Modi hits out at Congress over Sam Pitroda’s remarks on anti-Sikh riots

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday evoked the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Haryana’s Rohtak to target the Congress party in the backdrop of Sam Pitroda’s remarks over the riots.Hitting out at Congress leader Sam Pitroda over his Hua to Hua (whatever happened has happened) remark with regard to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Mr. Modi said “The three words from the Congress leader — ‘hua to hua’ over 1984 anti-Sikh riots reflects the character, mindset and arrogance of the Congress party.”Prime Minister was addressing a BJP’s ‘Vijay Sankalp’ rally in Rohtak.Mr. Modi said: “This leader (Sam Pitroda) is close to the Gandhi family… he is their confidant… he is the ‘Guru’ of the ‘naamdaar’ president of the party. Several Sikh families were killed during 1984 riots. In Delhi alone over 2,800 Sikhs were killed – but for Congress leaders it’s only ‘Hua To Hua’.”Mr. Modi, said people will never forgive the Congress party for its arrogance and would teach a lesson to Congress, which due to its anti-people approach has already been reduced to 44 seats in the Lok Sabha.Mr. Modi said that when the Samjhauta Express blast took place near Panipat, the Congress targeted and harassed innocent people in the name of Hindu terrorism, but later their conspiracy was exposed.‘Congress failed in securing nation’s security’Mr. Modi also took a dig at the Congress on national security and corruption issues, saying the grand old party has such a poor history that it can not boast anything when it comes to nation’s security and defence.“BJP government made a strong defence policy for the country whereas the Congress, which remained in power for seven decades kept silent on defence policy for the country. Before 2014, day in and day out Pakistan did brutality with our soldiers and the Congress government at the Centre restricted itself to only giving statements. But the strong government that you brought to power gave strength to the brave soilders and we gave them a free hand to tackle the situation on the spot,” he said.The Prime Minister again launched a veiled attack against former Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, saying Congress leaders involved in corruption have been taken to the court and would be put in jail within the next five years.last_img read more

2nd Test: Misbah-ul-Haq makes 99 again, Pakistan in strong position against West Indies

first_imgPakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq was dismissed for 99, a week after he was left stranded on the same score, as his side took an 81-run first innings lead during the second Test against West Indies in Barbados on Tuesday. (Scorecard)Misbah had the dubious honour of becoming the first player from his country to finish on 99 not out during their first innings of last week’s seven-wicket first Test victory in Jamaica.Seeking his 11th Test century on Tuesday, the 42-year-old failed to control a rising delivery from West Indies captain Jason Holder with the ball hitting his glove and popping up for an easy catch at second slip.Despite the personal disappointment, his team ended day three in a strong position after opener Azhar Ali scored his 13th Test century.West Indies had to endure a nervous 14 overs in their second innings before stumps and were 40 for one at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, still 41 runs behind Pakistan’s 393.Kraigg Brathwaite was on eight with Shimron Hetmyer on 22 at the close. Opener Kieran Powell had been caught behind by a diving Sarfraz Ahmed for six off Mohammad Abbas to give the visitors the start they wanted.With the pitch starting to offer considerable assistance to the slow bowlers, Pakistan leg-spinners Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan will be salivating at the opportunity to have a crack at the hosts on Wednesday.The home team had done well to restrict Pakistan to under 400, with pacemen Shannon Gabriel (4-81) and Holder (3-42) the best of the bowlers.advertisementHowever, it was leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo who dismissed Azhar, caught behind for 105 after a 278-ball stay at the crease.last_img read more

24 days agoChelsea manager Lampard positive Kante will face Lille

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea manager Lampard positive Kante will face Lilleby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed N’Golo Kante is a chance to face Lille in the Champions League on Wednesday night.Injuries have disrupted Kante all season, with a hamstring niggle the latest ailment that caused him to miss Saturday’s win over Brighton.But the World Cup winner returned to training on Tuesday and Lampard was confident he could play against the Ligue 1 outfit.”He trained this morning and he got through training okay,” said Lampard.”He is still one we have to assess in the morning but we are positive he will be fit to play.”The injury doesn’t relate to the Europa League final. What that injury did do, regardless of whether he played that game, was meant he had a broken pre-season.”It’s a slight domino effect. The main injury is now feeling good, but he’s probably got a couple of niggles since that, and a tackle at Manchester United in the first game that affected him on the ankle.”There’s a bit of bad luck in there as well. Everyone is working towards getting him regularly fit so he can play continuous games, and I’m hoping that’s coming really soon.” last_img read more

Ready Set RACE PLAY New THE AMAZING RACE CANADA InShow Game Brings

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, June 28, 2017 – Hot on the heels of last week’s @CTV_PR #MeetTheRacers team announcements on Instagram and Twitter, CTV unveiled two new innovative viewer experiences ahead of the epic fifth season of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, beginning July 4 on CTV and CTV GO.First, CTV revealed today a new game, RACE PLAY, that integrates race action from the broadcast into in-show polls and trivia, prompting viewers in real-time to answer on their second screens – mobile devices and desktop – during all original broadcasts across the country. Powered by CTV.ca, viewers can weigh in on pivotal moments throughout the episode, such as what Detour to take, and predict the order teams hit the mat. The results will appear on a leaderboard on their second screen so viewers can see how they stack up with the rest of the country. Fans who create an account will have their answers count towards a season-long leaderboard. RACE PLAY is powered by iPowow, worldwide leaders in participation television.CTV also announced today new THE AMAZING RACE CANADA VR360 experiences that bring fans right to the starting line and inside some of the most grueling challenges throughout the race. The VR360 experience begins by featuring the season premiere episode, which CTV confirmed today will kick-off in St. John’s N.L., and see Racers travel more than 5,000 kilometers across the country to Vancouver. Facebook Using VR360 immersive video capture, audiences can share and explore THE AMAZING RACE CANADA environments, incredible places, and some of the most exciting moments of the season, including the starting line at Signal Hill National Historic Site in St. John’s N.L. Narrated by host Jon Montgomery, VR360 was captured in five Canadian legs of the race in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation. The VR360 experience is available on CTV.ca and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA Facebook Page, as well as the SamsungVR app, the YouTube VR, and Facebook 360, and is accessible via mobile, desktop, and Oculus (VR headset). THE AMAZING RACE CANADA VR360 experience is produced by Tyger Shark Inc. with the financial participation of the Bell Fund.“With RACE PLAY and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA VR360 experience, we’re engaging RACE fans like never before, while also extending the brand across multiple platforms,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming.“It’s been a lot of fun integrating RACE PLAY and the VR360 experience into the show,” said Executive Producer John Brunton. “Whether it’s inviting viewers right to the starting line or testing their knowledge of the Racers and the places we visit, we are thrilled to deliver a new and layered viewing experience to audiences for the new season of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA.” Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment To get to know the roster of Racers competing on the new season of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, fans can visit http://www.ctv.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada/Teams and explore the team pages presented by Chevrolet. The site features videos, bios, fun facts, and exclusive content. For full episodes, sneak peeks, and extras, head to the site after the Season 5 premiere on July 4.Season 4 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA averaged 1.9 million viewers per week, making it the #1 series of the summer for four consecutive years and a Top 20 program in Canada in 2016.Hosted by Olympic Gold Medalist Jon Montgomery (@jonmonty), Season 5 will see Racers travel across Canada and beyond, tackling non-stop challenges in the country’s favourite summertime adventure. Canadians can also look forward to special challenges and storylines to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation throughout the season.This season’s grand prize is a Next Generation 2018 Chevrolet Equinox True North Edition for each of the winners, a once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world for two, $250,000 in cash, and the coveted title of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA champions. Racers will also be competing for special leg prizes, awarded to the first team to cross the mat in each of the episodes leading up to the finale.Encore presentations of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA air Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Sundays at 5 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. Visit CTV.ca to check local listings. Previous seasons are also available for streaming now on CraveTV.Season 5 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA welcomes back returning partner Chevrolet, which has been with the series for all five seasons, and BMO, which enters its third consecutive season as a partner. New partners this year are Sinorama, Canadian Tire’s Woods brand, and Campbell’s.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@CTV_Television@AmazingRaceCDA @jonmonty#AmazingRaceCanada  #MeetTheRacersFacebook:Facebook.com/ctvFacebook.com/AmazingRaceCDAInstagram:@amazingracecdaSnapchat:Follow amazingracecdaAbout Insight ProductionsInsight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer. Headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted. The Amazing Race Canada, The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration; The JUNO Awards 2016 and How To Change The World collectively took home 14 Canadian Screen Awards in 2017. Smash hit and Top 20 series Big Brother Canada delivered huge audiences, and was one of the highest engaged Canadian TV programs on social. Past productions include Intervention Canada, Project Runway Canada, Battle of the Blades, Ready Or Not, Falcon Beach, The Truth About Alex, and Canadian Idol. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content. In 2015, Insight received the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s inaugural Icon Award in recognition of its 35th anniversary.About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.Source: Numeris, Summer 2016: May 23 – Sep 11, 2016. 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Police nab man with heroin worth Rs 2L

first_imgKolkata: The narcotics cell under Detective Department (DD) of Kolkata Police has nabbed a person with heroin worth Rs 2 lakh from in front of the police morgue located behind the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH)The man has been identified as Arvind Singh. According to a source, police officers recently got a tip-off that the heroin smuggler was operating in and around Sealdah-College Street area. Based on the information, police officers came to know that Singh sold heroin to school and college students in the city through a few local drug peddlers. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDetective Department personnel came to know that the area behind the medical college and hospital has turned into a hub of drug addicts since the past few days. During investigation, sleuths came to know that Singh operated from the area. Police officers immediately started search operations to nab Singh at his residential area in Girish Park but were not able to locate him. On Wednesday evening, a source of police informed that Singh has been seen around CMCH. Immediately, a team from DD raided the spot in front of the police morgue behind CMCH and arrested Singh. Sleuths have also seized 275 grams of heroin from him which he intended to hand over to some drug peddlers who allegedly did not come. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to the police, the increase in drug addiction in students has become a major issue since the past few months. Recently several drug dealers and drug peddlers have been arrested, who sold ganja, heroin and other drugs to school and college students. To curb the menace, police are mulling to get in touch with school and college authorities and make an initiative to conduct counselling sessions for students to prevent them from getting addicted to drugs. On March 14, police officers had arrested two persons and seized 4kg ganja. Sleuths came to know that drug peddlers were trying to sell ganja to students of various schools and colleges. Three more were arrested with other drugs from multiple locations. They also sold drugs to students. Singh’s name cropped up during investigation in these cases.last_img read more

Beneficaries of SC quashing RBIs bad loans circular

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court decision to annul the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) February 12 circular of last year on resolving bad debts is set to benefit several stressed companies which were staring at insolvency proceedings. According to rating agency ICRA, as of September 2018, nearly 70 borrowers with bad debts worth over Rs 3.8 lakh crore, could have eventually being referred for insolvency proceedings as a result of provisions of RBI’s February 12, 2018, circular. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details While the court’s order will have no impact on the classification of a stressed account as a non-performing asset (NPA or bad loan) or on provisions that banks need to set aside on this account, it will give more time and discretion to banks on finalising a res olution plan. The RBI circular mandated lenders to initiate resolution or restructuring of loans of Rs 2,000 crore and above within six months from the date of default, on which the court found that the central bank had acted beyond its legal powers. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday After the expiry of the 180 days, the defaulting borrowers, under the circular struck down by the apex court, had to mandatorily face proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). One of the biggest beneficiaries of the Supreme Court order may be the financially troubled Jet Airways, which has a debt of around Rs 10,000 crore. As part of the resolution plan, the State Bank of India (SBI)-led lenders consortium has taken over 50.5 per cent stake in the airline, with a view to selling the shares to a potential buyer in the coming months. Under the nullified RBI circular, banks would have had to finalise a resolution plan for the airline by June if they wanted to avoid insolvency proceedings. With the Court’s quashing of the circular, the bankers have now more time to seek a resolution. Among the large power companies, which might have faced the heat, is the Lalitpur Power Generation Co, the Shishir Bajaj Group’s 1,980 MW thermal power project in Lalitpur, Uttar Pradesh which had been struggling for several years. Multiple efforts were made by the lenders to find a resolution for the account but no headway had bee made. Similarly, the KSK Mahanadi Power Co, a former subsidiary of KSK Energy Ventures, has a total debt of Rs 15,702 crore. Delayed repayments from state-owned power distributors led to cash flow strains for the company and it could not purchase sufficient coal. KSK Mahanadi operates a 3,600 MW thermal power plant in Chhattisgarh, which sells power to Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. Another such case is Jaiprakash Power Ventures, with an aggregate capacity of 2,220 MW comprising hydro (400 MW) and thermal (1,820 MW) across the country. It owes banks Rs 14,000 crore. Earlier last year, lenders tried to sell near 50 per cent stake in the company but there was a lack of interest among buyers. Various experts have said that the February 12 circular had introduced a lot of rigidity. On the impact of the Supreme Court decision, they said it will not have significant impact on assets of the non-power sectors that are already under resolution.last_img read more

AAP West Delhi candidate files nomination

first_imgNew Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) west Delhi candidate, Balbir Singh Jakhar, who was the last of seven candidates announced by the party, on Thursday became the first to file his nomination in the national capital. The 45-year-old filed his nomination papers in the presence of senior party leaders Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai among others at the District Magistrate’s office in Raja Garden. Jakhar is the President of the Dwarka Court Bar Association and Chairman of the Co-ordination Committee of the All Delhi District Court Bar Association. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Starting from the West Delhi, the other AAP candidates will file their nominations in the coming days, Rai said. Before filing the nomination, the AAP leaders along with Jakhar held a roadshow in west Delhi appealing to people to vote for the party to take up the demand of full statehood for Delhi. Addressing the public, Sisodia and Rai explained to the people about the importance of full statehood for Delhi. “In 2014, you voted for BJP. Their MPs have not done any work for the city. The BJP promised statehood for Delhi and did not say a word in Parliament about that,” Rai said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings He urged the people to vote for AAP to make the city a full state in just two years. The AAP had in March announced all its candidates for the national capital, where polling will be held on May 12. The AAP has fielded Pankaj Gupta from Chandni Chowk, Dilip Pandey from North East Delhi, Atishi from East Delhi, Brajesh Goel from New Delhi, Gugan Singh from North West Delhi and Raghav Chadha from South Delhlast_img read more

Music has to be a character in the film

first_imgVivek Agnihotri’s directorial The Tashkent Files raises questions about the mysterious death of Former Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. Besides the controversial plot and a strong star cast, which includes Naseeruddin Shah, Mithun Chakraborty, Pankaj Tripathi and Vinay Pathak, it’s the music that’s receiving immense appreciation. ‘Satya Manik Afsar’ – team which composed the attention grabbing background score of The Tashkent Files – spoke to Millennium Post about their experience of composing music for the film. Content driven movies like The Tashkent Files aren’t dependent on music and background score unlike the commercial cinema. How difficult is it to compose something which would not only compliment a film with a strong story/plot but also catch attention of the audience? Content driven movies also need music, it all depends on sound design of a movie. According to me, music has to be a part /character of any movie because a well balanced design of sound takes you to the time and space of the story. We get involved into the film not only because of visual, but the music playing in the background holds your mind into the space. Nothing is difficult to compose if the director you are working with is clear as to what is required. Was there any brief given to you by makers on the background score? Vivek Agnihotri told us that the BGM is very important to him and he wants the background music to be one of the characters of the film which is not seen but is there as an emotion. He mostly knew where and what all he wanted and briefed us perfectly time to time, as a result you can see the film grips you totally. Do you feel pressurised while working on a sensitive project like The Tashkent Files, where different people might have subjective opinions? When there are different minds working to make a project successful, it’s normal to have a lot of pressure. But the best part is, we finalise on a common ground only after a lot of discussion. Talking particularly about TTF, there were other factors to consider as well. Satisfying a director like Vivekji, and getting the correct theme for a subject like Shastriji, was indeed very challenging. How important is box office collection for you? Certainly Box office is very important for any project; more than us it is important to the producers and financiers of the film. Because if they will earn then only there will be more films and more work for everyone involved in film trade. What is next on your plate? To name a few, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Karan Singh Grover Jackie Shroff and KK menon starrer Firkie in which we have a song with Ustad Rashid Khan. Also, there is a children’s film Decent boy. Both the movies are in their post production stage right now, and should be released by July/ August. Few more projects are at disscusion stage and of course our regular Ad-films, TV shows and short films for digital platforms keep happening.last_img read more

Tripura suspends IPS officer 8 TSR troopers

first_imgAgartala: The Tripura government has suspended an IPS officer and eight troopers of the elite Tripura State Rifles (TSR) from service for breaching discipline, an official said here on Tuesday. A Tripura Home Department official said: “Five TSR troopers last week brutally assaulted two of their colleagues, Bhojveer Singh Chouhan and Jaydeep Prashad Tawra, at the 12th Battalion TSR Headquarters in Chakmaghat.” “Chouhan, a resident of Madhya Pradesh, had to admitted to the Govind Ballabh Pant Medical College and Hospital here with severe injuries, while Tawra returned to his home in Rajasthan,” he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The official said after the incident came to light on Monday, the government suspended the 12th Battalion TSR Commandant Rati Ranjan Debnath, an IPS officer, and the five troopers. In another incident, three more TSR troopers of the 11th Battalion were suspended and action will be taken against another three for negligence of duty during a protest near Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s official residence on May 17. The TSR, trained for counter-insurgency operations, was launched in March 1984 to deal with terrorism. Seventy-five per cent of its personnel are from Tripura.last_img read more

Steph Curry Is Running Circles Around The Cavs Defense

OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James’s relative solo act has been discussed at length this postseason. But for how much his showings set him apart from his team, there’s an argument to be made that no Cavalier feels more alone than Kevin Love.And on Sunday night, Love was made to feel like he was on an island again and again and again — maybe a dozen times in all. In each instance, Stephen Curry — a two-time MVP and the greatest shooter on the planet — had Love right where he wanted him: By himself, with no help defender in sight, giving the Golden State star the time and space to dissect him off the dribble to the tune of 33 points and a finals-record nine 3-pointers. The lights-out shooting helped spur the Warriors to a 2-0 edge in the best-of-seven series, which now heads to Cleveland for Game 3 on Wednesday.Certain shots will understandably garner the majority of the attention — particularly this nearly 30-foot circus shot to beat the shot clock early in the fourth that provided Golden State enormous momentum as Cleveland was attempting to make one final push. But beneath the surface, Curry is giving the troubled Cavs defense fits, in part because of what he and Klay Thompson do better than anyone else: move without the ball to free themselves for open shots.In particular, Curry has played a mix of both Hot Potato and Tag, essentially setting up give-and-go plays with his teammates by passing them the ball with the hope and intention of getting it back after he has sprinted to an open spot behind the 3-point line. The style of play makes him an even more challenging cover for the 29th-ranked Cleveland defense, not only because of the occasional confusion it brings about, but also because Curry’s teammates will occasionally use his give-and-go sequences as an opportunity to screen for him in the corner.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/passback1.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/passback2.mp400:0000:0000:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“It’s tough — really tough — to guard Steph anywhere out there on the floor because he’s just so good at finding himself open,” Love said after the game, in which Curry shot a perfect 5-of-5 from 3-point range in the final period.Curry’s ability to shake free was far from the only thing that explained Golden State’s victory. The Warriors, who’ve struggled at times with focus, jumped out to a 15-6 run to start the game and appeared locked in from the outset in the wire-to-wire victory. They made a point of being more aggressive defensively with James after his stellar Game 1 and sought to force the ball out of his hands by occasionally sending a second man at him. And perhaps most noteworthy: Curry’s co-stars, Thompson and Kevin Durant, were even more efficient than Curry himself, with Durant scoring 26 points on just 14 shots and Thompson getting 20 on 13 shot attempts.Yet the performance — with the sprint-and-shoot element of Curry’s game coming alive — highlights something meaningful about the Warriors. After looking stagnant and vulnerable at times on offense in its seven-game bout with the Houston Rockets, Golden State finally appears to resemble itself again — even without injured forward Andre Iguodala, whose presence as a secondary ballhandler has been missed on that end.Since Game 6 of the Houston series, Curry has shot 5-of-9 on give-and-go 3-point tries. By contrast, he has shot just 3-of-18 on all other catch-and-shoot looks from deep, according to analyst Matt Williams with ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. (Worth noting: Curry is getting almost an extra half-foot on average between him and his nearest defender when his shot stems from a give-and-go.)Curry noted Sunday that the sprint-and-shoot strategy is one that he has used for a while now. “We’ve been doing that for a long time — it’s just that everything’s under a microscope now in the playoffs,” said Curry, who’s building a case to win his first NBA Finals MVP. “With how teams guard us with all their switching and things like that, you’ve got to find ways to create space.”That space often comes in the form of a big like Love or Clint Capela lacking the footspeed necessary to track Curry all the way back out to the 3-point line after cutting through the paint. This — and Curry’s hesitation moves into the paint, which defenders have to honor to avoid him getting off 3-point attempts — is how Golden State makes teams pay for perimeter switches.And on Sunday, it resulted in Curry making Love and Larry Nance Jr. look like bad stuntmen — they went lunging and flying after the Warriors guard when he broke free in the short corner.So, sure: The Cavaliers might be able to take some solace in the idea of going back home for Games 3 and 4. But unless they can find a way to bottle up Curry and the rediscovered Warriors offense, even home-court advantage may not be enough to make this a series again.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Police seize 4 more illegal guns

first_img Recommended for you #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 3, 2017 – Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Plan for 2017, Police took four illegal weapons off the streets of New Providence in separate incidents during the past 48 hours.   In the first incident, shortly before 9:00am on Thursday 2nd February 2017, Drug Enforcement Unit Officers acting on information went to a bushy area on Saki Street off Soldier Road, where they uncovered a 9 – millimeter pistol with two rounds of ammunition.A short while later around 9:00am, a concerned citizen handed over to police, an AK – 47 Assault Rifle with 21 live rounds of ammunition.  Later that same day shortly before 4:00pm, Selective Enforcement Team officers were on routine patrol on Fowler Street off East Street, when they saw a man walking who aroused their suspicion.  The man on seeing the officers threw a firearm to the ground and fled on foot.  The officers gave chase but were unable to catch the man.  The firearm was recovered and found to be a .40 Austria Pistol with 11 rounds of ammunition.In the final incident, shortly before 9:00am on Friday 3rd February 2017, Firearms Tracing and Investigation Unit Officers acting on information went to Bailey Drive, Coral Harbour, where they uncovered a 12 – Gauge shotgun. No one was taken into custody in connection with these seizures. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianewscenter_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Security beefed up ahead of 21 August grenade attack verdict

first_imgSecurity has been beefed up in the tribunal area ahead of 21 August grenade attack verdict. Photo : Prothom AloSecurity has been tightened in and around the tribunal area in Old Dhaka ahead of the 21 August grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital in 2004.The Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 at Old Dhaka’s Nazimuddin Road is scheduled to deliver verdict in the two cases filed over the 21 August grenade attack.The vehicular movement on the roads adjacent to in the area have been stopped. Many of the shops were seen shut there.Judge Shahed Nuruddin of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 may deliver the verdict.At least 24 leaders and activists, including AL’s women affairs secretary and late president Zillur Rahman’s wife Ivy Rahman, were killed and Sheikh Hasina among 300 others injured in the grisly grenade attack carried out on 21 August 2004 on an anti-terrorism rally arranged by Awami League on the Bangabandhu Avenue during the BNP-Jamaat regime.last_img read more

Russia seeks US help to reconstruct Syria amid tensions

first_imgA boy walks along a damaged street at the city of Douma in Damascus, Syria on 16 April. Photo: ReutersRussia has used a closely guarded communications channel with America’s top general to propose the two former Cold War foes cooperate to rebuild Syria and repatriate refugees to the war-torn country, according to a US government memo.The proposal was sent in a 19 July letter by Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the Russian military’s general staff, to US marine general Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, according to the memo which was seen by Reuters.The Russian plan, which has not been previously reported, has received an icy reception in Washington. The memo said the US policy was only to support such efforts if there were a political solution to end Syria’s seven-year-old civil war, including steps like UN-supervised elections.The proposal illustrates how Russia, having helped turn the tide of the war in favor of president Bashar al-Assad, is now pressing Washington and others to aid the reconstruction of areas under his control. Such an effort would likely further cement Assad’s hold on power.“The proposal argues that the Syrian regime lacks the equipment, fuel, other material, and funding needed to rebuild the country in order to accept refugee returns,” according to the memo, which specified that the proposal related to Syrian government-held areas of the country.The United States in 2011 adopted a policy that Assad must leave power but then watched as his forces, backed by Iran and then Russia, clawed back territory and secure Assad’s position.The United States has drawn a line on reconstruction assistance, saying it should be tied to a process that includes UN-supervised elections and a political transition in Syria. It blames Assad for Syria’s devastation.Dunford’s office declined comment on communications with Gerasimov.“In accordance with past practice, both Generals have agreed to keep the details of their conversations private,” said spokeswoman Captain Paula Dunn.The Kremlin and Russia’s defence ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Syria conflict has killed an estimated half a million people, driven some 5.6 million people out of the country and displaced around 6.6 million within it.Most of those who have fled are from the Sunni Muslim majority, and it is unclear whether Assad’s Alawite-dominated government will allow all to return freely or whether they would want to. Sunnis made up the bulk of the armed opposition to Assad.“The United States will only support refugee returns when they are safe, voluntary and dignified,” said the memo, which is specifically about the Russian plan for Syria.Rebuilding Syria will also be a massive effort, costing at least $250 billion, according one UN estimate.Some US officials believe Syria’s dependence on the international community for reconstruction, along with the presence of US and US-backed forces in part of Syria, gives Washington leverage as diplomats push for a negotiated end to the war.Military ChannelThe exchange offered a rare glimpse into the military communications channel between Moscow and Washington, one that Dunford himself has fiercely sought to keep private.Dunford, who speaks periodically with Gerasimov, has stressed that the two militaries need to be able to have candid, private communications to avoid misunderstandings that could lead to armed confrontation.But it was unclear how reconstruction and refugees fit into military-to-military communications. Gerasimov’s letter suggests that channel is also being used by Moscow to broach non-military matters.President Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin discussed Syria, and the issue of refugees, at their 16 July summit in Helsinki. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the talks focused on “how we might get the refugees back.”But US Defence secretary Jim Mattis said last week no policy changes came out of the summit. The US government memo explicitly said the Russian proposal was not “an outcome” of the Trump-Putin talks, but cautioned that Russian officials were trying to present it differently.“Russian diplomats and other officials have also been engaging in an aggressive campaign to describe the initiative in other capitals and to insinuate that it is an outcome of the US-Russia meeting in Helsinki, which it is not, repeat not,” the memo read.The Russian cover letter for the proposal sent to Dunford recommended the United States, Russia and Jordan repurpose a hub designed to monitor a 2017 ceasefire agreement “to form a joint committee to implement the reconstruction and refugee return plan,” the memo said. Jordan is hosting more than 650,000 Syrian refugees.The Russian letter also suggests that the United States and Russia form a joint group to finance infrastructure renovation in Syria, the US memo says.last_img read more

A new metric to capture the similarity between collider events

first_img Citation: A new metric to capture the similarity between collider events (2019, August 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-08-metric-capture-similarity-collider-events.html A static illustration of the optimal transport between two jets from the CMS Open Data. Credit: Komiske, Metodiev & Thaler. Explore further “Our research is motivated by a remarkably simple question: When are two particle collisions similar?” Eric Metodiev, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told Phys.org. “At the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), protons are smashed together at extremely high energies and each collision produces a complex mosaic of particles. Two collider events can look similar, even if they consist of different numbers and types of particles. This is analogous to how two mosaics can look similar, even if they are made up of different numbers and colors of tiles.”In their study, Metodiev and his colleagues set out to capture the similarity between collider events in a way that is conceptually useful for particle physics. To do this, they employed a strategy that merges ideas related to optimal transport theory, which is often used to develop cutting-edge image recognition tools, with insights from quantum field theory, a construct that describes fundamental particle interactions. “Our new result is a quantitative method to determine the distance (via a ‘metric’) between two collision events,” Metodiev said. “Once you know the distance between every pair of collider events, you can then triangulate the entire space of LHC data. We hope this way of processing information from the LHC will yield new insights into the fundamental interactions of nature.”Essentially, the metric developed by the researchers represents the ‘work’ required to rearrange one collider event into another. It is based on the EMD, a method that is typically used to develop computer vision tools that compare the similarities between two objects or images. EDM works by trying to rearrange one event into another by moving “dirt,” or in this case particle energies, around. Typically, the more work is required to successfully perform this rearrangement, the more two events, objects or images are dissimilar. “The reason why this notion of similarity is so useful in particle physics is that it aligns with the way that we perform theoretical calculations,” Patrick Komiske, another researcher involved in the study, told Phys.org. “In quantum field theory, you cannot predict exactly what will happen in any particular collision event, but you can predict the probability to produce certain patterns of particle debris. To define what you mean by a pattern, though, you need a notion of similarity, which turns out to be exactly what our metric provides.” PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Seeking new physics, scientists borrow from social networks “Having a universal notion of similarity between events is very useful for a variety of collider tasks,” Metodiev said. “One common task at the LHC is to classify different types of collisions, in the same way as you would classify an image as containing a cat, dog, or unicorn. Using our metric to classify jets as arising from a quark, gluon, or something more exotic, we achieve a performance that approaches that of modern machine learning techniques.”In a series of evaluations, the researchers demonstrated the effectiveness of their method in capturing the similarity of collider events. Their technique achieved remarkable results, with accuracy levels comparable to those attained by state-of-the-art machine learning models. In addition to potentially helping researchers to classify collider events, the metric developed by Metodiev and his colleagues could be used to visualize collider data in an entirely new way. Traditionally, in particle physics, researchers focus on a single attribute of a collection of collider events (i.e. the ‘forest’) or at the detailed properties of one individual collider event (i.e. the ‘trees’). Since the new metric allows users to group similar collider events together, it enables the observation of the ‘forest’ and individual ‘trees’ simultaneously, by identifying events that best capture the main features of the dataset as a whole.”In addition, from a more mathematical perspective, once you have a notion of distance, you can study the geometry of the space of events, which provides a new way to think about existing concepts in collider physics dating back to the 1970s,” Metodiev added. “For example, to avoid infinities in quantum field theory calculations, one simply has to ensure that the event geometry is sufficiently smooth, without any singular points. In the future, we plan to develop new collider observables and techniques based on this geometric perspective.”The metric developed by Metodiev, Komiske and Thaler could have numerous interesting applications. It could even be used to search for irregularities in LHC datasets using a strategy known as anomaly detection, which could ultimately help to unearth new physics evidence. In the short term, the researchers plan to use their metric to rediscover known aspects of the standard model in the new geometric language they proposed. Ultimately, however, their technique could unveil evidence of the existence of new particles or forces, as well as previously unknown aspects of the standard model itself. “With our notion of similarity, we can identify not only the most common event configurations, but also the most exotic ones, and it possible that these exotic events could provide hints for physics beyond the standard model,” Thaler told Phys.org. “We are currently working on benchmarking this idea with public collider data. Since 2014, the CMS experiment at the LHC has been releasing subsets of their data for unrestricted use, including all of the information necessary to calculate our metric. This gives us an opportunity to explore the space of events on real collider data.” More information: Patrick T. Komiske et al. Metric Space of Collider Events, Physical Review Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.041801journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/ … ysRevLett.123.041801 Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2019 Science X Network Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have recently developed a metric that can be used to capture the space of collider events based on the earth mover’s distance (EMD), a measure used to evaluate dissimilarity between two multi-dimensional probability distributions. The metric they proposed, outlined in a paper published in Physical Review Letters, could enable the development of new powerful tools to analyze and visualize collider data, which do not rely on a choice of observables. Play An animation showing three jets (from the CMS Open Data) forming a “triangle” in the space of events. The animation shows the rearrangement of one jet into another. Credit: Komiske, Metodiev & Thaler. In their paper, Metodiev, Komiske and their colleague Jesse Thaler specifically applied their metric to jets; sprays of particles that commonly arise from high-energy quarks and gluons. While the properties of individual jets have been studied extensively for over the past four decades, their metric allowed the researchers to study the relationship between pairs of jets, thus unveiling new and complementary information about the jet formation process. last_img read more

Horticulture dept to kick off Bengal Mango Utsav today

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to showcase and sell the wide varieties of mango and various products prepared from them, the state Food Processing & Horticulture department is organising the three-day Bengal Mango Utsav at New Town Mela Grounds from Friday to Sunday.”Bengal, which is known for its wide variety of fruits and vegetables, produces around 400 varieties of mango and is one of the leading states in the production of table variety mangoes in the country, amounting to seven lakh metric tonnes. The three-day fair will also explore the possibilities of export to Middle East, Europe and South Asian Countries,” a senior official of the state Horticulture department said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsImporters from Middle East countries like Dubai, Kuwait and Oman are scheduled to turn up at the three-day event, examine the quality of mangoes and hold discussions about export.Apart from Himsagar, Langra and Lakshmanbhog variety of Malda, the department’s major thrust will be Amrapali, Mallika and Alphonso variety of Bankura, which has been receiving positive response from buyers and exporters alike.”We are also gearing up for the Mango Festival at Janpath in Delhi, that will be held from June 14 to 30. Mangoes from Malda and Bankura have been selected for the festival there,” the official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn the last few years, Bankura has made it to the map of producing quality and exportable variety of mangoes, alongside Malda.”We will be carrying two varieties – Mallika and Amrapali, to Delhi. 17 tonnes of mangoes from Bankura will be taken in a special trans-cooling van, provided by the state Horticulture department. The Amrapali variety is purely organic and had won the first prize in Delhi last year,” said Subhasis Batabyal, vice-chairman of West Bengal Agro Industries Corporation (WBAIC).Last year, 5 tonnes of mango was carried to the capital but later, in response to the huge demand, another 4tonnes of mango had to be dispatched.This year, under the jurisdictional area of the state, mangoes have grown on 4,000 hectares of land in Bankura, with 10 tonnes on average in each hectare.”Orders for export have already come from Middle East countries like Qatar and Dubai,” an official of WBAIC said.last_img read more

Behala Puja committes worried over footfall after bridge collapse

first_imgKolkata: Big time Durga puja committees of Behala area, directly connected with the rest of the city through the Majerhat bridge that collapsed early this week, are worried over the footfall in their pandals during the puja days. A spokesman of the ‘Forum for Durgotsav’, a platform of 350 Durga puja committees of the city, told PTI that they hoped the Durga Puja turn out in Behala would remain the same like last year. There are over 30 Puja committees in Behala who are our members. And we can only hope that things will be sorted out in a month’s time. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “This can be done by either constructing two temporary Bailey bridges along the two flanks of the Majerhat bridge or making traffic diversion to other routes,” the ‘Forum for Durgotsav’ president Partha Ghosh said. The Forum is yet to formally approach the government on the issue, he said adding “but our members are in touch.” The ‘SB Park’ puja committee in Thakurpukur area of Behala, a popular destination of revellers, had started preparations months ago, puja committee official Amit Ghosh said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed He said “we are concerned that many visitors from north and central parts of the metropolis will not be able to come after the bridge collapse. We are looking for a solution.” A member of ‘Barisha Yubak Brinda’ said, “If there is less crowd from other parts of the city and elsewhere, our preparations will have little use. We, the smaller pujas, mostly depend on the participation of revellers to make it a success and lesser footfall means a cut in sponsorship next year.” He, however, hoped that the revellers from South 24 Parganas district will make up any dip in turn out from northern part of the city and adjoining North 24 pargans district. A puja committee member of ‘Behala Notun Dal’ said while this year’s sponsorship had come to them long ago and there was not much to worry on financial side, they also hoped the crowd would not dwindle “as without revellers the celebrations will lose its lustre.” The spokesman of the ‘Debdaru Fatak puja committe’ wondered if the main link with northern part remained blocked, then how many would take other routes for pandal hopping in Behala. However, a member of ‘Behala Naskar Pukur Lane’ Puja committee said as puja revellers had ignored the potholed roads due to Joka-BBD Bagh metro work in the past few years to throng puja pandals in Behala, “they will find a way out in this year also.”last_img read more

Activity trackers may overestimate sleep time

first_imgWearable activity trackers that promise to monitor physical activity, sleep and other behaviours may be good at counting steps but bad at measuring sleep, says a new study. “Wearable devices that track physical activity, sleep and other behaviours are growing significantly in popularity,” said study co-author Robert Furberg from RTI International, a nonprofit organisation based in North Carolina, US.The researchers conducted a systematic review of 22 published articles researching the ability of Fitbit and Jawbone — two popular activity trackers — to measure steps, distance, physical activity, calories and sleep.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Several studies indicated that the step counting feature was accurate both in the lab and in the field. Using several different comparison measures, other researchers found that both tracker brands underestimated calories used, and overestimated total sleep time.Overall, the new study indicated higher validity of step counting, and lower validity for calories (energy expenditure) and sleep. Enter personal details like height and weight correctly at initial set-up, and update if there is significant change in weight, the researchers said.“When researching information on the trackers, we learned several tips users may be able to implement to make their tracker more accurate,” study lead author Kelly Evenson, professor at University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health in the US, pointed out.The findings appeared in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.last_img read more