WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is keeping the pressure on congressional Democrats over funding for his promised border wall.Trump tweeted Monday: “We would save Billions of Dollars if the Democrats would give us the votes to build the Wall.” He did not provide any evidence for the savings, but again threatened to close the “entire Southern Border if necessary.”A Dec. 7 partial government shutdown had appeared possible, but Trump told reporters on Air Force One Saturday he would be willing to sign a two-week government funding extension to allow for ceremonies honouring former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday.Trump had been gearing up for a showdown as he sought billions for the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.The Associated Press
The number of Peace River Regional District resident contractors employed at Site C decreased to 729 or 24 percent.The number of apprentices employed on the project increased from 145 in September 2018, to 167 during the month of October 2018.The number of indigenous workers employed on the dam also dropped to 270.And the number of female contractors employed on the project dropped by 26, to 458, meaning women make up 12.4 percent of the dam’s contractor workforce. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The number of people working on the Site C Dam project dropped in October from the projects peak of 3,746 in September.The size of the workforce sat at 3,681 in October. The number of contractors on site sits at 3,085. The number of engineers and project team members sat at 596.Of the over 2,085 contractors at Site C, 2,395, or 78 percent were B.C. residents.
Washington: India’s second moon mission Chandrayaan 2, scheduled for launch in April, would be carrying a NASA science probe, the media reported. Chandrayaan 2 will carry NASA-owned laser retroreflector arrays that allow scientists to make precise measurements of the distance to the Moon, the US space agency officials said, during the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference held in Texas, the space.com reported. Besides Chandrayaan 2, the science instruments will also be flying to the Moon aboard the Israeli lander Beresheet, due to touch down April 11. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “We’re trying to populate the entire surface with as many laser reflector arrays as we can possibly get there,” Lori Glaze, Acting Director of the Planetary Science Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate was quoted as saying. Glaze did not provide a timeline for the partnership’s creation. “We were asked rather quickly if there was anything we wanted to contribute to that lander, and we were successful in roughly a two-week time period to come up with an agreement on it,” said Steve Clarke, the deputy associate administrator for exploration within the Science Mission Directorate. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Retroreflectors are essentially sophisticated mirrors. Scientists on Earth can shoot them with lasers and study the light that is reflected back. That signal can help pinpoint precisely where the lander is, which scientists can use to calculate its — and the Moon’s — distance from Earth. The 3,890-kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, to be launched onboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk-3, will orbit around the Moon to study its conditions and collect data of its topography, mineralogy and exosphere. The Rs 800-crore Chandrayaan-2 mission comes a decade after the maiden mission Chandrayaan-1 was launched on October 22, 2008 from India’s only spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The lander has been named “Vikram” as a tribute to the pioneer of India’s space programme and former ISRO chairman (1963-71) Vikram Sarabhai. When Chandrayaan-2’s rover lands on the Moon, India will become the fifth country in the world to achieve the feat after Soviet Union in 1959, the US in 1969, China in December 2013, and Israel in 2019.
Kolkata: Major jewellers in the country have appealed to the government for standardisation in hallmarking of gold, contending that multiple measures of purity involved in the process was creating confusion in the industry. The All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) has urged the consumer affairs ministry for standardisation in hallmarking purity across the country. Vice-chairman of GJC, Shaankar Sen, said that various forms of purity like 14, 18 and 22 carats are being used for the hallmarking process. Citing an example, Sen said that for gold bars and coins, the purity required for hallmarking is 20 and 24 carats, respectively. This, he said, was creating confusion in the jewellery industry, necessitating standardisation. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalChairman of GJC, Anantha Padmanabhan, said when the the model code of conduct is in force, there is a need for a standard operating procedure (SOP) regarding the seizure of gold in transit, based on valid documents. “We will meet the chief election commissioner and discuss the matter,” he told reporters here on Saturday. He also said the annual turnover of the gem and jewellery industry is around Rs 4 lakh crore, which is expected to double in the next couple of years. The GJC also launched a sensitisation programme – ‘Labham’ – for jewellers, providing information on regulatory compliance and best business practices.
Hollywood- The slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” won the best picture Oscar on Sunday, becoming the first film from a black director to win the film industry’s top honor in the 86 years of the Academy Awards. The film from British director Steve McQueen is based on the memoirs of a free black man, Solomon Northup, who is tricked and sold into bondage in Louisiana in an unflinching account of pre-Civil War slavery in America.Space adventure “Gravity” and AIDS drama “Dallas Buyers Club” won early Oscars, but suspense remained as the show moved towards its climax and the best picture award. At the halfway point, “Gravity” had won five awards, all in technical categories, “Dallas Buyers Club” took two and “12 Years a Slave” earned a key acting prize at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.The other main frontrunner, 1970s crime caper “American Hustle,” was so far empty-handed, but the lead acting prizes, best director, screenplay awards and the coveted best picture prize were yet to be announced.As widely expected, Jared Leto won the best supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of a transgender woman suffering from AIDS in “Dallas Buyers Club” on Hollywood’s biggest night.The actor and rock musician used his acceptance speech to send a topical message to people in troubled Ukraine and anti-government protesters in Venezuela.“To all the dreamers out there… in places like Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say, we are here. And as you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we’re thinking of you tonight,” Leto said.“Dallas Buyers Club” also won the make-up and hairstyling award.Lupita Nyong’o won the best supporting actress Oscar for “12 Years a Slave,” earning a standing ovation as she took the stage.A tearful Nyong’o paid tribute to her slave character Patsey, saying: “It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s.”“Gravity,” from Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron, won awards for visual effects, sound editing, sound mixing, cinematography and film editing.Going into the evening, “12 Years a Slave,” “Gravity” and “American Hustle” were frontrunners for the top prize, best picture.The ceremony got underway after storm clouds lifted, allowing stars to hit the pre-show red carpet.Briton Chiwetel Ejiofor, up for best actor for “12 Years a Slave,” was among the A-listers who strutted their stuff, as did his co-star Nyong’o, stunning in pale blue Prada.“It’s quite a surreal moment,” Ejiofor told CNN, adding that “it would be amazing” to win. But he stressed: “One of the proudest things… is that people have received the film in the spirit in which it was made.”On the acting front, Cate Blanchett is favorite for her turn in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” while Matthew McConaughey is widely fancied to strike Oscars gold for his portrayal of homophobic HIV-positive AIDS activist Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyers Club.”On the eve of Hollywood’s biggest night, “12 Years a Slave” scored a last-minute boost by winning best feature and best director for Briton Steve McQueen on Saturday at the Independent Spirit Awards.But experts agree that all bets are off for the big prize of the night, the best picture Oscar, which will be handed out at the end of the show.Host Ellen DeGeneres opened with a monologue making fun of the storms that hit California on the eve of the Oscars.“It’s been a tough couple of days for us here. It has been raining,” she said, addressing the global audience. “We’re fine. Thank you for your prayers,” she dead-panned.The 6,000 or so voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences cast their ballots over 12 days starting on Valentine’s Day and ending on Tuesday.The best picture race is so close that the winner could come down to only a few votes, under the Academy’s preferential voting system. Under the rules, voters rank all nine nominated films.They are: “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” “12 Years a Slave” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.”Those with the least first-place votes are dropped, and their votes given to the next highest-ranked nominees. This continues until one movie has 50 percent plus one vote.Cuaron is the frontrunner for the best director prize, and his star Sandra Bullock earned high praise for her work in the spectacular space drama, prompting some to suggest she could cause an upset in the best actress race.The star-studded Oscars broadcast featured a performance by Irish rockers U2, playing their nominated song from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” and Pink, who sang “Over the Rainbow” as part of a 75th anniversary tribute to “The Wizard of Oz.”
Former NBA star Latrell Sprewell is the latest professional athlete to run into post-career financial problems. Several websites are reporting the retired basketball star has blown through his fortune.“During the course of his career, Latrell Sprewell made over $100 million. Today, Celebrity NetWorth reports that he has around $50,000 and lives in a modest rental,” said Financial Juneteeth.Sprewell, who was 24th in the 1992 NBA draft, played for several teams, but he was infamous for his altercation with Golden State Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo. After Carlesimo criticized his passing, Sprewell fought his coach and choked him. He then returned, after showering, and punched Carlesimo, before being dragged away by assistant coaches. He had also previously fought with other teammates, threatening one with a plank of wood and a gun.However, the choking incident cost Sprewell dearly. He was suspended by the NBA for a year and the Golden State Warriors cancelled the rest of his contract which was worth $23 million over three years.He was later traded to the New York Knicks and then the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he received negative publicity for turning down a three-year, $21 million-contract extension, claiming it wasn’t enough to take care of his family.“I have a family to feed … If (team owner Glen) Taylor wants to see my family fed, he better cough up some money. Otherwise, you’re going to see these kids in one of those Sally Struthers commercials (where she solicits donations for starving children in developing countries) soon,” Sprewell said at the time.Sprewell’s troubled reputation preceded him and other NBA teams saw him as too much of a risk to take on.“Sprewell played one more year for Minnesota without the contract extension, and played miserably,” Financial Juneteeth reported. “Still thinking higher of himself than the teams or coaches he negotiated with, he was never again able to agree on a salary and has not played professional ball since. So, some might say that his negative attitude caught up with him because no NBA team wants to sign an angry old man whose best days are behind him.”However, Sprewell’s retirement has been filled with as much bad PR and brushes with the law as his playing career. His daughter was attacked by one of his pit bulls, and he was accused of stealing by a junior college. He was investigated by police for choking a woman on his yacht and also sued by the mother of his four children for $200 million.Sprewell had several financial problems after he retired. His $1.5 million yacht was seized after he defaulted on a mortgage, and he had two homes foreclosed.Unfortunately, Sprewell is not the only retired athlete to face financial hardship. Many ex-jocks run into money problems when their income drops from a huge contract to a pension. They still have extensive financial commitments to ex-wives, mothers of their children, family and lavish lifestyles to maintain. Many athletes are also ripped off by unscrupulous advisers, who know their clients don’t understand the complex world of finance.Former baseball player Torii Hunter told Sports Illustrated financial terms sound like another language to pro athletes.“Once you get into the financial stuff, and it sounds like Japanese, guys are just like, ‘I ain’t going back.’ They’re lost,” Hunter said.According to Sports Illustrated, most ex-professional athletes are broke within a few years of retirement.“By the time they have been retired for two years, 78 percent of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce,” reported Sports Illustrated. “Within five years of retirement, an estimated 60 percent of former NBA players are broke.”
OSU then-freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Indiana on Feb. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoIn a much-anticipated matchup of highly ranked opponents, the No. 6 Ohio State women’s basketball team is primed to open its season on Friday against No. 2 South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, at 7 p.m.The Buckeyes, looking to build on a 24-11 record from last season which ended with a loss to North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA tournament, return all five starters, including last season’s co-Big Ten Player of the Year, sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell.South Carolina boasts three returning starters, including senior guard Tiffany Mitchell, a two-time SEC Player of the Year. The Gamecocks also add a preseason All-American honorable mention in sophomore forward A’ja Wilson to the lineup. Last year, South Carolina’s season ended after a run to the Final Four, losing to Notre Dame 66-65.However, rather than hyping up the game, Kelsey Mitchell stressed how she has been preparing for the 2015-16 season without certain opponents in mind.“You’ve got to be prepared for everything,” she said. “I had no clue, honestly, that we were going to play (South Carolina and No. 1 Connecticut), but you’ve got to prepare before that.”Since South Carolina returns three starters, including its top three scorers and rebounders, the Buckeyes understand they will need to step up on defense and in the post. Last season, OSU’s shallow depth, decimated by injuries, forced it to rely on its offense. Coach Kevin McGuff and his players said they understand their defense must improve.“We weren’t as good as we needed to be last year,” McGuff said. “Part of it was our depth and our youth, but those can’t be excuses this year because we have enough depth and our kids are a year older.”Beyond Kelsey Mitchell and the returning starters, OSU returns four players who missed most, or all of, last season, including redshirt freshman guard Kianna Holland, who was voted team captain. Holland, a transfer from Duke, will debut in a scarlet and gray uniform in her home state of South Carolina.“It’s really exciting. I’ve got a lot of friends and family coming to watch me, so it’s going to be a really neat, supportive environment,” Holland said. Holland might feel at home in the Colonial Life Arena, but the rest of OSU might not find the venue as supportive of the Buckeyes. South Carolina packs its home arena, leading the NCAA in women’s basketball attendance for the first time in program history with an average of 12,293 fans.Preseason All-Americans collideOSU and South Carolina each are led by prolific All-American guards named Mitchell with similar styles. Both were also named their respective conference’s preseason player of the year and led their teams in scoring and assists a season ago.OSU’s Kelsey Mitchell averaged 24.9 points and 4.1 assists per game last season. The 2014-15 co-Big Ten Player of the Year set a Big Ten and OSU record, scoring 873 points while also breaking the NCAA record for most threes made with 127.South Carolina’s Tiffany Mitchell, a 5-foot-9 senior, averaged 14.4 points with impressive efficiency, as she hit 50 percent of her shots and drained 41.6 percent of three-pointers. The Mitchells have not met despite the similar position, role and name, but OSU’s Kelsey Mitchell said she respects the other’s game.“I’ve never seen her play. But if they say she’s amazing, she’s amazing,” Kelsey Mitchell said.Nonconference gauntlet beginsLast season, OSU played just two ranked teams in nonconference play, beating No. 21 West Virginia and losing to No. 24 Georgia. An easier early slate of opponents benefited the young, inexperienced team dealing with several injuries to key players.But this year, high expectations will be tested early. Friday’s game against No. 2 South Carolina begins a three-week period in which the Buckeyes are scheduled to face the top three teams in the nation.In OSU’s home opener on Monday, the Scarlet and Gray hosted the defending national champions, No. 1 Connecticut. On Nov. 28, the Buckeyes head to Las Vegas to take on No. 13 Texas A&M in the South Point Shootout before traveling to South Bend, Indiana, to battle No. 3 Notre Dame on Dec. 2.South Carolina, Connecticut and Notre Dame reached the Final Four last season, as did No. 9 Maryland, which OSU is scheduled to face twice in conference play.“As a coach, the players we were trying to recruit want to play against the best teams in the country,” McGuff said. “And secondly, I just like to figure out where we need to get better. If you’re winning every game by 20, 25, 30 points, you’re not going to know where you can get better.”
Michael Chaput (39) of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Mats Zuccarello (36) of the New York Rangers battle for a puck during a game at Nationwide Arena Nov. 7. The Rangers won, 4-2. Credit: Courtesy of MCTGiven the directions the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers have been sliding lately, it hardly comes as a surprise that the decisive goal Thursday came off a Columbus stick and into their own net.Mark Letestu failed to control the puck to the right of Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, watching in horror as it slid into past the posts. The goal, credited to Carl Hagelin – his second of the night – turned out to be the difference in a 4-2 decision, as the Rangers won their fifth game of their last six contests to improve to 8-8-0.“That was embarrassing hockey tonight, and to me that’s losing hockey, the way we played. We got exactly what we deserved,” Jackets coach Todd Richards said after the loss.The loss was the Jackets’ fifth in a row, dropping them to 5-10-0 overall in front of a modest but lively crowd of just under 12,000 at Nationwide Arena.“We shouldn’t have to talk about [the effort], but unfortunately right now we’re talking about it…we should hold each other to a high standard and be able to know that the guy sitting next to us in the dressing room is going to go out and perform and do his job and do everything he can to help the team win,” Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky said.There was no shortage of familiar faces on either bench, as the two teams met for the first time since a pair of blockbuster trades between them during last season. Former Jackets Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard, and John Moore – each acquired in the trade deadline deal for Marion Gaborik – made their return to Nationwide Arena, while Gaborik, along with Rick Nash trade acquisitions Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov faced their former teammates for the first time.Nash, the Blue Jackets franchise leader in nearly every offensive category, was unable to make his return to the ice in Columbus as he continues to deal with concussion-related issues. Nash has only been able to play in three games this season.Hagelin got the scoring started early in the first, when he deflected a shot past Bobrovsky and into the net. The Jackets answered back late in the period, with defenseman Fedor Tyutin sneaking one past Rangers backup goalie Cam Talbot. Talbot started in place of star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who did not play after the Rangers’ victory Wednesday against the Penguins.In the second period, it was again a deflected shot early in the period that put the Rangers back in front, when captain Ryan Callahan registered his second goal in as many nights. After Letestu’s own goal put the Rangers up 3-1, Jackets rookie defenseman Ryan Murray answered back with a goal off an assist from James Wisniewski – the 200th point of Wisniewski’s career.However, the Jackets were unable to break through and tie the game in the third period, eventually surrendering a goal on an empty net by Ryan McDonagh that put the game away.“We had the same start last year. I know it’s not ideal, but we’ve got to take a step back tomorrow and regroup, and figure out how we can win here Saturday…times like this test the character of the individual, but you can’t let yourself get down,” Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson said.Richards did not agree with Johnson’s assessment of using last season’s turnaround as motivation, however.“It’s a different year. It’s different. We’ve got different players. An 82 game schedule. It’s different,” Richards said.The Jackets will attempt to get back on track at Nationwide Arena when they take on the New York Islanders Saturday. That puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m.
Manchester United have reportedly agreed on personal terms with Juventus’ Alex Sandro for a move this summer, claims 101GreatGoalsThe Red Devils are in the market for a new left-back following Luke Shaw’s disappointing spell at Old Trafford.The England international is expected to leave United this summer after falling out of favour with head coach Jose Mourinho, who had instead opted to use Ashley Young in Shaw’s favoured left-back position last season.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…But now the Portuguese coach is keen to sign a specialist left-back for next season and has listed Sandro as an ideal replacement for Shaw.The 27-year-old has established himself as one the best in the world in that position in recent years at Juventus and would make a good fit to Mourinho’s playing style at United.But Juventus are demanding £53m for their highly-rated Brazilian, which may prove to be a major stumbling block for United – despite having already agreed on personal terms with Sandro.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed reports that Nabil Fekir has until the New Year to decide whether or not he wishes to continue at the clubThe French forward was close to sealing a summer move to Liverpool before his medical results caused the deal to collapse.Fekir remained at Lyon after winning the World Cup with France, but that has not stopped him from being linked with moves to the likes of Chelsea and Bayern Munich.Reports in the French media this week stated that Lyon would be holding a meeting with Fekir to discuss his future with just 18 months left on his contract.Now Aulas has confirmed the rumours and stated he wants a clear answer as to whether Fekir will commit his future to Lyon.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“For the moment, we haven’t really got into a real discussion, even though we met three weeks ago,” said Aulas, according to Sports Mole.“The sorting out of certain things regarding the question of his agent is underway.“The aim is to have a clear and precise position from him between now and the end of the year. Jean-Pierre Bernes is still his agent, but he might not be between now and the end of his contract.”Fekir has managed four goals and four assists in 14 appearances this season for Lyon, who lost 2-0 at home to Rennes on Wednesday.
Road, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoAnnouncing zero tolerance against corruption and irregularities at Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said a new journey has to be launched to make it a corruption-free organisation, reports UNB.“There should be a fresh journey to build a corruption-free BRTA,” he said while exchanging views with BRTA officials, including its depot managers, at its newly constructed Bhaban at Banani.Quader, also Awami League general secretary, said the menace of brokers in and outside its offices must be stopped to make the BRTA free from corruption, warning that if any official or employee is found involved with any broker, stern action will be taken following investigations.He also underscored the need for increasing manpower to enhance the quality of service and improve the skills of the existing workforce to turn BRTA into an effective and dynamic organisation.Responding to a query from reporters, the minister said 63 per cent work on the Padma Bridge project has already been completed. “One kilometre of the Padma Bridge is now visible following the installation of 7th span,” he said.
Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneThe U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on June 7, 2017.The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a Texas case Monday that questioned the constitutionality of the state’s execution process.The lawsuit dated back to 2013, when multiple death row inmates sued the Texas prison system, claiming its lethal injection protocol is unconstitutional in part based on the drugs used in executions. Texas uses pentobarbital compounded at a pharmacy in secret to put inmates to death. The inmates claimed in part that the lack of additional testing of the dose before an execution and the use of old drugs could cause them severe pain. In the last year, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has seemingly pushed back the expiration dates on the compounded drug used in executions twice.Texas argued that the prisoners did not present an alternative option for use in executions and has only speculated that the drugs could cause pain. The case had gone back and forth in lower federal courts since then, and had largely been rejected by judges. Maurie Levin, a lawyer for the inmates, said after the decision that the relevance of the rejected litigation is limited to the drugs used when the lawsuit was filed in 2013 and Texas’ “insistence on dodging accountability and transparency.”“Texas’ current drug supply is so old using it to carry out executions amounts to scientific experimentation, on human beings,” she said in an email. “Unfortunately, I expect we will see increasingly problematic executions – which will only highlight, again, the consequences of Texas’s commitment to secrecy above all else.” Share
With the arrest of two persons, who set up a website and duped several Kashmiri youths on the pretext of jobs as crew members and ground staff in Indigo Airlines, the Delhi Police has stumbled upon an inter-state fake job module operating from Central Delhi, the police said on Thursday.The matter came into light when a 22-year-old man, along with 15 other youths, from the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir approached the Jama Masjid police station on March 16. While, two of the identified accused – Irfan and Mohammed Shahid, have been arrested, two others – Amir Shora and Yawar Naik, still remain at large. “We suspect that the module had been working from a long time and have duped hundreds of youths. There could be more members in this module and investigations are underway,” said Paramaditya, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central). Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreAccording to the police, the accused set up a website named Peace Career Consultancy and Job Assistance and advertised themselves through OLX.com. On March 8, the 22-year-old complainant came across the advertisement and applied for the job, for which he first had to meet Yawar and deposit a registration fee of Rs 1,000 at the consultancy office in Anantnag. The next day, the complainant, along with around 50 others were interviewed by Amir Shora, who claimed to be a representative of Indigo Airlines. Soon, the complainant was informed that he has been selected as a ground staff, with a start-up salary of Rs 17,000. But he was also asked to leave for Delhi immediately for the final round of interaction and for collecting the appointment letter. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedOn March 10, on his way to Delhi in a bus, the complainant met 15 others who were selected as ground staff in Indigo Airlines through the same consultant. They lodged themselves in the same hotel in old Delhi’s Jama Masjid area. Meanwhile, the interaction scheduled on March 12 went on getting postponed and on March 15, the applicants were asked to report at the Indigo Airlines headquarters in Gurgaon. When they went there, they were told that there was no interview. That is when they started suspecting the consultant. On March 16, the consultant sent two persons – claiming to be Head Representatives – to the old Delhi Hotel for the final interaction. The job-seekers then immediately asked them to show their identity cards. When they refused, they were asked several questions – like the address of their head office and so – which they apparently had no clues about. The duo then tried to run away when the youths got hold of them and handed them over to the police. They were identified as Irfan and Mohammed Shahid.They have been booked under charges of cheating and other relevant sections of IPC. A team shall soon be sent to Anantnag to nab the other accused, said a police official.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stated on National Education Day that education is one of the thrust areas of the state government.In a tweet on Sunday, the Chief Minister stated: “Today is #NationalEducationDay. Education is one of the thrust areas of our govt in #Bangla.” She further stated in this connection: “In the last seven years, we have set up 23 new universities, 65 new colleges and many more are in the pipeline. My best wishes to all.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee also tweeted remembering Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on his birth anniversary. She stated in the tweet: “Remembering freedom fighter and well-known educationist Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on his birth anniversary. We have named the West Bengal University of Technology after him.” In the past seven years, the state government has taken a series of steps to improve the standard of education in the state. Starting from creating proper infrastructure across the state to bringing necessary changes in curriculum, several improvements have taken place in the past seven years. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that 22 universities, including 10 private and 12 state-run, had come up in the state in the first six years of the Mamata Banerjee government and later, one more has come up taking the total number to 23. The Green University in Hooghly and the Biswa Bangla University in Bolpur are the two major projects taken up by the state government. Setting up of Sister Nivedita University at New Town and that too in the year when her 150th birth anniversary is being celebrated, is another major move of the Mamata Banerjee government. Setting up of the 23 universities is creating opportunities for more students to go for higher studies and it is of great help for the youths as they do not need to travel long distances to carry on with higher studies. Besides higher studies, steps were taken to create better infrastructure for school level education as well. Stress was given so that children do not need to go too far for school. Under the project Sabuj Sathi, the Mamata Banerjee government has also distributed bicycles among students of classes IX, X, XI and XII. Most importantly, introduction of the Kanyashree Prakalpa has helped in bringing down the dropout rate in schools. The state government has also bagged the United Nations Public Service Award for Asia Pacific in Netherlands in 2017 for the project, thanks to which more than 50 lakh girls were benefitted.