Microsoft abandoned Nokia acquisition talks – report

first_img Previous ArticleOrange launches joyn in FranceNext ArticleVodafone may raise Kabel bid to $10B — report HomeDevicesNews Microsoft abandoned Nokia acquisition talks – report Google taps retail with NYC store Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 20 JUN 2013 Microsoft recently abandoned talks with Nokia about buying the Finnish company’s handset division, according to Wall Street Journal sources.The discussions reportedly took place as recently as this month but failed to develop into anything due to concerns about price and Nokia’s declining position in the market. The discussions are unlikely to be revived, the sources added.Nokia is valued at more than $14 billion on the US stock market and the company’s phone unit contributed nearly half of its $40.15 billion in revenue in 2012.A Nokia spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal: “We have a deep partnership with Microsoft, and it is not uncommon for Nokia and Microsoft to meet on a regular basis.”Microsoft declined to comment.Led by former Microsoft executive Stephen Elop, Nokia committed to Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform for its smartphones in a deal announced in February 2011. The agreement also included Microsoft providing billions of dollars to help Nokia’s marketing and engineering efforts.Nokia has released a number of Windows Phone devices under the Lumia brand, with limited success. The company’s first quarter results for 2013 saw smartphone sales fall 32 per cent year-on-year to €1.16 billion. There was a 49 per cent drop in the number of smartphones shipped — 6.1 million units, 5.6 million of which were Lumia devices.However, Nokia accounted for 79 per cent of all Windows Phone devices sold during the first quarter of 2013, according to IDC.Despite Nokia’s support, Windows Phone has struggled to gain traction. It has overtaken BlackBerry to become the third-largest selling mobile OS but has struggled to make progress against iOS and Android.The Microsoft OS had market share of around 3 per cent in the first quarter of 2013, according to research firm IDC, compared to Android’s 75 per cent.Nokia is the only handset vendor to follow a Windows Phone-only smartphone strategy, while other major handset vendors, such as Samsung and HTC, treat Windows Phone as a sideline to Android. HMD Global upgrades value-focused Nokia range Authorcenter_img Devices LumiaMicrosoftNokiaTechnologyWindows Phone Related Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more Tim Ferguson Nokia warns of jump in IoT device infectionslast_img read more


East Hampton Town Sues DEC Over Sand Mine

first_img Share The Town of East Hampton is suing the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation over a permit the agency issued in March that allows the operators of a sand mine to excavate into and far below ground water levels.If the owner is allowed to mine sand and gravel, as has been laid out in the DEC permit, a 110-foot deep, sharply sloped artificial lake covering more than six acres of ground would eventually be created. It is located east of Middle Highway, a little over 300 yards north of Oakview Highway, in East Hampton.The permit was issued despite the fact that the mine is in an area zoned residential, and “is in a designated Special Groundwater Protection Area and Critical Environmental Area,” a press release from the town states.The mine, owned by a limited liability corporation named Sand Highway, which is run by Patrick Bistrian Jr.Town officials are questioning the timing of the issuance of the permit, coming as it did smack in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, following over a year of review and the town’s objections. “The dramatic expansion of the mine is particularly troublesome given its proximity to Suffolk County’s sole-source aquifer, the community’s critical drinking water supply. It is also upgradient of well fields for two public water supply wells for the Suffolk County Water Authority.”According to the town, the expansion of the mine “would not only be an environmental cataclysmic intrusion into the water table that serves as a sole source aquifer for the entire South Fork, but it is patently prohibited by the zoning code of the Town of East Hampton.”  The mine, located in the middle of a residential neighborhood, is a pre-existing, non-conforming site. Any expansion of such a site without approval from the town violates the its zoning laws.“We are disappointed that the New York DEC would allow the expansion of this mine in a residential zone and we need to act in order to protect the community’s drinking water supply,” East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said.East Hampton has retained Daniel Ruzow of the law firm Whiteman Osterman & Hanna. The town board allocated $40,000 for the court action back in April, though that amount can be revisited, if need be.The suit, which was to be filed at the New York State Civil Supreme Court in Riverhead June 25, charges that the DEC did not follow its own guidelines when it issued the permit. The town is seeking an injunction to prevent any expansion of the mine until the legal issues can be squared [email protected]last_img read more


PNG to create 7,500 square kilometers of new marine protected areas in Bismarck Sea

first_imgPapua New Guinea has announced its commitment to creating 7,500 square kilometers of marine protected areas in the Bismarck Sea by 2021.The new MPA network will encompass 2,500 square kilometers of coastal areas around Tikana and Lavongai islands including key coral reef systems in the Bismarck Sea, as well as 5,000 square kilometers of offshore areas identified as high priorities for marine conservation in New Ireland Province.The PNG government has pledged to triple the coverage of its current MPA network, and this new 7,500-square-kilometer (nearly 2,900-square-mile) commitment will achieve that goal. According to WCS president and CEO Cristián Samper, the new MPAs will also help the country meet its Aichi Target goal of protecting 10 percent of its territorial waters and coastline by the year 2025. Papua New Guinea has announced its commitment to creating 7,500 square kilometers of marine protected areas in the Bismarck Sea by 2021.The government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) made the announcement at the 5th annual Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia with the support of two conservation NGOs: the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Marine Protected Areas Fund and Oceans 5.The PNG government has pledged to triple the coverage of its current marine protected area (MPA) network, and this new 7,500-square-kilometer (nearly 2,900-square-mile) commitment will achieve that goal. According to WCS president and CEO Cristián Samper, the new MPAs will also help the country meet its Aichi Target goal of protecting 10 percent of its territorial waters and coastline by the year 2025.Lavongai islands. Photo Credit: © Elodie Van Lierde.The new MPA network will encompass 2,500 square kilometres of coastal areas around Tikana and Lavongai islands, including key coral reef systems, in the Bismarck Sea, as well as 5,000 square kilometres of offshore areas identified as high priorities for marine conservation in New Ireland Province.“We applaud the Government of Papua New Guinea for its recently announced commitment to protect an enormous expanse of one of the world’s natural wonders: the Bismarck Sea,” Samper said in a statement. “Papua New Guinea is already well known as a land of great cultural diversity and home to the famous birds of paradise; what is less known is that the country’s marine riches are just as spectacular, and the Bismarck Sea supports more than three-quarters of the world’s known hard coral species and is part of the Coral Triangle, the center of marine biodiversity.”Tikana islands. Photo Credit: © Elodie Van Lierde.The Bismarck Sea is considered one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth. Samper said that the marine ecosystems the new MPAs are designed to protect provide critical habitat for a number of species, including nearly 2,000 species of fish and more than 130 species of sharks and rays.“Coastal areas lined with biologically diverse and pristine mangrove forests will also benefit from MPA expansions under the new commitment,” he said. But, Samper noted, “The biggest beneficiaries of additional MPAs in the Bismarck Sea will be people, whose livelihoods and food security depends on the health of the marine habitats of Papua New Guinea.”PNG was just one of the numerous participants in the 2018 Our Ocean Conference that made pledges totaling more than $10 billion to protect some 14 million square kilometers (5.4 million square miles) of the world’s oceans.Spinner dolphins in the Bismarck Sea. Photo Credit: © Elodie Van Lierde. Article published by Mike Gaworecki Conservation, Coral Reefs, Environment, Fish, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Marine Protected Areas, Oceans, Protected Areas, Sharks, Sharks And Rays center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more


10 months agoMan Utd chief Woodward moves for Juventus attacker Douglas Costa

first_imgMan Utd chief Woodward moves for Juventus attacker Douglas Costaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United chief Ed Woodward is launching a bid for Juventus attacker Douglas Costa.The Sun says Woodward lined up Juventus star Costa before axing Jose Mourinho.It is claimed Mourinho learnt of the plans to sign the Brazilian shortly before he was sacked.Costa has slipped down the pecking order at Juve following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, despite turning his loan into a permanent deal in the same transfer window.Mourinho had clashed with Woodward and the United board over the failure to land transfer targets. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


10 months agoAgents offer Chelsea target Fekir to Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agents offer Chelsea target Fekir to Real Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid management have been offered Lyon captain Nabik Fekir.Having rejected OL’s attempts to open talks about a new deal, Fekir is in contact with Chelsea and Bayern Munich ahead of the winter market.And Marca says agents for the France international have been in contact with Real to offer the midfielder for the January transfer window.It’s been suggested Fekir could be a long-term successor for Luka Modric.However, Real coach Santiago Solari has resisted the proposal as he wants to leave room for Vincius Junior to establish himself. last_img read more


21 days agoTottenham to compete with Man Utd for Leicester midfielder James Maddison

first_imgTottenham to compete with Man Utd for Leicester midfielder James Maddisonby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham will compete with Manchester United for the signature of Leicester City midfielder James Maddison.Christan Eriksen looks set to leave Tottenham after refusing to sign a new contract, having made it clear during the summer that he wanted to find a new club, says the Daily Star.The Danish midfielder is in the final year of his contract and so can leave for nothing next summer – meaning Spurs will likely look to cash in on him in the January transfer window.And Leicester City ace Maddison , who has just been called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad, has been identified as the perfect replacement.But Tottenham will face competition for the 22-year-old, who does not have a buy-out clause in his contract, with United believed to be confident of completing a £60m deal to take him to Old Trafford. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Soaring to new heights a young man gets his wings

first_imgAPTN National NewsHe’s overcome a number of obstacles in his young life, including surviving life saving surgery.But that hasn’t stopped Clarence Audy from soaring to new heights in an attempt to reach his dreams.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has the story of a remarkable young man from a Manitoba First Nation.last_img


CMHC reports annual pace of housing starts slowed in December to 216980

first_imgOTTAWA – Housing starts in Canada hit their highest total in a decade in 2017, but are expected to slow this year, economists said Monday.BMO senior economist Robert Kavcic said the full-year tally of housing starts for 2017 came in at 221,000.“Canadian homebuilding activity had its best year in a decade in 2017, backed by underlying demographic support and strengthening labour markets in the country’s largest provinces,” he wrote in a report.However, he noted that this year the number of starts is expected to moderate closer to the 200,000 level, with a record number units under construction to start the year.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Tuesday the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts for December of 2017 came in at 216,980 units, down from 251,675 units in November. The six-month moving average for December was 226,777 compared with 226,178 in November.The housing agency said the overall decline in the annual pace of housing starts in December came as the pace of urban starts fell 15.1 per cent to 198,132 units for the final month of last year.The pace of multi-unit urban starts slowed 22 per cent to 135,176, while the rate of single-detached urban starts increased by 4.7 per cent to 62,956 units.Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 18,848 units.The housing market has been identified as a key risk to the economy and been scrutinized by economists and policy-makers.Rising interest rates and more stringent lending rules are expected to weigh on the market this year.Royal Bank assistant chief economist Paul Ferley said the total number of starts for 2017 were up 11.4 per cent from 198,000 in 2016.“Looking ahead, our expectation is that recent tightening of mortgage lending, further official interest rate increases in both Canada and the U.S. and current poor affordability in a number of key markets will contribute to housing starts continuing to trend lower.“Our forecast assumes that starts will drop to 195,000 this year and 185,000 in 2019.”last_img read more


State report to EC shows action taken against all troublemongers

first_imgKolkata: The Bengal government has submitted a report to the office of the Election Commission stating that steps have been taken against all potential trouble-mongers across the state.The Election Commission had earlier instructed senior officials of the state government to take adequate measures and arrest the trouble-mongers who could trigger violence during the polls. The Commission also instructed senior police officers of the state to execute all the non-bailable cases which were still pending in the state. It was learnt that more than 20,000 trouble-mongers have been identified both by the city and the district police. The Election Commission also wanted to know from senior police officers in the state if any steps were taken against the miscreants. A report was also sought from them. It can be mentioned here that during his recent visit to the state, Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain had asked Director General of Police Virendra and the then Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma to ensure that all the trouble-mongers should be sent behind bars as a pre-emptive measure ahead of elections. Various political parties also raised a number of issues including the intimidation of voters with the Election Commission. It was also learnt that during his meeting with the election officials, Jain expressed his dissatisfaction over the implementation of the non-bailable cases in some districts. The districts like South 24-Parganas, East and West Burdwan were identified as having a huge number of trouble-mongers. In the report submitted to the Commission by the state government, officials claimed that steps have been taken against all the potential trouble-mongers. Recently-appointed Special Central Police Observer in the state Vivek Dubey also took a stock of the overall law and order situation in the state and also on various pending cases. The full Bench of the Election Commission of India (ECI) in February held meetings with the top government officials and issued necessary instructions on what measures need to be taken to ensure a free and fair election. The ECI full Bench also discussed the law and order situation in the state.last_img read more


Bombardment kills thirteen civilians in northwest Syria

first_imgBeirut: Bombardment killed 13 civilians in northwest Syria on Sunday, the large majority in regime fire on areas of the jihadist-held Idlib region, a war monitor said. The violence was the latest to threaten a seven-month-old truce intended to stave off a regime offensive on the region held by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate. Sunday’s shelling and rocket fire by regime forces killed nine civilians in several areas of Idlib, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThey included five people in the town of Nayrab, three in Saraqeb, and one in the village of Al-Khuwayn, the Britain-based monitoring group said. The Observatory said bombardment by Islamist fighters on the regime-held town of Masyaf in the adjacent province of Hama killed four civilians. The rocket fire hit a hospital killing members of its staff, state news agency SANA said. Regime ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey in September inked a buffer zone deal to prevent a massive regime offensive on the Idlib region, near the Turkish border. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsBut the region of some three million people has come under increasing bombardment since former Al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham overran the region in January. More than 30 civilians have been killed in regime bombardment on Idlib since Wednesday alone, according to the Observatory. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem this week said his government was growing impatient to recapture Idlib, the last region outside its control apart from the Kurdish-held northeast where the United States retains a troop presence. The UN humanitarian office OCHA has said the escalating violence had already killed 90 civilians in the Idlib region in March, nearly half of them children. The escalation pushed more than 86,500 people to flee their homes in February and March, it added. At least 370,000 people have died in Syria since the civil war erupted in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.last_img read more


A defeated purpose

first_imgSwachh Bharat Mission (SBM) has shifted sanitation policy’s focus to the number of toilets constructed from collective behavioural change, said sanitation experts. Despite the fact that community-led total sanitation (CLTS) has brought about change in the last few decades, the pressure of targets has changed the C in CLTS to collector, said VK Madhavan, chief executive, WaterAid. “We need community involvement to look at the hygienic behaviour, but it [sanitation] is becoming a political imperative. We are seeing tunnel vision lead to a narrow emphasis on toilet construction and usage, to some extent, but hygiene is left behind. The assumption is that you have access to a toilet and you use it to adopt hygienic behaviour, but there isn’t enough evidence to support it,” said Madhavan. Also Read – A special kind of bondThey spoke at the launch of book Scaling up CLTS: From village to nation, by Kamal Kar, founder of CLTS Foundation in New Delhi on April 29, 2019. Madhavan expressed disappointment in how the CLTS’ fundamentals were not being met in the SBM. “The CLTS approach is not only an effort to help people build toilets and use them. It is meant to help people transform towards hygiene behaviour and that is missing from the scheme,” said Madhavan. Kar, whose organisation has worked on sanitation practices through technical assistance and policy advocacy across Asia and Africa, said SBM is a “great initiative as it is the Prime Minister’s number one national agenda, which has its own strengths” but it has turned people’s movement into government’s movement. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe government has pledged to make India open-defecation free by October 2, 2019, by providing access to toilets to all rural households. According to government estimates, more than nine crore toilets had been constructed across the country till February 5, 2019, under SBM, which was launched in 2014. Experts pointed out that despite there being a dramatic increase in the number of toilets constructed, there are challenges the country faces before it is declared ODF. Few of them are people being left out of baseline and growth in population, which means new families will emerge and will need new toilets. “Those of us who work on the ground know how difficult it is to declare one village ODF. It’s not an easy task and there are huge community dynamics involved. But with the PM or the President saying the country is ODF without going into the depth of the subject, dilutes the story,” said Kar. He said after the SBM was introduced, the money allocated towards behavioural change under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA), started by Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1999, was used for toilet construction. While criticising the government model of giving subsidies for toilet constriction, Kar talked about Bangladesh, which was once a hub of open defecation and below India in sanitation rankings. The country achieved ODF status in 2015. The CLTS model was, for the first time, introduced in Bangladesh and it was against subsidy-driven construction of toilets. Instead of generating collective community demand for toilets, it highlighted public health ramifications of open defecation. “Subsidies don’t necessarily have a role to play if we are talking about communities. The unfortunate reality is that subsidies have become a part of political imperative and a necessity in this country. Even for something as personal as an individual household toilet, we believe the only way people will construct this is if we provide subsidy and that in some sense adversely impacts the processes that are critical to CLTS,” said Madhavan. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more


Teen girls more vulnerable to bullying than boys

first_imgTeenaged girls are bullied more often than boys, and are more likely to consider or attempt suicide, a study has found. Researchers from Rutgers University in the US conducted analyses of the data from a US survey from 2011-2015. “Bullying is significantly associated with depressive symptoms, suicidal ideation, suicide planning, and suicide attempts,” said Nancy Pontes, an assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden. Also Read – The Puja carnival”We wanted to look at this link between bullying victimisation, depressive symptoms, and suicidality by gender,” Pontes said in a statement. Pontes said that, in general, girls are more often bullied than boys, and girls are also more likely to consider, plan, or attempt suicide compared with boys, regardless of being bullied or not – although boys are more likely to die by suicide. In this study, researchers looked at significant associations and not direct causal links. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraUsing two methods of statistical analysis, the study, published in the journal Nursing Research, shows the probability of a link between bullying and depressive symptoms and suicide risk While many schools are cracking down on physical bullying which people can see, those actions probably are preventing and stopping bullying that is more common among males, she said. Among females, the bullying is often the kind that is not visible. It is often relational bullying, such as excluding someone from activities and social circles, or spreading rumours about them. The actions are not overt, Pontes said, so they could go on for a long time without anyone else knowing. “Our school interventions should understand the differences in bullying and how we might better address females who are bullied,” said Pontes. The researchers believe that preventing bullying should begin at a young age. She said parents should start teaching preschool children that bullying is unacceptable. Pediatricians and nurse practitioners should talk about the harmful effects of bullying with parents so that they can intervene early and reduce the victimisation that causes adolescents to consider suicide, so they will be able to live happier and healthier lives.last_img read more


BJP will not come back to power CM

first_imgBankura/Purulia/Kharagpur: Accusing Narendra Modi of talking nonsense as he is suffering from fear of defeat, Trinamool Congress supremo said the death knell of BJP will be sounded on May 23, the day when the Lok Sabha election result is declared.Addressing a mammoth rally in Bankura on Thursday afternoon, she clearly indicated that BJP will not come back to power in Delhi and said: “Modi is talking nonsense as he is suffering from the fear of defeat and the death knell of BJP will be sounded on May 23.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAt Purulia, Banerjee challenged Modi to prove that his party leaders are involved with the coal mafia as alleged by him. “The Central Industrial Police Force (CISF) guards the coal mines which are under the Ministry of Coal and BJP leaders are its agents. Instead of blaming them, Modi is blaming us. If he can prove that any of my leaders are involved in the matter, I will withdraw the candidature of 42 candidates but if he fails to prove his allegation, he will have to tender apology and do 100 sit-ups holding his ears.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn Bankura, Banerjee alleged that to please Modi, seven-phase elections are being held in Bengal. “It is impossible to bear the heat but still polls are being conducted so that Modi can come and address election rallies. He is least bothered about the people who are suffering from unbearable heat and incredible stressful conditions.” Banerjee said that BJP had used power to hold Modi’s meeting in Bankura. “There are 50 owners of the land and out of them only 17 had allowed the party to hold the meeting. BJP used force to hold the rally at the venue,” she said. The Chief Minister further added: “Modi had influenced police to get clean chit in Godhra and Gujarat riot incidents.” She also alleged that BJP workers threw chairs and bottles at the police. “Modi babu, this is your culture and not ours. Such incidents do not happen in the meetings of Trinamool Congress leaders,” she said. Banerjee added: “He does not know about our culture and heritage. He says that I do not allow Durga Puja in Bengal. More than one lakh Durga Pujas are held and more than one crore Saraswati Pujas are organised throughout Bengal. He is so shameless that he does not do any homework before addressing the election meetings.” Banerjee urged people to vote for party nominees Subrata Mukherjee, former state minister for Panchayats and Rural Development in Bankura and Mriganka Mahato in Purulia. “Your one vote will help Trinamool to consolidate its position in Delhi and help to form a stable, secular and pro-development government.” Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday hailed his Banerjee as a “Bengal tigress” and said she had “taught a lesson” to the Prime Minister. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief attended her election rally in Kharagpur in support of her party’s Lok Sabha candidate Manas Bhunia.last_img read more


Himachal Pradesh CBI starts probe into 250 cr scholarship fund fraud

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI is conducting searches at 22 educational institutes in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh in connection with the Rs 250 crore Himachal Pradesh school scholarship fraud case, officials here said on Monday.CBI officials said the searches are being conducted “wherein disbursement of the alleged scholarships was obtained by private educational institutions from the Government of Himachal Pradesh”. The Central Bureau of Investigation took over the case recently on request from the state government in Himachal Pradesh for the probe agency to look into irregularities in disbursement of the scholarship funds. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghIt was found that the scholarship fund, which was sponsored by the centre and state for SC/ST/OBC and Minority Community students for pre and post-matriculation education, was not reaching the students. The searches are being conducted in places like Karnal, Haryana; Mohali and Gurdaspur in Punjab; and Shimla, Bilaspur, and Kangra in Himachal Pradesh. When the state police were investigating the case, local reports had highlighted the possibility of Education Department officials in the state being involved in the fraud. However, the CBI’s case does not name anyone specifically as of now. An official said this is because they have taken over the case registered by the state police and in it, there is no named accused.last_img read more


Two held in connection with gun ammo find in Nassau Village

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, February 26, 2017 – Nassau – Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Plan for 2017, Mobile Division officers seized a handgun and a quantity of ammunition after intercepting a car in Nassau Village on Friday 24th February 2017.   Reports are that about 6:00pm, Mobile Division officers were conducting an operation on the Taylor Street, Nassau Village, when a motorcar occupied by two adult males was intercepted.  The vehicle was subsequently searched and a 9 – millimeter handgun with 23 live rounds of ammunition was found.   The two suspects were subsequently taken into custody.Press Release: RBPF#MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more


BPL drops bomb on free electricity promise

first_img Related Items:#BahamasPowerandLight, #BPLonfreeelectricitypromise, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 18, 2017 – Nassau – The promise of free electricity attracted scepticism and another bust to the PLP leader’s bubble when Bahamas Power and Light or BPL on Thursday night issued statement that they know nothing of the free electricity deal promoted by PM Perry Christie.The power supplier said in a statement, “please be advised that information contained in (today’s) Tribune is unknown to us nor was it provided by the company.”  BPL has completely distanced itself from the campaign promise of Mr. Christie and added, “Our goal at BPL is to provide consistent, reliable, affordable electricity service to our customers, while maintaining a viable operation…”#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasPowerandLight#BPLonfreeelectricitypromise Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more