Month: October 2019

  • Bridge Award Enhanced in 2005

    first_imgEmerging filmmakers are receiving even more help from twoindustry veterans. The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation(NSFDC) and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) announcedtoday, Feb. 18, that they are increasing the value of theCBC/NSFDC Bridge Award for emerging producers. The CBC/NSFDC Bridge Award is granted to eligible producers tohelp in the production of a half-hour or one-hour televisionproduction. It includes a regional broadcast license from theCBC, CBC services, and an NSFDC investment. The partners haveincreased their combined involvement from $30,000 to $40,000. “The Bridge Award has proven to be an important next step forfilmmakers who have some experience but have not yet produced fortelevision,” said Ann MacKenzie, chief executive officer of thefilm corporation. “In a very competitive industry, this awardopens the door for newcomers.” “I am impressed with the talent and creativity the Bridge Awardhas helped identify,” said Ron Crocker, regional director oftelevision and senior director of programming for CBC Atlantic. “It is very satisfying for the CBC to help nurture new talent atthe front end, and then to be able to televise the finishedworks. It’s the kind of development that works for everybody.” The Bridge Award began in 2002. To date, six awards have beengranted. Past recipients include Sonya Jampolsky forChamberpiece, Margaret Harrison for Quilts, Dugald McLaren forBack of the House, Jay Dahl for After Frank, Paul McNeill forLittle Claus and Big Claus, and the producing team of Sean Doyle,Chris Fost and Tom Ryan for A Cape Breton Ghost Story. “The bridge program has definitely affected me positively –primarily through relationships established with both thebroadcaster, CBC, and with the film development corporation.Additionally, I improved my leadership skills and in turn Iearned some crew credential,” said Mr. Dugald McLaren, a pastrecipient of the award. Ms. Harrison agrees. “The Bridge Award was another great chanceto learn and create — not only a visual product but a chance tocreate relationships with funding agencies, broadcasters, post-production companies, other producers and filmmakers,” she said. Further information is available on the website at read more

  • Province Announces Culture Sector Projects

    first_imgCultural producers in Nova Scotia will receive help expanding into national and international markets, thanks to ongoing provincial investments in the culture sector. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Rodney MacDonald announced today, Aug. 22, that a total of $100,270 will be provided to support 17 cultural projects across the province. “We are working with the culture sector to help grow the industry in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. MacDonald. “By supporting projects like the ones announced today, we can strengthen our province’s unique culture both at home and abroad.” Mr. MacDonald made the announcement at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts. The centre will receive $10,000 to support an exhibition of Inverness County visual artists at the Toronto International Art Fair. “The funding from the province will allow us to showcase many local works of art to the world,” said Kathy Hannigan, executive director. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for our artists to gain international exposure.” The Industries Program invests about $450,000 in cultural projects each year. The projects announced today are the first to receive funding this fiscal year. Information on the Industries Program is available from the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage by calling 902-424-6397 or by visiting the Industries Program link on the website at . The next deadline for applications is Thursday, Sept. 15. Cultural activities in Nova Scotia generate about $1 billion and create 28,000 direct and indirect jobs.last_img read more

  • Young Artists Selected for 2007 Canada Winter Games

    first_imgThree young artists from Nova Scotia have been selected to develop their talents at the 2007 Canada Winter Games being held in Whitehorse, Yukon. These artists are among 39 across the country who will explore the parallels between the athlete and the artist through the National Artists Program at the 2007 Canada Winter Games from Feb. 23 to Mar. 10. “This is a wonderful opportunity for these creative and talented young Nova Scotians,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “The National Artist Program will enhance their appreciation of the pursuit of excellence through a combination of sport and cultural activity.” The three artists selected to represent Nova Scotia are: Michael Cluett, 20, a multi-faceted Mi’kmaq musician from Halifax who is studying arts at Dalhousie University. Aaron Maclean, 20, a painter and filmmaker from Cape North who is studying at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Lisa Snow, 22, an actress, singer and dancer from Fall River who recently graduated from Dalhousie University and is launching a career as a professional actress. The National Young Artists Program is a two-week artistic residency where young people representing a broad range of disciplines, including theatre, music, dance, visual arts or literary arts, get to work with leading Canadian artists. Working collaboratively, they create new multi-disciplinary works which are presented during two evening performances at the closing of the Games. The Canada Games is the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event. About 300 Nova Scotia athletes, coaches, managers, and artists are expected to participate. Further information on Team Nova Scotia and the 2007 Canada Winter Games is available online at .last_img read more

  • FederalProvincial PostSecondary Infrastructure Projects Announced

    first_imgUniversities and college campuses across Nova Scotia will be busy with construction activity thanks to 25 economic stimulus projects worth $114 million. Premier Rodney MacDonald and Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay announced today, April 30, funding for the projects under the federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program. “These projects, which will be found from Sydney to Yarmouth, from the Valley to Halifax, will put Nova Scotians across the province to work,” said Premier MacDonald. “In the short term, the projects will create and maintain jobs. In the long term, they will further contribute to the high quality of our post-secondary education system and the future prosperity of our province.” The Knowledge Infrastructure Program is a cost-shared initiative with the federal government to renew college and university campuses. “Through the renewal of college and university facilities, our researchers will have the tools they need to be global leaders in their fields and pursue world-class excellence,” said Mr. MacKay, who attended the announcement on behalf of Industry Minister Tony Clement. “Attracting and retaining workers who drive innovation and growth in the global knowledge economy strengthens Canada’s position as a world leader in science and technology to the benefit of all Canadians.” The projects include renovation, information technology, energy efficiency and environmental initiatives. They will begin as soon as possible and are to be completed by March 31, 2011. “Nova Scotia’s universities and college campuses are centres of innovation and vital economic engines,” said Education Minister Judy Streatch. “These projects will have an impact right now and also leave a legacy for students in the future.” The province, under its Building for Growth stimulus plan, and universities will invest $57.2 million. The federal government will contribute $56.75 million. The universities, Nova Scotia Community College and province worked together to submit proposals for funds under the $2-billion federal program.last_img read more

  • Allowance to Aid Caregivers

    first_img being 19 years of age or older and a Nova Scotia resident with a valid Nova Scotia health card number providing 20 or more hours of assistance per week to a qualified care recipient More information about the caregiver allowance is available at . Anyone wishing to apply for the program or for further information, can call the toll free line at 1-800-225-7225. being a resident of Nova Scotia and 19 years of age or older with a valid Nova Scotia health card number having a high level of disability or impairment as demonstrated through completion of a home care assessment an income review, because the allowance will only be provided to caregivers of recipients with low incomes Eligible caregivers in Nova Scotia will be able to receive financial assistance which recognizes their important role and supports their efforts to assist loved ones and friends. “We recognize the very important role that caregivers have in the lives of the people they care for,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. “We know that caregivers need support themselves so that they can continue to provide care to their family members and friends.” To be eligible for the caregiver allowance of $400 per month, both the person who requires care and the person providing the care must meet certain program criteria. The eligibility criteria for caregivers includes: The eligibility criteria for care recipients includes:last_img read more

  • Prudence recommandée aux NéoÉcossais qui se rendent à la plage

    first_img Ne surestimez pas votre capacité et restez dans les endroits peu profonds. Les parents doivent rester près des enfants, tant sur la plage que dans l’eau. Ne consommez pas d’alcool sur la plage. Nagez avec un partenaire au cas où vous auriez des problèmes. Ne nagez jamais après le coucher du soleil. Le Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service a prolongé la supervision sur trois des plages les plus fréquentées de la province. La plage Rainbow Haven dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, la plage Melmerby dans le comté de Pictou, et la plage de Mira Gut dans la Municipalité régionale du Cap-Breton, seront surveillées de 10 h à 18 h jusqu’à demain, le 2 septembre. On rappelle également aux Néo-Écossais que la supervision aux plages suivantes se poursuit jusqu’au lundi 6 septembre : plage du lac Aylesford dans le comté de Kings, plage du Lake Milo Boat Club dans le comté de Yarmouth, et plage de Lawrencetown dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax. La plage de Lawrencetown sera également surveillée les fins de semaine du 11 et 12 septembre et du 18 et 19 septembre. Certaines piscines intérieures et extérieures sont aussi ouvertes à l’échelle de la province et constituent une façon sécuritaire d’échapper à la chaleur. On recommande fortement aux gens de continuer d’écouter les rapports météorologiques à mesure que l’ouragan Earl s’approche de la province. Les plages et les parcs provinciaux peuvent être fermés si les conditions météorologiques le justifient. Alors que les Néo-Écossais se rendent à la plage pour échapper aux températures exceptionnellement élevées, les autorités provinciales et la Société de sauvetage leur rappellent qu’ils doivent faire preuve de prudence dans l’eau et près des côtes. La queue de l’ouragan Danielle a entraîné l’augmentation des vagues déferlantes sur plusieurs plages à l’échelle de la province. Avec l’arrivée possible de l’ouragan Earl, les conditions pourraient devenir encore plus dangereuses. « Je comprends que les gens cherchent à échapper à la chaleur, mais je conseille vivement à tout le monde de faire preuve d’une grande prudence dans l’eau, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Les grandes vagues attirent de nombreux adeptes des sports aquatiques, mais elles augmentent également le risque de blessure ou de décès. » Toute tempête entraîne un risque de grandes vagues, de courants forts et de conditions dangereuses. Les gens doivent tenir compte des conseils suivants, offerts par la Société de sauvetage :last_img read more

  • 100 Torchbearers Ignite Countdown to the Games

    first_imgIn 100 days, 3,600 athletes, coaches and managers, 1,000 VIPs, and more than 5,000 volunteers will gather in Halifax to take part in the largest multisport event held in Nova Scotia. The next 100 days are the final stage of preparation to host 20 national sporting events over 18 days in February 2011. During the 100 days, participants, HRM residents and visitors can look forward to Host Society milestones such as the completion of the Canada Games Centre and the Canada Games Oval, orientation and training of Games volunteers, and the selection of festival and ceremonies performers. Meanwhile, the 2011 torch will visit more than 120 schools, igniting the spirit in students across HRM. To kick off the countdown, 100 students carried the torch today, Nov. 3, in a relay from Citadel Hill National Historic Site to centre ice at the Metro Centre, the opening ceremonies venue. “Celebrating the countdown to the Games gives us the chance to show the community what they have to look forward to 100 days from now and reflect on how far we’ve come in our planning,” said John Rogers, 2011 board member and marketing and sponsorship division chair. “We are well on our way to delivering a great Games.” Volunteers, athletes, coaches, officials and sponsors participated in a 100 Days and Counting video that premiered at the countdown event and can be found online at . The event also acknowledged RBC as the Games’ official bank and presenting sponsor of the Results Centre. “As past supporters of the Games, RBC understands the positive impact an event like this will have on the city of Halifax. We are thrilled to be a part of the celebration today and in February,” said Glen Dormody, RBC regional vice-president, Metro Halifax. Individual tickets and passes to Games events went on sale today and can be purchased online, by phone or at the Ticket Atlantic box office. For more information, visit . The 2011 Canada Winter Games will be the largest multi-sport event held in Nova Scotia and Halifax’s first Canada Winter Games. Held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, the Canada Games are a key event in the development of Canada’s young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions.last_img read more

  • Traffic Advisory Pictou County

    first_imgPICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, east of Exit 27, Sutherland’s River, will be reduced to one lane for construction of a new westbound lane from Tuesday, June 26 until Friday, July 6. Traffic control on site. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 -30-last_img

  • New Project Helps Mikmaq Communities Households Reduce Energy Use

    first_imgThe province is partnering with Efficiency Nova Scotia and Mi’kmaq leaders to help communities use energy better and reduce energy costs in Mi’kmaq households. Premier Darrell Dexter joined Chief Gerard Julian and Stephen MacDonald, chief operating officer for Efficiency Nova Scotia, in Paqtnkek First Nation today, June 5, to launch the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Residential Direct Install Project. The new program commits $1 million total from the province and Efficiency Nova Scotia, over the next year, to help Mi’kmaq communities become more energy efficient. “Energy efficiency is a vital component of the province’s energy plan to ensure the lowest, fairest power rates,” said Premier Dexter. “Energy not used is the cheapest form of energy. We all have a role to play in reducing the amount of energy used in Nova Scotia. “Through partnerships like the one announced today, we can take care of our environment and help Nova Scotians save money over the long term.” The collaborative effort with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs, supports training, community engagement, data collection and installing energy efficiency products in Mi’kmaq homes. “This program will help our communities to gain a better understanding of how we use energy and what can be done to ensure a more environmentally responsible tomorrow,” said Chief Julian of Paqtnkek First Nation. “As the premier said, everyone has a role to play in energy conservation and the aboriginal community is pleased to do its part.” “Investing in energy efficiency helps communities in so many ways,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Not only does it give people an opportunity to save money, it provides employment, grows the economy and benefits the environment, something we know is especially important to First Nations communities.” Mi’kmaq community households can have energy-efficiency products installed at no cost. Energy-efficiency company Sustainable Housing will train community members to organize the installation of energy efficient products in all 13 Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq communities. They will replace incandescent bulbs with compact florescent lights, old nightlights with LEDs and install kitchen and bathroom fauce aerators, low-flow showerheads and wraps on electric hot water tanks. They will also insulate exposed water pipes and give people information to help them use energy better. The installers will also collect data to ensure future energy efficiency plans continue to meet community needs. The project began in May with a two-day training session in Pictou Landing and installations there and in Paqtnkek. The training and installation in the other Mi’kmaq communities are expected to be finished this year.last_img read more

  • Redecking Will Extend Life of Macdonald Bridge

    first_imgA major infrastructure project will extend the life of the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge, ensuring an important piece of Nova Scotia’s road network will be in place for decades to come. “Anyone who travels between Halifax and Dartmouth knows how important the Macdonald bridge is to their commute. This project will ensure the bridge continues to serve travellers and our region well into the future,” said Finance Minister Maureen MacDonald, minister responsible for the Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission. “Investments in public infrastructure contribute to a growing economy and ensure we are well-positioned for the significant opportunities on the horizon.” The province and the Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission have a loan agreement to a maximum of $200 million. This capital project is being financed through the general revenue fund and will have no impact on the province’s net debt. Like past projects funded through provincial loan agreements, the commission will repay the loan to the province. “Nova Scotians want to know we are getting the best value for our dollar. And this financing arrangement will result in significant savings for bridge users,” said Ms. MacDonald. Beginning in 2015, the bridge road deck, floor beams, stiffening trusses and suspender ropes will be replaced. This will extend the life of the 60-year-old span and reduce future maintenance. “This is the largest project we have undertaken since the MacKay bridge was built over 40 years ago,” said Steve Snider, general manager and CEO for the Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission. “It is only the second time the suspended spans of a suspension bridge will be replaced overnight with traffic operating during the day. It’s an exciting project to undertake and it will attract world-wide attention.” Engineering work and other planning began in 2010. A number of local firms have been contracted for the work, and HDBC has held information sessions so local companies can better understand project requirements and how they can take advantage. Bid criteria will focus on best value, as well as economic, workforce and other benefits to Nova Scotia. For more information about the Macdonald bridge re-decking project, visit .last_img read more

  • Expert Advisory Panel to Recommend Improvements in Longterm Care

    first_img In reviewing quality of care, there will be a focus on matters such as proper wound care, patient and worker safety, and appropriate care and protection of vulnerable persons. The panel has been asked to report back with recommendations by November 30. There are about 6,900 nursing home beds and 900 residential care facility beds in Nova Scotia that serve about 11,000 people each year. Janice Keefe, chair – director of Mount Saint Vincent University’s Nova Scotia Centre on Aging Dr. Greg Archibald – family doctor, wound care expert and head of Dalhousie University’s Department of Family Medicine Cheryl Smith – nurse practitioner, educator focusing on polypharmacy and dementia care Minister of Health and Wellness Randy Delorey has appointed an expert advisory panel to look at ways to improve the quality of long-term care in Nova Scotia. “We want to make sure people living in our long-term care homes are getting the best care possible,” said Mr. Delorey. “Recent concerns have left us looking at what we can be doing differently and these experts will help guide us.” The three-member panel includes: Their work will include: identifying evidence-based solutions to improve quality of care in long-term care facilities recommending appropriate staffing levels, staff complement and skill mix for long-term care facilities advising on the recruitment and retention of long-term care stafflast_img read more

  • Riteish Deshmukh joins Tiger and Shraddha in Baaghi 3

    first_imgMumbai: Actor Riteish Deshmukh has joined the cast of the forthcoming action drama “Baaghi 3”, which features Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor. Producer Sajid Nadiadwala, who backs the “Baaghi” franchise, said he was thrilled to have the actor on board. “Ritiesh has been a part of my ‘Housefull’ franchise and now he joins the ‘Baaghi’ clan too. This will be my sixth film with him after four installments of ‘Housefull’ and ‘Heyy Babyy’. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ “We share a great relationship and it was a pleasure writing ‘Lai Bhaari’ (Marathi film, featuring Ritiesh) for him. Riteish has always aced his roles and we are happy to have him on board,” Nadiadwala said in a statement. While the first installment of “Baaghi” featured Shraddha as the female lead, the 2018 sequel had Disha Patani opposite Tiger. Choreographer-filmmaker Ahmed Khan, who helmed “Baaghi 2”, will return to the director’s chair for the threequel.last_img read more

  • Governor calls for allparty meeting to sort out differences

    first_imgKolkata: Governor K N Tripathi has convened a meeting of four major political parties at the Raj Bhavan on Thursday in view of the ongoing post-poll violence in the state.Partha Chatterjee, secretary general of TMC; Dilip Ghosh, BJP state president; Surya Kanta Mishra, CPI(M) state secretary and Somen Mitra, president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee have been invited to attend the meeting. A controversy developed between the Governor and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the number of deaths during the post-poll violence after the latter said that he had “blown it out of proportion”. Tripathi had reported to Union Home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Monday that 12 people had died in the post-poll violence while Banerjee said 10 persons had died, including two BJP supporters. While addressing the gathering at Hare School ground in connection with the inauguration of a statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar on Tuesday, Banerjee had instructed state Chief Secretary Malay De to give compensation to the next of kin of the deceased including the two BJP supporters. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaFollowing the declaration of the election result on May 23, violence broke out in different parts of North 24-Parganas including Bhatpara, Naihati, Bijpur, Kakinara and Jagatdaal. There were rampant clashes in North Bengal where houses have been set ablaze and workers of the political parties attacked. Trinamool and BJP traded charges against each other but the violence caused loss of lives and damage to property for both. Political experts feel that in view of the situation, the Governor had summoned the leaders of different political parties requesting them to take urgent measures to put an end to the ongoing violence and restore peace and communal harmony in Bengal. They added that the meeting is not a prelude to impose Article 356 in the state. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThey further maintained that during the Singur movement, the then Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi took the initiative to hold meetings between the then Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee to end the imbroglio that had cropped up over the movement. The meeting took place at the Kolkata Information Centre on September 12, 2008. Bhattacharjee was accompanied by the then state Housing minister Gautam Deb and Banerjee was accompanied by the then Leader Of Opposition Partha Chatterjee.last_img read more

  • Siddh Nath Singh becomes the new Chairman of CEPC

    first_imgThe first Vice-Chairman of CEPC – Siddh Nath Singh has been appointed as the Chairman of the Council on June 18, as directed by the office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India.The ceremony took place at CEPC’s head office, New Delhi in the august presence of Sanjay Kumar, Executive Director, CEPC; Kuldeep R Wattal, Ex-Chairman, CEPC; Members COA – Gulam Nabi Bhat, Bodh Raj Malhotra, Satish Wattal; and Shiv Kumar Gupta, Ex-Executive Director, CEPC. Ministry has further directed CEPC to hold the EGM afresh immediately after incorporating the required amendments in the Memorandum and Articles of Associations and Election Rules of the Council.last_img read more

  • Manoj Bajpayee Mohit Raina join Netflixs Mrs Serial Killer

    first_imgMumbai: Manoj Bajpayee and Mohit Raina have joined Jacqueline Fernandez in the Netflix thriller “Mrs Serial Killer”. The film, which stars Fernandez in the titular role, is directed by Shirish Kunder and produced by Farah Khan. “It has been a couple of years since our short film, KRITI, which created quite a massive buzz in the digital world. Loved every moment on the set with Shirish Kunder as a director. When Shirish reached out to me with this role in ‘Mrs Serial Killer’, I couldn’t delay in saying yes to it as I found the script quite engaging. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “This is my first film with Netflix and it has been a memorable journey with them. And about the film, as Shirish says, ‘What you see is not necessarily what you get’,” Bajpayee said in a statement. Raina, who shot to fame playing Mahadev on television and cemented his profile further with “Uri: The Surgical Strike” and just released web-series “Kaafir”, is also making his debut with Netflix. “I have had a fantastic experience bringing a conflicted character to life in Mrs. Serial Killer, and his dynamic with the other characters in the film only adds to the mystery surrounding him. “This is my first film with Netflix and the idea of reaching over 149 million people across the world at one go is truly overwhelming. I have had a blessed year and want to present the best yet with this film,” he said.last_img read more

  • Fiveyearold gangraped by minor boys

    first_imgNew Delhi: In a shocking incident, two minor boys gang-raped a five-year-old girl in the national capital. According to the police, the accused, aged 11 and 10 years, as well as the victim lived in the same area in Kapasera near the Delhi border. “The kids were playing in the park on Monday night. The two boys then caught hold of the girl and took turns to rape her. The girl’s mother happened to reach the park and the boys fled,” said a police officer on Thursday. The police rushed the girl to a hospital where her examination confirmed rape. She was warded in the hospital for a day. A case under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) has been registered. The accused were apprehended on Tuesday and sent to a juvenile correction home.last_img read more

  • SJDA issues notice to Bidhan Market traders body for demolition of illegal

    first_imgDarjeeling: The Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA) has issued a notice to the Bidhan Market Byabsahi Samity (BMBS) to dismantle the “illegal structure” that is under construction in the Bidhan Market in Siliguri within 72 hours, failing which they will face legal action.The notice comes in the wake of state Tourism minister Goutam Deb visiting the market on Saturday, when he found out that a two-storey concrete structure was being built in the area where 7 shops had been gutted in a fire in June. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersInstead of rebuilding the 7 shops that had been gutted, the new structure was being built to accommodate 22 shops in the ground floor and an open hall like structure on the first floor. Dubbing it as an “illegal” structure being built by a section of traders on SJDA land, the minister had threatened to demolish it. The BMBS had then staged a demonstration and blocked the busy Bidhan Road. “I am sending a report to the Chief Minister about the illegal building,” stated Deb.last_img read more

  • Govt presents 50day report card says walking the talk

    first_imgNew Delhi: Presenting a report card after completing 50 days in office, the government on Monday said it is already “walking the talk” on its promise of fast-paced development with “speed, skill and scale” being manifested in the Modi dispensation’s second term.Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sworn-in on May 30 after the BJP won 303 seats – the first time since 1971 that an incumbent government returned to power with such a thumping mandate. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar presented the report card and achievements of the government in the first 50 days in office, saying the country has felt assured that the pace of reforms, welfare and justice to all has increased as compared to the first term. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe target of USD 5 trillion economy is not just a dream but a roadmap has been given for it, he told reporters. Javadekar asserted that the first 50 days have shown that the Modi government’s second term will be more effective and will build on the success of its previous tenure. The government has taken historic decisions which shows a clear roadmap of faster development in infrastructure, social justice and education, he said. The minister said that the government has hit the ground running for the welfare of all sections of the society, including farmers, traders, small businesses, unemployed youth and middle class. The prime minister’s presence on world forum has made a difference to India’s influence over world politics, Javadekar said.last_img read more

  • Nirav remanded to custody in UK prison until August 22

    first_imgLondon: Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, wanted in India in connection with the nearly USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case, was on Thursday further remanded to judicial custody until August 22. During a short remand hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court via videolink from Wandsworth prison, the judge extended Modi’s remand till August 22. Modi, 48, has been lodged at Wandsworth prison in south-west London since his arrest in March in connection with the PNB fraud and money laundering case.last_img read more

  • UP Two criminals killed in separate police encounters

    first_imgLucknow: Two criminals were killed in separate police encounters in Uttar Pradesh, a senior official said on Saturday. According to Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi, three policemen were also injured in the encounters that took place in Baghpat and Saharanpur. In Baghpat, the encounter took place early Saturday morning, in which a criminal, identified as Vikas alias Phoni, was injured in Doghat police station area, Awasthi said in a statement issued here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Vikas was taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead, the statement said. “In the encounter, police constable Anuj was hit by a bullet in his stomach, and is undergoing treatment. Another criminal managed to escape from the encounter site,” it added. Vikas was named in dacoity and murder cases (in Meerut). A .32 bore pistol and huge cache of cartridges was recovered from the criminal. He was carrying a cash reward of Rs 1.25 lakh on his head, Circle Officer Ramala Anuj Chaudhary said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Two unidentified criminals started firing at a police team in Saharanpur district late Friday night, triggering an encounter, according to the statement . As a result, Sub-Inspector Amit Sharma and constable Vineet Kumar were injured, it said. A criminal carrying a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head was killed in retaliatory firing, Awasthi said. The criminal, identified as ‘Muqueem Kala gang’ member Hafeez, was injured in the police firing. He was taken to district hospital, where he was declared dead, Awasthi said, adding that more than two dozen cases were registered against Hafeez in districts of Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Gautambuddhnagar and Saharanpur. Two pistols were also recovered from Hafeez, according to the statement. An accomplice of Hafeez fled the spot and efforts are on to nab him, officials said.last_img read more