‘God-man’ held, six girls rescued

first_imgA self-styled ‘god-man’ was arrested and six minor girls rescued from his ashram built allegedly on an encroached land of the gram sabha in Bhadohi district of Uttar Pradesh, the police said on Tuesday.The police pulled down the ashram on Monday and got freed the land encroached by ‘god-man’ Rajendra Prasad for nearly four months in Natwa village, District Magistrate Vishakh G. said. Five people, including Prasad, have been arrested from the ashram from where six minor girls have been freed and sent to Bal Kalyan Samiti for counselling, the DM said.He added that like Ram Vriksha of Jawaharbagh in Mathura, Prasad also had prepared a team of lathi-wielding youths, scripted his own ‘constitution’ and had collected nearly ₹20 lakh in donation. He was also running his writ among the land grabbers. A case has been registered against nine named and 50 unnamed people, the DM added. SP Shachindra Patel said Prasad is a resident of Dattipurva village in Vindhyachal area of Mirzapur district and had earlier been arrested for immoral acts. He had been residing in Natwa village since his release on bail, the SP said, adding that preliminary inquiry suggests that the girls were being used for immoral activities. Prasad’s involvement in criminal activities as well as his links with the Maoists will also be probed, the SP said. According to Mr. Patel, several of his supporters fled when the police team reached the ashram.last_img read more

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Samajwadi Party workers take to the streets in Rampur

first_imgIn a show of solidarity for embattled senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, hundreds of party members took to the streets in Rampur on Thursday. They were responding to a call given by party president Akhilesh Yadav. He had appealed to the party cadre to support Mr. Khan and his MLA son Abdullah Azam in what he described as a “witch-hunt” by the Yogi Adityanath government.District borders sealedThe district administration responded by sealing the borders of the district. Mr. Abdullah and around 200 supporters were detained — the second time in two days for the legislator — for obstructing the work of officials on duty. “Section 144 was in place because of Kanwar Yatra and the upcoming Bakri Id. Those who tried to break the law were arrested,” said A.K. Singh, District Magistrate, Rampur. While Mr. Yadav termed the police action as “undemocratic”, Mr. Abdullah criticised the district administration for being selective in using Section 144. “When the BJP people burnt the effigy of my father, the administration didn’t take any action,” he said.On the charge of the administration targeting the Rampur MP because of political reasons, Mr. Singh said he was being investigated because of the cases filed against him. “Action will be taken only on the basis of evidence.”Twenty eight FIRs have been filed against Mr. Khan with charges of grabbing the land of farmers and madrasas for Mohammad Ali Jauhar University. The police have also charged him for stealing books and rare manuscripts from Aaliya Madrasa. Leaders detainedThe SP top brass is seeing the action as politically motivated. On Thursday, Dr S.T. Hasan, party MP from the neighbouring Moradabad and senior leader Dharmendra Yadav also tried to enter Rampur but were detained by the police. Masood Hasan, student leader and the Moradabad MP’s son who was leading a bunch of protesters, described the police action as “unconstitutional”. “Peaceful protest is our democratic right. The BJP government is trying to divert attention from Unnao case where its own partyman is involved in a heinous crime. The land issue is already in court and will be resolved in due course. As for books, our sources say the police had planted them in the university,” he alleged.By evening, the police allowed the leaders to go home and the protesters were waiting for further orders from the leadership.last_img read more

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Xiaomi Mi 5 vs LG Nexus 5X: Choosing between 2 almost perfect phones

first_imgWhat are the factors that make a phone “good”? Depending on who you ask, you are likely to get different answers. But yet, there are a few constants. To summarise, it is safe to say a good phone hasSmooth performanceSlick and useful softwareDecent cameraDecent amount of internal storageA bright and colourful screenDecent enough looksAnd a price that makes it a Value For Money for majority. On all these accounts, the Xiaomi Mi 5 and the LG Nexus 5X score high. More significantly, both sell for around Rs 25,000. The Xiaomi Mi 5 sells at Rs 24,999 while the LG Nexus 5X costs around Rs 26,000.Both of these are fantastic value for money, giving consumers features, performance and experience that is often only available in devices that cost more than Rs 40,000. This kind of performance and features would usually more than Rs 50,000 around six months ago. In terms of hardware, the Xiaomi Mi 5 is totally great with its Snapdragon 820 processor. So, which one of the two is better? If you have Rs 25,000 to spend on a phone, which one should you buy? Also read: Xiaomi Mi 5 review: Beauty and brawns at same time Design and build qualityThis is one of the biggest differences between these two phones. Both have very good build quality and feel durable. But the Mi 5 has a design that is just so much better. This is particularly true if you care about the looks of a phone. Not only the Mi 5 is more compact and fits into hands in a more snugly manner, but it also sports a thoroughly premium design. The phone has a metal frame and a glass back cover. With that said, the Nexus 5X has certain advantages. The plastic body of the Nexus 5X is less slippery and this is a phone that can be used without a cover. For the Mi 5, you will have to definitely get a cover.advertisementYet, with all said and done, I feel that the Mi 5 looks special and has an advantage over the Nexus 5X in this area.SoftwareThe Xiaomi Mi 5 and the Nexus 5X are Android phones. But that is where the similarities end. Both run software that is as different as chalk and cheese, figuratively speaking. The Mi 5 is a dream phone for those who love to customise because of the MIUI OS, which is based on the Android Marshmallow. It also comes with unique features like call recording and ability to make apps private using the fingerprint scanner. The Nexus 5X, meanwhile, offers consumers latest Android Marshmallow that is unadulterated. This means it runs a version of Android that the Google has developed and comes without any third-party apps, which can take unnecessary space or computing resources on the phone. The Nexus 5X is also a phone that promises quick updates to future Android version(s), something that I can’t say with the same certainty for the MIUI-powered Mi 5. To summarise, I feel that on the software part both the Mi 5 and the Nexus 5X are evenly matched. Aesthetically, the software on the Nexus 5X is better. But the Mi 5 software has more features, including unique ones and offers options through which a user can customise almost every aspect of the phone. Are you the kind of customer who loves customisation options and power features. If the answer is yes, then go for the Mi 5. But if you want iPhone-like simplicity, without any iPhone-like frustrations, the Nexus 5X is a better deal. Also read: Google Nexus 5X review: The return of the people’s champion PerformanceBoth the Nexus 5X and the Mi 5 are fast phones but in terms of raw performance, the Mi 5 has the edge. Not only its Snapdragon 820 — even if it is the Lite version — is faster than the Snapdragon 808 in the Nexus 5X, it also has more RAM. Although, both phones run very optimised software and hence feel fast. But the difference in gaming is noticeable where the Mi 5 can churn out frames in a smoother way even with the graphics settings set to maximum. Another important bit to note here is that the Mi 5 has 32GB internal storage and if you are the kind of person who likes to carry lot of music on your phone or will install a couple of heavy games like Implosion and Real Racing, the Mi 5 is going to be a better deal because the 16GB storage in the Nexus 5X may not be enough. Although, for this particular issue you do have an option to spend a few thousands rupees more and get the 32GB version of the Nexus 5X.advertisementThe Mi 5 is a faster phone. But barely so in day-to-day use. And irrespective of what you buy — the Mi 5 or the Nexus 5X — you probably won’t complain about the performance To summarise, I feel that the Mi 5 is a faster phone. But barely so in day-to-day use. And irrespective of what you buy — the Mi 5 or the Nexus 5X — you probably won’t complain about their performance. Also, both phones run cool, though when pushed hard with gaming etc, the more powerful hardware in the Mi 5 and its glass back cover tends to make it slightly hotter than the Nexus 5X. Also read: Google working to make Nexus 5X faster CameraThis is one area where the Nexus 5X wins. And the reason is simple: it comes with a camera that is sort of freaky at its price. Sony’s IMX 377 sensor inside the Nexus 5X was originally made for a proper point-and-shoot camera. This is a sensor with huge 1.55um pixels. And that means the Nexus 5X clicks awesome images despite its seemingly inconsistent software. The 12-megapixel camera inside the Nexus 5X clicks awesome photos in good light and spectacular images in low light. These photos have lots of details, good contrast and right dynamic range. The 16-megapixel camera in the MI 5 is good but not in the same class, although in good light it can create some fantastic images. In terms of speed, the Mi 5 camera is definitely faster. The Mi 5 also packs in a better selfie camera. But overall, I have to say that the primary camera in the Nexus 5X is so good that it has an edge over the competitor. ScreenBoth phones have a 5.2-inch screen with FullHD resolution. But the Mi 5 has an edge here. I feel that the screens in both the Mi 5 and the Nexus 5X will satisfy a buyer but the Xioami phone clearly has a display that is brighter and has more contrast. The Mi 5 wins here. BatteryWhile neither the Mi 5 nor the Nexus 5X can be deemed a road-runner, the Mi 5 again has a slight edge here. When used with 4G SIM, it gives battery life that is consistently an hour or more compared to what the Nexus 5X provides.A few other things: The speaker is better in the Mi 5 although calls sound crisp in both. Both phones have the USB Type C but if you buy Nexus 5X, you will have to buy a data cable separately. The fingerprint scanner in the Nexus 5X is placed in a better position and is slightly faster. Buy the Mi 5 because…– It has a very good design and it feels thoroughly premium with metal and glass body– It offers fast performance– It has a fantastic screen with excellent brightness levels. — It has software that offers tons of features and customisation options– It has 32GB internal storage Buy the Nexus 5X because…– It has a less slippery designadvertisement– It has a gem of a camera– It runs no-nonsense, slick Android Marshmallow– It guarantees timely software updates in future– It offers smooth performanceOkay, final words…Actually, you can’t go wrong with either of these phones. But in the end, it all comes down to two things: Do you like a better camera or do you want a more flaunt-worthy design. The other point is, do you like the stock Android or do you want an OS that gives tens of customisation options. Personally, I prefer the Nexus 5X although if I am buying that I will go for the 32GB version. But that is an very personal choice. Between these two phones you can pick any and live happily ever after.last_img read more

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Drone attack detrimental for ties with US: Pak army chief

first_imgFrom Sajjad HussainIslamabad, May 25 (PTI) The US drone attack on Pakistans soil to kill Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Mansour is detrimental to bilateral ties, Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif today.Sharif told this to US Ambassador David Hale who visited the militarys General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, the army said, adding that the situation arising after US drone strike in Balochistan on May 22 came under discussion.”While expressing his serious concerns over the said drone strike, the Chief of the Army Staff said such acts of sovereignty violations are detrimental to relations between both countries and are counter-productive for ongoing peace process for regional stability,” army said.It is for the first time that army has spoken on the issue.Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan yesterday refused to confirm the death of Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour but said a DNA test will be done to establish the identity of a man killed in a US drone strike last week.He had condemned the drone attack as violation of Pakistans territory and said it may lead to serious implication for relations between Pakistan and US. PTI SH NSA CPSlast_img read more

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS REJECT MINIMUM WAGE STUDY

first_imgWOODBURY COUNTY’S BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAS AGAIN VOTED DOWN A PROPOSAL TO FORM A COMMITTEE TO STUDY INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE IN THE COUNTY.SEVERAL CITIZENS, INCLUDING ALEX WATTERS, SPOKE TO THE BOARD TUESDAY AFTERNOON ABOUT THE NEED TO INCREASE THE WAGE FROM ITS CURRENT LEVEL OF $7.25:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/WAGE3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………IN THE STATE OF IOWA. :20THE CITIZENS PRESENTED A PETITION WITH OVER 400 SIGNATURES TO THE BOARD REQUESTING THE STUDY.SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN JEREMY TAYLOR TOLD THE PETITIONERS THAT HE FELT THE ISSUE SHOULD BE DEALT WITH BY THE CITY RATHER THAN THE COUNTY:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/WAGE4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..PROBLEMS WITH IT. ;19SUPERVISORS JACKIE SMITH AND LARRY CLAUSEN ASKED IF THE PROPOSAL COULD BE PUT ON NEXT WEEKS AGENDA.TAYLOR POLLED THE BOARD ON THEIR FEELING, AND IT WAS VOTED DOWN 3-2 WITH MATTHEW UNG AND MARK MONSON VOTING WITH TAYLOR AGAINST CONSIDERATION.last_img read more

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Sanchez: Mexico’s speed can trouble Germany

first_imgWorld Cup Mexico’s speed can trouble Germany – Sanchez Thomas Lott 09:14 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Giovani Dos Santos Mexico 2018 Getty Images World Cup Mexico Germany v Mexico Germany El Tri’s speed is capable of giving the defending champions problems in their World Cup opener, the former goalkeeper believes Former Mexico goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez believes his nation’s speed can trouble Germany in their World Cup opener on Sunday.Juan Carlos Osorio’s men were handed a tough draw in Russia, including taking on the defending world champions, who won all 10 of their qualifiers.Sanchez, who made 99 appearances for Mexico, said the team know they have a challenge on their hands, but if they play their game, they could push Germany. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “There’s no question that Germany is much bigger and taller than the Mexican squad, but this is not basketball, it’s soccer, so the way to challenge them is to move quickly and play the ball really well,” Sanchez told Omnisport in association with Powerade, the official sports drink of the World Cup and the Mexican team.”Focus on speed, speed is what kills [strength] and height, so Mexico will have that going for them.”Germany are a well-oiled machine that enter the tournament in Russia as one of the hot favorites, with Mexico to face South Korea and Sweden after their Group F opener.The match against Sweden, who will be playing without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is set to be a challenge even though they have not won an opening game at the World Cup since 1958. That win, ironically, came against Mexico in 1958.”They’re a very interesting team to watch,” Sanchez said before pointing to Sweden’s ability to make the most of their talents. “They’re incredibly disciplined,” he continued. “They thrive on their ability to fit all the pieces of the puzzle really, really well.”last_img read more

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10 months agoSunderland owner fumes over Maja situation as Newcastle, Huddersfield circle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sunderland owner fumes over Maja situation as Newcastle, Huddersfield circleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSunderland face having to cash in on Josh Maja this month.Owner Stewart Donald is furious that Maja’s agent has now advised him not to commit his future to the Black Cats.”Yesterday (Thursday), Josh asked to see Jack to say he will sign,” the chairman wrote on social media.”Today (Friday) I got a call from Sky TV saying he won’t sign. Josh advised (us) that his agent has said don’t sign, but no courtesy to tell the club.”Also, we offered what the agent indicated! Busy January ahead.’ But he later added: ‘He wants to sign it, the agent has said don’t! Stay behind him and don’t get on his back – we will try and change his mind.”Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Huddersfield have been monitoring his situation. last_img read more

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How to Tie a Tie: A Video Guide to the Windsor Knot

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Tie-tying is something we should have all learned at a young age. Even if we did, and even if we wear one daily, sometimes we get lazy or forget some basic rules. That is why we asked Alex Wilcox, founder of Lord Willy’s haberdashery in New York City, to teach us how to tie a tie — specifically a Windsor knot (also called a Full Windsor or Double Windsor).But first, a bit of history: Why the hell is this knot called a Windsor? While many think the knot was created by the ever-stylish Duke of Windsor (you know, that one King of England that abdicated and  married that American), it was actually invented by his father, King George V. He preferred a broader knot and had his ties made with a thicker fabric to result in a wider look. Thus, the Windsor knot was invented to replicate the the same thickness while using a thinner fabric.Why do we still use a Windsor knot? The Windsor knot just looks more professional. Sure, if you are going to a hipster concert and want to rock a skinny tie, by all means, give it up to a half Windsor. But at work, cocktails, and dates, the full Windsor knot is the way to go.Style Note: Windsor knots should always be worn with a spread collar or a cutaway collar. Why? You want to match the symmetry of the tie’s triangle with the triangle shape of the collar. If this is news to you, we’ve got you covered with more tips on how to pair ties with collars.You can watch Wilcox tied a Windsor knot in the video above, but we’ve also provided a step-by-step guide below:To StartThe shorter end of your tie should sit a little higher since you will need much more silk for this style of tie.Step No. 1 ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:00Loaded: 0.00%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Bar Runners, Say Goodbye to Chafing with Path Projects Running Shorts Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire center_img How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned Cross the larger side over the smaller and then wrap around the back and bring to the front once more.Then thread the larger end over the top to create the small triangle that makes the base of Windsor knot.Step No. 2Go back over the top triangle again to make a larger triangle.Step No. 3Move the larger piece around the back and up through the gap closest to your neck. Pull the large piece through the triangle.Step No. 4Thread the larger end through the bottom.Step No. 5Pull the larger end of the tie. Do not strangle it! Then pull the shorter end to the top so the tie sits beautifully.So you’ve mastered the Windsor knot. Up next: how to tie a bow tie.Article originally published on December 20, 2016. How to Shave With a Straight Razor How to Tie a Tie: A Video Guide to the Windsor Knot Closelast_img read more

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Food Supplies dept begins installation of POS machines in ration shops across

first_imgKolkata: The state Food & Supplies department has started installing POS machines in ration shops across the state to prevent fleecing of customers by a section of the shop owners. The POS machines will also facilitate people in availing multipurpose facilities like purchase of railway tickets, bus tickets for distant travel, deposit of LIC premium and several other facilities.”We have already installed such machines in 366 ration shops in six districts as a pilot project and the venture has proved to be successful. We will be installing similar facilities in all the 21,000 ration shops across the state. The machines have already been sent to the shops,” state Food & Supplies minister Jyotipriya Mallick said. The department has already organised training programmes across the state for equipping the dealers in handling POS machines. Murshidabad and Raiganj in North Dinajpur are the two places where training is pending. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaMallick on Friday chaired a meeting with the ration dealers across the state and instructed them to start feeding Aadhar card data of people in the POS machines. “We need to feed data of every single member in the family who has a ration card. The shop owners have been urged to do this work after the usual hours of purchase or sale or on off days,” a senior official of the department said. The POS machines will be able to detect fraudulent practices like giving less quantity of food grains to customers or dealing in inferior stuff which is not actually supplied by the department. “It will serve the dual objective of quality as well as quantity control,” Mallick added. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIt may be mentioned that the Centre has recently written to the state Food department threatening to stop subsidy of foodgrains if the POS machines are not installed by June-July. “The Supreme Court has mandated Aadhar for subsidy in foodgrains. But we have still 29 percent people in the state who do not have Aadhar cards. We have sought permission from the top brass of the state administration to move the Apex Court and inform them about the ground reality. We will write to the Centre informing our progress and seek time for the process,” Mallick said.last_img read more

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Tories continue to raise most money but Liberals close gap as election

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal Liberal party just scored its best-ever third quarter fundraising result in a non-election year — but still fell $1 million short of the money raked in by the Conservatives.According to the latest quarterly financial reports filed with Elections Canada, the governing party pulled in nearly $3.8 million between July 1 and the end of September, from some 33,000 donors.The Conservatives, who’ve proven their mettle time and again as fundraising champs, took in $4.86 million in the same period, from 36,655 contributors.Still, as the clock ticks down to the next election in a year, the fundraising gap between the two parties closed significantly during the third quarter.The Conservatives raked in more than $6 million in each of the first two quarters — almost double the Liberal hauls.The NDP continued to lag far behind, raising just $861,889 from 11,877 donors in the third quarter. That was only marginally better than the Green party, which pulled in just over $555,000.The NDP reported similarly dismal results in the first half of the year but party spokesman Guillaume Francoeur says the total of $3.1 million raised so far this year is still slightly better than the amount raised at the same point last year. And he says the party has just revamped its fundraising program and expects to see improved results in the fourth quarter.last_img read more

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Walkout hits Saskatoon Metis assembly

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Metis Nation of Saskatchewan has seen a lot of infighting in recent months.This past weekend in Saskatoon, several people walked out of the general assembly over constitutional and governance issues.last_img

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School District 60 adds new feature to website for school bus operating

first_imgIn the event of district-wide cancellations, the School District says they will continue to post that notice to their website as well as on Facebook and Twitter. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 has added a new feature to their website for school bus operating status.The School District says a widget has been added on the right side of the website which lists cancellations or delays.In the event of route cancellations, drivers will contact parents in addition to the information being made available on the website.last_img read more

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Food Carnival you cant afford to miss

first_imgGastronomes get ready because the Culinary Art India is back and this time it promises to be bigger, better and tastier. Hosted by the Indian Culinary Forum and Hospitality First in association with ITPO, the 14th edition of annual food event will be a five-day affair starting from March 12 (today). Food enthusiasts will be seen making a beeline for Lounge B, Gate No 1, Pragati Maidan where the culinary festival will be staged alongside Aahar International Fair. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainOne of the most loved food-related festivals, Culinary Art India is known for its thrilling competitions among the chefs in different categories like Plated Appetizers, Contemporary Sushi Platter, Plated Desserts, Authentic Indian Regional Cuisine, etc. This year too, chefs – experienced and newcomers – will lock horns to win coveted prizes at the Indian Culinary Art Challenge. Hundreds of senior and apprentice chefs from across the country are gearing up to compete on an internationally-modeled platform at this mega food carnival. Visitors will also get to witness the display of culinary excellence by renowned chefs. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardBudding chefs would be delighted to know that the Indian Culinary Forum has decided to open up more categories for them in this edition. Till last year, there was only one category open for students but the keeping in mind the number of participants and their incredible skills and talent, the CAI will now allow them to compete in three more categories including plated appetizers, three course set dinner menu, desserts and enthusiastic hobby cooks categories. By hosting this annual festival, the CAI aims to establish a professional platform where culinary professionals across India can display their individual and combined skills and creative talent, and also learn, share experiences and collaborate with each other in a purely businesslike and competitive environment. The event that culminates on March 16 will recognise and felicitate excellence in the culinary art in India and the competitions will be judged by renowned chefs. Noted Chef Satish Arora will be presiding as the Chairperson of the jury in this year’s competitions while Chef Sireesh Saxena will be the organising secretary. Chef Devinder Kumar, President, Indian Culinary Forum said, “It gives me immense pleasure to announce the 14th Culinary Art India, a professional culinary challenge where chefs are given a platform to demonstrate their culinary skills as well as help them improve to meet international standards. I would like to assure all participants and members of total transparency through structured rules, regulations, systems and panel of WACS certified judges.” Chef Vivek Saggar, General Secretary of Indian Culinary Forum said, “This year’s event will be the biggest ever with newly added categories and an expanded competition venue, to be accredited by a panel of internationally acclaimed judges. The budding chefs, who are the future of the industry, especially will get more opportunities to compete and win.” Culinary Art India 2019 challenge will see the participation of chefs in 14 different categories.last_img read more

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Hachim Mastour Cant Make His Debut With Malaga For Being Minor

Rabat – After moving to Malaga FC on Monday, Hachim Mastour has been looking forward to make his debut with the Spanish giants.Yet, his dreams have hit a major hurdle, as sources suggest he cannot currently play for being “minor”.A report by Marca said Malaga FC has not yet received FIFA’s authorization to formalize Mastour’s transfer because he is still a minor. Under Article 19 of FIFA’s International Transfer Regulations, athletes’ transfers are only permitted if the player is over the age of 18.However, the same article stipulates that international transfers of minor players are permitted under three limited circumstances, and such exceptions may only be granted after evaluation by the sub-committee of the Players’ Status Committee.Marca said Malaga FC has initiated measures to find a solution for this problem and allow the 17-year-old athlete to play as soon as possible.Mastour moved to the Andalucian side on Monday before the close of the summer transfer window.The former Real Madrid’s target contract includes a buy-back option and in case Malaga FC opts to purchase the midfielder at the end of the season for a fee of around EUR 5 million.Multiple media reports suggested that he decided to join Malaga FC on loan because he did not want to sit on AC Milan’s bench under Serbian manager Siniša Mihajlovi.A previous report by Marca said Mastour was not on Malaga’s radar, adding that his transfer was a personal request by the Club’s Owner and President, Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani. read more

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Financial crisis to deepen extreme poverty increase child mortality rates – UN

Reduced growth in 2009 will cost the 390 million people in sub-Saharan Africa living in extreme poverty around $18 billion, or $46 per person, warned the report by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).“This projected loss represents 20 per cent of the per capita income of Africa’s poor – a figure that dwarfs the losses sustained in the developed world,” UNESCO stressed in a press release.The study, prepared by the Education for All Global Monitoring Report (GMR) team, was presented yesterday at the first session of the UNESCO Future Forum, aimed at analysing the consequences of the present financial and economic crises for international cooperation in general and on education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.It documents the potential impact of the current worldwide economic meltdown on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), internationally agreed targets to eradicate poverty and reduce child mortality among other human development objectives.The report highlighted the prospect of an increase of between 200,000 and 400,000 in infant mortality and that child malnutrition, already rising, will be one of the main drivers of higher child death rates. “Millions of children face the prospect of long-term irreversible cognitive damage as a result of the financial crisis,” said Patrick Montjourides, one of the authors.The world’s poorest countries are unable to insulate their citizens from the crisis, with an estimated 43 out of 48 low-income countries incapable of providing a pro-poor government stimulus, according to the report.There is also a real danger that some low-income countries which have made progress towards the MDG of universal primary education will suffer setbacks. The at-risk group includes Mozambique, Ethiopia, Mali, Senegal, Rwanda and Bangladesh.Increased international aid could help reduce fiscal pressure, but aid development assistance budgets are coming under increased pressure. The European Union’s aid commitment to provide 0.56 per cent of GDP in aid by 2010 is rapidly losing value with lower growth projections. The real financial value of the commitment in 2010 will be $4.6 billion lower, according to the report.“We cannot allow rich countries to use this crisis as an excuse to turn their back on the world’s poor,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. “Measures to revive growth and fix the financial system must be coupled with greater efforts to tackle the structural problems of extreme poverty and inequality.” One of the report’s authors, Kevin Watkins, stressed that “Aid donors could clearly do far more to protect the world’s poorest people from a crisis manufactured by the world’s richest financiers and regulatory failure in rich countries.”He compared the estimated $7 billion needed in increased aid for low income countries to meet key education goals with the $380 billion in public money injected into banking systems in last quarter of 2009.The authors of the report called for a concerted international effort to limit the impact of the financial crisis on the poor, including an increase of over $500 billion in International Monetary Fund (IMF) special drawing rights, along with governance reforms to give developing countries an increased voice, as well as the EU to provide a $4.6 billion aid adjustment. 3 March 2009The global financial crisis sweeping through Wall Street and the European banking sector will touch the lives of the world’s most vulnerable, pushing millions into deeper poverty and leading to the deaths of thousands of children, according to a new United Nations study. read more

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Equifax to update Canadians this week still mum on number impacted by

TORONTO — Equifax Canada said Monday it plans to provide an update this week on the impact of its massive data breach — nearly two months after it was first discovered — but would not say how many individuals north of the border may have had their personal information compromised.The credit data company told The Canadian Press that it is working with Canada’s privacy watchdog, which announced an investigation into the cyberattack on Friday.“We intend to share an update with Canadians this week that will include how we intend to notify any potentially impacted individuals,” an Equifax Canada spokesperson said in an email. “Our investigation is ongoing and we are committed to sharing an update with Canadian consumers.”Canada’s privacy commissioner said Friday that Equifax has committed to contacting Canadians whose data may be at risk, in writing, as soon as possible, and to provide them with free credit monitoring, a service that was offered to U.S. residents on Sept. 7, the day it first announced the data breach.The company is now facing investigations in both Canada and the U.S., but lawyers say the punitive threat by regulators is stronger south of the border.Equifax, which collects data about consumers’ credit histories and provides credit checks to a variety of companies, has been tight-lipped about the security issue’s impact in Canada.Equifax Canada did not respond to questions about the number of Canadians who may have had their personal information stolen or whether the potential fallout is limited to Canadians with credit files in the U.S.The credit monitoring company’s call centre staff have told callers that only Canadians that have dealings in the U.S. were likely to be impacted by the data breach. However, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner said on Friday that, at this point, it is not clear that the affected data was limited to those Canadians.Equifax said on Sept. 7 that it suffered a massive cyberattack in the summer that may have compromised the personal data of 143 million Americans and an undisclosed number of Canadian and U.K. residents.The credit data company has since said that fewer than 400,000 U.K. individuals may have been affected in the hack that was discovered on July 29.Equifax’s Canadian website says that the personal information that may have been breached includes names, addresses and social insurance numbers.The Federal Trade Commission in the U.S. can issue hefty fines if the credit monitoring company is found to have failed to do enough to protect consumers’ data, but Canada’s privacy watchdog does not have the power to hand down fines, said Toronto-based cybersecurity and privacy lawyer Lyndsay Wasser of McMillan LLP.Instead, the privacy commissioner can make non-binding recommendations and sign an agreement urging them to comply, she added.Tamir Israel, a staff lawyer with the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic in Ottawa, pointed to the hacking of Canadian affair-seeking website Ashley Madison, which paid $1.6 million US to settle with the FTC but was not fined in Canada.However, Wasser said an application could also be made to a federal court — either by the privacy commissioner or by an individual — for a process in which a judge could award damages to those who have suffered as a result of a data breach.The company could also face punitive measures via class actions. At least two proposed class actions have been filed in Canada against Equifax in connection with the data breach.Under Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, personal information should be protected by security safeguards that are appropriate for the sensitivity of the information, Wasser added.However, Canada’s privacy laws do not specify the measures that must be taken and even when a company has been hacked, it may still pass the “reasonableness test,” she said.“That’s the million dollar question: What is reasonable?… Even if they did comply with industry standards, it could still be found that further precaution should have been taken,” Wasser said.On Friday, Equifax said in a statement that the cyberattack occurred through a vulnerability in an open-source application framework it uses called Apache Struts. The United States Computer Readiness team detected and disclosed the vulnerability in March, and Equifax “took efforts to identify and to patch any vulnerable systems in the company’s IT infrastructure.”Meanwhile, changes to PIPEDA that would require companies to notify people in the event of a serious data breach are in the final stages, with the proposed text of the regulations out for public consultation until Oct. 2. But until those come into force, Alberta is the only province in Canada that has mandatory reporting requirements for private-sector companies.Israel said federal breach notification laws are “critical.”“There is going to be a strong internal incentive to make sure you have a very complete PR strategy before you start telling people what’s going on, but people need to know right away.” read more

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Italian police detain 10 Sri Lankans working without permits

The Sri Lankans, including two women, did not have a residence permit and were found in a shed.Investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette) Italian police have detained ten Sri Lankans who were employed at an industrial building without proper documents.The Italian media said that the Sri Lankans were detained following a raid conducted on the building located in Monza.

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Security Council urges Haiti to devise beneficial projects free unindicted prisoners

In a press statement issued after a senior UN official in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) described in a closed briefing the major events that have taken place since mid-November, the Council also urged the Government to develop “concrete projects that could effectively utilize the assistance provided.” It appealed for prompt disbursement of pledged funds.Council members welcomed the provisional release from jail of several leaders of Fanmi Lavalas, former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s party, and it “called upon the Transitional Government to expedite all pending cases and to ensure due process for all citizens.””Members were updated that former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune remains incarcerated without charge and is on a hunger strike,” they said in a statement to reporters by Ambassador Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg of Brazil, which holds the Council presidency for March.The Government’s compensation programme for former military men should be part of a comprehensive and durable solution to the need for an integrated disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programme, they said.Meanwhile, “the members of the Security Council will be discussing the Council’s upcoming mission to Haiti, possibly in conjunction with a mission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti, planned for mid-April,” the statement said.With regard to elections scheduled to take place in the last quarter of the year, Council members said the success of the poll would depend on the capacity of the transitional government to record progress on national reconciliation, security and economic development. read more

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Ban voices profound alarm at growing number of deadly incidents in West

“The last few days of clashes, which resulted in the death of four Palestinians, including a 13-year old boy, and hundreds injured, are yet another worrisome sign of violence potentially spiralling out of control,” said Mr. Ban in a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York. The Secretary-General condemned the killings and said he looks to the Government of Israel to conduct a prompt and transparent investigation into the incidents, including whether the use of force was proportional. “He does not believe that the demolition of Palestinian houses or the construction of new Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land will do anything other than inflame tensions still further,” the statement further noted. In addition, the UN chief underlined that the escalation of violent incidents underscores the need for urgent action by both sides. He welcomed the commitment by Palestinian and Israeli officials to work together to curb the violence, including through continued security cooperation. Meanwhile, Mr. Ban reiterated the readiness of the United Nations to work with all parties to create the conditions on the ground, in the region and internationally, for a political horizon including meaningful negotiations towards a two-state solution. read more

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