Two highly anticipated upgrades to Highway 104 could move ahead much sooner if federal funding becomes a reality. Transportation and Public Works Minister Angus MacIsaac told municipal leaders in the Strait region of the province today, March 27, that his department has planning and design work well underway for the 15-kilometre stretch of twinning near Antigonish, and the eight kilometres of new highway near Port Hawkesbury. “Significant upgrades are needed to ensure that this vital national highway is safe and efficient for all users,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “Without federal funding in place it will be necessary to delay the startup of some of this work, or to spread it out over a longer period of time.” Mr. MacIsaac said completion time for these projects could be shortened by almost two years if the federal government matches provincial funding. The province is pursuing agreements with the federal government on these projects. If a federal funding agreement is in place, construction of the new twinned section of Highway 104 near Antigonish is expected to begin in 2008, while the bypass near Port Hawkesbury is expected to begin in 2009. The province and the government of Canada signed a contribution agreement in 2005 that included twinning an eight-kilometre section of Highway 104 between New Glasgow and Pine Tree Road. Details of the highway projects are available on the website at: http://gov.ns.ca/tran/highwayops/hwyprojects.asp .
The government of Nova Scotia offers its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the victims of the tragic shooting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Among the victims is former Colchester County resident Jocelyne Couture-Nowak. Mrs. Couture-Nowak taught French for a number of years at Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Bible Hill before moving to be a French professor at Virginia Tech in 2001. “This tragic event has touched the lives of many people, particularly those who knew Mrs. Couture-Nowak and her family,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “We offer our deepest sympathies to the Nowak family and to all those whose lives she touched when she lived in the Truro area as a professor of French and a mentor for francophone Nova Scotians. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this terrible time, as they are for all our American neighbours.” Mrs. Couture-Nowak’s husband Jerzy Nowak had been a professor and department head at Nova Scotia Agricultural College until 2001, when he became head of the department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech. Over the past several years, the Nova Scotia Agriculture College and Virginia Tech have partnered on an international academic program with a focus on sustainable agriculture and aquaculture. “We are also relieved to know that the three NSAC students, two from Nova Scotia and one from Prince Edward Island, who are currently at Virginia Tech as part of this exchange program, are safe,” said Agriculture Minister Brooke Taylor. “We are shocked by this sad, horrible and senseless act. We hope that the families and friends gain strength from one another and know that so many people are thinking of their well-being at this time,” said Mr. Taylor. “The Acadian and francophone community are saddened by the loss of Mrs. Couture-Nowak,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Acadian Affairs. “She has made a great contribution to the francophone community, particularly with the development of École acadienne in Truro, and she will be sadly missed.” Counselling assistance for NSAC faculty and staff has been made available. A community memorial service in the Alumni Theatre at NSAC is planned for Friday at 1 p.m.
Wheels will be rolling out of the warehouse this Saturday, Feb. 16, at the provincial government surplus auction. Highlights of this week’s sale include eight vehicles, four of which are four-wheel drive. There’s also two all-terrain bikes, a single-axle trailer and two cars. If your interests are more stationary, you will find an automotive wheel balancer, various 20″ colour television sets, assorted file cabinets, a large selection of office chairs, a few hand-held power tools, some wood-working equipment, two floor safes, several microphone stands, and a variety of office equipment (fax machines, photocopiers, paper shredders). A link to a partial list, with photos, is posted on the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/govservices/govauction.asp . The auction will be held at the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal warehouse at 10 Acadia St., Dartmouth at 10 a.m. Items can be viewed between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The auction will be conducted by A&A Auctioneering. Payment must be made by cash or auctioneer-approved cheque. Credit and debit cards will not be accepted. Money earned in this auction is used to help pay down the provincial debt.
Yarmouth-area residents will benefit from a nursing home to replace Villa St. Joseph-du-Lac, a 79-bed long-term care facility in the town. Health Minister Chris d’Entremont and Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt, announced the new facility today, Aug. 1. It will be built in the Yarmouth area and is expected to be completed in 2011. “Nova Scotians want to know that if they need it, long-term care facilities that offer a high quality of life and a high quality of care are available close to home,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Villa St. Joseph-du-Lac has been home to many people over the years, but it is now time for a new facility that will be better able to meet the needs of residents now and in the future.” “This announcement gives our community members the peace of mind they want and deserve,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “The replacement of Villa St. Joseph-du-Lac will ensure that residents can continue to live in a safe environment where they can enjoy a high quality of life.” The replacement of the home is necessary because of its age and layout. Originally built as a hotel, the facility presents unique challenges as it strives to meet the changing needs of residents who generally require more complex care. New long-term care facilities will reflect more home-like environments for smaller numbers of residents. It will allow them to be located in more communities around the province, giving Nova Scotians access to care closer to home. Facility resources include more social and recreation space, more personal space, and private rooms. Facilities may also include different levels of care, allowing people to remain in the same location as their health requirements change.
A disabled tractor trailer is blocking traffic on Highway 105 in both directions near Melford. RCMP are on the scene and vehicles are being escorted through the area. There will be further delays on Highway 105 as the truck is removed. Drivers should take alternate routes if possible. -30-
A government team will take action on the issues facing suburban families in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, today, Nov. 25, announced the creation of the Suburban Priorities Team. The team consists of five MLAs: Mat Whynott Becky Kent Dave Wilson Sid Prest Michele Raymond Creating the Suburban Priorities Team fulfills a government commitment. The team will help to strengthen schools as centres of the communities, remove barriers to sustainable transportation and allow families to reduce their carbon footprint, no matter where they live. “Suburban HRM has seen a lot of growth in recent years, and that’s put pressure on those communities. We want to ease those pressures,” said Ms. Jennex. “This team will come up with simple, common-sense solutions that will make life better for families in the suburbs.” Last week’s bicycle safety legislation is an example of a priority that suburban families have asked government to address. The government will introduce three bills today, relating to clotheslines, solar panels and transit. They will help suburban families save money and reduce their carbon footprint. HRM is supportive of the legislation, which will complement municipal work in the suburbs.
Les élèves et les enseignants à l’échelle de la province retourneront en classe la semiane prochaine pour la nouvelle année scolaire 2011-2012. Les programmes mettront davantage l’accent sur la santé et la sécurité des élèves, ainsi que sur la littératie. « Je souhaite un bon retour en classe à tous. Je suis certaine qu’il s’agira d’une autre année scolaire remplie de merveilleuses possibilités d’apprentissage, » a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation. Un nouveau programme de soutien en littératie intitulé « La réussite en lecture » sera offert à l’échelle de la province aux élèves de la maternelle et de la première année qui ont besoin d’aide supplémentaire. Le programme inclut également des stratégies visant à augmenter le soutien aux élèves de deuxième et troisième années. Cet investissement de 5 millions de dollars permettra à 280 enseignants d’offrir à leurs élèves de l’aide intensive en classe, soit individuellement ou en petits groupes, en collaboration avec le titulaire de classe. « Cette année scolaire, nous nous efforçons de fournir aux élèves un apprentissage utile pour les aider à acquérir les compétences dont ils ont besoin pour devenir des citoyens informés et productifs, et pour leur permettre d’obtenir de bons emplois dans le futur, » a dit Mme Jennex. La commission d’étude sur la cyberintimidation explore de nouvelles façons de lutter contre l’intimidation en ligne et par les dispositifs mobiles. L’objectif est de trouver des solutions que le gouvernement provincial peut utiliser pour protéger les enfants et les jeunes. ÉcolesPlus, un programme qui offre des services dans les écoles pour aider les familles et les enfants, sera offert dans toutes les régions cette année. Les services, qui peuvent inclure des centres de ressources familiales, des services de garde d’enfants, des centres de santé jeunesse, des services de loisirs et des services d’approche communautaires, sont offerts dans les écoles, aux parents et aux élèves. Le système d’information sur les élèves, Info-Élèves, continue de prendre de l’ampleur. Les élèves et les parents dans plus de 300 écoles auront accès à l’information en temps réel sur l’assiduité, les notes, les dates limites pour les devoirs, les bulletins et les commentaires des enseignants. « Au printemps dernier, le ministère a reçu le rapport Levin, qui nous a donné des recommandations sur la façon d’améliorer notre système d’éducation publique, a dit Mme Jennex. Nous avons également reçu les commentaires des parents, des enseignants et des élèves, et cet automne, je publierai ma réponse au rapport Levin. » « Ainsi, nous serons sur la bonne voie pour continuer de renforcer notre système d’éducation et offrir à nos élèves les compétences et les possibilités pour réussir, autant à l’école que dans la vie. »
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is continuing the shipbuilding celebration with Ships DO Start Here, a new initiative to encourage discussion and pride in the shipbuilding industry. As part of the celebration, the museum is hosting a free open house Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11. The museum is the oldest and largest museum of its kind in Canada. It collects and interprets items of maritime heritage including shipbuilding and stories of notable seafarers. “Shipbuilding is a major part of who we are and it will continue to shape our future,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “We invite everyone to explore the museum’s galleries, exhibits and artifacts to learn more about this fascinating part of our history.” People are also invited to help kick off the museum’s Christmas at Sea program. Visitors can see what it would have been like for a captain and his family to celebrate Christmas on a square-rigged ship at the turn of the century. Daily activities will allow visitors to create traditional Christmas and nautical crafts. As part of the Christmas as Sea program, the museum is participating in the Halifax Mission to Seafarers Shoebox initiative. Visitors are encouraged to bring personal care items, mittens and scarves, and souvenirs from Nova Scotia to the museum as a donation. Donations go to international merchant seafarers stationed at Halifax Harbour during the holidays. Donations to Feed Nova Scotia will also be accepted. “We see the museum as a community gathering place, especially during the holidays,” said Kim Reinhardt, manager, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. “We’re excited to welcome everyone to our open house to celebrate Ships DO Start Here. It’s the season for learning and giving back to others.” For more information on activities and the Halifax Mission to Seafarers Shoebox program, visit the museum website at http://maritime.museum.gov.ns.ca or call 902-424-7490. The museum is located at 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax.
Government has updated regulations for Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) to reduce red tape and increase accountability to taxpayers. “We have been clear that we need to do economic development differently,” said Business Minister Mark Furey. “Our changes will make NSBI more responsive — both to business and taxpayers.” NSBI now has the authority to approve business proposals up to $5 million. Agreements worth between $5 million and $10 million require approval from the business minister, and agreements worth more than $10 million require cabinet approval. This is expected to significantly improve response time to businesses, and put more decision-making in the hands of business experts. “We are removing politics from the decision-making process,” said Mr. Furey. “This will mean better decisions and more jobs for Nova Scotians.” Accountability has been improved by allowing data collected to be used for monitoring and evaluation. This is in addition to requirements already in place to post all agreements on the accountability website. NSBI is the first point of contact for business in Nova Scotia, and the agency has responsibility for government’s front-line trade team and trade programs. The regulations are available at novascotia.ca/just/regulations/rxam-z.htm#nsbi .
Amaravati (AP): The Opposition YSR Congress seems to be heading for a landslide victory with the party leading in 142 seats, leaving the ruling TDP way behind in the assembly elections, according to the latest trends. Of the data available for 173 seats of the total 175, the Telugu Desam Party is leading in 29 seats with Pawan Kumar’s Jan Kalyan in two. TDP supremo and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy are leading over the respective rival candidates. Naidu initially trailed by 67 votes but bounced back to secure a lead over his nearest YSRC rival.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday asked Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, to file a reply on the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) plea seeking to cancel his bail in a money laundering case. Justice Chander Shekhar issued a notice to Vadra and his close associate Manoj Arora listing the matter for July 17. The ED has pressed for Vadra’s custodial interrogation, saying that he was not co-operating with the investigation. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist He was granted anticipatory bail by a trial court on April 1 on the condition that he would not leave the country without permission and join the investigation whenever needed. The ED, in its plea submitted in the High Court, challenged the trial court order and said that protection to Vadra would be detrimental in carrying out a free investigation in the case. The case relates to ownership of 1.9 million pounds of overseas assets by Vadra. It pertains to undisclosed foreign assets and entities meant to evade tax. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The ED told the High Court that Vadra’s questioning was required to unearth the entire source of credit used for the purchase of properties, ascertaining transactions and money laundering. “Because it is trite to say that the anticipatory bail, to some extent, intrudes in the sphere of investigation of crime and that the courts must be cautious and circumspect in exercising such powers of discriminatory nature,” the ED said in its plea. “It is for the same reason that the relevant factors for grant of anticipatory bail are materially different from the grant of regular bail… The special judge has passed the impugned order by ignoring the material on record.” The probe agency also said that Vadra’s questioning would help it ascertain the role of other key accused persons involved in the commission of offence and their modus operandi. “Ascertaining the exact source of the tainted money and the end use of such funds involved in the case,” the plea read and added: “Confronting him (Vadra) with the voluminous incriminating material for bringing the investigation to a logical conclusion.” The ED noted that there were chances that Vadra may tamper with evidence and influence witnesses in the case, as he was an influential person. It said that in spite of being given several opportunities to come clean about his alleged role in the case, Vadra has remained evasive and has maliciously claimed himself to be a victim of political vendetta and that he had made all possible attempts to sensationalise the case.
Breaking the legacy of Mauritius, Singapore topped in the foreign direct investment (FDI) race in India. In 2018-19, FDI flow from Singapore was US$ 16,228 million, as compared to US$ 8,084 million from Mauritius. It was the third time that Singapore edged out Mauritius in FDI race in India. Nevertheless, in 2018-19, the significance of Singapore outnumbering Mauritius in FDI race was that it was on a binge for sparkling growth, in contrast to FDI shrinking from Mauritius. In 2013-14 and 2015-16 when Singapore edged out Mauritius, it accounted for 24.6 per cent and 34.3 per cent share respectively of the total FDI flow in India. In 2018-19, its share went up further high when it accounted for 36 per cent of total FDI flow in the country. Also Read – A staunch allyThis trend pitches a ground that Singapore is assertive to top FDI in the years to come. Mauritius stint at the top place started shredding since 2018-19. It downsized nearly to half of its flow in 2017-18 – from US$ 15,941 million in 2017-18 to US$ 8,084 million in 2018-19. Correspondingly, FDI from Singapore surged by over 33 per cent in 2018-19. The main cause for the downslide was an abrogation of capital gain tax benefit under the new Double Taxation India Mauritius Tax Treaty. Also Read – Cuban pathosWith a tweak in India – Mauritius Double Taxation Avoidance Treaty, which was applicable from 2017-18, Mauritius lost its tax-haven status. Hitherto, India did not have the power to impose a capital gain tax under the India-Mauritius tax agreement in 1983. India signed a Protocol in May 2016 for amendment of the Avoidance of Double Taxation Treaty with Mauritius. Under this, the capital gain tax exemption was agreed to be abrogated after 2018-19. Till then, 50 per cent tax exemption would be provided to the foreign companies, having shell companies in Mauritius and investment in India. Further, this exemption was available if the foreign shell companies spent more than Rs 2,700,000 in one year between April 2017 to March 2019. This creates a new dynamism in FDI structure in India. Against the backdrop of abrogation of tax exemption, which plugged the loopholes of FDI through Mauritius and became a detriment to the big revenue loss to the Government of India exchequer, Singapore emerged a new player in FDI dynamism, outsmarting Japan and European countries. This paradigm shift of foreign investment from Singapore will have multiple impacts because India has a strong economic partnership with Singapore. There are three factors which catalyse India’s strong economic relations with Singapore. First, Singapore is the 5th biggest export destination for India. India has a trade surplus with Singapore. Second, Singapore plays a key role in India’s Look East policy and is the key driver for ASEAN FTA in services. Third, Singapore is the major off-shore financial hub for many Indian companies due to the presence of large Indian diaspora. Over 6,000 Indian companies are registered in Singapore. Singapore has been playing a key role in the FDI boost in India. In the FDI pool, there are three sectors, which are the triggers for FDI. They are the service sector, computer and software, and telecommunications. Together, they account for one-third of total FDI flow in the country. Singapore accounts for the biggest share in these three sectors, paving the way for FDI boost in the country. An analysis of the investment from Singapore revealed that most of the investors were not the original Singaporean companies. They were MNCs and Indian companies, who routed their investment through their Singapore subsidiaries. Glaxo Smith Kline, UK, Telenor South Asia Investment Pte Ltd – a Norway subsidiary in mobile phone, Toto Asia Oceania Pte Ltd – a Japanese subsidiary in sanitary ware, Tokyo Marine Asia Pte Ltd – a Japanese company, Starfish Pte Ltd – a USA subsidiary in software, Alipay Singapore E-Commerce Pte Ltd – a Chinese Alibaba subsidiary in information services, E Bay Singapore Services and Amazon Asia Pacific Resources Pte Ltd – American subsidiaries in E-Commerce and the Indian companies, like Bharti Airtel, Triguna Hospitality Ventures, Flip Kart and Snapdeal having subsidiaries in Singapore were the major investors in India. Why a small country like Singapore emerged the biggest investor in India? What is the main attraction for MNCs to invest through their subsidiaries in Singapore? Singapore is a more safe place for foreign investors to re-route their investment by virtue of substantive bilateral tax treaty between the two countries. India and Singapore entered into a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) in 2005. This contains the provision of Limits of Benefits. Under this, a foreign shell company in Singapore can enjoy the capital gain tax exemption, provided its annual expenditure on operations in Singapore is more than Singapore dollar 200,000 in two years and it is listed in the Singapore Stock Exchange. India–Mauritius Tax Treaty did not contain Limit of Benefits clause. In nutshell, Singapore has emerged as an important economic partner of India. Its ascendancy in ASEAN and an important source for financing infrastructure, after launching Asia’s Infrastructure Exchange, Singapore has become an important ally to India’s infrastructure development. In this perspective, even though India is reconsidering to revisit India-Singapore CECA, foreign investment from Singapore investment is unlikely to be dwarfed. (The views expressed are strictly personal)
New Delhi: Dr Harsh Vardhan, who will head the Ministry for Health and Family Welfare, arrived on cycle to take charge as a minister at the Nirman Bhawan in Delhi on Monday. The Minister, who won the Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha seat in Delhi, shared pictures on microblogging site Twitter.”#Cycling is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean & environmentally sustainable means of transport. #UNGA has declared June 3 as #WorldBicycleDay to underline the contribution of cycling to sustainable development goals. It’s my fav sport too 2 #BeatAirPollution @UN (sic),” the Union minister wrote on the microblogging site. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Almost five years after he was divested of the charge, Vardhan said his priority will be to strengthen the implementation of the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PM-JAY). (Express photo by Amit Mehra) After taking charge of the Health ministry, Vardhan said he was “grateful” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for entrusting him with the responsibility. “I am thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for trusting me and giving me this responsibility. The health of the people of this country is the top priority of Modi government and we will make every effort to achieve healthcare for all,” he said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsAlmost five years after he was divested of the charge, Vardhan said his priority will be to strengthen the implementation of the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PM-JAY). “Since the launch of PM-JAY, around 27 lakh people have availed the benefits under the scheme. However, still many people are not aware of it. Some people who are in dire need of the benefits provided under the insurance scheme are not able to avail it due to eligibility criteria issues,” Vardhan told PTI. Vardhan continues to hold Science and Technology and Earth Sciences portfolios. (Express photo by Amit Mehra) Earlier, he was appointed as the Union Health minister in 2014 and was later given the charge of the Ministries of Earth Sciences and Science and Technology. J P Nadda held the portfolio in the outgoing cabinet. Vardhan was also given the additional charge of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in May 2017, after the demise of Union minister Anil Madhav Dave. (With inputs from Indian Express)
Shenzhen (China): Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. said it has obtained 46 commercial 5G contracts so far in 30 countries. It has shipped more than one lakh 5G base stations, ranking top in the world, according to the company. Huawei said it was well prepared for China’s 5G commercial use. In February 2018, it made the world’s first 5G call and launched the first 5G terminal device, Xinhua news agency reported. Headquartered in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, privately-owned Huawei is a world leading telecommunication solution provider and also one of the world’s major smartphone brands. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology granted commercial-use 5G licenses on Thursday to China Broadcasting Network and the country’s top three telecom operators — China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom.
Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday said that Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy has become a joke by stating that Hyderabad is a “safe zone for terrorists”. “People are laughing at him. He has become a joke,” Rao said at a news conference on Tuesday night. KCR, as Rao is popularly known, said there was not a single incident of communal violence in Telangana during last five years and the Union Home Ministry also went on record to state that the crime rate in the state had come down. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana “There was no terrorist attack. We are an active government. This is a neat and clean state. In fact there is no other state like this in India,” he said. Kishan Reddy, who is a member of Parliament from Secunderabad, had said after taking oath as the Minister of State on May 30 that Hyderabad had become safe zone for terrorists as any terror incident in the country would have a link to the city. KCR said since the Andhra Pradesh government had handed back the buildings at the secretariat to Telangana, a new secretariat complex would be built at the existing premises. He said the foundation stone for the new secretariat building will be laid on June 27. The complex with 5-6 lakh square feet space will be built at a cost of Rs 400 crore. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah The Chief Minister also announced that the existing Assembly building will be preserved as heritage structure and a new legislature complex comprising legislative Assembly and legislative Council will be built at Yerrum Manzil at a cost of Rs 100 crore. He said Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments had agreed to hold talks to solve all outstanding issues with regard to distribution of waters of Godavari and Krishna rivers. KCR said a delegation of top irrigation officials of Andhra will visit Hyderabad on June 27 or 28 for first round of talks.
Caracas: Venezuela’s socialist government says it has derailed a coup bid, claiming the United States, Colombia and Chile colluded in a plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro. The claim is the latest in a series by under-pressure Maduro, who is facing popular backlash at home over a failing economy and spiraling inflation, as well as increasing international isolation. The far-left leader is embroiled in a power struggle with Juan Guaido, the man the United States and scores of other countries recognize as Venezuela’s legitimate interim ruler. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonMaduro warned that he would be “ruthless in a revolutionary counter-offensive against an attempted fascist coup — ruthless!” In a speech broadcast nationwide, an agitated Maduro denounced a “fascist attempt to assassinate me” — and lashed out at Colombian President Ivan Duque saying his “complicity” was “evident.” Venezuelan Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez earlier said the alleged coup involved active duty and retired military officers, and was to have been executed last weekend. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador”We were in all the meetings to plan the coup d’Etat. We were in all the conferences,” he said, suggesting informers had infiltrated the alleged plotters — at least six of whom had been detained. In his televised speech, Rodriguez also accused opposition leader Juan Guaido of planning “a bloodbath.” Guaido for his part dismissed the coup claims as fiction, saying the media had “lost count” of how many times the same accusations had been repeated. Recognized by the United States and more than 50 other countries as interim president, Guaido said he would continue to call on the armed forces to abandon Maduro. Russia, one of the regime’s most important allies, said Wednesday that it had rotated out a team of military “technicians” it had sent to Venezuela to ensure the maintainance of military equipment and provide training to the Venezuelan military. Rodriguez accused Colombia’s Duque of being closely involved in the alleged plot, and implicated Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and US National Security Advisor John Bolton. Without referring directly to the charge, Colombia’s foreign minister, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, said his country would “continue to act through political and diplomatic means” in Venezuela. Rodriguez presented testimony from one of the detainees — Lieutenant Carlos Saavedra, whose “confession” revealed the plan envisaged the takeover of three military bases, including La Carlota air base in Caracas. Maduro, his wife Celia Flores, and top Socialist Party official Diosdado Cabello were to be assassinated, along with other figures, the government said. In his speech, Maduro briefly referred to an “Israeli group” he said was to carry out the killing. The plotters hoped to spring Raul Baduel, a former defense minister under late president Hugo Chavez, from jail to proclaim him president, Rodriguez said. Maduro demoted Baduel last year as part of a purge of senior military officers. Also purged was general Antonio Rivero, allegedly another leader of the coup bid. Maduro said he would seek the arrest and extradition from the Dominican Republic of a third former general, Eduardo Baez, who was also accused of involvement. The head of the National Assembly, Guaido proclaimed himself Venezuela’s interim president in January on the grounds Maduro’s 2018 re-election was illegitimate.
Kolkata: The state government will observe July 12 every year as “Save Water Day”, according to a tweet uploaded by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on social media on Saturday.A rally titled “Save Water Save Life” will be organised on July 12 at 3 pm from Jorasanko to Gandhi Statue in which Banerjee will also take part. The state government has urged the NGOs, clubs, various organisations and students to participate in the procession. In the tweet, Banerjee expressed concern over the sharp fall in the groundwater level and global warming. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersShe tweeted: “Due to extreme depletion of groundwater and inadequate availability of surface water several states like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Gujarat are reeling under severe water scarcity. Finally water to drink has become a huge challenge in many places. In West Bengal a review was done and it was found that groundwater level was a point of concern in some blocks.” The state government is doing constant monitoring and three lakh water bodies have been dug under the flagship project “Jal Dharo, Jal Bharo”. Around 500 check dams have been constructed and 41,000 acres of land have been brought under irrigation in water scarce areas of Jangalmahal and saline areas of the Sunderbans under the “Jal Tirtha” programme. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShe further mentioned: “The need of the hour is to conserve water and stop its wastage and misuse. Also finding ways to develop and adopt highly sustainable water use systems and policies.” It may be mentioned that Mayor Firhad Hakim has proposed to introduce rainwater harvesting in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) area. He has urged people not to waste water. The KMC will install meters to find out the usage of water. Steps have been taken to stop wastage of water through leaks that have come up on the KMC water supply line. The KMC is planning to set up a separate zone to wash cars with unfiltered water. It may be mentioned that there used to be a pumping station to lift unfiltered water at Mallickghat off Burrabazar, which is almost defunct now. The unfiltered water was used to clean roads and for washing purposes. Every household had tanks to keep unfiltered water. In New Town, awareness campaigns to conserve water will be held on July 12. The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) conserves 30 gallons of filtered water every day by recycling wastewater which is used to water roadside trees and gardens.
Shirdi: Three members of a family, including a teenaged girl, were stabbed to death by a man who was apparently mentally unstable here in Maharashtra, police said on Sunday. Two persons were also injured in the incident that took place at Nimgaon village in Shirdi temple town of Nashik district on Saturday, Deputy Superintendent of Police Somnath Wakchoure said. The accused, Arjun Panhale (50), who was apparently not mentally sound, had a tiff with a family residing in his neighbourhood over some cleanliness issue outside his house, he said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! On Saturday, the accused went to his neighbour’s house and attacked three persons there with a sharp grass-cutting tool, killing them on the spot, the official said. The deceased were identified as Namdev Thakur (62), his wife Dagubai Thakur (50) and daughter Khushi Thakur (16). Two other persons received injuries when they tried to save their family members and were undergoing treatment at a local hospital, the official said. Panhale, who worked as a plumber, was subsequently arrested and the weapon used in the crime was seized, he said, adding that some paper clippings of crime news, rotten fruits and empty plastic bottles were found in his house. A case was registered against the accused under Indian Penal Code Section 302 (murder), he said.
New Delhi: Three dozen people have been arrested here for consuming liquor at a public place and creating a nuisance, police said Saturday.The arrests were made from 9 pm onwards on Friday during an inspection by teams of the Sector 20 and Sector 39 police stations, a senior official said. “Thirty-six people were arrested during the inspection. 21 of them from Sector 94, while 15 from Sector 29,” Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Vaibhav Krishna, said. They have been booked under Indian Penal Code section 290 (public nuisance in cases not otherwise provided for), he said. “Order on roads is necessary to ensure law and order in society, therefore this action was carried out and would be repeated from time to time,” Krishna said. On July 6, the Noida Police had arrested 474 people in Noida and Greater Noida for consuming alcohol at public places and drunk driving in three hours under its ‘Operation Clean’.
New Delhi: A 16-year-old boy was murdered after his shoulder brushed against the accused at Central Delhi’s Nabi Karim area.Police said that two persons were arrested in the case. The accused have used a knife to attack the deceased. Another minor was injured during the scuffle. Deputy Commissioner of Police (central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said that a PCR call was received on Sunday in which the caller stated that two boys were stabbed by a knife. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice reached the spot and during the investigation, it was found that two injured residents of Central Delhi were sitting on the door of stairs on the ground floor. “Two persons Mohammad Rizwan who resides in the same premises came with his friend Sehnawaj. Sehnawaj had an argument with deceased Why they are sitting on the door of the stairs. They had heated arguments first, Sehnawaj took out a knife and caused injury to deceased,” police said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe investigating agency further said that the accused started running, Farman caught hold him, he again caused injury to his known person (another minor) on the abdomen. “One of the victims succumbed to this injury in RML. The another injured is under treatment and stable. Both alleged nabbed, the knife with blood stains recovered. A case under sections 307/302 IPC is registered,” police said. DCP further said that the argument started after the deceased shoulder was touched accused which led to the crime. In an alleged CCTV video of the incident, it can be seen that few persons were gathered near a house and suddenly scuffle took place. One of the persons started attacking another. Later one of the persons was holding his stomach and later fell on the ground after hitting scooty. The police nabbed the perpetrator with the help of CCTV footage from the area. Further investigation is underway.