Harpers speech left much to be desired First Nations delegates say

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Many First Nations chiefs and delegates at the Crown-First Nations Gathering in Ottawa expressed disappointment with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech, even as some tried to find some hope buried in the words he delivered.Many chiefs and delegates were looking for signals in the prime minister’s speech for a new approach by his government toward First Nations issues.Harper also met with a small delegation of chiefs Monday evening who relayed some of the pressing issues facing their communities and the First Nations leaders were hoping the prime minister would respond in his speech.The prime minister also stayed longer than initially believed at the meeting and was said to be meeting with delegates late into the afternoon.For many, however, the speech felt short of expectations.Michael Bignell, a band councillor from the Opaskwayak First Nation in northern Manitoba, said he was disappointed the prime minister made no major announcement.“I was hoping for something of an announcement, of anything, like education,” said Bignell, who watched the speech on a video screen in the overflow room at the Chateau Laurier.Madawaska Maliseet Chief Joanna Bernard, from New Brunswick, said the speech fell flat.“I was not impressed. He didn’t bring anything, hope or inspiration from the future,” said Bernard, who also watched the events from the luxury hotel next to Parliament Hill.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, however, said he saw gleams of possibility in Harper’s words.Nepinak said Harper’s comments on slowly eroding the Indian Act, instead of abolishing it, fit with his organizations call for creating a process, like a larger meeting involving premiers, to begin slowly changing the whole system.“We are not asking for a rewrite (of the Indian Act), we are asking for something new,” said Nepinak, who was in Victoria Hall to hear the prime minister’s chief first-hand. “First Nations are fully willing to participate and take on all responsibilities to that end. ”Ontario’s Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy, however, said he came away disappointed after hearing Harper’s speech.“We had hoped there would be an acknowledgment that these are our lands and that we have a right to benefit in jobs and training and economic benefits and job creation,” said Beardy. “Also, there is no real mention of how you are going to deal with the immediate challenges like housing.”Canupawakpa Dakota First Nation Chief Frank Brown said he didn’t really expect much from the speech and the prime minister met his expectations.“There was nothing different, nothing,” said Brown, whose Dakota community is in Manitoba. “He’s tried to announce to the world that, ‘I’m dealing with First Nations.’”Brown said his community will continue to try to generate their own revenues, outside of government funds.Brown’s community has already set up a smoke shack, which has been raided a couple of times already by Manitoba Ministry of Finance authorities. Brown said there are also plans to expand a fledgling casino to include VLTs.“We are asserting and declaring our rights,” said Brown, who was in the main hall for the meetings. “We want to generate revenue and create revenue to sustain us without federal funds and that is exactly what we are doing.”last_img read more

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RCMP say suspect in Ahtahkakoop fatal shooting has died

first_imgAPTN National NewsRCMP say the suspect in a fatal shooting Tuesday morning in the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation has also died.The 59-year-old man was found at approximately 5 p.m. in the community by RCMP. Police said a firearm went off after officers found the suspect and he was later pronounced dead in hospital. The RCMP said their officers never fired a shot.The small community, about 150 km north of Saskatoon, was rocked by a shooting hours earlier when a 56-year-old man was shot to death. Police have not identified either of the men.But according to resident Kim Sasakamoose, the shooting happened around 10 a.m. and the alleged shooter is her cousin, Elgin “Chucky” Sasakamoose.Chucky Sasakamoose. (Facebook photo)“They tried to bring him back to life,” said Kim Sasakamoose of the victim, who she identified as “Wayne” and being new to the community. The shooting happened near the health centre.A family friend identified the victim as Wayne Teed.Wayne Teed. (Facebook photo)Kim Sasakamoose said she heard the shooting was over a woman. “He took off on his quad,” said Kim Sasakamoose of her cousin. Police had told residents to stay in their homes throughout the day as they searched the area.Officers from several RCMP detachments were on the scene, including the canine and major crimes units. Police said they don’t believe there are any other victims or suspects. They have called in Saskatoon police to conduct what the RCMP said will be an independent investigation into what happened when the suspect died.RCMP at the scene of the shooting Tuesday in Ahtahkakoop. (Facebook photo)Chucky Sasakamoose was the son of Fred Sasakamoose, the first Aboriginal hockey player in National Hockey League when he played for the Chicago Blackhawks in 1953, according a family member.last_img read more

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APTN Investigates – Precious Ones

first_imgAPTN InvestigatesAPTN Investigates Holly Moore travelled to Sydney, NS and Leaf Rapids, MB to investigate the sudden deaths of Indigenous women.Their cases were closed by police but their families are left with lingering doubts and say racism played a role in the investigation.Here is the full episode of Precious Ones.last_img

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Casino will check hotel rooms even with Do Not Disturb

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – One of the world’s largest casino companies will check its guests’ hotel rooms every 24 hours, even if they have a “Do Not Disturb” sign hanging on the doorknob.Caesars Entertainment told The Associated Press Friday it also is considering giving panic buttons to its employees to enable them to quickly summon help if they are in danger or feel threatened. The company will implement the new policy soon at all its properties worldwide, spokeswoman Noel Stevenson said.The company, which owns 47 casinos in five countries, becomes the latest hospitality firm to adopt new room check policies after a gunman broke windows in his Las Vegas hotel room and rained bullets down on an outdoor concert in October, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds before killing himself.“In light of recent tragic events and to further strengthen security, we intend to check rooms with ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs on the door every 24 hours,” Stevenson said.The room checks will be conducted by security guards. The company had proposed having housekeepers do the checks, but changed its mind after opposition from a casino workers’ union.Caesars joins other gambling and hospitality companies who have adopted similar policies requiring guest rooms to be checked periodically, even if a “Do Not Disturb” sign is in use, including Disney, Hilton, MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts and Boyd Gaming. The frequency of checks ranges from 12 hours to two days.MGM, which owns the Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas where the mass shooting took place, says it requires a room check after two days if a guest has not interacted in person or over the phone with housekeeping or other hotel staff. The company says it also “reserves the right to enter the room if it is deemed appropriate to conduct a welfare check.”Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union had planned to hold a news conference Friday morning on the Atlantic City Boardwalk to oppose Caesars Entertainment’s proposed use of housekeepers to carry out the room checks, but called it off after the company told them it was changing the proposal.“After pressure from workers, Caesars Entertainment has agreed to rescind the room check policy that would have required housekeepers to enter rooms with ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on them,” the union said in a statement distributed Thursday night. “Additionally, Caesars has informed us that the company is testing safety buttons with the intention of providing them to all housekeepers in the near future. Caesars will also be increasing the security presence on the guest floors.”Union officials declined to comment Friday, and Caesars officials did not address the union’s contention that worker opposition led to a change in the proposal.The union had been concerned not only about the Mandalay Bay shootings in Las Vegas, but also assaults and injuries among Atlantic City casino workers. Those cases include the sexual assault of a hotel worker at Bally’s who was pushed into a room and attacked earlier this month, and a fire at the Tropicana that started when a guest set up an illegal methamphetamine lab in the room. A hotel worker who entered the room after the fire broke out had to be hospitalized.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAClast_img read more

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Materials and energy stocks weigh on Toronto market loonie ends lower

first_imgCanada’s main stock index closed down Wednesday as commodity prices slipped, while increased scrutiny on U.S. technology stocks helped push U.S. markets down.The day’s market drop followed a trend of down days recently as concerns over trade wars and regulatory investigations into premier tech stocks have rattled markets, said Norman Levine, managing Director of Portfolio Management Corp. in Toronto.“It’s generally got a negative tone to it, and it’s continuing to be led by the high-flying tech stocks for the most part.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 46.24 points to 15,169.94, driven by base metals and materials as worries about Chinese growth and demand increase, said Levine.“Metal stocks are more worried about growth in China and they need that for higher metal prices, and metal prices aren’t doing a whole lot right now, and gold is weak today as well.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 9.29 points to 23,848.42. The S&P 500 index closed down 7.62 points to 2,605.00 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 59.58 points to 6,949.23.The declines included losses from major U.S. tech stocks, with Amazon falling on reports U.S. President Donald Trump is looking to go after the company and Tesla declining on a downgraded credit rating and more concerns over its self-driving vehicles, following recent declines at Facebook and Twitter.“The big story here is the big tech stocks trading at multiples that make no sense but they were going up purely on momentum, the wind is coming out of the sail here, and they’re looking vulnerable and bringing down the rest of the market with them,” said Levine.The decline in stocks was felt in Canada as well, where BlackBerry Ltd. beat analyst expectations with US$233 million of revenue for the last quarter but slipped 1.38 per cent to $15.76 on the TSX.The stock losses from particular issues at larger technology companies are, however, likely distorting the view of the overall health of market because they have so much sway over some of the indexes, said Levine.“Indexes are going to show, especially in the US, more negative than what’s going on with the average stock.”The Canadian dollar closed at 77.51, down 0.2 of a US cent.The May crude contract ended down 87 cents to US$64.38 per barrel and the May natural gas contract was down two cents to US$2.69 per mmBTU.The June gold contract closed down US$17.90 to US$1,330.00 an ounce and the May copper contract was even at US$3 a pound.last_img read more

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Germanys Siemens to build new trains for London Underground

first_imgFRANKFURT — German firm Siemens AG has landed a 1.5 billion pound ($1.9 billion) order for new trains for the London Underground’s busy Piccadilly line, which brings 700,000 people in and out of central London every day.The 94 trains from the Siemens Mobility division have fully air-conditioned and walk-through carriages. They will go into service in 2024, replacing trains that date back to the 1970s and have become increasingly unreliable, crowded and expensive to maintain.The company said Tuesday the contract was awarded “with the expectation” Siemens would build single-design trains for all four deep Underground lines: Piccadilly, Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & City.Siemens has announced plans for a train factory in Goole, East Yorkshire, that will employ 700 people and offer roles for 1,700 suppliers.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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GM working to retrain employees affected by Oshawa plant closure

first_imgOSHAWA, Ont. — General Motors of Canada says it’s working with other employers to identify jobs and targeted training programs for GM employees affected by the closure of the Oshawa Assembly plant next year. It says several employers have identified about 2,000 jobs that will become open in Durham region in 2019 and 2020.In addition, General Motors has identified 300 openings for auto technicians at GM dealerships in Ontario and 100 jobs that will be open at other GM facilities in Ontario.GM Canada says Durham College will also establish a confidential internet portal in the new year to help auto workers identify job openings and begin plans for appropriate retraining at one of several schools in the area.The city of Oshawa and surrounding areas east of Toronto were shocked last month when the highly rated Oshawa Assembly plant was included as one of five North American GM plants expected to close next year.Unifor national president Jerry Dias has said the union would fight against the Oshawa closure but GM says it wants a smooth transition for about 3,000 unionized and salaried employees — including potential retirement for half of them.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Five Peace Region students advance to Canadawide Science Fair at regional competition

first_imgGrade 11 NPSS student Kyra Taylor did her project on preventing and monitoring back complications in horses. The quartet will be joined by Dawson Creek Grade 11 student Amy Crandall. DCSS Central Campus student Ridley Chisholm was originally selected to go to Ottawa, but was replaced by Korfmann after he was unable to attend.The full awards results from the Northern B.C. Regional Science Fair on April 10th are as follows:SPECIAL AWARDS:AGAT Laboratories Outstanding Chemistry Project (Junior) – $50Winner – Alexander Rugina, Grade 6, CM Finch Elem., The Race of DiffusionAGAT Laboratories Outstanding Chemistry Project (Senior) – $50 Winner – Kayli Taylor, Grade 8, Upper Pine, Hydro Seeding: Plant Regrowth help for logging blocks where wood chips are used for erosion preventionBC Game Developers Innovation Award (Grades 6-8) – $50Winner – Ridley Chisholm, Grade 8, Dawson Creek Sec. Central Campus, Tapping Energy BC Hydro Power Pioneers Award – $100, Perpetual TrophyWinner – Ridley Chisholm, Grade 8, Dawson Creek Sec. Central Campus, Tapping EnergyBC Nature Award (Grades 6-8) – $75Winner – Kayli Taylor, Grade 8, Upper Pine, Hydro Seeding: Plant Regrowth help for logging blocks where wood chips are used for erosion preventionBC Science Teachers’ Award – $100Winner – Avary Tyrell, Grade 7, Freedom Thinkers, A Freezin’ FrenzyBCIC Young Innovator Scholarship – $2000 Scholarship to a BC UniversityWinner – Kyra Taylor, Grade 11, North Peace Senior Sec., A Novel Approach for Preventing and Monitoring Back Complications in EquinesBritish Columbia Dental Hygienist Award – $25 Each, Keeper TrophyWinner – Ava Gordon and Gemma Parsonage, Grade 4, Charlie Lake Elem., Will it Decay … or Will it Stay?CWL Energy Botany Award – $50Winner – Abi Krafczyk, Grade 5, Christian Life School, Does WI-FI Affect Plant LifeCWL Energy Health and Safety Award – $50Winner – Jack Webster, Grade 5, CM Finch Elem., Tide Pod Toxicity ChallengeCWL Energy Healthy Living Award – $50Winner – Justin Vander Linden, Grade 6, Clearview, H2 EwCWL Energy People’s Choice Award – $50Winner – Brianna Shuman, Grade 8, Dawson Creek Sec. Central Campus, Students vs GradesCWL Energy Physics Award – $50Winner – Maryam Khanum, Grade 4, Duncan Cran Elem., Potential Energy Height and Falling Impact RelationshipsCWL Energy Science of Sport Award – $50Winner – Adalyn Dutchak, Grade 4, Alwin Holland Elem., Skate, Swim, Sit, or FlingEngineers & Geoscientists of BC Award – $100Winners – Lucas Wuthrich, Grade 6, Heritage Christian Online School, Recycle BuddyGenome BC Award – 2 Awards of $100Winner – Hailey Dutchak, Grade 7, Dr. Kearney Middle School, Pesky MosquitoesWinner – Miranda Pauls, Grade 8, Bert Bowes Middle School, The Evolution of Wolves to DogsMichael Crooks Physics Prize – $75Winner – Jaleh Azarpaad, Grade 6, Ecole Central Elem., Spaghetti Bridge EngineeringNPVC Animal Care Award – $50Winner – Harlan Giesbrecht, Grade 4, North Peace Home Educators, Weight Gain in Eggs During IncubationRoy Northern Environmental Award Junior – $100, Keeper TrophyWinner – Emilia Dysterhuis, Grade 6, Upper Pine, No Air to Spare: Scrub That CO2Roy Northern Environmental Award Senior – $100, Keeper TrophyWinner – Kayli Taylor, Grade 8, Upper Pine, Hydro Seeding: Plant Regrowth help for logging blocks where wood chips are used for erosion preventionSCWIST Award – $100, Perpetual TrophyWinner – Miranda Pauls, Grade 8, Bert Bowes Middle School, The Evolution of Wolves to DogsTimberline Trail and Nature Club Award – $50Winner – Brynn Beswick, Grade 5, Hudson’s Hope Elem/Sec., The Dirt on SoilVibrant Communities Award Elementary – $100Winner – Nathan Tremblay, Grade 6, Robert Ogilvie Elem., Wind TurbineVibrant Communities Award Senior – $100Winner – Claire Urich, Grade 7, Bert Bowes Middle School, Bullying BehaviourDIVISIONAL AWARDS:Viper Innovations Top Grade 4 Project – $50, Keeper TrophyWinner – Maryam Khanum, Grade 4, Duncan Cran Elem., Potential Energy Height and Falling Impact RelationshipsViper Innovations Top Grade 5 Project – $50, Keeper TrophyWinner – Krispin Johnson, Grade 5, Upper Pine, Coming Soon: Ice Age the RealityViper Innovations Top Grade 6 Project – $50, Keeper TrophyWinner – Emilia Dysterhuis, Grade 6, Upper Pine, No Air to Spare: Scrub That CO2Honourable Mention Junior Project – $50, Keeper TrophyWinner – Hailey Dutchak, Grade 7, Dr. Kearney Middle School, Pesky Mosquitoes Second Place Junior Project – $100, Keeper TrophyWinner – Ridley Chisholm, Grade 8, Dawson Creek Sec. Central Campus, Tapping EnergyTop Junior Project – $200, Keeper TrophyWinner – Kayli Taylor, Grade 8, Upper Pine, Hydro Seeding: Plant Regrowth help for logging blocks where wood chips are used for erosion preventionSecond Place Intermediate Project – $100, Keeper TrophyWinner – Jaiden Gibbons, Grade 9, Freedom Thinkers, Trash TalkTop Intermediate Project – $200, Keeper TrophyWinner – Jade Haab, Grade 9, Freedom Thinkers, Elevated IQSecond Place Senior Project – $100, Keeper TrophyWinner – Amy Crandall, Grade 11, Dawson Creek Secondary, SPSS Campus, A Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome IITop Senior Project – $200, Keeper TrophyWinner – Kyra Taylor, Grade 11, North Peace Secondary School, A Novel Approach for Preventing and Monitoring Back Complications in EquinesNominations for Provincial Awards:Genome BC Scholarship – $1000 ScholarshipNominee – Amy Crandall, Grade 11, Dawson Creek Secondary, SPSS Campus, A Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome II W.E. Coates Award – $200Nominee – Haley Korfmann, Grade 8, Freedom Thinkers, Drowning in OilStudents Selected to attend the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Ottawa, May 12-19:Hailey Dutchak, Grade 7, Dr. Kearney Middle School, Pesky MosquitoesHaley Korfmann, Grade 8, Freedom Thinkers, Drowning in OilKayli Taylor, Grade 8, Upper Pine, Hydro Seeding: Plant Regrowth help for logging blocks where wood chips are used for erosion preventionAmy Crandall, Grade 11, Dawson Creek Secondary, SPSS Campus, A Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome IIKyra Taylor, Grade 11, North Peace Secondary School, A Novel Approach for Preventing and Monitoring Back Complications in EquinesNote: Ridley Chisholm, Dawson Creek Sec. Central Campus, was originally selected to attend the CWSF in Ottawa, but he is unable to attend, and he was replaced by Haley Korfmann. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Students in Grades 4 – 12 from around the Peace Region showed off their science knowledge at the Northern B.C. Regional Science Fair in Fort St. John on Tuesday.Of the hundreds of students that competed at this year’s regional science fair, just five earned themselves spots to compete at the Canada-wide Science Fair, which is taking place this year in Ottawa from May 12th to 19th. Haley Korfmann, Hailey Dutchak, and sisters Kayli and Kyra Taylor will represent the North Peace at the competition.Dutchak, who is currently in Grade 7 at Dr. Kearney Middle School, did a science project on mosquitoes. Kayli Taylor, who attends Upper Pine School in Grade 8, studied Hydro Seeding – a plant regrowth for logging blocks. Freedom Thinkers independent school student Haley Korfmann, also in Grade 8, did a project called ‘Drowning in Oil’.center_img Winner – Kordell Ollenberger, Grade 8, Clearview, Top ConductorAl Appleton Award – $100Winner – Elanor Copes, Grade 8, Clearview, Feel the HeatBC Agriculture in the Classroom Award – $65last_img read more

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United We Roll Convoy arrives in Ottawa

first_imgDemonstrators from eastern Canada are also expected to link up with the convoy.A photo of the United We Roll group in Ottawa – @GlenMotz BREAKING: #UnitedWeRollForCanada convoy has now made it to Parliament Hill. Shutting down Wellington St. @ctvottawa #ottnews pic.twitter.com/a3zU9zgay3— Catherine Lathem (@CatherineCTV) February 19, 2019“The core message is we need immediate action for our pipelines to get in the ground, to get to tidewater and to the rest of Canada,” said lead organizer Glen Carritt, the owner of an oilfield fire and safety company in Innisfail, Alta.The protesters want the Liberal government to scrap the carbon tax and two bills that overhaul environmental assessments of energy projects and ban oil tankers from the northern coast of British Columbia. Carritt said participants also are unhappy about the government’s recently signing a non-binding United Nations compact on global migration.Carritt said Canada’s borders “need to be controlled” by Canada and its citizens, not the United Nations.Just got to the Parliament Hill where trucks are blasting their horns and people are beginning to gather #UnitedWeRollForCanada #StarConvoy #yow #ConvoyForCanada #UnitedWeRoll #ConvoyToOttawa pic.twitter.com/byArDCHvgl— Hamdi ‘hamdog’ Issawi (@hamdiissawi) February 19, 2019 Carritt originally referred to his convoy as a “yellow vest convoy” but renamed it United We Roll after it too was linked to people spewing hateful rhetoric against Muslims and immigrants.“After much consideration we have decided to make this convoy about being inclusive and supporting Canadians first and foremost,” Carritt wrote on the protest’s GoFundMe page in late January. “Our new name is United We Roll! Convoy For Canada!”Lead organizer Glen Carritt says the display is about showing support for new oil pipelines and opposition to the federal carbon tax and new rules on oil transportation.The convoy includes members of the Yellow Vest Movement, whose demonstrations across the country have had widely varying agendas, from supporting pipelines to denouncing a United Nations compact on global migration.center_img OTTAWA, O.N. – Hundreds of trucks and people have arrived in Ottawa to protest the federal government’s policies on the oil industry.The main portion of the United We Roll Convoy set out from Red Deer, Alta., last Thursday and made stops in Regina, Dryden, Thunder Bay, and Sault Ste. Marie before mustering at Arnprior, Ont., just outside the capital.The rally is expected to occupy almost a kilometre of Wellington Street, in front of Parliament.last_img read more

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Mobile apps to promote Urdu

first_imgNew Delhi: For the promotion of Urdu language, NCPUL (National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language) is planning to make the learning of Urdu language easier and pocket-friendly by developing mobile apps for the same. The mobile app would focus on teaching Urdu calligraphy along with the pronunciation of the Urdu words mostly used in day to day life. It also plans to rope in Bollywood personalities for the promotion of Urdu language and is in talks with several lyricists and actors. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plastic”Through mobile app, we intend to rope in the youngsters who do have a craving for the language but somehow couldn’t find time or space to learn it. Through the app, the Urdu language would be easy to learn and speak. We are designing it in a way so that it’s user-friendly,” said Dr Aqil Ahmed, Director, NCPUL. A three-day international World Urdu Conference is also being organised in Delhi from March 18 to 20 by the organisation for the upliftment of Urdu as a language. Interestingly, eminent Urdu scholars (whose mother tongue haven’t been Urdu) from abroad will be participating from Canada, Russia, France, Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Denmark, Japan, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, Mauritius and would be delivering their papers at the conclave. Urdu research scholars from 35 universities too have been invited in the conference. The organisation has also sought list of all madrasas in country both registered and non-registered and plans to promote the language through effective participation at the ground level.last_img read more

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BJP at behest of Delhi police cancelled my rally Kejriwal

first_imgNEW DELHI: In a fresh attack on the BJP, Delhi CM and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday alleged that BJP through Delhi police cancelled his rally at Shakur Basti as the party realised that they would lose in this election.Taking a dig at BJP, the Chief Minister said, “Cancel as many rallies of mine you want to, I will go to the people and address them.” He also addressed the issue of full-statehood and explained how the Centre created obstructions to pass the Mohallah Clinic files, CCTV projects and others. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”In the last four years, I have worked relentlessly for the development of Delhi. PM Narendra Modi says his chest is of 56 inches, through the work done by the AAP government I have made all Delhiites chest of 59 inches,” he said while addressing a rally at Timarpur, North East Delhi. The Chief Minister added that only the people of Delhi in India can say that the state education system has developed in the last four years, unlike any other state. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMeanwhile, CM Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday claimed that he was denied permission for a rally in Sant Nagar Chowk here by the Delhi Police at the behest of the BJP. “BJP gets my public rally cancelled today thro police. Police deny permission. How many BJP rallies were denied permission by police in Delhi in last 5 yrs? ” Kejriwal said in a tweet. He said the people will teach the BJP a lesson for not fulfilling its promise of granting full statehood to Delhi. Police, however, said the permission for the proposed public meeting was not given as the site witnesses heavy traffic snarls and huge footfall of people on weekends due to the weekly market. They said they had proposed an alternative venue which was 150 metres away from the site. “Busy intersection of Sant Nagar Chowk was not found fit for a proposed public meeting of 2000, with around 1000 seats and pandal, due to heavy traffic and a weekly market. This was conveyed on 20-03-2018,” tweeted DCP Outer Delhi, Seju P Kuruvilla.last_img read more

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Losing 4 wickets in powerplay didnt help Karthik

first_imgChennai, April 10 (IANS) It was billed as the clash of the titans, but Kolkata Knight Riders failed to even get off the mark against Chennai Super Kings at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in their Indian Premier League encounter. While Deepak Chahar started the show with the new ball, Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir sealed the deal in the middle overs. Speaking at the end of the game, KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik admitted that the team had not put on enough runs on the board. He said that losing four wickets in the powerplay put the KKR outfit on the back foot. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “Definitely not enough runs on the board. These are tricky games and you don’t know how many runs to set with the dew and everything, but when the game finishes you feel you should gave got 20 more runs, so it’s always a Catch-22 situation. “When you lose four wickets in the powerplay, you are always behind the eight-ball. Then you have to consolidate and probably hope to go well towards the end, but we couldn’t do that,” he admitted. Karthik though made a special mention of how Andre Russell once again looked to stand tall and get counted, even though he didn’t have too many batsmen for support. “But credit to Russell, he showed a lot of maturity and I am pleased with the way he’s shaping up,” he said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later The captain also praised the overall attitude of the group and how they look to give it their all on the field. “I was happy with the general attitude, I like the way we tried defending a small total, especially the spinners with the wet ball. “I don’t think it was a lack of concentration from our side with the bat. We have been on the road for three games, and have won two in five days and we shouldn’t be too greedy. We’ve tried hard and as a captain I am okay with not coming up on top everyday,” he said. The KKR skipper now wants the boys to come back strongly. “When we return, we need to regroup. Two good teams playing and it should be a good match against Delhi next. (Message to the team) Enjoy, forget today, next game is a new game, a new day,” he said.last_img read more

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Capt fumes as Canada removes all references to Sikh terrorism

first_imgChandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday protested the Canadian government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, removing all references to Sikh extremism from its 2018 report on terrorism which had earlier listed it as one of the top five terrorist threats to the country.The 2018 report on terrorism, first released in December last year, drew the ire of the Sikh community at the time of its release as it was the first time it listed Sikh extremism as one of the top five extremist threats in Canada, the Toronto-based CBC news said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Singh protested the Trudeau administration’s decision, saying it “succumbed to domestic political pressure”. “The move is a threat to Indian and global security,” he said. Amarinder said the “knee-jerk decision” by the ruling Canadian Liberal Party was aimed at protecting its political interests in an election year. It could have serious consequences for the Indo-Canadian relations in the long run, Singh said. “(Canadian Prime Minister Justin) Trudeau is playing with fire with his decision to assuage inflamed domestic passions through this ill-considered move,” he claimed. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe world cannot afford to fan extremism in any form, which is what the Trudeau government is effectively doing with such ill-thought moves, he added. He pointed out that he himself had given proof to the Canadian Prime Minister during his India visit last year, of his country’s soil being used to spread the separatist Khalistani ideology against a friendly country. Trudeau had been informed of Khalistani activists being involved in financing terror activities in India from Canada, said the Chief Minister in a statement here Sunday. Singh had handed over to the Canadian Prime Minister a list of nine Canada-based operatives allegedly involved in promoting radicalism in Punjab, which has the highest number of Sikhs in India. The chief minister dubbed the “erasure of the various references to Khalistan and Khalistani organisations” from the latest threat report “as an unpardonable act in the eyes of the peace-loving global community.” “It is obvious that Trudeau had played safe in view of the upcoming elections in Canada, giving in to pressure within his country. In the process, he has quite blatantly ignored the adverse impact this could have not only on Canada’s relations with India but also on geopolitical stability,” he added. The updated version of the ‘2018 Public Report on the Terrorism Threat to Canada’ was released on Friday, Toronto-based CBC news quoted The Canadian Press news agency as saying. The language in the report was changed to remove any mention of religion, instead discussing the threat posed by “extremists who support violent means to establish an independent state within India”, it reported.last_img read more

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Attempt being made to destroy the Constitution

first_imgSilchar: Coming down heavily on the BJP, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday said the Constitution is not respected, and an attempt is being made to destroy it by the present dispensation.Holding a roadshow in Silchar in support of Congress candidate and sitting MP Sushmita Dev, she also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had toured the world over, but hardly spent time in his constituency in Varanasi. “It is ‘Mahapurush’ (B R) Ambedkar’s birth anniversary. He laid the foundation of this country through the Constitution. Every leader has to respect that Constitution. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”Today, you are seeing that the Constitution is not respected and an attempt is being made to destroy it,” said Gandhi, who is Congress’s general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh East. Slamming the BJP manifesto, she said there is no space for different cultures and religions in it, as well as any respect for the Constitution. “On the other hand, the Congress manifesto has the ‘NYAY’ scheme, under which a low-income family will get Rs 72,000 annually… In every word, there is respect for the Constitution,” she said. Gandhi said people in Varanasi told her that Modi did not spend even five minutes with anyone there in the last five years.last_img read more

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Bank unions write to Modi urge Govt to take over Jet Airways

first_imgMumbai: Bank unions Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take over grounded Jet Airways to secure the future of the 22,000-odd employees of the carrier. In a letter to Modi, the All-India Bank Employees Association also said government must ensure that banks are not forced to lend to the crippled airline. After flying for 25 years, Jet Airways Wednesday announced grounding of operations after its lenders declined an interim funding of Rs 400-crore. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We learn that banks have invited bids to possible investors to take over the airline. If it does not happen, we urge you to take over the airline so that the jobs of these 22,000 employees are safe,” the association said. At the same time the unions opposed any move to force banks to lend more money to the airline. “Everyone is looking at the banks to bail out the airline as though lenders are the owners,” the unions said, also demanded an enquiry into the affairs of Jet. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”Naresh Goyal is still the promoter and major share- holder with 51 percent stake and it is his headache to run the company or sell it someone,” the unions said. The attempts to sidetrack the whole issue by building pressure on the banks to extend further loan and save the company is only with a view to keep Goyal out of the picture whereas he is the real man who is answerable for the whole crisis, the unions claimed. “We seek the immediate intervention of the government so that banks are not pressurised to dole out more money,” the letter said. The airline owes more than Rs 8,500 crore to banks and around Rs 4,000 crore to its vendors and aircraft lessors and months of salaries to the employees apart from thousands of crores of rupees in ticket refunds to passengers. That apart it has an accumulate loss of over Rs 13,000 crore. A consortium of banks led by State Bank had said they were hopeful of a successful bidding process for stake sale in the airline. The 26 lenders to the cash strapped airline, now own 51 percent stake in the airline, have invited bids from potential suitors and received four bids from Etihad Airways, NIFF, TPG and Indigo Partners and expect to close the deal by May 10.last_img read more

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Phase 3 polls in UP to decide fate of four members of

first_imgLucknow: The third phase of polling for ten Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh will decide the electoral fate of four members of the SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav’s clan besides those of senior party leader Azam Khan and film actor and BJP candidate Jaya Prada.The polling for the third phase is to be held on April 23 for ten Lok Sabha seats in the Rohilkhand region of the state along with 105 other seats across 13 other states. The BJP, which had won seven out of the ten seats in this region in 2014, has a huge stake in this phase in Uttar Pradesh as the area is considered a SP stronghold as three of the total five members of the Yadav family had won from this region despite a Modi wave in the last elections. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The three Yadav family members who are seeking re-election respectively from Mainpuri, Badaun and Firozabad in this phase are Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and his two nephews, Dharmendra Yadav and Akshay Yadav. Pitted against Akshay Yadav, son of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s cousin Ram Gopal Yadav, is another brother of the party patriarch, Shivpal Yadav, who has fallen out with SP president Aklhilesh Yadav, and fighting from Fiorozabad after floating a new political outfit, Pragateesheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia). In 2014, Mulayam Singh had won both the Mainpuri and Azamgarh seats, but had vacated the first one, which was won by his another family member Tej Pratap Singh in the subsequent bye-election. The electoral fortunes of senior SP leader Azam Khan will also be decided in this phase from Rampur which witnessed a new low in campaigning this time. Known for his controversial statements, Azam Khan made an “indecent” remark, targeting his BJP opponent Jaya Prada in Rampur by allegedly speculating on the colour of her underwear and attracting the saffron party wrath, besides that of the NCW.last_img read more

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Cong BJP acting against SPBSP alliance Mayawati

first_imgLucknow: BSP chief Mayawati Thursday accused the BJP and Congress of having a tacit understanding and unitedly working against the SP-BSP alliance. Congressmen think it is not a problem if BJP candidates win elections but SP-BSP alliance candidates should not win polls, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister alleged. “Like BJP, Congress has started talking absurd about the SP-BSP alliance. It is clear that both (Cong and BJP) have a tacit understanding and are contesting against our alliance unitedly,” Mayawati said here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Addressing an election rally in Barabanki on Wednesday, Congress President Rahul Gandi had alleged that control of Mayawati and Akhilesh was in hands of PM Narendra Modi. “In the past five years, did the SP or BSP take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi directly? Did you hear any statement from Mayawati or Mulayam Singh Yadav? See, I am not scared of Narendra Modi. I don’t care. If someone is scared, it is Narendra Modi. But the controller of Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav is in the hands of Narendra Modi,” Rahul had said.last_img read more

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Bengal provides Ayush training at blocklevel

first_imgKolkata: The Bengal government has started Ayush (Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Yoga, Unani, Sidhha and Homeopathy) training at the block-level across the state to enhance health infrastructure in the rural areas.The state government has completed the training programme for some of its medical officers, who would in turn train the other health workers at the district-level. After being trained, the district-level medical officers would train the Asha workers in the block level. The Asha workers will visit door-to-door to create awareness about fitness by using the traditional methods of treatment. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaVarious camps have been organised by the state government to train the medical officers. The Asha workers will visit the houses and train the people on how to combat diabetes, hypertension and others diseases by adopting some simple methods. The villagers in the block-level will be trained to identify the plants with medicinal value that are abundantly found in their vicinity. The block-based training progarmme was started in Malda on May 16 and would continue till May 17. Similar programmes will be conducted in other districts in various phases. The programme was a part of National Ayush Mission, a campaign initiated by the Centre. The programme is run by Centre and the state government. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDr Sumit Sur from National Ayurveda Students and Youth Association said: “We welcome the move taken by the Centre to provide assistance to the state government in order to flourish Ayush treatment at the block-level.” Dr Biswajit Ghosh, Ayurvedic Medical Officer, Uttar Chandipur Sadar Upaswasthya Kendra, in Malda said: “It is a unique initiative by the state government and it will help to promote the traditional methods of treatment in the villages.”last_img read more

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Morocco 3705 killed in traffic accidents in 2013

first_imgRabat – Traffic accidents indicators for 2013 show that the number of fatalities declined by 8.63 pc in 2013 (3,705 killed persons) while the rate of fatal road accidents decreased by 8.33 pc compared to 2012.Provisional statistics published by the ministry of equipment, transports and logistics show that the number of road accidents increased by 1.4pc compared to 2012, to reach 68,458 accidents, including 3,148 deadly ones and 65,310 non-fatal accidents (a rise of 1.92 pc).In the same year, the number of persons who were seriously injured regressed by 6.77p.last_img

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