Ed Lenderman, January 1, 2019 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A winter bike ride of 2426-miles to Jacksonville, Florida would be difficult enough, even with a support team. But this is a strictly solo journey: No team, no trailing van. More on that aspect in a moment.Because there was plenty of send-off support for Thomas Pitman in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day at the trip’s starting point, Imperial Beach.Family, friends, CalFire collegues, Pitman’s girlfriend. And most importantly, Ashley Iverson, widow of local CalFire Firefighter Corey Iverson. Iverson was killed in the in the devastating Thomas Fire in Ventura County in December of 2017.Ashley then started a foundation in his name. The Iverson Foundation for Active Awareness raises awareness of First Responders’ mental health issues, including PTSD. Iverson and Pitman became buddies when they were part of a Heli-Attack Team in Riverside.Pitman, an avid cyclist thought it was only fitting that he honor his friend by raising awareness of the Foundation and it’s mission, by riding across the country. “Thee community supports us tremendously,” he told me, “but that’s kinda where it stops, so we’re trying to raise awareness to continue that support.”He also hopes to raise a like money amount based on the mileage.As for the aforementioned difficulty of a solo ride, which the public can follow on the Foundation’s Facebook page: “Part of my goal is to suffer metaphorically with people who suffer from PTSD. They struggle everyday, so for me to struggle along the ride I thought would be a great idea.And then, Thomas Pittman was off on his month-long ride, appropriately titled, “Ride Into The Light.” Updated: 9:43 AM Ed Lenderman Posted: January 1, 2019 Cross country ride honors fallen firefighter Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
With less than a fortnight before the start of the budget session of Parliament, here are a few basic facts about the Union Budget, which is being seen as extremely crucial for the Narendra Modi government. The government is expected to move from its pro-infrastructure approach to focus on social welfare, especially ahead of elections in several key Indian states where Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party is seeking to make inroads. When will Budget 2016 be presented? The finance minister usually presents the general budget before the fiscal year begins, usually at the end of the month of February, and this year, Arun Jaitley will present Budget 2016 on Feb. 29.The budget session of Parliament will begin on Feb. 23, the Rail Budget will be presented on Feb. 25, and the Economic Survey on February 26. The Economic Survey indicates the direction of the budget and highlights the country’s economic performance. What does the Budget entail?The Budget is a financial statement of the government’s revenue and expenditure for one fiscal year (April to next March), which essentially means it is an account of the finances of the government for a fiscal.The Union Budget consists of two aspects â€” the Revenue Budget and the Capital Budget. The Revenue Budget entails the revenue of the government, mainly from taxes and other sources. The Revenue Budget also looks at the day-to-day expenditure of the government. The Capital Budget entails capital receipts, which cover the loans the government raises and capital payments, which include government expenditure on acquisition of assets.What were the highlights of previous Budgets of the Modi government?The Union Budget 2014-15 was the first budget to be presented by the current government after Narendra Modi came to power in May 2014.One of the major highlights of Arun Jaitley’s 2014 budget was the increase in tax exemption limit to Rs 2.5 lakh, and for investment under Section 80C to Rs 1.5 lakh. The Modi government also raised the cap on foreign direct investment (FDI) in the defence and insurance sectors to 49 percent each. Read more about the 2014 Budget highlights hereIn Budget 2015, the government increased service tax to 14%, raised the tax devolution to states to 42% of the divisible pool from 2015-16 to 2019-20, and also hiked excise duty on cigarettes and tobacco products. Tax slabs were unchanged, and the government abolished wealth tax. Interesting facts about budgets in historyThe first Union Budget of India was presented in 1947 by the then finance minister RK Shanmukhan Chetty. Here is the documented speech made by the first finance minister of India.Union Budget 1950-51 was the first to give the foundation for the Planning Commission, an institution that formulates five-year economic plans for the country.Union Budget 1991-92 by then-finance Minister Manmohan Singh opened the country to economic liberalisation as the import-export policy was revised and import duties cut.Morarji Desai is the only finance minister to have presented the budget 10 times.
Private sector bank Kotak Mahindra Bank on Tuesday informed the Bombay Stock Exchange that the RBI had given approval to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) to increase its stake in the bank upto 10 percent.”The Reserve Bank of India has informed the Bank that it has granted approval to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) for acquiring shares in excess of 5% and below 10% of the paid up capital of Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited,” Kotak Mahindra said in its regulatory filing to the BSE.Following the news, the Kotak Mahindra stock was trading at Rs. 801.60 at around 12:25 p.m. on Wednesday, up 2.04 percent from its previous close.According to norms, a foreign investor firm cannot own more than 10 percent in an Indian private sector bank. However, under different circumstances (such as restructuring and consolidation of a bank) the RBI may allow a higher level of shareholding, Press Trust of India reported.Kotak Mahindra Bank reported a 290 percent spike in its standalone net profit to Rs. 742 crore for the June 2016 quarter (Q1) on account of a 20 percent rise in net interest income and a 41 percent fall in provisioning for bad loans.The Mumbai-based lender bank’s net profit stood at Rs. 190 crore in the corresponding period last year. The bank’s total income rose to Rs. 5,120 crore from Rs. 4,583 crore for the June 2015 quarter.Kotak Mahindra Bank has a network of 1,333 branches as of June 30, 2016. In 2003, Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd. (KMFL), the group’s flagship company, was converted into a commercial bank after receiving the requisite licence from the RBI.The bank also has interests in mutual fund and insurance businesses.
Youtube screengrabThe IIT-JEE has always been a source of nightmare for a majority of Indian students studying in classes 11 and 12. The intimidation they face as well as the pressure makes the teenagers want to run the other way.Clearing the JEE is the first step to get into the Indian Institute of Technology, which the most prestigious university in India.Surprisingly, Australian professors who took a look at the JEE question papers also called the questions “tricky and intimidating”.A video of Australian professors reacting to the questions went viral on social media, with the professors talking about how intimidating the questions were and that the test was literally a race against time. Six Australian professors, including two of Indian origin, were interviewed for the video, posted by a YouTuber, ‘Tibees’.In the video, a Chemistry professor, Dr James Hutchison, said that he will be surprised if a school going student will not find the questions intimidating since he found them slightly so. “I’d probably, you know, leave the exam room crying if I was in year 12 and I had to do this. Yeah, good luck, good luck,” he said.He added that the topics discussed in the examination are usually taught at the university level.Professor Barry Hughes, a mathematician, pointed out how answering the questions was a race against time. He also spoke about access to training for these types of examinations.”We all know that in any educational system if you go to a good school, well resourced, with the best teachers and so on like that, you expect a better outcome… But with these race-against-the-clock-style examinations, there’s a trade-off between the student’s ability in the subject, natural intelligence, and their having been trained to deal with examinations of this type,” he said. Other professors interviewed in the video said that most of the questions here depend on memorizing facts instead of applying concepts. They added that passing the test doesn’t necessarily mean they will turn out to be good engineers.
People eat street food in Dhaka on 18 April, 2019. Photo: Jung Da-minBangladesh is a very dynamic country with one of the world’s highest population densities of 1,015 per square kilometre for its 165 million people.The country’s largest city and capital Dhaka is a diverse city of vibrant culture, with thousands of Bangladeshi businesses and international corporations contributing to migration and population growth.The streets in Dhaka are always filled with cars and people passing by, giving the impression the city itself is always in motion.The heat of the capital does not turn off even at night, with many people still eating out, sitting and talking to each other on the streets.Visiting the dynamic city during the Bangladesh government’s week-long “Visit Bangladesh” tour programme for a group of journalists, academics and envoys in mid-April, this reporter found a chance for an interesting night out with a local friend, according to The Korea Times.The streets of Dhaka at night, lit with neon signs and lights from high buildings, were much darker compared to the bright streets of Seoul, but they were still lively with people moving around.People sit and talk outside in a street in Dhaka on 18 April, 2019. Photo: Jung Da-minAdvancing through the streets, this reporter found many people out, sitting around and talking to each other even after 10pm, South Korea’s one of the oldest English-language daily adds.A local friend and guide said it was normal for citizens to come home from work or school late at night and they like to chill out on the streets long after dark.Buildings of university campuses were also filled with people for late-night political party gatherings and discussions, and students gathered all around the campus.People sit and talk inside a building in the campus of University of Dhaka for political party gatherings and discussions.Dhaka street foodsMany people were also getting street food from vendors and small restaurants along the streets.Seen is a view of a street in motion in Dhaka at night after 10pm on 18 April. Photo: Jung Da-minAmong the various street foods, this reporter tried out a few different kinds: jhalmuri, chotpoti, fuchka, achars and coconut water.The taste of jhalmuri was not so unfamiliar but rather similar to that of ramen ― an instant noodle snack with spicy sauce easily found in Seoul.The popular Bangalee street food loved by people of all age groups was made with puffed rice, onions and green chilli, the Korean Times says.Chotpoti is one of the most popular street foods in Bangladesh made with peas, potatoes, chopped boiled eggs, cucumber, red onions and other vegetables with panipuri shells stuffed with them and tamarind paste and chaat masala on top.Fuchka is a slightly more condensed version of chotpoti and they usually are served together on one plate.The combination of crispy panipuri shells and mushy ingredients inside adds to the fun of eating, giving a unique mouthfeel.Achars are Bangladesh-style pickles made with different kinds of vegetables and fruit ― normally sour fruit ― mixed together and seasoned in oil.The one this reporter tried with local boiled rice was sweet and sour, similar to South Korean pickled plums.It is not too difficult to find coconut water in convenience stores in South Korea, but on the streets of Dhaka, you will get to drink from the coconut itself.As the coconuts are loaded at vendors in streets they are not as cool as those from a refrigerator, but are sweet enough to fill you with energy.