Massachusetts is poised to drop nearly 30,000 legal permanent residents from its nationally touted three-year-old health care plan. The new state budget eliminates Commonwealth Care — the subsidized health insurance program for low-income residents — coverage for immigrants who have been in the country for less than five years to shave nearly $130 million off the state’s $5 billion budget deficit.Gov. Deval Patrick has pushed back, so the state is exploring a substantially curtailed option, which would offer limited preventive and emergency care to those dropped from the program, at roughly half the cost. As we went to press, prospects for the limited coverage plan were still up in the air. But even if a compromise program survives, unless economic conditions improve next year, health care coverage for immigrants will likely be gutted over time.As the nation’s economy sinks and tax receipts shrivel from California to New York, mounting state and federal deficits are straining public programs, even as demand for services soars. Enrollment in Massachusetts’s Commonwealth Care swelled in recent months as unemployment rose, forcing tens of thousands of state residents to turn to the public health care plan. The economic pressures nationwide will only mount over the next several months.The Massachusetts rollback is modeled after the 1996 federal welfare reform act, which barred Medicaid and some other welfare benefits to permanent residents during the first five years of their U.S. residency. However, it is only the first salvo in a fierce public debate that will increasingly entangle legal and illegal immigration.As legislators in other states search for cost cuts, programs for immigrants, both legal and undocumented, will be among the first on the chopping block. And should the recession linger past this year, it is not only recent permanent residents who will discover themselves at risk. In California, activists are already pushing a ballot initiative challenging the U.S. citizenship of children of illegal aliens, even though the 14th Amendment states unequivocally: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside.” Ballot proponents contend that as illegal aliens are not “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States, their children legally are not U.S. citizens. Not surprisingly, the ballot initiative is dressed in a populist welfare reform measure.The economically successful community of Indian Americans, comprised predominantly of professionals, has, for the most part, been detached from the plight of more economically vulnerable immigrant communities, especially undocumented aliens. Most Indian professionals reserve their distress and ire for the painful delays, often of as lengthy as five years, which green card spouses must endure. This single-minded focus on narrow, self-serving immigrant concerns is neither wise, nor effective. All immigrant groups are vulnerable to the vagaries of the economic winds, as the tens of thousands of Indians with six figure incomes who have joined the unemployment rolls in recent months are rudely discovering.The immigration debate flares every so often in America during economic downturns. The anti-immigrant fervor never reached a head during the past several decades only because the flows of economic cycles dissipated its building momentum, sometimes just in the nick of time. This recession, however, will likely linger longer, or even should the economy turn, it may provide only a temporary reprieve.We would be wise to embrace the most vulnerable in our midst. It is hard to empathize with an out-of-work, $80,000-a-year techie tossed out on the manicured lawns of his half-million-dollar estate in New Jersey, who was callously indifferent to the plight of the 62-year-old triple-bypass patient just stripped of her heath coverage. Related Items
Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess San Miguel, one of the protagonists in last year’s conference Finals, went up by as many as 28 in the contest.And that should herald good tidings for Beermen, who admittedly are cramming victories in the midseason conference.San Miguel’s next assignment is Magnolia next Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.Alaska, on the other hand, looks to arrests its two-game skid at the expense of defending champion Barangay Ginebra on June 30 also at the Big Dome.The ScoresADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MANILA, Philippines–San Miguel carved out a resounding 119-107 victory over Alaska to bounce back from a narrow loss and tab a victory coach Leo Austria feels should propel the Beermen back to their winning ways.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Jayson Castro to skip 2019 Fiba World Cup, could be retiring from Gilas for good Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting San Miguel 119 – Cabagnot 31, Rhodes 23, Lassiter 23, Santos 15, Fajardo 14, Standhardinger 6, Nabong 3, Rosser 2, Zamar 2, Pessumal 0, Ross 0, Tubid 0.Alaska 107 – Banchero 26, Daniels 23, Enciso 18, Teng 11, Ayaay 8, Pascual 6, Manuel 6, Casio 5, Thoss 4, Exciminiano 0, Racal 0, Cruz 0.Quarterscores: 29-27, 65-41, 85-67, 119-107Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter took turns in dealing the blows in a scorching second quarter barrage as the Beermen built a cushion that proved too much for the Aces Friday in PBA Commissioner’s Cup action at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.“We didn’t want to be left behind at the bottom,” coach Leo Austria said. “We didn’t have a good start. But I’m so happy that we were able to recover and get up the lead in the first half to 24 points.”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, logisticsAlex Cabagnot ended up scoring the most for the Beermen with 31 points—equaling his season high—while dishing out six assists. Import Charles Rhodes and Lassiter each scored 23 while Santos finished with 15 off the bench.The Aces, meanwhile, turned to four of their starters to keep up with their foes. Chris Banchero had 26 points, reinforcement Chris Daniels 23, as Simon Enciso and Jeron Teng combined for 29. MOST READ View comments
With just an year to go for the next women’s cricket World Cup in England, Indian skipper Mithali Raj on Saturday stressed the need for more specialised coaching staff in the team.”With pretty much a year (for the World Cup) to go, we should start our preparation as soon as possible. I personally think we need to have a more enhanced support staff,” Raj said.’NEED FIELDING COACH’ “That’s the first thing I will look into. For the World Cup (World T20), we just had a coach, manager, physio and trainer. Probably if we have a fielding coach or an assistant coach it will enhance the team as there won’t be too much pressure on the coach to look after everything.”The coach can’t deal with everything. (For instance) when some of us are batting in the nets, there is nobody to give fielding practice to the other girls as the coach would be at the nets,” she added.STRESSES ON PREPARATORY CAMPS The 33-year-old also said it would be ideal to have preparatory camps ahead of India’s forthcoming series against West Indies and Pakistan, which would help the team in regrouping.”Both these series are going to be vital in terms of points and preparation. I would prefer to have a couple of camps before these series because getting the girls to regroup after a break is important. There are also some girls who might want to work on different things,” she said.’POSTIVE DECISION’Welcoming the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision to allow India’s women cricketers to play in foreign leagues, the Rajasthan batswoman said it will give the youngsters a platform to fine-tune their trade.advertisement”It’s a very positive decision. Since we don’t have one (a league) of our own this crossover will give youngsters like Smriti Mandhana and other young spinners a chance to play in leagues abroad where there will be exchange of cultures,” she said.”It’s a great opportunity for them to start observing other players and their rituals, their tactics and how they prepare. It’s a different feeling to be playing with a player who you have never played in the same team with. That’s how we felt when we played in the Rest of the World (versus MCC) match,” she added.
New Delhi, Nov 1 (PTI) Indias Arjun Atwal, whose last win in the country came at this very course in 2003, is looking forward to playing again in familiar conditions when he begins his chase for individual glory at the Panasonic Open at the Delhi Golf Club from tomorrow.Atwal, to date the only Indian to have tasted success on the PGA Tour, has eight wins on the Asian Tour and of them, three were co-sanctioned with the European Tour. He also has one win each on Nationwide and PGA Tours.Atwals last win came in Dubai in 2014 on Asian Tour, and he is itching to get another win.”Its nice to be playing at home again for the second time this year, especially at a place like Delhi Golf Club. Ive been playing here since my junior days and I had a bit of success here. The year has been patchy for me. I would have liked to have a consistent run going and I think Im pretty close to getting it going,” said Atwal.He will also keep one eye open to spot at good candidates for Captains Picks, which he will need to make as the captain of the Asian Team for the EurAsia Cup in January next year.On his own form, he said, “I have played very little this year. But I will be playing a lot in the next two months. I will also get a start on PGA Tour at RSM Classic. I will play Manila next week and then go to US for RSM Classic and then back to Hong Kong and Mauritius. That will also help me play my minimum.”advertisementFeaturing one of the strongest Indian contingents ever, the Panasonic Open India field includes every top Indian pro, barring the US-based Anirban Lahiri, and Jeev Milkha Singh, who pulled out at the last minute because of an injury sustained on his left following a freak incident.Jeev hurt his left elbow while trying to open a coconut water bottle.”I was really looking forward to this week, but I need to rest and allow the elbow to heel,” said Jeev.The field includes all four Indians, who have tasted success on the Asian Tour this season. Leading the way is SSP Chawrasia, who successfully defended his Hero Indian Open earlier this year, and he is followed by Shiv Kapur, who won in Yeangder Heritage, Ajeetesh Sandhu, winner at the Yeangder TPC and Gaganjeet Bhullar at Macao Open.Jyoti Randhawa, who now divides his time between golf and adventure sports, is the most successful player at DGC, having won four Asian Tour titles here, besides another couple of Indian tour titles.”These days I play to enjoy myself and I am loving it,” said Randhawa, who was Tied-2nd with Rashid Khan last year, as Mukesh won the title.Gaganjeet Bhullar and Shiv Kapur are both back to their winning ways, while Ajeetesh Sandhu has just broken through. Rashid Khan, twice winner on Asian Tour in the past, has not won since 2014 but looks ready to do so on his home turf, just as he did for his maiden win in 2014.Meanwhile the young brigade with likes of Shubhankar Sharma, Khalin Joshi, S Chikkarangappa and Udayan Mane will also fancy their chances.The international challenge will include the most successful of all Asian Tour stars, Thaworn Wiratchant, who has 18 titles on the Tour. However, he has not won since his Kings Cup and Queens Cup double in 2014. PTI PDS PDS
Exercise not just does miracles to our body, but also helps us to live a long life.But a rigorous workout session can often leave you kicking around the kitchen, trying to fight off an insatiable hunger and if you are thinking to shed some weight, binge-eating is the last thing you want to do.So what should everyone do to control their hunger after a satisfying workout?Also Read: Here’s the beastly workout you need to nail for a body like Sushant Singh RajputAccording to News.com.au, here are some tips that would help you to stop from under-doing all your hard work:1. Keep yourself HydratedOur body commonly mistakes thirst for hunger. So, if people would not be careful about that, then it would leave you thinking that you need to eat more.So it is really important to make yourself hydrate before, during and after a workout to avoid misdiagnosed hunger.2. Be mindful of durationThe length of your workout also can affect how hungry you get, as the body can perceive a long workout as a famine making you really hungry.To prevent overeating, plan your post-workout meal or snack before working up a sweat.Also Read: Bipasha Basu’s workout pictures will make you question your life choices3. Be wary of weights and waterWeightlifting and water sports can be real hunger-driving culprits. This is because pumping iron causes micro tears in the muscle. As they repair, your muscles grow bigger and stronger. So, the more muscle you have, the hungrier you get.advertisementAs for water sports, like swimming and water polo they are extra hunger-inducing because the temperature of the water cools down your body.Being immersed in water also causes you to use every muscle in your body, so you tend to deplete energy stores quicker.
FC Pune City ended their winless streak in this edition of Indian Super League (ISL) with a hard-fought 2-1 win against Jamshedpur FC at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune on Wednesday.Diego Carlos scored as early as the fifth minute for Pune but just five minutes later, Sumeet Passi scored to cancel out the early goal.An end-to-end contest produced a match-winner in the 86th minute when Matt Mills gave Pune the much-needed three points.The win lifted Pune from the foot of the table into eighth position with five points from eight matches. Jamshedpur, on the other hand, tasted defeat for the first time and are fourth with 11 points from eight matches..@FCPuneCity picked up their first win of #HeroISL 2018-19 with a late winner which ended @JamshedpurFC’s unbeaten record.More videos: https://t.co/mrtZlxvu6i#ISLRecap #LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega #PUNJAM pic.twitter.com/Jd0Om1VUEw Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 21, 2018Pune struck the first blow five minutes into the match when Diego Carlos was allowed to run at the Jamshedpur defence from the halfway line. The Brazilian scored on his return from a three-match suspension with a neat finish from outside the box.In the eighth minute, a long ball was flicked into the box for Sumeet Passi by Tiri but the Indian striker’s shot from close range was kept out by Pune custodian Kamaljit Singh. At the other end, Marcelinho’s dipping strike from the edge of the box was kept out by Paul.advertisementPassi was afforded another chance to score two minutes later when Carlos Calvo found him unmarked in the centre of the box. This time the Indian striker found the net with a crisp header to pull the visitors level. Sumeet Passi scored in the 10th minute of the match, which remained Jamshedpur’s only goal. (ISL Photo)The hosts threatened to regain their lead when Ashique Kuruniyan thundered a half-volley from outside the box but his ferocious shot ricocheted off the crossbar.Both sides were off their blocks quickly in search of a go-ahead goal after the break as Robin Singh and Jerry Mawihmingthanga saw their efforts fly wide of goal.Jamshedpur kept pressing and were afforded another chance when Jerry was allowed space to dribble but Kamaljit parried away the winger’s dangerous cross before the forwards could pounce.Also read – Sunil Chhetri ruled out for two weeks with ankle injury, to miss Jordan friendlyAt the other end, Robin spurned a glorious chance after the hour mark when Ashique made a rampaging run down the right and picked him out with a cross. The striker, however, headed over the bar.Ashutosh Mehta, on an overlapping run from the right flank, failed to control Marko Stankovic’s delightful lob into the box while the impressive Carlos Calvo saw an effort fizz over the bar at the other end as both sides searched for a match-winner.Pune’s efforts bore fruit in the 86th minute through a Marko Stankovic corner-kick from the right. Matt Mills met the delivery inside the box and directed a powerful header into the net to hand Jamshedpur FC their first defeat and secure Pune’s first victory.Also watch –
Transfers Arda to leave Barcelona in January with Premier League move possible Allen Ramsey Last updated 1 year ago 05:42 12/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Primera División The midfielder is set on leaving Camp Nou when the window reopens, with clubs in England, Spain and Italy all interested in his services Arda Turan’s agent has confirmed he is set to leave Barcelona this winter, with a move to the Premier League a possibility.The midfielder has not made a single appearance in La Liga this season and reports have claimed he will be part of a mini-clearout at Barca, with Ernesto Valverde told his bloated squad must be trimmed before reinforcements are signed.And Arda’s agent has now solidified those claims by revealing that his client will be leaving Camp Nou in January. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ahmet Bulut says he does not yet know where the Turkey international will land but insisted there has been plenty of interest in his services while pouring cold water on the chances of a return to Galatasaray.”It’s not clear right now where he is going but he will leave from Barcelona in January,” Bulut told reporters.”We’re talking with three or four teams from Spain, Italy and England. There is no contact with Galatasaray. After 15 days we’ll make a final decision.”There are two options: he will be sold or loaned.”Arsenal have long been credited with an interest in Arda and the latest rumours have floated the idea of him being part of a deal for Mesut Ozil, whose contract will expire next summer.Liverpool have also been put forward as a possibility, with Barcelona still supposedly keen on bringing in Reds star Philippe Coutinho.Arda is the only senior Barcelona player to have not seen a minute of action so far this season. He has scored 15 times in 55 appearances since signing from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2015.The 30-year-old was a key player in the Spanish capital, where he won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Europa League as well as reaching a Champions League final.He has won 100 caps for Turkey and was part of the squad that finished in third place at Euro 2008 but briefly quit the national team in June after assaulting a journalist.
Thanks to a financial boost from the province, the New Immigrant Small Business Loan Financing Pilot Program will create more jobs and continue to make Nova Scotia an attractive place for immigrant entrepreneurs and their families. Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris announced today, Aug. 4, an additional $3 million in funding and a three-year extension to the pilot program. “The New Immigrant Small Business Loan Financing Program supports the goals of jobsHere, our plan to grow the economy, by creating good jobs. It also furthers our immigration strategy objectives of attracting and retaining immigrants whose skills are most needed in the workforce,” said Mr. Paris. By extending this successful pilot and increasing the loan guarantee to $5 million, immigrants who have lived in Nova Scotia less than five years will be able to borrow up to $150,000 to start, expand or buy a small business. Many banks and other lending institutions in Canada generally do not recognize international credit history, which can make it difficult for immigrants to access business funding. “Immigrants possess a driving entrepreneurial spirit and a will to succeed. Many have become leading business and community leaders, often starting new businesses and employing other Nova Scotians,” said Maureen MacDonald, acting Minister of Immigration. “The extension of this important program will help even more immigrants start up or expand businesses.” Over the past two years, the New Immigrant Small Business Financing Pilot Program has made 11 loans, and has helped create and maintain almost 50 jobs. “We are dedicated to supporting local small business and communities and we are pleased to continue our partnership with the province,” said Dianne Kelderman, president and CEO of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council. “This additional access to capital will further enhance participating credit unions’ ability to respond to the needs of our new immigrant small business owners and members.” The pilot was established in 2009 as an extension of the existing Small Business Financing Program. Both programs are joint initiatives between the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, the Office of Immigration, The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council and 16 participating Credit Unions. For more information on the program, visit www.gov.ns.ca/econ/business .
More than 2,000 Nova Scotia families will find it easier to heat their homes this winter thanks to a $400,000 donation by the province to the Salvation Army’s Good Neighbour Energy Fund. The funding, announced today, Dec. 20, by Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell, will help low-income Nova Scotians heat their homes in emergency situations. “We all want safe, warm homes for ourselves and our families. But even with home-heating help from the Your Energy Rebate and the Heating Assistance Rebate Program, some families are struggling to heat their homes,” said Mr. MacDonell. “Making life better for families is a priority for government and, together with the Salvation Army, this is one of the ways we’re helping families make ends meet.” The program helps with all forms of home heating, including firewood, coal, oil, propane and electricity, although the majority of requests are for oil and electricity. The benefit is paid as a credit that is applied to an energy supplier’s account on behalf of the person receiving it. In 2011, almost 2,000 low-income Nova Scotians across the province requested home-heating help from the Good Neighbour Energy Fund. “We are grateful for the announcement today that the province will support the Good Neighbour Energy Fund for the fifth consecutive year,” said Major Doug Hefford, divisional commander of The Salvation Army. “This donation is significant, as it will assist numerous Nova Scotian families facing emergency heating situations this coming winter season. We value our partnership with the government and look forward to another successful program.” The Good Neighbour Energy Fund was started in 1997 by Nova Scotia Power employees. The province came on board in 2008, and has made annual donations since then. The program runs from January to April. Application forms will be available in January at www.salvationarmy.ca/maritime/gnef/ , MLA offices, and Salvation Army Churches and Thrift Stores. For more information on the Your Energy Rebate and the Heating Assistance Rebate Program, visit www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr .
New Delhi: The mercury shattered all records in Delhi with parts of the national capital recording an all-time high of 48 degrees Celsius Monday.The city’s previous high of 47.8 degrees Celsius was recorded in Palam on June 9, 2014. “The Palam Observatory recorded an all-time high of 48 degrees Celsius Monday. The factors that led to this are dry westerly winds, no effect of a western disturbance in the plains and intense heating in the month of June,” said India Meteorological Department regional weather forecasting chief Kuldeep Srivastava. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist”Southwesterly winds on Tuesday may cause the temperature to drop by one or two notches. However, the heat wave will persist,” he said. The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides official figures for the city, recorded a high of 45.6 and a low of 27.2 degrees Celsius. In large areas, a heatwave is declared when the mercury touches the 45-degree mark for two consecutive days and a severe heatwave is when the temperature soars to 47 degrees Celsius for two days on the trot, according to the IMD.
Sao Paulo: New teenage Real Madrid signing Takefusa Kubo said it was an “honor” to be nicknamed the “Japanese Messi” when speaking to reporters at the Copa America. Earlier in the day, Spanish giants Real announced the 18-year-old was joining the record 13-time European champions from FC Tokyo, to play for their B team next season. “Being called the Japanese Messi is an honor and makes me proud, but I’m still not at his level and I prefer to concentrate on my abilities and strengths,” said Kubo from Japan’s Copa America base in Sao Paulo. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev Like Messi, Kubo joined the Barcelona academy as a child — when just 10 — but left in 2015 after the Catalans were punished by world football’s governing body FIFA for breaking rules on signing under-age players. His dribbling skills — which drew comparisons to Messi — made him a YouTube sensation as a child. But while flattered by comparisons, he still wants to be appreciated for his own attributes. “There are several players like me, but I’m me, not some other player,” he added, speaking Spanish. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships Kubo wasn’t allowed to speak about his transfer so as not to let the issue deflect from Japan’s Copa preparations. He has signed a six-year contract worth two million euros ( 2.25 million) a year, according to Spanish and Japanese media. Earlier this year, Kubo became the youngest ever goalscorer in the J-League, boosting his profile back home almost to the level of icons Hidetoshi Nakata and Keisuke Honda. Kubo has a wise head on his young shoulders and is keeping his feet on the ground in Brazil. “The most important thing is to absorb as much as possible” at the Copa America, he said. “All I must do is express what I know how to do in the game, nothing more.” He’s the youngest player in Japan’s youthful squad whose average age is just 22. In fact, only six of the players had even earned a cap when the final 23-man competition squad was announced by coach Hajime Moriyasu last month. “I’ve played with most of them before, I want to play with a spirit that will make them proud,” said Kubo, who only made his debut for Japan on June 9 in a 2-0 win over El Salvador in a friendly in Miyagi. Japan make their Group C bow on Monday in Sao Paulo against champions Chile, who have “a strong mentality of never giving up,” said Kubo.
New Delhi: Despite the substantial drop in disease burden and death rate, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Assam have the highest malnutrition levels in the country.According to the findings of the latest report published by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), malnutrition was the predominant risk factor for death in children younger than five in every state of India in 2017. The deaths of kids due to malnutrition account for 68.2 per cent of the total under-5 deaths translating into 7,06,000 deaths due to malnutrition. As per the report, the malnutrition was also the leading risk factor of loss of health among all age groups. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’As per the report, the prevalence of low birth weight in India in 2017 was 21.4 per cent, child stunting 39.3 per cent, child wasting 15.7 per cent, child underweight 32.7 per cent, anaemia in children 59.7 per cent, anaemia in women 15–49 years of age 54.4 per cent, exclusive breastfeeding 53.3 per cent and overweight child 11.5 per cent. However, all causes under-5 death rate in India have decreased from 2,336 per 1,00,000 in 1990 to 801 per 1,00,000 in 2017, while the proportion of under-5 deaths attributable to malnutrition changed only modestly from 70.4 per cent to 68.2 per cent in 2017. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Efforts are needed in each state to control malnutrition. State governments are being encouraged to intensify efforts to reduce malnutrition and undertake robust monitoring to track the progress,” said Vinod K Paul, Member NITI Aayog. On the occasion ICMR DG Balram Bhargava said, “The National Institute of Nutrition, an ICMR institute, and other partners are setting in place mechanisms to ensure that there are more data available on malnutrition in the various states of India which will help monitor progress.” As per the study, the disease burden rate, attributable to malnutrition in children, varies seven-fold between the states. States like Rajasthan, UP, Bihar and Assam tops the list while Kerala and Tamil Nadu have the lowest disease burden. The incidences of anaemia among children, on other hands, were 60 per cent in India in 2017, ranging from 21 per cent in Mizoram to 74 per cent in Haryana. The annual rate of reduction was 1.8 per cent in India between 1990 and 2017, which varied from 8.3 per cent in Mizoram to no significant reduction in Goa.
New Delhi: A 75-year-old man committed suicide by hanging himself from a fan with the help of cloth in Mohan Garden area of Dwarka.Police identified the deceased as Subodh Kumar resident of Mohan Garden. According to police on September 18, in the morning at about 10:30 am, Mohan Garden police station got the information from the deceased’s family about suicide. The investigating agency added that during the visit of the spot, the deceased was found hanging from the fan with a cloth. It came to notice that the deceased was a depression patient for the last 5-6 yrs and was getting treatment from DDU Hospital. Police added that the incident spot reported in a three-story building and the deceased used to sleep on the ground floor. In the morning, the family members got to know about the suicide when they entered inside the room by opening the door through the window.
New Delhi: Google on Thursday said it is setting up an artificial intelligence research unit at Bengaluru as the tech giant looks to continue developing products for India and taking them to global markets. Google Research India, the artificial intelligence (AI) lab, will focus on advancing fundamental computer science and AI research. Apart from the Google team led by AI scientist Manish Gupta, the company will also partner with the research community across the country to focus on tackling challenges in fields like healthcare, agriculture, and education. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “We are incredibly inspired by India. With a world-class engineering talent, strong computer science programs and entrepreneurial drive, India has the potential to contribute to advancements in AI and its application to tackle big challenges,” Google Vice President Next Billion Users and Payments Caeser Sengupta said. He added that the company is rolling out new products and adding features to existing ones to help even the first-time internet users. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “Future is not about just tech but about inclusion, empowerment and economic opportunity. India inspires us,” Sengupta said at Google for India event. IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was also present at the event, said tech platforms like Google must ensure that their products are safe and secure for users. “They must safeguard the privacy rights of individuals. Also, you must take extra efforts to ensure that people don’t abuse the system,” he added. Sengupta said under its Internet Saathi programme with Tata Trusts, about 80,000 ‘Saathis’ have been trained, who in turn have trained 30 million women. Sengupta said in the last 12 months, Google Pay has grown more than three times to 67 million monthly active users, driving transactions worth over USD 110 billion on an annualised basis across offline and online merchants. About two-thirds of the transactions are coming from tier-II and -III cities and towns. Google Pay, which competes with players like Paytm and PhonePe, is introducing the ‘Spot’ platform that will enable merchants to create branded commercial experiences and reach new customers. Google has already onboarded merchants like UrbanClap, Goibibo, MakeMyTrip, RedBus, Eat.Fit and Oven Story through its early access programme. Besides, Google Pay is rolling out ‘tokenized cards’ in the next few weeks to offer a secure way of paying for things using a digital token on the phone rather than the actual card number. Tokenized cards on Google Pay – already available in some countries globally – will be rolled out with Visa cards for banks including HDFC, Axis, Kotak and Standard Chartered. “We will roll out support to cover Mastercard and Rupay and more banks in the coming months,” Sengupta said. He added that Google Pay is also deepening the support for small businesses through a new app called ‘Google Pay for Business’. This is a free app for small and medium-sized merchants to enable digital payments where verification process is carried out remotely. Despite the massive growth in digital payments, a vast majority of India’s over 60 million small businesses is still not benefiting from the growing digital economy, Sengupta said. “We hope these initiatives will help merchants adopt digital payments with more confidence and help contribute to the long term growth of online financial services,” he added. Google has also launched ‘Jobs’ as a ‘Spot’ on Google Pay to help job seekers find and prepare for entry-level positions. “Since a number of small merchants is present on Google Pay, it provides an easy mechanism to connect with potential employees. Machine learning is used to recommend jobs and training content to help job seekers prepare for interviews and learn new skills,” Sengupta said. Google is also introducing Job Spot with 24 early partners in retail like 24Seven and Healthkart, delivery and logistics partners like Swiggy, Zomato and Dunzo and hospitality providers like Fabhotels. Besides, it is partnering with the National Skills Development Corporation for its Skill India programme. Google said it is partnering state-run BSNL to bring high-speed public WiFi to villages in Gujarat, Bihar and Maharashtra. It had previously worked with Railtel to provide WiFi services at 400 train stations in the country. It also announced its collaboration with Vodafone Idea for ‘Vodafone-Idea Phone Line’ to enable 2G customers of the telecom major get access to information without using data. The users can call a toll-free number to get answers to questions ranging from sports scores to traffic conditions or even getting help with homework. The service, supported by Google Assistant, will be available in Hindi and English.
Mumbai: The government has for the third time as many as months pushed the deadline for submission of expressions of interest (EoIs) for Pawan Hans to October 10. The earlier deadline for submitting the EoIs expired Thursday. The government has been planning to exit the chopper services provider RPT services provider for some time now. According to a notice on the website of the aviation ministry, the deadline for strategic disinvestment of Pawan Hans has been now extended to October 10. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThis is the third time that the date is being extended since the government came out with the preliminary information memorandum for selling its entire 51 percent stake in the chopper company was issued in July. Oil and gas behemoth ONGC holds the remaining 49 percent. The divestment bid comes after ONGC did not show any interest in taking the full ownership of the company last fiscal. Pawan Hans primarily serves ONGC’s offshore operations with a fleet of 43 choppers.
New Delhi: As heavy rains pound several states across India throwing life out of gear, environment experts have blamed climate change and rising global temperature for an erratic rainfall pattern which has claimed over 100 lives.While some experts stress on reducing carbon footprint, some feel it is not a natural phenomenon but a result of unplanned construction. Several parts of India are currently facing severe flooding as a result of unusually heavy monsoon rain, with the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar particularly affected. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadNearly 110 people have died in the last five days. While 79 people have died in UP, 28 lives have been lost in Bihar. Tarun Gopalakrishnan, climate policy researcher at the Centre for Science and Environment, said there was a need to reduce carbon emissions as climate change was resulting in erratic rains. “Climate change is resulting in more erratic rainfall patterns, including a large portion of seasonal rainfall being concentrated in a limited number of days, leading to flooding. Limiting the human cost of this trend will require drastically cutting carbon emissions around the globe, while investing in adaptation for the new climate reality,” he said. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiScientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) believe that the rise in global and local temperatures have contributed to the observed anomalies in rainfall. “Parts of Bihar and the Uttar Pradesh-Uttarakhand belt already exhibit a rising trend in terms of the number of heavy rainfall events. Though we cannot pinpoint each event to climate change unless we do in-depth attribution study, it is likely that the rise in global and local temperatures have contributed to observed anomalies in rainfall,” said Roxy Mathew Koll, Co-Author of IPCC’s special report on oceans and cryosphere. “Specifically, widespread heavy rains resulting in floods are on a rise across the central and west coast, and parts of north/north-east India,” he said Another co-author of the report, Anjal Prakash, said in the last week of September 2019, many parts of peninsular India (Hyderabad and Pune), coastal region (Kolkata, Gujarat, Goa, Machilipatnam and Vizag) and sub-Himalayan region (Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh) received heavy downpour that is wreaking havoc. “These areas have received rains unprecedented in recent history. The recent IPCC report has forecasted these variations due to changes in the ocean and cryosphere…,” Prakash said. PTI
Kolkata: The railway police have started a criminal case against the construction company entrusted with building a shed at Shalimar railway station in Howrah district, which had collapsed on Monday, killing a worker. The case has been registered on the basis of a complaint by a labour supplier company, said Adhir Sharma, Director General of Police (DGP), Railways, West Bengal. “We have started an investigation into the incident,” Sharma said. A labourer named Dukha Chaupal (27), a resident of Darbhanga, was killed after the under-construction shed collapsed. Six workers were also injured.
Kolkata: At a time when panic over National Register of Citizens (NRC) has gripped several parts of West Bengal, a community Durga puja committee in the city has chosen “refugees” as its theme this year. Rajdanga Naba Uday Sangha puja, one of the award winning community pujas in the city, has placed shuttlecocks and badminton rackets randomly in front of the marquee conveying the impression that “refugees are nothing but shuttlecocks lobbed to each other’s side by two countries”, said the puja committee’s president Sushanta Ghosh. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Ghosh, a Trinamool Congress leader and chairman of Borough Number 13 of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, said that an iron fencing, erected at the marquee, symbolises “the boundary which separates countries geographically but not its people”. “There will be a giant model of a bird to show that people are fettered by boundaries and can become refugees after partition but not other living beings who are far more liberated than human beings,” theme artist Subrata Bandyopadhyay said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway The puja committee had started preparations since July and with 50 people working day and night at the place to recreate the effect with wood and fibreglass, Ghosh said. Asked whether showcasing “refugees” as theme in a puja pandal will invite controversy, Ghosh said, “We have sought to protect refugees in the theme and certainly you can’t ignore NRC if you take up the issue of displaced people these days.” Amidst fears that NRC could be implemented in West Bengal, large queues were seen outside Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) headquarters and other division offices in the city and BDO offices in other parts of the state as people waited for their turn in search of land and other necessary documents. Last year, a Durga Puja committee at Haridevpur area in south Kolkata had made a theme relating to NRC and interpreted the plight of those affected by the exercise in a different way. As Kolkata pujas have always themed their celebrations on contemporary issues, the Friends United Club in Burrabazar has, this year, attempted to recreate the Balakot air strike with its marquee displaying models of IAF personnel, a fighter aircraft and dead militants.
Jammu: A PDP delegation from Jammu will meet party president Mehbooba Mufti, who is currently under detention in Srinagar, on Monday, a senior party leader said. The announcement comes on a day a 15-member delegation of National Conference from Jammu met their detained party president Farooq Abdullah and vice president Omar Abdullah in Srinagar. The Peoples Democratic Party delegation will be led by General Secretary Ved Mahajan, former PDP legislator and spokesperson Firdous Tak told PTI. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework This will be the first meeting of PDP leaders with Mehbooba Mufti who was detained on August 5 after the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution. Tak said the PDP had requested governor Satya Pal Malik to allow a party delegation from Jammu to meet Mehbooba and “we have been conveyed that the permission has been granted”. “A meeting is going on to finalize the delegation which will leave for Srinagar to meet the party president tomorrow (Monday). Most probably, the strength of the delegation will be of 15 or 18 members,” Tak said. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports Tak, who will be part of the delegation, said that after the restrictions were lifted on party leaders, a meeting was convened this morning and it was decided to approach the governor to seek permission to visit the detained leader. Mufti, the former chief minister, was detained on August 5, the day the Centre announced abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. The NC delegation discussed developments in the state and upcoming local body polls during the separate meetings with the two leaders. The Jammu and Kashmir government had given permission to the delegation to meet the leaders.
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