HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102 at Exit 7 will be closed today, March 8, at 7 p.m. until Saturday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m. for construction. The detour is right onto Trunk 2, left onto Route 214 and right to get back onto Highway 102. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: LaHave Island Bridge The LaHave Island Bridge will be undergoing repairs until Friday, March 15. During this time, the bridge will be closed to motorists from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. The bridge will be open to pedestrians and emergency vehicles. CONTINUING WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102/103 – Bicentennial Highway Blasting is taking place on Highway 102 between Exit 2A and Exit 1D and Highway 103 between Exit 2A and Exit 1B. Work is for the new 102/103 interchange. Blasting will take place twice a day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for ten-minute intervals. Work is expected to continue until Sunday, March 31. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Starting Saturday, March 9 there will be temporary roadway closures at the Bowater Road intersection located between Exit 5 and 5A on Highway 103. Both westbound and eastbound lanes will be closed at various times throughout the day for up to 15 minutes to allow for this work to be completed safely. These closures will take place from sunrise to sunset. NEW WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre, is closed until further notice due to safety concerns. A replacement bridge is expected this year. A detour is in place via East Big Intervale Road, Crowdis Cross Road and West Big Intervale Road. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge, Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. A detour is in place on MacEachern Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY/HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 northbound, toward Truro, between Exit 7 and Exit 8, is down to one lane due to bridge repairs until Thursday, March 14. Reduce speed, be prepared to stop and expect delays. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Cape Forchu Bridge, Route 304 Cape Forchu Bridge on Route 304, Yarmouth Bar, is reduced to one lane for repairs until Sunday, March 31. Traffic lights and traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. -30-
Amaravati: YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) leader and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister-designate Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday invited TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu for his swearing-in ceremony. Reddy called Naidu on the phone to invite him to the ceremony slated to be held on Thursday, TDP sources said. Reddy was also learned to have sought the outgoing Chief Minister’s advise and suggestions for the state’s development. The YSRCP chief is inviting leaders of various parties to the ceremony. He met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah in Delhi two days ago to extend an invitation. He earlier visited Hyderabad to invite Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao. The YSRCP stormed to power by winning 151 seats in 175-member Andhra Pradesh Assembly last week
Munich: Young Manu Bhaker secured India its seventh Olympic quota in shooting with a fourth-place finish in the women’s 10m air pistol event of the ISSF World Cup here on Wednesday, putting behind the disappointment of pistol malfunction in her earlier event. While a score of 201.0 in the final got India a quota for the 2020 Tokyo Games, the 17-year-old Bhaker missed out on a medal by the narrowest of margins, trailing reigning Olympic and world champion Anna Korakaki of Greece by a mere 0.1 point at that stage. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunWinner of multiple medals at top global events, Bhaker finished third in qualification with a total of 582 points (28 x inner 10s), shooting a solid 98 in her last two rounds. On Monday, Bhaker suffered a heartbreak as she missed out on the podium after a weapon malfunction saw her slip to fifth spot after leading the field. Yashaswini Singh Deswal, a junior World Cup winner, was also on course to make the final before a poor series of 92 in the final set saw her slip to 22nd with a total of 574 (17 x inner 10s). Heena Sidhu, the third Indian in the fray, was placed 45th with a total of 570 (13 x inner 10s). Korakaki and the bronze winning Korean Kim Minjung were not eligible from the start, having exhausted either their individual or country quotas in earlier competitions. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upBhaker shared the two available quotas with the silver winning Chinese athlete Qian Wei. The gold winning score was 241.4, silver was decided at 239.6 while bronze was won at 220.8. India have now picked up two Olympic quotas from the ongoing World Cup as well as three gold medals to lead the medal tally with one more day to go. Sunidhi Chauhan gave a good account of herself in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event, losing out on a maiden ISSF World Cup finals berth on account of lesser inner 10s. Needing to be among the top eight to qualify for the final, Sunidhi shot a creditable 1175 to tie on points with the 6th, 7th and 8th placed shooters, but Italian former world champion Petra Zublasing edged her out for the last spot with 57-inner 10 counts to Sunidhi’s 51.
New Delhi: Coal India targets more than 8 per cent growth in production at 660 million tonnes in 2019-20 compared to 607 million tonnes in the last fiscal and plans a capital expenditure of Rs 10,000 crore in the current fiscal, according to sources. The target for revenue from operations (net) has been fixed at Rs 1 lakh crore for FY2019-20, they said. The targets were fixed during a meeting between the Coal Ministry and Coal India (CIL) held recently. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”CIL had signed the mandatory memorandum of understanding … with Ministry of Coal for its key performance areas for the fiscal 2019-20. Thus the coal production and offtake target for the year 2019-20 is 660 MT …. CAPEX target has been set at Rs 10,000 crore,” sources said. As laid down in the MoU 2019-20, the Maharatna PSU has to ramp up its coal production growth to 8.75 per cent over the previous year. CIL closed 2018-19 with a coal production of 606.88 million tonnes, against the MoU target of 610 million tonne. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefFurther to make the MoU more comprehensive, production efficiency and HR parameters have been included. Also, parameter relating to Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE) conclave are an added features of the MoU 2019-20. “The MoU for 2019-20 has been formulated on the lines of new DPE guidelines and finalised after discussions with the Pre-Negotiation Committee and Inter Ministerial Committee,” source said. Coal India which accounts for over 80 per cent of domestic coal output had set an internal aspirational target of 652 million tonne FY2018-19, but could not go closer to it as things did not fructify as perceived, sources had earlier said.
Beijing: Chinese smartphone giant Huawei’s next flagship — the Mate 30 Pro — is likely to come with display with a refresh rate of 90Hz, like that of OnePlus 7 Pro, according to early renders of the smartphone. The next iteration in the Mate series is also expected to sport dual punch hole selfie cameras. Meanwhile, alleged renders of the Mate 30 Pro have surfaced, revealing a phone with a curved edges of its display and with a punch hole in the upper-left corner to accommodate two cameras, the GSMArena reported on Saturday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app At the rear, the smartphone is expected to have a quad camera setup placed in the center with an LED flash in “V” formation. This camera system is said to offer 5x optical zoom and 50x digital zoom. Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro was launched in India in November 2018. It supported 3D Face Unlock and in-display fingerprint sensor. The Mate 20 Pro was powered by Kirin 980 — Huawei’s highest performing system on chip (SoC).
New Delhi: In a move to make deeper inroads in the country, digital payments company Paytm on Thursday announced to push cashback from peer-to-peer UPI transactions to offline merchant payments at retail kirana stores. The company is targeting to partner with over 20 million retail kirana stores, enabling them to accept all digital payment modes including UPI, wallet and cards. “Paytm will invest money in offline merchant expansion instead of driving incentive led P2P transactions. Our offline merchants create high-frequency usage and an important use-case for Paytm consumers,” said Deepak Abbot, Senior Vice President, Paytm. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep UPI P2P payments are often done by users to gain some extra money. On Paytm, the UPI users are already the ones who have been using a large host of Paytm services for long and don’t require cashbacks to make payments. “To further help merchants get better access to capital and provide more financial security Paytm will invest on lending and insurance, rather than on P2P payments,” the company said in a statement. Through its payment ecosystem, Paytm has already created a network effect with over 5 billion transactions in 2018-19. It also claims to have 12 million merchant partners accepting payments through Paytm QR, which accepts all digital payment instruments such as UPI, wallets, cards and netbanking.
RANCHI: Five men have been arrested and two police officers suspended amid outrage across the country over the fatal mob attack on a man in Jharkhand last week. The police are on the lookout for at least one more person accused of beating 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari last Tuesday for allegedly stealing a motorcycle.A 24-year-old man, who was allegedly beaten for hours is seen in a purported video being forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”, died four days later, police said on Monday. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceA Special Investigation Team has been set up to look into the death of Tabrez Ansari, who was declared brought dead to the Tata Main Hospital in Jamshedpur on June 22, Saturday, police said. The recently married Ansari was rushed to the Saraikela Sadar (district) Hospital after he complained of uneasiness on June 21, three days after he was tied to a pole and beaten with sticks through the night of June 18. On June 22, he was referred to the Tata Hospital in Jamshedpur. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize”We have formed an SIT to probe into the matter… and it has already conducted raids in the area on Sunday night,” Superintendent of Police Karthik S said. Asked about the purported video of the incident, which is being circulated widely on social media and in which a mob is heard forcing Ansari to chant the slogans, Karthik S said a case has been lodged against an accused of inciting “communal sentiments”. “Papu Mandal has been arrested and an inquiry into the incident is on,” the SP added. Ansari’s assault took place on June 18 when he was returning here from Jamshedpur, about 30 km from here, with two friends. Some villagers caught them and accused them of stealing a motorcycle at Dhatkidih village in Seraikela-Kharsawan district, police officials said. Though Ansari’s friends managed to escape, he was tied to a pole and beaten up with sticks through the night, they said. He was then handed over to police by the villagers, the SP said. Ansari’s wife has filed a complaint in which she has named several people, a police officer said.
Beijing: Beijing on Friday criticized “negative content” about China in legislation before the US Congress, saying it would further damage relations already roiled by disputes over trade and technology. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the draft National Defense Authorization Act, if passed, would undermine efforts to mutually overcome obstacles. “We express firm opposition to the U.S. Senate’s approval of the act containing negative content related to China,” Geng told reporters at a daily briefing. Also Read – Treason case against Musharraf to be heard daily from October 24: Court”Once the act becomes a law, it will damage China-U.S. relations and disrupt bilateral cooperation in some important areas.” The bill blocks transfer of sensitive technology to China and prevents Chinese state companies from receiving U.S. federal funds. Geng’s comments came a day before President Donald Trump is to meet his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, amid hopes the leaders will call a truce in the ongoing disputes. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’Geng said the two sides are in close communication over preparations for the meeting “We hope that the U.S. can meet China halfway and work together with us to promote a positive result of the meeting,” Geng said. “This is in the interest of both countries and also meets the common expectation of the international community.” The US accuses Beijing of stealing technology and forcing foreign companies to hand over trade secrets as part of a drive to end America’s technological supremacy.
New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the third time till 3 PM on Wednesday amid uproar by opposition Congress members over the Karnataka crisis. The Upper House was adjourned till 3 PM barely five minutes after it reconvened at 2 PM following two adjournments in the pre-lunch period. As soon as the Rajya Sabha reconvened at 2 PM, Deputy Leader of Opposition Anand Sharma sought to raise the issue of developments in Karnataka crisis. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu However, Deputy Chairman Harivansh said he cannot allow a discussion on any other issue except on the Budget, and told Congress leader P Chidambaram to speak on the Budget. As protests and sloganeering from Congress members continued in the Well of the House, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said if Rajya Sabha was not allowed to function it will be “inevitable” to extend Parliament session beyond July 26 so that all business can be completed. Also Read – ED can withhold names of tax evaders in Panama Papers: CIC “Let them (Congress) say whatever they want on the Karnataka issue or any other state issue but let them allow the business to continue and let them allow the Budget discussion to continue. “After that we have many Bills, otherwise it will be inevitable to extend Parliament beyond July 26. I appeal to them earnestly to allow the Budget discussion,” Joshi said. He said Karnataka’s minister DK Shivakumar was not allowed to enter the hotel in Mumbai where Congress MLAs are lodged, as they have alleged that there is a threat to their life from him and have sought police protection. “They are there in Mumbai and they have given complaint to the police commissioner of Mumbai not to allow Shivakumar. It is none of our business,” he said. Harivansh again appealed to Chidambaram to speak on the Budget and said he cannot allow discussion on any other issue. However, when the former Finance Minister did not get up to speak, Harivansh told former Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu to address the issue. Prabhu began speaking on the Budget but as the uproar in the House continued, Deputy Chairman Harivansh was forced to adjourn the Rajya Sabha till 3 PM. Earlier the House saw two adjournments in the pre-lunch period that saw washing out of the Zero Hour and the Question Hour. This is the second day in a row during the current session of Parliament that the Rajya Sabha failed to transact any business. Congress members were up on their feet as soon as listed papers were laid and obituary reference was made, but a stern message from Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu made them retreat. Soon thereafter Congress members stormed into the well of the House, forcing Naidu to adjourn proceedings till noon. When the House met at noon for Question Hour, Congress members were again on their feet. Chairman Naidu urged members to allow the Question Hour to function and asked them to take their seats. As his pleas went unheeded, he adjourned the House in the wake of continued din created by Congress members. “This is not the way. The Question Hour is very important. So much money has been spent on this. The entire country is watching us,” the Chairman said, as he urged members creating the din to allow the House to function. Congress member Anand Sharma sought to raise a point but the chairman disallowed him. Seeing the Congress members trooping into the well and continuing to create din, Naidu adjourned the House till 2 PM, within a minute of the house assembling. Earlier at the start of proceedings, Naidu said he has not admitted notices by Congress members including Kapil Sibal under rule 267 seeking suspension of rules to take up their issue. “Let us not put democracy in danger,” he told agitated Congress members. As they continued to protest, he said, “You don’t want to allow democracy to function here?” This prompted members to take their seat and the House took up Zero Hour where submissions of urgent public important are taken up. Barely had four members made their Zero Hour submission when Congress members were up on their feet again, seemingly bolstered by the presence of their deputy leader Anand Sharma. Sharma, who was not present in the House at the start of the proceedings, sought to raise the 267 notice given by his party colleagues but Naidu said the ruling of the chair is final. “If any member has any problem, he can come and see me (later),” he said. As Congress members moved into the well of the House shouting slogans, Naidu said, “You are taking of defections, have affection for this House.” “Horse trading band karo (Stop horse trading of MLAs),” Congress members shouted from the well as Naidu ordered that nothing they say would go on record. “Please allow democracy to function,” he pleaded. “I cannot allow this in House.” “What is defection (and) affection) is for the Speaker (of the State Assembly) to decide,” he said before adjourning the proceedings. The year-old Congress-Janata Dal (S) coalition government in Karnataka is on the brink of collapse after a spate of resignations by MLAs. The Karnataka Assembly has 225 members, including one nominated MLA. The halfway mark in the 225-member Assembly is 113. Naidu said the ruling of the chair is final and this is what was followed during previous Chairmen as well. As Congress members shouted slogans against the BJP, Naidu said he has in the past expunged references to the ruling party, Congress, Left and others when they were objected to. Bhupender Yadav of the BJP said only matters related to the Government of India can be raised in the Rajya Sabha. How can indiscipline in the Congress be allowed to be raised in the House, he said. Earlier, when the House met for the day, it mourned the death of its former member R Ramakrishnan. Ramakrishnan, who represented Tamil Nadu in the Upper House from June 1980 to June 1986, passed away on July 7 at the age of 73.