Indian women Hockey team during their warm-up session at the Games Village in New Delhi.Private builder EMAAR-MGF, which constructed the Commonwealth Games Village, is expected to face penal action this week as the government has found various “irregularities” and “deficiencies” in its work.The Delhi Development Authority, which had given the contract to EMAAR-MGF for construction of the Village for the sportpersons, submitted its interim report on Tuesday to the Union Urban Development Ministry, 12 days after being asked to do so, sources said.In its report, the DDA has said that there were various “irregularities” and “deficiencies” in the construction of 38 towers of the Village and the builder even exceeded the permissible limits of construction, the sources said.The DDA submitted its report in response to Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy’s letter to DDA on October 7 asking for a report on the alleged irregularities and deficiencies in the Village after several foreign delegates said the place was “unlivable” and “filthy”.”The report is under examination in the ministry. The ministry is likely to give a direction to the DDA in the matter shortly,” the sources said, indicating that some penal action could be taken against the builder within a week.Asked about the nature of action, the sources said there are “adequate provisions in the agreement” with the builder to take action against it for faulty execution of the project.These could be confiscation of security deposit or blacklisting of the company, they said.In the letter, Reddy had asked DDA, which functions under the administrative control of the Urban Development Ministry, to file a report, saying the allegations had adversely affected the image of the DDA.advertisementThere have been reports of delay as well as deficiency in the execution of the project which have not only adversely affected the image of DDA but also the Commonwealth Games 2010 as a whole,” Reddy said in the letter.The letter was written during the Games but it was kept under wraps so that the mega event passed off peacefully.- With PTI inputs
India defeated West Indies by 80 runs in their last group B match of the cricket World Cup on Sunday.India will play Australia in the quarter-finals on Thursday in Ahmedabad.Brief score:India: 268 all out in 49.1 overs (Yuvraj Singh 113, Virat Kohli 59; Ravi Rampaul 5/51, Andre Russell 2/46).West Indies: 188 all out in 43 overs. (Devon Smith 81, Ramnaresh Sarwan 39; Zaheer Khan 3/26, Yuvraj Singh 2/18)
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“Our discipline wasn’t good in the first half and that’s not the right recipe to play successful basketball,” said Blue Eagles head coach Tab Baldwin. “But we sorted things out, BJ, Mike [Nieto], hit some shots and that got us in the right track.”“We did what we have to do.”Nieto led Ateneo’s offense with 12 points.Jerrick Balanza led the Knights, who saw their three-game winning streak snapped, with 16 points and four rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments After trailing the Knights 35-36 heading into the third quarter, the Blue Eagles got their act together with BJ Andrade firing 10 of his 13 points in the period to help Ateneo get a 63-54 lead.The Blue Eagles then ran amuck taking a 20-point lead, 82-62, late in the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAteneo improved to a 4-1 record to get sole possession of the third spot in the Aspirants Group behind 4-0 teams University of Santo Tomas and St. Clare. Petron-Letran, meanwhile, is at fifth with a 3-2 card.Angelo Kouame held the paint for Ateneo with 10 points and 11 rebounds while Matthew Daves missed out on a double-double finishing with 10 points and nine boards. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MANILA, Philippines—Cignal-Ateneo rallied past Petron-Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 83-64, in the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Kai Sotto starts workout at Atlanta Hawks’ training facility Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess
The National Water Commission (NWC) is moving aggressively to implement measures to alleviate drought conditions, which are expected to continue to affect the island over the next two months.President of the NWC, Albert Gordon, said the company has been working to implement a number of long and short-term measures in an effort to minimise the impact of drought conditions on the island. Mr. Gordon was addressing a Drought Management Committee meeting, which was chaired by the Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, at his offices in New Kingston, on March 14. He noted that as part of its short-term plans, the NWC has been working to contract additional trucks to transport water to residents affected by the dry weather.The President said at present, the company has one truck per parish, and as such, has been contracting private trucks to assist in supplying water to affected areas.“Based on our assessment, we need about 38 trucks to manage some of the areas that are now having serious problems with [water] supply, including some areas that we don’t normally supply, but the demand is strong and they are pressing the NWC for assistance,” he said, adding that the long-term goal is to purchase more trucks.Additionally, the NWC has been collaborating with the Rural Water Supply Limited to repair a number of the wayside tanks in rural parishes to increase the supply to residents. The Commission has also been working to rehabilitate a number of its intake facilities.Other measures include:Accessing additional sources of water for treatment and distributionMaximising existing sources of supplyReducing losses from systems and improving the distribution network; improving the capacity to share water from least-affected systems with worst-affected systems Expediting water supply improvement projects that could possibly assist in drought mitigationIncreasing trucking capacity with priority to be given to hospitals, health centres, schools, public institutions, and communities which are severely affected for prolonged periodsEncouraging conservationIn the meantime, Meteorologist, Evan Thompson, said there is a 40 per cent chance that the island will experience below normal rainfall over the next two months.“The forecast for the next couple of months, at least to the end of April, is not a very positive outlook. During the month of February, we did not have any significant rainfall events to turn over the situation and to bring us out of the woods, and it is not likely that we will start to see these figures reduced…until the end of April,” he said.He informed that data collected over a period of eight weeks, from December 2012 to the end of January 2013, indicate that all 14 parishes have been experiencing drought conditions, some worst than others.The worst affected parish is Trelawny, which experienced extreme drought conditions, recording below 20 per cent rainfall for the period.The parishes of Westmoreland, Clarendon and St. James also saw severe drought conditions for the period. Both Westmoreland and Clarendon experienced less than 33 per cent rainfall, while St. James received only 28 per cent.He commented further that St. Mary (52 per cent), Hanover (48 per cent), and St. Catherine (45 per cent) experienced normal drought conditions.By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter
On the high desert plains of Yucca Valley, California, actress and recording artist Bridgit Mendler and 67 elementary school students last week took on Save the Children’s World Marathon Challenge.Bridgit Mendler Takes On The Save the Children’s World Marathon ChallengeCredit/Copyright: Save the ChildrenThe World Marathon Challenge is a relay race where teams of kids try to run a full marathon distance of 26.2 miles in less time than Wilson Kipsang’s world marathon record of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 23 seconds. The worldwide race, to be held in 21 U.S. states this month, aims to raise awareness and funds for programs focused on child survival and well-being.Bridgit Mendler In The Yucca Valley With Save The ChildrenCredit/Copyright: Save the ChildrenAddressing an enthusiastic crowd of youngsters outside the Onaga Elementary School in Yucca Valley before the start of the race on Oct. 16, Bridgit Mendler said, “I am really excited to be here today to kick off Save the Children’s World Marathon Challenge for such a great cause. We have come together to have fun, and also to help kids in the U.S. and around the globe get a better and healthier start in life.”Bridgit Mendler Races In The Yucca ValleyCredit/Copyright: Save the ChildrenMendler ran the first lap of the race and then cheered kids on as they passed the baton to their teammates and crossed the finish line. “Whether you break the world record or not, you are all champions. I am so proud of you,” said Mendler.Save the Children’s World Marathon Challenge will take place in 67 countries, including the United States, throughout October. More than 50,000 kids, including 12,000 U.S. kids, signed up to participate in the race.To learn more about the World Marathon Challenge and how you can help, go to WMC.SavetheChildren.org or follow #WMC2013.
(Crystal Smith speaks to media outside the Vancouver courts Thursday. Photo: Amber Bernard/APTN)Justin BrakeAPTN News Indigenous women are sounding the alarm on what they say is unjust and disproportionate state violence against those working to protect water and defend Indigenous lands.On Thursday, several women held a news conference outside the provincial courthouse in Vancouver ahead of a hearing for Tia Chicome, who was arrested last March during a protest near Kinder Morgan’s marine terminal in Burnaby.Before her hearing, Chicome, a member of the Xiximec Nahua nation and a U.S. war veteran, told media and others gathered outside the court she feels the RCMP has a bias against Indigenous women.“There’s been a big difference in the way we have been treated compared to the white women that have been arrested” while protesting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, she said.Chicome said her March 31 arrest occurred after she acted to protect others from a driver of a truck she says threatened people’s safety at a blockade of the marine terminal site.“The truck started increasing its speed up the hill aiming for the bodies of these water protectors, these land defenders, and I started running towards the truck because I thought I was going to witness somebody getting seriously injured, or possibly [killed].“So I saw the truck run into the bodies of these people, and I made an intervention — and for that intervention, I was arrested. The truck driver was never even questioned. The truck driver didn’t even get a ticket.”Chicome, who faces charges of assault and mischief, had her case set over to Aug. 30.Crystal Smith, a young Indigenous mother who also faces charges related to protests against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, said Thursday she and her mother were targeted by police in March and that she was “violently arrested” in front of her children.Watch Crystal Smith at the Vancouver courts Thursday “I had bruises on my wrists. I had bruises on my upper body from the force that they used on me. And it was my children that witnessed this,” she recalled, explaining her family had gone to Burnaby to visit the Tsleil-Waututh watch house, but that Smith became involved in the protest when she saw others blocking a truck towing a bulldozer.She alleged she was not violating Kinder Morgan’s injunction at the time of her arrest, and that police deliberately arrested her mother first, who was filming their response to the water protectors.“It is here that we see the difference between Indigenous bodies and non-Indigenous bodies,” she said. “It is here that we see the difference of attitude that the RCMP has and it’s a reflection of the attitude Canada has.”Indigenous women historically targeted in colonization efforts: Palmater(A female land protector is arrested during an early morning raid of a camp across from the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador. Photo courtesy: TheIndependent.ca) While Indigenous peoples comprise roughly four per cent of Canada’s population, according to Statistics Canada data released last month they represent 27 per cent of all incarcerated people in the country.According to a report released by Canada’s Correctional Investigator last year Indigenous women represent a staggering 37 per cent of all women behind bars, and 50 per cent of all female maximum-security inmates.Mi’kmaw lawyer and academic Pam Palmater says the targeting of Indigenous women by authorities and the state is a longstanding issue in Canada historically rooted in strategic colonization efforts, and that the criminalization of women water protectors on the front lines against pipelines and other unwanted resource development is a continuation of that legacy.“From the very, very beginning the Canadian state has tried to separate women from the land,” she told APTN Thursday.“The safety and health of women’s bodies has always been tied to the land so closely that that’s why the state has particularly targeted Indigenous women — to separate them from that because it helps disintegrate their nations.”Palmater said the Canadian state has “long known that one of the most effective ways to realize a genocide, to break up a nation, to gain access to lands and resources, is to…target the women because they’re the ones that give birth to the children, they’re the ones that are carrying on the culture and language and legacy.But also because Indigenous women have always played historically very strategic and important roles in their nations.“So by targeting Indigenous women and just completely removing them from their core power structure from within their nations is also an equally effective way of disrupting those nations, dismantling those nations, causing chaos and confusion.”Province won’t interfere with arrests of water protectors: MinisterOn Wednesday B.C.’s Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Scott Fraser told APTN the province respects Indigenous peoples’ right to protest the Trans Mountain pipeline and other unwanted projects like the Site C dam in the Peace River Valley.“Each nation has a right to take a position on an issue that’s happening on the land, especially in their territories,” he said.But he said he won’t speak critically of police forces’ arrests of Indigenous people.“We’re not going to tell the police what to do and how to do their job,” he said.“Police operate at arm’s length from government, they’re independent of government, and we don’t interfere with police operational decisions. That’s not the role of government.”Palmater disagrees and says the province should be critical of police forces that are selective in their interpretations of the law.She said in criminalizing land defenders and water protectors the RCMP continue to prioritize corporate interests over the rights of Indigenous peoples protected in Section 35 of Canada’s constitution.“If they go in and arrest land defenders and the province of B.C. considers that that’s not a proper enforcement of the law given the many other competing laws that protect Aboriginal treaty rights, then the province should intervene,” she said.“We shouldn’t treat the RCMP like they’re their own government where there’s a judge, jury and executioner on Aboriginal treaty rights.“There’s got to be some collective governance of First Nations, provincial and federal [governments], and broader discussions with all levels of law enforcement to say, hey, there’s multiple competing laws here.“It’s much better to work out a process than [have] everyone sit back and say, well it’s not on me — we’ll just see what the RCMP does.”First arrest in Canada at #campcloud @PunchinNazis365 with a busted knee to boot. #KILLKM #stopkm pic.twitter.com/TYresESCKb— Texohtic Mazatl (@bluemazatl) March 25, 2018Palmater said Indigenous women’s perseverance and leadership in the face of continued criminalization shouldn’t be lost in the conversation.“Even though Indigenous women have always been targeted, both in the law directly and indirectly, they continue to stand up for the land and for their children despite knowing what’s coming.“They know they’re going to be criminalized. They know they’re going to be painted as some form of criminal,” she said.“And knowing they’re still the ones out there trying to defend our territories, that’s a very significant and very powerful message for the rest of the Indigenous people in this country — that despite how much they’re targeted and criminalized: we’re still out there protecting our bodies and protecting our lands for the benefit of our nations.”In a calm but stern tone outside the Vancouver courthouse, her children by her side, Smith said Canada is “waging a war” in which Indigenous women “are being arrested for trespassing on their own land.“Where is the reconciliation here? Where is the reconciliation? I do not see it. I do not feel it. And it is not present in my life or my children’s life.”[email protected]@justinbrakenews
KOLKATA: International Management Institute (IMI) Kolkata is planning to set up its offshore campus at Chengdu in Sichuan province of China.”We are in talks with the Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences for collaboration to commence an MBA course on our proposed offshore campus. Our focus will be on management and business research,” said Arindam Banik, director of IMI Kolkata.The Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences has been playing a major role as a think tank and idea treasury in the social and economic development of Sichuan Province. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBanik said various proposals pertaining to the collaboration are being finalised. “The Chinese students interested in studying MBA course under IIM will have to do a yearly language course before taking up MBA on the proposed campus. The medium of instruction will be English,” he added.IMI presently has three campuses — Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar and Delhi. Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences, which was founded in 1978, has been currently developed into a research base and centre of philosophy and social sciences with a wide range of subjects, reasonable talent structure, distinctive academic features and outstanding scientific research achievements in Sichuan Province. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedTalking about another major initiative, Banik said IMI is also working on a plan to impart training in English to as many as 70,000 teachers of Bangladesh, including both primary and secondary school teachers. The Bangladesh government had approached Asian Development Bank (ADB) for loan and has been allocated Rs 179 crore for the purpose of scaling the English communication skills of their teachers. “They are in search of an ideal institute and we are in talks for finalising the modalities. The training on communication skills will lay emphasis on the use of technology for teaching,” Banik said. The training will be in batches, phase-wise.IMI Kolkata that presently runs a two year PGDM course is planning to start an Executive MBA programme from 2019 and MBA in Entrepreneurship from 2020.