Govt to complete budgetary exercise this week in LS

first_imgNew Delhi, May 2 (PTI) The government intends to complete the budgetary exercise within this week in Lok Sabha, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley set to reply to the debate on the Finance Bill on Thursday.Jaitley, according to sources, will reply to the debate on Finance Bill after his return from Frankfurt, where is scheduled to attend ADBs annual general meeting.Jaitley will leave for Frankfurt tomorrow.The government will take up the guillotine with regard to demands for grants for all remaining Ministries tomorrow, completing the second phase of the budgetary exercise.The debate on the Finance Bill will be initiated on May 4 by Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha and Jaitley will reply to the debate the next day. Finance Bill deals with the taxation proposals of the government.Sources added the Rajya Sabha will complete the debate on Finance Bill next week.They said that The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2015, which was introduced by Jaitley in Lok Sabha on December 21, 2015, will be taken up for consideration and passage immediately after the Finance Bill has been passed.The 30-member Joint Committee of Parliament, constituted to scrutinise the Bankruptcy Code, headed by BJP member Bhupender Yadav, has already submitted its report on April 28.The Lok Sabha has completed discussion on the demands for grants for Ministries of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Social Justice and Empowerment and Development of North Eastern Region. PTI SKC CS SMJ SK SMJlast_img read more

Woeful Wolves Top Sorry Knicks, 95-92

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Zach LaVine concentrated on nothing but making his free throws. Let others worry about pingpong balls and mathematical odds.LaVine made the tying and go-ahead free throws with 10.7 seconds left and scored six of his 20 points in overtime as the Minnesota Timberwolves outlasted the New York Knicks 95-92 on March 19 night in a match-up of the NBA’s biggest losers.Minnesota (15-53) ended a six-game losing streak and snapped a tie with the Knicks (14-54) for the NBA’s worst record. New York can still win for losing, and now has pole position in the race for the No. 1 draft pick.“We don’t look at it that way,” LaVine said. “We look at it as a game and we want to be better than that team, so don’t matter if it’s first or last place, we’re going to play the same way.”Kevin Martin scored 22 points and Andrew Wiggins had 20 for Minnesota despite shooting 4 for 17 from the field. Gorgui Dieng finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and his blocked shot triggered the fast break that set up LaVine’s free throws.Langston Galloway scored 21 points and Alexey Shved had 20 for the Knicks, who couldn’t make it two wins in a row in OT after surprising San Antonio on March 17.The Wolves won for the second time in 12 games, despite having eight players on the injury list, leaving them so short-handed that they had to sign Sean Kilpatrick from Delaware of the NBA Development League just to field the mandated league minimum of eight active players.New York led by one when Dieng blocked Shved’s shot. LaVine rushed up the court and was fouled, making two for a 93-92 lead. Shved missed again and LaVine added two more free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining before Andrea Bargnani missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.“We didn’t make shots toward the end,” Galloway said. “I mean, they made a couple of baskets and we’re just learning still with overtime and down the stretch.”Ricky Rubio (sore right ankle) rejoined an injured list that already included Kevin Garnett, Nikola Pekovic and many others.The Wolves needed eight players in uniform so signed Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract, in part because he was close enough that he could get to Madison Square Garden in time. He arrived in the Minnesota locker room about 45 minutes before the start after driving from Delaware.The Knicks, also short-handed, signed guard Ricky Ledo from the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League on March 19. Though not well played, it was a compelling finish to a game that both teams had incentive to lose.The team with the worst record gets a 25 percent chance to win the No. 1 pick through the draft lottery, while the second-worst team’s odds are just below 20 percent.But both coaches said their teams would play to win. The Timberwolves have a history of being unlucky in the lottery, so Minnesota’s Flip Saunders said no one would tank for draft positioning no matter how much they may want the pick.“You can’t do that, because everything in this league is all based on, it’s the lottery. It’s called luck, so what you do is you go out to play and you try to do that for respect of the game,” said Saunders, also the team President.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more

LG may launch 2 new smartwatches with Wear OS this year

first_imgLG is gearing to launch its next generation of smartwatches later this year. And the word is that the Korean electronics giant could launch its two hybrid watches running on Google’s Wear OS at IFA 2018 which is scheduled to take place between August 31 and September 5 in Berlin.Back in May this year, reports on the social media suggested that the Korean electronics giant had filed a patent application for three hybrid smartwatches with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Nearly a month later, LG smartwatchs with model numbers LG LM-W315 and LG LM-W319 were spotted on the agency’s website. While LG’s upcoming smartwatch with model number LM-W315 is said to run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 wearable processor and likely to sport a 1.2-inch display with 768MB RAM, 4GB internal memory and IP68 rating, not much is known about the variant with model number LM-W319.Interestingly, the variant with model LM-W319 was certified by the Korean regulatory authority– Korean Communications Commission last month. While the listing did not divulge any details about the variant, previous reports suggest that the watch could come with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity features.As per another report, both the watches are not likely to come with GPS and NFC and they are likely to be priced around $300 – $400.Meanwhile, reports coming in from Korea also suggest that Samsung Electronics is also gearing to launch its next wearable at the IFA this year. Notably, Samsung has a long association with the event. The Korean electronics giant has used the event to launch its Galaxy Note lineup in the past year. The company has also launched its wearables including Gear S3 at the event. And now the company is reportedly planning to launch a new wearable device at the event.advertisementALSO READ: Google Chrome will now use even more RAM due to Spectre security fixesWhile there is a lot of confusion about the features that the company’s upcoming wearable could host and the platform that it would run on (Google’s Wear OS or Samsung’s native Tizen), word on the street is that it would be a successor to Gear S3 smartwatch with Galaxy Watch branding.last_img read more