Muros Grounded Due to Lack of Danger Warnings

first_imgzoom Spain-flagged bulk carrier Muros, which grounded off Norfolk in December 2016, ran into trouble following a change of route to an unsafe area and lack of warnings of danger, according to UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB).An investigation into the incident, which occurred on December 2 while the ship was sailing from Teesport, UK to Rochefort, France, showed that the vessel was following a planned track across Haisborough Sand.The passage plan in the electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) had been revised by the second officer less than 3 hours before the grounding and it had not been seen or approved by the master.A visual check of the track in the ECDIS using a small-scale chart did not identify it to be unsafe, and warnings of the dangers over Haisborough Sand that were automatically generated by the system’s ‘check route’ function were ignored, MAIB said.The investigation revealed that the second officer monitored the vessel’s position using the ECDIS but did not take any action when the vessel crossed the 10 meter safety contour into shallow water. Although the bulker’s electronic navigation equipment was functioning correctly, the echo sounder had been switched off shortly after leaving Teesport.Furthermore, the efectiveness of the second officer’s performance “was impacted upon by the time of day and a very low level of arousal and she might have fallen asleep periodically,” MAIB said, adding that the disablement of the ECDIS alarms removed the system’s barriers that could have alerted the second officer to the danger in time for successful avoiding action to be taken.At the time of the grounding on Haisborough Sand on the east coast of UK the ship was loaded with fertiliser. Attempts to manoeuvre clear of the shallows were unsuccessful but the vessel was re-foated 6 days later with tug assistance.There were no injuries and no pollution, but damage to Muros’s rudder necessitated the vessel being towed to Rotterdam, Netherlands, for repair.MAIB also concluded that the ECDIS on board Muros had not been used as expected by the regulators or equipment manufacturers.After investigated several grounding incidents in which the way the vessels’ ECDIS was confgured and utilised was contributory, the Board launched a safety study, in collaboration with the Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board, designed to more fully understand why operators are not using ECDIS as envisaged.last_img read more

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Is There Room for Consolidation in the Dry Bulk Industry

first_imgzoom Consolidation through mergers and acquisitions has been a very prominent trend in the container shipping industry, and more recently the tanker sector. Liner majors such as Maersk Line, Hapag-Lloyd and CMA CGM have already availed of the opportunity to bolster their fleets and reap the benefits.Nevertheless, there are opposite opinions when it comes to consolidation in the dry bulk shipping industry.“At least five fleet consolidations will take place within the next twelve months,” Robert Bugbee, President of Scorpio Bulkers, said while speaking in a panel discussion on the dry bulk shipping industry organized by CapitalLink.At least three of these are expected to take place by June, Bugbee added, without specifying details of the companies that might turn to such a move.As explained, the consolidation is ready to happen in the dry bulk as well, especially taking into account the fact that providers of capital have expressed their preference of giving capital to larger companies rather than smaller market players. As a result, a number of companies in the market are considering joining forces and have launched discussions with counterparts and investment bankers.On the other hand, Polys Hajioannou, Chairman and CEO of Safe Bulkers, doesn’t believe there will be much consolidation in the dry bulk sector.“Each company has is own ideas and policies, and I don’t see many companies out there that could come together and make a meaningful contribution through consolidation,” Hajioannou said.The example of Fredriksen Group acquiring Quintana last year was an exception and had a good timing, according to Hajioannou. However, the deal is not likely to usher in a trend in the industry, he explains.The forecasts are being made as the dry bulk sector emerges from the historically low point in the shipping cycle driven by higher demand for dry bulk cargo originating from China and Brazil. The fundamentals on the supply side have also reached a good point, especially due to the yard availability constraints that are expected to keep ordering activity at bay.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Alphaliner HMM to Add 34 Ships to THE Alliances Network

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license South Korean container shipping major Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is expected to add some 34 ships to THE Alliance’s network in 2020, according to data provided by Alphaliner.Citing deployment plans revealed earlier by HMM, the shipping analyst said that the company would add up to 519,000 TEU to the network once it joins THE Alliance as a full member on April 1, 2020.Although the alliance members have not yet disclosed their new network plans for the next year, Alphaliner noted that the Korean carrier’s ships are expected to be deployed on the following routes:– Asia – North Europe route, where twelve 23,000 TEU newbuildings are scheduled for deployment from the second quarter of 2020;– Asia – Med or Asia – US East Coast route would feature ten of the company’s 13,000 TEU ships, including three vessels currently chartered out to the 2M alliance;– Asia – Pacific Southwest (USWC) route, where HMM would send six 10,000 TEU units, all of which are currently chartered out to the 2M;– Asia – Pacific Northwest (USWC) route, where the company would deploy eight of its 8,600 TEU vessels.Additionally, another eight HMM 15,000 TEU newbuildings are expected to be deployed on the Asia – US East Coast route from the second quarter of 2021.Alphaliner further said that HMM is expected to cooperate with THE Alliance partners on the Far East – Middle East routes, although its participation in the trade is to be downgraded from the 13,000 TEU scale to tonnage of 5,000 to 6,600 TEU.Apart from the newbuildings that the South Korean major would receive in 2020 and 2021, its fleet will be strengthened in April 2020 by redeliveries of nine 10,000 – 13,000 TEU ships currently (sub-)chartered out to Maersk and MSC.The charters were among the conditions set for the 2M-HMM agreement that was signed in March 2017. It resulted in the withdrawal of HMM tonnage from the Far East – North Europe, Far East – Med and Far East – USEC routes.The new arrangement with THE Alliance will allow HMM ships to return to the Far East – Med and Far East – USEC routes. At the same time, the carrier will be able to gradually replace the 5,000 TEU classic panamax ships that it started to send onto the Far East – North Europe route in 2018, with 23,000 TEU giants as of April 2020.last_img read more

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Maersk Koole Terminals to Produce 05 Sulphur Fuel

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Maersk Maersk’s subsidiary Maersk Oil Trading has teamed up with liquid bulk storage operator Koole Terminals for the production of IMO 2020-compliant bunker fuel in the Port of Rotterdam.Maersk said the agreed annual production was expected to cover 5-10% of Maersk’s annual fuel demand, allowing the company to expand its bunker supply volumes in Europe.“The fuel manufacturing process allows Maersk to produce compatible low sulphur fuels that complies with the IMO 2020 sulphur cap implementation, reducing the need to rely on 0.1% price-based gasoil and fuel oil outside the ECA zones,” Niels Henrik Lindegaard, Head of Maersk Oil Trading at A.P. Moller – Maersk, said.The IMO 2020 0.5% sulphur fuel cap will be implemented globally as of January 1, 2020. Bunker fuels within the ECA (Emission Control Area) zones will remain at the current cap of 0.1% sulphur. Koole’s Petrochemical Industrial Distillation (PID) unit, located at the company’s Botlek site at the Port of Rotterdam, will allow Maersk to produce such ECA 0.1% sulphur fuel.The deal with Koole Terminals follows Maersk’s agreement with PBF Logistics from February this year, which will allow Maersk to supply IMO 2020-compliant marine fuel to customers on the US East Coast.Additionally, in August 2018 Maersk signed a leasing agreement with Vopak for storage of 2.3 million mt 0.5% compliant fuel at the Vopak Europoort Terminal in Rotterdam.last_img read more

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Supreme Court of Canada Refuses To Hear Case

first_img The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear the Nova Scotia HumanRights Commission’s appeal of a decision that the commission saidraises questions about harassment and diversity in Canadianworkplaces. “We’re disappointed,” said commission CEO Mayann Francis. “We hadhoped the Supreme Court of Canada would provide legal guidance,not just for Nova Scotians but for all Canadian workplaces. Thestandards have already been established for sexual harassment. Wethought this case might help establish clearer guidelines fordealing with discrimination and the cultural differences onefinds in a diverse workplace.” The Supreme Court announced today, April 28, that it will nothear an appeal in the case of Dorothy Kateri Moore, of Membertou.The court does not give reasons for dismissal of leaveapplications. Ms. Moore filed a complaint with the Nova Scotia Human RightsCommission in 1999, alleging that Trevor Muller, the owner ofPlay it Again Sports in Sydney, and Ronald Muller, a co-worker,discriminated against her when they referred to her as”kemosabe.” An independent board of inquiry was held into the complaint. Thechair of that board of inquiry, David J. MacDonald, ruled inFebruary of 2004 that discrimination did not take place becauseMs. Moore had not clearly shown she was offended by the remark. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission appealed the ruling tothe Nova Scotia Court of Appeal — arguing that the independentboard had erred by placing an undue burden on the complainant toprove that she found the term offensive. In October 2004, the Court of Appeal rejected that argument,upholding the independent board of inquiry’s decision. JusticeDavid Chipman, writing for the three-member appeal court panel,concluded Ms. Moore had not shown that the term was “notoriouslyoffensive.” Ann E. Smith, legal counsel for the Nova Scotia Human RightsCommission, said the commission had hoped the Supreme Court couldclarify that term. “People need to understand what that phrasemeans in order to determine what is or is not consideredacceptable behaviour in the workplace,” she said. “What Iconsider ‘notoriously offensive’ you may not. We wanted somelegal standard that would help people.” Ms. Smith said the Supreme Court does not give explanations forthe cases it accepts or denies. “The Supreme Court’s refusal tohear the case in no way indicates that the questions we haveraised are not worth pursuing. It simply means the issue is notone the Supreme Court wanted to address at this time.” Ms. Francis said that means that the commission will continue toconsider other ways of clarifying the parameters. “Attitudes regarding diversity — and understanding of thecultural differences in the way that individuals deal withdifficulties — have far-reaching implications for Nova Scotia’sracially visible, African Nova Scotian and First Nationscommunities,” she said. “They will impact future immigrationpatterns and, therefore, the province’s economic future. We needto continue to work on this. “This is about much more than the use of one word. It’s aboutestablishing standards that are clear to employers and toemployees, standards that protect and encourage diversity andthat protect every person’s rights under the Human Rights Act.” Copies of the original decision by the independent board ofinquiry and the ruling of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal areavailable on the commission’s website atgov.ns.ca/humanrights/decisions/2004decisions.htm HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION–Supreme Court of Canada Refuses To HearCaselast_img read more

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School Construction Schedule Changes

first_imgStudents in Oxford, Cumberland Co., and on the South Shore will soon have new schools to attend, following an update to provincial school construction schedules. In both cases, new schools will be built instead of renovating existing schools, as was originally planned. “We are investing more than $400 million over eight years to provide safe, modern and healthy schools for the province’s children,” said acting Minister of Education Angus MacIsaac. The new school in Oxford will accommodate about 500 students in grades Primary to 12 and be built at a cost of $11.3 million. It is expected to open in September 2009 and replaces both Oxford Regional Elementary and Oxford Regional High School. The new South Shore school will be home to up to 350 French first language students from the region. It will cost $12 million and should open in September 2009. The new school replaces École de la Rive-Sud in Blockhouse. Due to logistical, site selection or financial pressures, some school construction and renovation schedules approved in 2000 and 2003 have changed. In some cases, the new schedule responds to changing board priorities. In others, the changes stem from the province’s fiscal management strategy. Funding for capital projects like school construction and renovation cannot be carried over from year to year. Re-allocating funding means that some projects will be delivered later than originally proposed. “The majority of school construction and renovation is proceeding on schedule — only a few schools will be delayed. In some cases, this is because we’re building a new school,” said Mr. MacIsaac. Oyster Pond Academy, a $12-million Grade Primary to 9 school on the Eastern Shore expected to open this fall, had to be re-tendered last year after quotations came in about $2 million over budget. Site preparation and foundation work is complete, and construction is expected to start later this spring. The school is scheduled to open in September 2007. Northside School in North Sydney, originally scheduled to open in the fall of 2007, will be delayed until September 2009. The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board requested changes to the scope of the originally approved project and the location first recommended by the board’s site-selection team had environmental issues. Other locations have been recommended but none so far fully meet the community’s needs. The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board also requested that a new junior high planned for Glace Bay open at the same time as the Northside School. Construction timing for the two Truro elementary schools announced last September will change but both should open in September 2007, as planned. Musquodobit Rural High, Stewiacke Elementary, the Waverly/L.C. Skerry Elementary and Halifax South Elementary schools are on schedule. (These are working names for the schools; their official names will be determined later by the school boards.) A new renovation project has also been approved — a $2.2 million upgrade to Middleton High School in the Annapolis Valley. The project will be completed in the 2008-09 school year. The project has received considerable community support. Of the 45 schools approved in 2003 for renovation, seven will see changes to their schedules. All other renovation projects will be completed by their assigned dates. The province has built 15 new schools since 2000 and others will be ready soon. The $11.6-million Barrington Municipal High will open to 720 students in grades 7 to 12 in the spring and the $6-million Rankin School in Iona will open for its 155 students in grades Primary to 12 in the fall. Together, the 15 schools were completed $21 million under budget. In 2003, the province approved construction of an additional 12 new schools, including the replacement for Queen Elizabeth and St. Patrick’s high schools in Halifax. The new Sir John A. Macdonald High School was approved in January 2004. School boards submit their priorities for new schools and renovations to the Department of Education. The departments ask its School Capital Construction Committee to review the boards’ priorities in order to develop a provincial priority list. The committee includes representatives from the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, and the departments of Education, Finance, and Transportation and Public Works.last_img read more

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Premier Tours Bluenose II Construction Site

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter was in Lunenburg today, Aug. 18, to tour the construction site for the Bluenose II restoration project and see the impact the project is having on the local economy. “I am pleased that the province’s support of the Bluenose II restoration project is helping to create good jobs and grow the economy,” said Premier Dexter. “The Bluenose II is fundamental to the identity of the province of Nova Scotia and we’re committed to seeing this project through.” The premier was joined by Prime Minister Stephen Harper as he visited the project site on the Lunenburg waterfront. Bluenose II was moved to Lunenburg Foundry and Industrial Engineering on Aug. 16, for the next phase of work. “There is tremendous interest in this project and that is great for the local tourism industry,” said Premier Dexter. “When construction begins this fall, there will be opportunities for visitors to learn about the history of the Bluenose and the skills of Nova Scotia’s boat builders.” The province is investing $9.9 million in the Bluenose II restoration project. A $12.5-million construction contract was awarded to the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance on July 8 as part of the announcement by the provincial and federal governments in May 2009. The federal government’s contribution comes through the federal Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The alliance includes Covey Island Boatworks, Lunenburg Foundry and Industrial Engineering and Synder’s Shipyard Ltd. of Daysprings, Lunenburg Co.last_img read more

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Les musées de la NouvelleÉcosse sont prêts à célébrer fièrement la fête

first_imgPlusieurs musées de la Nouvelle-Écosse organisent des activités et des journées portes ouvertes dans le cadre de la fête du Canada, le 1er juillet. « Cette fin de semaine, les Néo-Écossais peuvent célébrer notre pays et apprendre au sujet de la culture et de l’histoire du pays en se rendant à un musée, a dit David Wilson, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. En faisant en sorte que l’apprentissage soit amusant, le réseau des musées de la province améliore la qualité de vie dans les collectivités de la Nouvelle-Écosse. » Au Musée et parc du domaine Uniacke à Mount Uniacke, les visiteurs peuvent passer l’après-midi à jouer à des jeux traditionnels tout en explorant l’un des manoirs les plus grandioses de la Nouvelle-Écosse. La maison, construite en 1816, contient toujours les biens originaux de la famille Uniacke. Le terrain pittoresque compte des sentiers pédestres dont le niveau de difficulté varie. À Pubnico-Ouest, le Village historique acadien offre de délicieuses gâteries, de la musique qui vous fera danser et l’entrée gratuite de 16 h à 18 h. Les visiteurs de tous les âges sont invités à venir découvrir une communauté prospère dans ce village côtier du début des années 1900 qui présente le caractère assidu et l’esprit joyeux du peuple acadien. À l’autre bout de la province à Iona, dans le comté de Victoria, le Musée du village des Hautes-Terres tient une journée portes ouvertes gratuite dans le cadre de la fête du Canada. Le seul musée d’histoire vivante sur la langue et la culture gaéliques en Amérique du Nord, qui inclut un magnifique terrain de 43 acres, offre aux visiteurs l’occasion de participer à un céilidh traditionnel, d’entendre des chansons gaéliques, d’apprendre des phrases en gaéliques et de découvrir l’esprit pionnier des Gaëls d’Écosse. Dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, le Musée d’histoire naturelle offre l’entrée gratuite toute la journée et met en vente les laissez-passer pour les familles au prix spécial de 18,67 $ (taxes en sus). Le laissez-passer pour les familles inclut l’entrée au musée pour deux adultes et leurs enfants pendant toute une année. Également dans la MRH, l’entrée au CSS Acadia, le plus gros artéfact du Musée maritime de l’Atlantique, est gratuite le jour de la fête du Canada. Le CSS Acadia, qui est accosté derrière le Musée maritime, a été un pionnier dans la recherche hydrographique au début des années 1900. Il a servi de patrouilleur et d’escorteur pendant les deux guerres mondiales, et il s’agit du dernier navire ayant survécu à l’explosion d’Halifax. Le navire célèbre son 98e anniversaire le 8 juillet. Le réseau des musées de la Nouvelle-Écosse, établi en 1868, est l’un des plus anciens réseaux provinciaux au Canada. Ses 27 musées incluent plus de 200 bâtiments historiques, des sites d’histoire vivante, des navires et près d’un million d’artéfacts et de spécimens. Pour plus d’information sur les 27 musées, les activités prévues, les coordonnées des musées, les droits d’entrée et les heures d’ouverture, allez à http://museum.gov.ns.ca.last_img read more

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Province Announces Nova ScotiaChina Live Lobster Quality Project

first_imgA new lobster quality initiative between Nova Scotia and Tmall-Alibaba, an online retail company in China, will set a premium quality standard for exported Nova Scotia lobster. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell announced today, Feb. 15, that Nova Scotia has signed a memorandum of understanding with the company, to help provide premium quality Nova Scotia lobster to growing online markets in China. “Nova Scotia is known worldwide for its premium quality lobster and seafood, all harvested from the cold and pristine waters of the Atlantic Ocean,” said Mr. Colwell. “This agreement will establish a supply chain of Nova Scotia lobster to our largest market, while raising the quality standards in our lobster and seafood industries even further.” The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture solicited interest from qualified Nova Scotian lobster shippers. Three shippers were selected to take part in the pilot project. They are: Gidney Fisheries Ltd., Centreville, Digby Co. Nautical Seafoods Ltd., Parkers Cove, Annapolis Co. Fisherman’s Market Intl. Ltd., Bedford. “We are honoured and excited to be a part of the upcoming live lobster quality export project between Nova Scotia and Tmall-Alibaba,” said Robert Mac Donald, Gidney’s president and general manager. “As a global exporter of live lobsters we see this as an opportunity to showcase our superior lobster quality to consumers through Tmall-Alibaba’s assistance and dominance in the e-commerce marketplace.” Through the agreement the suppliers have committed to sending 300,000 quality-certified live lobsters as the beginning of a long-term quality program. To reduce mortality issues associated with long-haul export, variable quality, and handling issues, Perennia, a not-for-profit corporation with expertise in food quality and safety, has been asked to put a strict quality certification procedure in place. The procedure will include a quality standards manual, a training program and regular audits at participating export plants in Nova Scotia and the receiver sites in China. Nova Scotia is the primary supplier of live lobster from Canada. In 2015, the province exported $113 million worth of lobster to China. Overall seafood exports to China exceeded $210 million.last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Sydney

first_imgCAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Kenwood Drive On Friday, Aug. 18, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kenwood Drive at the intersection of Conn Street in Sydney will be closed to all but local traffic during culvert repairs. A detour around the worksite will be provided for through traffic. -30-last_img

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Kumaraswamy expands cabinet by inducting 2 ministers

first_imgBengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Friday expanded his cabinet by inducting two Independent MLAs into the ministry in an apparent move to give stability to his 13-month-old wobbly government. In the much-awaited expansion, R Shankar and H Nagesh were sworn in as cabinet-rank ministers by Governor Vajubhai Vala who administered them the oath of office and secrecy at a ceremony at the Raj Bhavan. Shankar had served as minister during the initial days of the Kumaraswamy government but was dropped from the cabinet during the rejig in December last year. He and Nagesh had sided with the BJP and written to the governor withdrawing support to the government. As the BJP failed in its alleged attempts to topple the coalition government, the two lawmakers made a u-turn and moved closer to the coalition. The two were inducted from the JD(S) and Congress’ share in the ministry, in an attempt to block chances of their switching over to the BJP whom the ruling coalition has accused of trying to dislodge the Kumaraswamy government.last_img read more

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119 docs tender resignation at North Bengal Medical College in solidarity with

first_imgDarjeeling: 119 doctors have handed over their resignations at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH) near Siliguri on Friday, in solidarity with the junior doctors on strike at NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata.”We have received resignations from 119 doctors. We have also written to the Health department that if this spate continues it will be very difficult to continue giving services,” stated Prabir Deb, principal of North Bengal Medical College and Hospital. It may be mentioned here that services are provided by 300 senior faculty members and doctors with the help of around 200 interns and junior doctors at NBMCH, where the interns and junior doctors are currently observing ceasework. On Friday, the Outpatient Department (OPD) at NBMCH remained shut, while emergency patients were treated by the senior doctors. “We have appealed to the students and junior doctors to normalise the situation,” stated Kaushik Samaddar, superintendent of NBMCH.last_img read more

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130 fighters killed in 48 hours in northwest Syria Monitor

first_imgBeirut: Fighting raged in northwest Syria on Thursday with clashes between regime forces and jihadist-led fighters killing 130 combatants in two days, a war monitor said. The Idlib region, home to some three million people, is supposed to be protected by a months-old international truce deal, but it has come under increased bombardment by the regime and its Russian ally since late April. On the southwestern edges of the jihadist-run enclave, bombardment and fierce fighting since Tuesday have killed 89 anti-regime fighters and left 41 dead on the government side, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London This included at least 14 anti-regime fighters and 21 pro-government forces killed early Thursday, it said. The fighting has centred around the village of Tal Meleh in the north of Hama province, according to the Britain-based monitoring group. “The clashes are ongoing,” with both regime and Russian war planes pounding the area, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said. On Wednesday, 17 civilians were killed in regime bombardment on several parts of the rebel region, he said. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador Russia and rebel backer Turkey brokered an agreement intended to stave off an all-out regime assault on Idlib in September, but that deal was never fully implemented as jihadists refused to withdraw from the planned buffer zone. The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group, led by ex-members of Al-Qaeda’s former Syria affiliate, extended its control over the region, which spans most of Idlib province as well as slivers of the adjacent provinces of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo. The Syrian government and Russia have upped their bombardment of the region since late April, killing more than 400 civilians, according to the Observatory. Syria’s war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions at home and abroad since it started in 2011 with the repression of anti-government protests.last_img read more

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Cops charged for alleged gangrape of woman whose relative died in custody

first_imgJaipur: Around half a dozen policemen, including a suspended inspector, were booked Sunday for allegedly beating, torturing and gangraping a woman whose brother-in-law had died in police custody in Rajasthan’s Churu district on July 6.The Dalit woman, who is admitted at SMS Hospital in Jaipur, alleged she and her brother-in-law Nemichand were illegally detained by the then SHO and other policemen of Sardarshahar Police Station in Churu. “Based on the woman’s statement, recorded Saturday, an FIR against the then SHO and five to seven other policemen was registered today. The case will be investigated by CID-CB,” said Sardarshahar Police Station SHO Mahendra Dutt Sharma, who took charge after Nemichand’s death came to light. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The case has been registered under sections 376-D (gangrape), 343 (wrongful confinement for three or more days), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the SC and ST (Prevention Of Atrocities) Act. Nemichand, 22, was arrested in a theft case on July 6 morning and was admitted to a hospital where he died in the night, officials have maintained. This account has been contested by the deceased’s kin. Nemichand was picked up by the police on June 30 and kept in illegal detention, Nemichand’s brother has alleged. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”The policemen then came to my home with my brother on July 3 but took him back along with my wife on the same day. On the way to the police station, my brother told my wife that he was being beaten and tortured. They kept both in illegal detention and beat them. My brother was murdered by the police on July 6,” Nemichand’s brother said. He has alleged his wife was beaten, her nails plucked, eyes hurt and even gangraped by the policemen. He said his wife was the witness to the murder of his younger brother in police custody. He further alleged that the accused policemen forced his family to conduct the last rites of Nemichand on the night on July 7. Nemichand’s brother has accused the then SHO Ranvir Singh among the “five to seven other policemen” who tortured and gangraped his wife. After Nemichand’s custodial death came to light, the SHO and six other policemen were suspended. Remaining policemen of the station were shunted to police lines and a judicial inquiry was ordered. A written complaint signed by the victim woman from SMS hospital has been sent to DGP Bhupendra Singh on Friday, following which her statement was recorded Saturday. The government has also removed Churu SP Rajendra Kumar and put him on APO (awaiting posting orders) status, citing administrative reasons and Circle Officer, Sardarshahar, Bhanwar Lal was suspended late Friday night. “We demand stern action against the accused policemen. This is the cruel face of police and we will be holding a statewide protests to make sure the victim family gets justice,” Sunil Kranti, a social activist assisting Nemichand’s family, said.last_img read more

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To arrange money for marriage man plotted robbery

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Sunday said that they have arrested a person who scripted a robbery plot of 10 Lakh rupees in Outer North area. Police claimed that the accused wanted to marry her girlfriend for which he committed the offence. Police identified the accused as Gagandeep (22) and his associate Vivek Raghav (30). Complainant ( now accused) Gagandeep had reported the robbery of Rs 10 lakh at Narela Ind. Area police station on the intervening night of 11-12 July. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsDeputy Commissioner of Police (Outer-North) Gaurav Sharma said that as per his statement accused’s employer sent him to Karol Bagh to procure Rs 10 lakh. He claimed while coming back to DSIIDC in Narela, two men on a bike snatched his bag containing money. Later, the accused’s story turned out to be fake. When he was further examined he disclosed some points which were he is a regular spectator of TV serial based on crime. He was aware of how police track a criminal. Gagandeep was in love with a girl and going to marry her on July 20. For that reason he needed money. Further, he was aware that he had gained faith of his employer and his employer has shifted to Panipat. This was the last money transaction through him so he changed his mind and plotted this story with his friend Vivek Raghav.last_img read more

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SHADO Group to invest USD10 mn in Pune factory to produce electric

first_imgSingapore: Singapore-based SHADO Group plans to invest USD 10 million (approximately Rs 70 crore) in its Pune factory to produce electric three-wheelers, the first of which will be unveiled in Bengaluru later in the day. The three-wheeler, branded as ERICK, is among the latest electric vehicle (EV) technologies based on affordable low-voltage, high-performance instantly-charged transportation mode, Saurabh Markandeya, Co-CEO and Executive Director at SHADO Group, told PTI. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal He stated that the company plans to invest USD 10 million in its Pune factory to these electric three-wheelers, adding that it is also planning to exports to emerging economies. The group, which has its research and development centres in Singapore, Malacca and Bengaluru, is in the process of starting production of 1,000 units per month from Pune this month for India. The zero-emission three-wheeler is designed to work in urban environment, he pointed out. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost ERICK has a range of 70-km per charge and is capable of operating at high ambient temperatures and exceeds gasoline, CNG and diesel vehicles in performance. ERICK passenger and the cargo three-wheeler models will be available in urban India and developing markets in Africa and South East Asia. The vehicles are designed and manufactured by Bengaluru-based Adarin Engineering Technologies following its merger with SHADO Group in 2017. The present fleet of EVs take too long to charge, are expensive and charging stations are few and far between, Markandeya observed. EVs need to match conventional vehicles in performance, cost and durability, as well as have the requisite charging infrastructure in place, he elaborated. SHADO group intends to partner Indian Small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs to build out a pan-India charging ecosystem that will go on to enable the widespread consumer adoption of electric vehicles, said Markandeya.last_img read more

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Police Chief inaugurates DCP office complex in Outer North District

first_imgNew Delhi: The Commissioner of Delhi Police Amulya Patnaik on Friday inaugurated DCP office complex of Outer-North district at Samaipur Badli police station.The complex will house English offices, visitor’s lounge and a conference hall with all modern facilities. According to police, the district carved out of North-West and Rohini districts has been functional since January 1, 2019. There is also a mess and wet canteen facilities for the staff. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSpeaking on the occasion, the CP Delhi said that the purpose of establishing Outer-North district was to enhance police strength and visibility in this strategically significant area. It has yielded the desired results as the crime graph has gone down. The top cop appreciated public cooperation through Prahari, Police Mitra and other community policing initiatives, which work as force multipliers. He hoped that such public participation would continue for better policing. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe further underlined that the district is assuming significance with growing industrial areas and emerging educational institutions. DCP, Outer-North gave a detailed presentation on functioning and aspects of policing in the district. Mobile Picketing Van was also launched on this occasion. This vehicle is equipped with barricades, anti-terrorist and anti-riot gears and automated equipment. It will be useful in checking criminal activities with an element of surprise, considering a wide range of the district with an expanded rural area. Special CP (Traffic) Taj Hassan, Special CP (Ops) Muktesh Chander, Special CP (L&O south) RS Krishnia, Special CP (L&O north), Special CP (HQ) SK Gautam, Special CP (Vigilance) Sundari Nanda, Joint CP (NR) Manish Agarwal, Joint CP (CR) Rajesh Khurana and Joint CP (ER) Alok Kumar, were also present on the occasion besides Police Mitras and representatives of local RWAs. According to the Delhi Police annual report of 2018, as many as 15 new police stations, seven new sub-divisions and one new district have started functioning from January 1, 2019. “The need for creation of new police stations was felt to balance the workload of heavy police stations and to rationalize the unmanageable areas of police stations to improve policing. The new district “Outer-North” has been created after carving out areas from the exiting Rohini and North-West districts,” added the report.last_img read more

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India will not balk at using strength to defend itself

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said that India will not balk at using its strength to defend itself, while addressing a defence dialogue in the South Korean capital of Seoul on Thursday. Rajnath Singh is on a three-day official visit to South Korea in the second leg of a two-nation tour which also involved Japan. He was addressing a special session of the Seoul Defence Dialogue on Thursday, excerpts of which he shared on his twitter handle. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The Defence Minister said: “Shared my views on the strong currents towards peace that are present in the Korean Peninsula.” “India has never been an aggressor in its history, nor will it ever be. But that does not mean that India would balk at using its strength to defend itself,” he said. In August, Rajnath Singh had sparked a debate over India’s nuclear doctrine and the no first use policy. During a visit to Pokhran on the occasion of former Prime Minister late Atal Bihar Vajpayee’s birth anniversary, Rajnath Singh had said that India has strictly adhered to the no first use nuclear doctrine but what happens in the future depends on the circumstances. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “Defence diplomacy is a key pillar of India’s strategic toolkit. In fact, defence diplomacy and maintaining strong defence forces are two sides of the same coin. They go hand-in-hand,” the Defence Minister said in Seoul. Rajnath Singh’s statement on Thursday comes amid the heightened military tension between India and Pakistan following the withdrawal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5. In the last week of August, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had warned about nuclear warfare in the Indo-Pak region during an address to his nation. “If this issue worsens to a war-like situation, then one must remember that both the countries are nuclear states. And no one wins a nuclear war. Whether the world supports us or not, Pakistan will go to any length now,” he had said. However, Imran Khan made a complete U-turn on Pakistan’s nuclear doctrine earlier this week when he said that his country is committed to the ‘no first use’ policy.last_img read more

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Treat awaits Delhis book lovers

first_imgOne of the major attractions for the bibliophiles, the 25th edition of the Delhi Book Fair alongwith other concurrent events, namely, 21th Stationery Fair, 5th Office Automation Fair and Corporate Gifts Fair commenced at Pragati Maidan , New Delhi, on September 11.These five day events were formally inaugurated by Rajesh Agrawal, IAS, Executive Director, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) in Hall 7, Pragati Maidan. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe Delhi Book Fair has been organised by ITPO in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP). Present on the occasion were R K Mittal, President, FIP, Ashutosh Varma, General Manager, ITPO and Dr Ashok Gupta, Secretary General, FIP, participants and media persons. This year, theme of the fair is ‘150 years of Mahatma Gandhi’ which has also been depicted with a pictorial exhibition titled Timeline outside Hall 7. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThere is a thematic display of books pertaining to the Gandhian thoughts and life. Delhi Book Fair also aims to project aspiration of ‘New India’ as envisioned by the Prime Minister. Highlighting ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’, this year, Delhi Book Fair aims to project education and skill development as key drivers for all other sectors. Over 130 exhibitors are taking part in these events. Apart from students, book fair is also an ideal event for intellectuals, scholars, authors, librarians, teachers, and all those who have deep interest in Indian culture and literature. This edition of the fair will once again be about printed and digital content. While promoting an overall culture of reading, the fair aims to provide a conducive environment for promotion of book trade. Extensive efforts have been made to invite faculty and students from different schools as well as colleges. Visitor entry to the event is free and allowed from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm from Gate No.1 and 10.last_img read more

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Turkey President Erdogan hosts Putin Rouhani for Syria summit

first_imgAnkara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host his Russian and Iranian counterparts on Monday for their latest summit on Syria, with attention focused on Damascus’s push on the last rebel-held bastion of Idlib. Presidents Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani will join Erdogan in the Turkish capital Ankara for their fifth summit on the conflict since 2017. Iran and Russia have been staunch supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey has called for his ouster and backed opposition fighters. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut with Assad’s position looking increasingly secure, Turkey’s priority has shifted to preventing a mass influx of refugees from Idlib in Syria’s northwest. Turkey is concerned by the steady advance of Syrian forces into the region, backed by Russian airpower, despite a series of ceasefires. Turkey has 12 observation posts in Idlib to enforce a buffer zone agreement struck a year ago with Russia to prevent a full-scale Syrian offensive. But the posts look increasingly threatened, with one of them cut off from the rest of Idlib when Syrian forces advanced last month. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsRussian air strikes have continued in the region despite the latest ceasefire between Ankara and Moscow on August 31. “A large number of terrorists are still present in this zone… and fighters continue to fire on the positions of government forces,” Kremlin advisor Yuri Ushakov said on Friday. The Turkish presidency said the leaders would discuss the latest developments in Syria as well as “ensuring the necessary conditions for the voluntary return of refugees and discussing the joint step to be taken in the period ahead with the aim of achieving a lasting political solution.” Moscow is keen to see progress on establishing a constitutional committee to oversee the next stage of the political settlement in Syria. That would give Putin a political win to add to its military victories, said Dareen Khalifa, senior Syria analyst at International Crisis Group. But she said expectations should remain low. Even if they could agree on who will form the committee, “this leaves a crux of issues unaddressed for the future of the political process including the regime’s ability and willingness to undertake any kind of political reform,” Khalifa said. All three leaders are expected to hold one-on-one meetings before the summit, the Kremlin said. They will also hold a closing news conference with a view to presenting a joint declaration. Meanwhile, Turkey has other concerns regarding Syria. It has repeatedly threatened to launch a cross-border offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces, whom it sees as allied to Kurdish militants in its own territory.last_img read more

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