Irregularities in labour schemes in Rajasthan

first_imgA social audit of labour welfare schemes in Rajasthan, conducted on the Supreme Court’s direction, has revealed several irregularities, including registration of a large number of those who were not entitled to the benefits of the schemes. The State government has planned a crackdown to check irregularities and promised action against the guilty officials.‘Panel to take action’Minister of State for Labour Tika Ram Jully said in the Assembly that a committee comprising the Labour Secretary, Labour Commissioner and senior officers would examine the complaints and take suitable action. The department has already blocked 24 E-Mitra Centres after receiving reports about labourers’ registration on the basis of forged documents.Mr. Jully said the social audit had revealed that 33% of beneficiaries of the schemes meant for construction workers were those who were not employed in this sector, while the construction labourers were identified in a five-month-long campaign in the State. Besides, the cess from owners of buildings was not collected in the correct proportion of the buildings actually constructed.The Minister said a labour inspector was suspended on charges of accepting bribe.last_img read more

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Blatche status still uncertain as Gilas deals with schedule conflicts for Fiba q’fying

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion LOOK: McGregor congratulates Mayweather, says he has ‘strong tools’ for MMA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “With the current format, we will play two games in November. How are you going to approach that? It’s a very difficult situation,” stressed the mentor.Another challenge is convincing prospects to stay in the country and not entertain offers elsewhere if  SBP decides to naturalize another player.“It’s another way, to hire a full-time naturalized player who will be with us day-in and day-out, but that’s going to be very costly. We are talking to several prospects, but that’s not easy. You have to convince them to stay here and not think about the other leagues. Also, we have to go through the Congress and their contracts. It’s really a tedious process,” he said. “That’s why we are very happy that we have a reliable big man in Christian (Standhardinger), but he will also leave for the ABL in November.”Despite all the problems, Reyes shared that SBP is still in constant communication with Blatche’s camp.“We’re in constantly in touch with his agents. That’s just the way it is and that’s how difficult the situation we’re in with,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT “The situation with Andray is very fluid situation, a constant work in progress for us,” the mentor said Thursday at the homecoming presser hosted by Chooks-to-go at Marco Polo in Ortigas. “By November, he will be playing in his Chinese team so we don’t know if his Chinese team is going to allow him to play.”Gilas’ woes with its naturalized player coincides with the problem  of adjusting  to the new competition schedule, which  Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has been working on for the better part of the year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe home-and-away qualifiers begin on November, right in the middle of the various national professional tournaments in Asia.That will leave Blatche, who is playing with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association, as well as majority of the PBA players out for the games, unless the SBP comes up with a plan amenable to all the parties involved. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Andray Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche’s status with the national team is still up in the air.Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes admitted that he’s still uncertain about the status of the Syracuse native, especially in the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

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OBAMA VISIT: One-on-one meet precedes dinner

first_imgUS President Barack Obama greets Congress chief Sonia Gandhi at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s (right) dinner on Sunday.A day before the elaborate banquet by President Pratibha Patil, on the lawns of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hosted a lavish dinner for US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle at his 7, Race Course residence. Attended by as many as 80 guests – they included India’s who’s who – the dinner was preceded by a 40-minute one-on-one meeting between Singh and Obama.They reportedly discussed key bilateral issues, including economic cooperation, outsourcing, terror and the Af-Pak situation. The exercise was aimed at ironing out differences before the restricted and delegation-level talks at the Hyderabad House here on Monday.The Obamas drove down to the Prime Minister’s residence from ITC Maurya where they are staying. They were welcomed by Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur. On their arrival, the Obamas were welcomed by a band of Indian Navy and 30 camelmounted BSF personnel playing bugles and trumpets. The tunes played included Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite bhajan Vaishnav jan to and all-time Bollywood hit O meri zohra jabeen, tujhe maloom nahin.Though earlier expected to be a ‘private dinner’ for a select group, the guest list at Sunday’s do included key personalities from the area of politics, business, sports and cinema.The high-powered group included Congress president Sonia Gandhi – she was dressed in a dark blue silk sari – finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, home minister P. Chidambaram, defence minister A.K. Antony, foreign minister S.M. Krishna, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, commerce minister Anand Sharma, HRD minister Kapil Sibal MoS in PMO Prithviraj Chauhan, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, national security adviser Shiv Shankar Menon, foreign secretary Nirupama Rao, Indian Envoy to US Meera Shankar, Jamia Milia University vice-chancellor Najeeb Jung and Sam Pitroda, advisor to the Prime Minister on public information infrastructure and innovations.advertisementBJP leaders L.K. Advani and Arun Jaitley were also present on the occasion. Business honchos gracing the event included Azim Premji, Ratan Tata, Swati Piramal and N.R. Narayanamurthy. Bollywood personalities Aamir Khan, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akthar added more glamour to the occasion. Chess wizard Viswanathan Anand and environment activist Sunita Narain were also among the guests.FINE DININGIt was Awadhi platter for the Obamas at the private dinner hosted by the PM. Following are some of the items that were served:SOUPS: Shorba & mulligatawnyMAIN COURSE: Fish, lamb with green chillies, kakori kabab, mughlai chicken, gobi, dal dampukht, rice pulao, variety of Indian breadsDESSERT: Kesar phirni, mava potilast_img read more

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Asia Cup 2018: Twitter reacts to India’s last gasp Asia Cup triumph

first_img.@SDhawan25 is adjudicated as the player of the tournament for #AsiaCup2018! Well deserved 👏👏— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) September 28, 2018 So near yet so far from Bangladesh. Congratulations to Team India on winning the #AsiaCup2018 . Hats off to Bangladesh for such a spirited fight despite missing key players. India have a lot of areas to work upon despite winning this & I am hopeful, they will get better. #IndvBan— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 28, 2018 AdvertisementImage Courtesy: NDTV SportsThis edition of the Asia Cup had it’s fair share of one-sided games in the beginning half while the latter half was filled with exhilarating matches. The grand finale did not disappoint as the Men In Blue just managed to get over the line against the resilient Tigers.Twitter reacts to India’s last-gasp Asia Cup triumphFrom Litton Das’ scintillating knock to Kedar Jadhav’s heroics at the end of the second innings, Twitter could not keep calm through the nail-biting action. Here’s how the Twitter Universe reacted to the unforgettable encounter.India squeeze past Bangladesh in a nail-biting finish in Dubai https://t.co/riIQHckyL6 #AsiaCupFinal #INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/8TpaY0GHsA— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 28, 2018 Kedar Jadhav: I’m still a batsman who can bowlKuldeep Yadav: I scored a lot of runs in First-Class cricket and I would now consider myself as a bowling all-rounder #INDvBAN #AsiaCup2018 #AsiaCup #AsiaCupfinal— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) September 28, 2018 Shikhar Dhawan has now appeared in five multinational tournaments (5+ teams) & ended up as leading run getter for India in all of those.363 CT 2013192 #AsiaCup 2014412 WC 2015338 CT 2017342 #AsiaCup2018 #AsiaCupFinal #INDvBAN— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) September 28, 2018 Whew!Finally an ODI tournament victory for India after 5 years!India’s last win came in a Caribbean tri-series (Celkon Mobile Cup) at Port of Spain on 11 July 2013. Beat Sri Lanka in the final by 1 wkt & with just 2 balls to spare!#IndvBan#BanvInd#AsiaCupFinal#AsiaCup2018— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 28, 2018 These kind of cheap act always that’s why Bangladesh don’t deserve big trophies. Look at India so mature, won the final still cool and clam. #INDvBAN #AsiaCupFinal pic.twitter.com/eEpV1ZY8CS— Virendar Sehwag (@VirendarsSehwag) September 28, 2018 Visuals of celebration from Kanpur after India won the Asia Cup 2018. #AsiaCupFinal pic.twitter.com/e1lsSZ4np9— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 28, 2018 Wow! I don’t remember the last time an ODI made my heart pump this much. Gasping for air on air 😄#AsiaCupFinal pic.twitter.com/21Qd9GLqfp— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) September 28, 2018center_img KP : Why did you take it to the last ball? Why are you doing this to us?Jadhav : I’m a CSK player. I’ve played under Dhoni bhai. What do you expect?#INDvBAN— Manya (@CSKian716) September 28, 2018 Liton Das – Man of the Match; Shikhar Dhawan – Man of the series#INDvBAN #AsiaCup2018 #AsiaCup #AsiaCupfinal— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) September 28, 2018 Bangladesh in finalsv SL 2009 – Lost by 2 wkts (Tri series)v Pak 2012 – Lost by 2 runs (Asia Cup)v Ind 2016 – Lost by 8 wkts (Asia Cup)v SL 2018 – Lost by 79 runs (Tri series)v Ind 2018 – Lost by 4 wkts (Nidahas)v Ind 2018 – Lost by 3 wkts (Asia Cup)#INDvBAN #AsiaCup2018— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) September 28, 2018 This man is truly magician 👏 @msdhoni @imjadeja #AsiaCupfinal #INDvBAN #AsiaCup2018 #Dhoni #jadeja#BANvIND #CSK pic.twitter.com/qZMzwowsrE— Tharun Kumar (@tharun98pdkt) September 28, 2018 Jasprit Bumrah’s incredible numbers in the death overs in this Asia Cup:Pak: 1.1 overs, 2 runs, 2 wickets Ban: 2.1 overs, 6 runs, 2 wicketsPak: 4 overs, 15 runs, 2 wicketsBan: 2.3 overs, 6 runs, 1 wicketOverall: 9.5-0-29-7ZERO boundaries conceded.Star.#AsiaCup2018— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) September 28, 2018Read Also:Asia Cup 2018 Final Review: India seal last ball thriller to claim second successive Asia CupCricket: India and Afghanistan teams with touching gestures to cheer up crying kid after match Congratulations Team India what a cliffhanger… we won Asia Cup!!! Wow great moment for every Indian across the globe!#INDvBAN#AsiaCupFinal— Manoj Tiwari (@ManojTiwariMP) September 28, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Players not having right to choose club is not ideal, says Sunil Chhetri

first_imgThe proceedings for the new season of the Indian Super League (ISL), which will be of longer duration featuring 10 teams this time, will kick off on Sunday in Mumbai with the ISL draft.The fate of around 200 players will be decided by the draft which will see newly-formed Jamshedpur FC as the first entrants.According to ISL regulations, clubs were allowed to retain two senior players and up to three U-21 players.Earlier, the Football Players’ Association of India (FPAI) had strongly opposed the draft system claiming that many players were unhappy with it.Now India captain Sunil Chhetri has come out and said that he feels this should be the last year of the draft system in India.”It is not the ideal situation for a player because he should have the right to choose the team he wants to go. Even the ones organising the draft know that this is not the best option. I’ve been told that this has been done to felicitate the new team Jamshedpur FC so that all teams are on a level-playing field,” Chhetri said in an interview to mid-day.Chhetri was the joint second-highest goalscorer in the 2015 season of the ISL where he found the net seven times for Mumbai City FC. This time though, Chhetri would be representing the blue of Bengaluru FC after being retained by them and hopes that every player is satisfied come Sunday.”I was talking to a few players and they had their apprehensions. I just hope every player gets the money he deserves,” he added.advertisementThere were also reports that some players wanted to protest against the draft system but since many players were unhappy with their club salaries and preferred to give the ISL draft a chance, no protest could be held.The fourth season of the Indian Super League 2017-18 will start in November soon after the FIFA U-17 World Cup.last_img read more

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Reward Your Junior MVP’s Thanks To Red Rooster

first_imgWhether you want to honour your best and fairest or lifetime members, the new Red Rooster Trophy Room allows you greater flexibility to configure your clubs Trophy Room.Remember the people who have made your sporting club what it is today. Available to all SportingPulse website administrators, look for the Trophy Room icon in the ‘Administrator Control Panel’ to start creating your Award Wall and Honour Board. Dear SportingPulse is glad to announce an exciting new enhancement for your club membersbrought to you by Red Rooster. Put a smile on the face of your best and most hardworking junior players each week with a Red Rooster Junior MVP Award.The newly enhanced system gives junior team managers and coaches the ability to register their details and reward three of the most valuable junior players each week with a voucher for a free cheeseburger which they can exchange at their local Red Rooster Restaurant.center_img Please see below for further information. last_img read more

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Busy Year Ahead for Holland America Line’s MS Prinsendam

first_imgzoom MS PrinsendamHolland America Line’s MS Prinsendam kicks off the new year on Jan 3, 2015 with a 68-day Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage followed by a 55-day Grand Mediterranean Voyage. This is an addition to ms Amsterdam’s 114-day Grand World Voyage that calls at 45 ports in 25 countries.“We asked our guests and travel agent partners which destinations they would like to visit on a Grand Voyage to be sure we included what was important to them,” said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. “We took their suggestions and carefully crafted these three exceptional itineraries with more overnight visits and more ports of call, making these the most exciting and in-depth Grand Voyages we’ve ever offered.”45 port calls in 25 countriesPrinsendam returns to South America, Antarctica and the Amazon in 2015 on a 68-day itinerary sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale that departs Jan. 3. After passing through the Panama Canal, the ship will reach South America’s Pacific coast and continue on to circumnavigate the continent.During the voyage, Prinsendam will call at 31 ports in 11 countries, including spending seven full days cruising the Amazon River and three days of dramatic scenic cruising in Antarctica.Immediately following its Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage, Prinsendam departs March 12 on a 55-day Grand Mediterranean Voyage that sails from Fort Lauderdale to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, visiting 32 ports in 12 countries. The voyage features many “boutique” ports of call in the Mediterranean and Balkan Peninsula.The ship visits Caribbean destinations before crossing over to the Canary Islands and spending the night alongside at Tenerife. Prinsendam then explores Spain with five calls, including overnights at Cadiz (Seville) and Barcelona. Following an overnight at Valletta, Malta, the ship makes way for Crete, Greece and the Holy Land of Israel.Prinsendam continues exploring the eastern Mediterranean with calls throughout Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Greece and Italy. Overnights at Istanbul, Turkey, and Piraeus (Athens), Greece, allow for ample time for shopping, exploring and experiencing the culture and history of the cities.When ms Amsterdam departs Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jan. 5, 2015, the cruise will span 114 days and call at 45 ports in 25 countries on six continents.Press Release, August 7, 2014last_img read more

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I dont trust anybody St Annes survivor feels betrayed as federal government

first_imgLucy ScholeyAPTN NewsA former St. Anne’s Indian Residential School student says she has lost faith in Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett after learning the federal government is seeking thousands of dollars in legal fees from a lawyer representing the survivors.Angela Shisheesh, who attended the Fort Albany, Ont. school infamous for using a homemade electric chair as punishment and entertainment, said she thinks the federal government is warning other lawyers to back down from defending Indigenous people in court.“I don’t trust anybody anymore,” Shisheesh says.In a rare legal move, the federal government is seeking $25,000 in legal costs from lawyer Fay Brunning, who has been representing St. Anne’s students for years.Shisheesh said this contradicts what Bennett told her and other St. Anne’s students during a meeting in April, when the government was seeking an apology from the Pope over the Catholic Church’s role in the abuses inflicted on Indigenous children at residential schools.Shisheesh said she left the meeting under the impression that Bennett would not pursue Brunning in court.“She lied to me, literally. She lied to me. It hurts. It’s just another abuse, that’s how I feel right now,” said Shisheesh, through tears.St. Anne’s residential school was the subject of more than 60 lawsuits for the physical, sexual and psychological horrors inflicted on Indigenous students.Much of the abuse was documented in thousands of pages generated from an Ontario provincial police investigation. While the federal government has released some of the materials, much of it has been kept secret.Brunning has been fighting for access to the documents, which survivors say is relevant to their compensation claims.Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell ruled the government was within its right to withhold those documents and the Appeal Court agreed.Brunning has been critical of the decision, alleging the court was biased in favour of Canada – comments that did not sit well with Perell.In January, he issued a scathing ruling stating Brunning “slandered the court” and acted unprofessionally, which lead to the federal court’s decision to pursue legal fees from Brunning.James Fitz-Morris, Bennett’s director of communications, calls it an “exceptional” situation.“Canada has not – and will not – seek costs against individual claimants,” he says in an email. However, “in exceptional circumstances – costs can be sought against lawyers who do not appear to be acting responsibly.”Any costs paid by Brunning will be donated to a fund that supports former students, he says.NDP MP Charlie Angus, who represents the riding where St. Anne’s was located, calls the move a “simple intimidation tactic” intended to stifle lawyers fighting claims.“Carolyn Bennett met with survivors and said that she would stop this vendetta and yet she walked out of that meeting and business carried on,” he told APTN News. “To me, that is the most shocking thing that a government minister could look survivors in the eye and lie to them. I don’t know how else to call it.”“We left that meeting with an understanding that these legal battles were going to end and there was going to be some form of justice.”Cathy McLeod, the Conservative Indigenous issues critic, says the Liberal government has been inconsistent in its messaging about reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.“It just shows the absurdity of the current government,” she said. “They sort of say that they want to move towards better relations and they want to be transparent and whether it is the young girl … fighting her dental care in court or going after lawyers who are trying to do the right thing for residential school survivors, they’re just not congruent.”Bennett’s office has denied allegations the minister lied to St. Anne’s survivors.In a statement emailed through Fitz-Morris, Bennett says she’s reviewing the proposals from the former students of the school.“We can accomplish so much more working together outside of the confrontational courts – and we agreed to do that,” she said.The matter of costs between Brunning and the federal government has yet to be settled in court.Defence lawyer Lawrence Greenspon has filed a motion asking Perell to recuse himself from the matter, arguing the judge is biased against Brunning.It’s not the first time Brunning has been accused of defamation.Ontario law firm Wallbridge, Wallbridge filed a lawsuit against Brunning, alleging she defamed its lawyers when she claimed they sat on police files critical to a residential school survivor’s compensation claim.But for Shisheesh, Brunning is a champion for Indigenous rights.“Fay Brunning, she’s the best lawyer I have ever met. She has so much compassion towards Indigenous people, wanting to help them, and she did that out of the goodness of her heart.”lscholey@aptn.calast_img read more

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Moroccos VoIP Ban Quietly Reversed Without Official Announcement

By Beryl KessioRabat – Today, some reports have surfaced that the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ARNT) has quietly reversed its ban on VoIP services such as Skype, WhatsApp and more. The ARNT, however, has not released an official statement concerning the lifted restrictions; the loophole was discovered by trial and error.The ban was instituted in January on the grounds that free IP-based calling services weren’t licensed to operate as telecom entities in Morocco. The government’s undisclosed turnaround comes after a report that the Moroccan economy lost $320 million as a result of the decision to curtail use of VoIP services, according to the American Center for Technological Innovation at the Brookings Institution. Disgruntled Moroccans expressed their disapproval of the decision, launching campaigns calling on citizens to boycott the three main Moroccan telecommunications agencies: Maroc Telecom, Meditel and INWI. One Moroccan national even went to court to battle the ARNT’s authority to ban these services. Residents who have turned to VPNs (virtual private networks) to dodge the government’s restriction should not ditch them just yet. Despite the campaigns by Moroccan citizens and international criticism, some presume that the ban was temporarily lifted as a result of the fast-approaching COP 22 conference taking place in Marrakech in November, and will swiftly be reinstated after the conference ends. COP 22 proceedings will draw government officials, representatives of UN bodies and agencies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and media personnel to the kingdom. The actual functionality of VoIP services has yet to yield consistent results. read more

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Nexteer Automotive Opens its First African Plant in Kenitra Morocco

Rabat – The new facility will manufacture automobile parts including Electric Power Steering (EPS) systems for Groupe PSA (formerly PSA Peugeot Citroen). The facility will also manufacture Driveline systems for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Groupe PSA and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.Construction of the 10,000 m2 Kenitra facility began in the first quarter of 2018. The facility is now gearing up for the start of production in September. Nexteer Automotive expects to hire 500 people for the plant by 2020.“Nexteer’s new Morocco plant is another milestone in our ongoing plan for global footprint diversification and expansion in regions strategically important to our key customers,” said Tao Liu, Global Chief Operating Officer of Nexteer Automotive, in a press release. Read also: King Mohammed VI Chairs Inauguration of PSA Group’s Kenitra Automotive PlantNexteer is a multi-billion dollar global steering and driveline business. The Kenitra facility is Nexteer’s 27th plant in the world, and its first on the African continent.The opening of the Nexteer plant strengthens Morocco’s competitiveness in the automobile industry and Kenitra’s position as a hub for the sector. Groupe PSA inaugurated its car factory site in Kenitra on June 20. It has a production capacity of 100 000 vehicles per year.At the inauguration of the new Nexteer plant, the Moroccan Minister of Industry Moulay Hafid Elalamy noted the facility “contributes to the integration of the value chain and the ascent of the Moroccan automotive industry.”Morocco is the largest automobile producer in Africa, with a production capacity of over 700,000 vehicles per year. read more

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UN refugee chief travels to Sudan to spotlight problems at opposite ends

António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is scheduled to arrive in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on Monday, the agency’s spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters today in Geneva. Mr. Guterres is expected to hold talks with senior Sudanese Government officials, including Foreign Minister Lam Akol, as well as UN staff.The trip, the second to Sudan by Mr. Guterres, will take place as the UN system has asked UNHCR to expand its operations in Darfur, where clashes between Government forces, allied Janjaweed militias and rebel groups have killed more than 200,000 people since 2003 and displaced another 2 million from their homes.On Tuesday Mr. Guterres is slated to head to El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur state, to meet IDPs, local authorities, African Union (AU) officials and staff from UN partner agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).West Darfur, one of three states comprising the vast Darfur region, is home to an estimated 700,000 IDPs, and UNHCR currently has access to about 500,000. Some 25,000 refugees from neighbouring Chad are also living in areas adjacent to the border.Mr. Redmond said Mr. Guterres is set to then travel to eastern Sudan’s Kassala state on Thursday to visit Kilo 26 and Wad Sherife, two camps for Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees.Eastern Sudan is home to about 136,000 refugees and there have been camps in that part of the country since 1968, but the situation there is largely forgotten because of the better known refugee situations of Darfur and southern Sudan.Mr. Redmond said UNHCR is shifting its activities in eastern Sudan from providing assistance to devising durable solutions, focusing on local integration as voluntary repatriation is not currently an option. Resettlement is also being considered for special cases. 20 April 2007The United Nations refugee chief heads to Sudan next week to discuss the western war-torn region of Darfur, home to a swelling population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and Chadian refugees, and to also spotlight the forgotten situation in the country’s east, where Eritreans and Ethiopians have been living in camps for almost 40 years. read more

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UN health agency launches new drive to develop childsize drugs

Citing the need for medicines better tailored to children’s needs, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today unveiled plans for further research and development into child medicine. The agency presented its new initiative at the London launch of the “make medicines child size” campaign. Spearheaded by WHO, the campaign aims to raise awareness and spur action to address the need to ensure that all children under the age of 15 have better access to medicines appropriate for them. Greater efforts are needed in this area given that many medicines available today are not developed for children or available in suitable dosages or formats. When they are available, they are not reaching the children who need them most, notes WHO. “The gap between the availability and the need for child-appropriate medicines touches wealthy as well as poor countries,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “As we strive for equitable access to scientific progress in health, children must be one of our top priorities.” According to WHO, more than half of children in industrialized societies are prescribed medicines whose dosages are intended for adults and not authorized for use in children. In developing countries, the problem is made worse by lower access to medicines. The agency adds that about six million children – out of the 10 million that do not reach their fifth birthday every year – die of treatable conditions and could be saved if the medicines they need were readily available, safe, effective and affordable. Pneumonia kills two million children under five each year and HIV kills 330,000 children under 15. “These illnesses can be treated, but many children don’t stand a chance because the medicines are either not appropriate for their age, don’t reach them or are priced too high – up to three times the price of adult drugs,” said Howard Zucker, WHO Assistant Director-General. The medicines that need to be adapted to children’s needs include many antibiotics, as well as asthma and pain medication. The campaign also calls for more research and development of combination pills for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, as well as appropriate child therapy for a number of neglected tropical diseases. To promote increased attention to research into children’s drugs, WHO is building an Internet portal to clinical trials carried out in children and will publish that information early next year. The agency is also releasing today the first international List of Essential Medicines for Children, containing over 200 medicines that are deemed safe for children. In addition, it will work with governments to address regulations for children’s medicines. 6 December 2007Citing the need for medicines better tailored to children’s needs, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today unveiled plans for further research and development into child medicine. read more

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Ban delighted at adoption of new cluster bomb convention

“I am delighted that the strong calls to address the humanitarian impact of cluster munitions have been answered with the adoption today of this new Convention,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.“I welcome this successful outcome of the Dublin Diplomatic Conference, and congratulate everyone who contributed to the process,” he added.Delegations from 111 States have agreed on the text of the new international convention, which bans the use of cluster munitions. At the opening of the Diplomatic Conference on Cluster Munitions 11 days ago in Dublin, Mr. Ban said in a statement that the devices are “inherently inaccurate and often malfunction,” and they pose “a very real danger to civilians, both at the time of use and long after conflicts have ended.”The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) also reported that cluster munitions have been used for more than six decades, and have contaminated countries such as Laos, Viet Nam and Cambodia for over 30 years, while more recently they have been used in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and southern Lebanon. Some 40 per cent of victims are children who are injured or killed long after direct hostilities have drawn to a close, the agency added. The Secretary-General said today that, “A broad-based coalition of States, international organizations and civil society has brought about a new international standard that will enhance the protection of civilians, strengthen human rights and improve prospects for development.”“The entire United Nations system stands ready to support and assist States in implementing their treaty obligations,” he added. “I therefore encourage States to sign and ratify this important agreement without delay, and I look forward to its rapid entry into force.” 30 May 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the adoption of the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Dublin, and encouraged Member States to ratify the new agreement. read more

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No official song to mark Presidents one year in office

Secretary to the President P B Abeykoon says no official song was released to mark the one year completion of the democratic governance under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena.The Secretary to the President further said that a song titled “Nuba Ape Minisek” erroneously claimed that it was Sri Lanka President’s Official Song – 2016 and it has been played by some social networking websites, without the permission of the President as well as the Presidential Secretariat. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Philip Rivers Has The Supporting Cast He Deserves Again

BUF52%HOU60%HOU 20, BUF 13+9.4– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com It probably isn’t a coincidence that Rivers is currently enjoying his best statistical performance in years, with Gordon and Allen also contributing more than any Charger rusher and receiver since the days of LaDainian Tomlinson and Vincent Jackson. It’s a little circular, in that sense: Is Rivers making them better, or are they helping Rivers rediscover his form? (Gordon’s ability to run against stacked defenses, for instance, has opened up space for Rivers to throw downfield.) Either way, the ingredients have been in place for a late-career QB rejuvenation. Right now, Rivers is on pace to tie for the ninth-most-efficient post-merger performance for a passer age 35 or older, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com’s advanced passing index. As far as old-man QB seasons go, this is one of the best in history.Of course, with the Chargers, it’s about more than just improved talent. It’s also about execution, something this team has often been found sorely lacking over the years. As Mike Tanier wrote in his L.A. chapter for Football Outsiders’ 2018 Almanac, you could make a pretty convincing case that the 2017 Chargers missed the playoffs because of two very fundamental football activities: tackling and kicking. Last year, Los Angeles let opponents break tackles at an incredible rate and missed numerous field goals and extra points, helping to turn a team with 10-and-a-half-win point differential into a sad-sack nine-game-winner.This year’s place-kicking game hasn’t been great (Caleb Sturgis made just 71 percent of his total field goals and extra points before he was sidelined by an injury), but it’s no longer dead-last in football, which I suppose is an accomplishment. Plus, the Chargers rank among the best in the league in terms of kickoffs, a big reason for their fourth-ranked net starting field position. And as for the tackling woes, they appear to be a thing of the past. According to Football Outsiders’ charting data, only 3.9 percent of plays by Charger opponents have seen a broken tackle, good for 10th best in the league this year. Relatedly, the Chargers are also allowing the league’s sixth-lowest rate of yards after first contact per rush this season, another major sign of defensive progress as compared with last season. NYJ67NYJ57NYJ 42, IND 34-9.9– 201775.1M. Gordon98.8K. Allen87.663.0 LAC69LAC60LAC 38, CLE 14-9.1– MIA42.812.6DET24.39.822.41496 200997.0L. Tomlinson55.3V. Jackson73.646.4 201899.2M. Gordon124.2K. Allen80.054.9 LAC60.614.6TEN41.312.627.21524 CAR43.4%±12.8PHI64.2%±12.225.01586 201713.3312.3132 The Chargers must have practiced their tacklingLos Angeles Chargers’ defensive performance and league ranking in preventing opponents from breaking tackles or gaining yards after contact 20183.9%101.566 OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION CHI43.012.2NE78.49.021.31560 Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality What’s been a great season for Elo kept getting better in Week 6 as the algorithm beat the average reader by 55 points, its second-best showing of the entire year so far. Human predictors really only had one major feather in their cap — Houston’s Nathan Peterman-fueled win over Buffalo (a very bad team whose badness Elo refuses to acknowledge) — but otherwise they saw Elo run roughshod over their picks. Elo correctly called wins for Dallas and Miami when readers picked otherwise, and it had a lot more confidence than readers in the Jets’ and Chargers’ victories as well. All told, the average reader is now down 233 points to Elo for the season to date.Among the readers who weren’t destroyed by Elo, congrats to John D. Harden, who led all users with 275 points in Week 6, and to Jevon Mallett, who continues to lead all users for the season with 453 points. Thanks to everyone who played last week — and if you didn’t play, get in on the game already! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 201631.8M. Gordon88.5T. Williams66.251.1 ATL27.76.5NYG1.21.07.51454 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. 201077.1M. Tolbert59.4A. Gates48.964.3 GB66GB75GB 33, SF 30+3.3– Los Angeles will put its improved talent and newfound execution on display in London on Sunday, for a game against the Tennessee Titans that ranks among the best of Week 7 in terms of both matchup quality (i.e., the harmonic mean of the two teams’ Elo ratings in each game) and how much it figures to swing either team’s odds of making the playoffs: 200658.5L. Tomlinson145.2A. Gates57.861.1 Playoff %Playoff % 201548.3D. Woodhead68.2K. Allen45.338.6 CIN49.611.2KC95.83.614.81575 ATL67ATL64ATL 34, TB 29-3.9– WSH38.816.3DAL40.216.232.61517 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS Per-game measures are relative to team schedule lengths, not individual games played.YABQ: Yards Above Backup Quarterback, a measure of QB performance that gives credit for passing and rushing, and adjusts for strength of schedule.YDSC: yards from scrimmage, or rushing yards plus receiving yards.Defensive efficiency: ESPN’s measure of a defense’s per-play effectiveness on a 0-100 scale.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group, pro-Football-Reference.com 200886.5L. Tomlinson96.0V. Jackson72.938.7 JAX46.713.8HOU23.612.926.71470 SEA67SEA63SEA 27, OAK 3-4.4– 2012-3.9R. Mathews59.9M. Floyd50.955.4 201379.6R. Mathews90.3K. Allen65.432.2 DAL53JAX60DAL 40, JAX 7-16.2– SeasonRivers YABQ/GTop RBYdSc/GTop Rec.YdSC/GTeam Def. efficiency YearBroken tackles/playNFL RankOpponents’ yards after 1st contact/rushNFL Rank Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 6Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 6 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game BAL68.711.5NO72.29.721.11605 BUF10.25.7IND4.12.38.01417 201148.0R. Mathews96.6V. Jackson72.333.2 Philip Rivers is great again — and he has helpLos Angeles Chargers’ production from quarterback Philip Rivers and his supporting cast, 2006-2018 201445.7B. Oliver53.3M. Floyd53.542.8 The best matchups of Week 7Week 7 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions TEN53BAL54BAL 21, TEN 0+4.8– Source: Football Outsiders, ESPN Stats & Information Group LAR69LAR75LAR 23, DEN 20+1.2– CIN54CIN51PIT 28, CIN 21+1.2– MIA54CHI59MIA 31, CHI 28-15.4– For the Chargers, it’s part of a long road trip that will keep them away from Southern California until Nov. 18. The StubHub Center doesn’t exactly offer an intimidating advantage even when they are at home, but it does bear watching how L.A. manages all that travel. Even so, the Chargers’ season will still probably hinge on the final few matchups of the season — their last five games are either against division rivals or the biggest threats to their wild-card chances. If Rivers and his improved supporting cast can continue to thrive up to and including the month of December, we’ll know the Chargers have stamped their ticket back to the postseason and given their star QB at least one more chance to shine on the game’s brightest stage.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersAttention football fans! Be sure to check out our constantly updating NFL prediction interactive, which uses FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings to forecast the rest of the season. And if you think you can outsmart Elo, step right up to our prediction game, which lets you pick against our model (and your fellow readers) for bragging rights and a place on our giant leaderboard.Here are the games where Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the field of prognosticators last week: Conventional NFL wisdom says teams should do whatever it takes to snag a Franchise Quarterback™ — that from there, the winning just takes care of itself. But for most of Philip Rivers’s career, his Los Angeles (née San Diego) Chargers have been the exception to that rule. Taken fourth overall in the 2004 draft, Rivers has been the elite passer that teams dream about building around. And yet, his team has just four total playoff wins to show for it, including only one this decade.This year, though, Los Angeles looks poised to reverse that trend and actually capitalize on having a future Hall of Fame QB in its midst, while there’s still time left in Rivers’s career to do it. The Chargers walloped the Browns 38-14 in Cleveland last Sunday, bringing their record to 4-2 on the season — and giving them a 61 percent probability of making their first playoff appearance since 2013. Although L.A.’s postseason bid is far from assured, right now the Chargers have set themselves up with their most promising start to a season in a long time.This Charger renaissance has been building for a few years, since the team finally began surrounding Rivers again with better playmakers on both sides of the ball. On defense, that goes back to 2012, when former general manager A.J. Smith drafted pass-rusher Melvin Ingram 18th overall. After a slow start to his career, Ingram has blossomed into a Pro Bowler and an annual double-digit sack candidate. Under Smith’s successor, Tom Telesco, the Chargers have also grabbed several defensive contributors through the draft, including sack-machine DE Joey Bosa,1Who has missed the season so far with an injury but made the Pro Bowl last year. solid LB Denzel Perryman, up-and-coming CB Desmond King II and rookie S Derwin James (who, in his first season, already ranks as the NFL’s fifth-best safety according to ProFootballFocus’s player grades). Toss in outside pickups such as DT Brandon Mebane and CB Casey Hayward — another Pro Bowler from last season — plus the guidance of proven coordinator Gus Bradley, and the Chargers’ defensive talent base has undeniably made strides over the past handful of seasons.On offense, Telesco also made key acquisitions that helped pave the way for this year’s hot start when he took WR Keenan Allen in the third round of the 2013 draft and RB Melvin Gordon 15th overall in 2015. Picking first-round running backs is always tricky business, but Gordon has been a good one so far in his career, with a couple of 1,400-yards-from-scrimmage seasons under his belt (in 2016 and 2017) and an excellent start to 2018 as well. Meanwhile, Allen has taken the lead from top San Diego-era targets Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates and forged his own chemistry with Rivers — only four receivers leaguewide have more yards through the air since 2017 than Allen does. (It also helps that Allen has stayed healthy these past two seasons after missing 23 combined games in 2015-16.) Allen and Gordon aren’t the only teammates making Rivers’s life easier: The offensive line has been much better with free-agent C Mike Pouncey anchoring the middle, while change-of-pace RB Austin Ekeler has proven himself exceptionally tough to bring down — he leads all RBs in yards after first contact per rush. More broadly, in its second year under head coach Anthony Lynn, Los Angeles now has the offensive pieces to beat teams in multiple ways.Add it all up and it’s clear that Rivers, who turns 37 in December, has a much better group of talent around him to work with than in years past. Here’s a look at the changes in Rivers’s own production over time — as measured by his Yards Above Backup Quarterback (YABQ) — along with how his top skill-position teammates and defense have also evolved: CAR55CAR58WSH 23, CAR 17-5.3– LAR95.83.3SF3.12.86.11512 NE54NE50NE 43, KC 40-6.2– PHI71PHI66PHI 34, NYG 13-5.4– TB20.75.6CLE1.11.06.61394 MIN74MIN79MIN 27, ARI 17+0.9– DEN3.82.6ARI1.40.83.41418 200726.4L. Tomlinson121.8A. Gates61.562.6 MIN57.013.4NYJ14.77.120.51513 read more

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EHF CL PSG Handball directly to TOP 8

Paris Saint Germain joined FC Barcelona Lassa directly to VELUX EHF Champions League quarter-final! Noka Serdarušić team beat SG Flensburg 35:32 (16:16) in the decisive match to win the Preliminary Group.Paris Saint-Germain – SG Flensburg-Handewitt  35:32 (16:16)Paris Saint-Germain: Annonay, Omeyer – Möllgaard (1), Kounkoud, Barachet, Gunnarsson, Abalo (2), L. Karabatic (3), Hansen (7/5), Narcisse (5), Onufriyenko (6), Honrubia (8), N. Karabatic (3), Accambray, VoriSG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson, Møller (48.-51.) – Karlsson, Eggert (5/5), Glandorf (1), Svan (2), Wanne (2), Djordjic (2), Jakobsson (4), Heinl, Toft Hansen, Gottfridsson (2), Lauge (2), Mahé (5), Radivojevic (4), Kozina (3)STANDINGS: 2. MVM Veszprém141112402:364(38)23 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko143110385:398(-13)7 5. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …14518358:367(-9)11 4. THW Kiel14815400:388(12)17 PSG HandballSF Flensburg 3. SG Flensburg-Handewitt141004429:380(49)20 ← Previous Story Reichmann’s buzzer-beater against Szeged Next Story → Bebeshko about Kielce: It’s not fair to play first match at home 8. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu141013382:487(-105)2 1. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…141202442:389(53)24 6. Orlen Wisla Plock14329372:397(-25)8 read more

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Sreemukhi warns Rahul against touching her Heres how Bigg Boss Telugu 3
first_imgSreemukhi and Rahul SipligunjTwitterSreemukhi asked Rahul Sipligunj not to touch her when he tried to grab the dragon egg from her in Tuesday’s episode of Bigg Boss Telugu 3. Their fight has sparked a big debate between their fans on social media.In Tuesday’s episode, Big boss kick-started a new task in which three contestants had to grab three dragon eggs placed in the garden area. The three successful housemates will enjoy a special advantage in the upcoming captaincy task. As per the task named Nene Raju Nene Mantri, the housemates were divided into two kingdoms – Vikramapuri and Simhapuri, while Vithika, Rohini and Siva Jyothi grabbed the eggs first. Have your say in the pollVote: Who among these 7 contestants should be eliminated from Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in week 4?Ravi KrishnaSiva JyothiVarun SandeshBaba BashkarRahul SipligunjRohiniSreemukhiSee results Return To Poll Vikramapuri with red flags was headed by Sreemukhi and Ali Reza, Ashu, Rahul and Mahesh were the members of the team. On the other hand, Himaja lead Simhapuri, which has blue flags and Ravikrishna, Baba Bhaskar, Punarnavi and Varun Sandesh were its members. Both the teams were to grab the eggs from the dragons and the dragons’ responsibility was to safeguard their respective eggs.The house witnessed a physical fight, as the contestants tried to snatch eggs from one another. During this process, Ashu complained that Rahul was favouring Vithika. When Rahul tried to grab the egg from Sreemukhi, the latter asked him not to touch her. The other contestants asked him to be fair. However, he successfully snatched the egg from her. After this, Ashu argued that Rahul was biased and favoured Vithika.Rahul, Ravi and Ali were successful in possessing the dragon eggs at the end of the first level. The Big Boss revealed that they were promoted to the second level in the captaincy task.However, Sreemukhi warns Rahul against touching her has sparked a big debate with the fans of both contestants getting into a heated argument on social media. Here is what they are saying about the scene.Aruna vedula karra @Arunaved272I didnt find anythng wrong when srimukhi shouted on rahul n asked not to touch…she was hurt coz even after choosng him in her team he betrayed her…he played the game differently wid navi n vithika..that was frustration speakng out loud..i support srimukhi #BiggBossTelugu3Chalamayya @chalamayya4#BiggBossTelugu3 #srimukhi said don’t touch me to #rahul she would say anything to protect his egg all the other girls fight with legs she doesn’t want to fight that’s it she doesn’t raise that he touched her after the game #rahul played for his ego group not for his team worstLakshmi Thirupathamma Karnati @Cinemaa_Pichi#SriMukhi dongala task appudu kuda, in #Rahul presence.. Nannu evaraina touch chesthe nachadhu andhi.. Same malli adhe disclaimer #Rahul daggare use chesindhi. I think valliddari madhya issues valla thanu specific ga #Rahul ki mathram chepthundhanukunta #BiggBossTelugu3 Yes.. Even yesterday also, he could have taken egg from #Punarnavi but Ali suspects #Rahul and he took egg from her. Though he accepted in the beginning not to attack #SriMukhi he cheated her #BiggBossTelugu3Namitha @rithika2016See u feel sumone as ur frnd bt he starts targeting ur character & profession so defntly u dont like him anymore & vl nt b comfrtabl with him. Its gud she is saying it aloud than making it an issue after wards. Rahul lost al respect from srimukhi side so she is avoiding him.Kausalarmy @kausalarmyWhy the fuck Srimukhi using woman card. Such a hypocrite, if she doesn’t want Rahul to touch her body in the game she has to leave the show #BiggBossTelugu3(`◕‿◕´) (`◕‿◕´) @proud_2beIndianI dunno where Srimukhi had told Rahul not to touch her in the task. If she had said,then Rahul n SriMukhi both r wrong. Game is Game Rahul for showing partiality n dint want to touch Vithika n Punar but ok to touch others. SriMukhi for asking not to touch her. #BiggBossTelugu3Social Comrade @Chaitan83060975#BiggBossTelugu3 Rahul double standards game play cheyachu ade style lo Sree Mukhi game adithe end of the day Ekada Sree Mukhi ne thappu! Ame Mida antha hatred enti ra babuKrishna @krishnas1433Genuine unna vallandaru ardam aipothunaru. Ninna srimukhi chesina paniki, women card use chesinappudu against vellina andaru cool. But rahul ki negative ki velthunaru, kavalni… srimukhi army pani adi. #BiggBossTelugu3 #Bigboss3telugu #Bigboss3teluguVinod @devildevelWe all saw #Ashu tried to expose #rahul how he handle #sreemukhi to point at him why he did not do the same to #vithika. Can a chamcha do that? Cannot be. #BiggBossTelugu3Unknown Author @writeurthought#BiggBossTelugu3 Both #SriMukhi and #rahulsipligunj played the game well. The only difference is Sri wanted her team(Rahul, Ali) to win, Rahul wanted his opposite group to lose. #RaviKrishna papam trying to join PVR. Okasari backstabbing aithe gani sakkaga avvaduNandeeshwar @SNandeeshwar#BiggBossTelugu3Andaru Rahul mida edusthunaru vadi istam evari dagara egg tiskovalante Valla dagara tiskuntadu me g em nosthundi ah srimukhi falthu plans vesi evvo evvo personals mataldthundi game lo avvi kanipiyatledhalast_img
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20pc workers can form trade union draft law says

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina chairs cabinet meeting at Bangladesh secretariat on 3 September 2018. Photo: PIDThe cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft of Bangladesh Labour Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 with more facilities for workers, reports UNB.The draft law also reduces the workers’ threshold to 20 per cent from the existing 30 per cent for forming trade unions.The approval was given at the weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at the secretariat with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.Under the proposed law, the percentage of workers’ participation required for forming trade unions at factories will be reduced to 20 per cent from the existing 30 per cent, said cabinet secretary Md Shafiul Alam.The draft bill has been prepared and updated following the observation of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).”The amended law will be a labour-friendly one,” said the cabinet secretary.”Under the proposed law, no child will be allowed to work in factories. If anybody employs child workers then he or she will have to pay a fine of Tk 5,000,” he added.In the draft bill, the punishment of workers for violating laws has been reduced by 50 per cent while new facilities included for them.Under the draft law, the inspection for factories and establishment department has been upgraded to the level of directorate.The post of the chief inspector of the department is now inspector general, while deputy director general is additional inspector general, and the post of labour director has been upgraded to the rank of director general, Shafiul Alam said.Under the proposed law, he said, mentally and physically-challenged labourers cannot be employed in any risky works.According to section 47 of the draft, if any female worker gives birth to a baby before informing the authorities, she will get an 8-week leave within 3 days after informing the authorities. If the factory authorities do not allow her to go on leave, they will be fined Tk 25,000.Besides, if any worker does his or her duty during festival, he or she will get a two-day leave and wage for two days after the festival.Both owners and workers will be sentenced to one year jail with a fine of Tk 10,000 for misconduct, which was two years in the previous law.Section-195 of the draft law will be applicable for factory owners and section-196 for labourers and workers.In the draft law, the punishment for enforcing strike illegally has been reduced to six months from one year.In case of natural death, the family of the worker concerned will get Tk 200,000 as compensation, which was Tk100,000 in the previous law, and in the case of injury, they will get Tk 250,000, which is now Tk 125,000.last_img read more

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Skull analysis of Qingmenodus offers insight into creatures between prelobed fish and

first_imgQingmendous, a 409 million-year-old predatory fish provides unique insights into early the evolution of modern lobe-finned fishes. Credit: Life restoration drawn by Brian Choo (Flinders University, Australia) (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at the Chinese Academy of Sciences has uncovered new characteristics of Qingmenodus, an Onychodont that lived during the time between fish without lobed fins and tetrapods. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes their study of the fish and discuss its possible place in the evolutionary history of the creatures that eventually made their way onto land. Onychodonts lived approximately 400 million years ago, which means their fossil remains are few and far between, and study of those that have been found has not always been very productive. Still, scientists have found evidence of very ancient primitive fish that did not have lobed fins and evidence of less primitive fish with fully formed lobed fins (necessary for the development of fins that could be used to initially walk about on land), but have not had much luck in finding fish samples that represent the time between these other two groups. This has led to lively debates among early life scholars regarding the evolutionary tree regarding all of the various fishes that eventually led to the ones that actually crawled out of the sea to become our true ancestors. Recently, however, a good sample was found, the remains of a 409 million year Qingmenodus—in China—and more importantly, it had a well-ossified skull. To get a good look at it, inside and out, the team used high-resolution tomography to capture images of the internal structures of the braincase, which allowed them to reconstruct the cranial endocast.The team reports that the brain structure of Qingmenodus was similar in some respects to lungfish (a modern fish that has lungs and lives in mud) and other osteolepiforms (prehistoric lobe-finned fish), it had other clear differences as well—the brain case was elongated and it had well-developed processus connectens, which the researchers suggest was closer in nature to coelacanths (prehistoric large bony fish with fleshy pectoral fins).The team suggests further study of the Qingmenodus sample, and others that have been found may help piece together the relationship between Onychodonts, other prehistoric fish and more specifically, those that eventually climbed out of the sea and slowly evolved into land dwelling creatures. © 2016 Phys.org Explore further Journal information: Science Advancescenter_img Oldest actinopterygian from China provides new evidence for origin of ray-finned fishes Citation: Skull analysis of Qingmenodus offers insight into creatures between pre-lobed fish and tetrapods (Update) (2016, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-skull-analysis-qingmendous-insight-creatures.html More information: J. Lu et al. A Devonian predatory fish provides insights into the early evolution of modern sarcopterygians, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600154AbstractCrown or modern sarcopterygians (coelacanths, lungfishes, and tetrapods) differ substantially from stem sarcopterygians, such as Guiyu and Psarolepis, and a lack of transitional fossil taxa limits our understanding of the origin of the crown group. The Onychodontiformes, an enigmatic Devonian predatory fish group, seems to have characteristics of both stem and crown sarcopterygians but is difficult to place because of insufficient anatomical information. We describe the new skull material of Qingmenodus, a Pragian (~409-million-year-old) onychodont from China, using high-resolution computed tomography to image internal structures of the braincase. In addition to its remarkable similarities with stem sarcopterygians in the ethmosphenoid portion, Qingmenodus exhibits coelacanth-like neurocranial features in the otic region. A phylogenetic analysis based on a revised data set unambiguously assigns onychodonts to crown sarcopterygians as stem coelacanths. Qingmenodus thus bridges the morphological gap between stem sarcopterygians and coelacanths and helps to illuminate the early evolution and diversification of crown sarcopterygians. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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