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Sale of electoral bonds skyrocket by 62% in election year: RTI reply shows

first_imgNew Delhi: The sale of electoral bonds has skyrocketed ahead of Lok Sabha election by 62 per cent as compared to last year with the SBI selling bonds of over Rs 1700 crore, an RTI reply shows.In an RTI response to Pune-based Vihar Durve, the SBI has said that in 2018 it had sold bonds worth Rs 1056.73 crore in the months of March, April, May, July, October, November. This year in January and March the bank has sold Electoral Bonds worth Rs 1716.05 crore, the response said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The country will go to polls this month with first phase of voting to take place on April 11. The sale shows an increase of 62 per cent from those sold during 2018. The sale of electoral bonds opens in the SBI branches when Finance Ministry issues notification of the sale for a given period. The data provided by the SBI shows that highest purchase of electoral bonds for the year 2019 was reported from Mumbai where the bonds worth Rs 495.60 crore were sold. It was followed by Kolkata with the sale of Rs 370.07 crore, Hyderabad with sale of over Rs 290.50 crore, Delhi with Rs 205.92 crore and Bhubaneswar with the sale of 194 crore. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe scheme of electoral bonds notified by the central government in 2018 has been challenged in the Supreme Court. Only the Political Parties registered under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 (43 of 1951) and which secured not less than one per cent of the votes polled in the last general election to the House of the People or the Legislative Assembly of the State, shall be eligible to receive the bonds. The bonds may be purchased by a person who is a citizen of India “or incorporated or established in India,” the government had said in a statement last year. The bonds remain valid for 15 days and can be encashed by an eligible Political Party only through a Bank account with the authorised Bank within that period only. A voluntary group working in the field of electoral reforms, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has demanded a stay on the sale while CPI-M has challenged it before the Supreme Court in separate petitions. ADR recently filed an application in the apex court seeking stay on the Electoral Bond Scheme, 2018 which was notified by the Centre in January last year. It said amendments carried out in relevant Acts have “opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate donations to political parties and anonymous financing by Indian as well as foreign companies which can have serious repercussions on the Indian democracy”. The application further said: “Electoral bonds are being made available for a large number of days in three months leading to general elections in the country scheduled to be held…in April-May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. “It is expected that enormous amount of corporate funding would be received by political parties in April and May and this would play a critical role in the elections.” Referring to research and data compiled on the issue, the NGO has said that close to 97 per cent of all the bonds purchased so far were in denomination of Rs 10 lakh and Rs 1 crore with no demand for bonds of smaller denominations. “The fear with regard to electoral bonds has been proven right in light of the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party’s annual audit report for 2017-18 according to which the ruling party received the largest chunk of the funds received through electoral bonds. “BJP has earned more than Rs 1,000 crore in 2017-18 and is all set to be the maximum gainer of political funding in the last financial year, according to its annual returns submitted to the Election Commission,” the application has alleged and also referred to media reports on this. During the hearing of a separate petition by the CPM on the issue, the Election Commission has informed the apex court that it had written to the Centre saying the changes made in several laws relating to political funding will have “serious repercussions” on transparency.last_img read more

Over 67% voting; some EVMs ‘act up’

first_imgNEW DELHI: A 67.84 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the second phase of Lok Sabha polls on Thursday in 95 seats spread in 11 states and a Union Territory, the Election Commission said.Barring sporadic incidents of violence, the polling went off peacefully, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said. Polling was held for 95 Lok Sabha seats in 11 states, with Tamil Nadu voting in 38 of its 39 constituencies, and the union territory of Puducherry. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsWhile elections were cancelled in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore constituency over the fear of abuse of money power, the poll was postponed to April 23 in Tripura (East) seat as there were apprehensions that law and order could be disturbed by miscreants. Two violence-related deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, including that of a woman polling personnel who was killed by suspected Maoists on Wednesday in Odisha. Another death was reported Thursday. Two other people, including a voter and a polling officer, died of an apparent heart attack. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayComplaints of faulty voting machines came from several states, including Assam, Maharashtra and Karnataka. In Tamil Nadu, as many as 384 faulty Electronic Voting machines and 692 faulty Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail machines were replaced, officers of the state election commission said. The interim voter turnout stood at 43.4 per cent in Jammu and Kashmir, the lowest, and 78 per cent, the highest, in Puducherry. Udhampur and Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir went for polls in this phase. West Bengal, Assam, Manipur, Chhattisgarh, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu reported a turnout above 70 per cent. Referring to the issue of ‘glitches in EVMs, deputy election commissioner Sudip Jain said, a total of 1,000 ballot units, 769 control units 2,766 paper trail machines were replaced. One control unit and at least one ballot unit make up for an EVM. He said if a ballot unit or control unit is replaced, the paper trail machines need to be replaced along with it. “Hence the higher number of replacements.” Fourteen seats in Karnataka also went to polls along with 10 in Maharashtra, eight in Uttar Pradesh, five each in Assam, Bihar and Odisha, three each in Chhattisgarh and West Bengal, two in Jammu and Kashmir and one seat each in Manipur and Puducherry. Elections were also held in 35 assembly constituencies in Odisha while bypolls are being held in 18 assembly seats in Tamil Nadu. For 543 seats, Lok Sabha polls are being conducted in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. Counting will take place on May 23. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and several Union ministers campaigned extensively for this phase, which saw many controversial speeches. Four top faces, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union minister Maneka Gandhi, BSP chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party candidate Azam Khan, were temporarily banned from campaigning. The by-elections in Tamil Nadu will decide the fate of the AIADMK government led by E Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam. The 234-member assembly has 22 vacancies, 18 of them due to disqualification of rebel lawmakers who joined the team of TTV Dhinakaran last year. The AIADMK, which has 114 seats including the Speaker, needs five seats to retain the majority. Among Thursday’s high-profile candidates were Union ministers Jitendra Singh, Jual Oram, Sadananda Gowda and Pon Radhakrishnan. Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and former ministers Dayanidhi Maran and A Raja, and DMK leader Kanimozhi were also in the fray. Actor-turned-politician Hema Malini was the star candidate from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. See insidelast_img read more

Facing rising numbers of city dwellers UN agency launches urban farming campaign

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is launching a programme to promote urban farming across the developing world as projections show that the number of city dwellers in those countries will continue to surge dramatically.Nine African countries are participating in FAO’s “Food for the Cities” programme, where thousands of hectares of urban land are being transformed into allotment gardens to grow fresh vegetables.All the food is being grown according to quality agricultural practices to ensure the produce is fresh, safe and healthy, FAO said in a statement issued today at its headquarters in Rome. The gardens – especially those in slum districts – will also serve as valuable green spaces in often congested and polluted cities.Some of the allotment farmers have already signed contracts with local supermarkets to sell their produce or set up kiosks to market surplus products to the neighbourhood.In a related project in the Colombian cities of Bogota and Medellin, the FAO has launched a pilot scheme to support the production of vegetables by internally displaced persons (IDPs).The campaign has been established in response to the rapid rise of urban dwellers around the world; this year, for the first time in history, the world’s urban population exceeds the number living in rural areas.The rate of change is most acute in the developing world, where many new urban residents live in slums on the edge of cities. In sub-Saharan Africa, slum residents account for as much as three-quarters of the entire population of some cities.UN demographers expect the trend to continue, with two-thirds of the world’s peoples living in cities by 2030.“There will be a huge increase in urban populations,” said Alexander Müller, Acting Head of FAO’s Agriculture and Consumer Department. “Making sure they have the food they need will pose an unprecedented challenge.”The participating countries in the FAO project are the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Senegal, Gabon, Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Egypt and Mali. 1 February 2007The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is launching a programme to promote urban farming across the developing world as projections show that the number of city dwellers in those countries will continue to surge dramatically. read more

Central African Republic UN team begins study on improving coordination

The UN Peacebuilding Support Office in the CAR (known as BONUCA) reports that the assessment team, which reached the capital, Bangui, this morning, will meet with Government officials, the UN country team, civil society representatives and members of the diplomatic community during its week-long visit.The visit follows a request from the Security Council, which last year authorized the establishment of the UN Mission in the CAR and Chad (MINURCAT) to try to stabilize the security situation and ease the humanitarian suffering in both countries, which are among the poorest in the world.Once the visit is completed, the inter-agency assessment team will draft recommendations for the Security Council on how to integrate UN activities in the CAR.Last month CAR’s President Francois Bozizé told the General Assembly’s annual General Debate that his country needs a strengthened MINURCAT, given that an accompanying European Union security force (EUFOR) is scheduled to depart in March next year. 24 October 2008A 15-member United Nations inter-agency mission arrived today in the Central African Republic (CAR) to study how to improve the coordination and coherence of the world body’s work in the impoverished and strife-torn country. read more

Canadian banks could weather a housing crash Fitch

OTTAWA — The Fitch ratings service says it believes Canada’s big banks can likely withstand a moderate to severe housing downturn — but they would feel the pinch.The Chicago-based service says Canada’s biggest six banks — TD, RBC, Bank of Montreal, CIBC, Scotiabank and National — all have equity ratios well above what is required under the new Basel III requirements.But the U.S.-based rating service says a housing crash in Canada would push down those ratios as the value of their mortgage assets plunge in relation to their considerable loan levels.In fact, Fitch says, it’s because Canadian home values have been rising in the last seven years despite a soft economy that the six banks have been able to appear so financially sound, as their rivals in the U.S. and Europe have struggled.Fitch also says loan-to-value ratios can reverse quickly during a housing correction.“Fitch generally believes that Canadian home prices are likely nearing a plateau and could exhibit some weakness over a medium-term time horizon,” the rating service says in an assessment issued Tuesday.“We believe a sharper than expected correction would flow through to higher (risk-weighted asset) levels, thereby putting further pressure on regulatory capital ratios at a time when rising credit losses will likely hurt retained earnings.”Still, Fitch concludes the banks’ capital buffers will be adequate to withstand a moderate to severe real estate price shock. read more

Corporate earnings likely to set the pace on Toronto stock market this

Corporate earnings likely to set the pace on Toronto stock market this week AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Earnings reports from the Canadian resource sector will help set the tone for trading on the Toronto stock market amid a very light week for economic news in Canada and the U.S.Expectations are muted for the resource sector, reflecting a lacklustre global economic recovery that has not been kind to energy and mining stocks.“I think there’s no reason why you need to be aggressive owners of any of the big energy names. I think you could see the same thing for gold too, more so probably for gold than energy,” said John Stephenson, portfolio manager at First Asset Funds Inc.The TSX finished last week little changed, up a slight 0.25 per cent to preserve a solid gain during January that saw the market rise by two per cent. New York indexes have also largely moved sideways since racking up a strong advance last month where the Dow industrials ran ahead about six per cent.In the energy sector, traders will take in earnings from Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) on Thursday.Cenovus is expected to suffer from the same malady affecting other big oil companies: a huge price differential between Western Canadian Select crude from the oilsands and West Texas Intermediate, a U.S. light oil benchmark priced at Cushing, Okla.Heavy crude, like that produced in the oilsands, has historically traded at a discount to WTI. But recently, that price gap has at times widened to roughly $40 as pipeline bottlenecks prevent growing oilsands production from getting to the most lucrative markets.“I think in time obviously this will improve, I think this pricing differential will close as it is temporary in nature and because of many temporary factors,” added Stephenson.“But it’s not shaping up to be pretty.”Analysts expect Cenovus to post net earnings per share of 39 cents, up four cents from a year ago. Revenue is forecast at $4.366 billion.Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) and gas producer EnCana (TSX:ECA) also report results this week.Canada’s biggest gold producer also reports earnings on Thursday. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) is expected to report adjusted earnings per share of US$1.04, down from $1.17 a year ago, reflecting problems across the whole sector.“It’s cost, cost, cost and cost — it is the only issue,” added Stephenson.“What are the big costs? Energy and labour. And those are going higher. Not to mention royalties, and other things but costs are going higher and I think the other thing gold companies have to confront is that the investment community is overwhelmingly bearish on gold companies.”Traders will also hear from Agnico-Eagle Mines (TSX:AEM) and Kinross Gold (TSX:K) this week.Pipeline company TransCanada will hand in results on Tuesday. The company is trying to get approval from U.S. authorities to build its Keystone XL pipeline, a huge undertaking that would ship oilsands crude from Hardisty, Alberta to the U.S. gulf coast.But the project has been the target of fierce opposition from environmental groups and TransCanada has had to redraw the proposed route of the pipeline across Nebraska to avoid the sensitive Sandhills region of the state.Stephenson doesn’t think the delay in getting approval will impact TransCanada’s earnings report.“I think their earnings are going to be fine,” he said.“I think they’re actually a good story and I’m in the bullish camp that says Keystone XL gets done eventually. It will be delayed and delayed but it will get done eventually because there’s really no good reason not to do it.”Analysts expect net profit of 51 cents per share, down slightly from 53 cents a year ago.Outside of the resource sector, traders will also take in earnings from insurer Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) on Wednesday and telecoms Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) and Telus Corp. (TSX:T) on Friday.In the meantime, seasonal factors could also provide some lift to the TSX this week.“One of the interesting features of the rally is that we’re in a seasonal period, you have a lot of contributions coming into RRSPs in Canada and the individual retirement accounts in the U.S. and also you have a seasonal flow of money going into personal pension plans,” observed Norman Raschkowan, North American strategist at Mackenzie Financial Corp.“The real test will be whether the upward trend is sustained beyond the first quarter or whether we have repeat of the pattern seen in the past couple of years where you have a strong first quarter and then go into doldrums. And then everyone realizes things aren’t that bad and prices are cheap and markets sort of rally into year end.” by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 10, 2013 6:00 am MDT read more

Take shortcuts at your peril says SRK Consulting

first_imgAhead of the Investing in African Mining Indaba Conference in Cape Town, which starts on February 8 and is being attended by IM, global consulting engineers and scientists, SRK Consulting, argue that this is an opportunity for the industry to do the groundwork now, ahead of the upturn down the line when commodity prices improve. The last years of the commodity boom were littered with mining projects doomed to failure by their champions’ headlong rush to fast-track them into production; but as the slump drags on, time and skills are available to do the job right first time. “Frankly, a great deal of money could have been much better spent by not rushing projects into existence quite late in the commodity cycle,” said SRK Partner and Principal Consultant Andrew van Zyl. “We can look back and see mistakes made, which contributed to many projects failing to come on stream on time or on budget.” He said there were several examples of miners over-paying for their projects and under-delivering to their shareholders – often due to taking short-cuts in key processes of due diligence, technical studies and strategic planning.“When companies are in a hurry, they can make mistakes,” said Van Zyl. “If drilling and sampling is rushed, for example, it could result in lower confidence in the Resource and you don’t get optimal value from your investment.” Bypassing a pre-feasibility study – and going straight to feasibility stage so that construction can be hastened – can preclude a full understanding of all possible options for a project, he said. The result could be a sub-optimal project size or design that falls short of generating the best possible return.“Among the constraints during boom times is the skills shortage, making it difficult for developers to assemble the right people in the right place at the right time,” he said. “By contrast, in the current market mining companies can get good advice and good staff more readily. Now is the time that a mining company can go through a proper scoping study and pre-feasibility study, optimising their projects and weeding out those that don’t align with their strategic focus and are likely to deliver sub-optimal returns.”Ideally, said Van Zyl, companies need projects they can “switch on” when there are signs of an improvement in commodity prices. “At the switch-on stage, miners need to be comfortable that they’ve understood and optimised the project – and are technically confident to declare both a reserve and an associated level of return,” he said. “They need to be able to avoid those many and varied costs associated with overly rushed projects – both in terms of time and money.” He also highlighted the growing complexity of mine planning in Africa and globally, as a result of growing competition for key resources like water, energy and land; this was forcing companies to navigate a space where they are not guaranteed the basic resources they usually need in order to operate.“Mines and governments alike will often need assistance through this process – negotiating with stakeholders like local communities who see mines as a competitor for scarce resources,” said Van Zyl. “Processes like this also need time, as well as the input of experienced local experts who understand legal regulations, power relations and cultural nuances.”last_img read more

Bicyclist 66 Struck By Vehicle and Killed in San Diegos MidCity Area

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Updated: 7:31 AM KUSI Newsroom, Bicyclist, 66, Struck By Vehicle and Killed in San Diego’s Mid-City Area KUSI Newsroom center_img Posted: February 13, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 66-year-old bicyclist was killed after falling off his bike and being run over by a car in the Ridgeview/Webster neighborhood, police said Wednesday.The collision was reported about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday in the 1800 block of Fairmount Avenue, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.The 66-year-old man was riding a mountain bike southbound in the northbound lane when he lost control of the bike and fell to the ground in the left lane of Fairmount Avenue, Buttle said.A 61-year-old woman driving a 2001 Toyota Camry northbound in the left lane of Fairmount Avenue did not see the man and ran over him, the officer said.The man, whose name was withheld pending family notification, was pronounced dead at the scene, Buttle said.The Toyota driver remained at the scene and cooperated with officers, he said.Intoxication was not believed to have been a factor in the crash, Buttle said.Officers from the San Diego Police Department’s traffic division were investigating the crash. February 13, 2019last_img read more

Transcontinental Inc Predicts Slow Magazine Growth

first_img“For fiscal 2013, we continue to see some headwinds in the soft advertising market,” said Oliver. “We expect the media sector profitability to only slightly improve year-over-year.”Additionally, Transcontinental’s acquisition of Quad Graphics-Canada has allowed the company to further consolidate its printing network by using the group’s most productive assets. The deal, which was completed in March 2012, is expected to generate close to $200 million in annual revenues. “Over the last several years we have sold over $300 million of our print business—our goal is to focus on niches that will provide the most value,” added Oliver.Transcontinental Inc. also reached a $200 million deal with the Hearst Corporation for new terms and conditions to print the San Francisco Chronicle. “What happened in this market, particularly in the Bay area, instead of growth we got a decrease in circulation,” added Oliver. “The factory was over built—we needed to adjust the contract to the new reality of the Chronicle. In this new contract, it is a lot simpler to use all the potential assets for a fixed amount of dollars.”Oliver adds that the $200 million upfront payment by Hearst is to compensate for the depreciation and interest expenses related to the company’s original investment. Transcontinental will no longer charge Hearst because the company has now recouped 100 percent of its original investment. Under this new agreement Hearst benefits from price reductions of approximately $30 million per year. Transcontinental Inc., the largest printer in Canada and the fourth largest in North America, and publisher of over 30 magazines, saw a mixed end to 2012, reporting an increase in its revenues by 12 percent and adjusted operating income by 21 percent in the fourth quarter. The company’s community newspaper business remained strong and performed better than expected, but the same cannot be said for its portfolio of glossies. “The magazine side of the publishing business has remained challenging,” said François Oliver, the company’s president and CEO, in a Q4 earnings call last week. “As we stated last quarter, we were anticipating a soft national advertising market in Q4 and that is what happened. As a result, our [media sector] results were down year-over-year. As part of our strategy to build on our core multiplatform consumer brands we reviewed our portfolio of titles and made a decision to close [some of our] publications. This will enable us to focus on our more than 30 industry leading titles and expand our footprint in the market.”In November, the company announced that it would be closing More Magazine and Vita. The December/January 2013 issues of these titles are the last printed issues of the magazines. The company plans to focus more heavily on developing multiplatform media properties and digital editions.last_img read more

Indonesia quake kills 82 on tourist island

first_imgA man looks at debris from his partially collapsed home following a strong earthquake in Lendang Bajur Hamlet, Lombok island, Indonesia 6 August, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Photo: ReutersAt least 82 people were killed when Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok was hit by a powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Sunday, triggering widespread panic as thousands fled their homes for emergency shelters as buildings collapsed.The death toll is expected to rise with hundreds injured and thousands of houses damaged, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said in a statement on Monday.Singapore Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who was on the 10th floor of a hotel in the Lombok town of Mataram at the time of the quake, wrote on Facebook that his room shook violently and walls cracked.”It was quite impossible to stand up. Heard screams. Came out, and made my way down a staircase, while building was still shaking. Power went out for a while. Lots of cracks, fallen doors,” he wrote.Most of the victims were killed by falling rubble in northern and western parts of Lombok.An initial tsunami warning of waves of up to half a metre was issued following the quake but later withdrawn.Lombok was hit by another powerful 6.4 quake a week earlier on July 29, killing 17 people and injuring hundreds of people.More than 100 aftershocks have rattled Lombok since the quake, which was so powerful it was felt on the neighbouring island of Bali.”The night condition and some disconnected communication lines pose some challenges in the field. Death count is expected to increase still,” the disaster management agency said.Tourists queue to leave Lombok Island after an earthquake hit, as seen at Lombok International airport, Indonesia, 6 August, 2018. Photo: ReutersI Nyoman Sidakarya, head of Mataram’s search and rescue agency, told TvOne, authorities will evacuate around 700 tourists and local residents from the nearby Gili Islands.”We will evacuate people off of the three Gili islands. Some of them are hurt and are in shock,” Sidakarya said in the televised interview.One person in Gili Air was killed, he said, but details about the victim is unknown yet.Saffron Amis, a British student visiting the Gili Islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, told Reuters by text message that dozens of tourists were evacuated to a hill after the quake.The quake struck Lombok in the early evening at a depth of 10 km (6 miles).Most of Lombok suffered power cuts, local media reported.Travellers at the international airports in Lombok and Bali were thrown into panic and there was minor damage to the buildings but operations were not disrupted, officials said.The quake was felt for several seconds in Bali, where people ran out of houses, hotels and restaurants.”All the hotel guests were running, so I did too. People filled the streets,” said Michelle Lindsay, an Australian tourist. “A lot of officials were urging people not to panic.”Other witnesses said the initial quake grew in intensity over several seconds, rattling windows and doors, and there were many aftershocks.last_img read more

Lightning strikes kill 13 leave 20 others injured

first_imgKolkata: As many as 13 people were killed and 20 others injured in lightning strikes in various parts of the state on Monday morning.A nor’wester lashed different districts, accompanied by lightning, resulting in death of the victims, who were mostly farmers. They were working in the fields when the accident occurred.Among the deceased, three persons were from Murshidabad, Nadia and North 24-Parganas each, while four others were from Dakshin Dinajpur and Malda, two each from each district. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to a senior official of the disaster management department, most of the victims were out on streets or fields, when they were struck by lightning. It has been learnt that among the injured, four persons from Purulia are stated to be in critical condition.In view of the warnings issued by the weather office, the district administrations have alerted all the blocks, asking them to take precautionary measures so that such incidents can be averted. The villagers in various blocks have been asked not to work out on the field during a thundershower. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSeveral parts of South Bengal districts remained overcast from the early Monday morning. There was heavy downpour in the districts of Birbhum, Bankura, East and West Burdwan, Jhargram and Midnapore. The city and its adjoining areas in North and South Bengal also received rainfall on Monday morning. No damage or casualty has however been reported from the city.According to the weather office, a wind measuring around 60 km/h hit various districts, along with the rain bringing down the temperature by a few notches. People from the city have also breathed a sigh of relief, after respite from the sultry and uncomfortable weather. The commuters in the city and suburban areas also faced difficulties in reaching their destinations due to rain accompanied by storm. The regional meteorological centre at Alipore has predicted thundershower in the South Bengal districts in the next 48 hours.Heavy rain and storm have affected train services in various sections of Howrah and Sealdah divisions of Eastern Railway on Monday morning. Many of the local trains were delayed due to safety precautions.Train services on the Krishnanagar-Lalgola section were affected since 9.33 am, as some debris fell on the overhead wire at Bethuadahari. As a result of the incident, 13113 UP Kolkata-lalgola Hazarduari Express was detained near Bethuadahari. A tower van was pressed into action for the restoration of train services in the section.last_img read more

Erimi fire under control Update 2

first_imgFirefighters on Thursday afternoon brought under control a big fire in the Erimi area in Limassol district, a spokesman said.Andreas Kettis said 14 engines, including two belonging to the British bases, where the area is located, and seven water-dropping aircraft were used to fight the blaze, which started at around 1pm and mostly burned wild brush.Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to a farming area, though their efforts were hampered by strong winds and rugged terrain.A second, 600-metre-wide front broke out later in the afternoon and was eventually brought under control at around 6pm.Kettis told state radio that crews were securing the area in case of a reignition.In Nicosia, meanwhile, the fire service had to scramble to pump water from dwellings and rescue motorists who had been stranded on flooded roads due to torrential rain.The spokesman said rain was particularly heavy in Lakatamia, Anayia, Deftera, and Anthoupoli. Five fire service crews and civil defence personnel were deployed to help people experiencing problems.The force responded to 31 calls about flooded buildings and several calls from stranded motorists, including a small bus carrying foreign nationals in Meniko. Kettis said four children were removed from the bus by locals before the fire service arrived.Firefighters helped five adults off the bus, including the driver, before towing the vehicle to safe ground.  .You May LikeTipsery.comTrying to Lose Weight? Eat These 5 Foods! Most Beautiful Islands in the Reasons an MBA Is a Waste of Time and MoneyBusinessBuzzoUndo Clear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoCyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Post offices to start issuing health cards

first_imgBy Peter StevensonPOST Offices will in March begin issuing health cards to the public in an effort to assist swamped citizens’ service centres.In August it was decided that citizen service centres would only renew people’s medical cards if they were due to expire within the month.Since the new hospital fees were introduced on August 1, the centres have been inundated with people wanting to update their medical cards even if they were not close to expiring.The procedure of preparing post offices to deal with the influx of members of the public looking to renew their health cards began roughly two weeks ago following the Cabinet’s approval according chief postal superintendent official Sofronis Tsiartas.“From March we will be able to issue health cards at our district offices in Nicosia (Prodromos Road), in Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos. Three operators will serve the public in Nicosia, three in Limassol, three in Larnaca and two in Paphos,” he said.Tsiartas added that the department of personnel administration gave the green light on Monday for postal services to begin issuing health cards on the first working day of March.“We are aware that during the process there will be easy and difficult cases. The easy cases will be dealt with on the same day while the more difficult cases will be dealt with separately in a different queue so people will not have to wait for hours,” he said.Those who want to renew their health cards will have to take a ticket and wait until it is their turn, enabling them to know roughly how long they will have to wait to be served, Tsiartas explained. That way people know if they will have to wait for hours they can then go and get other jobs done and come back.The office has been prepared, he added, to make sure there is enough seating for visitors and from next Monday postal services will begin a test-run for the new service to ensure that on March 4 there will be not operational problems. “There are currently around 90,000 people who have not renewed their health cards and it remains to be seen whether the public will use the citizen service centres or the new post office service. It will depend on the service,” he said. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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