Motorists throughout the province are advised to drive withcaution due to snow-packed roads resulting from the recentsnowstorm and cold temperatures. Many roads are snow packed with slippery areas and salt is noteffective in temperatures below -10 degrees Celsius. Extra careshould be taken in the evening, when moisture on the roads mayfreeze. Crews from the Department of Transportation and Public Works arecontinuing to salt, sand and widen roads. Motorists are asked toslow down and use caution at all times. -30- TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Traffic Advisory for Nova ScotiaRoads
That funding is designed to help boost Nova Scotia’s tourism industry in the areas of marketing, product development, and regional tourism initiatives. Visitors to one of Nova Scotia’s most popular tourist attractionswill soon enjoy improved services and easier parking. Theprovince announced plans today, May 10, to improve the trafficflow and overall visitor experience in Peggy’s Cove. In support of recommendations made in the Peggy’s Cove AssessmentStudy, the province will invest $834,000 toward the creation ofan interpretive program, and enhancements to the visitorinformation centre and provincial parking lot at Peggy’s Cove. Based on feedback from residents, tourism operators and visitors,the province commissioned the Peggy’s Cove Assessment Study in2003 to address capacity issues and potential tourismopportunities in the area. The study was supported by the Peggy’sCove Commission, the Peggy’s Cove Preservation Society and localresidents. “Peggy’s Cove is an internationally recognized icon of NovaScotia, which attracts about 650,000 visitors each year,” saidRodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “Theprovince’s investment will make it even better for visitors andlocal residents.” The St. Margaret’s Bay Regional Tourism Development Associationwill oversee the development of interpretive panels, signs andbrochures that explain the natural and cultural history ofPeggy’s Cove. The association will also be responsible forenhancements to visitor services, including the development ofpicnic areas, benches, information services and kiosks. This workis expected to be completed by the spring of 2006. “These enhancements will enable visitors to better experience therich culture and heritage of Peggy’s Cove,” said Shelley Webb,chair of the tourism development association. “They will alsoencourage visitors to spend more time in Peggy’s Cove and the St.Margaret’s Bay area.” An expanded visitor information centre will focus on improvedcounseling and orientation to the village. Preliminary work isexpected to start late in the summer and will be completed bylate fall. During the construction period, visitor services willbe provided at alternate locations within the village. The provincial parking lot will be expanded to provide additionalparking, and redesigned to provide a turn-around area for largervehicles, such as RVs and motorcoaches. To minimize trafficdisruption, this work will not begin until late fall. “We want to provide a safe and quality visitor experience, whileat the same time protect the identity and integrity of thevillage of Peggy’s Cove,” said Murray Garrison, chair of thePeggy’s Cove Commission. The province’s investment in the interpretive program is part of$15 million in funding announced by Mr. MacDonald in December TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Enhancing the Visitor Experiencein Peggy’s Cove
-30- CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 The Highway 302/Trunk 2 intersection towards Springhill has a one-lane closure for paving from Thursday, June 2 to Wednesday, June 22. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424
Five road paving tenders co-funded by the province and various municipalities will bring paved streets to many Nova Scotia communities this year. These projects have been identified as priorities by municipalities but are tendered and overseen by the province through the subdivision road paving program. Costs are shared equally. The five tenders being called involve the following projects: Cape Breton County:Westmount — Ballochmyle Drive, from Fulton Avenue to Ingrahams Lane; Melrose Avenue, from Fulton Avenue to Ingrahams Lane; and Skye Waye Drive, from Applecross Drive to Fulton Avenue.Howie Centre — Delta Drive, from Villas Street to the end of the cul de sac; and Riverbank Drive, from Wildwood Drive to Delta Drive.Lingan — Ainsley Court, from Ashdale Drive west for about 0.4 kilometres; Braylee Court, from Ashdale Drive east for about 0.3 kilometres; and Ashdale Drive from Old Lingan Road south to its end.The total amount of paving involved in this tender is about 2.3 kilometres. The tender closes on Friday, Sept. 8. Colchester County:Greenfield — Glen Abbey Drive, from Wilson Mountain Road east for about 0.6 kilometres.Onslow — MacLaughlin Avenue, east of Cottam Drive west for about 0.3 kilometres; Cottam Drive, from Trunk 2 south to MacLaughlin Drive.The total amount of paving involved is about 1.2 kilometres. The tender closes on Friday, Sept. 8. Halifax County:Lawrencetown — Lisa Ann Drive, Michelle Drive, Shepherds Lane, Megan Drive, Mark Crescent, Lester Drive, Renee Drive, and Trevor Drive.The total amount of paving involved is about 5.8 kilometres. The tender closes on Monday, Sept. 18.Three Brooks Subdivision — Three Brooks Drive and White Sands Court.St. Margarets Bay Village — Ashford Close, Fox Hollow Drive, Ashbury Court, Fox Point Drive, Fox Hollow Drive, Fox Ridge Court, and Magnolia Court.The total amount of paving involved is about four kilometres. Ashbury Court, and parts of Fox Point Drive and Fox Hollow Drive are being paid 100 per cent by Halifax Regional Municipality. The tender closes on Friday, Sept. 15. Hants County:Enfield — Daun Avenue, from Wilson Road to Boyd Avenue.Elmsdale — Pine Grove Drive, from Route 214 to its end; Pinehill Drive, from Route 214 to Beech Street; Lorna Court, from Beech Street to the end of the cul de sac; Beech Street, from Pinehill Drive to Lorna Court.Lantz — Green Road Extension, from the end of pavement at Green Road to the apartment building parking lot.The total amount of paving involved is about 1.3 kilometres. The tender closes on Friday, Sept. 15. All five tenders are scheduled for completion during the current construction season. “These five tenders are part of our Aid to Municipalities Subdivision Road Paving Program,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “By investing $2.4 million overall in this year’s program the province is helping municipalities build pavement in growing communities.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro, and Sydney.
Additional police officers will be added to all 55 Nova Scotia municipalities within the next two years. The allocation of the initial round of officers was finalized today, Nov. 16, at a meeting of the Department of Justice, municipal police forces and the RCMP. Earlier this year the province announced 250 new officers to be added over four years, starting in spring 2007. The total budget for the new officers is $65 million over the four years. “I am pleased to have the input and support of law enforcement in preventing and addressing crime in our province,” said Justice Minister Murray Scott. “These new officers will support both their local communities and collaborate with neighbouring jurisdictions on strategic enforcement activities.” Today’s meeting determined the allocation of an initial 109 officers, with all municipalities receiving at least one new officer by spring 2008. Smaller municipalities will receive one or two officers, Halifax Regional Municipality will receive 36 and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality will receive 10. “The chiefs of police for the four municipalities in the County of Pictou are happy to receive such strong support for our collaborative proposal and we are very glad to see it moving forward,” said Lorne Smith, chief of the New Glasgow Police Service. “We’re very pleased with the province’s decision to further invest in police resources,” said Chief Superintendent Tom Bennet, RCMP criminal operations officer. “This funding will benefit us all as individual policing agencies but more importantly it will be maximized through our integration and partnership initiatives to the benefit of all Nova Scotians.” “We are particularly pleased that this plan is a safety package that includes not only good law enforcement measures but also recognizes community development and proactive prevention measures,” said Edgar MacLeod, chief, Cape Breton Regional Municipality Police Department. “In Cape Breton we will be using the minister’s support on this comprehensive approach to community safety by addressing both enforcement and root causes of crime.” A Strategic Deployment Committee is being established to plan for the allocation of the remaining officers. Priority issues when considering distribution of new officers include activities to address organized crime, street crime, child exploitation, illegal drugs and school safety. “We have adopted a phased-in approach to allow for joint planning with law enforcement, to ensure we make the most impact on community safety,” said Mr. Scott. “At the same time, police agencies need adequate time for their own planning and recruitment efforts.”
Nova Scotians will see early improvements to highways this year because of three road-paving contracts awarded by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. The projects, with a total value of $5,030,246, are spread over three counties with 24.9 kilometres of paving. All three projects are scheduled to be completed this summer. The projects are: — Halifax Regional Municipality: A $2,393,460 contract awarded to Dexter Construction Co. Ltd. for repaving 8.8 kilometres on Route 333 from east of the intersection of Macdonalds Drive; — Pictou County: A $1,887,486 contract awarded to S.W. Weeks Contracting Ltd. for repaving 9.8 kilometres on Highway 104 from the end of the twinned section to exit 27A near Sutherlands River. Also included are repairs to the Thorburn and Pine Tree Road overpasses; — Yarmouth County: A $749,300 contract awarded to Aberdeen Paving Ltd. for repaving 6.3 kilometres on Route 335 east from the intersection of Green Grove Road. “Already this year, we’ve awarded more than $33 million in paving contracts throughout Nova Scotia with more to come when the budget is finalized,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “These contracts represent an important investment in our road network across the province.” The projects are part of government’s commitment to better roads and infrastructure as outlined in the speech from the throne. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal’s highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
Talking to Children about Cancer: When a Parent or a Grandparent has Cancer, is the topic of the next Cancer Answers lecture Tuesday, Nov. 9. The Cancer Care Nova Scotia-hosted event will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.,in the Royal Bank Lecture, Halifax Infirmary and by video conference at 17 sites across the province. The lecture series is designed to provide Nova Scotians with quality cancer information. The lecture will be presented by Joan Hamilton, clinical nurse specialist with Capital Health Cancer Care Program. “Cancer is a family affair,” said Ms. Hamilton. “As much as we would like to protect children from the stress and upheaval that cancer and treatment can bring, children should feel informed of what is happening, at a level they can understand. “We know that children experience more distress if they don’t have their questions answered, if they don’t feel that parents are being open and honest with them.” Ms. Hamilton will discuss suggestions on why and how to explain a cancer diagnosis to children, including topics you should consider, examples of how to say things, and how to answer tough questions. Cancer Care Nova Scotia, a program of the Department of Health, was created in 1998 to facilitate quality cancer prevention and care for all Nova Scotians. Through Cancer Patient Navigation, health professional education, and standards and guideline development, Cancer Care Nova Scotia supports health professionals in providing patients with high quality care. Its work with other organizations raises awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyles to reduce cancer risk, and its screening programs educate Nova Scotians about healthy lifestyles and available testing such as Pap tests for cervical cancer and the Home Screening Kit for colon cancer. The goal is to find cancer earlier and treat it better.
Bien que la commission ne fût pas tenue de respecter les limites des comtés ou des municipalités, elle les a utilisées dans la mesure du possible. Elle a aussi utilisé les circonscriptions électorales actuelles ainsi que des éléments géographiques tels que les autoroutes et les cours d’eau, qui offrent une séparation naturelle des zones de population. Malgré les défis posés par la géographie et la distribution de la population en Nouvelle-Écosse, la population dans toutes les régions géographiques de la province est à plus ou moins 15 p. 100 de la moyenne. La population des électeurs dans 31 circonscriptions ne varie pas plus de 15 p. 100 de la moyenne, et la population dans 22 circonscriptions ne varie pas plus de 10 p. 100 de la moyenne. La commission remercie sincèrement toutes les personnes qui ont pris le temps de participer à cet important exercice démocratique. Le rapport peut être consulté en ligne au http://nselectoralboundaries.ca/fr/publications. La Commission de délimitation des circonscriptions électorales a publié son rapport final, aujourd’hui 25 septembre. Les membres de la commission ont été nommés en décembre 2011 afin d’établir au maximum 52 circonscriptions qui permettront à chaque électeur de la province de profiter d’un pouvoir électoral équitable, dans la mesure du possible. La commission a été chargée de créer des circonscriptions dont la population varie seulement de plus ou de moins de 25 p. 100 du nombre moyen d’électeurs. La commission a déposé son rapport auprès du procureur général lundi, et auprès du greffier de la Chambre d’assemblée ce matin. La commission était aussi chargée d’aborder les préoccupations liées aux régions géographiques, à l’histoire et aux intérêts communautaires, ainsi qu’à la diversité linguistique et culturelle, particulièrement en ce qui a trait aux populations acadienne et afro-néo-écossaise. Une vaste gamme d’opinions au sujet des limites des circonscriptions électorales ont été exprimées lors de deux séries de rencontres publiques ainsi que par des courriels, des lettres et des appels téléphoniques. Les Néo-Écossais ont démontré de façon convaincante que cet enjeu est très important pour eux. « Ce rapport final met fin au troisième examen des circonscriptions électorales depuis 1992, a dit Teresa MacNeil, présidente de la commission. Les changements dans la population exigent des modifications à la représentation législative afin de respecter la parité relative du nombre d’électeurs en tenant compte des points de vue et des intérêts qui sont parfois contradictoires. » Le rapport final propose : qu’il y ait 51 membres dans l’Assemblée législative; qu’une circonscription soit éliminée au Cap-Breton et deux en Nouvelle-Écosse continentale; que deux nouvelles circonscriptions soient ajoutées dans la région d’Halifax; que les ajustements des limites dans les autres circonscriptions soient guidés par l’objectif de la parité relative du nombre d’électeurs.
Richard Deveau has been appointed a Crown attorney in the Halifax office of the Public Prosecution Service. The appointment was announced today, Jan. 2, by Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions. “Mr. Deveau’s criminal law expertise and his enthusiasm will be an asset to our team of Crown attorneys,” said Martin Herschorn, director of Public Prosecutions. “We are very pleased to him on board.” A native of Rogersville, N.B., Mr. Deveau graduated in 2006 from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, with a bachelor of arts in criminology and a bachelor of applied arts in criminal justice. He graduated from the Université de Moncton law school in 2010. In 2010, Mr. Deveau won the Sopinka Cup National Trial Advocacy Competition and the Sopinka Cup individual award for best closing argument. Mr. Deveau articled with the Newfoundland and Labrador Legal Aid Commission and was later appointed a staff solicitor. His practice included child protection and family law, but was concentrated in criminal law. As a student, Mr. Deveau was a pro bono researcher for the Association in Defense of the Wrongfully Convicted in Toronto was and a summer intern for a Saint John law firm. He has also taught English at a Paris high school and worked with mentally disabled adults at L’ARC Inc. Mr. Deveau is a member of the Association des juristes d’expression français de la Nouvelle-Écosse and a former member of the Association des juristes d’expression française du Nouveau-Brunswick. He has also coached minor hockey.
AGRICULTURE–Province Makes It Easier to Select Local Products Choosing Nova Scotia products will be easier than ever thanks to increased funding for Select Nova Scotia, the province’s buy-local marketing initiative. A new $250,000 investment by the province doubles program funding to $500,000 for Select Nova Scotia beginning this year. The successful provincial marketing program launched in 2007 to promote local food products by increasing consumer awareness. “Government recognizes the importance of promoting local food to support our farmers and the local economy,” said Jim Morton, MLA Kings North, on behalf of Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “Buying local is good for Nova Scotia consumers and good for Nova Scotia businesses. It’s a win-win.” The additional funding will allow for a more robust marketing campaign, which began on television and online in late March. It also includes a redesign of Select Nova Scotia’s logo to showcase the provincial flag–making it even easier to identify local products. “As business owners who add value to a primary product and sell directly to the consumer, we know first-hand the importance of producer/customer relationships,” said Jeanita Rand, co-owner of Fox Hill Farm. “Today’s consumers want to know where their food comes from, how it’s made, and they want to have a relationship with you. Select Nova Scotia builds on this by increasing consumer awareness and connecting producers to consumers.” More than 400 businesses across the province are part of the Select Nova Scotia network. The program supports local businesses by sponsoring signature events including the Incredible Picnics in August and the Incredible Community Suppers in February, which together attracted more than 9,500 participants in 2012. Since Select Nova Scotia began, awareness of buying local has increased 33 per cent among Nova Scotians, more farmers markets are popping up across the province, and Nova Scotians are buying more local food. Visit www.selectnovascotia.ca for information on local products, where to buy local, recipes for seasonal foods, events and attractions featuring local products, and the benefits of eating and buying local.
Le Conseil de leadership pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse a accueilli une nouvelle présidente et trois nouveaux membres, aujourd’hui 2 octobre. Un autre membre a été nommé pour un deuxième mandat. Tony Ince, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, a annoncé que Pamela Scott-Crace est la nouvelle présidente, Martine Durier-Copp, Barbara Manning et Trevor Murphy sont des nouveaux membres, et Jamie MacLellan est nommé pour un deuxième mandat. « Les arts et la culture entraînent des collectivités saines et dynamiques qui contribuent à la vie des Néo-Écossais à l’échelle de la province, affirme M. Ince. Ce groupe de bénévoles passionnés et dévoués participe à l’élaboration des politiques provinciales pour le secteur de la création en Nouvelle-Écosse, et permet la collaboration entre le gouvernement et le secteur. » Les nouveaux membres maintiennent l’engagement du conseil visant à refléter la diversité culturelle, professionnelle et géographique de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Mme Durier-Copp est professeure en administration publique, directrice du Centre for Advanced Management Education de l’Université Dalhousie et directrice de la troupe de danse Flamenco en Rouge, basée à Halifax. Mme Manning est une entrepreneure et ancienne présidente et directrice générale d’une entreprise mondiale de marketing et de logiciels. Elle a de l’expérience en planification stratégique, en gestion des opérations, en leadership et en commerce international. M. Murphy est un professionnel de l’industrie musicale qui est actif au sein de la communauté musicale et de l’industrie culturelle de la province depuis plus de 10 ans. M. MacLellan a été nommé pour un deuxième mandat au conseil et à titre de membre de la direction du conseil. Il est coordonnateur de l’art civique à Halifax et responsable d’un inventaire d’environ 300 objets d’art et du patrimoine. Mme Scott-Crace est présidente de la troupe de danse contemporaine Mocean Dance et membre des conseils d’administration de Discovery Centre et Engage Nova Scotia, ainsi que membre du comité d’activité du Halifax Viennese Opera Ball. Les nouveaux membres se joignent aux autres membres du conseil, soit Carol Beaton, Terrilee Bulger, Laurie Dalton, Fiona Diamond, Troy Greencorn, Scott Long, Candace Stevenson, Susan Tooke ainsi qu’aux représentants du ministère, Marcel McKeough et Peggy Tibbo-Cameron. « Le Conseil de leadership pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse est ravi de la nomination de Barbara Manning, Martine Durier-Copp et Trevor Murphy, et du renouvellement de la nomination de Jamie MacLellan, affirme Pamela Scott-Crace, présidente. Ces nouveaux membres ont une expérience et une expertise inestimables, et leur volonté de siéger à ce conseil démontre une reconnaissance du potentiel de l’économie de la création pour l’avenir de la Nouvelle-Écosse. » Le Conseil de leadership pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse est un partenariat entre le secteur culturel et le gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Écosse visant à favoriser une meilleure compréhension et un processus amélioré de prise de décisions. Il offre des conseils et du leadership au gouvernement au sujet des politiques et des programmes qui font la promotion des arts et de la culture, il représente les intérêts du secteur et il est la voix des artistes et des travailleurs du secteur de la culture. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le conseil, consultez le https://creative.novascotia.ca/FR.
YARMOUTH COUNTY: Gavelton Bridge Gavelton Bridge on Gavel/Cannan Road will be closed to all traffic for the completion of the new structure on Wednesday, June 1 and Thursday, June 3. A signed detour is in place. -30- CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 204 Route 204 from 2.5 kilometres southeast of Nappan Road to Fenwick Road will be closed to traffic for installation of culverts from Wednesday, June 1 until Wednesday, June 15. A signed detour is in place.
never leave the barbecue unattended when in use make sure grease does not build up on barbeque burners keep the barbecue at least one metre away from any combustible materials keep loose clothing away from a hot barbecue keep children and pets away at least one metre from a hot barbeque when finished barbecuing, first turn the propane cylinder valve off, then the burner control knobs allow barbeque to cool completely before storing in apartments or condominiums, check with the building owner/manager about barbequing on balconies. For more information around fire safety, visit the Office of the Fire Marshal website at, https://novascotia.ca/dma/firesafety/fireprevention.asp . For those who are barbequing: install smoke alarms on every story and outside all sleeping rooms test smoke alarms monthly or each time you return to the cottage install carbon monoxide alarms if you have a fuel burning appliance know the civic address for your cottage and have a means to call 911 in an emergency remember to check http://novascotia.ca/burnsafe/ daily for any open-air burning restrictions around domestic brush burning and campfires. As well, check your municipality’s bylaws check heating appliances and chimneys before using when using a generator, make sure it is a safe distance from any door or window openings With summer fast approaching, Nova Scotians will be spending more time at the cottage, going to the beach and barbequing. The Office of the Fire Marshal recommends the following fire safety tips to help ensure everyone has a safe and happy summer. For cottage fire safety:
In his March 2019 Report on the Follow-up of 2015 and 2016 Recommendations made in 16 performance audits released today, March 26, Auditor General Michael Pickup noted the government continues to address recommendations from his previous audits, but risks remain when the government does not complete the improvements it said it would. “This year’s overall completion rate dropped four points to 71 per cent compared to 2018, leaving government having to address 32 remaining recommendations from our 2015 and 2016 audits,” said Mr. Pickup. The auditor general followed up on 113 recommendations, from 16 audits reported in 2015 and 2016, which government agreed to all but one and committed to implement. In his report, the auditor general noted seven government organizations completed 100 per cent of their promised actions. The auditor general has set target completion rates of at least 80 per cent after two years. “I am pleased by the 87 per cent completion rate for the recommendations from 2015, however, attention needs to be given to the fact only 46 per cent of the recommendations from 2016 have been completed. Government made commitments to Nova Scotians to complete these recommendations to address the known risks that they represent,” said Mr. Pickup. In his report, the auditor general highlights the seven organizations that completed all of their promised actions, and the seven organizations that had rates lower than 60 per cent. “This follow-up report is one tool to assist the public accounts committee, the House of Assembly, and the citizens of Nova Scotia in holding government accountable. Organizations with lower completion rates and outstanding recommendations need to be accountable to Nova Scotians to deliver on their promises to improve government,” said Mr. Pickup. “We encourage these organizations to continue to work toward the timely completion of every recommendation we made to them, to address the continued risks, and to help promote better government for all Nova Scotians.” The full report, one-page summary, highlight video, and five questions that Nova Scotians may want to ask government are available at http://www.oag-ns.ca .
New Delhi: Nearly 8,000 guests will attend the swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday, making it the biggest-ever event held in the historic premises. While the guests attending the event will be treated to high tea, President Ram Nath Kovind will host a private dinner for the leaders from Bimstec countries as well as Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov and Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth – who have all confirmed their presence. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Steel magnate L.N. Mittal is also expected to be present. “It will be the biggest-ever event at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. 8,000 people are coming,” Ashok Malik, Press Secretary to the President, told IANS. The size of the gathering is seen as a reflection of the massive mandate received by Modi government in the Lok Sabha elections. Both the BJP and NDA have improved their tally compared to 2014. The swearing-in will be held in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the same venue as in 2014. The event then was attended by about 5,000 guests. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The high tea will have snacks, including samosas, and paneer items apart from sweets, while at the President’s dinner, the visiting foreign dignitaries will be treated to “Dal Raisina” – a special delicacy of the Rashtrapati Bhavan that takes 48 hours to cook – among other delicacies. The Prime Minister will also attend the dinner, along with some officials. With the swearing-in scheduled for 7 p.m., dinner will be light as it will be served a little late in the evening. The dinner will have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options and include soup, fish, chicken, vegetables and the “Dal Raisina” – a variant of popular ‘maa ki dal’. “It is a speciality of our kitchen. Its special recipe was developed here in Rashtrapati Bhavan. It takes 48 hours to prepare. The process of preparing it started on May 28 and it will be ready by tomorrow (Thursday),” Malik said. The Bimstec leaders attending the event include Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamid, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Myanmarese President U Win Myint, Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering. Thailand will be represented by its Special Enovy Grisada Boonrach. The event will also be attended by leaders of political parties, Ambassadors and diplomats and celebrities from various fields.
New Delhi: India has registered a four-fold increase in the number of rapes against children between 1994 and 2016, according to a new report by an alliance of six child-focused organisations.The report quotes National Crime Records Bureau data, which shows that the number of rapes against children in 1994 was 3,986 while in 2016 it was 16,863, accounting for a rise of 4.2 times. Titled ‘Child Rights in India – An Unfinished Agenda’, the report talks about a number of issues including, malnutrition, crime against children and education. It has also identified four components of child rights that, it says, have received lesser attention. These four components are sexual and reproductive health, access to play, recreation and leisure, family and community-based protection mechanisms and engagement of children in decision-making at family and community level. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The report states that decreasing sex ratio and increase in incidents of rape are the two indicators that demonstrate the increased vulnerability of girls. Girls, especially from rural areas across the country, believe that security concerns are leading to limited mobility, thus hampering their economic and social development. “In all states, girls reported that their mobility is severely compromised due to safety and security reasons and this does not affect boys to the same extent,” it said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedAccording to an NCRB report, ‘Crimes in India 2016’, a total of 106,958 crimes were committed against children that year. A majority of these crimes were kidnapping and abduction (52.3 per cent) and sexual offences (34.4 per cent), including child rape. The child rights report has also identified that social disaggregation on the lines of gender, social groups and religion increase vulnerability of children and their inability to demand their rights. It acknowledges India’s progress in combating under-five deaths due to preventable causes, which has reached current global average of 39 per 1,000 live births, and is more likely to achieve the target set in (UN’s) Sustainable Development Goals. The India report is aligned to the global report — ‘A Second Revolution: 30 years of child rights and the unfinished agenda’ — launched recently in New York by Joining Forces Alliance. Representatives of the alliance that has brought out the India report said, “The country has progressed well on a number of child-related indicators. Introduction of a number of legislations and policies to resolve the issues are commendable. However even today, violation of child rights is of great concern.” “We call upon the government to develop a strong and robust system to meet the child rights obligations of the country to ensure that every child has the right to survival, development, protection and participation,” they said. The report also touched upon various aspects of child welfare that includes their health and education. According to the report, though progress has been noted in reducing malnutrition, the rate of reduction, however, is not as expected. In India, NFHS-4 data (2015-16) states that 38.4 per cent children are still stunted, which is disconcerting, it said. Significant progress has been made in a number of areas, including universal enrolment in primary education as literacy rate among 7-14 years children has gone up from 64 per cent (Census 1991) to 88 per cent (Census 2011), the report said.
New Delhi: SDMC Mayor Sunita Kangra on Friday criticized Delhi government for not releasing funds to the civic body to control vector borne diseases.They stated that SDMC demanded Rs 49 crore for this purpose whereas Rs 34.60 crore has been allocated but it is a matter of great concern that only Rs 2.15 crore has been released. They added that number of cases of dengue and malaria are feared to go up during the raining season. Delhi government must take a liberal view in releasing funds to SDMC keeping in view the health of the residents. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe Leaders said that an amount of Rs 2.75 crore is required to release monthly salary of 1,175 DBC and 734 field workers. SDMC is going to release salary of one month with great difficulty by releasing amount from its internal sources as only Rs 2.15 crore has yet been released by Delhi government. Standing Committee Chairperson Bhupender Gupta said that it is becoming difficult to arrange medicines and fogging to mitigate the effect of vector borne diseases this year. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe case of these diseases had been too less during last three years whereas the number may go northwards in the present circumstances of financial crunch. The main reason is the dug up roads as per instructions of Delhi Govt. The dug up places have not been filled and are becoming cause of mosquito breeding. The LoH Kamaljeet Sehrawat stated that the present stock of medicines is going to suffice for only two- three months. In case the funds are not released it will become impossible to purchase medicines. The present stock is going to suffice during ordinary circumstances. In case the number of patients goes up, it will last soon. During rainy season, the flooded request of fogging would not be possible to meet. SDMC demanded Rs 53 crore under public health head whereas Delhi government has not released even a single penny for this purpose.
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party and independent candidates won five seats each in the first-ever elections in former semi-autonomous tribal region, bordering Afghanistan, that was once a stronghold of militant groups like the Taliban and al-Qaeda.Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), where the first-ever provincial elections were held on Saturday, comprises seven districts and was merged with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in May 2018 after a constitutional amendment. Also Read – UN may run out of money by end of the month: GuterresAccording to the unofficial results of 13 constituencies out of 16, Khan’s PTI and independents got five seats each while Jamat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl and Awami National Party won one seat each.Results of three constituencies were not available so far.The law set aside 24 seats in the provincial assembly for the former FATA region. However, due to administrative reasons elections on those seats were not held with the general polls held in the country in July last year. Also Read – US, Japan sign trade agreements on agriculture and digital exportAfter putting in place the necessary legal and logistic wherewithal, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) went ahead to hold the election on the 16 general seats.Another four seats are reserved for women and one for non-Muslims and these seats will be awarded to the political parties on the basis of their share in 16 contested seats.ECP spokesman Nadeem Qasim earlier told the media that it might take a day before the official results will be announced. A total of 1,897 polling stations were set up, including separate poling facilities for men and women. The ECP data showed that 285 candidates were contesting for 16 general seats.The ECP said that out of 2.80 million voters, 1.67 million are men and 1.13 million women.Poling was held in peaceful environment as foolproof security measures were taken and government deployed 34,497 security personnel from army, police and Paramilitary Frontier Corps, Levies and Khasadar Force.The tribal region was once known as stronghold of militants from Al-Qaeda and other groups but the rebels were killed or expelled by the army in successful military operations.Pakistan, after a series of reforms, has also abolished the colonial era draconian Frontier Crime Regulations law, which prescribed collective punishments for the entire tribes even for minor misdemeanours.
Regressiveness was on display when the Zomato incident occurred in the town of Jabalpur when a man cancelled his food order on the food delivery app upon learning that the delivery executive assigned for his order was a Muslim. Jabalpur police took cognisance of the matter and will be serving the man with a notice to sign a bond for keeping the peace. Jabalpur police SP was of the opinion that the man’s tweet was against the spirit of the Constitution and had the potential to whip up passions in a communally sensitive town like Jabalpur. Adding to the SP’s words, not only is breeding such a thought grossly regressive in the contemporary world but the fact that this may spread and influence others who may have an iota of such feeling but do not let it take over because of the inherent secularism that this country preaches. A conducive environment is the biggest threat to society when such communal hiccups arise. Putting the matter to dust, Zomato was sharp in tweeting how “Food doesn’t have a religion..It is a religion”. In fact, Zomato’s CEO tweeted that “We are proud of the idea of India and the diversity of our esteemed customers and partners…we aren’t sorry to lose any business that comes in the way of our values”. Zomato and its CEO, indeed, won hearts over the internet while the man may have been at the receiving end of massive criticism for his show of communal lines. In his defence, the man had stated that he does not discriminate on communal lines when it comes to anything else but maintained that food is a different matter–asserting it to be “an intimate and personal matter”. He also cited the freedom of religion, religious expression and the right to practice his choice but all those were never in contention. His view of Zomato was that his feedback was taken for a ride by the company which had given it a religious spin. The man held that his reservations about a rider were only for the month of Sawan because he believes one should eat pure and clean food and that he will pursue a legal angle once the police serve him notice. While the man has every right to take legal counsel and respond, it cannot be ignored that his actions were not a signatory of a very secular society. It has to be noted that religious harmony can be disrupted even by slightest of bigotry and in this regard, the police were only trying to ensure that everything is under control. Had the man charged with serious implications, the scenario would be different and the man’s stance on his rights would have been called into action. What Zomato and Police did here was iron out the matter before anyone’s sentiments are hurt. It remained a matter between Zomato and the individual but these are thoughts that we are discussing and if these reach people, there lie apprehensions of a bigger communal backlash. While the individual is free to practice whatever religion he preaches and abide by its teachings, he simply cannot project bigotry, even in the form of feedback, for no religion is superior or inferior in eyes of our Constitution. All the ruckus was about the individual and Zomato but what about the delivery executive? It would not be the most secular moment in his life when he learns that religion was the reason for the cancellation of order/change of rider in the first place. This rejection of him is prejudice contrary to what the individual may believe, and it is intolerable.
New York: A 31-year-old Indian-origin man allegedly killed his father with an assault rifle in Philadelphia and was later arrested in Massachusetts following an emergency warning issued by the Harvard University, according to media reports. The accused, Sohan Panjrolia, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, gunned down his 60-year-old father, Mahendra Panjrolia, in their family home earlier in the month, The Philadelphia Inquirer said in a report. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSohan son fled with the weapon in a car that was later found nearby, police said. Philadelphia police said Sohan shot and killed his father with an assault rifle on August 3 evening in their home on the 1900 block of Conwell Avenue in the Bustleton section, the report said. Investigators had previously said Sohan may be using narcotics and should be considered “armed and dangerous”. During the investigation, officials searched Harvard University as Sohan had got a bachelor of liberal arts degree from the university’s Extension School in 2013. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIn a cautionary measure, Harvard officials issued an emergency alert that warned students to avoid JFK and Eliot Streets, CBS Boston reported. A university police officer found Sohan’s car, which helped locate him, parked near an ice-cream stall, Cambridge Police told the CBS. “It appeared that he wasn’t expecting to be engaged by police at that time. We were lucky here that we caught the suspect unprepared,” Police chief Branville Bard told the news website. Panjrolia will remain in custody in Cambridge pending extradition back to Philadelphia to face murder charges.