NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday slammed the Election Commission after the commission rejected the demand of VVPAT counting prior to the ECM counting. The AAP also raised concern over the security of the EVMs in Delhi. “Decision of EC will lead to disaster, its a recipe for mass riots. It can lead to Civil War. If u first let political parties know the Winner & Loser, then will Winner allow elections to be set aside after VVPAT mismatch? Save this Country,” tweeted AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarAdding to this AAP leader and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia tweeted, “If all the arguments of EC were accepted in past also, then no reform in the election process was needed. Starting from candidate affidavits, VVPAT or VVPAT counting. Everything cannot be correct just because EC says so. Faith comes with Facts and intent behind actions in past.” Delhi Chief Minister was also part of the all opposition delegation to the Election Commission which urged the EC to count all VVPAT. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceLast week, The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged that the Delhi election commission had got polling diaries manipulated by presiding officers in the South Delhi parliamentary seat after the national capital voted on May 12. The poll commission, however, refuted the allegations and said the Delhi chief electoral officer would meet senior leaders of the AAP on Saturday to clear their doubts. AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said the party had received “credible information” about the alleged poll code violation. The same allegation was leveled by AAP’s South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha who said that presiding officers were being summoned by the EC and are being asked to “re-create” and “re-sign” EVM related documents. Both the leaders, however, did not substantiate their claims with evidence.
TORONTO – Ontario’s proposed marijuana legislation will, if passed, establish regulations to govern the sale of recreational pot in the province. Here are some highlights of the new bill:—Sets the legal age to use, buy or cultivate marijuana at 19.—Bans cannabis use in public places, workplaces and vehicles.—Creates a provincial retailer, a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, which will open and operate 150 standalone stores to sell cannabis by 2020. The first 40 will open by July 2018, with that number rising to 80 by July 2019.—Establishes a penalty structure to crack down on illegal storefront dispensaries. The maximum fine for unlawful cannabis sales by an individual is set at $250,000 and two years less a day in jail. For corporations, the fines range from $25,000 to $1 million. That same fine structure also applies to landlords (individual and corporate property owners) who knowing allow illegal marijuana sales on their property.—Establishes fines of $200 for people under 19 who are convicted of cannabis possession or consumption while also allowing for diversion, instead of the fine, into programs focused on education and prevention.—Under the proposed rules, young or novice drivers (with a G1, G2, M1 or M2 licence) would face licence suspensions from three to 30 days and fines from $250 to $450 if they have drugs or alcohol in their system. Currently, young and novice drivers face a 24-hour licence suspension and no monetary penalty.
OTTAWA — Some employers looking to hire temporary foreign workers are experiencing significant delays due to an increase in demand this year for migrant workers in Canada.The federal government says the volume of applications is up almost 25 per cent over last year — a development it says is partly because of Canada’s low unemployment rates.Employers who want to hire migrant workers in the “low-skill stream” are now waiting more than 100 days to find out if their labour market impact assessments (LMIA) will be approved. These assessments are necessary to prove the employer needs to hire temporary workers and that there are no Canadian workers available for the jobs.Processing times for the “high-wage stream” are 85 days.“Unemployment is at a historic low, reaching levels that have not been seen since 1976. While this economic success is good for business, it is also creating challenges for employers who are struggling to find enough workers to meet demand,” said Veronique Simard, a spokeswoman for Labour Minister Patty Hajdu.“The temporary-foreign-worker program continues to experience an increased volume of labour market impact assessment applications across Canada. Recognizing the urgency of the labour shortage in Quebec and the rest of Canada, our government is taking steps to improve service delivery for the TFW program.”Jerry Amirault, a spokesman for the Lobster Processors Association of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, says seafood processors across Atlantic Canada have been experiencing acute shortages in labour, which is why the sector has been increasingly reliant on migrant workers.A recent study, funded in part by the federal government, shows the situation is projected to worsen if nothing is done. In 2017, 1,800 job vacancies went unfilled in the region due to the lack of fish-plant workers and an additional 2,500 workers will be needed over the next five years to replace retirees, according to the report.“There’s no large families in rural areas with eight and 10 children, so there’s nobody filling in for the workers that have been there for some time, so our dependence on bringing in foreign workers is greater,” Amirault said.“When (government) makes it difficult to get them, what are we left with? We’ve got situations that you wouldn’t believe.”He said one seafood processing plant recently had to use its office workers to help out on the processing floor and the owner of the company had to help weigh lobsters as they came in from fishermen’s boats.“That’s how short-staffed they are. They couldn’t open one of their plants in Nova Scotia for the crab season because (the migrant workers) hadn’t arrived.”Amirault says his industry has been experiencing additional delays on the immigration side, due to a recent change that has seen migrant workers having to submit to biometric screening. He says the labour and immigration departments don’t communicate with each other on these files, which causes further frustrations.Leah Nord of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce says delays in getting temporary foreign workers will have significant financial consequences for some companies.Canadian business across the country and across sectors use migrant workers, but they have a lot of frustration with the red tape involved, Nord said.“If there are even more delays, that’s just going to increase the frustration.”The group has been calling for a modernization of the application process, including the introduction of a “trusted employer” program, which could streamline applications for businesses with a proven record of following all the rules of program.In 2017, former auditor general Michael Ferguson flagged concerns about the management of the foreign-worker program, including employers who often hired migrant workers without first demonstrating they had exhausted all other options for finding local workers and applications that were frequently approved without being challenged.In response, the government has been stepping up employer inspections and has been publishing the names of those caught breaking the rules. To date, 168 companies have been cited for infractions and given fines or bans on using the program for a set length of time.Nord says the vast majority of Canadian companies follow all the rules and should not be counted among the “few bad apples.” She says businesses are experiencing increased labour shortages as more Baby Boomers retire, which means employers are increasingly turning to skilled migrants to fill job vacancies.Hajdu’s department says it is addressing the processing delays, including spending $3.4 million to hire more employees to process applications.Simard says the department is considering the chamber’s request for a trusted-employer program and is developing an online application portal to modernize and streamline the application process.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press
Login/Register With: A month of talks between SAG-AFTRA and the studios, represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), has failed to produce a deal. Citing “outrageous rollbacks,” the union’s national board on Sunday voted unanimously to send out strike authorization ballots to its members, the organization’s website indicates, unless a deal is reached by Friday, when the current contract expires. That last implies that talks are still continuing.The vote came after a report from the negotiating committee.In order to pass, a strike authorization vote would require a 75 percent yes vote from those voting. Even that would not necessarily mean a strike, but it would up the likelihood of one dramatically, since starting July 1, the union will be working without a contract. Advertisement Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Calgary International Film Festival broke attendance records again this year, with an estimated 40,000 people taking in films over 12 days.While official numbers had yet to be calculated, organizers are certain attendance will surpass last year’s record-breaking 36,693.“We know from talking to the audience at past festivals that the general audience is really enjoying the festival and they themselves are spreading the word,” executive director Steve Schroeder said Sunday evening. “I also believe the programming of the festival continues to get better. This year we had a large growth in the number of films submitted.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisement On Sunday night, the festival closed with a party announcing both jury prizes and audience choice awards. Calgarian Matt Embry’s Living Proof, a documentary that questions conventional treatments of multiple sclerosis based on the filmmaker’s own experiences with the disease, won for best Alberta feature. The film sold out all three of its screenings this year.READ MORE
London: A cornered Theresa May issued a stark warning to the warring factions within the UK Parliament that the choice was between agreeing on a withdrawal agreement or risk no Brexit at all. In her latest statement from Downing Street on Saturday evening, the British Prime Minister sought to defend her move to reach out to Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in an attempt to break the ongoing parliamentary deadlock over Britain’s impending exit from the European Union (EU). Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBecause Parliament has made clear it will stop the UK leaving without a deal, we now have a stark choice: leave the European Union with a deal or do not leave at all, she said. My answer to that is clear: we must deliver Brexit and to do so we must agree a deal. If we cannot secure a majority among Conservative and DUP MPs we have no choice but to reach out across the House of Commons, she added. Her latest intervention comes amid a mounting mutiny within her own Conservative Party for sitting down with Corbyn to thrash out a solution, which will inevitably take the form of a so-called soft Brexit given Labour’s preference for a common Customs Union with the EU as part of any future relationship with the economic bloc. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHowever, the British PM highlighted that it was either that or not leaving the 28-member economic bloc at all and reneging on the June 2016 referendum in favour of Brexit. She said: The longer this takes, the greater the risk of the UK never leaving at all. It would mean letting the Brexit the British people voted for slip through our fingers. I will not stand for that. It is essential we deliver what people voted for and to do that we need to get a deal over the line. In a clear attempt at placating her hard Brexiteer party MPs, May insisted that there are areas where the two main UK parties, Conservatives and Labour, agree. We both want to end free movement, we both want to leave with a good deal, and we both want to protect jobs. That is the basis for a compromise that can win a majority in Parliament and winning that majority is the only way to deliver Brexit, she stressed. May is set for another trip to Brussels next week to follow up on her letter to European Council President Donald Tusk seeking a short extension to Article 50 until June 30. However, it remains to be seen what the remaining EU member countries will be willing to agree to, with any decision on an extension to the Brexit mechanism requiring their unanimous backing. The UK has already sought one extension to the March 29 Brexit deadline and is set to crash out of the bloc on April 12 unless an alternative arrangement is agreed with the EU. British MPs have rejected May’s EU divorce bill three times over the controversial Irish backstop clause and last week’s talks between the two main parties were aimed at trying to find a proposal which could break the deadlock in the Commons before an emergency EU summit on Wednesday. However, the three days of meetings stalled without agreement on Friday. Corbyn has said he was “waiting to see the red lines move” and had not “noticed any great change in the government’s position”. He is himself under pressure from his MPs to demand another referendum on any deal he reaches with the government, with 80 Labour MPs signing a letter saying a public vote should be the “bottom line” in the negotiations.
The Secretary-General sent the letter after President Gbagbo requested the set up of an International Commission of Inquiry. He said the panel’s mandate should enable it to establish the facts and circumstances that led to the current crisis in order to shed light on the human rights and humanitarian rights violations – as well as fighting against a culture of impunity.The Secretary-General also says that the establishment of such a commission “is in the spirit of the Linas-Marcoussis agreement,” the French-brokered peace accord signed and adopted in Paris last month establishing a two-year power-sharing arrangement between the Ivoirian Government, rebels and political opposition.The commission should determine the nature and identify those responsible for human rights and humanitarian rights violations committed in Côte d’Ivoire since 19 September 2002, the letter says. The panel will have to recommend measures that will put an end to impunity and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice and that the victims and their families are compensated. It will also have to specifically investigate acts committed by the so-called “Death Squads” and other such groups.Meanwhile, a UN spokesman in New York said an advance UN team is scheduled to leave Geneva today to see whether the conditions are right for deployment of the Commission. The team – comprising experts from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Department of Political Affairs, as well as one forensics expert – will begin work this weekend in Côte d’Ivoire to determine what cooperation such an investigation would receive.
by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 9, 2014 2:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta will not appeal court ruling that allows woman to sue over fracking ROSEBUD, Alta. – Alberta will not appeal a court ruling that says a woman can sue the province over hydraulic fracturing that she alleges has so badly contaminated her well that the water can be set on fire.Jessica Ernst began legal action against Alberta’s energy regulator and Calgary-based energy company Encana (TSX:ECA) in 2007, and amended her statement of claim in 2011 to include Alberta Environment.Last month, Chief Justice Neil Wittmann of Court of Queen’s Bench dismissed the government’s application to strike it from the lawsuit.An Alberta Justice spokeswoman gave no reason for the government’s decision not to appeal.Ernst alleges fracking on her land northeast of Calgary released hazardous amounts of chemicals such as methane into her well and that her concerns were not properly investigated.She says she is delighted and surprised by the province’s decision not to appeal and is looking forward to reading the government’s statement of defence.“After seven arduous years a stunning victory stands,” Ernst said Tuesday from her home in the hamlet of Rosebud. “The truth will have its day in court.”In its statement of defence, Encana has denied all of Ernst’s allegations.In September, the Alberta Court of Appeal upheld another ruling that said Ernst could not include the province’s energy regulator in her lawsuit.Ernst said she is seeking leave to appeal the September ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada.Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping water, nitrogen, sand and chemicals at high pressure underground to fracture rock and allow natural gas or oil to flow through wells to the surface.— By John Cotter in Edmonton
Do you know anyone who hasn’t played Angry Birds? I’m finding it hard to locate someone that hasn’t, and even harder to find someone who doesn’t recognize the name at least. Like it or not, Angry Birds is uber-popular with casual gamers, but those who are veteran players may be getting a bit tired of the mechanics in the run up to the launch of Angry Birds Space. Fear not, there is a solution that requires a new skill for playing the game, and it comes courtesy of mbed who specialize in rapid prototyping with microcontrollers.A company that sells microcontrollers and supporting software is obviously going to come up with a physical addition for the game, and mbed haven’t disappointed. They’ve managed to build a real slingshot that interfaces with the game over a USB connection.The finished slingshot is recognized by a PC as a mouse. In reality, it takes the input of pulling back the real slingshot using a rubber stretch sensor and translates it into the expected mouse input. The angle of the shot is controlled by an accelerometer and all depends on the angle the slingshot is held at by the player.The accelerometer and stretch sensors are hooked up to an mbed NXP LPC11U24 board that uses a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 Core. A USB connector is then attached to allow connection with a PC. All supporting code for the project was written in C++. Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper slingshot without being handcrafted from a piece of wood. mbed selected an appropriate branch and bored out the insides so as to fit the electronics and USB connector. I think you’ll agree, the finished slingshot certainly looks the part.The good news is, there’s nothing to stop you making this slingshot for yourself. All the components are widely available and relatively cheap to buy, and mbed have released instructions and code for creating their prototype at the link below.Read more at mbed
Dora Bakoyannis, leader of the Democratic Alliance party in Greece, has appealed to the Greek Australian community to lend its support to their county of origin. The former New Democracy minister who was expelled from ND in 2010, told The Australian Financial Review this week that the experience of Australia’s Greek community showed that Greece could find solutions to its problems and pay its debts. “Greece is a country that deserves the support of its friends and in Australia we have many,” said Bakoyannis from Athens, as she followed the discussions to form Greece’s new government of national unity. “The Australian case shows to our friends that the problem is not our DNA but the way that this country was run. If you look at Australia you see you have a Greek minority… an honest one, a prosperous one who pays taxes. “Yet practically the same Greeks in Greece fail. They fail because we built a state which was mismanaging everything.” Bakoyannis served as foreign minister between 2006 and 2009, narrowly losing the leadership contest after New Democracy was ousted by Pasok in September 2009. Her expulsion from ND came in May last year when she crossed the floor to vote with Pasok in order to pass the first round of austerity measures. She remains a staunch advocate for the medicine the Greek economy needs to re-establish its health, if the austerity is shared out fairly. “We must understand that for the few years to come, the decision-making will be a common decision between everybody who lends us the money,” the former minister told the Australian press. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
PULLMAN — Alcohol will not be sold to general ticket holders at Washington State University football games this season.A year ago, the school asked the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board about expanding liquor sales throughout Martin Stadium’s non-student section.The Lewiston Tribune reports that the university has not yet responded to a list of questions from the board about that request, and has decided to study the matter further.Currently, alcohol sales are allowed at designated areas outside the stadium before games and during halftime. In the stadium, alcohol is served only to those with club seats and in suites.University spokesman Phil Weiler says the school will likely not decide whether to resubmit the request for additional sales until the end of the academic year.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is reportedly considering whether or not to recall young goalkeeper Aro MuricThe 19-year-old is currently on loan at Dutch side NAC Breda in order to gain some valuable first-team experience.But City are now short of goalkeeping options having lost Claudio Bravo to a ruptured Achilles tendon and selling Joe Hart to Burnley earlier this month.This means that the Premier League champions only have the untested Daniel Grimshaw as a backup option, should anything happen to regular number one Ederson.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Now the Telegraph reports that City are considering bringing back Muric to the Etihad Stadium.The Montenegro Under-21 international made his senior debut for Breda last weekend and managed to keep a clean sheet in the club’s 3-0 win over De Graafschap in the Eredivisie.Barcelona’s Jasper Cillessen has also been linked through an emergency loan deal, despite the English transfer window now being shut.
Pedro “Junior” Godinez Jr. Pedro “Junior” Godinez Jr., 19, of Vancouver appeared Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of the Nov. 28 attempted murder, kidnapping and robbery of an Oregon man at Vancouver Lake Park.Judge Scott Collier set bail at $1 million. Arraignment for Godinez is scheduled for Friday, the same day his alleged girlfriend, Joanna Kyrstin May Speaks, 22, is scheduled to be arraigned on identical charges. Defense attorney Matt Hoff was appointed to represent Godinez.Godinez appeared in a green suicide smock, so-named because its tear-resistant fabric makes it difficult for a prisoner to fashion into a noose.He was apprehended Friday in the Central Washington town of Grandview by U.S. marshals and transported to Clark County on Tuesday.Vancouver police previously recovered a stolen 2012 Nissan Sentra, believed to belong to the alleged victim in the case.Speaks was arrested Nov. 30 on suspicion of luring an Oregon man, Freddie Landstrom, to her east Vancouver apartment. Once Landstrom arrived, she allegedly invited him into a bedroom and then Godinez allegedly entered, robbed him, took him to an area near Vancouver Lake and shot him.Landstrom was shot multiple times before he grabbed the gun and struggled with the suspect, according to police. Landstrom was able to flee through a swamp west to Kadow’s Marina, police said. He walked for about an hour before contacting a resident, who called 911, said Deputy Prosecutor Dan Gasperino.Paris Achen: 360-735-4551; http://twitter.com/Col_Courts; http://facebook.com/ColTrends; firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Hundreds celebrated phase one of a groundbreaking change, Sunday night, in South Florida.The Miami Worldcenter was premiered, which is America’s second-largest luxury urban real estate development.According to Paramount Miami Worldcenter, phase one is a 60-story, $500 million skyscraper, which includes resort-style pools, a fitness center and spa, astronomy observatory, tennis courts, soccer field and a bar.Paramount CEO Daniel Kodsi said the whole project will be a “city within America’s city of the future.”“Paramount Miami Worldcenter is gonna change the skyline, but Miami Worldcenter is gonna change the city landscape,” Kodsi added. “Now, we’re also modernizing the infrastructure, adding new sidewalks, new streets. This is gonna create billions of dollars in revenue and create American jobs in the surrounding areas that desperately need the work.”The project is expected to bring 15,000 new jobs. Phase one is also expected to be completed next year.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The group reportedly has cut as many as 130 positions, reducing its global workforce to 1,100.The Economist’s worldwide circulation grew 6.4 percent during the period to 1,390,780, the company said. Ad revenue at Economist.com was up 29 percent while page views were up 53 percent.The Economist Group also publishes CFO and Roll Call. It was reported last week that the group had acquired Washington D.C.-based Congressional Quarterly, which has been on the block since January. When contacted by FOLIO:, an Economist Group spokesperson denied the report, calling it “speculation.” The Economist Group this week reported record profits for the fiscal year ended March 31.The London-based company, which publishes its namesake magazine, reported approximately $92 million in operating profit, up 26 percent over the previous 12-month period. Revenue was up 17 percent to roughly $514.2 million.According to CEO Andrew Rashbass, the company continues to deliver value to its clients despite the down economy. “These results demonstrate that great brands delivering real value to readers and advertisers thrive even when the economic cycle turns and when the structure of the industry is evolving in the way information and advertising are consumed and delivered,” he said.
Hyderabad: Muslims across the twin cities and the State celebrated Eid-ul-Adha, the festival of sacrifice (Bakrid), with religious fervour and devotion on Monday.The festival, celebrated by Muslims across the globe, symbolises sacrifice, absolute devotion to God Almighty and compassion for the poor. Attired in their best, Muslim brethren offered special prayers at the Idgahs and mosques in the morning and exchanged greetings. In the Capital city, thousands of Muslims offered prayers at Mir Alam Idgah, Mecca Masjid near Charminar, Madannapet, Chaderghat, Masab Tank, Secunderabad and other places. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar visited various places in the Old City and supervised the arrangements for the festival. He told the media that police made elaborate security arrangements in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, to prevent any untoward incidents taking place. The festival was also celebrated at many places like Nizamabad, Bodhan, Warangal, Kazipet, Karimnagar, Peddapalli, Adilabad, Nirmal, Bhainsa, Zaheerabad, Khammam, Mahbubabad, Nalgonda, Tandur, Vikarabad and other places. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us Addressing the devout people before the Namaz, the Imams and other religious heads exhorted Muslims to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice and follow Prophet Ibrahim, who offered to sacrifice his son Prophet Ismail to please Allah. The Almighty replaced Ismail with a sheep just as Ibrahim was about to sacrifice him. Also known as Bakr-id or Eid-e-Qurban, it is the second major festival of Muslims. The meat of the sacrificed animal is divided equally into three parts. The person making the sacrifice keeps one part for his family, while the other two parts are distributed among relatives and the poor. Advertise With Us The Old city in particular wore a festive look while butchers coming from other districts did brisk business. Hectic activity was seen in many parts of the city as the sale of goats continued throughout the Sunday night. The biggest congregation in Hyderabad was held at the historic Mir Alam Eidgah where over one lakh people offered prayers. The historic Mecca Masjid, Madannapet Eidgah, Hockey Ground at Masab Tank and Military Ground Mehdipatnam also witnessed big congregations. Prayers were also held at hundreds of mosques in the city. Police made tight security arrangements, especially in the communally sensitive old city of Hyderabad to prevent any untoward incident and also to prevent illegal transport of cattle for sacrifice. In view of the Eid Ul Adha (BAKRID), Anjani Kumar, Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad supervised the bando bust arrangements at Miralam Idgagh. Shikha Goel, Addl. CP. Crimes & SIT, Anil Kumar, Addl. CP. Traffic, DS. Chauhan, Addl.CP. L&O, DCsP South, Traffic, Task force and Addl. DCsP Task force, South zone, Special Branch were also present. (NSS)
Bengaluru: A decision will be made on Monday on who will be appointed the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, the state’s Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said. He also announced that the portfolios of the newly-appointed cabinet ministers will be allotted either on Monday or Tuesday.”Today it will be decided to whom Deputy Chief Minister post has to be given. I will send the list to the Governor. It will also be decided by today or tomorrow, which portfolio has to be allotted to whom,” Yediyurappa said. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us On August 20, Yediyurappa expanded his Cabinet by inducting 17 legislators, nearly a month after the BJP formed the government in the state. Those who joined the his Cabinet included Govind M Karjol, Dr C N Ashwath Narayan, Lakshman Sangappa Savadi, K S Eshwarappa, R Ashok, Jagadish Shettar, B Sriramulu, S Suresh Kumar, V Somanna, C T Ravi, Basavaraj Bommai, Kota Shrinivas Poojari, J C Madhu Swamy, Chandrakantagouda Channappagouda Patil, H Nagesh (Independent MLA), Prabhu Chauhan and Jolle Shashikala Anna Saheb. The 76-year-old BJP leader took oath as the Chief Minister on July 26 following the collapse of the 14 month-old Congress-JD(S) coalition government.
Tirupati: In a significant development, TUDA (Tirupati Urban Development Authority) sent a proposal to government to bring Sri City SEZ a flourishing industrial area under its purview. As a follow up to TUDA chairman Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy, who recently announced in a media conference that TUDA would approach the government for including SEZ area under its purview, TUDA sent the proposal to the government taking one step ahead. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Speaking to media here on Tuesday, TUDA vice-chairman PS Girisha said that TUDA sent the proposal to expand its limit which is now up to to Srikalahasthi to Sri City, including the villages within the SEZ area. He observed as more than 90 per cent of the land acquired for Sri City SEZ is in Chittoor district, TUDA wanted it to be under its limit. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us However it is pertinent to note that the SEZ located in Chittoor district was tagged with NUDA (Nellore Urban Development Authority) by the previous TDP government said to be due to the pressure from K Narayana who as minister wielded lot of influence in the TDP government in 2016 brushing aside the protests from various sections including leaders of political parties in Chittoor district and also villagers. Advertise With Us While political pandits view the proposal as a step to undo the injustice done during TDP regime to the Chittoor district which naturally prove advantageous to YSRCP in the district, the home turf of TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu, in the long run, it is to be seen whether the government would give its nod or not. It is needless to say that bringing back the SEZ area to TUDA in other words to Chittoor district may not be an easy task as leaders from Nellore including from YSRCP naturally oppose it as no one will be ready to forgo a plum area like Sri City, a rapidly growing special economic zone. Sources say that for more than one reason YSRCP leaders from here seek the SEZ back as it would not only undo the injustice done to Chittoor district but also help strengthen economically TUDA which spread over five constituencies, including Chandragiri, Tirupati, Srikalahasthi, Nagari and if SEZ included Satyavedu also taking up more and more development initiatives proving beneficial to the part. Even if the government declines, Bhaskar Reddy will remain as a person who made good effort to get back the lost SEZ to the district enhancing his image and also his party in the district.
Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesPrince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently enjoying the early days of parenthood but it looks like Prince William was not the only person from the Royal household who had reservations about Prince Harry marrying an American actress.As per a recent report, Prince Harry’s grandfather, Prince Philip, also had second thoughts when Prince Harry revealed his desire to marry Suits actress Meghan Markle. As per a report from the UK’s Sunday Times, Prince Philip reportedly told his grandson that “one steps out with actresses, one doesn’t marry them.”The 98-year-old Prince Philip allegedly made the above remarks after Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle strengthened with time.The Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Edinburgh are known to share a very strong bond. Last week only, Harry and Meghan’s Instagram account wished him a very happy birthday. Not only this, but Prince Philip was also featured in one of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first pictures with their baby Archie, alongside the Queen and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland.As earlier reported, the 34-year-old Prince Harry endured a challenge in past with his brother Prince William as the latter was reportedly “concerned about how quickly the relationship” between his younger brother and Meghan Markle grew. One of royal expert Katie Nicholl previously stated in her interview that Prince William wanted to make sure whether his young sibling was taking the right decision or not. Prince Philip Reuters”…I think what was intended as well-meaning, brotherly concern and a bit of advice went down quite badly with Harry, who felt that William wasn’t being as supportive as he might’ve been. So there has certainly been tensions between the brothers,” Katie stated in the past.In addition to this, Katie added that Prince William sees how happy Meghan Markle makes Prince Harry and he is even impressed by her work ethic and how easily she has adapted to the royal life.”Of course … the jury is still out. But actually, I think William has realized that Meghan is probably the best thing to happen to Harry,” Katie added.