Is Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi being blackmailed?File photo of CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which carried out searches at the residence of Kalmadi has recovered an alleged blackmail letter demanding Rs 4 crore from him in exchange for a ‘compact disc’ carrying some damaging information.Sources in the investigating agency said authenticity of the letter is being verified. They said as Kalmadi could not provide a satisfactory reply on the letter, the agency is taking it on the “face value”.The sleuths are trying to verify contents of the unsigned letter found from the residence of Kalmadi and are likely to put it through a series of forensic tests, official sources said. The sources refused to disclose any reference made in the letter about the contents of the compact disc.The CBI had yesterday raided Kalmadi’s residences and offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Pune, two months after the sporting extravaganza ended amid allegations of financial wrongdoings in awarding of some contracts.During the raids, the agency recovered several documents and questioned the 66-year old leader about them.CBI sources had said that the key files, which contain important information on tendering, budgetary allocation and contract details, are missing from the (OC) office.However, Kalmadi said the documents could be lying with some other investigating agency and if the CBI lists out the missing document he and his team would trace them.His wife Meera was inside the “Kalmadi House” located off the arterial Karve road in West Pune during the course of the searches by a eight-member team that caused a flutter in the city which the high profile MP represents in Parliament.advertisementThe agency has so far filed three FIRs in connection with the alleged irregularities in CWG and searched the residences of OC Director General V K Verma and Bhanot on November 30.While one case is related to a Rs 107-crore deal struck with a Swiss score keeping firm, the agency had registered two other FIRs in connection with the contract given to AM Films for the Baton Relay ceremonies by the OC in London.The CBI had arrested OC’s Joint Director General T.S.Darbari, Deputy Director General Sanjay Mohindroo and former treasurer Jayachandran for their alleged complicity in these deals.
A carnival atmosphere prevails at Ramlila Maidan amid fight for space on national television, patriotic slogans and people dressed as Mahatma Gandhi and Chhatrapati Shivaji. Sporting tricolour headbands and wrist bands and waving tricolours, people started pouring in the Maidan from early in the morning on Monday. Many protesters returned to the ground after a good sleep, saying they want to ensure that the support the anti-corruption crusader was receiving should not dwindle. “I was here yesterday and we want to ensure that Anna’s support does not dwindle,” Kishan Kher, a businessman from Meerut said. The crowd broke into cheers as Anna took the centrestage at 9 am. The crowds also clamoured to give a byte to the TV cameras. “It is important to talk to TV cameras. After all this is how the message goes out that there is something happening here in Delhi,” Kamal Singh Rathore, a resident of Rohini in the national capital said. A host of people dressed as Gandhi and Shivaji were seen taking rounds of the ground. Volunteers were seen distributing biscuits, tea and water to the people and the large media and police contingents posted at the venue. With inputs from PTI
New Delhi, Aug 10 (PTI) A bill to set up Indias first full fledged sports university of international standards was introduced in the Lok Sabha today.The National Sports University Bill, 2017 will help set up the university in Manipur.As of now, there are some institutes which offer various courses for athletes and coaches.”A void exists in the sports environment of the country in various areas such as sports science, sports technology, high performance training,” the bill states.The proposed university is expected to bridge this gap.The bill was introduced by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs S S Ahluwalia as Sports Minister Vijay Goel is indisposed. PTI NAB ARC
Boyzone star and professional motorsport driver, Shane Lynch, has today announced an innovative partnership between his company, Prestige Wrap & Customs, and the national charity, Caudwell Children to help customize children’s wheelchairs.The ‘Dream Wheelz’ project is a collaboration between Prestige Wrap & Customs and the charity, which promises to add some personality to children’s wheelchairs by providing individual paintwork and customized seating.The new project is set to be officially launched at the Autosport International Show at Birmingham’s NEC on January 11th – 13th where Shane will driving in the live action show and meeting supporters of the charity at the Prestige Wrap & Customs exhibition stand.Shane said: “I’ve wanted to do something like this for ages. A kid’s wheelchair is so important to them it is essential that it looks and feels cool. The guys at Prestige Wrap spend all day working on luxury cars; it will be great to add some of that flair to something as important as a wheelchair.”Caudwell Children is a national charity providing practical and emotional support for disabled children living in the UK. Each year they provide hundreds of state-of-the-art powered wheelchairs for children up to 18 years old.Charity Chief Executive, Trudi Beswick, said: “For a young disabled person their wheelchair is an extension of their personality, it goes everywhere with them. This wonderful project gives kids the chance to add some real street cred to their wheelchair and helps them express their own personality to everyone they meet. We are really grateful to Shane and the team at Prestige Wrap for supporting Caudwell Children and coming up with this great idea.”The charity is now looking for sponsors for the Dream Wheelz project to help fund donations of new wheelchairs and cover the costs associated with the customization.The first customization is already underway, with Ferrari fanatic 15-year-old Jordan Williams from Hatfield, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, discussing stylish designs with the Prestige Wrap team.The ‘Dream Wheelz’ project will be launched at Autosport International 2013, taking place on January 11th – 13th at the NEC in Birmingham. For more information about the charity visit www.caudwellchildren.com, or to find out more about Prestige Wrap & Customs visit www.prestigewrap.co.uk.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has “strongly deprecated” the “casual manner” in which Bihar has filed an appeal before it after a delay of over 700 days and said a clear signal has to be sent to the government authorities that they cannot approach the court as and when they please. A bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Indira Banerjee dismissed the appeal filed by the Bihar government in a service matter and imposed a cost of Rs 20,000 on the state, saying it was a “complete wastage” of judicial time. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe apex court noted that an appeal against the division bench order of the Patna High Court was filed before it after a delay of 728 days and the state sought condonation of this “extraordinary” delay stating that it took time to obtain all the sanction from the respective departments and receive the affidavit. “We are of the view that a clear signal has to be sent to the government authorities that they cannot approach the court as and when they please, on account of gross incompetence of their officers and that too without taking any action against the concerned officers,” the bench said in its order. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”No detail of this delay of 728 days have been given as if there is an inherent right to seek condonation of delay by state government. The law of limitation apparently does not apply to the state government according to its conduct,” the bench said. Referring to an earlier judgement of the apex court, the bench noted in its order that such condonation of delay is no more admissible on the pretext of “government working lethargy”. The bench also noted that the state had earlier filed an appeal before a division bench of the high court against an order of its single judge in the matter after a delay of 367 days. The division bench of the high court had dismissed the application filed by the state seeking condonation of delay on the ground that there was no sufficient cause shown for it. “We strongly deprecate the casual manner in which the division bench (of the high court) was approached…,” the bench said.
Paris- Morocco’s minister of foreign affair and cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, saw on Sunday positive prospects to reach an agreement on various aspects in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.The official who took part in a meeting of the Arab League’s follow-up committee of the Arab peace initiative, held in Paris in the presence of US Secretary of state John Kerry, Mezouar told MAP “convergences of viewpoints between various parties are starting to appear”, stressing that the Arab side requested during the meeting explanations on some points.He added that John Kerry has brought “concrete answers”, noting that there one or two items that need to be deepened. Mezouar was upbeat that a final solution will be reached in the coming weeks, stressing that “the Arab side has supported the US peace initiative and commended efforts by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas “.
Former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley speaks with the media on March 5 at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorAfter his name surfaced Tuesday afternoon connecting him to a rape allegation, former Ohio State cornerback and potential NFL first-round pick Gareon Conley will not attend the NFL draft in Philadelphia that starts Thursday, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.Source: #OhioSt CB Gareon Conley has decided not to be in Philadelphia for the 2017 NFL Draft.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2017Conley, considered a top 15 pick by several NFL draft analysts, was planning on being one of the 22 athletes in the green room at the NFL draft on Thursday, but will now watch from home as he waits for his name to be called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.Conley has not been charged in connection to the rape allegation.
Ohio State then-freshman goalie Andrea Braendli (30) prepares for a shot in the game against Minnesota State on Oct. 11. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorThe Ohio State women’s hockey team is ready to prove that last year’s Frozen Four run was no fluke.The No. 7 Buckeyes (14-6, 8-4 Big Ten) will try to steal a win against No. 1 Wisconsin (19-1, 9-1 Big Ten) as they begin a home series against the Badgers on Friday.Ohio State will face a Wisconsin offense that is No. 2 in the country in goals and No. 1 in scoring margin.With the Badgers entering the weekend on an 11-game winning streak, the Buckeyes’ interim associate head coach Andrew Cassels said the series will test his team’s mettle.“It’s a great way to measure up our team versus the best team in the country,” Cassels said. “It’s going to show us where we are and how far we have to come. It’s a great challenge for the girls.”Ohio State is no stranger to defeating the Badgers. The Buckeyes claimed victories in their past two matchups against the Big Ten rival last year in February.“We had some success against them last year,” Cassels said. “We’ll take a lot of footage from that and try to put that into our game plan.”Cassels emphasized Wisconsin’s speed and said that blocking shots will be key to neutralizing its prolific offense, encouraging his team to get into shooting lanes and making sure the Badgers cannot easily get shots off.Coming on the heels of a three-game win streak, Ohio State’s standout freshman goalie Andrea Braendli said the Buckeyes don’t have many adjustments to make.“I don’t want to change my strategy,” Braendli said. “I have to play my game. The most important thing is that we have to trust each other. We have to have each other’s back.”Braendli, who is No. 8 in the nation with a .939 save percentage, said playing a highly touted conference rival such as Wisconsin provokes a higher sense of anticipation from the team, bringing an excitement to the Ohio State locker room ahead of the weekend.But Ohio State redshirt junior defenseman Jincy Dunne thinks it brings a higher expectation for the team, saying the Buckeyes defense will have to be aggressive in front of Braendli against the creative Wisconsin lines.“We have to be a nightmare to play against,” Dunne said. “We have to be all over them all the time, every second. Any time they’re around us, they’re not being untouched.”With Wisconsin outscoring opponents 81-23 on the season, Dunne said the Badgers defense has yet to face the type of challenge that the Buckeyes can give them.“I don’t think their defense has really had to play defense,” Dunne said. “They’re a very offensive-heavy team so if we can just get pressure on their defense and get pucks behind them, I think we’ll be very successful.”Dunne stressed the impact a series victory against the Badgers could have on the national perception of the Buckeyes. “It would be huge for us to get up in those rankings and show that the Frozen Four wasn’t a mishap,” Dunne said.The Buckeyes face Wisconsin in Columbus at 6:07 p.m. Friday at the OSU Ice Rink and again at 3:07 p.m. Saturday.
Tottenham Hotspur’s forward Heung-Min Son revealed who his football role model is, it’s a Manchester United legend who recently hung up his boots.Tottenham Hotspur forward Heung-Min Son is having a blast as a Premier League player, he recently revealed that he has a role model who played at Manchester United for a long time.There are not too many South Korean players who triumph in European football, but Park Ji-Sung is arguably amongst the most successful ones and the player who inspired younger generations from his country where Son came from.The Spurs player talks about Park as a national hero, and dreams of someday winning as many trophies as the former Red Devil did throughout his illustrious career.“He is a legend for me and was one of the guys who influenced us all in a way because he played for also a big team and was a key part of their success,” Son told The Mirror.“Anytime he played in the Champions League he played very well and represented our country in the best possible way.”“I am still in contact with him and he remains my role model because of the kind of human being he is. It is very hard to find a fault in him and if I need to ask something he is always a phone call away.”“I can never underestimate the role he played in putting our country out there with his performance.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Son also revealed what a joy it is for him to be a Premier League player: “For me it’s still a dream to play in the Premier League.”“The journey is an unbelievable one. Playing in England and playing for Tottenham I don’t think I could have asked for more at this stage.”“I am enjoying playing in here every second, every hour, every day. Look back home in South Korea most of the kids wants to play here.”“Maybe some players had it easy but for me it’s a dream and I treat every game as living the dream I had some years ago,” said the Tottenham Hotspur’s forward. On this day in 2005, Park Ji-Sung was unveiled as a United player following his £4m move from PSV.205 games ⚽27 goals 🎯13 trophies 🏆The big-game performer 👌 pic.twitter.com/z7DZAukLhE— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) July 8, 2018
Wolves coach Nuno Espirito declares side will still have to work harder against Newcastle despite amazing comeback against Chelsea.He adds that the Chelsea thrill last Wednesday where they scored two goals to defeat The Blues will count for nothing when they travel to Newcastle on Super Sunday.“We were doing things pretty well against Chelsea, we were well organized,” head coach Nuno told Sky Sports.“Suddenly there was a deflection and we went behind against a big team.”We start from zero: Nuno Espirito Santo Manuel R. Medina – August 28, 2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers coach Nuno Espirito Santo has told his team to forget its 3-2 first-leg victory over Torino in the UEFA Europa League.“The team felt it, but the reaction was very, very good. If you say this is character, I would agree.”“This is the building of a team that wants to compete against any opponent and has to be ready for all circumstances in the game.”“We still have a long way to go but the way we reacted was very good. We have to be brave and believe that until the final whistle goes there is a moment to compete.”
German defender Antonio Rudiger revealed that his Chelsea team-mate Callum Hudson-Odoi has asked him about his homeland, amid interest from Bayern MunichAfter struggling to earn regular opportunities this season at Chelsea, Hudson-Odoi is understood to be keen on seeking a move away from Stamford Bridge this month.Now Bayern, who have reportedly had four bids turned down by Chelsea for Hudson-Odoi, confirmed their “great interest” in the 18-year-old on Wednesday.And Rudiger has admitted a move to the Bundesliga is definitely on the teenage winger’s mind.“He asked me about Germany. It was a general question from him,” said Rudiger, according to Sports Mole.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“He is still young, I can advise him, but at the end of the day he decides about his future“You can see it from both sides. He can develop here but he can develop in Germany as well — and don’t forget Bayern Munich are also a big club.“For his future, I wish him all the best but I just wish he stays with us.”Despite his lack of opportunities, Hudson-Odoi has started in Chelsea’s last two games in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 2, 2014 – Providenciales – Turks and Caicos Media was on Sunday given an up close and personal experience with UK Armed Forces humanitarian assistance and the exploit took media into the heart of operations. Time is winding down now for this British presence which was welcomed support in the immediate aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.The tour started with departure from the Blue Heron FBO aboard a chopper, with HE Governor Dr John Freeman on board as reporters and cameramen were flown to still tattered JAGS McArtney Intl Airport in the Capital, Grand Turk. As we landed there was a drop off of pallets containing relief supplies from the newly moored British warship, the HMS Ocean.Outfitted with nine aircrafts, eight seacrafts, 13 floors and over 800 personnel on the ship, which arrived Sunday morning was massive and a major show of UK support sponsored by DFID. The Governor said the ship also signals the UK Armed Forces withdrawl from the territory.“We see from both the territory and from the UK’s viewpoint that this ship coming is a very important last surge effort to take ourselves to the best possible place in these islands, and then this will gradually ease off the number of people who are here because of course already, the very resilient Turks and Caicos Islanders are becoming more resilient, and therefore they will move on and build themselves up in the right way, thankful for what’s being done,” said HE Governor Dr. John Freeman.Were these men and women and supplies requested or sent Magnetic Media asked; both was the reply from country leaders: Premier Sharlene Robinson and Deputy Governor Anya Williams.“Tell us the situation on the ground, and tell us what you need, I think it has consistently been that way, tell us what you need and we will see how we can mobilize workers. We are grateful for the timeline that we were able to quickly mobilize workers to the Turks and Caicos, having military here for the last three weeks has greatly assisted, and I think for us it is more about the hands that are on the ground have been the greatest assistance,” said DG Anya Williams.“When men to come aground as well, they are in touch with the government they look at priorities together with the government and see how men can best be deployed and used. So it has been for me a wonderful partnership, the Governor and I have been consulting on every plain and as the aid has come in and as the manpower has come in we have decided together which were the best places for it to be used”, said the Hon. Sharlene Robinson.Before being scooted to the HMS Ocean by army boat, which was hoisted into the air to allow the delegation onto the 667ft long warship, we visited the DDME and UK managed Distribution Center, set up at the Customs Warehouse compound in GT.World Food Programme donated the storage tents which were erected post Hurricane Maria and which house tarps, shelter kits and relief supplies. The tents are 320sq metres 240sq metres and were being filled up by UK Commandoes stationed in GT with support from 120 navy officers from the HMS Ocean.The Canadian Frigate is gone, the Bermudan Regiment left on Saturday, scheduled are three full days for the HMS Ocean and crew and about a week to a week and a half more for the UK Commandoes then the TCI will be left to complete the rebuilding without these teams which many agree have proven stellar partners, even family.“The HMS Ocean was operating at the commencement of this period in the east and Mediterranean when we received orders to immediately reverse course and head toward the Caribbean with all dispatch. So we steamed some four and a half thousand miles, crossing six time zones in only twelve days, a very fast response and I think that demonstrates how much this government’s steadfast commitment to the region and our determination to maximize support to the British Overseas Territories and the region more widely,” said Captain Robert Pedre. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
James Pallotta has refuted rumours he could sell Roma to an Arab investor for €800m tagging it as very fake news.According to reports cited on Football Italia, the American owner had been in talks with a potential buyer since the beginning of October and had named his price as €800m.Reports from newspaper reports claimed the investor was linked to Saudi crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, with talks stalling after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.However, Pallotta has debunked those claims in the strongest possible terms, telling Centro Suono Sport that the reports are “very fake news”.The owner also assured that he’s still working on the new stadium, though he’s currently in Boston and the matter is the hands of the lawyers.Roma have secured a place in the round of 16 of the Champions League but are currently struggling on the league front with reports suggesting manager Eusebio could be axed.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough District is on a two-hour delay start for Monday, December 3, due to weather conditions throughout the Peninsula. A two hour delay means that buses run two hours later than normal, school begins two hours later than normal, and staff arrives at school two hours later than normal. If weather and road conditions warrant a full closure, an announcement will be made by 7:00am, according to KPBSD. This is a developing story- updates will be posted as they are made available. Parents and guardians, if you decide, based on conditions near you to keep your child at home, kindly call your school to let them know. Absences will be excused.
Bajaj Finance2080-38.10-1.80 Engineers India313.20+9.05+2.91 Top losers from BSE at 9:40 am:NameNameLast traded priceLast traded priceChangeChangeChange in percentChange in percentNameKotak Mahindra BankLast traded price940Change-20Change in percent-2.08NameUnited SpiritsLast traded price2748Change-58.10Change in percent-2.07NameONGCLast traded price434.10Change-9.10Change in percent-2.05NameCRISILLast traded price1726.45Change-34.35Change in percent-1.95NameBajaj FinanceLast traded price2080Change-38.10Change in percent-1.80 Jaypee Infratech Ltd33.50+0.90+2.98 Suzlon Energy28.80+0.55+1.95 Crompton Greaves203.50+5.35+2.70 United Spirits2748-58.10-2.07 Kotak Mahindra Bank940-20-2.08 NameLast traded priceChangeChange in percent NameLast traded priceChangeChange in percent During the pre-opening session at 9 am, sensex recorded 25,274 points with an increase of 27.75 points. While S&P BSE 100 recorded 7,698.32 points, Mid Cap, Small Cap and BSE 200 too recorded highs.At 9:15 am on Thursday, BSE index opened higher at 25,327.67 and surged by 26.1 points minutes later. But, at 9:21 am, the index decreased to 25,351 points.On the other hand, Nifty opened higher by 7,581.30 points with increase of 23.1 points due to Federal Reserve optimism at 9:15 am.BSE index ended on Wednesday at 25,246.25 points with decline of 274.94 points and Nifty too declined by 73.50 points at 7,558.20 points. Indian shares slipped over one percent on Wednesday, falling for three out of four sessions.Top gainers from BSE at 9:40 am:NameNameLast traded priceLast traded priceChangeChangeChange in percentChange in percentNameGMR InfraLast traded price34.35Change+1.50Change in percent+4.57NameJaypee Infratech LtdLast traded price33.50Change+0.90Change in percent+2.98NameEngineers IndiaLast traded price313.20Change+9.05Change in percent+2.91NameCrompton GreavesLast traded price203.50Change+5.35Change in percent+2.70NameSuzlon EnergyLast traded price28.80Change+0.55Change in percent+1.95 GMR Infra34.35+1.50+4.57 CRISIL1726.45-34.35-1.95 But, top five gainers and losers shifted their ranks during trading session.While at 9:45 am, top gainers from NSE index were Cipla, Lupin, Kotak Bank, Hindal Corporation and GAIL, top losers were Jindal Steel, BPCL, IDFC, BHEL and NMDC.On Wednesday, India received $72.31 million Foreign Institutional Investment debt and Indian government traded securities worth 92.86 billion, which involved purchase and selling of securities.Asian stocks surged in early trade on Thursday, as Federal Reserve decided to retain its monetary policy after the meeting on Wednesday, reported Reuters. Brent crude oil rose to a nine-month high on Wednesday as investors worried about exports from Iraq, but US treasuries gained on Wednesday as Federal Reserve planned to cut interest rates on its monetary policy. US government took this step after the release of inflation data.Besides, US based Dow Jones index surged 98.13 points by 16,906.62 points and the NASDAQ index increased to 4,362.84 points by 25.60 points on Wednesday. Moreover, London based FTSE rose up at 6,778.56 points by 11.79 points.In the meantime, Japan’s Nikkei share index jumped 1.4 percent to a four-and-a-half month high on Thursday as it recorded 213.10 points surge at 15,328.87 points at early trade. ONGC434.10-9.10-2.05
IndiGoMany domestic carriers offer discounts around the New Year holiday season to attract passengers during a period marked by high demand. The latest on that list is IndiGo Airlines.IndiGo has announced a New Year Sale on air tickets, with fares starting as low as Rs 899 on selected routes. Bookings for the New Year Sale opened on January 8, 2018. The offer is available for three days and is applicable on travel between February 1 and April 15.Under the new offer, IndiGo tickets on flights between Delhi and Chandigarh are available for a fare of Rs 899. Some other starting fares offered are Rs 999 on flights from Delhi to Jaipur; Rs 1,099 from Delhi to Amritsar; Rs 1,299 from Delhi to Dehradun, and Rs 1,399 from Delhi to Nagpur, according to the airline’s website — goindigo.in.Additional 10 percent cashback of up to Rs 600 and IndiGo Special Service Vouchers of up to Rs 600 on payments made with HDFC Bank Credit Cards will also be available, subject to conditions, said the IndiGo website.The offer will be available for bookings made via its website and its mobile app, besides other booking websites. Group bookings will not be eligible for the offer.The offer is available on a limited number of seats on selected sectors and flights. If these seats are filled, regular fares will apply.Fares in the New Year Sale offer are non-refundable upon cancellation by the customer. ”On cancellation, only statutory taxes will be refunded,” said the airline’s website.Rs 600 is the maximum amount of cashback or IndiGo vouchers that can be earned on a round-trip ticket, IndiGo added. This offer is subject to a maximum of Rs 300 upon booking of a one-way flight, and Rs 600 on a return flight.
Pakistan’s Supreme Court is set to determine the prime minister’s fate Thursday with a ruling on corruption allegations that could see him ousted from power after the Panama Papers linked his family to offshore businesses.The decision, highly anticipated by Pakistanis, threatens to plunge Nawaz Sharif’s governing party into turmoil ahead of general elections which must be held by next year, and as security and the economy improve in the militancy-plagued country.The controversy erupted with the publication of the so-called Panama Papers last year, 11.5 million secret documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca which documented the offshore dealings of many of the world’s rich and powerful.Among the global elite implicated were three of Sharif’s four children — his daughter and presumptive political heir Maryam, and his sons Hasan and Hussein.At the heart of the matter is the legitimacy of the funds used by the Sharif family to purchase several high-end London properties via offshore companies.The government insists the wealth was acquired legally through family businesses in Pakistan and the Gulf.But lawyers for Pakistani cricketer-turned-opposition-leader Imran Khan argue the paper trail for the funds is non-existent, and say the onus is on Sharif to prove his relatives did not engage in money laundering.The case has dominated headlines in Pakistan for the better part of a year, though many observers believe the court — which has emphasised it is not conducting a criminal trial — would be reluctant to directly oust Sharif.It has taken such action before, however. In 2012, the Supreme Court held Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in contempt for refusing to re-open corruption investigations into then President Asif Ali Zardari, resulting in his disqualification.- ‘Change the course of history’ -But the five-member bench could also potentially direct law enforcement agencies to carry out more detailed investigations into the allegations against Sharif, verbally censure him or his children, or clear him entirely.”The nation is expecting some sort of judgement which will change the course of history in Pakistan,” senior Supreme Court lawyer S.M. Zafar told AFP, though he said it was difficult to predict the verdict.Regardless of the outcome, he said, the case is important for Pakistan, which ranked a lowly 116th place out of 176 countries in a corruption index released by Transparency International in January.Political analyst Rasul Buksh Rais said: “It’s going to be (a) historic decision that will push Pakistan into electoral mood in either case,” adding that he did not expect a disqualification verdict.He added a new judicial commission could be in the offing, which would allow Khan’s party to claim a moral victory for exposing corruption.The controversy is the latest to hit Sharif, an industrialist who is serving his third term as Prime Minister after the first two were interrupted by interventions from the country’s powerful military.Late Wednesday he detailed his party’s achievements — particularly in infrastructure — in televised comments at the inauguration of a power plant, without mentioning the looming verdict.If Sharif is ousted, the PML-N can select a new prime minister from within the party, though there may be political pressure for fresh polls.Pakistan, which marks its 70th anniversary of independence later this year, has seen a surge in optimism in recent months.Security has dramatically improved in the last two years, overall confidence in its economy has been growing, and the military, which has ruled the country for more than half its history, appears to have reached an accommodation with Sharif’s civilian government.
Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribunePresident Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s open to an immigration plan that will provide a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the country as children and are now here illegally.“We’re going to morph into it,” Trump told reporters. “It’s going to happen, at some point in the future, over a period of 10 to 12 years.”His pronouncement came as the White House announced it would be unveiling a legislative framework on immigration next week that it hopes can pass both the House and the Senate.Trump’s remarks amounted to a preview of that framework. He said he’ll propose $25 billion for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and $5 billion for other security measures.Trump told reporters he had a message for the so-called Dreamers, those brought to the country illegally as children: “Tell ’em not to be concerned, OK? Tell ’em not to worry. We’re going to solve the problem.”Trump was talking about the young immigrants who had been protected from deportation and given the right to work legally in the country under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Trump announced he was ending DACA last year, but he has given Congress until March to come up with a legislative fix.Trump said he was confident that a deal can be reached on the issue. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the framework to be unveiled Monday “represents a compromise that members of both parties can support.”The White House appeared to be trying to take control of the process amid criticism that the president had taken too much of a back seat during recent negotiations and had sent mixed signals that repeatedly upended near-deals.“After decades of inaction by Congress, it’s time we work together to solve this issue once and for all,” Sanders said.Senators from both parties were making a fresh search for their own compromise immigration legislation, but leaders conceded that the effort wouldn’t be easy and were already casting blame should it falter.Around three dozen senators from both parties met privately Wednesday, and two top lawmakers said they’d try crafting a compromise bill based on colleagues’ suggestions. The goal is to produce consensus legislation that would be the starting point for Senate debate on immigration, which is expected to begin Feb. 8, said Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., their parties’ No. 2 leaders.“We’re the Senate, we have our own responsibility under the Constitution and we decided in this room to move forward,” Durbin said afterward. “If the president has some ideas he’d like to share, of course we’ll take a look at them.”When asked if he knew what would be in the White House proposal, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said he didn’t know and added, “But they’re not writing the bill.”Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., vowed not to “let those who are anti-immigrant, who call giving the Dreamers hope ‘amnesty,’ block us. Because then we will fail, and it will be on the other side of the aisle that made that happen.”Schumer spoke about 12 hours after Trump put the onus on him. “Cryin’ Chuck Schumer fully understands, especially after his humiliating defeat, that if there is no Wall, there is no DACA,” the president tweeted late Tuesday. “We must have safety and security, together with a strong Military, for our great people!”Sanders said the White House framework is based on dozens of conversations Trump and his staff have had with members of both parties and that “it addresses all of the different things that we’ve heard from all of the various stakeholders” during the past several months.Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., said Trump called him Wednesday morning and wants to provide “dependability for these kids,” but still expects a deal to include money for border security and his promised southern wall, to limit immigrants’ ability to sponsor family members and to end a visa lottery aimed at diversity.“He’s driving that a DACA solution is something he wants,” Perdue said.Schumer said Tuesday that he’d pulled back an offer of $25 billion for Trump’s border wall. An aide said Schumer had actually withdrawn the offer Sunday night after it became clear that there would be no quick compromise on protecting the Dreamers.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said if senators cannot produce a compromise plan by Feb. 8, he would open a debate on immigration legislation that would be “fair to all sides.” That suggests both parties would be allowed to offer amendments.While Cornyn said he hoped the bipartisan group of senators would produce a measure that can pass the Senate, “it would also have to get the president’s support eventually. Because without his support, I don’t think it would pass the House of Representatives,” which has more conservative views on the topic.Feb. 8 is the date legislation expires that reopened the government after a three-day shutdown, which began after Democrats demanded movement toward an immigration deal as the price for financing federal agencies.
Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Beyond 1 Tbit/in2 Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. More information: C.D. Wright, et al. “Write strategies for multiterabit per square inch scanned-probe phase-change memories.” Applied Physics Letters 97, 173104 (2010). DOI:10.1063/1.3506584 (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers have proposed a new strategy for writing data for scanned-probe memories with user densities that are potentially more than twice as high as those achieved with conventional approaches. While previous research has shown that scanned-probe memories have the potential to achieve storage densities of up to 4 Tbit/in2, the new study shows how the density could be increased to 10 Tbit/in2 or more. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: New probe memory could achieve user densities over 10 terabits per square inch (2010, November 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-probe-memory-user-densities-terabits.html The researchers, David Wright, et al., from the University of Exeter in Devon, England, and the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory in Rueschlikon, Switzerland, have published their study on the new write strategy in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters. “We have shown that we can get ultra-high densities without the need for ultra-sharp tips,” Wright told PhysOrg.com. “Note that ‘conventional’ storage technologies like magnetic hard disk drives are currently ‘stuck’ at just under 1 Tbit/in2 densities and their road map does not predict reaching 10 Tbit/in2 until 2015 in the lab and 2020 for production.”As the researchers explain, the conventional method of writing for scanned-probe memories involves writing tiny marks with a probe, and recording the data in these marks. In this method, the tip size of the probe determines the size of the recorded mark, which limits the density. An alternative write strategy is mark-length recording, in which information is stored in the transitions between the marks rather than in the marks themselves. One of the advantages of mark-length recording is that it doesn’t rely as heavily on the sharpness of the probe tip as the conventional mark-position recording approach. “The key was realizing and demonstrating that continuous scanning (which is very bad for tip wear) is not needed to implement a mark-length scheme,” Wright explained.This is because mark-length recording can use one of the disadvantages of mark-position recording to its advantage: intersymbol interference. In the mark-position approach, bits written too close to each other can interfere with each other, so a minimum distance between bits is needed, which limits the achievable density. However, in mark-length recording, this interference can be exploited to merge marks together to make longer marks without the need for continuous tip scanning.Although mark-length recording has already been known to increase the storage density in traditional memory systems, such as magnetic and optical disk storage, scanned-probe memories have typically used only mark-position writing. Here, the researchers demonstrate how mark-length recording can be used in scanned-probe memories, as well. In the experiment, a voltage is applied between the probe tip and a phase-change medium, which heats and activates the phase-change layer. The medium can be read by sensing the change in electrical resistivity of the written medium. As the researchers explain, a direct comparison of the densities using these two approaches is not straightforward, but the new approach should increase the user density by at least 50%. By making further improvements, such as using sharper probe tips and ultrasmooth writing surfaces, the researchers predict that much higher densities can be achieved.The work is part of a large EU-funded project called Probe-based Terabyte Memories (ProTeM) (http://www.protem-fp6.org), which involves the development of scanned probe storage materials and techniques for ultra-high density, ultra-low power, small form-factor archival, and back-up memories. “Organizations and individuals are storing ever-increasing amounts of data and want to store it reliably, with low power consumption, and ideally in a small physical format,” Wright said. “The goal of our work is doing this with probe storage systems.” This image shows mark-length recorded bits with the corresponding current below. Image credit: Wright, et al. ©2010 American Institute of Physics.
Kolkata: The City Civil Court on Tuesday directed the Union Minister of State for Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Babul Supriyo, to retract the defamatory statements that he made against TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee.It may be recalled that in November 2017, Supriyo had made the “malicious and defamatory” statements against Banerjee at a Press conference stating that the latter “illegitimately profiteered to the tune of Rs 17 to Rs 18 crore against smuggling of coal in Bengal.” It got published and circulated widely in different media and even on social networking sites. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt led to defamation of Banerjee and his counsels moved court in December 2017.The Third Bench of the City Civil Court had granted an interim order of injunction in this connection restraining Supriyo “not to make any derogatory comment or defamatory statement against Banerjee”. The Court on July 24 ordered Supriyo “to retract the defamatory statements made in November 2017 at the Press conference in Asansol against Abhishek Banerjee by sending a letter or otherwise within a fortnight from the date of the order.” Sanjay Basu, Advocate for Banerjee, said: “Babul Supriyo failed to produce any evidence in support of his defamatory statement and hence the Court passed the order of injunction and retraction in favour of Abhishek Banerjee. The falsity in Babul Supriyo’s statement has been exposed.”