The province is looking for volunteers to help cut and removetree debris in areas affected by Hurricane Juan. “Cleanup is progressing as quickly as possible,” said ErnestFage, Minister responsible for the Emergency MeasuresOrganization. “In order to speed things along we are enlistingthe help of people who are available to help in the clean-upoperation.” Individuals who are trained and experienced in wood cutting andwho have their own safety equipment are encouraged to contact theEmergency Measures Organization at 902-424-5620. -30-
Two African-Nova Scotian students toured the correctionalfacility they hope to work in someday, as they begin collegestudies as the first recipients of the Morton Simmondsscholarship. Algeron Smith, 22, of North Preston, and Larissa Downey, 19, ofCherry Brook/Lake Loon, are first-year students in the HumanServices (Correctional Services) diploma program at the Trurocampus of the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). Followinggraduation, both are guaranteed employment contracts withcorrectional services in the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. “I want to be a role model,” said Mr. Smith. “I thrive on helpingpeople, and that’s how I know a career in correctional servicesis for me.” Ms. Downey added: “I feel this is a great opportunity for ourcommunities. I would like to give back some of what my communityhas given to me.” Justice Minister Michael Baker joined the students for lunch andtour of the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnsidetoday, Sept. 8. “I’d like to congratulate Algeron and Larissa and wish them allthe best during their college studies,” he said. “CorrectionalServices is a rewarding, challenging career and we look forwardto their positive contributions.” The scholarship was announced in October 2003 in honour of MortonSimmonds, a former correctional worker and community leader fromNorth Preston. Partners include the North Preston GospelTechnology Association, the Nova Scotia Community College and thecorrectional services division in the Department of Justice. “This scholarship showcases the calibre of future correctionalservices’ professionals in Nova Scotia,” said Peggy Joiner, afaculty member for NSCC’s correctional services program, TruroCampus. “At NSCC, we have the opportunity to know great studentslike Algeron and Larissa during a key part of their education,and we’re pleased to welcome them to be a part of an enthusiasticand comprehensive learning community.” Larrie Wright, a captain and equity manager at the correctionalfacility, said he is pleased at today’s milestone. “This isgreat. It brings together the community of North Preston, ourcollege system and a government department, to help developcareers for two African Nova Scotians.” Each scholarship is valued at about $6,000 for the two years ofstudy. The scholarship will be offered again this year. The NSCC program is designed to prepare students for entry-levelpositions in adult and youth corrections, in both institutionaland community settings. Correctional workers perform a variety ofactivities intended to ensure the security and safety of staffand inmates. Increasingly, they are involved in assessment, caseplanning and counselling of those in their care. The NSCC programis a cornerstone in justice-related training in the province andis committed to the professional development of its students. JUSTICE–Scholarship Recipients Tour Correctional Facility, BeginStudies
The Englishtown Ferry in Cape Breton will be out of service fortwo or more days due to a broken bull wheel. Motorists travellingon Highway 105 should take Exit 11 to get to the Cabot Trail. -30-
The Dartmouth Harbourwalk trail will be temporarily closed for two construction projects. The first project is the reinstatement of the trail in the vicinity of the road to the new sewage treatment plant. The second project is the installation of a storm water pipe from the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) property to the harbour. Signs are posted indicating that the trail will be closed until Dec. 19. If the work is completed early, the trail will be reopen sooner. Waterfront Development Corporation Limited is a provincial Crown corporation that plans, co-ordinates, promotes and develops properties, events and activities on designated waterfronts around Halifax Harbour. -30-
Sheila Brown, former president and vice-chancellor, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax Jim Eisenhauer, president, ABCO Group Limited, Lunenburg James Gogan, former president and CEO, Empire Company Limited, Stellarton Paul Kent, chief operating officer, xwave, and, senior vice-president, enterprise and business solutions, Aliant, Halifax James MacConnell, former president and CEO, Scotsburn Co-operative Services Ltd., Scotsburn Paul Taylor, CEO, Office of Economic Development, Halifax Nancy Tower, chief financial officer, Emera Inc., Halifax A well-known Nova Scotia business man, a leader in the franchise industry, and the president of one of Cape Breton’s largest contracting firms have been appointed to the board of Nova Scotia Business Inc (NSBI). Bill Black, former president and CEO of Maritime Life in Halifax, David Arenburg, president of Adcor Group of Companies in Yarmouth, and James Kehoe, president of Joneljim Group of Companies in Sydney, were recently appointed to NSBI’s board. “These new members bring the drive and the enthusiasm that is needed to stimulate business growth in Nova Scotia,” said Tom Stanfield, chair of the board. “I look forward to their contributions as I approach the end of my term as chair.” The board has also re-appointed Lawrence Evans, partner, Evans MacIsaac MacMillan in Port Hawkesbury, and Doug Hall, former managing director, RBC Dominion Securities in Halifax. Mr. Hall, former vice-chair of NSBI’s board, has been appointed as the new board chair and will begin his term in January 2007. “I am delighted to be voted the new chair for NSBI’s board and am looking forward to beginning my term in January,” said Mr. Hall. “During his term, Mr. Stanfield was dedicated to generating significant business growth for our province and I will work hard to demonstrate the same level of commitment and leadership.” “We have a very strong group of business leaders representing our board,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “I am looking forward to working with our new members to uncover even more business opportunities for our province. I would also like to thank those members whose terms have ended. Their hard work over the past few years has been invaluable and I wish them the very best for the future.” Alastair MacLeod, president, Nova Scotia Chambers of Commerce in Sydney, Thomas Rose, chair and CEO, TAR Investments Ltd. in Halifax, and Maurice Guitton, president EADS Composites Atlantic Ltd. in Lunenburg, recently ended their terms and have retired from the NSBI board. Thirteen proven and committed businessmen and women lead NSBI as its board of directors. Board members come from communities across the province and represent various industry sectors. NSBI board members may serve up to four years per term and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms. Other members of the board of directors of NSBI include:
Agriculture Minister Mark Parent is challenging Nova Scotians to buy local foods and products to help build stronger communities. Today, Jan. 17, Mr. Parent signed a Buy Local pledge showing his commitment to support Nova Scotia local farmers, food producers and artisans. The initiative, launched by the Wolfville Farmers’ Market, asks participants to buy more local products over the next 12 months. “Nova Scotia farmers produce some of the freshest, tastiest food, and we have an abundance of talented people creating fine artisan products,” said Mr. Parent. “This challenge encourages everyone to learn more about the local food and products which are available, when foods are in season, and where they can purchase these products.” The Wolfville Farmers’ Market will provide participants with a resource kit and will hold seasonal workshops to explore topics such as gardening, planning meals around seasonal foods, and is planning a party around local foods. The cost to take the challenge is $5. Contact the Wolfville Farmers’ Market for more information or to sign up for the Buy Local Challenge.
4-H youth are travelling to several communities in the province this week to learn what each community can offer their future. Ten members, age 14 to 16, from across the province were selected to participate in the inaugural Kevin Grant Memorial Tour, hosted this year in Cape Breton. “This tour offers 4-H members an opportunity to learn about the many communities in the province,” says Mark Parent, Minister of Agriculture. “This can help young people decide on a career and where they will live after completing their education.” At each stop, 4-H members will learn about the community, meet community leaders, and visit resource-based businesses and rural employers. The tour, from March 16 to 18, will feature several speakers and visits to businesses, museums and post-secondary institutions. “Kevin Grant was a strong supporter of the Nova Scotia 4-H program and we are proud his legacy will live through this conference and tour,” said Arthur Pick, acting manager, 4-H and Rural Organizations. Mr. Grant was a long-time 4-H participant, public servant, and avid supporter of the 4-H program. The conference and tour is sponsored by a memorial fund in his name. The fund provides a significant endowment to the Nova Scotia 4-H Foundation to assist with rural youth development. In considering his wishes, the foundation developed the tour to develop rural youth leadership. Each year, the tour will be held in different regions across the province over March Break.
The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) wants interested Maritime university students to apply to become a member of an advisory committee. “There are no pre-requisites to become a member,” said Mireille Duguay, chief executive officer of the commission. “Applications are accepted from all university students in the Maritimes interested in shaping the region’s post-secondary learning environment, now and for the future.” Members offer input on Maritime university education issues, such as program development and monitoring, and data and research. The deadline for applications is Jan. 14, 2011. For more information, visit www.mphec.ca. The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission was established in 1974 to help institutions and governments to enhance post-secondary learning. The commission’s 20 members are drawn from the Maritime provinces and represent higher education institutions, provincial governments and the general public.
The government and Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia are co-leading an advisory committee that will guide the development, consultation and implementation of Nova Scotia’s first comprehensive plan to care for people with dementia and their families. Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine announced today, Jan. 27, that the provincial dementia strategy will aim to improve timely access to services, provide support for caregivers and ensure people affected by dementia can remain independent for as long as possible. “Nova Scotia has an aging population. As we grow older, there will be greater pressures on our health-care system to deliver the care people with dementia need and deserve,” said Mr. Glavine. “This work will take time to develop, build and implement correctly. It’s my goal to enhance delivery of dementia care and treatment so Nova Scotians living with dementia, as well as their families and caregivers, are well supported.” The advisory committee members will soon be named and provide direction and advice on the strategy’s content, recommendations and help craft the implementation plan. Nova Scotians with dementia, caregivers and service providers and geriatric health care professionals will make up the advisory committee members. “We’re very pleased the minister and government are moving forward with this commitment,” said Lloyd Brown, executive director of the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. “We are excited to partner on a strategy that will support caregivers and families and no doubt add quality of life to those affected by dementia.” Nova Scotia has the oldest population per capita in the country; about 17.7 per cent of Nova Scotians are aged 65 or over. Mr. Glavine said these demographics highlight the need to review and refocus the province’s Continuing Care Strategy and create a provincial dementia strategy. “I am enthusiastic about taking part in helping to formulate a dementia strategy,” said Dr. Kenneth Rockwood, professor of geriatric medicine and neurology at Dalhousie University. “The commitment to a system that is more responsive, more efficient and more effective is inspiring.” A panel of experts was invited to discuss Nova Scotia’s aging population, its impacts on the Continuing Care Strategy and solutions around care delivery. The Minister’s Roundtable on Continuing Care brought together leading Nova Scotia researchers, academics, clinicians and advocates who work with seniors and people of all ages with disabilities and conditions for a discussion about how best to care for an aging population and how to move forward on a dementia strategy. January is national Alzheimer Awareness month. “January is a good time to begin work on the strategy as understanding the effects of living with dementia are top of mind for all Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Glavine. The provincial dementia strategy will be announced in spring 2015.
Laurie and Porters Lake provincial parks, Halifax Regional Municipality The Islands Provincial Park, Shelburne County Smileys Provincial Park, Windsor Boylston Provincial Park, Guysborough County Salsman Provincial Park, Country Harbour, Guysborough Co. Whycocomagh Provincial Park, Whycocomagh The toll-free reservation phone line and website for booking provincial park campsites is opening Thursday, April 2. The campsite reservation system is available, in English and French, at www.novascotiaparks.ca and 1-888-544-3434 between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. This is the tenth year that Nova Scotians can book their park reservations online. About 80 per cent of provincial park campsite bookings are made by campers before arriving at a park. Day-use provincial parks operate from May 15 to Oct. 12. Opening dates for camping parks vary during May and June, with closings in September and October. The reservation fee is $9, with a $7 cancellation fee. Before July 3, alcohol is not permitted in any provincial camping park. This year, seven of 20 provincial camping parks are changing to self registration. Campers can either book ahead, online or by toll-free calling, or arrive at a park and use the phone at the front gate to book and pay for a campsite. These parks are: For more information on Nova Scotia’s provincial parks and a complete list of season openings go to www.novascotiaparks.ca .
The government’s new $2 million Creative Industries Fund is ready to help creative Nova Scotia artists and enterprises market their talents and their products outside of Nova Scotia. “The creative sector is a unique and valuable economic contributor,” said Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “We recognize the role played by these enterprises and want to help them grow and help them export their products and their talents outside our province.” “The investment behind the new Creative Industries Fund will increase our global competitiveness and spotlight Nova Scotian creators on the world stage,” said Scott Long, executive director of Music Nova Scotia. “For the music business in particular this new fund, when combined with the Music Nova Scotia Investment Program, will encourage the creation, development, and growth of Nova Scotian music businesses and artists.” The Creative Industries Fund is available to for-profit businesses, not-for-profit organizations and social enterprises operating in the creative industries, including but not limited to, the music, publishing, craft, visual arts, performing arts, film, and design fields. Government has already begun processing applications and demand is high. For the music industry, the Creative Industries Fund will assist established companies in the music industry, primarily to enhance their export growth. The Music Nova Scotia Investment Program, also funded by the province, is geared towards helping developing music businesses. In 2014 arts, culture and heritage contributed $949 million to Nova Scotia’s economy, and provided 13,874 jobs across the province. For more information, go to http://novascotia.ca/programs/creative-industries-fund/ .
-30- Le feu de forêt de Seven Mile Lake, dans le comté d’Annapolis, est maîtrisé et circonscrit dans une proportion de 100 p. 100. mais on s’occupe de certains endroits où le feu couvent encore sous les cendres. Le feu de forêt à Ten Mile Lake, dans le comté de Queens, est entièrement circonscrit, il fait l’objet de patrouilles mais il n’est plus actif. Le feu de Perch Lake, dans le comté de Pictou, est éteint. Le feu de Maitland Bridge, dans le comté d’Annapolis, est maintenant éteint. La section de la route 8 près de Maitland Bridge, dans le comté d’Annapolis, fermée depuis la semaine dernière, est maintenant ouverte. Les restrictions sur les déplacements dans les régions boisées ont été levées à l’échelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse, mais on demande aux gens d’éviter toute activité qui pourrait allumer d’autres feux. Les feux de camp et de broussailles ne sont pas permis dans la province entre 8 h et 14 h. Les interdictions de brûlage sont mises à jour à 14 h chaque jour au www.novascotia.ca/burnsafe/fr. Pour des renseignements supplémentaires sur les feux de forêt : www.novascotia.ca/nsfire/fr. Voici une mise à jour du gouvernement provincial sur les feux de forêt, publiée le jeudi 18 août à 16 h.
New Delhi: In the wake of Surat coaching centre inferno, the Delhi Fire Services (DFS) on Monday said that they have started the inspection of coaching centres in the city. Whether the coaching centres are following fire safety norms will be under the scanner of fire services.Chief Fire Officer (DFS) Atul Garg told Millennium Post that in the four areas identified as Kalu Sarai, Karol Bagh, Laxmi Nagar and Mukherjee Nagar they have sent their teams. “A meeting was held among senior fire officials in which we decided to start the inspection. Four teams were formed for the purpose,” said Garg adding that at the first inspection being conducted on those coaching centres which are situated in high rise buildings. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarA DFS official said that they will also prepare a report in this regard. They have started a drive to thoroughly check the premises for fire safety. They will also write to the Delhi government if negligence found, added the official. The areas where inspection has begun are the hub of various coaching centres. The DFS data claimed that in the year 2017 around 1,883 buildings were given fire NOCs whereas, 2,618 different types of structures including residential, educational buildings got no objection certificates in 2018. According to Delhi Fire Services (DFS) website, the national capital with its ever-increasing population in far-flung colonies and crowded localities and unplanned growth has always been a city with heavy fire risk.
After giving critically accaimed films like Dozakh in Search of Heaven and Alif, Zaigham Imam is ready to release his third project Nakkash – a story of Muslim craftsman who engraves Gods in temples of Varanasi. Imam says, Nakkash shows the real scenario of human values and the brotherhood in the country. “The film has realistic views of Hindu–Muslims relationship.”In an exclusive interview, the director throws more light on his new film. Read on… Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’From where did you get the inspiration for making this film? A few years back, I saw a couple of Muslim craftsmen making absolutely stunning gold and silver engravings on the temple walls. This incident left me speechless as I was really fascinated to see the powerful Hindu-Muslim bond. It was then that I expressed my desire to make a documentary about these craftsmen. However, they denied coming on the camera because of the fear of getting into controversies and losing their job/homes. Also Read – ‘Always looking for that one great love’Then I had the choice to either let the fire of my internal storyteller go off or to pursue it and show a compelling story of unity existing in two communities. The result of that mental wrestle is in front of you in the form of Nakkash. How much time did the making of this film take? It took almost a year for pre-production as I had to think about the designs and the way our sets would look like. Shooting in live temples would have been extremely difficult and hence a lot of effort went in the pre-production. We then shot for about 6-7 weeks. Later, it took over a year to give Nakkash the perfection it needed. Filmmaking is a very tough job and we faced a lot of difficulties during the process. We had to make a balanced film – taking all the facts and figures as well as the feelings of the common people into consideration. With a unique and out-of-the-box concept comes a little risk of box office performance and critical appreciation. What are your expectations from the film? It is not about mainstream cinema or parallel cinema. I believe, there is a risk in everything that you do. But as a filmmaker, when you passionately dream about something, you don’t care about the risk involved. Having said that, I think the mainstream cinema actually has a greater risk because of the big budget. It only depends upon the box office numbers whereas movies like Nakkash always give the satisfaction of fulfilling a social responsibility (by giving a socially relevant message to the people). Even though the box office does matter to all the producers, I feel that if our film gives a new perspective, it will be a true win for the whole team of Nakkash. How is the title relevant to the story? It is the story about a gifted Muslim craftsman (known as Nakkash in Urdu), who uses his talent to engrave the Gods in Hindu temples, and how the people around have contrasting opinions about his work. I felt that Nakkash would be the most relevant name for my film as people will directly relate it to the craftsmen, who put their life and hard work in shaping such beautiful places (temples).
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Wednesday sought response of the Centre on a PIL seeking implementation of measures to control the country’s rising population on the grounds that it was the root cause of rise in crimes, pollution and dearth of resources and jobs. A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Brijesh Sethi issued notice to the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Law Commission of India seeking their stand on the plea which was listed for hearing next on September 3. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The petition by BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, who is also a lawyer, has sought implementation of the recommendations for population control made by the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution (NCRWC) headed by Justice Venkatchaliah. “The NCRWC, after making immense efforts for two years and elaborate discussion, had suggested addition of Article 47A in the Constitution and formulation of Population Control Law. “Till now the Constitution has been amended 125 times, hundreds of new laws have been enacted, but population control law, utterly required for country, is not made, though it will curtail more than 50 per cent problems of India,” the petition has said. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France It has also sought an order from the court declaring that the Centre “may set two-child norm, as a criteria for government jobs, aids and subsidies, and, may withdraw statutory rights viz. right to vote, right to contest, right to property, right to free shelter, right to free legal aid”, for not complying with it. The plea has claimed that the population of India has “marched ahead” of China, as about 20 per cent the population does not have Aadhaar and therefore, is not accounted for, and there are also crores of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis living illegally in the country. Upadhyay, in his plea, has also claimed that “population explosion is also the root cause of corruption”, apart from being a contributory factor behind heinous crimes like rapes, domestic violence, etc. He has further argued that without population control, campaigns like Clean India and Save the Girl Child would not succeed. He has said, in his petition, that by the time the government provides housing to the over two crore homeless persons, the numbers of such individuals would have risen to 10 crore.
New Delhi: Creditors of Jaypee Infratech Thursday decided to put on vote NBCC’s bid to acquire the debt-laden realty firm even as the state-owned firm did not dilute certain conditions in its offer including relief from future tax liabilities, sources said. The voting under the insolvency process, run by Jaypee Infratech’s Interim Resolution Professional (IRP) Anuj Jain, will start from Friday and continue till June 10, they added. As many as 13 banks and over 23,000 home buyers have voting rights in the committee of creditors (CoC). Buyers have nearly 60 per cent votes. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsFor the bid to be approved, 66 per cent voters should be in favour of the deal. NBCC did not dilute its conditions related to exemption from future tax liabilities and seeking permission from Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), sources said. However, the public sector firm proposed that it would reduce the value of unsold inventories offered to lenders to Rs 1,300 crore from earlier Rs 1,750 crore, they added. Sources said the banks had reservations to NBCC’s bid, but the CoC still decided to put the offer on vote as per the direction of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT). The tribunal had asked lenders to negotiate with NBCC by May 30 so that voting could start from May 31. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefEarlier this week, lenders asked NBCC to sweeten its bid and demanded that the public sector firm should offer 1,426 acre land instead of 950 acre besides taking onus of getting approvals from income tax and development authorities. The IDBI-led lenders’ consortium had written to the NBCC that its bid would be considered “favourably” if the public sector firm meets its five conditions. “The resolution plan should reinstate 1,426 acres of land that was earlier offered to the secured financial creditors under the debt asset swap,” law firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has written on behalf of the lenders consortium comprising 13 banks. NBCC should undertake to get the requisite approval from YEIDA if the “deemed approval” from YEIDA as proposed in the bid for transfer of Yamuna Expressway and land to special purpose vehicles (SPVs) are not approved by the adjudicating authority, the letter had said. Lenders also put a condition that NBCC should also undertake to get necessary nod from the Income Tax authorities for implementation of the bid if the relief sought by the public sector firm for any future tax liability is not approved by the adjudicating authority. “Any income tax liability or GST liability or corporate tax liability which arises in future on account of transfer of land parcels, the same shall be borne by the resolution applicant and not by the secured financial creditors,” the letter said. Earlier this month, the CoC rejected a bid by Mumbai-based Suraksha Realty through a voting process. Later, the panel decided to put on vote NBCC’s offer even as bankers were opposed to this move citing certain conditions in the resolution plan submitted by the public sector firm. On the bankers’ plea, the NCLAT had on May 17 annulled voting by homebuyers and lenders on NBCC’s bid and allowed renegotiation on the offer by May 30. The voting process could start from May 31. In its latest offer, NBCC had proposed infusion of Rs 200 crore equity capital, transfer of 950 acres of land worth Rs 5,000 crore as well as Yamuna Expressway to banks and completion of flats by July 2023 in order to settle an outstanding claim of Rs 23,723 crore of financial creditors, including banks and home buyers. On this bid, lenders had reservations on certain relief and concessions sought by NBCC and sought clarifications from the firm.
New Delhi: This year, betting in Cricket World Cup is more organised as punters are now using hi-end technology for earning more money. Delhi Police on Friday said that two persons were arrested from Timarpur area for their involvement in betting.The investigating agency found that the two men were using betting assistant I-Book software. They were also getting ball-to-ball betting rates. Police identified the accused as Harminder (30) and Gurdeep (32). Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarDeputy Commissioner of Police (North) Nupur Prasad said that they were arrested on the basis of secret information regarding betting on cricket world cup in the area of Nehru Vihar. “Further investigation is going on in the case,” added DCP North. The investigators in the case revealed that they were running well-organised high-tech betting through software named Betting Assistant I-Book software installed in the laptop for entry of data. They were also using the hotline mobile phones for live gambling. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance”The accused were getting ball by ball details and updated betting rates through hotlines. The same was communicated to other bookies with whom they were in contact through phones,” police said. The investigators further added that when someone placed the bet, the accused quickly noted down the money details in the software and further mailed it to another person. “The software is like an excel sheet. They typed the betting money and within seconds, they forwarded it to the other persons. Through the software, they easily got clear details of money and the details of the person who placed a bet,” added investigator. Police further stated that they started the racket as soon as Cricket World Cup started. Ten mobile phones, two diaries, cash Rs. 10,500 were among the things recovered during the raid. Investigations are being made to trace their source of information about betting rates and his clients. The accused used to take lines/information about rate of betting from an associate of the kingpin, who collects betting amount from him. The team of Special Staff (north) under Inspector Sunil Kumar made the arrest of the accused. Man murdered in South Avenue In another incident, Delhi Police on Friday said that a 50-year-old man was murdered in a servants’ quarter at Delhi’s South Avenue area, which houses residences of Members of Parliament. The investigating agency said that the deceased had lost money in gambling. Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma said that they were alerted about the incident from deceased’s children and his wife.
Kolkata: A rare arterial switch surgery has given a fresh lease of life to a month-old baby who was brought to a city hospital from Jharkhand’s Dhanbad. The patient was in critical condition when his family members brought him to the private hospital in Kolkata. The 38-day-old boy was taken to a local doctor who told the family members that there was nothing seriously wrong with the patient. However, as his condition deteriorated, the family members decided to shift the baby to Kolkata. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe baby was severely dehydrated when taken to the hospital. He was admitted to the hospital under Dr Subhendu Mandal. After primary investigation, Dr Mandal and his team put the baby under ventilation. Soon, he started the baby with prostaglandin infusion to stabilise his condition. The baby was diagnosed with transposition of great arteries with small patent ductus arteriosus. The doctors performed the arterial switch procedure on the patient, to correct transposition of the great arteries. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersDr Mandal along with Dr Manoj Daga carried out a detailed assessment on the child’s condition with multiple tests, both cardiac and non-cardiac and took all precautionary measures needed. An accurate anatomical diagnosis was done by echocardiography to get a clear picture of his condition. A thorough screening of comorbidity factors like infection, poor nutrition, deranged liver and kidney function and abnormal neurological condition helped Dr Mandal to take the correct medical decision. This was an extremely critical case for the doctors as the mother had lost her babies in two previous occasions. Dr Mandal, senior consultant, Department of Pediatric Cardiology, who carried out the operation, said: “Such a rare defect happens to 1 in 3,300 newborn infants. Success rate in these cases is less. In the Western world, we have only 3% mortality, while developing world stands at 15%. It was a difficult decision for us to carry out the operation. We went ahead and successfully switched the great arteries to their natural position and transferred the coronary artery without any damage during the 190 minutes long procedure and cross clamp time of total 85mins.”
New Delhi: Delhi Police arrested a criminal, identified as Iqbal Saifi, who was involved in several cases of attempt to murder, theft and extortion. He was wanted in an attempt to murder case of Jama Masjid.One .32 bore pistol along with three live cartridges was recovered from his possession. Reward of Rs 25,000 was declared on information leading to his arrest. In 2017, accused Iqbal Saifi unsuccessfully contested election of Councilor from ward number 47, Meerut on the ticket of Bhujan Samajwadi Party. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkOn June 13, a secret specific input was received that Mohd. Iqbal Saifi will come to meet one of his friends near Mata Chowk, Welcome, Delhi in order to plan some heinous crime. The team of Special Cell, acting upon the said information immediately rushed near the spot and laid a trap. At about 9:05 pm, on being identified by a source, Mohd. Iqbal Saifi was apprehended. He has studied up to 8th standard at B A B Inter College, Meerut. He started his criminal carrier from an early age after falling into the bad company of his uncle Sartaz who was killed during an encounter with UP Police. He was first arrested in a case of attempt to murder in Police Station Lal Kurti, Meerut in which he alongwitalong withociates attempted to kill the owner of Nayyar Place, Meerut. He was also booked in Gunda Act. In 2017, accused Iqbal Saifi unsuccessfully contested election of Councilor from ward number 47 on the ticket of Bhujan Samajwadi Party.
New Delhi: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday proposed that natural calamities should be a criteria for according Special Category Status to states, while asking for Rs 5,228 crore aid in wake of the huge devastation caused by cyclone Fani to public infrastructure, property and livelihoods of the people in the state. He also sought the allocation for 5 lakh permanent houses to replace the habitations damaged in the cyclone. In his address at the fifth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here, Patnaik said that the unique geo-climatic condition of Odisha made it vulnerable to multiple and frequent natural disasters. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana “During the period 1900 to 2019, the state has experienced one or other disaster like flood, cyclone or drought every year. These natural calamities pose a serious challenge to our economic development. Therefore I propose that ‘natural calamity’ should be included as a criteria for according Special Category Status to Odisha.” As an interim measure, he said that all states hit by major calamities may be declared as “Special Focus States” and granted benefits of Special Category Status for a specific period. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah “This will not only help Odisha but any other state which is hit by a major natural calamity,” Patnaik said. He apprised the Governing Council that Odisha has come a long way – from a poverty-stricken state to a one which showed the highest reduction of poverty among major states in a decade; from a food-deficient state to a rice-surplus state and one of the largest contributors to the Central pool; and from a helpless state at the time of disasters to a State which has set global standards in disaster management. Terming the NITI Aayog Governing Council as “Team India”, Patnaik made some broad suggestions for women empowerment in all spheres, simultaneous elections as “frequent elections affect the development climate” and that in a large country like India, primary sector especially agriculture should always be taken care of. Suggesting judicious utilization of water resources, he called for the Second Green Revolution to happen in India’s dryland areas. He proposed that environmental and economic development should go hand in hand and he was of the view that a scientific comprehensive survey was needed as most of the beneficiary-oriented schemes were based on such surveys. Citing his government’s Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme for the welfare of 50 lakh small and marginal farmers and 25 lakh landless agricultural households, he welcomed the scheme for providing income support to farmers, but strongly suggested inclusion of landless labourers and sharecroppers under PM-KISAN as rural prosperity and reduction in poverty cannot be achieved without adequate focus on these weaker sections of agricultural economy. The Odisha Chief Minister said that creation of new/optimization of existing irrigation potential with due regard to water use efficiency are key factors to achieve the goal of raising agricultural productivity and doubling income of the farmers.