Rajeev Kumar given additional charge of economic offences, STF of Kolkata Police

first_imgThe West Bengal government has given additional charge of the state directorate of economic offences and the special task force (STF) of Kolkata Police to former city police commissioner Rajeev Kumar.Mr. Kumar, who recently took over as the State CID chief after completing his tenure as the city police commissioner, would hold additional charge of the two departments until further orders, a home department official said on Saturday.The order was issued by the State home department late on Friday evening.Mr. Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer, had been embroiled in a controversy for being at loggerheads with the CBI over its investigations into the Saradha Chit fund and Rose Valley scams.A team of CBI officers was stopped from entering the residence of Mr. Kumar, the then Kolkata Police Commissioner, on February 3 when they had gone to question him in connection with chit fund scam cases.The move had prompted Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to start a sit-in-protest in the heart of the city to protest against “the attack on constitutional norms”.On February 5, the Supreme Court had directed Mr. Kumar to appear before the central investigative agency in connection with the matter. It had also said that no coercive step should be taken against Mr. Kumar.Acting on the apex court’s order, the CBI had questioned Mr. Kumar for five days in Shillong.On February 19, Mr. Kumar had been appointed the additional director general of police and inspector general of police in the CID.The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the CBI Director to file affidavit giving details about the alleged contempt committed by West Bengal police and the then Kolkata Police chief in connection with Saradha chit fund scam cases.last_img read more

ITER fusion project names French nuclear official as new chief

first_imgITER, the €13 billion international fusion reactor under construction in France, has chosen Bernard Bigot, chair of France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), as its next director-general. Bigot will replace Osamu Motojima and will begin his 5-year term next June.Bigot, 64, studied physics and chemistry and defines himself as a nuclear expert. He has held senior positions in government, academia, and industry and was appointed as head of CEA in 2009. With a staff of more than 16,000, CEA is a technology research organization and is responsible for maintaining France’s nuclear deterrent.Despite such strong experience, taking on leadership of ITER is not an enviable position. The project is an enormous undertaking involving seven international partners—China, the European Union, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia, and the United States—with components being manufactured in hundreds of plants all across the globe. The project is years behind schedule and hugely over budget. Motojima, the second ITER director-general, was heavily criticized in an external management review completed earlier this year.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)“Mr Bigot has had a long and distinguished career and a history of close involvement with ITER—he was one of the high-level supporters at the time France applied to host the ITER Project and has been the High Representative for ITER implementation in France. He is an experienced manager of large projects, a leader who is able to find common ground, an excellent communicator, and he is highly respected in the fusion community,” Motojima said in a statement today.Bigot said: “I am fully aware of the large responsibility that it will be to lead the ITER Project as it enters a new phase. I am deeply honoured by the trust of the ITER Council and will do my utmost to fulfil the expectations of the Council and of all the people involved in ITER.”last_img read more

Infosys to Open Innovation Hub in Arizona, Hire 1,000 American Workers by 2023

first_imgInfosys will open its next technology and innovation hub in Arizona and hire 1,000 American workers in the U.S. state by 2023, the Indian technology major announced on Sept. 20.The Arizona hub will have a special focus on autonomous technologies, Internet of Things (IOT), full-stack engineering, data science and cyber security, the Bengaluru-based firm said in a statement. Its investment in Arizona is a continuation of the company’s commitment to accelerate innovation for American enterprise by amplifying top local talent with the best global talent and to close the IT skills gap in the marketplace, it added. The hub will help the company in working even more closely with clients in the region to develop cross-functional solutions to pressing business challenges in such areas as machine learning, artificial intelligence, user experience and advanced digital technologies, including big data and cloud.  The launch will boost the commitment made by Infosys last year of hiring 10,000 American workers and reshaping the future of technology by opening technology and innovation hubs in the United States. Till date, the company has hired 5,874 American workers against this commitment, the statement added.We’re proud to announce that we will open our next Technology and Innovation Hub in #AZ and hire 1,000 American workers in the state. #InfyNews #USJobs #AZJobs Learn more: https://t.co/jtGpvsWChb pic.twitter.com/dhUSMW5i79— Infosys (@Infosys) September 20, 2018Infosys will hire employees for the Arizona innovation hub from the the state’s prestigious network institutions, as well as local professionals who will be able to upgrade their skills through the firm’s training curriculum. “The number of jobs Infosys is bringing to Arizona is fantastic news for our citizens, especially given the commitment the company makes to continual training and education in technology,” Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said in the statement. “We are thankful for companies like Infosys who enhance our efforts to prepare the workforce for the future.”“The number of jobs Infosys is bringing to Arizona is fantastic news for our citizens, especially given the commitment the company makes to continual training and education in technology,” said Gov. @dougducey. #USJobs #AZJobs pic.twitter.com/SwgCOoJ9Z4— Infosys (@Infosys) September 20, 2018Michael Crow, Professor and President, Arizona State University, welcomed Infosys in Arizona, saying, “We are excited that Infosys has selected AZ and we want to partner with you to take IoT to the next level.”The investment “will strengthen our ability to deliver for our clients across ARarizona and the Southwest and expand the local workforce to help our clients compete in the rapidly digitizing global economy,” Infosys President Ravi Kumar said.Last month, the company announced the launch of a new technology and innovation hub in Raleigh, North Carolina. The new center will train, upskill and reskill employees of Infosys and its clients as per the requirements of the new age digital technology, it had said at the time. In April this year, Infosys announced the opening of an education center in Indianapolis, where it will train and hire 3,000 American workers by 2023.The tech major company announced in March that it will be opening a new office at Hartford, Connecticut, for which it will hire 1,000 American citizens by 2022. The IT company’s latest Technology and Innovation hub will be a $20.6 million project focusing on healthcare, insurance and manufacturing, and will offer data security and data-sharing services to its clients. Through its Infosys Foundation USA, the firm has provided multiple grants for classroom technology and computer science training to teachers and schools in America. To date, more than 4.7 million students; 13,000 teachers and 21,000 schools across America, including over 7,300 students, 192 teachers and 159 schools in Arizona, have benefited from computer science training and classroom equipment funded by the foundation, the statement said. Related ItemsarizonaInfosyslast_img read more

Its politics: Sonam on “Neerja” not finding release in Pak

first_imgMumbai, Mar 2 (PTI) Actress Sonam Kapoor is disheartened that “Neerja” is yet to release in Pakistan and feels that politics might be the reason behind it.”I think it is just politics. I believe there is no place for politics in art and sports. And unfortunately thats the case… That is happening. I dont understand the reason of not releasing it in Pakistan,” Sonam told reporters here last evening.According to the “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” actress all her films have done commercially well in Pakistan but “Neerja” is yet to see the light of the day there.”It is sad that it has not released there (Pakistan) officially yet. I have learnt that people have watched the film through pirated copies which is sad. I am disappointed,” she said.Veteran actress Shabana Azmi also fails to understand why the film is yet to release in the neighboring country.”It is sad but I havent given up. I hope it releases there (Pakistan). We have been told the process of releasing the film there is going on,” Shabana, who played Neerjas brave mother in the film, said.The Ram Madhvani-directed biopic revolves around the hijacking of a Pan Am flight in Karachi in 1986. The film shows how flight attendant Neerja Bhanot thwarted the hijack attempt by preventing the plane from taking off and then saving the lives of 360 hostages.The film after its release on February 19 has earned Rs 52 crore at the box office in India.For both Azmi and Sonam, the biggest compliment came from Neerjas family as they too loved the film.advertisementBut Azmi is surprised with the kind of appreciation coming her way.”I cried too like most people after seeing the film. Everyone has come and told me I have made them cry so I dont know if I should take it as a compliment or not,” she said. (MORE) PTI KKP DK NDS RYSlast_img read more

SPORT-THAPA 2 (SPB4)

first_img“I am happy my performance has not gone down too much. “I am happy my performance has not gone down too much. Yes it has been up and down, but that happens to even a world champion,” said Rai who is also supported by OGQ, which is co-founded by sports legends Prakash Padukone and Geet Sethi. Rai, who clinched the gold medal in the ISSF World Cup in March in the 50M pistol in Bangkok, said he was happy to have taken part in the subsequent ISSF World Cup in Rio last month to get an idea of what sort of conditions he will get there during the Olympics. “The range is a bit different in that the 10M and 50M ranges are adjacent to one another and there was a lot of disturbance. The targets were also different,” said Rai who stood sixth in the Rio event after making the finals. Rai is now leaving for France to take part in an invitation event there from June 8-13 followed by the ISSF World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan. “The event in France is only for those who have qualified for the Rio Games and I expect a lot of them to be present there,” said Rai. He did not single out anyone as the main threat in Rio. “All are good competitors,” said the Army man of Nepali origin. Women shooters Heena Sidhu, taking part in her second Games like Thapa, and Apurvi Chandela too were confident of putting up a good show in Rio. “It feels like its my first Olympics. Two months to go and we are on the right track,” said Heena, a former world no. 1 in 10m air pistol. “I am trying to better my performance. I have bought a new air rifle and a new kit and have got used to them. I did decently in Rio after not doing too well in Munich,” said Apurvi who is to train in Moscow, which she said had very good facilities, along with ace marksman Gagan Narang and Chain Singh. (More) PTI SSR KRK ATK KHS BASadvertisementlast_img read more

Manchester City sign midfielder Ilkay Guendogan from Dortmund

first_imgGerman midfielder Ilkay Guendogan has joined Manchester City from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.The 25-year-old, who had a year remaining on his Dortmund contract, is the club’s first signing since they confirmed Spanish coach Pep Guardiola would take over at the Etihad from Manuel Pellegrini prior to the start of next season.City did not disclose financial details of the deal but British media reported that Guendogan would cost the Premier League club around 20 million pounds ($29 million).’EAGER TO WORK WITH GUARDIOLA’ “I’m thrilled to have signed for Manchester City,” Guendogan said in a statement on City’s website.”The opportunity to work with a coach like Pep Guardiola is something I am really looking forward to and I am flattered to be the first signing the club has made this summer.”The injury-prone German international dislocated a kneecap in training in May, ruling him out of the 2016 European Championships in France.Guendogan, who also missed the 2014 World Cup with a back injury, made more than 150 appearances in five years at Dortmund after being recruited by Juergen Klopp, who is now in charge of Liverpool.The midfielder was part of Klopp’s Dortmund side that won a domestic double in Germany in the 2011-12 season and reached the Champions League final in 2013, where they lost to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.”We celebrated many victories and stood together in moments of defeats,” Guendogan said in a farewell note to Dortmund posted on his official Twitter page.advertisement”I am very thankful to all my team mates and to the fans who always supported me.”last_img read more

Wenger: I’ve no doubt about Alexis’ mentality

first_imgArsène Wenger Wenger denies weak Alexis mentality and dodges Lemar transfer failure questions Harry West Last updated 2 years ago 17:16 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AlexisSanchez - Cropped Getty Images Arsène Wenger Thomas Lemar A. Sánchez Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth Arsenal Premier League The forward has endured a tumultuous week with the Gunners and Chile, but the manager is not concerned by the his star’s state of mind Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists he has no concerns over the mindset of Alexis Sanchez, who saw a move to Manchester City fail to materialise before suffering back-to-back defeats with Chile.Sanchez, who made his first Gunners appearance of the season in the 4-0 drubbing at Liverpool before the international break, was the subject of heavy interest from the Etihad Stadium as Pep Guardiola sought a reunion with the former Barcelona forward.Arsenal 5/1 to win & under 2.5 goals Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 However, deadline day came and went without Sanchez agreeing a move to City, and his mood will not have been improved by defeats to Paraguay and Bolivia, which left Chile out of the qualifying places in the CONMEBOL section for next year’s World Cup, with two matches to play.Sanchez will return to Emirates Stadium on Thursday ahead of Arsenal’s home Premier League meeting with Bournemouth at the weekend, and Wenger was quick to dismiss any notion of the player arriving under a cloud of discontent.”I have no doubt about Alexis’ mentality,” Wenger told a media conference.”People question it, he needs to come back to full fitness – he wasn’t [fit] at Liverpool, it was his first game.”He’s strong mentally and hopefully he’ll be back very quickly to his best.”Alexis Sanchez Arsenal v LiverpoolThomas LemarArsenal attempted to bring Thomas Lemar to the club from Monaco in a deal reportedly worth £90 million, before the France international opted to remain with the Ligue 1 champions.Asked if Sanchez’s potential departure to City was dependent on Arsenal securing the services of Lemar, Wenger was typically evasive in his response.”I believe the transfer market is over,” he said. “There was a lot going on, it’s very difficult for me to speak about it because the most important thing for us now is to focus on the next game.”My view is that it’s very difficult to speak about that because Lemar is now in Monaco and Sanchez is here and focuses on here and we have to keep a certain confidentiality about the transfer negotiations.”Wenger also reiterated his view that the transfer window should close before the season begins.”In the players’ minds they have no clarity, it’s not a way to work,” he said. “It’s uncomfortable and every single manager in the league will say it’s time to kick that out before the season starts.”last_img read more

De Boer sacked by Crystal Palace

first_imgFrank de Boer Frank de Boer sacked by Crystal Palace after four games Last updated 2 years ago 18:55 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Frank de Boer Crystal Palace Getty Burnley v Crystal Palace Burnley Crystal Palace Premier League The Eagles failed to score in any of the Dutchman’s games in charge, leading to the club relieving him of his job after just 77 days Crystal Palace have fired Frank de Boer after just four games in charge.The Dutchman was hired to replace Sam Allardyce in late June, signing a three year contract, but has lasted less than three months in the job.Palace 11/5 to beat Southampton Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 The Eagles have started their Premier League campaign with defeats to Huddersfield, Liverpool, Swansea and Burnley, conceding seven goals and scoring none.But the club have relieved the ex-Ajax and Inter coach of his duties, making the news official on Monday.”Crystal Palace Football Club have this morning parted company with Frank de Boer,” a statement read.”We would like to thank Frank for his dedication and hard work during his time at the Club.”A new manager will be appointed in due course and we wish Frank the very best of luck for the future.”Uncertainty around the former Barcelona and Netherlands star’s future at Selhurst Park began in the wake of their loss to Swansea, but he was given a chance to turn things around against Burnley.Despite creating several chances, Palace suffered a defeat after Chris Wood capitalised on a blunder from Chung-Yong Lee to score the only goal of the game after just three minutes.After De Boer insisted his side should have won the game, which was backed up by opposing boss Sean Dyche, chairman Steve Parish took to Twitter and appeared to simultaneously support and condemn his appointment.De Boer lasted just 85 days in charge at Inter, but his time at Palace was even shorter at 77, while no Premier League manager has been fired after so few games in charge.last_img read more

Oppo K1 quick review: A promising sub-Rs 20,000 phone with AMOLED display and in-display fingerprint sensor

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiFebruary 6, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 08:19 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Oppo K1 has been launched in India at Rs 16,990It is the most affordable phone with an in-display fingerprint sensorThe Oppo K1 also touts a waterdrop AMOLED display and a powerful Snapdragon 660 chipsetOppo has managed to hold a strong position in the offline segment in India, and the company does sell some of its smartphones online as well. But Oppo is looking to expand its online presence even further, and it hopes to do that with the new Oppo K-series. The company announced the new series in India on Wednesday with the launch of the Oppo K1. The Oppo K1 is pretty unique phone in the sub-Rs 20,000 as it not only brings an in-display fingerprint sensor but also an AMOLED display.The Oppo K1 has been launched at a pretty competitive price point of Rs 16,990. This is close to its China price, which is great to see. At this price, the Oppo K1 touts a number of striking features as the phone looks to take on the likes of the Realme 2 Pro and Mi A2 in the online sphere. I spent a brief amount of time with the Oppo K1 during the launch, and here’s what I found.The Oppo K1 has a familiar look if you are accustomed to past Oppo phones like the Oppo F9 Pro and Oppo A7. Like these phones, the K1 also brings a waterdrop display and a glossy rear panel with horizontal dual cameras and gold accent around. Yet, the K1 feels more premium, even though it’s priced cheaper than the F9 Pro and similar to the A7. This is largely due to a combination of a gorgeous AMOLED display on the front and a glass-like 3D curved back panel. That’s right, the K1 brings an AMOLED display at a price of Rs 16,990, which is pretty exciting to see in this segment.advertisement The Oppo K1 sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) Super AMOLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, over 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio and Gorilla Glass 5 on top. The display looks stunning with punchy and saturated colours and good viewing angles. You are still greeted with a typical ColorOS UI with chunky app icons that makes the UI look a little date, but the display manages to bring some life into it. I will have more to say on the quality of the screen, the viewing experience and brightness under different lighting conditions in an in-depth review.The back of he Oppo K1 is not made up of glass, but it looks premium enough thanks to a 3D injection molding process that makes the K1 glisten and shine as light hits the surface. I checked out the Astral Blue colour during the launch event which offers hues of blue that takes up the top half, gradually shifting towards purple on the bottom. The phone is also offered in a solid colour Piano Black, but I couldn’t check that out. The K1 comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom along with a single spearker grille and a microUSB port. This is a dual SIM smartphone with support for dual standby.The Oppo K1’s USP is that it brings an in-display fingerprint sensor at an affordable price. This is currently the only phone under Rs 20,000 to offer an in-display fingerprint sensor, which makes it pretty unique. The fingerprint sensor is pretty standard to what other phones have to offer. Registering your fingerprint takes a bit of time, and unlocking is slower than a physical fingerprint sensor. I reckon the speed is comparable to what the OnePlus 6T offers. Based on a few tries, I found the sensor to be mostly accurate. The K1 also offers a face unlock feature which is much faster.Powering the Oppo K1 is a capable octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. Oppo did not bring the 6GB RAM variant to India, which is kind of a bummer. But the base model with 4GB of RAM still offers a pretty solid configuration for power users, In my brief interaction with the device, I found the K1 to work effortlessly while browsing through apps and generally working with the UI. Of course, I will need more time with the device to really push it to its limit, but the chipset has proven to be a performance beast in the past, so that leaves me optimistic about the K1. It’s also quite nice to see Oppo go with a SD660 chip after launching the Oppo A7 for the same price with a Snapdragon 450 processor.Like most Oppo phones, the Oppo K1 is also a selfie-centric smartphone with a 25MP AI camera housed inside the droplet notch. The sensor is offered with a f/2.0 aperture and typical beautifying modes to make selfies look smooth and bright. I was able to capture a few selfies indoors under average lighting. The selfies had good brightness with pretty accurate skin tones.advertisementThe dual camera system on the back includes a 16MP primary camera with a wide f/1.7 aperture and a 2MP secondary camera for depth sensing. As you would expect, there’s a lot of AI backing for the primary camera as well. Thanks to an AI-powered chipset, the camera is able to detect a number of scenes and will automatically adjust the setting according. The primary camera supports portrait shots, but the front camera does not.The Oppo K1 houses a 3,600mAh battery with support for 10W charging over micro-USB port. It is a little disappointing to see a microUSB port in this segment in 2019, but I hope to see Oppo make the transition to Type-C port for its affordable phones by the end of the year. In my brief time with the K1, I could not test the battery life, but Oppo feels it’s enough to keep users happy. It will be interesting to see how the battery holds up inside a phone that packs an AMOLED display and a power hungry Snapdragon 660 chipset.My initial impressions of the Oppo K1 is quite positive as I feel the company has priced the K1 competitively. At Rs 16,990, the phone offers an in-display fingerprint sensor, but even if that doesn’t impress you, the K1 also comes with an AMOLED display and a powerful chipset under the hood, making quite a promising contender to take on the competition. I will reserve my judgement until the review, so do stay tuned for that.ALSO READ | Oppo K1 launched: Key specs, features, India price and everything you need to knowGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow OppoFollow Oppo K1 Oppo K1 quick review: A promising sub-Rs 20,000 phone with AMOLED display and in-display fingerprint sensorPriced at Rs 16,990, the Oppo K1 is pretty unique phone as it not only brings an in-display fingerprint sensor but also an AMOLED display. The Oppo K1 goes on sale in India from February 12 on Flipkart.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

HHIC Phil Adds Four Tankers to Its Orderbook

first_imgHanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC Phil) has reportedly received an order to built four tankers.According to data provided by Asiasis, Turkey-based company Çukurova Holding placed the order for the 113,000 dwt units, which will feature IMO Tier-III specifications.Çukurova Holding is allegedly paying up to USD 45 million per ship, the data shows.Ordered on September 21, the vessels are scheduled for delivery to their owner in the second half of 2020.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

Uljanik Plovidbas Tanker Detained in Australia

first_imgCroatian-flagged tanker Pomer has been detained in the port of Gladstone, Australia, over delayed salaries to the ship’s crew.The ship’s owner Uljanik Plovidba from Croatia said on Monday that the ship was detained on October 12 by the port inspectors despite the fact that the delayed salaries had been paid before the ship arrived to the port.“Detaining of the ship is in no way impacting the unimpeded commercial and other activities underway in the Port of Gladstone,” the company said.The continuation of the ship’s journey is expected withing the previously agreed deadline, dependent upon confirmation of the salary payment from the relevant banks, Uljanik Plovidba added, without disclosing further details.Based on its latest AIS data, the oil/chemical tanker, built in 2011, remains moored in Gladstone.Uljanik Plovidba has nine ships in its fleet, four dry bulkers and five tankers.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Water Strategy on Target

first_imgNova Scotia’s Drinking Water Strategy is one year old and is ontrack, on target and on budget, says Environment and LabourMinister Kerry Morash. “Municipalities, individuals and government have been doing agreat job of working together to implement the strategy andensure Nova Scotians have clean, safe drinking water,” said Mr.Morash. The minister is attending the annual meeting of the Unionof Nova Scotia Municipalities and discussed the water strategy ina panel presentation today, Oct. 17. The Drinking Water Strategy is based on the universallyrecognized multiple-barrier approach to managing water systems.The multiple-barrier approach calls for a series of safeguardsalong the water supply route to protect water resources. Thethree lines of defence are:– Keep clean water clean – protecting the source.– Make it safe – treatment to remove impurities.– Prove it’s safe – ongoing water monitoring and testing. The key elements of the Drinking Water Strategy are to clarifyroles and responsibilities for all stakeholders, enhance themultiple-barrier approach to water management and create aninter-departmental drinking water management committee to manageand implement the strategy. The province has accomplished much since the Drinking WaterStrategy was released in Antigonish in October 2002. It has setup a system of regular audits of all municipal water systems.About 1,800 privately owned public water supplies are registeredwith the department. It has established a stakeholder committeewith the Municipal Public Works Association of Nova Scotia toimprove information sharing and consultation with municipalgovernment on issues related to water. A key first-year goal for the strategy is completing assessmentsof municipal water treatment facilities to verify that systemsmeet current environmental standards. More than $200,000 hasalready been provided through Service Nova Scotia and MunicipalRelations to municipalities to help them complete theassessments. Municipalities that haven’t yet applied areencouraged to do so before Dec. 31, to ensure they can still meettheir assessment deadline. “Municipal supplies in Nova Scotia are in great shape, but wealways need to keep improving our systems. All municipalitieshave put a great deal of time, effort, and resources intoaddressing this important issue,” said Mr. Morash. The inter-departmental committee will review and update thestrategy as issues are resolved and new issues emerge. Thecommittee will also identify the next steps needed to effectivelymanage all water resources in Nova Scotia, including availabilityof water for agriculture and water resource stewardship programs.Three working groups are currently studying nutrient managementand water quality protection, source water protection and smallwater systems. A copy of the provincial Drinking Water Strategy is available onthe Environment and Labour Web site at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/water .last_img read more

Gehlot orders reprobe into Pehlu Khan lynching case to appeal against acquittals

first_imgJaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday ordered a fresh investigation into the 2017 Pehlu Khan lynching case and decided to follow it up with an appeal against the acquittal of all six accused in the case by an Alwar court two days ago. The chief minister also set up a Special Investigation Team under the supervision of state’s additional director general of police (Crime) and decided to hire the services of a senior lawyer to guide the probe, besides preparing grounds for appeal in the case. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The chief minister took the decision in a high-level review meeting held for examining the shortcomings in the probe and the findings of the court, said an official statement. The review meeting, chaired by the chief minister, was attended by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Rajeeva Swarup, Director General of Police Bhupendra Singh, Principal Secretary (Law) Mahavir Prasad Sharma and Additional Director General of Police (Crime) B L Soni. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The SIT, set up on the chief minister’s order, will submit its report within 15 days, the statement added. The chief minister’s decision followed two days after an Alwar court acquitted all six persons, accused of leading a mob of suspected cow vigilantes to attack and lynch 55-year-old Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer from Nuh district of Haryana. Khan was lynched near Alwar while returning to his home town in Haryana after buying cattle from Rajasthan. The Alwar court on Wednesday acquitted all six adult accused in the case, giving them the benefit of doubt. Three other juveniles allegedly involved in the case are still facing enquiry by a Juvenile Justice Board. The government statement said the SIT will also identify errors and irregularities in the investigation and fix the responsibility for botched up investigation on individual officers. The SIT will also gather important oral and documentary evidence, left out or ignored in earlier probe, it added. DIG (Special Operation Group) Nitin Deep Ballagan will head the special probe team, which will also include SP (CID-CB) Sameer Kumar Singh and ASP (Vigilance) Sameer Dubey.last_img read more

Workshop brings importance of waste segregation into focus

first_imgKolkata: Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) organised a meeting-cum-workshop on solid waste management audit in Salt Lake Sector V on Thursday.Apart from senior officials of the industrial township authority, including its chairman Debashis Sen, representatives of various IT companies attended the meeting. The industrial township authority has proposed to segregate waste at source in Salt Lake Sector V. Wet waste include food waste, vegetable, fruit and fish scale, bones from meat and chicken, egg shells and flowers while dry waste include paper and cardboard waste, plastic waste, rubber and wood, glass, compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) lamp, LED lights and CD, foil, thermocol and used medicine Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersstrips. The firms will have to keep two waste bins and urge people to dispose of the waste in respective bins. Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority will collect wet waste from the offices in Sector V regularly while the dry waste will be collected on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Dry waste will be stored in AQ block. It was decided that solid waste management audit in big establishments would be held in June to find out whether these organisations follow solid waste management rules. The establishments will be ranked and the zero waste achievers will be awarded with certificates. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe state Urban Development department has taken a decision to implement segregation of garbage at source throughout the state. In some municipalities the new method of collecting garbage has started. The civic bodies are giving two bins to each household where the residents are supposed to put the garbage in the proper bin. The wet waste is cleaned every day while the dry waste is cleared thrice a week. The representatives from WIPRO claimed that they had zero waste in their office. The representatives of another firm said they had zero waste in their Bangalore office and they would implement the same in Sector V soon. It may be mentioned that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation will soon start segregation of garbage at source as a part of the clean city drive. The New Town Kolkata Development Authority has introduced segregation of garbage at source in New Town to make it a green and clean city. The development authority had recently held a workshop for local residents to create awareness about the scheme.last_img read more

Security Council approves expanding international force to outside Afghan capital

The vote on the new resolution, which extended the force’s mandate another 12 months, was unanimous.The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which assumed command of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on 11 August, had recommended that the troops move out from the capital but said that Council authorization would be needed.The resolution passed today stressed “the importance of extending central government authority to all parts of Afghanistan” and authorized expansion of ISAF’s mandate “to allow it, as resources permit, to support the Afghan Transitional Authority and its successors in the maintenance of security in the areas of Afghanistan outside Kabul and its environs, so that the Afghan Authorities as well as the personnel of the Untied Nations and other international civilian personnel engaged in particular, in the reconstruction and humanitarian efforts, can operate in a secure environment.”The Council also noted that the Afghan Foreign Minister had also asked for the assistance outside Kabul. read more

How Jules Verne Invented NASA

first_img“A hundred years ago, Jules Verne wrote a book about a voyage to the Moon. His spaceship, Columbia, took off from Florida and landed in the Pacific Ocean after completing a trip to the Moon. It seems appropriate to us to share with you some of the reflections of the crew as the modern-day Columbia completes its rendezvous with the planet Earth and the same Pacific Ocean tomorrow.”Those are the words Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong recited for an entranced public as his ship returned from its mission to the moon. Armstrong was right to mention Verne’s 1865 sci-fi classic. There are, in fact, some oddly prescient details in From the Earth to the Moon–even for an author so forward thinking as Verne.Armstrong points out the similarities between its name and the name of the Apollo 11’s command module–that part’s actually only part right. The name of the space cannon used to launch the ship was the Columbiad, named for a real U.S. cannon that was used heavily in the war of 1812.Verne estimated that the mission would have cost his day’s equivalent to $12.1 billion. Surprisingly spot on–the Apollo program up through Apollo 8 (the first manned vehicle to circumnavigate the moon) cost $14.4 billion. As with the book, that mission also a crew of three astronauts. Verne’s were named Ardan, Barbicane, and Nicholl–Apollo 8’s were Anders, Borman and Lovell.The launch occurred 132 miles from the site of Verne’s prediction. As the above shot illustrates, the two ships also shared a number of physical properties.last_img read more

Sarri aims to make Chelsea the best club in England

first_imgBut the Italian manager knows it doesn’t take one month to be the best. His team is on top of the English Premier League with a perfect runEnglish Premier League club Chelsea is on top of the standings thanks to a perfect run.With five weeks played in the English tournament, The Blues have beaten all their rivals.They have scored 14 goals, receiving only 4 during the course of these victories.But Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is aiming high, not only he wants the team to excel at the top, he also wants them to be the best in England.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I think that at this moment Liverpool and Manchester City are in another step compared to us,” Sarri told reporters as quoted by Calcio Mercato.“I think we can improve.”“My target is to be the best team in England, but it’s not going to take only one month,” the manager said with much confidence.“Maybe one season, maybe a little more but our target is this one.”“At the moment for me, in my opinion, Liverpool and Manchester City are better than us,” he added.last_img read more

Chinas GAC is bringing its Entranze concept to the Detroit Auto Show

first_img Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star China’s latest crossover is GAC Motor’s GS5 The GAC GS5 SUV is meant to be a “medium-to-high-end” SUV with a 1.5-liter engine. We don’t hate how it looks and we’re curious how it drives. GAC For the past few years, Chinese car company GAC has had a significant presence at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit despite not offering any vehicles in the US. This year, GAC is back with a new concept called the Entranze, announced Friday, as well as the North American debut of its latest minivan and SUV.The Entranze concept was developed by GAC in its Advanced Design Center in Los Angeles and is meant to be a self-driving modern family vehicle. GAC’s press release doesn’t give us much more than that and the teaser image is also fairly vague, but given GAC’s previous concepts, we could be in for something weird.The GM6 minivan got its world debut recently in China, but this is the first time we’re seeing it in the Western hemisphere. It’s packing 99 cubic feet of cargo space and what GAC is calling a “five-star safety package” and an AI-enhanced intelligent driving system.The GS5 SUV was unveiled in Paris last year and we actually kind of like how it looks. GAC is calling it a “medium-to-high-end SUV,” though with just a 1.5-liter engine under its hood, the driving experience may not live up to that description.While it’s easy to be skeptical about Chinese car companies’ repeated claims that they’ll be entering the US market in the very near future, the GAC vehicles we’ve seen in the past seem, at least in terms of design and materials quality, like they could be successful here as budget-friendly alternatives to more established brands. We’re looking forward to seeing if the GM6 and GS5 follow that trend. Comment May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend 24 Photos Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago • 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice reading • China’s GAC is bringing its Entranze concept to the Detroit Auto Show More From Roadshow See All 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 1 Tags Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show Detroit Auto Show 2019 Detroit Auto Show 2019 Concept Cars SUVs Crossovers Minivanslast_img read more

Facebook Twitter to attend disinformation event at federal elections office

first_img Share your voice Tags Comment Facebook and Twitter say they’ll take part in a Federal Election Commission symposium about fake news. Angela Lang/CNET Facebook and Twitter plan to attend an event this month at the Federal Election Commission’s office in Washington, DC, about digital disinformation, the companies said Thursday.  The FEC is co-hosting the Sept. 17 event with the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center and with PEN America, a nonprofit that advocates for free expression. The companies didn’t say who’d represent them at the event. FEC Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub invited Facebook, Google and Twitter to attend the event, according to Politico, which cited a note sent by her office to the companies. “The goal of the symposium will be to identify effective policy approaches and practical tools that can minimize the disruption and confusion sown by fraudulent news and propaganda in the 2020 campaign,” the note reportedly said.Google declined to comment. Thomas Melia, the Washington director at PEN America, confirmed that the nonprofit is planning an event about disinformation but said the list of speakers hasn’t been finalized. The groups are hoping to bring together a variety of experts including tech companies, policy makers, political organizations and journalists to discuss how disinformation works, where it comes from, its impact and what stakeholders can do ahead of the 2020 election. Invites to the general public haven’t yet been sent out. Social media companies have been under more pressure to combat disinformation, especially after the 2016 US presidential election. Facebook has seen Russians, Iranians and Americans exploit the social network to spread hoaxes and sow discord.This week, Facebook said it was tightening rules about political ads ahead of the 2020 election. Those changes include asking advertisers for more identification information, such as an FEC ID number or a government or business email that matches their website domain.CNET’s Richard Nieva contributed to this report.  Politics Tech Industry 1 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Talks fail banks going ahead with August 22 strike

first_imgREUTERS/Rupak de ChowdhuriServices at public sector banks may take a hit on Tuesday (August 22) as unions under the aegis of the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) have reiterated their earlier decision to go on strike against the government’s proposed consolidation move.A Business Standard report said on Sunday that most banks have already informed their customers that functioning of branches and offices will be impacted if the employees go ahead with the strike on Tuesday.AIBOC General Secretary D T Franco was quoted by Business Standard as saying, “As the conciliation meeting before the Chief Labour Commissioner failed, unions are left with no other option but to go on strike. There was no assurance from the government and the management of banks.”Franco said that all attempts to hammer out solutions to the demands raised by the unions bore no fruit, and hence, UFBU which claims a membership of nearly 10 lakh across banks, decided to proceed with the proposed strike on August 22.Besides calling for a rethink by the government on its bank merger plans, a host of other demands raised by the bank unions include a no write-off policy for non- performing assets (NPAs) of corporate loans, declaring wilful default of loans as criminal offence and implementation of recommendations of teh Parliamentary Committee on recovery of NPAs.UBFU has also called upon the government to reimburse the banks against costs incurred by them in implementing the demonetisation policy from November 8 last year.Noting that banks should not pass on their corporate NPA burdens on to their customers, AIBEA General Secretary C H Venkatchalam said the government should abolish the Banks Board Bureau and ensure stringent measures to recover bad loans and fix accountability on top executives, Business Standard reported.Operations at private lenders like ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank are expected to be normal except for delays in cheque clearances, the report said.Public sector banks currently control 75 percent of the total banking business.The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) is an umbrella body of nine unions, including the All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC), All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) and the National Organisation of Bank Workers (NOBW).last_img read more