Congress promises loan waiver in Haryana

first_imgThe Congress will announce a loan waiver for the poor and farmers in the State if voted to power, Haryana party unit chief Kumari Selja has said.In an interview, she said the Congress would not announce its chief ministerial candidate ahead of the election, and the party high command would decide after the polls. The State Congress chief said the loan waiver promise would be part of the manifesto for the October 21 Haryana Assembly election. The manifesto committee has submitted its report and final touches were being given to it, she said.“When our government comes to power, we will waive loans of the poor, especially people who take small loans. We are also going to write off the loans of farmers who are being pushed to a corner and are suffering under the BJP government,” she said. The Haryana Congress chief said the loan waiver would be implemented within days of assuming power as has been done in Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. “We will carry out our promises within days and weeks of coming to power. We will give timelines. We will see to it that people see the difference between us and others who only make tall claims and believe in mere publicity and headline management,” she said. Ms. Selja, who took the reins of the Haryana Congress from Ashok Tanwar, said the Congress believed in fulfilling its poll promises “unlike the BJP”, which only used these to “mislead” the voters. “The dilution of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir is another tool the BJP is using to fool people,” she said. Asked to comment on Tanwar’s resignation and his allegations on the Congress being the anti-thesis of democracy, Ms. Selja said, “The Congress has seen such rebellions in the past and has always come out stronger due to its inherent strengths. The Congress has the resilience to take on these things.” She refrained from making comments on her predecessor, and said the party had appealed to everyone to work together. “Ashok Tanwar was named a star campaigner for Haryana. Now, he has chosen to resign. That is his decision. But we must all remember one thing. Organisations are bigger than people,” Ms. Selja said.last_img read more

OSU Preseason Rankings

first_imgPreseason polls are ridiculous. Really, they are. Think about it, we’re making lists about groups of people, some of which we’ve literally never seen with our own eyes (looking at you, Lunt).But everybody does it and everybody studies them because it’s football and we’d analyze a pile of poop if it had a number next to it on ESPN.com.Here are twelve preseason publications you might be interested in:[table id=11 /]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

PM Harper not happy with Attawapiskat situation

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper said his government was “not very happy” with the situation in Attawapiskat, the Ontario First Nations community in the grip of a severe housing crisis.Harper said during question period Tuesday that government officials were looking into the situation in Attawapiskat and that his government would be “taking action,” but it was not clear what that could be.“Obviously we are not very happy that the results do not seem to have been achieved for that,” said Harper. “We are concerned about that. We have officials looking into it and taking action.”Harper said the community has received 90 million dollars since 2006.He said that works out to be about 50 thousand dollars per person in the 2-thousand member community.The housing crisis in Attawapiskat, where several families are living in tents and many others live in shacks with no running water, has garnered international attention and even prompted the Canadian Red Cross to intervene.Liberal leader Bob Rae accused Harper of blaming Attawapiskat for its own troubles.“That response is a disgraceful response from the government of Canada,” said Rae. “When will the government start taking responsibility for this deplorable situation, which is an embarrassment to the reputation of the entire country?”Rae said the $90 million total included also included funding for education, not just housing.The money Attawapiskat receives also includes funding for the services the band delivers to its residents.The money was also used by the community to evacuate 100 residents two years ago after a sewage back-up made their homes uninhabitable.Attawapiskat has received an outpouring of support from Canadians across the country. NDP MP Charlie Angus, whose riding of Timmins-James Bay includes the community, has been a vocal advocate from the community.The community was visited by Angus and NDP interim leader Nycole Turmel on Tuesday.And late this afternoon, the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed that Harper will be meeting with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo.APTN National News correspondent Ossie Michelin is in the community and will have his first story Wednesday night.last_img read more

Flying high

first_imgAakashan is a fusion of Australian and Indian traditional aerial acrobatics arts. The show was developed and directed by Catherine Daniel an Australian physical theater practitioner in collaboration with Indian choreographer Vikram Mohan, Carly Sheppard, an indigenous Australian contemporary and tradition dancer and the Kalakar Trust.Aakashan was presented and performed by young artists who belong to traditional artist families having low- income backgrounds. The show’s daring aerial acrobatics feats performed include the aptly named gazelle split, half angel, mermaid, bow and arrow & sleeping beauty.  All these elements require incredible stamina and endurance to perform. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Speaking on the occasion Sterre Sharma, founder Kalakar Trust said, ‘I am proud that the youngsters in this show showed the strength to succeed in spite of the challenges they have faced every day of their life.’Founded by 1992 by Sharma, The Kalakar Trust has grown to benefit more than 1200 families of mostly puppeteers, dancers, musicians, acrobats, and magicians.  The funding for the Trust comes from the sale of Sharma’s paintings.  The basic aim of the Trust is to keep the traditional art of these communities alive by providing education, health services, drinking water, income generation arts and community management.The Kalakar Trust is an NGO working for the up-liftment of underprivileged artists living in Delhi slums. The major project is in Katputli colony, West Delhi. The basic aim of the trust is to keep the traditional art of these communities alive by providing education, health services, drinking water, income generation arts and community management.last_img read more

Bdesh Mukti Jodhas celebrate Vijay Diwas at Fort William

first_imgBangladeshi ‘Mukti Jodhas’ (freedom fighters), Indian war veterans and serving officers of the Armed Forces on Wednesday commemorated their victory over Pakistani forces during the 1971 Liberation War here.Vijay Diwas celebrations at Eastern Command assume a special significance as Mukti Jodhas and Indian war veterans, who fought shoulder to shoulder, reunite every year to celebrate the momentous occasion in history.Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, General Officer Commanding-In-Chief (GOC-in-C) of Eastern Command, Air Vice Marshal K P Nair and a large number of serving and retired personnel of the three Services paid homage by laying wreaths at Vijay Smarak (War Memorial) in Fort William.Bangladesh Food Minister Md Qamrul Islam also placed wreath along with other serving and retired officers of the 30-member Bangladeshi delegation who were present on the occasion.last_img read more

Forest department set to brand Sunderbans honey

first_imgKolkata: The state Forest department is all set to brand honey found in the Sunderbans and make it more popular and readily available to more and more people in the state. The responsibility of developing the branding has been taken up by the West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Ltd (WBFDCL).”A large section of people in the Sunderbans earn their bread through collection and sale of honey. People have a belief that honey collected from bee hives in the forest are more nourishing. If we can create a branding following proper procedure then it will surely boost the income prospect of those associated with the honey business,” a senior official of WBFDCL said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe department will train the villagers about the modern and scientific process of manufacture of quality honey. The finished product will then be tested by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) who will give certification. “These are essential parameters for creating a proper branding,” the official added. The WBFDCL will video the entire process of the honey production and make arrangements for showcasing it in different resorts both in South and North Bengal. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “This will make people more convinced about the quality of honey and with the products being made available at all these resorts it will boost the income of those associated with the honey collection,” said the official. It may be mentioned that the state Forest department has already started taking steps to stop villagers from the Sunderbans venture into the core area of the forest for collection of honey, by encouraging the villagers to take up apiculture right in their native villages. People, roaming around in deep forests for honey collection or fishing in the creeks of the river, are very often mauled by tigers. As per estimates of researchers every year, around 50 fishermen or honey collectors are killed in tiger attacks. “We want to bring down the number of human deaths due to tiger attack to zero. Keeping this in mind, we will help villagers in taking up apiculture in all possible forms right in the villages so that they do not need to venture into deep forests. We are taking assistance from experts of Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya,” said a senior official of the Forest department.last_img read more

Fahion hacks for a quick new look

first_imgYour clothes portray your style and your fashion choices. They radiate your confidence and make you feel good. Some people dress eccentrically to stand out in a crowd. Fashion is an art and art is always versatile which not only relates to the dress you are wearing but everything that integrates into your outfit. In order to succeed, fashion brands have no choice but to be creative. But don’t worry; we always have a solution and you don’t have to burn a hole in your pocket to become a style expert. It’s time to upgrade your cupboard with chic styling ideas. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNeck-tie for watch strapGot some old-ties dead in your cupboard from high school times? Time for some watch makeover! This is something really comfortable, colorful and economical at the same time. Just cut off the old and worn-out strap from your watch and replace it with a colorful neck-tie you have. Simply roll the tie on your wrist 1-2 times and tie a small knot to have the comfortable look. You can also add some beads and chain locks at the ends. Besides that, it’s easily washable, unlike leather straps. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFishnets and ripped jeansThe ‘ripped jeans’ trend has completely flooded the planet. It is so common to see people pairing these up with t-shirts or crop tops. But there’s always something different that can be done. You can wear fishnet stockings under your ripped jeans to have a completely different and attractive look. All it takes is the right amount of inspiration to work them into your existing wardrobe. Let them peek out from under your jeans, or show a few inches of fishnet just above your pants’ waistband. Scarf for sandal strapsSummer is the ultimate season for sandals, but don’t just settle for plain flip flops. With a little creativity, you can make cute ‘scarf sandals’ out of your old flats. All you need is a cheap pair of flip flops, a colorful scarf, and scissors. Cut the scarf in two and start wrapping half of it on the strap of your slippers and tie a little knot at the end. You can wrap the remaining length of the scarf around your ankle to create a sandal look. You can use small hooks, beads or simple knots to hold the ends together. If you ever get bored, you can just change up the scarf and give your sandals a whole new look.Sock bootsAll you need to make your own ‘sock boot’ is a pair of pointy-toed pumps, thin knit socks, and a piece of sandpaper. Simply roll the sock over the heel of your pumps, cut a hole at the heel and slide it through the sock and stick sandpaper (or non-slip grips) at the bottom of the sole to avoid any skidding. This will also save the lives of so many innocent animals killed to make those expensive leather boots. Another thing you can do is to wear a similar color stockings under a tying-sandal to get the perfect boot look for summers. The fitting of these boots are much more attractive than the regular boots, less warm and don’t restrict movement.Go ahead and apply these fashion hacks to have your own unique look this summer.last_img read more

BlackBerry Launches New HighSecurity Tablet

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read March 16, 2015 This story originally appeared on Reuters Register Now » Seeking to extend its range of secure mobile devices, BlackBerry Ltd said on Saturday it was launching a high-security tablet, developed with International Business Machines Corp and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.The SecuTABLET, based on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and being presented by BlackBerry unit Secusmart at tech fair CeBIT 2015 in Germany, reflects the Canadian company’s stress on secure connections for governments and businesses as it seeks to preserve a niche market after a drubbing in recent years at the hands of emerging smartphone makers such as Apple Inc.“Security is ingrained in every part of BlackBerry’s portfolio, which includes voice and data encryption solutions,” said Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle, chief executive officer of Secusmart GmbH, in a statement on the new device.The device was undergoing certification by the German Federal Office for Information Security for secure rating, the statement said, adding that the new tablet used the same security technology as the Secusmart Security Card.”Working alongside IBM and Samsung, we have added the last link in the chain of the Federal Security Network. Subject to certification of the SecuTABLET, German government agencies will have a new way to access BlackBerry’s most secure and complete communications network in the world,” Quelle said.(Writing by Frances Kerry; Editing by Marguerita Choy) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

Successful Startups Know How to Motivate Top Software Developers

first_img 4 min read July 11, 2018 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. There’s an 87 percent employment rate among software developers. On average, there are five jobs for every software developer, according to a study by VentureBeat. The demand for software talent is still on the rise.Consequently, it is not surprising that human resource managers have a tough time recruiting, hiring and retaining software developers. Developers are fussy about selecting the companies they will work for. Even when they agree to work for a company, they can easily leave for the next at a split second, leaving behind a mountain of disappointment.Related: Confessions of an In-Demand Developer: How Too Many Job Offers Helped Me Craft My Own Coding Consultancy CompanyBut surprisingly, successful companies seem to have a formula for hiring, motivating and retaining top software developers. So how are they doing it? They use three Fs to inspire the best software talents:FreedomFlexibilityFunLet’s look at each one more closely.1. Freedom.Smart CEOs and COOs are not only good at their jobs, but they also have a knack for understanding and hacking their coders.With a million activities going on in a startup garage or apartment office, the grind and the constant pivot, the iteration and the race to outperform the competitors, the race to win a client and a customer — startup managers are focused on motivating their software developers.They achieve this by giving them freedom to make their own work choices. I’m not saying that developers should be given the opportunity to have the final say about the company’s product development, but managers should empower them to execute projects based on their own decisions.Of course, developers must respect the company’s rules and regulations. The techies feel more connected and engaged at work when they are given the power to make decisions about things like design and coding standards. They feel more relaxed and happy because they aren’t trapped in your “vision.” You make their work life freer, more creative and flexible.Speaking of flexibility … 2. Flexibility.You may think that successful startups have been run strictly by the books, that they fire staffers who show up late to work or don’t resume work on time after lunch breaks. While some companies are very strict — Amazon and Apple come to mind — others are pretty flexible. For example, VMware, a widely successful virtualization company, allows all of its employees — from coders to secretaries — to set their own working hours according to their needs.Related: Workplace Flexibility Can Impact How You Attract, Hire And Retain TalentUpwork, the largest online freelance marketplace with more than 10 million freelancers, is doing so much for remote workers. The company has an excellent flex work arrangement with super flexible office hours to keep their top software talents motivated.3. Fun.Flexibility is not just about giving your developers the freedom to work remotely or to choose when and where to work. Flexibility is also about giving them a moment at the office to have a little fun.Most software developers are big-time gamers. They like to decompress by playing video games, and they’ll never tire of the challenge of getting to the next level — and the next. The playing itself fuels their creative juices.While it cools them off, it also often helps them think positively and come up with newer and better creative ideas for their projects. Successful companies understand that, and they capitalize on it.OfficeVibe, for example, has an impressive “gamified” workplace for its coders and other employees. The gesture will surely motivate the talents to work for the company a lot longer. Whether a developer is bored or they just need to take a minute to play, they can spend some time playing and recharging, and then they can resume their work more energized than before. Related: Hiring the Modern Programmer: Does That Smart New Software Developer of Yours Also have ‘Soft Skills?’Conclusion.Recruiting and hiring software developers is not an easy task. With more available jobs waiting than developers to fill them, it’s not easy to hire and retain top software talent for your company. However, managers at big companies understand what motivates developers, keeps them engaged and encourages them to stay:Freedom at workFlexible work scheduleFun environmentGive them these three incentives, and they’ll be all yours, hardly considering a transfer to anywhere else. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Update Road back open following serious early morning collision

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailParamedics took three patients to hospital following a serious collision in the early hours which resulted in a major road being shut off. Emergency services were called out to Congleton Road in Arclid just after 2.20am this morning. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service – who sent crews from Sandbach and Holmes Chapel – helped make the two vehicles involved in the smash safe. Meanwhile North West Ambulance Service confirmed that three three ambulances were sent to the incident with three people being taken to hospital. The extent of the injuries has not yet been revealed. The road was back open at 12.15pm.last_img

Anderson and Carlson named to Rice University Board of Trustees Foshee and

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE: 713-348-6770E-MAIL: balmond@rice.eduAnderson and Carlson named to Rice University Board of Trustees; Foshee and Oshman re-electedA well-known financial expert and a lawyer for a high-profile hedge fund, both of whom are active alumni of Rice University, were named to the Rice Board of Trustees Thursday.  They are Keith Anderson, chief investment officer for Soros Fund Management, LLC, in New York City, and Nancy Packer Carlson, a partner of Carlson Capital, LP, in Dallas.  Re-elected to another four-year term were trustees and alumni Douglas Foshee and M. Kenneth Oshman.“We’re glad to add the financial and legal wisdom of such successful alumni as Keith Anderson and Nancy Carlson to our board,” Chairman Jim Crownover said. “Adding to our connections in Dallas, New York and international financial centers will help the board expand its geographic scope as Rice moves ahead with the Vision for the Second Century goal of strengthening its reputation as one of the nation’s top research universities.”“Keith and Nancy are wonderful additions to our board, and they are joining us at a critical time as we proceed with our plans to expand the university’s student body, research mission and global impact,” President David Leebron said. “They reinforce the national reach of our board and also bring, respectively, the perspective of the graduate and undergraduate experience.”Crownover and Leebron both welcomed the continued service by Foshee and Oshman. Anderson received a B.S. in economics and finance from Nichols College in 1981 and an MBA from Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management in 1983. He joined Soros in February and oversees the company’s investment activities. Previously he was vice chairman and chief investment officer of Black Rock, a $1.4 trillion asset management firm, which he cofounded in 1988. Prior to that, he was a vice president in fixed income research at the First Boston Corp., and from 1983 to 1987 he was a portfolio manager at Criterion Investment Management Co.Anderson is chairman of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee, which meets quarterly with the U.S. secretary of the treasury to advise on the financing and management of the federal debt. He serves on the board of Family Dynamics, a nonprofit organization focusing on the prevention of child abuse, and on the Jones School’s Council of Overseers and the board of the Brearley School in New York City. He also is member of the Rice Associates, a giving society.Carlson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and sociology from Rice in 1980 and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law in 1985.  She works for Carlson Capital, a $4 billion, Dallas-based hedge fund founded in 1993 by her husband and Rice alumnus Clint D. Carlson ’79.  Previously she was a lawyer with the firms of Kelly, Hart & Hallman and Andrews & Kurth, LLP.The Carlsons are members of several giving societies at Rice: Rice Associates, the William Marsh Rice Society and the Lovett Society. They have been co-chairs of the latter. Nancy Carlson was a reunion class solicitor and served on the Rice University Fund Council. She has hosted three events in Dallas for Rice alumnae. Foshee is president and CEO of Houston’s El Paso Corp., the largest natural gas pipeline system and one of the largest natural gas producers in North America.  He received an MBA from Rice in 1992 and joined the board of trustees in 2004. Oshman is chairman and CEO of Echelon Corp., a networking company in San Jose, Calif., that provides products and systems that monitor and save energy by connecting everyday devices to each other and the Internet in utility, building, industrial, transportation and home control systems. He received B.A. and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Rice in 1962 and 1963, respectively, and joined the board in 2004.last_img read more