the duty. Mr Markle’s inability to attend has left other gaps in the proceedings. It is unknown who will give a speech at the evening dinner – this role may fall to her mother. Doria Ragland was previously expected to walk her daughter down the aisle 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. read more

First TV campaign to urge women to undergo cervical smear tests as

Professor Anne Mackie, Director of Screening Programmes at PHE said: “The decline in numbers getting screened for cervical cancer is a major concern as it means millions of women are missing out on a potentially life-saving test.“Two women die every day in England from cervical cancer, yet it is one of the most preventable cancers if caught early.“We want to see a future generation free of cervical cancer but we will only achieve our vision if women take up their screening invitations. This is a simple test which takes just five minutes and could save your life. It’s just not worth ignoring”.Steve Brine, Public Health Minister said: “It is a tragedy that women are needlessly dying of cancer when a simple test can identify any risks early on. We hope this new campaign – the first of its kind in this country – will save lives and I am delighted to see it launch today.”He said that from next month, any patient with suspected cancer should receive a diagnosis or all-clear within 28 days. As of next month, any patient with suspected cancer should receive a diagnosis or all-clear within 28 daysCredit:Public Health England The figure is a sharp fall from 75.7 per cent uptake in 2011, when awareness had risen, following the death of celebrity Jade Goody at the age of 27.The eight-week campaign will attempt to persuade women to go for tests – and ask their loved ones to spur them to do so.Charities say embarrassment and fear of being labelled “promiscuous” is deterring women from undergoing vital checks which could prevent 83 per cent of cervical cancer cases.A survey of 2,000 women aged 25 to 35 found that 80 per cent of those who have avoided or delayed testing said they felt “body conscious” with researchers suggesting many had misguided perceptions about what was “normal”.And other research found around four in ten thought that being diagnosed with the human papilloma virus (HPV) – which can cause cervical cancer – was a cause of shame. Loose Women star Christine Lampard is backing the campaign and said she will encourage her daughter, Patsy, to go for screening when she is older.She said: “I can’t say I’m thrilled when my cervical screening invite is posted through my door but I know how important it is that I get tested.”It’s an awkward five minutes that could save your life.”As a mother I will never ignore my screening invitation and when my daughter, Patsy, is old enough, I’ll encourage her to attend her screenings too.”As women we should talk positively about our bodies and the importance of cervical screening – it’s an important way to protect our health.”The NHS screening programmes are currently under review, following a number of blunders, including the failure to send almost 50,000 women letters about cervical cancer checks. A still from the government's first national cervical screening campaign A survey found that 80 per cent of those who have avoided or delayed testing said they felt ‘body conscious’Credit:Public Health England Charities say embarrassment and fear of being labelled ‘promiscuous’ is deterring women from undergoing vital checksCredit:Public Health England 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. Health officials are to launch the first television campaign urging women to go for cervical smear tests amid warnings too many are “needlessly dying” after failing to get checked.Uptake of screening is now at a record low, with almost one in three women eligible for tests failing to do so, latest records show.The lowest uptake is among women in their late 20s, with almost four in ten failing to have smears, the figures show.Two women every day in England die from cervical cancer and more than 200,000 women every year are diagnosed with abnormal cell changes that could lead to the disease.The proportion of women aged 25 to 64 who go for smear tests is currently at a 20-year low, with take up at 71.4 per cent.   A still from the government's first national cervical screening campaign A still from the government's first national cervical screening campaign read more

Watsons ton gives CSK 3rd IPL title

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedExperience was key to Chennai’s 2018 IPL title – Dwayne BravoMay 28, 2018In “Sports”Clinical Super Kings set up finals date with MumbaiMay 10, 2019In “latest news”Bravo’s onslaught gives CSK stunning win in dramatic IPL openerApril 8, 2018In “Sports” Shane Watson after reaching his centuryShane Watson was back to his brutal best as the opener’s scintillating unbeaten 117 runs helped Chennai Super Kings lift their third Indian Premier League (IPL) title, thrashing Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets in the summit clash.Making a comeback after serving two years of a ban, the Yellow Brigade stood up to their reputation of being one of the best team in the cash-rich league. The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side hunted down a competitive 179-run target against one of the best bowling attacks of the current season with nine balls to spare.Watson was in devastating touch in his entire 57-ball innings, which comprised of 11 boundaries and eight massive hits into the stands.The Australian along with Suresh Raina (32) forged a 117-run match-winning partnership to put Chennai ahead of their opponents.Chasing 179, Chennai lost their first wicket in the fourth over as Opener Faf du Plessis (10) was caught and bowled by pacer Sandeep Sharma when the scoreboard was reading just 13 runs.Raina then joined Watson and the duo started slamming bowlers all-round the park at will. The strike mostly remained with Watson and the Australian all-rounder took advantage beautifully by unleashing some ferocious shots.CSK celebrating the massive victory on SundaySoon the duo helped their team get past the 100-run mark in the 12th over and just after that Watson, who was looking at his best, hammered Sandeep to 27 runs in his final over.Trying to join the party, Raina miscued while trying to pull a short ball from Carlos Brathwaite knicked his gloves which landed in wicketkeeper’s hand. The southpaw’s 24-ball knock was laced with three boundaries and one six.The fall of wicket brought in Ambati Rayudu (16 not out) who followed the same strategy of giving the strike to Watson. Soon, the Australian slammed his second century of the season off just 51 deliveries through a single off Rashid Khan.With Chennai needing 21 runs in 20 balls, the duo kept on playing freely and overhauled the target with ease to become the only team to beat a side four times in a single season. (The Economic Times) read more

Hulu Plus subscribers getting 1week credit due to PSN issues

first_imgThe other day we pointed out that Sony has a lot of repair work to do after PSN is fixed. The company’s relationship with gamers, developers, and publishers has taken a big hit, and we wait to see how they try and repair that. But for the moment the focus is actually on getting the service up and running again as we still can’t use it or any of its associated services.Some companies offering services that work on the PS3 aren’t waiting for the PSN fix, though. Hulu is thought to be sending out an email to some of its Hulu Plus subscribers and offering them a 1-week credit.AdChoices广告Hulu reason that this is a really frustrating time for PS3 owners in the email, especially those who rely on the console to use Hulu regularly, so to help ease that frustration they are giving you the lost time back. With a Hulu Plus subscription costing $7.99 a month, it’s the equivalent of getting $2 back. It sounds better when you think about it in terms of time, though, with Hulu effectively giving you 168 hours of free viewing time.It’s a nice gesture, especially considering this is no fault of the Hulu team or its service, and that you can access the service on a multitude of other devices instead.We don’t know how many of these emails are going out, or what the criteria is for receiving one, but if you get one in your inbox just click the link to get the week of credit. We’d also suggest sending Hulu a thankyou message in return.via Kotakulast_img read more

Star Trek Discovery Returns with a Trip to the Mirror Universe

first_img ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Teases Troubled Patrick StewartHow Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’ Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img When Star Trek: Discovery left us last fall, it left us with a lot of questions. What was going on with Stamets? What’s going on with Ash Tyler? Where did the Discovery end up? The series finally came back last night, and gave us the answers to about one and a half of those questions. The Discovery ended up in the Mirror Universe, which is much scarier than our memories of a bearded Spock would have us believe. Tyler, like pretty much everyone guessed, is secretly Voq, though it’s a little more complicated than that. We still don’t know exactly what happened to him, but he isn’t just a physically altered Klingon sleeper agent. As for Stamets? Well, the jury’s still out on him. He spends the episode speaking in strange riddles that are written off as gibberish. He talks about a palace, and occasionally yells that the enemy is near. It’s obvious to everyone except for the characters on the show who he’s talking about.Though the episode improved as it went on, a good chunk of it was a whole lot of nothing happening. At least it was a fast-paced, urgent nothing, so we can’t call it boring. It just didn’t live up to the promise of the Mirror Universe. The show tried to create mystery at the beginning, and pull off a slow reveal. It didn’t really work. We started to suspect where they were as soon as a Vulcan ship fired on the Discovery. Then when another ship taunted them about getting spooked by rebels, it was obvious. They were in the Mirror Universe. After that, it was just a matter of waiting until the characters figured that out. They attempted to spice it up with Tyler’s story, but again, most of us have figured out at least part of what’s going on with him. Even if we hadn’t, it is annoying to watch otherwise smart people try to cover up clear signs of PTSD.Shazad Latif, Sonequa Martin-Green (Photo via CBS)After Tyler fights through his flashbacks to retrieve the data core from the rebel Vulcan ship, the show still takes its sweet time to reveal what we already know. I get that the episode has to show the characters discovering where they are. This is all new for them. The problem is that it isn’t for most of us. Even if we’d never seen “Mirror Mirror” before, this episode puts so much dialog between the steps of figuring it out, even brand new Trek viewers could figure it out. Or at the very least, they’d be tapping their feet for the episode to get to the point. It all creates the feel of a show very urgently spinning its wheels. The most frustrating part of all this is that it’s clearly a big deal that the Discovery is in a parallel universe, but we spend so much time in the same old ship. They don’t even meaningfully interact with anyone in the Mirror Universe until over halfway through the episode. Though their initial contact with a Terran Empire ship is hilarious. First because of Tilly trying to put on a hard-ass facade and then Lorca putting on a Scottish action to disguise his voice. It was funny, and a cool homage to the late James Doohan.The episode started picking up once we learned more about the Mirror Universe. The crew of the Discovery disguises themselves so Burnham, Lorca and Tyler can sneak aboard the Mirror Shenzhou and figure out how to get back to their own universe. It turns out the Discovery wasn’t the first ship to accidentally cross universes. The Defiant, which takes disappeared in The Original Series and was revealed to have crossed into the Mirror Universe’s past in Star Trek: Enterprise, arrived at some point before the Discovery did. They need the data aboard the Mirror Shenzhou to figure out where the wormhole between universes is. Mirror Burnham is presumed dead, having been killed by Mirror Lorca. Posing as their alternate selves, Burnham claims she faked her own death to capture Lorca, and takes him aboard the ship. Once there, he has to endure some awful-looking torture while Burnham tries to look through the ship’s data. That takes longer than she expects, because nobody will leave her alone. First, her former first officer tries to kill her, because that’s how succession works in this universe. After that, everyone tries to suck up to her to the point where she can’t get a moment alone. All the while, Lorca is being tortured. It’s a great, tense dilemma, and it’s a shame we had to wait until the very end of the episode to get there.Mary Chieffo, Shazad Latif (Photo via CBS)Now, let’s talk about what’s going on with Tyler. While his story slowed things down initially, enough happened in it that it didn’t feel like a complete waste of time. It feels like we’re about to learn exactly what’s going on with him. First, L’Rell tries to activate him with a Klingon prayer. At this point, we’re pretty sure the show is confirming that he’s secretly Voq in disguise. But it doesn’t work. It just makes his nightmarish visions worse. Then, Dr. Culber takes a deeper look at him. The Klingons performed all sorts of strange surgeries on him, shortening the length of his bones. He starts talking about how it’s theoretically possible to layer a second personality on top of someone’s original one, making it harder to detect. So yes, it would appear that Tyler is in fact Voq. But he is still also Tyler. That sets up a much more interesting conflict than a simple heel turn we could all see coming. There’s hope for this storyline yet.Of course, that revelation comes with a cost. When Culber threatens to quarantine Tyler, Tyler snaps his neck. It’s a shocking, upsetting death. I’ll give the show credit; nobody saw that coming. It’s so sudden and brutal, it elicits an immediate emotional reaction. It’s one of the few times this show has made me audibly gasp and yes, I’m upset about it. Culber and Stamets are the purest, best part of this show and it really sucks to see this happen to them. It doesn’t help that at first glance, it looks like Discovery has fallen into the tiresome “bury your gays” trap. Fortunately, everyone involved in the show seems to be aware of this. They were ready for the response.Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, Wilson Cruz (Photo via CBS)Wilson Cruz talked to Entertainment Weekly about his death scene, acknowledging that it would, and absolutely should, upset fans. Good TV should upset us sometimes. It should draw a strong emotional response. He also promises that this isn’t the end of the story. It’s a bump in the road on an epic romantic journey between Stamets and Culber. He also reminds us that this is Sci-fi. He’ll be back somehow. While it’s possible we would have enjoyed his return more if it came as a surprise, I understand why he felt the need to do this. Killing off gay characters is an upsettingly common trope. LGBT characters and characters of color are typically seen as expendable, and that sucks. It’s important to get out in front of this and assure people that that’s not where the story is going. An event like this might make a few fans wash their hands of the series entirely. (Seriously, the first onscreen gay couple in Star Trek history and you kill off one of them in the first season?) Giving away real, substantial hints about what’s coming could make those fans more willing to wait and see what happens. It’s a better response than the standard information-less “wait and see” we usually get. We still don’t know if Culber and Stamets will be around for season two, Cruz is being intentionally vague about that in the interview. What is clear is that we haven’t seen the last of Dr. Culber.This episode took a while to get going, but it instantly improved once it did. Despite the feeling of a whole lot of nothing happening very fast, returning to the Mirror Universe was fun. It was definitely better than some other Star Trek series’ past attempts to make a “Mirror Mirror” sequel. Even Deep Space Nine, as much as I love it, couldn’t pull off some of their Mirror Universe episodes. The individual characters made this trip worthwhile. It was so much fun watching Captain Tilly try to pretend to be a ruthless, tyrannical killer. And the nickname of Captain Killy is just funny. Burnham struggling to play the cold, uncaring torturer is also an interesting dilemma that I’m looking forward to seeing play out. I’m hoping this episode got all the Mirror Universe set-up out of the way. Then, we can get to the real meat of this story next week.last_img read more

ASA Presents Live from Harvest with Dennis Bogaards on Periscope Next Week

first_imgDennis Bogaards will live stream harvest from his Pella, Iowa farm via the Periscope app and Twitter. Photo courtesy of Dennis Bogaards’ FacebookThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is teaming up with farmer Dennis Bogaards next week for a live view of harvest from his Pella, Iowa farm.Periscope is a mobile app that allows you to live video chat and answer questions with people around the world. Dennis goes live from soybean harvest at Bogaards Farm, Inc. on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. CST. (Date and time are weather permitting—if it rains, we’ll reschedule)! Check back with ASA on Twitter and Facebook next week for  more information.See Dennis give a tour of harvest on his farm and answer your questions about modern agriculture by following ASA on Twitter at @ASA_Soybeans and Dennis on Periscope, via the mobile app or Twitter at @dbogfarm. If you have questions you’d like to send in ahead of time, email ASA Communications Manager Jordan Bright at jbright@soy.org.Dennis’ family farm consists of 450 acres of soybeans and 550 acres of other crops. They also sell ag technology equipment. Dennis has a degree in mechanics and is passionate about telling the story of ag and conveying positive messages about genetically modified srganisms (GMOs). He is a former ASA Director. Dennis uses social media often, both personally and professionally. You can also find him on, the “Flying the Farm” Facebook page or YouTube.Learn more about Periscope here.last_img read more

Girdwood considers Trooper offer

first_imgDownload AudioGirdwood’s board of supervisors has been offered another option for law enforcement in the Anchorage suburb. Residents of the community voted last month to pay extra property taxes for police protection, because state budget cuts are forcing the Alaska State Trooper post in Girdwood to shut down on July 1.The board of supervisors has explored a plan to use officers from nearby Whittier to patrol Girdwood, although no firm agreement is in place yet. Now Troopers have offered to continue to man the Girdwood post for $600,000 a year.Sam Daniel, who chairs the board of supervisor’s public safety committee, says Trooper Captain Jim Cockrell and he discussed the Trooper option earlier this week.“They believe that it would be possible to continue to offer public safety services in Girdwood through the Alaska State Troopers on a three year grant basis, and that would include having a sergeant and two officers still based out of the Girdwood post, and the Troopers would pay to keep the post open. They would still be focused on highway traffic enforcement, but would respond inside Girdwood Valley and provide random patrols.”The Trooper offer includes coverage of Bird, Rainbow, Indian and Portage Valleys. The legislature and the governor would have to agree to the plan.But at a public meeting on Thursday, some Girdwood residents complained about the Trooper proposal, Daniel says.“The meeting last night, there was a very strong concern among the community that we would be paying for what had previously been a statewide service. That we would in essence be subsidizing the state of Alaska and the residents of Southcentral that travel the safety corridor ”Daniel says the Whittier option still on the table has a cost of $610, 000, but his committee would like to see that and the Trooper number reduced. His committee is planning to send out a request for proposals to any entity that has expressed an interest in providing law enforcement for Girdwood.last_img read more

Telangana government releases Rs 10 cr for Chinatamadaka

first_imgThe Telangana government on Wednesday released Rs 10 crore to carry out the development works in Chintamadaka village of Siddipet district. The funds are learned to have released under special development fund after the chief minister’s visit to his native village Chintamadaka of Siddipet district. Siddipet MLA T Harish Rao along with the district collector P Venkatram Reddy and others is monitoring the development works. However, the officials have already interacted the villagers to learn their pending problems which need to be resolved. It may be recalled that the chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao called up Chinatamadaka sarpanch Hansakethan Reddy over phone and inquired about the problems faced by the villagers.last_img

DGP opens NRI women safety cell

first_imgHyderabad: Director General of Police (DGP) M Mahendar Reddy on Wednesday inaugurated the NRI women safety cell (matrimonial issues) at Telangana Women Safety Wing in Lakdikapul. Representatives from 14 Embassies, Ministry of External affairs, Woman Police station SHO’s from Hyderabad, Cyberabad, Rachakonda and Warangal Commissionerates, NGO’s, advocates, officers from the Woman Safety wing participated in the programme. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, DGP said the stakeholders should extend their best effort through expertise, guidance and knowledge to the victims. He opined that the NRI women safety cell will be a platform for women to open about their suffering and provide help with all possible legal guidance for the process. The DGP also said the proposed law amendments will help the victims in fighting a legal battle against harassment from NRI spouse and their relatives. He said sensitisation of women should be at grass root level to encounter the problems from fake NRI marriages. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us The stakeholders should work for the long-term goal of achieving and influencing law makers in providing justice for the victims. The NRI women safety cell will provide legal guidance by the support of NILA, an NGO to the aggrieved women in NRI marriages. Swati Lakra, IGP, Law and Order and in-charge of women safety, said the cell will guide the SHOs during investigation of cases related to harassment of NRI spouse and their relatives. Trainings in investigation and various procedures will be given to the SHOs and also legal guidance to victims for further approaches and contacts, liaison with agencies like embassies, Ministry of External Affairs, National Women Commission, NGOs as and when required. Advertise With Us Hyderabad Regional Passport Officer Vishnu Vardhan Reddy said the Ministry of External Affairs is sensitive to the harassment cases of woman by NRI spouse. The MEA has established an Integrated Nodal Agency with all the stakeholders to help such victims in fighting legal battle. He said prosecution is a challenging task, where the case details should be strong enough to get positive court orders. The embassies in various countries have been allotted budget to support the victims in emergencies. Tripuraneni Venkataratnam, Former chairperson of State Woman Commission, Vyjayanthi, Director of Prosecutions, Telangana State and Sumathi, SP, WPC, CID also participated in the programme. The NRI cell will work with the panel of legal experts, Standard Operating procedure will be followed and in-house training for Investigating Officers, awareness through posters and brochures, centralised monitoring of the cases and liaison with all stakeholders. Later the dignitaries launched posters on precautions to be taken before marrying an NRI, knowledge on citizenship status, caution on matrimonial agency, important parameters for carrying out verifications on the NRI groom’s personal information.last_img read more