Nova Scotia’s HIV/AIDS strategy is making progress since it was announced in 2003. New treatment programs and supports for people living with HIV/AIDS are some of the achievements highlighted in an update released by the Nova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS today, Dec. 1, World AIDS Day. “Work has begun on all 19 recommended actions with significant progress on several of them,” said commission chair Larry Baxter. “Nova Scotia should be pleased with this progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS. However, there is still much to do on both the specific issues around HIV/AIDS and on those health and social factors that affect all our lives.” The strategy was released on Dec. 1, 2003. Progress on the recommendations includes: Events to commemorate World AIDS Day are taking place across the province. In Halifax, A Day Without Art will be held at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the annual AIDS Vigil will take place at 7 p.m. at the Bloomfield Centre. AIDS vigils, fundraisers, concerts and other events are being held at various universities and in the communities of New Glasgow, Truro, Antigonish and Sydney. More information on events is available from the commission at 902-424-5730. AIDS, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, is a disease caused by HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus that attacks the immune system. Between 1985 and 2004, 668 HIV-positive tests were reported in both Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, and between 1979 and 2004, 317 cases of AIDS were reported. The majority of both HIV and AIDS cases are in Nova Scotia. The actual number of cases is difficult to estimate because some people are diagnosed outside of Nova Scotia, are unaware of their infection, and/or choose not be tested. HIV/AIDS is 100 per cent preventable. A summary of the strategy is available online at www.gov.ns.ca/health/reports.htm#HIV/AIDS_Strategy or by contacting the AIDS commission at 902-424-5730. An anonymous testing program was established by the AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton, in partnership with Public Health Services, Cape Breton District Health Authority and Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority. The program will begin operating in late December. A methadone maintenance treatment program was established at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital by the addiction services section of the Cape Breton District Health Authority. Research into best practices in HIV/AIDS prevention and harm reduction in colleges and universities was completed. A report will be distributed in early 2006 to student health services in universities and colleges throughout Nova Scotia for discussion and followup action. The Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project is identifying the spiritual care needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS, and of their families and friends, and the resources available throughout Nova Scotia to respond to these needs. A report will be available in early 2006 outlining a process by which those needs may be responded to with available supports and services.
The province is helping Cumberland County businesses sell more goods and services to the public sector. Buyers from municipal, provincial and federal governments, universities, colleges, school boards and health authorities will be available to meet local business operators. “Businesses in Nova Scotia offer some of the best products and services in the world,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Economic Development. “The province is pleased to help Nova Scotian companies expand their markets.” Business operators can meet with public sector purchasers at a trade show in Springhill on Tuesday, Feb. 27, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre, 6 Main St., Springhill. The show will allow vendors to learn how to increase sales to the public sector. They can meet buyers face-to-face to exchange information on products and services. Eighty per cent of the $1 billion that the public sector spends annually on goods, services, and construction is purchased from Nova Scotia businesses. The trade show is co-hosted by the Office of Economic Development and the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association. “This event connects our local business community with the people responsible for government procurement and tender opportunities,” said Rhonda Kelly, executive director of the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association. “We highly encourage any businesses considering selling goods or services to any level of government to attend.” The province’s Supplier Development Program is encouraging more Nova Scotia companies to sell to government. It helps small business operators learn how to bid on government goods and services and provides outreach services and community workshops on accessing business opportunities with government. For more information on supplier development see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/tenders/supplierdevelopment.
Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive Burnside Drive, from Commodore Drive to the ramp at Highway 111 and the eastbound ramp from Highway 111 to Burnside Drive for about one kilometre, will have lane closures at various locations and times for widening, gravelling, signal installation, paving and repaving until Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008. Traffic control consist of cones, barriers, signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Some weekend work may be involved. -30- PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge on Route 348 near Pictou Landing is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-0054 HANTS COUNTY: Bishopville Road The Bishopville Road will be closed at Highway 101 for construction of the new Highway 101 structure over Bishopville Road until Friday, Dec. 14. Detour route via Rand Street, Bog Road and Old Post Road. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, West River No. 2 Bridge Highway 104 is reduced to one lane at West River No. 2 bridge for repairs until Friday, Dec. 14. Traffic control consists of control persons and traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Northwest Arm Drive Northwest Arm Drive at Walter Havill Drive and the Albert Walker Connector intersection will be reduced to one lane for signal upgrades until Friday, Feb. 29, 2008. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-798-6888 Fax: 902-798-2927 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 at the Bishopville Road overpass will be rerouted onto the new Bishopville overpass for bridge construction until Monday, Dec. 31. The speed limit will be reduced to 80 kilometres per hour. Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Lockhart Mountain Road to Lovett Road will have one-lane closures for widening, traffic lights, sidewalk and repaving until Monday, Dec. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-798-6888 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 PICTOU COUNTY: Black Brook Bridge Black Brook Bridge on Route 347 (East River, St. Mary’s) will be closed for replacement until Saturday, Dec. 15. A temporary detour is available parallel to the existing structure. Motorists are advised to use caution when travelling through the construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice.
A discussion paper on condo development and operation is available for public feedback. A committee of provincial staff and representatives of interested groups is reviewing the Condominium Act and has released a discussion paper on the legislation. “Consumer protection continues to be a priority for the province,” said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “The condo market has grown considerably in the past 10 years and it was time for a review of the act.” The discussion paper and response booklet are available online at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/condoact or by phoning 902-424-5200 in Halifax Regional Municipality or toll-free at 1-800-670-4357. Deadline for feedback submissions is Feb. 13. The Condominium Act feedback is a separate initiative from Homeowner Protection Review, which dealt with, among other things, new home construction.
Get up close and personal with a sea scallop this summer as the aquaculture touch tank visits various festivals and events across the province. For the third consecutive summer, people around the province will get a hands-on opportunity to discover more about aquaculture, including the impact it has on our economy and food plate. The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia are exhibiting a touch tank and display at several community events throughout Nova Scotia. The touch tank has been a very popular exhibit at past events, and attracts nearly 10,000 visitors each year. This summer, three students have been hired to run the aquaculture outreach program and tour the province with the touch tank. “Our aquaculture outreach program teaches people of all ages about a growing part of our seafood industry,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Aquaculture is a large source of our food supply, and the touch tank provides an interactive opportunity to learn about this important industry.” The touch tank is an interactive, educational display that allows people to see local sea species, including those farmed in the province or affecting aquaculture. The tank includes such species as sea scallops, mussels, oysters, clams, halibut, rock crab, green crab and starfish. The aquaculture display will visit the following events: July 17-19 – Tall Ships, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth July 24-25 – Yarmouth SeaFest, Yarmouth Aug. 1-2 – Cheticamp Oceans Day, Cheticamp Aug. 8-9 – Digby Scallop Days, Digby Aug. 16 – Clam Harbour Sand Castle Competition, Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park, Halifax Regional Municipality Aug. 23 – Incredible Picnic, Citadel Hill, Halifax
When finalized, the dates and times of all meetings will be posted each Thursday on the Finance website and advertised in local media. To obtain a copy of the Back To Balance discussion guide or to sign up for a meeting in your community, visit www.gov.ns.ca/finance . Sheet Harbour, Feb. 17 (1-3 p.m.) Lion’s Club,183 Pool St. Lower Sackville, Feb. 17 (7-9 p.m.) Royal Canadian Legion, 45 Sackville Cross St. Liverpool, Feb 19 (Noon-2 p.m.) Fire Hall, 520 Main St. Yarmouth, Feb 19 (6-8 p.m.) NSCC Burridge Campus, 372 Pleasant St. Digby, Feb 20 (1-3 p.m.) Fire Hall, 163 First Ave. Finance Minister Graham Steele released the dates and locations for the next two weeks of public meetings today, Feb. 4. Meetings will be held in:
Child Care Awareness Days are held the month of June, which gives me the perfect opportunity to share with Nova Scotians some of the work government has undertaken to improve child care in our province. Not long ago, my colleagues and I signed off on updated regulations for the province’s licensed child care centres and family home day cares. Introduced in April, the amended regulations were designed to help child care providers offer children the best possible care in safe and secure environments. Child care centres are far more than babysitting facilities. They are staffed by professionals who help establish the building blocks for lifelong learning, and we know that the early years of a child’s life are vitally important in shaping their futures. Government works very hard to support the child care sector. The last thing we want to do is create difficulty or red tape for those who take on the important responsibility of guiding our children through their early years. With that in mind, we gathered input on how best to update the regulations to ensure children’s safety while minimizing obstacles for providers. We met with more than 100 representatives of the child care sector, including child care centre and family home day care operators, early childhood educators, and other child care staff. That input was invaluable. Based on what we heard, we developed regulations that we believe are clear, fair and will work best for our province. It’s natural that there will still be those who have questions about how changes will affect them. As always, our staff are available to answer those questions and help providers to make the transition as smooth as possible. Ultimately, we all have the same goal: to help give Nova Scotian children the best possible start in life. Government is committed to making life better for Nova Scotians and improving child care is an important part of this. We have already taken steps to show that commitment. We’ve added 250 subsidies to help make child care more affordable, created hundreds of licensed child care spaces, and awarded dozens of loans and grants to help centres expand, enhance their programs and provide staff with professional growth opportunities and improved salaries. We’ll continue working with our partners in the sector to strengthen the quality and accessibility of child care in Nova Scotia. I encourage people to visit www.gov.ns.ca to learn more about how government is making life better for families. -30-
The first partnership to come out of the province’s new housing strategy will help revitalize Truro and encourage more young families to put down roots in the community. The province is working with the Town of Truro on the first Neighbourhood Improvement Program to revitalize the Alice Street area in the east end, Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, June 17. “Every Nova Scotian deserves to have a safe and affordable place to live, in a community where they can build a good life,” said Premier Dexter. “We know that a community is not just a collection of streets and buildings, it’s a place that Nova Scotians call home. That’s why this housing strategy is so much more than just building houses and housing units. “This is about building communities and creating homes for families to raise their children, for young people to get started on the rest of their life, and for seniors to feel safe and secure in their golden years.” Truro residents identified the Alice Street Neighbourhood Improvement Program as a priority during the housing strategy consultation last November. “We have already seen the benefits to families when people with different income levels are indistinguishable from one another,” said MLA Lenore Zann, speaking on behalf of Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse. “In fact, Truro’s King Street, with its new apartment complex, art gallery and other improvements, is a wonderful success story. It provides a great foundation that can be expanded further east to an area that has seen little development over the years. “Both the new revitalization program and the Alice Street residential development will help attract more young families and help our east-end community create a more beautiful, family-friendly and safer environment for all to enjoy.” The heart of the revitalization project is developing the former Alice Street School site. The province will also redevelop another property it owns on Alice Street, and will offer new and existing programs to residents to improve curb appeal. Gloria Upham is a retired teacher who lives in the neighbourhood and used to walk along Alice Street to her job at the elementary school. “I’d love to see the area revitalized,” Ms. Upham said. “I really believe that this effort will inspire all of us to take pride in our homes and enhance the neighbourhood.” The town council unanimously approved the development June 11. Along with a new playground, the new residence will bring 28 apartments to the area. “Alice Street School was the centre of the community where kids went to school, neighbours met neighbours and events were staged over many years in Truro’s east end,” said Truro Mayor Bill Mills. “It was the meeting place where many successes were realized and students were recognized for their accomplishments and everybody knew each other and cared for each other. Now we have come full circle in this new development, caring for the needs of our families.” “I feel strongly about offering new housing options in this neighbourhood,” said developer Ron Meech of Meech Holdings. “These efforts, along with the municipal and provincial efforts, will bring about the changes the community has asked for.” Under the Neighbourhood Improvement Program, residents can get funding to support revitalization efforts such as landscaping, exterior painting and some exterior repairs. For more information on the province’s housing strategy, go to http://www.gov.ns.ca/coms/hs/Housing_Strategy.pdf .
Government is following through on its commitment to restore balance and responsibility to first contract arbitration. Amendments to the Trade Union Act introduced today, Dec. 6, will ensure the Labour Board can only impose a first agreement if it determines one of the bargaining parties is not making a best effort to reach a first collective agreement. “The current legislation involves the Labour Board too quickly. We said we would fix this problem, and that’s what we’re doing,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “These amendments remove automatic access to first contract arbitration, and will give employers more time to try to negotiate affordable agreements with their employees.” These amendments will bring Nova Scotia’s legislation more in line with the model used by the federal government and several other provinces, which covers 85 per cent of Canadians. The legislation will also remove the time limits on conciliation. The conciliator must now determine the parties are at an impasse before the matter can go to the Labour Board. The Labour Board will only get involved to settle a first contract if it determines one of the parties is hampering the bargaining process. “Today’s amendments send a positive signal to the business community,” said Luc Erjavec, vice-president Atlantic, Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association. “The new government listened and acted quickly to bring Nova Scotia’s first contract process more in line with other Canadian jurisdictions.” To move to first contract arbitration, one of the bargaining parties will have to demonstrate: If the Labour Board finds the parties are making their best effort to bargain, it may direct the parties back to conciliation. If the Labour Board determines the parties qualify for first contract arbitration, it can appoint an outside arbitrator, or the parties can choose to appear before the Labour Board, and cover their own costs. “Now, in the rare instances when employers and employees struggle to negotiate a first agreement, a more balanced process will be there to help,” said Ms. Regan. the other party refused to recognize the union’s bargaining authority or the other party has adopted an unreasonable position or the other party failed to make reasonable or timely efforts to reach a contract or another bargaining element the Labour Board deems relevant.
New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah Thursday hailed the BJP’s superb showing in the Lok Sabha polls as “victory of India” and said it is people’s mandate against the Opposition’s propaganda and personal attacks as well as their total rejection of politics of dynasty, appeasement and casteism.In a series of tweets, Shah said this victory is a “win of people’s confidence in Prime Minister Narendra Modi”. “Today’s result is India’s mandate against Opposition’s propaganda, lies, personal insinuations and baseless politics. It is also people’s mandate who have chosen development and nationalism and rejected casteism, dynasty and appeasement,” Shah said. Asserting that this win is a victory for the whole of India, he said, “It is the victory of the hopes of youth, the poor and farmers. This grand victory is a triumph of people’s confidence in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development work and strong leadership.” See inside
New Delhi: Over 2,700 teaching and non-teaching staff of 12 Delhi University colleges may not get salaries from this month if the AAP government continues to withhold release of funds over non-formation of governing bodies. These 12 colleges, fully funded by the Delhi government, are facing a severe financial crunch and finding it difficult to pay salaries and develop infrastructure. The issue of formation of governing bodies has resulted in an impasse between Delhi University and the city government, with both accusing each other of delaying the process. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC A Delhi government official said, “There is no delay from our side. As soon as we get response on the clarification we sought from colleges, we will proceed.” Anurag Mishra, a professor at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, said, “The salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff have been delayed. We have exhausted funds.” “This year, due to the EWS category being introduced, there will be an increase in the intake of students but there is no money for infrastructure development. Classrooms and labs have been built to accommodate a particular number of students. But if the college wants to expand the existing infrastructure, they do not have the funds,” he added. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations According to an official from Acharya Narendra Dev College, who requested anonymity, “The college has been forced to divert funds from college society fund to salary account. This can only go on for a month or so. The college has not even released the arrears of seventh pay commission to our teachers. The college principal has sent two letters to the Delhi government urging it to release funds but to no avail.” He said the college is staring at a chaotic situation from next month when they will have no money to pay the salaries of teachers and the new academic session will be commencing. Manoj Sinha, the principal of Aryabhatta College and secretary of a principals’ association of the university, said the colleges were suffering due to the impasse. “The stopping of grants by any agency — Delhi government or UGC — is detrimental to the overall health of an institution. This is not an acceptable form of tussle between two powerful bodies…” According to a university official, if a college is fully funded by an institution, it means that its gets 95 to 97 per cent of the funds from it and two to three per cent from student fees. Colleges get Rs 35 to 50 crore in funding depending on the size and staff strength of the college and Rs 2 crore to Rs 4 crore from student fees annually. Every college is paying Rs two to four crore monthly to its teaching and non-teaching staff so if there is fund crunch, they can only pay a month’s salary from the student fees. If the college does not get a major chunk of funds, it does not have anything to fall upon. The colleges usually start off by cutting off various allowances, then activities and then delaying salaries in the event of a fund crunch. An official from Aditi Mahavidyalaya said, “From the last two months, we have been paying the salaries of teachers from the student fund but this is a temporary solution. We do not have money left to pay the salary of teachers from next month. The college wrote two letters to the Higher Education Department of the Delhi government in April and May but there has been no response.” Sources claimed that there is a similar situation in Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar College where teachers might not get the salary of June. The administration of Bhagini Nivedita College has released salaries but medical reimbursement has not been issued for May. Similarly, the authorities at Keshav Mahavidyalaya have disbursed salaries but medical reimbursement has not been given. There were speculations that the Delhi government wants to bring these 12 colleges of Delhi University under Ambedkar University, which is run by it. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had written a letter on April 16 to the Secretary, Higher Education stating that no funds should be given to 28 colleges (fully or partially funded by them) till they form their governing bodies. Following Sisodia’s letter to the Delhi University vice-chancellor on April 23, the university wrote to the Directorate of Higher Education asking it to finalise the names to be nominated for the governing bodies of the colleges. Responding to the letter, Sisodia said the university should have sent at least 400 names to the panel, instead of just 188. He also asked whether the names were cleared by the varsity’s executive council and advised that the term of the existing governing bodies be extended. On Thursday, a DU official said that the Delhi government has to first short-list the names and send them back to the varsity which will then be vetted by the university’s EC. The 12 colleges fully-funded by the Delhi government are Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education & Sports Science, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Shaheed Raj Guru College , Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Acharya Narendra Dev College, Bhagini Nivedita College, Keshav Maha Vidyalaya, Maharaja Agrasen College, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Mahirishi Balmiki College of Education and Bhaskara Charya College of Applied Science. Sixteen colleges, that are partially-funded by the Delhi government, are Shivaji College, Motilal Nehru College, Laxmi Bai College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Maiteryi College, SPM College for Women, Satyawati College, Vivekanand College, Rajdhani College , Kamla Nehru College, Gargi College, Swami Shardhanand College, Kalindi College, Bharti College, Sri Aurbindo College and Delhi College of Arts and Commerce.
New Delhi: The telecom tower industry has urged the Finance Ministry to allow accelerated depreciation rate of 65 per cent on batteries, 20 per cent funding through External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) for the working capital and inclusion of telecom towers in the priority sector for lending by banks. The industry uses lithium ion batteries, which have an average life of 3-5 years. A higher depreciation rate for these batteries can help higher adoption of these batteries, which can decrease dependence on diesel for power back-up. Diesel adds to the higher cost of production for the tower companies. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Accelerated depreciation is a method whereby an asset loses book value at a faster rate than the traditional straight-line method. Generally, this method allows greater deductions in the earlier years of an asset and is used to minimise taxable income. Apart from these key demands, the Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA) in its submission to the Finance Ministry, said it wants inclusion of the telecom infrastructure service providers in Section 72A in the cases of mergers and amalgamations. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails As tower industry is an inseparable part of telecom services, the specific inclusion will bring parity for the tower companies with telecom operators and other key industrial sectors. The benefit of Sec 72A was introduced to telecom operators in FY 2002-03 with a view to encouraging rapid consolidation and growth in the sector. Before that, each telecom operator used to set up its own towers to cater to its own need for passive infrastructure (telecom towers, shelters, power back up) services. Accordingly, the concept of TISPs was not envisaged in FY 2002-03, when the benefit of Section 72A was extended to the telecom sector. Section 72A of the Act allows accumulated losses of amalgamating company to be carried forward and set off in the hands of the amalgamated company. Currently, the carry-forward of losses is limited to industrial undertakings or ships, hotels, aircraft or banks. The term “industrial undertaking” has been defined to include the companies which are engaged in the business of providing telecommunication services, whether basic or cellular, including radio paging, domestic satellite service, broadband network and internet services, said T.R. Dua, Director General, TAIPA. There have been consolidations in the tower industry in recent times. India’s telecom tower industry is expected to see further consolidation after the Bharti Infratel-Indus Towers merger. The combined entity of Bharti Infratel Ltd — the tower arm of Bharti Airtel, and Indus Towers, post their merger, will own more than 1,63,000 towers and will create the world’s largest tower company outside China. In the tower industry, if ATC seals the deal with Idea, then the former would operate over 78,000 tower sites in India. State-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) owns 66,000 towers. TAIPA also seeks to amend the definition of “plant and machinery”. “Plant and machinery means apparatus, equipment, machinery fixed to earth by foundation including telecommunication tower and shelters, that are used for making outward supply and include the term ‘telecommunication tower’ for the purpose of Input Tax Credit,” it said. According to TAIPA, the tower industry is expecting to install around 25,000 towers in the coming FY with around Rs 1.25 lakh taxes paid on each. The current situation could result in increase in cost of providing the telecom service. The Association rues that under the Central Goods and Services Act, 2017 (CGST Act), telecommunication towers have been specifically excluded from the definition of “plant and machinery” provided in the explanation to Section 17. “Digital India, smart cities, providing e-governance services to the common man and other flagship programmes of the government depend entirely on the availability of critical telecom infrastructure and any tax/ levy on such nation building installations will ultimately increase the cost of the services to the end-consumer. “Towers are the backbone of the telecommunication industry and any denial of this credit would substantially increase the cost of services to the common man,” said TAIPA.
Kolkata: One person was shot dead and three others were seriously injured in Bhatpara area of West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district as clashes broke out between two groups on Thursday, a police officer said. The deceased has been identified as Rambabu Shaw, while the details of those injured in the incident were yet to be ascertained, he said. According to reports, bombs were hurled and several rounds of bullets fired in the air by the members of the two warring groups near a newly constructed police station, which was scheduled for inauguration on Thursday. A team of police officers along with Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel has been deployed in the area, with shops, market places and business establishments seen downing shutters following the unrest. Bhatpara has witnessed a series of clashes since May 19, when bypoll was held in the Assembly constituency.
Muzaffarnagar (UP): A total of 486 cartons of liquor that had been seized during raids conducted in 2017 and 2018 have gone missing from a police station here, an official said Thursday. The incident came to light on Wednesday that the seized cartons of liquor were missing from the ‘malkhana’ (strong room) of the Titavi police station, Station House Officer (SHO) S Kumar said. A case of negligence has been registered against Jagbir Singh, in-charge of the malkhana, and the matter is being investigated, he said. Last year, a 9mm pistol seized from a criminal had also allegedly gone missing from the strong room of the Titavi police station.
London: “Peaking nicely” and history firmly behind them, five-time champions Australia are the team to beat in the World Cup, says New Zealand pacer Trent Boult. In a repeat of 2015 final between the trans-Tasman rivals, pace spearhead Boult’s historic hat-trick went in vain as Mitchell Starc’s (5/26) brilliant five-for guided the defending champions to a convincing 86-run win at the Lord’s here on Saturday. With his swinging full-pitched deliveries, Boult sent back the well-settled Usman Khawaja (88 off 129 balls), Starc and Jason Behrendorff, while giving away just two runs in the last over to become the first Kiwi to grab a hat-trick in the World Cup. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together But his efforts proved futile as New Zealand were shot out for 157. By virtue of the win, Australia, who are already through to the semifinals, have consolidated their position at the top with 14 points from eight games. “Australia turn up for World Cups. They have a good record in them and they’re peaking nicely. They produced the complete performance and they were too good for us,” said Boult, who returned with figures of 4 for 51. “There are some quality sides here but it’s all about timing in my opinion and Australia are performing well, there’s only a couple of weeks left and they’re the ones to beat.” Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open Boult was effusive in his praise for pace counterpart Starc, the tournament’s best bowler so far. Boult was joint leading wicket-taker in the 2015 tournament with 22 wickets, alongside Starc. But this time Starc overshadowed him and is leading the wicket-takers list with 24 scalps ahead of second-placed Lockie Ferguson of New Zealand, with 17. “He’s (Starc) six foot seven, bowls 157kph and swings it both ways! He’s a classy bowler. He was used very nicely with short spells to be aggressive. He’s had a stellar campaign so far,” the Kiwi left-arm pacer said. Boult, however, said it was special to grab a hat-trick at the ‘Home of Cricket’, his second in ODI cricket. “It would have been nice if it was in the first over but any bowler dreams of getting three wickets in a row. To do it at the ‘Home of Cricket’ in front of a good crowd against Australia was pretty cool,” he said. “It’s a pretty simple game plan. I wanted to disturb the woodwork and it was nice to see the stumps light up. It was a bit of entertainment for the crowd.” He said New Zealand let Australia off the hook on Saturday. “To have them 90 for five and let them get over 200 was frustrating. If we had kept them under 200, then it’s a whole different ball game,” he said. New Zealand have now suffered two successive defeats, against Pakistan and Australia, and face England in their final group match on Wednesday, a match that could yet decide who makes the final four. “We need to win the last one. It will be a big one for England and they will be hungry it’s certainly not panic stations. The bowling plans work well against any side so there won’t be much reinvention,” Boult signed off.
BALURGHAT: Police have seized around 6,000 bottles of cough syrup meant to be smuggled to Bangladesh from a house in Gangarampur on Sunday late night. Police have also detained five persons in this connection.According to a police source, cops received information that a huge quantity of cough syrup was stored in a house of one Milan Roy of Gangarampur Shanti Colony. Police raided the house and seized around 6000 bottles of banned cough syrup which were stored in 60 boxes having market price amounting to Rs 12,00,000. Police have also nabbed five persons. Police said all of them hail from other states. They will be produced in court on Wednesday. The owner of the house Milan managed to flee from the spot. A lookout notice is issued against him.”Five persons have detained. Police have already started interrogating them. Investigation revealed that the cough syrups were stored to ferry in neighbouring Bangladesh. Soon, the owner of the residence will be detained,” said a police officer.
New Delhi: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray Monday met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and demanded that the Assembly polls in the state, due later this year, be conducted through paper ballots instead of Electronic Voting Machines. In his visit to the national capital, the first in more than a decade, Thackeray said he has submitted a letter to the Election Commission, demanding it to switch back to the traditional paper ballot. He termed the meeting “mere formality”. “There are doubts in the minds of voters that the votes they cast do not go to their chosen candidates. In such a scenario, the Election Commission should switch back to paper ballots and conduct the Maharashtra state polls through it. We strongly feel that the EVMs can be tampered with,” Thackeray told reporters after the meeting. Thackeray also cited media reports which stated that there was a difference in the tally between the votes cast and votes counted in nearly 220 Lok Sabha constituencies. “This gave rise to suspicion in our minds. The doubts over credibility of the EVMs further increased when the Election Commission removed this data from the its website,” he said in the letter. He also sought to know how secure are the Public Sector Undertakings — Bharat Electronic Ltd and Electronic Corporation of India — which manufacture the EVMs. The MNS did not contest the Lok Sabha polls but Thackeray had run an aggressive campaign against the Narendra Modi government. The party contested the 2009 and 2014 Assembly polls in which its tally came down drastically from 13 to one.
Bengaluru: The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will stage protests across Karnataka on Tuesday demanding Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy’s resignation as his coalition government lost majority following the resignation of 14 Congress-JD-S legislators and two Ministers, a party official said. “Our leaders and cadres will hold demonstrations in all the district headquarters across the state between 11 a.m. and noon for Kumaraswamy’s resignation, as he has no moral right to continue after the MLAs of the ruling allies resigned and his government has been reduced to minority in the Assembly,” Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman G. Madhusudana told IANS here. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu Of the 14 lawmakers who resigned, 11 belong to the Congress and three Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S). While 10 Congress MLAs resigned on July 6, one (Anand Singh) resigned on July 1. Small-Scale Industries Minister and Independent H. Nagesh and Municipalities Administration Minister and KPJP legislator R. Shankar resigned from the cabinet and withdrew support to the 13-month coalition government on Monday. “If the Speaker (K.R. Ramesh Kumar) accepts the resignations of all the rebels on Tuesday, Kumaraswamy will have no option but face the floor test for a trial of strength to prove if his government has majority,” Madhusudan said. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor writes to PM Modi: Don’t let your ‘mann ki baat’ become ‘maun ki baat’ In the 225-member Assembly, the Congress has 79 legislators excluding the Speaker, JD-S 39, BJP 105, while one each from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Karnataka Pragnyavantha Janatha Party (KPJP) and Independent. As the nominated member from the Anglo-Christian community does not have voting rights, the half-way mark (113) is required for simple majority. With the Independent and KPJP member withdrawing support, the government’s strength is reduced to 116, as BSP member N. Mahesh is an ally of the JD-S, three more than the halfway mark. In the event of the Speaker accepting the resignations of all the 14 Congress-JD-S rebels, the government’s strength will reduce to 101 from 115 (78+37) and that of Assembly to 211, with 106 as the halfway mark for simple majority. The 11 Congress legislators who resigned are Ramalinga Reddy, S.T. Somashekar, Bayrati Basavaraj, Munirathna, Pratapgauda Patil, B.C. Patil, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Shivram Hebbar, Mahesh Kumatahalli, S.N. Subba Reddy and Anand Singh. The three JD-S MLAs are A.H. Vishwanath, N. Narayana Gowda and Gopalaiah (Mahalakshmim). The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah has urged the rebels to attend the CLP meeting he has conveyed during the day ahead of the 10-day monsoon session of the state legislature from Friday.
Lagos: The death toll from a fuel pipeline blast in Nigeria’s commercial hub Lagos has risen to 12, a senior official said, after ten victims died of their injuries from last week’s explosion. A huge fireball was sparked by vandals who broke open a state-run pipeline in order to steal petrol in the Ijegun area of the city on Thursday, in the latest in a string of similar tragedies. Two people were killed immediately in the inferno, which consumed more than 30 vehicles as it tore through the area, with a further 20 admitted to hospital, many with severe burns. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping Ten of those injured have since died “due to the high degree of burns suffered by these victims, which is almost 100 percent”, said Titilayo Goncalves, the permanent secretary in the state health ministry, on Monday. “We are doing everything possible to ensure that no other life is lost,” she added. She said the remaining victims in hospital intensive care were responding to treatment. Emergency officials said security agents intercepted thieves as they were transferring the petrol to their trucks on Thursday. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang The vandals then allegedly spilled the fuel into drainages and set it on fire in a bid to escape arrest. Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer and exporter, runs a network of pipelines that transport crude and petrol across the vast nation. Hundreds of lives have been lost in recent years from fuel theft that culminates in a fire or explosion. On July 1, at least 45 people were killed and more than 100 injured in Ahumbe, in the central state of Benue, when a petrol tanker crashed and then exploded as a crowd gathered to scoop up leaking fuel.
Tura: Incessant rain across Meghalaya for the last seven days and rising waters of two rivers flooded the plains of West Garo Hills district, affecting at least 1.14 lakh people, officials said on Monday. A total of 57,700 people, residents of 50 villages in Demdema block and over 66,400, residents of 104 villages in Selsella block have been affected due to the floods, they said. Rising waters of the Brahmaputra and the Jinjiram rivers, both flowing from Assam, submerged the low-lying areas of the district, an official said. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Meanwhile, the low-lying areas of the state’s capital city Shillong were also flooded. “A flood-like situation was created in the low-lying areas of the city,” the Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills district, M W Nongbri,” said. The Meghalaya government on Sunday announced seven days of Gratuitous Relief (GR) for the flood-affected people of West Garo Hills district, an official said. Efforts are on to evacuate the flood victims and take them to safer locations, the official said. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty Chief Minister Conrad Sangma could conduct an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas on Sunday due to inclement weather, the MLA of Phulbari, S G Esmatur Mominin, said. “We are continuously monitoring the situation and will keep the people informed if the situation worsens,” said the MLA. “We have seen the effect of the flood on the people and have come to help them at this time,” the MLA of Selsella, F C A Sangma, said. She had cancelled a programme in Kolkata and reached her constituency on Sunday morning to take stock of the situation. Arrangements were being made to provide drinking water and other relief materials, the official said.