Congress, BJP kick-start process to pick contestants for Gujarat battle

first_imgAlso Read  On Wednesday, the Election Commission of India announced that the polls will be held on December 9 and 14 and counting will be on December 18 along with Himachal Pradesh Assembly poll  results.The Aam Aadmi Party had announced candidates for 11 seats and it willl announce the remaining candidates in the next few weeks. Former Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela’s Jan Vikalp Party will field candidates in all the seats. In the Congress, its screening committee has been meeting in Delhi to discuss the names of potential candidates. “The screening committee meeting was held in Delhi. We have finalised names for more than 50 seats but the final announcement will be made only in November second week,” a Congress leader part of the deliberations said.Senior Congress leader and in charge of Gujarat Ashok Gehlot and other screening committee members and State party chief Bharatsinh Solanki were present in the meeting in New Delhi.Also Read Gujarat is spotlit but it’s Karnataka on BJP’s mind Court cancels arrest warrant issued against Hardik Patel in vandalism case With the announcement of election schedule for Gujarat Assembly polls, both the BJP and the Congress have begun an elaborate exercise of candidate selection. The BJP’s State parliamentary board has been holding meetings in Ahmedabad to discuss potential candidates. It will make a panel of two candidates for each seat and then the final decision will be taken by the national parliamentary board. “The State parliamentary board will continue to meet till October 27,” a party leader said. Party president Amit Shah is also attending all meetings of the State parliamentary board.Also Read Patidar leader heats up poll scene with tape on bribery last_img read more

Eight killed as bus rams truck in Ahmednagar

first_imgAt least eight persons were killed and 13 more injured after a luxury bus collided with a truck along the Pune-Ahmednagar highway on Monday, October 22, 2018.The accident occurred at around 5.30 a.m. in the district’s Parner taluk, said police.“It appears that the bus, which was heading from Aurangabad towards Pune, attempted to overtake the truck at a high speed today morning. The truck was carrying iron rods that protruded outwards. As the bus driver lost control, it rammed into the carrier truck,” said an official from the Supa police station.He said that the intensity of the crash caused the bus to overturn and the truck to be derailed off the road. The front of the bus was mangled beyond recognition.The crash was further aggravated owing to the iron rods being carried by the truck. Eight of the passengers died on the spot, while the injured, trapped awhile inside the bus, were rescued by relief teams. They are undergoing treatment at a hospital nearby.Some of them are believed to be critical. The crash caused traffic to be held up for a few hours along the highway before cranes arrived and cleared away the debris.last_img read more

Non-resident claims on India up $26.3-bn as foreign investments hit $1,037.3 bn in Dec

first_imgNet claims of non-residents on India increased by $26.3 billion as of end-December 2017 compared to the previous quarter, Reserve Bank data on India’s international investment position (IIP) released today showed.Foreign-owned assets in India surged by $38.6 billion from $998.7 billion to $1,037.3 billion during the quarter, with broad-based contribution from foreign direct investment (FDI), portfolio investment, currency and deposits as well as trade credit. Outstanding commercial loans, however, declined marginally during the quarter.Read it at Domain B Related Itemslast_img read more

Charles Leclerc Dedicates Maiden Formula 1 Win to Crash Victim Anthoine Hubert

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium): Charles Leclerc dedicated his maiden Formula One race victory at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday to his late friend, Anthoine Hubert.The Ferrari driver led almost the entire race from pole to hold off Mercedes’ defending five time world champion Lewis Hamilton’s dramatic late charge by one second. His landmark success came a day after the death of 22-year-old Frenchman Hubert in Saturday’s tragic Formula Two race.And Leclerc was quick to express his emotions as he steered back to the ‘parc fermee’, his steering wheel sporting a simple message ‘RIP Tonio.” “My first victory in F1 and this one is for Anthoine,” he said on the team radio. “It feels good, but it’s difficult to enjoy on a weekend like this. But thanks guys, you are the best – it’s a dream come true.” Leclerc said he felt he could not enjoy his long-awaited first win.”It has been a very difficult weekend since Saturday – I have lost a friend and I want to dedicate this victory to him. We grew up together and my first race I did it with Anthoine, Esteban (Ocon) and Pierre (Gasly).”It’s just a shame what happened yesterday. I cannot enjoy my first victory, but it will definitely be a memory I will keep forever.” Valtteri Bottas took third in the second Mercedes ahead of last year’s winner Sebastian Vettel in the second Ferrari.Hamilton’s strong finish almost carried him to within reach of a stunning late win, but the result still enabled him to enlarge his lead in the title race to 65 points ahead of Bottas.”I gave it everything that I had,” said Hamilton.”It was a really difficult race and there Ferraris were just too fast on the straights. Congratulations to Charles for his first win – he’s had it coming all year.” Red Bull new boy Alex Albon came home fifth for Red Bull, after luckless British rookie Lando Norris’s McLaren had stopped with one lap remaining, ahead of Sergio Perez of Racing Point, Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso and Nico Hulkenberg of Renault.Pierre Gasly came home ninth on his return to the Toro Rosso team and Lance Stroll 10th in the second Racing Point. Anthoine HubertCharles Leclercformula 1Formula 2 First Published: September 2, 2019, 10:10 AM ISTlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 9 and Happy Birthday…

first_imgRead also: FIFA World Cup 2018 : Serbia vs Switzerland Review (Video Highlights)FIFA World Cup 2018 : Belgium vs Tunisia Preview AdvertisementHappy Birthday, Zizou! Photo Credits: The NationalJoin us, readers, in wishing a happy birthday to Zinedine Zidane who turns 46 today! Zinedine Zidane, widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time has achieved all forms of success in almost all levels of international and club football. He has won the 1998 World Cup for France and the UEFA Euro 2000 and was named the Player of the Tournament. He is also the recipient of the 1998 Ballon d’Or.He has also found success after retiring when he became the senior coach for Real Madrid in 2016. In his first two seasons as manager, Zidane won the UEFA Champions League twice, a La Liga title, a Supercopa de España, and both the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup twice. His success saw him named Best FIFA Men’s Coach in 2017. In 2018, Zidane led Real Madrid to another UEFA Champions League, his third in a row, becoming the only coach in the history of football to win three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles. A few days after the victory, he resigned as Real Madrid coach. Happy Birthday, Zizou! 🏆— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 23, 2018We also bring to you today’s edition of FIFA’s “Stats of the Day” feature.Here is an excerpt: 1994 – Italy edge out Norway 1-0 despite Gianluca Pagliuca becoming the first goalkeeper to receive a red card in the history of the competition.1998 – Scotland lose 3-0 to Morocco in St. Etienne and are knocked out of their eighth FIFA World Cup.To read more click here: FIFA Stats of the Day: June 23 Advertisementlast_img read more

Return land no longer needed by Army: Mufti to Sitharaman

first_imgSrinagar, Nov 12 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today sought the intervention of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for the return of the state land which is no longer required for operational purposes by the Army.Mufti had a one-on-one meeting with Sitharaman at Pahalgam in south Kashmirs Anantnag district where the defence minister had come to attend a meeting of the executive council of Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports, an official spokesman said.During the meeting with Sitharaman, the chief minister brought several issues pertaining to defence to the Union ministers notice.The chief minister pressed for the speeding up of cases of revision and payment of rent in respect of the land owners of High Ground, Anantnag whose land is being used by the Army, the spokesman said.He said the chief minister also sought intervention of the defence minister for the return of pockets of land which are no longer required for operational purposes by the Army.Sitharaman assured Mufti to look into the issue of revision and payment of rent to the land owners of High Ground, Anantnag. She regretted the delay and inconvenience caused all these years to the land owners who have not been paid rent, the spokesman said.Sitharaman said that it was only during her first meeting with Mufti recently that her attention was drawn towards this issue by the chief minister.A delegation of land owners also met the defence minister and apprised her of their problem, the spokesman said.advertisementSitharaman assured the delegation that she would try to fast track their case of rent payment and revision, he said. PTI SSB ADSlast_img read more

‘Mourinho regretted leaving Inter’

first_imgJosé Mourinho ‘Mourinho regretted leaving Inter’ – Man Utd boss was never convinced by Madrid move, says Moratti Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 06:07 12/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mourinho Inter Getty images José Mourinho Internazionale Manchester United Serie A Premier League The Portuguese coach left Milan after a treble triumph in 2010 but was having second thoughts about a switch to Spain before departing the San Siro Jose Mourinho regrets having left Inter, according to Massimo Moratti, with the Portuguese never convinced by a switch to Real Madrid.The ex-Chelsea boss took the decision to depart the San Siro on the back of a treble triumph in 2010 which saw him taste Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League glory.The lure of Madrid proved to be too great once an offer was tabled, but Moratti claims that Mourinho had second thoughts from the moment he accepted the job. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The former Inter president believes the current Manchester United boss never wanted to leave Italy, with testing times endured in every post he has filled since despite continuing to deliver success.“That Champions League final was the end of a journey and as Interisti we appreciated the difficulties of getting there more than the final result. After all, we couldn’t even celebrate it to the full, because after Mourinho left so soon afterwards,” Moratti said at the presentation of a book covering his 20 years at the Inter helm.Jose Mourinho Inter regret Massimo Moratti“A year beforehand, Mourinho had told me that there was interest from Real Madrid. Then it was repeated. You cannot keep people prisoner, but it certainly wasn’t nice to see [Real Madrid president Florentino] Perez waiting in the car for Mou outside the Champions League Final at the Bernabeu.“Mourinho himself regretted it even before he had made the move: a few hours later, in my office in Milan, he told me that he realised he was going to a business and not a family. Mourinho said that if he could, he would’ve remained at Inter.“I told him to make his choices in absolute freedom. His tears upon leaving were real and I am pleased that still to this day he says he supports Inter.”Mourinho spent three years in Madrid, winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey, before returning for a second spell at Chelsea in 2013.Premier League and League Cup triumphs followed back in England before he was unceremoniously dumped by the Blues in December 2015.He returned to management with United in the summer of 2016 and saw the Red Devils land the Community Shield, EFL Cup and Europa League in his first season at the helm.last_img read more

The Manual Wind: The IWC Spitfire Chronograph British Film Festival Limited Edition

first_img Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall Limited edition timepieces are starting to rub people the wrong way. Brands are pumping out limited editions with the only difference being a subtle change in the coloration of the dial for some of their most popular pieces. Consensus among collectors is resoundingly negative, since each limited edition quickly trumps the previous and devalues others. This holds true until a well-designed limited edition timepiece that can be celebrated hits the market.IWC is a brand guilty of this limited edition production practice, though not as flagrantly as some, like Hublot or Audemars Piguet. It’s latest limited edition, the IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph BFI (British Film Institute), takes the ever popular blue steel accents and makes it the piece’s focal point.The IWC Spitfire is a classic IWC timepiece. This pilot chronograph is 43mm of stainless steel attached with a blue crocodile strap and folding buckle. But what really makes this limited edition is the dial. Made with argente silver, the dial is reminiscent of the Patek Philippe Regulator Annual Calendar.  Radiant with different finishes, this dial is highlighted with blue steel accents. Luminescent Arabic numbers and hands make for a sharp and clean contrast. Blue steel is often used for hands, but IWC takes this to the next level by creating a dial fully adorned in blue. Under the dial sits an IWC in-house caliber automatic flyback chronograph movement. Capping this piece is a solid case-back engraved with the BFI logo.Limited editions that look this good are disappointing—disappointing because a piece with this design should beregular production piece. Simple and classic with the right amount of detail, the BFI spitfire will be highly sought after. What is even more unfortunate is that it will only be sold in the UK. If you’re reading this IWC, please anger your British consumers and make this a staple piece in your US distribution. We all love blue steel. Editors’ Recommendations 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editionslast_img read more

Health Minister Commends Rainforest Seafoods

first_img Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has lauded Rainforest Seafoods for providing consumers with a healthy food option. He said the health authority interfaces with food processors to ensure that consumers can buy with confidence the products that have gone through a “particular process”, and it is important for him as Minister, to see the establishments. Story Highlights Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of the company, Brian Jardim, informed that they are advanced in penetrating markets in the United Kingdom (UK) and Europe. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has lauded Rainforest Seafoods for providing consumers with a healthy food option.During a tour of the company’s processing plant on Slipe Pen Road in Kingston today (October 5), the Minister said persons can preserve their health by what they eat, and the company has demonstrated that, with management, much more can be consumed from the “natural resources that we have been afforded”.He said the health authority interfaces with food processors to ensure that consumers can buy with confidence the products that have gone through a “particular process”, and it is important for him as Minister, to see the establishments.Minister Tufton said the company, which started operations in 1995, has grown over the years, maintaining “high standards and quality output”.“It shows that Jamaicans can compete anywhere in the marketplace,” Dr. Tufton said.Rainforest is the largest supplier of seafoods in the Caribbean, with staff numbering over 600. It supplies markets in the English-speaking Caribbean, the United States and Asia with more than 400 types of fish, shellfish and other seafood, in both fresh and frozen forms.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of the company, Brian Jardim, informed that they are advanced in penetrating markets in the United Kingdom (UK) and Europe.He also pointed out that the company has established a farm in Trelawny, growing yam, sweet potato and other crops, “largely destined for the export market”.Mr. Jardim said the Jamaican brand is strong across the globe, and the company is investing in processing plants to ensure that its products are available far and wide.last_img read more

Trudeau says BC money laundering report is extremely alarming

first_imgEDMONTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says a report out of British Columbia on the extent that criminals are laundering their dirty money in Canada is extremely alarming and absolutely unacceptable.  The report, done by a B.C. government panel, estimates $5 billion was laundered through the province’s real-estate market last year out of $47 billion in Canada as a whole.The report estimates that illegal cash increased the cost of buying a home in B.C. by five per cent.Trudeau says the report shows money laundering is hurting everyday people by disrupting the housing market and it needs to be stopped.He says the federal government has strengthened audits on real- estate transactions, and federal Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair is working with provinces to do more.Attorney General David Eby says money laundering is a national crisis.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Saudi Arabia Closes Nine Moroccan Hammams

Rabat – Saudi Arabia has reportedly closed nine Moroccan hammams and massage centers in the city of Riyadh for “violations of sanitary rules”.Citing a local newspaper, Emirates24/7 reported on Monday that Saudi authorities led a sanitary campaign resulting in the closure of nine Moroccan hammams.“Municipality inspectors decided to shut the nine centers in the capital Riyadh after discovering that workers do not have health certificates and some of the centers do not have licenses,” Ajel Arabic language daily reported according to Emirates24/7. The same source added, “The inspectors discovered other violations at those centers during random visits to massage and health centers in the capital.”Moroccan hammams, which are very similar to traditional Roman baths, are well known as relaxation baths that offer moderate heat and steam for a wonderful deep clean up.Moroccan hammams offer a great experience especially with the help of masseuse, locally called “Kessal,” whose job is to scrub people and clean them from head to toe in a very skillful way with exotic protocols.Emirati magazine Step Feed has ranked one of Morocco’s hammams among the seven places in the world where Qatari nationals go to relax. read more

Tamil asylum seekers try for 11th hour block on deportation

He said the cases were lodged on asylum grounds and human rights. “They are victims of torture and sustained visible scars and the [Sri Lankan] authorities have their records. It is highly likely that they will be detained after being returned,” Geetharthanan said, adding that once detained, they could face torture.Shortly before a similar deportation flight in September, the high court accepted the risks of torture and ordered deportees to be removed in a last-minute injunction. Citing previous evidence of torture for Tamils who have returned to Sri Lanka, one lawyer told the Guardian that UKBA had already agreed to take two of his clients off the impending flight expected to leave on Tuesday afternoon. Dozens of Tamil asylum seekers have lodged emergency appeals in the high court to stop their deportation to Sri Lanka for fear they will be tortured on their return.Solicitors acting for clients due to be removed on Tuesday on a special charter flight for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) have issued judges with case files in 11th hour appeals in London. “We are highly concerned that Tamils returning even voluntarily from the UK with any real or perceived LTTE [Tamil Tiger] links are at real risk because more than 20 have been referred to us after escaping back with obvious signs of torture.”The Home Office declined to comment. (The Guardian) Kulasegaram Geetharthanan from Jein solicitors said he’d lodged applications on behalf of three further deportees and he believed between 10 and 15 other solicitors had lodged similar claims. Keith Best, chief of Freedom from Torture, which has been campaigning against the removal flights, said: “It is not surprising that ministers squirm when asked to attest to the safety of the UK’s removals policy for Sri Lanka because evidence of a major risk miscalculation is stacking up. A House of Commons foreign affairs committee report published last week condemned the Home Office’s lack of urgency and transparency on the issue.“We find it unsatisfactory that the government has not been more forthcoming to parliament about its efforts – in general and in specific cases – to assess the level of risk to the safety of those who are removed from the UK,” the committee found.The report published on Thursday added that “the routine air of the [Foreign Office’s] initial responses … has not given us particular confidence that the FCO is being as energetic as it might in impressing upon the UK Border Agency the degree of risk.” read more

IMF cautions Sri Lanka ahead of upcoming elections

The The International Monetary (IMF) has cautioned Sri Lanka saying the country must ensure policy reforms continue ahead of upcoming elections in the country.Anne-Marie Gulde, Deputy Director of the Asia and Pacific Department at the International Monetary Fund said that Sri Lanka must pursue a prudent policy mix in the runup to the elections. She was responding to a question raised on Sri Lanka during a press conference in Washington. She also noted that it is critical that market confidence is being maintained, and the economy’s resilience to shocks, which has been strengthened over the past couple of months continues to be strengthened.“As you know, there is high public debt, so market confidence is a critical element. Structural reforms are ongoing. They need to focus on trade opening, SOE reforms, and increasing competitiveness,” she said. “Yeah, let me come to your question on Sri Lanka and the context of the forthcoming elections. In that context, we really need to emphasize three messages. I mean we need to make sure that the authorities should continue to pursue prudent policy mix in the runup with sustained revenue-based fiscal consolidation and adequate vigilant monetary policy and continuing efforts to build reserves,” she said. Anne-Marie Gulde also said that unemployment in Sri Lanka is low, but in the forward-looking policies of competitiveness and looking at an ageing population, labor reforms in Sri Lanka are essential.One of them, she says, is to increasing the participation rate of women also, which is very low in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

US Steel wont pay for benefits

A judge has decided that U.S. Steel will not be paying for retiree benefitsU.S. Steel will set aside $1.57 million for employee retention bonuses, but the company does not have to reinstate the retirement benefits for more than 20,000 retired steel workers.Coverage for prescription drugs and dental care was suspended in October 2015 after U.S. Steel Canada claimed they would go bankrupt if they did not get rid of those benefits.Justice Herman Wilton-Siegel did order U.S. Steel to contribute $2.7 million to a provincial transition fund for those retirees.Earlier this week U.S. Steel Canada argued that they weren’t in a good enough financial position to cover the retiree benefits, but the Steelworkers Union disputes that claim.The cost of retiree benefits is about $3.6 million a month. The union suggested that U.S. Steel is currently negotiating with bidders to buy the company and they don’t want the cost of retiree benefits to get in the way. read more

Annan hails launch of new global institution for reporting on corporate practices

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the launch of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a new institution that brings together a wide array of groups dedicated to reporting on the sustainability of economic and social practices by corporations.”By offering guidelines that enable companies to report on their work to improve environmental and social conditions, the GRI has a unique contribution to make in fostering corporate transparency and accountability beyond financial matters,” the Secretary-General said in a message delivered on his behalf by the Deputy Secretary-General, Louise Fréchette, at the inauguration ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York.Mr. Annan also described the GRI as an important complement to his Global Compact, which promotes corporate respect for international principles on the environment, human rights and labour rights. Aside from advancing those same principles, the GRI “provides a value-based platform for efforts to foster good corporate citizenship through learning, projects and dialogue,” he added.”Companies participating in both initiatives recognize that the GRI is a practical expression of the Compact, and that companies which report under the GRI fully meet the Compact’s reporting requirements,” the Secretary-General noted. “I hope that over time, all Global Compact companies will make use of the GRI and, conversely, that all GRI companies which do not yet support the Compact will do so soon.”The GRI was established in late 1997 to develop globally applicable guidelines for reporting on the economic, environmental, and social performance of corporations. Eventually any business, governmental, or non-governmental organization (NGO) was added to its membership.Convened by the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES) in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the GRI incorporates the active participation of corporations, NGOs, accountancy organizations, business associations, and other stakeholders from around the world. read more

Sudan UN relief official deplores killing of health workers in West Darfur

“My deepest condolences go to the family and friends of those killed,” the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Ali Al-Za’tari, said in a news release.The victims in the attack, which reportedly took place on Monday, were a vaccinator and a driver.“I call on all parties to ensure the protection of all personnel working to deliver assistance to populations in need throughout Sudan,” said Mr. Al-Za’tari.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are helping to ensure that every child in Sudan is getting vaccinated, whoever they are and wherever they live.The nationwide measles vaccination campaign that began on 24 November is targeting about 15 million children, according to media reports. read more

British forces to step up Arctic deployment to protect Natos northern flank

The Defence Secretary said the Royal Marines have launched a ten-year programme that will see over a thousand troops train each year with their Norwegian counterparts, building up to a brigade-strength deployment in the near future. In addition, he announced that Britain’s new fleet of submarine-hunting aircraft will fly over the Arctic next year in their first deployment. Mr Williamson was visiting Royal Marines conducting winter training at their new base in Bardufoss, northern Norway, where temperatures have reached as low as -30°C. He said the new P8 Poseidon Maritime… British forces are to step up Arctic deployments to protect Nato’s northern flank from Russia, Gavin Williamson has announced. read more