Advocating for Maternal Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases

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first_imgPosted on January 25, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Christopher Lindahl, of the MHTF, recently wrote a post for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases on the links between maternal health and neglected tropical diseases as global health issues. Be sure to check it out.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img


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first_imgCanadian talent nominated at the 89th Academy AwardsHoward Barish, co-producer (13th), Documentary (Feature)Sylvain Bellemare (Arrival), Sound EditingBernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye (Arrival), Sound MixingRyan Gosling (La La Land), Actor in a Leading RoleShawn Levy, co-producer (Arrival), Best PictureTheodore Ushev (Blind Vaysha), Short Film (Animated), National Film Board of CanadaPatrice Vermette (Arrival), Production DesignDenis Villeneuve (Arrival), DirectingAbout Telefilm Canada—Inspired by talent. Viewed everywhere.Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2013, the Talent Fund accepts private donations to principally support emerging talent. Visit telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/telefilm_canada and on Facebook at facebook.com/telefilmcanada. Facebook “On behalf of everyone at Telefilm Canada, I’d like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all of this year’s Canadian Oscar nominees. This recognition of Canadian talent and creativity shines brightly on the world stage,” said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada.“Over the last 50 years, Telefilm Canada has grown with the Canadian audiovisual industry, which has matured into a vital sector of activity at home and abroad. We are proud of the talent that our industry has developed, and continues to develop, as today’s Oscar nominations clearly demonstrates.“Canadians around the country have much to be proud of today and I wish the very best of luck to all the Canadians who are in the running for an Oscar this year.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


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first_imgCOPENHAGEN – A ferry with around 300 people on board was stranded in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday after the ship’s engine failed, the Danish operator said. No injuries were reported and an evacuation wasn’t immediately necessary.The breakdown aboard the Regina Seaways produced smoke, which triggered the ship’s fire extinguishing system in the engine room, Copenhagen-based DFDS Seaways said. The vessel was in international waters off Kaliningrad, Russia’s Baltic Sea exclave between Poland and Lithuania.“We are talking about a malfunction in the engine room that caused a lot of smoke,” DFDS spokesman Gert Jakobsen told The Associated Press. “Right now we are inspecting the engine room to find out whether the ship can sail on its own or needs to be tugged.”He said passengers had assembled at muster stations in preparation for a possible evacuation, but the “situation is under control.”The ferry, which also had cars and trucks on board, was travelling from Kiel, Germany to Klaipeda, Lithuania’s port city north of Kaliningrad. The crossing, one of DFDS’ many in the Baltic Sea region, normally takes about 20 hours.“On these kinds of crossings we have people from Germany, the Baltic countries and Russia. We cannot say now who was onboard,” Jakobsen said.The ship is about 85 kilometres (50 miles) from Klaipeda, said Vaidas Klumbys, another DFDS spokesman.He said that on Tuesday afternoon “we received the information from the ship that it was undergoing vibrations and smoke rising from the engines.”Russian state news agency Tass quoted Andrei Permyakov, head of the sea rescue co-ordinationcentre in Kaliningrad, as saying that rescuers from Lithuania, Russia and Poland responded.Lithuania’s navy said one of its helicopters and three navy vessels were sent to the site in case an evacuation was necessary. The regional news agency, Baltic News Services, quoted Klumbys as saying “the weather conditions are not good.”Forecasts for the southeastern part of the Baltic Sea said there were gale force winds, rain showers, poor visibility and risk of thunder storms in the region.Jakobsen wasn’t aware of any rescue operation, saying there was no evacuation.“But in this kind of situation, everyone steps in,” he said.The Regina Seaways was built in 2010 and can carry up to 500 passengers.___David Keyton in Stockholm, Liudas Dapkus in Vilnius, Lithuania, and Jim Heintz in Moscow, contributed to this story.___A previous version of this story was corrected to show that Kiel is in Germany, not Lithuania.last_img read more


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first_imgGeneva: Climate change may threaten the survival of of marine mammals such as dolphins, and have more far-reaching consequences for their conservation than previously thought, according to a study. In early 2011, a heatwave caused the water temperatures to rise to more than four degrees above the annual average, said researchers from the University of Zurich (UZH) in Switzerland. The extended period caused a substantial loss of seagrass, which drives the Shark Bay ecosystem, a UNESCO world heritage site in Western Australia. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USResearchers from UZH have now investigated how this environmental damage has affected survival and reproduction of dolphins. They used long-term data on hundreds of animals collected over a ten-year period from 2007 to 2017. Their analyses revealed that the dolphins’ survival rate had fallen by 12 per cent following the heatwave of 2011. Moreover, female dolphins were giving birth to fewer calves — a phenomenon that lasted at least until 2017, researchers said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”The extent of the negative influence of the heatwave surprised us,” said Sonja Wild, a former PhD candidate at the University of Leeds in the UK. “It is particularly unusual that the reproductive success of females appears to have not returned to normal levels, even after six years,” Wild said in a statement. There are several possible explanations for this phenomenon, for instance neglect of calves, increased newborn mortality, delayed sexual maturity or a combination thereof, but researchers have not yet been able to investigate them in detail. Interestingly, the heatwave did not have the same effect on all dolphin groups, researchers said. Dolphins that use sponges as tools — a socially learned foraging technique that helps dolphins to locate food in deep water — were not as badly affected as those that do not use this technique. “Nevertheless, our work raises concerns that such sudden events might have quite negative long-term effects even in groups of marine mammals that are known to adapt usually well to novel environmental conditions,” said Wild. The study shows for the first time that marine heatwaves not only affect organisms at lower levels of the food chain, but also might have considerable long-term consequences for the animals at the top, such as dolphins. “Marine heatwaves are likely to occur more frequently in the future due to climate change,” said study leader Michael Krutzen, professor at the Department of Anthropology at UZH. “This is worrying not only for the long-term prospects of marine mammal populations, but also for the entire oceanic ecosystems,” Krutzen said.last_img read more


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first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Thursday announced the names of two candidates for Lok Sabha polls in Gujarat, taking the total number of seats on which it has declared its candidates to 357. The party has fielded Sher Khan Abdul Shakur Pathan from Bharuch and Babubhai Katara from Dahod (ST). The announcement comes days after the Gujarat Congress unit requested senior party leader Ahmed Patel to contest the Lok Sabha poll from Bharuch. Patel, currently a Rajya Sabha member, won from Bharuch thrice, in 1977, 1980 and 1984, but lost to BJP’s Chandubhai Deshmukh in 1991, after which he did not contest from the seat. The party on Thursday also announced that Kantilal Muljibhai Patel as its candidate for the by-election to the Unjha assembly seat in Gujarat.last_img


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first_imgPakistan unsurprisingly occupies a predominant place on our foreign policy turf for the reason that our approach to this hostile neighbour is impacted not only by India’s strategic partnership with the US but also by the state of our bilateral relations with Russia and China and the consistent stand India had taken against terror in spite of the uncertainties that had lately cropped up around the ‘war on terror’. In the context of the political narrative that the opposition in India has generated in the aftermath of India’s recent air strike on the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) camp at Balakot in Pakistan — wherein the virtues of talking to a ‘neighbour’ are invoked — our policymakers need to make it clear that India’s problem is with the deep state of Pakistan, not with the people of that country. India-Pakistan relations are not about ‘people-to-people contact’ anymore, linked as they are to the challenge of dealing with a regime under the effective control of a hostile army that gave no space to the people’s voice. In any case, substantial chunks of the population there are now either under the influence of Islamic fundamentalists and the hardened Ulema or are swayed by the anti-India tirade of the extremely communal elite that had entrenched itself in the body politic of that country. The anti-India legacy of Partition is kept alive by them, particularly after the creation of Bangladesh, and this sustains the overriding hold of the Pakistan army as the ‘saviour’ of their country. What is truly alarming from India’s point of view is that the firm collaboration existing between the army and the Islamic militants in Pakistan has now acquired domestic legitimacy in that country. This has enabled Pakistan’s rulers to survive the criticism of the democratic world against Pakistan for providing safe havens to terrorists across the Islamic spectrum — ranging from the Taliban-Al Qaeda combine to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), JeM and the Hizbul Mujahideen — as also the American pressure on the Pakistan Army not to play a duplicitous role on the Afghan front. Pakistan is shrewdly aware of its geopolitical importance for the US, Russia and China and is deftly positioning itself as a helping hand for them. American President Donald Trump wants Pakistan to facilitate the American pull-out from Afghanistan, the oldest theatre of the ‘war on terror’, and smoothen the path of restoration of a peaceful regime there even with the participation of Taliban in that experiment. Russia and China want Pakistan on their side in the matter of keeping their own Muslim lands insulated from external instigation from Islamic extremists. In the Cold War era, Pakistan operating through Afghanistan as a Western ally caused faith-based insurgency to grow in Uzbekistan and Xinjiang. Pakistan is watching the Afghan scene with smugness over the fact of some levers being in its hands and is prepared to go along with the US initiatives in Afghanistan provided India was kept out of the frame there. India has to watch out for Pakistan trying to use whatever support it can muster for building a case for resumption of the India-Pakistan dialogue. Playing the underdog, Pakistan has cleverly asked China to give up its technical objection to the UN move against Masood Azhar in return for a guarantee of ‘de-escalation’ from India. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a display of cussedness that is easily traceable to his army, responded to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi’s message of greetings on Pakistan Day in a way that speaks for itself. Modi’s message had conveyed India’s hope that the two countries would work for creating a climate free of terrorism but Imran’s reply abstained from making any mention of terror emanating from his soil and blandly asked for resumption of dialogue to discuss the ‘core issue’ of Jammu and Kashmir and other matters. Pakistan is brazening out the situation of potential isolation it finds itself in after the Indian air strike at Balakot received validation from the world community — Pakistan’s plea that the militant outfits were not under its control gave a moral justification to the Indian operation. None of this, however, is keeping Pakistan from relentlessly trying to get India to climb down from its declared policy that ‘terror and talks do not go together’. It would be prudent for India’s strategic planners to presume that the advantage India presently has over Pakistan is not static and that a combination of factors already seen on the horizon will tend to bail out Pakistan on the issue of cross border terrorism against India. Pakistan’s deep state cannot be pressured beyond a point to sever its political links with forces within the country that used the call of ‘defence of Islam’ or jihad to fight an identified enemy, since in Islam the faith embraces the entire life of the individual — personal, social and political. Also, a major source of sustenance for Pakistan is the implied support it will always get in the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) led by Saudi Arabia which runs on the philosophy that ‘Quran was the best Constitution’ and does not regard a democratic state as being any better than an Islamic state. The secular character of the Indian state has not come in the way of Imran Khan’s regime trying to fish in the troubled waters of our domestic politics in the run-up to the general election here. Imran Khan has again insinuated that the Modi regime was not resuming talks with Pakistan because of electoral politics. If Pakistan gets a strategic advantage in Afghanistan it will use it against India. The US policymakers are not doing much to keep India as a stakeholder in the future set up of Afghanistan. American negotiator Zalmay Khalizad has been talking to the Taliban behind the back of Ashraf Ghani’s regime with which India has a good equation. The Taliban is not prepared to have anything to do with the legitimate Afghan government and is keeping up the pressure of violence to dictate terms in the negotiations. The US may pull out of Afghanistan on a half-baked deal which will benefit Pakistan, not India. Our defences on the western front will have to be strengthened to deal with an escalated proxy offensive of Pakistan in Kashmir in case the Pakistan-supported Taliban get into a position of power in Afghanistan. In the situation obtaining after the Balakot episode, Pakistan is shifting the onus for initiating a conventional war onto India without at the same time relaxing on its planned covert offensive in Kashmir to keep what it calls the ‘core issue’ between India and Pakistan in the focus of the world attention. In the mean time, it is hoping that after its wishy-washy attempts to show that action was being taken against the LeT and JeM, international opinion would gravitate towards the idea of resumption of India-Pakistan talks. Pakistan’s deep state is now too involved and collusive towards Islamic militants of all shades to give up on them as instruments of state policy. India is exposed to the unceasing attempts of Pakistan to exploit India’s domestic scene for spreading radicalisation here. India is rightly going ahead with its plans of modernising its defence forces and building capacities in missile and space technologies but the lasting threat nearer home is from the enlarging faith-based militancy emanating from the large Muslim world around us. The values of democracy in India need to be protected against the subversive violence whipped up in the name of religion and beamed at us from across the borders. This long-range threat to our security should be kept above party politics. (The writer is a former Director, Intelligence Bureau. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more


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first_imgNew Delhi: Social media giant Facebook is raising minimum wages for contract workers to up to $20 per hour in the US, and said it is working on developing similar standards for other countries. The US-based company had drawn flak after reports of contract workers facing tough work conditions and getting low compensation came out. These reports suggested that some workers also suffered from post-traumatic stress. It conceded that its current minimum wages for contract staff may be insufficient to meet the cost of living in some of the places it operates in. “It’s become clear that $15 per hour doesn’t meet the cost of living in some of the places where we operate. After reviewing a number of factors including third-party guidelines, we’re committing to a higher standard that better reflects local costs of living,” Facebook Vice-President (Human Resource) Janelle Gale and Arun Chandra (VP of Scaled Operations) said in a blogpost. They added that the minimum wage has been raised to $20 per hour in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and Washington DC, and $18 per hour in Seattle. “We’ll be implementing these changes by mid-next year and we’re working to develop similar standards for other countries,” they said. The blog said workers in the US, who review content on Facebook, will receive even higher wages. “Their work is critical to keeping our community safe, and it’s often difficult. That’s why we’ve paid content reviewers more than minimum wage standards, and why we will surpass this new living wage standard as well. We’ll pay at least $22 per hour to all employees of our vendor partners based in the Bay Area, New York City and Washington, D.C,” it pointed out. Content reviewers in Seattle will receive $20 per hour, while those in all other metro areas in the US will get $18. “As with all people who do contract work, we’re working to develop similar international standards. This work is ongoing, and we’ll continue to review wages over time,” the blog said. In 2015, Facebook had introduced a minimum wage of $15 per hour; a minimum 15 paid days off for holidays, sick time and vacation; and for new parents that don’t receive paid leave — a $4,000 new child benefit. A year later, it asked its vendors in the US to provide comprehensive healthcare to all of their employees assigned to Facebook. The social media giant said all content reviewers – whether full-time employees or those employed by partner companies – have access to well-being and resiliency resources. “We’re working to make contracts across our Global Operations vendor partners consistent. This includes requirements like quality-focused incentives, no sub-contracting, overtime and premiums for nightshifts and weekends, and healthcare that meets the standards of the Affordable Care Act in the US and appropriate healthcare standards internationally,” the blog said. The company is mandating all vendor partners to provide on-site counselling during all hours of operations, and is also rolling out a resiliency survey — to be conducted twice a year — to all partner sites globally to “get a better sense of the needs of our reviewers”.last_img read more


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first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has announced that he has signed for LA Galaxy for footballing reasons alone and wants to help the MLS grow during his stay thereThe signing of the football icon has been greeted warmly at the MLS with the president of Galaxy’s parent organisation AEG lauding the Swede as “one of the brightest stars that’s ever played in this market”.Ibrahimovic himself revealed to LA Times that he was lured by the prospect of experiencing a different kind of football in America and is hopeful of making a positive impression with the fans over his style of football.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire 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…“After being in Europe, winning 33 trophies, playing in the best teams in the world, playing with the best players in the world, I wanted to come to the US and play my game there,” said Ibrahimovic, according to Manchester Evening News.“I wanted people to enjoy my game there and to win. And I chose the Galaxy to do that. I am ready to go now. First of all, I’m there to play football. I’m not there for something else. My first objective is to play football and do what I’m good at.“I’m excited to come over and to get the experience with the Galaxy and to explore how the football is there. I want to be part of it and make it better.”last_img read more


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first_imgDiego Lopez believes that the upcoming home match will be a crucial one for Cagliari as they are about to face Torino and will try to get away from the relegation zone.Cagliari are just four points above the drop zone and Diego Lopez knows that every single match is a crucial one for them – and he will try to guide his team to the second consecutive victory this weekend.The Cagliari coach spoke about the importance of the upcoming game as he said, according to Football Italia:“There will be a great turnout from the public. We need to respond to the affection of the fans on the pitch.”Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I know the Cagliari fans well, they are always there in times of need.”“We need to show the crowd our desire to win. We are at home, it’s three important points.”“We can do it with the help of our crowd.”“After Pavoletti’s equaliser, the team won back the ball well and went forward looking for the win.”last_img read more


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first_imgAfter almost three months since Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal for Manchester United in exchange for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jose Mourinho is starting to get a grip on how the talented lone wolf behaves exactly.A deal, which in the beginning seemed to have only one winning side – the Red Devils – has turned into a nightmare for that same team – Mkhitaryan has been performing extremely well since the transfer and on the other side, Sanchez is still struggling to find his place and adapt to the new surroundings at Old Trafford – out of the 13 played games, he has scored only 2 goals.This has led Mourinho to consider dropping him for the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire 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…“Rotating is not the right word,” Mourinho shared, according to football.london. “If I play a player against Bournemouth and the player is phenomenal, he plays the semi-final. So is not rotating, because rotating looks like a player plays against Bournemouth to give a rest to somebody that is going to play against Spurs in the semi-final.” “So the word is not rotation, it is an opportunity for people, for some people to play and to try to get a place in the team for Spurs. Some of the guys that played today don’t have a place in that team, they don’t have a place in that team,” Mourinho went on to add after the 1-0 upset against West Brom on Sunday.last_img read more


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first_imgInter Milan vice-president Javier Zanetti has revealed that Mauro Icardi has “manifested his desire” to remain at the club for next seasonThe Argentine’s impressive performances for the Nerazzurri over the years has gained him many admirers with both Juventus and Real Madrid believed to be among them.Despite Inter having secured their return to the Champions League for next term, Icardi has been strongly linked with a departure this summer to a European giant.The 25-year-old has a reported release clause of €110m in his current deal at Inter.But Zanetti is unconcerned over the speculation over his compatriot’s future and is certain that he wishes to remain at the San Siro.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“It’s disappointing he’s not going to the World Cup, as he has proved he fits in with the Argentina squad,” said Zanetti, according to Goal.“When you have a champion like him in the team, it’s only normal to receive many offers, but Mauro is the captain and a reference point for Inter.“We are happy to have him here and he is happy to be with us. We are not worried by transfer speculation, because he manifested his desire to remain and we in the Champions League, so wish to continue together.“Every time he steps on to the field, he shows how much he cares about Inter.”Icardi scored for Inter in their final day 3-2 victory against rivals Lazio to leapfrog them into fourth place and the final Champions League spot in the Serie A.last_img read more


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first_imgParis Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva warned his teammates that Manchester United are always “dangerous” ahead of their Champions League showdown next yearFollowing Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to rivals Liverpool, manager Jose Mourinho was removed from his post with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being brought to succeed the Portuguese on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.This came after United’s worst start to a season in 28 years with the club down in sixth-place in the Premier League and 11 points behind Chelsea in the final top-four spot.However, Silva believes PSG would be unwise to take United for granted under the relatively unproven Solskjaer – who has never coached a major European club before.“United, it is always a dangerous team,” said Silva, according to Goal. “Under Mourinho, I think they could have done better.Colin Dagba, France,How Dagba become one of PSG’s regulars Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 21-year-old full-back Colin Dagba had a very difficult time to break into professional football, but now he’s one of PSG’s regular players.“The motivation of the players is very strong, they will be motivated to play well, to win matches, and this is a team that will cause us a lot of difficulties so we will have to prepare.“Many people think that the draw is good because Manchester are not playing well, but they still a very good team.“They have a history in football, experienced players, and with the change of coach, they will try to push a little more. But we are very motivated too.”PSG will travel to Old Trafford for the first leg of their last-16 tie on February 12 before hosting United in the return leg at the Parc Des Princes on March 6.last_img read more


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first_imgAfter Mallya stepped down from the board of UBL in October 2017, Shashikant set up a firm called United Branding Worldwide in Bengaluru.ReutersThe investigation in the multi-crore bank fraud involving fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya has widened after the Enforcement Directorate detected unaccounted transfer of funds by his former executive assistant V Shashikant.Based on an intelligence input, the ED raided the residential and business premises of Shashikant on July 24. He was an employee of Vijay Mallya till February 2017 and a former Managing Director of United Breweries Holdings Ltd (UBHL).The investigation revealed that UBHL exported Kingfisher beer and shoes manufactured by United Breweries International Trading Limited and was liquidated after Kingfisher Airlines defaulted on loan repayment of about over Rs 7,000 crore to banks.UBHL owned 10.72 percent stake in United Breweries Ltd (UBL). Heineken, a Dutch brewing company, now owns over 46 percent stake in UBL.After Mallya stepped down from the board of UBL in October 2017, Shashikant set up a firm called United Branding Worldwide in Bengaluru in which his wife Jayanti Shashikanth and daughter Archita are partners.”It has been detected that this partnership firm has taken over the business of UBHL for exporting both kingfisher beer and shoes and export turnover is approximately Rs 220 crore per annum,” said an ED official. UK court orders extradition of Vijay Mallya IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:39Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:39?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Mallya owes a consortium of 17 Indian banks more than Rs 9,000 crore. The businessman fled India and moved to London in March 2016 and has been declared a fugitive economic offender by a court in Mumbai. India has also requested Mallya’s extradition from UK.He recently filed a petition which said that only properties of Kingfisher Airlines should be seized. The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear on August 2 his plea challenging the confiscation of properties belonging to the companies.center_img Close The firm has monopolistic rights for exporting and trading all brands of Kingfisher beer since March 2018.”One interesting fact has also come to the notice that 60% of export by UBG has made to M/s Tammy International Dubai which in turn exporting beer to other countries,” the ED official added. Tammy International is allegedly owned by Shashikant’s son-in-law.Ultimate Branding is allegedly getting a commission from UBL for “getting business” and the profit is being “repatriated” to Mallya through “overlapping transactions” to fund his “daily maintenance and legal expense”.”I have never heard of Tammy International and have no connection with them,” Mallya told The Indian Express in an email response.”We acknowledge that the Enforcement Directorate searched the offices of Ultimate Branding Worldwide. We have extended full support to them and shall continue to do so. We deny the allegation that the two companies are associated with Vijay Mallya nor do they have any transactions with him,” said a spokesperson of Ultimate Branding.Various incriminating documents, emails and WhatsApp messages were seized during the raid in Shashikant’s office, which indicate that V Shashikant was is in regular touch with Mallya.The ED also found that Mallya’s dummy companies – Gold Reef Investments Ltd and McDowell Holdings Ltd – support 20 to 25 employees of UB Group. The agency has frozen shares worth Rs 3 crore held by McDowell Holdings Limited.last_img read more


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first_imgThe women affairs secretary of Brahmanbaria’s Nabinagar upazila Awami League, Swapna Akhter, was killed by miscreants on Wednesday night.Police recovered her body from Bangara area in the upazila around 8:30pm, said Nabinagar circle additional police super Chitta Ranjan Paul, reports UNB.He said the female Awami League leader was returning home at Chairpara by a CNG-run auto-rickshaw after attending a party programme at Satmora.“We assumed that miscreants dragged her out of the CNG and chopped her indiscriminately.”On information, police went to the spot and took Swapna, 38, to hospital where physicians declared her dead on arrival, the police officer said.last_img


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first_imgBadiul Alam MajumdarEminent citizens in a joint statement on Monday condemned the recent attack on the residence Badiul Alam Majumdar and demanded immediate punishment of the perpetuators.The residence of Badiul Alam Majumdar, Secretary of civil right organisation Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik came under attack on Saturday.The 38 signatories that include, among others, ex caretaker government advisor M Hafizuddin Khan, eminent jurist Shahdeen Malik, professor Anu Mohammad, Hamida Hossain, Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Sheepa Hafiza, and Khushi Kabir, stated that the attack took place after a dinner programme arranged at his home by Badiul Alam on Saturday in honour of outgoing US envoy,news agency UNB reportsAfter finishing the dinner, when US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat was going out from Shujan secretary’s house around 11 pm, a gang of miscreants attacked the envoy’s vehicle and assaulted Badiul Alam’s son Mahbub Majumdar.The attackers also smashed window glasses of his residence and attempted to make force entry into the house.last_img read more


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first_imgJatiya Oikya Front convenor Kamal Hossain. File PhotoGano Forum president Kamal Hossain on Thursday said they have asked their two MPs-elect not to join parliament as per their party’s decision, reports UNB.”We’ve clearly conveyed them our party’s decision of not joining parliament and they won’t do it,” he said.Kamal came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting of Jatiya Oikya Front steering committee at his Motijheel chamber.Meanwhile, the Oikya Front has decided not to join the tea party at Ganabhaban on 2 February terming it a “mockery”.Oikya Front spokesman Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “Our several thousand leaders and activists have been in jail while many others killed and injured centering the election. Many candidates have also been injured.”He further said, “Under the circumstances, we think arranging such a tea party by the prime minister is nothing but a mockery. So, we think there’s no necessity to join the tea party.”last_img read more


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first_img X 00:00 /01:26 – / 7There’s no perfect formula for staying sustainable as a small theater company. But in the case of Houston-based Obsidian Theater and Standing Room Only Productions, the idea is to become stronger as one. For Obsidian’s Executive Director Tom Stell, the extra help from SRO’s staff could increase productivity and opportunity. “Those people will be helping us on all the shows this next coming year, whether they be musicals or plays,” Stell says. “So we’ll just have a lot more bandwidth, artistically and businesswise.”Each company specializes in fringe theatre – which is usually less mainstream and more experimental. They’re both about six years old, but only Obsidian has been non-profit. SRO has operated as an LLC, but that changes with the merger. “By merging with [Obsidian], we’re going to be part of that non-profit,” explains SRO’s Artistic Director Rachel Landon. “And we’re going to enjoy the benefits of being a non-profit.” Some of those benefits include becoming eligible for other sources of funding, such as grant money. While the merger means Obsidian will lose revenue from renting the venue to SRO for their musicals, Stell is confident they can make up the loss. “I think we’re hoping to leverage those larger audiences we get from the musicals to support the plays,” he says.The groups will call themselves Obsidian Theater in association with SRO Productions to assist in the transition for the first season. After that, the group will become known as Obsidian Theater. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen last_img read more


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first_imgThe Family Matters of Greater Washington will hold its Annual Awards Gala on May 21 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  The Gala will include live entertainment, a silent auction and live auction, and stirring testimonials from Family Matters clients. The event will also feature presentation of The John Theban Award for Meritorious Serve to Family Matters and The Mary Alice Stoddard Community Service Award. A minimal registration fee of $250 will be charged to cover event costs such as the open bar cocktail reception, 3-course meal including a surf and turf selection, and wine service during the meal. Sponsorship opportunities are available.  For more information, contact Cynthia A. Davis, Chief Development Officer, on 202-289-1510 ext. 188 or email cdavis@familymattersdc.org. For more information on the Annual Awards Gala, visit our event  page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/695632710534351/.last_img read more


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first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s basketball signee Nyah Green will take part in the Jordan Brand Classic this Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.The Jordan Brand Classic, now in its 18th year, hosts the greatest male and female high school basketball players in the country. For the first time the brand’s marquee event will be held at Las Vegas’ newest sports and entertainment venue, T-Mobile Arena.The double-header will be held on Saturday with the Girls’ game tipping off at 6 p.m., followed by the Boys’ game at 8 p.m. PST.”We are constantly inspired by the next generation of elite basketball players and are excited to host the best of the best for Jordan Brand Classic.  We’re looking forward to treating this year’s rising athletes to a whole new experience in Las Vegas.” said Craig Williams, President of Jordan Brand.Green, also a McDonald’s All-American, comes to Louisville as the No. 12-ranked player in the class of 2019, according to espnW HoopGurlz. The five-star prospect is tabbed as the seventh-best player at the guard position. She is ranked seventh overall and as the third-best guard by Prospects Nation.Following her senior season, she was named USA Today All-American Honorable Mention after averaging 17 points per game. She led Bishop Lynch to a TAPPS 6A state runner-up last season, averaging 18.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 37 games. At the conclusion of the season, she was named TAPPS 1-6A MVP. Story Links She averaged 14.9 points and 5.0 rebounds as a sophomore when Bishop Lynch won the TAPPS 6A state championship. She was a first-team all-state selection.For the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


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first_imgKolkata: State Irrigation minister Soumen Mahapatra lashed out at the Centre’s dilly-dallying approach in disbursement of its share of funds for various flood management projects in Bengal.Responding to queries from some MLAs in the state Assembly on Tuesday regarding the steps taken by the state for flood management across the state, the minister said, “the Keleghai-Kapaleswari-Baghai project for flood control in West and East Midnapore is progressing well. As per the sanctioned plan, the share of funds for the entire project of Rs 650.58 crore stands at a 50:50 ratio to be shared by the Centre and state. The state has already spent Rs 340.69 crore for various works under the project, while the Centre has allocated Rs 162.62 crore till date. This apathy in fund allocation on the part of the Centre is delaying work.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the minister, when the project was sanctioned the sharing pattern was agreed at 75:25 by Centre and state. However, some years ago, the Centre for some unknown reasons decreased their share to 50 percent.Mahapatra further maintained that in case of the Kandi master plan for flood management in Murshidabad that involves Rs 438.94 crore, work has started and tender has been floated for work involving Rs 362.86 crore.”The state has already allocated Rs 282 crore for the project, while the Centre, in three phases since 2014, has given a meagre Rs 80.93 crore. We need permission from the Railways for a part of the work. But the nod is taking a lot of time,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe minister also pointed out the Centre’s lackadaisical attitude towards allocation of funds for repair and reconstruction of the dams in Sunderbans that were damaged by Aila in 2009. “The plan that was sanctioned involved Rs 5,000 crore, out of which the Centre has given only Rs 550 crore till date. The state has spent Rs 270 crore and will be spending another Rs 150 crore in this financial year,” he said.The state has plans to reconstruct a 106 km river barrage in the Aila affected Sunderbans by March 2020. The Irrigation department has already made a 72.50 km barrage for flood management. “Even when it comes to construction of check dam over river Karru at Bagmundi in Purulia district to prevent flood, the Centre’s apathy in release of funds is delaying work,” Mahapatra said.It may be mentioned that for Purulia, a part of Junglemahal, the Centre-state share is supposed to be in the ratio of 90:10. “The Centre is releasing funds for the neighbouring state Chhattisgarh which is ruled by BJP, but when it comes to Bengal the fund allocation is dwindling,” the minister said.last_img read more