first_imgRamdev’s Patanjali Ayurved — a small pharmacy that grew into an FMCG giant in just a decade — has forced even big MNCs to sell desi brands.Directly or indirectly, Ramdev has revolutionised India’s entire FMCG segment. Tata GlobalBSE -0.63 % Beverges Limited (TGBL) expressing interest in ethnic-drinks brand Paper Boat is a reflection of how desi brands have become important in the Indian market. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

first_imgThe Trinamool Congress’ new women outfit, the Banga Janani Vahini, on Thursday held a protest here against Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy’s comments that Bengali boys are working as sweepers and the girls as bar dancers in other States.In a series of tweets posted on June 4, Mr. Roy, a former BJP leader, had argued that Bengalis’ opposition to learning Hindi was political and claimed that many boys in Bengal are “now sweeping floors” in other States, while the Bengali girls are working as “bar dancers” in Mumbai. Protesting against Mr. Roy’s statement, senior women Trinamool Congress leaders, including State Minister Sashi Panja, Jaynagar MP Pratima Mondal, Barasat MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, accompanied by the party’s women activists held a sit-in at South Kolkata’s Hazra crossing on Thursday afternoon. The women, dressed in white and red sarees, blew conch shells to invoke women power and held up placards condemning the Governor’s comments. “There is a fundamental flaw in BJP’s ideology. They will never be able to respect women. They always try to divide people and have a condescending attitude towards the women,” said the State Minister for Women and Child Development Sashi Panja.“Every Indian has the right to choose their profession. Those who are making derogatory comments about somebody’s profession do not even have the minimum education,” Trinamool leader Chandrima Banerjee said. Mr. Roy had made the comments in question while arguing that learning Hindi was necessary for everyone, including Bengalis. “… There is no great opposition. They only make noise for political reasons. Assam, Maharashtra, Odisha are also non-Hindi speaking States but they don’t oppose Hindi. The 2nd argument is Bengal is the land of Vidyasagar, Vivekananda, Rabindranath and Netaji so why should Bengalis learn Hindi,” he tweeted. ‘Greatness gone’“What is the link between these great men and opposition to learning Hindi? Secondly, who will explain to them that the era of these stalwarts is long gone, and the greatness of Bengal is gone too. Now from Haryana to Kerala, Bengali boys are sweeping the floors in homes and Bengali girls are bar dancers in Mumbai, which was unthinkable before,” he wrote.last_img read more

first_imgIndian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Wednesday threw her weight behind conferring Sachin Tendulkar the Bharat Ratna, saying the iconic batsman is the most deserving sportsperson to receive the country’s highest civilian award.”Sachin is the best and he is capable of doing the impossible. He is getting younger with age and at his peak now I think he will keep playing for many more years. He deserves to get the Bharat Ratna,” Saina told PTI.”I am sure he will break many more records in future and become the most famous legend ever,” she added.Saina said she takes inspiration from the iconic batsman and hopes to reach an equally prestigious position in badminton someday in her career.”Sachin is an inspiration. The focus and confidence with which he plays is amazing. Look at his performance, it is fantastic. He has played for more than 21 years and still every time he bats, he score so many runs,” she said.”I’m just a kid in front of him. But I want to do well in my field and may be in another 10-11 years, if I can win enough tournaments, I too might someday hope to win the prestigious award (Bharat Ratna),” she said.Saina is currently nursing a ligament injury, which forced her to skip the Indian Open Grand Prix in Hyderabad and the Indian ace said she would be back to the court soon.”It has been one week since I pulled out of Indian Open. The swelling and pain is still there. I am undergoing treatment, hopefully I should be fine soon,” she said.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgPakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq created a unique record when he was dismissed for 99 against the West Indies on the third day of the second Test.Misbah, who was eyeing his 11th Test century, gloved a rising delivery from the home captain Jason Holder for an easy catch to Shai Hope at second slip, thus making him the first batsman in the rich history of Test cricket to score 99 on three occasions. Nine other players have two scores off 99, a list which also has his countryman Salim Malik.The 42-year-old right-handed batsman also became the first player to score 99 in two consecutive Tests.Last week, Misbah became the sixth player to finish a Test on 99 not out and the first since South African Andrew Hall in 2003.Misbah had the dubious honour of becoming the first player from his country to finish on 99 not out during their first innings of last week’s seven-wicket first Test victory in Jamaica.FASTEST FIFTYMisbah, who is retiring from Test cricket at the end of the series, also holds the record for quickest half-century in the longest format when he powered his way to a 21-ball fifty against Australia in Abu Dhabi in 2014-15 series.The Pakistan skipper went onto slam the joint fastest century in the same match to equal Sir Vivian Richards’ record. However, the record was later broken by now-retired New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum a year later when he slammed his century off just 54 balls, two less than Misban and Richards, against Australia at Christchurch.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgCombined efforts helped India beat West Indies by 93 runs in the third One Day International cricket match here.Chasing 252 on a slow track on Friday, the West Indies never looked in the contention as the hosts were bowled out for 158 in the 38.1 overs.Jason Mohammed (40) and Rovman Powell (30) were the highest contributors to the cause. Shai Hope (24) also played sensibly but failed to display a match winning knock.For India, off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and left arm leg spinner Kuldeep Yadav scalped three wickets each and medium pacer Hardik Pandya took two wickets.Earlier, put in to bat, Ajinkya Rahane and Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit half-centuries as India posted 251/4.Rahane posted a steady innings of 72 runs off 112 balls to help the visitors recover from a rocky start.Dhoni remained unbeaten on a quick 78 runs off 79 balls. His trademark big hitting towards the end helped the Indians go past the 250-run mark.The duo put on a partnership of 70 runs off 96 balls to help the visitors recover.Pacer Miguel Cummins was the most successful among the West Indies bowlers with figures of 2/56 in his ten overs.Asked to bat first, the Indians were off to a poor start with opener Shikhar Dhawan falling early.The Delhi left-hander showed poor application when he tried to lift a Cummins delivery over third man, only to offer an easy catch to Roston Chase on the boundary.India skipper Virat Kohli also fell to a poor shot when a Jason Holder delivery cramped him for space and Kyle Hope pulled off an athletic attempt, diving to his left at gully.advertisementRahane and Yuvraj Singh then got together to steady the ship with a slow but steady partnership of 66 runs off 101 deliveries.Yuvraj, who was not exactly in the best form of his life, managed to score 39 runs off 55 deliveries before he misjudged the line of a delivery from Devendra Bishoo that spun into him after pitching.Although the on-field umpire was indifferent to appeals of the bowler, the hosts decided to contest that decision and were rewarded when the television umpire sent the veteran southpaw back to the pavilion.That saw Dhoni and Rahane get together for another long partnership before Cummins put and end to the latter’s patient innings. Rahane hit four boundaries and a six during his 112-ball vigil in the middle.Towards the closing stages, Dhoni loosened up his arms and showed flashes of his old self with some big shots to perk up the visitors’ run rate.The former India captain had four hits to the fence and two well hit sixes to his credit.Kedar Jadhav gave him excellent support from the other end with a quick-fire unbeaten 40 runs off just 26 balls which included four boundaries and a six.Brief scores:India: 251/4 in 50 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 72, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 78 not out; Miguel Cummins 2/56) beat West Indies (Jason Mohammed 40, Rovman Powell 30; Ravichandran Ashwin 3/28 ) by 93 runslast_img read more

first_imgFerrari’s Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest practice time for the Singapore Grand Prix on Friday but the Finn’s team mate Sebastian Vettel suffered a frustrating start to the weekend in his bid to overhaul championship leader Lewis Hamilton.Hamilton opened a 30-point cushion over Vettel with a surprise win in Monza two weeks ago and while Ferrari are regarded as having a superior car, the Briton set the second-fastest time of the day just 0.011 seconds back in his Mercedes.Vettel has been criticised for dropping points due to some poor tactical driving this season but there was little he could do looking on from the Ferrari garage after his car suffered a radiator fluid leak midway through the second practice session.Ferrari doors always open for Michael Schumacher’s son MickRaikkonen lapped the 5.063 km Marina Bay Street Circuit in 1:38.699 seconds, with Hamilton just behind as the rejuvenated Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo finished third and fourth respectively half a second further back.Vettel’s troubles began during the frantic middle sector of the second session as drivers looked to set their fastest laps on the high-grip hypersoft tyres before switching to slower compounds for race simulations.Italian GP: Hamilton pips Raikkonen at Monza to deny Ferrari a home winThe German was on course to challenge Raikkonen and Hamilton’s best times before he clipped the wall on the final bend, causing him to abort his lap and dart into the pits with a fluid leak. He sat out the remainder of the session.advertisementValtteri Bottas was fifth fastest in the second Mercedes, ahead of Renault’s Carlos Sainz, Haas’ Romain Grosjean, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Vettel down in ninth place after completing just 12 laps.RED BULL JOYIn the first session of the day, Red Bull enjoyed a welcome return to the top of the timesheets after a few quiet races with Ricciardo and Verstappen securing a one-two for the team in the baking afternoon heat.The demanding 23-turn circuit has traditionally favoured the Red Bulls and Ferraris, so it was no surprise to see Vettel and Raikkonen clock the next quickest times as Mercedes opted to concentrate on long runs instead of qualifying simulations.Ricciardo has failed to finish the last two grands prix since Formula One returned from its summer break but the Australian again showed his street circuit prowess by clocking one minute, 39.711 seconds in the scorching Singapore sun.Dutchman Verstappen lapped in 1:39.912 to edge out Vettel by 0.085 seconds but the German will be looking for an improved third practice session and qualification on Saturday as he seeks to rein in Hamilton with seven rounds remaining.”We can recover most of it tomorrow so we are not that worried,” Vettel told Sky Sports. “It looks like being close but we won’t really know until Sunday.”Sauber’s Charles Leclerc continued to show the sort of form that encouraged Ferrari to sign him as Raikkonen’s replacement for next season by finishing ninth in an opening session that ended on a sour note when he crashed into a wall at Turn 13.The 20-year-old apologised to his team on the radio as he left his car stranded in an escape road with two minutes left in the session, a sight that will disappoint his future employers, who will hope he does not make similar mistakes next season.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

first_imgAfter struggling at times in Tottenham’s midfield last season, Dele Alli has revealed his excitement at the prospect of playing alongside new recruit Tanguy Ndombele.The former Lyon midfielder joined Spurs in a club-record €60 million (£54m/$68m) deal over the summer and has not taken long to impress fans as he contributed an assist with his first involvement in pre-season against Juventus. Alli himself has also been pleased with what he has seen of the Frenchman and declared his excitement to have Ndombele slotting in alongside him in midfield.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “He seems like a very nice guy,” Alli told DAZN and Goal . “Obviously we haven’t spent too much time together yet. He’s settled in very well – and fast – which is always good. He seems like an attacking player, you know it’ll be a pleasure to play with him.“He looks to go forward quick, he’s strong, physical and very good on the ball as well. So, I’m excited by him.”While Alli is set to miss Tottenham’s Premier League season opener against Aston Villa with a hamstring injury, the 23-year-old is hopeful the arrival of Ndombele will see him play a more attacking role this campaign. Though content to play anywhere in Spurs’ midfield, the England international is clearly hoping for more than the five league goals he managed last season. “I know it’s a bit of a cliche, but I think when you’re playing for a team like Tottenham with so many amazing players, you’re happy to be playing anywhere just to help the team,” Alli said. “But you know I like getting goals and assists, playing higher up – if I’m needed. I enjoy that, but I think it varies depending on the game as well.“Playing in different positions, sometimes you see the space in between the lines higher up, or sometimes it’s better to get the ball deeper. So I’m happy to play anywhere in the midfield row.”Having ended last season with defeat in the Champions League final to Liverpool, Alli admits the loss was extremely difficult to take, but one he hopes Spurs can use as motivation moving forward. “It was difficult, obviously, losing the game after all the hard work it was [to get there],” he said.“It was a hard time, but we had international [matches] afterwards so we had to switch our focus as quickly as possible and try to prepare for that. But, obviously, it’s difficult with it being such a big competition – and to lose in the final was hard to take.“But I think as a team and individually we have to remember the feelings we had after that game. It was a horrible feeling and we have to channel that in the right way, try to use it to our benefit in the future.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_img Next Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 17:47 IST Dipa Karmakar is likely to be back to her favourite vault after her participation at the Baku World Cup (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDipa had to undergo a knee surgery in April last yearShe returned to action by claiming a gold at the World Challenge Cup in Turkey in July, 2018Dipa had scored an average of 14.316 on her two vaults at Artistic Gymnastics World Cup last NovemberAce Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar is likely to restart her training for the gravity-defying Produnova vault after next month’s Doha World Cup, her mentor and coach Bisheshwar Nandi said.Dipa had vaulted her way to glory after her audacious display in Produnova at the 2016 Rio Olympics but she was forced to dump the ‘vault of death’ routine following a career-threatening knee injury in 2017.But the Indian is likely to be back to her favourite vault after her participation at the Baku World Cup (March 1417) and Doha World Cup (March 2023).”Produnova needs 3-4 months of continuous training which has not been possible because of the regular qualifying competitions. I have that in mind, and possibly after returning from Doha she will once again work on Prudonova,” Nandi told PTI.”We have to find a way to get the time to do that. It is a very hard vault and she has already gone through injuries and surgeries, so it becomes risk, so we haven’t done that yet.”Dipa had to undergo surgery in April last year and missed the Asian Championship, World Championship in Canada last year and the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.She returned to action by claiming a gold at the World Challenge Cup in Turkey in July last year but a strained knee saw her miss the vault final in Jakarta Asian Games, before she pulled out of the team event as well.Last November, Dipa started her qualifying bid for the Tokyo Olympics by winning a bronze at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Cottbus, Germany.advertisementDipa had scored an average of 14.316 on her two vaults at Germany and Nandi said the Indian’s preparation for the upcoming events are spot on.”Dipa is back to her best. I am making another attempt for Dipa’s qualification. There will be no lack of effort from us,” Nandi said.”The points of all the vaults have been reduced now in the new system. For example Produnova had 7.00 points but now it is 6.40, similarly all vaults have been reduce, but I believe her average score in this new system is fine.”It is still around 14.34 and we are trying to improve it little bit more. This is the plan for the next two events. With this score she will be able to fight for the gold.”Talking about her bid to Olympic qualification, Nandi said: “Qualifying for the Olympics through these World Cups is very tough. If she can win gold in next 3-4 events, we will get a confirmation of her qualification.”Everyone will be going for the gold and from these competitions, one gymnast will be selected from each of the apparatus for the Olympics, so it is very tough.”Being India’s best bet in gymnastics, Dipa is receiving support from all quarters. physio Sajjad Ahmed Mir, who was with her at the Rio Olympics, now cater to her needs day in and day out at the Agartala centre, thanks to GoSports foundation.TATA Steel too have recently come on board to sponsor a foam pit at Tripura to help her with training.Nandi also thanked Sports Authority of India (SAI), Gymnastic Federation of India (GFI), Govt of Tripura and TATA Steel for all the support.There will be no Indian participation at the Melbourne World Cup which is scheduled to be held from February 21-24.”The Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI) follows a policy wherein the gymnasts have to request for participation at any International event and based on which registration is done by the Federation. We did not receive any request for the World Cup in Melbourne,” said Riyaz Bhati, Vice President, GFI.”We have recieved request from Dipa Karmakar for participation in World Cup at Baku, Azerbaijan and Doha, Qatar in March 2019 along with her Coach Bishweshwar Nandi and they have been duly registered.”Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Dipa KarmakarFollow ProdunovaFollow 2016 Rio Olympics Dipa likely to start training for Produnova after Doha World Cup: CoachDipa Karmakar had vaulted her way to glory after her audacious display in Produnova at the 2016 Rio Olympics but she was forced to dump the ‘vault of death’ routine following a career-threatening knee injury in 2017.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe province is helping to kick-start a five-year plan to increase development opportunities in the Annapolis-Digby region. The Department of Economic and Rural Development is committing $30,000 towards the five-year Transition to Prosperity project, which includes revitalizing the Annapolis Royal waterfront with a wharf and boardwalk. The strategy, directed by the Annapolis Digby Economic Development Agency, will expand on a two-year provincial commitment of more than $124,000 to develop the waterfront plan. “This is a community-led initiative that will make the most of regional assets, grow the local economy and stimulate tourism and other sectors,” said Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Ramona Jennex, on behalf of Minister of Economic and Rural Development Percy Paris. “The development strategy and investment in the waterfront will stimulate job creation and help attract investment to the region.” Annapolis Digby Economic Development Agency managing director Mike Gushue says the five-year plan is an innovative approach. “By developing a five-year investment strategy, positioning the Annapolis Digby region for future economic growth,” Mr. Gushue. “We will look to sectors that are in a growth mode, develop business cases that show the most potential and present them to qualified investors.” The Annapolis Royal Wharf Association is a key proponent of the waterfront development project. “We have maintained the wharf for the last eight years via an agreement with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans,” said Adrian Nette, president of the association. “We believe the wharf will realize its full economic potential with a 75-foot extension and floating dock. “This will allow boats to tie up to the wharf and create a number of economic opportunities along the waterfront.” In 2008-09, the Department of Economic and Rural Development, through Community Development Funds, committed more than $2.5 million to projects across the province. The funding is combined with more than $11 million from other partners to help build strong communities in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG — Children’s advocates from across the country are to release research today on youth suicide.The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates is calling on all levels of government to take action.The council includes members from nearly every province and territory and the research is to be shared at a national conference in Winnipeg.Statistics Canada figures show suicide was the second-leading cause of death among Canadians between the ages of 10 and 35 in 2017.One Manitoba First Nation called a state of emergency last month after four deaths and 22 attempts this summer alone.Ainsley Krone, deputy Manitoba advocate, says information on youth suicide is collected in various ways across the country, so reliable national data can be a challenge.The Canadian Presslast_img

first_imgSeth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity (HFC), a movement founded as a resource for the millennial generation with a focus on supporting Alzheimer’s care and support, today announced that Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan and Colin Jost will bring their comedic talents to the Third Annual HFC NYC Variety Show on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Webster Hall.“I’m pumped we’ve got this level of talent joining us for the night, and even more pumped for our attendees to pour their money in to the hands of Hilarity for Charity,” said Rogen. Additional performances will be announced in the near future.HFC NYC complements the group’s marquee Los Angeles Variety show, and is hosted by a New York based committee led by Miller Rogen’s brother, Dan Miller. The event is expected to raise more than double last year’s $200,000 in contributions to help propel HFC’s mission.“I’m truly honored this impressive line-up of talented and passionate comedians wants to help bring awareness and support for Hilarity for Charity. We are looking forward to a night full of laughter, music and raising funds for such a worthy cause,” said Miller Rogen.Past HFC events have included performances and appearances by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Snoop Dogg, Aziz Ansari, Miley Cyrus, Judd Apatow, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Che, James Franco, Leslie Jones, Courtney Love, Mindy Kaling, The Backstreet Boys and many more. Since inception, HFC has raised over $6.5 million to benefit those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit read more

first_img Facebook ‘The only real thing we have is love’: Ellen DeGeneres captures Calgary crowdShe came, she spoke and she conquered the hearts of tens of thousands of Calgarians. On Saturday evening, Ellen DeGeneres swept into the Saddledome and gave her fans everything they’ve come to expect from the consummate entertainer and comedian. They got the laugh out loud moments, the beautiful stories that brought tears to their eyes and of course, a whole lot of dancing.Of course, this wasn’t a crowd that needed any convincing of the fun that can be had when in the presence of the 60-year-old host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, one of the most popular daytime TV talk shows in history. READ MOREEllen DeGeneres honours Humboldt Broncos during Canadian appearance (VIDEO)Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome was absolutely packed on Saturday night, and it wasn’t because of a hockey game or a big-time country music concert, it was for one of TV’s most-loved talk-show hosts, Ellen DeGeneres. Hosted by Calgarian TV personality Dave Kelly, A Conversation With Ellen DeGeneres gave attendees the opportunity to see the Finding Nemo voice actor answer an in-depth Q&A session about life and love during this live one-night-only show on April 21. READ MOREEllen DeGeneres pays tribute to Humboldt Broncos crash victims at Calgary eventEllen DeGeneres began a speaking engagement in Calgary on Saturday night by carrying a hockey stick on stage to pay tribute to the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.After kissing it in front of a cheering and packed crowd of about 15,000 people at the Scotiabank Saddledome, the popular talk-show host placed it alongside a number of others standing on a rack in the back corner of the stage. READ MOREEllen DeGeneres pays tribute to Humboldt Broncos in CalgaryTalk show host Ellen DeGeneres paid tribute to the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus collision on Saturday night in Calgary. The “Ellen DeGeneres Show” star entered the stage at the Saddledome carrying in a hockey stick, which she then held up and kissed. “My heart breaks for everyone,” she told the crowd. READ MORE Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Rabat – The Moroccan Alternative Movement for Individual Freedoms (MALI) staged a symbolic protest on Wednesday night, April 24, against abortion laws, sticking sanitary pads covered in fake blood to the walls of the Ministry of Health in Rabat.The protest was filmed by French documentary web-series “Clit Revolution.” It will be broadcast on May 16 on FranceTV as part of Clit Revolution’s “documentary road trip across the world to meet women and heroes who defy social norms and reclaim their sexuality.”Read Also: US Report Lists Violence on Women, Corruption As Concerns in MoroccoThe sanitary pads read outspoken feminist messages like, “My body, my rules,” “My vulva, my uterus, my decision,” and “The right to abort is a fundamental freedom.” “We consider that the repressive legislation that criminalizes abortion is a grave violation of women’s rights,” MALI stated in a press release following the protest.“M.A.L.I. fights for abortion rights for ALL women. This is a matter of equality amongst all women … and one that promotes the idea of choice, without judgment and without limitations. The question of choice, when it comes to sexual and reproductive rights, is not only about abortion, but also about the right to access sexual education and appropriate contraception.”MALI wants the “controlling and sexist” laws to be changed. Abortion is a criminal offence in Morocco. Both carrying out the abortion as a doctor and receiving it as a woman is illegal, except when the abortion is necessary to “preserve the health of the mother” and the woman’s partner has authorized it. In 2016, the Moroccan government agreed in principal to change the law to also legalize abortion in cases of rape, incest, situations where the mother has serious mental health issues, or when the fetus has a serious illness or malformation. However, since then, the Parliament has not taken any steps to change the law. In July last year, Morocco banned the drug “artotec.” Usually used to treat rheumatism and joint problems, the drug can also trigger an abortion.  “Risk-free abortion is a matter of public health, and a matter of social justice,” criticized MALI at the time. read more

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Maoist army personnel were observed this morning outside the main cantonment site in Nawalparasi and its satellite sites in the western region of Nepal, UNMIN said in a press release, adding that it had deployed three mobile teams to monitor the situation.“This is a serious violation of commitments made in the agreement of arms and armed personnel reached between the Maoists and their partners in the Interim Government,” UNMIN stated.The mission said it had conveyed its concerns to the political and military leadership of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which advised that it had ordered the immediate return of personnel to the cantonment sites.Under last year’s agreement ending the civil war, the Maoists agreed that their combatants would be confined at the cantonment sites, where they and their weapons can be registered and verified, in the lead-up to Constituent Assembly elections scheduled for November.UNMIN said in its press release that “while the verification process of Maoist army personnel is proceeding well, implementing the commitments in relation to the management of arms and armed personnel, without exception, is essential to the overall peace process and in particular to preparing a free and fair atmosphere for the Constituent Assembly election.” 14 September 2007The United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) has voiced concern that large numbers of Maoist soldiers today briefly left one of the cantonment sites where they had agreed to stay as part of last year’s peace accord ending the conflict in the Himalayan country. read more

The Toronto stock market was lower Thursday amid major announcements from the oilpatch, earnings disappointments and uncertainty about the Federal Reserve’s next move.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 39.53 points to 13,415.8.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) was a major drag, down 37 cents or seven per cent to $4.91, as the transport giant missed on earnings and revenue. It posted adjusted net income of $165 million or nine cents per share, which was one cent below estimates. Third-quarter revenue totalled $4.1 billion, down slightly from $4.2 billion in the same period last fiscal year and also below analyst estimates.The Canadian dollar rose as growth for August came in higher than economists had forecast. The loonie was up 0.46 of a cent to 95.84 cents US after Statistics Canada reported that gross domestic product grew by 0.3 per cent in August against the 0.2 per cent rise that was expected.Suncor Energy Inc. announced Wednesday after the close that the Fort Hills oilsands project will go ahead with cost estimated at $13.5 billion. The cost will be shared between Canada’s largest energy company and partners Total E&P and Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B).Suncor also said it recorded net earnings of $1.69 billion, or $1.13 per common share, for the third quarter, compared with $1.54 billion, or $1.01 per common share a year ago. Suncor stock slipped 17 cents to $37.82 while Teck fell 75 cents to $28.56.Also Wednesday, Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) announced plans to build a $1.6-billion pipeline to bring crude from Fort Hills and other Suncor oilsands projects to its hub in Hardisty, Alta.Enbridge is also moving ahead with plans to build a $1.4-billion pipeline to bring diluent — a lighter petroleum product used to thin-out bitumen so that it can flow through pipelines — from Edmonton to the oilsands region. Enbridge drifted two cents higher to $18.96.U.S. indexes were lower after Wednesday’s announcement from the Fed left traders no wiser about when the central bank might start tapering its US$85 billion monthly bond purchasing scheme.The Dow Jones industrials declined 46.97 points to 15,571.79, the Nasdaq was down 12.71 points to 3,917.91 while the S&P 500 index shed 4.25 points to 1,759.06.The Fed said it would maintain the program for now but hinted that tapering could occur earlier than many investors thought. There had been hopes that the Fed wouldn’t move until at least March, well after Janet Yellen has taken over the reins at the central bank.The gold sector was the biggest sector decliner, down 3.65 per cent while December bullion fell $24.30 to US$1,325 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) fell 97 cents to $26.66.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) says it will cut its already reduced capital spending budget by a further US$1 billion next year as a result of suspending construction at its troubled Pascua-Lama project which straddles the Argentina-Chile border. At the same time, the miner handed in adjusted earnings of 58 cents per share, down from last year but seven cents better than estimates. Its shares were 33 cents lower to $20.57.Techs were also a drag as business software company Open Text Corp. (TSX:OTC) fell $5.02 to $74.23 even as the company more than doubled its quarterly profits to $30.6 million, or 52 cents per share. Its shares faded 15 cents to $20.75.But chief executive Mark Barrenechea noted that the company faced slower growth as the result of partial U.S. government shutdown earlier this month and a last minute deal to avoid a potential default.The base metals sector was down one per cent as December copper lost two cents to US$3.31 a pound. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) dropped 21 cents to C$8.47.Financials led advancers, up 0.55 per cent with TD Bank (TSX:TD) ahead 81 cents to $96.35.The energy sector was up 0.24 per cent with December crude down 49 cents to US$96.28 following a tumble of almost $1.50 Wednesday in the wake of data showing a much bigger than expected rise in U.S. inventories last week.Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO) missed expectations for earnings and revenue. Imperial had $647 million of net income, or 76 cents per share, down from $1.04 billion or $1.22 a year earlier and below the estimate of 98 cents per share.Imperial’s revenue for the quarter was $8.6 billion, up from $8.3 billion a year earlier, but less than the estimate of $9.5 billion and its shares dropped 65 cents to $45.30.In the U.S., Facebook shares were down 99 cents or two per cent to US$48.61 even as the social networking site blew past expectations. Earnings per share ex-items were 25 cents a share, six cents better than forecast while quarterly revenue surged 60 per cent from a year ago to $2.02 billion against estimates of $1.911 billion. read more

The United National Front (UNF) presented a motion to Parliament today to suspend funds to the Prime Minister’s office.The motion was presented by UNF Parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake. The motion also notes that Parliament has full control over Public Finance as mandated in Article 148 of the Constitution and accordingly Parliament resolves that from 15th November, 2018 the Secretary to the Prime Minister has no authority to approve any expenditure drawn from the funds of the Republic, and any person taking any action in violation of this Resolution will be dealt with according to law.  (Colombo Gazette) UNF MP Navin Dissanayake seconded the motion. The motion notes that the House on 16th November, 2018, accepted the official statement made by the Speaker on 15th November, 2018 that, in terms of paragraph 2 of the No Confidence Motion against the Government adopted on 14th November 2018, the Cabinet of Ministers stood dissolved in terms of Article 48 of the Constitution, and accordingly this House further resolved that, since 26th October, 2018, as contemplated in Article 48 of the Constitution, this House had no confidence in the Government including Mahinda Rajapaksa. read more

Mr. Annan arrived for the meeting with the leader of the Palestinian Authority from Israel on the latest leg of his regional tour to promote the full implementation of resolution 1701 that ended the month-long conflict in Lebanon, which he emphasized should not be allowed to divert attention from the plight of the Palestinians. “The suffering of the Palestinian people must not be forgotten… I have made my feelings known in talks with Israeli officials. Beyond preserving life, we have to sustain life. The closure of Gaza must be lifted. Crossing points must be opened not just to allow goods in, but to also allow Palestinian exports out as well,” he told reporters at a joint press conference with Mr. Abbas in Ramallah. “I also discussed with President Abbas his ongoing efforts with Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh to form a National Unity Government. This is a very important process. If the Palestinians can unite around a common and realistic programme, and if this can help bring the security situation under control, it would be a very positive step indeed.” Mr. Annan said he had also spoken with the President about efforts to release the abducted Israeli soldier who was kidnapped in June. The meeting also focused on ending the rocket attacks and Israeli incursions, as well as Mr. Abbas’ long-standing demands for progress on Palestinian prisoners. “The immediate problems are those of daily life. And I mean ‘life’ quite literally. Over 200 Palestinians have been killed since the end of June. This must stop immediately.” “I fully agreed that an end to the occupation and the creation of a Palestinian state living side by side with Israel is key to resolving the problems of this troubled region.” From Ramallah, Mr. Annan flew to Jordan, where he is scheduled to hold meetings with Foreign Minister Abdul Ilah Khativ and King Abdullah tomorrow. He will then continue his regional diplomatic initiative with stops planned in Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt and Turkey. read more

by News Staff Posted Apr 23, 2012 11:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EU imposes new sanctions on Syria, banning luxury goods, products with military uses LUXEMBOURG – The European Union on Monday banned the sale of luxury goods and products to Syria that can have military as well as civilian uses.The ban on luxury items appears to take direct aim at some of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s most loyal supporters: the business community and prosperous merchant classes that are key to propping up the regime. An influential bloc, the business leaders have long traded political freedoms for economic privileges in Syria.So far, the wealthy classes have stuck to the sidelines, but if the economic squeeze reaches them, it could be a game changer, analysts say.Assad, who inherited power in 2000, spent years shifting the country away from the socialism espoused by his father. In the process, he helped boost a new and vibrant merchant class that transformed Syria’s economic landscape even as the regime’s political trappings remained unchanged.EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said the EU’s 27 foreign ministers approved the new set of sanctions — the 14th in the past year — “because of deep concern about the situation and continuing violence in spite of the ceasefire.”“We expect the government to withdraw all troops and heavy weapons from towns and cities (and) we want to make sure that the regime gives full access to humanitarian organizations.”The U.N. estimates that more than 9,000 people have been killed since an uprising against the government of Assad began in Syria a year ago.Previous rounds of U.S. and EU sanctions have done little to stop the bloodshed, although there are signs the Syrian economy is suffering. International measures against Assad’s regime have depleted its foreign currency reserves by half, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said last week.EU experts will work out later precisely which goods will be included in the new embargo. One of the diplomats said so-called “dual-use” goods can include anything from vehicles to fertilizers and other chemicals.The only precedent in international relations for the luxury ban is one imposed by the EU in 2007 on North Korea for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Officials said this could serve as a model for the same measure against Syria. That ban included foods such as caviar and truffles, high-quality wines and spirits, fashion accessories including bags and shoes, perfumes, crystal and silverware, and purebred horses.The United Nations has sent an advance eight-person observer team to Syria to support a plan by international envoy Kofi Annan to end the country’s 13-month crisis. The U.N. has authorized a mission of 300 observers.“We need to continue to intensify pressure on the Assad regime,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague said. “They are not in complete compliance with the cease-fire provisions of the Annan plan.”___AP writer Elizabeth A. Kennedy in Beirut contributed to this report. read more