In Assam, neglecting parents will cost dear

first_imgNine months after tabling a Bill in the Assembly, the Assam government has decided to implement the policy of deducting the pay of employees who do not take care of their parents and physically-challenged siblings.The suicide of an elderly couple, abused and neglected by their son, in Sivasagar on July 1 has influenced this decision. The State government will also make changes in the service rules of employees in accordance with the State Population Policy passed last year. This will make people with more than two children ineligible for government jobs and election or nomination to the Panchayat and other local bodies. “The suicide of businessman-theatre producer Rajani Khargharia and his wife was painful. It reminded us of the PRONAM Bill, 2017, that was passed by the Assembly [in September] last year,” Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday, warning employees who treat their parents shabbily.PRONAM, which stands for Assam Employees’ Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring Bill, aims at “accountability for employees of the State government or any other organisation in Assam in taking care of their parents and divyang (disabled) siblings and in matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.”The purpose of the bill was not to interfere with the private life of State government employees but to ensure that their parents and siblings with disabilities, if neglected, could lodge a complaint with the employee’s department, Mr. Sarma said.Upon receiving the complaint, the department would then deduct 10% of the employee’s monthly salary and give it to their neglected parents and physically-challenged siblings, he said.The government, Mr. Sarma said, would also implement the two-child policy for jobs and elections to local bodies and Panchayats. The policy, passed in the Assembly soon after the PRONAM Bill last year, also proposes to disqualify MLAs ignoring family planning.“In case any MLA from the State flouts the family planning norms, say MLAs having more than two children, he/she may be disqualified from his or her membership and be debarred from contesting polls,” the policy, drafted by the Health & Family Welfare Department, said.Assam was the 12th State in India to come up with such a policy for barring people with more than two children from applying for government jobs, contesting polls, and from housing and other beneficiary schemes.“Assam is facing a dangerous population explosion,” Mr. Sarma had said last year to justify the population policy.According to the 2011 Census, the population of Assam increased from 2.66 crore in 2001 to 3.2 crore, with the decadal growth being 17.07%. Although there was a decline in the decadal growth of population, the rate of increase was at an unsustainable level, the government said.Various minority groups had panned the population policy as being anti-Muslim.last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd hero O’Shea says Solskjaer the right man in charge

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero O’Shea says Solskjaer the right man in chargeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United defender John O’Shea says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man in charge.United have lost two of their opening six Premier League matches and are now preparing for the visit of Arsenal on Monday. “The club has spoken recently about sticking behind Ole and having a plan in place,” O’Shea told Sky Sports.”It’s going to take time but Ole and the staff will know that they are going to need to get results along the way. They cannot let performances drop too low. They have to maintain standards.”Everyone at the club has to look in the mirror and ask whether they are doing the best for the players and the coaching staff.”It’s a work in progress. The success is not there on the pitch at the moment so people are naturally looking more at the off-the-field issues. The people in power must want the best for the club and it will hurt them looking across the city at what other teams close by are doing.”They need to have trust in the people they have put in place. It can turn around quite quickly if you get things right in the transfer windows.” last_img read more

Citigroup 4Q Earnings Snapshot

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) _ Citigroup Inc. (C) on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $4.31 billion, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.The bank, based in New York, said it had earnings of $1.64 per share. Earnings, adjusted for pretax gains, were $1.61 per share.The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.55 per share.The U.S. bank posted revenue of $23.98 billion in the period. Its revenue net of interest expense was $17.12 billion, falling short of Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $17.48 billion.Citigroup shares have increased nearly 9 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed almost 4 per cent. The stock has fallen 26 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on C at https://www.zacks.com/ap/CThe Associated Presslast_img read more

CBSA launches proceedings examining LNG module antidumping tariffs

first_imgThe CBSA says that the proceeding was launched after Woodfibre LNG, a potential importer of those components filed an application with the CBSA.The CBSA says that the proceeding should be concluded by November 23rd at the latest. OTTAWA, O.N. – The Canada Border Services Agency announced on Thursday morning that it is launching a scope proceeding to look at whether fabricated steel LNG modules made in China and South Korea can be exempted from anti-dumping tariffs announced last year by the federal government.Last April, the federal government announced that anti-dumping tariffs would be applied to fabricated structural steel and plate-work components from China, South Korea, and Spain. Chinese components are also subject to countervailing duties. The components listed on the CBSA’s website as being subjected to the duties include those for use in oil and gas extraction, mining extraction, industrial power generation facilities, petrochemical plants, cement plants, fertilizer plants, and industrial metal smelters.The scope proceeding is being conducted in order to establish whether or not liquefied natural gas modules are subject to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal’s injury finding issued on May 25, 2017, concerning the dumping of certain fabricated industrial structural components from China and South Korea, and the subsidizing of those components from China.last_img read more

City cancels evacuation alert for Sewage Lagoons

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has rescinded the evacuation alert for the City’s South Sewage Lagoons.The alert was issued on October 10 as a precautionary measure due to the proximity of the area to the Peace River Regional District Evacuation Orders.The Peace River Regional District also downgraded some areas of the Old Fort from an evacuation order to an evacuation alert. The majority of the community remains under an evacuation order.last_img

Mueller report finds no Russia-Trump collusion

first_imgNew York: Special Counsel Robert Mueller who investigated Russian interference in US President Donald Trump’s 2016 election has concluded that there was no collusion between him or his campaign and Moscow, according to a summary of the report released by Attorney General William Barr. While the probe found that Moscow had meddled in the 2016 election, the “investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities”, Barr said in the summary he said to Congress on Sunday afternoon. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Trump declared that it was a complete exoneration and said the probe was an “illegal take down that failed”. On another key matter, if Trump had tried to obstruct justice by interfering with investigations into Russian interference, Barr’s summary of Mueller’s report was less certain. He said that in this regard Mueller’s “report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” He added that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein found the evidence “not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offence”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him”, Barr’s summary said. The summary of the report was unlikely to quell the controversy over Russia’s interference and Trump campaign’s role that has divided the nation. The White House and Trump’ supporters exulted that it was an exoneration of the president, whose legitimacy was attacked for two years, but his opponents were questioning if the wording was ambiguous. “The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the US”, his Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. However, the Democrat head of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, asserted that there were “very concerning discrepancies” and “Mueller did not exonerate the President”. He added that he would be calling Barr to testify before the Congressional panel. The Democrats demanded the entire report be published and threatened to use Congressional powers to acquire the full report and supporting documents. Legally, the Special Counsel’s report is submitted to the attorney general who has the power to withhold it or release only parts of it. Trump has also supported its release. Before deciding its release Barr will have to determine if there are any matters of national security that has to be blacked out. Mueller’s investigation conducted away from public view interviewed more than 500 witnesses, executed 500 search warrants and issued 2,800 subpoenas (demands of appearance of production of documents) over 22 months. Five important members of the Trump team, including campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, his personal lawyer Michael Cohen and former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, have been convicted as a result of the Mueller probe on various charges, some of lying during investigations and some like tax and financial fraud unrelated to the Russian link. The Mueller investigation was definite that there was Russian interference in the election, but in an insidious and indirect manner. Barr said that Mueller found two main Russian efforts to influence the election. “The first involved attempts by a Russian organisation, the Internet Research Agency (IRA), to conduct disinformation and social media operations in the US designed to sow social discord”, his summary said. The other was Russian government hacking of the computers and emails of the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party presidential candidate, and disseminating the information through WikiLeaks and other sources. Barr noted that Mueller brought criminal charges against several Russian citizens and entities in connection with these activities.last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi targets PM for not fulfiling promies to AP

first_imgVijayawada-Kalyanadurg (AP): Congress President Rahul Gandhi Sunday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ‘not fulfiling’ the promises to Andhra Pradesh and YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on alleged corruption, even as he flayed Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu over ‘mismanagement’ of the state. At the same time, Rahul repeated his promise of according Special Category Status and building a strong AP the moment the Congress came to power at the Centre. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Special category status was the central point of his campaign rallies in the two places even as he touched upon other national issues like the proposed Nyay scheme, attacks on dalits and minorities, making doing business easy for youngsters, economic frauds, farm loan waiver and education reforms. You know the mismanagement that has taken place in AP. You know the state is struggling, the Congress president said, addressing his first election campaign meeting in Vijayawada in the morning. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K He also spoke about the ‘corruption’ of Jagan Reddy, without elaborating. At the campaign rally at Kalyanadurg in Anantapur district late in the evening, Rahul spoke about the travails of farmers in the state, particularly in this parched district, and said 600 farmers had committed suicide in the last two years. Cultivable land reduced by half in Anantapuramu district, he pointed out, but avoided directly mentioning the Telugu Desam Party government. On the special category status (SCS) issue, however, the Congress chief found fault with the TDP as well for ‘failing to exert pressure’ on the Centre. Five years have gone-by and the current Prime Minister did not fulfil the promises made by the people of the country. And it is sad that neither of the two parties in AP had put pressure on the PM to take this decision. TDP was in alliance with Narendra Modi and they should have put pressure on him and forced him to give SCS, Rahul remarked. And I understand that Jaganmohan Reddy has a lot of cases on him. I understand that the Prime Minister can put a lot of pressure on Reddy. But this is not the question of an individual. This is the question of the future of people of AP, he added. He observed that SCS was important for the future of AP and that was what people of India owed to the state. There should be no confusion that the moment the Congress comes to power in 2019, one of the first decisions we will take will be giving SCS to AP. Because we are absolutely convinced that AP needs SCS, the Congress chief said. Criticizing the Prime Minister for ‘failing to honour’ the promises made to AP (post-bifurcation), Gandhi recalled that Modi himself promised SCS and also said the state needed a world-class capital. Truth is neither did he give SCS, Central University, Kadapa steel plant or the Polavaram project. What has been promised by PM has to be delivered. We will give it to you, he promised. The Congress president also assured to positively look into the demand for granting Scheduled Caste status to the Vaddera community and Scheduled Tribe status to the Valmiki community. He promised to take up categorization of the SCs in an amicable manner.last_img read more

Kevin Love Is Only Following The Same Rubric As Six Decades Of

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love made news Monday when he endorsed Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA MVP race. Now, normally that wouldn’t be much of a story — we’ve made the case for Westbrook ourselves — except for one not-so-tiny detail: Love picked Westbrook over his own teammate, LeBron James.Asked to choose between Westbrook (Love’s old college teammate at UCLA) and James by Dan Patrick on his eponymous radio show, Love said:They’re both having an MVP-type season, but I’m going to go with Russell Westbrook because … every single night you’re looking at his stat sheet, they’re fighting for a playoff spot, with Serge Ibaka going down now, Kevin Durant potentially being out the rest of the year and him still going out there and fighting for his team, and winning, and fighting for that seventh or eighth spot in the playoffs. … I think Russ is arguably having the better season.The supposed slight between teammates was later downplayed by James (“Kevin has his own opinion of who he believes is the MVP. No one should fault him for that.”). But to some, it added to the speculation about a growing rift between the two superstars — and what it could mean for Love’s future in Cleveland. If he chooses to, Love can opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer.Then again, maybe Love was just following the same rubric that MVP voters have adhered to for over a half-century. Several years ago, Justin Kubatko (then of Basketball-Reference.com) analyzed historical patterns in NBA MVP voting, attempting to create an algorithm that would predict the front-runners for the award in-season. After going through a variety of statistical combinations, he found that four categories had by far the most influence on MVP results: team wins, points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game.That research forms the basis for Basketball-Reference.com’s MVP tracker tool, which currently gives Westbrook about twice as good a shot at the award as James. While James’ team has been better, winning 64 percent of its games — compared with 58 percent for Oklahoma City — Westbrook’s edges over James in points, rebounds and assists per game are traditionally more than enough to offset the difference in team records. The Thunder’s winning percentage would have to drop to 48 percent for Westbrook and James to have the same MVP probability per the Basketball-Reference.com model.(For what it’s worth, the metric also lists Houston’s James Harden and — especially — Golden State’s Stephen Curry as overwhelming MVP favorites, with Curry garnering a 41 percent probability of taking home the hardware. So it’s still unlikely that Westbrook or James will win the award.)In other words, Love isn’t necessarily going out of his way to disrespect James here. Perhaps the homer pick — publicly backing one’s teammate despite evidence to the contrary — is still a customary gesture of solidarity among colleagues. But by picking Westbrook instead, Love was at least highly consistent with the way media members have voted for players since the first MVP was handed out. read more

Buckeyes blank Zips in first game of Luke Fickell era

On a day of many firsts for Ohio State football, Luke Fickell earned the most important one: His first win as coach. In his first start, redshirt senior quarterback Joe Bauserman was 12-for-16 passing for 163 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran for 32 yards and one touchdown in three quarters of work. Jake Stoneburner became the first OSU tight end to catch three touchdowns in a game and, along with a stingy OSU defense, the Buckeyes defeated the Akron Zips, 42-0, in front of 105,001 fans at Ohio Stadium. Saturday’s game was the team’s first since former coach Jim Tressel was forced to resign as OSU coach on May 30 after failing to self-report NCAA violations committed by his players. No. 18-ranked OSU (1-0) also had nine players suspended for the game, including DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Dan Herron and Solomon Thomas, who are suspended for the first five games of this season. Jordan Whiting was also banned from Saturday’s game, as were Corey Brown, Travis Howard and Jordan Hall, whose suspensions were announced on Thursday. “We’ll focus on what we have and not what we’ve lost,” Fickell said in his post game press conference. “We’ll continue to move forward. Even with everything that’s been outside and out and around us, the players have done a really good job of focusing.” As Fickell promised during a Tuesday press conference, Bauserman took the first snap of the game, and then made the most of his first drive as an OSU starter. Bauserman led the Buckeyes on an eight-play, 74-yard scoring drive. After eluding a tackle in the backfield, Bauserman scampered 15 yards into the end zone. The ensuing point-after attempt put OSU up, 7-0. After forcing a punt on Akron’s second possession, Fickell endured the first missed opportunity in his short time as the Buckeyes’ coach. Redshirt freshman tailback Rod Smith carried five times for 31 yards to help lead OSU into scoring position, but fumbled inside the 5-yard line. OSU’s defense forced a three-and-out and a third consecutive punt by Akron (0-1), however. Enter true freshman quarterback Braxton Miller, who stepped onto the Horseshoe’s turf to lead his first drive. Miller kept the ball and ran for two yards on his opening play, however, his first pass attempt was bobbled and dropped by junior tight end Reid Fragel. Miller was then forced to smother the ball after an errant snap on his third play under center, and the Buckeyes punted. After Akron’s fourth punt of the game, Bauserman retook the offensive reins on OSU’s next possession. That drive, which covered 64 yards and lasted 5:35, resulted in a 28-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jake Stoneburner and a 14-0 lead for OSU. Kicker Drew Basil missed a 40-yard field goal with 2:52 remaining in the second quarter, but the OSU defense protected the team’s two scores by limiting Akron to a single first down to that point in the game. Senior linebacker Andrew Sweat intercepted a pass by Zips’ sophomore quarterback Clayton Moore just moments later, however. Sweat stomped his feet in-bounds before falling into the OSU bench area on Akron’s 35-yard line. “(Dominic Clarke) deflected it (the pass) and I just ran to the ball,” Sweat said. “I was just trying to assist on the tackle and it ended up deflecting upward and I was lucky enough to catch it.” By game’s end, Sweat had also tallied a team-high six tackles, two of which were for losses totaling eight yards. Moore, who completed only six of 16 passes 54 yards in the game, could only help guide the Zips to 90 total yards of offense. Sweat’s interception gave OSU a chance to redeem itself — and it did. Sophomore tailback Carlos Hyde opened the drive with a 24-yard run. Three plays later, Bauserman again connected with Stoneburner for an 11-yard touchdown pass to put the Buckeyes up 21-0. On the ensuing Zips’ drive, kicker T.J. Marchese’s 41-yard field goal attempt sailed left of the uprights as time expired in the first half. On the defensive side, the Buckeyes limited Akron to 100 total yards in the half. Sweat’s interception also marked the only drive on which the Zips didn’t punt. The Buckeyes’ dominance continued at the outset of the second half. Eight plays after sophomore kick returner Corey Brown returned the opening kick of the half to Akron’s 49-yard line, Bauserman threw his third touchdown pass of the day to Stoneburner — a 2-yard pass this time — and OSU led, 28-0. Stoneburner had four catches for 50 yards on the play. He also became the first tight end in the 122-year history of Buckeyes’ football to score three touchdowns in a game, as well as the eighth player at any position to accomplish the feat. Bauserman led the Buckeyes on six of their first seven drives before Miller took command of the offense for the duration of the game. “It felt good to get out there and get good timing and get comfortable with the seniors and offensive line,” Bauserman said. “I’ll watch film and critique it (the game) and move on.” On just his third drive as a collegian, Miller celebrated his inaugural touchdown pass. Miller found wide receiver and fellow freshman Devin Smith for a 14-yard touchdown after leading OSU on a six-play, 59-yard drive. At that point, the Buckeyes led, 35-0, and both teams began to clear their benches. Miller then guided a 38-yard scoring scoring drive that Smith capped with a two-yard touchdown run to put the Buckeyes up 42-0, and went on to win by the same score. For the game, Miller and Bauserman combined to help the Buckeyes tally 517 total yards of offense. “It was good for both Braxton and I to get out there,” Bauserman said. “Braxton came in and did well and moved the ball. We both were focused.” Smith finished the game with 74 yards on 18 carries while Miller ended his afternoon 8-for-12 passing for 130 yard and one touchdown. After notching his first victory on a day when the temperature on the field rose above 100-degrees, Fickell said that he had not spoken to Tressel prior to Saturday’s game and that he was solely focused on his players’ performance. “No, I have not talked with (Tressel),” Fickell said. “I know he’s rooting for us and for these guys. We are definitely excited about having a great day out there and looking forward to getting better.” OSU plays the Toledo Rockets (1-0) on Saturday at noon at the ‘Shoe. read more

Juventus cant afford Pogba or Morata

first_imgJuventus CEO Beppe Marotta has indicated that the club can’t afford to buy either of their former stars Paul Pogba or Alvaro MorataBoth stars played together at Juventus from 2014 to 2016 and together they won the Serie A title on multiple occasions, before Pogba sealed a then-world record transfer of £89.3m to Manchester United and Morata return to Real Madrid in a €30m deal.Currently the duo have struggled at their respective clubs with Pogba regularly being criticised this season for his inconsistent performances. While Morata, now with Chelsea, has only scored one league goal since December and is reportedly discontent with life in London.But, despite their uncertain futures, Marotta told Mediaset that he feels that their market value is now out of their reach.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I don’t really believe in players coming back after having gone away, but there are also exceptions.” said Marotta, according to SportsMole.“They are two great professionals who left excellent memories, but the market value that they have reached is a mirage for us.”last_img read more