Le programme de prévention du cancer de côlon est maintenant offert dans la régie South West, ce qui constitue un pas de plus vers l’accès à une trousse de dépistage du cancer du côlon à domicile pour tous les Néo-Écossais de la province. Le budget présenté le 6 avril inclut une somme de 3 millions de dollars pour offrir le programme à l’échelle de la province. Cette mesure appuie le plan quadriennal du gouvernement visant à améliorer la vie des familles de chaque région. Le programme est déjà offert dans les régies régionales de la santé South Shore, Cape Breton et Guysborough Antigonish Strait. Il est prévu que le programme sera offert à l’échelle de la province au printemps 2011. Le ministre de l’Environnement Sterling Belliveau, au nom de la ministre de la Santé Maureen MacDonald, a procédé au lancement officiel du programme à Yarmouth, aujourd’hui 19 avril. « Conformément à l’engagement du gouvernement qui vise à offrir des soins de santé améliorés aux familles, je suis heureux de voir que le programme de prévention du cancer du côlon est maintenant offert dans la régie South West, a dit M. Belliveau. Ce programme est essentiel à la prévention du cancer du côlon, le troisième type de cancer le plus courant en Nouvelle-Écosse. C’est à une étape précoce que ce cancer peut être traité avec le plus grand succès. » En avril, les personnes âgées de 50 à 74 ans qui vivent dans la région desservie par la régie South West commenceront à recevoir de l’information sur le programme. Quelques semaines plus tard, ils recevront la trousse de dépistage à domicile. Les instructions incluses dans la trousse sont disponibles en français et en anglais. « La réaction au programme dans les trois premières régies a été excellente, » a dit Theresa Marie Underhill, directrice de l’exploitation de Cancer Care Nova Scotia. « Trente pour cent des personnes qui ont été invitées jusqu’à présent ont passé le test. Grâce aux résultats d’autres programmes de dépistage, nous savons que ce taux de participation au cours des premières années d’un programme est très satisfaisant. Toutefois, nous visons un taux beaucoup plus élevé. Nous évaluons chaque aspect du programme à mesure que nous faisons la mise en œuvre à l’échelle de la province. » Le test de dépistage à domicile est facile à utiliser. Il vise à détecter de très petites quantités de sang dans les selles, qui peuvent indiquer une tumeur dans le côlon. Les renseignements détaillés sur l’utilisation du test et sur les suivis à faire sont inclus dans la trousse. « Le cancer du côlon peut être prévenu, souligne le Dr Bernard Badley, directeur médical du programme de prévention du cancer du côlon. Les gens croient souvent que s’il n’y a aucun signe ou symptôme, il n’y a pas de problème. Ce n’est pas nécessairement vrai dans le cas du cancer du côlon. » « Je ne peux pas répéter assez souvent à quel point il est important que les gens subissent régulièrement des tests de dépistage, avant l’apparition de symptômes. Les études démontrent que grâce au dépistage, nous pouvons prévenir un tiers des décès. » Dr Umesh Prabhu, un gastroentérologue à la régie South West, affirme que le dépistage du cancer du côlon est essentiel. « Le cancer du côlon ne présente souvent aucun symptôme au stade précoce, alors qu’il est traitable, et la plupart des gens qui développent ce cancer n’ont pas d’antécédents familiaux de cancer. En 2008, dans notre régie, on a diagnostiqué un cancer du côlon chez 82 personnes. Le programme de prévention va changer ces statistiques. » Le plus grand facteur de risque lié au cancer du côlon est l’âge. C’est pourquoi Cancer Care Nova Scotia encourage les Néo-Écossais de 50 à 74 ans à subir régulièrement le test de dépistage du cancer du côlon. Gordon Treichel, qui habite à Darling’s Lake dans le comté de Yarmouth, était âgé de 55 lorsque les médecins ont diagnostiqué un cancer du côlon. « Heureusement, mon cancer a été dépisté de façon précoce, » a dit M. Treichel. « Dans le cadre de mon examen régulier, mon médecin de famille a suggéré que je subisse le test de dépistage du cancer du côlon. Le test a révélé la présence de sang dans mes selles. La prochaine étape était une coloscopie, qui a permis de trouver et d’enlever des polypes. Ensuite j’ai subi une chirurgie. Aujourd’hui, le cancer est disparu, probablement parce qu’il a été détecté de façon très précoce grâce au test de dépistage. J’encourage fortement tous ceux qui recevront une trousse de dépistage à domicile à participer au programme. » Le programme de prévention vise les Néo-Écossais qui ne présentent aucun symptôme, qui n’ont aucun parent, frère, sœur ou enfant atteint du cancer du côlon et qui n’ont aucune maladie héréditaire ou intestinale qui pourrait augmenter leur risque. Ces personnes, ainsi que toute autre personne qui a des préoccupations au sujet du cancer du côlon, devraient consulter leur médecin de famille. Cancer Care Nova Scotia, un programme provincial du ministère de la Santé, a été créé en 1998 pour faciliter la prévention du cancer et la prestation de soins de qualité à tous les Néo-Écossais. Pour obtenir plus d’information, consultez le www.cancercare.ns.ca/coloncancerprevention.
DIGBY COUNTY: Dick Theriault Road The bridge on Dick Theriault Road, about two kilometres southeast of the Old DAR Railway crossing, is closed for repairs. There is no detour. Transportation officials will be on site 24 hours a day until the bridge is repaired. Local Area Office: 902-769-2192 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hubbards Bridge Hubbards Bridge located on Trunk 3 will be closed to traffic for replacement of the bridge until Friday, Dec. 31. A detour is available on Shankle Road. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Mines Bass River Road Mines Bass River Road will be closed for bridge repairs until Friday, Jan. 31. Detour route on East and West Montrose Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until Monday, Jan. 31, for replacement. Detour from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George Street A section of George Street, near the Highway 125 overpass, will be reduced to one lane at various times for the construction of a new overpass. Work will take place until Jan. 31. Traffic control people will be onsite. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 HANTS COUNTY: Route 224 – Milford Route 224 in Milford will be closed to repair a culvert until Friday, Jan. 7. Detour route in place. Local Area Office: 902-758-3009 CONTINUING WORK HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14/Exit 9 A new roundabout is open at Exit 9 of Highway 102, near Truro, at the intersection with Trunk 14. Temporary signs are in place. The opening allows the construction to be completed by Monday, Feb. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-3535 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge on the Cabot Trail, two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from 1.3 kilometres east of Cape Breton-Richmond County line, will be reduced to one lane for about five kilometres for paving and bridge repairs until Wednesday, Dec. 15. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, between Exit 31A and Exit 31, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Dec. 15. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fox Harbour Bridge The Fox Harbour Bridge on Ferry Road, near Wallace, is closed to traffic. A temporary, one-lane detour bridge will be opened for drivers in the area during repairs to the regular bridge. There will be occasional stop and go traffic. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge During construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street, Antigonish, traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge. The temporary bridge will be in place until Friday, Dec. 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, from the Belleville Road intersection to Exit 32 in Argyle, will be reduced to on lane for milling, repaving and shoulder work. Traffic delays are expected. Cyclists are asked to use caution. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 -30- PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are now in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is located about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. They will be used until summer. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, Exit 37 at Monastery, will have temporary traffic signals in place to restore the Tracadie overpass, Tracadie railway pass and the Tracadie Bridge. The structures are within 100 metres of each other. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Alternate route on Trunk 4. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 DIGBY COUNTY: Meteghan River Bridge Meteghan River Bridge in Digby County will be closed until Wednesday, Dec. 15, to construct a permanent bridge. Detours are available on D’Entremont Road, 2nd Division Road and Placide Comeau Road. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Traffic on Highway 101 is reduced to one lane west of Exit 14 at Coldbrook for bridge repairs until further notice. Delays are expected and alternate routes should be taken. Motorists exercise caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Traffic on Highway 102 is reduced to one lane in each direction at Exit 9 (Milford) to construct a new interchange. Delays are possible. Drivers should exercise caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction zone. Work takes place from dawn to dusk until the end of the year. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Keltic Drive Keltic Drive, from the tracks east for two kilometres to Sydney River Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for milling, upgrading and repaving until Friday, Dec. 17. A pilot vehicle and traffic control are on site. Alternate route: Highway 125 to Exit 4 and 6. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841
Nova Scotia’s highly skilled and dedicated paramedics are being recognized today, Sept. 26, during the fourth annual Medic Monday. “Paramedics are an important part of our health-care system. They provide on-the-scene emergency care, in-home support for palliative care patients, support our seniors in nursing homes, and so much more,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “Today, we honour them for their commitment in supporting Nova Scotians during their times of need.” With almost 1,100 paramedics across the province, last year they responded to more than 160,000 calls, provided 127,000 transports, and received 80,000 911 calls. Paramedics responding to emergencies work within an extensive scope of practice and can administer a number of life-saving medications such as fibrinolytics indicated for heart attacks and Naloxone in situations involving opioid overdoses. “Paramedics strive to provide the highest quality health care for all in Nova Scotia. I am very proud to be part of this respected group of professionals who play such an integral role in our province’s health care,” said Yarmouth paramedic Colton LeBlanc. “Through our expanding roles, paramedics can provide even better care to patients in Nova Scotia.” Since 2013, the province has recognized the last Monday in September as a day to honour paramedics. For information on becoming a paramedic, visit http://novascotia.ca/dhw/ehs/becoming-a-paramedic.asp.
There is ample research to show that people are generally better able to remember unfinished jobs than completed ones. If something is incomplete, it may keep popping in our memory even when we are far away from it, leading to constant rumination even though we may not be in a position to do anything about it. Such thoughts travel back and forth and that is why we keep thinking about that page-turner. However, it’s not necessary that this exists in our sphere of work alone. It can be in the case of life and memories too. Sometimes, it is difficult to put behind things and just move on with our lives. There are times when memory acts like a ball and chain and holds us back — because we relive it over and over again. The main issue is that it is unfinished and incomplete. From emotions to practical assignments, from home to our workplaces — there are a lot of backlogs. And with this, there is a constant resurgence of such thoughts on an auto-pilot mode that keeps playing on our minds over and over and again. In fact, reliving a memory actually strengthens it and the more we relive those unpleasant events, the stronger we make the memory. Thus, it is important to let go. Unfinished businesses can be endless. And nobody gets it right all the time. Therefore, it is important to leave the past in the past and stop dragging it with us wherever we are heading to. Our proverbial ‘backpacks’ seem to be continuously loading up and we keep stuffing them full until one day, whatever is inside it starts spilling out all over the place. It is then that we need to ‘leave it by the River’ and walk away. Also Read – Securing nutritionResponding to experiences emotionally and carrying the perceived notion of the consequences with us into new experiences is not an ideal thing to do. It can hamper us in many more ways that we can think of including being stuck in old habits and exercises which can interfere with realising professional ambitions, healthy relationships, personal happiness and enjoyment of life. Unexpressed feelings of being hurt do hang around. We don’t change until staying the same becomes too uncomfortable. And it is this process that cannot be hasty. Every experience shapes us and helps us grow, no matter how small it is. As Paulo Coelho beautifully puts it: “My heart might be bruised but it will recover and become capable of seeing the beauty of life once more. It’s happened before, it will happen again, I’m sure. When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive…”
New Delhi: In a bid to spur investment and create new employment opportunities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday set up two Cabinet committees to deal with the two crucial issues. Government sources said both the panels, respectively on Investment and Growth and on Employment and Skill Development, will be headed by the prime minister. The Cabinet Committee on Investment and Growth will have Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sithataman, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari and Railways and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal as its members. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The Cabinet Committee on Employment and Skill Development will include, besides Shah, Sithataman and Goyal, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Skill Development M N Pandey, Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar and Housing and Urban Development Minister Hardip Puri. Sources said there is a provision in Transaction of Business Rules to form Cabinet panels on various issues but the prime minister had not set up any such panel during his previous term. During the electioneering of the last Lok Sabha polls, the Opposition has fiercely targeted the Modi government, accusing it of having failed in keeping up its purported promise of creating two crore jobs per year. The opposition had also targeted the government, claiming slow down of economy.
Pune: The CBI on Monday opposed the bail plea of lawyer Sanjeev Punalekar, arrested in the murder case of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar, claiming he would tamper with evidence if granted bail. Punalekar’s bail plea is being heard in the court of Additional Sessions Judge R M Pande. Special prosecutor for the CBI, Prakash Suryawanshi, disputed the defense’s argument that Punalekar’s advice to Sharad Kalaskar, one of the shooters arrested in the case, to destroy the firearm used in the murder was “legal communication” between a client and a lawyer. “He (Punalekar) crossed all the limits by giving advice to Kalaskar to destroy the firearms (used in Dabholkar and Gauri Lankesh murders), thus it was not legal advice,” Suryawanshi argued. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaPunalekar gave the advice as a “sadhak” (follower) of the Sanatan Sanstha and not as a lawyer, he added. Defense counsel Subhash Jha told the court that even if it is assumed that Punalekar had advised Kalaskar to destroy the firearm, as claimed by the CBI, it was “legal advice” and “a professional communication”. “Even if we accept their theory that Punalekar instructed Kalaskar to destroy the weapons, the present case against him does not go beyond IPC section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence or giving false information). The section is bailable, so Punalekar is entitled to get bail,” Jha told court. However, Suryawanshi said, “This is not merely section 201, but it should be read with 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) and other sections of the UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act).” He said that while destroying the firearms, the accused persons dismantled them and kept the barrels and sliders with them for later use. “All this is part of a big conspiracy as first Dabholkar was killed, later Pansare, then Kannada scholar M M Kalburgi and journalist Gauri Lankesh were killed. No idea who is next,” the CBI counsel added.
Mumbai: Sensex and Nifty traded on a flat note during the morning trade session on Tuesday.Traders remain cautious ahead of the Union Budget and a key meting between US and Chinese Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, where the two leaders are likely to discuss the ongoing trade war.Metal stocks gained after heavy selling on Monday.At 10.04 a.m., the S&P BSE Sensex traded 6.75 points lower or 0.02 per cent at 39,116.21. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe Sensex opened slightly higher from its previous close of 39,131.94.The Nifty was 1.15 points or 0.01 per cent down at at 11,700.80.Globally, investor sentiment dampened over heightened tension between the US and Iran after American President Donald Trump signed an order imposing financial sanctions on Tehran’s senior leaders.This followed Iran’s downing of US drone which increased tensions in the region.
New Delhi: The government will come out with a national e-commerce policy within 12 months to facilitate achieving holistic growth of the sector, an official said. This was informed by Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal in his second marathon meeting with stakeholders, including e-commerce companies, on Monday. “We will put in place an institutional framework to bring out a national policy on e-commerce within next 12 months,” the official said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe government, in February, had released the draft national e-commerce policy proposing setting up a legal and technological framework for restrictions on cross-border data flow and also laid out conditions for businesses regarding collection or processing of sensitive data locally and storing it abroad. Several foreign e-commerce firms have raised concerns over some points in the draft pertaining to data. An inter-ministerial panel under DPIIT will be formed to address stakeholder grievances on FDI and draft e-commerce policy. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsGoyal also said in the meeting that the Press Note 2, which talks about FDI in e-commerce, is clarificatory in nature and the government has not made any changes in the existing law. “Companies who participated (in the meeting) agreed with this. They confirmed unequivocally that the Press Note 2 of 2018 on FDI in e-commerce was only clarificatory in nature and did not change the provisions in the FDI policy,” the official added. The minister also stated that India wants to engage with the world on data and e-commerce issues “but there has to be reciprocity”, the official said. Top executives from Walmart-owned Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal, Paytm, eBay, Makemytrip, Swiggy and others attended the meeting. The minister will meet again with retail and e-commerce firms to further address their issues. The e-commerce firms shared sectoral concerns such as the ones related with goods and services tax and discounts. Flipkart Chief Executive Officer Kalyan Krishnamurthy in a statement said the company appreciates the government’s efforts to “engage in a candid, positive and progressive discussions aimed at creating a vibrant e-commerce market and Digital India”. “We look forward to working with the ministry and many other stakeholders to realise this growth dream,” he added. A Walmart spokesperson said the company welcomes the multiple consultative meetings that Goyal has hosted with business leaders. The minister has shown an open mind to discuss various issues related to e-commerce so that there is meaningful progress to ensure that everyone benefits from the growing digital economy, promoting a positive investment environment for both international and domestic companies, the spokesperson added. Amazon India tweeted that it welcomes the industry meeting for the open and candid discussions, as well as the “promise of continuing engagement”. “We’re committed to and will contribute to scale ecomm exports…” it added. A Snapdeal spokesperson said e-commerce is an incredible opportunity for India to enable 70 million medium and small Indian businesses to become the bedrock of India’s digital economy. “Snapdeal welcomes the government’s determination to ensure that the policies governing the sector are followed both in letter and spirit,” the spokesperson added. Global online marketplace Etsy said the deliberations have been very focused on how to make it easier for a small sellers or artisans to sell online, and ease out any hurdles that they might be facing. “It gives the impression that we are on the right path to resolve to give e-commerce a boost in the country, and make it easier for small sellers to export with lesser compliance costs. The Ministry is looking to fastrack a lot of processes,” Himanshu Wardhan, Managing Director for India, Etsy, said. Meanwhile, the commerce and industry ministry in a statement said Goyal has directed Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) to immediately form a committee headed by the additional secretary of the department, with representatives of Department of Commerce, Ministries of MSME, Consumers Affairs and legal experts as members. “The committee will hear grievances and provide necessary clarifications on issues related to FDI in e-Commerce,” it said.
New Delhi: The ED Friday questioned former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar, her husband Deepak Kochhar and Videocon promoter Venugopal Dhoot in connection with a money laundering case involving their business concern, officials said.The three deposed as part of a regular summon and their statement is being being recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), they said. They have been grilled by the central agency in the past in connection with the alleged corruption case involving the bank and Videocon group. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) had last month questioned and recorded the statements of Chanda Kochhar and Deepak Kochhar over multiple sessions at its office in Delhi. The agency is also preparing to analyse the details of assets of the Kochhars and others so that they can be provisionally attached under the anti-money laundering law. Chanda Kochhar’s brother-in-law Rajiv Kochhar has also been grilled by the ED multiple times in the case. The Kochhar couple and Dhoot were questioned at the ED’s zonal office in Mumbai after the central agency conducted raids on March 1. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey ColonyThe searches were conducted at the premises of Chanda Kochhar, her family and Dhoot in Maharashtra’s Mumbai and Aurangabad cities. The ED registered a criminal case under the PMLA earlier this year against Chanda Kochhar, Deepak Kochhar, Dhoot and others to probe alleged irregularities and corrupt practices in sanctioning Rs 1,875-crore of loans by ICICI Bank to the corporate group. This action of the agency was based on an FIR registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation. The CBI has named all the three and Dhoot’s companies — Videocon International Electronics Ltd (VIEL) and Videocon Industries Limited (VIL) — in its case. The anti-corruption probe agency also named Supreme Energy, a company founded by Dhoot, and NuPower Renewables, a company controlled by Deepak Kochhar, in the FIR.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has observed that Amrapali home buyers’ money has been diverted illegally and wrongly to Rhiti Sports Management Pvt Ltd, a company promoted by cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The observation by justices Arun Mishra and U.U. Lalit came on Tuesday while cancelling the real estate company Amrapali Group’s Real Estate Regulatory Authority’s licence and appointed state-run National Buildings Construction Corp Ltd (NBCC) to complete all pending projects. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The bench has noted that the Amrapali Group of Companies paid Rs 42.22 crore to Rhiti Sports Management Pvt Ltd between 2009 and 2015. Of this, Rs 6.52 crore was paid by Amrapali Sapphire Developers Pvt Ltd. The sum was paid on account of agreements executed by Anil Kumar Sharma, CMD of Amrapali Group of Companies, with Rhiti Sports Management Pvt Ltd. However, the court noted that there was no resolution on record authorizing Sharma to enter into an agreement on behalf of all of Amrapali group of Companies. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The court pointed out other various agreements endorsed between the companies on November 22, 2009, according to which Dhoni will make himself available to the Chairmen for three days along with one representative of Rhiti Sports. According to the Agreement for sponsorship dated March 20, 2015, Amrapali Group of Companies got the right to advertise as Logo Space at various places in the IPL 2015 for Chennai Super Kings. “It is observed that this agreement is on plain paper and executed only between Amrapali and Rhiti Sports Management Pvt Ltd and there are no signatories on behalf of Chennai Super Kings to this agreement,” the court noted. No resolution in favour of Arun Pandey, Signatory of Rhiti Sports, is attached with the agreement. “This clearly shows that these agreements have just been made for payment of amounts to Rhiti Sports Management Pvt Ltd Co are sham agreements and made just for making payments to Rhiti Sports Management Pvt Ltd,” the court said. “We feel that home buyers money has been diverted illegally and wrongly to Rhiti Sports Management Pvt Ltd and should be recovered from them as the said agreement in our opinion do not stand the test of law.” Dhoni was a brand ambassador for Amrapali Group until three years ago. Dhoni’s wife Sakshi Singh was then a Director of Amrapali Mahi Developers Pvt Ltd, a company incorporated for developing a project in Ranchi. An MoU was also entered between the parties though the court was not provided a copy of that. The court said in its order that in Amrapali Sapphire Developers Pvt Ltd, a flat had been booked in the name of Rhiti Sports by passing an adjustment entry. However Sanjay Pandey of Rhiti Sports denied booking any such flat. Pandey also confirmed that neither the company nor any individual had any flat in Amrapali Group.
New Delhi: A special geriatric OPD to provide healthcare services to the elderly on Sundays was opened for public at the Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital. The outpatient department (OPD) was inaugurated by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday morning. In the initial days, services at the facility will be limited to five departments — medicine, general surgery, ENT, ophthalmology and orthopaedics, Dr Sunil Gupta, medical superintendent of the hospital, said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The Union minister also inaugurated several other medical facilities, including an advanced 3T MRI system – GE Healthcare’s 750W in the Radiology Department, a Cath Lab and a Lithotripsy machine in the Urology department. Vardhan said health has been positioned as one of the top agenda of the government and the new OPD reflects that the prime minister is committed to fundamentally transforming the country and give quality health services to the people. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings “Under the leadership of our Prime Minister we are aggressively moving towards setting up state-of-the-art health facilities with the best equipment, techniques and buildings. These are comparable to the very best in the country and the world,” he said. “As we move towards the vision of the prime minister of a New India by 2022, health shall be one of the key determinants and components of our advanced country, he stated. While interacting with the staff, para-medics and doctors at the Emergency Block, Vardhan stated that the aim of everyone in the hospital should be to see that no patient is turned back or referred to any other emergency facility. “Let us aspire to build our capacities and strengths such that we are able to attend to each emergency patient that needs our care,” he stated. He also reviewed the processes of registration of patients, referral and other services. He also visited the new Super Specialty Block and planted a sapling there. Vardhan visited the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendra within the premises. He was told that medicines which cost as much as Rs500-600 in the market are sold at very economical rates of as low as Rs.105 at the Kendra. “The government is committed to ensuring that the out-of-pocket expenditure on medicines which form a significant part of healthcare cost is considerably reduced through such pharmacy centres,” he stated. He further stated that one of the priorities of the government is to expand quality tertiary health care facilities in all parts of the country. OPD services will start at 9.30 am and continue till 12.30 pm. Medicines will be issued at the dispensary from 9.30 am to 1 pm. Diagnostic facilities will be available at the Emergency Block. Geriatric OPD functions on week days too but then it came to notice that senior citizens often faced problems in accessing the medical facilities due to overcrowding, Gupta said. They often have to wait or stand in queues due to overcrowding following which the decision was taken, he said. Around 8,000-9,000 patients, of whom around 10-15 per cent are the elderly, visit the hospital daily for treatment in various departments. The initiative is aimed at providing special care and comfort to senior citizens and also to make them feel important, he said. Safdarjung Hospital is a 2,900-bed multi-specialty hospital. The hospital has a huge demand for MRI scans services with 40-50 scans being conducted every day and a waiting time of over three months for a person to get an MRI scan done. “Radiology services in the hospital will get a significant boost with the installation of a second MRI system GE Healthcare’s 3T MRI system 750W, which comes with a host of advanced features,” a senior official said.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s governance model is not a “complete negative story” and not recognizing his work and demonizing him all the time is not going to help, said Congress leader Jairam Ramesh. It is time we recognize Modi’s work and what he did between 2014 and 2019 due to which he was voted back to power by over “30 per cent of the electorate”, said Ramesh on Wednesday. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got 37.4 per cent of votes in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The NDA, as a whole, secured nearly 45 per cent of votes. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Ramesh made the remarks while launching a book, “Malevolent Republic: A Short History of the New India” written by Kapil Satish Komireddi, a political analyst. “He (Modi) talks in a language that connects him with the people. Unless we recognize that he is doing things which people recognise and which have not been done in the past, we are not going to be able to confront this guy,” said the Congress leader. “Also, if you are going to demonize him all the time, you are not going to be able to confront him,” warned the former Union minister, who held portfolios of Rural Development, and Drinking Water and Sanitation ministries in the Manmohan Singh government. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Ramesh sought to clarify that he is not asking anyone to praise or applaud the prime minister, but only wants the political class to at least recognise the traits he has brought to the governance — particularly the “economics of governance”. “Let me tell you it is not a completely negative story when it comes to economics of the governance, the politics of the governance is completely different,” said the noted economist, adding “the social relations that have been created out of his governance model is also completely different”. To prove his point, Ramesh gave example of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUJ) and how successful it turned out for him. “In 2019, all of us in the political discourse made fun of one or two of his programmes, but it has turned out in all electoral studies that the PMUJ is one single program which has been able to connect him with crores and crores of women and given him the political traction which he didn’t have in 2014,” said the Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka. “Now if we are going to run this down and say this is all hocus pocus and say these are wrong numbers, we are not going to confront this guy,” he cautioned. Stating that something happened in the last decade, which catapulted Modi from a “non-entity in national politics” in the 2009 general elections to someone who won elections back to back, Ramesh said people of the country — right or wrong — are not relating “current distress to his presence”. “We talked about farmers distress through out our entire campaign, people realise there was farmers’ distress but they did not hold Modi responsible for it. You saw what happened in the elections result thereafter. We have to understand what made him respectable,” he said. Dubbing Komireddi’s book as an “angry, absorbing and exceedingly well-written” one, Ramesh said, “It is persuasive in looking at what happened in the last five years and looking ahead as to what we would expect from what has happened in the last five years.” Ramesh, however, also expressed disagreement with the author, who sought to blame the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his family for all the prevailing wrongs in the country. Going 60 years back for something which happened in the last decade does not work out, said Ramesh, questioning the author’s bid to blame Nehru for what ails the country today. Published by Westland, the book claims to “retell and recount the betrayals of India’s republican promise over the last 70 years and retraces the path that modern India has treaded since 1947”.
New Delhi: Infrastructure major L&T on Tuesday said its construction arm has bagged the contract for construction of the Navi Mumbai International Airport. The company did not provide value of the contracts but said the orders fall under “major” category which ranges between Rs 5,000 crore and Rs 7,000 crore as per its classification of contracts. “The transportation infrastructure and buildings and factories businesses of L&T Construction have secured a prestigious project from the Navi Mumbai International Airport Private Ltd (NMIAPL) for the engineering, procurement and construction of the greenfield Navi Mumbai International Airport at Navi Mumbai,” L&T said in a regulatory filing. The passenger terminal building is being developed to initially handle a capacity of 10 MPA (million passengers per annum). The project will subsequently be enhanced to handle 20 MPA, the company added. Shares of the company were trading at Rs 1,314 apiece, down 1.06 per cent, from their previous close on BSE.
New Delhi: State-owned SAIL on Thursday said it was working relentlessly to further improve the quality of rails. To achieve this, the PSU has adopted measures like reducing the hydrogen content in rail steel, the company said in a statement. The Nickel-Copper-Chromium (NCC) corrosion resistant rails that SAIL-Bhilai Steel Plant developed and supplied for coastal areas have successfully undergone field trials. SAIL has supplied more than 1.8 million of wheels of various dimensions to the Indian Railways in last six decades.
VICTORIA – The steep political mountain facing John Horgan’s minority government in British Columbia was apparent in the key appointments he made to his inner circle of close advisers, say political observers.Horgan’s cabinet will be sworn in at a ceremony in Victoria on July 18.But his government started taking shape this week with the appointments of a veteran bureaucrat, a key campaign organizer and a political pit bull to the backroom team that will guide Horgan’s New Democrats in a delicately balanced arrangement with the Green party to hold power. The two parties have a one-seat advantage over the Liberals in the legislature.Carole James, a member of the legislature and the party’s transition spokeswoman, said Thursday those in cabinet will be the face of Horgan’s government but the inner circle appointees are the bricks and mortar of his government.Don Wright will be Horgan’s deputy minister and head of the public service. He joins Horgan’s team after working as the CEO at Central 1 Credit Union, but was formerly president of the B.C. Institute of Technology and a bureaucrat in Liberal and NDP governments.Former Vancouver councillor Geoff Meggs was appointed Horgan’s chief of staff. He served as a communications director for former NDP premier Glen Clark in the 1990s.Bob Dewar, who was recruited last year from Manitoba to help run the NDP’s election campaign, will serve as special adviser to the premier.“It’s really important to show John has chosen a leadership team that brings a depth of experience,” said James, who represents a Victoria riding. “I’ve already heard from folks in my community, who also work in the civil service, say it was reassuring to hear Don’s name, someone who has experience … is known to be fair.”Despite the euphoria of the NDP election win, she said the reality that one vote could topple the NDP is a constant reminder of the party’s position and something Wright, Meggs and Dewar will make sure nobody forgets.“I don’t underestimate the hard work,” James said. “It’s going to be a load on all of us in the legislature.”Former NDP premier Dan Miller said Meggs will be pivotal in keeping the government working, which means limiting surprises and keeping everybody informed, including the three Green party members whose support is key to the NDP’s survival.“It will be fairly tight in there and I think Geoff is a very good guy to interact with all of the parties that need to make this happen and make it work,” he said. “He’s a very cool guy, level headed.”Meggs also has a reputation for being able to resolve difficult issues, said Miller, who worked with him in the 1990s and before that when Meggs edited a fishermen’s union newspaper.“In many ways it used to be said in Vancouver that Geoff was the guy who did the dirty work on the city council,” Miller said. “He was the guy on the ground for Mayor Gregor Robertson.”Prof. David Black said the NDP chose talent and experience in placing Wright, Meggs and Dewar in the top advisory posts.“One person crosses the floor and it’s over,” said Black, a political communications specialist at Victoria’s Royal Roads University. “We have in the NDP and Green government one that is, of course, a precarious one. It’s going to be a stressful government because the one-seat majority doesn’t leave people feeling relaxed and comfortable.”Dewar, who served as an adviser to former Manitoba NDP premier Gary Doer, will be Horgan’s go-to person, Black predicted.“A large part of what he will be doing is talking to the Greens and scanning the political environment,” he said. “This is going to be a government governing as if an election is imminent and that changes how they behave and amplifies the importance of a special adviser like Bob Dewar.”
REGINA – First Nations leaders say they’ll be able to do more projects and build more homes because of changes that give them more control over financial resources.The federal government announced Tuesday that First Nations will now be able to carry funding from year-to-year, instead of having to return money if a project wasn’t completed within a fiscal year.Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde said the problem was that projects often didn’t get approved until late in a fiscal year.“There used to always be the requirement, but you know the monies never got out fast enough and everybody would panic that you have resources that have to be expended by the end of March or you lose them or you have to send them back,” Bellegarde said after making the announcement at the AFN’s annual meeting.“The monies coming out for housing came out so late, you can’t finish your housing programs, so now you’re going to be able to carry them over to the next fiscal year so that work can continue.”Bellegarde called the old situation “March madness,” but said communities won’t have to scramble now.Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said the old process left communities in a situation where projects could be caught in a cycle of starting and stopping.“They can start the project and then know that if it’s not done by the following spring, that they still have the money to carry on and finish the project,” said Bennett, who also addressed the AFN on Tuesday.“There’s no question these are first steps, but these were real irritants that we can get out of the way.”Ottawa will also work with First Nations on a new approach to funding essential services, such as fire, emergency services, schools, and water and waste treatment systems, she said.Both the government and the AFN said the current policy, which was introduced almost 20 years ago, is outdated, and does not reflect First Nations needs.“The requirement to find other sources of funding to ensure that you have clean drinking water or emergency management services, it means that some communities go without these essential services,” said Bellegarde.“This policy…does real harm and it’s holding First Nations back.”
MONTREAL – Visible minorities, particularly Arabs and West Asians, feel less safe walking alone in their neighbourhoods after dark than do other Canadians, according to a Statistics Canada survey released Tuesday.The study was conducted with data collected in 2014.Forty-four per cent of respondents who identified themselves as belonging to a visible minority group said they felt “very safe” walking home alone after dark, versus 54 per cent for other Canadians.Stats Can noted that the majority of visible minorities in the country live in large cities, “where feelings of safety are relatively low.”“Yet even after taking into account where they lived, visible minorities remained less likely to report feeling safe than their non-visible minorities counterparts,” the agency said.Out of all the visible minority groups in the country, Arab and West Asian respondents were the most likely to say they felt unsafe.Fifteen per cent of Arab respondents said they did not feel safe walking alone as did 16 per cent of West Asians.“This marks a change when compared with perceptions of personal safety 10 years earlier, when the sense of safety felt by Arabs and West Asians was comparable to that of other visible minorities,” the report said.
TORONTO – As Ontario’s legislature prepared to hold a rare midnight sitting to debate a bill that would cut the size of Toronto city council, members of Canada’s legal community called on the government not to overrule a court decision striking down an earlier version of the legislation.On Sunday afternoon, an open letter signed by about 400 Ontario legal professionals was sent to Attorney General Caroline Mulroney asking that she not support the use of the Constitution’s notwithstanding clause.The clause was invoked by Bill 31, dubbed the Efficient Local Government Act, which reintroduces legislation that was struck down by an Ontario Superior Court judge.The judge ruled that the initial bill violated the charter rights of candidates and voters in Toronto’s upcoming election.The new bill, which slashes the number of Toronto councillors to 25 from 47, was debated at an uncommon weekend sitting at Queen’s Park on Saturday.The lieutenant-governor granted the government’s request to reconvene the house at 12:01 a.m. Monday to continue to expedite passage of the bill.Will Hutcheson, a family lawyer based in Toronto and author of the letter, says the provincial government’s use of the clause violates the rights of both the candidates in the election and the citizens of Toronto.“I think it’s really dangerous to use the notwithstanding clause,” said Hutcheson. “Rights can be overwritten by the notwithstanding clause … that means the charter really doesn’t protect our rights the way Canadians have thought it does.”Hutcheson said he wrote the letter on Wednesday and published it online, and since then it has been signed hundreds of times. He said he is sending it to Mulroney and her office on Sunday ahead of the midnight sitting.“We, the undersigned members of the legal community, are writing this open letter to you because your office is assigned to champion and safeguard the fundamental principles of the rule of law and due process in Ontario, and the rights of the people,” reads the letter. “We are gravely concerned about Premier Doug Ford’s proposed use of the notwithstanding clause.”A second letter, sent to Ford and Mulroney and signed by more than 80 law professors from across the country, calls the Ontario government’s use of the notwithstanding clause “a dangerous precedent that strikes at the heart of our constitutional democracy.”The professors say they recognize that it is within the government’s power to invoke the notwithstanding clause, “but it should never be the first resort – it should be the last.”“The notwithstanding clause must be the exception – not the rule,” states the letter spearheaded by University of Toronto professor Brenda Cossman.The letter notes Ford has suggested he would not hesitate to use the clause in the future and says his invoking it in this instance is “challenging the core principles underlying our constitutional democracy.”The professors say it rejects the role of an independent judiciary in upholding the fundamental rights and freedoms of every person in Ontario.The Ministry of the Attorney General did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday.Earlier this week, City of Toronto clerk Ulli Watkiss said that with each passing day it becomes “virtually impossible” to ensure the city provides its residents and candidates with a fair election.Government House Leader Todd Smith has said that the city needs certainty around its election, which is set for Oct. 22, so the bill must be passed quickly.Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath said New Democrats would continue to oppose the use of the notwithstanding clause, saying Ford has dragged the entire province into a “personal grudge match against Toronto.”“The best chance of allowing Toronto to hold a fair, democratic election this fall is for Bill 31 to be withdrawn,” Horwath said in a release Sunday evening.The government finds itself crunched for time at the legislature with the International Plowing Match in Chatham-Kent set for Tuesday and each year Queen’s Park closes for a day so all politicians can attend.The midnight sitting will allow the Tory government to reach the needed 6 1/2 hours on this stage of debate to push the bill forward in the legislative process.
MONTREAL – Quebec’s political party leaders set their political differences aside on Saturday as they headed to Gatineau, Que., to survey the damage from a tornado that ripped through homes and sent several people to hospital on Friday night.On Day 31 of the election campaign, Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard, the Coalition Avenir Quebec’s Francois Legault, Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee and Quebec solidaire co-spokesperson Manon Masse all cancelled scheduled activities to meet those affected by the storm.Couillard and Lisee could been seen walking side-by-side as they toured a neighbourhood in Gatineau alongside Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin and a number of other officials.The two leaders passed by ripped-off roofs, chunks of insulation and flattened cars as they surveyed one of the worst-hit streets in the Mont-Blanc neighbourhood, before meeting with tornado victims at a local school.“It’s like life just stopped,” Couillard said as he looked at a roofless house, with furniture still visible intact in the living room.“It’s a miracle people got out of there alive.”Couillard, the current premier, announced $1 million in emergency aid would be handed over to the Red Cross to help victims who couldn’t return to their homes.“What we announced this morning is for Gatineau but also for the rural areas around the city,” he said.“It’s to help people, through the Red Cross, to meet their daily needs for several weeks and even more, if needed.”Lisee, for his part, said he was relieved nobody had been killed.“As the premier said, it’s extraordinary that there was no loss of life,” he said. “We’re fortunate in our misfortune, but we have to support these people, who come from modest means and have lost everything.”Legault said Saturday morning that he was keeping a scheduled meeting with a group of mayors north of Montreal but had cancelled an afternoon appearance to head to Gatineau.Speaking north of Montreal in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, he said it wasn’t a day to play politics.“I think it’s important that all the parties show their solidarity, support the premier and reassure the population, because there are people who have lost a lot materially and will need to be reimbursed if they’re not insured,” he said.Legault said the Quebec government would be there to help the victims, no matter who was elected, and encouraged people to donate to help recovery efforts.Legault and Masse also set partisan politics aside as they jointly met with tornado victims and spoke with Gatineau’s mayor.“In Quebec, we help each other, we hold each other up and take care of each other; it’s what we’ve always done,” Masse wrote on Twitter earlier in the day.For the most part, the leaders ditched the official trappings of their campaigns as they expressed solidarity for the victims.Couillard announced Friday night that he would suspend his campaign and leave his electoral bus behind in order to visit storm-damaged areas in his role as premier.Legault also said he would travel to Gatineau in a private vehicle, while Lisee said he was acting as head of Quebec’s official Opposition for the day.Both Lisee and Couillard were expected to head back to Montreal at the end of the day in order to restart their campaigns.— With files from Melanie Marquis, Stephanie Marin and Mylene Crete in Gatineau, Que.Note to readers: This is a corrected version. An earlier version incorrectly said both of Quebec solidaire’s co-spokespeople were in Gatineau.
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has set Feb. 25 as the date for byelections in three vacant ridings — including the British Columbia riding where NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is hoping to win a seat in the House of Commons.Trudeau has called the byelections for Burnaby South, the Ontario riding of York-Simcoe and Montreal’s Outremont.The byelections will be a crucial test for New Democrats, who’ve been struggling to find their footing since their party was relegated to a distant third in the 2015 general election.But the race in Outremont, left vacant after former NDP leader Tom Mulcair resigned, will also be seen as a test of whether the NDP can hang on what’s left of the orange wave that swept Quebec in 2011.The Conservatives are expected to easily keep York-Simcoe, left vacant by the resignation of long-time Tory MP Peter Van Loan.Trudeau has not called a byelection in another B.C. riding, Nanaimo-Ladysmith, vacated last week by New Democrat MP Sheila Malcolmson, who is seeking a seat in the provincial legislature.The Canadian Press