Two Hizb men killed in Tral encounter

first_imgOne policeman and two Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in a 20-hour-long encounter in south Kashmir’s Tral area, which began at 6 p.m. on Saturday.Three soldiers, including a Major, were injured.After a night-long exchange of fire, the security forces on Sunday used improvised explosive devices to blow up the house, where the militants were hiding, in Nazneenpora village.“We killed two militant commanders in the encounter without any collateral damage. We will continue operations [against militants] but will ensure that no civilian is hurt,” J&K Director General of Police (DGP) S.P. Vaid said.One slain militant was identified as Hizb commander Aqib Molvi, a resident of Tral’s Hayuna. “Another was a foreign militant,” said Mr. Vaid. He was identified as Saifullah alias Usama alias Hamaad.One member of the police’s Special Operations Group (SOG), Manzoor Ahmad Naik, was also killed in the initial assault.As the encounter was on, clashes erupted in parts of Tral. Hospital sources said over one dozen civilians, including four hit by pellets, were injured in the clashes.Three children injuredA mysterious blast left three children injured in north Kashmir’s Sopore on Sunday. Superintendent of Police (SP), Sopore, Harmeet Singh, said the children were injured near a hillock at Pazalpora, Sopore, Baramulla district.Locals said they had stepped on some explosives. “A forensic science laboratory team visited the spot. We will try to identify the composition of the blast material,” said Mr. Singh.The injured children were identified as Saahil Rashid Lone, Aakash Reyaz Bhat and Shakir Hussain Dar. Rashid was shifted to a Srinagar hospital for specialised treatment.ASI dies in accidentA policeman died and four were injured when their patrol vehicle skidded off the road in restive Shopian in south Kahsmir.The deceased was identified as assistant sub-inspector Nazir Ahmad. The vehicle fell into a low-lying area near Imam-Sahib village.last_img read more

Poor patients to benefit from modified ECT: expert

first_imgThe City Hospital in Berhampur is the only government medical institution in Odisha where Modified Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) is being administered to mentally ill patients instead of conventional ECT, which at times is a painful process.The Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on March 27, makes direct administration of ECT without anaesthesia illegal. As per the new Bill, ECT can only be administered to a patient with use of muscle relaxants and anaesthesia, which is called Modified ECT.Bibhu Kalyan Sahu, who was a psychiatrist posted at the City Hospital of Berhampur, claims that during the past four months, 58 mentally ill patients were given Modified ECT in this district hospital of Ganjam district. He said the City Hospital was the only government hospital in Odisha where Modified ECT was being administered.Key treatmentLast week, Dr. Sahu joined as an assistant professor at MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur. He hopes to start Modified ECT in the medical college hospital, while it will be resumed in the City Hospital when a psychiatrist takes up his vacant post. ECT, commonly known as shock treatment, involves passing of small electric currents through a patient’s brain to reverse symptoms of mental illness. It is a key treatment method in management of acute psychiatric illnesses.Only hospitalOver three decades ago, several countries replaced conventional ECT with Modified ECT. Some private medical institutions in Odisha are providing Modified ECT. “But no government hospital in Odisha, except the City Hospital in Berhampur, was using Modified ECT. Now all hospitals will have to shift to Modified ECT once the Mental Healthcare Bill becomes an Act,” he said.last_img read more

NIA questions three Kashmiri separatists

first_imgThree Kashmiri separatists were questioned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) at its Delhi office on Monday in connection with a case related to funding terrorist and subversive activities in Jammu and Kashmir.An NIA official said Farooq Ahmad Dar, alias ‘Bitta Karate’, Nayeem Khan and Javed Ahmed Baba, alias ‘Gazi’, of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat were questioned on Monday and they had been asked to appear again on Tuesday. Dar, Ahmed and Khan were asked to bring certain bank and property documents, besides other papers, before the NIA team that had questioned them in Srinagar few days ago.Sting operationKhan, National Front chief, was seen on television during a sting operation by a televison channel, confessing to have allegedly received money from Pakistan-based terror groups.Inquiry initiatedThe NIA has initiated a preliminary inquiry against separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, for allegedly receiving funds from Hafiz Saeed to carry out subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley, including throwing stones at security forces, damaging public property and burning schools and other government establishments.Khan has since been suspended from the Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference.last_img read more

Why NOTA option, asks Ahmed Patel

first_imgSenior Congress leader and party nominee for the Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat, Ahmed Patel, on Tuesday questioned the move to introduce the NOTA option after the notification of poll in the State.“First Rajya Sabha election was postponed. Second NOTA was permitted post-notification. Reasons best known to the Election Commission,” Mr. Patel tweeted after the Election Commission said NOTA would be introduced as an option in the ballot paper.Mr. Patel, who is facing a tough contest in the wake of a spate of resignations by Congress legislators and open revolt by former Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Shankarsinh Vaghela, also asked why the election was postponed by the EC, which had mysteriously cancelled the notification for election of 10 Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat, Goa and West Bengal.last_img read more

Help soon for border residents

first_imgA study group has been set up by the government to examine the problems faced by people residing near the International Border (IB) and and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of regular ceasefire violations by Pakistan, an official said.The group will meet people living in the border areas of J&K, security forces deployed there, district administration officials and local public representatives, and submit its report within two months.“The competent authority has approved the constitution of a study group for considering various problems being faced by the people residing near the IB and LoC, in the wake of regular threats of cross border firing,” an order issued by the Home Ministry said.Rina Mitra, Special Secretary in the Home Ministry, will head the team. The Principal Secretary (Home) in the J&K government, the Divisional Commissioner of Jammu, and the Divisional Commissioner of Srinagar, are members. The Joint Secretary (J&K) in the Home Ministry is the Member-Secretary of the group.The study group will prepare a detailed report on the issues faced by people living near the IB and LoC, and submit its recommendations on the remedial action needed to address these issues, the order said.India shares a 3,323 km-long border with Pakistan, of which 221 km of the IB and 740 km of the LoC fall in J&K.There has been a sharp increase in ceasefire violations by Pakistan in recent times. Till September 30, there were over 600 violations in which eight civilians and 16 security personnel were killed.last_img read more

Lalu Prasad awaits verdict in another fodder scam case

first_imgA special CBI court is likely to pronounce its verdict in another fodder scam case on Wednesday in which 56 persons are accused, including Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra.The fodder scam case, RC 68(A) / 1996 pertained to the fraudulent of ₹33.67 crore from Chaibasa (now in Jharkhand) district treasury during 1992-93.Out of the total 76 accused in the case, 14 have died during the trial, three became approvers, two pleaded guilty while one is absconding. Of the 56 facing trial, six are politicians, three former IAS officers, six animal husbandry department officials, a treasury official and 40 suppliers to the department.The court of special CBI judge SS Prasad is likely to pronounce its judgment on Wednesday, said CBI counsel BMP Singh.Prasad is currently lodged in the Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi after being convicted for 3.5 years in RC 64(A) / 96 on December 23, 2017. The case pertained to the Deoghar treasury.The quantum of judgment was pronounced on January 6, 2018 in the case by the CBI special judge Shiv Pal Singh. Prasad has appealed to the Ranchi High Court against his conviction in the case.Earlier, Prasad’s first conviction in another case of the fodder scam on September 30, 2013 for five years had barred him from contesting elections for a period of six years. Later, he got bail from a higher court in the case.Prasad is facing trial in a total of six fodder scam cases.last_img read more

Death toll due to Titli goes up in Odisha

first_imgA disturbing picture is emerging in Odisha as reports of deaths and missing persons due to cyclone Titli and floods have started to come in from the remote areas of Gajapati and Ganjam districts.As per unofficial reports, over 37 people have died or are missing in these two districts since the landfall of the cyclone on October 11. Reports of eight more deaths have also been reported from other parts of the State.Most of the deaths are yet to be confirmed by the administration as officials claim that they are busy with restoration and relief work. The highest number of deaths was reported from Gajapati district. Till Sunday evening, at least 25 deaths had been reported from the district. Authorities have confirmed the death of 13 persons in the landslide at Baraghara village under the Gangabada panchayat of Raigada block. The bodies of 13 persons, including five women and five children, were found on Sunday. Tribal leader of the area, Haribandhu Karjee, said the dead could not get a proper funeral because of the delay in the arrival of administrative officials to record these deaths.On Sunday, reports of two more deaths in Gangabada panchayat due to wall collapse came to the fore — the victims were a woman of Badapachhia village and an old man of Khambagaon.Andhra fishermen In Ganjam district, the bodies of two fishermen from Andhra Pradesh were located near the Gopalpur port. Another Andhra fisherman was reported to be missing. Meanwhile, problems of electricity, drinking water and food materials continued in cyclone and flood-hit remote areas of Ganjam and Gajapati districts on Sunday. Power supply has not yet been restored in most interior parts of Gajapati. Drinking water problem continued even in Paralakhemundi, the district headquarter town of Gajapati.last_img read more

Nashik court acquits prime accused in multi-crore fake stamp paper scam

first_imgA special court in Nashik acquitted seven persons including deceased counterfeiter and prime accused, Abdul Ladsab Telgi alias Kareem Lala, in the multi-crore stamp paper scam on Monday.Charges against Telgi, alleged to be the kingpin behind the scam that ranged across several States and cities, abated following his death in Bengaluru in October last year.Citing “lack of concrete proof”, Additional Sessions Judge P.R. Deshmukh acquitted all accused in the case that was first registered in Nashik in 2000. As many as 49 witnesses had been examined in the case.While Mumbai was Telgi’s ‘nerve centre’ for printing fake stamp papers, Nashik, being the location of the India Security Press (ISP), was where the scam originated.As per the case, Telgi had connived with officials of the ISP to create counterfeits of several types of legal documents including stamp papers, revenue stamps, and judicial court fee stamps, among others. The ISP was identified as the source of perforating machines that was used to print the fake stamp papers.He had been named in 47 cases lodged in several cities across the country in connection with the scam.The labyrinthine case has dragged on for more than 15 years. The names of a number of politicos, including Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal and rebel Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Dhule Anil Gote had cropped up in the case, along with those of several high-ranking policemen.In 2003, Gote, who was then with the Samajwadi Janata Party and an MLA, was arrested, becoming the first politico in the stamp paper racket to be arrested. A number of high-ranking police officers from Mumbai too were arrested. The arrest of two of Telgi’s couriers from Bengaluru’s Cottonpet in August 2000 had first led to the unravelling of the scam and its magnitude. A native of Karnataka’s Belagavi district, Telgi, who was under the police radar since the 1990s, was first arrested in 2001 from Ajmer by a team of the Bengaluru police. The Central Bureau of Investigation had taken over the case from the Maharashtra police in 2004 and had filed a charge sheet against 66 persons including Telgi in July 2005. Telgi was finally convicted in 2007 after he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 29 years in prison.last_img read more

Faesal to go solo in politics

first_imgIndian Administrative Service topper Shah Faesal, who quit government service recently, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday in an apparent bid to go solo in politics.‘Public movement’ Asking people to fund “a people’s movement”, Mr. Faesal pledged to work towards “clean politics” and a “corruption-free administration”. “People are the only agency who will help this succeed,” he said. Mr. Faesal, 35, who resigned as Managing Director of the J&K State Power Development Corporation on January 9, said: “I never imagined that my small act of defiance to highlight the political deadlock in J&K would evoke such a response from across the world. I never thought that my dream of clean politics and a corruption-free administration in J&K would take the shape of a public movement.” Though there were rumours that he would join a regional party after his return from Harvard University earlier this month, Mr. Faesal said he has decided to chart his own independent political journey “while respecting the public sentiment”. “In this new phase of public service, my mission is to support the true cause of humanity, stand up for the poor, marginalised and dispossessed, and speak up for injustices wherever in this world, irrespective of caste, colour, region and religion,” he said. The IAS topper of the 2010 batch said he will partner with a new generation of young leaders who can stand up for human rights, environment, free speech and rule of law. “My idea is to seek help from the people of India, build alliances with civil society and intellectual class to humanise the narrative around Kashmir conflict so that lasting peace can be achieved in J&K,” he said.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Broken Pump Turns Petunias Blue

first_imgThe flowers that line most nursery shelves flaunt petals in what seems like all shades of the rainbow: yellows and whites, pinks and purples, reds and greens. But one color is—like a blue moon—more unusual in the flower world. Now, scientists have discovered what causes some petunias to grow blue petals, rather than the typical red or purple that breed is known for. Blue petunias, they found, have genetic mutations that make two pumps inside the plants’ cells malfunction. The pumps normally ensure that large compartments inside flower petal cells remain about as acidic as a cup of coffee. Without the pumps, these compartments become less acidic and the altered chemical composition of the petals changes the way light reflects off the flowers, giving them their blue hue. The discovery, published online today in Cell Reports, could lead to new ways to engineer other plant breeds, like roses or orchids, to have the elusive blue flowers.See more ScienceShots. *Correction, 8 January, 12:30 p.m.: The original photo posted was of a morning glory, not a petunia. The photo has now been replaced. Science regrets the error.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

India, Panama sign agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic passport holders

first_imgIndia and Panama on May 9, 2018 signed an agreement on the exemption of visas for the holders of diplomatic and official passports. The two nations also signed an agreement on strengthening cooperation in the field of agriculture.The agreements were signed in the presence of Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela Rodrigues and Vice President and Foreign Minister Isabel de Saint Malo and Indian Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu during his visit to the nation.Read it at Jagran Josh Related Itemslast_img

Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Donkupar Roy passes away

first_imgMeghalaya Assembly Speaker Donkupar Roy passed away on Sunday at a hospital in Gurgaon following a brief illness, officials said. He was 64 years old.Roy, a former Chief Minister of the State, was first admitted to a state-run hospital in Shillong before being referred to the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon, Haryana, where he was undergoing treatment for the last 10 days, his family members said. His condition deteriorated after suffering multi-organ failure on Sunday afternoon, they said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed anguish over Roy’s demise, saying he “transformed many lives”.“Anguished by the demise of Dr Donkupar Roy, Speaker of the Meghalaya Assembly and former CM of the state. Passionate about Meghalaya’s progress, he served the state with great diligence and helped transform many lives,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted quoting Modi. Meghalaya Chief Minister and National People’s Party (NPP) president Conrad K Sangma too expressed grief over Roy’s passing away.“Deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Speaker of Meghalaya Assembly Dr Donkupar Roy. We have lost a leader, a mentor, who had dedicated his life for the service of the people. May Almighty provide strength to his family in this hour of grief. May his soul RIP,” he tweeted.last_img read more

FIR against BJP leader for ‘Indo-Pak fight’ remark over bypoll in Madhya Pradesh

first_imgAn FIR has been filed against senior BJP leader Gopal Bhargava on orders of the Election Commission for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct with his remarks on the October 21 bypoll in Madhya Pradesh’s Jhabua Assembly seat, officials said on Tuesday.Mr. Bhargava, who is Leader of the Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, on Monday sought to portray the by-election as a “fight between Pakistan and India” and not just a contest between the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP.He asked the electorate in Jhabua to vote for BJP candidate Bhanu Bhuria as he “represents India” and said his rival Congress nominee “represents Pakistan”.Madhya Pradesh’s Chief Electoral Officer V.L. Kantha Rao told PTI on Tuesday that taking cognisance of the remarks, “we directed the district returning officer and collector to file the First Information Report (FIR) in the matter after finding the controversial statement was violation of the model code of conduct.” The collector sent his report and subsequently the FIR was filed late Monday night, he said, adding that the matter was under investigation. Jhabua’s Superintendent of Police Vineet Jain said, based on the report of returning officer Abhay Kharadi, the FIR was lodged against Mr. Bhargava at the district’s Kotwali police station under relevant sections of the IPC and the Representation of the People Act, for violating the Model Code of Conduct.Seeking support for the BJP in tribal-dominated Jhabua, Mr. Bhargava had said on Monday, “I, with faith, can say the country’s respect is at stake right now.”“It is not a fight between two parties. This is an election between India and Pakistan,” he told a gathering. The by-election was necessitated after BJP’s G.S. Damor resigned as the Jhabua MLA after winning the Lok Sabha election from the Ratlam-Jhabua seat earlier this year.last_img read more

Joining hands with Sena will be fatal for Congress: Nirupam

first_imgFormer Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam on Thursday said it would be a mistake if his party joins the Shiv Sena-led government being planned in Maharashtra. The former MP said the move would mean the beginning of the Congress’s burial in Maharashtra.The former MP appealed to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi against coming under pressure in this regard. To prove his point, Mr. Nirupam said the Congress had committed the mistake of joining hands with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh a few years ago, and ended up losing ground in such a manner that it has still not recovered.The leaders of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) held a series of meetings in Delhi to finalise the decision to team up with the Sena to form a government in Maharashtra. While the meeting with the Sena is planned on Friday, sources indicate that leaders of both parties have agreed to finalise government formation with the Sena.‘Repeating mistake’“The Congress had committed a mistake by joining hands with the BSP in Uttar Pradesh years ago. It failed so badly then that it still has not recovered. We are committing the same mistake in Maharashtra,” said Mr. Nirupam, who was with the Sena before he joined the Congress.“For the Congress to become the No. 3 party in the Shiv Sena government is like burying it here. It will be better if the Congress president doesn’t come under pressure,” he said.The Sena, NCP and Congress won 56, 54 and 44 seats respectively in the October 21 Assembly polls. The Bharatiya Janata Party, which emerged as the single largest party with 105 seats, is falling short of 40 MLAs to attain the majority mark.last_img read more

Haryana farmers seek higher compensation

first_imgThe residents of around two dozen villages have been holding a dharna at Mandora village here for the past four months seeking compensation for their agricultural land to be acquired for the proposed National Highway-344 M, connecting Bawana to Barwasani, under the Land Acquisition Act, 2013, and government jobs for the affected families.Four times market rateFarmer leader Shamsher Singh said the land for the proposed highway was being acquired under the National Highways Act, but the residents are demanding that it be acquired under the Land Acquisition Act, 2013, which grants compensation more than four times the market rate. He added that even for the acquisition under the National Highways Act, a committee was to be constituted to decide the market value of the land, but it was not set up. Mr. Singh said a memorandum for the same was given to the Deputy Commissioner office seven months ago, but no action was taken on it. Sonipat Deputy Commissioner Anshaj Singh did not respond to repeated calls.Dharam Singh Mandora, who is leading the protest, also demanded that the collector rate for these villages be hiked from the current ₹25 lakh per acre to ₹1.25 crore per acre since the current rate did not reflect the actual market value of the land. Several neighouring villages in Sonipat such as Murthal and a few villages in Jhajjar had collector rate running into crores, the farmers claimed.The protesters are also seeking increased compensation for six villages — Mandora, Mandori, Turkpur, Bada Thana, Pipli and Gopalpur — for their land acquired for the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway at par with the compensation granted to the villages in Uttar Pradesh for Kundli-Ghaziabad-Palwal Expressway.Mr. Singh claimed that while the farmers in U.P.’s Dasna and Hayatpur were paid around ₹3 crore per acre for their land acquired for the KGP Expressway, the farmers in Haryana were paid ₹20-30 lakh per acre only. He demanded that they should also be paid at par with the farmers in the U.P. since the two projects were identical.Jai Prakash demanded that the government ensure that the land being acquired for Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor, connecting Palwal to Sonipat along the KMP, be within a width of two acres along the highway. “If a wide strip of agricultural land is left between the KMP and the railway corridor, it would be a huge loss to the farmers,” he said.Ajit Turkpur stressed that the route for the proposed metro expansion from Bawana to Sonipat must pass through Kharkhoda as decided during the Congress government.last_img read more

A joint effort to conserve water in Rajasthan

first_imgVillagers and elected representatives of Panchayati Raj bodies in Rajasthan will assist the State government in its efforts for water conservation and rainwater harvesting, which are expected to increase the groundwater level in the geographically difficult areas. The projects have been formulated to meet the local needs with regular monitoring.The Rajiv Gandhi Jal Sanchay Yojana (RGJSY), launched in all the 33 districts of the State on August 20 this year, has identified as many as 1.80 lakh works to be executed in its first phase for creating a robust water harvesting infrastructure in over 3,900 villages.Erratic rainfallChief Secretary D.B. Gupta said here on Wednesday that the RGJSY’s long-term projects would permanently resolve the issue of paucity of water caused by scanty and erratic rainfall in the State. The completion of works through convergence with the departments concerned will ensure the availability of sufficient water for drinking and irrigation.The RGJSY has incorporated the works identified in the Mukhya Mantri Jal Swavalamban Abhiyan undertaken during the previous BJP regime in the State. Proposals for making budgetary provisions under the State Plan for 2019-20 have been submitted to the Finance Department, while a meeting of the Water Cess Committee for making the water cess provision was convened on October 31.Mr. Gupta said at a meeting of the State-level committee on RGJSY that the contribution of villagers and elected representatives would help in identification of places where no water harvesting structures were constructed in the past. He laid emphasis on stopping the practice of flood irrigation.last_img read more

Philly celebrates 1st Super Bowl title with parade

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We were wondering if we would ever see the Eagles win a Super Bowl in our lifetimes, and we may not ever see another one,” said John Thompson, 56, of suburban Downingtown. “That’s why we’re here today.”The players got into the Philly spirit. Center Jason Kelce walked the route in an outlandishly sequined Mummers getup — a nod to Philadelphia’s raucous annual parade on New Year’s Day — slapping fans’ hands and leading them in a profane chant broadcast on live TV. Defensive end Chris Long wore a full-length, fake fur coat atop an Allen Iverson 76ers jersey.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCoach Doug Pederson carried the Lombardi Trophy past the cheering throngs, while franchise owner Jeffrey Lurie held a sign saying “THANK YOU FANS” while standing next to the team’s three quarterbacks: Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, injured starter Carson Wentz and third-stringer Nate Sudfeld.The parade caps a glorious week for jubilant fans celebrating an NFL title that had eluded them for nearly 60 years. Led by the backup quarterback Foles and second-year coach Pederson, the Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 on Sunday night. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Ateneo, San Beda, HTC earn PCCL Elite 8 opening wins Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Read Next Fans line Benjamin Franklin Parkway before a Super Bowl victory parade for the Philadelphia Eagles football team, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia. The Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl 52. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia’s first Super Bowl parade stepped off Thursday as hundreds of thousands of deliriously happy Eagles fans jammed the city’s main thoroughfares to celebrate an NFL title many of them never thought they’d see.Fans clad in Eagles green lined up 20 deep in spots to catch a glimpse of the champs, who rode up Broad Street in open-top, double decker buses. Bundled up against freezing winds, some fans from New Jersey walked across the nearly 2-mile long Benjamin Franklin Bridge just to get into the city.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Schools, museums, courts, government offices and even the Philadelphia Zoo were shut down so the city could fete an underdog Eagles team that few outside Philadelphia thought had a prayer of beating the mighty Patriots led by superstar quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick.Thompson’s friend, Craig Moyer, also of Downingtown, said he came to the parade to honor his late mother, a life-long Eagles fan.“My mother was from the coal regions, she passed at 91 years old,” the 66-year-old said. “She was an Eagles fan who used to tell me about the old championship games. So this is for her. We’re down here for her.”Organizers prepared for as many as 2 million people to jam the parade route. No official estimate was released for the parade after the Phillies won the World Series in 2008, but experts have said that crowd likely didn’t exceed 750,000.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more