Girl children born during the devastating Titli cyclone on October 11 are being named ‘Titli’ in the Gajapati and Ganjam districts of Odisha.So far, four girls born in the two districts are reported to have been named ‘Titli’.Out of five deliveries conducted at the Mohana Community Health Centre in Gajapati district on October 11, three were girls. According to Dr. Nibedita Panda, who delivered all the newborns, parents of the female babies have named them ‘Titli’.On the same day, a woman delivered a girl child at the Aska Community Health Centre, just before it was flooded by water from the Rushikulya river. Dr. Mohan Barik, who delivered the baby, also confirmed that she was named ‘Titli’.President of the Odisha Medical Service Association, Dr. Nirakar Bhatta, praised Dr. Panda and Dr. Barik for their services to the patients even during the cyclonic storm. All the six deliveries were normal deliveries and all the newborns have survived, said Dr. Bhatta.As a precautionary measure, the State government had ordered all pregnant women in areas to be affected by the cyclone to be shifted to near by medical centers and safe places.
PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during warmups before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images) Twitter/@StephDEpifanioSports Illustrated dropped a late news bomb on the college football world earlier, with the news that Braxton Miller will be moving to wide recevier/h-back for the coming season. The move has been met with praise from Buckeye fans, and members of the team. One key member of the program isn’t ready to fully commit to the move, however: head coach Urban Meyer. The three-time national champion told The Columbus Dispatch that reports of the official position change are a bit premature.“I haven’t made those decisions yet,” Meyer told The Dispatch. “It’s a little bit jumping the gun here. Braxton came to see me. He’s been talking to me about it (the switch). We’ve been working at it, but I’m not ready to say exactly how we’re going to use him yet.”Considering Pete Thamel’s SI report was based on a conversation with Miller, we have to imagine the move is, in fact, happening. Meyer is probably not thrilled that it was announced in July, giving Virginia Tech and others more than a month to prep for a J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones-led offense, as well as figure out how to defend Miller as a skill guy. Otherwise, this would be a pretty crazy redirection by members of the Buckeye program.[Columbus Dispatch]
CAIRO — Billboards across Cairo advertise luxury homes with “breathtaking” views in compounds with names like “La Verde” or “Vinci” in Egypt’s new capital that is under construction in the desert, miles from the Nile-side city which has been the seat of power for more than 1,000 years.Often, what lies behind the billboards are Cairo’s most overcrowded neighbourhoods, with shoddily built homes and dirt roads frequently inundated with sewage water.A city of some 20 million people combining charm and squalor, Cairo may soon witness an exodus by well-heeled residents, state employees and foreign embassies to the New Administrative Capital, as the vast project in the desert is provisionally known. It will be the latest phase in the flight of the rich, many of whom have already moved to gated communities in new suburbs, leaving the old Cairo in neglect and decay.The new capital — a proper name has yet to be found — is the $45 billion brainchild of general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the biggest of the mega-projects he launched since taking office in 2014. He contends the projects, ranging from new roads and housing complexes to a Suez Canal expansion, attract investors and create jobs.Senior officials boastfully compare what has been built under el-Sissi to monuments like the Giza Pyramids.“History will do justice to this generation of Egyptians and our grandsons will remember its achievement, a wave of construction unprecedented in modern-day Egypt,” Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly, also the housing minister, proclaimed.Critics call the new capital a vanity project, arguing its cost could have been better put to rebuilding the wrecked economy and refurbishing Cairo.They also see it as evidence of el-Sissi’s authoritarianism, launching a multibillion-dollar plan with little debate. El-Sissi often lashes out at those who question him, telling Egyptians to listen only to him and saying he’s answerable to God alone. He often says Egypt’s resources are limited — leading some Egyptians, struggling amid skyrocketing prices, to wonder why so much is spent on questionable projects.“There is something very wrong with the order of priorities,” said political analyst Hassan Nafaa. “Maybe el-Sissi wants to go down in history as the leader who built the new capital, but if Egyptians don’t see an improvement in their living conditions and services, he will be remembered as the president who destroyed what is left of the middle class.”The government argues that Cairo is already bursting at the seams and will grow to 40 million by 2050.The new city is being built on 170,000 acres about 28 miles east of Cairo and nearly twice its size. Construction began in 2016, and the first of its forecast 6.5 million residents are scheduled to move there next year.The city will house the presidency, Cabinet, parliament and ministries. Planners promise a 21-mile-long public park, an airport, an opera house, a sports complex and 20 skyscrapers, including Africa’s highest, at 345 metres.Madbouly denied the new city will only attract the well-off, saying it is “for all Egyptians.”Prices tell a different story. The smallest apartment there — 120 square meters — is expected to cost 1.3 million Egyptian pounds ($73,000), out of reach for a mid-level bureaucrat, who may make the equivalent of about $4,800 a year.“Those targeted to live in the new capital constitute a very, very limited segment of society,” said Nafaa.Ironically, the new capital could one day be overwhelmed by the old, as illegal construction expands. That has often been the way Cairo has evolved, with the rich moving out, only to move again as the city swells, adding layer after layer.“Throughout the history of Cairo, the ruling elite and the rich have failed to completely isolate themselves from the rest of the population,” said novelist Hamdy Abu Golayyel, who authored a book about the city called “Cairo, Streets and Stories.” It will take draconian laws to keep the new city distinct, he said.No one knows how Cairo will be impacted by a new capital and the shift of the seat of power outside of the city for the first time since the Muslim conquest in the 7th Century.Many government buildings in Cairo, for example, are palaces and mansions confiscated by the socialist government of the 1950s and 1960s. In theory, they could be renovated and turned into museums or hotels, proponents argue. But then, many such empty architectural treasures are already left to fall apart or even torn down.The government is renovating some of Cairo’s illegally built neighbourhoods. But in one case, it razed a run-down district and moved out residents after compensating them to make way for a high-end district.Amar Ali Hassan, a sociopolitical expert, believes Cairo’s woes will only deepen.“It could be neglected, become estranged and left to die a slow death,” he said.Sameh Abdallah Alayli, an urban planning expert, wrote in the Al-Shorouk newspaper that the idea of a new capital was unacceptable, construction should be halted and the focus put back on overhauling the ancient city.“Historical Cairo must remain the political capital of Egypt,” he wrote.___Associated Press writer Samy Magdy in Cairo contributed to this report.Hamza Hendawi, The Associated Press
BRAMPTON, Ont. — Shoppers Drug Mart’s e-commerce platform for medical cannabis launched Tuesday, a month after Health Canada licenced the company to sell the product online.Product information is available nationally, but Shoppers Drug Mart can initially only sell medical cannabis to patients in Ontario.Patients will be required to take a medical document similar to a prescription to an Ontario pharmacy to begin the process.Specialized advisers will then contact patients, review their medical history and provide support with online registration and product selection.Shoppers Drug Mart says it has signed supply agreements with 10 licensed producers of dried cannabis and cannabis oil and will provide products and medical accessories. Companies in this story: (TSX:L)The Canadian Press
New Delhi: Domestic passenger vehicle (PV) sales dropped 1.11 per cent in February, making it the seventh decline in eight months, prompting auto industry body SIAM to suggest that it will miss even the scaled down forecast of 6 per cent for the ongoing fiscal.The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) said uncertainty ahead of elections coupled, weak market sentiment and unfavourable factors like high interest rates and insurance cost are continuing to affect sales. In its latest data, SIAM said domestic PV sales were at 2,72,284 units in February, down from 2,75,346 units in the same month previous year. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”What we are seeing is that the market sentiment is subdued. Interest rates are still high and we have not been able to recover from the impact we have had earlier on the year,” SIAM Director General Vishnu Mathur told reporters here. The sales decline in February is the seventh instance in the last eight months, with the only positive growth since July last year coming in October, he added. In the April-February period this fiscal, PV sales have grown 3.27 per cent at 30,85,640 units as against 29,87,859 units in the year-ago period. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsWith people postponing discretionary spends like buying cars ahead of the elections, coupled with the current subdued sentiments, Mathur said it was unlikely that March sales will be high. “So we are more or less looking to end the year at around 3 per cent growth which we have witnessed so far,” he added. In the beginning of the fiscal, SIAM had projected 8-10 per cent growth for PV sales but it was revised to around 6 per cent after dip in sales from the third quarter onwards. In February, PV market leader Maruti Suzuki India posted 0.19 per cent increase at 1,39,912 units. Hyundai Motor India saw its PV sales decline by 3.13 per cent to 43,110 units. Mahindra & Mahindra, however, posted 16.86 per cent growth at 26,106 units. SIAM said domestic car sales were also down 4.33 per cent to 1,71, 372 units as compared to 1,79,122 units in February 2018. MSI’s car sales were down 3.25 per cent at 1,00,513 units. Hyundai Motor India also witnessed a decline of 6.43 per cent at 32,792 units. Honda Cars India, however, posted a jump of 46.53 per cent at 10,920 units in February this year. Total two-wheeler sales in February were down 4.22 per cent to 16,15,071 units compared to 16,86,180 units in the year-ago month, SIAM said. Motorcycle sales last month declined by 0.58 per cent to 10,47,486 units as against 10,53,596 units a year earlier. Market leader Hero MotoCorp posted 1.65 per cent increase in its bike sales in February at 5,44,073 units. Rival Bajaj Auto also posted a growth of 6.28 per cent at 1,86,523 units, while Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) witnessed a decline of 11.66 per cent at 1,45,260 units. Scooter sales in February stood at 4,92,584 units as against 5,60,653 units in the same month last year, down 12.14 per cent, SIAM said. Scooter market leader HMSI saw its sales dip by 19 per cent to 2,63,299 units during the month. Similarly, Chennai-based TVS Motor Co also witnessed 8.68 per cent drop in scooter sales at 83,543 units during the month. Hero MotoCorp posted 19.36 per cent decline at 56,543 units. Sales of commercial vehicles was also down 0.43 per cent to 87,436 units in February, SIAM said. Vehicle sales across categories registered a decline of 3.65 per cent to 20,34,768 units from 21,11,804 units in February 2018, it added. Meanwhile, Hyundai Motor India said on Friday that it would launch a subscription model initially in six cities across the country as part of its partnership with self-drive car-sharing firm Revv. Hyundai Subscription aims to provide an opportunity to the customers to experience Hyundai product portfolio, with hassle-free ownership, flexibility and limited commitment through subscription-based ownership model.
New Delhi: “There should not be any form of child labour during the upcoming Lok Sabha Polls,” wrote the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) to District Magistrates inDelhi. The DCPCR letter accessed by Millennium Post reads that “Lok Sabha election is likely to be held in the month of April/May 2019.” “Your attention is invited to the letter written by the secretary of the Election Commission of India in the year 2017 regarding the prohibition of the use of children by political parties during election campaigns and engagement of child labour in the election-related activities.” Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plastic”It should be ensured by all political parties and election officials that children are not involved in any election-related process and activities with the directions may be followed by all meticulously, “reads the DCPCR letter adding that non-compliance of the directions contained therein be brought to the notice of this commission. Roop Sudesh Vimal member DCPCR had written the letter. The child rights body also attached a letter reportedly written by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) in 2017 regarding the use of children by political parties during the election Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murdercampaign. “All the officials deputed in the election process should ensure that children are not involved in any form of carrying EVMs or other materials to the election booths, strong rooms, godowns,” claimed the letter. It further added that all political parties~National, as well as State level~be directed not to use children in the election campaign in any form whatsoever, for distribution of posters, pamphlets or to participate in slogan shouting, campaign rallies, election meetings.
New Delhi: More than 45,000 complainants with their grievances visited city police stations till March this year. The law enforcement agency after listening to their complaints registered over 6,000 FIRs in different cases.Police sources said that 34,140 complainants met Public Facilitation Officers whereas the concern of 14,194 people was heard by the Station House Officers (SHOs) or Additional SHOs of more than 180 police stations and units in Delhi Police. Sources further told this newspaper that 39,800 complaints relating to different natures including sexual assault, robbery, kidnapping, hurt, theft, quarrel, cheating, forgery and others came. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe nature of 563 complaints was regarding sexual assault whereas 18,65 complaints were related to missing and kidnapping. The complaints pertaining to snatching, robbery and theft were 4,982. “As many as 4570 complaints came to police related to hurt, threats and quarrel whereas in cheating and forgery 2,164 complaints were heard,” said sources adding that other complaints were 23,920. In a recent meeting, the Police Commissioner reviewed the status regarding handling of complaints at police stations and prompt registration of cases. The police chief also discussed the disposal of pending investigation cases and period of pendency of these cases especially rape and POCSO. The top cop also reviewed the status of computers with internet connections of facilitation desks in police stations. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSources said that out of 189 police stations, 183 have PFO desk. In 85 police stations, PFOs have computer connectivity whereas in 56 stations, internet is being provided. Recently, the office of LG Anil Baijal wrote to Delhi Police for providing internet connection to Public Facilitation Desks. “It has also been desired to provide an internet connection in Public Facilitation Desks so that these Desks can facilitate the lodging of e-fir as well,” sources said quoting letter content. According to Delhi Police Annual Report of 2018, as many as 2,36,476 IPC cases were registered during the year as against 2,23,077 in 2017. The report further said that the criminal activities and space, are getting integrated, syndicated and globalised. Consequently, they pose a challenge not only to the law enforcement agencies but also to the civil society in general. Incidents in Delhi are the focus of attention not only for the National Media but also to world media and even ordinary crimes and disorders tend to be sensationalized causing an unsettling effect on the minds of the people and their perception of the functioning of the police.
Paris: OPEC’s oil output dropped sharply last month as a result of steep production cuts in Venezuela and kingpin Saudi Arabia, the cartel said on Wednesday. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ combined oil production plunged by 534,000 barrels per day in March, it said in a report citing secondary sources. OPEC does not release its own production data. Venezuela, in the throes of political troubles, sanctions and repeated power blackouts, pumped 289,000 fewer barrels per day than the previous month, taking production to 732,000 bpd. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThis compares to the more than a million barrels per day Venezuela was pumping at the start of the year, and its production capacity of nearly two mbpd in 2017. Kingpin Saudi Arabia’s production, meanwhile, fell by 324,000 bpd, according to OPEC’s sources, the report said. This, analysts say, is a result of the kingdom’s determination to support oil prices in line with a production cut deal between OPEC countries and non-member Russia that is to run until June. These efforts appear to be paying off. Oil prices rose at their fastest pace in 14 years over the first quarter of the year. On Wednesday the WTI futures contract, the benchmark for US production, stood at 64.42 and its European counterpart, Brent, at 70.95.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Tuesday quashed an FIR accusing AAP MLA Somnath Bharti of domestic violence. Justice Chander Shekhar allowed Bharti’s plea to quash the criminal case after noting that Bharti and his wife Lipika Mitra are living happily together. The court also noted that the woman has no objection if the FIR is quashed. It had earlier allowed Bharti’s wife to withdraw her petition seeking cancellation of the bail granted to him in the domestic violence case in view of the settlement of their marital dispute. Mitra had on June 10, 2015 filed a complaint against him with the Delhi Commission for Women and an FIR was lodged by the police on September 9, 2015 for allegedly subjecting her to domestic violence and trying to kill her.
Kolkata: Union Defence secretary Sanjay Mitra on Saturday urged the management students of International Management Institute (IMI), Kolkata, to contribute towards making the life of the poor and deprived in the county better. “As alumni of this prestigious school, the array of possibilities for carving out a successful career is waiting for you. By all means make money, get rich, be successful but somewhere in some corner of your mind, do keep a thought of how your achievements can translate into contributing towards making the life of the poor and needy better,” Mitra said, addressing the 7th Convocation of IMI, Kolkata, on Saturday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMitra further reminded the students about their role in chartering the country to its progress path in the days to come. “Our country, with its immense reserve of human and physical resources, is lacking not in the quantity and quality of these resources but in the way we have utilised them. You, with your intellect and training, can bring on board the much-needed competence and balance to the field of public administration, thus becoming a part of the nation building process. I urge you to consider this as an option in your endeavours,” he said. 125 students of the premier management institute that includes 49 girls received their PGDM at the Convocation. Arindam Banik, director of IMI Kolkata, spoke about the institute’s growing number of international collaborations with business schools in France, China and Finland. “We have received 3,500 applications in PGDM from 29 states across India which clearly proves the growing popularity of the institute,” Banik maintained.