Single parents attending Acadia University will be among people with access to more affordable rental housing thanks to developments valued at $2.43-million under the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement. Thirty-eight units will be created in two developments: 16 units in Windsor and 22 in Wolfville. Five of the Wolfville units will be designated for families with a single parent who is attending university. David Morse, Minister of Community Services, and Scott Brison, federal Minister of Public Works and Government Services made the announcement today, Sept. 15 at Acadia University. “Affordable rental housing helps make for healthy and diverse communities and we continue to work with our community partners to help those who need it the most,” said Mr. Morse. “We’ve heard from single parent students and they have told us that more affordable housing is essential to their education. We hope to announce similar student housing projects in the future.” “We are pleased to be working with our provincial colleagues to create affordable homes in large and small communities throughout the province,” said Mr. Brison. “Our ongoing support creates access to affordable rental housing in Nova Scotia that might not have been available otherwise in Kings and Hants counties.” The Windsor development will receive $400,000 in up-front capital funding from the federal government. The province will provide $221,984 in rent supplement funding. Mannex Holdings Ltd. will provide 20 per cent of the total development cost. The three-storey building includes an elevator. All units will be either barrier-free or visitable. The development is scheduled to be complete in spring 2006. The Wolfville developments will provide 22 units of affordable rental housing, including two units for single-parent student families on the Acadia University campus in fall 2005. A building on Basin Drive, scheduled to be completed fall of 2006, will also include three units for single-parent students and 17 units for families and seniors. Ten of the Wolfville development units will be either visitable or barrier free. The student housing pilot program will provide single-parent families attending Acadia University with affordable rental housing. “Access to affordable housing while attending university is a critical issue for all students,” said Dr. Gail Dinter-Gottlieb, president and vice-chancellor of Acadia University. “Acadia is pleased to be part of this community project that will help broaden opportunities for single parents who want to earn a university degree.” The government of Canada is providing $500,000 in up-front capital funding for the Wolfville projects, while the province is providing about $300,000 in rent supplement funding. Wolfville Court Holdings will provide 20 per cent of the total development cost. To date, almost $19 million has been announced by the provincial and federal governments for the construction or renovation of almost 475 units in the province. A total of $56.18 million will be available under Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement. Information on the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing agreement is available at local housing services offices or on the Department of Community Services website at www.gov.ns.ca/coms .
Premier Rodney MacDonald has urged Nova Scotia’s senators to support a bill that would limit the length of time anyone can serve in the Senate. Under the proposed legislation, S-4, senators would be restricted to terms of no longer than eight years. They currently can serve until mandatory retirement at 75 years of age. “Our government believes S-4 addresses one of the fundamental reasons the Senate lacks legitimacy in the eyes of the public,” the premier said in a letter issued today, Oct. 12, to the province’s senators. “By invoking a term limit, we would help to ensure the Senate experiences a regular renewal of ideas and perspectives, helping to restore credibility to an essential component of government.” While S-4 does not address the issue of selection of senators, the premier noted that his government’s preferred method is through an election process. “Elections are open and transparent. Elections enable voters to have their say on the merits of the candidates,” the premier said. “While my government believes that responsibility should sit with the federal government, as have the appointments to the Senate, I would welcome elections to fill the vacancies in Nova Scotia if the prime minister chooses to go that route.”
The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission today, May 10, released statistics on full-time faculty in each Maritime province and university. These statistics update data previously released in the report titled Faculty Recruitment and Retention in the Maritimes. The tables are available for download from the commission’s website — www.mphec.ca — and include student-to-faculty ratios (at the regional, provincial and institutional level) as well as the proportion of faculty who are 55 years of age and older in each Maritime university. Highlights from the updated statistics are as follows: — Over the last five years, the student-to-faculty ratio in Maritime universities has remained fairly constant (2000-01: 19.49; 2004-05: 20.17). — In 2004-05, 31 per cent of all Maritime faculty were 55 years of age or older. This proportion increased 2.5 percentage points since 2000-01. — There continues to be considerable differences in the proportion of faculty 55 years of age and older by field of subject taught: only 4.7 per cent of full-time faculty teaching in the Fine and Applied Arts were among this group, compared to 19 per cent of full-time faculty teaching in the Social Sciences or Humanities and Related disciplines. The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission was established in 1974. The 20 members of the commission are drawn from the Maritime provinces, and represent higher education institutions, provincial governments and the general public. Its mission is to assist institutions and governments in enhancing the post-secondary learning environment. As part of this mission, the commission collects and maintains data pertaining to post-secondary education in the Maritimes. The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission also conducts research on issues in post-secondary education; reports and research articles are available on the website www.mphec.ca.
Nova Scotia is one step closer to building North America’s first in-stream tidal technology centre to host some of the world’s leading devices to harness energy from the world’s highest tides. Three candidates, representing technologies from Canada, U.S.A. and Ireland, have cleared the first hurdle in their bid to demonstrate tidal devices in the Bay of Fundy and the province has given Minas Basin Pulp and Power conditional approval to build the host facility. “These companies know what we know — the Bay of Fundy is one of the world’s best sites for tidal development,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “And today we are a step closer to proving it. This facility can become a landmark centre of excellence in our efforts to provide cleaner sources of energy. “The more we move away from coal-based electricity, the more we protect our environment — a key priority for this government.” The facility will be funded by a $4.7-million grant from the province’s Ecotrust for Clean Air and Climate Change program, a $3-million zero-interest loan from EnCana Corporation’s Environmental Innovation Fund, and significant contributions from each of the successful developers. The province will also make $300,000 available for environmental and permitting work. “We are grateful for the shared desire today to help create a brand new industry,” said Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt. “And we are pleased to welcome some of the world’s most promising technology to our province. If we combine that technology with Nova Scotia’s offshore expertise, research capacity and enormous tidal resource, this can become a truly outstanding centre of excellence.” Gerry Protti, president of EnCana Corporation’s offshore and international division added,”EnCana is pleased to support the development of a promising and untapped energy resource here in Nova Scotia. Unlocking the unconventional power of the tides requires innovative thinking and the kind of creative partnerships that will be generated at this centre.” The three candidates in negotiations for first occupancy in the proposed facility are: Clean Current (using a Clean Current Mark III Turbine) Minas Basin Pulp and Power Co. Ltd. (UEK Hydrokinetic Turbine) Nova Scotia Power Inc. (OpenHydro Turbine) Minas Basin Pulp and Power Company proposes to construct the facility infrastructure, which would connect all tidal devices from the Bay of Fundy to the Nova Scotia electric grid. “As a Nova Scotia company, we’re extremely pleased to play a role in moving tidal technology forward,” said John Woods, vice-president of energy at Minas Basin Pulp and Power. “The fact that we’ll be working together with devices from both North America and Europe shows the potential global reach of this technology.” Glen Darou, Clean Current’s president and CEO added, “Nova Scotia is demonstrating strong leadership in sponsoring this world-class demonstration site. The Clean Current team is delighted to be part of this history-making event. The Clean Current Mark III turbine that we will install here is simple, efficient and environmentally friendly.” Ralph Tedesco, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Power said “Nova Scotia Power and OpenHydro are proud to be helping harness this silent, invisible, predictable energy — renewable liquid gold from the Bay of Fundy.” “Tidal energy has the potential to help Nova Scotia meet its 2020 deadline to cut greenhouse gas to 10 per cent below 1990 levels,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “But please remember — a number of conditions must be met before anything goes in the water.” These conditions include the completion of: a strategic environmental assessment (expected spring 2008) site-specific environmental assessment(s) provincial and federal permits and approvals a contribution agreement between province and developer(s) a land lease agreement between province and developer(s) Research identifies the Bay of Fundy as potentially the best site for tidal power generation in North America, with a world-class resource in close proximity to an existing grid and potential consumers. Nova Scotia’s regulations demand nearly 20 per cent of the province’s electricity supply come from renewable sources by 2013. In-stream tidal energy has the potential to help meet that target. Tidal technology also holds potential future opportunities for Nova Scotia suppliers and manufacturers, many of whom already have experience in Nova Scotia’s offshore petroleum industry. The Nova Scotia departments of Energy, Environment and Labour, and Natural Resources have worked together to develop the project, in support of one of the province’s five priorities — protecting the environment.
KINGS COUNTY: Ira Bill Road Ira Bill Road in Billtown, Kings Co., is closed because of a culvert failure until Friday, Oct. 10. Traffic control consists of barricades. Detour signs are in place. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Keltic Drive Sections of Keltic Drive, between Seaview Drive and O’Neils Road, will be restricted to one lane until Saturday, Nov. 15. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Motorists are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 VICTORIA COUNTY: Cabot Trail Repaving Sections of the Cabot Trail (Trunk 30), south from the Path End Bridge, are restricted to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31 for paving. Signs and traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, Monday to Saturday. Motorist are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-752-4168 Fax: 902-755-7188 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-8175 CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Access to and from Highway 104 on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents but will have no exit. Local Area Office: 902-835-1641 Fax: 902-835-1860 KINGS COUNTY: Aylesford Road About 6.4 kilometres of Aylesford Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: East River St. Marys West Side Road The Gunns Bridge on the East River St. Marys West Side Road will be closed until Wednesday, Oct. 15, to replace the bridge. Detour signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-237-0068 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-749-6180 Fax: 902-742-6000 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Glenelg Church Road Glenelg Church Road from Route 347 at Aspen south to Route 348 at Glenelg will be have intermittent one-lane closures for upgrading, and re-paving until Friday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday to Friday and some Saturdays. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19 from Little Judique, north 5.2 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Shore Road West Shore Road West in Middleton will be reduced to one lane for road, culvert, and guardrail upgrades until Friday, Oct. 31. Signs and traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 INVERNESS COUNTY: Upper South West Mabou Road The Upper South West Mabou Road, known locally as the Irish Road, is closed because of storm damage. The road, between Moran Road and the River Intervale Road, is expected to be closed for at least two weeks. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 DIGBY COUNTY: Exit 25 Trunk 1 and Back Road at Exit 25 on Highway 101 will be closed for construction of a new interchange until Monday, Dec. 15. There will be a detour on Acacia Valley Road. Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road South River Lake Road, from the Fire Hall at Salmon River Lake east for 5.5 kilometres, will have alternating one-lane closures for upgrading, graveling and re-paving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and some Saturdays. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 224 Trunk 224 will have stop-and-go traffic for chip sealing until Friday, Oct. 10. Motorist are advised to watch for flying stones. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge in the community of Grand Etang will occasionally be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Friday, Oct. 31. A detour is available via a temporary bridge, marked with signs and directional lighting. Traffic control people will be on site. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Northwest Arm Drive About one kilometre of St. Margarets Bay Road from Albert Walker Driver to Northwest Arm Drive will have one-lane closures for clearing, subgrading, gravelling and paving until Friday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HANTS COUNTY: Chip Sealing Several road sections in Hants County will be chip sealed during September. Affected roads are Trunk 14, Route 215, and Route 224 until Friday, Oct. 10. Traffic delays are expected and there will be loose stones on the road surface after work crews have left the area. Motorists are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. The work will protect pavement and help prevent potholes. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Ingramport Bridge Ingramport Bridge on Trunk 3, will be closed for repairs until Sunday, Nov. 30. A temporary bridge is in place south of the work zone. Drivers are advised to obey signs and reduce speed on the temporary bridge and in the work zone. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14 and Route 215 Trunk 14, known as the Windsor-Chester Road, and Route 215 will have stop and go traffic for chip sealing until Friday, Oct 10. Motorists are advised to watch for flying stone. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 HANTS COUNTY: Bog Road Overpass Closed The overpass that carries Bog Road over Highway 101 is closed until Sunday, Nov. 30. It will be replaced as part of the Highway 101 twinning project. A marked detour route is available on Rand Street, Bishopville Road, and Old Post Road. -30- Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 KINGS COUNTY: North River Road North River Road, starting about 12 kilometres from English Mountain Road and going west for about 2.8 kilometres will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: (902)-798-2369 Fax: (902)-798-2927 HANTS COUNTY: Halfway River Bridge, Highway 101 Continuing work on the new bridge and approaches at Halfway River on Highway 101 will require intermittent lane closures on the existing on- and off-ramps at Exit 8 until Friday, Oct 10. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, Monday to Friday. Traffic control people and signs are on site. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Newcombe Bridge Newcombe Bridge, about 17.4 kilometres west from the Cumberland-Colchester county line on Trunk 2, will have one-lane closures to replace the rail and repair concrete until Friday, Oct. 10. Traffic control signals are in place. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 Fax: 902-755-7061 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-543-6342 INVERNESS COUNTY: Portree Bridge The Portree Bridge on Hatchery Road will be closed until further notice. There is a detour on East Big Intervale and Hatchery Roads. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 NEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 VICTORIA COUNTY: Route 223 Sections of Route 223, from west of Portage Road to Peter Maclean Road in the Estmere area, are restricted to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31 for repaving. There are signs and traffic control people on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, Monday to Saturday. Motorist are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Sections of Trunk 7, south from the intersection of Highway 104 at Antigonish, are restricted to one lane until Friday Oct. 31 for repaving. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are one site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Sections of Trunk 19 will be reduced to one lane for repaving from the intersection at Margaree Forks for eight kilometres south to the intersection with Route 395 at South West Margaree. Signs and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. until Friday, Oct. 10. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-625-4056 Fax: 902-625-0763 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3, Gold River Bridge A one-lane bridge is open on Trunk 3 between Mahone Bay and Chester while the new Gold River Bridge is built. Work is expected to end in August 2009. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 PICTOU COUNTY: MacCulloch Brook Bridge MacCulloch Brook Bridge, between Acadia Avenue, Stellarton and Drummond Road, Westville will be closed for upgrading until Friday, Oct. 10. Motorists are advised to follow posted detour or use alternate routes. Local Area Office; 902-755-7060 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Hurlburt Falls Bridge Hurlburt Falls Bridge will be closed for structural repairs from Friday, Oct. 10. There is a detour route on Gaver Road. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Main-a-Dieu Main-a-Dieu Road will have one-lane closures starting two kilometres east of Trunk 22 and going for 4.7 kilometres towards Main-a-Dieu until Friday, Oct 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16 between Boylston Bridge and the Department Of Natural Resources office will be reduced to one lane and traffic will be detoured around the work site to allow for slope repairs and repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people will be on site during the day and traffic signals will control traffic at night. Work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday with the possibility of some work on Sundays. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Morrison Road Sections of Morrison Road, between Birch Grove Road and the intersection of Trunk 22, are restricted to one lane until Saturday, Nov. 15. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Motorists are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 366 A section of Route 366 at Amherst Shore Park will be closed for installation of a new culvert from Monday, Oct. 6 to Monday, Oct. 20. Detour signs are posted. VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Traffic on sections of Highway 105 from west of Exit 8 to Exit 8 near Baddeck is reduced to one lane for repaving. Work takes place between from sunrise to sunset until Friday Oct. 10. Signs and traffic control people are on site. Motorists are advised to drive with extra care and obey signs and personnel. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316 will have alternating one-lane closures for upgrading, gravelling and repaving from the intersection with Trunk 16 and Half Island Cove, west for 4.7 kilometres until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday with some Sunday work. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Detour Traffic on Route 215 in the Urbania area near Stewiacke will be detoured because of damage to a culvert. A two-kilometre detour is provided on Ox Bow Road (known locally as Old Loop Shore Road) until further notice. Signs and barricades are in place. Local Area Office: 902-835-1641 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murray Truss Bridge Murray Truss Bridge on the Murray Hill Road is closed because of storm damage. The bridge will be assessed and the road closed until repairs are completed. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 PICTOU COUNTY: Six Mile Brook Bridge Six Mile Brook Road, locally referred as Stillman Road, from Trunk 4 at Saltsprings to Brookland Road/Four Mile Brook Road has a weight restriction to a maximum of 12 tons for culvert rehabilitation until Friday, Oct. 31. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16 will have alternating one-lane closures for upgrading, graveling and repaving from Phillips Harbour east 2.8 kilometres to Half Island Cove until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday with some Sunday work. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Are Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 INVERNESS COUNTY: River Inhabitants Road River Inhabitants Road to McArthur’s Bridge will be closed for bridge replacement until Monday, Oct. 6. Detour signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Sections of Route 333 (Prospect Road) between Beechville and Prospect Bay will be reduced to one lane to construct a bicycle lane. All lanes will remain open during the morning and afternoon rush hours. Work is scheduled for completion by Friday, Oct. 10. KINGS COUNTY: Ridge Road Construction Sections of Ridge Road, between White Rock Road and Greenfield Road, are restricted to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31, for repaving. Signs and traffic control people are on site. Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the area. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Traffic on sections of Highway 105, west of Exit 3, is restricted to one lane for repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Work is taking place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are on site. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Thompson Road Thompson Road, between Crowley and Pugwash River Road, will be closed until further notice for culvert replacement.
Highland Village is getting ready for one of its most popular feasts for the senses. The museum, in Iona, Victoria Co., is holding its first cod fish supper of the season on Saturday, July 11, featuring salt cod, potatoes, and all the trimmings of a traditional Cape Breton codfish supper. The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Tuning Room. The dinner is $15 for adults and $8 for a child’s plate. Hot dogs are available on request for $2. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to visit the historic buildings and Gaelic Nova Scotians who inhabit those buildings through the living history museum. For more information, call 902-725-2272, e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.visithighlandvillage.ca.
The province has introduced a program that will strengthen the competitiveness of Nova Scotia’s manufacturing and processing sector and help stimulate the province’s economy. A new 10 per cent investment credit will allow businesses to improve operations and become more competitive, more productive and more sustainable. “Nova Scotia businesses are facing critical changes and an increasingly competitive environment,” said Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris. “At a time when the economy needs stimulation, this investment is a strong signal of support to this sector.” The program, originally announced by Premier Darrell Dexter last fall, is an incentive to manufacturers and processors. It offsets the cost of purchasing new technology, machinery and equipment, and the savings are reinvested into the businesses. “This is an investment that will pay significant dividends,” said Mr. Paris. “Productive and competitive firms often lead to better-paying, higher-skill jobs that are able to survive in the long term. And the money saved will stay right here in Nova Scotia.” Administered by the Department of Economic and Rural Development, the program will reimburse companies investing $50,000 or more in a project for 10 per cent of the costs, to a maximum of $1 million. The credit is for eligible investments made after Jan. 1. The budget is $4.5 million for this fiscal year and starting in 2011-12, the program will have an annual budget of $25 million. The province, in consultation with industry, developed the program to ensure it met the needs of the manufacturing and processing sector and that as many companies as possible could access the initiative. “We are very pleased that government has listened to the needs of innovative manufacturers in Nova Scotia,” said Ann Janega, vice-president, Nova Scotia division of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. “The new credit program is accessible, efficient and effective in improving productivity. It will increase the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector and create more jobs for Nova Scotians.” The Manufacturing and Processing Investment Credit builds on the 10 per cent Atlantic Investment Tax Credit offered by the federal government for manufacturing and processing activities. More information on the program, including guidelines and an application form, is available at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/mpic .
CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Pumping Station Road Beginning Monday, Aug. 30, Pumping Station Road will be closed to through traffic between Route 204 and Hastings Road to replace a culvert replacement. Work is scheduled to be finished Thursday, Sept. 30. Local Area Office: 902-664-7370 -30-
The commission reviewing Nova Scotia’s electoral boundaries is holding a series of public meetings around the province. A schedule for the first round of public meetings was released today, March 1. The Electoral Boundaries Commission also launched a website where Nova Scotians can ask questions and submit comments. All submissions forwarded to the commission will be viewed as public documents and may become part of the its published reports. “We look forward to hearing from a wide cross-section of Nova Scotia voters, as public feedback on electoral boundaries is critical as we make our recommendations,” said Teresa MacNeil, chair of the commission. “We want what we hear from Nova Scotians to be reflected in our report, and to make sure our recommendations take all concerns into consideration.” Feedback from the meetings and submissions will be used to compile the commission’s interim report, due May 31. Public meetings are scheduled for: — Lower Sackville: Thursday, March 15, 7–9 p.m., Sackville Fire Hall, 1 Metropolitan Ave.– Dartmouth: Friday, March 16, 6–8 p.m., Cole Harbour Place, 51 Forest Hills Parkway — Halifax: Saturday, March 17, 1–3 p.m. Quality Inn and Suites, 980 Parkland Dr. — Cherry Brook: Saturday, March 17, 6–8 p.m., Black Cultural Centre, 10 Cherry Brook Rd.– Middleton: Saturday, March 24, 1–3 p.m., Nova Scotia Community College, Annapolis Valley Campus, 295 Commercial St.– Amherst: Saturday, March 31, 1–3 p.m., Wandlyn Inn, Highway 104, Exit 3– Stellarton: Saturday, March 31, 7–9 p.m., Holiday Inn Express, 86 Lawrence Blvd. — Louisdale: Friday, April 13, 6–8 p.m., Louisdale and District Fire Hall, Grand Anse– Sydney: Saturday, April 14, 1–3 p.m., Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, 50 Maillard St. — Baddeck: Saturday, April 14, 6–8 p.m., Inverary Resort, 368 Shore Rd.– Tusket: Thursday, April 19, 6–8 p.m., Salle Père-Maurice-LeBlanc in Centre communautaire de Par-en-Bas, 4258, route 308 — Church Point/Pointe-de-l’Église: Friday, April 20, 6–8 p.m.Location: Université Sainte-Anne, 1695, route 1– Bridgewater: Saturday, April 21, 1–3 p.m., Nova Scotia Community College, Lunenburg Campus, 75 High St. French interpretation services will be provided at the meetings in Halifax, Louisdale, Tusket and Church Point/Point-de-l’Église. A second round of public meetings will be held after the interim report is released. The final report and recommendations will be submitted by Aug. 31. Under the House of Assembly Act, an electoral boundary review is required after every 10-year census to reflect population shifts and to adjust electoral boundaries if necessary. Terms of reference were set by a select committee of the House of Assembly after consultation around the province. For more information or to submit feedback visit http://nselectoralboundaries.ca .
Bhubaneswar: About 46 per cent of the newly elected legislators in Odisha face criminal cases, said a report on Monday. As many as 67 of the 146 members of the Odisha Assembly have declared criminal cases in their affidavits, said the report prepared by Odisha Election Watch (OEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). While 49 (34 per cent) of the MLAs have serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder and kidnapping against them, the report said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Of the MLAs with serious criminal cases, two have cases related to murder and 11 have declared attempt to murder cases against them, the report said. Forty-six (41 per cent) of the 112 MLAs from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), 14 (61 per cent) of the 23 MLAs from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and 6 (67 per cent) of the 9 MLAs from Congress have declared criminal cases against them. The report said that 33 (30 per cent) MLAs from the BJD, 10 (44 per cent) from the BJP and five from the Congress face serious criminal cases. In 2014, of the 147 MLAs elected, 52 (35 per cent) MLAs had declared criminal cases while 41 (28 per cent) had serious criminal cases against them.
Patna:Two Rashtriya Janata Dal leaders were shot at and seriously injured by unidentified gunmen on Friday in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, police said. Surendra Rai and Umashankar Rai were attacked by motorcycle borne criminals who indiscriminately fired at them, Deputy Superintendent of Police Mukul Ranjan said. Ranjan said two bullets hit Surendra rai and four hit Umashankar Rai. They were under treatment. According to the police, it prima facie appeared to be a case of political rivalry in a post Lok Sabha poll scenario.
Patna: Children have been dying in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur and neighbouring districts due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) for over a fortnight, but doctors and heath officials are still in dark about the exact nature of the disease and precise cause of deaths. The state and central governments are also clueless on the matter. As per official figures, 113 children have died due to AES in Muzaffarpur and neighbouring districts, so far. Bihar Health Department Principal Secretary Sanjay Kumar said here that of the total 113 deaths, 91 had died state-run Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), 16 in the private Kejriwal hospital both in Muzaffarpur, two in the Nalanda Medical College and Hospital in Patna, and 4 in other districts. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France This year, 501 AES cases have been reported in the state till date. Doctors and health officials have different views on the factors behind AES epidemic and the cause of the deaths. This confusion has further complicated the process to combat or control the seasonal outbreak of AES, which has been recurring every year. Bihar Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar has publicly admitted that even the government is unclear about what exactly was causing the AES outbreak, which has been recorded regularly in Muzaffarpur since 1995. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize “We are still not aware if the disease is caused due to some virus, bacteria, toxin effect due to consumption of litchi, malnourishment or due to environmental conditions such as high temperature and humidity,” he said. “Several researches have been conducted, including by a team of experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta (US), but the finding is inconclusive”. SKMCH Chief Medical Officer S.P. Singh said the reason behind the outbreak of the disease was yet to be confirmed. “We don’t know it and it was being ascertained medically”, Singh said. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, himself a doctor, who had visited Muzaffarpur three days ago and examined several children in SKMCH, said the deaths could have something to do with electrolyte imbalance and the metabolic system. He also did not rule out the possibility of AES due to viral infection or toxin effect, which could possibly be caused by the consumption of litchi, as well as high temperature and humidity. Taking this into consideration, Harsh Vardhan stressed the need for research on AES and setting up of a state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary research unit in Muzaffarpur in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research, the National Centre for Disease Control and AIIMS Patna. He said there should be research to identify the disease that still not identified and for it research facility should be develop in Muzaffarpur will take support from Atlanta based Centre for Disease Control and WHO for reserach in order to ascertain the causative factor of the disease. However, Hardeo Manjhi, a landless labourer from Muzaffarpur, whose 4-year-old son is being treated at SKMCH, said: “My son suddenly developed high fever in the early hours last week, followed by convulsions and later turned unconcious, after which, we brought him to hospital for treatment. His condition is showing little improvement”. Manjhi pointed out that most of the children first develop high fever, followed by symotoms like weakness, convulsion, and then lose consciousness. Marla Devi, mother of a 6 year old child undergoing treatment for AES, said doctors treating her daughter informed that she had lost consciousness due to brain swelling and high fever. “We have noticed only high fever and convulsion”, she said. SKMCH’s Paediatricts Department head Gopal Shankar Sahni said the AES outbreak happened during extreme summer. “We have collected information that suggest that children’s body temperatures would shoot up followed by convulsion. They also suffer from hypoglycaemia (very low blood sugar) to shortage of sodium”. Rajiv Kumar of Kejriwal Hospital said it was common for children struck by AES to suffer from mental disorientation after the sudden onset of fever. “In such a situation, we have been advising parents to bring their children to the nearest PHC or hospital without delay for treatment. Chances of survival increase with early arrival”,” he said. Most of the child victims of AES belong to poor and marginalised sections, including Dalits, Other Backward Classes (OBCs), Economically Backward Classes (EBCs) and Muslims. “AES victims are mostly the malnourished children from underprivileged sections of society, they are from categories below the poverty line (BPL)”, said a district health official in Muzaffarpur. After Chief Minister Nitish Kumar visited Muzaffarpur on Tuesday , the government has commissioned a survey in blocks and villages which reported high death toll to study the socio-economic profiles of the affected families and their living conditions. A team of experts sent by the Central government has expressed dissatisfaction over the weak health infrastructure and poor hospital facilities.
On July 5, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the first budget of the just re-elected NDA government. In the budget, the finance minister presented detailed estimates of earnings and expenditures of the government, including the ministry of external affairs (MEA). INR 17,884.78 crores (US$2.60 billion approximately) has been earmarked for MEA, which is 0.64 per cent of the government’s total budget. MEA allocation seemed meagre considering the vast gamut of commitment that India, an aspiring power, has in the world scenario. However, experiences across the world suggest that India is not alone; whose spending on foreign relations is limited. There are various global powers whose budget on foreign relations is much lower than the size of their economy. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe budget for MEA covers the expenditure of a plethora of activities of the ministry. For example, supporting activities of the secretariat of the ministry, public diplomacy in the headquarters and expenditures of Indian missions abroad. The budget also covers the cost of various international conferences, repatriation of the destitute, evacuation of Indians due to civil wars. In addition, it has allocations for programmes like Know Your India programme, Scholarships to the Indian Diaspora, promotion of the cultural ties, and Distinguished Visitors programmes with countries like the UK and United States. Besides, the budget has the allocation for India’s contribution to various international organisations like Common Wealth, United Nation Organisations, SAARC Secretariat and South Asian University. The MEA covers expenses like maintenance of aircraft for VVIP travel and many more. Also Read – Insider threat managementA substantial portion of MEA’s budget goes for aid in various countries. In this budget, INR 9,069.34 crores (US$ 1.32 billion roughly) has been allocated for India’s foreign aid. India is providing aid for various projects in countries in South Asia, Central Asia, Africa, Latin America and other developing countries. South Asian neighbours took a major chunk of India’s spending abroad that valued at INR 5,252.75 crores i.e., 58 per cent of India’s total aid budget. It is worthy to note that with INR 2,801.79 crores allocated for Bhutan, the country continued to be the highest recipient of India’s aid abroad. Nepal with INR 1,050 crore of an estimate is the second-highest recipient of India aid in the neighbourhood. Barring Afghanistan, there has been a slight increase in allocation of India’s aid to other South Asian neighbours. Aid to Afghanistan is estimated at INR 400 crores which is a decrease of INR 70 crores. In 2018-19, the allocation for Afghanistan was INR 470 crores. Afghanistan was one of the largest recipients of India’s aid. Earlier, India had given US$1 billion as aid to the country. Political volatility in the country assumed to a reason for the reduction. Allocation for Bangladesh marked a slight increase. This year, the aid for the country is estimated at INR 175 crores in contrast to INR 120 crores in 2018-19. Similarly, the allocation for Sri Lanka estimated INR 250crores in place of INR165 crores in 2018-19. This year aid allocation for the Maldives is INR 576 crores in place of INR 440 crores in 2018-2019. The major gainer, however, was Mauritius, the Indian Ocean country with the presence of a large diaspora. This year INR 1,100 crores have been allocated to the country, which was around INR 400 crore more than last year; INR 660 crores in 2018-19. India is fast emerging as a donor country. India’s aid budget has grown steadily for a decade with slight fluctuation in 2016-17 and 2017-2018. Back in 2009-10, India’s budget for aid was INR 2,699.93 crores and in the present budget, aid estimated to be INR 9,096.34 crores. The rise in India’s aid budget is encouraging. The step helps to strengthen India’s ties with countries and its image in the global arena. Given the instability in the global geopolitical scenario largely due to the rivalry between China and the United States, it is important for countries like India to develop its own niche. Today, India stands as an example because many of the global powers having a superior level of prosperity are cutting its aid budget like in the case of the United States. The US has a $19 trillion economy but budget foreign affairs stand around US$ 31 billion. China, having an economy of around US$ 13 trillion, spends approximately US$8 billion for its foreign relations. In spite of the positive spin to India’s foreign policy funding, the glass is half-full. Considering the wide range of issues to cover, a need was felt for additional resources. Nevertheless, in an era of spending cut, it is unlikely for the government to top up the additional expenditure. This year’s budget, however, showed an alternative. Finance minister declared the government’s intention to raise funding from private sector equity, multilateral financing, contributions from corporates, non-residents, etc., for enhancing its developmental diplomacy. This step is encouraging. To involve the private sector, the government needs to have a detail policy formulation. One of the positive starts could be in way of encouraging private sectors to fund research in foreign policy, primarily to the Indian think tanks. Research, an important part of framing policy, is lagging because of funding constraints. MEA with its small budget could not fulfil the demand for research. A special incentive like tax advantage could be rolled in to make research funding lucrative to the corporate. Strengthening foreign policy research in the Indian think tanks could go a long way in promoting India’s interest. (The author is Senior Fellow with the Observer Research Foundation. The views expressed are strictly personal)
New Delhi: After scripting history by bagging gold in the 100m race at the World University Games recently, ace India sprinter Dutee Chand said the feat was a result of the criticism she faced for expressing that she was in a same-sex relationship. On July 10, 23-year-old Dutee clocked 11.32 seconds to clinch the gold at the World University Games in Naples, thus becoming only the second Indian sprinter to win a gold in an international event after Hima Das, who finished on top in 400m at the World Junior Athletics Championships last year. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherDutee also became the first Indian ever to win a gold in the 100m event at a global meet. In recent past, the sprinter had revealed a lot about her personal relationship after which she became the target of many people. Dutee, however, refused talking on the matter, but asserted that her medal was an answer to her critics. “There has been several controversies in my life since 2014. They (people) spoke against me after which I answered them with my show in Rio Olympics. Even now they were saying that I am not focusing on my game, but see, my medal gave them the answer. My sole focus is on my game,” Dutee said. On May 19, the ace sprinter became the first Indian athlete to come out and declare that she was in a same-sex relationship with someone. Her family members strongly opposed the relationship and even warned that they will not allow Dutee to carry on under any circumstances. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenWhen asked about the present scenario at her home, Dutee denied to speak on the matter. After winning the gold in Naples, Dutee had said that the medal was a slap on those who discarded people from their families for being homosexual. “The World University Games and Olympics are pretty similar as the competition is very high. World’s best athletes participate in World University Games, which makes it even more difficult. “I am yet to achieve the Olympic qualifying mark, which is 11.15 seconds, but I have 6-7 months time and hope to achieve it with constant support,” she said. Dutee also said that she wanted to train outside the country and reckoned that she could qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “I always believe in training outside the nation. I also need good diet and nutrition which are lacking. If all these things fall in place, I could certainly perform even better and qualify for the Tokyo Games,” she added.
New Delhi: Power Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla is all set to become the new Home Secretary with the government on Wednesday appointing him as Officer on Special Duty in the high-profile ministry. Bhalla, a 1984-batch Assam Meghalaya cadre IAS, is likely to take over from incumbent Rajiv Gauba, who will demit the office on August 31, on his superannuation. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared the appointment of Bhalla as OSD in the ministry with immediate effect. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Even though the order did not mention that Bhalla will be the next home secretary but according to convention, an OSD is appointed for smooth transition of the charge from the incumbent, officials said. Bhalla will have a fixed two-year tenure as the union home secretary till August 2021. In a major reshuffle of senior bureaucratic officials, Atanu Chakraborty, a 1985-batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer, was appointed as new Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs succeeding S C Garg, who will be the new Power Secretary. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAnil Kumar Khachi, a 1986-batch IAS from Himachal Pradesh cadre will be the new Secretary, Disinvestment succeeding Chakraborty, a government order said. Anshu Prakash, 1986-batch UT cadre IAS officer, was appointed Secretary in the Department of Telecommunication while his batch-mate from West Bengal cadre RS Shukla will join as Secretary, Parliamentary Affairs, it said. Ravi Capoor, a 1986-batch Assam Meghalaya cadre, was appointed Secretary, Textiles while his batch-mate Atul Chaturvedi was sent to Animal Husbandry and Dairying department in same capacity. Another Gujarat cadre officer P D Vaghela, 1986-batch, will be the new Secretary in Department of Pharmaceuticals, the order said.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear pleas against the Triple Talaq Act and has issued a notice to the Centre regarding the same.A bench of justices N V Ramana and Ajay Rastogi issued notice to the Centre on a batch of petitions seeking to declare The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act 2019 as “unconstitutional” on grounds that it allegedly violates the provisions of the Constitution. “We will examine this,” the bench told senior advocate Salman Khurshid, who was appearing for one of the petitioners. Khurshid said there were many dimensions, including making the practice a punishable offense and jail term of up to three years, which need to be examined by the top court. He said the petitioners were concerned about making the practice of triple talaq among Muslims an offense as the Apex Court had already declared it to be null and void. “If there is no such thing as triple talaq then what are they making an offense,” he told the bench and referred to a five-judge Constitution bench verdict which had declared the practice of triple talaq among Muslims as null and void.
New Delhi: The government on Saturday clarified that enhanced surcharge has been withdrawn for foreign portfolio investors on capital gains in both the equity and derivatives segments. The Centre on Friday had announced a slew of measures to boost the economy, including rollback of enhanced super-rich tax on foreign and domestic equity investors imposed in the Budget. The derivatives (futures and options) are not treated as capital asset and the income arising from the transfer of the derivatives is treated as business income and liable for normal rate of tax for domestic investors, an official statement said on Saturday, clarifying the stand of tax authorities on gains made from derivatives trading. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal However, in the case of foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), derivatives are treated as capital assets and the gains arising from the transfer of the same is treated as capital gains and subjected to a special rate of tax as per the provisions of the Income Tax Act. “Therefore, it is also decided that the tax payable on gains arising from the transfer of derivatives (Future & options) by FPI which are liable to special rate of tax under section 115AD of the (Income Tax) Act shall also be exempted from the levy of the enhanced surcharge,” it said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost However, the tax payable at normal rate on business income arising from the transfer of derivatives to a person other than FPI shall be liable for the enhanced surcharge, it added. In the 2019-20 Budget, the government had increased surcharge from 15 per cent to 25 per cent on taxable income between Rs 2 crore and Rs 5 crore, and from 15 per cent to 37 per cent for income above Rs 5 crore. Following the increase in surcharge, the effective income tax rate for individuals with taxable income of Rs 2-5 crore has gone up to 39 per cent from 35.88 per cent and for those above Rs 5 crore to 42.7 per cent. The government on Friday had announced a raft of measures to revive growth momentum, including exemption of startups from ‘angel tax’, a package to address distress in the auto sector and upfront infusion of Rs 70,000 crore to public sector banks. Meanwhile, Vedanta Resources Ltd Executive Chairman Anil Agarwal said these comprehensive measures will ensure adequate liquidity, sufficient demand creation and cheaper loans. “…the goverment has taken care of sectors ranging from MSMEs to auto and from NBFCs to banks, thereby ensuring adequate liquidity, sufficient demand creation and cheaper loans,” he said. He added that the confidence of foreign investors will be boosted with the removal of enhanced surcharge. “We are confident that more steps will be taken in coming days to boost economic growth so that GDP can attain its true potential of 8-9 per cent,” he said.
“It’s never easy to come out and play your best. Even though it’s kind of what you live for, you dream about, playing on the big stage. I think he did that very well and has a solid career ahead,” said Roger Federer as Sumit Nagal goes down fighting in his Grand Slam debut.Displaying tremendous guts and resilience in the qualifiers at the Flushing Meadows, he got the better of higher-ranked opponents in Tatsuma Ito and Peter Polansky before rebounding from a 1-4 deficit to edge past Joao Menezes of Brazil in New York. Nagal had managed to set a dream date with Federer last Sunday after securing a main draw berth at a Grand Slam for the very first time in his career. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSumit Nagal was born to teacher Suresh Nagal and his wife Krishna Devi, a homemaker, on August 14, 1997. Hailing from Jhajjar village of Haryana, Nagal started training in tennis at the age of eight at a local sports club. His association with Mahesh Bhupathi helped his most in chalking out his tennis career. When Bhupathi was holding trials for students in his academy in 2007, Nagal was one of the three selected. In 2015, 17-year-old Nagal and Nam Hoang Ly of Vietnam teamed up to win the boys’ doubles title at the Wimbledon, enlivening many Asian dreams – that accomplishment also made Nagal the sixth Indian to taste glory at a junior Grand Slam Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterCome the big day and Nagal didn’t shy away from admitting himself as the underdog against the man who is often referred as ‘God of Tennis’. The 22-year-old didn’t hold back in expressing himself. He said, “I don’t care what commentators will be saying about me on TV. I’m going to be enjoying the crowd, playing the best tennis player ever. I’m just some dude from India. I’m fine with that until I make my name.” With a defensive game aided by great composure, Nagal started on an impressive note. He trailed 0-2, but managed to take advantage of a slew of Federer misses to eventually win the first set – becoming the first Indian singles’ player to take the first set against the 20-time Grand Slam champion. This was also the first time that Federer has lost the opening set in the first round of a Grand Slam. Despite making 14 unforced errors in the second set, the Swiss managed to dominate the second, third as well as the fourth set. The rising Indian had turned a corner since April. He started that month placed 350 in the ATP rankings but has nearly cut his ranking in half since then to arrive in New York at a career-high standing of 190. After reaching five Challenger semi-finals in two months, Nagal then qualified for his first ATP Tour main draw last month in Hamburg. He was three down from his previous attempts at breaking into a Grand Slam but, this time, he weathered three quality opponents in the qualifying draw for this latest breakthrough moment. Sumit Nagal gave a spirited performance before going down against the great 6-4, 1-6, 2-6, 4-6 at the iconic Arthur Ashe stadium. After the promising effort, Nagal said he was aiming to crack into the top-100 in order to play the ATP Tour level events more regularly. Though he lost the match to Federer, he has managed to win a million hearts with motivating display of grit and determination.
New Delhi: India has been acting with restraint despite “grave provocations” but if attacked will give a reply the aggressor will be unable to forget, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday, in a veiled warning to Pakistan.He made the remarks after launching a compilation of 95 speeches delivered by President Ram Nath Kovind during his second year in office. The books titled ‘Republican Ethic (vol. 2)’ and ‘Loktantra ke Swar (khand 2)’ have been brought out by the Publifamilcations Division under Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Referring to a quote from the books on India’s commitment to protecting the sovereignty of the country through peaceful means, the vice president said India has always strongly adhered to the values of peace and cooperation but warned the country would give a befitting reply to any acts of aggression against it. “If you go through the history of India, it was never an aggressor, never attacked any country in spite of being known as ‘vishwaguru’ (world leader), in spite of having maximum GDP, much before others. India never attacked any other country,” Naidu said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”All other Tom, Dick and Harry came and attacked us, ruled us, ruined us and cheated us… But we Indians, never attacked any country,” Naidu said, adding that this has been stressed by the president in his speeches also. India believes that the entire world is one family and therefore why should it quarrel, he said. The problems could be resolved through discussion, debate and decision and that is the way forward, he said. “If you want to live in harmony, in peace, you must live together, work together, and then move together. That is the philosophy of India,” the vice president said. “In spite of grave provocations, you must be seeing in the recent past, we are not doing anything, but if somebody attacks us, we will give a reply to them which they will not be able to forget for the rest of their lives,” Naidu said, without naming any country. This, he added, should be understood by everyone, including the provocateurs. His remarks come amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan after the abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. The vice president said India was at a crucial moment in its history where it could take a big leap towards inclusive development by overcoming major challenges and formidable obstacles in its way to achieving inclusive development. Underlining that the president expected a high level of commitment and empathy among bureaucrats, Naidu said President Kovind has inspired hundreds of young civil servants to become change agents delivering social justice and acting as custodians of constitutional ethic and rule of law. He said the book of selected speeches was a profound collection of the president’s nuggets of wisdom. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said the books will be available for purchase on all e-platforms like Kindle and App Store in order to meet the demands especially of readers preferring to read books in e-mode. He highlighted that the speeches have been divided into eight categories Addressing the Nation, Windows to the World, Educating India: Equipping India, Dharma of Public Service, Honouring our Sentinels, Spirit of the Constitution and Law, Acknowledging Excellence and Mahatma Gandhi: Moral Exemplar, Guiding Light.
Mumbai: Air India has temporarily taken away its director of operations Amitabh Singh from flying duties for his failure to report to the regulator DGCA a mid- air fuel issue in Sydney last week, a source said Tuesday. Singh, who was captaining a New Delhi-Sydney flight on September 7 failed to file the mandatory report on the low fuel situation to the DGCA, though he informed the airline. The incident came under the scanner of both Indian and Australian aviation regulators. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Air India has temporarily de-rostered Singh from flying duties as he did not file the mandatory online report about the low fuel situation on the said flight to the DGCA,” a source said. Under the regulations, a pilot is required to compulsorily report certain incidents, including low fuel situation during a flight, to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Though Singh filed a voluntary report about the incident with the airline, he allegedly did not file it online with the DGCA within the stipulated 24 hours, airline source had said Monday. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”He has been derostered on the orders of the DGCA,” the source added. An Air India spokesperson was not available for comments. Following the incident, the Australian aviation authorities had also asked Air India to probe the incident as he did not declare “fuel emergency” to the Sydney air traffic control while seeking priority landing and instead declared that there was minimum fuel. “We are aware and it is being investigated,” a senior DGCA official had said Monday.