zoom French container shipping major CMA CGM has upgraded its SEAS1 and SEAS2 services, now providing two departures per week between Asia and the East Coast of South America. Starting from January 20, 2017, the SEAS1 service will directly connect China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina.Twelve containerships ranging from 8,700 to 9,400 TEU will be deployed in the service, in partnership with COSCO, Evergreen Lines and Yang Ming, according to CMA CGM.The SEAS1 service will have the following port rotation: Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian (China), Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Singapore (Singapore), Itaguai, Santos, Paranagua, Navegantes (Brazil), Montevideo (Uruguay), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Rio Grande, Navegantes, Paranagua, Santos (Brazil), Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai.Having commenced on January 12, 2017, the SEAS2 line directly connects South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.In partnership with Hamburg Süd, CMA CGM has deployed thirteen 8,700-10,500 TEU boxships in the service.Port rotation of the SEAS2 service is: Busan (South Korea), Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan (China), Singapore (Singapore), Port Kelang (Malaysia), Itaguai, Santos, Paranagua, Itapoa (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Montevideo (Uruguay), Rio Grande, Navegantes, Itapoa, Santos, Itaguai, Port Kelang, Singapore, Hong-Kong (Hong Kong), Busan.
zoom Four major international trade associations have made a joint proposal to the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) concerning ambitious CO2 reductions by the international shipping sector.In a detailed submission, BIMCO, INTERCARGO, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and INTERTANKO proposed that IMO Member States should immediately adopt two “aspirational objectives” on behalf of the international shipping sector.These include maintaining international shipping’s annual total CO2 emissions below 2008 levels, and reducing CO2 emissions per tonne of cargo transported one kilometre, as an average across international shipping, by at least 50% by 2050, compared to 2008.In addition, the industry associations have suggested that IMO “should give consideration to another possible objective of reducing international shipping’s total annual CO2 emissions,” by an agreed percentage by 2050 compared to 2008, as a point on a continuing trajectory of further CO2 emissions reduction.The shipping sector, which is responsible for transporting about 90% of global trade, accounts for 2.2% of the world’s annual man-made CO2 emissions.The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee will meet in London this July to begin the development of a strategy for the reduction of the sector’s CO2 emissions aligning the international shipping sector response to the 2015 Paris Agreement’s call for ambitious contributions to combat climate change.
Local media informed that the Canadian Coast Guard and Transport Canada are investigating the cause of the incident.AIS data provided by Marine Traffic shows that the 2008-built tanker, operated by Canada’s North Atlantic Refining, departed Port Aux Basques in the evening hours of March 5.World Maritime News Staff zoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay The 3,569 dwt chemical tanker North Atlantic Kairos has experienced a bunker spill in the Port Aux Basques harbour, Canada.According to the Canadian ferry services operator Marine Atlantic, the spill was noticed in the afternoon hours of March 3.The company said that it had been working with relevant authorities regarding observation and response activities, adding that a boom was places around the tanker, which was docked in port, in order to contain the spill.NOTICE: On Sunday, the North Atlantic Kairos, an oil supply tanker, experienced an oil spill in Port aux Basques Harbour. Marine Atlantic has been working with North Atlantic officials to contain the spill and a boom has been deployed. #nltraffic— Marine Atlantic (@MAferries) March 4, 2019
Gift receipts are a simple way to reduce gift-giving stress. Some retailers can print a duplicate receipt with just the item details, excluding the price you paid. These receipts are great for items like clothing. If you buy the wrong size, the recipient can exchange the item for the right size without knowing how much you spent and without seeing your credit card or other payment information. If you are shopping online, be sure you know who you are dealing with. Order well in advance of Christmas and be sure to get complete purchase information including delivery dates and arrangements as well as the company’s return or cancellation policy. Also, be sure to print all web screens that are relevant to your online purchase. For more information about online shopping protections, see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/consumer/pdf/OnlineShopping.pdf . Keep your receipts. A valid receipt increases your chances of an even-value return. Retailers will rarely offer a refund without a receipt because they can’t be sure of the date of the sale or how much you paid for the item. If the item went on sale, you may only receive credit or exchange value for the sale price when you have no receipt. Gift certificates allow family and friends on your list to pick out something they really want and are a great way to avoid the hassle of returns. As always, start shopping early. Take advantage of sales throughout the year. You will have a better chance of getting something that everyone on your list will like. The joy of the holidays. Your holiday season to-do list and giftgiving ideas can be extensive but, in the end, the smiling facesof family and friends make it all worthwhile. Except when they aren’t smiling. Sometimes the gift that you thought was going to be perfect, isnot quite so. Here are some things you can do before and afteryour purchase that will help make your gift giving efforts asuccess: Repairs are often done instead of refunds or exchanges on large expensive items. This is usually explained in the product warranty. Read it carefully. Items such as this often come with a manufacturer’s return policy which may override the retailer’s. Check return policies. Although retailers are not required to take back items you have purchased, most do have return policies. Because each store and product is different, it is important to understand return, refund and exchange policies before making your holiday purchases. For more information on consumer protections visit the ServiceNova Scotia and Municipal Relations Consumer Information websiteat www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr or phone 1-800-670-4357. -30- The first few days following Christmas are usually very busy for retailers. Some stores may not even offer refunds or exchanges at this time. It is best to call the retailer before heading to the store so you don’t have to wait in long lines and can avoid the crowds.
Nova Scotia has recruited a senior health administrator fromoutside of the province to chair a review of the events aroundtwo suspected cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD). Health Minister Angus MacIsaac said he is pleased that PatrickLee, executive director of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital inCharlottetown, P.E.I., agreed to participate. “We promised to conduct a thorough and objective review, asquickly as possible,” Mr. MacIsaac said today, May 7. “Mr. Leehas the knowledge of health systems and objectivity important inthis type of review. His leadership will be important to movethis review forward and to deliver a report with recommendationswithin a month.” The review will look at the activities taken in each organizationrelated to the two recent cases of suspected CJD and makerecommendations to improve procedures for preventing and managingexposure to CJD in Nova Scotia. The review team’s terms of reference are available on the websiteat www.gov.ns.ca/health . The office of the provincial medical officer of health will co-ordinate the review and support will be provided by theDepartment of Health’s quality division. The review team will also include representatives from HealthCanada, Public Health, Department of Health, Capital Health andSouthwest Health. Pat Lee has a master of health administration from the Universityof Ottawa and is a certified health executive of the CanadianCollege of Health Service Executives. Before taking theleadership position at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in October2003, Mr. Lee was the vice president of the mental health programat the IWK Health Centre in Halifax for six years. Recommendations will be presented to the Minister of Health priorto public release.
Due to flooding of the Town of Bridgewater reservoir, the intersection of Century Drive (north of Highway 103) and the Dean Road is closed until further notice. Barricades and traffic control are provided. -30- Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0866 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Bridge and Road Closures The Conquerall Mills Road Bridge at the intersection of the Conquerall Mills Road and Crousetown Road is closed until further notice. Barricades and traffic control are provided. Traffic control will be upgraded to jersy barriers, flashing light units and detour signs by Thursday, May 26.
Another rural Nova Scotia manufacturing company is significantly expanding its markets and sales overseas. Interhabs Limited, located in Hubbards, designs and builds customized, pre-engineered homes. Based on growing demand in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the company has the potential to double its sales. The provincial government will provide a $300,000 loan guarantee to help support this growth. Robert Williams, vice-president of Interhabs, said the demand for the company’s finished product requires a significant front-end investment. “Interhabs has been active in the Scottish market for over 25 years, working hard to blend Canadian technology and materials with the styles and traditions of the Scottish highlands,” he said. “The quality and value of our product, combined with expanded marketing and recent changes in U.K. requirements for energy efficiency, have increased the demand for our product.” The company must pay for labour and materials well before payment is received for the finished product. As well, the lengthy process required to receive construction approval in the U.K. can temporarily affect the company’s cash flow. “The bank loan helps bridge the gap between our production costs and profits,” Mr. Williams explained. “The guarantee from the province will help us strengthen our credit relationship with the bank.” Economic Development Minister Kerry Morash said the guarantee is in line with the province’s new economic growth strategy. “This company adds value to our raw materials, uses innovative designs, focuses on a diverse export market, and has been in business for more than 30 years,” the minister said. “We are pleased to help the company grow the business, and increase the flow of export dollars into the Nova Scotia economy.” The decision to provide the guarantee was based on the investment criteria in the province’s growth strategy, the financial track record of the company, the company’s long history, and an analysis of risk versus benefits to taxpayers. Interhabs employs about 30 people. The company has been in business since 1975. Export sales total about 80 per cent of its business. Interhabs has twice won Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards. It has also won a Nova Scotia Home Award for its Solarhab design model which highlights the Interhabs focus on energy-efficient homes.
Administration, students and staff in the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board are being recognized for their excellence in fire safety management and planning. The board is the 2006 recipient of the Fire Marshal’s Partner Award. The award is given each year to the school board that best meets its responsibility to ensure fire safety in schools. Deputy fire marshals and representatives of the Department of Education evaluated fire safety plans for 10 schools in each school board throughout the province. An inspection of the school and grounds was also conducted as part of the fire safety audit process. “I want to congratulate the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board for its continued commitment to fire safety,” said Nova Scotia fire marshal Bob Cormier. “The school inspection and review of the fire safety plans showed a high degree of knowledge and preparedness by all schools in the board.” Mr. Cormier also congratulated the other school boards in the province for their increased awareness of fire safety procedures, their efforts to keep exits and hallways clear at all times and the reduction of combustible material on walls in schools. Mr. Cormier presented the award today, Sept. 25, to the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board at the annual school boards’ safety conference in Truro. “I am very proud of how the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board and its schools are instilling a sense of fire safety in its staff and students,” said Mike Sweeney, senior executive director of public schools with the Department of Education. “These are potentially life-saving lessons.” The Nova Scotia school system is a leader in fire safety management and planning. All schools are required by law to have a comprehensive fire safety plan in place. Routine inspections of schools in the province are conducted.
A study by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council supports Nova Scotia’s Atlantic Gateway plan as a means to strengthen Canada’s competitive advantage in the global economy. “The Atlantic Gateway is one of those once-in-a-generation opportunities to create a lasting and profound impact on the economic future of our region,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “It means faster delivery of goods and many new jobs here in the Atlantic provinces, and it confirms that Canada has two main ports for Asian trade: one on each coast.” The report confirms that the Atlantic Gateway has the potential to increase international trade and economic development opportunities. The development of the gateway represents the next strategic improvement of eastern Canada’s transportation system that will benefit the country. “No one should regard this as simply a local, provincial or regional project,” said Premier MacDonald. “It is a national project that will have impressive impacts on the economic future of our region and the rest of Canada.” Nova Scotia’s established and growing port, airport, road and rail links, coupled with being the closest mainland link to Asia and India via the Suez Canal, make the province the ideal location for developing the Atlantic Gateway. The report confirms that Halifax is currently the best positioned port in Eastern Canada to take advantage of Asian traffic. The report also states that Halifax’s port and transportation infrastructure are not at full capacity, however, it is suggested to expand ahead of demand to take advantage of the rapidly changing global economy that demands first-class transportation routes. According to the report, a port that does not accommodate such shifts will miss out. The APEC report, entitled The Changing Global Economy: The Implications and Opportunities for Transportation in Atlantic Canada is available at www.apec-econ.ca .
PREMIER’S OFFICE/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–International Conference on Small Business Comes to Halifax Nearly 1,000 international researchers, policy makers, business service providers and educators from around the world will gather in Halifax in June for the 53rd annual International Council for Small Business (ICSB) world conference. “It is a great honour that Halifax was chosen as the host for this prestigious international conference, which will bring global knowledge to our doorstep,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald, of the conference titled Advancing Small Business and Entrepreneurship: From Research to Results. “Nova Scotians have a tremendous sense of pride in our business and entrepreneurial success, and our province offers winning business conditions through a competitive business climate, a highly skilled workforce, and excellent global connections.” More than 98 per cent of businesses in Atlantic Canada are classified as “small,” that is having fewer than 100 employees. Networks of people throughout the region offer essential support and development services to entrepreneurs and small-business owners. “Small businesses have a lot to gain from practitioners attending this conference,” said Peter MacKay, Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “We are proud to support the 2008 ICSB world conference; it will further the skill set of our regional practitioners and contribute to the quality and longevity of our small businesses.” Halifax joins a roster of prominent past hosts, including Turku (Finland), Melbourne (Australia), Washington, D.C. (U.S.A.) and Johannesburg (South Africa). The first international location for the annual conference was Quebec City in 1979. This year’s world conference is co-hosted by ICSB affiliate Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and is organized by the Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship, Dalhousie University Faculty of Management and Saint Mary’s University Business Development Centre. The conference takes place at the World Trade and Convention Centre from June 22 to June 25. For conference details and to register before Wednesday, April 30 for discount rates, visit www.icsb2008.org .
PICTOU COUNTY: Stellarton Church Bridge The Stellarton Church Bridge in Plymouth Park will be closed for repairs Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. Drivers should use Routes 374 and 348 as alternate routes. Local Area Office: 902-752-4168 -30-
Finance Minister Graham Steele tabled the 2012-13 provincial budget today, April 3. This budget illustrates that the government’s fiscal plan is working. “This budget reflects strong discipline and follows through on the government’s commitment to make life better for families in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Steele. “Through good management, we have restored sense to the province’s finances. Getting back to balance has not been easy, but now a balanced budget is just one year away.” “We have many reasons to be optimistic about our province’s economic future and Budget 2012 supports the game-changing opportunities that lie ahead.” Key initiatives include: The 2012-13 budget projects a deficit of $211.2 million. This is slightly better than the $215.8 million deficit anticipated in the province’s four-year fiscal plan. Revenues for 2012-13, including net income from government business enterprises, are estimated at $9.3 billion, an increase of $391.7 million over the 2011-12 estimates. Total expenses for fiscal 2012-13 are budgeted at $9.5 billion. Departmental expenses are budgeted at $8.5 billion, up $189.9 million from 2011-12. The 2012-13 budget will reduce the provincial tax rate for small businesses for the third year in a row. Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the rate of corporate income tax for small businesses will drop to 3.5 per cent from four per cent. The small business tax rate, which was five per cent in 2010, was lowered half a percentage point in both 2011 and 2012. These decreases represent a 30 per cent drop in the small business tax rate. Eligible small businesses can apply this rate on the first $400,000 of taxable income. This budget also outlines changes to personal income tax, which will return $7.5 million to about 78,000 Nova Scotian taxpayers this year. The dependent amount and spouse amount will increase to $8,481 to match the basic personal amount. Additionally, the disability amount will increase to $7,341. These changes will be in effect for the 2012 tax year. As reflected in March’s 2011-12 forecast update, the province’s spending came in below estimate. This is the first time since at least 1967 that this has happened three years in a row. Continued restraint and good fiscal management will result in a $260.8-million deficit for 2011-12, an improvement of $128.8 million from the budget estimate. Nova Scotia’s overall net debt is estimated at $13.3 billion as of March 31, 2012, $457 million less than was estimated in April 2011. The province’s debt-to-GDP ratio, a widely used indicator of fiscal health, continues to get better. It now stands at 35.2 per cent. For more information on the 2012-13 provincial budget, visit www.gov.ns.ca. investing in the jobsHere plan to help businesses be more productive, innovative and competitive reducing the small business tax rate for the third year in a row providing modest income tax reductions for tens of thousands of Nova Scotians supporting low-income Nova Scotians by increasing the Income Assistance Personal Allowance, the Nova Scotia Child Benefit, the Affordable Living Tax Credit, and the Poverty Reduction Credit providing Better Care Sooner through investments in Collaborative Emergency Centres, hospitals and treatment options, and mental health and addictions helping seniors stay in their homes longer, and investing in the new Kids and Learning First plan and increasing the per-student funding to its highest level ever.
Ellie Black, Halifax, Gymnastics Custio Clayton, North Preston, Boxing Ryan Cochrane, Windsor, Kayak Amy Cotton, Judique, Inverness Co., Judo Mark de Jonge, Halifax, Kayak Danielle Dube, Glen Haven, Halifax Regional Municipality, Sailing Eric Gillis, Antigonish, Marathon Geoff Harris, Halifax, Sprinting Jenna Martin, Caledonia, Queens Co., Sprinting Jason McCoombs, Dartmouth, Canoe David Sharpe, Halifax, Swimming Jamey Jewells, Donkin, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Wheelchair Basketball Devan Gotell, Antigonish, Paralympic Swimming Paul Tingley, Halifax, Paralympic Sailing Nova Scotia will be well-represented in London as the province sends its largest contingent in history to the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Fourteen Nova Scotian Olympic and Paralympic athletes will compete on the international stage as part of Team Canada. “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, congratulations and best wishes to all of our incredible athletes,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “They have worked hard and put in countless hours for this opportunity. I have no doubt that Nova Scotia’s athletes can compete with the best in the world.” Nova Scotia’s 2012 Olympic and Paralympic athletes are: To cheer on Nova Scotia athletes or to learn more about them, visit www.novascotia.ca/olympics2012 .
Enhancements to two government programs announced today, Oct. 27, will break down barriers and help more vulnerable Nova Scotians to continue and complete their education after high school. “Education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty and finding employment,” said Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard. “Our programs help those on Income Assistance access post-secondary education, but barriers remain. Clients have told us they can’t attend classes without things like child care, transportation, books or Internet access. They also can’t afford education for their children. These enhancements will help to eliminate those barriers.” The Career Seek Program provides eligible clients, who are financing their own education, with ongoing shelter and personal allowances while they attend a post-secondary program. The program’s financial supports are expanding to include one year of tuition, all student fees and all book costs, as well as an expansion of personal allowances to include child care and transportation, student fees, Internet access, and incidentals to help with integration into campus life. The Educate to Work Program allows eligible clients to stay on Income Assistance and pays tuition and textbook costs for programs at the Nova Scotia Community College or a private career college. The program has been expanded to include some financial supports for eligible dependents of clients. Eligible dependents will receive funding for half the cost of tuition and full funding for text books, student fees, and health and dental insurance for core Nova Scotia community college programs. Research shows that people with post-secondary education get better jobs and higher lifelong earnings. The department has also launched a pilot project with Phoenix Youth Program to support 10 at-risk youth in post-secondary programming. These youth will already be supported by Phoenix programs – half will also be Income Assistance clients and half will be youth that are not otherwise attached to the department, but may be at risk of attaching. “Now college can be a reality for anyone in the Phoenix Program who dreams big,” said Melanie Sturk, the program’s acting executive director. “The Department of Community Services listened to the needs of Phoenix. Making Educate to Work funding more accessible for up to 10 youth is a game changer and will help open the door to their post-secondary education.” The changes are part of the department’s overall transformation process, and are effective immediately. They will be funded within the department’s existing budget with some eligible costs covered by federal funding under the Labour Market Development Agreement. Enhancements have also been announced for Labour and Advanced Education’s Skills Development Program which helps many eligible Nova Scotians return to the classroom. Participants can now receive up to an additional $100 a week for living expenses and $100 per week for care for each child or dependent, up from $100 per week, per family. If you are a dependent and are interested in the Educate to Work program, please call 1-844-424-3720.
Srinagar: A moderate intensity earthquake occurred in Kashmir on Wednesday whose epicentre was in Pakistan region. Sonam Lotus, Director of MET office said: “A moderate intensity eart hquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale occurred at 8.40 a.m. today. “The coordinates of the earthquake were latitude 36.4 degrees north and longitude 72.7 degrees east. “The epicentre was in Pakistan region. Depth of the earthquake was 1 km inside the earth’s crust.” Kashmir is situated in a highly earthquake prone seismological region of South Asia. Temblors have wreaked havoc in Kashmir in the past. Over 80,000 people were killed in an earthquake that hit the two sides of divided Kashmir under Indian and Pakistan control on October 8, 2005. The 2005 earthquake measured 7.6 on the Richter scale.
NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday directed all the Heads of Departments responsible for desilting of drains and roads to make all necessary arrangements to ensure that all water-logging complaints are resolved within 30 minutes. Reviewing the preparations for prevention of water logging with the onset of Monsoon, in a meeting with his cabinet colleagues, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretaries of PWD, Irrigation & Flood Control, Urban Development, Divisional Commissioner, Commissioners of three Municipal Corporations and other senior officers, the Chief Minister expressed displeasure at the incomplete status reports on desilting and prevention of water-logging. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe Chief Minister directed all the HoDs to submit complete lists by Saturday morning and to be prepared to deal with the situation since the rainy season has now set in. The Chief Minister directed the PWD to make public by Monday the status of desilting of drains and roads of all land owning agencies in their respective jurisdictions. The Chief Kejriwal directed all agencies to maintain a high level of coordination and not quabble about the jurisdictional issues to pass the buck. The PWD has been directed to make the people of Delhi aware about a toll-free telephone helpline number and a Whatsapp number immediately on which the people can send their water logging related complaints. All complaints must be resolved within 30 minutes of being received by pumping out water. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDelhi Traffic Police has provided a list of 277 points where waterlogging takes place, of which 157 have been declared to be critical, all these points have been shared with the respective agencies. PWD and other agencies have informed that they are ready with pumps to remove the water from waterlogging points. The Chief Minister directed the officers to ensure that the public does not face any inconvenience due to waterlogging and its related issues.
New Delhi: The 22nd Neyveli Book Fair, organized by NLC India Ltd. was inaugurated by Hon’ble Mr. Justice R. Subramanian, Judge, High Court of Madras, Chennai on 05th July, 2019 in the presence of Rakesh Kumar, CMD and Functional Directors of NLCIL.This Book Fair will be thrown open to public for 10 days, upto 14th July 2019. In his Inaugural address, Hon’ble Justice R Subramanian commended NLCIL for honouring eminent writers, publishers and encouraging new upcoming writers by releasing their books as part of the Book Fair. While mentioning the world’s premier Book Fair at Frankfurt, Germany, he drew parallels with the Neyveli Book Fair, saying that both the Book Fairs make avenues for readers to interact with Publishers and Writers. He also extolled the efforts of NLCIL to bring more than 150 Book Publishers under one roof in a non-cosmopolitan area and that this has helped to serve the society by creating an effective knowledge hub. Hon’ble Justice honoured Karan Karki, Chennai, selected for the Best Writer award, M/s. Kannadasan Pathipagam, Chennai, the Best Publisher and released the Book Titled “Oththa Pulla Naan” a collection of poems written by R Mohan, CGM,CSR,NLCIL. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepRakesh Kumar, the President of the function, stressed the importance of books as a catalyst in carrying knowledge, information and culture from sages and acting as bridge between cultures. He emphasized the significance of Parents and Teachers being a role model in this digital era to inculcate the habit of book reading among children. He informed that, as part of the celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, NLCIL had put up a special stall on Mahatma Gandhi’s Life and his writings. NLC India Limited with its motto ‘Creating Wealth for Wellbeing’ is contributing its might to the society through various welfare schemes and projects and is continuously striving to bring about a tangible change in the lives of the community. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsEducation is a key focus area of NLCIL’s CSR initiatives and events like the Neyveli Book Fair act as a bridge to connect the literary world with budding minds of children. Besides honouring of one eminent writer and one renowned book publisher, one new book will be released on each day the book fair. Rakesh Kumar, CMD, NLCIL, R Vikraman, Director (HR), NNM Rao, Director (P&P), Shaji John, Director (Power), Senior officials of NLCIL besides eminent and senior officials from the Central and State governments will participate in the event. The Book Fair concludes on 14th July 2019.
New Delhi: Parliament Wednesday approved a bill to enable the National Investigation Agency to probe terror attacks on Indians and Indian properties abroad, with Home Minister Amit Shah assuring the Rajya Sabha that the legislation will not be misused. Shah defended the government for not filing an appeal against the acquittal of all four accused, including the radical right-wing’s Swami Aseemanand, in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blastscase. He said the four were charge-sheeted by the previous Congress government without proof. Replying to the debate on the NIA (Amendment) Bill, he attacked the Congress for questioning the efficiency of NIA, saying 184 terror accused have been convicted since the BJP government came to power in 2014. P5
New Delhi: Air India has stopped giving promotions for its employees and recruiting new personnel as the government prepares for the disinvesment of the debt-laden airline, an official said Sunday. The government is expected to soon start the disinvesment process for Air India, which has a debt burden of more than Rs 50,000 crore. For the disinvesment process, the official said the airline’s books of accounts till July 15, have been closed and those financials would be used while seeking bids. Also Read – MP woman hangs herself after killing three children Promotions and fresh appointments have also been frozen ahead of the stake sale for Air India, the official added. The airline has around 10,000 permanent employees. There was no immediate comment from Air India. Query sent to Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola remained unanswered. The government is looking to complete the Air India stake sale in the next four to five months. Air India is currently making a revenue of Rs 15 crore everyday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Efforts to sell 76 per cent stake in the national carrier failed to take off in 2018. Then transaction adviser EY in its report had cited the government retaining 24 per cent stake and corresponding rights and high debt as reasons for the failure of the disinvesment process. On July 3, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told the Rajya Sabha that the government is committed to the disinvestment of Air India and the plan is to make it more operationally viable before stake sale. “It (Air India) will be sold when the buyer ultimately gives the cheque and there are certain prerequisites before any sale, those also have to be met. I do expect that to be finished in 4-5 months but nevertheless to provide for that exigency, we have not accounted for Air India sale proceeds (in budgeted disinvestment proceeds). “We will try to finish it off by Diwali, if not before,” Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) Secretary Atanu Chakraborty said on July 7. In her Budget speech on July 5, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that in view of current macro-economic parameters, the government would not only reinitiate the process of strategic disinvestment of Air India, but would offer more central public sector enterprises for strategic participation by the private sector.
Washington: Successive governments in Pakistan did not tell the truth to the United States, in particular in the last 15 years, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday, adding that there were 40 different militant groups operating in his country. “We were fighting the US war on terror. Pakistan has nothing to do with 9/11. Al-Qaeda was in Afghanistan. There were no militant Taliban in Pakistan. But we joined the US war. Unfortunately, when things went wrong, where I blame my government, we did not tell the US exactly the truth on the ground,” Khan said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He was addressing a Capitol Hill reception hosted by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Chairperson of the Congressional Pakistan Caucus. Lee is also a member of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans. Part of the reason for this, Khan explained to the lawmakers, was that the Pakistani governments were not in control. “There were 40 different militant groups operating within Pakistan. So Pakistan went through a period where people like us were worried about could we survive it. So while the US expected us to do more and help the US win the war, Pakistan at that time was fighting for its own existence,” he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Khan said it was very important that he met President Donald Trump and other top American leaders. “We have explained to them that the way forward is: number one, the relationship has to be based on mutual trust,” he said, adding that he would be honest in telling the US what Pakistan could do in the peace process. Pakistan, Khan said, was trying its best to get the Taliban on the table to start this dialogue. “So far, we have done pretty well,” he said and cautioned the US that the process was not going to be easy. “Do not expect this to be easy, because it is a very complicated situation in Afghanistan. But rest assured, we would be trying our best. The whole country is standing behind me. The Pakistan Army, the security forces, all are behind me. We all have one objective and it is exactly the same objective as the US, which is to have a peaceful solution as quickly as possible in Afghanistan,” Khan said. In his last public engagement before winding up his hectic three-day US tour, Khan hoped that the US-Pak relationship was now on a different level.