On Monday 8th July, The Roundhouse, north London, was transformed into a tennis themed gala dinner to mark a spectacular fundraising evening in aid of the Novak Djokovic Foundation.Novak Djokovic and girlfriend JelenaCredit/Copyright: http://novakdjokovicfoundation.orgThe inaugural London gala ball raised over £1,200,000 to support disadvantaged children in Serbia and was attended by Event Chairs, Novak Djokovic, Kate Hudson, Naomi Campbell, Boris Becker, Goldie Hawn, and Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York – who was recently announced as the charity’s Global Ambassador. Milutin Gatsby, the charity’s Global Fundraising Chairman also graced the green and white carpet at the star-studded event.Among the 300 guests were Sir Richard Branson, Gerard Butler, Ronnie Wood, Erin O’Connor, Jeremy Piven, Branislav Ivanovic, Jonathan Ross, Ladies Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli, Tim Henman, Matt Bellamy, and Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice.Demonstrating the Foundation’s worldwide support from Novak’s circle of friends involved in fashion, sport, music, entertainment and business, auction prizes included a money-can’t-buy yacht getaway with Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson, a signed guitar by Ronnie Wood and a seven day holiday at Sir Richard Branson’s private island, Necker, situated in the British Virgin Islands.In a touching speech before the live auction bidding, Novak thanked his girlfriend Jelena for her love and support, and for everything she’s done for the Foundation.“Love is the greatest driving force in my life, it can create miracles,” the world no.1 said.UNICEF Ambassador, Djokovic, founded the Novak Djokovic Foundation in 2007 with a mission to support vulnerable and disadvantaged children from the lack of nutrition, education, illness or loss of family- especially in his native Serbia.Commenting on the event, the six-time Grand Slam Champion said: “I am delighted to be joined this evening by friends and family to support a cause which is so close to my heart. The Foundation works alongside young children in Serbia to provide support, encouragement and resources so they can fulfill and nurture their dreams. With the help of such generous people, our vision is to expand our work to the UK and America and transform the lives of more children around the world.”The Foundation was also proud to announce a new collaboration to bring MindUP, the signature initiative of The Hawn Foundation to children in Serbia. Commenting on the partnership, Kate Hudson said; “Having seen the extent of how MindUP has changed the lives of so many children I am a proud member of the board and a hugely admiring daughter. I was thrilled to be at this very important event celebrating the new partnership between The Hawn Foundation and The Djokovic Foundation who together are launching MindUP for the kids in Serbia.”Based on positive psychology, educating the heart and mind, MindUP builds resilience and brings overall well-being to children, giving them tools to reduce stress and anxiety, regulate their emotions, find optimism and nurture happiness.Source:novakdjokovicfoundation.org
TORONTO — DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. says light vehicle sales fell 9.4 per cent in November compared with last year for a ninth straight month of declines.The consultancy says a total of 143,668 vehicles were sold in the month, compared with 158,653 a year ago, as passenger car sales fell 11.4 per cent and light truck sales were down 8.7 per cent.DesRosiers says that with the light vehicle market down by about 44,000 units so far compared with last year, it’s almost certain that this year will be the first since 2009 that there won’t be year-over-year growth in the market.Sales are down 2.3 per cent as of the end of the month compared with last year, made up of a 9.6 per cent decline for passenger cars and a 1.1 per cent increase in light truck sales.Despite the dip from last year’s record high, the light vehicle market is still close to 50,000 units ahead of where it was at the end of November in 2016. General Motors, which last week announced it was closing its Oshawa assembly plant, saw sales dip 18.3 per cent in the month compared with last year, while Ford Motor Co. saw a 10.7 per cent drop and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was down 35.1 per cent. Toyota sales were up 11.5 per cent and Hyundai sales were up 10 per cent.The Canadian Press
YRB North Peace General Manager Chris Charbonneau says that most of the welding will be done on the sides of some of the bridge deck’s floor beams, but that the work needs to be done during daylight hours, hence the hours of the closure.He said that some welding will also be done on the bridge’s metal deck, which is the reason for the lane closure.Charbonneau explained that while the work is listed on DriveBC.ca as running until July 26th, there is a possibility that the work could be completed by Tuesday or Wednesday.He added that YRB is asking motorists to use caution while driving through the work zone, and is apologizing for any delays that motorists experience. TAYLOR, B.C. – You’ve got three guesses why the Taylor Bridge is once again down to single-lane traffic this week, and the first two don’t count.Highway maintenance crews will be reducing Highway 97 over the Taylor Bridge down to single lane-alternating traffic between now and July 26th as welders once again make their way onto the bridge to conduct repairs.The repairs will be conducted from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and motorists are advised to expect delays of up to 20 minutes in each direction.
Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Tuesday bought $5 billion through long-term forex swap auction in a bid to ease liquidity ahead of elections. RBI successfully concluded the forex swap auction, buying the targeted $5 billion as part of the long term dollar/rupee swap with a three-year tenor, it said in a statement. In turn, Rs 34,561 crore was infused into the Indian banking system. The RBI said it received $16.31 billion in bids for the auction for which the cut-off was set at 776 paise. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe central bank accepted $5.02 billion of dollars tendered. This formed part of RBI’s announcement earlier this month that it would buy dollars from banks for three years and offer them rupees in return. The swap will bulk up India’s foreign exchange reserves while injecting liquidity into the financial system to ease a cash crunch typically seen before the beginning of a financial year. It is meant to give RBI greater flexibility in managing banking system cash while helping soak up any potential large dollar inflows, such as from the Rs 42,000 crore purchase of Essar Steel by ArcelorMittal which could make the rupee rise sharply. India’s new fiscal year begins on April 1. The central bank has bought Rs 3 lakh crore of bonds this fiscal to support the market at a time when a record $100 billion borrowing plan of the government had cooled demand for debt.
By Nahla BendefaaRabat – Two Amnesty International staff members were interrogated before being expelled from Morocco on Thursday, June 11, on the basis of conducting unauthorized research. John Dalhuisen, Director for Europe and Central Asia, and Irem Arf, Refugee and Migrant Rights ‘Researcher’, were investigating the human rights situation of migrants and refugees at Morocco’s northern borders with Spain. The Moroccan Ministry of Interior said in a press release that both Dalhuisen and Arf did not have the necessary permission to conduct their research. The Interior Ministry also stated that they had asked the London-based human rights group to delay the research trip until both parties found a compromise in terms of the conditions of the fact-finding mission.Amnesty International stated that it had received written and verbal assurances as recently as May 2015 during a meeting with Moroccan officials that the organization could visit the country without being required to obtain prior authorization.The police picked up John Dalhuisen at his hotel in Rabat, while Irem Arf and her translator were stopped in Oujda. Both Dalhuisen and Arf were interviewed extensively before being sent to London and Paris, respectively.“Moroccan authorities’ attempts to thwart Amnesty International’s work in the country, and our ability to investigate alleged human rights abuses, takes place against a backdrop of growing restrictions on local human rights groups,” said Anna Neistat, Amnesty International’s Senior Director of Research.According to Amnesty International, this is not the first time that Moroccan authorities have hindered their work in the Kingdom. In September 2014, authorities shut down Amnesty International’s 16th Annual Youth Camp. Following that, a fact-finding delegation was denied entry in October of the same year. In November 2014, another fact-finding visit was “cancelled by the organization after the Moroccan authorities sought to impose conditions on how it could operate”.
New York – Following the San Bernardino mass shooting last week that has terrorized the U.S., President Barack Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office on Sunday night on “keeping the American people safe.”Obama began his address by remembering the fourteen lives that were taken during the attack. “Each of them a public servant. All of them a part of our American family”, he called them.While the FBI is still investigating the San Bernardino attacks, Obama shared the latest findings on the tragedy. “We have no evidence that the killers were directed by a terrorist organization overseas, or that they were part of a broader conspiracy here at home. But it is clear that these killers had embraced a perversion of Islam, stockpiled assault weapons, and committed an act of terrorism,” he stressed.Obama sent a reassuring message to the American people, “The threat of terrorism is real, but we will overcome it. We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us” and outlined a 4-step strategy to achieve it.“First, our military will continue to hunt down terrorist plotters in any country where it is necessary, using air strikes to take out ISIL leaders and their infrastructure in Iraq and Syria,” Obama said.“Second, we will continue to provide training and equipment to Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting ISIL on the ground so that we take away their safe havens,” he added.“Third, we are leading a coalition of 65 countries to stop ISIL’s operations by disrupting plots, cutting off their financing, and preventing them from recruiting more fighters.”“Fourth, with American leadership, the international community has established a process and timeline to pursue cease-fires and a political resolution to the Syrian civil war,” the President described as the final step.He continued his speech by urging the U.S. Congress “to make sure that no one on a No Fly List is able to buy a gun.”He also called for “stronger screening for those who come to America without a visa so that we can know if they’ve traveled to war zones,” adding that Congress “should vote to authorize the continued use of military force against these terrorists.”The second portion of his address was about the actions “we should not take” in the fight against terrorism and stated this is not an issue between Americans and Muslims.“We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight become a war between America and Islam. That, too, is what groups like ISIL want. ISIL does not speak for Islam. They are thugs and killers, and account for a tiny fraction of more than a billion Muslims around the world who reject their hateful ideology.”To defeat terrorism, Obama believes Muslim communities should be seen “as our strongest allies in rooting out misguided ideas that lead to radicalization.”“It is the responsibility of all Americans — of every faith — to reject discrimination. It is our responsibility to reject religious tests on who we admit into this country. It is our responsibility to reject language that encourages suspicion or hate,” he added.He concluded his speech with a moving statement reminding the American people that “We were founded upon a belief in human dignity — the idea that no matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or what religion you practice, you are equal in the eyes of God and equal in the eyes of the law.”
29 August 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the decision by the Sudanese Government to grant amnesty to five community leaders who were under the protection of the United Nations-African Union mission since the outbreak of violence over a year ago. The five local leaders, or sheikhs, were granted amnesty on Saturday by the Governor of South Darfur state ahead of this week’s Eid al-Fitr holiday to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. They had been sheltering at the community policing centre of the UN-AU peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) in Kalma, South Darfur, since last July when violence erupted in the displaced persons camp there. They were escorted back to their homes by members of the mission yesterday. “The Secretary-General is gratified that the sheikhs have, with the support of UNAMID, been reunited with their families in time to celebrate Eid al-Fitr,” a statement issued by his spokesperson said. “He urges community leaders and members of the camp to refrain from all acts of violence,” it added. South Darfur authorities had demanded UNAMID turn the five over in connection with alleged crimes but the mission had declined to do so, citing its obligations under its mandate to ensure that due process and the rights of individuals are upheld at all times.
In some areas of the Horn of Africa country, 15 per cent of children are malnourished, while in others 25 to 30 per cent of children are affected by acute malnutrition, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.Eritrea has only produced 13 to 18 per cent of its annual food requirement over the last few years due to many factors, including poor harvests resulting from five consecutive years of drought, lack of market stability, food price inflation, and the loss of assets and livestock.More than 70 per cent of the rural population currently falls below the poverty line, and coping strategies after many years of hardship are badly over-stretched.Food insecurity and widespread poor nutritional status among women and children remain the paramount humanitarian concerns in Eritrea.Secretary-General Kofi Annan recently wrote to Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki and to the Security Council, expressing his growing concern about the restrictions placed on humanitarian operations in Eritrea by the Eritrean Government.
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Nintendo is set to launch its latest home console the Wii U on November 18 at a cost of $300. There’s still many questions hanging over the new machine, but today Nintendo has made it clear they haven’t forgotten about the console it is replacing and has lowered its price.The black version of the Wii console has been repackaged to include a Wii Remote Plus, Nunchuk, and both Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort as standard (shipping on a single disc) for just $129.99. Before today the best value packages included Mario Kart Wii or New Super Mario Bros. Wii for $150.Stock of previous console bundles should all but have disappeared in the next couple of weeks with Nintendo positioning the new pack as the standard. It will start shipping to stores this week and should be available everywhere by October 28. You may also remember this isn’t the first time Nintendo has shipped a Wii with both Wii Sports titles. It offered a very similar bundle in 2010 along with the Wii MotionPlus controller accessory. The only difference back then was it cost $199.99.The Wii has shipped over 95 million units worldwide and has had in excess of 1,200 games released meaning it’s a good value proposition this holiday season. You have to say it’s going to be the last year for significant sales though, especially when considering the Wii U is backwards compatible and will have surely seen a price drop in time for the holidays next year.What will be interesting to see is how the sales compare next to the Wii U, which launches with 22 games available. The price difference is massive though, with the Wii U Basic Set costing $170 more than the Wii, and the Deluxe Set $220 more expensive even before you start considering buying some launch games.Read more at Nintendo
Short URL If the Prime Minister persists with this and doesn’t back off, then I think really his administration will collapse. I don’t see how a Prime Minister who persists with this will last until the 31 October.John Tongue, a Professor of Politics at the University of Liverpool, said that it was a “very very blatant device by the government” and an “obvious move to truncate debate”. He said that because of the recesses for the party conferences, there was no reason why the parliament couldn’t sit “up until 13 September and then resume on Wednesday 3 October”. Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 4:02 PM 26 Comments Here, they’re proposing to stop it for five weeks and there’s been nothing like that in decades.“It probably could be seen as unconstitutional in the British sense because Britain doesn’t have a written constitution – so unconstitutional means unusually bad behaviour rather than illegal behaviour.”But he added that what was “pretty audacious” and “out of line” with practices over the last few decades, is that they’re pretending that it’s not about Brexit.The Hansard Society told the Guardian that this was the longest prorogation since 1945, and would prompt legal challenges. It’s been suggested by some commentators that the move could be forcing those against a no-deal to put forward a vote of no confidence in Johnson, which had been sidelined yesterday by opposition parties in favour of legislating against a no-deal Brexit.Passing legislation is a long, complicated process, comprising of debates and amendments that would require breathing space on the House of Commons’ legislative agenda.If a vote of no confidence is put forward instead, it could take up legislative time needed to debate no-deal legislation – another possible chess move by Johnson’s team. In a counter move by anti no-deal MPs, there have been reports that the Court of Session in Edinburgh will tomorrow consider a petition backed by more than 70 parliamentarians aimed at blocking Boris Johnson’s prorogation bid.Is this the end of Boris Johnson? Source: Dominic LipinskiFormer attorney general Dominic Grieve told Radio 5 Live today that he reckoned the government would collapse over this issue and that he would “certainly” vote down a Tory government that “persists in following a course of action that is so unconstitutional”. Explainer: The British parliament is being prorogued – but could the queen have refused? Rory Stewart said before that if parliament was prorogued, he would help organise an alternative parliament. Share42 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Commons Library/Twitter I think what this does is makes the vote of no confidence more likely – this I’m not sure that Boris Johnson and the Tories will win it.“So, we’re probably looking at a general election.”If Johnson loses a vote of no-confidence, he has 14 days after the vote to win another one, which isn’t likely to happen in this very polarised debate on Brexit.If he doesn’t win a second one, or doesn’t try, parliament will dissolve and a general election will be called within 25 days. Source: Faisal Islam/Twitter By Gráinne Ní Aodha 33,422 Views Here’s what it looked like a few years back – cross party Lord Commissioners act on behalf of the Queen to prorogue Parliament, the men get to doff their caps too. Would you get cross party cooperation in these circs? pic.twitter.com/pfWvCvXwwe— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) August 28, 2019 https://jrnl.ie/4785371 Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesTODAY, UK PRIME Minister Boris Johnson requested that Queen Elizabeth suspend the British parliament in a controversial move known as prorogation.Five hours after his request, the queen acquiesced, in a move that will be the focus of the UK’s rolling constitutional debate. Johnson said that he made the request to end the 340-day long parliamentary session, which he accused of “filling time” and holding back key Brexit legislation. However, House Speaker John Bercow said that the move amounted to a “constitutional outrage” and that it was “blindingly obvious” that it was being done to “stop parliament debating Brexit”.Former Tory leadership candidate Rory Stewart said previously that he thought it was highly unlikely that parliament would be prorogued, but added that if it was, he would help organise an alternative parliament to try to stop a no-deal Brexit.The move to prorogue parliament is a complicated one, which is exacerbated by the queen’s involvement in stopping and starting parliamentary sessions, as well as the fact that the UK has no written constitution and instead relies on precedent. Source: House of CommonsDuring prorogation, motions or questions can’t be tabled and almost all parliamentary business comes to an end. The queen has granted a request from Boris Johnson to suspend parliament from 9 September at the earliest, until 14 October. An annual Conference Recess Motion sees the House of Commons break up to hold party conferences from 14 September to 2 October this year.The House of Commons is to return next week, after breaking up for a summer recess a day after the appointment of Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister.Is this unusual?Ronan McCrea, Professor of Constitutional and European Law at University College London told RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke this morning that normally, prorogation lasts for a few days between sessions of parliament. In March, during a series of votes on how to take Brexit forward, a majority of 321 MPs voted against a no-deal Brexit at any time, with 278 voting in favour. It’s the only clear majority for any Brexit option that the House of Commons has had.When House Leader Jacob Rees Mogg was asked to stop a “chaotic” prorogation, he responded to say that the House of Commons has passed the Withdrawal Act and the Article 50 Act, and that “mere motions” such as the one above on no-deal, count for naught. “…We would have an erratic, changeable and irregular system of government,” if they did, he said.Could the queen have refused to prorogue?Although Queen Elizabeth is understood to have expressed her disappointment in British politicians’ “inability to govern”, as she is bound by precedent, she has no other choice but to grant a request to prorogue parliament. “In theory yes, but in practice no,” McCrea said earlier today. “The queen acts on the advice of the Privy Council, which is her senior ministers. So in this case, the queen will follow the advice of her prime minister and ministers to prorogue parliament.”“The only issue that might affect that is if parliament indicates it has lost confidence in Boris Johnson, but that hasn’t happened yet. She will almost certainly just accept the request, that’s what she has to do.”Former British Prime Minister John Major has said that in his opinion it would be “almost inconceivable” for the queen to deny the request; he’s also threatened to take the British government to court if it pushes for prorogation.The House of Commons Library said that in practice, “this process has been a formality in the UK for more than a century: the government of the day advises the Crown to prorogue and that request is acquiesced to”. The Prime Minister has asked the Queen to suspend (prorogue) Parliament in the 2nd sitting week of September. How does #proroguing Parliament work? And what are the consequences? Our recent briefing explains what you need to know https://t.co/fFilJGQUCy #prorogation— Commons Library (@commonslibrary) August 28, 2019 Aug 28th 2019, 4:02 PM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox:
Former England international Jamie Carragher has backed Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks to start in place of Jordan Henderson when the team plays Spain on Monday.The Three Lions travel to Seville to play Luis Enrique’s side on Monday in their third group game of the UEFA Nations League without Henderson who is suspended for the game.The Liverpool captain picked up his second yellow card in two Nations League games and will sit out the clash against La Furia Roja and Carragher believes Winks should take his place in the starting line-up.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“In midfield, maybe Harry Winks. He played really well for Spurs against Barcelona in the Champions League, against a similar type of players. Again, it won’t be easy, but I think in Seville on Monday night, we are going to have to do as well as we can to keep the ball against Spain. Winks is as good as anyone who can come in for Jordan Henderson in terms of technical ability,” Carragher said to Sky Sports.Winks has an impressive form for Spurs this season and put in a decent display in the team’s UEFA Champions League loss to Barcelona at Wembley earlier this month and carried that form during the victory against Cardiff City.The 22-year-old was a standout performer for Mauricio Pochettino’s side against the La Liga champions star-studded midfield and his club manager has previously likened him to one Barcelona’s greatest player Andres Iniesta because of his ability to dictate play.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#fireatpotterscaydock, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 10, 2017 – Nassau – A container is reported to be on fire on this morning at Potter’s Cay Dock, sending plumes of black smoke up and over the Paradise Island Bridge in Nassau.Assistant Police Commissioner Walter Evans confirmed that a team of firefighters was on the scene. Reports are also that a Cat Island Air fuel truck collided with another, beneath the bridge on Potter’s Cay dock.A man identified as Neil Armstrong was transported to Doctors Hospital, after suffering 80% degree burns on the scene of the fire. reports are that he was transferring 2000 gallon of fuels by using a fuel transfer pump to transfer fuel from one truck the other for Cat Island Air.Video Playerhttp://magneticmediatv.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/WhatsApp-Video-2017-05-10-at-9.57.38-AM.mp400:0000:0000:05Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. #magneticmedianews#fireatpotterscaydock
From left to right: Karidia Soukoulé Koné, director of the Ivory Coast school nutrition program, and ASA/WISHH Executive Director Jim Hershey sign an agreement to fund training local cooks on how to cook school meals with U.S. textured soy protein.The American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program Executive Director Jim Hershey visited the Ivory Coast, West Africa on Monday to sign an agreement with Directorate of School Canteens, (DSC) the Ivorian Government’s school nutrition program.Thanks to $30,000 from the U.S. Soybean Export Council’s (USSEC) Internally Managed Funds dedicated to promoting U.S. soy exports for food uses, WISHH has offered to fund the training of more than 1,000 school cooks and food service managers. The DSC bought approximately 75 metric tons (five 40 foot containers) of textured soy protein, which is clearing customs this month. The personnel from over 500 schools throughout the country will be trained in January. The DCS will announce their budget for next school year in February, and WISHH and its partners expect the order for U.S. soy protein to double or triple for use in the new school year.
Vancouver police are looking for the owner of a bicycle that was stolen Wednesday by a suspect fleeing from a hit-and-run vehicle crash.Police responded to a report of a driver who had struck a vehicle on state Highway 14 before exiting onto Southeast 164th Avenue, where he crashed into a retaining wall and fled on foot, according to police.The suspect, later identified as James L. Earls, 40, of Vancouver, was then seen riding a bicycle in the area of Southeast McGillivray Boulevard near Southeast Village Loop, according to Vancouver police.Earls then allegedly abandoned the bicycle and fled on foot, but was arrested a short time later.He was booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of hit-and-run, theft and obstructing law enforcement.The bike used in the getaway, however, has not been returned to its owner.Police are asking for help in locating the owner of the white Novara Bonita 26-inch, 27-speed, 6000 series mountain bike with front Suntour shocks.Two bicycle helmets were recovered with the bike: a silver Schwinn helmet and a black Giro helmet, police said.Anyone with information about the owner of the bicycle is asked to contact Officer Don Magarian at Don.Magarian@cityofvancouver.us.
HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – One man was taken into custody after a confrontation with a Hialeah Police officer at Palm Springs Hospital, Sunday evening.According to police, the officer sustained minor injuries, and an adult male is in custody.Palm Springs Hospital is located at 1475 West 49 Place in Hialeah. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Srikakulam: Excise Deputy Commissioner (DC) S Sukesh said that the department has formed special teams to prevent irregularities in supply and sale of liquor at wine shops, bar and restaurants. Speaking to media at his office here on Friday, he said they were receiving numerous complaints regarding the collection of high prices than maximum retail price (MRP) and dilution of liquor by mixing cheap liquor and belt shops. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us “We are maintaining strict vigil on these irregularities by forming special teams,” the DC said. From October 1 onwards the government liquor shops will come into force and interested persons can apply for getting licence to maintain government shop and last date for submission of these applications is August 18, the DC said. So far, we have received 31 tender applications for government shops in the district, he said and added in total 239 approved shops were in existence in the district, of them only 196 shops renewed their licence and remaining 43 shops did not come forward to renew their licences, for which last date is September 30. From October 1 onwards all these approved 239 shops will be run by the government, the DC elaborated. Government liquor depot manager G Kumaraswamy was also present.
New Delhi: A Group of Ministers (GOM) meeting will be held at the official residence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar are expected to attend the meeting.Earlier on Friday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had said that India follows ‘no first use’ policy regarding nuclear weapons but said what would happen in future will depend on “circumstances”. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us “On the question of nuclear policy, till today, we have a policy of no-first-use. What happens in future, will depend on circumstances,” he told ANI after paying homage to late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the site where the country conducted its second nuclear tests during the regime of the NDA government in 1998.
Hyderabad: The JubileeHills Police registered a drunken drive case against a youth wing leader of YSR Congress Party on late night of Saturday. During the drunken drive checkings, they found the leader was driving the vehicle in drunken condition. Police by registering cases on 24 drunken drivers seized 19 bikes, 4 cars, one auto from them.
Kamal Hossain, AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, Mirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirA greater unity of the opposition political parties including the BNP may be forged, through a Dhaka rally schedueld to be held on Saturday, political observers say.If it takes shape ultimately, they believe, the ‘National Unity Process’ proclaimed by international reputed lawyer and Gano Forum chief Kamal Hossain will be a major determining political force ahead of the 11th parliament elections expected later this year.AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Jukta Front (United Front) and Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya (National Unity Process) have planned to hold the rally at Mohanagar Natya Mancha at 3:00pm Saturday.Although the government has given permission for holding the rally at the last moment, ruling Bangladesh Awami League remains vigilant about the rally and possible outcome of it.Leaders of the Jukta Front and the Jatiya Oikya Prokriya say they may announce at the rally coordinated programmes demanding a neutral and acceptable election.“The main crisis of the country today is lack of atmosphere to hold an acceptable and participatory election and we have planned the rally to ensure it,” Gano Forum executive president Subrata Chowhdury told Prothom Alo.He added, without the restoration of the voting right of the people, the country cannot advance as democracy is no longer there.Leaders of different political parties including BNP, except Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, and also members of the civil society and professional bodies have been invited to the rally.It is expected that a huge number of activists of the BNP and several left-leaning parties will attend the rally. Jukta Front convener AQM Badrudozza Chowdhury is scheduled to join the rally as the main speaker, after his absence at the programme where Kamal Hossain announced the National Unity Process.The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has been trying for long to forge a greater unity.Badruddoza Chowdhury floated Jukta Front and called on others to join his initiative. Kamal Hossain was insisting on national unity and eventually proclaimed the Jatiya Oikya Prokriya.BNP insiders said they would participate in the rally. It is yet to be ascertained whether BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir alone or a delegation will join the rally.The Awami League is keeping watch on the ‘greater unity process’. Party insiders informally said they are worried over the presence of leaders and activists of BNP and left-leaning parties at the rally.The ruling party is continuing activities secretly so that a large number of parties do not join the rally while the presence of leaders and activists is thin, said sources in the AL.AL policymakers said they are keeping an eye on the participation of the BNP leaders and activists at the rally.If the large number of BNP leaders and activists turn up, they will be identified and pressure will be created accordingly, the AL leaders said.Speaking to Prothom Alo, a central AL leader said Kamal Hossain has been trying to forge ‘national unity or greater unity’, but he has not been successful.However, an AL leader said, forging a greater unity has now come to the fore as BNP and some left-leaning parties are likely to join it. “It’s a concern for the Awami League if the rally becomes successful.”The AL leader pointed out that their party was telling people that the BNP is ‘communal and violent force’ but if Kamal Hossain and the left-leaning parties forge alliance with the BNP, the public face of the BNP would change.Publicly, at a party programme on Thursday, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said if such unity is forged between some parties and leaders, it has no impact on the people.