Indian technology companies seeking to mitigate the legislative headwinds around the H-1B work visa to the US are being presented with an alternative — an exorbitant and high-risk visa programme designed to attract investments and create jobs.American immigration consultants are pitching the EB-5 visa to Indian companies including Tata Consultancy ServicesBSE -1.33 %, InfosysBSE -1.63 % and WiproBSE -0.99 % as well as smaller firms seeking to move top executives to the US. Read it at Economic Times Related Items
With an aim to give back something to the sport that brought her fame and wealth, Sania Mirza is now all set to start her own tennis academy in Hyderabad, where youngsters will get quality training at an affordable price.The academy is under construction near the outskirts of the city and is expected to be launched in March next year.”I had been thinking about it for past few years now. I always wanted to give something back to sport and to India in whatever way. Sharing experience and trying to provide players a platform to perform at the highest level is the best way to give something back to the game,” Sania said during an exclusive interview.”Hopefully, if not in the next 5 years, may be in 10 years, 12 years, we will have players coming out of that academy,” she added.The academy is being constructed on a four acre land and will have nine hard courts to start with. Gradually, there will be nine more hard courts along with three clay courts.Sania’s father Imran Mirza who is writing a book on the journey of her star daughter informed that they are planning to rope in a few sponsors so that the trainees at the academy find it easy to train.”We want to make it affordable for them,” he said.Sania’s former mixed doubles partner Mahesh Bhupathi had also opened an academy in Bangalore in the past.Talking about the season, nearing end, Sania said she was satisfied with her performance.advertisementSania Mirza with Leander Paes.”It’s been great. As tennis players you are never satisfied. We are greedy as players, always want better result. I played six finals, won a Grand Slam and made the final of China open which is the biggest tournament after Slam. So, it’s been a great year,” she said.”I achieve my best ranking this year (No 7 in doubles) and next year, I would like to better that.”Sania had to change a lot of doubles partners this year due to various reasons. She played with Russian Elena Vesnina, American Bethanie Mattek Sands, Australian Anastasia Rodionova, Yaroslav Shvedova and now with Spanish Nuria Llagostera Vives.Asked about her choice of doubles partner in 2013 season, she said, “It depends whether I play singles or not. Things will be clear when I stop and take some time off. I am talking to a few players. Still a couple months away. At Moscow, we will sit down and with a clear mind take a decision.”The news of her pairing with American doubles great Bob Bryan has been there for some time but India’s No. 1 player refused to comment on the possible pairing.Sania also denied that she and her cricketer husband Shoaib Malik are participating in any reality dance show.She will be leaving for Moscow to play in her last WTA event of the season.Earlier, she had decided against participating in this tournament but get some ranking points ahead of the new season she changed the decision.
Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) comes up with the ball against Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS — Rookie sensation Luka Doncic’s reputation as a scorer keeps growing. So does Maxi Kleber’s penchant for blocking shots.Doncic scored 32 points, Kleber hit a crucial 3-pointer after blocking a shot by Blake Griffinand the Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 106-101 on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Qatar, UAE to play politically-charged Asian Cup semifinal SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “He’s back. We’ve got two wins,” Doncic said of his 21-year-old backcourt mate. “He brings a lot. He’s aggressive. He’s fast. He helps us a lot.”UP NEXTPistons: Detroit returns home trying to avoid a four-game season sweep by Milwaukee on Tuesday.Mavericks: Toronto at home on Sunday in the second of seven straight games against Eastern Conference teams. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “I always try to see where the guy’s taking off and then I judge, ‘Can he dunk it or not?’” said Kleber, who had 12 points. “I didn’t want to make the foul because I had five already, so I kind of twist to the side. I was like, ‘No, he’s not going to make that.’ Well, he dunked that.”Drummond, who returned after missing three games while in the concussion protocol, got the better of Jordan in the battle of the NBA’s top two rebounders and two of the league leaders in double-doubles, but Jordan made the clutch plays late.Detroit’s big man had 23 points and 15 rebounds for his 37th double-double, while Jordan scored 13 points with 11 boards for his 30th double-double.TIP-INSPistons: Griffin scored 15 straight points in the second quarter before a put-back dunk by Drummond. … Jackson was the other double-figure scorer with 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting and had nine assists.Mavericks: Kleber made his first three 3s in the first half and finished 4 of 7 from long range. … The Mavericks were more accurate on 3-pointers than free throws in the first half, going 9 of 20 from long range (45 percent) and 5 of 13 from the line (39 percent). … Dirk Nowitzki, in his record 21st season with just one franchise, didn’t score in 10 minutes.CLOSING TROUBLE AGAINGriffin criticized his team’s decision-making late in games after a win in New Orleans because the Pistons almost blew a comfortable lead. This time, they took too long to get off a shot after Griffin’s highlight-reel dunk and a miss from Doncic at the other end. Reggie Jackson missed a 3 with less than five seconds remaining, securing the Dallas win.SMITH SOLID AGAINDennis Smith Jr., in his second game back with Dallas after a week away from the team amid trade talk, scored 11 of his 19 points in the first quarter. He and Doncic combined to go 17 of 33 from the field after making just 11 of 32 in Smith’s first game back, a win over the Clippers. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem “The game was won at the defensive end, which was great to see,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “It was a game we have to have as we try to claw our way back into the playoff picture.”Detroit had a chance to tie when Stanley Johnson missed a 3-pointer, and DeAndre Jordan dunked over fellow 6-foot-11 center Drummond for the second time, this one on an assist from Doncic, who had eight rebounds and eight assists.Kleber’s fourth and final block came on a dunk attempt by Drummond, and Doncic hit a fadeaway jumper for his fifth 30-point game and a 104-97 lead with 1:18 remaining.A second-year player from Germany, Kleber took over the team lead for blocks with 55. The 26-year-old has two more than Jordan, who was one of the league’s top shot-blockers earlier in his career.Thanks to Kleber’s earlier work, it didn’t matter as much when Griffin soared over him for a spectacular dunk in the final minute.ADVERTISEMENT Griffin scored 35 for his eighth 30-point game in the past 11, but couldn’t get a key bucket when trying to back down Kleber. After Griffin’s attempt to save the ball inbounds was collected by Doncic, the 19-year-old found Kleber alone at the 3-point line.Initially, Kleber’s fourth 3 gave Dallas a 100-97 lead, but the score changed to 100-95 on the subsequent timeout. The Pistons lost two points when Andre Drummond’s basket more than two minutes earlier was overturned on review by a shot-clock violation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“That was a tough one,” Drummond said. “They waited so long to take it away too and it got down to pretty much the three-minute mark before they finally got a chance to look at it. We can’t control things like that.”Dallas got its 18th win in 24 home games in the first of two games between teams with matching 21-26 records. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES View comments
Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—Generika-Ayala yanked out a come-from-behind victory over Foton, 22-25, 26-24, 25-19, 26-17, late Thursday night for its second win in the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference at Imus City Sports Complex.The Lifesavers stood their ground against the solid lineup of the Tornadoes in a solid follow up of their win over the Marinerang Pilipinas Lady Skippers.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Djokovic: ‘Kyrgios good guy even if no respect for me’ Foton absorbed its first loss after winning its debut against the Sta Lucia Lady Realtors.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, logistics View comments MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games Bea Hernandez followed Tan to the podium after placing second in the girls’ youth masters. Hernandez was seven pins short (1,667) against champion Yuen Hui Shan Natalene of Singapore (1,674).Tan, the current Asian youth champion after winning the plum early this year, recently won the men’s masters title in the Philippine International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWith three international titles in a span of four months, Tan’s confidence will definitely soar in time for the 30th Southeast Asian Games on November 30 to December 11. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Read Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES MOST READ Urgent reply from Philippine football chief POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc PH bowling bet Merwin Tan. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines–Bowling youth standout Merwin Tan bagged his third international title this year after winning the boys’ masters youth championships of the 51st Singapore International Open over the weekend.The 19-year-old from Marikina City rolled 1,687 pinfalls in eight games to beat Malaysian Megan Zaqrul Haiqal by five pins in the finals. Japanese Keita Tokushia placed third with 1,657 during the tourney held at the Singapore Bowling Tamasek Club.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Samboy Lim’s whiz kid does her own skywalking PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup View comments
Saavn on Thursday announced the launch of Saavn original programming which will see the popular music streaming service partner with radio icon Neelesh Misra, podcast network Indus Vox Media, and digital media brand Arr to generate ten new audio shows. This marks Saavn’s jump into the original programming space.”Two original series by renowned journalist and radio icon Neelesh Misra, will debut on Saavn on May 1. Misra will narrate Qisson Ka Kona, a storytelling program, along with Time Machine (premiering mid-June), a show covering mythology,” the company said in a statement. At the same time, Saavn will collaborate with Arre´ to produce the original true crime series Trial by Error: The Aarushi Files.Also Read: Tech tip: Create your own music streaming serviceAlong with these, the company is also going to introduce an Artist-in-Residence program, a creative platform highlighting the best of new musicians and bands. Its first Artist-in-Residence will be popular indie electronic artist Nucleya.”Today, we are turning Saavn from a music-only product to an entertainment platform – a platform with the best music experience, groundbreaking original programming, and a true home for artists and creators,” Saavn co-founder and CEO Rishi Malhotra said. “While music is at the heart of everything we do, we are building off that success to bring our listeners closer to India’s best talent in storytelling, comedy, documentaries, and sports. Mobile is the new cable box and we’re bringing these channels to life; they’re made in India, for the world to hear,” he added.advertisement
After India opener, Rohit Sharma smashed another century in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup on Tuesday against Bangladesh, his opening partner KL Rahul said that the 32-year old is from a ‘different planet’.”He is just different class, he is from a different planet all together when he gets going. He made it look really easy today but the wicket was not that easy. He is in good form but still to keep putting up those performances is special, that is what is excepted out of him and he is delivering every time,” Rahul told reporters here on Tuesday.This was Sharma’s fourth century in the tournament and with the help of his 104-run inning, India managed to thrash Bangladesh by 28 runs and consequently, secured their semi-finals spot.Rahul is elated that India is getting closer to lift the trophy and said: “We are two steps closer to winning the trophy and it has been a dream of everybody and we have worked for this for the last four years. It will be great but we have to take one game at a time and now we have this winning momentum going on. We want this to keep going and keep playing the best cricket as we can.”India will now face Sri Lanka before heading into the semi-finals, which will start from July 11.India fielding coach Ramakrishnan Sridhar is also happy with the team’s performance and is focusing on the upcoming games. “It feels great and it is good that we have few days and we will plan accordingly,” Sridhar said.advertisementIndia will compete against Sri Lanka on July 6.Also Read | Picture of MS Dhoni spitting out blood goes viral. Here’s what happenedAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma is playing incredibly well, says SrikkanthAlso See:
The Sydney Roosters have taken a giant leap towards back-to-back NRL premierships after Luke Keary sparked the Tri-Colours to a 30-6 finals romp over South Sydney. The Roosters are now one game away from the grand final after putting in arguably the most dominant performance of the season in their qualifying final victory over the Rabbitohs at the SCG on Friday night. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian After being toppled by the Rabbitohs just eight days earlier, Keary returned to lead his side to a six-tries-to-one rout in front of a crowd of 30,370.Skipper Boyd Cordner sent a scare through the Roosters camp when he limped off seven minutes before the break with a quad injury. With his side leading 26-0 at the break, Roosters coach Trent Robinson had no need to risk him in the second-half and kept him on the sideline. Winger Daniel Tupou also left the field in the second half with a groin injury.The Rabbitohs were without inspirational skipper Sam Burgess (suspension) and Dane Gagai (hamstring) however that didn’t account for the size of the scoreline. They simply had no answer for the Roosters’ speed and skill and will now meet either Manly or Cronulla in a do-or-die semi-final next week.After missing last week’s loss to the Rabbitohs due to the birth of his first child, Keary was dynamic, setting up three of his side’s six tries. The Roosters went into their shells for the first 20 minutes of the second half but Keary sparked them to life, booting a 40-20 before double-pumping to shoot Latrell Mitchell over.Earlier, things started badly for the Rabbitohs when Alex Johnston knocked it dead with his side’s first touch, Joey Manu eventually running over James Roberts and Corey Allan for first points in the next set. And it didn’t get much better for Wayne Bennett’s men from there.All year it has been widely predicted that there are few sides who can go with the Roosters when they hit full throttle and they showed why when they laid on a sparkling team try finished off by Mitchell Aubusson in the 11th minute.The Rabbitohs night was summed up when Victor Radley stabbed in a grubber from dummy-half, Tevita Tatola failed to ground it and Siosiua Taukeiaho won the race to the ball.The Roosters had heroes all over the park – Jared Waerea-Hargreaves beat a careless high tackle charge at the judiciary during the week and was instrumental with 148 metres, Brett Morris was unflappable in his 250th game while Manu dominated down the right edge for the second straight week. Topics Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Sydney Roosters Souths and Roosters go again with latest chapter of fierce rivalry to be written NRL Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Rugby league South Sydney Rabbitohs Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Australia sport Read more news
New Delhi: A 25-year-old woman killed her live-in partner with the help of her two accomplices in the Lajpat Nagar area of South East Delhi.Police have cited regular arguments between the woman-deceased as the reason behind the murder. All the accused in the case were arrested. Police identified the accused as Anita (25), Bijay Chhetri (30) and Rajender Chhetri (30). On September 10, the body of 28-year-old Nepalese man identified as Sunil was found from his rented accommodation in Lajpat Nagar-IV. Further investigation revealed that the accused woman was the live-in partner of the deceased. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAnita told police that on the night of September 9 she left for her friend’s place at Greater Noida and returned the next day. On her arrival, she found that her partner was lying dead on the floor. Deputy Commissioner of Police (south-east) Chinmoy Biswal said that the behaviour of Anita was suspicious and she was not able to give proper reply as to why she went to Greater Noida, on the night of the incident. Further, there was a contradiction in her movement and was trying to mislead the police. Once, Anita was confronted with her actual movement, she broke down and confessed that her brother and relative had murdered the deceased. The other two accused were nabbed from West Bengal. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsDuring interrogation, Bijay disclosed that his sister Anita was already married, but due to dispute with her husband, she left her and started living with the deceased Sunil. But from the past few days, there was a constant quarrel between Anita and Sunil. Bijay further stated that at times her sister was even deprived of basic needs such as food by the deceased. Anita wanted to leave Sunil but he was not leaving her. On the night of September 9 at about 10 pm, Bijay and Rajender came to the house of Sunil and stayed there for the night. As per plan Anita left the house and went to her friend’s house at Greater Noida. Before leaving, Anita handed over the chopping knife to Rajender. In the night at about 4 am, when Sunil was asleep, both Bijay and Rajender woke up and they killed him with the help of chopping knife.
Bengaluru: The economic slowdown may have affected various sectors, especially the automobile sector, but Hero Cycles is gaining more market share even during the slump, Director of Firefox Cycles Limited and Hexi Aditya Munjal has said. “We have seen growth across different segments. So we are seeing people taking on cycles across the different segments. We haven’t felt the heat of the economy,” he told PTI at the launch of the high-end Lectro E-Cycle here on Wednesday. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra Admitting there were challenges due to the slump in economy, Munjal said Hero Cycles has only grown in this difficult time. “Yes, obviously, there are challenges. The overall market is growing at a very slow pace. It is just that Hero Cycles is taking more share of this market,” he added. Hero Cycles has been the market leader across all segments as nearly 20 million bicycles are sold across the country every year, he said. Now, the company aims to capture the e-cycle market as well, Munjal, director of Firefox Cycles (a division of Hero Cycles) added. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days “Our ambition in the next five years is to translate 10 per cent of this market to e-cycles. We see a potential for two million e-cycles in the next five years. So, two to three million cycles in the next five years is what we aim for…,” he explained. He underlined that shift to electric was inevitable and the government and companies into mobility were moving ahead to achieve it. Speaking about the Lectro E-Cycle, Munjal said the premium bike, which will be available at a cost of Rs 1.35 lakh, is an outcome of three-way strategic partnership initiated last year between Hero Cycles Ltd, Yamaha Motor Co Ltd and Mitsui & Co Ltd. The alliance, brought together by Mitsui is aimed at creating technologically superior high performance products through collaboration between Hero Cycles and Yamaha Motor’s electric drive units, with go-to-market sales, distribution and marketing support by Mitsui, he said. “This is a brand builder,” he signed off.
Guwahati: Normal life was affected in parts of Assam on Friday as a students’ union observed a 12- hour bandh in the state over exclusion of members of an indigenous group from the final NRC. Asserting that the updated register, published on August 31, was “full of errors”, the All Koch Rajbongshi Students’ Union (AKRSU) demanded that members of its community, who have been left out, be immediately included. One of the protesters told reporters that AKRSU will not accept the final NRC as “the list was full of errors”. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh He also said that thousands of Koch Rajbongshi people have been excluded from the register. Official sources said no incident of violence has been reported from any part of the state, but the protesters were seen burning an effigy of state NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela at Nalbari district’s Kauli area. Almost all shops, banks, educational institutes and offices remained closed in Koch Rajbongshi-dominated areas of Morigaon, Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa, Nalbari, Nagaon and Sivasagar districts, the sources said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Private vehicles also stayed off the roads, though state-run long-distance buses plied on national highways with police escort, they said. Five agitators, including AKRSU’s Kumarkata unit president Deepak Roy, were detained by the police during the day as they refused to lift a road blockade. The 12-hour shutdown, however, did not have much impact on Guwahati, the sources added. More than 19 lakh of the 3.29 crore applicants have been excluded from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC), released in Assam last month.
Monaco: Most refugees fleeing persecution, famine or civil strife dream of one thing: going home some day. But when rising seas displace hundreds of millions of people — a near certainty, scientists say — it will be an exodus with no hope of return. “With sea level rise, we are talking about migrations without the option for a round-trip,” Francois Gemenne, an expert on the intersection between geopolitics and the environment, and director of the Hugo Observatory in Liege, Belgium, told AFP. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe global ocean waterline has crept up 15 to 20 centimetres since 1900, a direct effect of climate change. Until recently, that added volume was mostly due to water expanding as it warms. Today, however, meltwater from glaciers and especially ice sheets atop Greenland and Antarctica has become the main driver. The pace of sea level rise has also picked up, increasing nearly three-fold in the last decade compared to the previous century, a landmark UN assessment of oceans and Earth’s frozen spaces to be unveiled next week will report. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsHow high the oceans will be lifted by 2100 depends mainly on how much Earth heats up. If humanity caps global warming at two degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels — the cornerstone goal of the Paris climate treaty — seas will rise by about half-a-metre, according to a draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report seen by AFP. A 3C or 4C world in which efforts to curb greenhouse emissions have fallen short will likely see an increase closer to a metre, enough to wreak havoc in dozens of coastal megacities and render many island nations uninhabitable. “Some small islands in the Pacific and Indian Ocean are merely one to two metres above sea level,” Carlos Fuller, lead climate negotiator for the Association of Small Island States (AOSIS), told AFP. “A 1.2 metre rise would totally submerge these states.” But even these dire impacts are a trickle compared to the torrent to come because ice sheets will continue to shed mass for hundreds of years, scientists warn. In the 22nd century, the pace of sea-level rise is likely to jump 100-fold from 3.6 millimetres per year today to several centimetres annually. Even if global warming is capped at 2C, oceans will eventually rise enough to submerge areas home to 280 million people today, according to the IPCC report. The potential for destruction — already evident today — comes mainly from tropical storm surge. “Two degrees of warming translates into more than 4.5 metres of sea level rise, probably six,” Ben Straus, CEO and chief scientist of Climate Central, told AFP. “That’s enough to erase most of the cities on the coastlines across the world today.” Local and national governments around the world are starting to come to grips with the reality of current and future sea level rise. Some countries are getting ahead of the problem by moving vulnerable populations. Indonesia announced last month that it will relocate its capital — along with millions of it residents — from Jakarta to Borneo. Vietnam, meanwhile, is engineering an exodus from parts of the Mekong Delta to higher ground. Local governments in Florida and Louisiana have created incentives to move people from flood-prone areas, and Britain has earmarked at least one vulnerable village in Wales to be “decommissioned”. “The message is that sea level rise is affecting the rich and the poor, developed and developing countries,” said Fuller. Some are taking an engineering approach. New York, for example, has a plan likely to cost tens of billions to protect parts of the city inundated in 2012 by Hurricane Sandy. “A lot of places will build higher and higher levies,” said Strauss. “But as we adapt to sea level rise, we need to ask ourselves: how deep a bowl do we want to live in?” Strauss’s research, which informs the IPCC report, has estimated what percentage of the population in hundreds of major coastal cities today are in zones that will eventually be submerged with 2C of warming. “Consider the political instability that has been triggered by relatively small levels of migration today,” Strauss said. “I shudder to think of the future world when tens of millions of people are moving because the ocean is eating their land.” Cities with five million inhabitants or more in which at least 20 per cent of today’s population would eventually be displaced in a 2C world include: Barisal and Chittagong in Bangladesh (38 and 42 per cent of the cities’ current populations); Hong Kong, Huaiyin, Jiangmen, Nantong and Taizhou in China (31, 42, 55, 72 and 67 pe rcent); Calcutta and Mumbai in India (24 and 27 percent); Nagoya and Osaka in Japan (27 and 26 percent); Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam (28 and 45 percent); Lagos, Manila, Bangkok (23, 26 and 42 per cent). “Governments are going to have to decide which zones they are going to protect with dikes and levees, and which zones they are willing to sacrifice,” said Gemenne. There is an ethical dimension to the problem as well, said Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. “People with means can move elsewhere,” he told AFP. “People without those means get stuck in dangerous areas that will be flooded and subject to toxic tides.”
Kolkata: A person has been arrested at the Bidhannagar Cyber Crime police station, who is accused in a cheating case and was evading arrest since August last year.According to police, prime accused person identified as Pankaj Das of Behala set up an office in the name of ‘Rage Multi State Credit Co-Operative Society Limited’ at Habra in North 24-Parganas and a branch office at Reshmi Building at Sector V in Salt Lake. He also hired several people as employees. Das was produced before the Bidhannagar Court and has been remanded to five days police custody. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThey used to call anonymously to convince people to install network towers within their premises and when the owners were convinced, the accused used to charge them for commencing work. Police found that they used to target people from the rural belt of Bengal. But in due course of investigation, police found several people from Odisha, Bihar, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura were cheated. It is learnt that the accused made Rs 50 crore by cheating people. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter the target got convinced, alleged cheaters used to demand money in the name registration fees, no objection certificate fee from Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), including other miscellaneous charges. As payment was to be made through demand drafts, online fund transfer or cheque, excluding cash, nobody had doubted any foul play. Initially, the customers were only told about registration fees. They also used to promise huge facilities in return to their investments, such as a large amount of money, job for a young person in the family among many other lucrative offers. After getting the registration fees, the alleged cheaters used to tell the customers about other paid mandatory procedures. In this way, another Rs 10 lakh was taken from the customers after which they used to provide a fixed deposit certificate in the name of Rage Multi State Credit Co-Operative Society Limited. Later, they used to stop all sorts of communication.
London: In a major setback for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Britain’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in a historic verdict that his decision to suspend Parliament in the run-up to Brexit was “unlawful”. Johnson suspended, or prorogued, Parliament for five weeks earlier this month, saying it was to allow for a Queen’s Speech to outline policies of his new government. However, Opposition MPs and many members of his own Conservative Party had accused him of trying to escape parliamentary scrutiny during a crunch phase ahead of the October 31 Brexit deadline. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Indian-origin anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller had challenged his decision in the UK High Court, which had referred it to the highest court of the country. “The effect on the fundamentals of our democracy was extreme,” Supreme Court President Lady Brenda Hale said, as she handed down the verdict on Tuesday. “The decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification,” she said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen She said the unanimous decision of the 11 justices meant that Parliament had not been prorogued – the decision was null and of no effect – and it was for the Speakers of the Commons and Lords to decide what to do next. The ruling marks a major setback for Johnson, who is currently in the US for the United Nations General Assembly session. He had insisted that courts should not intervene in such political matters. Downing Street said it was “currently processing the verdict”. Miller had made history a few years ago by forcing Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May to seek Parliament’s approval before invoking Article 50 which set the clock ticking on Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) in March 2017. In reference to her latest legal win, she said: “Today is not a win for any individual or cause. It is a win for Parliamentary sovereignty, the separation of powers and independence of our British courts. “Crucially, today’s ruling confirms that we are a nation governed by the rule of law laws that everyone, even the Prime Minister, are subject to.” She stressed that the historic judgment meant Parliament is open and was never prorogued. “I urge MPs to get back to work immediately,” she said. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow welcomed the ruling and said Parliament “must convene without delay”, adding that he would now consult party leaders “as a matter of urgency”. Johnson being found to have acted unlawfully and stopped Parliament from doing its job without any legal justification marks an extraordinary legal intervention, which is expected to have a far-reaching impact on British politics. The legal question the Supreme Court judges had to resolve was whether the prime minister’s decision exploiting residual, royal prerogative powers was “justiciable” and could consequently be subjected to scrutiny by the courts. While the England High Court to intervene, a Scottish appeal court had concluded that judges did have legal authority to act. In a unanimous verdict, the court ruled that Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament can be examined by judges, overturning the ruling of the High Court in London. “Unless there is some parliamentary rule of which we are unaware, they can take immediate steps to enable each house to meet as soon as possible. It is not clear to us that any step is needed from the prime minister, but if it is, the court is pleased that his counsel have told the court that he will take all necessary steps to comply with the terms of any declaration made by this court,” Lady Hale said in her ruling, which declared Johnson’s suspension “void and of no effect . The court stopped short of declaring that the advice given by Johnson to Queen Elizabeth II was improper. It was a question they did not need to address since they had already found that the effect of the prorogation was itself unlawful. Opposition Labour Party’s Ian Murray, one of the MPs who brought the case in Scotland, described the result as “historic” and an astonishing rebuke to Boris Johnson for his disgraceful behaviour . He and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn instantly called on the prime minister to resign. “I invite Boris Johnson, in the historic words, to ‘consider his position’ and become the shortest prime minister there’s ever been,” he told delegates at the ongoing Labour Party’s annual conference in Brighton. UK government lawyers had told the Supreme Court, a building directly opposite to the Houses of Parliament in Westminster in London, that the justices should not enter into such a politically sensitive area, which was legally forbidden territory and constitutionally “an ill-defined minefield that the courts are not properly equipped to deal with”.
Gururgam: For long the focus of deadly levels of air pollution has been on Delhi. In the recent past, however, the concern of air pollution has also shifted to its neighbours where Gurugram has taken a lead.Usage of diesel generators is one of the main reasons why the pollution levels in Gurugram has not seized. Besides erratic power supply, what is even major concern is that now most of the residential societies are also dependent upon diesel generators for their power needs. This troubling reality again came to the fore when residents of ILD greens, Ramprastha city, and Imperia Esfera approached the Department of Town and Country Planning to find a solution to the problem Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe financial crisis of 2008 and the slowdown in the property market of the national capital region thereafter resulted in builders not applying for licences for power and even water connection to save costs. In the 400 residential societies that are presently there in Gurugram, around 100 of the condominiums reportedly have not been provided the power supply from the government body. Resutantly, thousands of citizens were forced to draw power from diesel generators. For a city that has surpassed the pollution levels of Delhi on most counts rely on diesel generators and is doing no good to improve the city’s air. On an average, 1,500 liters of diesel is being used on a daily basis by the condominiums. The problem of not being provided power is felt in the residential societies that are located in the areas from Sector-58 to Sector 115. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaIn order to curb spiraling levels of air pollution in Gurugram, there were plans to phase out the generators running on diesel and replace it with CNG-run gensets. The move will be adopted under graded action system by the environment pollution control authority (EPCA). Information from RTI had recently revealed that more than 10,000 diesel generators operate in the city. Besides a large number of households, many industrial units are also forced to rely on the diesel-run generators due to the erratic power supply.
New Delhi: Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday said that the recent amendments in mining rules by the Centre is an important step towards ensuring raw material security for domestic steel industry as the lease of 31 working iron ore mines is set to expire in March next year. In a step towards ensuring raw material security and seamless renewal of mining leases allocated to the government companies, the Mines Ministry has amended the Minerals (Mining) by Government companies rules 2015, the steel ministry said in a statement. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”It has substituted “may, for reasons to be recorded” in rule 3, in sub-rule (2) and rule 4, in sub-rule (3) with “shall, for reasons to be recorded,” the ministry said. This implies that for all mining leases for minerals granted to government companies, the state government upon an application made to it in this regard by the government company at least 12 months prior to the expiry of the mining lease, shall extend the period of the mining lease for further period of up to twenty years at a time, it said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysLauding the amendment, Pradhan said, “It is an important step towards ensuring raw material security for steel PSUs. This will also ensure price stabilisation of raw materials and will have positive effect on the secondary steel industry. We are committed to ensuring raw material security for the Indian steel industry.” Pradhan had taken up the issue with Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi soon after assuming charge of the Steel Ministry. In another recent order, SAIL has also been allowed to offload in a year up to a quantity equivalent to maximum 25 per cent of total iron ore production in the previous year subject to clearance from the respective state governments, where the mines are located, the ministry said. “As per provision of Section 8A(6) of Mines and Minerals (Development & Regulation) Act, 1957 (in short, MMDR Act, 1957), the lease of 31 working mines of iron ore are expiring on 31.03.2020. Recent orders passed by the Ministry of Mines are important steps towards ensuring raw material security for Indian steel industry and effective management of situation in wake of probable disruptions in March 2020,” the steel ministry said.
New Delhi: Delhiites woke up to clear skies on Sunday with the minimum temperature settling at 21.1 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season’s average. According to the MeT department, the humidity level recorded at 8.30 am was 82 per cent. The weatherman has predicted light rains in some areas of the national capital later in the day. “There is possibility of light rains. The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 33 degrees Celsius,” he said. On Saturday, the minimum temperature was 21 degrees while the maximum temperature settled at 31.4 degrees Celsius.
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