Two Agencies Designated as Full Status Departments

first_imgAmendments to the Public Services Act have been introduced that would designate full departmental status to two offices of government. Under the amendments, the office of Economic Development would become the Department of Economic Development and the office of Fisheries and Aquaculture would become the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Both of these portfolios play important roles in the economy and development of our province,” said Finance Minister Michael Baker, who introduced the amendments today, Nov. 23, at the Nova Scotia legislature. “They are significant branches of government that warrant full status as departments.” The changes will take place immediately after the amended legislation is passed. -30-last_img

National Aboriginal Day

first_imgNova Scotians will have the opportunity to learn more about the province’s aboriginal culture on National Aboriginal Day today, June 21. To celebrate the day, First Nations communities in Nova Scotia are holding a variety of events throughout the province including storytelling sessions, powwows and presentations on Mi’kmaq history. The Glooscap Heritage Centre has organized several events as part of their celebration. The day’s activities will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include drummers, dancers, storytelling, live performances and the sale of various Aboriginal products. At noon, the Glooscap Heritage Centre will host a special concert featuring Lonecloud, a local band highlighting Mikmaq musicians. Michael Baker, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, is encouraging all Nova Scotians to take part in the activities and recognize this important celebration. “The Mi’kmaq are the original inhabitants of Nova Scotia and contribute greatly to it. We share a common interest in growing Nova Scotia’s economy, celebrating our culture and heritage and conserving our resources,” said Mr. Baker. “I hope that all Nova Scotians will take the opportunity to attend some of the many events planned for National Aboriginal Day.” National Aboriginal Day was first proclaimed in 1996 by former governor general Romeo LeBlanc. It is held on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. Traditionally, summer solstice is the day on which many aboriginal communities celebrate their cultural and spiritual beliefs. For the list of National Aboriginal Day events in Nova Scotia, see the Office Aboriginal Affairs website at www.gov.ns.ca/abor/ or the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada website at www.inac.gc.ca . FOR BROADCAST USE Today (June 21st) is National Aboriginal Day. In Nova Scotia, events are planned in Mi’kmaq communities to mark the day. Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Michael Baker urges Nova Scotians to attend some of the events in nearby communities. The Minister says the province is trying to develop a new relationship with the province’s first residents. -30-last_img read more

Government Buildings Being Assessed for Energy Efficiency Opportunities

first_imgOver the next three to six months, government buildings and schools will be assessed to determine the best way to make energy-efficiency improvements. A request for proposals issued by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will ask energy service companies, pre-qualified by the department, to submit proposals to conduct the assessments. The assessments and improvements are part of a $50-million investment to improve energy efficiency in government buildings, schools and hospitals. “The department plays a vital role in meeting targets outlined in the Climate Change Action Plan,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “By making our buildings greener and healthier today, we are ensuring the well-being of generations to come.” As outlined in the Climate Change Action Plan, the province must achieve a 30 per cent reduction in energy consumption in all government-owned buildings built before 2001. Government has until 2020 to meet the goal. Government must also begin a program to achieve Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada’s Building Environmental Standards certification, or equivalent, for Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal’s major owned and operated buildings by 2015. Once energy assessments are complete, government will begin retrofitting buildings and schools to make them more efficient. “This initiative reflects the advice we received from the Round Table on Environment and Sustainable Prosperity to create stimulus in the economy by focusing on the areas of energy efficiency and conservation,” said Environment Minister David Morse. “Incorporating green stimulus in our plan creates and maintains green jobs, and it creates a long-term investment in Nova Scotia’s future.” The project is part of the province’s Building for Growth plan, an economic investment strategy to benefit local communities while generating employment and supporting the provincial economy. This phase of the project will cost about $30 million. “Greening government buildings through energy efficiency and conservation will save energy and money and help protect the environment,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Conserve Nova Scotia. The province will conduct the assessments on about 2,200 buildings, including schools, courts, office buildings and correctional facilities. Hospitals will be assessed through a separate request for proposals. Nova Scotia aims to have one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by 2020.last_img read more

Celebrating Agriculture by Reading to Students

first_imgFarmers across the province are celebrating Agricultural Literacy Week in Nova Scotia from May 4-8 by reading books about agriculture to students in grades 2 and 3. “Many of today’s children do not associate the food they eat with where it comes from and the people who produce it,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Agriculture. “Agricultural Literacy Week brings together children and those who have a connection to agriculture or who produce our food. This helps to make farming real to our younger generation.” More than 50 readers will go into school classrooms throughout the province to read an agricultural book and talk to the students about the industry. The signed book, with suggested activities to help the teachers and students explore the science and culture of farming, will stay in the classroom. “Knowing the importance of food choices will help children understand how these decisions affect their health and the health of our communities,” said Judy Grant, agricultural awareness co-ordinator with the Department of Agriculture. “Agricultural Literacy Week may also spark interest in farming as a career choice for children and help build support for a viable agriculture sector in the province.” Mr. Parent will visit the Grade 3 classes at Port Williams Elementary School, Kings Co., on Monday, May 4. “This is an opportunity to talk to the students about local agriculture and the apple sector in particular,” said Mr. Parent. “The apple industry has been a part of province’s agriculture industry since the early settlers and it continues to contribute to our economy.” Agricultural Literacy Day is sponsored by the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and the Nova Scotia Agricultural Awareness Committee.last_img read more

Responsible Gambling Week Offers Events Education

first_imgNova Scotians will have a chance to learn more about responsible gambling through programs and events during Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, Sept. 29 to Oct. 5. “It is a week-long education and awareness campaign on how to gamble responsibly and why it’s important to ensure gambling stays responsible and fun,” said Bob MacKinnon, acting president and CEO of the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation. “Nova Scotia is recognized internationally as a leader in responsible gambling and this week is just one example of our commitment to ensure we have a responsible gambling environment in Nova Scotia.” This year’s campaign focuses on a common human experience — putting your foot in your mouth. Everyone has experienced a moment where they should have stopped, but instead kept talking and said the wrong thing. The campaign uses such moments to illustrate the right time to quit. By making the topic of responsible gambling approachable and positive, the goal is to get people talking about it. Responsible gambling ambassadors will visit six communities to hand out information and give people a chance to win a prize by completing an online quiz. Communities being visited this year are Halifax, Sydney, Truro, Bridgewater, Antigonish and Wolfville. The Responsible Gambling Resource Centres at Casino Nova Scotia in Sydney and Halifax will also host open houses on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. to encourage players to learn about responsible gambling, talk with staff and use its interactive responsible gambling tools. Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation is the Crown corporation that manages the gaming industry in the province and is the host of the 12th annual Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, which offers community events and education programs across Nova Scotia. For more information and responsible gambling tips, visit www.yourbestbet.ca .last_img read more

Local Farms Open to Visitors

first_imgNova Scotians are invited to visit a farm Sunday, Sept. 21, as many across the province open their gates to visitors. As part of Open Farm Day, 51 Nova Scotia operations will allow the public to see demonstrations, go on guided tours, pick local produce, taste wine, and go on wagon rides. Most farms will have local products available to buy. The event, supported by the federal and provincial governments, the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, and affiliated commodity groups, aims to raise awareness about local agriculture and the benefits of buying local food. “This is a great opportunity for Nova Scotians to meet with farmers face-to-face,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “I can’t think of a better way to learn about our agricultural industry than by visiting an operation first-hand.” “Open Farm Day is an ideal opportunity to learn about food production in the Atlantic provinces, to see a working farm and talk with the region’s farmers and food producers,” said federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. In Nova Scotia, there are more than 3,900 farms employing about 4,700 people. In 2013, the industry generated $595.4 million in farm cash receipts. Dairy is the top revenue generator, followed by fur and chicken. Eggs, cattle, blueberries, vegetables, floriculture and nursery, Christmas trees and apples each generated more than $10 million in farm-gate revenues in 2013. “Farmers are working hard in this province, maintaining some local food security while providing export opportunities,” said Dennis Boudreau, president Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. “Open Farm Day is a perfect opportunity to get a first-hand glimpse at their passion and dedication to providing top-quality products and services.” A list of participating Nova Scotia farms, and the hours they will be open, is available at www.meetyourfarmer.ca/openfarmday .last_img read more

On encourage les NéoÉcossais à se faire vacciner tôt contre la grippe

first_img Une bonne hygiène, par exemple le fait de se laver les mains et de se couvrir le nez et la bouche pour tousser ou éternuer, est également importante pour prévenir la propagation de la grippe et de nombreuses autres maladies. Les gens qui présentent des symptômes de la grippe doivent rester à la maison et minimiser leur contact direct avec les autres. Les symptômes de la grippe incluent souvent une fièvre élevée et soudaine, un mal de tête, des douleurs générales, la fatigue et la faiblesse, l’écoulement nasal, la congestion, l’éternuement et le mal de gorge. La grippe peut entraîner une maladie plus grave telle que la pneumonie ou même la mort. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la grippe, consultez le novascotia.ca/dhw/cdpc/flu-fr.as . On encourage les Néo-Écossais à se faire vacciner contre la grippe dès que possible. « Le vaccin est le moyen le plus sécuritaire et le plus efficace de vous protéger et de protéger vos proches contre la grippe, affirme Leo Glavine, ministre de la Santé et du Mieux-être. Nous encourageons tout le monde à se préparer et à se faire vacciner contre la grippe avant les fêtes de Noël. » Le vaccin contre la grippe saisonnière est disponible auprès de la plupart des pharmacies, des médecins de familles, des infirmières en milieu familial, des infirmières praticiennes, de nombreux lieux de travail et des cliniques offertes par certains bureaux de la Santé publique. « L’année dernière, 40 pour 100 des Néo-Écossais ont reçu le vaccin contre la grippe, et nous espérons que ce nombre augmentera cette année, souligne le Dr Frank Atherton, médecin-hygiéniste en chef adjoint de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Notre programme public de vaccination est une partie importante de l’engagement du gouvernement à promouvoir la santé et à prévenir les maladies. » Le gouvernement provincial offre le vaccin quadrivalent recommandé par le Comité consultatif national de l’immunisation. Le vaccin contient deux souches de l’influenza de type A et deux souches de l’influenza de type B. On recommande fortement aux personnes qui font partie des groupes à risque élevé suivants de se faire vacciner : les aînés les enfants de six mois à cinq ans les personnes autochtones les femmes enceintes les personnes atteintes d’une maladie chronique comme les maladies du cœur, l’asthme ou le diabète les personnes qui habitent avec une personne membre d’un groupe à risque élevé ou qui en prennent soinlast_img read more

Adult Learners to Receive High School Diplomas Opening Doors to More Opportunities

first_img Hundreds of adults from Yarmouth to Sydney are receiving their adult high school diplomas this month, helping to connect them to higher education and better job opportunities at home. Close to 500 adults will participate in 19 adult graduation ceremonies over the coming weeks. The ceremonies will be hosted by learning partners of the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning, including the Nova Scotia Community College, adult high schools, Université Sainte-Anne and community-based learning organizations. Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning provides free learning programs to Nova Scotian adults 19 years and over who have been out of high school for more than one year. The programs are offered in English and French in most communities across the province. They include the Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma for Adults, General Educational Development(GED)prep courses, among many others. “Adult education programs give Nova Scotians the opportunity to improve their literacy skills and prepare for the workforce or more education,” said Heather Patterson, principal of the Cape Breton Victoria Adult High School. “To those considering a return to the classroom, it’s never too late to learn, and we are here to help you on your journey.” More than 8,047 Nova Scotians have received high school diplomas through the program since it began in 2001. Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning and its partner organizations offer many tuition-free adult learning programs across the province. For more information call 1-877-go-NSSAL (1-877-466-7725) or visit http://www.goNSSAL.ca . Note: A list of graduation ceremonies, times and locations follows this release.last_img read more

Cong rushes senior leader to Ktaka amid rift with JDS

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid reports of a rift between ruling coalition partners Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka, Congress general secretary in-charge of the state K C Venugopal is rushing to Bengaluru to sort things out.A meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in Karnataka has been convened, which will take stock of the ongoing political developments in the southern state, triggering speculation about the future of its coalition government. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCTop Karnataka Congress leaders will take stock of the situation in the state and seek to unite all partymen to ensure that there is no threat to the coalition government. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was also supposed to attend the meeting, but he cancelled his Bengaluru visit in view of the situation prevailing within the party after its president Rahul Gandhi offered to resign. Voices of dissent are gaining ground within the Congress in Karnataka as two of its MLAs met former chief minister S M Krishna at his Bengaluru residence on Sunday. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe coalition government in the southern state has been fragile since its inception with reports of its collapse surfacing every then and now. Following the drubbing of the Congress-JD(S) combine in the just-concluded Lok Sabha election, where the two parties managed to win only one seat each in Karnataka, a senior Congress leader has claimed that the state government will collapse after June 10. Of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, the BJP bagged 25 and an Independent candidate won one. Two Congress MLAs — Ramesh Jarkiholi and Sudhakar — met BJP leaders at Krishna’s residence, though they later claimed that their visit was not political. Sources said Venugopal was going to Karnataka to placate the disgruntled state leaders, amid reports that the state unit of the party has convened a meeting of the CLP on Wednesday. He is likely to hold discussions with the top leaders of the party in the state in order to sort things out. The BJP, with 105 MLAs, is the single-largest party in the 225-member Karnataka Assembly. The ruling coalition has 117 members — 79 of the Congress, 37 of the JD(S) and one of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).last_img read more

Monsoon may take longer to reach Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: The arrival of the monsoon in the national capital is likely to be delayed by two-three days, though the city is expected to receive normal rainfall, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Thursday.However, Skymet Weather, a private forecaster, said the monsoon may take at least a week longer to reach the city. On Wednesday, the weather office said that the monsoon was likely to get delayed further and hit the Kerala coast only on June 8. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist”Normally, the monsoon reaches Delhi by June 29. Since there’s a delay in its onset in the southern peninsula, the wind system is likely to take two-three days longer to reach northwest India,” IMD’s regional weather forecasting chief Kuldeep Srivastava said. “The good news is the factors that aid the progress of the monsoon, including the southwesterly winds and the Somali jet stream, are gradually becoming active,” he said. Northwest India is likely to witness normal rainfall during the monsoon season, Srivastava said.last_img read more

BJP convoy stopped from taking bodies of deceased workers to Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: A BJP delegation team was obstructed by the police while they were taking the bodies of two BJP workers to Kolkata on Sunday, anticipating a deterioration of the law and order situation.Sources informed that the BJP leaders were arrogant, disobeyed the orders by the police and tried to reach Kolkata. But their attempts were foiled and BJP leaders had to back off after the police refused relent on their stand. On Sunday, the BJP delegation team comprising BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, BJP leader Rahul Sinha, MP Locket Chatterjee, Shantanu Thakur and others, went to Sandeshkhali. There they interacted with the family members of the deceased and missing BJP workers. In the afternoon, BJP leadership decided to take the bodies of their workers to the BJP state office in Kolkata. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaOn the way, police obstructed the convoy and informed BJP leadership that the bodies cannot be taken to Kolkata as it may cause the law and order situation to deteriorate. BJP leaders and workers subsequently got involved in altercation multiple times with senior police officials. While the altercation was going on at Malancha crossing, two hearses carrying the bodies of the deceased BJP workers and the car of Ghosh bypassed the police barricade and went on along the Basanti Highway towards Kolkata. After a few kilometers the convoy was intercepted again, but the results were the same. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersLater, in front of the Minakhan police station, police blocked the Basanti Highway with their prison vans and buses to stop the convoy from going to Kolkata. Senior police officials at the spot clearly instructed the BJP leaders to back off and cremate the bodies at Sandeshkhali. Though BJP leadership was stubborn to go to Kolkata with the bodies, they had to back off as police administration refused move from their stand. The BJP leaders were also assured by the police that no further problem will occur in Sandeshkhali during the cremation of the two bodies. Following that, the BJP leaders and workers went back to Sandeshkhali. Meanwhile, BJP workers across Kolkata put up road blockades, creating nuisance and harassment for commuters on Sunday afternoon. At Hazra Crossing, BJP leaders and workers tried to put up a road blockade but due to prompt action by the police, no major problem occurred. Following the day-long drama, BJP leadership has decided to call for a 12 hour strike at Bashirhat on Monday. Protests will be also be done across the state on the issue of the Sandeshkhali incident. BJP leaders also announced that a rally to Lalbazar will be organised to protest the violence across the state on Wednesday, where 18 MPs from the state will be present.last_img read more

Kareena to star in Laal Singh Chaddha

first_imgMumbai: Bollywood diva Kareena Kapoor Khan will be the leading lady opposite superstar Aamir Khan in Laal Singh Chaddha. The film, inspired by Paramount Pictures’ Tom Hanks-starrer Forrest Gump, marks Aamir and Kareena’s third collaboration after 3 Idiots and Talaash. Secret Superstar helmer Advait Chandan is directing the film, while actor Atul Kulkarni is attached as a writer. Forrest Gump, directed by Robert Zemeckis, is a 1994 American comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiographyThe story depicts several decades in the life of Forrest Gump (Hanks), a slow-witted but kind-hearted man from Alabama who witnesses and unwittingly influences several defining historical events in the 20th century in the United States. Laal Singh Chaddha is produced by Aamir Khan Productions and Viacom18 Studios. Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Studios said to be able to adapt the classic for Indian audiences “is a long-cherished dream for many of us”. “Knowing Aamir’s burning passion for this subject for many years, he is the perfect partner to bring to life this dream. I also want to thank Jim, Andrew and the wonderful team at Paramount Pictures for believing in our vision,” Andhare said in a statement.last_img read more

Had heard about moon in stories Kids after visiting ISRO station before

first_imgJammu: For a brother-sister twin from Jammu, the moon had always been about the stories they had heard from their grandmother: a friendly celestial body so far away that they could only imagine to reach there some day. Not anymore, they say. Swapnil and Swapnila, both Class 10 students, this week visited the ISRO station in Andhra Pradesh and saw the massive rocket that will spark their lunar imagination into reality. There, they heard stories about the the moon again, but they would have surely missed the warmth of their grandma’s storytelling. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”The launch was only in our imagination. We used to hear stories of moon from our grandmother. When we actually saw it (the rocket), we were spell-bound. It was amazing,” Swapnil told PTI. “It’s a dream come true.” Swapnila said they saw the GSLV Mk-III rocket that will launch the mission into space. “It was so huge,” she added. The students are among 110 children who are part of Chandrayaan-2 project. In Sriharikota, scientists explained the mission to them and they said they feel happy about it. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedEleven years after the success of its first lunar mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation is set for the launch of Chandrayaan-2 project at 2.51 AM on Monday. The mission on board the Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle Mk-III will take 54 days to reach the moon’s south pole. Billed as the most complex mission ever undertaken by ISRO, Chandrayaan-2 will make India the fourth country to soft land on the lunar surface after Russia, the US and China. “We saw the track through which the Chandrayaan-2 vehicle will be transported to the launch pad. We saw the launching control centre and the main control centre,” Swapnila said. ISRO has launched a programme for schoolchildren, called the ‘Yuva Vigyani Karyakram’ (YUVIKA), from this year in tune with the government’s ‘Jai Vigyan, Jai Anusandhan’ vision. Swapnil and Swapnila were selected after undergoing a series of test of their academic, sports and extra-curricular record. At the age of 7, both have flown the Microlite Aircraft at Hindon Air Base as co-pilots. The government is inculcating a “scientific zest among the youth” with such programmes for students, Swapnila said. “Best scientists and technocrats will come up now in the country”. Shib Narayan Acharya, a photo officer in the Ministry of Defence, and Sarmistha Acharya are proud parents and said they are happy about their children visiting the ISRO station. “The full family will see the live telecast of Chandrayaan-2 launch,” said their mother. Their father said the children were invited by former president the late APJ Abdul Kalam, who spent a few hours with them.last_img read more

Bengal leading in GDP growth rate while country suffers deep recession Amit

first_imgKolkata: State Finance and Industry minister Amit Mitra on Saturday slammed the Narendra Modi government at the Centre holding it responsible for pushing the Indian economy in a state of deep recession with unemployment rate reaching its pinnacle in the last 45 years. The minister also pointed out a contrast picture of Bengal where the GDP growth (12.58 percent) has been among the highest compared to other states in the country.”India is going through deep recession and the unemployment rate has reached its 45 year high at 6.1 percent in 2018-19. There is hardly any job opportunities in the country especially for the young generation. However, the Centre is mum and is in a state of deep policy paralysis. The GDP growth that has fallen to 5.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018-19 is the lowest growth rate in the last five years (between 2014-15 and 2018-19) which is a clear pointer that the common people are under tremendous stress,” Mitra said during a press conference at Nabanna. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to him, the Centre’s investments in new projects have plunged to 15 years low in the quarter ending June 2019. “New projects announced in June quarter 2019 is 81 percent lower than what was announced in March quarter 2019 and 87 percent lower than the same period a year back,” he added. Mitra reiterated that as per figures released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation for the fiscal 2018-19 Bengal has been able to register a GDP growth of 12.58 — the highest in the country and is among the four states that have managed a GDP growth of over 10 percent. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBengal is followed by Andhra Pradesh which has recorded GDP growth of 11.02, Bihar with 10.53 and Telangana 10.5 percent respectively. Goa is at the bottom of the list with 0.47 percent growth rate, he said. “We are holding the baton and moving forward while the rest of the country is going through serious recession,” Mitra added. “The dismal economic state of the country is reflected through a number of parameters — the industrial output growth had fallen to 2 percent in June 2019 which was 7 percent in June 2018, the industrial production had plunged to 1.2 percent in this June from 6.9 percent last year, the capital goods sector growth is at a negative 6.5 percent in June from 9.7 percent last year (June), the manufacturing growth has fallen to 1.2 percent this June against 6.9 percent in June last year,” the minister added. He also alleged that at a time when the country’s economy is in doldrums the industrialists are being threatened of arrest. A sense of fear has gripped the industrialists with the arrest clause being included in the law. “They are arresting those who cannot spend 2 percent of CSR. The corporate now have started speaking up about the threats. They are becoming NRIs with the fear psychosis forcing them to leave India and shift base,” Mitra asserted.The minister also pointed out that the FDI, which the Central government often boasts of, is having a negative growth of 1.09 percent in 2018-19 compared to 2017-18. “All the major players in the automobile sector are witnessing a reasonable decline in sales which is contributing to job losses. This sector employs 3.5 crore people directly and indirectly and they are in serious trouble,” he added. He even slammed the Centre for being in denial mode about these issues of the masses. “They should consult the states and take the opinion of the political parties to come out with a solution,” Mitra maintained.last_img read more

Beheaded body of woman found in house husband absconding

first_imgKolkata: The beheaded body of a 42-year-old woman was recovered from her house in Narendrapur area of South 24 Parganas district on Saturday. The husband of the victim, Krishna Baidya, has gone missing since the murder.According to police, her husband, Bapi Baidya who is a driver, suspected her of having an extramarital affair and tortured her for money. He has been married thrice. Krishna’s daughter from a previous marriage was the first person to find the body. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “Her daughter revealed that she was supposed to visit her house. When she couldn’t contact her on phone, she rushed to her house. She found her mother’s body in the house and called police,” said a police officer. Her beheaded body was found below the bed. It was taken to a nearby hospital for post mortem. “When and how she was killed will be ascertained after the post mortem report,” said the officer. “The husband is the prime accused,” said another officer. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Locals told police that for the last 20 to 25 days, Bapi had stayed home to get his car repaired. “Local residents told us that he would fight with Krishna in this period, but both looked normal the next day. However, none of the locals noticed him when he left home. It is possible that he made her consume something poisonous and than killed her,” the second officer said.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Lightning claims 12 victims across Bengal

first_imgKolkata: As many as 12 persons were killed after being struck by lightning across the state in the past 24 hours, with the highest number of victims from the district of Purulia.It has been learnt that two out of the seven victims in Purulia were women. Meanwhile, two persons were killed in Jhargram and three were from South 24-Parganas. Lightning struck several districts in South Bengal since Sunday afternoon along with rain. Two women who were working in a field at Barabazar area of Purulia were hit by lightning on Monday. They were later declared brought dead in a nearby hospital. Among five others, two villagers from Parai area in Purulia and one each from Chakoltor and Purulia town were killed. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore has predicted heavy rainfall in the coastal districts and some other South Bengal districts in the next 48 hours, while there is a prediction of scattered rainfall in the city in the next 24 hours. According to a senior weather official, a low pressure trough formed over the North West Bay of Bengal has further accelerated monsoon activities in the state. The coastal districts like South 24-Parganas and East Midnapore will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours, as monsoon has become active due to the formation of two back-to-back low pressure troughs over Bay of Bengal. The districts like Purulia, Bankura, Birbhum, East Burdwan and West Burdwan, Jhargram and West Midnapore may also receive moderate to heavy rainfall in next two days, the weather official added. The Met office has once again issued an alert to the fishermen in the coastal districts urging them not to venture into the sea in next two days.last_img read more

At least 201 killed in JulyAugust China flooding

first_imgBeijing: At least 201 people have been killed and 63 are missing following flooding across China in July and August, according to government rescue services. The most recent deaths came in mountainous western Sichuan province, where eight were killed and 23 missing as of Wednesday morning. Earlier in August, 39 were killed and nine left missing by Typhoon Lekima. The total for July was 154 killed and 31 missing, with more than 1.3 million people forced to seek temporary shelter. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Annual floods rank among China’s most destructive natural disasters, brought on by seasonal rains and worsened by human encroachment into mountain areas and natural river systems. China’s worst flooding in recent years came in 1998, when more than 3,700 died in floods along the Yangtze, Songhua, Pearl and Nen rivers. Landslides have also killed dozens this year, with two killed and seven other people missing after slides hit in western Sichuan, where communications and power were cut off. Earlier this month, 17 railway workers were killed in a landslide in Sichuan province while seeking to repair tracks damaged by an earlier landslide.last_img read more

Gold bond price fixed at 3890 per gram issue opens Monday

first_imgMumbai: Price of the next tranche of the Sovereign Gold Bond issue opening on September 9 has been fixed at Rs 3,890 per gram, the Reserve Bank said on Friday. The Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2019-20 – Series IV will be opened for subscription from September 9 to 13, 2019. Further, the government has decided to offer a discount of Rs 50 per gram for those investors applying online and making payment for the purchase of the bond through digital mode. “For such investors, the issue price of Gold Bond will be Rs 3,840 per gram of gold,” the RBI said. The sovereign gold bond scheme was launched in November 2015 with the objective to reduce the demand for physical gold and shift a part of the domestic savings, used for purchase of the yellow metal, into financial savings.last_img read more

Direct BCCI to ensure Sourav relinquishes his interests

first_imgNew Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Ethics Officer DK Jain has made it clear to the board that former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has tractable conflict and must relinquish his interests and must not continue in more than one position. Jain has given the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president the benefit of doubt, but has also gone on to explain that he must not hold more than one position. “In the instant case, having regard to the afore noted stand of Mr. Ganguly, viz (i) that if it is found by the Ethics Officer that his presence in the CAC (Cricket Advisory Committee) has resulted in a “conflict of interest” situation, as envisaged in Rule 38 of the Rules, his Reply in these Complaints may be treated as his resignation there from immediate effect and (ii) that his involvement with the IPL Franchise has come to an end in May 2019, I declare that in the present case the “Conflict of Interest” is tractable. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Although it is trite law that the ignorance of the law is no excuse and, Mr. Ganguly was obliged to disclose the requisite information as stipulated in Rule 38(2) of the Rules, but bearing in the mind the fact that the Rules have come into existence only after August 2018, I am inclined to give benefit of doubt to Mr. Ganguly that perhaps he may not have realised that his occupying the said three posts did involve “Conflict of Interest”. “Accordingly, I direct the BCCI to ensure that Mr. Sourav Ganguly relinquishes his interests, which give rise to “Conflict of Interest” and does not continue to occupy more than one post as enumerated in Rule 38(4) of the Rules at any given point of time,” he wrote.last_img read more