Mamata’s pen drips sarcasm on Centre’s economic policies

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday once gain took recourse to sarcastic poems to target the economic policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government at the Centre. She alleged there was a “dangerous situation” for common people and also asked where the country was heading to with depleting foreign exchange reserve.“Rupee suffering from low fever, petrol and diesel prices highest ever,” she said in a post on social media. Earlier this month, she had written a similar poem titled ‘Identity’ expressing her opposition to the ongoing exercise of National Register of Citizens in Assam. In the post, she alleged that foreign exchange reserves had fallen by $21.84 billion between March end and August 3 and current account deficit was moving up towards 2.8% of the GDP. “The unprepared bravado of launching GST has resulted in a massive loss to State revenues to the tune of ₹48,178 crore during July 2017 and March 2018,” she said. She also alleged that the makeshift filing of GST has now “charges of racketeering, black marketing and hawala.” “Everyone of this country is concerned now. Where are we heading to,” she asked.last_img read more

Fuel Masters pay price for veering away from defensive identity

first_imgPH 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 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess But Alas felt that defense was nonexistent against the Beermen, who led by double-digits for the majority of the game.Alas also said Phoenix has very limited room for error against a perennial champion in San Miguel and yet the Fuel Masters shot themselves in the foot with 20 turnovers.“I told them, we’re facing a national team here so our margin of error is very slim. But we still had too many turnovers,” Alas said. “You can’t blink against San Miguel.”“Plus, we also weren’t that aggressive in the second and third quarter. I told them, this is a wrestling match and if they’re more physical than we are, do not hope that you will win.”Phoenix made its first foray in the semifinals and it showed.ADVERTISEMENT Alas said it’s understandable for the Fuel Masters to experience “semifinals jitters” but added that it cannot be the case again starting Game 2.“We now have experience playing in the semis so if we will become soft again in some stretches of the game, two to three minutes, before you know it they’re already up by double-digits,” he said.“We need to bring our A-game defensively for 48 minutes.”Alas hopes his squad has already learned its lesson as it tries to even the best-of-seven series on Monday night at Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Head coach Louie Alas said his Fuel Masters tried to outgun the Beermen in a duel it cannot win instead of sticking to their strength which is on the other end of the floor.“We thought that we could beat San Miguel in a shootout,” Alas told reporters in Filipino after Phoenix got manhandled in their Philippine Cup semis opener Saturday night. “There’s no team in the PBA that can win against San Miguel in a shootout. They’re the number one offensive team here.”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, logistics“We’re winning, we’re 9-2 because of our defense and not because of our offense. I need to remind our players what our identity is.”Behind their vaunted defense, the Fuel Masters emerged with the best record after the elimination round. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MANILA, Philippines—Phoenix played San Miguel Beer’s game and paid the price.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Jolina Dela Cruz embracing La Salle-Ateneo rivalry: ‘I don’t want to lose against them’ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

Storm impact across the county rainbows flooding shelters open

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Storm impact across the county: rainbows, flooding, shelters open Posted: January 31, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDEL MAR (KUSI)- The rainy weather hit North County first before heading down to the Pacific Beach and Downtown. KUSI’s Dan Plante has more on the weather in North County KUSI Newsroom January 31, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The rain is affecting the homeless residents. Father Joe’s is opening more room in an emergency shelter so that homeless can sleep in a dry environment. KUSI’s Sasha Foo has more on this story in Downtown. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPACIFIC BEACH (KUSI)- The storm moved it’s way to Pacific Beach and La Jolla where San Diego Lifeguard Swiftwater Rescue teams are ready to help any people trapped by flooding. KUSI’s John Soderman has more on that story.last_img read more

Why some senior bureaucrats will depart if PM Modi gets 2nd term

first_imgA supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi displays a paper cap with images of Modi and Indian Parliament during an election campaign rally in Junagadh, Gujarat.ReutersThe Indian government may have to make a series of major changes at the top of the nation’s civil service if Prime Minister Narendra Modi is re-elected to a second term in May, according to multiple sources in the administration.At least eight senior bureaucrats in the prime minister’s office have either sought a transfer to other departments or plan to take premature retirement, three government officials said. The officials, from the prime minister’s office, the home (interior) ministry and the foreign ministry, declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the subject.Two of them said they too are keen to be transferred to state capitals or to other jobs. They said officials in several ministries were trying to move but did not have a number.There are about 25 senior civil servants working in the prime minister’s office, which under Modi has become the single most powerful department in government.The three officials said the reasons for wanting out are almost all the same. Many top bureaucrats complained about two aspects of the Modi administration – their inability to influence government policy as it is largely controlled and set by the prime minister and a small group of ministers and advisers, and the demanding work schedule they face.”The sense of partnership is missing, Modi and his ministers do not have an organic relationship with the bureaucrats,” said the civil servant in the home ministry.Sanjay Mayukh, a spokesman for Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), declined to comment on the grounds that governance issues were managed directly by ministers.A spokesman in the prime minister’s office did not return phone calls seeking comment.To be sure, some other major governments around the world often face a series of departures and changes, especially when the first-term morph into a second term.Also, just because an official talk about quitting doesn’t mean they will.But in India, officials in the prime minister’s office are hand-picked for loyalty and tend to stay if the administration is re-elected. Modi’s BJP-led alliance is tipped to win a slim majority in the April-May general election, pollsters say.Senior bureaucrats said Modi’s top-down approach, and his orders to work on public holidays, to demand they submit details of their assets, and to clean their own workplaces at the start of a five-year cleanliness campaign in 2014, has widened the gap between the civil servants and the nation’s leader.Amit Shah, a close aide of Modi and the head of the BJP, in a closed-door meeting attended by two ministers in February said bureaucrats continued to suffer from “communist romanticism”, a reference to the alleged influence of the left-leaning Congress opposition party on the bureaucrats. The ministers, who spoke to Reuters, declined to be identified.DISCONNECT WITH RULING PARTYFor some of the 5,000 or so mandarins who run the Indian government, its state-owned entities, as well as administration at a state government level, Modi’s style of leadership has been a jolt.Many of these top officials have received a Western-style education at India’s elite universities or schools overseas and are uncomfortable with the ruling party’s right-wing Hindu nationalism and Modi’s rough-hewn approach to governance.While getting into the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), is incredibly hard – only 1 out of about 4,500 who took the civil service exam got selected in 2018 – traditionally once someone got in they had a job for life with few risks of ever getting fired.An IAS job – one of the most sought after in India – bestows huge power as well as cheap housing, a car with a driver and other perks, leave for government-paid foreign study, and often the chance for plum positions in business or government consultative work after retirement. There is also a handsome pension.But such conditions can also breed complacency and a lack of ‘can do’ behaviour, according to Indian politicians and civil servants.They say there are plenty of Sir Humphreys in New Delhi, referring to a character in the British TV comedy series “Yes Minister” about how top officials in Whitehall stall government policies they don’t agree with.In particular, there is deep resentment in the top echelons of the Indian civil service over the interference in government by the Rashtriya Swayemsevak Sangh (RSS), the Hindu right-wing umbrella group of which the BJP is a part, these officials said.RSS functionaries have had a major role in successfully lobbying for big changes at the Reserve Bank of India, for example, leading to last December’s resignation of its governor and his replacement with an official who is considered more loyal to Modi, officials said.TECHNOCRATS, NOT GENERALISTSRSS figures also criticise Modi for not having enough professionally trained experts in place to implement some of his more controversial policies.”The country needs a professional administration for economic development and can’t depend on generalists,” said Ashwani Mahajan, co-convenor of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), the economic wing of the RSS that has campaigned against some bureaucrats.Last year, Modi proposed bringing in at least ten professionals from the private sector into the civil service at the joint secretary level, but the plan has still to be implemented and is facing strong resistance from civil servants. Joint Secretaries are two rungs below full Secretaries, the top civil servant in a ministry.A senior finance ministry official said major policy decisions including demonetisation, Modi’s decision to wipe out high-denomination bank notes without warning in 2016 and to hastily launch a goods and services tax that hit millions of small businesses and jobs, were examples of political decisions that didn’t get enough airing among officials before being implemented. Both are thought to have hurt jobs growth, economists say.There is a wider concern in the civil service about India being ruled by a Hindu nationalist party that some see destroying the country’s previous tolerant and secular nature.But the hours are as much of a concern to some.”I am looking out for other opportunities and have even requested for a transfer because it is almost impossible to work for 12-13 hours every day, even during weekends,” said a senior official working with Modi since 2014.last_img read more

Adani wins state goahead for 77 billion coal project in Australia

first_imgIndian conglomerate Adani Enterprises Sunday received approval from Australia’s Queensland state government to go ahead with the proposed AUD 10 billion (US$7.7 billion/about Rs 51,000 crore) coal project. The company won the permission to conduct mining activities in certain Australian coal reserves. Annastascia Palaszczuk, Queensland Premier, said Adani has got the permission to mine 11 billion tonnes of coal. In addition, the Gautam Adani-led group can build haul roads, workshops, pipelines and power lines in association with the mine, Reuters reported. “Some approvals are still required before construction can start, and ultimately committing to the project will be a decision for Adani,” Palaszczuk was quoted as saying by the agency.Meanwhile, according to some analysts, that the Gujarat-based company would find it tough to raise financing for the project in midst of a sinking coal market. The Adani group was reportedly facing legal troubles in Australia as environmentalists had lodged challenges on numerous fronts in the month of November last year. They had claimed that the project would harm the Great Barrier Reef and contribute to climate change. Last week, India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was visiting the island nation. He expressed hope that the Adani coal mine project would receive the due approvals and get a green signal, International Business Times, India reported.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

Student hit by brick from underconstruction building goes to coma

first_imgA student of a private university was critically injured after a brick from an under-construction building hit him in Mohammadia Housing area of Mohammadpur in the capital on Friday.Akhidul IslamThe victim is identified as Akhidul Islam who is now in coma. Doctors of Square Hospital, where is being treated, said his life is in danger.The police detained the owner of the building and his son in connection with the incident.Akhidul is a second year student of University of Development Alternatives (UDA).His relatives said Akhidul was walking on the Road No 7 of Mohammadia Housing around 1:00pm on Friday. A brick fell on him from the 3rd floor of the under-construction house 1/B.Pedestrians took him to National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic Rehabilitation. He was later shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital and then to Square Hospital.After operations, he was kept in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He is yet to get back consciousness. Doctors said Akhidul’s brain is damaged severely, and is now in critical condition.Akhidul’s brother-in-law Mostafizur Karigor filed a complaint with the Mohammadpur police station.The relatives demanded punishment and compensation from the persons responsible for the incident.Officer-in-charge of Mohammadpur police station Jamal Uddin Mir said the owner of the building Mosharraf Hossain and his son were detained and being interrogated.Sub inspector Mohammad Lahia said the building is under-construction. It is primarily known that the construction was not going on at the time of the accident.Residents in the area said the decoration was going on on the 3rd floor of the building for a marriage ceremony. A brick pushed by something fell down, they added.last_img read more

We are not your enemy Tillerson to North Korea

first_imgUS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks from the briefing room of the US State Department in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPSecretary of State Rex Tillerson promised Tuesday that the United States is not trying to topple Kim Jong-Un’s North Korean regime, but warned it must halt its nuclear missile program.Briefing reporters on diplomatic efforts to pressure Pyongyang, Tillerson said Washington would be willing to talk to the North if its leaders accept that they must disarm.“We don’t think having a dialogue where the North Koreans come to the table assuming they’re going to maintain their nuclear weapons is productive,” he warned.But he sought to reassure the isolated authoritarian regime that it does not need a nuclear arsenal to defend itself from a US attack.“We do not see a regime change. We do not seek the collapse of the regime. We do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula,” he promised.“We do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th parallel. And we’re trying to convey that to the North Koreans.“We are not your enemy. We’re not your threat, but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond.”US President Donald Trump has demanded that China, North Korea’s neighbor and biggest trade partner, rein in its nuclear ambitions—angrily tweeting over the weekend that Beijing is not doing enough.But here too, Tillerson was more diplomatic.“We certainly don’t blame the Chinese for the situation in North Korea,” Washington’s top diplomat said.“Only the North Koreans are to blame for this situation, but we do believe China has a special and unique relationship, because of this significant economic activity, to influence the North Korean regime in ways that no one else can.”Last week, Kim boasted that North Korea could now strike any target in the United States after carrying out its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test.Republican foreign policy hawk Senator Lindsey Graham said Trump is ready to launch a devastating military strike if diplomacy fails to stop the nuclear missile threat.last_img read more

Kader Siddiqui quits Oikya Front

first_imgQuader Siddiqui speaks at a press briefing at Jatiya Press Club on Monday. Photo: Prothom Alo. Kader Siddiqui-led Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) on Monday quit Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front ‘as the alliance has become inactive after the 11th parliamentary election’, reports UNB.Kader came up with the announcement at a press conference at the National Press Club.”There is no visible existence of Jatiya Oikya Front after the national election. It has also failed to focus on any national problem,” he said.Kader Siddiqui said also that their party will now start a new journey and stand beside people.KSJL formally joined Jatiya Oikya Front on 5 November, 2018 aiming to ensure an acceptable national election in the country.last_img

Heres What You Need To Know About The Total Solar Eclipse

first_imgYes. Never look directly at the sun during the eclipse without appropriate eye protection. And no, sunglasses don’t count. Real solar viewers are thousands of times darker than regular sunglasses.As NPR’s Nell Greenfieldboyce reports:“The only time it will be safe to look with the naked eye is during the brief window of so-called totality, when the sun is completely blocked by the moon. … When any part of the sun is uncovered and the eclipse is only partial, viewers need eye protection — even if there’s just a tiny crescent of sun left in the sky, [says Ralph] Chou, [a professor emeritus of optometry and vision science at the University of Waterloo].” ‘That crescent of sun is glowing every bit as brightly as it would on a day when there isn’t a solar eclipse,’ he says. ‘The difference is that instead of leaving a round burn on the back of the eye, it will leave a crescent-shaped burn at the back of the eye.’“Don’t think it’s safe to take quick, surreptitious glances, he warns.” ‘Actually, those quick little glances do add up,’ says Chou, ‘and they can, in fact, accumulate to the point where you do get damage at the back of the eye.’ “If you’re buying eclipse glasses, beware of scammers selling fraudulent products. The American Astronomical Society has a list of legitimate brands.Wait, what is a total solar eclipse again?A total solar eclipse is when the moon, the sun and the Earth all line up such that the moon completely blocks out the sun to viewers on part of Earth’s surface.It’s easier to imagine with a diagram.We residents of Earth are pretty lucky to see total solar eclipses. A lot of factors all need to align (so to speak). The moon needs to be just the right size and distance from Earth, and that’s before you even consider the cosmic fluke that is humans with eyes living on solid ground and able to turn our faces to the heavens.And in about 600 million years, earthlings won’t see total solar eclipses anymore, because the moon is still moving away from Earth.Are scientists really still interested in eclipses?Total solar eclipses have been happening for as long as humans have been around, but there’s still a lot to learn.For one thing, it’s a very useful moment for people who study the flaming corona of the sun that’s left exposed during the eclipse. The corona is the outer atmosphere of the sun, and during a total eclipse, the moon exposes part of the corona that is particularly interesting to researchers because it’s involved in space weather.But the moon moves quickly, giving scientists in any one location just a couple minutes to study the corona. To buy more time, volunteer citizen-scientists will take photos at 68 sites across the U.S. as part of Citizen CATE: the Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse experiment.“With that many telescopes, you can get continuous coverage of the eclipse from coast-to-coast during totality,” Bob Baer of Southern Illinois University told NPR’s Nell Greenfieldboyce. If everything goes as planned, the CATE team will end up with 93 minutes of continuous total eclipse.What if I miss the eclipse?Despair not. There will be solar eclipses visible from parts of the contiguous U.S. on Oct. 14, 2023, and April 8, 2024. The one in 2024 will be a total solar eclipse visible from Texas to Maine.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Joel Ryan/APNeza Pintaric, 9 and sister Ula, 11, right, from Slovenia watch the partial eclipse of the sun through solar glasses in Hyde Park in central London, Friday August 1, 2008.On Monday, the moon will completely eclipse the sun, and people all over the U.S. will watch.For those who have been boning up on eclipse trivia for weeks, congratulations. For everyone else, here are the things you need to know about the phenomenon.Where can I see the eclipse?A partial solar eclipse will be visible everywhere in the contiguous United States, but to see the total solar eclipse, you’ll need to be in a sash of land that cuts from Oregon to South Carolina. Source: NASA Credit: Katie Park and Leanne Abraham/NPRA total solar eclipse happens when the moon, the sun and the Earth all line up such that the moon completely obscures the sun to viewers on part of Earth’s surface.A lot of people are extremely excited, and are traveling enormous distances (and paying lots of money) to get to the the so-called path of totality. This is the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years. People in parts of the contiguous U.S. last saw a total solar eclipse in 1979.NASA is also live-streaming the eclipse for four and a half hours, beginning at 11:45 a.m. ET.Can the eclipse hurt my eyes?center_img Sharelast_img read more

Airlines in the US expecting 4 increase in passengers this spring

first_imgAirlines in the U.S. expecting 4% increase in passengers this spring The Canadian Press DALLAS — Coming off another highly profitable year in 2016, U.S. airlines expect traffic this spring to increase 4% over last year, and they are adding seats to handle the crush.The trade group Airlines for America forecast Monday that a record 145 million U.S. passengers will fly between March 1 and April 30.The group’s chief economist says traffic will rise because airfares have been falling while economic indicators such as household wealth and job creation are rising. Tags: America Posted bycenter_img Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img

Warwicks spring savings include up to 20 off best available rates

first_imgWarwick’s spring savings include up to 20% off best available rates Share Tags: Promotions, Warwick Hotels & Resorts Tuesday, March 6, 2018 NEW YORK — Spring is right around the corner, and Warwick Hotels and Resorts is gearing up for warmer temperatures with special spring savings of up to 20% off.With the ‘Step into Spring Sale’, Warwick Journeys members receive up to 20% off while non-members receive up to 15% off. Warwick Journeys is the complimentary membership recognition program that was recently launched by the brand to reward travellers.The promotion starts March 7 for Warwick Journeys members, and March 9 for non-members, and run through March 16, 2018. It is available for travel from March 21-June 20, 2018.Properties featured in the sale include the brand’s flagship, Warwick New York, the new adults-only, all-inclusive Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas, as well as the Warwick Paris, Warwick Brussels, Warwick San Francisco, Warwick Allerton – Chicago, Warwick Melrose – Dallas, The Capital, and The Levin, among others.A full listing of participating hotels can be found at warwickhotels.com/global-offers/step-into-spring/.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsBooking for the Step into Spring Sale is available at warwickhotels.com/global-offers/step-into-spring/. The sale is subject to availability, and cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.Warwick Journeys is free to join and allows members to earn credit based on the number of stays completed, as well as gain elite status faster via a unique Cross Stay Accelerator benefit that rewards travellers who stay at multiple Warwick locations. To sign up go to warwickjourneys.com.center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted bylast_img read more