Northern states CMs meet to evolve strategy for anti-drug fight

first_imgChandigarh, Aug 20 (PTI) A majority of northern states today decided to set up a joint secretariat at Panchkula for data and information sharing to effectively fight the drug menace.The decision was taken here at a conference of the northern states’ chief ministers, convened to evolve and formulate a joint strategy to fight the malady, said an official spokesperson of the Punjab government.The conference was attended by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and Uttarakhand CM T S Rawat with their Himachal Pradesh counterpart Jai Ram Thakur participating in it through video conference as he was unable to come here due to bad weather.The meet, called Regional Conference on Drugs Challenges & Strategies, was also attended by senior civil and police officers from these states, besides those of Rajasthan, Delhi and the union territory of Chandigarh.Seeking to invite the Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir governments too to join the anti-drug fight, the conference envisaged having a nodal officer from each of the northern states at the joint secretariat at Panchkula to coordinate and facilitate the data sharing process.The conference envisaged holding regular meets at different levels, including a quarterly one of state chief secretaries or police chiefs and a half-yearly one of the chief ministers to monitor the progress in the anti-drug fight and upgrade its strategy against the malady, the spokesperson said.He said the meet mandated the SSPs of the adjoining districts of the states to coordinate their anti-drug actions on a day to day basis.advertisementLaunching major awareness campaigns among school students, engaging village youths in sports and other physical activities and helping them upgrade their skills were proposed to be the other initiatives of the states to insulate youths from the drug menace, the spokesperson said.During the meeting, the Punjab chief minister mooted a slew of ideas, including evolution of a “Regional Cooperative Framework” of the northern states to institutionalise the inter-state and inter-agency coordination to deal with the menace, he said.The framework would be aimed at achieving effective coordination and sharing of information and intelligence to undertake joint operations against the drug peddlers and smugglers, he said.Suggesting that all the affected states approach the Centre for funds for drug prevention, Amarinder Singh also sought deputation of nodal officers from various central agencies like BSF, DRI, NCB, RPF, CISF and Customs at the states’ joint secretariat at Panchkula as a necessary measure for closer coordination in the anti-drug fight. Mooting other measures like joint training of security personnel, utilisation of the services of NGOs and medical professional in the anti-drug fight, Amarinder Singh also called for effective sealing of and surveillance along the international and states borders to curb the movements of drug smugglers.Emphasising upon the need for a “National Policy on Drugs”, Amarinder Singh said there must be restrictions on farming drug-producing plants too in various states.Participating in the meet, Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar emphasised upon having fast- track courts to decide drug cases, while his Himachal counterpart Jai Ram Thakur suggested invoking the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Act against the drug peddlers.Uttarakhand Chief Minister Rawat expressed concern over the women too increasingly taking to drugs.The Himachal Pradesh CM said the state was already working closely with Punjab Police to crack down on smuggling of drugs through joint operations.Chandigarh DGP sought harsher punishments for those selling drugs to children and suggested that such peddlers be booked under the Juvenile Act also, besides the NDPS Act.An additional commissioner of Delhi police, who participated in the meet, too stressed upon the need for data and information sharing among all the states on priority. PTI VSD RAXRAXlast_img read more

Somehow Rafael Nadal Got Better On Clay

For all his dominance, the only accomplishment Nadal has yet to achieve is going undefeated in the four premier clay court tournaments1The Monte Carlo Masters, the Barcelona Open, the Madrid Open and the Italian Open. and then winning the French Open in a single season. The closest he came was in 2013, when he lost the Monte Carlo final to Djokovic and then won his next four clay events, including the French Open. Last year was similar for Nadal: He won four clay tournaments but lost in the quarterfinals at the Italian Open, in straight sets to Dominic Thiem. He later thumped Thiem in straight sets in the French Open semifinals, finishing the match with a 6-0 set.For Nadal to win in Madrid and Italy this year, he’ll need to stay healthy and play as few taxing games as possible, as he has done so far. But no matter what happens in those tourneys, unless he’s hurt, he’ll be the heavy favorite to win the French Open, where his record is 79-2. Don’t be surprised if that turns into 86-2 come June. When Rafael Nadal arrives in Paris this season with a chance to win his 11th French Open title, he could be there in a way no one expected: better than ever on clay.Nadal, who will be 32 years old in June, should have been finished by now, especially on clay. It’s rare for players older than 30 to win the French Open, and Nadal had been on a downward trend. He didn’t win the tournament in 2015 or 2016, and he won just two clay tournaments in 2015. Even worse, he lost to Novak Djokovic that year in the French Open quarterfinals, a sure sign that he was no longer invincible. (Djokovic won in straight sets, including a deadly 6-1 in the third.) A year later, Nadal left the French Open after winning two rounds because of a wrist injury. Even at his best in those two years, he looked well behind Djokovic, who beat Nadal seven times in a row without losing a set, including three on clay.But instead of crumbling, Nadal has climbed back and become more dominant on clay than ever before. He’s done it with more powerful strokes, a stronger serve and more volleys — and, most important, the confidence that seemed to escape him several years ago. Since the start of last year’s French Open, Nadal hasn’t lost a set on clay in three tournaments plus two Davis Cup matches. That’s an all-time record of 46 clay court sets in a row, smashing the former record of 35 consecutive clay wins by Guillermo Coria. Nadal has come close to this before, too: Four other times in his career he won 30 or more consecutive sets on clay, according to the ATP World Tour. But Nadal isn’t just winning matches on the surface he loves; he’s dominating them. Nadal’s dominance ratio, which is the measure of a player’s winning percentage when returning serve versus the opponent’s winning percentage on serve return points, is at the highest it’s ever been over the past two years. Essentially, his opponents are never safe on the court — Nadal can win any point at any time. In Barcelona this year, Martin Klizan lost his first set against Nadal at love, but he broke Nadal’s serve in the second set and led 5-3. Nadal held serve and then saved three set points against him to tie up the set at 5-5. Nadal proceeded to win the next two games to close out the match. Tennis has never seen a player who excels more on a single surface than Nadal. His career on clay boggles the mind. He owns a record that, in tennis, doesn’t compute — it shouldn’t be possible. His overall record on clay is 401-35: Yes, that’s 92 percent. In the Open era, which began in 1968, no other star in tennis has come close to that on any surface. The next highest winning percentage on clay comes from Bjorn Borg, who won 86 percent of his clay court matches — and he played far fewer matches than Nadal (294 in all on clay). The best players on other surfaces don’t match Nadal, either. Roger Federer has won eight Wimbledon titles, an all-time record, and 87 percent of his matches on grass, in 188 attempts. Pete Sampras, a seven-time Wimbledon winner, won 84 percent of his 121 total matches on grass. And Djokovic, winner of six titles at the Australian Open and two at the U.S. Open, has an 84 percent winning percentage in his 609 hard court matches. read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Jan 2014 – Strong comments still coming in as residents express themselves on the cost of fuel and cost of electricity as the world continues to watch oil prices plummet to 2009 lows. One resident is calling for a consumer protection agency to be established, saying they believe the decreases on the power bills are not sufficient enough. Malike Cummings, the country’s Energy Commissioner disagrees pointing out that the fuel factor rate has steadily decreased month on month; he sent us a report where he demonstrates his tracking of the power company’s trends up to November 2014. There have been four consecutive months of decreases from August. Nonetheless, in a letter to Magnetic Media, the business owner charges that we have only seen one penny difference in electricity bill. Fortis TCI in response to our query on the matter says, that’s not accurate… “The Fuel Factor across FortisTCI service territory has fallen by an average of 14% since August 2014 … the Company’s Fuel Factor calculations are also checked and confirmed monthly by the Energy and Utilities Commissioner.” The Energy Commissioner told Magnetic Media that the fuel factor rate discounts show the per gallon decreases; and that there are 45 gallons per barrel. Well, Magnetic Media did the math and found that the difference is just slightly above one penny. For August the decreased fuel factor rate was .02447 and for November, the fuel factor rate was .02203. When you subtract the two and multiply it by 45 for the amount of gallons in each barrel; the figure is 0.1098; slighty above one cent. Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Related Items:energy and utilities commissioner, fortis tci, fuel factor, malike cummings, Oil priceslast_img read more

Cash savings in air travel as InterCaribbean celebrates 22 Years

first_img Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Domestic Airline Companies institute insecticide spraying to ward off Zika Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Feb 2015 – No longer an air carrier with one pilot, one plane and the accountant who was also the baggage handler – all in the person of Lyndon Gardiner. Now, InterCaribbean airways has a fleet of 10 aircraft, 31 captains, first officers and flight attendants and 45 ground support and administrative staff in five Caribbean countries; namely: The Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic and its hub in the Turks and Caicos.This is the report as the company celebrates 22 years in operation. General Manager of the once InterIsland… then Air Turks and Caicos and now InterCaribbean Airways said the company has marked some great moments over the two and some decades including being the first Turks & Caicos airline to operate its own equipment into the United States and Territories, being the first airline to be allowed to operate domestic flights in Jamaica in 50 years of Jamaican independence, being presented in 2014 the Invest Caribbean 2014 Visionary Award and now with launched flights between Kingston, Jamaica and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Kingston, Jamaica and Port au Prince, Haiti and launched flights between Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and San Juan, Puerto Rico. On the local scene, InterCaribbean has also upped flights into South Caicos to twice a day. Trevor Sadler said to celebrate the milestone, the company is offering a discount on air travel. A $22 voucher is available when you sign up for it online. You type in ’22YEARS’ – all caps and you have until this Friday February 13th to do it to capitalize on the anniversary savings. The company last month introduced a rewards program, called Cacique Rewards. Recommended for you Related Items:Intercaribbean Airways, lyndon gardiner, trevor sadler Turks and Caicos airline, ICA, now flies to Havana Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

City announces new storage warehouse for the homeless in Sherman Heights

first_img Posted: March 2, 2018 March 2, 2018 Dan Plante, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIt was a real shock for people living in Sherman Heights. The city is planning to open a storage warehouse that could hold the belongings of an estimated 1,000 homeless people.The warehouse is located next to homes, a church and a school and residents in the area are ready to fight back.KUSI’s Dan Plante was LIVE with the story. Dan Plante Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter City announces new storage warehouse for the homeless in Sherman Heightslast_img read more

Bengaluru Bikeborne assailants stab and rob techie offers him spare shirt

first_imgRepresentational image of theft.PixabayA software engineer working in Bengaluru was brutally stabbed multiple times by four bike-borne assailants near the city suburbs while committing robbery on Tuesday (May 14).A 34-year-old Kinkar Kumar Thakur was attacked by the miscreants near the Laksmikanta temple in Attibele as he returning from work and was waiting for an auto rickshaw to ride back home. The victim was robbed of his gold ornaments, wallet and ATM cards.According to the police, the assailants forcefully took Thakur on their bike to an isolated area and assaulted him. They stabbed the victim on his head, hand, thigh and other parts of the body. Following which they took his wallet and pieces of jewellery.According to the reports, the quartet took the victim, who was bleeding excessively after the attack to a nearby ATM to loot him of the money, but the kiosk was out of cash. Fearing the situation going out of control and gaining attention by the people the gang quickly changed Thakur’s blood-soaked shirt and made him wear another one.The criminals then took him to an isolated road near Anekal and dumped him there. The injured Thakur somehow found the strength to go back to his flat in Janadhar Shobha Apartment complex in Attibele. After seeing him severely injured his neighbours quickly took him to the hospital.The police have registered a case under IPC section 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery) against the four unidentified miscreants who attacked Thakur after receiving a memo from the hospital on the medico-legal case.The police said that they will nab the criminals soon as they have taken the surveillance footage of the ATM and have clues about the gang. The police have also taken the victims statement on Thursday.last_img read more

Kerala AG sanctions contempt of court against VGuard mogul Kochouseph Chittilappilly

first_imgKochouseph ChittilappillyTwitterTrouble is brewing for Kochouseph Chittilappilly as the Advocate General of Kerala has sanctioned two lawyers to move for criminal contempt over the billionaire businessman’s remarks against a sitting judge. It is claimed that Kochouseph Chittilappilly lowered the dignity of the court by writing a letter to the Chief Justice of Kerala High Court over the remarks allegedly made by Judge Devan Ramachandran.Judge Ramachandran was hearing a compensation case of an incident which happened 16 years ago at Veega Land (now Wonder La) when the victim, Vijesh Vijayan, became semi-paralysed after an accident at the park in 2002. In his letter to the Chief Justice, Chittilappilly alleged that Judge Ramachandran had made personal comments against him while hearing the case.Kerala AG CP Sudhakara Prasad has sanctioned two lawyers to move a case of criminal contempt against Kochouseph Chittilappilly, who is the owner of V-Guard group and Wonder La water theme parks. It is alleged that Chittilappilly revealed the letter to the media to intentionally deride Judge Ramachandran and compel him to avoid hearing of the case.The AG also observed that Chittilappilly was not a party to the case and made the complaint solely based on newspaper reports without examining their veracity, reports Live Law.”If the intention was to bring it to the notice of the honourable Chief Justice about the court proceedings, it is unnecessary to send it to newspapers. From this it is evident that the intention of the respondent in sending the complaint for publication to the newspapers is to lower the dignity of the court and at the same time to give publicity about the achievements he made stated therein,” stated the sanction order, adds the report.In an affidavit filed by advocate Saju S Nair, who appeared in the compensation case on June 17, it states that the judge did not make any personal remark against Chittilappilly. If found guilty, Chittilappilly could face a sentence up to six months and a fine of Rs 2,000 under section 12(1) of the Contempt of Court Act, 1971.last_img read more

Realme 5 series price in India revealed Everything we know about 48MP

first_imgRealme LogoWikimedia CommonsRealme is leading the Indian market with its sales of mid-range smartphones after competing head-on with Redmi K20. Realme has created a benchmark in the smartphone manufacturing industry by providing its customers with the latest and high-end technology packed within a minimal price quote.Realme X, the latest unveiling by the company had been kicking all the manufacturers off their track with its impeccable price and spec offerings. Realme with its peak level sales is still greedy to obtain newer heights. Quad camera by RealmeFlipkartThe recent revelations by Flipkart confirmed that the Chinese giant is all set to launch its new device sporting quad rear camera on August 20, in India. Flipkart teased the first look of the quad-camera sensors through a microsite that is planned to be launched under the Realme 5-series.Ahead of the China launch on August 15, the specifications of Realme 5 were revealed in the Geekbench listing. The listing states that the device will host the Snapdragon 665 chipset and will be driven by 4GB of RAM on an Android Pie operating system.The device is expected to launch in India at Rs 8,999, reported 91mobiles.The Geekbench listing also provides information that Realme 5 will host a quad-camera with a 16-megapixel primary shooter, an ultra-wide-angle sensor, a microlens with a microscopic focal length of 4 cm and a depth sensor for a portrait shot. Realme XChetan PriyadarshanThe information about Realme’s new phone circulated the internet just after the company revealed its first 64-megapixel camera technology packed with the latest Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 image sensor. 91mobiles also threw light on the microsite’s claims on the launch of the 48 -megapixel camera by validating the related specs to be of Realme 5 Pro. The Pro model will feature the 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary camera. The device will be boosted by the Snapdragon 712 SoC running on an Android Pie operating system.The Chinese giant has kept additional information under wraps and the unveiling of the device in the domestic market will give a proper view of what the company will be bringing for the Indian pockets.last_img read more

Russia China with Bangladesh over Rohingya crisis FM

first_imgForeign minister AH Mahmood Ali. File PhotoForeign minister AH Mahmood Ali on Wednesday said the international community is much closer to Bangladesh than ever before over the Rohingya crisis which, he claims, an outcome of its diplomacy, reports UNB.”We’re working and the results are visible,” he told a press conference at the foreign ministry.The minister said there is no reason to think that China and Russia are against Bangladesh or in favour of Myanmar, making it clear that these two countries are with Bangladesh.Mahmood Ali said all the countries supported the Kofi Annan Commission’s report which means all the countries are with Bangladesh.”It’s not so easy,” the foreign minister said indicating that the solution to the Rohingya crisis will not come overnight.”We’re working to find a peaceful solution. We’ve kept nothing left. If necessary, we’ll send special envoys (to specific countries),” he added.Explaining progress over the Rohingya issue, Mahmood Ali said there had been no open meeting at the UN Security Council (due to opposition from members) in the past. Now such meetings on the issue are being held. This is also a progress.”The foreign minister said he will go to Myanmar after the home minister’s visit.He mentioned that two MoUs will be signed during the home minister’s Myanmar visit. “We’ll be able to resolve border-related problems [as well]. “Over 590,000 Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh since 25 August amid relentless persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.Foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque and senior officials of the ministry were present at the press briefing.last_img read more

BNP calls dialogue a trap

first_imgBNP leaders observe a hunger strike programme in the capital`s Mohanagar Natya Mancha. Photo: Prothom AloBangladesh Nationalist Party leaders on Thursday said the ruling Awami League is trying to trap the opposition in the name of dialogue.”We know you (Awami League). We’ll never let you deceive and trap us,” said BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain at mass hunger strike programme in the capital’s Mohanagar Natya Mancha.He made the remark hours before the 14-party alliance led by prime minister Sheikh Hasina and the Jatiya Oikya Front led by Kamal Hossain are scheduled to hold talks at Ganabhaban at 7:00pm.BNP organised the mass hunger strike protesting against the jail of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in corruption cases.Former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University Emajuddin Ahmed broke BNP leaders’ hunger strike with water.BNP leaders and activists joined the programme.last_img