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BJP govt. has pushed farmers into acute distress: Hooda

first_imgSetting the tone of the campaign ahead of the State Assembly polls, due in the later half of 2019, former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday accused the Manohar Lal Khattar government of pushing the farmers into acute distress and misleading them.Mr. Hooda was addressing a gathering in Fatehabad’s Tohana as he launched the fourth phase of his ‘Jan Kranti Yatra’.“The BJP government claims to have implemented the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission and is patting itself on the back after it raised the MSP of paddy to ₹1,750 per quintal and cotton to ₹5,150 per quintal, claiming that farmers are being given 50% profits but that’s far from truth,” said Mr. Hooda.He added that the revised MSP is based only on part of the input costs, not comprehensive costs as suggested by the Swaminathan Commission and added that the Congress would provide 50% profits to farmers on C2 costs.Mr. Hooda alleged that the State government has also failed to deliver on its promises made to the youth of the state. “Before the elections, the BJP had promised to give jobs to youth or give them an unemployment allowance of ₹9,000 per month, they have neither provided the jobs nor the unemployment allowance,” said Mr. Hooda.Power tariffsMr. Hooda said that after returning to power following the elections, the Congress government would provide relief to all sections of the society from rising power tariffs in the State. “The Congress government will provide a 50% reduction in the power tariffs after the elections,” he said, adding that the BJP government is solely responsible for the poor condition of power supply in the State.Mr. Hooda accused the government of failing to control the rise of the drugs menace in Haryana. “The State government has failed to maintain law and order. It was a matter of shame for all of us that Haryana has become the number one State in the country for crime against women. The situation has become so bad that the police have stopped registering cases and the horrible case in Panchkula is the latest example,” he said.Mr. Hooda took on the Indian National Lok Dal, accusing it for being hand-in-glove with the BJP government. “INLD’s agitation against the BJP is a sham and it would not make any impact, even if they continued to agitate for 50 years.”last_img read more

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Women shuttlers bring India back as No 2 in medals tally

first_imgIndian badminton’s golden girls – Saina Nehwal, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa – won India two gold medals on the final day of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, October 14. They thus created history in Indian badminton, winning the first gold medals for the country in Commonwealth Games.While world number three Saina beat Malaysian Mew Choo Wong in a tough women’s singles final 19-21, 23-21, 21-13, Jwala and Ashwini thrashed Singaporeans Sari Shanti Mulia and Yao Lei in straight games.The twin titles in women’s badminton also saw India reclaim their number two position in the medal’s tally as India pushed England to number three with 38 golds with the visitors trailing by one.Going as a favourite, Saina had a disappointing start as she lost the opening game to the revenge-seeking Malaysian. But she fought back in the second game and saved a match point to finally win the game. She dominated in the final game and did not let Wong to overtake her at any point of the game.The 20-year-old Hyderabadi girl had earlier defeated Wong in the ongoing Commonwealth Games’ team event finals, which India had lost to Malaysia 1-3. Saina was the only player to win a match against the much stronger Malaysian team. She had defeated Wong 24-26, 21-17, 21-14.Jwala, Ashwini give India women’s doubles goldEarlier, Jwala and Ashwini registered a historical win for the country as they thrashed favourites Sari Shanti Mulia and Yao Lei of Singapore to claim their first major international victory.advertisementThe duo played to expectation as India’s hopes pinned on the three women shuttlers as well as the men’s hockey team to reclaim the second position from England in the medal’s tally. While the world champions Australia were humiliating in a one-sided men’s final at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, Jwala and Ashwini battled their higher-ranked Singaporean competitors at the packed Siri Fort Stadium.They outplayed top seed Shanti-Lei 21-16, 21-19.Though the Indians had slightly disappointing start in the first game as they conceded three successive points to trail 0-3, a perfect blend of attack and defence brought Jwala and Ashwini back. Soon they were leading in the game, which they ultimately won.The second game saw a similar action as the Indians were trailing at 12-15, but Jwala-Ashwini used drops and smashes to return in the game. Jwala’s aggressive game finally saw the Indian pair through in the second game also.last_img read more

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Major NWA Patching Programme Gets Underway in Kingston

first_img The selected corridors are quite busy and motorists who use these roadways should expect delays. Patching began on Thursday, November 14, 2013 and is expected to be completed within two months. The National Works Agency (NWA) has selected 34 corridors in Kingston and St. Andrew to carry out Hot Mix patching. Patching began on Thursday, November 14, 2013 and is expected to be completed within two months.In Kingston eight corridors are being addressed, where approximately 2,150 square metres of patching is being undertaken. Included in the roads being addressed are Barry Street, Orange Street, Elleston Road, Michael Manley Boulevard, Marcus Garvey Drive and National the Heroes Circle.Twenty-nine corridors in St. Andrew have been selected for patching. Among the corridors are Balmoral Avenue, Red Hills Road, Woodglen Drive, Washington Boulevard, Grants Pen Road, Elizabeth Avenue, Duhaney Drive, Waltham Park Road, Constant Spring Road, Lady Musgrave Road, Hagley Park Road and Ken Hill Drive.Over 4,000 square metres of patching will be carried out along these roadways.Manager of Communication and Customer Services at the National Works Agency, Stephen Shaw says, the selected corridors are quite busy and motorists who use these roadways should expect delays, especially now that we are approaching the Christmas period. Mr. Shaw is advising motorists to use alternative routes of their choice.These Hot Mix patching projects are expected to be completed by the end of January 2014 as activities will be suspended during the Christmas/New Year period. The programme is expected to cost just under $19 million.Motorists are advised to obey posted warning signs and the instructions of flag persons while patching in progress. Story Highlights NWA has selected 34 corridors in Kingston and St. Andrew to carry out Hot Mix patching.last_img read more

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Miranda Lambert And PEDIGREE Brand Unite To Help Shelter Dogs

first_imgMore than four million dogs enter shelters each year – and the PEDIGREE Brand is dedicated to helping change the lives of shelter dogs in a big way.Miranda Lambert And PEDIGREE Brand Unite To Help Shelter DogsTo show their support, today PEDIGREE announced plans to improve shelters across the country through a shelter renovation project. This project is a continuation of the documentary-style See what good food can do campaign that launched in earlier this year to show first-hand how good food can change the lives of shelter dogs, like those featured in the campaign.“Shelter staff and volunteers work around-the-clock to provide love and attention to these pets. Providing much needed improvements to the shelters is a natural next step for us,” said Merritt Gilbert, brand manager, PEDIGREE Brand. “We hope that through the shelter renovation project – and by giving the shelters good food to feed their dogs – we will create a more welcoming and healthy environment. We believe this will lead to more dogs finding their loving homes.”Shelter Renovation ProjectThe PEDIGREE Brand, with the help of independent charitable organization GreaterGood, PEDIGREE associates and community volunteers, is facilitating shelter improvements in every state across the country – such as painting, installing new signage and enhancing kennels and play areas. And, to kick-off the shelter renovation project, PEDIGREE visited special friend and dog-lover, Miranda Lambert, at the Tishomingo Animal Shelter, in her hometown. Miranda, along with her family and friends, rolled up their sleeves to help more than 50 PEDIGREE Associates from across the Midwest transform the Tishomingo Animal Shelter into one that’s more welcoming for the dogs and potential adopters. Together, they cleaned, painted and constructed agility courses – all to help more pets find forever homes.“I’m so happy to be working with PEDIGREE because they are as committed as I am to helping all these beautiful dogs find loving homes. I started supporting this shelter to ensure every dog in my hometown would have a safe place to stay and enough food to fill their bellies. And, PEDIGREE has helped me deliver on both those promises,” said Lambert during the work day at the shelter.Sharing the See what good food can do StoryAlong with the debut of the PEDIGREE Brand’s documentary-style See what good food can do campaign earlier this year, dog loving friends David Ortiz and Josh Duhamel shared their stories through documentary films. In David’s film, he shared his favorite memories about his own dogs Foxxy and Happy while spending time at his local animal shelter, and Josh reminisced about his beloved rescue dog, Meatloaf, and the importance of dog adoption to him and his family. Now, dog lover Miranda Lambert is unveiling her story with a film that showcases her passion for dog adoption and showcases the renovation of her hometown shelter. Check out Miranda’s story – as well as David’s and Josh’s – at Facebook.com/Pedigree.Every dog owner has a tale to tell – stories of lives transformed by shelter dogs who have found their forever homes, the impact a family pet has made on their life, the difference good food has made in the life of their pet and more. PEDIGREE is continuing to rally the support of dog lovers nationwide by calling on them to share their stories – like Miranda, David and Josh have done – with #DogTales on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. For each story shared, the Brand will donate an additional bowl of food to a shelter in need. Together, we can see the impact that good food can make in the life of a shelter dog.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Malala Yousafzai Accepts An Honorary Canadian Citizenship

first_imgIn her second attempt, activist Malala Yousafzai was successful in coming to Canada’s capital to accept an honorary citizenship.During her first attempt in October 2014, she was stopped at the airport due to an attack at Ottawa’s Parliament Hill. This time, however, went off without a hitch, while Malala’s 20-minute speech to Parliament received several standing ovations. The first ovation came in reference to the 2014 incident.“The man who attacked Parliament Hill called himself a Muslim, but he did not share my faith,” Malala said. “He did not share the faith of one and a half billion Muslims, living in peace around the world. He did not share our Islam, a religion of learning, compassion and mercy. I am a Muslim and I believe that if you pick up a gun in the name of Islam and kill an innocent person, you are not Muslim anymore.”In her speech she also spoke about world refugees, the violence many are fleeing and praised Canada’s efforts thus far yet holds out hope for more. “Your motto and your stand ‘Welcome to Canada’ is more than a headline or a hashtag,” she said. “It is the spirit of humanity that every single one of us would yearn for if our family was in crisis.”Malala said she was impressed with Canada’s first gender-balanced cabinet, but she also had a message for her new fellow citizens.“I would like to tell something to the children of Canada: You do not have to be as old as the very young Prime Minister Trudeau to be a leader,” she said. “I have learned that even a child’s voice can be heard across the world. To the young women of Canada I want to say, step forward, raise your voices, and the next time I visit, I hope to see more of you filling these seats. And to the men of Canada, be proud feminists, and help women get equal opportunities as men.”But her bigger ask was for the leaders in the room: to seize every opportunity to ensure that all girls in all countries receive an education. After reciting several statistics showing the economic benefits to countries that educate their boys and girls, Malala said: “Education is vital for the security of the world because extremism grows alongside inequality, in places where people feel they have no opportunity, no voice, no hope. “You can see Malala’s full speech here.Copyright ©2017Look to the Starslast_img read more