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Irish Emigrant Tall Ship to Visit Halifax

first_imgWATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT CORP.–Irish Emigrant Tall Ship to VisitHalifax The Jeanie Johnston, a replica of a 19th-century Irish emigranttall ship, arrives at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 29 for a four-day visit in Halifax. While in port, the Jeanie Johnston will be docked at Queen’sWharf North on the Halifax waterfront. The ship will be open forpublic tours Saturday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 1 between10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. The original Jeanie Johnston was built in Quebec by notedScottish-born shipbuilder John Munn, in 1847. The current replicais an exact copy of the original square-sterned, three-mastedbarque. It was built at Blennerville, County Kerry, Ireland. During port visits, the ship transforms into a museum-qualityexperience, featuring artifacts and the lives of the crew as itwas during voyages in the 19th century. The vessel was launchedin Ireland in 2002 and for the past six months has been involvedin a tour of North American ports. The ship arrives in Halifax from St. Andrews, N.B. It departs onTuesday, Sept. 2 for Miramichi, N.B. then travels on to Montrealand Quebec City before heading back to Atlantic Canada for avisit to St. John’s, NL. The Charitable Irish Society sees the visit of the JeanieJohnston as an opportunity to highlight Halifax’s rich Irishculture and heritage. The society will be helping the captain andcrew with ticket and merchandise sales and with staffing of thegangways. Admission fees for tours are $8 for adults, $5 for children over10 years and free for children 10 years and under. The familyrate is $20. The visit of the Jeanie Johnston was organized by Waterfront Development Corporation Limited, a provincial Crown corporation,as part of its Visiting Ships Program. For more information on the visit, contact the corporation at902-422-0341 or by e-mail at janet@wdcl.ca . Information on the Jeanie Johnston is available on the Web siteat www.jeaniejohnston.com .last_img read more

African Nova Scotian Exhibit Now Online

first_img Nova Scotians and others will now have a new and exciting way offinding out more about African Nova Scotian history. The Nova Scotia Archives is launching a virtual exhibit andonline resource called African Nova Scotians in the Age ofSlavery and Abolition. The exhibit coincides with the UnitedNations’ designation of 2004 as the International Year toCommemorate the Struggle Against Slavery and Its Abolition. “This new resource will contribute to a greater public awareness,understanding and appreciation of African Nova Scotian historyand culture,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Cultureand Heritage. “This site will be accessible to people from aroundthe world, and will raise awareness of our province as a heritagetourism destination.” Visitors to the exhibit can search a database containing about5,000 names. The database was created from official records ofAfrican American immigrants who came to Nova Scotia in 1783 andin 1815-16. “About 10,000 people of African descent came to Nova Scotiabetween 1749 and 1816. This exhibit provides remarkable insightinto their experiences,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of AfricanNova Scotian Affairs. “It reflects an amazing story of struggleand accomplishment in the face of adversity.” The exhibit pieces together the story of early African NovaScotians through digitized government documents, letters,newspapers and other unofficial sources. It includes strikingimages of everyday life, such as a watercolor of a family,probably from Upper Hammond Plains, heading to the Halifax marketon a Saturday morning in 1835. “The exhibit has been designed to appeal broadly to everyone,including general-interest visitors, genealogists, secondary andpost-secondary students, and especially those interested inAfrican Nova Scotian history,” said Brian Spears, provincialarchivist. “We believe it will be a popular addition to ourwebsite, which already receives more than 400,000 visits everyyear.” Visitors will also find a virtual photo exhibit depicting some ofthe original black settlements and descendants of the earlysettlers in the 1880-1955 time period. Among the communitiesphotographed are Preston, Upper Hammond Plains and Five MilePlains. There are also memorable individual portraits. With funding from Canadian Heritage, the exhibit provides accessto a wide variety of documentary sources relating to earlyAfrican Nova Scotian history and settlement. It is available atwww.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/africanns . TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–African Nova Scotian Exhibit NowOnlinelast_img read more

Premiers To Meet On Offshore Revenues

first_imgNova Scotia Premier John Hamm and Newfoundland and LabradorPremier Danny Williams will meet today, Nov. 8, to discuss waysto ensure the federal government fulfills offshore commitmentsthat Prime Minister Paul Martin made during this year’s federalelection. “The federal government has all the information it needs to dothe right thing and deliver on the commitment made by four primeministers of Canada, including Mr. Martin, that Nova Scotians,Newfoundlanders and Labradorians would be the principalbeneficiaries of our offshore,” said Premier Hamm, who haschampioned the cause of offshore revenues since 2001. “Bothprovinces must speak with one voice, that we will not accept lessthan what we are guaranteed by federal-provincial law and by theword of Prime Minister Martin.” Monday’s meeting in St. John’s, NL, marks the first time the twopremiers have met privately on offshore issues since October’sFirst Ministers’ Meeting. They have frequently engaged intelephone discussions on the subject over the last two weeks. “The prime minister was very clear to both provinces in June ofthis year that the people of Newfoundland and Labrador and NovaScotia would receive 100 per cent of offshore oil and gasrevenues, no caps, no fixed time frames and no caveats,” saidPremier Williams. “This is about the federal government keepingits word to allow two provinces to use the benefits of theiroffshore resources to become strong, financially self-reliantpartners in Confederation. We will not say yes to less.” In the mid-1980s, the federal government passed legislation underthe Atlantic Accord and the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Accord toguarantee full revenue benefits for both Nova Scotia andNewfoundland and Labrador. The current federal offer falls farshort of 100 per cent offshore oil and gas revenues.last_img read more

Province Targets Impaired Drivers

first_img develop an impaired driving countermeasures course; provide resources to train an additional 48 Datamaster technicians to operate breathalyser equipment throughout the province; purchase 20 additional screening devices to help front-line officers detect and process impaired drivers and 10 in-vehicle video cameras, which allow officers to capture and retain relevant evidence when interacting with impaired drivers. “Impaired driving is the leading cause of criminal death in Canada,” said Insp. Matt Lowther, officer in charge of traffic services with the RCMP in Nova Scotia. “Police in Nova Scotia are working together in various operations to stop impaired drivers and make our roads safer year round.” Mr. Scott said these measures are in addition to other provincial efforts to stop impaired driving, including the spring 2008 launch of the alcohol ignition interlock program; changes to the graduated licensing program which require that drivers with less than five years’ experience have a zero blood alcohol content; and awareness campaigns aimed at educating young drivers about the consequences of driving while impaired. The province is introducing new enforcement and training programs and purchasing state-of-the-art equipment in the fight against impaired driving. In December, the province will launch a one-year integrated impaired driving enforcement pilot project in southwest Nova Scotia. It will involve the establishment of a dedicated, joint RCMP–municipal police mobile unit that will target impaired drivers and other offenders. Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, said the pilot program complements other government initiatives to provide safer streets and communities for all Nova Scotians. “What so many people commonly call road accidents are often preventable events, especially those caused by impaired driving,” said Mr. Scott. “The enforcement and training initiatives and new equipment will target those who continue to get behind the wheel while impaired.” In addition to the integrated impaired driving enforcement pilot project, the province will also:last_img read more

Act Strengthens Procedures of Regulated Professions

first_imgComplaints and disciplinary material in records of health professional regulators will be protected from disclosure in legal proceedings under new legislation. Health Minister Chris d’Entremont introduced An Act Respecting the Protection of Confidential Disciplinary Proceedings of Health Professions today, April 25. Private information provided by regulated health professionals during investigative and hearing processes will remain confidential and used only for its intended purpose. “We have already made changes to legislation to provide this privilege to some groups in the health-care industry,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “This bill extends that privilege to other health professions.” During the fall 2007 sitting of the House of Assembly, the Medical Act was amended to create a privilege that protects investigative and disciplinary material in the records of the College of Physicians and Surgeons from disclosure in legal proceedings. The same privilege also has been included in the most recent registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and respiratory therapists acts. This legislation extends that privilege to chiropractors, dentists, dental assistants, opticians, medical lab technologists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, dieticians, dental hygienists, midwives, occupational therapists, optometrists, paramedics and psychologists. Other legislation introduced today would amend the Emergency Health Services Act to establish a long-service medal for paramedics and other persons involved in the provision of emergency health services.last_img read more

Mise à jour sur les précipitations dans le sudouest de la NouvelleÉcosse

first_imgLes états d’urgence locaux ont été étendus à des régions de Barrington, Yarmouth et Argyle en raison d’inondations et de dommages causés par la tempête. La région a reçu plus de 200 millimètres de pluie au cours des derniers jours. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences signale des dommages à des ponts et des routes fermées dans ces régions, incitant des évacuations. « Les autorités continuent de surveiller la situation et font leur possible pour assurer la sécurité des résidents, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Je sais que les résidents se joindront à moi afin de remercier les autorités pour leur travail et leurs efforts inlassables. » La Croix-Rouge a ouvert des centres de bien-être au Club des Audacieux, à Quinan dans la Municipalité du district d’Argyle, et à la caserne de pompiers de Lake Vaughn, à Tusket dans le comté de Yarmouth. Environ 120 familles ont été évacuées de leur maison en raison des inondations et les autorités locales sont prêtes à évacuer encore plus de gens, au besoin. Nova Scotia Power, le ministère des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure et les représentants régionaux de la gestion des urgences continuent de surveiller étroitement le barrage du lac Vaughn, le barrage Carleton et le barrage Gardner Mills alors que les niveaux d’eau continuent d’augmenter. Les plus récentes prévisions d’Environnement Canada indiquent que la pluie a cessé ou cessera bientôt dans les régions touchées de la province. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences de la Nouvelle-Écosse travaille en étroite collaboration avec les municipalités afin de s’assurer que tout appui provincial nécessaire est offert rapidement et efficacement.last_img read more

Province Invests in Annapolis Royal Area Students

first_imgStudents and families from Annapolis Royal and surrounding communities will have more learning opportunities, thanks to a $6.9 million investment from the province. The province will work with the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board to upgrade and renovate Annapolis West Education Centre to become a Grade 6 to Grade 12 school. “Putting kids and learning first means providing the best learning environment for students to be successful,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “By working with our partners, we will ensure Annapolis West Education Centre meets the needs of students for many years to come.” “The province is investing in this school now so the work can begin immediately and benefit students sooner.” Once the renovations and upgrades are completed, the school will be home to all Grade 6 to Grade 12 students from the area. The renovations include improvements to instructional spaces and the expansion of the Skilled Trades program. “I am pleased that this funding is coming to our area,” said Sandi Millett-Campbell, member of the School Advisory Council. “The renovations to Annapolis West Education Centre will definitely be an asset to our community, and it will bring benefits for all of the students from the town and the surrounding area.” The province will allocate $1 million to the project for the 2012-13 fiscal year. The school board will manage the project in collaboration with the Department of Education. About 440 students will attend the renovated school. The project is expected to be completed in the 2014-15 school year.last_img read more

Curiosity rover finds clay cache on Mars

first_imgWashington: NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has unveiled the highest amounts of clay minerals ever found during its mission on the Red Planet, the US space agency said. The rover recently drilled two samples at rock targets called “Aberlady” and “Kilmarie” in a region of Mars called the “clay-bearing unit”. Both drill targets were unveiled in a new selfie taken by the rover on May 12, the 2,405th Martian day, or sol, of the mission, NASA said in a statement. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’This clay-enriched region, located on the side of lower Mount Sharp, stood out to NASA orbiters before Curiosity landed in 2012, the US space agency said. Curiosity is exploring Mount Sharp to see if it had the conditions to support life billions of years ago. Clay often forms in water, which is essential for life. The rover’s mineralogy instrument, called CheMin (Chemistry and Mineralogy), provided the first analyses of rock samples drilled in the clay-bearing unit. CheMin also found very little hematite, an iron oxide mineral that was abundant just to the north, on Vera Rubin Ridge. Other than proof that there was a significant amount of water once in Gale Crater, what these new findings mean for the region is still up for debate, according to the US space agency.last_img read more

Delhi court allows Robert Vadra to travel abroad

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday allowed Robert Vadra, accused in a money laundering case, to travel abroad for six weeks for health reasons.Special Judge Arvind Kumar allowed him to travel to the US and the Netherlands and directed him to submit his travel schedule. It also imposed various conditions on him. The court, however, did not allow Vadra, brother-in law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, to go to United Kingdom (UK).During the arguments, Vadra’s counsel KTS Tulsi told the court that Vadra will not go to the UK, as per his earlier prayer, “in view of objections raised by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) regarding his UK visit”. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCSolicitor General Tushar Mehta and advocate Nitesh Rana, appearing for the ED, had opposed Vadra’s plea in which he had sought permission to travel to the UK and other countries citing health reasons. The agency had expressed apprehension that the accused may destroy the evidence if allowed to go to UK. Vadra is facing allegations of money laundering in purchase of a property in London at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds. In its order, the court directed Vadra to submit the address of his stay abroad, along with his contact numbers, to the court before his departure. The court also directed him to furnish a bank guarantee for Rs 25 lakh, and inform the court about his arrival in India within 24 hours. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations”He shall not tamper with the evidence nor try to influence any witness in any manner and shall not use the permission granted to him contrary to the rules. The applicant shall join the investigation within 72 hours of so informed by the investigating officer (IO),” the court said. Vadra had told the court that as per Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, he has a “small tumour in the large intestine for the further management of which he can take a second opinion in London if he wishes so”. ED had opposed the application, saying the medical condition was merely a pretext to go where laundered money is parked.last_img read more

Creating art out of waste

first_imgWith a view to create awareness and to take timely action to protect the environment, the employees of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) came together to celebrate World Environment Day with a difference.An exhibition organised by the Centre was recently inaugurated at IGNCA premises by Dr Sachchidanand Joshi, Member Secretary of IGNCA. Special highlights of the show that will continue till June 14, 2019 are artworks made out of waste material in stock on the campus of IGNCA. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveThe project was conceptualised by Kaladarsana Division with an effort to work at an institutional level to bring a change amongst the employees working here. Visual imagery in the form of photographs, paintings, installations with the theme on the environment were invited from staff members. IGNCA also invited an installation artist Niraj Patel to create artworks out of waste. In four days, the artist has created huge installations using metal frames and woods that would have otherwise been auctioned as waste. Imagery signifies a vertical lifeless city and symbols that signify existence such as trees, birds, and fishes. The artist has tried to draw the attention of the people to how concrete development is continuing without understanding the importance of eco-system and our dependence on nature. Unconventional in its medium, the works are strong in their message given the raw material that has been used in their structure. The other sections of the exhibition are a commentary on the hazards of pollution, the damage to monuments, water bodies, habitat and the co-existence of nature with man-made structures. Old bamboo structures, pedestals from previous shows, etc. have been used in their display to draw attention to reuse and recycle.last_img read more

25 consumers prefer to view content on OTT platforms for free

first_imgMumbai: Nearly 25 per cent of the Indian consumers prefer to watch content on the over the top (OTT) platforms for free, says a report. OTT refers to film and television content provided via internet connection rather than a cable or satellite provider. As many as 25 per cent of Indian respondents want to pay nothing and watch ads as a trade-off to consuming content while 25 per cent selected to pay a lower fee with limited ads, according to 2019 Asia OTT Research Report by Brightcove, a global provider of cloud services for video. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe report, conducted with online market research and data analytics firm YouGov. The report surveyed 9,000 participants from across Asia, including 1000 Indian consumers noted that 14 per cent of Indian respondents would like to pay a higher fee to be free from ads and 14 per cent would like an option where they can customise their price and ad packages. On the ads per break, 22 per cent Indians found two ads as an acceptable advertising load while 13 per cent were open to view three ads per break. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIt observed that nearly 80 per cent of the Indian respondents are open to a hybrid model of reduced price subscription video on-demand (SVOD) services with some ad funding. “Thirty-five per cent of respondents said they might be open to a reduced monthly subscription package that serves adsdepending on the price, whereas 44 per cent said they would definitely sign up, representing a potential market size of 79 per cent of respondents polled favouring this hybrid option,” it said. In India, it found that 48 per cent are current users, while 19 per cent had their subscription lapsed. The report found that 60 per cent of lapsed consumers plan to sign-up for OTT services again in the future. It noted that 37 per cent of Indian respondents were willing to pay less than $1 per month, while 27 per cent said they would pay $1-4 per month, and 16 per cent would pay $5-9 per month. Content is the primary driver for subscribing to multiple OTT services in India, it found, with 42 per cent of respondents stating that they wanted more content options, content which satisfied the needs of an entire family and content not being available on any single OTT service. Offline downloads (42 per cent), access on mobile (42 per cent), and using less data on mobile while streaming (40 per cent) were the top three OTT service features most Indian consumers wanted.last_img read more

PM lauds policies on infrastructure housing for all

first_imgNew Delhi: Four years into NDA’s initiatives on infrastructure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the government has ushered a new paradigm in development and “no stone will be left unturned to fulfil the dream of housing for all”. Modi tweeted: “Four years ago today we started important initiatives PM Awas Yojana, AMRUT, Smart Cities with the aim of #TransformingUrbanLandscape in India.” The tweet elaborated that the infrastructure initiatives have not only helped the nation to usher in a new paradigm of urban development “but have also transformed crores of lives”. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Elaborating, he said: “These initiatives have seen record investment, speed, use of technology and public participation.” He emphasized that the government had an incremental view on further improving the urban infrastructure and no stone will be left unturned in this pursuit, “which will give wings to crores of aspirations”. The BJP said separately that a total investment of Rs 4.83 lakh crore was made for construction sector in projects under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana during 2015-19. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah The Centre approved assistance accounted for Rs 1.26 lakh crore, it tweeted. Under the scheme, 26 lakh houses have been completed, 81 lakh have been approved for construction and 13 lakh houses were being built using new technologies. The BJP said that PM Awas Yojana had recorded a massive success over its predecessor, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. Under the Smart Cities initiative, the BJP said, the government had promoted citizen friendly infrastructure – 897 projects in 72 cities. Another 1,896 projects were under implementation in 95 cities.last_img read more

Sisodia challenges Nadda to compare govt schools run by BJP and AAP

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday challenged senior BJP leaders J P Nadda and Vijay Goel to compare the top 10 government schools in BJP-ruled states with the ones under the AAP government and then debate. The challenge by Deputy CM Sisodia comes in response to BJP working president J P Nadda’s claims, on Saturday, that the ruling AAP in Delhi had become “a laughing stock”, as he exuded confidence that his party will form the next government in Delhi as the city needs a leadership with “serious vision”. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsIn retort, Deputy CM Sisodia said the BJP’s working president was ridiculing the people of Delhi, by calling the AAP-led Delhi government a laughing stock. “I challenge @JPNadda & @VijayGoelBJP to choose top 10 govt schools of BJP education model from any BJP state. I’ll choose top 10 govt schools of Kejriwal education model. I’ll visit your schools, you can visit ours. Let’s then debate- what’s laughing stock and what makes one cry,” the Deputy CM tweeted. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAddressing BJP Delhi leaders on Saturday on the second day of the state working committee’s meeting, Nadda asked them to work together for the Delhi assembly elections due early next year. Referring to the 2015 Assembly election results, where the Aam Aadmi Party had won 67 of the 70 seats, Nadda claimed the people of Delhi were now realising what the leaders had actually done. “They (AAP) have become the laughing stock. Delhi, being the national capital, needs leadership which has a serious vision for the city,” he said. Reacting sharply to Nadda’s words, the Delhi deputy minister said, “By calling the choice made by the people of Delhi a subject of ridicule. I want to remind him about what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his maiden speech in the new Lok Sabha. He said that when some people make fun of the elected government, they are making fun of the people of the country. Perhaps Nadda-ji’s views differ from the prime minister’s.” Stating that the BJP has governments in a number of states and in a few for decades, Sisodia sought to compare the schools being run by the BJP and the AAP governments. “Delhi schools posted the best result in Delhi’s history this year with 94 per cent pass rate. What is the best result in your states? Delhi has the highest portion of the budget (for education), at 26 per cent, do any of your states have such a high allocation for education? Show us even one state run by the BJP where the school infrastructure has been developed, which can be compared with the CM Kejriwal model,” he said.last_img read more

3 commit suicide by jumping into water body in Rajasthan

first_imgBarmer: An 18-year old boy, along with his cousin and sister-in-law, allegedly committed suicide by jumping into a water body in Rajasthan’s Barmer district, police said Tuesday. Preliminary investigation revealed that Punmaram was in a relationship with his cousin Avli (18) and her sister-in-law Deu (22), Jetha Ram, the SHO of Sindhari police station said. They tied themselves together with a piece of cloth and jumped into a water body on Monday night, he said. “They all went missing from their homes at 10 pm last night. When family members searched for them, their bodies were seen in the water body,” he said. Avli and her sister-in-law Deu lived together, while Punmaram lived in a separate house, the SHO said. The bodies were shifted to a nearby hospital for postmortem, he added.last_img read more

At least 10 killed as three blasts rock Kabul

first_imgKabul: At least 10 people — including several women and a child — were killed and scores more wounded by a series of blasts that rocked the Afghan capital Thursday ahead of the election season. The three blasts came amid a wider surge in violence in Kabul and around Afghanistan, where nine family members were killed in an eastern province Thursday while driving to a wedding. The Islamic State group’s Afghanistan affiliate claimed responsibility for the first two blasts, while the Taliban claimed the third. US and Afghan security officials, however, blamed the Taliban for all three explosions. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe attacks came just days before the official campaign season for the September 28 presidential election gets underway. Previous polls have been marred by violence and bloodshed from the Taliban and other insurgent groups who refuse to recognise Afghanistan’s fragile democracy. According to security officials and high-resolution surveillance footage seen by AFP, the first blast came around 8:10 am (0340 GMT) when a suicide bomber targeted a bus as it slowed to turn a corner in an area just east of central Kabul. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsCivilians could be seen scrambling to help stricken passengers off the bus and carrying the body of a small child from the vehicle as smoke poured out the rear window. Other bodies could be seen pooling blood onto the road. About 30 minutes later, a secondary explosion from a device that had been hidden at the scene hit civilians and Afghan security forces as they responded. A third blast, apparently targeting some sort of convoy, came later on in the morning also in eastern Kabul. Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said a total of 11 civilians were killed, including five women and a child, and 45 more wounded. Health ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar said the toll was at least 10 dead and 41 wounded. The attacks come as the US is negotiating for a deal that would see foreign forces pull out of Afghanistan in return for a ceasefire and various Taliban guarantees, including a pledge the country will not become a safe haven for terror groups. Some observers say the insurgents are increasing attacks to gain greater leverage in the talks.last_img read more

293 big dams in country over 100 years old

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 293 big dams in the country are more than 100 years old, Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said on Monday as he introduced a bill on dam safety in Lok Sabha.The bill seeks to set up the National Dam Safety Authority for proper surveillance, inspection and maintenance of specified dams as well as address unresolved issues between states. Besides the National Dam Safety Authority, the government has proposed setting up a National Committee on Dam Safety to prevent dam failure-related disasters. According to the bill, the committee would maintain standards of dam safety and also evolve policies for ensuring the safety of dams.last_img

Firhad Hakim inaugurates Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority building

first_imgKolkata: A prominent Information Technology firm that has its campus in Bantala is all set to be shifted to Sector V, said Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, on Tuesday.He inaugurated the newly built office of Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) at Sector V. Sujit Bose, Minister of State for Fire and Emergency Services was also present at the inaugural ceremony. Hakim said Bantala will be earmarked only for leather and leather goods manufacturing industry. “Sector V and Silicon Valley in New Town will come up as a major IT hub soon,” he said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaNDITA has been functioning from Unnayan Bhavan, headquarters of the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) in Salt Lake since its inception 23 years ago. Hakim also inaugurated a pocket park with a fountain and adjoining sitting arrangements. NDITA has chalked out elaborate traffic management scheme for Sector V, the state’s biggest IT hub. Pocket parks have been set up for the IT professionals who can visit them to take a break from the busy working schedule and relax.last_img read more

GNIDA sets up special counter for builderrelated queries

first_imgGreater Noida: The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA), on Wednesday, started a dedicated counter which will help homebuyers to get all the needed information about any builder which will help them in right investment. Officials said that the property buyers can visit the counter or call on the helpline number to fetch any required details.As per a senior GNIDA officer, the dedicated counter has been set up at authority’s office for buyers to get information such as allotment of lands, map approval, completion certificate etc. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeep Chandra, Additional Chief Executive Officer (ACEO), GNIDA said that the move will help prevent cheating of buyers by unregistered builders in unauthorized areas. “The new facility is aimed at curbing the sale of illegal properties in the city which is rampant these days and we advise them to cross check with the facts before buying any residential or commercial property. Through the new facility, a person can easily get all the property related details in which they want to invest and choose a trusted developer which will prevent them from getting cheated,” said Deep Chandra. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFor this purpose, the authority has set up counter number 9 at authority’s office while a helpline number has also been circulated. “Buyers can get information related to the properties by registering their queries at the counter and by dialing – 0120-2336046,47,48 and 49. The authority will revert within three working days regarding the status and authenticity of the project,” he added. The officer further advised that the buyers must also cross check the details from the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) for which they can visit the website– www.up-rera.in. The authority, through an advisory, appealed people to avoid investing in illegal properties which can be available to them at cheaper rates and lucrative offers. The advisory further stated that if any person invests money in a property which is illegally constructed and is not authorised by the authority, he/she is responsible for the decision and the authority should not be blamed for this.last_img read more