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Canada launches NAFTA challenge of illegal US tariffs on solar panels

first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government has asked for a NAFTA review of a Trump administration tariff on solar panel cells, saying the 30-per-cent charge is illegal and unfair.The Liberal government considers the latest trade challenge a part of its broader defence of the international-rules based trading order — something U.S. President Donald Trump is regularly accused of undermining with his “America First” protectionist policies.The request Monday for a review under NAFTA’s chapter 20 provision comes one day after Mexico’s president- elect publicized a letter to Trump, calling for a reboot of the talks towards a new three-way continental trade pact.Global Affairs Canada said the tariff has hurt workers in the clean energy sector on both sides of the border.“Canada is a strong supporter of rules-based international trade and looks to its trade partners to also uphold their international obligations,” the department said in a statement.The move comes after three Canadian solar panel manufacturers filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government in February. The suit claimed that a 2017 investigation by the U.S. International Trade Commission concluded the Canadian products don’t significantly harm American manufacturers.The tariff on solar cells was also challenged at the World Trade Organization by the European Union, China, South Korea and Taiwan.“Canada is using every available avenue, including the mechanisms within the NAFTA, to challenge the Trump administration’s protectionism and defend Canadian interests,” said Roland Paris, a University of Ottawa international relations expert and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s former foreign affairs adviser.The NAFTA challenge comes as the three countries take a pause from renegotiating the pact, and as Mexico and Canada fight back against punishing U.S. tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum.The spat over metals has diminished relations between Canada and the U.S., with Trump hurling personal insults at Trudeau on Twitter, and raising questions about whether the NAFTA talks can proceed.Last week, Trump mused about separate deals with Canada and Mexico.The NAFTA renegotiation has been on hold since late spring because of the July 1 Mexican presidential election that will see Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sworn in this coming December.Obrador sent Trump a letter that urges a restart of the NAFTA renegotiations.“I think that prolonging the uncertainty could slow down investments in the medium- and long-term, which obviously hinders economic growth in Mexico,” wrote Obrador. He said his transition team members would take part in the talks with current government members.The office of Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland had no immediate comment on the letter.Freeland, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and International Trade Minister Jim Carr travel to Mexico City this week to meet the incoming Mexican leader.Paris said Obrador’s message is a welcome development, “but it won’t reduce Canadians’ apprehensions about President Trump and his administration.”Paris cited the results of research conducted by Earnscliffe Strategy Group for the Department of National Defence. One question asked respondents for their biggest national security concern.The top answer was terrorism at 29 per cent. But Paris said he found it “striking” that the runaway second-place result — at 16 per cent — was the “United States (and) Canada’s proximity to the U.S.”He said the answer has less to do with traditional perceptions of threats to national security, and “reveals a more general concern about the impact of the Trump administration on Canadian interests, including our economic interests.”The research was conducted between February and April and included eight focus groups and a telephone poll of more than 1,500 respondents. It had a margin of error of 2.5 per cent.last_img read more

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Widow of Quebec mosque shooting victim wins fight for compensation

first_imgThe widow of one of the victims of Quebec City’s mosque shooting has won her battle for compensation.Lawyer Marc Bellemare says Khadija Thabti and her children have been recognized as victims of crime by the provincial body that compensates them.Bellemare said the decision means Thabti will be reimbursed for lost income and travel fees and can obtain the psychological help she needs.Thabti’s husband, Aboubaker Thabti, was one of the six men that died when a gunman stormed a Quebec City mosque on Jan. 29, 2017 and opened fire.Bellemare said the widow was twice turned down for compensation because she hadn’t been at the scene of the crime as it occurred.He said provincial Justice Minister Sonia Lebel intervened in the case on Friday to help bring it to a close, just days before the two-year anniversary of the shooting.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Kate Del Castillo Says No To The Circus

first_img“If you’re thinking about going to a circus that uses animals, please reconsider.” That’s the message in the brand-new PETA Latino video narrated in both English and Spanish by Kate del Castillo.Kate del Castillo Unveils PETA PSACredit/Copyright: PETAThe La Reina del Sur star debuted the video — which reveals how circuses chain elephants and cage tigers for hours on end and whip, beat, and shock them in order to force them to perform — in front of Miami’s Stephen P. Clark Government Center this week, one day before the opening night of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.“Animals deserve better than this sad, lonely, dismal life,” says del Castillo in the video. “They deserve the opportunity to be free—to live as nature intended, not as slaves for our entertainment. Please do not support cruelty to animals by taking your family to a circus.”In Miami, del Castillo also answered questions about the letter she sent on PETA’s behalf to Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez calling on him to enforce Florida’s law against forcing crippled animals to perform, when Ringling starts its performances at AmericanAirlines Arena. As she points out in her letter, Ringling Bros. routinely forces elephants suffering from painful arthritis and lameness to perform.“Florida has the strongest, clearest law in the country against exhibiting crippled animals, which gives officials the ability to intervene in situations such as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ infamous use of ailing elephants,” she writes. “I urge you to ensure that this law is enforced during Ringling’s stay in the city.”Del Castillo is part of a growing list of celebrities — including Wilmer Valderrama, Chilli of TLC, and Pablo Azar — who have teamed up with PETA to speak out against circuses that use animals.For more information, please visit PETALatino.com.Source:PETAlast_img read more

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TRC gathers residential school memories from inmates

first_imgAPTN National NewsCanada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission is gathering statements from prisoners in Canada’s jails.The TRC is visiting two prisons in Saskatchewan later this week.And they just wrapped up a week-long visit the Northwest Territories. It was the first time that the TRC spoke with inmates there about their residential school experiences.But as APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier finds out, opening up about the past is sometimes easier said than done.last_img

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Moroccos Imports of Liquor Tobacco on the Rise

Rabat – Morocco imported over MAD 900 million of tobacco and MAD 300 of liquor in the last seven months, according to Morocco’s Exchange Office.The same source said that Morocco imported approximately 5,772 tons of liquor estimated at MAD 300 million, and approximately 8,534 tons of tobacco estimated at MAD 926 million since March 2016.The same source noted that Morocco’s exports of liquor showed an increase in the last seven months. It reached 5,772 tons, compared to the same period in 2015 when it reached 4,295 tons. With respect to Morocco’s exports of tobacco, the same source added that Morocco’s exports of tobacco also showed an increase in the last seven months. It reached 8,534 tons, compared to the same period in 2015 when it reached 6,250 tons.A communiqué of Morocco’s Treasury revealed that the revenues from cigarette consumption in July 2016 reached MAD 5.26 billion, compared to the same period in 2015 when it reached MAD 4.6 billion.Last year, L’Economiste reported that the Moroccan treasury received over MAD one billion in revenue from the sale of liquor in Morocco.Edited by Natalie Yazhary read more

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UN calls for combining energy access with antipoverty projects in Asia

Services that combine access to modern energy for heating, cooking and electricity, with measures that generate cash, supplement incomes and improve health and education would be the most effective energy solutions in Asia and the Pacific, according to United Nations analysis released today.A report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) confirms that there can be no development without energy, and that poverty cannot be addressed sustainably without paying due attention to energy services.The study entitled “Towards an ‘Energy Plus’ Approach for the Poor” reviewed 17 energy access projects across the Asia-Pacific region to find out what works and what does not in breaking the vicious “poverty-energy-poverty cycle.” The poor need energy to get out of poverty, but energy alone is not enough, it states.“Energy services are often not affordable by the rural and urban poor and on their own have little impact,” says Martin Krause, who leads the UNDP regional climate, environment and energy team in Asia and the Pacific. “The poor need support to generate income so that energy becomes affordable, which in turn will improve household living standards.”Nearly half the world’s population lacks reliable access to modern energy services. And more than 20 percent of the global population, or 1.4 billion people, remain without access to electricity.Roughly 2.7 billion people – 40 per cent of the world’s population – depend on wood, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating. By 2030, household air pollution from biomass use in inefficient stoves is likely to cause more than 1.5 million deaths a year.The lack of energy access and its impact on health, education and income continue to be a significant cause of chronic poverty, according to UNDP. Since poverty in turn inhibits access to energy services, a vicious cycle develops.The findings indicate that most energy projects adopt a minimalist approach, focusing on the basic energy needs of the poor for lighting homes, cooking and heating.However, “energy services per se do not reduce poverty,” says the report. “Instead, they transform people from being ‘poor without energy access’ to ‘poor with energy access’.” “This is because the energy services provided do not open opportunities to poor households to increase their incomes. Therefore, the resources needed to acquire modern energy services continue to be limited, and energy programmes are forced to rely on perpetually unsustainable subsidies,” the report notes. 19 January 2012Services that combine access to modern energy for heating, cooking and electricity, with measures that generate cash, supplement incomes and improve health and education would be the most effective energy solutions in Asia and the Pacific, according to United Nations analysis released today. read more

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Former Litro Gas chairman Shalila Moonesinghe further remanded

Far Eastern International Bank was hacked by means of a computer virus and some US$60 million was wired to the accounts of the suspects at a Sri Lanka bank.Litro Gas is a Government owned gas company. (Colombo Gazette) Former Litro Gas chairman Shalila Moonesinghe, who was arrested over the hacking of a Taiwanese bank, was ordered to be further remanded till November 6 when he was produced in court today.Moonesinghe was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) after US$1.1 million from the Far Eastern International Bank in Taiwan was found in his personal bank account.

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Brantford man faces additional child luring charge

A 29-year-old Brantford man who is already facing criminal charges is now facing an additional charge of luring a child.Spencer Mathew Stockdale was arrested following an investigation by Brantford’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit.Stockdale was first charged on June 30 after police executed a search warrant at his home and seized several electronic devices.He was charged with two counts of luring a child and later released on bail with strict conditions.Police laid an additional charge against Stockdale on Tuesday after investigators examined the electronic devices that had been seized. They discovered a sexually explicit conversation between the 29 year old and a 17-year-old girl, where Stockdale had offered the girl money for sexual services via text message back in May.He has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on September 5. read more

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UN forum on indigenous issues ends first session Annan calls it historic

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues today wrapped up its first-ever session, which Secretary-General Kofi Annan hailed as an “historic” initial step towards meeting future challenges.”With the inauguration of this Forum, indigenous issues assume their rightful place – higher on the international agenda than ever before,” Mr. Annan told the assembled participants, including many indigenous persons dressed in colourful traditional attire. “We begin a new chapter in the history of indigenous people at the United Nations.”The Secretary-General said it was “entirely appropriate” that as victims of discrimination who were often poor, indigenous peoples now had a platform for raising their concerns.”In a relatively short time, indigenous peoples have covered considerable ground, but of course there is a great distance still to be travelled,” he said. “As you conclude the Forum’s first session, I would like to congratulate you on the start you have made in charting those difficult waters.”Praising the diversity of indigenous peoples, and the “deep and abiding reverence for the natural world” which many shared, the Secretary-General paid tribute to their collective wisdom. “Among the traditions I find particularly powerful is the respect given to elders as carriers of wisdom, to women as carriers of language and culture, and to children as carriers of the identity that is transmitted to future generations,” he said.Noting that one out of every 20 people is indigenous, the Secretary-General voiced confidence that as members of the UN family, they would make “an immense contribution to the Organization’s mission of peace and progress.”Briefing reporters on the work of the session, the Forum’s Chairman, Ole Henrik Magga of Norway, stressed the need for a permanent secretariat to support the new body’s work, and voiced hope that the Economic and Social Council would establish it this summer. Representatives of 172 indigenous nations, organizations, groups and other entities from around the world gathered for the two-week session, which also attracted governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and academia. Established in 2000 by the UN’s Economic and Social Council, the Forum, which is composed of 16 independent experts, is mandated to discuss indigenous issues relating to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights. read more

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Surrey student wins Ford WISE prize

Kiara Harper, a 20-year-old automotive engineering student from Surrey, has won this year’s Ford Motor Company Women Into Science and Engineering (WISE) award. Kiara (pictured right), studying at Kingston University in Surrey, received her £750 prize at the Young Women Engineers of the Year awards ceremony, presented by CBI director general Sir Digby Jones. Ford and the WISE campaign make the annual award, which is backed by the Institutes of Incorporated Engineers, Electrical Engineers and Mechanical Engineers, to a carefully chosen female engineering student. Kiara came first in a stringent selection process including interview by a panel of engineering professionals. The Ford WISE prize was created to recognise and reward exceptional women in the penultimate year of studying for their engineering degree. It also promotes the potential of engineering as a career. Ford’s European quality director, Kenna Kintrea, said ‘Kiara is an exceptional woman who is committed to the world of engineering. She not only studies the discipline but is also enthusiastic and dedicated.’ Leah Pellew, chair of Ford’s Engineers for the Next Generation (ENG) group at Dunton, said, ‘ENG works hard to increase the awareness of science and engineering as a career to all young people. The Ford WISE prize is supporting those young women who have chosen to pursue a degree in what is typically a male dominated arena.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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14 WWE Results Beaumont Texas ReignsRusev

first_img Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Videos Articles Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Videos Articles Xavier Woods Twitter Videos Articles Triple H Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Impact Wrestling leaving Pop TV, New television deal with Pursuit Channel announced center_img The Miz Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns Is Back After Absence For Leukemia Now Playing Up Next Facebook 1/4 WWE Results: Beaumont, Texas1. Ryback def. Kane2. Darren Young def. Alex Riley3. Naomi, Alicia Fox & Emma def. Cameron, Summer Rae and Sasha Banks4. Jack Swagger def. Cesaro5. WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos def. The Miz & Damien Mizdow6. Justin Gabriel def. Adam Rose7. Sin Cara def. Tyson Kidd8. The Big Show def. Erick Rowan9. Roman Reigns def. WWE United States Champion Rusev in a Non-Title Match.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:07Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Bruce Prichard was already working in consultant role with WWE back in January Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

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WWE RAW Ratings Viewership stays consistent all three hours WWE returns to

first_img Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Google+ Now Playing Up Next Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Videos Articles WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next WhatsAppcenter_img The RAW Ratings are in for August 5, 2019.This week’s edition, which took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the final RAW before SummerSlam, drew an average of 2.473 million viewers on Monday night according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is up from last week’s show that averaged 2.321 million viewers.WWE came in at No. 1, No. 2, and No. 4 for the night on cable in the 18-49 demographics, up from the No. 2 spot they placed last week.The second hour drew the strongest audience (2.571 million viewers).Hourly Breakdowns and Demographics for WWE RAWHour 1: 2.411 (up from 2.407 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 2.571 (up from 2.324 million viewers last week)Hour 3: 2.438 (up from 2.223 million viewers last week)This week’s RAW, headlined by the return of Goldberg, averaged a 0.81 rating among adults 18-49. This is down from last week’s 0.74 rating.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWhich Wrestler Is Next To Be Inducted Into The WWE Hall Of Fame?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:42/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 37.66%0:03Remaining Time -0:39 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Which Wrestler Is Next To Be Inducted Into The WWE Hall Of Fame? Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Pinterest Twitter Bill Goldberg Now Playing Up Next Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more

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Weather Eye A brief sprinkling of showers may end our long dry

first_imgA southwesterly flow aloft brought moisture and a few scattered thunderstorms Saturday afternoon over Clark County. A few sprinkles even accompanied the lightning and thunder.It was short-lived, but trailing behind were marine clouds off the coast that will dominate our weather today. Another front, this time from the northwest, will approach tonight and Monday for a brief light rain or showers.Some areas, mostly to our north, could pick up between a tenth- and a quarter-inch of rain. Temperatures will plummet and feel a bit chilly.After Monday’s front, high pressure reloads and gives us another round of very nice late-summer weather. If we get east winds, we could bounce back into the 90s later in the week.Friday’s high of 95 degrees was hot but no record.Seattle’s 90 degrees was just the 11th high of 90 degrees or better in September since records were kept at Sea-Tac. In downtown Seattle, where records go back to 1891, it was only the 13th! The Emerald City is experiencing its second-longest dry spell, with Saturday making 48 days.last_img read more

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Melco Resorts temporary Cyprus casino finds early going tough

first_img Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options RelatedPosts The Property President of Melco Resorts’ temporary casino in Cyprus, Craig Ballantyne, has pointed to the country’s many illegal casinos as a major problem following a slower than expected first week of operations.Quoted by the Cyprus Mail, Ballantyne said that the temporary facility, named Cyprus Casino, has attracted 7,000 unique visitors since opening on 28 June with 4,000 joining the rewards club, but added that competition from casinos in the north had impacted visitation. Melco Resorts is currently building Cyprus’ first integrated resort with the €550 million City of Dreams Mediterranean scheduled to open in 2021. Melco Resorts completes acquisition of 75% stake in Cyprus casino firm from parent “It has been a real rollercoaster ride,” Ballantyne said. “From the plain perspective, it’s been a bit of fun but it’s below expectations I have to say that. We’re not the only game in town and we never have been, never will be.“With a customer, it’s all about choice – you cannot insist they go anywhere with their disposable income. You cannot twist their arm. It’s all about the offer.”Cyprus currently has around 30 small casinos operating in the north and although none can match the scale of Cyprus Casino, Ballantyne noted that the rival operations “give everything free. They give alcohol free, they give cigarettes and tobacco free, just about everything and anything.“But they don’t have the same regulations as we do so it’s not a level playing field.”Despite the early challenges, Ballantyne said that Melco Resorts was still learning the ins and outs of the local market and would adjust accordingly over the coming months. He also revealed that the company is already in discussions with authorities to relax some regulations he describes as discriminatory – namely advertising laws preventing operators from promoting the idea of a life-changing win.“We wouldn’t want to do that,” Ballantyne said, “but then you’ve got Lotto advertising on TV every night and you’ve got Opap (Greece’s lone lottery and sports betting provider) advertising the Joker every day on every shop window in every street and every corner at €1.4 million or €2.4 million, so I kind of find that a little bit discriminatory.” Load More Melco Resorts distances itself from Chairman’s father, Dr Stanley Ho, amid inquiry into Crown Resorts acquisitionlast_img read more

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Indian Share Market Opens Higher at 2591626 Points after Monday Mayhem

first_imgOverlooking global cues, Indian share markets opened higher on Tuesday, a day after the mayhem in the global financial markets and a crash in China spooked a key Mumbai index into shedding some 1,625 points, or nearly 6 percent.The sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) opened at 25,916.26 points, against the previous close at 25,741.56 points, and a few minutes into trading it was ruling at 26,091.71 points, with a gain of 349.15 points, or 1.36 percent.At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the broader 50-share Nifty was also ruling higher at 7,910.45 points, with a gain of 101.35 points, or 1.30 percent.Weak global cues and the shock from China where the markets crashed over fears that its economy was slowing faster than expected sent Indian indices and the rupee into a tailspin on Monday. The Sensex logged its steepest closing fall in point-terms. The rupee fell to a two-year low.Key US indices also took a tumble of around 4 percent.A day later, the investor sentiments continued to be grim globally. Tokyo’s Nikkei opened nearly 2 percent lower on Tuesday, and the bloodbath in China continued unabated. The Shanghai Composite index opened 6.2 percent lower.last_img read more

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Uzbek woman beaten up gangraped by 3 men in moving car in

first_img(Representational Image)Creative CommonsA 31-year-old woman from Uzbekistan, who was living in New Delhi’s Vasant Kunj, was allegedly gang-raped by three men inside a moving car on August 10. She was later abandoned near her apartment. According to the police, the woman knew one of the men, whom she had befriended on Facebook seven months back. The victim was living in Delhi for the past six months.The man had allegedly called and asked to meet the victim on Saturday.”Her friend called her to meet on Saturday near a mall in Vasant Kunj. He picked her from Vasant Kunj, took her to Gurgaon in his car in which two of his friends were already sitting. She alleged that they started assaulting her and when she resisted they beat her black and blue and took turns to rape her,” a police officer told ANI.She was then dropped off near her apartment which she shares with her friends. Her friends took her to AIIMS where she narrated the incident. A medical examination of the victim was conducted.The accused are still absconding. NDTV reported that the suspects pressurised the victim to not file a police complaint.last_img read more

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Afghanistan mosque suicide attack kills scores

first_imgAn Afghan policeman inspects the site of an attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on 31 July 2018. Photo: ReutersA suicide attack struck a Shiite mosque in eastern Afghanistan Friday targeting worshippers during weekly prayers, with officials warning of multiple casualties in the latest incident to hit the minority.“A suicide blast took place inside a Shiite mosque in the city of Gardez of Paktia province. There are casualties from the blast, but we don’t know how many for now,” General Raz Mohammad Mandozai, provincial police chief of Paktia, told AFP.Wilayat Khan Ahmadzai, head of the Gardez public health department, confirmed the attack and fears over mounting casualties.“We have received 60 wounded worshippers and four dead at the civilian hospital in Gardez,” said Ahmadzai.The attack comes as urban areas across Afghanistan have been rocked by an increasing number of attacks in recent months, with both the Islamic State (IS) and Taliban insurgents targeting security forces and government installations.The Taliban has not claimed a major attack in a city for weeks as it comes under increased pressure to agree to peace talks with the Afghan government.But IS has carried out multiple attacks in the eastern city of Jalalabad and the capital Kabul in recent months, targeting everything from government ministries to a midwife training centre.Last month an IS suicide bomber blew himself up near Kabul international airport, killing 23 people including AFP driver Mohammad Akhtar.The increased attacks come as US and Afghan forces intensify ground and air offensives against IS, and the Taliban step up their turf war with the group.last_img read more

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SJDA issues notice to Bidhan Market traders body for demolition of illegal

first_imgDarjeeling: The Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA) has issued a notice to the Bidhan Market Byabsahi Samity (BMBS) to dismantle the “illegal structure” that is under construction in the Bidhan Market in Siliguri within 72 hours, failing which they will face legal action.The notice comes in the wake of state Tourism minister Goutam Deb visiting the market on Saturday, when he found out that a two-storey concrete structure was being built in the area where 7 shops had been gutted in a fire in June. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataInstead of rebuilding the 7 shops that had been gutted, the new structure was being built to accommodate 22 shops in the ground floor and an open hall like structure on the first floor. Dubbing it as an “illegal” structure being built by a section of traders on SJDA land, the minister had threatened to demolish it. The BMBS had then staged a demonstration and blocked the busy Bidhan Road. “I am sending a report to the Chief Minister about the illegal building,” stated Deb.last_img read more

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Philippines Tourism wins Best NTO Award

first_imgPhilippines Tourism wins ‘Best NTO Award’Philippines Tourism won the “Best National Tourism Organization” for 2015 at the West India Travel Awards held in Goa on October 14, 2015. The award recognizes the outstanding contribution of Philippines Tourism in promoting its products through its branding campaign of Visit the Philippines Year (VPY) 2015, participation in trade events like OTM Mumbai and GPS Nagpur and roadshows in India, particularly in the cities of Lucknow, Nagpur, Chandigarh and New Delhi. Most corporates have their headquarters in Mumbai and decision to travel is made from here – therefore DOT has been aggressively encouraging trade partners to promote the Philippines to their clients through sales visits and presentations.The Philippines is expected to see tourist arrivals exceeding 100,000 by 2017. The Indian market has continued to be one of the important contributors of international visitors to the Philippines. In 2014, over 61,000 Indians visited the Philippines, registering a growth of 17.14 percent. The Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippines has welcomed about 48,495 Indian tourists during the first eight months of this year, recording an increase of 22.49 per cent, over the same months in 2014. Month of February in 2015 showed the impressive growth of arrivals to almost 40 percent. The growth in arrivals could be attributed to the marketing efforts and participation of the country in international travel fairs as well as tourism infrastructure development being undertaken. India is a growing outbound tourist markets and are an important source of visitors to the Philippines. There is now Visa-free entry for Indian travelers having valid and current AJACSS UK visas (US, Japan, Australia, Canada, Schengen, Singapore and UK). Indian travellers are allowed visa-free entry into Philippines for 14 days and can enter from all international airports and seaports.It is a very prestigious award, and we are proud to have won the award in Best NTO category. We have been working hard towards promoting Philippines as a preferred choice of tourist destination, and an award such as this, helps us believe we have achieved what we had set out for and further reinforces our motivation to work harder to increase India arrivals to the Philippines,’’ said Ms. Navritu Kaushal Rai, Account Director, Philippines Tourism Marketing Office, India, who received the award.This prestigious annual event honors stellar organizations and achievers from different segments of the industry, which included travel agents, tour operators, hotels, airlines, and state & international tourism boards. The winners of the awards were defined by a fair and unbiased selection process done through online voting and judged by a panel of jury consisting of the travel industry’s luminaries.Source = Philippines Tourismlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Privatelyowned tour

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Privately-owned tour company, Nordic Luxury, specialising in the exploration of Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden, began the season with a Northern Lights display appearing over its new River Lodge in Iceland.The Lodge is situated next to the volcano Hekla in the South and is only just over an hour from the capital Reykjavik. Nordic Luxury is preparing the Lodge will all the equipment needed for autumn, including fly-fishing gear, skis for heliskiing, snowshoes, hunting gear and super Jeeps.Nordic Luxury also announced Iceland’s most significant new attraction, the man-made ice cave. The ice tunnel and caves are located high on Europe’s second-largest glacier, Langjökull. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to explore the glacier and see it from the inside.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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