The annual statements of political contributions for 2003 are nowavailable. The statements are filed by the recognized parties, theirelectoral district associations and by candidates for provincialpolitical office. These statements disclose the names andaddresses of all contributors who donated $50 or more. Disclosure is made by Judge Merlin Nunn, conflict of interestcommissioner and designated person, in accordance with therequirements of the Members and Public Employees Disclosure Act. The statements are available from the office of the ChiefElectoral Officer at 3667 Strawberry Hill, Halifax, between 9a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. -30-
Education Minister Jamie Muir introduced legislation today, April20, to change the name of Université Sainte-Anne — Collège del’Acadie to Université Sainte-Anne. “We’re pleased to respond to the request from the board ofgovernors of Université Sainte-Anne — Collège de l’Acadie,” saidMr. Muir. The board of governors approved the name change on Jan. 17, 2004,and the formal request for the necessary legislation was made onOct. 6, 2004. -30-
On the 71st anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will open an exhibit commemorating a human rights tragedy with Canadian connections that occurred at the beginning of the Holocaust. The special year-long exhibition on the voyage of MS St. Louis opens on Monday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. In late May 1939, 907 German Jews fled Nazi Germany aboard the Hamburg-America ocean liner St. Louis. Turned away by Cuba, the United States and then Canada, the ship was forced to return to Europe where 254 of the passengers were later killed in Nazi death camps. “It is fitting that this exhibit opens on the anniversary of Kristallnacht,” said museum curator Dan Conlin. “That traumatic event compelled thousands of German Jews to seek refuge, including those who bought passage aboard St. Louis.” Kristallnacht was an attack on Jewish people in Nazi Germany on the night of Nov. 9 and 10, 1938. Jews were murdered, sent to concentration camps and property was destroyed. The museum worked on the project in close partnership with the Atlantic Jewish Council. “While the exhibit evokes painful memories of a much less tolerant time, it is necessary to do so to ensure that a similar event never takes place again,” said council executive director Jon Goldberg. The fateful 1939 voyage of St. Louis was made famous by the book and subsequent movie Voyage of the Damned. Few people, however, know the ship had a close connection to Halifax. This city was a regular port of call for MS St. Louis as she made both her maiden and final voyage to Halifax. In mid-June 1939, St. Louis was two days away from Halifax when efforts were made to provide sanctuary for the 907 Jewish refugees to enter the port. Unfortunately, indifferent and anti-Semitic officials in Ottawa sealed the passengers’ fate by refusing an appeal by Canadian academics and clergymen to let the ship dock. The exhibit includes the document trail of this tragic injustice including the original secret telegram, on loan from Library and Archives Canada, that refused the ship entry to Canada. It also features a rare selection of ocean liner documents about St. Louis, including an anti-Semitic postcard written by a passenger who travelled aboard the ship after the infamous refugee voyage. The exhibit opening is presented in combination with the Atlantic Jewish Council’s Dignity Day Ceremonies. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located at 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax.
Celebrities from across the country are having fun and getting a little muddy in a video to let Canadians know they need to vote to make the Bay of Fundy one of the official New7Wonders of Nature on Nov. 11. The video opens with Premier Darrell Dexter and New Brunswick Premier David Alward, representing both sides of the bay. They are joined by well-known Canadians including Jann Arden, Joel Plaskett, Measha Brueggergosman, Rick Mercer, the anchors of Canada AM, and Maestro Fresh Wes. “Many Nova Scotians have taken in the amazing experiences offered on our spectacular bay,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “This video will help Canadians realize its awesome power and beauty. We are letting people know that time is running out. The Bay of Fundy is Canada’s finalist and people must vote as often as they can before November 11 to make it one of the official New7Wonders of Nature.” Opera singer Measha Brueggergosman grew up near the Bay of Fundy, and is determined to reach out to Canadians to convince them they must vote. “As Canadians, we understand how amazingly beautiful our country is and it’s time we shouted it far and wide,” said Ms. Brueggergosman. “The reality is the Bay of Fundy is the very definition of a natural wonder. It boasts the highest tides on the planet, has incredible marine biodiversity and spectacular rock formations completely unique to the area. Not to mention it’s home to 12 species of whale. “The Bay of Fundy deserves to be officially recognized as one of the world great natural wonders and we’ve got to vote to make it happen. I can’t encourage Canadians strongly enough to text or vote online, tweet it, Facebook it, and tell all their friends and family to do the same!” More celebrity videos will also be posted featuring David Myles, the cast of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Jean-François Breau, Scott McGillivray, K.C. Collins, and Mary Jane Lamond with fiddler Wendy MacIsaac. The videos can be viewed online at www.votemyfundy.com. Canadians are encouraged to upload their own video explaining why they voted for Fundy on www.votemyfundy.com/celebrity-videos, and on the Bay of Fundy Facebook page. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have been working together throughout the campaign to make the Bay of Fundy one of the top seven finalists in the New7Wonders of Nature contest. Premier Dexter and Premier Alward have also reached out to public servants in each province via e-mail, asking them to cast their vote for the Bay of Fundy. There are now three ways for Canadians to vote in the campaign. Free voting is available online at www.votemyfundy.com and the New7Wonders of Nature Facebook page www.facebook.com/New7WondersofNature or by texting FUNDY to 77077 on any Canadian smartphone for 25 cents per vote.
reducing fees for ambulance trips for Nova Scotians living in licensed long-term care facilities or with reduced mobility and people with low incomes increasing funding for in-home nursing care and home improvements more than 500 nursing-home beds giving seniors a friendly, caring place to live lowering the cost of generic drugs, and investing more than $3 million so more than 100,000 seniors do not have to pay more for their Pharmacare premiums and co-payments returning the provincial income tax for 17,000 low-income seniors who receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement increasing the land tax rebate the provincial portion of the HST off home heating a poverty reduction credit the affordable living tax credit seniors housing repair grants seniors’ affordable housing throughout the province The province will celebrate positive aging at the 50-plus Expo at Exhibition Park in Halifax on Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9. “The 50-plus expo is a wonderful, two-day event for seniors and their families to learn about how to make aging a positive experience,” said Denise Peterson-Rafuse, Minister of Seniors. The 50-plus Expo offers more than 90 information and trade exhibits on services tailored to older Nova Scotians, and a full schedule of workshops and presentations. The opening ceremony will take place noon Friday. A dance with Sugartime and Musical Friends will be held Friday 8 p.m. to midnight and will cost $10. At noon Saturday, the Remarkable Seniors Awards will be presented to seven seniors who make their communities better through leadership, volunteer and community service work. This year’s feature entertainment is Rawlins Cross, one of Canada’s most accomplished Celtic bands. Returning favourites include Neville MacKay of My Mother’s Bloomers and Pete Luckett of Pete’s Frootique, and Linda Carvery, Bill Stevenson and spoken word Artist Shauntay Grant, a broadcast journalist, will entertain Friday and Saturday. Ms. Carvery is a founding member and president of the award-winning Nova Scotia Mass Choir. Mr. Stevenson has worked for 47 years as a musician, teacher, vocalist, composer, arranger and performer. “The government is pleased to sponsor this event and hope that visitors to our exhibit will take time to learn about government services for seniors in the province,” said Ms.Peterson-Rafuse. Along with supporting the 55-plus Expo, the province continues to make life better for seniors with initiatives such as: The 50-plus expo’s daily program runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Exhibition Park, 200 Prospect Rd., Halifax. Admission is $5 per day. For more information, call toll-free 1-800-670-0065 or visit www.50plusexpo.ns.ca .
The province is asking people to nominate, or re-nominate, candidates for Nova Scotia’s highest honour. Nominations are now being accepted for the Order of Nova Scotia. Members of the Order are invested for making significant and lasting contributions to their community. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 21. “The Order of the Nova Scotia is the highest honour the province can bestow on someone. It is a symbol of respect and gratitude for the tremendous contributions of our most exemplary citizens,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant, chancellor of the Order of Nova Scotia. “I encourage people to nominate someone for the Order, and am happy to note that re-nominations have also been very successful.” Since its creation in 2001, 72 recipients have been invested into the Order, including five last year. “Each year, we have the pleasure of recognizing the work, art, and achievements of some of our most outstanding citizens,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “The Order demonstrates how the passion and dedication of one individual, regardless of their career or field, can make our communities, and our province, a better place.” Past recipient Donald Julien of Truro was invested into the Order in 2004. He has worked throughout his life toward a better future for the Mi’kmaq people and has served as executive director of the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq since 1994. “What a wonderful feeling knowing that your peers think enough of your contributions to the community, and to the rest of Nova Scotia, and took the time to nominate for such an prestigious award,” said Mr. Julien. “While only a small number of recipients are chosen each year, I encourage all Nova Scotians to submit the names of those you think are worthy of this recognition.” Nomination forms are available at all Access Nova Scotia centres, Province House, offices of members of the legislative assembly, Nova Scotia members of Parliament and the Senate, and municipal offices. People re-nominating, can submit a photocopy of the previous nomination package, with a new nomination form. For more information, contact the Protocol Office at 902-424-2467, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.novascotia.ca/iga/order.asp .
Ross Farm Museum will be open only on weekends during September. The Monday-to-Friday closing is so the new learning centre can be built. “The community of New Ross and our friends across the province are excited about the opportunities the learning centre will bring to Ross Farm,” said Stephen Workman, business development manager. “Public safety is our main priority while the construction takes place.” Ross Farm expects to increase its days of operation from Wednesday to Sunday starting Oct. 1, and will be open on Thanksgiving Day. The learning centre is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015. For more information about Ross Farm Museum, a part of the family of provincial museums, go to http://rossfarm.novascotia.ca/ . Like Ross Farm Museum on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RossFarmMuseum .
Dr. Ron Stewart, former minister of health, and professor emeritus, division of medical education at Dalhousie University Nik Harris, young patient living with inflammatory arthritis Susan Tilley-Russell, Nova Scotia Arthritis Society Kevin Chapman, Doctors Nova Scotia Dr. Trudy Taylor, adult rheumatologist Dr. Elizabeth Stringer, pediatric rheumatologist Dr. Shelagh Leahey, family physician Charlotte Warrington, health director Glooscap First Nation Nancy MacDonald, nurse practitioner Darla MacPherson, Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Advisory Committee “We are so pleased to be standing together with the province announcing the recognition of inflammatory arthritis as a chronic disease in Nova Scotia,” said Susan Tilley-Russell, executive director of The Arthritis Society’s Maritime region. “The working group will ensure that Nova Scotia improves patient access to treatment, regardless of where they live in our province.” The working group will meet regularly over the next six months and will submit recommendations in early spring. Government has appointed a working group of patients, advocates and experts to make recommendations to improve supports and services for people living with inflammatory arthritis. “Not being able to turn a doorknob at the age of 28 because of the pain in my hands was a frightening experience, but I was fortunate to receive an early diagnosis and take medication that allows me to continue living an active lifestyle,” said Sean Lewis of Halifax, who lives with inflammatory arthritis and will chair the working group. “Unfortunately, not all Nova Scotians are getting the diagnosis and treatment they need, and are suffering from inflammatory arthritis. Our work will focus on providing more timely access to proper diagnosis and treatment, and hopefully a better quality of life.” The working group will review resources and supports available for people with inflammatory arthritis, including testing, wait times, specialist appointments, medications and treatment, and management options. “As we transition to make the health-care system more efficient, now is the time to hear from those directly impacted about how we can put the needs of individuals, families and patients of inflammatory arthritis first,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. The other working group members are:
To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at www.nsbi.ca. -30- Quick facts: Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced four newly approved productions through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, Aug 2. Curse of Oak Island Season 4, a television series produced by Tell Tale International Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $1,271,546 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $4,310,328. Halifax Comedy Festival 2017, a television series produced by ComedyTV 17 Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $142,978 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $519,921. Harry’s Island, a movie of the week produced by Vertical Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $645,352 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $2,304,829. Sea Change, a television two-hour series pilot produced by Seawalker Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $616,972 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $2,164,815. To read interviews about the Halifax Comedy Fest and Harry’s Island, go to www.nsbi.ca/articles. As funding commitments are approved details will be available on the NSBI website at www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding. the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia–based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing. When the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process once a production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBI
enable enforcement officers to inspect employers at any time work is being performed make recognized associations who register apprentices on behalf of employers and dispatch workers to job sites subject to enforcement provisions clarify the authority of the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency when issuing compliance orders or stop work orders and introduce administrative penalties provide for appeals of compliance orders and administrative penalties through the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board make it an offence to breach an order issued by an enforcement officer raise the maximum penalty from $5,000 to $10,000 for the first offence and from $10,000 to $50,000 for a second offence. Legislation introduced today, Feb. 28, will better ensure skilled trades work is performed safely by trained and certified tradespersons. It will also ensure a level playing field for all companies and improve safety for skilled tradespersons. Amendments to the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualification Act will give the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency additional tools and authority to enforce certification requirements in the compulsory certified trades. The recommendations came from a working group comprised of industry representatives. “Most employers ensure that work in the skilled trades is being performed safely by properly trained and certified workers. But there are some who do not, and they need to be held accountable,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis. “With these changes, we are strengthening the province’s apprenticeship system, and giving peace of mind to tradespeople and consumers who pay for their expertise.” The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency is the regulatory body for 13 compulsory certified trades under the act. A trade is regulated as compulsory when there are issues of public and worker safety and consumer and environmental protection within the industry. To work in a compulsory certified trade, an individual must possess a valid Certificate of Qualification, be a registered apprentice or possess a valid temporary work permit. The proposed amendments, recommended by industry stakeholders, will: In addition, students enrolled in a recognized pre-apprenticeship training program will be registered with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency. This will help ensure their smooth transition to apprenticeship and ensure they are aware of the requirements to complete their program. “Working in these trades comes with risk, and we want to ensure the safety of Nova Scotians is protected,” said Sandy Bonvie of Bonvie’s Sheet Metal Fabrication Shop in New Glasgow. “Having the right enforcement tools and processes in place will help create a more level playing field for trades employers and a safer work environment for all apprentices.” Nova Scotia’s apprenticeship system prepares people for jobs in the skilled trades. The agency is focusing on improving the number of apprenticeship opportunities in the province and helping apprentices complete their journey to certification.
NEW DELHI: A 29-year-old gangster carrying a reward of Rs 1.20 lakh , Rs 50,000 from Delhi Police and Rs 70,000 from UP Police was arrested from Manipur by Delhi police special Cell.The accused Rizwan, a resident of Seelampur in Delhi is a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh. Police said he was carrying a reward of Rs 1.20 lakh. The gang leader was involved in several cases including an attempt to murder and robbery in Delhi and UP. Police got a tip-off around a month back that Rizwan was planning to commit some crime in the trans-Yamuna area. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”It was revealed that Rizwan and his associates had made Manipur their hideout and used to visit Delhi and UP to commit crimes and then go back to Manipur,” Pramod Singh Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police Special Cell said. The police got information that Rizwan was presently hiding in Imphal in Manipur. A police team was sent to Imphal. Rizwan was apprehended from Imphal on Friday where he was hiding for the past several months, the DCP said. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceHe was involved in more than 30 criminal cases registered against him in Delhi and UP, he said. During interrogation, Rizwan said that in the Panchayat elections in 2004, his relative Ehsan Hafiz was shot dead in Budaun over a gang rivalry by Nawab Khan. Rizwan was the witness in that case and during trial, he fired at Nawab Khan in the court complex. Khan however had escaped unhurt. He was arrested and remained in jail for 6 months, police said. Later, Rizwan killed a woman Sitara in Islam Nagar in UP as he suspected that she had passed information of Hafiz to Khan. He was arrested and remained in jail for another eight months, Kushwah said. However, after coming out of jail, he formed a gang and started robbing people. In 2007, he robbed a petrol pump and in 2013, he robbed Rs seven lakh from a businessman in Bareilly in UP, police said. He got married to a Manipuri woman Farida in 2014 and has two sons, police added.
Bristol: Australia has warned Chris Gayle and company to be ready for for ‘chin music’ when it takes on West Indies in its second ICC World Cup game at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Thursday. Australia pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile said they are ready to give West Indies a taste of its own medicine — bouncers — to keep Gayle and company in check. “You’ve got to give it (bowl bouncers) to the Windies, otherwise they just get on the front foot and pogo you everywhere,” said the right-arm quick after Australia’s seven-wicket win over Afghanistan in its World Cup opener here on Saturday. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun “We’ll definitely give it to them – we give it to every team. You’ve got to use your two (permitted bouncers per over). “The grounds are so small and the wickets are generally pretty flat, so you’ve got to use bouncers when you can,” he added. In Coulter-Nile, Mitchel Starc and Pat Cummins, Australia boast of a fiery pace battery. Coulter-Nile’s statement came close on the heels of West Indies’ devastating fast-bowling display against Pakistan, bundling out the opposition for just 105 in 21.4 overs. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up Coulter-Nile said Australian bowlers need to be aggressive upfront against a batsman of Gayle’s calibre. “Oh Starcy (Mitchell Starc) will knock his off pole out. It will be easy,” he said jokingly about the 39-year-old Gayle. “You know he’s going to hit your good balls for four and hit your bad balls for six. Just keep as bowling as many good balls as you can we’ll stick a few up him. “I think you just need to be aggressive at him. He’s still smacking them but he is getting older. I don’t know if he’s faced too much of Starcy and Paddy (Pat Cummins) recently but they’re bowling quick. So we’ll see how he handles that early,” Coulter-Nile added.
Bhopal/Mumbai: BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur failed to appear before a court in Mumbai Thursday – for the second time this week – in connection with the 2008 Malegaon blast case. Her lawyer told the court that she is suffering from high blood pressure and is unable to travel from Bhopal to Mumbai. Thakur was hospitalised for a stomach ailment in Bhopal Wednesday night and discharged early Thursday, her close aide Upma told PTI, adding the BJP MP would return to the hospital after attending an event in Bhopal. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Thakur, who had been directed to appear before the special court in Mumbai in the Malegaon blast case, now has just a day left to comply with the court directions. “She (Pragya Singh) is unwell. She was hospitalised last night for medication and is suffering from some stomach- related ailment. She was administered injectable medicines,” Upma said. “She was discharged from the hospital this morning and is taking part in a programme on request of (party) workers, but will return to the hospital immediately afterwards as she is not well,” Upma said. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France On Monday, the special court had rejected application of Thakur, who defeated Congress veteran Digvijay Singh from Bhopal, for exemption from appearance in the court this week. Thakur had sought the exemption for completing formalities relating to Parliament but the court said her presence is necessary at this stage in the case. In May this year, the court, which is conducting a trial against seven accused in the case, including Thakur, directed all of them to appear before it at least once a week. As the hearing began Thursday, Thakur’s lawyer Prashant Magoo submitted an application before NIA Judge V S Padalkar seeking exemption from her appearance in the court. Magoo said Thakur was suffering from high blood pressure and was unable to travel from Bhopal to Mumbai. The court granted her exemption for the day and asked her to appear before it on Friday. “Today, the exemption is granted. But she will have to appear on Friday, else she will have to face consequences,” the judge said. The accused persons are facing trial under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Meanwhile, Sudhakar Dwivedi, another accused, also sought exemption from appearance claiming that he has to attend a religious function in Jammu and Kashmir, and also that because he would not be able to get a flight or train ticket to Mumbai before June 30 due to the “holiday season”. Granting him exemption for the day, the court said, “Since the beginning of the trial, the accused (Dwivedi) has been seeking exemption on some ground or the other. It seems he is hell-bent to remain absent by engaging in some religious functions. Since he is facing the trial, it is his duty to be present in the court.” “It is not the business of the court (to check) that the accused is getting ticket for travel or not. The grounds in the application are not reasonable and the accused needs to be present,” the judge observed.
Kolkata: The state government is contemplating to go for rainwater harvesting mandatory in Bengal to tide over the drinking water crisis, Firhad Hakim, urban development minister said on Thursday.He said: “Though we are fortunate to have River Hooghly from where water is being lifted and treated before supplying to individual households but steps should be taken to stop wastage of drinking water. The government is contemplating to make rain water harvesting mandatory,” he said. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaExperts have pointed out that by 2050, 40 per cent of the Indian population will be affected by drinking water crisis. Already drinking water scarcity has been reported from Maharastra, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. He said awareness campaign to conserve drinking water will be launched. Drinking water is used to wash cars, water the roadside trees, cleaning, flushing and gardening. Moreover, in many areas filtered water is wasted through the roadside taps. Around 40 million gallons of filtered water is wasted every day. Many people said as there is no water tax in Bengal people waste drinking water. The KMC supplies 44.50 crore gallon of filtered water daily. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIt may be recalled earlier, the KMC used to supply unfiltered water to clean the city streets and it was supplied to individual households from Mullickghat pumping station. There was separate overhead tanks to store unfiltered water. This water was used for flushing. The system of cleaning the city roads with unfiltered water was stopped following outbreak of Cholera in the mid 1960s after some slum dwellers consumed unfiltered water. If rainwater is harvested, then this water will be used for cleaning, flushing, gardening and washing cars. It may be mentioned that Shanta Sheela Nair, Commissioner of Chennai Municipal Corporation was first to make rainwater harvesting mandatory in India. Later, it was used by the Rajasthan government. It may be mentioned that in New Town, a pilot project on rainwater harvesting has been introduced. Around 2000 litres of rainwater is harvested and the water is used for water organic farming which is being carried out of the roof top of a commercial market. Also, the water I the Sewage Treatment plants in Sector V in Salt Lake and New Town is recycled and this water is used for watering roadside plants and tall tree gardens.
London: Phoebe Waller-Bridge says she draws her characters from her personal life but it is more about being in touch with her deepest fears. The creator and star of dark comedy Fleabag said that she asks the question “what if” through the hit ‘BBC Two show’, which follows her title character, a 30-something woman and her misadventures with life, family and love. “Of course I’m drawing on really personal things and things that echo in real life, but I write about my biggest fears. I write about losing my best friend or losing my mum, or not communicating with my dad, or not getting on with his new partner, and all those things are my worst fears: whereas actually my mum’s alive and well, my best friend is alive and well and we have an unbelievable relationship, my relationship with both my siblings is incredible, I get on really well with my stepmother and my dad; but it’s the ‘what if?'” Waller-Bridge said on ‘How to Fail with Elizabeth Day’ podcast. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiographyWhat troubles the writer is the speculation that a female screenwriter could only have drawn such lifelike characters from real life. “Women can make things up too! It’s not all our diaries!” she said. “It might be to do with the fact I’m a woman, but it also might not be. That autobiographical assumption is something I’m asked about a lot. It is either because the show feels so raw and real that people think it’s real, or it’s because people assume there’s a limit to a woman’s imagination. I’d always rather believe the former.” Waller-Bridge also said the success of the show and the sudden fame that followed exposed her family to questions about their personal life.
Ingredients Sweet or Bittersweet Chocolate 100 gm Eggs 4 Flour 2 cup Baking Soda 1 tsp Salt 1/4 tsp Butter 1 cup Sugar 2 cup Vanilla 1 tsp Buttermilk 1 cup Preparation Preheat oven to 350°F. Gently grease 3 (9inch) round cake pans line bottoms with butter paper. Microwave chocolate baking bars and half cup of water in a large microwave-safe bowl at high for 1 to 1.5 minutes or till chocolate is melted and smooth. Combine flour and baking soda in a medium bowl. Beat butter and sugars with a heavy duty stand mixer on medium speed until light and soft, about 3 minutes. Add yolks, one at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Then add melted chocolate mixture and vanilla beat on low speed until blended. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat on low speed just until blended after each addition. Beat egg whites at high speed until stiff peaks form gently fold into batter. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven, and run a knife around outer edge of cake layers to loosen from sides of pans. Cool in pans on wire racks 15 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks discard parchment paper. Spread Coconut-Pecan Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish, with chocolate-dipped toasted pecan halves. (Courtesy: Chef Balendra Singh, Institute of Bakery and Pastry Arts, New Delhi)
RAE BARELI: A teenage girl – who levelled rape allegations against BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Sengar last year – and her family met with an accident in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday when the car they were travelling in collided with a truck. The girl is seriously injured, her mother and aunt have died. The girl’s lawyer, who was also in the vehicle, has been admitted in hospital with injuries, said his junior Vimal Kumar Yadav. The accident took place around 1 pm as the family, which lives in Unnao – about 45 km from state capital Lucknow – was on its way to the district jail in Rae Bareli to meet her uncle. He is serving a life term in a separate case. It was raining heavily at the time. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”The incident took place on the road that connects Rae Bareli to the Fatehpur district. All four people in the car got seriously injured,” said Sunil Kumar Singh, chief of the district police. “They were taken to a hospital… Prima facie, there seems to be no conspiracy,” he added. Kuldeep Sengar has been in prison for a year over the alleged rape in 2017. The girl has alleged that she was raped by the lawmaker when she went to his Unnao home with a relative, to seek a job. The case made headlines last year, when the girl, then 16 years old, and her mother, attempted self-immolation outside the house of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on April 8, seeking justice. The girl’s father, who was pursuing her case, died shortly after he was detained by the police and severely beaten, allegedly by Kuldeep Sengar’s brother.
New Delhi: Delhi Police has launched an anti-alcoholism campaign in Dwarka to spread awareness among residents of JJ clusters about the side effects of consuming drugs and liquor.According to police, Dwarka district has been taking various initiatives to control crime by nabbing the criminals, increasing police vigil during day & night, cordoned off the borders in the night hours, manual and motorcycle patrolling in the area. Dwarka police are also trying to strike the illegal supply and consumption of liquor/drugs, one of the reasons behind the commission of the crime, by taking strict action against both, the supplier of illegal liquor, drugs as well the public offender found indulged in drinking/smoking at a public place. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice further said that in addition to the said crime curbing measures, Dwarka Police has been organizing various awareness programmes to spread awareness about the side effects of consumption of drugs and liquor. Now, Dwarka District Police has launched one-week De-addiction campaign of Nukkad Natak on the theme of “Anti-Alcoholism” in JJ Cluster areas, in association with Prajapita Brahm Kumaris Sisters from July 24, to July 30. “During this campaign, J J Clusters in nine different locations comes under the jurisdiction of PSs Dwarka North, Dwarka South, Dabri, Bindapur and Uttam Nagar will be covered,” said DCP Dwarka. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn the programme, a joint team of Delhi Police and Brahm Kumaris visits JJ cluster area and interact with the public. The public is also responding overwhelmingly and comes in huge numbers to see the Nukkad Natak performed by the artists. After the performance of Nukkad Natak, the public including men, women, youngster and children go through the exhibition which shows bad effects and consequences of consuming drugs/liquor. Police further said that during the year 2019 till July 28 Dwarka Police have arrested 346 bootleggers and recovered more than 1 lacs quarters of illicit liquor and 50 vehicles being used for transportation. 23 criminals arrested under NDPS Act found involved in the supply of drugs. Moreover, action has been taken under against the 5,562 offenders found involved in drinking/consuming liquor at the public place by arresting them under the Excise Act. Similarly, more than 3,500 offenders have been challaned under COTPA Act for smoking in public place.
New Delhi: Godrej Consumer Products MD and CEO Vivek Gambhir was the highest paid FMCG executive in the previous fiscal with a total remuneration of Rs 20.09 crore, followed by HUL’s Sanjiv Mehta at Rs 18.88 crore, according to information available in annual reports of the companies. The country’s top FMCG players are Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), Nestle India, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd (GCPL), Dabur, Marico and Emami. In its annual report for 2018-19, GCPL said Gambhir received a total compensation of Rs 20,09,42,847. The ratio of his remuneration to median remuneration of employees stood at 311.26. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalGambhir’s remuneration included perquisite value of stock grants exercised during the financial year 2018-19. The second highest paid executive was HUL Chairman and Managing Director Sanjiv Mehta with Rs 18.88 crore. The ratio of his pay package to the median remuneration of the company’s employees was 194. Nestle India’s Chairman and Managing Director Suresh Narayanan was third with a package of Rs 11.09 crore, while the ratio of his remuneration to median pay of employees stood at 106. Nestle India follows the January to December fiscal. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostDabur India’s whole time director P D Narang was fourth in the list with a total remuneration of Rs 10,77,17,010, closely followed by the company’s former CEO Sunil Duggal, who retired at the end of FY19, with a remuneration of Rs 10,74,27,074. The ratio of their remunerations to the median pay of the company’s employees was 246. Sixth in the list was Marico Ltd Managing Director and CEO Saugata Gupta with a total remuneration of Rs 9,21,91,648 in FY19. The ratio of his compensation to the median remuneration of employees was 97.51. GCPL’s Executive Chairperson Nishaba Godrej received a total remuneration of Rs 6,87,56,036 in FY19, coming seventh in the list, with the ratio of her pay to median remuneration of employees standing at 123.47. Kolkata-based Emami Ltd’s Executive Chairman R S Agarwal and whole time director R S Goenka received Rs 6.54 crore each last fiscal, slotting in the eight spot, with the ratio of their remunerations to the median pay of employees standing at 219.26. In terms of consolidated net sales, as per BSE records, HUL was way ahead of others in 2018-19 with Rs 39,310 crore, followed by Nestle India, which follows January-December fiscal, at Rs 11,292.27 crore. GCPL was third with consolidated net sales of Rs 10,314.34 crore in FY19. Dabur India posted consolidated net sales of Rs 8,533.05 crore, followed by Marico (Rs 7,334 crore) and Emami (Rs 2,692.94 crore).
New Delhi: To get consumers to clear dues, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced a one-time waiver of arrears on water bills of about 13 lakh people with functional meters.As a result, households need not pay late payment fees and will get a waiver on the principal amount due based on their house category. He said people who have got new water connections are eligible for the waiver. Announced months ahead of the Assembly elections in the national Capital, the waiver is valid for arrears up to March 2019. If dues are paid, the state exchequer will see an inflow of Rs 600 crore. Kejriwal said there were approximately 13.5 lakh consumers in Delhi who have pending water bills. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”Some of these arrears are due to consumers but some are also due to incorrect billing,” Kejriwal said. While the waiver will be for those having domestic water meters, those installing the meters by November 30 can get their late payment surcharge waived off as well. “This is an open invite to the people of Delhi to join the mainstream and install water meters. Only those consumers who have installed meters before November 30 will get the benefit of this scheme.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe Chief Minister said around 10.5 lakh people who come under the E, F, G and H categories of water consumers will get a 100 percent waiver on water arrears. Those who come under categories A and B will get a waiver of 25 percent, category C will get 50 percent while D category will get 75 percent. However, Kejriwal clarified that the 100 percent waiver on late-payment charges will be applicable across all categories. He stated that at least Rs 2,500 crore is due from domestic water users and Rs 1,500 crore from commercial users.