Japanese Delegation to Learn The Three Rs

first_imgIt’s all about reducing, reusing and recycling for one group ofJapanese visitors to Nova Scotia this year. Twenty-eight scientists, academics and local governmentrepresentatives arrive Tuesday, Sept. 2, to learn about solidwaste-resource management. The delegation will spend four daysstudying Nova Scotia’s system to divert waste from landfills intorecycling and composting. Currently, Japan relies heavily onincineration. “The delegation has heard about our success in encouragingrecycling and composting,” said Environment and Labour MinisterKerry Morash. “We’re honoured to have them here and look forwardto helping in any way we can.” Canada’s Ambassador for the Environment, Gilbert Parent, willmeet with the delegation on Tuesday and accompany the delegationon some of the tours. “I’m looking forward to meeting the delegation,” said Mr. Parent.”I welcome their interest in Nova Scotia’s exemplaryenvironmental programs and environmental technologies.” The Japanese Environmental Research Institute asked Nova ScotiaEnvironment and Labour to organize the tour. The institutearranged for a department staff member to speak to a symposium inTokyo in early August. More than 200 people attended thepresentation, which led to this delegation’s visit. The four-day stay will include tours of recycling and compostingoperations in Halifax Regional Municipality, Colchester Countyand Hantsport. Members of the delegation will also meet with non-governmental organizations.last_img read more

Producers Can Still Apply BSE Task Force Announced

first_imgAGRICULTURE/FISHERIES–Producers Can Still Apply, BSE Task ForceAnnounced Nova Scotia farmers have until Sept. 30 to apply for assistanceunder the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) RecoveryProgram. This federal/provincial program has made $500,000 available toassist registered farmers who sold animals between May 20 andAug. 31. Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Chris d’Entremeont has alsoannounced the establishment of a task force to deal with theimpact of BSE on farmers. “It is extremely important that we hear from farmers about theimpact of BSE on their businesses and to find out if the programsare meeting their needs,” said Mr. d’Entremont. MLA Brooke Taylor will chair the new Agricultural Task Force onBSE. Members of the task force, which will be made up of industryand government members, will be selected this week. “We have heard and read a lot about the hardships associated withBSE. The task force will provide a good opportunity for us to goto the communities and hear directly from farmers,” said Mr.Taylor. The Agricultural Task Force on BSE is expected to report back onits findings by the end of October. BSE Recovery Program inquiries should be directed to the Programsand Business Risk Management division of the Department ofAgriculture and Fisheries at 902-893-6374.last_img read more

Revised Regulations for Crane Operators

first_imgCrane operators in Nova Scotia will see more regulatory flexibility without jeopardizing safety beginning Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. Consultation for the amendments to the Crane Operators Regulation took place between Sept. 18 and Nov. 10, and support from interested groups was strong. “We’ve been working with people in the industry for several years on the changes, and we are listening to what they have to say,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “Industry wants regulations to be flexible, and permit the use of the most efficient technology without jeopardizing the safety of employees.” The consultations identified regulations that prohibited efficient operations, but did not impact employee safety. The revised regulations will reflect national standards for crane operators. The changes are part of the Department of Environment and Labour’s Competitiveness and Compliance program, which makes improvements to department laws and regulations. Its objectives are to maintain or enhance protection for Nova Scotians and their environment while contributing to the prosperity of Nova Scotia business. A bulletin with a detailed summary of the revised Crane Operators Regulations can be viewed online at www.gov.ns.ca/enla .last_img read more

Government Introduces Donkin Framework

first_imgNova Scotia will establish the legal framework for the opening of the Donkin mine and provide project developers with predictability from regulators. An Act to Facilitate the Effective Regulation of an Undersea Coal Mine in the Province was introduced today, March 29, by Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “This act provides certainty to workers, Nova Scotians, Xstrata Donkin Coal Development Alliance, and our federal colleagues that we are committed to operating a safe and efficient mine,” said Mr. Parent. “It provides clarity and consistency when dealing with regulators. That’s good for safety and good for economic development.” Mr. Parent said both Nova Scotia and the federal government claim jurisdiction over the resource, but the two governments have put that question aside and focused on what’s required to operate a safe and efficient mine. The provincial and federal government have been working together to agree upon “mirror legislation” to regulate the Donkin mine. For the most part, the federal government will mirror existing provincial laws, to the extent possible, in the areas of labour, occupational health and safety, mineral, and petroleum development. These will be incorporated into federal law in place of the Canada Labour Code for the purposes of the mine. “The federal government will then delegate the administration of those laws to Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Parent. “The effect is to make it clear what the law surrounding the project will be, and who will be enforcing it. Today’s legislation creates the framework for this.” The bill will allow Nova Scotia to make, by regulation, changes needed for the mirror legislation. Licensing of coal and coal-gas operations would be as described in the province’s Mineral Resources Act and Petroleum Resources Act. Royalties for coal and coal gas will flow to Nova Scotia. The federal Canadian Human Rights Act will apply to the Donkin project. Occupational health and safety regulations that apply to the Donkin project and the underground mining regulations will be amended to include certain federal practices in the mirror legislation. “This is the result of excellent co-operation between the province and the federal government,” said Mr. Parent. “Both levels of government are committed to providing a stable and predictable regulatory environment for the Donkin mine.” Consultations will be held in April to seek comments on the specifics of the changes and how to best regulate the mine. Changes will be made through regulation or, if necessary, by amending the legislation in the fall.last_img read more

Truro Receives Disaster Financial Assistance

first_imgThe Town of Truro is getting the final instalment of financial help for flooding damage sustained in 2003 to municipal roads, parks, sports fields, and other municipal infrastructure. Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, on behalf of acting Minister of Emergency Management David Morse, presented the $96,344 cheque today, March 17, to Mayor Bill Mills. The funding is provided to the municipality under the Nova Scotia Disaster Financial Assistance Program. “Devastating events like flooding can take a toll on individuals and communities, especially if municipalities are unable to recover expenses to repair damage caused by severe weather,” said Mr. Muir. “The province’s disaster financial assistance program has helped the Town of Truro recover some of its expenses as it rebuilds its flood-damaged infrastructure.” In the spring of 2003, continuous heavy rains caused severe flooding throughout Truro. A local state of emergency was declared to ensure public safely, and facilitate a municipal and provincial response to the emergency. Several roads, schools, businesses and public offices were closed and roads were either washed out or closed due to flooding. “On behalf of the citizens of Truro, I thank the government for stepping up to the plate on emergency issues. It gives the town and citizens comfort to know that in times of emergency we can act quickly and decisively to help those affected by disaster. Governments serving the people, that’s what it’s all about,” said Mr. Mills. The Disaster Financial Assistance Program is a cost-sharing initiative with Public Safety Canada that enables communities, businesses, and individuals to recover extraordinary costs after emergency events. The final instalment of disaster financial assistance provided today brings the entire provincial contribution to $1.3 million since 2003.last_img read more

Government House Has Sole

first_imgThe boots were put to the walls or, more precisely, into the walls at Government House today, April 14, as extensive renovations continue at the historic mansion. In keeping with an old tradition, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal workers placed shoes in framed-in sections of the structure before putting up the new walls. “When Government House was originally constructed, 19th century craftsmen apparently believed that placing shoes near doors and windows warded off evil spirits at entry points,” said Bruce Wood, inventory control manager. “Since we found several ladies’ shoes in the walls when we dismantled the house, it seems only fair that we put a few back to act as a sort of poltergeist scarecrow.” The department started collecting used shoes in March. Among the donors was Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis. Eight shoes will be put into the walls of Government House while the remainder will be donated to Adsum House and Dress for Success, two programs that support women in transition. The original shoes found in the walls have been removed and are being catalogued. It is hoped, they will be returned to Government House where they will be on permanent display.last_img read more

Royal Visitors at Membertou 400 Cultural Village

first_imgMi’kmaq elders, poets, historians and artisans showcased their culture, traditions and computer animation skills today, June 28, to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh at a Mi’kmaq cultural village on the Halifax Common. The Royal Couple were greeted at the Common by Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy, Grand Keptin Andrew Denny and respected Mi’kmaq educator Sister Dorothy Moore. “The Mi’kmaq have always shared a genuine affection and deep respect for Her Majesty and His Royal Highness,” said Grand Chief Sylliboy. “We are humbled and honoured by Her Majesty’s heartfelt interest in learning more about our history, culture and future direction. “We are particularly delighted that Her Majesty is visiting us in 2010 to help mark the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the baptism of Grand Chief Henri Membertou.” The Mi’kmaq cultural village demonstrated traditional techniques for preparing moose hide, making baskets, and splint-making. There was a game of Waltes, a Mi’kmaq game played with dice, and a description of the importance of artifacts from the Debert archaeological site dating back 11,000 years. Mi’kmaq students presented the Royal Couple with two Mi’kmaq legends on the Northern Lights and the buffalo – depicted through digital animation. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness also learned about the 400th anniversary celebrations of the baptism of Grand Chief Membertou. The cultural village program also featured the Se’t A’newey Kina’matino’kuom Youth Choir from St. Anne’s School in Conne River, N.L., which performed Weleyut (Amazing Grace). “The Mi’kmaq are Nova Scotia’s first peoples, and their friendship with other nations remains a basis of our province today,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Membertou 400 is an important opportunity to build a greater understanding of the Mi’kmaq nation and showcase their attributes as a lively, distinctive and innovative people.” Gifts bestowed on Her Majesty and His Royal Highness included a handmade basket; a painting in honour of the tour by renowned artist Allan Syliboy; a reading by Mi’kmag Poet Laureate Lindsay Marshall, who prepared a poem in honour of the Royal Tour to Nova Scotia by Her Majesty and His Royal Highness, and a CD containing animations of Mi’kmaq legends created by First Nations HelpDesk students. The Queen will entrust Mr. Sylliboy’s painting to the Mi’kmaq community for them to enjoy, before it is returned to the Palace at a later date. The Royal Couple were saluted by Mi’kmaq veterans and RCMP as they departed from the Cultural Village. Mi’kmaq chiefs from all 13 Mi’kmaq communities, Grand Council representatives, National Chief Shawn Atleo, and other Assembly of First Nation representatives also participated in or witnessed the celebration on the Halifax Common. Her Majesty’s outfit featured traditional Mi’kmaq double-curl motif beadwork which was completed over the past two months by Genevieve Julian and her daughter Valerie Julian of Millbrook. The Royal Couple’s visit to the cultural village was a highlight of the Membertou 400 celebration, which began with the re-enactment of the baptism of the legendary Mi’kmaq leader at the Port Royal National Historic Site on June 24. The festivities continued at Atlantic Canada’s largest Powwow or Maiomi, which ran June 25 to June 27. Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh are visiting Nova Scotia from June 28-30 as part of their Royal Tour in Canada. Event details are available at www.gov.ns.ca/royaltour. Interesting facts and live commentary are also available on Twitter via @royaltour, and on Facebook at gov.ns.ca/facebook. The Royal Couple will also travel to Manitoba and Ontario during their Canadian tour, which concludes July 6.last_img read more

February Tourism Stats Available

first_imgThe Canada Games helped boost the number of room nights sold in Nova Scotia by 16 per cent in February 2011 compared to 2010. The two-week school break in Halifax Regional Municipality also contributed to increased accommodation activity throughout the province. While air travel increased by eight per cent in February, road travel to the province decreased by 14 per cent in the same time period, causing an eight per cent drop in overall visitors. Hazardous weather conditions during the month of February may have deterred visitors travelling by automobile from visiting Nova Scotia, however, motorcoach travel for the Canada Games helped offset this decrease. “The Canada Games brought many visitors to the province and had a positive impact on our air travel and accommodations,” said John MacDonell, acting Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “It is the first of many exciting events planned for 2011 that will help attract more visitors to Nova Scotia and build the province as a world-class travel destination.” In February, domestic travel to the province fell eight per cent. Visits from Atlantic Canada decreased by 13 per cent. However, the number of visitors from Quebec and Ontario was on par with February 2010, and western Canadian visitors were up 51 per cent. Total overseas visitors to the province in February increased from 1,400 to 2,200 compared to last year. For the year-to-date, room nights sold are up 11 per cent and visitors are down seven per cent. Traditionally, February visitors account for about four per cent of the total number of visits to Nova Scotia each year. Tourism statistics vary across the province. Detailed results can be found at http://www.gov.ns.ca/econ/tourism/research/latest-activity-updates.asp. Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting monthly tourism statistics includes counting non-resident overnight visitors at all entry points to the province and gathers the number of room nights sold from licensed accommodation operators. Tourism is an important contributor to Nova Scotia’s economy. In 2008, the industry employed more than 31,000 people and generated revenues of $1.82 billion.last_img read more

Provinces Firefighters to Help Quebec

first_imgNova Scotia is sending a crew of 21 wildfire fighters to Quebec to help battle several forest fires that have been sending smoke into Nova Scotia skies in recent days. “Our province is responding to Quebec’s request for help just as other jurisdictions have helped Nova Scotia fight wildfires in our province in the past,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “We are proud of our highly trained staff and wish our crew well in Quebec.” The firefighting crew will be fighting one or several fires in Quebec over a 14-day assignment period. Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources will ensure the province maintains proper resources to continue to monitor and respond to fire risks within this province. The number of wildfires in Nova Scotia so far this year is about half the number of fires last year. The fire crew flies out for Quebec Saturday, July 20.last_img read more

Phone Tender to Get Independent Review

first_imgA multi-year, multi-million dollar tender for local voice telephone services is being placed on hold pending an investigation into allegations the procurement process was flawed. “Whether or not these allegations have merit remains to be seen,” said Labi Kousoulis, Minister of Information Management. “However, they are of such a serious nature and the contract is of such a magnitude, that I believe an independent review is warranted.” Government’s internal audit group will oversee the audit and prepare the terms of reference. The group will likely hire telecommunications procurement experts to help with the review, which is expected to take four to six weeks.last_img read more

Province Launches Municipal Financial Condition Index

first_imgMunicipalities and their residents have a new tool that gives a snapshot of the financial health of a municipality, including revenue, budget and capital assets. The Financial Condition Index (FCI) was launched today, May 15, by the Department of Municipal Affairs and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM). “Each municipality has its own unique circumstances and the index is a tool municipal leaders can use to highlight issues, support plans for mitigating risks and help plan for the future,” said Mark Furey, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “The index ensures the financial information of each municipality is transparent and is based on facts and analysis.” The index was developed after a recommendation of the Towns Task Force and was worked on by Municipal Affairs, the UNSM and the Association of Municipal Administrators. “The Towns Task Force recognized the need for municipalities to have a serious discussion about the future,” said Kentville Mayor David Corkum, president, UNSM. “There are many demands on municipalities for new and improved services. This tool will help councils and their communities understand the financial implications of their decisions.” The index for each municipality looks at how it gets its revenue and how it budgets for municipal priorities. There are 15 indicators that show a municipality’s score, the average for its class (rural municipality and town) and the threshold, which is an achievement benchmark. Each municipality has reviewed and approved its data and provided information to explain certain indicators, unique circumstances and trends. The index is available at http://novascotia.ca/dma/finance/indicator/fci.asp .last_img read more

More Crown Attorneys for Internet Child Exploitation Cases

first_imgNova Scotia children will be better protected with the hiring of two new Crown attorneys to prosecute internet child exploitation cases. “Internet child exploitation is on the rise and we are dedicating the necessary resources to combat this crime and protect our children,” said Attorney General and Minister of Justice Diana Whalen. “We are committed to helping those who need it the most.” The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service received a $192,000 increase in funding as part of Budget 2016-2017, bringing its total budget to more than $23 million. This will allow the Public Prosecution Service to expand its current complement to four Crown attorneys dedicated to cybercrime prosecutions. The establishment of these two new Crown attorney positions also fulfils one of the recommendations of the Independent Review of the Police and Prosecution Response to the Rehtaeh Parsons Case submitted last fall by Murray Segal, former chief prosecutor and deputy attorney general of Ontario. The new Crown attorneys are expected to be in place by the fall.last_img read more

Health Care Council of Unions Ratifies MediationArbitration Agreement

first_imgThe members of the four unions that make up the Health Care Council of Unions have ratified an agreement with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre to accept a final and binding mediation-arbitration process to resolve outstanding issues not addressed through collective bargaining. The agreement includes provisions for wage increases, a service award payout, and the unions and employers agree that there will be no strike action or lockout of employees. “This agreement will bring more stability to our health care system, avoid the disruption that a strike would cause for patients, their families and healthcare workers and it will resolve outstanding issues in a timely way,” said Mark Furey, Minister of Labour Relations. Under the new agreement, the mediation-arbitration process must be completed for all four councils by the end of 2018 unless all parties agree to an extension. New collective agreements will expire in late 2020. The parties also agree to appoint William Kaplan as the mediator-arbitrator. The Nova Scotia Council of Health Care Unions, which represents non-nursing professions such as physiotherapists, pharmacists, social workers and psychologists, will be the first of the four councils to go through the mediation-arbitration process, with an agreement to be in place by Sept. 1, 2018. Dates for mediation-arbitration have been set for July 30 to Aug. 3, 2018. The other three councils that must conclude mediation-arbitration, if needed, by the end of 2018 are the Council of Health Administrative Professional Unions, the Council of Health Support Unions and the Council of Nursing Unions.last_img read more

Better Public Transportation in Bridgewater

first_imgThe community of Bridgewater will have access to better public transportation through a $350,000 investment from the province to purchase a new bus. The new bus comes as a result of a successful 18-month public transportation pilot project that saw ridership grow from zero to 37,000. “This pilot project in Bridgewater is proof of the positive impact that even a small transit system can have on a community and its residents,” said Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage Leo Glavine. “Access to public transportation is essential for connecting people to employment and important appointments and maintaining independence.” The pilot began in September 2017 to better understand the demand for affordable, accessible and reliable transportation in Bridgewater. “Bridgewater Transit has become a vital service for so many people in our community. The ridership and the way the service has been embraced by our residents and businesses has exceeded expectations,” said Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell. “The commitment the province has made today ensures that we will be able to continue to provide reliable transit service to all members of our community well into the future.” “My mom is 88 years old, a senior, and she absolutely loves the bus system in Bridgewater,” said Tom Walker, son of Vallie Walker, Bridgewater Transit user. “She is able to meet 85 per cent of her travel needs via the bus. For her, it’s a way to have transportation freedom and to be able to afford it while at an age when freedom and change don’t come easily.” Improving access to community transportation is a cornerstone of government’s Poverty Reduction Blueprint and is identified as a priority in SHIFT – Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population. The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage recently developed the Community Transportation Action Plan to help improve access to community transportation options within and between communities across the province.last_img read more

Nomi Osakas French Open dream shattered by Siniakova

first_imgParis: World number one Naomi Osaka’s hopes of winning a third successive Grand Slam ended Saturday when she was knocked out of the French Open in the third round by unheralded Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic. Japanese top seed Osaka, the reigning US and Australian Open champion, crashed to a 6-4, 6-2 defeat to the 42nd-ranked Czech. Osaka’s defeat left just four of the women’s top 10 seeds left in the tournament including three-time winner Serena Williams and defending champion Simona Halep. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunOsaka was undone by a shocking 38 unforced errors as she finally ran out of luck in Paris having had to come back from a set down in her first two matches. “It’s amazing, I can’t believe it, I am so happy now,” said Siniakova, who was the women’s doubles champion in Paris in 2018 alongside Barbora Krejcikova. “I played my best tennis and I hope it continues.” Osaka dropped the first set for the third successive match at the tournament, squandering seven break points in all. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upSiniakova made her pay, breaking for 5-4 and taking the opener when Osaka sent back her 16th unforced error of the set. The Czech, who is the world’s number one doubles player, kept up the pressure on the misfiring top seed, breaking for a 3-2 lead in the second set. Siniakova backed it up with another break for 5-2 off Osaka’s third double fault of the match. Victory was hers on Court Suzanne Lenglen when Osaka unleashed another misguided forehand. The Czech goes on to face Madison Keys of the United States for a place in the quarter-finals in what will be her first appearance in the last 16 of the majors. Despite being seeded top for the first time at a Slam, the 21-year-old Osaka had never looked convincing in Paris. She was two points away from defeat in the first round against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova and came back from a set and break down to see off Victoria Azarenka in round two. There were no such problems for men’s world number one Novak Djokovic who eased into the last 16, stepping up his bid to hold all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously for the second time. The Serbian saw off unseeded Italian Salvatore Caruso 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 to set up a fourth-round tie with either Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff or Croatian 13th seed Borna Coric. “Finally, I think I found my best form in the second set,” said Djokovic, who is yet to drop a set in the tournament. It is the 10th successive year the top seed has reached the second week — and 13th in total — as he looks for a second French Open title after sealing his first ‘Djoko’ Slam in Paris in 2016. German fifth seed Alexander Zverev needed another five-setter to reach the fourth round, defeating Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 1-6, 6-2.last_img read more

Modi offers prayers at Guruvayoor temple in Kerala

first_imgGuruvayoor (Kerala): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday offered prayers at the famed Sri Krishna Temple here, where he was given a traditional welcome by priests at the door steps of the shrine. He flew into Guruvayoor from Kochi earlier in the morning and arrived at the shrine at 10.20 a.m., dressed in traditional temple attire. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam, Union Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan, State Devasom Minister Kadakampally Surendran along with other senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Modi, who entered the temple with folded hands, will participate in various rituals, including reading of the ‘Vishnu Sahasaranamam’, which could take about an hour. According to temple authorities, Modi will be offering various items including ghee, a special variety of red plantain (kathali), a ‘tulabharam’ with lotus flowers, which alone costs Rs 22,000 among other things. Modi had visited the temple in 2008 soon after he became the Chief Minister of Gujarat for a second time. After completing his visit to the temple, Modi will address a public rally near here following which he will return to Delhi in the afternoon.last_img read more

Forget numbers be active in House PM tells opposition

first_imgNew Delhi: Stressing on the importance of an active opposition in democracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday told them not to bother about their numbers and instead actively take part in the Lok Sabha’s proceedings. Before taking oath as a member on the first day of the 17th Lok Sabha, Modi said the role of an “opposition and an active opposition is important in a parliamentary democracy”. “The opposition need not bother about their numbers. I hope they speak actively and participate in house proceedings,” Modi told reporters in Parliament complex. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France In the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP-led NDA won a whopping 353 of the 542 seats where elections were held. The Congress, the second largest party in the Lok Sabha after the BJP, won 52 seats while several other opposition parties too performed badly. Modi also urged MPs to work for the country in an impartial way and address issues related to larger interests of the country. “When we come to Parliament, we should forget ‘paksh’ (allies) and ‘vipaksh’ (opposition). We should think about issues with a ‘nishpaksh (unbiased) spirit’ and work in the larger interests of the nation.” Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize The spirit of impartiality was important and his government would try to preserve the dignity of Parliament in the next five years, he added. And repeating his appeal of Sunday, the Prime Minister urged MPs to let Parliament work smoothly so that the aspirations of the people were fulfilled. Noting that Monday marks the start of the first Parliament session after the Lok Sabha elections, the Prime Minister welcomed all new MPs and said: “With them comes new hopes, new aspirations and new determination to serve.” Requesting all parties to support the mandate given by the people, Modi said: “After several decades a government has won an absolute majority for a second term. People have given us the chance to serve the country again. I request all the parties to support the decisions that are in favour of people.” Modi expressed satisfaction that the new Lok Sabha has a high number of women members. Later, the Prime Minister along with other MPs took oath as members of the Lok Sabha, which will see the passage of the Union Budget and some key legislations including the Triple Talaq Bill. Pro tem Speaker Virendra Kumar administered the oath to Modi and other newly elected members. The first two days of the session will be devoted to oath-taking by Lok Sabha members. The Speaker will be elected on Wednesday. The next day, at a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament, President Ram Nath Kovind will deliver his customary address.last_img read more

Indias vote against NGO not linked with Palestinian cause says govt

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s vote in the UN’s ECOSOC against a Palestinian NGO should not in any way be construed as a vote against the Palestinian cause, the External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday.In a rare move, India on June 6 voted in favour of Israel in the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to deny the Palestinian non-governmental organisation ‘Shahed’ the observer status, after Israel said the organisation did not disclose its ties with Hamas. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the vote should not be in any way be construed as a vote against the Palestinian cause. “We voted in favour of a proposal which was submitted by Israel at the Economic and Social Council of the UN for further scrutiny by the committee on NGOs. The proposal was submitted by Israel based on information that the NGO allegedly has close contacts with terrorist organisations,” he said. Kumar said the vote was is in line with India’s position on greater scrutiny by the NGO committee of the consultive status application for possible terrorist linkages and to screen the NGO application with the sanctions list of the UN Security Council before ECOSOC NGO status is granted to them. “Again, it should not be seen as something linked to the Palestinian cause. It is something we have done in the past. It was done so that proper vetting is done before it is admitted as an ECOSOC observer,” the MEA spokesperson said. The ECOSOC vote, which took place at the UN, saw countries such as the US, France, Germany, India, Japan, the UK, South Korea and Canada polling in favour of Israel, while China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and others voted against it.last_img read more

Sisodia hands over cheques of Rs 15L each to families of Ankit

first_imgNew Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Thursday handed over cheques of Rs 15 lakh each to families of Ankit Saxena and Dhruv Tyagi.AAP’s Greater Kailash MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj and Madipur MLA Girish Soni visited the residence of Saxena, 23, who was stabbed to death in West Delhi’s Khyala area allegedly by family members of a woman with whom he was in a relationship. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had earlier assured the family of financial and legal support after the incident. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkSisodia also visited the residence of Tyagi, 51, who was killed in Moti Nagar last month while defending his daughter from attempted harassment. Both the killings had led to communal tensions in their respective areas. Earlier in the day, Delhi Waqf Board chairman and AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan also announced Rs 5 lakh and a job to the wife of Tabrez Ansari, 24, who was killed in alleged lynching in Jharkhand. BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa accused the AAP government of playing politics over religion. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”Ankit’s (Saxena) family did not get a single rupee compensation and the family of Tabrez is getting Rs 5 lakh. People will teach @ArvindKejriwal a lesson for doing politics of religion,” Sirsa tweeted. Saxena’s parents, who broke down after receiving the compensation, were asked by Sisodia if the government could assist them in any other way, a statement said. Yash Pal, Saxena’s father said, “It is my wish that the road.. or the square where my son lost his life be named after him in his memory, if it is possible.” Sisodia immediately directed local MLA Girish Soni to send a representation to his office to this effect, and said, “Within the next 10 days, the government will call a meeting of the relevant road naming authority and carry out your wish.” Yash Pal was hailed last year for his role in maintaining calm in the area with the Delhi Police, preventing attempts to create a communal divide in the name of the killing.last_img read more

Murali of Divis Lab highest paid Indian pharma honcho in FY19

first_imgHyderabad: Chairman and Managing Director of city-based pharma company Divi’s Laboratories Murali K Divi is the highest paid executive of the Indian pharma industry with Rs 58.8 crore remuneration which includes salary and commission in 2018-19. According to Divis latest annual report, Murali Divi, the promoter-executive,was given a hike of 46.3 per cent in his remuneration over the previous fiscal. The companyoffered nearly Rs 30 crore to its Executive Director N V Ramana and over Rs 20 crore to whole-time director Kiran S. Divi, son of Murali Divi, towards remunerations in the last fiscal. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalMurali Divi received close to Rs 57.61 crore through commissions for the year. In FY18, he had received Rs 40.20 crore towards remuneration which included commission of Rs 39 crore. The percentage increase in the median remuneration for the employees of the company for FY19 was 3.96 per cent. The drug maker clocked Rs 1,333 crore profit after tax (PAT) on Rs 5,036 crore revenues for the year 2018-19. When it comes to other pharma players, Dilip Shanghvi, founder and managing director of countrys largest drug firm Sun Pharmatook home just Rs one as salary and Rs 2,62,800 as perks during FY19. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe country second largest pharma company in terms of revenues, Aurobindo Pharma paid Rs 14.6 crore towards remuneration in FY 19 to its managing directorN Govindarajan,a professional belonging to non-promoter category. The remuneration to Govindarajan included salary and perquisites, commission up to 1 per cent of the net profits of the company (calculated as per the Companies Act, 2013 subject to a ceiling of Rs 10 crore for each financial year). Aurobindo reported Rs 2,356 crore PAT in 2018-19 on Rs 19,564 crore total revenues. GV Prasad Co-Chairman, Managing Director and CEO of Dr Reddys Laboratories took nearly Rs 12.4 crore home by way of of remuneration in FY19. Prasad, who has been replaced by Erez Israel as CEO from August 1, had received Rs 7.75 crore remuneration during 2017-18. Dr Reddys PAT was up 92 per cent in FY 19 at Rs 1880 crore (revenues Rs 15,400 crore) over the previous fiscal. Umang Vohra Managing Director and Global Chief Executive Office of Cipla Limited was paid 20.23 per cent less when compared to FY 18 to Rs 15.03 crore remuneration in 2018-19. Vohra received Rs 18.85 crore in 2017-18.last_img read more