Valley Company Receives Environmental Approval

first_imgENVIRONMENT/LABOUR–Valley Company Receives EnvironmentalApproval The Department of Environment and Labour today, Sept. 19,approved an application from Lawson Bennett Trucking Ltd. toexpand an existing sand and gravel operation in Cambridge, KingsCo. Under terms of the approval the company will have to create acommunity liaison committee, establish a treed buffer at thenorthern edge of the property, and develop surface andgroundwater monitoring programs, among other conditions. In addition to the conditions established through the approval,the company has committed to what is called a progressiverehabilitation program. Sand and gravel will be excavated fromthe site in about three- to four-hectare pieces, meaning onlysmall parts of the 38-hectare site will be disturbed at any onetime. As work in each section is complete, the land will bereclaimed to protect against erosion, control sediment andimprove site aesthetics. The complete environmental assessment approval, including thecompany’s original application, will be available on theDepartment of Environment and Labour Web site, atwww.gov.ns.ca/enla/ess/ea/ . Formed in 1989, the Environmental Assessment Branch isresponsible for assessing major projects to identify, correct, orprevent adverse environmental impacts. A guide to theenvironmental assessment process is also available on thedepartment’s Web site.last_img read more

Porters Lake Provincial Park Opening to Honour Veterans

first_imgNova Scotia’s veterans will be honoured at the official reopening of Porters Lake Provincial Park on Friday, July 29. The ceremony will feature a commemorative tree planting and will include the presentation of “parks packages” to representatives of the Royal Canadian Legion by Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Natural Resources. The packages contain passes for free camping at Nova Scotia provincial parks and parks memorabilia. Each of the 15 legion zones will receive a package to help generate funds for their respective activities. “This ceremony will honour our veterans, but it is really they who have honoured us with their patriotism and courage,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “We are pleased to recognize their contributions to the people of this province by dedicating these reopening ceremonies to them.” Cecil Clarke, Minister responsible for the Year of the Veteran, said it is essential that none of us forget the sacrifices veterans made. “This is the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. We need to remember Canada’s veterans, who helped to re-establish peace throughout Europe, and our peacekeepers’ profound contributions in places like Cyprus, the Congo, Egypt, and the former Yugoslavia.” There are about 400,000 veterans of the Second World War and the Korean War and 500,000 Canadian Forces’ veterans in Canada, with as many as 100,000 living in Nova Scotia. The province has 35,000 members of 119 legions within 15 zones. The devastation caused by Hurricane Juan provided the Department of Natural Resources with the opportunity to redevelop the popular campground at Porters Lake Provincial Park. The upgraded park now has larger, more modern, campsites, new road and water systems, and 10 campsites offering water and electrical hook-ups. More than $1 million in improvements, jointly funded by the province of Nova Scotia and the federal disaster relief program, have been completed by local contractors. Everyone is welcome to attend the official reopening ceremony, which begins, rain or shine, at 10 a.m.last_img read more

Province to Study Supreme Court Ruling

first_imgThe Nova Scotia government will review a Supreme Court of Canada ruling, released today, Dec. 7, in two New Brunswick cases involving three aboriginal men who claimed the right to harvest trees for their own domestic use. The country’s top court ruled that the men, who had been charged under the New Brunswick Crown Lands and Forests Act, have an aboriginal right to harvest trees for domestic use on provincial Crown lands traditionally harvested by the bands involved. But it said this is a communal right that requires the authority of the aboriginal community, and is subject to regulation. It restricts the harvest to domestic use and prohibits the sale, barter or trade of the wood. “This is a New Brunswick case, so we will be reviewing the decision and determine the potential implications for Nova Scotia,” said David Morse, Minister of Natural Resources. “We are fortunate to have the Made in Nova Scotia negotiations process to address treaty and aboriginal rights issues.” The process, which involves the Mi’kmaq, Nova Scotia and the federal government, began with the signing of the Umbrella Agreement in 2002. This will lead to full negotiations. Forestry is one of the topics that will be covered. Nova Scotia was one of several intervenors in the case, which involved three New Brunswick men — two Maliseet from Woodstock and a Mi’kmaq from the Pabineau Reserve. The 36-page decision was written by Mr. Justice Michel Bastarache of New Brunswick.last_img read more

May Tourism Stats Available

first_imgNova Scotia welcomed more than 163,000 visitors in May — the same as May 2006 — while room nights sold were up five per cent. “We’ve done a lot of advertising and promotional events through the spring to bring more visitors to Nova Scotia this year, and we’re continuing through the summer, including more online activity,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We’re encouraged with steady visitor numbers so far this year and we’ll get a better sense of how the whole tourism season is unfolding as we get the numbers for our peak period which runs through the summer and into the fall.” Room nights sold varied in regions in May. There was a 39 per cent increase on the Northumberland Shore, likely due to a number of conferences and sporting events held in the area. There was a one per cent decrease in Halifax/Dartmouth. This region’s accommodations sector has been relatively steady with an average of 120,000 room nights sold for the month of May in each of the past few years. All other regions reported increases. There were 14 per cent fewer American visitors, which represents 2,800 fewer people over May 2006. There were 17 per cent fewer visitors from other countries, which is about 1,000 fewer people. Visitation from Ontario and Western Canada, which have been targeted with recent tourism promotions, increased by 21 and 37 per cent respectively, or about 8,000 more visitors in total. In keeping with recent trends, the number of people traveling to Nova Scotia by road decreased one per cent, while the number arriving by air was up three per cent. Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting tourism statistics includes counting overnight visitors — excluding Nova Scotia residents — at all entry points to the province and gathering the number of room nights sold from all licensed accommodation operators. Detailed tourism statistics can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/pubs/insights . Statistics for June are expected to be released in early August.last_img read more

June Tourism Stats Available

first_imgMore than 200,000 visitors came to Nova Scotia in June, a one per cent increase over June 2006, and room nights sold were up two per cent. “Nova Scotia’s tourism industry is continuing to attract a steady number of tourists despite challenges like the weather and a strong Canadian dollar,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “This performance is due, in large part, to our marketing efforts and the hard work of tourism operators across the province who are paying attention to their customers’ preferences and catering to them with quality service and unique Nova Scotia experiences.” Room nights sold varied in regions in June, from a 23 per cent increase on the Eastern Shore to a two per cent decrease in the Annapolis Valley. There were 11 per cent fewer American visitors over June 2006 and the same number of visitors from other countries. Visitors from the rest of Canada increased by three per cent. The number of people travelling to Nova Scotia by road increased four per cent, largely because of more Ontario and Atlantic Canadian visitors choosing to drive, while the number arriving by air was down seven per cent. Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting tourism statistics includes counting overnight visitors — excluding Nova Scotia residents — at all entry points to the province and gathering the number of room nights sold from all licensed accommodation operators. Detailed tourism statistics can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/pubs/insights . Statistics for July are expected to be released in early September.last_img read more

Coke Ovens Begins Water Containment Project

first_imgThe first steps to collect, control and treat groundwater at the Coke Ovens site will begin in September. The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency announced today, Aug. 12, that Hazco Environmental Services of Sydney has been awarded the contract to build underground cut-off walls to keep water from reaching and leaving the property. “This project represents the start of remediation at the Coke Ovens site,” said Frank Potter, president of the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. “More clean-up opportunities are on the way.” The walls will be built along the north and south sides of the 68-hectare property. The north wall will be made from betonite/soil slurry, which is a soft clay and water mixture. The south wall will be made from clay. The $800,000 project is expected to take about three months. Other clean-up activities beginning soon are the installation of a groundwater collection system and a water-treatment facility. Completed work includes the removal of all above-ground buildings and structures, and building two channels that direct water from contaminated areas. Hazco Environmental Services established an office in Sydney more than two years ago.last_img read more

Medal of Bravery Nominations Sought

first_img Marian Tyson, deputy minister of Justice Robert Cormier, Nova Scotia fire marshall Halifax Regional Police Deputy Chief Chris McNeil, president of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association Craig MacLaughlan, CEO, Emergency Management Office Brig.-Gen. David Neasmith, commander land forces, Maritime Forces Atlantic Wayne Adams, member-at-large John Cody, member-at-large For more information, contact Nadia Gardin at the Department of Justice at 902-424-5941, e-mail medalofbravery@gov.ns.ca or visit www.gov.ns.ca/bravery . Completed nomination forms should be sent to: Provincial Secretary, Medal of Bravery, Department of Justice, 4th floor, 5151 Terminal Rd., Halifax, N.S., B3J 2L6. The province is seeking nominations for Nova Scotia’s Medal of Bravery. This is the third year for the medal, which is awarded to people who put themselves at risk to protect the life or property of others. Any Nova Scotian can be nominated, not just individuals in law enforcement and public safety sectors. Nomination forms are available at Access Nova Scotia centres, offices of members of the legislative assembly, and on the Medal of Bravery website at www.gov.ns.ca/bravery. The deadline for nominations is May 1. An advisory panel, chaired by former Chief Justice of Nova Scotia Constance Glube, will select this year’s medal recipients. Other committee members are:last_img read more

Regulations Help Child Care Centres Serve Healthy Food

first_img menus are based on food groups identified by Health Canada clean drinking water and food safety special dietary considerations can be met nutrition education is provided breast milk is labelled and stored consistently. New comprehensive regulations and standards for child care centres to ensure children get nutritious food were announced today, April 28, by Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse. They also give the centres more support and flexibility in preparing healthy meals and snacks. “Nova Scotia’s new food and nutrition regulations for child care centres are part of our plan to make life better for families and improve health care for the next generation of Nova Scotians,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “I know how hard it can be to put a healthy meal on the table that every child will enjoy. These regulations and the standards they include give more clarity and flexibility as well as tools and guidance to help child care centres give our children the best possible start in life.” The previous regulations required child care centres to have their menus approved by public health nutritionists, and have any subsequent changes approved as well. The new regulations allow centres to develop and change menus based on a clear set of standards for nutrition, and numerous tools and tips. “We all have a role in helping children grow up as healthy as possible,” said Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness. “Thanks to the vision of staff in child care centres, parents, public health nutritionists, and government representatives, these food and nutrition regulations are a step toward increasing healthy eating habits that will have lasting impacts.” The regulations and standards ensure: “Children benefit when provided with nutritious food, both physically and mentally,” said Niki Hoyle, director of the Bible Hill Village Pre-School Society. “When they are shown healthy eating habits from a young age, they learn how to choose good, affordable food as adults. Policies that ensure safe food preparation, service and appropriate menus are so important.” The regulations came into effect on April 1. The standards are effective July 1. The standards were developed by an advisory group co-led by the departments of Community Services and Health and Wellness, with input from organizations and the public. More than 500 participants provided feedback and made recommendations for tools to support implementation. Child care operators will receive a manual, tools and training starting in June to put the regulations and standards into practice. For example, they will get templates to plan menus, help with food selection and preparation, and guidance for using activities and books to help children develop healthy perceptions about food. The regulations are available at www.gov.ns.ca/coms/families/childcare .last_img read more

Province Recognizes National Aboriginal Day

first_imgMi’kmaq communities throughout the province are celebrating National Aboriginal Day today, June 21. “In Nova Scotia, the Mi’kmaq people are an important part of our province’s culture and heritage,” said Premier Darrell Dexter, who is also the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. “National Aboriginal Day is an opportunity for Nova Scotians to celebrate that rich culture, as well as the history of the Mi’kmaq and their contributions to the province. “I hope that all Nova Scotians will take the opportunity to recognize this important day, and the 2011 Halifax International Powwow, taking place Canada Day weekend on the Halifax Common.” Canada’s National Aboriginal Day gives people the chance to learn more about Aboriginal people and their contributions towards the country’s development and progress. It was first proclaimed in 1996 by former Gov. Gen. Romeo LeBlanc and is held on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. Traditionally, summer solstice is the day on which many aboriginal communities celebrate their cultural and spiritual beliefs. Visit www.halifaxpowwow.com for information on Mawio’mi 2011: Halifax International Powwow and www.ainc-inac.gc.ca to learn more about National Aboriginal Day.last_img read more

Export Achievement Awards Celebrate Local Companies

first_imgThe 28th annual Export Achievement Awards will celebrate some of the province’s top exporters at a luncheon on Tuesday, May 15. Eleven companies from across Nova Scotia, recognized in their communities for excellence in exporting, will be honoured at the Export Achievement Awards luncheon, presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc., the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Trade Team Nova Scotia. One of the companies will be named Nova Scotia’s exporter of the year. “Nova Scotia is known worldwide for producing high-quality products and services,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “It is important to celebrate the successes of Nova Scotia’s talented export companies and recognize the contributions exporters make to the economy.” This year’s award recipients are: Clearwater Seafoods, Bedford Halifax Biomedical Inc., Mabou I. Matheson, New Glasgow IMO Foods Limited, Yarmouth Kenney and Ross Limited, Port Saxon, Shelburne Co. National Gypsum Canada Ltd., Milford Station, Hants Co. Pearl and Daisy Natural Soap, Londonderry, Colchester Co. Protocase, Sydney Scotian Gold, Coldbrook Sissiboo Investments, Weymouth TecBox, Rhodes Corner, Lunenburg Co. “The 2012 Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards are about honouring excellence in Atlantic Canadian companies with a global focus,” said Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, on behalf of ACOA Minister Bernard Valcourt. “Our government congratulates all the nominees and commends their commitment to innovation and productivity that results in success internationally and jobs, growth and prosperity here at home.” This year’s keynote speaker Darren Zwicker, executive vice-president of LED Roadway Lighting Ltd., will talk about his experience as a Nova Scotia exporter. He will discuss how LED has become a leading designer and manufacturer of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting fixtures, control systems, and installing systems around the globe. “Every year I am pleased to see the accomplishments made by companies around the province,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “At NSBI, we helped our companies do business in over 40 countries last year and we are seeing more and more companies working with us to compete globally. “Through trade, Nova Scotia businesses are able to gain access to more consumers and, last year, 850 Nova Scotia companies exported $9.53 billion in goods and services to domestic and global markets.” This year’s event is at the World Trade and Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle St., Halifax. For more information on the awards and to purchase tickets, visit www.exportachievementawards.com.last_img read more

NSBI Announces 201112 Annual Results

first_img For more information on NSBI’s 2011-12 annual report visit http://www.novascotiabusiness.com/AR2011-12. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI assists local companies and attracts international companies to Nova Scotia. For more information, visit www.nsbi.ca. In collaboration with partners, NSBI’s trade services assisted 441 companies expand existing markets and explore new markets, versus 328 from the previous year. Investment Attraction, which focuses on attracting new investment to the province, closed five foreign direct investments deals for the fiscal year. The approximately $11 million in earned incentives will create up to 1135 jobs and $162 million in payroll and benefits. The province can potentially earn up to $16 million in direct tax revenue though these agreements. NSBI charted five transactions in business financing providing structured financial solutions totalling about $2.4 million to help Nova Scotia businesses grow. NSBI Venture Capital’s five transactions provided access to about $14,850,000 in capital for businesses in Nova Scotia. The client-reported actual and forecasted export sales more than doubled to $318 million. Nova Scotia businesses are trading more, exporting more and creating more jobs in key sectors across the province, thanks to strategic provincial investments through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI). NSBI released its tenth annual report today, Dec. 6, which covers the fiscal period from April 1, 2011, to March 31, 2012, and marks the end of NSBI’s second five-year strategic plan cycle. “Nova Scotia is turning the corner on 20 years of the worst economic performance in the country and we are doing this by helping businesses showcase their innovation and products to the world – and by supporting the creation of high value jobs across the province,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Our information technology sector is growing faster than any other province – and that was before IBM selected Nova Scotia as home for its Canadian global delivery centre.” This fiscal year was one of NSBI’s busiest in investment and trade development. Export Development Canada forecasts Nova Scotia export growth to lead the country in 2013. KPMG recognized Halifax’s financial service sector as the fastest growing hedge fund administration centre in the country and Nova Scotia’s information technology sector grew faster than any other province in Canada over the last five years. Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI, said that in spite of the economic turbulence of the past few years, Nova Scotia has seen a 35 per cent increase in trade activities over the last year. “We continue to see more world class companies, like Admiral Administration, wanting to do business in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Lund. “These gains have positioned Nova Scotia for future growth and created an opportunity for us to illustrate our success in bringing Nova Scotia to the world and the world to Nova Scotia.” During the past fiscal year, NSBI, along with its partners and clients, has done business in over 40 countries, spanning five continents. In 2011-12, the growth in total trade exceeded the growth of provincial GDP by eight per cent. “NSBI is helping our Springhill-based company achieve its goals and service increasing demand in our export markets, especially in the renewable energy sector in Europe and Central America,” said James Surrette, president, Surrette Battery. Some highlights of the annual report include:last_img read more

Bear and Deer Hunting Seasons Begin Today

first_imgHunters are reminded to obey new regulations with the beginning of hunting season today, Sept. 9. They came into effect in June. “Hunting is an important part of our heritage that many Nova Scotians want to maintain,” said Natural Resources deputy minister Duff Montgomerie. “The new regulations encourage hunting and promote sustainability.” Hunters must purchase a Wildlife Habitat Stamp for $5 at any Natural Resources office, along with the appropriate stamps required, depending on the type of game and weapon. Today is the opening day for bear hunting and is also the first day of deer season for some hunters. Those holding an archery and muzzleloader licence can hunt deer beginning today but only with bows until Sept. 23, when crossbows and muzzleloaders can also be used. Starting on Oct. 25, hunters holding a general deer hunting licence can use rifles. The bear and the general deer hunting seasons end on Dec. 7. Anyone holding an archery and muzzleloader licence can hunt deer until Dec. 14. A special deer hunting season for youth, aged 16 or 17 years, takes place between Oct. 11 and Oct. 19. This provides an opportunity for young hunters to gain experience and learn to hunt safely. They must hold a deer hunting licence and be accompanied by an adult who is a licensed hunter. More information about hunting in Nova Scotia and the new hunting regulations are available at novascotia.ca/natr/hunt/last_img read more

Inaugural Film Crew Excellence Award Announced

first_imgFor the first time a member of the film industry who works behind the camera is being recognized for their outstanding commitment, innovation and determination for excellence. The Atlantic Film Festival presented the first Film Crew Excellence Award on Sept. 15, to Gary Swim for his outstanding achievement in Nova Scotia’s audiovisual industry. As a location scout and manager, Mr. Swim has secured some of the biggest film projects that have come to Nova Scotia. Nominated by fellow location manager Shaun Clarke, peers consider Mr. Swim to be a film ambassador for Nova Scotia given his extensive knowledge and experience in the industry. “This is a tremendous accomplishment by a talented and unwavering member of our film crew,” said Cheryl Hodder, chair of the board of directors for Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia and chair of the jury panel. “Gary’s work is a testament to the talent we have here in Nova Scotia, and I want to thank him for all his efforts in helping to grow and create jobs within the film industry.” Developed in partnership with local unions and the Film Advisory Committee, the award recognizes an individual or team for outstanding creative enterprise within Nova Scotia’s screen-based industry. The award honours those whose work embodies the qualities of innovation, vision and relentless pursuit of excellence. “I am honoured to be recognized by my peers,” said Gary Swim. “After 30 years in the film business, I enjoy working with filmmakers and ensuring that Nova Scotia gets the recognition it deserves as premiere film destination.” A seven-person jury of professionals within the film industry selected the winner. The festival also gave honourable mention to Kenny LeBlanc, a gaffer and gifted artist who is always thinking of others, and Doug Woods, whose long-standing experience is not to be outdone by his quality and award-winning work. Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia is the lead development agency for the creative industries in the province. Providing a variety of loans, investments, programs and services, the agency works to support the growth and development of Nova Scotia’s creative enterprises.last_img read more

Ouverture du service de réservation téléphonique et en ligne demplacements de camping

first_imgEn effet, c’est le jeudi 2 avril qu’ouvrira le service de réservation téléphonique et en ligne d’emplacements de camping dans les parcs provinciaux. Le système de réservation est accessible en anglais et en français, de 9 h à 23 h, à l’adresse www.novascotiaparks.ca et au 1-888-544-3434. C’est la dixième année que les Néo-Écossais peuvent faire leurs réservations en ligne. Environ 80 p. 100 des réservations d’emplacements de camping dans les parcs provinciaux sont faites par les campeurs avant d’arriver au parc choisi. Les parcs provinciaux d’utilisation diurne sont ouverts du 15 mai au 12 octobre. Les parcs de camping ouvrent en mai ou en juin, selon les parcs, et ferment en septembre ou en octobre. Les frais de réservation sont de 9 $ et les frais d’annulation, de 7 $. Jusqu’au 3 juillet, les boissons alcoolisées sont interdites dans tous les parcs de camping provinciaux. Cette année, sept des 20 parcs de camping provinciaux passent à un système d’auto-inscription. Les campeurs ont le choix : ils peuvent réserver d’avance en ligne ou en appelant le numéro sans frais, ou ils peuvent se présenter au parc et utiliser le téléphone à la barrière pour réserver un emplacement de camping et payer les frais requis. Les parcs sont les suivants :– les parcs provinciaux Laurie et Porters Lake, Municipalité régionale d’Halifax– le parc provincial The Islands, comté de Shelburne– le parc provincial Smileys, Windsor– le parc provincial Boyslton, comté de Guysborough– le parc provincial Salsman, Country Harbour, comté de Guysborough– le parc provincial Whycocomah, Whycocomagh Pour plus d’informations sur les parcs provinciaux de la Nouvelle-Écosse et la liste complète des dates d’ouverture, allez à www.novascotiaparks.ca.last_img read more

FISHERIESAQUACULTUREAquaculture Review Board Members Appointed

first_imgFisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell has appointed the first members of the new independent Nova Scotia Aquaculture Review Board. “Appointing members to the Aquaculture Review Board is an important next step in ensuring our aquaculture industry continues to grow in an environmentally sustainable way,” said Mr. Colwell. “The knowledge and experience these members bring to the review board will give us one of the most robust approaches for regulating aquaculture in the world.” Jean McKenna of the Halifax Regional Municipality was appointed as chair of the review board. Ms. McKenna is a retired lawyer with 30 years’ experience as a litigator. She is currently the chair of the Nova Scotia Police Review Board. She also has involvement with such bodies as the Elizabeth Fry Society, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and Metro Resource Centre for Independent Living. Ms. McKenna is being appointed as chair of the Aquaculture Review Board for a three-year term. Michael McKinnon of Halifax Regional Municipality was appointed as a member of the review board. Mr. McKinnon is an owner of two businesses giving him experience in business management and financial risk assessment. He has knowledge of recreational fishing industries through his long time enjoyment of recreational salmon fly fishing. His appointment is for a two-year term. Richard Patterson of Halifax Regional Municipality is currently the president of AquaEng Consulting. He is an adjunct assistant professor of the Engineering Department, Dalhousie University and a member of the Aquaculture Engineering Society and continues to study the engineering aspects of aquaculture broadly. His appointment is for a three-year term. The Nova Scotia Aquaculture Review Board is a new adjudicative board which reviews and makes decisions on applications for marine aquaculture licences and leases. They will also hold public hearings on applications. Aquaculture is worth about $60 million annually to the Nova Scotia economy and supports 600 direct jobs. For more information on the regulations and aquaculture visit http://novascotia.ca/fish/aquaculture.last_img read more

Polls How BJP gained dominance in Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: Among various highlights of BJP’s massive victory in 2019 general elections, there was also a point that how the party has gained such a stronghold in Haryana­—a state where the party did not even exist in 2009.Gurugram can best be described as the seat where the saffron party always bet on and ultimately it was this seat which ultimately led to BJP, gaining a stronghold in the rest of the state. It was in 1996 when the BJP for the first time won from the Gururgam seat. BJP then had fielded Colonel Ram Singh against Rao Birender Singh who is coincidentally the father of the winning candidate Rao Inderjit Singh who on Thursday had a victory margin over 3.5 lakh votes. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarColonel Singh was instrumental in ensuring BJP win for the first time in the belt when he defeated Rao Birender Singh in 1996 General elections. This is for the last time Rao Birender Singh contested in the General elections. In1998, his son Rao Inderjit Singh contested from Congress and won. His victory was shortlived as in 1999 he was defeated by Sudha Yadav from BJP who besides being a tall leader of the saffron party is also the widow of Sukhbir Singh Yadav, a martyr in Kargil war. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceFrom 2013 BJP made a strategy shift and began inducting various tall leaders of South Haryana into its fold. Besides Rao Inderjit Singh there was also Rao Narbir Singh who is presently the Badshahpur MLA. Interestingly Prime Minister Narendra Modi started in 2014 Lok Sabha campaign from Rewari whwere large number of ex-Army men reside. It is here he made the promise that if elected he will implement the one rank one pension scheme. Modi factor and the presenc of Rao Inderjit resulted in the victory for BJP. This was again extended in the vidhan sabha elections where Umesh Aggarwal won to set the record by winning over the largest margin. “Even though local issues matter, the electorate of Gurgram realise that it is the national issue for which we vote for and that is whyBJP has alway been a strong force in Gururgam,” said Jatin Yadav the city electorate.last_img read more

GETTING IT RIGHT

first_imgI’m getting married next year. Should we live separately or with in- laws? What is your opinion?Name withheld It depends on your equation with your in-laws. If you feel comfortable, then you should definitely try to do what everyone expects. But at the same time, it is true that newlyweds need privacy. It’s the only way to have intimacy, get to know each other better and to build your own family. Although it will be more difficult to have privacy when living with the in-laws, there are things you can do. Even if you have a small home or apartment, you should designate certain areas that are perhaps just yours. All the better if you and your in-laws can have your own apartments within the same complex or building. Then, you don’t have to see each other all the time and it might be more pleasant for all. Wish you a happy life. Also Read – Feel what you fearMy daughter, 29, is highly educated and well placed. She is determined to settle with a man she met on a matrimony website. She thinks he is very eligible while we think he is average. We are very worried. Mrs. Singh, New Delhi As parents, you will always worry as you will want the best for your child. But you should also trust her. She is old enough to decide her future and she will use her liberty. Express your concern but try to have faith on her. Try to meet the man she is dating and begin to know him too. Don’t remain worried about her life and lose the happy moments tucked in every day. Your life and its happiness is your first priority. Do everything wisely and make her feel comfortable with her decision. I wish her the best and hope the best for you too. Also Read – Homecoming Our only son is a businessman and has developed ugly drinking habits. He regularly comes home in an unstable condition. What should we do? Mrs and Mr Kaur, New Delhi You should have a breakfast table chat with him. As parents, express your concern in a friendly manner. Try to understand his reasons for the excessive drinking. Don’t get into any arguments. Look and sound hurt, concerned (which you are) but not nagging. Parents, their precious teardrops, sincere requests and endless love sometimes have tremendous effect on kids. You can also take some inputs from your doctor who can advise you on ways to treat alcoholism. Seek professional help from rehabilitation centers, if needed. Good luck. My mother doesn’t live with us. After my parents divorced she had moved to Singapore. I miss her always. I’m in Class 6. How to cope with this? Name withheld I’m sorry to know about this. Life is life and we have to accept it. The wonderful thing about a mother is that no matter how far away she might be, you’ll always be cosmically connected. But nonetheless, bring it to both your parents’ notice how much you miss your mother and long to be with her. Video chat with her and stay connected on phone as much as possible. Request her to allocate a schedule everyday where you both spend time chatting without distraction and disturbances. Make visit plans with her and ensure that she is aware of the void you feel. Be strong. Focus on your studies and other things that make you feel better. Take care. (Send your questions to roopshashotm@gmail.com)last_img read more

Union Budget 2019 FinMin may retain allocations made in interim Budget

first_imgNew Delhi: Finance ministry has indicated that it will retain the interm budget allocations made to ministries and departments, in the final budget for the current financial year, to presented in the Lok Sabha on July 5. In run-up the Lok Sabha elections, the finance ministry came up with an interim budget in February, authorising government expenditure for a limited period. With the new government in place now, a full-year budget will be presented by the finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on July 5. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist In a circular, the finance ministry also said it will only consider additional allocations towards “unavoidable commitments” for which funds have not been earmarked in the interim budget. “Allocations projected in the Interim Budget 2019-20, will not be altered,” said the finance ministry circular. However, if there are any requirement on account of unavoidable commitments that have not been fully provided for in the February budget, “Ministry/Department may propose the same for consideration for inclusion in the Regular Budget 2019-20, with suitable justification” by Friday, it added. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Sitharaman’s budget team comprises Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur and Chief Economic Advisor Krishnamurthy Subramanian. The official team is led by Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, Expenditure Secretary Girish Chandra Murmu, Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey, DIPAM Secretary Atanu Chakraborty, and Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar. In her budget, the 59-year-old JNU alumnus, Sitharaman will have to address slowing economy, financial sector troubles like rising NPAs and liquidity crisis in NBFCs, job creation, private investments, exports revival, agrarian crisis and raise public investment without compromising on fiscal prudence. The first session of the newly elected 17th Lok Sabha will be held from June 17 to July 26. The Economic Survey for 2019-20 will be tabled on July 4, followed by the presentation of the budget on the next day.last_img read more

Times Russia report is virtual treason Trump says

first_imgWashington: US President Donald Trump on Saturday accused The New York Times of “a virtual act of treason,” after it reported the US is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid. Current and former government officials have described the classified deployment of American computer code inside Russia’s power grid and other targets, the Times reported. The action is intended partly as a warning but also to leave the US poised to conduct cyberstrikes in the event of a major conflict between the US and Russia, the newspaper said. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London Trump tweeted that the accusations were “NOT TRUE,” calling the media “corrupt” and repeating accusations that journalists are “the enemy of the people.” “Do you believe that the Failing New York Times just did a story stating that the United States is substantially increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia,” he wrote. “This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country.” The Times report came after an investigation by US special counsel Robert Mueller of alleged hacking by Russia’s GRU intelligence agency and social media manipulation by Russia’s Internet Research Agency to benefit Trump’s election campaign. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador Mueller detailed a disturbing number of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia ahead of the 2016 poll. Trump claimed the report cleared him of wrongdoing. On the question of obstruction of justice, the report did not conclude Trump committed a crime, but Mueller wrote that “it also does not exonerate him.” In its Saturday report, the Times described “broad hesitation to go into detail with Mr Trump about operations against Russia for concern over his reaction — and the possibility that he might countermand it or discuss it with foreign officials.” The Times also cited National Security Council officials as saying they had no security concerns about the newspaper’s reporting on the digital incursions, perhaps indicating that some of the intrusions were meant to be noticed by the Russians. The New York Times, Washington Post and other publications have issued numerous investigative reports into Trump and his administration, with probes also under way by Congressional committees. In February the publisher of the Times, A.G. Sulzberger, said Trump’s attacks on the press were “reckless” and “dangerous” and threatened to encourage violence against journalists. “America’s founders believed that a free press was essential to democracy because it is the foundation of an informed, engaged citizenry,” he said in a statement.last_img read more

Restore normalcy in Bhatpara within 72 hours CM to cops

first_imgKolkata: Expressing her displeasure over violence at Kankinara and Bhatpara in North 24-Parganas where two persons were killed, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday instructed the police top brass to restore normalcy in the areas within 72 hours. Tanmay Ray Chaudhuri, Commissioner of Police in Barrackpore Police Commissionerate was removed on Thursday evening with Manoj Kumar Verma replacing him. Verma was posted as IGP, Darjeeling.A senior official in the state Secretariat, on condition of anonymity, said that Banerjee has instructed the police to arrest all those involved in the violence irrespective of their party affiliations. “There are a number of miscreants in the area who are moving scot-free even though their names figure in the wanted list of the police. The Chief Minister raised questions regarding the police’s role in bringing them to book,” the official said. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe Chief Minister has also questioned the involvement of outsiders in the incident and asked why the police have been unable to prevent their entry. She had instructed police to conduct naka checking both on land and waterways as well. She expressed her displeasure over the police’s failure in the recovery of arms and ammunition as per intelligence inputs. In recent times, there has been more than one occasion when bombs have been hurled and gunshots fired resulting in unprecedented violence in these areas. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersBanerjee chaired a meeting to take stock of the situation and it was under her instruction that DG Virendra went to Bhatpara late on Thursday afternoon. The DG, who was supposed to inaugurate a new police station in Bhatpara in the morning, was compelled to return earlier in the day from the area which was at a stone’s throw distance from the building. Two persons were killed in Bhatpara after a major clash took place between two unidentified groups on Thursday morning. Six police personnel have also been reportedly injured in the incident while the cops had to fire tear gas shells and few rounds of bullet in the air. Authorities have imposed Section 144 in Bhatpara and Jagatdal areas of the North 24-Parganas district following the clashes. Route march has also been carried out in the area. According to sources, hours before the inauguration of the new Bhatpara police station, one Ram Babu Shaw was shot dead within a few hundred metres of the building which triggered massive violence in the area with crude bombs being hurled by miscreants. During the clash, another youth, identified as Dharambir Shaw, and several others were also injured. Later, Dharambir was declared brought dead at the hospital.last_img read more