first_imgBy end of 2018, the economy is expected to recover, as the impact of demonetisation and GST transition fade away. As per IMF estimates, India will become the fastest growing economy in the world outpacing China in 2019. IMF retained its India’ s GDP growth forecast of 6.7per cent and 7.4per cent in 2017 and 2018 respectively and pegged 2019 GDP growth at 7.8 per cent. India has typically recovered much faster than other prominent nations after global economic slowdown events such as dot-com crash, 9/11 crash or 2008 financial crisis thus showing signs of a maturing, stable economy.Read it at Entrepreneur Related Itemslast_img

first_imgBrus, the tribal community displaced by ethnic violence in Mizoram two decades ago, will soon decide whether or not to return to their villages from relief camps in adjoining Tripura.The Centre is planning to close down the relief camps in October after completing the ninth and final round of repatriation by September, for which the Mizoram government is expected to begin the process of re-identification of the refugees from Wednesday. Of the more than 40,000 Brus — also known as Reangs — who fled two rounds of ethnic violence in Mizoram since 1997, about 32,850 have stayed back in six relief camps in Tripura. “Our leaders and advisors will be meeting soon to decide whether the situation is safe enough for us to go back to Mizoram,” said Laldingliana, leader of the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Coordination Committee. The Joint Monitoring Group on Bru Repatriation had discussed the issue of repatriation in New Delhi on June 28. Leaders of the rival Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum attended the meeting with officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs and governments of Mizoram and Tripura.“The Central government has not yet intimated to our organisation on the proposed final repatriation,” Mr Laldingliana said.A Mizoram government official said the refugees who return will be provided free ration and ₹5,000 a month per family for two years.The refugees who have spurned the repatriation offer said they would leave the relief camps only if the government fulfilled their demands. They include the creation of a development council for the Brus in Mizoram, allocation of five hectares of land to each refugee family, their settlement in cluster villages with each housing at least 500 families, ₹4 lakh compensation to each family before repatriation, revision of electoral rolls, identification of 1,000 left out families and general amnesty to the refugees.last_img read more

first_imgForm the looks of the two-day tryouts for the national women’s volleyball teams, top officials are upbeat of the country’s medal chances in the Southeast Asian Games in December.Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas president Peter Cayco said the Philippines has a very strong chance of making the podium for the first time since 2005’s bronze medal finish in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT “You can bet on it, we will get a medal in the SEA Games,” said Cayco. “We’re only talking about which colour.”Cayco said he was elated by the presence of volleyball superstar during the tryouts held at Arellano University gym in Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLeague’s biggest draws and national team regulars Alyssa Valdez, Denden Lazaro, Mika Reyes, Aby Marano and Ces Molina led some 40 club and collegiate players who trooped to Arellano for a chance to represent the country.“They are all here. That goes to show how inspired and willing they are to wear the Philippine colors,” said Cayco. “This is very special because the SEA Games will be held in the country and they get the opportunity to play in front of their countrymen. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ University of Santo Tomas’ Eya Laure and UAAP juniors MVP Angel Canino led the young players who applied for the U-23 team seeing action in the coming Asian Women’s Volleyball.The PH U23 team will see action in the Asian U23 Championships on July 13-21 in Hanoi, Vietnam.But the spotlight is on the popular women’s seniors team which will be sent to compete in the Asian Women’s Clubs on April 27-May 5 in Tianjin, China; and in the Asian Seniors on Aug. 17-25 in Seoul, South Korea.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PBA: Columbian lands another big fish in NorthPort Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSan Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates03:13San Beda, Lyceum still title favorites for NCAA Season 9402:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “We have so much respect for Lyceum that we cannot afford to relax,’’ said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez. “It feels great to be back in the finals.’’With an unblemished record, San Beda will advance to the finals outright where the Lions await the survivor of the step-ladder semifinals beginning next week with No. 3 seed Letran facing either San Sebastian or Mapua in a sudden-death encounter.The winner in that semis confrontation faces the Pirates, who wound up as the No. 2 squad with their 13-5 record.Losing the 6-foot-7 Nzeusseu stung mightily for Lyceum, the one player the Pirates could not afford to lose especially opposite the Lions.Nzeusseu, who hurt his foot against the San Sebastian Stags, rode the bench the entire game, leaving twins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino to carry much of the offensive load with Reymar Caduyac.ADVERTISEMENT Tankoua frolicked inside with 26 points on 10 of 15 shooting and eight rebounds with no Nzeusseu putting a body on him in the paint.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect Playing at full strength, the defending champions simply took all of the drama out of their well-advertised matchup with the Lyceum Pirates with a runaway 85-62 win on Thursday in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.Donald Tankoua and James Canlas were right on target from the get-go, helping the Lions in setting up the stage for carnage on their way to sweeping the 18-game challenge in the elimination round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceTop MVP contender Calvin Oftana also sizzled midway in the second quarter as San Beda visibly exploited Lyceum’s doughnut-hole defense with the absence of brawny center Mike Nzeusseu.The Lions built a double-digit advantage from that point on and were able to protect the leverage until the final buzzer. Cignal exploits undermanned Foton to bag PSL bronze Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’center_img DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines–San Beda turned a supposed showdown into nothing more than a showcase of the Red Lions’ superior team effort.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical View commentslast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 27 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today interacted with youngsters from Jammu and Kashmir in a programme called “Samvad”. The objective of the interactive session was to initiate a conversation on a host of issues ranging from culture, sports, youth affairs, to various other social issues. The students got a unique platform to share their thoughts and ideas directly with the minister. Goel said the youngsters of the J & K were multi-talented and must use their skills to gain maximum exposure to gather knowledge and work for nation-building, a release from the ministry said. The students shared their views on various issues in terms of social problems, issues pertaining to sports and education. Goel promised them full support and said that the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes in the mantra of “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas”. The minister added that the youngsters were welcome to participate in any activity, be it sports or youth affairs and the ministry will ensure that they get the best facilities. He said a Rs 200 crore package has already been sanctioned for the Valley and as per his interaction with J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, it will be utilised to create better sporting facilities and infrastructure, so that more players from the Valley come to the mainstream. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

first_img A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors Whether it’s in the backyard or five-miles deep off a mountainous trail, a campfire cookout is about more than just eating, but being together as a tribe. This is one of our happiest of places, and it might be yours too, until the food is done and you’re forced to play balancing act on your lap with your plate.The Japanese outdoor gear company Snow Peak— famous for its Giga Power outdoor stoves— has solved this ever-annoying problem with a hibachi-meets-BBQ table, the Jikaro Table ($325).Despite being sold at REI, many outdoorists still don’t know about Snow Peak. (That changes NOW.) The company began in 1958 when Japanese mountaineer Yukio Yamai started making his own climbing gear out of discontent for what was offered on the market.For reference, ski bindings and neoprene wetsuits were considered groundbreaking at that time… so the category of outdoor gear didn’t have the techy or quality engineered super-products we revel in today.Yukio’s son Toru was the one who really brought Snow Peak to the masses from the 80s on, and in every new product the brand releases you see both a harmony in vision and a new boundary broken.In the case of the Jikaro Fireing Table, its stainless steel, made-in-Japan frame is clean and modern, yet the piece fully functions toward the goal of bringing users closer to nature and the outdoors. In fact, Jikaro is so devoid of embellishment that it almost looks like the skeleton of a deconstructed table.But that’s the point.Snow Peaks entire mission is to build products that help us find a harmony with nature.Jikaro can be built to form either a square or octagon table for small or large groups, turning an outdoor grill into an immediate social and sitting area. If you find yourself needing more table space, there’s an extension for an add-on bamboo table, so invite the neighbors.At sitting-height (perfect for camping chairs), the Jikaro creates the perfect outdoor dining table. No debate. Transfer your food directly from the grill and onto your plate. Heck, if you’re eating chicken and vegetables don’t even use a plate (Snow Peak makes some great utensils that I would recommend however).And once the adventure is done, the Jikaro packs down into a portable, space-efficient nylon case (weighing about 23 pounds). This allows us to take the table on epic camping adventures, but also use as the mainstay table in the backyard for Sunday BBQs.Set up is about six steps, so no it’s not the plastic fold-out you got from Walmart… but since when did you ever enjoy eating off of that? Editors’ Recommendations There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground last_img read more

first_imgA Halifax neighbourhood is safer today, June 25, after actions by the province under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act. On Friday, June 15, the Department of Justice notified two tenants of an apartment unit on Clifton Street that they had seven days to leave the building or the department would go to court to force them out. The apartment unit was the scene of a gun-related homicide in May 2012. Before the homicide, police responded to incidents in the building numerous times. The department of Justice worked closely with Halifax Regional Police and the apartment building’s owner to carry out a voluntary notice to vacate. On Friday, June 22, the tenants left. Over the weekend, the remaining tenants vacated at the request of the building owner. The nine-unit apartment building will remain vacant while the owner completes renovations. “Nova Scotians have a right to feel safe and secure in their communities,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “Everyone has a role to play in stopping violence and this is an excellent example of what can happen when a community becomes involved in a solution.” The Department of Justice encourages people to report a problem property by calling, toll free, 1-877-357-2337. There have been more than 800 complaints since the Safer Communities and Neighbourhood Act began in 2007. There have been nine formal evictions using community safety orders and 124 voluntary notices to vacate. “We’ve responded to this particular building many times for drug and weapons offences, among others. This criminal activity has significantly impacted residents and businesses in the area,” says Chief Frank Beazley of Halifax Regional Police. “Our partnership with the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods team has led to a voluntary notice to vacate. This, coupled with the announcement today of charges related to the homicide that took place at this address on May 25, will undoubtedly help to enhance community safety in the area.” The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods team improves community safety by targeting and, if necessary, shutting down residential and commercial buildings and land that are regularly used for illegal activities. The activities include bootlegging, drugs, prostitution and illegal gaming. More information on the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/just .last_img read more

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN News Clarence Sumner drove over 2,300 kilometres, and spent the night across the street from 10 Wellington in Gatineau, Que, the country’s headquarters for Indigenous Affairs across the river from Ottawa to bring allegations of vote buying in his community.He wanted to meet Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan to see if anything can be done about the way elections are held in his community.“I want the leaders of this country to know I’m here,” he said.“I want them to know that the leaders of my community have a turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to try and be honest and do things fairly.”Sumner is appealing the 2017 election held on the Pinaymootang First Nation in Manitoba, where he alleges money is often exchanged for votes.“It’s a norm. it’s become a norm in my community to buy votes, mail in ballots preferably,” he said.Pinaymootang is located 240 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.He met with two bureaucrats from Crown Indigenous Relations, Yves Dennoncourt, acting director of Governance Operations Directorate, and Marc Boivin, director of research Policy and Legislative Initiatives.They told Sumner they would follow up on his complaint.Sumner also delivered a copy of his appeal to Indigenous Services.He travelled all the way to Ottawa because he believes it’s more productive to meet people in person.“I believe that the minister (O’Regan) can better exercise his judgement if he could read some of the appeal.”Sumner successfully appealed the 2011 election when then Aboriginal Affairs minister Bernard Valcourt threw out the results and banned chief Garnet Woodhouse and three councilors from running for six years.But Woodhouse declared himself innocent of vote buying and appealed Valcourt’s decision to Federal Court.He was successful in 2013.APTN News attempted to contact Woodhouse for comment but calls were not returned.“Rather than being upset and getting mad at my leaders and my community I decided to use that energy to good and physically bring myself here in my own vehicle,” said Sumner.Sumner said he will stick around southern Ontario until September 16th to try and meet the leaders of all the federal parties. On that date nominations for chief and council will begin for Pinaymootang’s next election.“I’m out here because I believe that honesty will prevail.”Sumner never did meet with O’Regan.tlamirande@aptn.ca@toddlamirandelast_img read more

Rabat – In its 2018 annual report, published Wednesday, September 11, the Moroccan Court of Auditors criticized the budgetary and accounting management of the Ministry of Equipment, Transport, Logistics, and Water.“The Ministry does not have a clear policy or written measures defining the responsibilities and the annual qualitative and quantitative objectives for the rationalization of expenditure at the administrative level,” says the report.The Court of Auditors also made numerous observations on the ministry’s overestimation of prices in purchase orders. Read Also: Court of Auditors Reveals Shocking Lack of Food Safety in MoroccoThe ministry has apparently purchased “32 GO Kingston USB” storage devices for MAD 720 per unit.  The devices are sold on the market for MAD 200 maximum. The Court also pointed out the purchase of “HP Color Laserjet Toner CP52255” at a unit price of MAD 16,800, while its market price does not exceed MAD 2,000.”In the same report, the ministry replied to the Court’s observation on the purchase of printer toners at MAD 16,800, saying that “this price concerns 4 cartridges per lot in A3 format and not in A4 format; the A3 cartridges’ unit price is MAD 3,500.”The ministry’s response added that “ the prices included in the order form have been especially adopted after consulting three suppliers.” As for Kingston 32 GB USB storage devices, the ministry explained that the price paid, estimated at MAD 720 (MAD 600 Tax-Free), is “the price of a high quality storage memory made of unbreakable metal and not that of normal storage memories with a limited lifespan.” The ministry again mentioned that “the order forms were adopted after consulting three suppliers.” read more

Looking to shed some pounds this year? Researchers at Brock have some advice for you.Do it for the right reasons. Otherwise, you may be more likely to fail.Philip Wilson and Diane MackPhilip Wilson and Diane Mack, associate professors in the Department of Physical Education and Kinesiology, are examining what motivates healthy eating and exercise by participants in commercial weight loss programs. They’ve discovered that your reasons for engaging in such activities might be the key to your success.It’s a pattern consistent with other research into motives and healthy behaviour, Wilson said. If you’re doing it for yourself — intrinsic goals such as health or personal satisfaction — you are more likely to succeed over extrinsic goals like power or how you look to other people.“Intrinsic goals related to feeling revitalized, positively changing your health and accomplishing a challenging activity, seem to provide better results than most of the common goals we see endorsed by these programs, which is weight management and promoting a better physical appearance and image,” Wilson said.“This is not to say that having goals around managing your weight and improving your appearance are bad, it is just that they might not be as useful, motivationally speaking, with respect to promoting long-term healthy eating and exercising behaviours.”Wilson, Mack and co-investigator Chris Blanchard from Dalhousie University collected data from 138 people participating in commercial weight loss programs like Weight Watchers, Herbal Magic, Jenny Craig and others. Their goal is to uncover what keeps people eating healthy and exercising when faced with the challenges of controlling body weight.The study is supported by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Several Brock graduate and undergraduate students are also participating.Researchers hope to produce a new motivational pamphlet for people in commercial weight-loss programs and determine the feasibility of using this new resource to change eating and physical activity behaviours in commercial weight-loss program users.While commercial programs promote short-term weight loss, only 20 per cent of individuals embarking on the programs make the necessary lifestyle changes for sustained weight regulation.• Read more about the study in the St. Catharines Standard read more

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — New York sports fans may now bet for the Yankees — or the Mets — closer to home after the state joined the growing list of states allowing sports wagers.Schenectady’s Rivers Casino and Resort opened its betting lounge to the public Tuesday, the first of what is likely to be several casinos that expect to begin taking bets before the fall football season.New York’s entry into sports wagering comes after a ruling last year by the U.S. Supreme Court lifted sports betting prohibitions covering most states and prompted a frenzy of interest.In New York, officials are eager to catch up to New Jersey, where gamblers bet more than $3 billion on sports in the first full year since it became legal in that state.The Associated Press

Ohio State senior midfielder Nikki Walts tracks a ball during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 7-0 win against Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 14. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThere’s a special vibe to the Ohio State women’s soccer team this year. Nearing the end of what has been a dominant regular season, the No. 12 Buckeyes sit atop the Big Ten with a 12-3-1 record. They’ve lost just two matches to conference opponents (Northwestern and Rutgers) and posted a six-game shutout streak before it was snapped in a 1-0 loss to Rutgers Oct. 15.Senior midfielder Nikki Walts said she believes their success is a direct result of the team’s chemistry.“Every year is different, but talking with a lot of players, the vibe is just all-around great,” Walts said. “Each class is clicking. That’s a big part of being a team. The classes aren’t really defined in the locker room, and that’s great. Everyone has a good voice and everyone’s open to opinions this year.”Walts is one of the main reasons the Scarlet and Gray have enjoyed such a great season. The first-year captain has been a cornerstone of the program since arriving in 2014. Coming off a 2016 second-team All-Big Ten honor, Walts has compiled 11 points on two goals and eight assists this season. Alongside Walts is another fellow captain, senior defender and forward Morgan Wolcott. No other player has seen more of the field this season than Wolcott, who’s logged 1,428 minutes.It takes a full offseason of training and preparation to execute at a high level, Wolcott said. “We were all here this past summer training, conditioning and lifting together,” she said. “It helps the freshmen get to know our team before the season starts. We watch film during the season to see what worked and what didn’t. We’re improving a lot game by game. As long as we’re getting that 1 percent better, the rest of the season should play out nicely.”The coaching staff has continued to prove effective in getting the team ready every game. In her 21st season at the helm of Ohio State, head coach Lori Walker-Hock is on track to lead the Scarlet and Gray to the NCAA tournament for the seventh time in eight years. The Buckeyes have made it to the tournament 11 of the past 15 seasons. Walts said the cohesiveness of Walker-Hock and her staff is a difference-maker. “They work really well together,” Walts said. “We’ve seen that throughout this past season. We kind of have a new formation, our backs are a little more dynamic. It was all really easy to jump onto. The coaches are big with video, pointing out little things we can do better. I think they do a great job collaborating.” The tutelage doesn’t stop on the pitch, either. Walker-Hock and the coaching staff incorporate subtle life lessons and sayings in their coaching every day. They try to push their players to be the best in all aspects of life. “We ask their opinion on things that impact them directly, like how their bodies are feeling, nutrition, scheduling, the simple things,” Walker-Hock said. “One of the things we do well is take the lead on big things that matter. We try to show them, as well as teach them.”With four games to go before postseason play begins, the Buckeyes are in the hunt to not only take home the Big Ten title, but make a run in the NCAA tournament. Walker-Hock knows her team must remain focused amid high expectations, taking it one game at a time or risk a premature end to a promising season.“We look at the next game in front of us,” Walker-Hock said. “There is no easy game in our conference. We’re not remotely thinking ahead, there’s too much soccer left in the season. We’ve all seen teams be in the position we are right now, and they fall apart. We’re just trying to keep our heads down, keep working hard, and just taking each game one at a time.” read more

first_imgThe Vancouver Fire Department quickly knocked down a fire this morning on a first-floor deck that extended upward at the Oak Creek Apartments, Vancouver fire Capt. Chris Moen said.The fire was reported at about 7:50 a.m. It was brought under control in just 12 minutes.The apartment complex is located at 11412 NE 49th St., in the North Image neighborhood.“The fire is out; a quick knockdown by the crews,” Moen said. “They got water on it right away and got it out.”A damage estimate was not immediately available. There were no injuries reported.last_img

first_imgSEATTLE — An Algerian man whose sentence for plotting to blow up the Los Angeles airport around the turn of the new millennium was thrown out for being too lenient was ordered Wednesday to spend 37 years in prison.Ahmed Ressam, who had trained with al-Qaida in Afghanistan, was arrested in December 1999 when a customs agent noticed that he appeared suspicious as he drove off a ferry from Canada onto Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. A resulting search turned up a trunk full of explosives. Ressam’s capture, after a brief foot chase, prompted fears of a terrorist attack and the cancellation of Seattle’s New Year’s Eve fireworks.U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour had twice ordered him to serve 22-year terms, but both times the sentences were rejected on appeal.This time, Ressam’s attorneys conceded that he should face at least three decades to satisfy the appeals courts, but no more than 34 years.last_img read more

first_imgHyderabad: The India Meteorological Department on Wednesday issued heavy rainfall/thunderstorm warning during next five days for Telangana. The Met Department, in its bulletin, predicted that light to moderate rain or thunder showers very likely to occur at most places over Telangana. Stating that Southwest Monsoon has been weak over Telangana, it said tIndia Meteorological Department, Hyderabad, heavy rainfallhat heavy Rain very likely to occur at isolated places over Telangana from 18th to 21st July.last_img

first_imgLPG price cut slashedReuters fileIn a relief to millions of households, the prices of LPG cylinders have been revised in metros – New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Chennai. The oil marketing companies have reduced non-subsidized and subsidized LPG cylinder prices by Rs 35.50 and Rs 1.74, respectively. The new rates are effective from 1 April 2018.According to state-owned IOCL (Indian Oil Corporation Limited) website, a 14.2 kg non-subsidized cooking gas cylinder is now available for Rs 653.50 in Delhi as against Rs 689 earlier.A subsidized cooking gas cylinder will now cost Rs 491.35 in Delhi as against Rs 493.09 earlier.Subsidized LPG cylinder of 14.2 kilograms will now cost Rs 494.33 in Kolkata, Rs 489.04 in Mumbai and Rs 479.44 in Chennai. In March this year, it was Rs 496.07 in Kolkata, Rs 490.80 in Mumbai and Rs 481.21 in Chennai.Non-subsidized LPG cylinder of 14.2 kilograms will now cost Rs 679.00 in Kolkata, Rs 625.00 in Mumbai and Rs 663.50 in Chennai. In March this year, it was Rs 711.50 in Kolkata, Rs 661.00 in Mumbai and Rs 699.50 in Chennai.According to the government’s norms, every household qualifies for 12 subsidized LPG cylinders a year. Purchases beyond this limit have to be made at market prices.Meanwhile, the petrol prices in India on Monday surged to a four-year high, and diesel at an all-time high due to rising global crude oil prices globally. Petrol is being sold in Delhi for Rs 73.83 per litre and diesel was selling at a record price of Rs 64.69 a litre.last_img read more

first_imgkishoreganj mapFive people, including three brothers, were killed and 50 others injured in a clash over fishing at Mithamain upazila in Kishoreganj district on Thursday. The deceased are Ferdous Mia, 55, his brothers Makhan Mia, 42, and Masum Mia, 35, Razib Mia, 28, and Mukul Mia, 30.The brothers belonged to the Solaiman Mia group, while the other two were from the Pallab Mia group. The groups had a long-lasting enmity over the right to fish in a canal. When they locked horns again around 1:00pm today, it claimed the lives.last_img

first_imgIn 2016, a research team reported conclusive evidence of the oldest microbial life to be found on Earth, fossilized in rocks in Greenland. The stromatolite structures are believed to be the remnants of bacteria that grew on the bed of a shallow sea, 3.7 billion years ago. Two decades before, in 1996, another team of scientists stirred up a debate over their claim to have found signs of life in 3.8-billion-year-old rocks from Akilia Island, also in Greenland. As the results could not be replicated — one of the main principles of the scientific method — their conclusions are considered unreliable, but have formed the basis for a number of subsequent research efforts.However, scientists are now faced with the possibility of an even earlier date for the beginning of life on Earth. According to a new study, life might have initially appeared on Earth 3.95 billion years ago.Newfoundland, CanadaThe team, led by geologist Tsuyoshi Komiya from the University of Tokyo, examined samples from the Torngat Mountains in Labrador, a part of the Canadian province of Newfoundland. This is one of the few areas on the globe where rocks that were formed at the very end of the Hadean era can be found — the period when Earth had cooled just enough to develop a solid crust.The first oceans were beginning to form as water vapor condensed, and current theories suggest that somewhere in these warm shallow waters, complex chemical molecules evolved into the first lifeforms.The findings of Komiya’s team, published in the journal Nature in September 2017, conclude that the rocks contain material generated by microbes. Komiya told LiveScience that the rocks were collected from an area that was quite remote, inhabited by a number of polar bears and “far from any village or town.”Scientists have analyzed 3.95-billion-year-old rocks from northern Labrador.But this new study might turn out to be just as controversial as the one from 1996. As Sarah Kaplan writing for the Washington Post comments, “Not all researchers are convinced.” Other scientists are keen to take a look at the rocks to verify Komiya’s claims.The specific element of the rock samples that most intrigued the scientists was tiny nodules of graphite, a material made of layers of carbon atoms.“Carbon comes in two stable isotopes: carbon-12, which is the most common, and carbon-13, which is rarer and slightly heavier. Life prefers carbon-12 because it is more reactive,” according to ZME Science. The main premise behind the Labrador study is that evidence of life can be inferred by looking at the ratio of these carbon isotopes.Komiya and his colleagues say that tiny blobs of graphite found in the rock are the oldest fossils ever discovered.This is how the team surmised the the graphite samples have a biological origin. “This is a biogenic signature,” Komiya told the Washington Post.Komiya and his colleagues have also addressed some of the issues for which the 1996 study was so hotly disputed. The earlier study was also based on the study of carbon isotopes however, according to Nature, “Some researchers say the carbon cannot be proven to have a biological origin…. Others have suggested that the rock is not as old as originally thought.”6 Mysterious Islands From Around The WorldThe research team believe the find in Labrador is exciting because the graphite was enclosed by the rocks in a way that suggested life didn’t originate as contamination from a later period.How life actually began still remains a mystery. Scientists firmly state that all available evidence indicates planet earth was formed 4.54 billion years ago and water soon appeared on its surface. Several genesis of life theories have been put forward, most of them centered on the idea that biology started in the water.The 1953 Miller-Urey Frankenstein’s monster-type experiment demonstrates that amino acids — the building blocks for life — can be synthesized from inorganic molecules in the atmosphere by lightening. Windows to the Universe describes the set up: “They designed an apparatus which held a mix of gases similar to those found in Earth’s early atmosphere over a pool of water, representing Earth’s early ocean. Electrodes delivered an electric current, simulating lightning.”When the two biochemists analyzed the contents of the water after running the experiment for one week, not only did they find organic molecules, but they had coalesced into clumps called coacervates. While for many this is compelling evidence that life arose spontaneously on our young planet, others argue that the probability for such a scenario is unfathomably small.Natural-color image of an ice island off the coast of Labrador.Another theory suggested by Irish scientist J.D. Bernal in 1949 postulates that life began in clay. We don’t mean a parade of little clay-model people, rather that clay minerals would attract the right mixture of chemicals for life to begin. Expanding on his ideas became a lifetime obsession for the late Alexander Graham Cairns-Smith, an organic chemist from the University of Glasgow. Cairns-Smith considered the regimented replication of DNA began on a clay substrate.Of course, there are many scientists who think that life actually began on another planet or in space, and was transported to Earth by celestial bodies such as comets or asteroids.Read another story from us: Electromagnetic Discovery in the Great Pyramid: Could it Concentrate Energy in Certain Chambers?So far, Canada is the place which has produced most of the evidence of primordial life in the world. Komiya stated for LiveScience that future analysis of the graphite and associated minerals from the Torngat Mountains “could shed light on the origin and evolution of life on Earth.”last_img read more

first_imgOver 30 suspected hunting dogs were spotted on Wednesday morning (July 11) with a large group of men, walking along the Chisty Place Hill.It is believed that the men and dogs were actively involved in the area since the early hours of Wednesday morning. Residents from the area spotted a Toyota bakkie in Chisty Place that was carrying dogs on the back of the bakkie.The matter was reported to the authorities, with the Ladysmith K9 Unit responding to the scene.The group of men, with their dogs, made swift work through the mountainous terrain as they went from the side of the Hands Monuments towards Acaciavale within minutes.Many people who live around the hill took notice of the men and were seen standing outside their homes watching the dogs move around the hill.Police went up to the Hands Monuments, but the men were just moving too fast and disappeared into the veld.The area where the men were allegedly hunting with their dogs lies on the borderline with a well-established game farm which has been a hot-spot for poaching.Also read: Baby zebra attacked by hunting dogs (Warning: Graphic Content)Also read: Don’t adopt Greyhounds to go huntingSpeaking to the farm owner, he indicated that just a few weeks ago, the farm fences were cut, with hunting dogs gaining access to the farm. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The game farm owner says that poaching in the area has been a major problem over the years.The game farm has taken to erecting much higher fences and even signboards saying that hunting and poaching is illegal, yet the problem still occurs.He urges anyone who sees hunting dogs in the area to immediately contact the police.KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife Conservation Rangers also responded to the scene to try and catch the suspected poachers. One ranger commented that the hunting problem is huge and that in the Ladysmith area, many farmers and game farms have been targeted.It is believed that owners of hunting dogs compete against one another to see who has the best dog and which dog can make the most kills.Money is exchanged between dog owners, as they bet to see who is the best hunter, said the ranger.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more