NAGPUR: Nagpur, with its mix of infrastructure and culture, has the potential to become the centre of development of the country, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Friday. The President, who was on a day-long tour of Nagpur on Friday, visited Deekshabhoomi, where Dr. B.R. Ambedkar converted to Buddhism with lakhs of his followers in 1956. Mr. Kovind also inaugurated the Suresh Bhat Natya Sabhagrah and a vipassana meditation centre at the Dragon Palace Temple complex in Kamptee area on the outskirts of Nagpur. This was his first visit to Maharashtra after assuming the office of President. “Maharashtra is the karmabhoomi of many revolutionaries, social reformers, and saints. The list of great social and political leaders produced by the State is a long one. Maharashtra was one of the main centres of the freedom struggle. Many important chapters of the freedom movement, including the Quit India movement of 1942, were written in Maharashtra. Mahatma Gandhi regarded Gopal Krishna Gokhale as his guru, and made Wardha his workplace,” Mr. Kovind said at the inauguration of the Suresh Bhat Natya Sabhagrah. He added, “Maharashtra is not only a hub of industry and business of the country, but that of its culture and art as well. Mumbai is described as the economic capital of India. By linking its heritage of education and culture with trade and technology, Maharashtra is giving strength to the entire country in the 21st century. In the quest for development and economic change, we have to take care to keep our cultural moorings intact. In this context, Maharashtra is setting an example for the nation.” He appreciated “the rapid development of modern infrastructure in Nagpur”. “The Zero Mile Nagpur, traditionally regarded the geographical centre of the country, has the potential to become the centre of development of India as well,” the President said. Earlier, at the inauguration of the vipassana centre, Mr. Kovind called vipassana an effective way to cleanse our mind and body. He said the ideals of Buddhist philosophy were reflected in the Constitution.
“We’re good. At least, the team’s composure was tested in that game against Japan. Even though our opponents came back, the team showed that we don’t get rattled that easily,” he said.He also believes that his fellow guards Kevin Alas and Kiefer Ravena will perform better after their silent showing in Tokyo especially with the game being played at home.“It was our first game and it’s noticeable that we still lacked in preparation. But after that, I think we can play well,” he said. “We got lots of open shots that didn’t go in, and hopefully, it will all go down in our home floor.”ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas may be the favored team against Chinese Taipei on Monday, but Jayson Castro reminded his team not let its guard down against its fierce rival.“We can’t be that confident because Chinese Taipei had beaten us before,” Castro said after team practice Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Reyes: Japan and Taipei ‘very similar’ Castro harked back to the two nations’ clash in the 2016 Fiba Asia Challenge in Iran, where the Taiwanese topped a young Gilas crew.Roger Pogoy, Mac Belo, and Carl Bryan Cruz were the lone remnants of that team and that loss is still fresh in their memories.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That’s a good example for us to learn from, and a motivation for us not to let that happen again,” said Castro.The speedy playmaker liked what he saw from the Philippines’ 77-71 win over Japan last Friday. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments
Surging Tennessee beats West Virginia for 14th straight win US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Bader comfortably won his first two Grand Prix fights, stopping Muhammed Lawal and earning a decision over Matt Mitrione.The vaunted wrestler has been known to make mistakes in striking exchanges during his bouts, but he didn’t even give Fedor a chance to hurt him.Emelianenko has always made up for his lack of heavyweight size with quickness and athleticism, but he was stopped for the fourth time in his last 11 fights.Emelianenko and Bader won two fights apiece to reach the final of the tournament conceived last year by Bellator to highlight its biggest stars.Emelianenko stopped veterans Frank Mir and Chael Sonnen in the first round of his fights, demonstrating his feared punching power hadn’t diminished much with age.ADVERTISEMENT Bader added the heavyweight title to his 205-pound light heavyweight belt with his seventh consecutive victory. The former Arizona State wrestler showed his dominance in Bellator’s biggest weight classes with two opening-minute stoppages while winning his three bouts in the eight-man Grand Prix.The quickest loss in the 42-year-old Emelianenko’s storied career also might have been his final fight. Although he had won seven of his past eight bouts, The Last Emperor (38-6) planned to consider retirement even with a victory — and his chin could no longer hold up to punches from the likes of Bader.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I want to give it up to that man across the cage from me,” Bader said. “He’s had a storied career. One of the best to ever do it. It’s an honor for me to be in the cage with him and win the heavyweight title. Lot of respect to him.”The 35-year-old Bader is one of the world’s top fighters outside the UFC, where he competed for eight years before leaving in 2017. He won the light heavyweight title in his first bout for Bellator, and he entered the Grand Prix for the chance to join the small club of fighters to hold two belts simultaneously in a major MMA promotion. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Ryan Bader stopped Fedor Emelianenko just 35 seconds into the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix finale Saturday night, becoming the first Bellator fighter to hold two championship belts simultaneously.Bader (27-5) floored the vaunted Russian heavyweight with a left hook from distance in the opening exchanges of their long-anticipated bout. He added a right hand on the ground and a hammer fist, forcing the early stoppage at the famous Forum south of downtown Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT The former Russian Army firefighter was a near-mythical figure in the early years of MMA’s growth into an international sport. Emelianenko, who trained in judo and the Russian martial art of sambo, won 30 of his first 32 MMA fights while landing a string of spectacular knockouts and excelling as a heavyweight despite standing just 6 feet tall.Emelianenko never fought in the UFC even after numerous attempts to bring him to the sport’s biggest promotion, which meant he never faced some of the sport’s top competition. Although his aura of invincibility dissipated with three consecutive losses in 2010-11 and a subsequent three-year hiatus from competition, he was on a lengthy roll of success heading into the grand prix finale.In a co-main event between two elite featherweights from nearby Whittier, California, Henry Corrales stopped promising prospect Aaron Pico with one spectacular punch just 67 seconds in. Pico knocked down Corrales and nearly finished him in the opening minute, but Corrales got up and landed a right hand to the head, rendering Pico unconscious on his feet.Former professional wrestler Jake Hager also made a successful pro MMA debut, submitting 41-year-old heavyweight J.W. Kiser in the first round with an arm triangle.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments
All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme took six for 41 in the best haul for a New Zealand cricketer on debut as the hosts dismissed Pakistan for 133 before tea on the second day of the first Test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Friday. The Black Caps reached 104/3 at stumps on Day 2.The 30-year-old seamer, a surprise selection in the squad, also became the eighth New Zealander to take a five-wicket haul on debut.De Grandhomme repaid the selectors’ faith with a nagging line and length and did just enough off the pitch and through the air to create doubt for Pakistan’s batsmen. (Scorecard)The visitors had resumed after lunch on 88 for four with Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq on 15 with Asad Shafiq on 16.They failed to add to that score when De Grandhomme took his fourth wicket, Shafiq caught at second slip by Raval, his third catch of the innings.Misbah and the aggressive Safraz Ahmed took the score past 100 before Tim Southee had the wicketkeeper caught in the gully for seven, before Trent Boult bowled Mohammad Amir for three.De Grandhomme completed his five-wicket haul when he had Sohail Khan caught at short midwicket before Misbah’s resistance of 108 balls ended on 31 when caught at mid-off by Kane Williamson off Boult.The Auckland all-rounder then wrapped up the innings when Rahat Ali nicked behind to wicketkeeper BJ Watling for a five-ball duck.Thursday’s opening day was washed out and Williamson wasted little time in asking the visitors to bat on a green wicket after he won the toss.advertisementPakistan’s openers Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam saw off the new ball attack of Southee and Boult with relative ease until Williamson introduced De Grandhomme in the ninth over.The gamble paid off with the seamer taking three wickets before the break as he bowled Ali for 15 and had Babar Azam (7) and Younus Khan (2) caught behind.Southee took the other wicket in the first session when Aslam was caught by Raval at second slip for 19.
Australian Nick Kyrgios shrugged off injury concerns and kept his emotions in check to outclass Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-6 6-3 on Tuesday and book his spot in the second round of the French Open.The 18th seed, who fired a total of 20 aces, including six in the first set alone, which he raced though in 30 minutes.A mini-break in the tie break was enough to hand him the second set as Kohlschreiber struggled with the Australian’s whipped groundstrokes and repeated audacious dropshots.Kyrgios, notorious for his periodic bad temper and sulks on court, sealed his victory on his first match point.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — His departure rescued Roma. His arrival revitalized Liverpool.When the two clubs meet over two legs in the Champions League semifinals, the matches will also serve as a celebration of Mohamed Salah, a player who means more to Roma and Liverpool than they could ever have imagined.The Egypt winger left Roma for Liverpool in June last year for 42 million euros ($50 million). In an offseason when the Premier League spent record sums and Neymar would soon go on to change the sport’s financial landscape by joining Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million euros, Salah’s transfer wasn’t unnoticed but was hardly agenda-setting.It has proved a significant piece of business.For Roma, it helped balance the club’s books, erasing a big chunk of its deficit at a time when the Italian side was facing potential financial fair play penalties from UEFA.“Anyone who understands a bit of this business knows that that’s like having a sword pointed at your neck,” said Ramon “Monchi” Rodriguez, Roma’s director of sport and essentially its mastermind in the transfer market.Selling Salah was a wrench. He combined for 26 goals (scored 15, set up 11) in Serie A in the final season of his 18 months in the Italian capital, second only to Jose Callejon of Napoli. He had quickly become a fans’ favourite. The then-Roma coach, Luciano Spalletti, had helped develop Salah’s all-around game so he was more than just a speedy winger, but an efficient and creative one, too.As it turned out, $50 million was a bargain.Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game, during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool, at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Saturday April 21, 2018. (Nigel French/PA via AP)On Sunday, Salah collected the Player of the Year award in English soccer, which is voted by his fellow professionals, after a stunning first season at Liverpool in which he has scored 41 goals in all competitions. He hasn’t failed to score in 2018 in a home league game at Anfield, where supporters idolize him and serenade him with songs.That’s even more the case in his home country, where he is regarded as a national hero by soccer-crazed Egyptian fans and murals of him adorn walls in Egypt’s capital, Cairo.Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has run out of superlatives to describe Salah but deserves credit for finding a way to get the best out of him.Starting matches as virtually a right winger, Salah regularly drifts inside and finds himself playing as the central striker, with Roberto Firmino — nominally Liverpool’s center forward — dropping deeper to link up play and create space.His trademark finish for much of the season saw him cut inside and curl a shot into the far corner. He has developed another in recent weeks, the cheeky dink over the goalkeeper following an angled run into the penalty box. He did just that at Etihad Stadium to score the goal against Manchester City that all but sealed Liverpool’s place in the Champions League semifinals.Fate ensured Roma would be Salah’s next opponent in the competition.“The Italian defenders are famous for not being friendly,” Klopp said, “so I think Mo will feel early in the game that they are not his teammates anymore and then he can strike back in a football way.”The Italian side, now under coach Eusebio Di Francesco, also somehow managed to prosper without Salah, getting to the last four of Europe’s top competition for the first time since reaching the final in 1984. The opponent that year: Liverpool.Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game, during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool, at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Saturday April 21, 2018. (Nigel French/PA via AP)Di Francesco has tried several players in Salah’s role as an attacking winger on the right, with varying degrees of success: Gregoire Defrel, Stephan el Shaarawy, Gerson, Patrik Schick, Diego Perotti, Alessandro Florenzi and even Radja Nainggolan.However, it is 20-year-old Cengiz Under who is proving a revelation in that role in the second half of his first season at the club.Under struggled initially after his move from Istanbul-based side Basaksehir for 13 million euros ($16 million), and was not involved in any goals in his first 14 matches with Roma. Yet he scored six goals in February and March, and returned from injury by coming off the bench in the second leg of the quarterfinals against Barcelona and delivering the corner that set up Kostas Manolas’ goal to seal a 3-0 win and historic comeback from 4-1 down in the first leg.“Imagine where Roma would be if they still had Salah,” Klopp recently said. Maybe in financial chaos and with UEFA-imposed limits on its wage bill, transfer spending and squad size in the Champions League.Salah now is potentially worth four times more than Liverpool bought him for. He is regularly linked with a move to Real Madrid, but he always dreamed of playing for Liverpool as a kid. He remembers playing as Liverpool on the FIFA video game as an 18-year-old, when he was with El Mokawloon in the Egyptian league.“I feel he is in a great place, with a great set of lads,” Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said. “He is going in the right direction with us.”That direction is potentially the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26. Unless his old club can hatch a plan to stop him.—By STEVE DOUGLAS , AP Sports WriterLiverpool’s Mohamed Salah scores his side’s second goal of the game, during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool, at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Saturday April 21, 2018. 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World No. 1 T20 team Pakistan succumbed to a nine-wicket loss to Australia in a Twenty20 tri-series match on Monday.Fast bowler Billy Stanlake claimed four wickets and captain Aaron Finch blazed his way to an unbeaten half-century as Australia crushed Pakistan by nine wickets in a Pakistan, which thumped Zimbabwe by 74 runs in the opening game on Sunday, was stunned by Stanlake’s early burst of 4-8 and was dismissed for 116.Earlier, Finch opted to field after winning the toss and Stanlake blew away the top order before Andrew Tye finished off the tail with 3-38. Shadab Khan top-scored with 29 as Pakistan top order batsmen crumbled against Stanlake’s pace and bounce.Finch then led Australia to 117-1 in 10.5 overs by smashing six 6s and four 4s in an unbeaten 68 off 33 balls.Australia have beaten Pakistan by nine wickets in the second match of the Tri series in Zimbabwe! Billy Stanlake’s amazing 4/8 helped restrict Pakistan to 116, before Finch’s devastating 68 from 33 saw the Aussies home! #PAKvAUS pic.twitter.com/PHnpb1kCPOICC (@ICC) July 2, 2018″We had a disappointing tour of the UK. It’s great for us to get a nice start in the series,” Stanlake said, referring to Australia’s six defeats against England in last month’s five one-day internationals and one-off T20.”My role is to be aggressive up front and take wickets in the powerplay.”Finch picked up three slip catches as Pakistan was reduced to 24-4.”The tone the bowlers set with the ball on a pretty good wicket was fantastic,” Finch said. “We’ve been putting in plans, it did not come off in England, (but) it was a pretty polished performance here.”advertisementPakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed said his team’s torrid start was tough to overcome.”The toss is very important, if you lose too many wickets in the first six overs, you can’t survive in the match,” he said. “Credit to Stanlake, he bowled with pace and bounce.”Australia takes on Zimbabwe in the next match on Tuesday.(With AP inputs)
Spanish Tennis star Rafael Nadal has gotten engaged to his long-term girlfriend, Mery Perello, who he has been courting for 14 years. The couple plan to get married in Mallorca in autumn this year.According to a report in a celebrity news magazine called ‘Hello!’, Nadal had proposed to Mery, who is also known as Xisca, back in May if 2018 while on a romantic trip to Rome. The couple had managed to keep the news of the engagement quite for the last eight months.Mery, whose birth name is Maria Francisca Perello, is a 30-year-old insurance worker and business graduate, accordint to a report in Daily Mail. Mery, the report also adds, as a project director for the Rafa Nadal Foundation, a charity Nadal founded ten years ago.In a previous interview with Hello!, Nadal had spoken about his love for children and wanting to start a family.”Obviously, I have the intention of forming a family. I love children and I would like my children to do what they like.” Mery too in an interview to The Telegraph back in 2011, spoke about her relationship with Nadal, saying why they were not seen together despite courting for fourteen years.”Travelling together everywhere, even if I could, would not be good either for him or for me,” she said.”He needs his space when he is competing, and just the idea of me hanging around waiting on his needs all day wears me out. It would asphyxiate me.”And then he would have to be worrying about me… No. If I followed him everywhere, I think there’s a risk we might stop getting along,” she added.advertisementAlso Read | Novak Djokovic was fantastic in the Australian Open final: Rafael NadalAlso Read | Andy Murray undergoes hip surgery again: Hopefully this will be the end of my pain
Liverpool 2 Newcastle United 0: Salah scores again to send Reds second Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 03:23 3/4/18 Getty Images Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool scored the 200th PL goal of his reign in a 2-0 defeat of Newcastle United, Mohamed Salah on target again. Mohamed Salah scored his 24th Premier League goal of the season as Liverpool moved up to second place with a 2-0 home win against former manager Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle United.Salah struck the opener, finding the net for his seventh appearance in a row for the Reds, maintaining a stunning run of goalscoring since arriving at Anfield from Roma.Newcastle deployed a packed defence but Salah found a way through before half-time, finishing off Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pass to put Liverpool on track for a solid win ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League visit of Porto. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And when Liverpool cut Newcastle open again, Sadio Mane finishing off a fine team move to score the 200th league goal of Jurgen Klopp’s reign, the game was effectively over as a contest.Benitez’s men rarely looked like scoring, with Newcastle left 16th in the table and just two points above the relegation zone, with captain Jamaal Lascelles seemingly fortunate not to see red in stoppage time for a push on the clean-through Salah.Liverpool climb above Manchester United into second and Klopp’s men have built a seven-point cushion from fifth-placed Chelsea in the race to secure Champions League qualification, with Antonio Conte’s side in action at the Premier League’s runaway leaders Manchester City on Sunday.200 – Sadio Mané’s goal was the 200th that Liverpool have scored in the Premier League under Jürgen Klopp. Since he was appointed, only Man City (214) have scored more often in the competition. Exciting. pic.twitter.com/uBFXMpplaO — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 3, 2018 Mane’s heavy touch denied the winger a sight of goal in the early minutes, while Salah sent a volley into the side-netting, but both attackers would find the target later.Florian Lejeune’s ambitious long-range free-kick posed no problems for Loris Karius, Martin Dubravka showing sharp reflexes to keep out a Dejan Lovren header at the other end.Newcastle’s determined defending was denying Liverpool space, but Salah dallied when he could have fired at goal, Lejeune recovering to make a block.Salah did not waste his next opportunity, though, breaking the deadlock in the 40th minute to score his 32nd goal of the season in all competitions.No player within the big five European leagues has scored in more competitive club games than Mo Salah (26 games) this season. pic.twitter.com/XFRgMsGnqR — Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 3, 2018 A ricochet in midfield fell to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who fed Salah for the Egypt international to take a sharp touch out of his feet and hit a crisp finish through the legs of Dubravka.Karius made a brilliant save high to his right to palm over a looping Mohamed Diame strike after Mikel Merino’s backheel teed up a first-time drive.Salah wanted a penalty for handball early in the second half when Lascelles blocked his shot in the box, but referee Graham Scott waved his appeals away.Liverpool doubled their lead in the 55th minute, though, with Mane on target for the third game in a row in all competitions.Beautiful passing combinations and superb movement led to Roberto Firmino setting up Mane, with the Senegal forward – involved earlier in the sweeping attack – beating Dubravka with a super curling strike.The intensity dropped from Klopp’s men thereafter, their energy levels protected ahead of Tuesday, but there was never any sign of a Magpies fightback and Lascelles somehow avoided punishment when he brought down Salah on the edge of the box with the last action of the game.Newcastle have not won at Anfield since 1994 and they were largely toothless here, Benitez’s side slipping closer to the relegation zone after a tame defeat, but Liverpool continue to thrive following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. Key Opta Stats:- Liverpool are now unbeaten in 22 successive home league games against Newcastle United (W18 D4 L0).- The Reds have scored more Premier League goals against Newcastle than they have versus any other side in the competition.- Salah has scored in each of his last seven games for Liverpool in all competitions – the last player to do so in more successive matches was Daniel Sturridge in February 2014 (8). read more
Premier Rodney MacDonald today, April 24, announced that Angus MacIsaac has been appointed acting Minister of Finance, and will remain deputy premier and Minister of Transportation and Public Works. Mr. MacIsaac replaces Michael Baker who has taken time off for health reasons. Mr. MacIsaac has been the MLA for the constituency of Antigonish, since elected to the House of Assembly in 1999. -30-
Mumbai: Four opposition Congress-NCP legislators in Maharashtra resigned from the State Assembly on Tuesday, amid talk of their joining the ruling BJP. NCP MLAs Shivendrasinhraje Bhosale (Satara), Vaibhav Pichad (Akole) and Sandeep Naik (Airoli) and Congress MLA Kalidas Kolambkar (Naigaon) handed over their resignation letters separately to Speaker Haribhau Bagade at the state legislature building Vidhan Bhawan in south Mumbai. I am more interested in protecting the interest of my assembly constituency,” said Bhosale, whose cousin Udayanraje Bhosale is NCP MP from Satara. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Vaibhav Pichad hails from Akole tehsil in Ahmednagar district and is the son of former NCP minister Madhukar Pichad. Vaibhav’s assembly segment adjoins that of Balasaheb Thorat, the new state Congress president. Maharashtra BJP leaders have been harping that the party aims to win at least 220 of the total 288 Assembly seats along with allies. Kolambkar is a seven-term lawmaker from Mumbai, while Shivendrasinhraje Bhosale won the Satara seat in 2014 by 47,813 votes. The four MLAs are likely to join the BJP on Wednesday, sources said. These would be the latest inductions in the BJP ahead of Maharashtra Assembly polls due in just over two months. NCP’s Mumbai unit chief Sachin Ahir recently quit the party to join the Shiv Sena, while Jaydutt Kshirsagar, NCP leader and former Maharashtra Minister, joined the Shiv Sena in May.
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Rabat – The national library in Rabat hosted an academic conference earlier this week on “religious discourse in Morocco between innovation and tradition.” It was organized by the Moroccan Youth Network in collaboration with the Moroccan Center of Youth and Democratic Transition sponsored by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation.Three panelists participated in the colloquium, including Professor Khadija Sabbar, a researcher and activist, Professor Mustapha Buhendi, a lecturer and researcher in comparative religions, and Professor Nourdine Zahi, a sociologist. The purpose of the event was to highlight the regression of religious discourse in Morocco and to hold a debate on the desperate need for transformation regarding religious discussions.Professor Sabbar explained the benefits of the Arab Spring regarding the position of women in society and religion, despite the vacillation of religious discourse in many Arab countries. “The Arab uprising led youngsters to ask for change in the position of women in society and religious discourse,” Sabbar said.Throughout the seminar, the panelists agreed on the importance of creating a stable environment suitable for healthy discussions about religion. The professors also stressed the need to avoid a discourse that would prompt Moroccan youth to make accusations against one another and increase discrimination among Moroccans.Professor Azahi talked about the importance of changing our perception of religion so we can renovate religious discourse. “Society creates the image of religion,” Azahi said. “While there is one God, we tend to create different images of God depending on the religious discourse,” Azahi explained.Professor Buhendi added that “religious ideologies are mortal; they must die in order for other religious ideologies to emerge because they are related to certain era only.”Moreover, he also explained that the books of the Abrahamic religions are addressed to human beings, and that Muslims, Christians and Jews have created the discriminatory discourse that exists to some extent today. According to Professor Buhendi, we should focus on progressive thinking rather than sticking to Islamic regulations.Edited By Liz Yaslik© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
The Sri Lanka Rupee depreciated against the US Dollar today.The Rupee fell to Rs. 178.10 against the USD at close of trading today.
Property owners and visitors to the Lake Erie shoreline are warned to expect flooding for the foreseeable future now that the lake is at its highest level ever recorded.National Hydrological Services confirmed May 6 that Lake Erie has reached its highest level since record-keeping began. NHS reports that the lake is three centimetres higher than the previous record of May, 1985.On the basis of this information, the Long Point Region Conservation Authority warns that water over the road and ponding in low-lying communities such as Turkey Point and Long Point will be chronic until further notice.Ben Hodi, the LPRCA’s water resources analyst, said the record water volume has given rise to new effects along the lakeshore.“Typically, flooding along the lakeshore results from strong and sustained south-west winds,” Hodi said Wednesday in a news release.“However, over the past few weeks, winds from the north, north-east, and north-west have caused flooding. The extremely high lake level is greatly increasing the risk of flooding with relatively mild winds from any direction.”LPRCA warns property owners to expect periodic “shoreline flooding, beach submersion, crawl space and septic system inundation, and wave-driven erosion along the shoreline.”The situation at Long Point Provincial Park at the east end of Erie Boulevard in Long Point is a harbinger of things to come. The park was shut down and occupants evacuated Sunday due to flooding of the 375-acre facility.On Monday, Ontario Parks took the unusual step of cancelling camping in Long Point over the Victoria Day holiday weekend. The park’s status will be reviewed next week.Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele raised the matter near the end of Tuesday’s council meeting. He said regular visitors to Long Point will be surprised at how little beach is left after months of raging wave erosion.As well, Masschaele is working with Norfolk staff to get the message out to southern Ontario that Long Point Provincial Park will be indisposed this weekend and that tourists should tailor their plans accordingly.Mayor Kristal Chopp said she understands the need for this but added there are many fine businesses in Long Point that deserve the public’s patronage. Chopp advised all involved to “finesse the language” so that commercial activity in Long Point doesn’t stop entirely.In the LPRCA’s latest “flood watch,” Hodi said Lake Erie — at rest — is now 175 metres above sea level. There is potential for the lake to go even higher if this spring’s steady rain continues into June.During the previous record year of 1985, a fierce winter storm damaged or destroyed dozens of cottages in Long Point. The damage was so severe along Hastings Drive that the former Haldimand-Norfolk Region responded by imposing a hazard land designation.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
For hours yesterday, the road between Totota and neighbouring Salala town was packed with a sea of anxious and tired people, dragging their feet under the enormous weight of their belongings, uprooted by fears of fresh violence in the area. Without immediate assistance, the UN fears they could walk all the way to Monrovia, already tense and overcrowded after months of fighting between rebels and government forces. As part of an inter-agency emergency effort, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today dispatched trucks with plastic sheeting, food and water for the thousands of newly displaced people. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other non-governmental agencies are providing high-protein biscuits and other necessities.”It is not completely clear why the people decided to leave en masse, but it is clear that they are afraid,” said Julien Vrancken, the agency’s Field Security Advisor. “The news of a nearby attack by LURD (Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy) and the arrival of government militia in the camps, harassing and looting, were enough for more than 50,000 people to pack their bags and leave.”Even on the road, militiamen in stolen cars continued to harass the fleeing population all the way to Salala, UNHCR said. Most of the people ended up for the night in one of the IDP camps there. This camp, Salala 1, was built for 7,000 people but is presently housing 30,000. The new influx could increase that number to over 80,000.To improve security in the area, the West African peacekeeping troops inside Monrovia have agreed to send patrols all the way to Totota. Additional convoys of emergency aid have been planned for Friday and Saturday. At the same time, a temporary transit centre may be built in Salala or Kakata, further south towards Monrovia, where many people were seen heading.Back in the capital, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative and Coordinator of UN Operations in Liberia, Jacques Paul Klein, meet with a delegation from the Women in Peace-building Network Liberia (WIPNET). The women expressed their concern over the suffering of the population in areas where incidents of fighting have been reported over the past few days. The leader of the delegation presented Mr. Klein with a petition calling on the UN to use every means to ensure that the warring parties adhered to the ceasefire. In their presence, Mr. Klein telephoned ECOMIL Force Commander Brigadier-General Okonkwo to relay the group’s message and to ask ECOMIL to do what it could to ensure a secure environment in as wide an area as possible.
United Nations troops have made steady progress in stabilizing Liberia and are now deployed almost throughout the country but challenges remain as the country attempts to consolidate peace, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report released today.Noting a number of positive developments, Mr. Annan hails the establishment of an interim national police force and the launching of the selection of recruits for the new Liberian Police Service. “The efforts to rehabilitate the judiciary, reform the corrections system and facilitate the extension of State administration throughout Liberia are similarly making progress,” Mr. Annan writes. The increasingly stable security situation has resulted in an improved human rights situation and facilitated wider humanitarian access, he adds.At the same time, the report cautions that “many daunting challenges still lie ahead.” The security situation could turn volatile again before the disarmament and demobilization of combatants is completed and the programme for the longer-term, sustained reintegration of ex-soldiers gathers momentum. In addition, the Government’s capacity to deliver services and extend its authority throughout the country remains “extremely limited,” the report notes. The country’s national resources must be managed properly in order to generate “sorely needed” national revenue.Mr. Annan also appeals for global assistance for Liberia’s peace process. “The programme for the reintegration of former combatants and the repatriation of non-Liberian combatants will equally require the generous support of the international community,” he says.”Without an effective reintegration programme, the entire disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and reintegration programme could be seriously undermined, possibly resulting in renewed insecurity in the country,” he warns.
Wide view of the Security Council Chamber during its meeting on South Sudan. UN Photo/Manuel Elias The UN chief also said that violence has spread to include previously stable areas of northern Jonglei. Noting that the peace process remains at a standstill, Mr. Guterres said that Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous, who returned yesterday from a trip to South Sudan, emphasized the critical importance of an inclusive political process in ensuring the well-being of the country’s people.Mr. Guterres warned that despite the alarm sounded by the UN and the international community over this crisis, the Government has yet to express any meaningful concern or take any tangible steps to address the plight of its people.“On the contrary, what we hear most often are denials – a refusal by the leadership to even acknowledge the crisis or to fulfil its responsibility to end it,” he said.Mr. Guterres underscored the need to ensure unrestricted humanitarian access, including freedom of movement for UNMISS and a future Regional Protection Force, which was authorized by the Security Council in August 2016.“But no such force, and no amount of diplomacy, can substitute for the lack of political will among those who govern the country,” emphasized Mr. Guterres, noting that there is a strong consensus that South Sudanese leaders need to do more to demonstrate their commitment to the well-being of the country’s people, who are among the poorest in the world. “If there is to be any hope of those leaders changing their current calculations, greater pressure is needed. This means first and foremost that the region and the Security Council must speak with one voice,” he stated.He also warned that the dangers of South Sudan’s trajectory should not be underestimated. “Atrocity crimes have occurred with impunity, and the potential for serious deterioration remains very real. Credible mechanisms for accountability are a must,” he said. “All the optimism that accompanied the birth of South Sudan has been shattered by internal divisions, rivalries and the irresponsible behaviour of some of its leaders,” Mr. Guterres said during a Security Council briefing.“As a result, a country that had seen a brief glimmer of hope for a better future has plunged back into darkness. We have to do everything in our power to change this,” he stressed.South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 but a political face-off between President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar plunged the country into full blown conflict in December 2013.Providing a detailed overview, Mr. Guterres said civilians continue to be subjected to horrendous attacks, including rape and the recruitment of children. More than 1.9 million people are displaced internally, more than 220,000 of whom are seeking safety in protection sites of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Some 1.6 million people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.“The humanitarian crisis continues to deepen. One hundred thousand people are enduring famine, one million are on the verge of that fate, and 5.5 million may be severely food insecure by this summer,” he explained.Moreover at least 7.5 million people across South Sudan – almost two thirds of the population – need humanitarian assistance. Three years of conflict have eroded livelihoods and disrupted farming, including in the Equatorias, the country’s breadbasket.
Visitors will be able to register for the tyre industry’s premier event, InterTyre, online at www.intertyre.com from today. The site already contains a wealth of information about the show, and online registration is yet another enhancement enabling visitors to beat the queues and make the most of their time at this exciting event.SMMT Exhibitions Manager, Tim Maunder explained the system, ‘Online registration couldn’t be simpler’, he said. ‘It’s just a matter of logging on to the site and with just a couple of ‘clicks’ from the front page you’re into the registration form. This fast-track system has been used by the SMMT for several other shows, and to great effect’.Along with the show itself, the Website is an entirely new concept, conceived to deliver everything that both exhibitors and visitors need to make maximum use of their time at the event. Along with all the latest show news and press information, there are full exhibitor lists and detailed information of all the products and services on show.-Ends-Notes to Editors Visitors will enjoy free entry to the Show with a complimentary Show guide, and they will be able to pre-register entry on the official Show Website – www.intertyre.comClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) InterTyre runs alongside The European Automotive Trade Show at the NEC, Birmingham, from 29 April-2 May 2001. Visitors will be able to move freely between the shows, which are held in adjoining halls. Opening hours for the exhibition are: Sunday 29 April – Wednesday 2 May, 09:30-18:00