Fiscal Imbalance What Nova Scotians Should Know

first_imgA new website will help Nova Scotians better understand how proposed changes to equalization and federal transfer programs could affect everything from their health care to the financial well-being of the province. Premier MacDonald said the federal government is presently considering a number of options to address the fiscal imbalances that exist within Canada. He said the provincial government launched a website today, Sept. 27, to help people be more actively involved in “bringing about decisions that are not just fair to Nova Scotians, but that benefit the country as a whole.” “The Constitution promises that no matter where you live in Canada, you are entitled to roughly the same level of services, at roughly the same level of taxation. Unfortunately, that’s not the case,” Premier MacDonald said. “I am hoping Nova Scotians will join me in reminding the federal government of the need to bridge the fiscal, economic and social gaps between provinces.” The premier said he welcomes Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s promise to address the fiscal inequities that exist between the federal government and the provinces, and across provinces. Premier MacDonald remains concerned by a number of proposals being advanced by several provinces. He said capping equalization or removing all resource revenues from the equalization formula would cost Nova Scotia tens of millions of dollars that would then be redistributed to wealthier provinces. “Nova Scotia has the location, know-how and talent to continue to move forward, to become more self-reliant and to contribute to a stronger Canada. But we also need a more level playing field, where we can compete on a more equal footing with provinces that have far greater capacity to meet the social and economic needs of their citizens,” the premier said. Provincial officials have been briefing concerned organizations and officials on the fiscal imbalance issue. John Malcom, interim president and CEO of the Capital District Health Authority said because health care consumes almost 50 per cent of total program spending, the outcome of Ottawa’s deliberations could seriously affect the quality of health care in the province. “Nova Scotia has the second oldest population in Canada and among the country’s highest chronic disease rates,” he said. “The federal government does not presently recognize the added cost of providing health care in Nova Scotia, compared to providing health care in Alberta, for example, which has a much younger and healthier population. Any changes to equalization or other federal transfers should work to address this inequity, not add to it.” Nova Scotians can access Fiscal Imbalance: What Nova Scotians Should Know on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/fina .last_img read more

Archives Makes Original Loyalist Documents Available Online

first_imgThe story of one of Shelburne’s founding families is now available through a new online resource developed by the Nova Scotia Archives. The launch of Captain Gideon White Family Papers: Loyalists of Shelburne took place in Shelburne today, July 18. The event coincided with the Grand Re-enactment Weekend, part of the 225th Loyalist Landing Anniversary celebrations. “The White Family Papers are an outstanding resource for exploring 18th- and 19th-century life in Nova Scotia,” said Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Bill Dooks. “Through their eyes we can explore Loyalist Shelburne and learn about the triumphs and hardships of that time.” Captain White came to Shelburne in 1783 and his personal correspondence and business records paint an eloquent picture of the fledgling town of Shelburne, which for a brief moment after its founding was North America’s fourth-largest community. After his death in 1833, White’s sons continued as Shelburne merchants and local government officials, adding to the documents and preserving the history of their family and the town. The original papers, which span 150 years of documented family and Nova Scotia history, were donated to the archives in 1938. The collection dates from 1761 in Massachusetts to 1921 in Shelburne and includes correspondence, bills, receipts, election papers, and local government documents. The new online resource features more than 80 original documents from the 1650-item collection and provides Internet visitors with a time-tour of historic Shelburne as the White family knew it. “Shelburne’s history will be coming alive this year with the 225th anniversary celebrations,” said provincial archivist Brian Speirs. “We wanted to create a product that would showcase the White family’s contributions as builders and preservers of Shelburne’s remarkable heritage and we wanted to make this story accessible to all Nova Scotians.” More information on Captain Gideon White Family Papers: Loyalists of Shelburne is available on the Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/white/ . Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management acquires, preserves and makes available the province’s documentary heritage.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Hants County

first_img Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-2927 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, between Exit 8 and 8A near Hantsport, will have lane closures for asphalt patching beginning Monday, July 28. The work had been scheduled to begin today, July 24. Traffic delays are expected. Signs and traffic control people will be on site. Work will take place from sunrise to sunset. -30-last_img

Traffic Advisory Cape Breton Regional Municipality

first_img -30- CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from Greenhill Drive to 800 metres past Meadows Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving from Wednesday, May 6, until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141last_img

Halifax Hosting Major Transportation Conference

first_imgCanada’s largest annual gathering of transportation professionals, with more than 800 delegates runs until Wednesday, Sept. 29, in Halifax. The 2010 annual conference and exhibition of the Transportation Association of Canada is being held at the World Trade and Convention Centre. “I’m proud that our department, along with the Halifax Regional Municipality, is co-hosting this conference,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Not only is it important for the transportation industry but, with 800 delegates, it’s also good business for Halifax and the province.” This year’s conference theme is Adjusting to New Realities and focuses on the need for greater efficiencies and innovation as the industry deals with issues such as aging infrastructure, climate change, sustainable transportation, and urban design. More than 175 presentations will be given at various sessions, panel discussions, and workshops as well as an exhibition with the latest transportation-related products and services.last_img read more

Province Helps Aerospace and Defence Sector Compete Create Jobs

first_imgNova Scotia’s aerospace and defence companies and suppliers will gain a competitive edge thanks to a $10-million investment from the province. The province announced today, Oct. 12, that $10 million will be accessible to the industry for costs such as equipment, tooling and engineering. The funding will help create jobs and help companies become, and remain globally competitive. “From Protocase in Cape Breton, to IMP Group in Amherst, to Allendale Electronics in Lockeport, aerospace and defence is a growing sector with thousands of high-quality jobs across the province,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “This investment will help our companies acquire major international contracts, keeping and creating jobs here in Nova Scotia.” The repayable loans will be linked to job creation, innovation and productivity targets. “Often the cost of doing business with large equipment manufacturers and subcontractors can be overwhelming for small- and medium-sized businesses,” said Steve Elder, president of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Nova Scotia. “We wholeheartedly endorse this funding, which eases that burden and shows the province recognizes this high value and growing sector.” Nova Scotia is home to 40 per cent of Canada’s military assets, and the highest concentration of marine technology companies in North America. The aerospace and defence industries account for more than 6,000 good jobs across the province, and contribute about $600 million annually to our gross domestic product. “We are competing against companies worldwide, and are especially challenged by emerging economy countries such as Mexico, China and India, that have identified this business sector as strategic to their future industrial plans,” said Derek Kinsman, senior vice-president and chief operating officer at Composites Atlantic. “The funds identified today will assist Nova Scotia companies, such as Composites Atlantic, to make proactive and competitive proposals for new business.” This is a one-time allocation of funds through the Industrial Expansion Fund. The province recently announced that a new modern fund will be created to replace it. During the transition period to the new fund, all investment proposals will continue to be considered on their merits.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Welcomes Shipbuilding Agreement

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter congratulated Irving Shipbuilding and the federal government on successfully negotiating the umbrella agreement that will have Nova Scotia build Canada’s next fleet of combat ships. “Congratulations to Jim Irving, Steve Durrell, and all Irving employees for proving once again that they are up to this task,” said Premier Dexter today, Jan. 12. “The province will continue to work with Irving and the Ships Start Here partnership to make sure the members of our military go to work on the best ships possible. Ships start here. The future starts here.” The province’s new workforce strategy does a number of things to help the province get ready for this work. It invests in sector councils, post-secondary co-ops and internships. It will also connect people to shipbuilding and other high-value jobs by promoting a new Careers Nova Scotia website, a virtual one-stop shop for skills, learning and training opportunities available in Nova Scotia. The province held its first of many supplier development days in November to outline what the opportunity will mean for suppliers throughout the province. Premier Dexter committed to support Irving’s bid with an investment in training and infrastructure. The details of this support will be announced as the contracts for the Arctic Offshore Patrol Vessels are confirmed and announced in the months ahead. “The years leading up to building these vessels will involve much prep work, construction and improvements to the yard,” said Premier Dexter. “We have a long, but exciting road ahead of us.” The contracts, estimated at $25 billion, will help the province turn a corner on 20 years of slow economic growth in Atlantic Canada. It will mean an additional 11,500 jobs for Nova Scotians and will increase the province’s GDP by almost $900 million during peak production years. The Canadian economy is expected to grow by $1.5 billion, and 4,500 jobs will be created outside of Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Project Supports Habitat Restoration for Salmon and Trout

first_imgA project to drop lime on the forest along the West River Sheet Harbour on the Eastern Shore will mitigate the effects of acid rain and support restoration of trout and wild Atlantic salmon habitat. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell and Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines joined federal representatives, the Nova Scotia Salmon Association and the Eastern Shore Wildlife Association to mark the beginning of the three-year project today, Oct. 3. “This is the first time we’ve done this in Nova Scotia and it is part of a long-term commitment by government and the angling community to restore river habitats,” said Mr. Colwell. “Sport fishing is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Nova Scotia and restoring habitat for trout and wild Atlantic salmon not only contributes to the health of the fish, it also supports the sustainability of sport fishing and the jobs and economic activity it generates.” The lime, a natural product that has been added to the river by the Nova Scotia Salmon Association since 2005, will be dropped from a helicopter over a 60 hectare area and will gradually seep into the river. This will make the water less acidic and more suitable for trout and wild Atlantic salmon. About 10 tonnes of lime per hectare will be applied over the span of the project. The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Innovative Communities Fund, is providing a $380,000 contribution to the work and creating a transferable model for other communities interested in re-establishing recreational salmon and trout fisheries throughout Nova Scotia. “The Government of Canada is pleased to support the Nova Scotia Salmon Association’s important work to restore local salmon habitats and revive the recreational fishery,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “This project makes use of innovative processes to improve both industry and the environment.” The project is being jointly funded by the provincial and federal governments, the Nova Scotia Salmon Association and the Nova Scotia Sportfish Habitat Fund. About $1.1 million has been committed to the helicopter liming project as part of a larger project that includes other habitat restoration work on the river, targeted research and the use of lime dosers. “We’re pleased to partner with the province and the federal government on this initiative to provide helicopter liming on the West River Sheet Harbour,” said Heather Casavechia of the Nova Scotia Salmon Association. “This is an important part of the continued efforts of the West River Acid Mitigation Project to improve habitat and water quality and restore trout and Atlantic salmon populations.” If monitoring shows the project is successful, it may be duplicated in other parts of the province. More information is available at www.nssalmon.ca .last_img read more

Nova Scotia Proclaims Oct 23 as HMCS Kootenay Day

first_imgThe province is proclaiming Sunday, Oct. 23, as HMCS Kootenay Day in remembrance of the worst peacetime accident in the history of the Royal Canadian Navy. “We honour the crew of HMCS Kootenay and may we never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country,” said Premier Stephen McNeil, as Minister responsible for Military Relations. On Oct. 23, 1969, nine crewmen died and 53 were seriously injured after an explosion ripped through the Kootenay’s starboard gearbox while performing sea trials about 320 kilometres off the southwest coast of England. “We offer the remaining survivors of the Kootenay disaster and their families our heartfelt thanks,” said Premier McNeil. “As members of the Royal Canadian Navy, these crew members were willing to put the lives of others ahead of their own as they helped protect the freedoms that Canadians enjoy, but often take for granted.” A commemorative event marking HMCS Kootenay Day will take place on Friday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m., at the Damage Control Training Facility, 11245 John Brackett Dr., Halifax.last_img read more

Culture and Heritage Priorities Discussed at Annual National Ministers Meeting

first_imgGrowing the international export market for cultural businesses, organizations and artists was a key issue discussed at a national meeting of culture ministers this week. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister, Leo Glavine, attended the meeting in Yellowknife from June 19 to 20. “One of my top priorities is to work with our creative industry sector to build an export strategy that will help them grow and prosper,” said Mr. Glavine. “This work has begun, and we have a strong partner in the federal government to help set us up for success. Creating a robust export strategy for Nova Scotia’s creative industries will help create new jobs, strengthen our economy while also providing significant social benefits for all Nova Scotians.” In 2016, Nova Scotia’s culture sector was valued at $874 million and supported almost 14,000 jobs. Nova Scotia exported $141.5 million worth of culture products in the same year. This represents a 61 per cent growth in culture product exports since 2010. At the meeting ministers also: Nova Scotia will host the next ministers meeting in June 2019. agreed to establish Canada Historic Places Day, which will take place on Tuesday, July 7. This national event will raise awareness about the importance and diversity of historic places and work to increase visitation discussed how digital transformation is impacting cultural industries and content creators, and that a legislative and regulatory copyright framework is needed to protect and manage copyrights agreed to work together to promote safe workplaces in the arts, culture and heritage sectors and to strengthen collaboration through sharing models and approaches agreed to monitor progress of the federal Copyright Act review. last_img read more

Mans murder comes to light just before cremation in Maha

first_imgAkola: The funeral of a 35-year-old man was stopped in Akola district of Maharashtra after police arrived at the crematorium and took the body for postmortem which revealed that he was allegedly killed by his brother, an official said on Sunday.Manish Pachpor, a resident of Ganesh Nagar area in the city, died on Saturday. When his elder brother Yogesh Pachpor (40) and other family members reached the crematorium to perform his last rites, the police, acting on a tip-off, stopped the funeral and sent the body for an autopsy, police inspector Devrao Khanderao said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana”We received a tip-off that Manish Pachpor was killed by his elder brother Yogesh Pachpor and that is why the funeral was stopped and the body sent for postmortem,” he said. Later, the preliminary postmortem report revealed that the deceased was assaulted, he said. The official said based on the autopsy report, Yogesh Pachpor was questioned and he admitted that he killed his brother after a dispute. The accused was arrested on Saturday evening and booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offencelast_img read more

20 inmates booked in connection with Ludhiana jail clash

first_imgLudhiana: Twenty inmates of the Ludhiana Central Jail were booked on Friday, a day after a clash between two groups of gangsters on the prison premises, police said. A case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 307 ( attempt to murder ) was registered against 20 inmates of the jail involved in Thursday’s violence, Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ashwani Kapoor said. All the inmates who were booked have been identified by the jail authorities, the DCP said. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Aggarwal, who is also Ludhiana district magistrate, has started an inquiry into violence at the jail. Punjab Jails minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, who visited the central jail to take stock of the situation, faced protests from the relatives and friends of those injured in the clash. They raised slogans against the state government and the minister. Randhawa told reporters that in order to avoid recurrence of such incidents in jails, ‘Prison Action Force’ would be set up in the state prisons on the lines of the Rapid Action Force. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony Three companies of the central forces have been allotted to Punjab recently for the purpose, he added. These would be deployed at Bathinda, Ludhiana and Amritsar, the minister said. The mother of undertrial Avtar Baba, who fell to the bullets of police on Thursday, said they would not let the post-mortem be done till a case of murder is registered against the persons responsible for the killing of her son. She claimed that her son was innocent. An inmate of the Ludhiana Central Jail was killed and 35 were injured when a clash broke between two groups of gangsters Thursday, prompting police to open fire to bring the situation under control. A senior police officer was among those injured in the incident. The trouble started soon after a jail inmate, undergoing a trial in a drug case, died at a Patiala hospital Thursday.last_img read more

SC to hear from Jul 30 pleas against Centres 10 pc quota

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said it will hear from July 30 a bunch of pleas challenging the Centre’s decision to grant 10 per cent reservation in jobs and admissions to candidates of economically weaker sections (EWS).The top court said it will also hear a plea for interim stay on the operation of the new controversial law. A bench of Justices S A Bobde and B R Gavai said that the matter requires hearing at length. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for some of the petitioners including a NGO ‘Janhit Abhiyan’ said that the operation of the Act needs to be stayed. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The bench said the issue requires hearing at length and it would hear the petition along with all intervening applications in support and against the new law from July 30. The apex court had earlier refused to stay the Centre’s decision to grant 10 per cent quota in jobs and admissions to poor candidates in the general category. However, the court had agreed to examine the validity of the law and issued a notice to the Centre on the pleas. One of the petitioners has sought quashing of the Constitution (103 Amendment) Act, 2019, saying economic criterion cannot be the sole basis for reservation. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe petitioner has said the bill violates the basic feature of the Constitution as reservation on economic grounds cannot be limited to the general category and the overall 50 per cent ceiling limit cannot be breached. The Centre has come out with the constitutional amendment bill giving quota benefits to the poor among general category candidates. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha cleared the bill on January 8 and 9 respectively, and it has been signed by President Ram Nath Kovind. The quota will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes.last_img read more

Indias moon lander to go where no nation has dared

first_imgNew Delhi: Chandrayaan-2, India’s most ambitious second lunar mission to be launched on July 15, will be the first of its kind as it will shed light on a completely unexplored section of the Moon — its South Polar region. Leveraging nearly a decade of scientific research and engineering development, the mission is aimed at helping in better understanding of the origin and evolution of the Moon by conducting detailed topographical studies, comprehensive mineralogical analyses, and a host of other experiments on the lunar surface. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayIt will explore the topography of the moon and its composition and will search for water besides conducting in-situ studies. Chandrayaan-2 will be launched from Satish Dhawan Space CentRE at Sriharikota on-board heavy-lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III), nicknamed as ‘Bahubali’, at 2.51 am on July 15. The Lander, Vikram, will land near South Pole of the moon on September 6. Subsequently, the Rover will roll out and carry out experiments on Lunar surface for a period of one Lunar day, which is equal to 14 Earth days. The Orbiter will continue its mission for one year. The Orbiter payloads will conduct remote-sensing observations from a 100 km orbit while the Lander and Rover payloads will perform in-situ measurements near the landing site. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penaltyThe lunar South Pole is especially interesting because of the lunar surface area here, that remains in shadow, is much larger than that at the North Pole, according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) which is making preparations for the successful launch. There is a possibility of the presence of water in permanently shadowed areas around it. In addition, the South Pole region has craters that are cold traps and contain a fossil record of the early Solar System, it said. What makes Chandrayaan-2 special is that it is the first space mission to conduct a soft landing on the Moon’s South Polar region. It is also the first Indian expedition to attempt soft landing on the lunar surface with home-grown technology.last_img read more

5 northern states suggest NIAtype agency to deal with drugs

first_imgShimla: Faced with the problem of largescale drug trafficking, primarily resulting in its massive abuse among youths, in the age group of 16 to 30, five northern states gave nod to a joint strategy to curb smuggling, sale and consumption of drugs within their territories.This was a second meeting held within 11 months in Chandigarh at the initiative of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and his Punjab counterpart Capt Amarinder Singh. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The issue is very ticklish. It involves a very aggressive and sustained effort to crack drug mafia. Unless all the states come together the problem will continue hit all the states. Thus, the meeting of states holds quite a significance,” Thakur told the Millennium Post. Chief Secretary B K Aggarwal, who was also present in the meeting said it was informed in the meeting by officials of the Narcotics Control Bureau that smuggling of drugs from across the border has been brought down effectively. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KNow, the mafia, across the borders, has devised new ways to send consignments. They are sending consignments concealed in the tradeable goods. This is a new challenge. In the meeting, a proposal was also mooted to ask the Centre to set-up a specialised agency on the lines of National Investigation Agency (NIA) to crack drug mafia and reach to their kingpins, who runs high profile rackets and devise newer ways to send heavy consignments. Chief Ministers of Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, besides senior officers of the Jammu-Kashmir, UT Chandigarh and Delhi governments attended the meeting. “Drug abuse is posing a major threat to society. As Himachal Pradesh shares its boundaries with these it is essential that a joint action plan is effectively implemented for dealing with drug smuggling at inter-state level,” said Jai Ram Thakur. In Himachal, 1622 cases relating to drug smuggling were registered till June this year and 789 people were arrested. These included 27 women and two foreign nationals. Amongst the arrested people, 40 per cent are from Punjab and 25 per cent from Haryana state, which indicates that most of the people involved in the illicit drug business are from other states. Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh informed that Punjab, which had faced a big challenge to fight against the drugs has been able to get some positive results. Chief Minister of Uttarakhand TS Rawat, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar also attended the meeting. Himachal Pradesh, during the past few years, has become a new market for the drug mafia to make deep inroads. Mostly targets are school and college students. A study shows 55 -60 per cent of youths are addicted to drugs in Shimla, and also other rural towns.last_img read more

Forces deployment a security measure no knowledge of change in constitutional provisions

first_imgSrinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday conveyed to a National Conference delegation that the state has no knowledge of any changes in the Constitutional provisions and assured that the deployment of additional paramilitary forces was purely for security reasons. A statement released by the Raj Bhavan here said that the governor informed the delegation, led by former chief minister Omar Abdullah, that the security situation has developed in a manner which required immediate action. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “There were credible inputs which were available to the security agencies regarding terrorist attacks on the Amarnath Yatra. There has been intensified shelling on the LoC by Pakistan which was responded to effectively by the Army,” the governor told the delegation. He said that a press conference was addressed by the Army and the state police in which they briefed the media about how they foiled terror groups’ sinister plans and also displayed weapons and ammunition they seized. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “The seriousness of the threat required immediate action,” the governor said. Malik also said that the state “has no knowledge of any changes to constitutional provisions” and hence no panic should be created by unnecessarily linking this security matters with all kinds of other issues. “A pure security measure is being mixed up with issues with which it has no connection. That is the cause of the panic,” he told the delegation. It is in this security context that the government had issued an advisory Friday asking Yatris and tourists to return as soon as possible, he said. “These are a vulnerable group of people who do not know the area and are extremely vulnerable to a terrorist or a fidayeen attack. It is the responsibility of the state to provide security to all its citizens. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, Yatris and tourists have been asked to return. This is to ensure that no terrorist attack takes place on them,” the governor said. The delegation led by Abdullah apprised the Governor about the situation in the Kashmir valley after the government advisory asking Amarnath Yatris and tourists to return as soon as possible. They also mentioned about the panic created by people buying essential commodities hurriedly. The governor again said that the security to its citizens has to be provided by the state even at some inconvenience, which is being done. The governor requested the political leaders to ask their supporters to maintain calm and not believe exaggerated and unfounded rumours being circulated all around.last_img read more

Unpleasant trends of intolerance polarisation can damage our polity says Manmohan Singh

first_imgNew Delhi: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said “unpleasant trends” of growing intolerance, communal polarisation, and incidents of violent crimes propelled by hatred of certain groups will damage our polity.Remembering former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary, he said these trends are repugnant to promotion of peace, national integration and communal harmony, which are cherished objectives enshrined in our Constitution. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”All of us need to reflect on how we can contribute to arresting these trends,” he said. Recalling Rajiv Gandhi’s words, Singh said, “Nothing is more important than the unity and integrity of our nation. India is indivisible. Secularism is the bedrock of our nationhood. It implies more than tolerance. It involves an active effort for harmony.” “No religion preaches hatred and intolerance. Vested interests, both external and internal, are inciting and exploiting communal passions and violence to divide India,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSingh said another cause for solemn reflection today is some “disturbing trends” that our country has been witnessing over past few years. “These unpleasant trends of growing intolerance, communal polarisation, growing incidents of violent crimes propelled by hatred of certain groups and of mobs taking the law in their own hands can only damage our polity,” the former prime minister said. He said Gandhi’s birth anniversary is an occasion to remember values of broad secular outlook, spirit of tolerance, commitment to communal harmony and empathy to others, which define our nationhood. “Our homage to Rajiv ji should not only be a remembrance of his extraordinary personality and contribution to nation building – it should also be marked by a reaffirmation of our commitment to abide by these very values,” he said. Describing Gandhi as an “illustrious” and a young former prime minister who was a true visionary, Singh said he truly set the direction for equipping our nation for entering the new millennium with a progressive, modern and scientific outlook. Singh also noted that major strides in communication and information technology, in strengthening democracy at the grass roots level, in education, in ending the decade-old insurgency movement in Mizoram, in opening a fresh dialogue with China, in launching technology missions, have been the direct results of his vision and efforts. They have given us today a firm platform to launch further initiatives for growth and development, he said. He also said homage to Rajiv Gandhi should not only be a remembrance of his extraordinary personality and contribution to nation building, but also be marked by a reaffirmation of our commitment to abide by these values. Singh was speaking at an event by the Rajiv Youth Foundation and presented the ‘Rajiv Gandhi Janma Pancha Sapthathi Puraskar’ to prominent personalities and organisations who have made valuable contributions to the society for the last one decade.last_img read more

UGC expects to get 100 proposals for Paramarsh Scheme

first_imgNew Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) is expecting to receive around 100 proposals from the higher education institutions for its ‘Paramarsh Scheme’. As part of the scheme, top institutions will mentor five non-accredited institutes to secure National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) grade. “The last date for submitting proposals by the mentors is September 2. These will then be examined,” a UGC official said here on Monday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Once the proposals are accepted by the UGC, the institutes can start the mentoring programme within a month,” the official added. The scheme mandates that the mentor institutions should have secured an NAAC score of 3.26 out of 4. Human Resource Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, who launched the scheme last month, said it would improve quality and standards of higher education in the country. The official noted that since securing NAAC accreditation has been made mandatory for the open universities too, the top institutions can also mentor open universities which will be applying for NAAC grade for the first time. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Under the ‘Paramarsh’ scheme, the leading institutions will provide regular mentoring to help colleges to get accredited by the NAACA. The mentor institutions can be provided financial assistance of up to Rs 30 lakh. There is also an option of appointing an expert, who can be paid a fellowship amount of Rs 31,000 per month. The scheme aims to improve the global rankings of Indian higher educational institutions. “The scheme will lead to enhancement of the mentee institutions’ quality and its profile as a result of improved quality of research, teaching and learning methodologies. The mentee institution will also have increased exposure and speedier adaptation to best practices,” the official added. The NAAC is an autonomous body that assesses and accredits higher education institutions in the country.last_img read more

Jairam to blame for policy paralysis during UPA2 Moily

first_imgNew Delhi: With senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily blaming party’s Rajya Sabha member Jairam Ramesh for the “policy paralysis” during the UPA-2 government, it seems the game to arrest the attention of their mentors have started in the grand old party.While lashing out at Congress’ Ramesh for saying that “demonising” Narendra Modi all the time “was not an effective strategy”, Moily on Wednesday countered Ramesh by saying that as if the Congress is demonising (Modi). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”He (Ramesh) is responsible for policy paralysis of our government (UPA-2) and he is also responsible for compromising the principles of governance many a time,” Moily said. Moily, the former Union minister, also castigated Congress’ Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor for his statement that praising Modi for doing the right things would lend credibility to the Opposition’s criticism of him. Moily’s comments came after a day when the Congress high command expressed its disapproval of the remarks made by Tharoor, Jairam Ramesh and Abhishek Singhvi. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAt the party briefing on Tuesday, senior leader Anand Sharma had said: “If the Opposition indulges in singing paeans (of the government), then it will spell doom for democracy.” Sharma had also said that the party’s Kerala unit has the right to make a statement and argued that it is not the Congress that is insulting the BJP leadership but the saffron party which has been demonising its leadership, including former Prime Ministers. Describing the statements as “most unfortunate”, Moily called on the Congress leadership to take appropriate disciplinary action against the two leaders. He further said that Ramesh’s remark was in “very bad taste,” and accused the leader of “compromising himself” with the BJP with such a statement. “And any leader who would like to give such a statement, I think, they are not doing service to the Congress party or its leadership,” said Moily, who is considered to be a close aide of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Stating that Tharoor was never considered as a mature politician, Moily added: “He (Tharoor) is often on and off fond of giving statements and finding his place in the press.”last_img read more

Delhi Police asks its officers to curb misuse of IGL smart cards

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police has directed their officers to conduct surprise checks at CNG filling stations from where the city police vehicles are being filled. The move is to curb malpractices. Sources claimed that several complaints including verbal and written regarding the misuse of IGL smart cards by the drivers of Delhi Police along with the connivance of employees of IGL pumps were being received in the unit of city police.Sources claimed that a circular has been issued in this regard by the office of Deputy Commissioner of Police (provisioning and logistic) and copy of the circular has also been sent to all districts and units DCsP. Adding further, circular read that to streamline the process of filling of CNG by drivers of Delhi Police, some directions may adhere. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources told Millennium Post that proper data should be maintained by districts and units regarding issuing of IGL smart cards to drivers/vehicles. The data of refilling the CNG in Delhi Police vehicles through IGL smart cards shall be sent to provisioning and logistics (P&L) unit on the fortnightly basis for proper monitoring and cross-checking. “Supervisory officers of Motor Transport (MT) section of districts and units, randomly check records at the CNG stations as well as monitor the CCTV footage to find out misuse of IGL smart cards. The drivers of the vehicle should be responsible to collect the e-transactions slip from the IGL staff, after refilling the CNG and must deposit the same to their respective MT section daily,” sources said quoting circular content. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAdding further, sources said that surprise checking teams from each district and units shall be constituted to check the IGL stations at regular intervals. Incharge (I/C) of MTs of districts and units may also be sensitised in this regard. “If any district or units lost their IGL smart card, the concerned I/C MTs should be responsible to block such card immediately on IGL customer care under intimation to P&L,” reads circular. “Meticulous compliance of the directions may be ensured by districts and units. Any instance noticed for misuse of IGL smart card will be viewed seriously,” wrote a senior officer in the circular.last_img read more