Payroll Rebate Approved

first_img payroll rebates are designed in a way that the tax revenue generated for the province by the new jobs in Nova Scotia is always more than the amount spent on the rebate payroll rebates are only paid after a business has generated actual payroll for the Nova Scotia economy for every dollar a company spends on the new jobs, it receives between five and 10 cents back when a company submits an annual rebate claim, it must send NSBI audited information that confirms the number of jobs it created that year payroll rebates are paid through the Strategic Investment Funds Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of a payroll rebate for Canada, Inc., New Glasgow. Canada, Inc. is expanding in Nova Scotia and has the potential to create up to a maximum of 330 jobs in its expansion of business operations in New Glasgow. Based on the maximum growth forecast of the eight-year payroll rebate agreement, NSBI estimates that Canada, Inc. could spend $78.8 million in salaries. It is estimated the new employees would contribute provincial tax revenues of about $8.17 million through their income and consumption taxes. As a result, the company is qualified to earn up to a maximum of $6,307,200 through the payroll rebate agreement. Canada, Inc. would be eligible for a smaller rebate if it creates fewer than 330 new jobs. Canada, Inc. is also receiving support from the Department of Labour and Advanced Education for workforce development and attachment. Information on NSBI transactions can be found at . -30-center_img Quick facts:last_img read more

Budget 201920 Invests in Central Nova Scotia

first_img funding to support two of the largest health care redevelopment projects in Nova Scotia history, including the QEII New Generation Project in Halifax (new and renovated operating rooms, a new cancer care centre and a new community outpatient centre) $2.9 million increase to open 15 residency spaces for specialty medical positions at Dalhousie University Medical School for a total of 65 seats $1.1 million continued funding to open 10 family practice residency seats at Dalhousie University Medical School this year for a total of 46 seats multi-year road improvement projects including upgrades to Highway 102 Aerotech connector, Highway 102/103 Interchange Structure Replacement, access improvements to Highway 107 at exit 18, Highway 107 Sackville-Bedford-Burnside new alignment and continuing to twin Highway 103 from Upper Tantallon to Ingramport completing and opening LeMarchant-St. Thomas Elementary School in Halifax continued work on news schools École Halifax Peninsula, Spryfield High School, Bedford Ravines P-9 School, Eastern District P-12 School and Eastern Shore District High School $10.2 million increase to expand pre-primary classes. By September 2020 every four-year old in Nova Scotia will have access to a free early learning opportunity $15 million increase, for a two-year total of $30 million, to continue implementing recommendations from the Commission on Inclusive Education funding to continue revitalizing the province’s tourism icons including Peggy’s Cove and the Halifax Waterfront $850,000 increase to enhance export development programming for Nova Scotia businesses $14.2 million increase for programs that support adults and children with disabilities $3 million increase as part of a three-year plan to create 1,500 new rent supplements and reduce wait lists by 30 per cent For more information about the 2019-20 provincial budget, visit . Communities in central Nova Scotia will benefit from investments in health care, education, the economy and communities as part of Budget 2019-20. Budget 2019-20, the government’s fourth consecutive balanced budget, estimates a surplus of $33.6 million with revenue of $11.01 billion and expenses, after consolidation adjustments, of $10.98 billion. It also projects balanced budgets in each of the following three years. “This budget builds on our strong fiscal foundation,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Finance and Treasury Board. “Managing our finances well and balancing budgets has given us the ability to invest in new and existing programs and services for Nova Scotians, in areas most important to them.” Highlights in Budget 2019-20 for central Nova Scotia include:last_img read more

China urges students to weigh risk of studying in America

first_imgBeijing: China on Monday warned students and academics on the “risk” of studying in the United States, citing an uptick in visa denials and delays amid a trade war and other tensions with Washington. The warning comes as negotiations to resolve the trade spat have stalled and Washington pushed back against what it says is Beijing’s aggressive militarisation of the disputed South China Sea. In recent months US officials and lawmakers have voiced concerns that Chinese students and academics could be used for espionage purposes by the Communist government. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’The Chinese education ministry in a statement said students applying to US universities should brace themselves for visa troubles and “strengthen risk assessment… and make relevant preparations”. Chinese students and academics have recently experienced visa restrictions, delays in obtaining them, and visas with shorter duration, according to the ministry. China is the biggest source of international students on US campuses, with 360,000 of them last year, or a third of the foreign student body, with many paying full tuition. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaChinese students contributed USD 14 billion to the US economy in 2017, the official Xinhua news agency estimated last month, citing US official data. China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Monday said the US had been setting “unnecessary obstacles” to people-to-people exchanges between the two countries. “This has been widely opposed by the education circles in China and the United States, as well as by (Chinese) students studying abroad (in the US),” he said. US complaints about technology and intellectual property theft by China have been a major bone of contention in the trade war between the two countries. FBI director Christopher Wray said in April that Beijing had used Chinese graduate students and researchers, among others, in its economic espionage efforts in the United States. “China has pioneered a societal approach to stealing innovation in any way it can from a wide array of businesses, universities and organisations,” Wray said. “They’re doing it through Chinese intelligence services, through state-owned enterprises, through ostensibly private companies, through graduate students and researchers, through a variety of actors all working on behalf of China.” Last month, Republicans in the US Congress introduced legislation aimed at barring Chinese military scientists from obtaining visas to study or work in the United States. The bills in the House and Senate would compel the White House to identify a list of research and scientific institutions that the president determines are affiliated with or funded by the People’s Liberation Army.last_img read more

Musician Balabhaskars death was not accident Soby

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: In a shocking revelation about the death of hugely admired Malayalam musician Balabhaskar, popular stage artiste Kalabhavan Soby on Wednesday said it was not an accident. After last week’s revelation that while he had noted suspicious things, minutes after Balabhaskar’s car met with the accident when Soby, himself was on his way to the state capital, on Wednesday stage artiste met the Crime Branch. He was with the police probe team that is investigating the death. He was with them for three hours. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Speaking to the media later, Soby said that through his statement of facts given before them, the accident case will turnaround. “Balabhaskar’s death was not an accident death. I have shared with the police several things, which I have not shared with the media till now. Through my disclosure, am sure that there will be a turnaround in the case,” said Soby. The stage artiste said ever since he revealed about the suspicious things he saw at the accident spot, when he passed the area, he has been getting threat calls. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations “I do not think there is anything wrong in sharing with the probe team, what I saw and I just did that,” added Soby. Balabhaskar, 40, was travelling with his wife and two-year-old daughter from Thrissur to the state capital, when their car met with an accident in the wee hours of September 25 last year, in the outskirts here. While the daughter died on the spot, Balabhaskar passed away on October 2. His wife and driver escaped with injuries. The musician’s father C.K. Unni demanded a probe, as he suspected foul play in the death, soon after the incident took place. The case had taken a turn last week after the arrest of one Prakash Thampi by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in a gold smuggling case. Thampi was the programme coordinator of Balabhaskar’s shows and, according to the probe team, also the last person to call Balabhaskar before his car met with the accident. Vishnu, another associate of the musician, is on the run. The police probe team has met Unni and the wife of Balabhaskar, Laxmi, and recorded their statements again.last_img read more

Pompeo to meet Indian leaders on Wednesday

first_imgNew Delhi: India is expected to press for de-escalation of tensions in the Persian Gulf when External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar holds talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo here on Wednesday amidst indications that Indian oil companies have stopped imports from Iran for the time being. The issue, along with cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan and bilateral aspects of the Indo-US relations, is expected to figure in the talks between Jaishankar and Pompeo, which will mark the first high-level engagement in the Modi government’s second term, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London Pompeo will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Wednesday. During the visit, the two sides will review the overall bilateral relationship and decide on the future course of action over the next five years. It will particularly set the stage for the meeting between Modi and US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of G-20 Summit in Osaka in Japan later this week. Regarding the talks that Jaishankar and Pompeo will have, the diplomatic sources said the growing tension in the Persian Gulf would figure in the discussions. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador The sources said the developing situation there is a “matter of great concern” to India, considering its interests in the region, including the large diaspora present there. India wants de-escalation and it will be conveyed to the US Secretary of State, the sources said, adding: “We have a strong interest in maintaining stability in the region. We hope the US will understand.” The sources said India is also in touch with Iran in the context of its efforts to ensure de-escalation. With respect to the lifting of waiver by the US to Indian companies importing oil from Iran, which came into effect from May, the sources said buying petroleum products is a commercial decision by the firms. They said the Indian companies have decided not to import oil from Iran for the time being. Tensions have been building in the Persian Gulf region over the recent weeks and the US was on the verge of conducting military action against Iran a few days back. After withdrawing the military action, the Trump administration on Monday imposed fresh sanctions targeted at Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his military aids, a decision Iran described as “end of diplomacy” between the two countries.last_img read more

11 students dead after minibus falls into gorge in JK

first_imgSrinagar: Eleven students, including nine girls, of a computer coaching institute, died and seven others were injured Thursday when the minibus they were travelling in fell into a deep gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said.The vehicle, carrying students from the Poonch-based institute, fell into the gorge near Peer Ki Gali on the Mughal road connecting Bafliaz in Poonch to Shopian, a police official said. He said 11 students, nine of them female, died in the accident while seven others were injured. The injured have been evacuated from the scene of the accident to Shopian hospital, police said.last_img read more

Man shot at from point blank range in West Bengals Jhargram

first_imgJhargram (WB): A person was critically injured after he was shot at from point blank range in West Bengal’s Jhargram district, police said on Sunday. The BJP blamed the TMC for the incident, a charge denied by the ruling party. The police has initiated an investigation and detained a villager in connection with the incident. The incident happened at Bagua village under the jurisdiction of Jamboni police station on Saturday night, the police said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Two persons approached Khagapati Mahato, while he was attending a Kirtan (devotional song) programme, and one of them shot at him from point blank range, a police officer said. The miscreants fled the scene immediately, he said, adding, the injured person and the miscreants are residents of Bagua village. Khagapati Mahato was rushed to Jhargram hospital and from there he was taken to Midnapore Medical College and Hospital, the police officer said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Later, he was referred to a hospital in Kolkata, he added. BJP’s Jhargram district president Sukhomoy Satpati alleged that the TMC supporters were involved in the incident. “We have informed the district administration. The miscreants should be arrested immediately,” he said. Denying the allegation, TMC’s district core committee member Prasun Sarangi claimed that the incident happened as a result of personal problems.last_img read more

Kamala Harris surges to second spot among Democratic presidential aspirants

first_imgWashington: Indian-origin Kamala Harris has surged to the second spot among more than 20 Democrats vying for their party’s nomination for the 2020 presidential election after her standout performance in the first Democratic presidential debate, according to a latest opinion poll. Harris, 54, the first Indian-origin American Senator, soared to 20 per cent in the Quinnipiac University survey, while former US Vice President Joe Biden fell to 22 per cent among Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’ It is a significant change from a Quinnipiac poll released last month that showed Biden leading the pack with 30 per cent and Harris lingering in a distant fourth place with 7 per cent support. The Quinnipiac survey is the latest in recent days to show Harris riding a wave of new support following her standout performance in Thursday’s debate. A rising Democratic Party star and vocal critic of President Donald Trump, Harris, if elected, would be the first woman and woman of colour to be the President of the United States. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping The Indian-origin Senator, whose mother was born in Tamil Nadu and father was an African-American from Jamaica, in January launched her campaign for the presidential election. A CNN/SSRS poll released Monday showed the California senator jumping into second place with 17 per cent support. Likewise, a Suffolk University Iowa poll found Harris surging into second in the crucial first-in-the-nation caucus state. According to the Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University National opinion poll, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren follows at 14 per cent, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is at 13 per cent, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg gets four per cent. No other candidate tops three per cent. But among women, Harris has a slight edge with 24 per cent to Biden’s 22 per cent. The race is similarly close for white Democratic voters, with Biden at 21 per cent, and both Harris and Warren at 20 per cent. “Harris also essentially catches Biden among black Democratic voters, a historically strong voting bloc for Biden, with Biden at 31 per cent and Harris at 27 percent,” the opinion poll said. “Round 1 of the Democratic debates puts Harris and former Biden on two different trajectories, as support for Harris surges but continues to slip for Biden,” Mary Snow, Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst, said. The Indian-origin Senator, whose mother was born in Tamil Nadu and father was an African-American from Jamaica, in January launched her campaign for the US presidential election in 2020 to take on President Trump, who is a Republican. She had said that she was “honoured” to announce her bid on a day when Americans celebrated Martin Luther King Jr who sought inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi. Harris was elected as the US Senator from California two years ago, during which she had made a national presence for her taking a tough stand against President Trump and his policies. Harris, who is also the first black Senator from California, is the fourth Democratic woman leader to enter the presidential race.last_img read more

RBI regulatory structure top grade Basel report

first_imgMumbai: The Reserve Bank’s regulations on large exposures of banks are “compliant” on average with the framework set by the global central bankers body at Basel and some are even stricter than the global norms, says a report by the Bank of International Settlements. The regulatory consistency assessment programme (RCEP) of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has found that domestic banking regulations are “compliant” as of June 2019, which is the highest possible grade, say the report. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepAccording to the report by the Bank for International Settlements, which is an institution of the central banks around the world based in the Swiss city of Basel, in some aspects, the domestic regulations are stricter than the large exposures framework of Basel itself. The large exposures framework applies to all scheduled commercial banks in the country apart from regional rural banks and was first implemented by way of a circular by the Reserve Bank way back in December 2016. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe framework became partially effective since April 2019 and the same circular was modified in June 2019, notes the report. The report says from April 2020 onwards, the obligation to assess the connectedness based on economic interdependence and the inclusion of non-centrally cleared derivatives exposures in calculation of the large exposure limits will also enter into force as per the revised circular. The “compliant” grade is a basic assessment of the scope and definition of the framework, minimum requirements and value of exposures, says the report. Citing an aspect where India is stricter, the report notes that “exposures to globally systemically important banks are subject to stricter limits.” These requirements are in line with the letter and spirit of the Basel guidelines and “the scope of application of the Indian standards is wider than just the internationally active banks covered by the Basel framework”. The report further says the assessment report penciled by Vasily Pozdyshev, the deputy governor of the Russian central bank, has focused on the completeness and consistency of the Indian regulations as applied to commercial banks as on June 7, 2019. However, the adds that prudential outcomes, the resilience of the banking system or the supervisory effectiveness of the Indian authorities are not in the scope of the assessment. The four-phased assessment began in early 2018 and started with the self-assessment by the RBI, followed by an on-site assessment where the team have met with the officials of the RBI and rating agencies, a review and finally a desk assessment of the draft regulation.last_img read more

Sushma Swaraj calls the ICJ verdict a great victory for India thanks

first_imgNew Delhi: Former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj Wednesday welcomed the verdict delivered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) asking Pakistan to review the death penalty given to former Indian Navy commander Kulbhushan Jadhav in 2017. India had asked the UN court to intervene in the case, as it said Jadhav had been given an unfair trial and had been denied diplomatic assistance by Pakistan.In a series of tweets, Swaraj said she was confident that the verdict will provide solace to family members of Jadhav. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day “I wholeheartedly welcome the verdict of International Court of Justice in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav. It is a great victory for India. I thank the Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi for our initiative to take Jadhav’s case before International Court of Justice. I thank Mr.Harish Salve for presenting India’s case before ICJ very effectively and successfully. I hope the verdict will provide the much-needed solace to the family members of Kulbhushan Jadhav.” Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty More importantly, the world court also asserted that Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention, adding that India has right to consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav. It said Pakistan deprived India of the right to communicate with and have access to Jadhav and thereby breached obligations incumbent upon it under Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. The court found by 15 votes to 1 that Pakistan had breached Jadhav’s rights under the Vienna convention on consular relations by not allowing Indian diplomats to visit him in jail, according to the document. The verdict in the high-profile case comes nearly five months after a 15-member bench of ICJ led by Judge Yusuf had reserved its decision on February 21 after hearing oral submissions by India and Pakistan. The proceedings of the case took two years and two months to complete. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Special arrangements for Haj pilgrims first flight to take off from city

first_imgKolkata: Ensuring better service for pilgrims going for Haj this season, the West Bengal State Haj Committee has made special arrangements this year.”The first Haj flight (SV 5425) will take off from Kolkata on July 25, 2019. It will leave at 6.25 pm. All arrangements have been made for pilgrims’ comfort and safety. The Haj pilgrims will have to report West Bengal State Haj Committee on July 23,” Ejaz Ahmed, media coordinator of West Bengal State Haj Committee, told Millennium Post. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThis year, approximately 12,000 Haj pilgrims from Odisha, Bihar, Tripura and West Bengal will be leaving for the pilgrimage from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. As many as 8,650 pilgrims are scheduled to make the pilgrimage from West Bengal alone. Like previous year, this year also, chief minister Mamata Banerjee will make arrangements for the breakfast of the pilgrims and special dry fruits packet will be offered to them. West Bengal State Haj Committee chairman Nadimul Haque will see off the pilgrims at the airport. The departure of Haj pilgrims will continue till August 5, 2019. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”Haj pilgrims are instructed to report West Bengal State Haj Committee for vaccination and other details three days before their departure,” said Ahmed. At the time of reporting, Haj pilgrims will be asked to furnish their application form along with vaccination paper. The cost incurred in performing Haj is Rs 3,12, 800. To prevent any untoward incidents, ambulance and fire extinguishers will be present at State Haj Committee and Haj Tower. Haj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is performed in the last month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims are expected to make at least once during their lifetime if they can afford to do so.last_img read more

Taltala Sex racket busted 5 arrested

first_imgKolkata: Another sex racket in the name of a spa was busted on Friday night at Taltala area on S N Banerjee Road. Five persons, including two customers, have been arrested. Four girls were also rescued who had been brought there for flesh trade. According to sources, since last few days, police were getting information about some illegal activity going on at ‘Mind and Body Spa’. Based on the information, officials of Anti-Human Trafficking unit of the Detective Department raided the place on Friday night and found a brothel was being run at the said premises. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring a search, the police apprehended five persons including two pimps, two customers and the manager of the spa. Later, the police came to know that the manager was the mastermind behind the sex racket. Later, a case was initiated at the Taltala police station. Earlier, on Tuesday night, eight persons were arrested for running a sex racket at ‘The Thai Retreat’. Police raided the spa located at 56 Sarat Bose Road in Ballygunge area and found two customers in compromising position with two girls. During the raid, police found two girls from Thailand who were brought there as sex workers. It is alleged that a businessman who went to Thailand earlier proposed the Thai girls who used to work in a spa to come to Kolkata and work here. Police are maintaining a strict vigil across the city in order to find out if any flesh trade is going on in the name of running spas or beauty parlours.last_img read more

Population control a form of patriotism PM

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on the need for population control during his Independence speech from the ramparts of Red Fort.Modi said that there is a greater need for discussion and awareness on the population explosion. “Population explosion will cause many problems for our future generations. But there is a vigilant section of public which stops to think, before bringing a child to the world, whether they can do justice to the child, give them all that she or he wants. They have a small family and express their patriotism to the country. Let’s learn from them. There is need of social awareness,” Prime Minister Modi said. Prime Minister had a word of praise for those who are going for small families. He said that such families are observing a form of patriotism. He said: “Those who follow the policy of small family also contribute to the development of the nation, it is also a form of patriotism.”last_img read more

Kapil Mishra former minister in Kejriwal govt to join BJP today

first_imgNew Delhi: Kapil Mishra, a former minister in Arvind Kejriwal’s government, announced on Friday that he will be joining the BJP. Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel earlier this month had disqualified Mishra under the anti-defection law after he campaigned for the BJP during Lok Sabha elections in May. “I am joining BJP tomorrow at 11 a.m.,” Mishra said in a tweet. Top Delhi BJP leaders confirmed that Mishra, once a close aide of Kejriwal, will be joining the party. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderA statement issued by the Delhi BJP said that “some eminent personalities” will join the party in presence of national vice president Shyam Jaju and state unit president Manoj Tiwari, at its office on Saturday. Speculations over Mishra joining the BJP were making rounds since he started criticizing the AAP supremo after being removed as a minister in May 2017. He grew close to many Delhi BJP leaders and often shared stage with them. His disqualification came into effect from January 27 this year, when he shared dias with Tiwari and then Union minister Vijay Goel against the AAP, according to the order issued by the speaker.last_img read more

Fire breaks out in Telangana Express passengers safe

first_imgNew Delhi: A fire broke out in two coaches of the Hyderabad-New Delhi Telangana Express at Asaoti station in Haryana on Thursday, Northern Railway officials said. All passengers are safe. Fire broke out in two coaches of the train at 7:43 am and both have been isolated, said Northern Railway Spokesperson Deepak Kumar. Fire has now been controlled. “Train number 12723 Hyderabad Ndls Telangana Express was stopped between Asaoti and Ballabgarh at 7:43 am due to heavy smoke and flames from wheels of the ninth coach from the rear end. The up and down movement has now been stopped in the affected section,” Kumar added.last_img read more

Yash Paul Bhola takes over as NFL Director Finance

first_imgNoida: Yash Paul Bhola has taken over as Director (Finance) in NFL on September 3, 2019. Prior to this, he was Executive Director (Finance) in the Company. An MBA in Finance & CMA, Bhola has a rich experience of 36 years in NFL’s various manufacturing Units, Marketing Division and Corporate Office. He started his career with NFL in 1983 and has gained experience in all aspects of Financial Management in the Company.last_img

SC orders transfer of Shahjahanpur student brother to other college

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday ordered transfer of the Shahjahanpur law student, who levelled harassment allegations against former union minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand, and her brother to other law colleges affiliated to Bareilly university saying, “for us their future is important”.A bench of justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna was informed by the Uttar Pradesh government that in compliance with apex court’s earlier order it has made all arrangements for transfer of the woman and her brother to other colleges with hostel facility. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The bench requested the Bar Council of India (BCI) to increase the seats of the colleges in which the woman and her brother will be shifted for LLM and LLB courses respectively. The top court disposed of the suo motu petition, of which it had taken cognisance last week, and said that the woman and her parents are at liberty to go home in Shahjahanpur accompanied by Delhi police. The court said that if any further direction is required, including that of security, then it can be mentioned before the Allahabad High Court. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe court, which had earlier interacted in-chamber with the woman, had said that she told the judges that she doesn’t want to continue her study in the college run by Chinmayanand’s ashram at Shahjahanpur. The top court had on Monday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to set up an SIT, headed by an IG-rank officer, to investigate the charges levelled by the woman, as well as the two related FIRs. It said that an Allahabad High Court bench will monitor the probe. After interacting in-chamber with the woman and her parents, the court had issued a slew of directions, including asking the state to provide police protection to the family and explore the possibility of admitting the woman and her brother in another college at Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh. The woman had gone missing after levelling allegations against Chinmayanand in a video and was later found in Rajasthan by UP police. The apex court judges had said the woman raised certain grievances against the institution where she studied and her parents had some apprehensions about the safety of their children. The court, however, had underscored that it was not expressing any opinion on the grievances and apprehensions raised by them. The apex court had also requested the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court to constitute a special bench to monitor the investigation in the two cross FIRs filed in the case — one by the woman’s father and another by the institution where she was studying. On August 30, it had said the woman will be kept in the national capital under full security. The woman was produced before the apex court judges who said she has expressed desire not to go to her home state, Uttar Pradesh. The top court judges had on Friday also interacted with the woman who had told them that she had left Uttar Pradesh with her three college mates in “order to protect herself”. It had directed the Delhi Police Commissioner to depute a police team to safely bring her parents from Sahajahanpur to Delhi by Saturday “at the earliest”.last_img read more

Kenyas Kosgei breaks halfmarathon record

first_imgLondon: Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei ran the fastest half-marathon ever by a woman on Sunday, winning the Great North Run in a time of one hour, four minutes and 28 seconds. Her time was 23 seconds quicker than the world record set in 2017 by fellow Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei but the course in the northeast of England is not eligible for records. Kosgei, who won this year’s London Marathon, led a Kenyan sweep of the top four places, with Magdalyne Masai second (1:07.36) and Linet Masai third (1:07:44). Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhMo Farah won the men’s elite race for a record sixth successive year as he warms up to defend his Chicago Marathon title next month. Four-time Olympic champion Farah, 36, was pushed hard by Tamirat Tola, but proved too strong in the final mile for the Ethiopian, finishing the 13.1-mile course in 59min 7sec and winning by six seconds. Abdi Nageeye of the Netherlands was third (59:55). Farah, a two-time Olympic champion in both the 5,000m and 10,000m, is aiming to establish himself among the world’s elite marathon runners. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHe claimed his first marathon title last year when he won in Chicago in a time of 2:05.11 — a European record. “I’ve really enjoyed it but the past couple of years has been in the middle of marathon preparation. It was good to test myself,” Farah said after his victory on Sunday. “Things are looking good and I’m happy with the win. Tokyo (2020 Olympics) is definitely on the cards — as an athlete you always want to represent your country. “You just have to take it one year at a time. Hopefully, come Tokyo time, we will be in the mix.”last_img read more

UP SP demands Shivpal Yadavs disqualification from assembly

first_imgLucknow: The Samajwadi Party (SP) has moved an application seeking the disqualification of Shivpal Singh Yadav from the Uttar Pradesh assembly under the anti-defection law. Shivpal Yadav, the estranged uncle of SP president Akhilesh Yadav, was elected from the Jaswantnagar assembly constituency in the 2017 state elections. He floated a new party Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) and had contested the recent Lok Sabha elections on its symbol. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The application from the leader of the SP in the assembly, Ram Govind Chaudhary, has been received and a letter seeking Shivpal Yadav’s reply has been issued, sources in the assembly said. Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit will take a decision on the matter after receiving Shivpal Yadav’s reply, they said. Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) spokesman C P Rai said before contesting the Lok Sabha elections, Shivpal Yadav had informed the speaker about his new party and he will say the same in the reply. Shivpal Yadav had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from the Firozabad seat.last_img read more

Montreal construction boom spawned by strong economy and political stability

first_imgMONTREAL – Cranes crowd the Montreal skyline these days as a strong economy and political stability are fuelling a construction frenzy throughout the downtown core and beyond.Although tame by Toronto and Vancouver standards, developers in Canada’s second-largest city are investing billions of dollars in new condominium and office complexes, along with retrofitting older buildings.“Since 1976, this is one of the greatest times,” Mayor Denis Coderre said, referring to the year when the election of the separatist Parti Quebecois prompted an exodus of residents and businesses.“There is right now 150 cranes representing $25 billion of investment in Montreal,” he said at the official launch of the second phase of the YUL twin tower and townhouse project that is sponsored by Chinese investors.Project developer Kheng Ly of Brivia Group Real Estate, who has partnered with China’s Tianco Group, said relatively low condo prices and the lack of a foreign buyers tax make Montreal an attractive place to invest.Ly, who arrived in Canada 29 years ago, said the downtown landscape has changed significantly in the past five years. The recent addition of direct flights between China and Montreal have attracted Asian investors who comprise 35 to 40 per cent of condo owners at the project’s first phase, he said.Further evidence of the city’s construction boom can be seen along a short stretch to the Bell Centre where towers surrounding the home of the Habs are a symbol of the change that has been sweeping over the city.A 55-storey glass building that will carry the famed Montreal Canadiens red and white logo has been launched after two previous towers featuring special access to the hockey complex were quickly sold out.The project is part of a large development of residential and office buildings planned by Cadillac Fairview and its partner Canderel for Quad Windsor, an area near the historic rail station.The association with one of sports’ most storied franchises is modelled after Toronto’s Maple Leaf Square and similar approaches in Los Angeles, Dallas and Edmonton.Montreal trails Toronto and Vancouver in condominium developments partly because of the city’s historic preference for rentals.“So there’s a bit of catch up,” said Brian Salpeter, Cadillac Fairview senior vice-president of development, Eastern Canada.Low interest rates, higher disposable income and municipal incentives have made home ownership more affordable and fuelled purchases, said Raphael Fischler, a professor at the McGill University School of Urban Planning.Since many of the large residential projects are built on empty lots or in old industrial locations, there is little immediate impact on affordable housing. However, he said it has caused an upward pressure on rents.Daniel Peritz of Canderel said outsiders are finally seeing the city’s potential.“It’s very nice because for so many years we didn’t have that situation. We have it now and the rest of the country is recognizing it,” he said.Royal LePage realtor Amy Assaad said that the last couple of years have been particularly strong.Demand is hottest for condos priced between $300,000 and $400,000 along with high-end units, she said.Assaad said she’s seeing more foreign buyers from Europe, China and the Middle East. In addition to good pricing, they are attracted to the city’s great university system, strong transit network and a sense of security.“Everything is on our side right now,” she said in an interview.However, Prof. Fischler said there is a concern that too many condos are being built, increasing the inventory of unsold units.“People entering the market to build now have to be careful,” he said.In addition to downtown, other thriving areas are Griffintown in the city’s old industrial area near the Lachine Canal and pockets of neighbourhoods that are undergoing gentrification.For developers like Quebec pension fund manager Ivanhoe Cambridge’s real estate subsidiary, the current environment is the strongest it has seen in a quarter century.Office vacancy rates have been declining as spaces are filled at the highest level in five years and net rental prices are on an upswing, said Bernard Poliquin, senior vice-president office in Quebec.Ivanhoe is officially opening its 27-floor downtown office tower next month, which will house Manulife and Ernst & Young.“Others like me who have been in the market for 20 to 30 years are saying the same thing: We haven’t lived this in our careers.”last_img read more