Breaking: Minister sends in Air Corps chopper and soldiers to fight Donegal fire

first_imgThe Minister of State with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe, has scrambled Air Corps helicopters and army personnel to the scene of a serious gorse fire in West Donegal.The huge fire, in the Annagry and Loughanure areas, is out of control and in danger of coming into contact with homes.At least eight sections of Donegal Fire Service have been battling the blaze for the past five hours. They have been supported on the ground by scores of local volunteers who are risking their lives to beat out the flames.Local TD and Leas Cheann Comhairle Pat the Cope Gallagher called on the Minister for Defence to mobile the Aer Corps and soldiers in a bid to halt the spread of the fires.He has criticised how long it has taken the Minister to make a decision on the matter.“The Minister has just called me to confirm the approval has been given for a helicopter to travel to Annagry and that army personnel are also being sent to assist Donegal “Myself and Donegal County Council requested the Minister to send up the Aer Corps four hours ago and they have only mobilised them a short time ago and I am very disappointed that it took so long.“We cannot delay this any longer as these fires are out of control. We must stop this fire as it spreads towards homes,” he said.There is still no indication as to how the latest fires started.Donegal County Council also made a decision to employ a private company to bring in a helicopter to spread water over the flames.The eater for the choppers is to be taken from nearby lakes and then spread over the most dangerous areas. Among those battling the blaze is local county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig.“It is very intense. As soon as the fire service get it under control the wind whips up the flames again.“The community response has been amazing but we are still in the middle of trying to bring this under control,” he said.It comes just days after two homes were destroyed two homes in Annagry. Breaking: Minister sends in Air Corps chopper and soldiers to fight Donegal fire was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Air CorpsArmyblazedonegalfiresoldierslast_img read more

Place of worship gate set afire in Kasganj; 2 policemen suspended

first_imgTension resurfaced in Kasganj on Monday as some miscreants tried to disrupt peace by setting afire the gate of a place of worship but the police swiftly swung into action and the flames were extinguished, an official said. Following the incident, two constables were suspended over alleged laxity while a large contingent of police personnel was deployed on the spot to ensure that there is no more trouble in the western Uttar Pradesh town which recently saw communal clashes.“Early this morning, in Ganjdudwara area of the city, some anti-social element set afire the gate of a place of worship. Police swung into action and extinguished the flames,” Superintendent of Police Piyush Srivastava told PTI. Srivastava along with District Magistrate RP Singh rushed to the spot and took stock of the situation.“A large contingent of the UP police and PAC personnel was deployed and there is peace in the area. The matter is being investigated,” the SP said. He said constables Harisharan and Nagendra were suspended for laxity in discharging their duties.Kasganj witnessed communal clashes after a youth died during violence that followed initial skirmishes during a ’Tiranga Yatra’ taken out by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. A 22-year-old youth, Chandan Gupta, was shot dead which led to a spiral of violence in which at least three shops, two buses and a car were torched. UP Governor Ram Naik had called the Kasganj violence a “blot” on the state.last_img read more

Asia Cup: Time for India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan to be scared of Bangladesh

first_imgIt looks like Asia has one more cricketing superpower in the making. For so long, it was the trio of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka who had dominated cricket in the subcontinent. Out of 12 editions of the Asia Cup, India and Sri Lanka have each won five times while Pakistan lifted the trophy twice.  Bangladesh were considered minnows in the previous tournaments and they did nothing to change that tag in the last edition either. The dreadful campaign in 2014 saw them finishing last behind Afghanistan in the points table.  (Asia Cup: Don’t take Bangladesh lightly, Ravi Shastri warns India)However, cut to 2016 and Bangladesh are ready to take on the Asian giants. And the recent results, series wins against Pakistan, India and South Africa at home, Banglacesh are no longer minnows at home at least. And this Asia Cup will be played in the Tigers’ den.Bangladesh cricket has been in the middle of its most exciting period over the last one-and-a-half years. (Virat Kohli appreciates Mustafizur Rahman’s growing stature in international cricket) It all started with Bangladesh pacer Rubel Hossain’s yorker to England tailender James Anderson that caused a big upset at the 2015 World Cup. Bangladesh looked different after that win. They showed the kind of ruthlessness nobody had expected from Bangladesh. Even in the quarterfinal, they did not go down against India without a real fight. (Asia Cup T20: United Arab Emirates qualify for main draw) Their resurgence did not hit a roadblock thereafter. They went ahead and proved that their World Cup heroics were no fluke. Mashrafe Mortaza’s men began their brilliant run at home defeating Pakistan in the ODI series. A cleansweep in the three-match ODI series meant Pakistan were the hosts’ first victims.advertisementMore joy followed for the home fans when MS Dhoni’s men were toppled. Questions were asked about Dhoni’s efficiency after a humiliating defeat in Bangladesh, thanks to a rejuvenated pace attack led by youngster Mustafizur Rahman, who finished with 13 wickets from three matches.Even the mighty Proteas faced the same fate when they toured Bangladesh in July. The hosts came back from behind to clinch a historic win against the Hashim Amla-led team. Mortaza’s men made it a perfect year at home beating Zimbabwe 3-0 in November.After a dream year at home, Bangladesh are motivated to get their graph going further upwards. They have selected a full-strength squad for the tournament.Bangladesh’s impressive, young pace attack stole the show last year and Mustafizur, Taskin Ahmed and newcomer Abu Hider would look to keep their reputation intact.The batting looks solid. Bangladesh’s top-order batsmen are not afraid of cutting loose early on. They had given the team flying starts against India and South Africa in the ODI series at home. Soumya Sarkar was fiery against India in the three-match series. The ever-dependable Shakib Al Hasan, with his left-arm spinners, will be a big threat to top batsmen. The middle-order has been bolstered considerably with the presence of the big-hitting Sabir Rahman and Mahmudullah.Quite a few a players have earned their berths after good performances in the Bangladesh Premier League. Imrul Kayes was among the leading run-scores in the league, which had top-flight cricketers from across the globe. Hider, the talented young pacer, who pocketed 21 wickets, was the find of the tournament.Bangladesh certainly have the firepower to go the distance. They are banking on their fifty-over form and their BBL experience to make it count in the Asia Cup, which will be played in the Twenty20 format for the first time ever.However, the lack of enough T20 international matches might hurt them. Bangladesh have played only four T20Is this year and that too against a lesser-ranked Zimbabwewhile India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have prepared for the high-profile tournament by playing against top-ranked teams.All said and done, T20 cricket is all about seizing the momentum. Bangladesh will be hoping to do exactly that. A good run in this year’s Asia Cup will help them shed their ‘Asian-minnows’ tag.Can they win the tournament and not just hearts this time?Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (Captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny, Abu Hider, Nurul Hasanlast_img read more

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

Low Inflation of 2.3 % in January 2019

first_img It follows the 2.4 per cent recorded in December 2018 and is 1.5 per cent lower than the 4.8 per cent out-turn for January 2018. The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting that inflation fell to 2.3 per cent in January 2019. The decline is the second consecutive out-turn falling below the four to six per cent target range, Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, has said. The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting that inflation fell to 2.3 per cent in January 2019.The decline is the second consecutive out-turn falling below the four to six per cent target range, Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, has said.It follows the 2.4 per cent recorded in December 2018 and is 1.5 per cent lower than the 4.8 per cent out-turn for January 2018.The Governor provided the details at the Central Bank’s quarterly media briefing at the BOJ Auditorium in downtown Kingston, on Thursday (February 21).“Inflation continues to be influenced by the lagged impact of the fall in international oil prices last year and unseasonably high supplies of agricultural items, which, starting in December 2018, caused a sharp fall in agricultural food prices. The lower international oil prices led to lower cost for electricity, water, sewerage and petrol,” Mr. Wynter indicated.The Governor said inflation is projected to increase close to five per cent in the April to June quarter.This out-turn, he pointed out, is expected to be spurred by rising food prices as agricultural supplies fall back to “normal levels”.“Higher inflation is also expected to come from increases in prices for processed foods, energy and transport services driven by the uptick in oil prices,” the Governor added.Mr. Wynter, however, cited the potential risk of inflation falling below the four to six per cent target again over the first part of the 2019/20 fiscal year, “given the large seasonal increases and reductions that we have been seeing in agricultural supplies and prices”.He said the medium-term forecast is for inflation to “rise slowly” to the midpoint of the target.The Governor further indicated that this forecast path is lower than that discussed in late 2018, “when we anticipated a faster rise towards the midpoint of the target”.“The revised outlook reflects a more moderate pace of expansion in domestic demand because of a somewhat lower projected growth rate in the global economy and also a smaller increase in crude-oil prices compared to what we had expected in November,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Wynter advised that the BOJ will shortly provide Finance and Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, with an explanation for the deviation from the inflation target.This, he said, is a requirement of the BOJ, adding that “it is expected that the exchange of correspondence will be made available to the public in due course”. Story Highlightslast_img read more