A new study released by the Conference Board of Canada confirmsthat the federal government’s ability to pay for health care isgrowing, while the provinces’ is declining, said Nova Scotia’sFinance Minister Peter Christie. “This study proves that the gulf between the federal governmentand the provinces is widening, and will continue to grow if thefederal government does not soon step up to the plate on healthcare,” Mr. Christie said today, March 8, in Halifax. The study shows that over the next 16 years, all provincial andterritorial governments are headed for deeper deficits, whilefederal budget surpluses will increase dramatically. “They get richer while we become poorer,” said Mr. Christie. By2020, the 10 provinces and three territories can expect to post acollective deficit of $11 billion, while the federal governmentsurplus should reach $78 billion. A growing and aging population will drive up health-care costs,which will continue to be the biggest fiscal challenge for theprovinces and territories, according to the Conference Boardreport. Nova Scotia Premier John Hamm, along with premiers from acrossthe country, is calling on the federal government to make the $2-billion supplement to health-care funding permanent, starting in2004/05. “This is a non-partisan issue. Premiers of all political stripesare urging the prime minister to recognize Canadians’ number onepriority in the upcoming federal budget,” said Premier Hamm. The provinces are asking Ottawa to meet Roy Romanow’srecommendation that the federal share of health-care funding beincreased to 25 per cent, from its present 16 per cent.
Justice Minister Michael Baker invites Nova Scotians to take partin events to mark Police Week, held this year from May 9 to May16. “Each year, events put on by various police agencies help forgestronger partnerships with the communities they serve,” said Mr.Baker. “We all share responsibility for the safety of ourcommunities. It’s important to acknowledge the many contributionsof the dedicated men and women of law enforcement.” During Police Week, community groups join police forces toarrange special activities and displays that promote enhancedpublic safety and security. “Building relationships is effective community policing,” addedMr. Baker. “Strong community ties help prevent crime. I want tothank our peace officers for all they do throughout the year tomake Nova Scotia one of the safest places to live in NorthAmerica.” Staff from sheriff services and the Central Nova ScotiaCorrectional Facility will take part in the Police Week 2004event at the Dartmouth Sportsplex. Correctional workers will display a model of the Burnsidefacility. They will also conduct mock exercises showing how aprisoner is safely removed from a cell and how qualified staffwould use a Taser gun to manage a difficult prisoner. The mock exercises are open to the public at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. onThursday, May 13 and Friday, May 14, and again at 1 p.m. onSaturday, May 15.
N.S. FILM DEVELOPMENT CORP.–Film Board Reflects Experience andRegional Diversity The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation has added two newpeople to its board of directors. Bonnie Kirby of Halifax and James Gogan of Sydney joined theboard on March 29, Ms. Kirby as chair and Mr. Gogan as a boardmember. “These individuals bring a broad array of skills to thecorporation and further round-out the knowledge and perspectivethat are helping the corporation develop Nova Scotia’s filmindustry,” said the Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia FilmDevelopment Corporation, Ernest Fage. Ms. Kirby has an extensive business background and is currentlythe manager of the executive masters program in businessadministration at Saint Mary’s University. Ms. Kirby held thepost once before, between 1997 and 2001. Mr. Gogan, a native ofSydney, is a partner with the law firm of Sampson McDougall. “We are pleased to have such accomplished individuals overseeingthe governance of the corporation, and the film and televisionindustry appreciate the generous contribution of personal time byall board members,” said Ann MacKenzie, chief executive officerof the film corporation. Ms. Kirby and Mr. Gogan join current board members Paul MacKinnonof Halifax, Ernest Dick of Granville Ferry, Ken Eisner of Truro,Richard Hebb of Dayspring, and Rita Lamontagne MacDonald ofMartin’s Point. The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation provides a widerange of programs and services to build the capacity andcompetitiveness of the province’s film, television and new mediaindustries.
The Voluntary Planning Task Force on Heritage will hold public meetings across the province. The task force will consult with Nova Scotians to find out what they value most about heritage including the aspects of it they want to see celebrated and protected. Some of the things the task force may consider, for example, include: all types of archives; historic places and buildings; museums; natural heritage; and language, folklore and traditions. The following meetings will take place in the south shore region of Nova Scotia from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22Lunenburg — Lunenburg Fire Hall, 25 Medway St. Wednesday, Nov. 23Liverpool — Legion Branch 38, 64 Henry Hensey Dr. After hearing from individual Nova Scotians, stakeholder organizations and experts, the task force will issue an interim report before the end of March 2006 containing their preliminary recommendations. Nova Scotians will then have an opportunity to provide input to the interim report before a final report and recommendations for a heritage strategy will be presented to government later in the spring. For more information on the public meetings, visit the Voluntary Planning website at www.gov.ns.ca/vp . A discussion paper is also available on the website. -30-
Nomination deadlines have changed for two of the province’s art prizes. The deadline for the Portia White Prize has been changed to July 15. The $25,000 award promotes excellence, innovation and expression in the arts. The deadline for the Prix Grand-Pré has been changed to Aug. 15. The $2,000 award recognizes artists whose work reflects Acadian cultural values and traditions. “These changes will improve the processing of applications and ensure peer juries have adequate time to review nominations before the recipients are announced at the annual Creative Nova Scotia Conference and Awards Gala in the fall,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. Prix Grand-Pré nominations will now be accepted for artists or artistic groups working in any medium, instead of one discipline each year. Given the small size of the Acadian artistic community, this change will allow for more nominations. All of the changes were recommended to the minister by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council, based on input from peer juries and staff. More information and nomination forms for these and other art prizes can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/culture/culture_prizes.asp .
Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-0054 KINGS COUNTY: Ira Bill Road Ira Bill Road in Billtown, Kings Co. is closed because of a culvert failure until Friday, July 18. Traffic control consists of barricades. Detour signs are in place. PICTOU COUNTY: East River West Side Road Closed The East River West Side Road in Eureka Mills will be closed until Saturday, July 12, to repair the bridge. A marked detour is provided on River Road, Springville Road and Route 348. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Lane Closure Northbound sections of Highway 102, between Exit 12 and Exit 13, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, July 18. Work will take place during daylight hours, Monday through Friday. Traffic delays are expected. Drivers should allow for extra travel time and drive with extra care in construction zones. INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge in the community of Grand Etang will occasionally be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Friday, Oct. 31. A detour is available via a temporary bridge, marked with signs and directional lighting. Traffic control people will be on site. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245 from Brierly Book Road, west for 8 kilometres, will have alternating lane closures for ditching, quardrail and culvert installation until Friday, July 18. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Barronsfield Road Barronsfield Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, July 31, from the intersection of Route 242 north toward Minudie. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 from Sherman Lake Road to Hiltz Road will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert work, patching and paving until Thursday, July, 31. Traffic control people and signs will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 HANTS COUNTY: Bog Road Overpass Closed The overpass that carries Bog Road over Highway 101 is closed until Sunday, Nov. 30 to be replaced as part of the Highway 101 twinning project. A marked detour route is available on Rand Street, Bishopville Road, and Old Post Road. Local Area Office: 902-637-4104 Fax: 902-447-4105 Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 321 Route 321 will be reduced to one lane for paving from the intersection of Wyvern Road and Route 321, west for 6 kilometres, until Sunday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-863-7527 Fax: 902-863-7482 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 336 Route 336 from the intersection of Southside Road, south to the county line, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, culvert installation and repaving, about 8 kilometres, until Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of barrels and cones. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-447-3160 Fax: 902-447-2891 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 INVERNESS COUNTY: Portree Bridge The Portree Bridge on Hatchery Road will be closed until further notice. There will be a detour on East Big Intervale and Hatchery Roads. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Alder Point Road About 5.7 kilometres of Alder Point Road will be reduced to one lane for chip sealing until Monday, June 30, from the train tracks to the end of the road. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 About 8.8 kilometres of Route 333, from Blind Bay east to Shad Bay, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Sunday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-325-1946 VICTORIA COUNTY: Big Baddeck Road Big Baddeck Road will be reduced to one lane from the Old Margaree intersection north for five kilometres for pipe installation, ditching, guardrail installation and paving until Sunday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-637-4105 Fax: 902-447-4104 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19 will be reduced to one lane for crack filling, sealing and seal coat from 0.9 kilometres north of River Denys Mountain Road going north for 5.2 kilometres from Tuesday, July 1 to Friday, July 4. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-227-7452 Fax: 902-756-3313 Local Area Office: 902-752-4168 Fax: 902-755-7188 Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 Fax: 902-896-8859 KINGS COUNTY: Route 358 There will be a one-lane closure until Friday, Oct. 31 to repave Route 358 from Route 341 (Canard Street) north for three kilometres to Route 221 in Canning. Also, repaving will take place on Route 358 from Route 221 (at the town monument) north for three kilometres to Woodside Road. Traffic-control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from the end of existing twinning east for about 9.8 kilometres to Exit 27A, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Monday, June 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 256 Route 256 from the intersection of Matheson Brook Road, east to the intersection with Route 326, about 5.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for shoulder gravelling until Saturday, July 5. Traffic control consists of barrels and cones. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 PICTOU COUNTY: Road Closure Flooding has closed two sections of Six Mile Brook Road in the Salt Springs area until further notice. The first section is at Morrison culvert south of Graveyard Road. The other section is for about one kilometre north of Morrison Culvert. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14 Trunk 14 from Garden Road in Nine Mile River to Trunk 2 in Milford will be reduced to one lane until Sunday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 Fax: 902-896-8859 NEW WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107 will be reduced to one lane from Exit 19 to Exit 21, including ramps at Exit 20 and the William Porter Connector. Also, East Jeddore Road will be reduced to one lane from the intersection at Trunk 7 for 3.8 kilometres. Work takes place until Thursday, July 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Are Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Route 348 in Pictou County will be closed north of Greens Point Road at the Big Gut Bridge for replacement of the bridge until Tuesday, Aug. 5. Detour routes are available via Egypt Road or Chance Harbour Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: Skye Glen Bridge Skye Glen Bridge on Cross Road will be closed to replace the bridge until Wednesday, July 9. Alternate routes are Route 252 and East Sky Glen Road. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-752-7184 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from the Highway 101 connector in Greenwich to the Wolfville town line will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Highway 103 Lane Closure A section of Highway 103 over the Roseway River, 500 metres west of Exit 26 at Shelburne, is reduced to one lane until Thursday, July 31, to allow for bridge repairs. Traffic delays are expected. Drivers should allow for extra travel time and drive with extra care in construction zones. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane for paving from Exit 7 (Enfield) to Exit 5A (Aerotech), including ramps, until Monday, June 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Granton-Abercrombie Road Granton-Abercrombie Road, from the Trenton Connector north for about 5.7 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Petite Riviere Bridge Closed The Petite Riviere Bridge on Route 331 will be closed until Friday, July 11 to allow repairs to the bridge deck. A marked detour route is provided on Wentzell Road and Petite Riviere Road. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Main-a-Dieu Main-a-Dieu Road will have a one-lane closure from starting two kilometres east of Trunk 22 and going for 4.7 kilometres towards Main-a-Dieu from Monday, June 30 to Friday, Oct 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 105 Route 105 will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving for about a half kilometre east of Northside River Denys Road until Thursday, July 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-925-2247 Fax: 902-925-2704 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive Burnside Drive will have lane closures for widening at various times until Friday, Aug. 1. Gravelling, signal installation, paving and repaving will take place from Commodore Drive to Exit 3 and from the eastbound ramp from Highway 111 to Burnside Drive for about one kilometre. Traffic control consists of cones, barriers, signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-835-1641 Fax: 902-835-1860 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Little Pond Road Little Pond Road will be reduced to one lane for chip sealing until Monday, June 30, from the intersection of Route 305 (Florence Corner) for 4.5 kilometres to Schoolhouse Road. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Louisbourg Highway Sections of the Louisbourg Highway (Trunk 22) between Landry Crescent and Albert Bridge will be reduced to one lane for repaving, until Thursday, July 31. Signs and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 335 Route 335 near West Pubnico, from the intersection of Green Grove Road east for 6.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane until Friday, July 25 for repaving. Traffic delays are expected and the rough surface during construction will require extra caution by cyclists. Drivers should use extra care in construction zones. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 -30-
Nova Scotians are invited to comment on issues and possible solutions to recent concerns about poor home construction, including condominiums. The public consultation began today, July 11, with the release of a discussion paper. “Consumer protection remains one of our top priorities,” said Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, Jamie Muir. “We need to hear from both industry and citizens on this important issue so that we can make sure the appropriate steps are taken to protect new homeowners.” The discussion paper is available online at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr or by calling 1-800-670-4357. A response booklet is also available to provide comments relating to the discussion paper. Comments deadline is Aug. 22. Novus Consulting Group Ltd., an independent consulting firm, was hired earlier this year to conduct a review of new home construction in Nova Scotia. The consultants completed a broad range of business consultations and a public survey on the issue, which helped to form the basis of the discussion paper. The information obtained through consultation will help develop recommendations to government on measures to improve or address concerns. A final report to government from the consultants is expected by early fall.
New legislation to spur development and growth in metro Halifax highlighted the sitting of the legislature that wrapped up today, Nov. 25. In all, 23 government bills were passed. “A priority of government has been to promote economic growth across Nova Scotia. With the passage of the Halifax Charter and Halifax by Design bills, we are giving the province’s largest region greater independence and the tools to adapt to the changing economic needs, pressures and opportunities by fostering development,” Premier Rodney MacDonald said. “It is good news in our quest to continue to find opportunities to grow the economy in times of global uncertainty.” The premier also noted the importance of new measures that make it easier for people who trained for a profession or trade outside the province to work in their field in Nova Scotia, and require Nova Scotians to report suspected child pornography to help reduce the sexual exploitation of children. “A number of significant issues have been dealt with during the fall sitting, from asking motorists to use their daytime running lights to prevent accidents, to legislation that will help strengthen our school boards,” the premier said. “Once again, in the spirit of co-operation, a number of opposition bills have also been passed which will make a positive difference to the people of this province.” The premier also spoke of the economic update from the finance minister in a few weeks that will provide Nova Scotians with details about the province’s economic situation. The premier has continued to meet with economic experts, provincial and federal counterparts, and business groups to discuss ways the province can effectively deal with the global crisis. Other legislative changes include: The Conservation Property Tax Exemption Act, which offers landowners who opt to protect their land a tax exemption, hopefully encouraging more land protection. The Animal Protection Act, which introduces amendments to guard the welfare of animals in Nova Scotia. A change to the Motor Vehicle Act that will help reduce accidents by requiring drivers to use daytime running lights An education amendment that strengthens school boards by offering tools to maintain discipline, respect and decorum. Allowing deposit protection for citizens entering into construction agreements for new homes — a first step in homeowner protection. Enhancing the ranks of the utility and review board. Prohibiting schools from charging fees for lunch-hour supervision starting in the fall. The legislature acknowledged the wrap up of celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of Nova Scotia’s pioneering role in shaping democracy in Canada with the country’s first representative government. The House also passed private members’ bills that recognize hockey as the provincial sport and acknowledge 2009 as the 100th anniversary of another Nova Scotia first — the flight of the Silver Dart, which carried Canada into the Age of Flight.
People will be able to experience the history of Titanic and to learn more about Halifax’s connection to the tragedy through a series of community events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship. “Nova Scotia is taking a co-ordinated approach and bringing together the exceptional talent of our artists with the knowledge and expertise of the heritage and scientific community to tell the story of our connection to Titanic,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. The Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth will host the world premiere of the play Titanic: The Untold Story April 2 to 10. The play focuses on two characters of African descent, Joseph Philippe Laroche, whose family sailed on the Titanic and Jack Johnson, a heavyweight boxing champion who was reportedly refused passage on the ship. “Titanic: The Untold Story is one of the most intriguing stories from the Titanic sinking and this is the first time it is being told on stage,” said Anthony Sherwood, owner, Anthony Sherwood Productions. “Be prepared for a memorable and exciting experience in live theatre.” More information on the play is available at www.alderneylanding.com . A one-day public seminar to explore Halifax’s connection to the Titanic will take place April 9 at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) in Dartmouth. Titanic – The Halifax Connection will focus on the history of the Titanic and findings from the first scientific expedition to the wreck site in 1991. Natural Resources Canada’s objective for the expedition was to better understand changes in seabed stability over time by using the ship as a marker. For example, studying the wreck site has helped determine how often submarine landslides occur in that area. More information on the seminar is available at www.novascotia.com . Bell Aliant and Music Nova Scotia will present And the Band Played On: a Tribute to Jock Hume, John Clarke and the RMS Titanic Orchestra April 10 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax. The performance, hosted by Steve Murphy, will feature Meaghan Smith, Lennie Gallant, Bruce Guthro, Jenn Grant, the Rhapsody Quartet, Evans and Doherty and a 32-piece orchestra that includes Symphony Nova Scotia musicians. “It is important to remember the musicians and the role they played that night,” said Scott Long, executive director, Music Nova Scotia. “The show must go on, as it always does. It is the musicians and their crews who sacrifice everything to make it happen.” More information on the tribute is available at www.artscentre.dal.ca Information on other Titanic-related events will be available on www.novascotia.com as details are confirmed.
Nova Scotians are invited to participate in the 150th anniversary of the Nova Scotia Museum (NSM) which officially starts today, May 18, to coincide with International Museum Day. To mark the occasion, the museum will host 150 days of celebrations, events and exhibitions at its 28 sites across the province. The celebrations conclude in October with a museum conference in Halifax. A highlight includes Museum Making: An Invitation, an exhibit examining the past, present and future of the NSM. It will explore themes that are reflective of 21st century concerns through NSM’s collection, site stories and current research. This exhibit will feature interactive stations for visitors to make suggestions on artifacts and ideas that should become part of the NSM of the future. This ties into a social media project focused on selecting objects from 2018 to become part of the collection. Once the exhibit closes the items will be placed in a time capsule for NSM 200. As one of Canada’s oldest provincial museums, the Nova Scotia Museum has been preserving, sharing and celebrating Nova Scotia’s rich natural and human history for a century and a half. The museum’s collections include nearly a million objects and everyone is invited to visit the sites across the province and share their experiences on social media with the hashtag #NSM150.For more information, visit http://museum.novascotia.ca/nsm150 .
Assam: A day after a retired soldier from Assam, who served in the Army for 30 years, was declared a foreigner by the state police, the Supreme Court on Thursday directed the National Register of Citizens (NRC) coordinator Prateek Hajela to ensure a fair hearing without cutting short the process and thereby completing the same by end of July, news agency ANI reported.Media reports suggested that Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi asked the NRC official not to rush through the process in an attempt to meet the deadline of July 31. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC The top court’s observation came after Md Sanaullah, who retired as subedar with the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME) of Indian Army in August 2017, was detained to be lodged in a detention centre for illegal foreigners in the state as a Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) declared him a foreigner.In his testimony at the FT, Sanaullah said that he had served in insurgency-affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast. He was declared a foreigner by FT No 2 Kamrup (Rural) on May 23 this year. His family members and lawyer maintain that Sanaullah’s Indian citizenship can be proved easily with the documents of his ancestors, and of that of his employment with the Indian Army. Sanaullah at present works as a sub-inspector with Assam Police’s border wing — a special wing that deals with detection of illegal migrants in the state. Confirming that Sanaullah has been detained, Additional SP of Kamrup, Sanjib Saikia, told The Indian Express, “The FT declared him a foreigner and we are complying with the law.”(With inputs from Indian Express)
Eating a cup of blueberries daily reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by up to 15 per cent, according to a study. The findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggest that blueberries and other berries should be included in diets to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. “Having metabolic syndrome significantly increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes and often statins and other medications are prescribed to help control this rise,” said study lead author Aedin Cassidy, Professor at the University of East Anglia in Britain. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveThe researchers studied whether eating blueberries had any effect on metabolic syndrome – a condition, affecting 1/3 of westernised adults, which comprises at least three of the following risk factors: high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, low levels of ‘good cholesterol’ and high levels of triglycerides. For the study, the researchers investigated the effects of eating blueberries daily in 138 overweight and obese people, (aged between 50 and 75), and having metabolic syndrome. “We found that eating one cup of blueberries per day resulted in sustained improvements in vascular function and arterial stiffness – making enough of a difference to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by between 12 and 15 per cent,” said Peter Curtis, co-author of the study.
Kolkata: Amid the ongoing impasse in the West Bengal hospitals over junior doctors’ strike, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday issued a letter to the senior doctors in the state, appealing to them to take care of all patients. She urged them to run the hospitals “smoothly and peacefully”. Earlier in the day, Banerjee went to the state-run SSKM Hospital, where she gave agitating doctors a four-hour ultimatum to withdraw their strike and warned of “strong action” if the situation was not normalised within the deadline. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France “My humble regards to all of you. Please take care of all patients. The poor people are coming from all districts. I will be honoured and obliged if you all please take full care of the hospitals,” Banerjee wrote in her letter to the senior doctors. “Hospitals must run smoothly and peacefully,” she added. Protests erupted at the NRS Hospital on Tuesday morning bringing regular services to a standstill after a junior doctor was allegedly beaten up by the kin of a 75-year-old patient who died there late on Monday night. The family members of the deceased patient alleged medical negligence. An intern named Paribaha Mukherjee sustained a serious skull injury in the attack and has been admitted in the intensive care unit of the Institute of Neurosciences in Kolkata’s Park Circus area. Going on the warpath, junior doctors in almost all state-run hospitals have gone on strike for over two days.
The pitter-patter of rain may bring immense joy, but it certainly is not a good sign for jewellery, say experts. Experts have suggested some self-care tips to help protect your ornaments in this damp weather: Gold jewellery is prone to catching dust and dirt quickly when kept in a humid environment. Hence, during monsoon one must use warm soapy water to clean gold ornaments. When it comes to jewellery such as pearls, coral or amber, it would be advisable to keep them in separate boxes. Do not mix them with other gemstones as scratches are inevitable. Furthermore, gemstones need to be given proper care and attention. Pearls are delicate and direct contact with perfumes and sprays might damage them. If adequate precautions are not taken while storing them, it is likely to develop scratches. Moisture can affect metal alloy used to make ornaments and cause it to lose its original lustre. To prevent this from happening, store your jewellery in a box with a sturdy exterior and a soft interior, which would do half the job for you by keeping the humidity and moisture out. Meanwhile, the soft interior would save the articles from probable friction and help retain their natural sheen. Over-exposure to air and humidity can damage your delicate silver. It’s advisable to store silver jewellery in individual, air-tight bags with an anti-tarnish properties paper. These types of bags minimise air exposure and keep the jewellery new for a longer period of time. Keep the jewellery away from water as much as possible, since the contaminants in water can result in tarnished and dull looking silver. If your jewellery gets wet, take a soft cloth, dab the water out and blow dry the jewellery before storing it.
The positive effects of a rich home learning environment during a child’s early years continue into adolescence and help improve test scores later in life, says a study. Published in School Effectiveness and School Improvement, the research shows pre-schoolers whose parents regularly read and talked about books with them scored better on math tests at age 12. “Our results underline the great importance of exposing children to books for development not just in literacy but numeracy too: early language skills not only improve a child’s reading but also boost mathematical ability,” said the study lead author Simone Lehrl from University of Bamberg. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainFor the findings, researchers studied 229 German children from age three until secondary school and participants’ literacy and numeracy skills were tested annually in their three years of preschool (ages 3-5) and again when they were 12 or 13 years old. They found that children gained from home stimulation in their preschool years in literacy, language and arithmetic skills which, in turn, led to higher outcomes in reading and mathematical skills in secondary school, regardless of the home learning environment then. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”Encouraging caregivers to engage with their children in direct literacy activities, shared book reading and advanced verbal interactions during reading and to include language and mathematical content during these activities, should promote children’s reading and mathematical abilities in secondary school. Such experiences lay a strong foundation for later school success,” Lehrl said. According to the researchers, the effect also worked the other way with the quality of parent-child interaction regarding mathematics also improving children’s language skills.
New Delhi: The Reserve Bank of India will come out with a mobile application to help visually challenged people in identifying currency notes as cash still remains a dominant mode of transaction. At present, banknotes in the denominations of Rs 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 2,000 are in circulation, besides Re 1 notes issued by the Centre. The RBI said that identification of banknote denomination is key to successful completion of cash-based transactions by visually impaired persons. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Intaglio printing based identification marks for helping the visually challenged in identification of banknotes denomination are present in the notes of Rs 100 and above. After demonetisation of old Rs 500/1,000 notes in November 2016, new banknotes in design and sizes have been put in circulation. “The Reserve Bank of India has been sensitive to the challenges faced by the visually challenged in conducting their day to day business with Indian banknotes,” said the central bank while scouting for a vendor to develop the mobile application. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails The proposed mobile app would be able to identify the denomination of notes of Mahatma Gandhi Series and Mahatma Gandhi (New) series by capturing the image of the notes placed in front of mobile camera, the RBI said while inviting bids from tech firms to develop the app. The RBI had come out with a similar ‘request for proposal’ from vendors but later cancelled it. The app will also generate “audio notification” intimating the currency note denomination to the user if image is captured correctly, else intimating the user to try again in case of image is not readable. There are about 80 lakh blind or visually impaired people in the country, who are likely to benefit from the initiative of the central bank. In June, 2018 the central bank had declared that it would explore the feasibility of developing a suitable device or mechanism for aiding the visually impaired in the identification of Indian banknotes.
New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Tuesday appealed to party workers in flood-hit Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura and Mizoram to help in relief and rescue efforts. Gandhi said that due to floods in these states, the situation has gone out of control. “Life has been badly affected. I appeal to Congress workers in all these states to help out in the relief and rescue work for the common people,” he said in a tweet. The situation in Assam has deteriorated with death toll rising to 15 and floodwaters submerging 30 of the 33 districts. In Mizoram, at least 1,000 families have been evacuated as raging waters of the Khawthlangtuipui river flooded 32 villages in Lunglei district, while rain-related incidents have claimed five lives. Over 20 people have died in Bihar floods, with 25.66 lakh people reeling under the deluge in 12 districts of the state following incessant rains in neighbouring country Nepal. Parts of Uttar Pradesh are also grappling with floods.
Tehran: Iranian authorities said on Monday that security agencies had arrested 17 suspects and sentenced some of them to death after dismantling a CIA spy ring in a case announced last month. The agencies “successfully dismantled a (CIA) spy network,” the head of counter-intelligence at the Iranian intelligence ministry, whose identity was not revealed, told reporters in Tehran. “Those who deliberately betrayed the country were handed to the judiciary… some were sentenced to death and some to long-term imprisonment.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe announcement comes as Iran-US tensions soar after the United States withdrew unilaterally from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal and reimposed economic sanctions on the Islamic republic. The suspects had been “employed at sensitive and crucial centres and also the private sector related to them, working as contractors or consultants,” said the official. Seventeen suspects had been identified, all of them Iranians who had acted independently of each other, he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdaySome of them had been recruited by falling into a “visa trap” set by the US Central Intelligence Agency for Iranians seeking to travel to the United States. “Some were approached when they were applying for a visa, while others had visas from before and were pressured by the CIA to renew them,” said the counter-intelligence chief. US President Donald Trump on Monday denied Iran’s claim that it dismantled a CIA spy ring and arrested 17 suspects with alleged links to the US intelligence agency. “The report of Iran capturing CIA spies is totally false. Zero truth,” Trump tweeted.
Melbourne: Composer-singer Amaal Mallik will be performing a medley of his popular compositions and renditions at the iconic Palais Theatre here. He will be joined by the famous Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, who had earlier collaborated with the likes of Elton John and A.R. Rahman. Amaal has been roped in as the official performer at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) Awards night scheduled to take place on August 8. “It’s nothing short of an honour for me to be collaborating with them. It’s a big moment and I want to deliver my best for the evening. I have been shortlisting songs for the medley,” said Amaal. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “There will be a few expected and some unexpected choices from my end. I will spend a few days to prepare for them before meeting the team in Melbourne,” he added. The young music artiste is known for giving hit numbers like “Sooraj dooba hai”, “Main hoon hero tera” and “Bol do na zara”. “Given Amaal’s popularity with every section of the audience, he was pretty much an obvious choice for us. It will be a gala evening filled with music that truly celebrates cinema from India. Given that it’s Melbourne, an Aussie twist had to be in order,” Festival director Mitu Bhowmick said.
New Delhi: The Delhi Police has written to districts, units to weed out deadwood (police officers) and dark sheep who are suitable for compulsory retirement on a premature basis.Police sources said that a comprehensive exercise is to be carried out to screen the record of police officers. Police sources told Millennium Post that the letter was written in July from the office of the Additional Commissioner of Police (Vigilance). The letter revealed some criteria which shall be in mind for consideration for the review which are doubtful integrity, moral turpitude, habitual absentee, alcoholism, drug addiction and indiscipline. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources further added that in order to screen the cases at the districts/units level, ascreening committee in each dist/unit is already in existence in which concerned district/unit DCP is the chairman, to be assisted by ACP/HQ (of the concerned Distt/Unit) and ACP/vigilance (PHQ) upto the rank of SI and concerned Joint CP/Addl CP as chairman, concerned DCP, Distt/unit and DCP/vigilance as members for the rank of inspector. The preliminary screening committee at the district level which screens the cases upto the rank of inspector is hereby directed to carry out this comprehensive exercise and to identity such police personnel who have been involved in the cases of crime, corruption and moral turpitude and are unable to discharge their duties efficiently and diligently. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIt is therefore requested that a fresh recommendation of the screening committee of your respective districts/units for the quarters October 2018 to December 2018 and January 2019 to March 2019 under FR-56 (j) and Rule 48 of CCS (pension) rules 1972 by keeping in view of above fresh criteria may please be supplied to this office within seven days positively further into the matter. “If an officer is involved in corrupt practices, activities i.e complaints, allegations of corrupt activities have been substantiated in the departmental enquiry and their names entered in the D.I list and proceedings taken up for the major penalty,” letter reads. Sources further added that one of the points in the letter was also related to a case or cases of disproportionate assets.