The harmony of the Indian Armed Forces speaks of the essential unity of the country as much as it does for its pluralism as a society, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Wednesday.The President was in Khadakwasla to review the Passing out Parade of the 134th course of the National Defence Academy (NDA). “As Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, this is a moment of immense satisfaction for me.”Mr. Kovind said a soldier or an officer in uniform, irrespective of whether he or she was from the Army, the Navy or the Air Force, evoked admiration and trust everywhere in the country. “The Armed Forces are a symbol of excellence and dedication for the entire country. This [134th Passing out Parade] comprises cadets from all parts of India, hailing from a variety of communities,” he said.He praised the NDA as the “crucible of valour and bravery” and complimented the cadets on their exceptional drill movements. A total 344 cadets graduated from the academy as they passed through the portals of Khetrapal Parade Ground in the morning. This included 238 cadets from the Army, 26 from the Navy and 80 from the Air Force. The batch also included 15 cadets from friendly foreign countries like Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Kazakhstan, Lesotho and Tajikistan. Academy Cadet Captain Arjun Thakur won the President’s Gold Medal for standing first in the overall order of merit. Divisional Cadet Captain Rahul Bisht won the Silver Medal for standing second, and Battalion Cadet Captain Shashank Shekhar won the Bronze Medal for standing third. Battalion Cadet Captain Akshat Raj won the President’s Gold Medal for standing first in the overall order of merit. Academy Cadet Captain Md. Sohail Islam won the Silver Medal for standing second, while Squadron Cadet Captain Ali Ahmed Choudhary won the Bronze Medal for standing third. The ‘Kilo’ Squadron bagged the prestigious Chiefs of Staff Banner for being the Champion Squadron during the parade.
At least 12 people were killed and 49 injured after a bus fell into the Mahanadi riverbed from a bridge near Jagatpur on the outskirts of the city on Tuesday evening.The private bus, on its way to Cuttack from Talcher, crashed into the railing of the bridge and plunged 30 foot below into the dry riverbed, the police said.Buffalo came in frontWitnesses said the driver of the bus lost control when a buffalo came in front of it. The driver swerved the bus to the right to save the animal but the vehicle skidded and fell off the bridge. The bus nevertheless hit the buffalo and its carcass was found lying on the bridge railing.Policemen from the city, along with fire brigade personnel and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), rushed to the accident site to rescue the trapped passengers.Chief Fire Officer Sukant Sethy said all passengers trapped inside the bus had been rescued and they were taken to the SCB Medical College and Hospital for treatment.CM expresses concernEmergency officer of the hospital, B.N. Maharana, said they had received 12 bodies. Among the deceased, nine were men and three women. Forty-nine people were undergoing treatment at the hospital, Mr. Maharana said.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed deep concern over the accident and directed the State Health Minister Pratap Jena to rush to the spot and ensure that the injured received proper treatment.The Chief Minister announced an ex-gratia of ₹2 lakh each to kin of the deceased. He said the injured would be provided free treatment. Watch: 12 dead as bus falls into Odisha river (With PTI inputs)
One of BJP’s local units in north Bengal “paraded” children wearing masks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleged the Trinamool Congress. TMC’s senior leader in Cooch Behar and a Minister in the State Cabinet Rabindranath Ghosh said the BJP has violated the model code of conduct.“We have filed a complaint with the Election Commission,” Mr. Ghosh told journalists on Wednesday. In the complaint, Mr. Ghosh alleged that the children were “made to shout pro-BJP slogans wearing Modi masks”. A video clip in circulation shows the children shouting “Bharat Mata ki jai” wearing Modi masks and carrying BJP flags.“The BJP has crossed all limits this time, parading schoolchildren around in masks,” Mr. Ghosh said. BJP’s Cooch Behar district president Malati Rava could not be reached for her comments. However, another local official of the BJP said the “TMC has fabricated” the allegation.
MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide NBA: Gasol to opt out of deal but re-sign with Spurs — report Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Markelle Fultz #20 of the Washington Huskies. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTONEW YORK—Markelle Fultz is expected to become the number one pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft after the Philadelphia 76ers swung a deal for the top choice after watching his private workout.The 19-year-old point guard, who played at the University of Washington last season, would become the club’s fourth top overall pick and follow 2016’s first overall pick by Philly, Australian forward Ben Simmons.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bryan Colangelo, the 76ers president of basketball operations, played coy about the pick even after swapping the first and third picks with Boston and giving up a future number one pick to get the first choice of unclaimed talent.READ: NBA: Celtics, 76ers complete swap of first, third draft picksFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I feel that within the top 10, there are probably five or six sure-fire All-Stars. There may be one or two franchise-level players,” Colangelo said. “On Thursday night, hopefully we make a decision that results in one of those franchise-level players being here.”Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 25 games last season for a Washington Huskies team that was 9-22. What ‘missteps’? View comments The Los Angeles Lakers have the second pick in the draft and are expected to select University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) standout Lonzo Ball.The 19-year-old point guard had 14.6 points, 7.6 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals a game for the Bruins last season. No other US college player averaged 14 points with six rebounds and six assists a game as well.Boston comes back at third overall with point guard Isiah Thomas solidly in place, making Fultz expendable and opening the door for other talented playmakers as Josh Jackson, a shooting guard who scored 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals a game for Kansas last season.De’Aaron Fox, a point guard who scored 39 points against Ball-led UCLA in the national college tournament, is also among the top prospects.The Phoenix Suns will select fourth, followed in order by the Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento again.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire He would join a young squad that features Simmons, who missed all of last season with a foot injury; Jahlil Okafor and 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. That young core of talent could provide a base to rebuild the team.Since 2003, the 76ers have won only one playoff series and they have only one winning season since 2005. The Sixers went 28-54 last season.“We have a core of young players that will be significantly stronger once the draft selection is made,” Colangelo said.“We felt like we were in the right position to make a deal. We felt the value of adding the one pick now was the right thing at the expense of only losing one of four going forward.”Croatian forward Saric was asked on Twitter about the young group melding into a championship team and replied, “It will be hard but I hope with young team we got big chance to be dominant.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games
Indoor tennis is typical of Europe where, in winters, the snow cover is thick and the winds are chilly. The obvious choice was to play on indoor carpets or indoor hard surfaces with no interruption from nature.In the good old days at Wimbledon, players had to as much fear the surface as the weather because the combination of the two could make it so difficult on slick grass.Times have changed – literally.When the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club decided that a retractable roof was a must for the Centre Court, reactions were mixed. But now it is accepted that Centre Court is fine to play on even under cover.In an age when tennis players have the next week’s schedule fixed months in advance, nobody wants to stay beyond a fortnight at Wimbledon. And another reason is that players did feel the pressure of playing more than one match in a day in case rain delays wrought havoc.Thanks to the retractable roof at Wimbledon, this fortnight we have seen marquee matches on the Centre Court despite sharp showers outside. On Tuesday, for instance while the big players continued with their matches under lights, a total of 43 matches got washed out.So efficient is the referee’s office at Wimbledon that matches are rearranged for the next day and the time lost is made up. However, a suggestion has already been made that in the next expansion plan at the All England Club, Court One should also have a retractable roof! A local paper reported that this proposal will be discussed later in 2012 after the London Olympics, though reactions have been muffled.advertisementTENNIS at Wimbledon has undergone as big change, as I had written last week. Grasscourt specialists are extinct and if today some players do approach the net for volleys, it’s more a strategy to negate the opponent.And that’s how, on Friday, we got to see the huge Jo- Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic engage in net duels.Former Wimbledon champions like Goran Ivanisevic and Richard Krajicek have played on the slower Wimbledon this fortnight in the seniors’ event on Centre Court, with a bewildered look on their faces.The grass is slower and, when the retractable roof is pulled back, it looks nice. Yet, the purists don’t really like this.So how does the next proposal to make Court One playable in all kinds of weather work? Insiders say nothing is going to be done till the end of the Olympics in 2012.There is just a three- week gap between the end of The Championships and the Olympic tennis competition. The bigger charm for participating nations is that the Olympics will be played on grass.In the normal course, one would have imagined, with the wear- and- tear on grass, it would be impossible to get the courts ready for the Olympics.One cannot forget that towards the end of July in 2012, there is as much chance of rain as now. But nobody is worried about how the courts will be readied for the Olympics as the ground staff efficiency at Wimbledon is of a high order.Tennis was never a high- profile event at the Olympics when it was reintroduced as medal sport at Seoul in 1988. In that year, Steffi Graf won all the Grand Slam titles and the Olympic gold to make it a ‘ Golden Slam’. From Roger Federer to Venus and Serena Williams, each one has spoke about the romance which Wimbledon will again offer next year, though it’s about the Olympics.Past greats like John McEnroe feel Federer will bounce back and win more Grand Slam titles if he can sustain his hunger. But I am certain Federer craves for an Olympic singles medal and next year again assumes significance. AT A time when the playing surface at Wimbledon has offered no huge surprises, there has been predictability. Bad bounce is not to be seen and the ball comes at a height and pace where any player can adjust his strokes.Some of the clay-court specialists and hard-court tennis lovers play on Wimbledon with the same comfort, though the smarter ones believe in bending their knees to execute shots with more grace.Unlike The Championships, the Olympic draw is very different.It is not a draw of 128 but half the size in singles. But what’s more important in this is, all the top players don’t get into the singles and doubles draws as the emphasis is more on country representation.advertisementRomantic relics like Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi are hoping they can play their fifth Olympics together, having first played at Atlanta in 1996. If someone says they are a medal prospect, take it with a table spoon full of salt.Then again, based on the ATP and WTA rankings in June 2012, we will get to know in which draws Sania Mirza, Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna get in.Am I thinking too early about it? Not so, since from the Williams sisters to lesser- known tennis journeymen, the Olympic tennis event is already being discussed.
It is one talk show that the whole country talks about. We eagerly await this year after year just like a fun festival. Be it men or women, children or oldies, office goers or housewives, we all just can’t seem to get enough of Koffee with Karan.And now the show is back with a bang with its fifth season. And guess what, this year’s first episode is likely to feature Pakistani actor and current Bollywood heartthrob Fawad Khan who has replaced KJo’s all time favourite Shah Rukh Khan. Speculation is still rife as to who will join Fawad on the couch but some reports have hinted that it will either be Deepika Padukone or Alia Bhatt.Also read: Koffee With Karan Season 5: Not SRK, but Fawad Khan to be KJo’s first guest? Making a comeback after two and a half long years (the last episode aired on April 13, 2014), the show will go on air anytime between September end to October first week this year.While it was Salman and Aamir Khan’s debut on the show that was most talked about in Season 4, here is a list of a few celebrities we’d like KJo to invite while he sips away his cuppa ‘koffee’.Also read: Opening episode of Koffee With Karan 5 has to be with Shah Rukh Khan: Karan JoharKatrina Kaif: Katrina Kaif tops the list as far as female actors go. The lady has much to disclose and we bet only Karan can get her to talk about her personal ups and downs and if Ranbir Kapoor joins her on the couch, we bet the TRPs will create history.advertisementPicture courtesy: Youtube/KatKaifFanClick here to EnlargeVirat Kohli and Anushka Sharma: Virat Kohli is one sportsman we all want to know more about. Of course accompanied by girlfriend and KJo’s lead actress Anushka Sharma, it will be a treat to watch both of them talk about sports, travel and love.Picture courtesy: Instagram/viratanushkasharmaClick here to EnlargeShahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput: Recently promoted to parenthood, Shahid and Mira, we think, will be a good choice to be a part of the show.Picture courtesy: Instagram/ShahidKapoorClick here to EnlargeKareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan: Kareena and Saif, who are expecting their first child in December, is also one couple we want to watch talking their heart out on Karan’s couch.Picture courtesy: Instagram/_saifeena_Click here to EnlargeAjay Devgn and Kajol: Last but not the least, one would love to see Ajay Devgn make his debut on a show that his wife Kajol is a regular on, especially now with constant controversies over Shivaay releasing on the same day as Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, it will be interesting to see both KJo and Devgn together.When it comes to Koffee with Karan, how can we not talk about Shah Rukh Khan? Well, he was conspicuous by his absence in Season 4, but here’s hoping King Khan returns to the couch and charms one and all with his wit. Be it the Rapid Fire Round or the Quiz, we are waiting for this season with bated breath. Bring it on Karan Johar, we already have braced ourselves.
As the high-octane ICC Champions Trophy clash against Pakistan draws closer, veteran India all-rounder Irfan Pathan has picked India as the favourites besides counting pacer Mohammed Shami as the key to the prospects of the men-in-blue in the June 1-18 tournament in England and Wales.Irfan, who was part of the victorious India side which lifted the Champions Trophy in 2013, said the mantra of success in English conditions is to hit the seam well, which he felt the in-form Indian pacers, led by Mohammed Shami, are capable of.”What’s important in England is to hit the seam well. If you can keep bowling in the right areas and hit the seam, I think that’s the best way to go for the bowlers,” the 32-year-old told IANS.”With the kind of form our frontline pacers — Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav — are in at the moment, I am sure India can do really well in the Champions Trophy. With the amount of experience they have in the home season and the Indian Premier League (IPL), I think they are up for the challenge in England.”Irfan, who was India’s frontline pacer with his swing bowling in the 2004 tour of Pakistan, said he was impressed by the young duo of Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah in One-day Internationals besides hailing Shami for having one of the best seam positions in world cricket.”I am really impressed with Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah’s bowling in international cricket, especially in one-dayers… as well as, for that matter, Shami and Umesh.”advertisement”Shami has been the bowler who can deliver with both the old and the new ball. He has got the most beautiful seam position I have ever seen in international cricket. He will be key to India’s success in the Champions Trophy,” he said.Asked if head-to-head records count during high-tension encounters, such as those against Pakistan, the Baroda all-rounder said: “Such advantages or disadvantages get an edge only to a certain extent. But it all boils down to how you tackle the situation during the match.””Even during the 2013 Champions Trophy, the Indian team was a far better side and this time around, too, we have a complete team which is much better than the Pakistanis at the moment.”I am pretty confident that India will go in as the favourites and come out with flying colours,” he added.India are placed in Group B along with Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka, and will start their campaign on June 4 against their arch-rivals at Edgbaston.The last time India and Pakistan were engaged in a 50-over game was during the ICC World Cup in 2015. They, however, faced off in the shortest version of the game during last year’s ICC World T20 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. India won both matches.India will play their next two matches at The Oval, against the Lankans on June 8 and then South Africa on June 11.Group A comprises New Zealand, Australia, England and Bangladesh. The top two sides of each group will proceed to the semi-finals.
Crystal Palace boss Hodgson confident Zaha will find his best formby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is confident Wilfried Zaha will find his best form soon.The 26-year-old winger was a target for both Arsenal and Everton during the summer and is reported to have handed in a late transfer request in the hope of pushing through a move.After resuming domestic action following a late return from the Africa Cup of Nations, Zaha has so far failed to open his account for the new season or provide any assists.Hodgson said: “Very few people in our teams have scored goals, we’ve only scored three so it is quite easy to remember who the goalscorers were.”As for assists it is only three possible assists, so it is probably a little unkind to start saying ‘you are not assisting enough or scoring enough.”I would say that we expect a lot more from Wilf in terms of assists and goals and I think that we are going to get it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Forget Ronaldo! Liverpool keeper Alisson biggest Messi nemesisby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has played down his great success against Barcelona.Alisson was voted goalkeeper of the year at the Best FIFA awards last month having helped Liverpool win the Champions League and Brazil the Copa America during the summer.On both occasions, the Reds shot-stopper came up against Messi in the semi-finals, facing Barcelona and Argentina. Alisson was also part of the Roma team that eliminated Barcelona from the Champions League the previous campaign.He told Mundo Deportivo: “The truth is that Messi played very well in the first leg in Barcelona (against Liverpool) and scored two goals, but in the return I managed to stop him in some important moments.”Messi is one of the best players in football history, but I don’t think only of duels with him. Both Barcelona and Argentina are two very good teams that have high quality players.”Luckily, in the last three matches I have been able to overcome him, but the merits are of the whole team: Roma, Liverpool and Brazil.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
From Manoj Bajpayee to Gautam Gambhir: Complete list of all 113 Padma awardeesThis year’s list includes the likes of actor Kader Khan, who recently passed away after a prolonged illness, actor Manoj Bajpayee, cricketer Gautam Gambhir and former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayan, who was until recently wrongfully accused of espionage. advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 07:54 IST Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Bajpayee are among the 113 who have been awarded with the Padma awards this year.HIGHLIGHTSA total of 113 names have been announced for the Padma awardsActors Kader Khan, Manoj Bajpayee have been awarded the Padma awards this yearAmong sports personalities, Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Chhetri will be receiving these civilian honoursThe Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday announced the 113 names who have been awarded the prestigious Padma awards that are divided in three categories, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.Cutting across the fields of social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, the awards will be handed out to a host of eminent personalities who have made immense contributions in their respective fields.The awards are announced every year on the eve of Republic Day.This year’s list includes the likes of actor Kader Khan, who recently passed away after a prolonged illness, actor Manoj Bajpayee, cricketer Gautam Gambhir and former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayan, who was until recently wrongfully accused of espionage.Here’s the complete list of 113 awardees:Padma VibhushanBalwant Moreshwar Purandare in art/acting category from MaharashtraAnilkumar Manibhai Naik in trade and industry category from MaharashtraIsmail Omar Guelleh (foreigner) in public affairs category from DjiboutiTeejan Bai in art/vocals category from ChhattisgarhPadma Bhushan John Chambers (foreigner) in trade/technology category from USASukhdev Singh Dhindsa in public affairs category from PunjabPravin Gordhan (foreigner) in public affairs from South AfricaMahashay Dharam Pal Gulati in trade/ food processing category from DelhiDarshan Lal Jain in social work category from HaryanaAshok Laxmanrao Kukade in Medicine/affordable healthcare category from MaharashtraKariya Munda in public affairs category from JharkhandBudhaditya Mukherjee in art/music category from West BengalMohanlal Viswanathan Nair in art/acting/films from KeralaS Nambi Narayan in science/engineering category from KeralaKuldip Nayar (Posthumous) in literature/journalism category from DelhiBachendri Pal in sports/mountaineering category from UttarakhandV K Shunglu in civil service category from DelhiHukumdev Narayan Yadav in public affairs category from BiharadvertisementPadma ShriRajeshwar Acharya in art-vocal-Hindustani category from Uttar PradeshBangaru Adigalar in spiritualism category from Tamil NaduIllias Ali in medicine-surgery category from AssamManoj Bajpayee in art-acting-films category from MaharashtraUddhab Kumar Bharali in science & engineering-grassroots innovation category from AssamOmesh Kumar Bharti in medicine-rabies category from Himachal PradeshPritam Bhartwan in art-vocals-folk category from UttarakhandJyoti Bhatt in art-painting category from GujaratDilip Chakravarty in archaeology category from DelhiMammen Chandy in medicine-hematology category from West BengalSwapan Chaudhuri in art-music-tabla category from West BengalKanwal Singh Chauhan in agriculture category from HaryanaSunil Chhetri in sports-football category from TelanganaDinyar Contractor in art-acting-theatre category from MaharashtraMuktaben Pankajkumar Dagli in social work-divyang welfare category from GujaratBabulal Dahiya in agriculture category from Madhya PradeshThanga Darlong in art-music-flute category from TripuraPrabhu Deva in art-dance category from KarnatakaRajkumari Devi in agriculture category from BiharBhagirathi Devi in public affairs category from BiharBaldev Singh Dhillon in science & engineering-agriculture category from PunjabHarika Dronavalli in sports-chess category from Andhra PradeshGodawari Dutta in art-painting category from BiharGautam Gambhir in sports-cricket category from DelhiDraupadi Ghimiray in social work-divyang welfare category from SikkimRohini Godbole in science & engineering-nuclear category from KarnatakaSandeep Guleria in medicine-surgery category from DelhiPratap Singh Hardia in medicine-ophthmology category from Madhya PradeshBulu Imam in social work-culture category from JharkhandFriederike Irina (Foreigner) in social work-animal welfare category from GermanyJoravarsinh Jadav in art-dance folk category from GujaratS Jaishankar in civil service category from DelhiNarsingh Dev Jamwal in literature & education category from Jammu & KashmirFayaz Ahmad Jan in art-craft-papier mache category from Jammu & KashmirK G Jayan in art-music-bhakti category from KeralaSubhash Kak (Foreigner) in science & engineering-technology category from USASharath Kamal in sports-table tennis category from Tamil NaduRajani Kant in social work category from Uttar PradeshSudam Kate in medicine-sickle cell category from MaharashtraWaman Kendre in art-acting-theatre category from MaharashtraKader Khan (Posthumous-Foreigner) in art-acting-films category from CanadaAbdul Gafur Khatri in art-painting category from GujaratRavindra Kolhe (Duo)* in medicine-affordable healthcare category from MaharashtraSmita Kolhe (Duo)* in medicine-affordable healthcare category from MaharashtraBombayla Devi Laishram in sports-archery category from ManipurKailash Madbaiya in literature & education category from Madhya PradeshRamesh Babaji Maharaj in social work-animal welfare category from Uttar PradeshVallabhbhai Vasrambhai Marvaniya in agriculture category from GujaratGita Mehta (Foreigner) in literature & education category from USAShadab Mohammad in medicine-dentistry category from Uttar PradeshK K Muhammed in archaeology category from KeralaShyama Prasad Mukherjee in medicine-affordable healthcare category from JharkhandDaitari Naik in social work category from OdishaShankar Mahadevan Narayan in art-vocals-films category from MaharashtraShantanu Narayen (Foreigner) in trade & industry-technology from USANartaki Natraj in art-dance-Bharatnatyam category from Tamil NaduTsering Norboo in medicine-surgery category from Jammu & KashmirAnup Ranjan Pandey in art-music category from ChhattisgarhVenkateswara Rao Yadlapalli in agriculture category from Andhra PradeshHiralal Yadav in arts/vocals/folk category from Uttar PradeshSwami Vishudhananda in spiritualism category from KeralaRam Saran Verma in agriculture category from Uttar PradeshRamaswami Venkataswami in medicine/surgery category from Tamil NaduBharat Bhushan Tyagi in agriculture category from Uttar PradeshJamuna Tudu in social work/environment category from JharkhandSaalumarada Thimmaakka in social work/environment category from KarnatakaRajeev Tharanath in art/music category from KarnatakaAjay Thakur in sports/kabaddi category from Himachal PradeshDevendra Swarup (Posthumous) in literature/journalism category from Uttar PradeshSharada Srinivasan in archaeology category from KarnatakaAnandan Sivamani in art/music category from Tamil NaduJyoti Kumar Sinha in social work category from BiharSultan Singh in animal husbandry category from HaryanaPrashanti Singh in sports/basketball category from Uttar PradeshNarendra Singh in animal husbandry category from HaryanaBrijesh Kumar Shukla in literature/education category from Uttar PradeshMohammad Hanif Khan Shastri in literature/education categoryMahesh Sharma in social work category from Madhya PradeshShabbir Sayyad in social work/animal welfare category from MaharashtraSirivennela Seetharama Sastry in art/lyrics category from TelanganaNagindas Sanghavi in literature/journalism category from MaharashtraMilena Salvini (foreigner) in art/dance category from FranceAnup Sah in art/photography category from UttarakhandDevarapalli Prakash Rao in social work/affordable education from OdishaR V Ramani in medicine/ophthalmology category from Tamil NaduJagat Ram in medicine/ophthalmology category from ChandigarhBajrang Punia in sports/wrestling category from HaryanaKamala Pujhari in agriculture category from OdishaTao Porchon-Lynch (foreigner) in yoga category from USAMadurai Chinna Pillai in social work/microfinance from Tamil NaduHarvinder Singh Phoolka in public affairs category from PunjabHukumchand Patidar in agriculture category from RajasthanBimal Patel in architecture category from GujaratGanpatbhai Patel (foreigner) in literature/education category from USAJagdish Prasad Parikh in agriculture category from RajasthanadvertisementAlso Read | Pranab Mukherjee, Bhupen Hazarika, Nanaji Deshmukh awarded Bharat Ratna, PM Modi heaps praisesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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CALGARY – An Alberta judge has sentenced a man who worked for decades with a young people’s performance group to 10 years in prison for “morally despicable” sex offences against some performers.Justice Larry Ackerl accepted a joint sentencing recommendation Wednesday after Philip Heerema, 55, pleaded guilty midway through his trial in January.Heerema resigned in 2014 from The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts in Calgary when police began investigating several complaints. The six victims were male students between the ages of 15 and 17 who were at the school between 1992 and 2013.Heerema pleaded guilty to charges that included sexual assault, sexual exploitation, luring and making child pornography.“In that formal position of trust and authority, Heerema ingratiated himself into the personal lives of these young men. He became a mentor, a father figure and a perceived friend,” Ackerl said.“His persistent, sophisticated ingratiation moved deliberately to unsettling sexual innuendo and ultimately degenerated into sexual abuse.”The school works with students between the ages of 11 and 18. Their training in dance, voice and performance culminates with grandstand shows during the Calgary Stampede every July.Ackerl said Heerema “identified, targeted, relentlessly pursued and groomed” the young men who the judge said were both especially talented and vulnerable.“Mr. Heerema recognized, manipulated and preyed on their vulnerability in abusing his position of trust,” said Ackerl.“He resoundingly betrayed the trust that these boys had reposed in him. His calculated conduct was morally despicable and ultimately criminal.”Ackerl said Heerema’s remorse for his actions was limited and not considered a mitigating factor in sentencing.“His abuse was serious, tactical and calculated. It arose not from spontaneous, isolated miscalculations. Rather, it revealed a pattern of deliberate and escalated conduct.”Ackerl suggested that Heerema follow the treatment plan laid out by the court psychologist.“I understand through your counsel that you have an interest in exploring access to that treatment. I hope your interest is legitimate and I hope that it is pursued.”The mother of the first victim to come forward with allegations said 10 years isn’t long enough.“I appreciate the judge’s comments. They were very thoughtful, but I wish he had actually done more to admonish Phil. He had an opportunity to say in words that he was a monster and that he still did not accept responsibility,” the woman, who cannot be identified, said outside court.“His apology was not genuine. He never said once he was sorry to the children. He never said I am sorry for what I’ve done,” she said.“What he said was, ‘I’m sorry for the choices I’ve made’ and he made it sound like he was taken down a path by the children and that he went willingly with them.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of FSJ seeks to amend the Cemeteries Bylaw and Council asked for the City to consult with the local Funeral provider for input on the desired changes and return with a report.The City presented a request for a change to Bylaw 2433 at the Committee of the Whole meeting with a presentation developed from a 2016 Master Study and comparison to other communities.The City seeks to change the Bylaw in several areas which included, the Cemeteries operational hours, prices, ornamentation and the language used in the Bylaw. Councillors were concerned with the requested time change. Current hours of operation are 8 am to 5 pm and want them changed to the hours of 9 am to 4 pm. The concern is that the new hours could put additional financial stress on a grieving family if there were to be a reduction in working hours causing overtime charges when dealing with interment.During the City Council meeting, Council directed the staff to consult with the local funeral provider for their input on the presented changes and to bring back a report that also includes a better outline for cost recovery, timeframes for an increase per year based on other communities and the Master study.
CALGARY – Canada Bread Co. says it plans to shut down its Calgary bakery in September, putting about 63 employees out of work.Spokeswoman Sylvia Sicuso said the closure comes after the bakery has seen orders falling over the past three years and is now running at less than 50 per cent of capacity.The company said staff will receive severance packages, help with finding other jobs, and are encouraged to apply for work at other Canada Break operations.Canada Bread said it plans to continue to supply bread to the Western Canadian market from its operations in Langley, B.C., Edmonton and Winnipeg.Mexico-based Grupo Bimbo, one of the world’s largest baking companies with operations in 22 countries, bought Canada Bread in 2014.The company sells bread under brands including Dempster’s, Villaggio, Bon Matin and Vachon. Canada Bread Co. closing Calgary bakery in September, 63 jobs to be lost (Pixabay) by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 14, 2017 3:40 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 14, 2017 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Student Melanie Capac uses Career Zone.Students and employers have it a little easier now that Brock’s job board activity has consolidated into one easy-to-use resource – the Career Zone.In the past, students looking for jobs had to go to three different job boards. So did employers. The choices were the Career Services job board, the Co-Op programs job board and the Faculty of Business job board, said Cara Boese, a Co-Op senior relationships manager.Now there is one portal to access all three. That makes life easier for more than 7,000 employers who post student jobs, and for the thousands of students searching for them, Boese said.“This is the best thing for students,” Boese said. “It’s a more intuitive system. It’s really easy to use, and it gives visibility to all of the areas.”The new site, careerzone.brocku.ca, launched on Aug. 16. Students tested it before the launch.The site enables students to book appointments and choose interview times. They can manage their interview schedules and see a listing of events and workshops across campus. They can also upload documents such as resumes, cover letters and transcripts.Melanie Capac, a third-year Psychology student, likes the more modern version.“It’s a lot easier than the old system,” she said. “It’s more organized and more efficient.”In addition to being “one-stop shopping,” Career Zone acts as a communications tool because news and events are posted there, said Lisa Kuiper, employer development co-ordinator with Career Services.“This assists them with the career information they need to know.”
A NEW LAW passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly means that anyone with a serious conviction cannot become a special political advisor in Stormont.BBC News reports that after a marathon debate in the North’s Assembly the Civil Service (special advisors) Bill was passed by 56 votes to 28 with Sinn Féin and the Greens opposing the law and the SDLP abstaining.Unionist Support ensured the passage of the bill which came about in the wake of Sinn Féin’s appointment of former IRA prisoner Mary McArdle as a special advisor.McArdle was convicted for her part in the murder of Mary Travers, the daughter of a judge, nearly 30 years ago.The law, proposed by Traditional Unionist Voice party member Jim Allister, was on foot of a campaign by Travers’ sister Ann. McArdle has since been moved from her post as advisor to Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín.Sinn Féin has criticised the bill as an abandonment of the Good Friday Agreement but Unionists welcomed the measure.Read: US court reduces number of Boston College tapes to be handed to PSNIRead: Northern Ireland has a choice about ‘what type of summer’ it wants
A few months ago, none of the government or non-government organisations ever tried to take account of the innumerable Bag-Bidhoba (tiger-widows in local parlance) – whose lives were torn to rags in tiger-attacks (in the mangrove thickets of Bali hamlet of Sunderban).For the first time after the Independence, it was the novel mission of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) – who first studied the impact on the survivors in terms of health, both physical and psychosocial, disruption of livelihoods and food insecurity, and opportunity and transaction costs of conflict; and then provided a new lease of life in form of Gandhian charkhas and bee-boxes for many tiger widows, to eke out their livelihood, under its ambitious ‘Employment Generation Programme’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, who inaugurated the spinning work-shed and distributed charkhas and bee-boxes and live bee colonies recently, said that for the benefit of economically backward people of the rural India through Khadi and village industries activities, KVIC has now stepped in the island of Sundarban with rural development activities to provide sustainable earnings to the SC/ST/OBC/minority and other unemployed mass, besides the ‘Tiger victim widows’ who are fighting the aftermath of the fateful incident including bereavement and coping, the cultural stigma related to being killed by a tiger and the consequent discrimination, deprivation, and social rejection. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Many inhabitants of this area, who used to go into the deep forest either for the collection of ‘wild honey’ or for fishing in the nearby canals and rivers, were often killed by the tigers or other animals, subsequently making their families helpless.””Taking it as a prime task for KVIC’s rehabilitation principles, we had given 50 charkhas to them on July 21 this year. And, now, we are inaugurating our ‘Tiger Victim Khadi Katai Kendra’, by providing 50 high-yield eight-spindle new model charkhas (NMCs) and 500 bee-boxes,” he said, adding, “Khadi spinning training on NMCs to 75 women of the Bali village has already been imparted and bee-keeping training to 50 candidates of this village has also been given through our expert trainers. Through spinning activities, these women will start earning from Rs 150 to Rs 200 per day.” Saxena further said, “Our Khadi spinning, training cum production centre has been linked with the steady marketing of the products for the distressed families so that they can earn at least Rs 50000 per year initially,” he said, adding, “We want to bring down human deaths due to tiger attack to zero. Keeping this in mind, we will help villagers in taking up apiculture and weaving in all possible forms right in the villages so that they do not have to venture deep into the forests.”
March 21, 2018 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Arianna Huffington and her team at wellness company Thrive Global might’ve been onto something when they put a mini “Phone Bed” up for sale designed to separate people from their devices while they sleep.A recent study by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, the University of California, San Diego and Disney Research sought to determine how just having your smartphone near you, even if you aren’t looking at it or using it, can affect you cognitively.The team conducted two lab experiments with 800 participants. In one, participants completed math problems while memorizing random letters, to test their capacity to keep track of information while engaging in a complex task. In the other, the researchers presented participants with incomplete image patterns and asked them to select from a set of images to complete each pattern, which tested reasoning and problem-solving.Related: 20 Odd Facts About the Smartphones in Our PocketsThe researchers asked some participants to turn off their phone’s sound and vibration notifications, and some to power off their phones. They then divided the participants, asking some to place their phones in front of them, face-down, others to stow their phones in their pockets or bags and others yet to keep them in another room during the experiments. The participants who performed best on the tasks were of the latter group, followed by the ones who stowed their devices. The worst performers were the ones whose phones were on their desks during the tasks.“Merely having their smartphones out on the desk led to a small but statistically significant impairment of individuals’ cognitive capacity,” the researchers wrote in a summary of their findings in Harvard Business Review, “on par with effects of lacking sleep.” Participants’ whose phones were nearby displayed a diminished ability to learn, reason and develop creative ideas.As for why this happens, the researchers explain that “humans learn to automatically pay attention to things that are habitually relevant to them, even when they are focused on a different task.” This is why your ears perk up when you hear someone say your name across the room, for example, even while you’re in the middle of a conversation with someone else. When you try to ignore the pull of your smartphone, you’re expending effort to suppress this urge, which is a distraction that makes you think less effectively.The researchers also found that participants who identified with statements such as, “I would have trouble getting through a normal day without my cell phone” performed even more poorly than their less-addicted counterparts on tasks when their phones were in close proximity.There’s plenty of anecdotal and scientific evidence to prove that smartphones are detrimental to our health and well being. They’re anxiety inducing, cause car accidents and distract us from work and social bonding. But that doesn’t mean they’re inherently bad. Smartphones, of course, add efficiency, convenience and connectivity to our lives.So keep using your smartphone, the researchers advise. Just carve out times to separate yourself from it when you need to focus.Related video: Be Smart About Writing Off Your Smartphone During Tax Time Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA busy road will be shut throughout the day for the rest of the week – to allow resurfacing work to take place. Junction Road in Leek will be closed between 8am and 4pm each day, with residents being asked not to park on the street. The resurfacing work will start on Wednesday February 21 and finished on Friday February 23. The road will be closed at the junction with the A520 Cheddleton Road – with a diversion, most likely via either Selborne Road or Broad Street, in place during the closure. The street, which is often used as a rat run, has a number of large pot holes, particularly towards the junction with Cheddleton Road. In a letter to Junction Road residents Staffordshire County Council said: “Staffordshire County Council will be undertaking carriageway works in your area. Read MoreTwo charged after ‘substantial’ amount of cocaine seized in Staffordshire Moorlands The road has a number of large pot holes on it “In order for the works to be completed, residents are being asked to park their vehicles off the road between the hours of 8am and 4pm whilst the works are taking place. “This is to allow the workforce full access to the carriageway in order for the work to be carried out. “We would like to apologise for any inconvenience that these essential works may cause.” For the latest traffic and travel news visit our designated feed here.