We will update this story as more information becomes available. If you have information about this incident you’d like to share, email firstname.lastname@example.org CHETWYND, B.C. – A mudslide in the Pine Pass has derailed a CN train near Hasler Gas Plant.According to Peace FM in Chetwynd, the District of Chetwynd and Peace River Regional District were notified about the incident Friday morning. The mudslide hit the two lead locomotives.CN Rail personnel are on site and working to remove the mudslide debris. At this time there is no indication that diesel fuel is leaking into the Pine River.
“We have not signed the Rome statute,” he said. Earlier the opposition said the government had different views on the matter with the President saying no to foreign judges and the Prime Minister saying international involvement has not been ruled out.The Prime Minister however said today that foreign judges cannot get involved in the process unless they have the approval of the local Supreme Court and the Bar Association of Sri Lanka.Wickremessinghe said that Sri Lanka will conduct the probe on the war within the framework of the Constitution. The Prime Minister also accused some media institutions of attempting to instigate communal disharmony. (Colombo Gazette) He said at the meeting it was agreed that the government position on the investigation on the war is that it will be a domestic process which will be open to international assistance.The Prime Minister said that even the former Government had obtained international assistance when investigating reports on those missing. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremessinghe today in Parliament slammed some media institutions on the manner they had reported the issue over the involvement of foreign judges in the accountability process on the war.He insisted that the government will not agree to an international war crimes tribunal on the Sri Lanka issue. He also slammed some private media institutions saying they are attempting to overthrow the government. The Prime Minister said that he met President Maithripala Sirisena and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday and discussed the issue.
BRUSSELS — The European Union is prolonging sanctions against scores of Russian and Crimean officials as well as companies and groups accused of undermining Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence.EU headquarters said in a statement Wednesday that asset freezes and travel bans against 170 people and 44 “entities,” including militias and banks, will be extended for six months until March 15, 2020.The 28-nation bloc imposed a series of sanctions against Russia and separatists in Ukraine after Moscow annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.They include economic sanctions against Russia and bans on doing business in Crimea.The EU says some measures could be lifted if Russia were to respect the Ukraine peace agreement sealed in 2015. More than 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict.The Associated Press
The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is monitoring the situation after a toddler was bitten by a dog in Simcoe this weekend.Norfolk paramedics were called Sunday around 2 p.m. to a residence on Oakwood Avenue. Officials were told the four-year-old was attacked by the family pet.The child suffered minor injuries to the face and left shoulder. The victim was examined at Norfolk General Hospital as a precautionary measure.Norfolk OPP have turned the matter over to the health unit for further action.
Coordinator Ramiro Lopes da Silva was accompanied by the country representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Ghulam Popal, the World Food Programme (WFP), Torben Due, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Carel de Rooy, and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Francis Dubois. They are expected to arrive in the Iraqi capital later today.Communications, logistics, security and other key staff completed the team of 21 in a convoy of eight vehicles.Their arrival in Baghdad will bring to more than 60 the number of UN international staff working in Iraq. Additional staff will enter the country in the north, centre and south during May to increase the delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need.Mr. Lopes da Silva and heads of the UN humanitarian agencies have been coordinating the delivery of emergency relief into Iraq by the UN since the war began from outside the country, while waiting for conditions in Baghdad to stabilize sufficiently to allow permanent re-entry. He will continue to administer the Oil-for-Food programme, on which 15 million Iraqis depend completely for their daily food requirements, pending any changes to the programme by the Security Council.The team will operate from its headquarters in the Canal Hotel, which was damaged and looted along with other buildings following the collapse of law and order. The Swedish Rescue Service Agency will assist the UN’s re-entry by providing tented accommodation for staff returning to Baghdad.In view of the return to Baghdad, UN humanitarian agencies held the last of their daily briefings in Amman, Jordan, today. UNICEF spokesman Simon Ingram quoted Mr. de Rooy as saying the first thing he would do on reaching the agency’s office in Baghdad would be to give each of his national staff a big hug of gratitude and comfort. The gratitude is well earned, Mr. Ingram said. Throughout the long, dark weeks of the war itself and during the terrifying chaos that ensued, UNICEF’s Baghdad staff had performed heroics, he added. Setting aside the trauma they and their families had endured, they knuckled down to the task of reaching out to the city’s children, beginning the task of restoring countless shattered lives. Recapping their accomplishments, he said they had trucked water daily to hospitals and communities in the most deprived areas of Baghdad, had cleared lorry-loads of hazardous garbage from medical facilities and had helped get vital water treatment plants back up and running. They had gone house-to-house to assess the extent of malnutrition among the city’s children under five and had assisted some of the most vulnerable and brutalized children of all, those living in orphanages and shelters for the abandoned.Mr. Ingram said the remaining tasks were truly enormous. “With more UNICEF staff arriving back in Iraq by the day, our organization is at last acquiring the resources it needs to meet the challenges of the months ahead,” he declared.Underlining just one of the problems, a spokesman for the Humanitarian Coordinator, Ali Hamati, noted that a survey undertaken in Kirkuk in cooperation with UNICEF found that three to four children are being injured by landmines every day.For its part, the World Food Programme (WFP) said its humanitarian corridor from Kuwait was picking up momentum, with 29 trucks moving into southern Iraq today with a food shipment of 1,084 tons – enough for nearly 75,000 people for one month.The World Health Organization (WHO) said three truckloads of medical aid had arrived in Baghdad with meningitis and polio vaccines and surgical kits sufficient to carry out 1,000 thousand surgical operations.The UN High Commissioner for the Refugees (UNHCR), meanwhile, noted that dozens of Iraqis were still stuck in no-man’s-land on the windswept border with Jordan waiting to enter the refugee camp at Ruweished. Some of them had been there for a month, spokesman Peter Kessler said, adding that UNHCR called on all governments in the region to keep their borders open to Iraqi refugees seeking temporary protection.The apparent vacuum, continuing hostilities, and the fact that some groups may well find their human rights threatened was creating at trickle of new asylum seekers, he warned, and for these reasons the right to asylum must be observed by all.
by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 12, 2015 3:06 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,127.18, down 214.75 points):Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE). Oil and gas. Down 10 cents, or 0.55 per cent, to $17.93 on 10.7 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Down 43 cents, or 7.56 per cent, to $5.26 on 7.3 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 18 cents, or 1.82 per cent, to $10.07 on 6.4 million shares. Encana Corp. is deferring some investment plans in Alberta until the provincial government completes its royalty and climate change reviews. Chief executive Doug Suttles said Thursday the company is deferring the decision to build its next gas plant in the Duvernay area even though plant capacity is the limiter to growth in the area.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down two cents, or 1.43 per cent, to $1.38 on 6.2 million shares.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B). Miner. Down one cent, or 0.16 per cent, to $6.27 on six million shares.Geodrill Ltd. (TSX:GEO). Miner. Down three cents, or 5.45 per cent, to 52 cents on 5.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down 81 cents, or 3.66 per cent, to $21.35 on 5.3 million shares. Manulife Financial Corp. saw its third-quarter profit fall compared with a year ago as it was hit by losses related to its oil and gas investments. The insurance company said Thursday it booked $220 million in charges related to its investments as losses in oil and gas were offset in part by gains related to fixed-income redeployment, favourable credit experience and other assets.Finning International Inc. (TSX:FTT). Industrials. Down 86 cents, or 4.30 per cent, to $19.13 on 2.4 million shares. The world’s largest Caterpillar heavy equipment dealer announced Thursday it will lay off 1,100 people in Canada and abroad in a sign that the Vancouver-based company is feeling the repercussions of the decline in commodity prices. The job cuts, representing eight per cent of its total workforce, will include 440 people in Western Canada, 550 in South America and a smaller number in Europe where Finning has operations in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
At the official closing ceremony of the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, representatives from across the United Nations family of agencies weighed in on what had done well and what could be improved upon, noting that while dialogue within diverse communities may create tension, it also builds understanding.Saying that the Forum’s fifth edition had come at “a crucial moment in today’s international arena,” Miguel Moratinos, High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), said that through intercultural dialogue, the world was moving towards a “new multilateralism”.“We are all together here: young, middle class, civil society, the media and the private sector”, he said, praising the diversity of the gathering.Because the Forum brought together different sectors of society, “Baku has been a success”, he added.Observing that “multiculturalism is under attack”, he reminded teh gathering that in a world of “big data and artificial intelligence, where machines talk to each other, at the end of the day, we still need human contact”.“The Baku Process does not end today, it must continue,” he underscored, referring to the intercultural dialogue initiative launched by Azerbaijan over a decade ago, and adding that “tonight we are leaving with hope and strength from these endeavours.”For her part, Nada Al-Nashif, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), acknowledged that while gains have been made, “we can do better”.“We must think about the people who are not here, the youth who remain marginalized on vulnerable edges”, she said, stressing that: “Bridging the gaps between the like-minded is the next challenge.”She detailed the significance of using inter-religious chairs, and hoped that in moving forward, youth would “continue more and more to participate”. UN News/Elizabeth ScaffidiParticipants at the closing ceremony of the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, Azerbaijan.Manuel Butler Halter, Executive Director of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), said “the event put tourism in the right place, which was inspiring and motivating”.He spoke about how although tourism was often seen from an economic perspective, it “also has a valuable social impact”.“Tourism is meeting people,” he stressed. “It is an important driving force for intercultural dialogue because it makes more open-minded, creative and inclusive societies.”Meanwhile, Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) asserted that “we must find remedies to the problems of extremism, radicalism, terrorism and discrimination.”“Common ground brought us together and the way to save the world is to work together,” he concluded.Abulfas Garayev, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, observed that the Forum had been a success because, despite the ages, nationalities, religions or any other factors, the people involved used their actions towards achieving the same goal: “A better world.”The 5th World Forum opened in Baku on 2 May and examined the critical role of intercultural dialogue as an actionable strategy for building human solidarity and helping localities counter the violence and discrimination in diverse communities.Running under the theme Building dialogue into action against discrimination, inequality and violent conflict, it also host the 2nd High Level Panel of the Heads of International Organizations and the Ministerial Panel, aiming to build synergy and partnership among a diverse array of stakeholders on a common roadmap for assisting public, private and third sector organizations in building inclusive and sustainable societies through promoting intercultural dialogue and human dignity. The Government of Azerbaijan, in partnership with UNESCO, UNAOC, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Council of Europe and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), hosted of the Forum.
THE CROWDS may not be as big as before, but the Ballinasloe Horse Fair still brought out big crowds for its closing weekend.Traders and locals say the crowds were down on previous years, but still reported a healthy attendance at what is one of Europe’s oldest horse fairs.
Let this day, Friday, March 11, go down in history as iPad 2 Day. If you didn’t wake up at 4 a.m. ET today to order your new iPad 2 online, then you’re probably standing in line at one of the retailers to buy one at 5 p.m. tonight. Chances are you’ve decided whether or not to buy one with carrier support. If you’re going with carrier support, the next decision to make is whether you’ll be standing in the AT&T store line, or will you join the Verizon Wireless line? One thing that may sway you one way or the other is the price plans. Both service providers’ data pricing plans were unveiled today, and some Verizon supporters may be a little disappointed.AT&T$14.99 for 250MB of data ($14.99 for 250MB of extra bandwidth if you exceed your limit)$25 for 2GB of data (includes one free month, $10 per GB if you exceed your limit)The $14.99 plan is just too small of a quota for a data-heavy device like the iPad, which could be a ploy by AT&T to get you to go over your limit. However, AT&T is offering one free month of 2GB data.Verizon$20 for 1GB of data$35 for 3GB of data$50 for 5GB of data$80 for 10GB of dataVerizon doesn’t make you sign a contract though, so you can turn the data on and off. Unfortunately, we don’t know for sure (officially) yet what Verizon will charge for overages. According to ZDNet’s Matthew Miller, the $20 plan will charge $20 per GB extra, while the other plans will have $10 per GB overage fees. Ideally, Verizon would just bump you to the next plan if you exceed your limit, but that’s not the case.So, AT&T is offering the cheaper plan right now, but this is also new for Verizon, so there’s no way of knowing if prices will change for existing VZW customers.Let us know which service provider you decide to go with and why. Are you a heavy data user? Then you might want to go with Verizon. If 2GB is enough for you, we’ll see you in the AT&T line later today.Read more at ZDNet
34 Comments Garda Sergeant Kelvin Courtney told RTÉ’s Crimeline that the new note makes it difficult to counterfeit and urged people to get familiar with the new note to avoid confusion.He added that all the old €50 notes are still legal tender.Read: ‘All we want is closure’: New appeal for missing Esra Uyrun as her mother battles cancer> Short URL By Cliodhna Russell A NEW €50 note will be introduced by the European Central Bank next week.A €5, €10 and €20 note have already been released as part of the new Europa series.The European Central Bank says the notes are very easy to check using the feel, look and tilt method.The new note feels crisp and firm. There is also raised embossing along the edges and the centre of the note.When looked at against light, a portrait window and watermark as well as the security thread become visible.And if you tilt the banknote, the silvery stripe reveals a portrait of Europa in a transparent window and the emerald number displays an effect of the light that moves up and down. Monday 27 Mar 2017, 10:55 PM http://jrnl.ie/3310249 Share175 Tweet Email10 This is what the new €50 note (and its security features) looks like The European Central Bank says the notes are very easy to check using the feel, look and tilt method. 31,760 Views Image: screengrab via RTÉ Image: screengrab via RTÉ Mar 27th 2017, 10:55 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
L’électron serait quasi-sphériquePubliée dans la dernière édition de la revue Nature, une étude expérimentale britannique suggère, avec une précision accrue, une forme sphérique pour l’électron, à l’encontre de la théorie dite de “l’hyper-symétrie”.Avec une précision deux fois supérieure à toutes les mesures précédentes, des chercheurs de l’Imperial College de Londres ont montré que l’électron, cette particule qui orbite autour du noyau des atomes, avait une forme très proche d’une sphère parfaite. Conforme à la théorie du Modèle Standard, dominante en physique quantique, cette donnée ne s’inscrit pas, en revanche, dans le modèle dit de “l’hyper-symétrie”, qui suppose, elle, une forme plus ovoïde pour l’électron.À lire aussiUne mystérieuse particule radioactive détectée au-dessus de l’Alaska intrigue les scientifiques”Classiquement, les gens pensent que l’électron est rond comme une petite balle. Mais certaines théories avancées de la physique pensent qu’il n’est pas rond, c’est pourquoi nous avons conçu une expérience visant à vérifier cela avec un degré très élevé de précision”, déclare l’auteur principal de l’étude, Jony Hudson, qui espère multiplier par quatre la précision de ses mesures d’ici cinq ans.”Nous serons alors en mesure de dire : ‘la super-symétrie est juste, parce que nous avons vu un électron déformé’ ou bien ‘la super-symétrie est probablement mauvaise, car nous n’avons pas vu cela'”, précise-t-il.”Un facteur de deux [dans l’amélioration de la précision des mesures] ne change pas l’opinion générale de la communauté des physiciens sur ce qui se passe”, remarque toutefois le Pr Aaron Leanhardt, de l’Université du Michigan, aux États-Unis, qui convient cependant qu’à terme, ce type de recherche pourrait “contraindre les théories possibles, ainsi que ce qui pourrait être découvert au grand collisionneur de hadrons du CERN”. Le 27 mai 2011 à 13:59 • Emmanuel Perrin
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 2, 2018 – Nassau – The Government of The Bahamas will, this year, waive the business license fees for new businesses in order to encourage business development and small business enterprise, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said. The Government will also, this year, waive business license fees for businesses with earnings of under $100,000 “to help with economic relief for small businesses.”The Prime Minister’s announcements came during his National Address Monday night (January 29, 2018).“These businesses will still have to go through the licensing process, but will be exempt from the business license fee for 2018,” Prime Minister Minnis said.Prime Minister Minnis also announced that the Cabinet of The Bahamas has approved the launch of the Small Business Development Centre of The Bahamas, scheduled for this year. The initiative will be spearheaded by the Government, in conjunction with the University of The Bahamas and The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation with support from the Organization of American States (OAS).“This Centre will provide a resource for all Bahamians to receive advisory and technical support when seeking to open a business or expand their operations,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“The Centre will steer entrepreneurs to available funding opportunities through government or private means. It will also assist business owners in navigating the regulatory and tax registration requirements for a new business,” Prime Minister Minnis added.By: Matt Maura (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 15, 2019 San Diego residents file lawsuit against California’s assault weapons ban August 15, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three San Diego residents filed a federal lawsuit today challenging California’s assault weapon ban, with the plaintiffs alleging that the state is violating its residents’ Second Amendment rights by itsallegedly misguided definition of assault weapons.The suit, filed on behalf of James Miller, Patrick Russ and Ryan Peterson, as well as the San Diego County Gun Owners Political Action Committee, alleges that the types of firearms banned under California’s definition of assault weapons are lawfully protected under the Second Amendment.The suit calls California’s usage of the term “assault weapons,” “a politically-concocted pejorative term designed to suggest that there is an inherently unlawful or illegitimate basis for owning otherwise common firearmsprotected by the Second Amendment.”The plaintiffs allege that the state has prohibited certain lawful firearms by designating them assault weapons under faulty rationales, such as basing its assault weapon status on the rifle’s ammunition capacity.“The government cannot ban the constitutionally-protected firearms at issue in this case,” attorney George M. Lee said. “We look forward to proving that the state’s statutes, policies, and practices at issue in thiscase are both unconstitutional and irrational.”The lawsuit references U.S. District Court Judge Roger Benitez’s recent ruling that California’s ban on high-capacity magazines was unconstitutional. Benitez later stayed his own order.“This is a straightforward case to protect our clients’ constitutional rights and property,” the plaintiffs’ attorney, John Dillon, said. “The state of California’s ban on these firearms will fail constitutional scrutiny for the same reasons that its ban on firearm magazines did.”Dillon also represents the plaintiffs in another suit filed in San Diego federal court last month on behalf of Matthew Jones, Thomas Furrh and several firearm-advocacy organizations, which alleges that the state’s ban onfirearm purchases for people between the ages of 18 and 21 represents age discrimination and infringes on the rights of law-abiding young adults.
CANBY, Ore. — An Oregon Department of Transportation crew is finishing cleanup work Monday on a rockslide that’s restricting traffic on Highway 99 near Canby.KGW reports the slide Sunday afternoon blocked three lanes and forced the closure of the highway for three hours. Fortunately none of the boulders hit carsCrews cleared all but the one northbound left to open Monday.ODOT geologists also are assessing the damage.
MIAMI SHORES, FLA. (WSVN) – The FBI is looking for the person behind a robbery at a Miami Shores bank.A surveillance camera inside the Chase branch, near Northeast 96th Street and Second Avenue, got a glimpse of the robber wearing a white ball cap as he spoke to a teller, Monday, at around 2:40 p.m.He demanded an undisclosed amount of money before walking out of the bank.The FBI has since released photographs of the robber. Customers were inside the bank. However, no one was hurt.If you recognize this man, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Air Force could be forced to adjust its latest plan for retiring its fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft, under the House version of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill.Earlier this year, the service proposed to gradually retire the fleet beginning in FY 2018 and ending by Oct. 1, 2021.The chairman’s mark, unveiled Monday, would require the Air Force to maintain a minimum of 171 A-10 aircraft designated as primary mission aircraft. The bill also would prohibit the service from making any significant reductions to manning levels of the beloved attack plan until the DOD office responsible for testing weapons systems and the Air Force complete reports on the results of the initial operational test and evaluation of the F-35 aircraft program as well as a test comparing the capabilities of the F-35A and A-10C.The comparative test needs to evaluate both aircraft’s ability to conduct close air support, combat search and rescue, and forward air controller airborne missions, reported Defense News.The Air Force has been trying to retire the jet for several years in response to the statutory budget caps, but has been blocked by lawmakers. It plans to replace the A-10 with the multi-role F-35, although officials have said the fifth-generation fighter cannot match the A-10 as a single-mission close air support aircraft.The Air Force needs to begin divesting A-10 squadrons in FY 2018 to free up the necessary manpower to field the F-35 when it reaches full operational capability in FY 2021. The service is experiencing shortages in maintenance personnel, including crew chiefs and avionics specialists.The chairman’s mark is available on the committee website.
New Delhi: It was one of the most blissful days in the life of Priya Priyadarshini Jain for it also marked the grand launch of coffee table book on ’50 most influential Indian women worldwide’ featuring her as one of the most prominent personalities from India. “Indian Woman of Influence Awards” had awardees from various countries like Britain, India, USA, Spain, and Scotland. The award recognized the power of Indian women residing in different parts of the world. This award assures that women of Indian origin are the leaders in their respective fields in the countries they presently live. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor accepts Modi’s language challenge Advertise With Us The awards were presented by the Barons of the UK Parliament in the glittering presence of respected Member of Parliament, their families and the elite section of London. It was indeed a memorable moment for every recipient which they’ll cherish for the rest of their life. While accepting the award at the UK Parliament, Priya owed the award to her late father Mr DK Jain who was a pioneer in the field of education and business. She has inherited high values, skill and zeal of entrepreneurship from the deeds and thoughts of her father. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us Priya firmly believes that one may be born rich, or have an illustrious and much wealthy legacy but to get further success and reputation one has to have the vision and hard work. “You have to set your own goal. You have to pave your path. You have to believe in yourself. Think a thousand times before you make a decision but once started never look back,” she says. Advertise With Us Priya has deep faith in nation-building and her interest for the same could be understood through her articles on Skill India & Ayushman Bharat being published in many magazines and newspapers. She is a great admirer and follower of the incumbent Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. She once said that the vision and dedication of the PM to make “New India”, made an everlasting impact on her. The award ceremony was also concurred with the official launch of coffee table book on ’50 most influential Indian women worldwide’ which featured top Indian women like former President of India Pratibha Patil, Nita Ambani, Baroness Smith, MP Caroline, Hema Malini, Shilpa Shetty, Pinky Anand, Shivani Mehra along with Priya Priyadarshini Jain and others.
Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor confess love on stage.InstagramSpeculations of Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt planning to move in together has been making the rounds for quite some time now. There were reports of the duo even looking out for houses to invest in together. And since there were the rumours of them planning to tie the knot right after Brahmastra, the move seemed quite logical too.However, the latest we hear is that Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt are not in a rush to start staying together. In fact, if a Deccan Chronicle report is to be believed, Ranbir Kapoor apparently wants to move back in with his parents – Rishi and Neetu Kapoor. Ever since Rishi Kapoor has been recuperating in New York, his bond with son Ranbir Kapoor has become stronger, which wasn’t the case earlier.In fact, long back, in an interview with Mumbai Mirror, Rishi Kapoor had expressed his sadness when Ranbir Kapoor had decided to move out their home and live with Katrina Kaif in a plush pad the duo bought together. “My father gave me space when I moved out after marriage and I give Ranbir his space too when he decided to move out and share a home with his girlfriend. In this house, he had one room: how could that be enough for a 33-year-old boy?”Talking about his equation with Ranbir, Rishi had said, “He’s a great son, he listens to me but I don’t interfere in his career because my career is mine and he is his. I know I’ve screwed up my relationship with Ranbir even though my wife kept telling me about what I was doing. It’s now too late to change it; both of us will not be able to adjust to the change.”Alia Bhatt, who recently purchased her own home which she shares with her sister, is not looking forward to moving in with Ranbir too soon either.
The Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) wants specific intervention of the Indian government in the upcoming budget for 2017-18 to spur exports, ranging from interest subvention to exemption from indirect taxes under the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST).Here is the complete wish-list submitted by the FIEO:The Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme (CLCSS) has helped the small scale sector to modernise and expand their production. The CLCSS limit was fixed at Rs 1 crore about a decade back, and therefore, the limit under CLCSS may be enhanced from Rs 1 Crore to Rs 5 crore. Countries are supporting aggressive marketing to get limited orders available globally with slowdown in global trade. Government should create an Export Development Fund for aggressive marketing particularly for MSME by providing a corpus of about 0.5 percent of previous year exports, as the present support through marketing scheme is inadequate.The merchant exporters contribute to over 40 percent of country’s exports. These exporters are presently exempted from VAT /CST, while taking goods for exports. However, such exporters will be subject to IGST, which will block their capital and thus reduce their competitiveness. Government should allow exemption from IGST to merchant exporters against a running bond, which may be debited while taking supply, and credited when proof of exports is provided. Since GSTN and ICEGATE will be linked, this can be easily implemented.Government of India has extended 3 percent Interest Equalisation Scheme to MSME manufacturing units and certain labour intensive sectors. However, merchant exporters, though covered in the definition of MSME, have been excluded in the scheme. Merchant Exporters may also be given Interest Equalisation benefits.Government needs to be complimented for undertaking the most radical reform with far reaching results in the history of independent India through demonetisation. This will change the shape of Indian economy, Indian politics and even the Indian society. The demonetisation will hugely benefit the GST regime which requires that all transactions are properly accounted for. However, like any big reform or change, it has its teething problem.Payment of wages to workers is a challenge. Many of them coming from distant areas may not have bank account at their place of works Those taking small quantities like fruits, vegetables from farmers or handicraft from artisans or sending goods for job work are also reporting the same problem. The transportation of raw material and finished goods has also been delayed. The withdrawal limit may be increased to 1 percent per month of previous year turnover from Rs 50,000 per week. The said limit can easily be operated by the banks as they have access to the balance sheet and turnover details of each firm/company.In view of the recent development on the GST front, the Budget should align indirect tax rates (other than custom duties) towards the standard rate of 12 percent and 18 percent Service tax and Excise duties may move in this direction for smooth transition to the GST.