Nova Scotians are invited to comment on issues that should beconsidered in an environmental impact statement about a proposedquarry at Whites Point, Digby Co. Bilcon of Nova Scotia Corporation wants to develop the quarry.The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and Nova ScotiaDepartment of Environment and Labour released draft guidelinesfor the company’s statement today, Nov. 10. A joint review panel, which was announced on Nov. 5, willfinalize the guidelines after receiving public input. The finalguidelines will identify the issues that Bilcon will be requiredto address in its environmental assessment of the proposedquarry. Bilcon of Nova Scotia Corporation wants to construct and operatea basalt quarry, processing facility and marine terminal atWhites Point. Quarrying is proposed to take place on 120 hectaresof land. The operations would be year-round, with about 40,000tonnes of aggregate produced for ship loading each week,totalling two million tonnes per year. The review panel will hold public meetings as part of theconsultation process. Advertisements with meeting dates andlocations will be placed in local and provincial newspapers. Written comments on the guidelines must be received by the panelmanager by Jan. 21, 2005. Comments should be mailed to:Steve ChapmanWhites Point Quarry and Marine Terminal Project – Joint ReviewPanelP.O. Box 486 C.R.O.Halifax, N.S. B3J 2R7or e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org . Interested parties can register with Mr. Chapman for informationon the panel’s process and activities. They should contact himwith a mailing address, E-mail address or fax number. The draft guidelines are available on the Canadian EnvironmentalAssessment Agency website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca and the NovaScotia Environment and Labour website atwww.gov.ns.ca/enla/ess/ea . They can also be viewed at thefollowing centres: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency1801 Hollis St., Suite 200Halifax, N.S. Nova Scotia Environment and Labour5151 Terminal Rd., 5th floorHalifax, N.S. Nova Scotia Environment and LabourYarmouth District Office13 First St.Yarmouth, N.S. Annapolis Royal Branch LibraryTown Hall285 St. George St.Annapolis Royal, N.S. Isaiah W. Wilson Memorial Library84 Warwick St.Digby, N.S. Clean Nova Scotia126 Portland StreetDartmouth, N.S. Ecology Action CentreSuite 31, 1568 Argyle St.Halifax, N.S.
PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detouris available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Carl’s Lake Bridge Carl’s Lake Bridge on Merland Church Road, Merland, is closed toall traffic until further notice for repairs. A detour is available on Monastery Road to Trunk 4 in Monastery.Traffic control consists of signs. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs, Pictou Co., isre-opened to one lane of traffic. Traffic control consists oftraffic signals. The road was closed on Feb. 9 due to acollision. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Work is continuing on the Highway 103 twinning project betweenExit 4 at Hubley and Exit 5 at Tantallon. Traffic travelling inbound and outbound on Highway 103 willperiodically have to detour at the off-ramps at Exit 4 and Exit5, cross Trunk 3 at Exit 4 and Route 213 at Exit 5, and return onto Highway 103. The periodic detours at both exits will occuruntil Friday, March 11, while the temporary interchangestructures are removed. Minor blasting may occur near exits 4 and 5 between 9 a.m. and3:30 p.m. until March 31. Efforts will be made to minimize delaysat peak travelling times. Traffic control will consist of signs and traffic controlpersons. Work in the area is expected to continue until the fall. -30- Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists ofsigns. Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Coxheath Road Work will continue on the interchange ramps on Coxheath Roaduntil June. Traffic control persons are in place. A detour is available onRoute 4 and Blacketts Lake Road. DIGBY COUNTY: Gates Bridge Gates Bridge, near the intersection of Sissiboo Road and GatesLane, will have a 10-tonne weight restriction until bridgerepairs are complete. Heavy vehicles are advised to use Trunk 1 and cross the SissibooRiver at Weymouth. Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371
Communities across Nova Scotia will soon benefit from improved access to back-up electrical power during an emergency. The second and final phase of a program to install back-up electrical power to communities across Nova Scotia will begin on Thursday, Nov. 17. The province will help municipal emergency measures co-ordinators purchase generators for use in comfort centres throughout the province. Schools, community centres or fire halls that municipalities use to provide shelter during an emergency will be eligible for the generators. The province will share up to 50 per cent of the cost, to a maximum of $3,600, to help municipal emergency measures co-ordinators obtain generators for their communities. “This program will provide back-up power when needed during an emergency,” Ernest Fage, Minister responsible for the Emergency Measures Act said today, Nov. 7. “Having portable generators is an important part of making sure comfort centres are available when needed.”
A road improvement contract awarded in Cape Breton County will result in smoother, safer travel on one of the Sydney area’s busiest interchanges. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has awarded an $830,282 contract for repaving of the Highway 125/Trunk 4 interchange at Sydney River from Greenhill Drive to west of Keltic Drive. The contract was awarded to Municipal Ready Mix Ltd. and involves 1.9 kilometres of paving. It is scheduled for completion by the end of August. “This is an important intersection for traffic going to and from the Sydney area,” said Transportation and Public Works Minister Angus MacIsaac. “This project will result in a safer interchange for all drivers.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
Delegates from across the country and around the world continue to visit Nova Scotia to learn about the province’s innovative solid waste management system. From July 28 to Aug. 1, delegates from Japan and Newfoundland will tour Nova Scotia’s state-of-the-art landfills systems, and meet with municipal partners to gain insight into what makes Nova Scotia’s solid waste management system a success. “Our best environmental success story is in solid waste management because it employs thousands of people, contributes to economic growth, and reduces our environmental footprint,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment. “This is the message I am sharing this summer when I visit communities to discuss the benefits of the green economy and how it can help solve our environmental issues and re-energize our economy.” Both delegations will view organic and recycling collection trucks, visit a composting site, and tour a waste stabilization facility, landfill, and transfer station. Nova Scotians send 45 per cent less waste to landfills then people in other provinces across the country. By 2015, Nova Scotians will send even less waste to landfills. As part of our Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, government committed to further reducing the province’s disposal rate to 300 kilograms per person per year. The current disposal rate is 430 kilograms, about 50 per cent lower than the Canadian average. To achieve the goal, the province is working with municipal partners and the Resource Recovery Fund Board on four priority areas: stewardship, research and development, best practices for managing construction and demolition, and education and awareness. More information on Nova Scotia’s solid waste management is available on the Department of Environment’s webiste at: www.gov.ns.ca/nse .
The Joseph Howe Building is being sold to Universal Realty Limited. The province issued a tender to sell after determining that was the most cost-effective option for taxpayers. “Taxpayers have invested enough in this building, it’s time to move forward,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “After careful consideration, we have determined that selling rather than renovating is, by far, the best option.” Universal Realty Limited will pay $14,976,000 with a commitment to the Department of Justice for a 10-year lease starting Oct. 1, 2014. The building will be turned over to Universal Realty Limited after the province assumes ownership in 2012. The province has also awarded three tenders for rental space — Health, the Securities Commission, Legislative TV and Legislative Counsel offices — to Crombie Developments Limited. Crombie was the lowest bidder on all three tenders. These leases will begin Sept. 1, 2012. Tenders will be issued for other smaller departments in the building over the next several months.
Nova Scotians will gather today, May 9, to mark 20 years since a massive explosion ripped through the Westray mine in Pictou County, killing 26 men and prompting much-needed improvements in workplace health and safety, particularly in the mining industry. “Nova Scotians will never forget that day and those brave, hard-working men that were lost,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Our thoughts are with the surviving workers, and the families and friends of those killed, who continue to be affected by this terrible event. “I also want to thank the surrounding community, the rescue teams and members of the labour movement, especially the United Steelworkers, for their ongoing support of their fellow Nova Scotians.” The explosion at the Westray mine occurred at 5:18 a.m. on May 9, 1992. Rescue efforts continued for a week after the tragedy but there were no survivors. The tragedy remains one of the deadliest mining disasters in Canadian history. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More said the incident stands as one of the most sobering reminders of the potentially deadly cost of an unsafe workplace. “All Nova Scotians have the right to be safe at work,” Ms. More said. “It is through our combined commitment to safety that we can make sure tragedies like this never happen again.” The province established a Commission of Inquiry to review the tragedy and the factors that contributed to it. The review resulted in the Westray Inquiry Report, which included 74 recommendations to improve health and safety in the mining industry. The report is available online at http://www.gov.ns.ca/lae/pubs/westray/ . The majority of the recommendations were addressed with the implementation of the Underground Mining Regulations in 2003. “Since that fateful day, successive governments have made significant changes to improve workplace health and safety, and to make sure that the full force of the law is felt in support of this national goal,” Premier Dexter said. “However, that doesn’t mean we are done. “Workplace safety is everyone’s responsibility. Together, we will ensure that Westray is never forgotten and we will stay vigilant to make sure that something like this never happens again.” The Westray anniversary falls in the midst of North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, which runs May 6-12. Events are scheduled throughout the day today in Pictou County to pay tribute to the fallen workers.
Starting Nov. 1, hundreds of Nova Scotians with a spouse or partner in long-term care will keep more of their shared income after policy changes announced today, Sept. 25 by Premier Darrell Dexter. The changes will make life more affordable for the partner still living at home. “Many seniors struggled to make ends meet because their spouse was in long-term care,” said Premier Dexter. “Women and men who worked hard all their lives deserve a better deal, and this change makes life more affordable for these seniors. It means less worry and more money for anyone whose spouse is in long-term care. “Nova Scotia’s seniors deserve to live comfortably and independently in their communities for as long as possible.” The cost for accommodation in long-term care is now based on 50 per cent of a couple’s combined income. The province is investing $3 million to change that amount to 40 per cent, allowing the partner at home to keep 60 per cent of their shared income. This means if a couple has a combined annual income of $45,000, the partner remaining at home will keep $27,000 under the new policy instead of $22,500. Between 700 and 1,000 couples may benefit from this change over the next year. About 11 per cent of long-term care residents have a partner living at home in the community. The province is also increasing the amount a couple can earn before they have to personally pay for their accommodation. The spousal income threshold will increase from $18,064 to $20,000. Couples who have a combined income of $20,000 or less will have the entire cost of accommodation covered by the province. Joan Legge, chairperson of the Ivany Place Family Council, said they are pleased with the changes and that they will ease seniors’ minds. “Health care is a major concern to most people, especially as they age, and financial concerns are a close second,” said Ms. Legge. “Seniors want to know that they will have enough money to care for themselves and their loved ones. Today’s announcement will help them make the right decisions when it comes to care.” About 8,000 Nova Scotians live in long-term care. The cost of health care for residents is covered by the province and residents pay for accommodation.
Black federal and provincial legislators concluded a successful three days of meetings today, June 10. The inaugural Black Government Leaders Summit took place at the historic Black Loyalist Heritage Centre in Birchtown, near Shelburne. “The time is right for this first meeting,” said Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “A record number of federal and provincial leaders are black, the UN Decade for People of African Descent has been declared, and public interest in Black history has been focused by Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes.” “This is a unique opportunity to address issues affecting the black community across the country,” said Michael Coteau, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “In the absence of a single hint of partisanship, we were able to carefully focus our discussions on black Canadians, including how to better co-ordinate efforts among black legislators across jurisdictions.” Delegates began with presentations from international and local experts. Gloria Nwabuogu, human rights officer with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, explained the significance of and strategy behind the International Decade for People of African Descent. Peter Flegel, director of programs and communications for the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, described his organization’s use of arts to engage youth in generating social change. Wayn Hamilton, executive director, African Nova Scotian Affairs, gave insight into Nova Scotia’s unique model to support healthy, thriving black communities. In the afternoon, delegates brought forward concerns to establish the group’s priorities for the future. The leaders adopted United Nations Resolution 69/16, article 9, sections A and B, as the group’s guiding principles. The sections urge working toward the full enjoyment of human rights, full participation in society for people of African descent, and toward better understanding of, and respect for, their culture and contributions to social development. They also agreed to meet twice during the next year to tackle four initial areas of priority: youth engagement, economic opportunities, education and health. The leaders thanked event sponsor TD Canada, for its recognition of the summit’s significance to all Canadians.
Government announced today, Dec. 14, support for sustainable transportation projects in Wedgeport and Shelburne to help connect residents to community hubs and promote active living. “We’re proud to support projects that help build strong, healthy communities,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson. “Families and people of all ages will benefit from options that encourage outdoor activities like walking and cycling.” The Town of Shelburne will receive $40,000 from Connect2, the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, to create a bike lane between Falls Lane and Upper Water Street. “The Town of Shelburne wants to promote cycling and other forms of active transportation,” said Shelburne Mayor Karen Mattatall. “With the support of the Department of Energy’s Connect2 program, we are one step closer to the goal of improving bicycle safety on town streets. We hope our improved public infrastructure encourages more people to walk, cycle and enjoy everything our town has to offer.” With support from all levels of government, the Wedgeport Tuna Museum will make improvements to the Wedgeport Nature Trail. The Government of Canada’s $39,183 contribution is through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150). The province is contributing $20,000 from the Recreation Facility Development Grant, and $5,000 from Connect2. Some of the upgrades include repairs to the boardwalk and installation of a new trail map and interpretive signs. “Enhancements to the Wedgeport Nature Trail are attracting a new clientele to Wedgeport and surrounding communities,” said Colin Fraser, MP for West Nova. “During their stay, visitors are supporting local businesses, relaxing in bed and breakfasts and benefitting from the positive effects of time spent outdoors in natural surroundings. The CIP150 program is delivered through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency with a focus on renovating, expanding, or improving existing community and cultural infrastructure.” “The Wedgeport Nature Trail has always had historic importance to the Acadians of the village,” said Ellen Cottreau, committee chair. “These improvements will encourage families and visitors to learn about the trail’s history while enjoying the outdoors and the views of the Tusket Islands.” For more information, visit novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/.
NEW DELHI: Breaking the silence after the defeat of Aam Aadmi Party in the 2019 Lok Sabha election in Delhi and other states, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday met the volunteers in Delhi where he said that the party could not convince people to vote on the basis of work done and people thought that it’s a ‘Bada Chunav’ (big election).”Now the bada chunav is gone and get prepared for the chota chunav (Vidhan Sabha election), this time do not vote for any name but vote for the work done,” he said. He also told the volunteers to not feel demoralised due to the defeat. “You all have worked very hard. Do not feel demotivated,” he said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarHe also reiterated about the works done by the Delhi government in the sectors like education and health. He also raised the issue of raids by the Central agencies against the ministers of the AAP. The AAP this time fought the election with the demand of the full statehood of Delhi however, the Delhi CM did not talk about the full-statehood in this meeting. Days after coming third in the Lok Sabha polls in the national capital, Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday launched a slogan ‘Kejriwal in Delhi’ to gear up for the upcoming Assembly polls in the city. The slogan on banners ‘Delhi mein toh Kejriwal…’ (‘Kejriwal in Delhi’) can be seen all over at the meeting point of AAP national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with Delhi state unit volunteers. On Sunday, Kejriwal had called a meeting of Delhi state unit volunteers at the Punjabi Bagh Club here. The meeting was called to interact and discuss the future course of action of the party with volunteers. Delhi will have Assembly polls later this year or in early 2020.
New Delhi: Indira Gandhi National Open University’s (IGNOU) School of Health Sciences (SOHS) has launched a Certificate Programme in Yoga (CPY). The course will begin from July 2019 session.Moreover, with this particular program, the learner shall understand the basic principles and practice of yoga, the course also elaborate the history and the contribution of various of Yogis in the field of Yoga. Sharing the details about the program, Professor SB Arora said, “After completing the program, the learner will be able to understand the basic principles and practice of Yoga. He also said that the “IGNOU Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkYoga programme also aims to make the candidate aware about the history and the contribution of various Yogis in the field of Yoga and attain both physical and mental health through Yoga”. “Yoga is essentially a practice based on an extremely subtle science, which focuses on bringing harmony between mind, body and spirit. It is a very powerful means to achieve physical, mental and emotional well being,” said a statement from the Open University. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe statement further said, “Yoga paves the way to discover the self, the external world and nature. It is an art and science for healthy living. Yoga has several benefits including education, health and stress management.” The program will have a total of 3 courses with 16 creatits with a duration of minimum of 6-12 months and will be taught in English only, interested candidates will be required to pay Rs 10,000 for the full program. Any candidate who has passed the class 12th exam is eligible for the program. The program will be offered in Delhi, Dehradun, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Chennai, Mumbai and Pune Regional Centers of the varsity.
Kolkata: Two persons were arrested at the Bidhannagar Cyber Crime police station on Monday night for allegedly creating a fake website of state Tribal Development Department and duping several job seekers. The duo have been remanded to six days police custody by the Bidhannagar Court on Tuesday.According to the police, during October, last year, the Additional Secretary of Tribal Development Department lodged a complaint stating that they had noticed a fake website in the name of their department. In the website, a “fake” order related to progress for the appointment for the rank of Group D in the department was upload. During the probe, cops came up with several mobile numbers. From those a few numbers were identified but police failed to trace them as the numbers were not active. Cops recently found that some of the suspected mobile numbers were active. Their location was traced in Midnapore Town. On Monday, a team from Bidhannagar Cyber Crime police station went West Midnapore and arrested two persons identified as Diptish Palit and Jugal Kishor Das Adhikari.
New Delhi: The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has started a year-long study to analyse air traffic, slot distribution and infrastructure at six major airports Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata in order to improve the mechanism of slot allotment, said its senior officials. A slot is a specific date and time at which an airline can arrive or depart at an airport. It is allocated by a committee that comprises officials from the respective airport, aviation ministry, AAI, airlines, aviation regular DGCA, etc. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepAfter one year, the results of this year-long study will be presented back to the DGCA and the ministry to take a call on how to improve slot allotment in the next year…We will take help of the central ATFM (air traffic flow management) in this year-long study, a senior AAI official said. The AAI owns and manages more than 100 airports across the country. Recently, when Jet Airways temporarily shut down its operations on April 17, a tussle had erupted among the other airline companies in India to corner most of the Jet’s vacated slots, especially the ones at congested airports of Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe fight for slots had erupted as there is no written mechanism in India to allocate slots if an airline in this case it was Jet Airways – temporarily shuts down its operations. Another senior AAI official said, “Six major airports Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai – have been identified where the analysis needs to take place. This exercise has been started in the month of May this year, and it will continue till March 2020. We have been asked to study all aspects air traffic, slot availability and its allotment, infrastructure availability and its future requirement, etc. so that slot distribution mechanism can improve from next year onward, the official added. The official said the AAI is doing one year of analysis as the flight schedule changes every six months. “This happens due to summer season and winter season. The wind keeps changing. That is the reason why airlines also keep asking for different slots in these two seasons, the official said.
Islamabad: Pakistan will start getting oil supplies worth USD 9.9 billion from close ally Saudi Arabia from Monday on deferred payments for three years, the kingdom’s embassy here said on Monday. Cash-strapped Pakistan and oil-rich Saudi Arabia inked a financing agreement for the import of petroleum products, crude oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) on February 17 during the visit of Saudi crown prince to Islamabad earlier this year. “Pakistan will start receiving monthly oil supplies worth USD 275 million from Saudi Arabia with effect of July 1, 2019,” the Saudi embassy said in a notification. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed'”These supplies will continue over the next three years, with a total value of USD 9.9 billion,” The Express Tribune quoted the notification as saying. Pakistan expects the generous Saudi facility to help ease pressure on the balance of payments. “This package the keenness of the Saudi leadership to support the Pakistani economy for achieving financial stability and help the government to overcome the economic challenges and push the comprehensive development in Pakistan, and to emphasise the depth of relations between the two brotherly countries and peoples,” the embassy statement said. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingPakistan is trying hard to avoid a balance of payments crisis, with the help of close allies like China, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Islamabad is also negotiating a bailout package from the International Monetary Fund. The oil facility had been announced in November and it was initially expected to become operational from January 1. However, due to various procedural and regulatory issues it took seven months to make the facility operational by July 1, which coincides with the start of new fiscal year, the report said.
Bengaluru: Karnataka Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar against whom 15 ruling coalition rebel MLAs have moved the Supreme Court alleging delay in accepting their resignations, Tuesday said he is working in accordance with the Constitution and was performing his duty. The apex court will pronounce its order Wednesday morning on the pleas of 15 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs seeking direction for Kumar to accept their resignations from the Assembly. “Ultimately, what the Supreme Court will come out (its verdict), after going through that, I will respond,” Kumar told reporters in Kolar district. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Stating that he was working in accordance with the Constitution, he said “I don’t have freedom to comment on all other matters being the Speaker.” “I am not someone who is going to challenge…Iwill only perform my duty..every one will have to wait till tomorrow,” he added. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi concluded the hearings of the rebel MLAs, the speaker and Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Tuesday. The order from the Supreme Court will come a day before the tottering Congress-JD(S) government faces the floor test in the assembly, which would end suspense over the numbers game triggered by a raft of resignations by the ruling coalition lawmakers. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty As many as 16 MLAs — 13 from the Congress and threefrom the JD(S) — have resigned while two independent MLAs S Shankar and H Nagesh have withdrawn their support to the coalition government, keeping it on the edge. In a bid to keep their flock together ahead of the floor test, the Congress, BJP and JD(S) have shifted their MLAs to resorts. The Congress Tuesday shifted its MLAs from a hotel in the city to a resort on the outskirts, amid fears that some more legislators may resign. Reacting to state BJP chief Yeddyurappa’s reported statement claiming that another 2-3 MLAs were likely to resign ahead of the confidence motion, KPCC chief Dinesh Gundu Raoalleged that resignation of Congress-JD(S) MLAs were with “malafide intent.” “This statement clearly proves that the resignations by @INCIndia/JDS MLA’s were done with malafide intent. @BSYBJP has purposely said this to ensure that the Speaker has enoughmaterial to disqualify the rebel MLAs. The rebel MLA’s have fallen into a trap,” he said in a tweet. The ruling coalition’s strength in the House is 117– Congress 78, JD(S) 37, BSP 1, and nominated 1, besides thespeaker. With the support of the two independents, the opposition BJP has 107 MLAs in the 225-member House, including the nominated MLA and Speaker. If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the ruling coalition’s tally will be reduced to 101. According toofficial sources, the nominated member too has a right to vote.
New Delhi: The government has set up one- stop centres in 33 states and Union Territories across the country under the Nirbhaya Fund and provided Rs 2,250 crore under 29 programmes to ensure women safety, Rajya Sabha was informed Thursday.Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said the government has also set up 1,023 fast track courts under the Nirbhaya fund for providing early justice to the aggrieved women. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”The Nirbhaya Fund was set up in 2013 and till July 17, 2019, Rs 2,250 crore in funds have been sent to states to implement 29 programmes for ensuring women safety,” she told the House. She lamented that till 2014, only one project towards women safety was approved but that too was not implemented. Irani said one-stop centres are being set up in 33 states and UTs and a total of 2.20 lakh women have been helped so far in the country through such centres. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedShe said the Nirbhaya Fund is being managed directly by the Finance ministry and funds are cleared by it, while an empowered committee headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, only gives its comments on whether the projects come under the purview of the Fund. In her written reply, the minister said the Nirbhaya Framework provides for a non-lapsable corpus fund for safety and security of women to be administered by the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) of the Government of India. “Setting up of special courts is under the domain of State Governments and High Courts. However, as part of the proposed National Mission for Safety of women (NMSW), a Scheme on the lines of other Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) for setting up Fast Track Special Courts (FTSCs) has been formulated for expeditious trial and disposal of pending cases of rape and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO), Act. “The Empowered Committee (EC) of Officers constituted under the Framework for Nirbhaya Fund has appraised the project for setting up of FTSCs at a total financial outlay of Rs 767.25 crores,” she said in her reply.
Tuticorin (TN): Former Vice President of Maldives Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor, who had sought political asylum in India after arriving on a cargo vessel on Thursday, has been sent back to the island nation, with authorities not allowing him to deboard as he did not possess the required documents. “The Maldivian leader left Tuticorin coast by midnight Friday,” a police official told PTI in Tuticorin. Adheeb arrived in the cargo vessel along with nine crew members but was not allowed to disembark from the ship. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He left for his home country in the same ship, police said. Coast Guard personnel oversaw the vessel leaving Indian waters. He was questioned on-board by various central agencies, they said. Adheeb had sought political asylum in India as he faces a serious risk to his life in his home country, a UK lawyer representing the politician had said. Official sources in New Delhi said the Maldivian leader was not permitted to enter India as he was not entering through a designated entry point and did not possess valid documents. They said reports about his deportation are incorrect. “Again, because he is not in India, news about his detention or arrest in India are false,” a source said.
Noida: Noida is all set to go “plastic-free” as the Noida authority has adopted several environmental friendly options under their initiative “Say No to Plastics” which has been started from Wednesday. Noida authority CEO, Ritu Maheshwari said that the main purpose of initiative is to make people aware to switch over to cloth bags and completely do away with plastic bags when they go to purchase groceries. Under the drive, the authority distributed cloth bags during Jansunwai at Noida Authority premises at Sector-6. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”To make people aware about the negative environmental impacts of plastics and encourage them to use environmental friendly alternatives, the Noida Authority has come up with ‘Say No to Plastics’ initiative under which the authority proposes to make Noida a plastic-free zone. Under this drive, awareness will be created among Noida residents regarding negative impacts of using single use plastic bags and also encourage them to switch over to sustainable options available. This will reduce the plastic waste to be generated and it will also be good for city’s long term environmental health,” said Maheshwari.
OTTAWA – New mental health workers arrived in Pikangikum First Nation on Tuesday to help hundreds of people seeking support in the northern Ontario community, Health Minister Jane Philpott says.Additional nurses are also being sent to the reserve that has long struggled with a high prevalence of suicide including — most recently, the deaths of two girls.Health Canada is working with other departments and provincial ministries to co-ordinate an immediate response following the recent deaths, Philpott added, noting she had a conference call Tuesday with members of the community, including the chief, who are “exhausted and shaken” as they try to address the situation and plan funerals.“There have been literally hundreds of people in this one community alone that have come forward asking for counselling,” Philpott said in an interview. “We are needing … to supply … safe spaces for people to receive counselling, looking at accommodations for health workers who are going into the community.”Many frontline workers and community members in other reserves are also experiencing a high-degree of burnout due to the suicide crisis, said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, who leads an umbrella organization representing 49 First Nation communities in northern Ontario.Communities including Wapekeka First Nation have also struggled to tackle the issue of youth suicide in recent months.“That’s something that is unfortunately not unique to Pikangikum,” Fiddler said. “That’s a reality for many of our communities and we can’t sustain the current ways of trying to address this.”Fiddler said he plans to address the push for long-term solutions at a meeting in Ottawa next Monday with Philpott and Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins, noting communities must find a way to move beyond living crisis to crisis.Each suicide is different, he said, and individuals factors need to be examined by police to expose root causes.Fiddler and others have linked the prevalence of prevalent sexual abuse in northern Ontario communities and the deaths of young people in those communities, particularly young women.Indeed, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said Tuesday that sexual and physical abuse, incest, poverty, overcrowding in homes and low levels of education all contribute to a loss of hope in some First Nation communities.“Within that mix … how do young people see that there’s a way through that?” Bellegarde said in an interview, noting bureaucratic red tape often stands in the way of delivering mental health services.“The message that I try to get to all of our young people is ‘Hey, you are valued, you are important, you are special, you have a purpose’.”Philpott said Tuesday she was struck by a recent discussion that she heard during a visit to Wunnumin Lake First Nation, also located in northern Ontario, where the chief and community members openly discussed widespread sexual abuse at a community meeting.“The chief himself brought up the topic and others spoke to it including nurses and health workers who were in the room,” Philpott said.“My sense would be from my understanding of the issue is when it is … brought out in the open and discussed more openly, it gives courage to people who have been abused to come forward and seek counselling.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitter