Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., lays a wreath at the shrine of National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Samuel Sharpe, at National Heroes Park in Kingston during a floral tribute ceremony on May 23.
(A man is arrested by the RCMP Friday morning near Elisipogtog First Nation. Photo courtesy @1tnb)APTN National NewsTwelve people were arrested Friday morning by the RCMP at the site of a sacred fire as part of an on-going protest in New Brunswick over seismic testing in the area.RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Chantal Farrah said the arrests were made because people were attempting to block trucks and workers.Farrah said seven men and five women were taken into custody on Route 126 outside Moncton near Elisipogtog First Nation.The sacred fire was lit by members of Elsipogtog on June 11 beside a highway where seismic testing vehicles are searching for shale gas deposits.Opponents of the exploration fear that once the company, SWN Resources Canada, finds shale gas, it won’t be long before it employs a controversial drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, to get at it.Photos on social media show some of the arrests, including one that appears to be a man holding a sacred pipe, with his hands in plastic [email protected]
Kolkata: In a bid to ensure timely completion of all projects, submission of monthly “progress reports” of ongoing projects to the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) and Chief Secretary has been made mandatory. The report has to be submitted “in the new format” as advised by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Sources said the direction came during discussions on different projects in the central level administrative review meeting that was held on Tuesday. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt is learnt that the Chief Minister has directed the top brass of all departments to ensure that the “progress report” of each and every project has to be filed every month. Banerjee has also prepared a format according to which the departments need to file the report, sources said adding that it has to be done in a particular tabular form.The report will contain details of the financial and physical progress of a project. The departments also have to mention in the report about problems that have surfaced while executing the project. There could also be special remarks related to a project in the report, if needed. At the same time, there could also be a mention if there is any other development like revised estimates involving the project and the like. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedBased on the report, necessary discussions will be carried out with the concerned department if needed which will help in faster and smoother execution of the projects.Sources added that the system of submitting monthly progress report was already in place. But now submission of the same has been made mandatory and in the new format. It may be mentioned that the state government has taken several steps and ensured fast execution of work. With the Chief Minister holding administrative review meetings in every district and a central-level meeting in Kolkata to take stock of the progress of the projects and schemes of her department, a massive development of the state in all sectors has been ensured.