BJP seeks Z-category security for Biplab Deb

first_imgThe BJP in Tripura will write to the Union Home Ministry seeking more security for Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who, the party says, is facing a threat to his life from drug cartels because of his drive against opium and cannabis growers.On Thursday, BJP MLA Ratan Chakraborty said the Centre was aware of the need to tighten Mr. Deb’s security, following a report that drug lords in Myanmar had hatched a plot to kill him. Myanmar is a major producer of narcotic drugs.“We are drafting a note for the MHA, requesting that the Chief Minister’s security be enhanced to the Z category from the current Y category… We have also asked party workers to be on their toes as the Chief Minister often breaks security cordon to meet people,” Mr. Chakraborty said.After its formation in March, the BJP-led coalition declared war on drugs. The police and other security agencies have so far seized more than 50,000 kg of cannabis and destroyed plants on large areas across the State. Police officers say the drug corridor from Myanmar to Bangladesh, through Tripura, has been choked, with drug lords in Myanmar turning restive.last_img read more

NGT asks Chandigarh to formulate action plan

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the Union Territory of Chandigarh to develop a Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in a bid to control air pollution.Following submissions made by the Advisor to Chandigarh, a Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said, “We have been informed that air pollution is a serious cause of concern in Chandigarh due to excessive number of vehicles on the roads resulting in high emission level. If it is so, remedial measures have to be planned and executed.”Number of vehicles“Steps be taken to assess the number of vehicles to be permitted proportionate to the capacity of the area. Based on such study and analysis, an appropriate policy framework be worked out,” the Bench added.Based on reports provided to the tribunal pertaining to solid waste management, the Bench directed authorities to take steps towards compliance of the Solid Waste Management rules within six weeks. Stating that steps taken towards plastic waste management and bio-medical waste management are “inadequate,” the NGT directed authorities to comply with relevant bio-medical and plastic waste management rules.Waste treatment“Efforts should be made to ensure treatment and processing of bio-degradable and non-biodegradable waste for which the existing plant should be put into operation by resolving the issues. The legacy waste dump sites should not be simply capped but should be bio-mined and then kept and maintained in accordance to (relevant rules),” the Bench added.Quarterly reportsWhile the Advisor has been asked to provide quarterly reports to the tribunal, he has to be present before the green panel in October with relevant compliance reports.last_img read more

Golovkin skips birth of daughter to train for title fight

first_imgProtesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin attends a news conference at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on September 12, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golovkin will defend his titles against Canelo Alvarez at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPGennady Golovkin is one of the most dedicated boxers in the world and even the birth of his daughter couldn’t pry him out of the gym.The three-belt champion missed the birth on Friday because he was training for his upcoming world middleweight title fight.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Golovkin stayed in the gym for two hours after his wife, Alina, gave birth to the couple’s second child. They also have a son. “He didn’t leave the gym until 6 pm,” Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez said. “The baby was born at 4 pm.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“His wife was in the hospital for one day. She came home next day so he was home with them.”Golovkin, who holds the World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation middleweight belts, will face Canelo Alvarez in a 12-round mega title fight on Saturday in Las Vegas. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding JRU wins fifth in six games, trumps Letran “Golovkin is a family man. He has always been very, very, very focused,” Sanchez said. “He has never been the type of guy to go out at night. You are never going to lose him for a day.“He just bought his first car six months ago. He didn’t have a car before because he said he spends all his time in the gym.”Golovkin declined to speak about the birth at a news conference on Wednesday at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.“Please don’t ask me about my family. I am just focused on boxing,” he said. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Sanchez said he was concerned during the long training camp about how Golovkin was doing with the baby on the way and the most important fight of his career around the corner.“I started to voice my concern. ‘The baby’s not here’. He said ‘coach the baby is going to come whether I am there or not. I have already done my part.’”Sanchez said Golovkin has been in high spirits as the fight preparation shifted this week from their training camp to Las Vegas.“He is in a great mood. I don’t know if it is because of the baby being here or if because he finally got the fight he wanted,” Sanchez said.Sanchez says Golovkin is a good father and just as dedicated to his family as he is to his work.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Blake Griffin pours 37 as Pistons defeat Anthony David-less Pelicans

first_imgDetroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) passes the ball to center Zaza Pachulia (27) as New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor (8) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. The Pistons won 98-94. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS— Blake Griffin got Detroit off to a hot start, but the Pistons still had to scratch out a victory in the final seconds over the Anthony Davis-less Pelicans.It didn’t sit well with the All-Star forward.ADVERTISEMENT Pistons: Will end a three-game trip at Dallas on Thursday night.Pelicans: Visit Oklahoma City on Thursday night. The Pelicans have 10 games left in a monthlong stretch in which they have a flight between each of 16 games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Detroit went 7 of 23 from the field in the fourth quarter, scoring just 19 points in the frame.“You want to finish perfect, and I’m striving for perfection and good habits,” Casey said.Playing without Davis, the Pelicans shot just nine free throws and made only four.“We just struggled the whole night,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. “At the end, we make a push back. You’ve got to be able to make the game-winning plays, as we call them. We didn’t do that. We have failed to find consistency throughout what we’re trying to do. That’s a lot on me. As a coach, you’ve got to figure out a way to have your team play consistently and you’ve got to find out who is willing to do that. We’re kind of still searching for that.”Griffin scored 20 of Detroit’s 31 points in the first quarter and had 26 by halftime on 9-of-14 shooting, with the Pistons leading 57-47.“We just kept feeding him,” said Jon Leuer, who had 11 points and six rebounds. “When he’s in a rhythm like that, he’s unstoppable.”TIP-INSPistons: Casey said C Andre Drummond, who sustained a concussion in a Jan. 18 win over Miami, felt “spry and full of energy” in shootaround, but he still missed his third consecutive game.Pelicans: Davis missed his second straight game with a fracture of his left index finger. He may miss another one to two weeks.UP NEXT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “The way we finished the game was the reason we’ve lost so many close games,” said Griffin, referring to Detroit’s 95-87 lead with 1:32 left that nearly evaporated down the stretch. “This time we just happened to come out on top. We got a lucky miss, a lucky bounce and we were able to get a wide-open dunk, but this doesn’t feel like that good of a win. Obviously, we’ll take it, but stuff like this is why we’ve lost so many games.”Griffin scored 20 of his game-high 37 points in the fourth quarter of Detroit’s 98-94 win over New Orleans, which was playing its second straight game without Davis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsReggie Jackson added 17 points for the Pistons, who had lost seven of their previous 10.Jrue Holiday scored 29 points and Jahlil Okafor added 17 for the Pelicans, who have lost four of six. Terry Rozier’s perfect start en route to 26 points carry Celtics past Cavs Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss New Orleans cut the deficit to 95-92 on a drive by Holiday and a 3-poitner by Darius Miller with 52.5 seconds left.The Pistons then had a sluggish possession, finally getting the ball in Griffin’s hands for a forced 3-point attempt. When he missed, the Pelicans had a chance to tie, but Frank Jackson’s open 3-pointer missed, and Holiday tapped the rebound out to the top of the key.Reggie Bullock ran down the loose ball and dribbled 60 feet unguarded for a clinching dunk with 14.5 seconds left.Griffin finished 14 of 28 from the field, including 4 of 9 on 3-pointers, and had nine rebounds and seven assists.“He’s carrying us, handling the basketball, making good decisions, just doing everything we could ask a franchise player to do,” coach Dwane Casey said. “He’s been great. He sets the tone for us offensively. He’d probably have more assists if we knocked down more shots.”ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona coach Valverde confirms Munir leaving

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde confirms Munir leavingby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has confirmed Munir El Haddadi is leaving.The 54-year-old tactician has clarified that both the Blaugrana and the Spanish-Moroccan have decided to part ways.”Munir has made a decision and the club has also taken it,” he told a press conference on Wednesday.”We want a solution as soon as possible, if possible during this market.”I have nothing against Munir, as he has played and trained well and I don’t have much more to say about it.” last_img

12 days agoArgentina coach Scaloni reveals injury for Man City striker Aguero

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Argentina coach Scaloni reveals injury for Man City striker Agueroby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been carrying a calf injury and has not been in full training.The problem was revealed by his Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni, who left him out of the national squad for the current international break.Scaloni did not reveal the nature of the injury, but he hinted that it is nothing serious by saying he expected Aguero to join up with Argentina for the next international fortnight, which is next month. He said, “(Lionel) Messi is not here due to suspension. “Sergio Aguero is not here because he’s been carrying a problem and has not been training 100 per cent with his club. Surely both will be here next month.” last_img read more

OSC to consider settlement with Katanga Mining on Congo risk disclosures

first_imgTORONTO — The Ontario Securities Commission says it has reached a tentative settlement with Katanga Mining Ltd. on allegations that the company violated securities rules by not properly disclosing public-sector corruption risks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.The regulator has accused the company, a subsidiary of Swiss mining giant Glencore Plc, and several members of its leadership of materially misleading financial disclosures that are contrary to the public interest by failing to disclose the risks.The OSC says it will hold a hearing Tuesday to consider whether the proposed settlement is in the public interest. The details of the agreement are not being released until the hearing.Katanga Mining issued a statement giving notice of the hearing while saying it would not comment further on the case until the hearing is done.The OSC’s statement of allegations, which have not been challenged in court, also names Aristotelis Mistakidis, Tim Henderson, Liam Gallagher, Jeffrey Best, Johnny Blizzard, Jacques Lubbe, and Matthew Colwill, who either were or are employees at Katanga.The regulator alleges that the company failed in its annual information form to adequately describe the heightened risk associated with potential public sector corruption in the country and in relying on associates of Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

USChina trade talks to open in Beijing

first_imgBeijing: The United States and China open the latest round of their trade talks Thursday as the economic superpowers edge towards a deal to resolve a months-long spat that has rattled the global economy. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are expected to resume talks in Beijing with China’s top economic official Liu He, the first since China put into law new measures seen as an olive branch in their high-stakes stand-off. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal While US President Donald Trump has voiced hope that he could soon hold a signing ceremony with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, negotiations have dragged on, suggesting substantial differences remain. But Lighthizer sought to play down expectations ahead of the meeting in Beijing, which is due to be followed by more talks in Washington in early April. “I’m hoping but not necessarily hopeful… If there’s a great deal to be gotten, we’ll get it — if not, we’ll find another plan,” he told National Public Radio earlier this week. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The two sides have slapped tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of goods since last year, hitting a slew of businesses ranging from manufacturers to farmers in both countries, with knock-on effects for other economies. And Trump suggested last week some of those tariffs should stay in place after a deal is reached to ensure China follows through. But Beijing has taken steps to address some US complaints. Earlier this month China’s rubber-stamp parliament rushed through a law that seeks to protect foreign firms from the forced transfer of technology. Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday repeated his pledge to step up punishment for intellectual property infringers to ensure they “bear an unpayable cost”, addressing a major bone of contention in Washington. “We will again widen foreign firms market access,” Li pledged at the Boao Forum for Asia, a Davos-like annual meeting hosted by China. While the US has hit out at Chinese practices, Lighthizer said on NPR that “the kinds of things that we’re asking for are not anti-Chinese at all”. “Protection of intellectual property is not anti-Chinese. Stopping people from forcing transfer of technology is not anti-Chinese. In fact, the reformers would say it’s pro-Chinese. It will help their economy, not hurt their economy,” he added. Negotiators hope to iron out remaining differences on other issues including Beijing’s subsidies to state-owned firms and policies to build up Chinese companies in strategic sectors. “In our conversations with the US government they’ve indicated that subsidies which create an uneven playing field between foreign and domestic companies are most definitely something that continues to be negotiated,” said Jacob Parker, vice president of the US-China Business Council. “I suspect this is one of the areas China is pushing back on, (and) it remains a core of the negotiations,” Parker said. When Li presented the government’s 2019 policy plans earlier this month, he made no mention of its controversial Made in China 2025 industrial policy, which had called for Chinese firms to take control of many strategic industries. Still analysts say Beijing’s push for self-reliance and indigenous innovation will continue in practice. Foreign tech companies have also long been locked out of China’s market with many services such as Google, Facebook and Amazon blocked or facing restrictions. Beijing has yet to give in to demands for greater market access to foreign cloud computing providers or loosen restrictions on overseas data transfer, the Financial Times reported this week. At a recent forum on the issue, Chinese academics and bureaucrats criticised related US policies. “China does not trust the US government… we don’t believe that once our data is in America, the US government will handle it appropriately,” said Xu Chengjin of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. American lawmakers and regulators have expressed similar concern about sharing US data with Chinese firms. The two sides also need to resolve when to remove the punitive tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of goods and how to enforce any deal. “The question will be the details and enforceability,” Lighthizer said, outlining a mechanism for US companies facing problems in China to bring cases to the US Trade Representative for discussion with Chinese officials. “They’re committed to do this, but it’s going to be a question of whether they can get all the layers of government, I think, to follow through,” he said. Premier Li also mentioned creating a mechanism for foreign firms to protest against government decisions in his speech.last_img read more

Buckeyes win big in battle of Ohio

There was no Hurricane hangover for Ohio State. One week after dismantling Miami (Fla.), the No. 2 Buckeyes (3-0) poured it on in-state rival Ohio (1-2), holding the Bobcats to 158 total yards in a 43-7 victory Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Two years ago, Ohio gave OSU a major scare, taking a narrow lead into the fourth quarter before the Buckeyes pulled away for a 26-14 win. Saturday’s game bore little resemblance. OSU scored on its first six possessions, racking up a 34-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor set a school record by completing 16 consecutive passes, breaking Jim Karsatos’ mark of 12 that stood for 25 years. Pryor finished 22-for-29 for 235 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for another. He and the first-team offense sat out the fourth quarter. “When you feel more comfortable, things start to slow down for you and you can make those passes,” receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said. “Being able to throw those passes so comfortably, it led to all those completions.” On the second play from scrimmage, safety Tyler Moeller intercepted a pass by Ohio quarterback Phil Bates. OSU converted the turnover into a field goal. The day never got easier for the Bobcat offense. Ohio punted on its next three possessions and before the first quarter was over, OSU led 24-0. “Defensively, we shut them down in the first half for sure,” coach Jim Tressel said. Pryor threw a strike to running back Brandon Saine across the middle for a 9-yard score to give the Buckeyes a 10-0 edge. Minutes later, Pryor scampered 13 yards to the end zone to add to the lead. “Pryor got out of the pocket a lot and we can’t let that happen,” Ohio linebacker Noah Keller said. “He’s a hard guy to tackle. He has a deadly arm and a killer stiff arm.” When the Bobcats weren’t punting, they were committing turnovers. The Buckeyes forced three fumbles, two interceptions and once stopped Ohio on downs. OSU picked off four passes by Miami quarterback Jacory Harris last week. “We had a lot of problems,” said Bates, who finished 4-for-9 for 13 yards and two interceptions. “We didn’t execute plays, hit people when they were open or get key blocks. We have a lot of work to do.” The Buckeyes out-gained Ohio in the first half, 290-47. The Bobcats didn’t move the chains for a first down until midway through the second quarter. They promptly fumbled the ball away on the next play. The Buckeyes stretched the lead to 34-0 following a touchdown pass from Pryor to tight end Jake Stoneburner and a 2-yard touchdown run by Dan “Boom” Herron. Despite the lopsided score, Tressel kept the first-team offense on the field through the end of the third quarter. The unit looked out-of-sync with the sizeable lead, as Pryor threw his second interception of the game into double coverage. “Interceptions ruin a quarterback’s day in their own mind,” Tressel said. “Sometimes you forget about the 22 completions and all you do is think about the two that didn’t work well.” Herron capped off the first-team offense’s final drive with his second touchdown to provide the Buckeyes a 43-0 advantage. Ohio finally got on the board with a touchdown with 6:11 remaining in the fourth quarter on an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Boo Jackson to receiver Terrence McCrae. While OSU flourished on offense and defense, the persistent problems on special teams plagued the Buckeyes yet again. Ohio cornerback Julian Posey, who covered his younger brother, OSU receiver DeVier Posey, most of the game, had a first-quarter kick return touchdown brought back because of a penalty. The Bobcats also blocked an OSU punt in the third quarter. “We just flat out missed a guy,” Tressel said. “You can’t do that, not if you want to win.” Still, the Buckeyes were able to put away Ohio early and avoid a repeat of the 2008 matchup. “We were thinking about the OU game two years ago,” said defensive lineman Cameron Heyward, who recovered a fumble and made a tackle in the end zone for a safety. “We didn’t want to let down our fans. I think everybody took the challenge.” OSU plays Eastern Michigan, winless since Nov. 28, 2008, next Saturday at 3:30 p.m., at the Horseshoe. read more