Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We had a lead and they were able to cut it down to just six. I think it’s just one of the things we had to look at right now, how to close out games cause if it was too close, we would’ve lost the game,” he added.JR Quiñahan led the way for the Road Warriors with19 markers while returning guard Kevin Alas chimed in 12.NLEX also drew commendable effort from off-season acquisitions Marion Magat and Poy Erram, who contributed 13 and 10 points respectively, but they weren’t enough to help pull the rug from under Rain or Shine, who was in control since the halftime break.Rain or Shine faces Barangay Ginebra next in a rare affair slated in Calasiao, Pangasinan.NLEX, on the other hand, will try to enter into the win column when they face NorthPort this Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting WATCH: Frances Tiafoe channels LeBron for Australian Open celebrations SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Vintage performance from James Yap saves Rain or Shine. PBA IMAGESRain or Shine rode on a vintage performance by James Yap to open its Philippine Cup campaign on a good note, thwarting NLEX, 96-87, Friday in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome.Yap turned back the clock, uncorking three straight long bombs to wrest the lead from the Road Warriors in the first half and finish with 20 points and three assists, leading the Elasto Painters in scoring for the first time since pushing them to a semifinals berth July last year.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “We had good ball movement, we shared the scoring, and James stepped up big time,” said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia.The ElastoPainters kept their iron grip on the lead with the help of Javee Mocon who fired 13 points, and Jewel Ponferrada, who added 12 to fill the void left by Raymond Almazan, who sprained his ankle in practice earlier this week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut Garcia said there’s much more to work on.“It’s really difficult playing against NLEX because we know that they won’t stop playing hard,” he said. “It showed towards the end.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments
DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Two access roads leading to 9,450-hectare—one from the Clark International Airport and another from the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx)—will also be completed by early next year at the latest, said David, who heads the construction firm tapped to develop the massive and world-class NGAC complex where some government operations will eventually be transferred from Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsPhase 1A of the NGAC project involved the development of an initial 40 hectares, including building the 20,000-seater athletic stadium, 2,000-seater aquatic center, athletes village for Sea Games participants, as well as government housing and support service facilities.It will also include the construction of the Integrated Operations Center and Disaster Risk Recovery Center, which will serve as government agencies’ disaster-resilient backup offices. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Final 2 competitive games help NBA Finals in ratings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Following the ground-breaking for the NGAC in January last year, actual construction started in March 2018, with the government giving an 18-month deadline to finish phase 1A.As such, David said 8,000 construction workers were on call 24/7.About 3,000 athletes were expected to compete in the 2019 Sea Games on Nov. 30-Dec. 11.After this year’s Sea Games hosting, the New Clark City sports facilities were being eyed by other countries as a venue when they practice for the 2020 Olympic Games to be hosted in Tokyo, Japan, David said.Since the summer season in the Philippines was just a few months ahead of summer in Japan, foreign countries wanted to be accustomed to Asian summer weather before they compete in next year’s Olympics, he said.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport NEW CLARK CITY, Tarlac – The sports facilities to be used for the athletics and swimming events of the 2019 Southeast Asian (Sea) Games is already 80-percent complete such that construction will be finished by end-August, ahead of the government’s deadline.MTD Philippines Inc. president Patrick Nicholas David told reporters that while the government targeted to complete the initial phase of the 250-hectare national government administrative center (NGAC) project at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac on Oct. 15, they were on schedule to complete construction of the sports complex on Aug. 31.ADVERTISEMENT
AdvertisementMonkey see monkey do. Real Madrid draw, so do BarcelonaAfter falling short in their last match against Leganes, Barcelona tried to rally back in their match against Athletic Club Bilbao last night. However, that plan was thwarted by Lady Luck as they dropped points for the third match in a row, drawing 1-1 at home to Athletic Bilbao.Barca conceded a goal early on in the match at the first-half courtesy of Oscar de Marcos. Substitute Munir El Haddadi prevented a first home defeat for Barcelona in more than two years by sliding in an equalizer in the 84th minute, meeting a cross by Messi who was later sent off along with Busquets in the second-half.Arturo Vidal and Luis Suarez had some chances later on in the match but couldn’t utilize them. Ivan Rakitic looked sloppy and there were few passes given to Dembele who actually put on a good performance.So, just like last week where Real Madrid lost to Sevilla and Leganes defeated Barcelona, this week saw no change as Real Madrid drew against Atletico Madrid and Barca drew against Athletic Bilbao.Barcelona is now level on points with Real Madrid but still sit on the top of the table due to goal difference. Barca will now face Tottenham in the Champions League on Thursday.Watch the highlights of the match:Read Also: Real Madrid hang on to goalless draw against AtleticoCristiano Ronaldo with a hattrick of assists as Juventus ease past Napoli Advertisement
Well aware that he would not pick up the willow again, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar had discussed his last dismissal with his elder brother Ajit even after his farewell Test against the West Indies in November 2013.Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket after playing his 200th and final Test at the Wankhede Stadium against the West Indies, revealed how he and his brother dissected his final dismissal.”…on the last day of my career as well when I got out at the Wankhede Stadium, we still discussed my dismissal and what I could have done. Hopefully, he said don’t do that in the second innings,” the 42-year-old disclosed. (Also read: Sachin Tendulkar overwhelmed after humbling JK Rowling) Tendulkar said that it was his brother who not only inspired him to take up cricket but continued to encourage and support him throughout his career.”Without any doubt it was my brother Ajit who is the reason I started playing cricket. I wanted to become like my brother first. Then I started watching cricket matches and India won the World Cup, and I wanted to have the trophy in my hand. I started chasing my dream from there on,” Tendulkar, a winning member of the 2011 Cricket World Indian team, said.”My brother was the one who took me to my coach Ramakant Achrekar and in my school days Achrekar Sir was there for me all the time. But after I finished school, I ended up playing for India immediately and then I moved away from Shivaji Park. I started travelling with either Mumbai Ranji team or India team. So most of my interactions later on started taking place with my brother,” he said at the conclusion of ‘Aviva Early Starters’ initiative by Aviva Life Insurance.advertisementTendulkar also insisted that he always trusted his brother’s opinion even if he did not agree with it. Also read: Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography best-selling adult hardback “My brother having played cricket knew exactly what was needed and I could discuss about my batting technique, the mental aspects of the game.”I was prepared to take criticism. There were occasions our opinions were different, but I knew that in the end what he was telling me was for my good and I trusted his opinion,” Tendulkar, who has scored 51 Test hundreds, said.”It was all about confidence, belief in someone in whom you trust, you look up to. The judgement and discussions were only in my interest and there are no other motive,” he added.Tendulkar said the morning after his retirement he prepared a cup of tea.”When I retired, the next morning I prepared a cup of tea. I was asked the question ‘what is the first thing that you did’? I woke up, sat in my balcony…it was relaxing. I continue to do those things.”
South Africa pacer Vernon Philander is confident of bowling India out twice in the upcoming first Test against India at Newlands in Cape Town strting Friday.Philander also said that the hosts are not giving any extra importance on the wicket of India skipper Virat Kohli.Kohli averages a staggering 53.75 in his 63 Test matches and while there is still an element of doubt as to how most of the Indian batsmen will cope with the South Africa conditions, Kohli’s pedigree makes him a threat everywhere.”We are going to play bat and ball, not any names. We are going to have to get Virat out, as we do nine or 10 other Indian batters as well. We’ve put our price on bowling them out twice and not focusing on who we are bowling against,” Philander told reporters.Philander also cautioned India of the challenges when the two teams face-off in the opener of the three-Test rubber at Newlands from January 5.India had no trouble dismantling South Africa on home soil in 2015, winning 3-0 in spin-friendly conditions, but Philander said he knew that this series will pose different challenges entirely.”They have played most of their games at home, so it’ll be interesting to see how they go in South Africa. It’s a total different ball game. We’re going to have to wait and see once they pass the first Test match,” he said.”We want to play our best cricket. 2015 was quite a different one going there and losing to them, but we want to make sure that we deliver at home on our own soil,” he added.advertisementAhead of the tour, India have expressed confidence in their own seamers, saying they have the firepower to finally win a Test series in South Africa.After the Cape Town Test, India and South Africa will head to Centurion for the second Test from January 13 while the third match of the series will take place in Johannesburg from January 24.The two teams will also play six one day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals.(Courtesy: IANS)
Scientists have identified a key chemical in the brain that allows us to suppress unpleasant memories, a finding that may pave the way for treating patients of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression or schizophrenia who experience persistent intrusive thoughts.A region at the front of the brain known as the prefrontal cortex is known to play a key role in controlling our actions and has more recently been shown to play a similarly important role in stopping our thoughts. The prefrontal cortex acts as a master regulator, controlling other brain regions — the motor cortex for actions and the hippocampus for memories.How did they do it?In the study funded by Medical Research Council UK and published in the journal Nature Communications, a team of scientists led by Dr Taylor Schmitz and Professor Anderson used a task known as the Think/No-Think procedure to identify a significant new brain process that enables the prefrontal cortex to successfully inhibit our thoughts.In the task, participants learn to associate a series of words with a paired, but otherwise unconnected, word, for example ordeal/roach and moss/northIn the next stage, they were asked to recall the associated word if the cue is green or to suppress it if the cue is red; in other words, when shown ordeal in red, they were asked to stare at the word but to stop themselves thinking about the associated thought roachUsing a combination of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy, the researchers were able to observe what was happening within key regions of the brain as the participants tried to inhibit their thoughtsFindings of the studyResearchers found out that ability to inhibit unwanted thoughts relies on a neurotransmitter — a chemical within the brain that allows messages to pass between nerve cells — known as GABAResearchers discovered that GABA concentrations within the hippocampus — a key area of the brain involved in memory — predict people’s ability to block the retrieval process and prevent thoughts and memories from returningThe researchers found that even within his sample of healthy young adults, people with less hippocampal GABA were less able to suppress hippocampal activity by the prefrontal cortex-and as a result much worse at inhibiting unwanted thoughtsResearch has shown that people affected by schizophrenia have ‘hyperactive’ hippocampi, which correlates with intrusive symptoms such as hallucinations.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to email@example.com
YOKOHAMA, Japan — Siya Kolisi grabbed the Webb Ellis Cup, gave it a kiss and hoisted it high as fireworks exploded and his teammates — black and white — rejoiced behind him.A blowout victory in the Rugby World Cup final for the Springboks.Yet another transcendent moment for post-apartheid South Africa.Led by the first black captain in the Springboks’ 128-year rugby history, South Africa’s multiracial squad swept to a record-tying third World Cup title by overpowering England in a 32-12 victory on Saturday.“We have so many problems in our country,” the 28-year-old Kolisi said. “A team like this — we come from different backgrounds, different races — came together with one goal.”Among the post-match celebrations was the poignant sight of Kolisi being joined on the winner’s podium by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was wearing a Springboks jersey with No. 6 on the back — the number worn by the captain.It evoked memories of South Africa’s first World Cup triumph in 1995 and Nelson Mandela — the country’s president at the time — wearing the No. 6 jersey as he handed the World Cup trophy to captain and backrower Francois Pienaar.Kolisi thanked the South African people on the farms, in the taverns, in the townships and in the streets.“We love you, South Africa,” an emotional Kolisi said, “and we can achieve anything if we work together as one.”Kolisi was shaking with adrenalin as he belted out the national anthem before kickoff in Yokohama and was then at the heart of a massive effort by the Boks forwards, who brutalized England with their traditional power at the set piece to seize control of the game. He made more tackles than anyone other than two teammates and one Englishman.The England forwards were driven backward at the scrum. Their passing was sloppy. The kicks were wrong. What happened to the team that outclassed two-time defending champion New Zealand in the semifinals?Yet, at 18-12 with 20 minutes left, the final was still up for grabs.Then the Springboks opened up, showing the other side of their game and scoring tries out wide through wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe.Mapimpi kicked ahead from the left wing and was on hand to receive a pass from center Lukhanyo Am to race over near the posts in the 67th minute.Kolbe’s try was even better, the small right winger scampering down the touch line before stepping inside England captain Owen Farrell and running through unchecked in the 74th.The celebrations could start early for the South African fans inside the International Stadium and those back home, on a special night for a country still trying to fully emerge from the apartheid era.“We had the privilege of giving people hope,” South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus said , “not the burden.”And Erasmus saved some special words for his captain.“It is easy to talk about going through hard times and struggling to get opportunities,” Erasmus said, “but it is tough when there are days when you didn’t have food or couldn’t go to school or didn’t have shoes to wear.“When you sit down and think about it, there was a stage when Siya didn’t have food to eat. Yes, that is the captain and he led South Africa to hold this Cup.”It was 24 years ago when the Springboks won the title, a year after Mandela became president in a democratic election after decades of racial segregation and his own imprisonment for 27 years.Twelve years later, they won it again — also against England — and it has been another 12-year gap to their third.While the All Blacks have also won the biggest prize in rugby three times, they have played in all nine editions of the World Cup. South Africa has only played in the tournament seven times, having been barred from the 1987 and ’91 tournaments as part of sporting sanctions during the apartheid era.It is three wins from three finals for the Springboks, who finally scored a try in a title match and had 22 points from flyhalf Handre Pollard. Frans Steyn, who was 20 when he played in all seven games as the Boks won in 2007, went on late as a replacement and now has won two World Cup titles for South Africa.England never led in the final — all of its points came through penalties by Owen Farrell — and barely got near South Africa’s tryline. England’s players slumped to the ground at the final whistle, lock Maro Itoje hurling his scrum cap.Maybe they did play their final last weekend, as some of their fans feared. Maybe beating Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in a span of three weekends was just too much to ask.Coach Eddie Jones, an Australian brought in after the wreckage of the 2015 World Cup that England hosted but didn’t even get out of the pool stage, got the team to the top of the rankings — his first aim after taking charge.But he couldn’t deliver a second title for England, after the class of 2003. Jones was also on the losing end in ’03 as Australia’s coach in a final decided by a dropped goal in extra time.“I thought they executed their plan brilliantly,” England flyhalf George Ford said of the Boks. “They just did a job on us.”By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Sydney, Aug 11 (AFP) Four generations of Australian Davis Cup captains and players, led by Rod Laver, John Newcombe and Lleyton Hewitt, united Saturday to oppose proposed reforms, saying they will ruin an historic tournament.Currently, the Davis Cup is structured around a 16-nation World Group, contested over four weekends during the year. The remaining countries are then divided into three regional zones.But the International Tennis Federation wants the event reduced to a season-ending World Cup of Tennis final featuring 18 countries, which it says will allow it to attract more top players.The proposal must win approval at the federation’s annual general meeting in Orlando, Florida this month.Australia is the second most successful team in Davis Cup history behind the United States, winning the coveted title 28 times, and while Tennis Australia acknowledges reform is needed, it is against the current plans.”It takes away too much of what makes the Davis Cup unique and special, especially the home and away aspect of the competition,” it said on Saturday.It has enlisted a who’s who of Australian greats in opposition, led by Laver, who played Davis Cup from 1959-1973, winning between 1959-62 and in 1973.”The ties I played in for Australia, both at home and abroad, remain among my most cherished tennis memories,” said Laver, widley seen as one of the greatest players ever.”I want players from all nations to continue to enjoy similar feelings when they represent their countries.”Proposed changes to the format need to be subject to the widest possible consultation and agreement, to ensure there are no unintended consequences that could impact the great traditions of the Davis Cup,” he added.advertisementNewcombe, Davis Cup captain for six years from 1994 and five-time champion as a player, was more strident in his criticism, calling the plan “a recipe for the death of the Davis Cup as we know it”.”The Davis Cup is 118 years old and was the forerunner that made tennis into an international sport,” he said.”It is too important for tennis to just let it become another event on the calendar that has no real meaning.” Fellow former Davis Cup captain Neale Fraser called the current proposals “disastrous” while Hewitt said it was little more than “a money grab” that ignored the tournament’s history.The reform drive has been boosted by a USD 3 billion partnership from investment group Kosmos, founded by Barcelona football star Gerard Pique.”While evolution is required it should be to the benefit of all countries involved and not just a financial opportunity,” said another former captain and champion John Newcombe.”Change is logical and acceptable but if you turn a competition on its head, you lose the very definition of what makes it great.” Others opposing the plans include Pat Rafter, Pat Cash, Wally Masur and Todd Woodbridge.Earlier this week, ITF chief David Haggerty insisted the project would drive tennis’s global development for years to come and that many nations were in favour. (PTI) APAAPA
Nova Scotians will have greater access to bilingual hearings through amendments to the Provincial Court Act introduced today, Nov. 8. The amendments will allow an out of province judge to be appointed to hear a case in provincial court, a particularly important option in the case of a French-language trial. “We must ensure that all Nova Scotians receive a fair trial — in either French or English — in the provincial court in Nova Scotia,” said Justice Minister Murray Scott. Currently Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick have similar legislation. The Nova Scotia judiciary was consulted on the proposed amendment. “This amendment gives us greater flexibility and helps make the system more responsive,” said Mr. Scott.
Since 2008, the province has reduced out-of-province travel costs by 38 per cent or $1.7 million, keeping its commitment to reduce spending and live within its means. “We have said since the beginning that this government would look for ways to reduce spending and lead by example and I am pleased that we are doing just that,” said David Wilson, acting Minister of Treasury Board. “We have achieved a 38 per cent reduction in out-of-province travel since coming to office, and we are confident further reductions can be achieved in the years ahead.” In May, government adopted a new department travel policy that limits the number of staff able to travel out of province for things like conferences and trade shows. “I want to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the employees of the civil service who have already worked hard to save money on out of province travel costs,” said Mr. Wilson. “Whether it was participating in more conference calls, webinars or videoconferencing, employees have stepped up to the plate and are making a difference and helping the province get back to balance.” The province will continue to look for ways to further reduce out-of-province travel and issue a request for Expressions of Interest for a corporate travel service provider. “The request for expressions of interest is another important step to see if further opportunities exist to lower travel costs, maximize travel discounts from suppliers, and ensure a high level of service for the traveler,” said Mr. Wilson. “Out-of-province travel is essential to conducting important government business, but in times of fiscal restraint, it is more important than ever to identify all opportunities to lower costs and live within our means.” The request for Expressions of Interest for a corporate travel service provider will be issued by the end of the week at www.gov.ns.ca/tenders/tenders/ns-tenders.aspx .
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to keep in abeyance the non-bailable warrant (NBW) issued against the superintendent of district jail of Gautam Buddh Nagar in Uttar Pradesh for releasing an accused from prison despite the apex court order cancelling his bail. The matter was mentioned before a bench comprising Justices N V Ramana and Ajay Rastogi and the counsel appearing for the jail superintendent said the officer would appear before the court on September 23 as directed by the top court, but the NBW should be kept in abeyance till then. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Let him come (before the court),” the bench said. The lawyer, while saying that the superintendent had committed a mistake, again urged that the NBW be kept in abeyance. “No. Let him appear. Nothing will happen till then. You are admitting that you have violated the order. I am not going to change my order,” Justice Ramana said. Earlier, a bench headed by Justice Ramana had issued the NBW against the jail superintendent while admitting a contempt petition filed against him.
Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said he had not given any clean chit to ex-Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s family over their alleged involvement in the sacrilege case. “At no point did I say Parkash Singh Badal, or his son Sukhbir, was not involved in the sacrilege…all I have said was that Badal did not himself go and tear up the holy Guru Granth Sahib. But that does not rule out his involvement in the matter,” he said in a statement. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh The Chief Minister was reacting to a media report. “They (the Badals) were as responsible as the men who had indulged in the actual act of desecration that had cascaded into such a grave chain of events for the state and its people,” said the Chief Minister. The Badal family not only failed to prevent the large number of cases of sacrilege that happened under their watch but also allowed the culprits to go scot free, he added. The Chief Minister said the family, being in power at that time, were totally responsible for the events that led to the sacrilege and the subsequent police firing. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The Badal family cannot not shrug off their culpability on this count, which was as grave a crime as actually tearing off the pages of the Guru Granth Sahib, Singh said. “As Chief Minister, am I not responsible for the law and order situation in the state today? If there is a spurt of crimes, wouldn’t the people and the media blame me?” the Chief Minister asked. Badal’s decision to back the jailed Gurmeet Ram Rahim-led Dera Sacha Sauda in the run-up to the elections was a political move, but it triggered criminal acts, for which their accountability could not be ignored, Amarinder Singh said.
Kolkata: Rajiva Sinha is set to take over as the new Chief Secretary of Bengal. Sinha, a 1986 batch IAS officer will be succeeding Malay De, who is going to retire on September 30. Sinha is holding the charge of state Additional Chief Secretary of the Health and Family Welfare department at present.”Mr Rajiva Sinha, at present the Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family welfare, will be the new Chief Secretary. Best wishes to him. Our present Chief Secretary, Malay Kumar De, is going to retire on September 30, 2019. He served the state very well. We wish him all the best,” tweeted Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned that it was June 30, 2017, when De, an IAS officer of 1985 batch took charge as the state’s top bureaucrat, replacing 1983 batch IAS officer Basudeb Banerjee, who retired on the same day. Sinha, an MSc in Geology, had taken over as the state Health Secretary in June 2018. Sanghamitra Ghosh, who is the secretary of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare (WCD&SW), will take over as secretary of the Health department. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayNabanna is also bringing in some other changes in the IAS level, with Sinha taking over as Chief Secretary. Arnab Roy, who is presently the Principal Secretary (PS) of the state Public Works Department, will take over as PS of the Personnel & Administrative Reforms department. Meanwhile, Naveen Prakash, who presently holds the charge of Additional Chief Secretary of Irrigation department, has been given the additional charge of the PWD department. Hirdyesh Mohan, Principal Secretary of Water Resources Investigation (WRI), will take over as PS of Sunderban Affairs, while Binod Kumar who holds the charge of secretary, Sunderban Affairs, will take over as secretary of WCD&SW department. Ravi Inder Singh, PS of Fisheries department, will take over the charge of the Mass Education Extension and Library Services (MEE&LS) department. Prabhat Mishra, who is the PS of Environment department, will bear the additional responsibility of the WRI department. Subrata Biswas will take over as PS of Paschimanchal Unnayan department from MEE&LS. Choten Lama, secretary of Backward Classes Welfare department and Neelam Meena, secretary of Youth Affairs & Sports, will interchange their portfolios, while A Subbiah, who is the MD of West Bengal Essential Commodities Supply Corporation, has been given the additional charge of Commissioner, Medinipur division.
Kolkata: Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma assured citizens of a hassle-free pandal-hopping with a foolproof arrangement of traffic diversion and crowd regulation being undertaken in the wake of the ban on vehicles above three tonnes on Talla Bridge with effect from Sunday, which includes state-run and private buses.Sharma along with senior officials of Kolkata Police, Additional Director General (Traffic) and CP of Barrackpore Police Commissionerate visited the Talla Bridge on Saturday to finalise the necessary diversion plan. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Vehicles above three tonnes will not be allowed on the bridge. However, small and medium vehicles and pedestrians will be allowed. There is a pressure of traffic particularly during the Durga Puja as people from the north travel to the south and many come up to see the Tala Barowari Puja as well. Apart from the necessary traffic diversion in discussion with the state Transport department, we are also coming up with a plan to channelise pedestrian movement in a way so that people face no difficulty,” Sharma said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAs per estimates of the Traffic wing of Kolkata Police, 600 buses ply on a daily basis on the Talla bridge. The Shyambazar Traffic Guard on Saturday carried out miking at the starting point of the bridge informing people of the development and urging them not to stand at the bus stop on the bridge but use the stop at Talla post office and Paikpara Crossing. Eighteen routes of state-run buses and 24 routes of private and mini buses will be diverted. Some state and private bus routes will also be curtailed. A notification about the diversion and curtailment released by the state Transport department has been shared on the Facebook page of Kolkata Police. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee while inaugurating the Puja at Naktala Udayan Sangha urged the administration to check that construction of shanties underneath the bridges does not happen. “We had to rehabilitate residents who had built their houses under the Talla bridge. Daily chores like cooking and other activities by the dwellers underneath the bridge cause damage to it,” Banerjee pointed out. She also blamed the railway authorities for delay in granting permission for the construction of Majerhat bridge, a portion of which had caved in almost a year back. “We have brought materials for construction from other places a long time back but the Railways took so long to give approval. We are trying to complete the bridge by December and if necessary, we will invest extra manpower,” Banerjee said.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Saturday set up a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice N V Ramana which will commence hearing from October 1 on a batch of pleas mounting legal challenges to the Centre’s decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.The bench also comprises justices S K Kaul, R Subhash Reddy, B R Gavai and Suryakant. The five-judge bench will examine the constitutional validity of the scrapping of the article’s provisions and the subsequent presidential orders on it, the source added. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkChief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on August 28, while referring the petitions to the Constitution bench, had said that a larger bench will begin hearing the matter effective from the first week of October. Several petitions have been filed in the apex court, which includes pleas by the National Conference, Sajjad Lone-led Peoples Conference and several other individuals, and also a plea by advocate M. L. Sharma, who was the first to move the court on the matter. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenThese petitions have also challenged the bifurcation of the state into Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. The Union Territories will come into existence on October 31. Besides the Constitution bench set up to conduct the hearing on Article 370, the top court has also constituted a three-judge bench for hearing matters related to the capital punishment and two other benches with two-judges to conduct hearing on tax matters.
Washington DC: Top aides to Donald Trump sought Sunday to turn the tables on Democrats pushing for his impeachment, insisting the president was the true “whistleblower” in urging Ukraine to investigate the son of rival Joe Biden for corruption. Trump’s Republican allies have closed ranks as he battles the deepest crisis of his presidency, flatly denying he abused his power and seeking to discredit the anonymous whistleblower who exposed the scandal. That person will testify before Congress soon, lawmakers said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”The president of the United States is the whistleblower,” Trump advisor Stephen Miller told “Fox News Sunday.” “This individual is a saboteur trying to undermine a democratically elected government,” he said. “Getting to the bottom of a corruption scandal in Ukraine is in the American national interest.” Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani — who has emerged as his point man in the Ukraine scandal — led the charge along with Miller in a series of combative Sunday talk show appearances. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsBrandishing what he said were affidavits incriminating Biden’s son Hunter over his work at a Ukrainian company, Giuliani said Trump was duty bound to raise the issue with Kiev. “If he hadn’t asked them to investigate Biden, he would have violated the constitution,” Giuliani told ABC’s “This Week,” charging that “Donald Trump was framed by the Democrats.” The Democratic-led House of Representatives launched an official impeachment inquiry this week accusing Trump of a “mafia-like shakedown” of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky aimed at damaging his potential 2020 White House challenger. Trump and his allies claim Biden, as Barack Obama’s vice president, pressured Kiev to fire the country’s top prosecutor to protect his son Hunter, who sat on the board of a gas company, Burisma Holdings, accused of corrupt practices. Despite the questionable optics, those allegations have largely been debunked and there has been no evidence of illegal conduct or wrongdoing in Ukraine by the Bidens. But a transcript of the July 25 call shows Trump pushing for Kiev to revisit the matter, saying both Giuliani and US Attorney General Bill Barr would be in touch. For Democrats, that amounted to a smoking gun, leading Speaker Nancy Pelosi to finally approve an impeachment process she opposed as a risky distraction from the 2020 battle. Trump insists he did nothing wrong, denouncing a new “witch hunt” and demanding the resignation of lawmaker Adam Schiff, who is leading the probe in Congress. Between Saturday night and Sunday morning, the president retweeted dozens of news clips of conservatives defending his conduct — along with a video ominously warning his supporters that “our country is at stake like never before.” Democrats have charged aggressively into the inquiry, ordering Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to turn over Ukraine-related documents and scheduling witness testimony. On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Schiff said he was “urgently” investigating all aspects of the Ukraine affair, including whether Trump withheld millions of dollars in aid as leverage. “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace — who has publicly criticized Fox colleagues for echoing the White House line on the scandal — reported that Trump had overridden the Pentagon, State Department, and National Security Council in deciding, alone, to withhold aid. He also reported Giuliani had been working “off the books” with two Washington lawyers to damaging obtain information about Biden from Ukraine — an allegation denied by Giuliani. Asked if he planned to cooperate with Schiff’s probe, Giuliani equivocated, saying he would only testify if asked to do so by Trump. Schiff said he expected the whistleblower to testify “very soon” — with all precautions taken to protect their identity. Democrats have said articles of impeachment — formal charges — against Trump could be completed in as little as a month and swiftly voted on in the House, where the party has a majority. The Biden campaign sent a letter Sunday to US TV networks to “demand” they stop booking Giuliani for interviews. In a letter obtained by The New York Times, the campaign called Giuliani “a surrogate for Donald Trump who has demonstrated that he will knowingly and willingly lie in order to advance his own narrative.”
Dundalk (Ireland): Irish republicans are expressing renewed hopes of reunifying their island in the wake of the UK’s recent Brexit proposals that have been poorly received by both the European Union and the Republic of Ireland. “There is going to be a referendum on Irish unity,” said Gerry Adams, the retired leader of Sinn Fein who played an important role in reaching the 1998 Good Friday agreement that helped end decades of violence. “Brexit has been the accelerator for all of that.” Adams spoke to a public meeting Thursday night that attracted hundreds of people living along the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Residents of Northern Ireland voted in favour of keeping Britain inside the EU in the 2016 Brexit referendum.
Mumbai: Former managing director of Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank, Joy Thomas, arrested in connection with the alleged Rs 4,355 crore scam at the bank, was on Saturday remanded in police custody till October 17. The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai Police, which had arrested Thomas on Friday, produced him before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate S G Shaikh. The police told the court that they need his custody to interrogate him as he was part of the conspiracy. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework However, Thomas’s lawyer argued that he is being made a “scapegoat”. On Thursday, the EOW had arrested directors of the bankrupt Housing Development and Infrastructure (HDIL) Rakesh Wadhawan and his son Sarang in connection with the case. They are in police custody till October 9. The EOW had registered an FIR on Monday against senior officials of HDIL and PMC Bank for allegedly causing losses to the tune of Rs 4,355.43 crore to the bank. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports The FIR named former PMC Bank chairman Waryam Singh, Thomas and other senior officials, besides the Wadhawan duo. The Enforcement Directorate had conducted raids at six locations in and around Mumbai on Friday after taking cognisance of the FIR registered by the EOW. According to police, the HDIL promoters allegedly colluded with the bank management to take loans from its Bhandup branch in Mumbai.
New Delhi: A man and his two sons were arrested for allegedly beating to death a 17-year-old boy and injuring his father in west Delhi’s Rajouri Garden after an intense fight over a monetary dispute, police said on Sunday. Shiv Charan and his sons Sushil and Amit beat Suraj and his 52-year-old father Dhruv Chand Pathak with batons and a gas cylinder on Saturday evening after Pathak asked them to pay the money they owed him, they said. Police said they received two calls about the incident. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarOn reaching the spot, they found the two sides had an intense fight, according to Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Deepak Purohit. The injured were first taken to a nearby hospital but then shifted to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, he said, adding Suraj died during treatment. In another case 62-year-old retired bank official was found hanging from tree in South East Delhi’s Amar Colony area. The deceased lived with his family in Amar Colony area. It is being probed whether he was depressed on some issue. Few people were questioned by police in this regard.