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The dance of democracyThe dance of democracy

first_imgThe dance of democracy has commenced in India as the world’s largest election exercise kickstarted this week. Lok Sabha 2019 is also turning out to be the most bitterly fought election in the history of the Indian democracy. Parties are scrambling to retain power or snatch it. In the middle of this turf war, elections are also a time for celebration because only ever so often (once in five years to be precise) do ordinary citizens truly get a chance to exercise their right of franchise. It is also a matter of great responsibility as almost 900 million voters begin to cast their votes and decide their future and that of the nation. Also Read – A special kind of bondThis great power that lies on our finger for that brief moment within the polling booth (provided the EVMs function without glitches and our names do appear in voter lists) is not to be taken lightly. The vote that we cast will decide the path taken by the nation for the next five years. It is also poignant to remember that the mandate given by the people in these general elections will also be a referendum on the BJP government’s performance in its last tenure. It will either be an acceptance or rejection of the BJP’s politics and policies, and it will be for all of it. It cannot be a selective acceptance of the saffron party’s nation-building and infrastructure development without the acceptance of the polarisation, communalism, demonetisation, lynching, NRC, and beef ban that have also been a part of it. Voting for Congress or the regional parties will be an acceptance of their past failures, corruption charges, possibilities of political instability, and promises of an India different from the one that has assumed centre stage in the last five years. Also Read – Insider threat managementAs citizens, our ideologies may be varied, our beliefs at loggerheads with each other; but if the democratic process is followed in true spirit and practice, then we shall all have the right to vote for whomever we trust. But do remember dear readers, that this time we vote not only for the next government that will come to power but also for the very idea of India. It is absolutely possible that that idea of India with its secularism, tolerance, and universal brotherhood, may not be wholly acceptable by the majority, but it sure is something worth fighting for. If you desire a change in that idea of India that has been our foundation since Independence, that has formed the backbone of our thinking, then so be it. But do be well aware of what you’re signing up for and the future trajectory of the nation. Read the manifestos of the various parties, understand what they promise to deliver. Don’t go just by hearsay, hyperboles, fake news and propaganda; do your research, and then take a moment to think before you cast your vote. The will of the people is supreme and whatever be their decision will be known on May 23 and will have to be accepted. But as long as we jump or fall with our eyes open, fully aware of who and what we are voting for, then this election will be a success for democracy. Whatever be your decision, whoever your tribesman, do step out and vote. This brilliant dance of democracy will be incomplete without your vote, even if you choose to vote for ‘None of the Above’. (The writer is a journalist and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange marketsMost actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,288.90 up 101.53 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Up 22 cents, or 9.82 per cent, at $2.46 on 11.92 million shares. The gold sector was up 0.27 per cent at 190.87 points.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Plane and train maker. Up two cents, or 0.43 per cent, at $4.70 on 8.55 million shares. The Montreal-based transportation maker signed a new collaboration agreement with Chinese aircraft manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Up nine cents, or 3.63 per cent, at $2.57 on 4.91 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up 30 cents, or 1.91 per cent, at $16.03 on 3.71 million shares.Cline Mining Corp. (TSX:CMK). Miner. Unchanged at a penny on 3.67 million shares. The Toronto-based miner appointed Paul Haber as its new CFO and corporate secretary. Cline will delist from the main index on June 21 and is currently exploring financial options.Toronto Venture Exchange (934.04 up 0.47 point):West African Iron Ore Corp. (TSXV:WAI). Mineral explorer. Down five cents, or 16.67 per cent, at 2.5 cents on 2.54 million shares.Octant Energy Corp. (TSXV:OEL). Oil and gas explorer. Down half a cent, or 9.09 per cent, at five cents on 2.14 million shares.Company reporting major news:Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (TSX:BAM.A). Asset manager. Up 94 cents, or 2.61 per cent, at $36.89 on 700,485 shares. The company is selling its Longview forestry assets in the U.S. Pacific Northwest through deals totalling nearly $3.7 billion.Valeant (TSX:VRX). Drug company. Up 61 cents, or 0.71 per cent, at $86.30 on 331,022 shares. The Montreal-based company will sell common shares to raise about $1.75 billion to help pay for its US$8.7-billion purchase of eye care company Bausch + Lomb. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 17, 2013 6:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets read more

Greater efforts vital to prevent grave violations against children in conflict –Greater efforts vital to prevent grave violations against children in conflict –

“Justice and healing is most effectively achieved through national accountability mechanisms. For this, it is crucial to build national capacity – with international support – so that justice may be administered in accordance with international norms and standards,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui.Addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the recently-appointed envoy noted that last year witnessed important positive developments for children affected by armed conflict. The 47-member Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and making recommendations on them. In her statement, the envoy noted that two verdicts passed by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Special Court for Sierra Leone this year against a former Congolese warlord, Thomas Lubanga, and the former Liberian president, Charles Taylor, respectively, set important international jurisprudence on the war crime of recruiting and using children.“These two verdicts send a clear signal to commanders that child recruitment is a war crime and perpetrators will be held accountable,” said Ms. Zerrougui. “These cases influence and may alter the behaviour, decisions and orders of parties to conflict. Indeed, the possibility of appearing before the ICC is increasingly serving as a deterrent against child recruitment in places where armed conflict is occurring,” she added.At the same time, she emphasized that international justice cannot replace, but rather complement, national accountability mechanisms, specifically where national authorities are unable or unwilling to bring alleged perpetrators to justice.“The challenge in conflict-affected developing countries is not always lack of will, but often one of capacity,” the envoy stated, adding that when the political will exists, the burden falls on UN Member States to join forces and ensure that national authorities have the capacity to translate their will and desire for accountability into reality.Ms. Zerrougui, who took up her post on 4 September, highlighted the complex set of factors leading to child recruitment and the need to strengthen the capacity of Governments to investigate and prosecute adult recruiters before national courts.She called on Member States to ensure that children and young people are provided with alternatives to recruitment, stressing that education and employment creation should be important components of national strategies to address the stabilization of conflict-affected areas. In addition, she stressed the need for more long-term and sustainable support for the reintegration of conflict-affected children, including through swift support to the implementation of action plans between the UN and parties listed in the annexes of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s annual report on children and armed conflict. The report for 2011, released in June, named 52 parties on its ‘list of shame’ of those who recruit and use children, kill and maim, commit sexual violence or attack schools and hospitals. It included four new parties in Sudan, Yemen and Syria.On the positive side, Ms. Zerrougui noted that, since last September, five new action plans to halt and prevent the recruitment and use of children were signed, between the UN and parties in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Somalia and Myanmar. In addition, last month, Somalia’s transitional authorities became the first party to sign an action plan to prevent the killing and maiming of children by its forces.The signing of action plans is, however, only the first step, she added. “The action plans signed between the UN and State security forces or armed groups set concrete and time-bound activities for the release and reintegration of children, and provide measures to prevent further recruitment,” stated Ms. Zerrougui. “This concrete and time-bound set of measures must be completed before we can be certain that a protective environment exists for children.” The Human Rights Council’s current session runs until 28 September. read more

Latest issue of International Mining project news availableLatest issue of International Mining project news available

first_imgThis issue of IMPN includes details of Companhia Vale do Rio Doce’s (CVRD) approved investment budget of $11billion for 2008, the largest annual investment program ever undertaken by CVRD or by any mining company in the world. The completion of the planned investments should lead to a significant increase in CVRD’s main products. In the case of iron ore, production in 2012 should reach 422 Mt, with production by the end of the same year running at 450 Mt.The program involves more than 30 projects, located in Brazil, Peru, Chile, Canada, Australia, Indonesia, New Caledonia, Mozambique and Oman. Investments in Brazil will account for 73% of the budgeted resources for 2008, an amount of $8 billion.Of the 2008 budget, $8.436 billion will be invested in organic growth, corresponding to 76.7% of total spending, with $7.552 billion going to project execution and $ 884 million in R&D. R&D includes $349 million set aside for mineral exploration. Investments to support existing operations are estimated at $2.563 billion. This represents an increase of $568 million over the amount budgeted for 2007 ($1.995 billion). This is explained by the growth in asset base and by the need to increase significantly investments in the Canadian nickel operations, which had received little investment in the past. Consequently, in 2008, $1,019 billion will be dedicated to nickel operations. $3.618 billion will be invested in non-ferrous minerals, some 32.9% of total capex for 2008, covering the final phases of Goro and Onça Puma, both important nickel projects, and the beginning of development of Vermelho (nickel), Totten (nickel), Salobo I (copper), Papomono (copper) and Bayovar (phosphate) projects.The main projects in terms of financial disbursements in 2008 are: Carajás 130 Mt/y ($1.165 billion), Goro ($723 million), Onça Puma ($581 million), Salobo I ($387 million), Alunorte 6&7 ($382 million), Itabiritos ($341 million), Serra Sul ($145 million), along with investments in logistics – Southern Corridor ($ 379 million) and Northern Corridor ($334 million) – and energy generation, Barcarena ($188 million) and Estreito ($165 million).UC RUSAL, the world’s largest producer of aluminium and alumina, has signed a co-operation agreement with the government of Russia’s Saratov region for the construction of a major energy and metals complex. The complex will include a significant expansion of the Balakovsky nuclear power plant, with UC RUSAL building the fifth and sixth reactor blocks, generating 2,000 MW and the construction of the world’s largest aluminium smelter, with an annual production capacity of 1.05 Mt. And in the DRC, the Government and BHP Billiton have signed an agreement to jointly investigate the development of a world-class aluminium smelter in the Bas Congo region of the DRC. The smelter would use electricity from the proposed Inga 3 hydropower station at Inga on the Congo River.  Following strong operating performance and financial results in the first nine months of the year, Massey Energy has announced plans to aggressively expand production at its Central Appalachian coal mining operations during the next two years.Antofagasta Minerals has negotiated and awarded Aker Kvaerner Metals in Chile an EPCM contract to develop the Esperanza copper-gold project located in northern Chile.  The project’s estimated capital investment is valued at $1.5 billion.  Aker Kvaerner’s contract value is approximately $35 million for phase I. Frontier Resources announces a major increase in the total resource tonnage at the Kodu Deposit in Papua New Guinea. This copper-gold-molybdenum-silver project is beginning to look very interesting. Apex Silver Mines has shipped the first zinc concentrates from the San Cristobal mine in Bolivia. The initial approximately 3,500 t (dry) shipment of lead, zinc and silver bulk concentrate produced during the commissioning and startup of the plant left the port of Mejillones, Chile on September 22, with the first sale recorded in the third quarter. This has now been followed with a shipment of 9,100 t of zinc concentrate to smelters in Asia on October 18. Concentrate shipments will continue as the plant ramps up to full production.Coeur d’Alene Mines has made appointments of key personnel at its growth projects, San Bartolome, Bolivia silver mine and Kensington, Alaska gold mine. Dennis E. Wheeler, Chairman, President and CEO: “We are very pleased to announce that our San Bartolome silver mine and Kensington gold mine have almost completed construction and are moving toward the operations and production phase. In tandem with this, Coeur has significantly strengthened its operations management team to secure the company’s position as it moves to its next level of strategic growth. Production at San Bartolome remains on schedule to begin producing 9 Moz/y of silver, beginning in February. Additionally, construction at Kensington is over 90% complete and the process plant and ancillary construction activities, including pre-operational testing, are fully complete.”As San Bartolome moves toward its expected February 2008 startup, over 1,600 personnel on site at the project have surpassed 2 million man hours without a lost time accident. All major construction contracts have been awarded for the project, with engineering 100% complete, and procurement of equipment and materials 98% complete. At Kensington a supplemental operations team remains focused on improving the process plant control systems, as well as other minor activities including sediment control, overall site maintenance, and weather conditioning.AXMIN has recruited key members of the mine development team to build its Passendro gold mine in the Central African Republic. Subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTTON), or contact emma@im-mining.comlast_img read more

John OShea thinks the lure of Celtic job is too strong forJohn OShea thinks the lure of Celtic job is too strong for

first_img“It’s one of the clubs around the world that was going to entice him back into management and away from his current job. It’s something he would really enjoy I’m sure and relish the challenge of managing a fantastic club like Celtic. But let’s wait and see if it does happen,” he said.O’Shea doesn’t think that Keane should have to choose and the question of juggling jobs was broached with the stand in skipper. “I can’t see why he couldn’t do it. I’m sure Celtic and the FAI would maybe prefer it to be one way or the other, but hey, things have been done like that in the past, so why can’t it be done in the future?”No news is good news for O’Neill as Ireland boss says Keane job talk ‘just speculation’ for nowKevin Doyle ‘up in the air’ but longing for Premier League return IRELAND DEFENDER John O’Shea admits he expects Roy Keane to take charge of Celtic.The current Ireland assistant manager has emerged as the favourite for the job and the Hoops have confirmed that they have approached Keane.O’Shea conceded that Keane’s days as Ireland assistant are numbered.“It looks very much like it now,” said the Sunderland skipper after training in Malahide today.“Slowly but surely, it snowballed into having talks with Celtic, so I would be very surprised if it doesn’t get across the line.”O’Shea and Keane says the players had tried to get an indication from Keane as to his intentions: “Obviously the lads have been trying to get hints but he’s kept a good poker face.”The Waterford native echoed Martin O’Neill’s sentiments that losing Keane would be a huge disappointment but he believes the Celtic job is too good to turn down.last_img read more

Press Talk Dont bite the hand that feeds yaPress Talk Dont bite the hand that feeds ya

first_imgYo, all you Electoral College supporters:Huh?Let me say that again.Huh?Last week I made the case against electing a president through the Electoral College. My point was pretty simple. In the vast majority of states — let’s see if I can be politically correct here — your vote doesn’t mean jack. Why?Well, for example, right here in Washington, if 49 percent vote for Romney, when they ship the vote total to HQ (that would be D.C.), that 49 percent turns into 0 percent of electoral votes.And that will happen in this election. Obama will get all the electoral votes in our state.Second, we can elect a president even if he doesn’t have the most votes.Now, electing a president by popular vote — so the right person actually becomes president — is so logical and obvious I didn’t expect much kickback.Who was I kidding? Myself, I guess.My conservative blogging buddy Lew Waters was one of the first out of the box defending this indefensible position.Lew said the Electoral College is there to protect all of us from the “tyranny of the majority.” Lew went on to say that it appeared the founding fathers “did not trust the people to do their homework.”Odd that my buddy Lew has been clamoring for a public vote on light rail, yet he supports no public vote to elect the president. Hey, Lew, don’t we have to protect light rail from the “tyranny of the majority”? 🙂last_img read more

Reed Elsevier to Increase Loan Package for RBI Buyer SignificantlyReed Elsevier to Increase Loan Package for RBI Buyer Significantly

first_img“The key to this will be how much more financing Reed itself will carry,” a knowledgeable M&A source told FOLIO: during a recent interview. “After that, will Reed be willing to take a deal that’s below their expectations? One that’s, say, 8X not 10X [EBITDA]? That’s what it’ll come down to.”The three bidders remaining in the third round are said to be Bain Capital, TPG and a partnership formed by Strauss Zelnick, a former non-executive director of Reed Elsevier. RBI publishes a number of trade magazines including Variety and Publishers Weekly.When Reed posted its financial results for the first half, the company indicated that it expected the RBI auction to be complete by year’s end. Longtime Reed CEO Sir Crispin Davis is expected to step down from his post sometime early next year. In the face of the tumultuous global credit market, Reed Elsevier is ready to “significantly” increase the amount of the financing package it plans to offer the potential buyer for its b-to-b publisher arm Reed Business Information.The London-based publisher and events producer is willing to be “more flexible” and increase the amount of vendor financing from the company’s own balance sheet, according to a report in England’s Telegraph newspaper. Exactly how much the company is willing to “sweeten” the deal was not immediately clear. A company spokesperson could not be reached for comment.The sale has been on rocky ground ever since at least one of the banks in the consortium put together by Reed to lend the eventual buyer more than $1 billion in staple financing backed out. The situation was recently compounded when a ratings agency, Fitch Ratings, downgraded RBI’s outlook from stable to negative.last_img read more

Ad Spending Skid Tacks on Another 39 Percent Dip in Q2 2015Ad Spending Skid Tacks on Another 39 Percent Dip in Q2 2015

first_imgAdvertisers continue to throttle back their spending as they appear to grope for answers to what strategy works best in a changing, challenging media environment. Based on a breakdown of the numbers for different channels, Kantar theorizes that two things are happening: more advertisers are shifting dollars to less traditional channels, such as digital types that are unmeasured, and others are simply cutting back on spending for whatever reason. But advertising on digital platforms gained 2.4 percent for the quarter. Paid search surged almost 8 percent, but that was tempered by an almost 5 percent decline in online display (desktop PC) advertising. In other main categories, television advertising was down 4.5 percent; radio was up 5 percent; and out-of-home spending grew 4 percent. Kantar’s data shows that 15 of the 22 distinct media types it follows logged ad spending declines in this year’s second quarter. The biggest declines were felt in the print sector. Newspaper ad spending dove almost 13 percent. Magazine spending fell nearly 8 percent, paced by Sunday magazines’ whopping 42 percent decline, Spanish language titles’ 14 percent dropoff, B2B magazines’ 6 percent drop and consumer magazines’ 5.5 percent retreat.  That performance marks a continuation of a stubborn and perplexing spending retreat that began around 2010. Kantar says the new numbers confirm that measured ad growth is on track to lag nominal GDP for the fifth consecutive year. It’s “a streak that might once have seemed unimaginable but now would seem to be par for the course,” stated Jon Swallen, chief research officer at Kantar Media North America, in a press release. Media trends watcher Kantar Media says U.S. ad expenditures totaled $38 billion in the second quarter of 2015, 3.9 percent less than was spent in the same period in 2014. Preceded by a drop-off in this year’s first quarter, the second-quarter decline means comparative first-half spending is also down this year, by the same amount, 3.9 percent. Digging into the digital platform’s numbers, Kantar found paid search advertising’s best categories were retail, auto dealers and travel. Online display ad expenditures were hit hard by lower CPMs and reduced page traffic, it says. Magazine spending’s decline was contained due to “vigorous” gains in food, pharmaceutical and travel & tourism spending.last_img read more

Measuring Effectiveness of Base Closure Could Support DODs Case for New RoundsMeasuring Effectiveness of Base Closure Could Support DODs Case for New Rounds

first_imgThe Pentagon’s case for conducting a new round of base closures could be stronger if it had measured whether the goals of the 2005 round of base closures — reducing excess infrastructure, transforming the military and promoting jointness — were achieved, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Instead officials from DOD and the services tracked their progress completing the BRAC Commission’s recommendations by the September 2011 statutory deadline and measured the cost savings associated with them. The congressional watchdog agency found that the department did not have the necessary data to calculate how much excess infrastructure was disposed of during the 2005 round.With no way to evaluate whether the last BRAC round achieved its goals, DOD cannot demonstrate whether the services’ realignment and closure actions improved their efficiency and effectiveness, preventing it from showing Congress that the benefits of a future BRAC round would outweigh the upfront implementation costs, the agency said.In March 2013, GAO recommended that “in the event of any future BRAC round, DOD identify appropriate measures of effectiveness and develop a plan to demonstrate the extent to which the department achieved the results intended from the implementation of the BRAC round.” But DOD opposed the recommendation, stating that military value should be the primary driver for BRAC. In the new report, GAO calls for Congress to “consider, in any future BRAC authorization, a requirement for DOD to identify appropriate measures of effectiveness and to track the achievement of its goals.”DOD opposed that recommendation as well, stating it would “subvert the statutory requirement that military value be the priority consideration,” according to the report. Its recommendation does not, however, undermine the department’s reliance on military value as the primary selection criteria for its candidate BRAC recommendations, GAO notes.“If Congress would like to increase its oversight for any future BRAC round, requiring DOD to identify appropriate measures of effectiveness and track achievement of its goals would provide it with improved visibility over the expected outcome,” the agency states. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Social Media Giants Tighten Operations Ahead of Indias MegaElectionSocial Media Giants Tighten Operations Ahead of Indias MegaElection

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The specter of fake news is all too real in India and, in a bid to curb this, on Tuesday, WhatsApp launched ‘Checkpoint Tipline’ where users can report suspicious material. The company will confirm whether the shared information is verified or not.Earlier, on March 20, the Social Media Platforms and Internet And Mobile Association of India, which includes representatives of Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Google, ShareChat, TikTok and others, presented a voluntary code of ethics to Indian election commissioners. The code consists of several steps to prevent abuse, and to maintain a transparent flow of information to the Election Commission.The Election Commission has an exhaustive model conduct code that all political parties are expected to adhere to, beginning with “No party or candidate shall indulge in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or causing tension between castes and communities, religious or linguistic.”center_img As India, the world’s largest democracy, gears up for a gigantic general electoral process, global social media companies are putting their own houses in order. The election runs in seven phases from April 11 through May 19, with results known on May 23.Approximately 900 million Indians, many of whom are constantly exposed to social media via their phones, are eligible to vote in the elections. Facebook counts approximately 300 million subscribers in India, making the country its largest single market.On Monday, Facebook removed hundreds of pages associated with the opposition Indian National Congress party and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party for “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” With ongoing tensions between India and neighboring Pakistan, the company removed 103 Facebook and Instagram pages with links to the Pakistan military.last_img read more

Lokayukta Amendment Bill passed Mamata says CM within its purviewLokayukta Amendment Bill passed Mamata says CM within its purview

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill 2018 was passed in the state Assembly on Thursday.Clearing misconception, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee clearly explained in the state Assembly that the Chief Minister is not at all out of the purview of Lokayukta, apart from the matters “relating to public order”. She assured that within 10 days after the Bill is signed by the Governor, a former judge will be appointed as Lokayukta.Stating that it is wrongly said that the Chief Minister is not under the purview of Lokayukta, Banerjee said: “the Prime Minister is not under its purview in connection with the matters related to defence, external affairs, internal security and space. In our case, the exemption is broadly related to executive decision and approval in exercise of maintenance of public order, which is understood to include deployment of police forces under the control of the state government, modernisation of police forces and capacity building of the same.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe maintained in the same breath: “As per the Constitution, there are Centre, State and Concurrent lists and there are 58 subjects under the state list that include matters related to agriculture, land and Panchayat. One must go through the law properly instead of wrongly explaining it.”It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress MLA Tapas Roy has brought amendments to the provision that “Lokayukta shall investigate any complaint relating to other matters involved in, arising from, or connected with any allegation of corruption against the Chief Minister, with the approval of the state Assembly by a majority of two-third of its members present and voting…” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe said: “I have been in politics for so many years and till date, no one has raised question on my credibility. Credibility is my accountability.”ISpeaking on the misconception that Chief Minister will not be under the purview of the Lokayukta, Banerjee said: “There can be discussions on different issues in a democracy, but there cannot be any misconceptions. It is also not right if any group controls the Assembly from outside. After a news is published, it is being told over phone to share the same in the Assembly.” While speaking about the Bill, she said: “We have maintained parity with the Bill that was introduced by the UPA government in 2013 and with that of the erstwhile Left Front government in the state. But it is not exactly a copy of the same.”All MLAs are under the purview of Lokayukta. With the amendment of the Bill, the Parliamentary Affairs minister will also be consulted for appointment of Lokayukta. Earlier, one had to be a Judge of the Supreme Court for appointment as Lokayukta. Now, a High Court judge can be appointed as Lokayukta as well.The Chief Minister attacked the Left Front, saying that their party would have survived if they had taken care of it instead of unnecessarily continuing to criticise her. She took a dig at the party, saying: “Your goraksha friends are buying your party and you cannot do anything.”last_img read more

Sangeet Natak Akademi nominates Durga Puja for UNESCOs cultural heritage tagSangeet Natak Akademi nominates Durga Puja for UNESCOs cultural heritage tag

first_imgKolkata: Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s apex cultural body, has nominated Kolkata’s Durga puja to be included in UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) for the year 2020. It may be mentioned that it was Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had prodded the state Tourism department to make a serious pitch to have the Durga Puja festival listed by UNESCO.The department made a presentation to a team from UNESCO to have the festival listed in the latter’s ‘List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA team had visited the city in January and in a meeting with representatives from across the country as well as the South Asian countries, sought preliminary applications from all of them them about the tangible and intangible heritage of their respective states and countries. The meeting was hosted by the state Tourism department. Bengal’s Durga Puja has been showcased in a big way across the globe with Banerjee ushering in a grand end to the Puja by organising a stunning Red Road carnival where as many as 70 of the city’s best-known Durga idols paraded this year. The he extravaganza, touted to be second only to the renowned Rio Carnival stepped into its third year in 2018. In its nomination of Durga Puja for the Representative List, the SNA stated that: “Durga Puja is the best instance of the public performance of religion and art in the city. It witnesses a celebration of craftsmanship, cross-cultural transactions and cross-community revelry. …….The exemplary character of Durga Puja lies in its ability to not temporarily bind itself to the ritual occasion. Its dynamism lies in it being a constantly mutating event – in its fusion of tradition with changing tastes and popular cultures, and in the adaptation of the iconographies of Durga and the styles of her temporary abodes to cater to new regimes of art production.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may be mentioned that every year, UNESCO adds to its list of ICH cultural traditions and arts from around the world, either as ‘In Need of Urgent Safeguarding’ or in its ‘Representative List of ICH of Humanity’. India’s nominees are proposed by the SNA which was appointed as the nodal agency for ICH by the Union Ministry of Culture in 2011. India currently has 13 ICH on the list, including the Kumbh Mela, the dance forms of Chhau, Kalbelia and Mudiyettu , Vedic and Buddhist chanting and the tradition of brass and copper utensil making in Punjab’s Jandiala Guru.last_img read more

This Device Diagnoses a Broken Machine by Sound ReallyThis Device Diagnoses a Broken Machine by Sound Really

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. When a machine is in prime working order, its parts hum in literal harmony. And when that hum turns to whirring or clicking? That’s what Augury is for. The Israel- and New York–based startup’s device can listen to any machine — from a jet engine to a household appliance — and identify what’s wrong, or even predict what’ll break next.Here’s how it works: Augury’s ultrasonic sensor plugs into a smartphone. (The company provides it for free; it charges only for usage.) A technician — someone at your company, say, or the repair person you called — places the device on a machine; audio data is relayed to Augury’s servers, and a diagnosis is made. Then the fixing can begin.Hartford Steam Boiler definitely likes the sound of that. The $1.2 billion company, which provides equipment-breakdown insurance and other specialty coverage, is now a partner. “What’s most exciting to us is the deep knowledge they will ultimately have about patterns in equipment failure,” says Jacqueline Lesage Krause, managing director of HSB’s strategic corporate ventures. “Their tagline is ‘Machines talk, we listen.’ We’ve been waiting for this day for a while.”  2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now March 8, 2016 This story appears in the March 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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first_img Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more December 21, 2010 – Siemens has donated an Axiom Multix MT digital radiography (DR) system to The Field Museum in Chicago to promote its mission to gather and share knowledge about the Earth and its people. It is replacing an older X-ray unit that Siemens donated to the museum in 1949.“We are proud to be a part of the incredible work of The Field Museum and their impressive roster of researchers and staff,” said Sabine Duffy-Sandstrom, vice president, refurbished systems, Siemens Healthcare. “By their viewing inside these fossils and artifacts from years gone by, The Field’s research team can help us all better understand the history of our civilization, as well as our planet.”“The new Axiom unit brings our partnership with Siemens into the 21st century with a suite of capabilities undreamed of by our staff in 1949,” said Lance Grande, senior vice president and head of research and collections at The Field Museum. “The new machine replaces a World War II vintage X-ray unit with a fully digital model that will greatly extend our research capabilities, especially with regard to the detailed examination of fossils, zoological materials, and archaeological specimens. This is a tremendous gift from Siemens that will enhance our research activities in a number of ways.”Currently, the system is being used to study fossils from the Green River Formation of Fossil Basin in Wyoming. This locality contains a 52 million-year-old lake system fossilized in limestone. It is one of the world’s most productive and important fossil localities. Some of the earliest major samples of plant and animal evolution has been preserved within the limestone since the Cretaceous mass extinction event 65 million years ago.The new machine is also being used on artifacts from the Kish collections. Kish was an ancient city located on the floodplain of the Euphrates River about 50 miles south of modern-day Baghdad in Iraq, and dates back to 3200 B.C. The Field Museum was founded in 1893. The curatorial and scientific staff conducts basic research in the fields of systematic biology, paleontology, meteoritics and anthropology.For more information: www.siemens.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | June 03, 2019 SIIM and ACR Host Machine Learning Challenge for Pneumothorax Detection and Localization The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are collaborating… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 12, 2019 Utah Valley Hospital Purchases Nine Carestream Imaging Systems Utah Valley Hospital (Provo, Utah) has installed nine Carestream imaging systems that equip its radiology staff to… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | May 29, 2019 Dynamic Digital Radiography Used to Assess Undifferentiated Dyspnea A clinical study presented at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2019 annual meeting, May 17-22 in Dallas, described… read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. 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