Protesters end Mikmaw moose harvest in Cape Breton Highlands

first_imgDuring the confrontation, Parks Canada announced that it was suspending the harvest which sent the protesters away declaring victory.Frustrated, the Mi’kmaw hunters were left to pack up camp.“What’s happening now?” asked hunter Vernon Googoo. “The peace officer guy told them, ‘you got your way, you got your way, now you can go.’”“That’s only for now,” answered Danny Paul, a Mi’kmaw hunter and traditionalist. “This isn’t over yet. They fail to realize that they’re in unceded territory to begin with. And that’s the hillbilly or bully mentality that they had.”The Mi’kmaq felt the protesters lacked an understanding of both treaty rights, and of the science behind the reasons for the harvest. And questioned the group’s concern over the moose population.The protesters held signs that read ‘Save the Moose,” and “Stop the Slaughter,” yet another read, “Let’s hunt together.”“They have no comprehension about what we do and how we do it,” said Paul. “They refuse to hear how and why we hunt. All they’re looking at is the ability to fill their own freezers by poaching or bringing in people to guide and bring down and moose and they call that their livelihood.”Hunting guide Dennis Day organized the protest. Day has grabbed headlines in recent weeks, voicing his opposition to the harvest.“Some are protesting the hunt,” said Day. “And some protesting that they’re not involved.”Day contends that the moose population in the highlands is declining and the harvest is unnecessary. He said it hasn’t impacted his business, “We just had to work harder for them.”Day admits he doesn’t know much about the history of the treaties and why the Mi’kmaq have been given first access to the moose harvest in the park.“No I don’t know the background to all that. But I would enjoy hunting with them and that’s the way it should be,” said Day. “This isn’t a racism thing. Like, I’m against Parks Canada. Not Clifford Paul, not for one second.”Clifford Paul is the Moose Management Coordinator for the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources.He said, there’s a misunderstanding of why the Mi’kmaq are harvesting moose in a national park.“We know there’s a problem of hyper-abundance in the park, we know that the ecosystem is damaged,” said Paul. “We’re still willing to work together despite the thing you saw today. These heated voices? We’re still willing to work together.”But he added, “The future of moose and the future of moose management jurisdiction lies with the Mi’kmaq people.”In 2012, Parks Canada signed an agreement with the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia. It provides that if there’s too much wildlife in a park, the Mi’kmaq have the first opportunity to harvest the animal.This moose harvest is a first; a pilot project by Parks Canada to bring back the boreal forest. Too many moose throw the ecosystem out of balance.“One third of the boreal forest in Cape Breton Park is severely degraded,” said Derek Quann, the park’s resource conservation manager.  “Eleven per cent of the forest has transformed to grassland.”Quann called the protest peaceful, but says charges are possible for entering a restricted area where the hunt was being carried out.Mi’kmaw leaders, the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources, and Parks Canada now will come back to the table to figure out next steps.Though the moose harvest has been put on hold, it will happen, and next time with more security.“No one expected what happened today,” said Clifford Paul. “We still want this to be a successful harvest.”Allison Bernard hopes the Mi’kmaq don’t lose faith in the process.He works for the Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative, a negotiating body for the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia.Bernard has been involved with the Moose Working Group and helped organize this harvest.“The people that came up here today didn’t care about breaching protocol or breaching park guidelines by going through the gates that they shouldn’t have gone through,” said Bernard. “They endangered a lot of people here, even their own, by coming in here and storming and almost causing a riot here.”Bernard points out that while the local non-Mi’kmaq have the privilege of hunting and using the resources, the Mi’kmaq have an inherent right. “And nobody can take that away.”troache@aptn.ca (Protesters trying to stop a Mi’kmaw moose harvest confront Parks Canada wardens Sunday in the Cape Breton Highlands. Photo: Trina Roache/APTN)Trina Roache APTN National NewsCAPE BRETON HIGHLANDS, NOVA SCOTIA — Tempers flared as close to 30 protesters confronted Mi’kmaw hunters who were taking part in a Parks Canada project to harvest moose in the Cape Breton Highlands.“We don’t see it being productive to kill moose in our national park,” said local businessman Wesley Timmons.“Productive?” asked Mi’kmaw hunter Fred Sylliboy. “The whole mountain is crown land. You’re the ones trespassing on our land.”“I’m not against natives, buddy,” said one local guide who joined the protest. “I got lots of native friends. We want to hunt as much as you want to hunt. Let’s just make it fair. It’s not your fault, it’s the park, and you guys got the right to hunt here, right? I just want to get a share of it.”A handful of armed park wardens were on hand but the RCMP were more than a half hour away.The group demanded to speak with the Mi’kmaw hunters, to ask them “give up on this hunt.”When a warden agreed to escort two of the protesters to meet with the Mi’kmaq, the rest of the group followed and a tense confrontation followed.The project to harvest eleven moose in the park was initiated by Parks Canada and was four years in the making.[wooslider slideshow_speed=”5.0″ pause_on_hover=”true” slider_type=”attachments” limit=”6″]last_img read more

ExMKO Grand Chief travel claims dont match cell phone records audit

first_imgRead APTN’s ongoing investigation into former Grand Chief David Harper’s spending while head of Manitoba Keewatinowi OkimakanakJorge Barrera APTN National NewsA federal probe into the spending of the former grand chief of a Manitoba organization representing some of the poorest First Nations in the country has found tens of thousands of dollars in questionable claims, according to numbers contained in draft portion of a report provided to APTN National News.The financial probe of former grand chief David Harper and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) was conducted by auditing firm KPMG under a contract with the federal Indigenous Affairs department.The investigation was launched in September 2014 after the federal department received complaints over alleged spending irregularities by Harper and MKO. The department authorized KPMG auditors to review the organization’s books all the way back to 2010.While the department says the review of Harper and MKO’s books is still “ongoing,” APTN National News has been provided some of the results contained in a draft copy of KPMG’s findings.The auditors examined about $450,000 of expenses incurred by Harper and determined only 36 per cent could be substantiated, according to the draft report.About $77,000 worth of travel claims filed by Harper did not match-up when cross-referenced with the former grand chief’s cell phone records, according to the draft report.Current MKO Grand Chief Sheila North-Wilson said in a statement she would not be commenting on the issue until the final report is released and she has discussed the findings with MKO’s 30 First Nation chiefs.APTN National News has learned that North-Wilson, elected as grand chief in September 2015, received a draft copy of the report in a package late last year. The package included a letter from Anne Scotton, head of Indigenous Affairs’ audit and evaluation branch, an about 20-page report summary, and the draft report which was about 200 pages in length.Harper could not be reached for comment. It is rumoured that he is considering a run for chief of Garden Hill First Nation, which is one of the 30 MKO-member First Nations.MKO-member First Nations are some of the poorest in the country.The KPMG probe of Harper and MKO included a review of the use of funds from Indigenous Affairs and Employment and Social Development Canada, Harper’s expenses, money paid to the organization’s former director of finance and contracts issued by MKO.While he was grand chief Harper faced allegations of financial mismanagement and of using MKO funds for personal purchases like guitars, flights for his girlfriend and car repairs.MKO chiefs had previously asked Winnipeg-firm Lazer Grant to conduct a full forensic audit into the organization’s books after they discovered the former director of finance was making $250,000 a year.The Lazer Grant audit discovered some electronic equipment submitted for review had hard drives wiped-clean. Harper was also accused of obstructing the forensic audit.MKO sank into the red by nearly $1 million under Harper’s leadership and the organization was on the brink of being put into co-management by Indigenous Affairs.Indigenous Affairs said it would be posting the final report will be posted on the department’s website.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Diefenbaker building in Ottawa reminds Michel band descendents of dark times

first_img(Kim Beaudin outside the John Diefenbaker building in Ottawa. Photo: Jorge Barrera/APTN)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsKim Beaudin stood with a protest sign Tuesday morning outside a meeting between premiers, the prime minister and Indigenous leaders in the Diefenbaker building, named after the prime minister that wiped out the Michel band.Beaudin said the name John Diefenbaker conjures up a dark chapter in his family and peoples’ history when the Canadian government, with a stroke of a pen, enfranchised – took away the Indian status—the people of the Michel band.“It causes such negative feelings,” said Beaudin, who is vice-Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples. “We were the last band in Canadian history to be wiped out.”Beaudin was among a handful of demonstrators and supporters of CAP who were protesting the organization’s exclusion from a meeting between Indigenous leaders, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers.(John Diefenbaker was prime minister from 1957 to 1963)The meeting was held in a building that once housed Ottawa’s city hall that is now a federal government building named after Diefenbaker.In March 1958, the Diefenbaker government enfranchised all members of the Michel band, who were part of Treaty 6.It was the only case of a band being enfranchised involuntarily under a section of federal law that was repealed two years later.All enfranchisement provisions were repealed in 1985.Beaudin said for most of the first half of the 1900s the Canadian government was pressuring the Michel band to give up its land because of its potential resource bounty. Some members of the band voluntarily enfranchised in 1929. The Michel band, known as Michel Reserve 132, sat about 40 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.“The whole thing was unbelievable,” said Beaudin. “By doing that they broke up families. People ended up on the street.”Beaudin said the people of Michel have continued to fight for recognition as a band as defined by the Indian Act. Over the years they faced a federal government that at times argued in court they didn’t exist, he said.“Our people have told me the federal government marched in and said get out,” said Beaudin. “”They ended up taking all the resources.”Contact APTN National News here: news@aptn.calast_img read more

Rio Tinto closely watching industry impact of US sanctions on Russian rival

first_imgMONTREAL – The head of Rio Tinto’s aluminum division said Tuesday he is closely watching the industry impact of U.S. sanctions on its Russian rival, Rusal, one of the world’s largest aluminum suppliers.The United States Treasury Department on Friday announced sanctions against seven leading Russian businessmen, 17 officials and a dozen Russian companies, including the aluminum giant. Rusal shares have dropped by more than half since the sanctions were announced, and the company has warned it may technically default.“It’s a bit early yet to speculate on exactly how this is going to work out and what impact it’s going to have on the whole industry,” Rio Tinto aluminum chief executive Alf Barrios said in an interview.“What is clear is that Rusal is a significant supplier of aluminum to the world and clearly we’ll have to evaluate this in detail and understand exactly how we’re going to manage our business.”Industry observers believe London-based mining giant Rio Tinto is among the main beneficiaries from actions taken Friday as part of the U.S. administration’s attempt to punish Russia for actions including activities in Syria, Ukraine and Crimea.Global aluminum prices have risen as the sanctions have fuelled concerns over supply.The sanctions against Russia come as the U.S. is also escalating a trade war with China, partially by imposing aluminum tariffs on the Asian superpower and a host of other countries, from which Canada is temporarily exempt.Barrios said he expects “common sense” will prevail when it comes to Canada’s current exemption from American tariffs on the metal.Donald Trump announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports last month using the so-called “Section 232” of U.S. trade laws that allows the U.S. president to restrict imports and impose unlimited tariffs if a Commerce Department investigation finds a national security threat.He gave temporary exemptions to Canada, Mexico, Australia, Argentina, South Korea, Brazil, and the member countries of the EU and suggested that a final decision on tariffs against its North American neighbours could be dependent on successful NAFTA talks. The steel and aluminum tariff exemption for Canada that is set to expire April 30.The deadline happens to coincide with a timeline suggested as the deadline for finalizing a new NAFTA this year. Negotiators are reportedly close to hammering out a deal.He said a U.S. decision to include Canada in the tariff would not be appropriate because Canada is considered part of the North American defence manufacturing base and supply chains are closely intertwined.“We continue to be confident that at the end common sense will prevail but what’s important for us is to work closely with the governments and the customers to ensure that we continue to maintain the highly efficient, highly-integrated supply chain between the two countries.”Barrios said it’s too early to determine the global impact of 10 per cent aluminum tariffs applied against many countries, but added that the best thing for American aluminum consumers is to have access to high quality, low carbon aluminum produced in Canada using clean hydro power.He believes the Canadian government’s steps to crack down on companies that try to ship cheap foreign steel and aluminum through the domestic market was well-received by the U.S. administration, industry and customers.Earlier Tuesday, Rio Tinto became the first company in the world to receive Aluminium Stewardship Initiative certification for its environmental, social and governance practices at its smelters in Quebec and Australian bauxite mine.Although he doesn’t expect Rio Tinto’s aluminum will immediately secure a pricing premium, Barrios said it will give a competitive advantage to its Quebec assets from customers who he said will increasingly demand the certification.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.last_img read more

Banks raise prime rate to 37 per cent following Bank of Canada

first_imgTORONTO – All of Canada’s Big Six banks say they will raise their prime lending rate after the Bank of Canada increased its overnight lending rate to financial institutions.Royal Bank, TD Canada Trust, BMO, and Scotiabank, CIBC and National Bank all say they will increase their prime rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 3.70 per cent, effective Thursday.The rates had previously been set at 3.45 per cent.The increase will raise the cost of borrowing for customers with loans linked to the prime rate such as variable rate mortgages and lines of credit.The Bank of Canada raised its target for the overnight rate a quarter-point to 1.5 per cent Wednesday.It was the central bank’s fourth rate increase in the last 12 months.Companies in this story: (TSX:RY)(TSX:TD)(TSX:BNS)(TSX:BMO)(TSX:CM)(TSX:NA)last_img read more

Materials sector weighs on TSX US stock markets mixed loonie down

first_imgIndex and currency in this story: (^GSPTSE and CADUSD=X)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Losses in the materials sector weighed on Canada’s main stock index in late-morning trading as U.S. stock markets were mixed.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 58.66 points at 14,953.99.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 26.43 points at 24,613.81. The S&P 500 index was up 3.75 points at 2,677.20, while the Nasdaq composite was up 20.86 points at 7,102.71.The Canadian dollar traded lower at 75.29 cents US compared with an average of 75.59 cents US on Monday.The January crude contract was up 45 cents at US$52.08 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was down 8.5 cents at US$4.21 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$7.90 at US$1,214.50 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 2.10 cents at US$2.73 a pound.last_img read more

BC Coroners Service releases updated data on illicit drug overdoses for March

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Coroners Service has released reports looking at illicit drug overdose deaths and fentanyl-detected deaths for March 2019.According to the report, in March there were 104 suspected drug overdose deaths from across the Province.Within the Northeast, so far this year, there have been five reported drug overdose deaths. When it comes to fentanyl-detected deaths, across the Province there were 82 deaths in March.Within Northeastern B.C., during the month of March, there were five reported fentanyl-detected deaths.According to the Coroners Service, the report excludes deaths if the fentanyl was known to be prescribed or the death was suspected to be due to intentional self-harm.The BCCS says the data was compiled to better understand overall illicit drug overdose trends in B.C. and to inform other agencies’ public safety strategies in a timely manner.Since the 2019 data reported is for only up until March 31, data should be interpreted with caution and is subject to change as investigations conclude.For more information on these reports, you can visit the Government of B.C.’s website.last_img read more

A lot at stake for BJP in first phase LS polls

first_imgNew Delhi: As voters cast their ballot in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls for 91 seats across 18 states and two union territories, it is the Bharatiya Janata Party that has a lot at stake. It had won 32 of these seats in 2014. The Congress fared poorly in the last parliamentary elections and could win only seven of these 91 seats. Five of its seats came from the North-East where the BJP has considerably consolidated its position in the last five years. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The battle is tough for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, where it had won all the eight seats that have to the polls today. This time, the party faces challenge from the coalition of Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal. Analysts say it will be difficult for the BJP to repeat its 2014 performance. In Uttarakhand, where BJP had won all the five seats in 2014, the party faces strong candidates from Congress, including former Chief Minister Harish Rawat and Manish Khanduri, son of former Union Minister Major General B.C. Khanduri. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The “nationalism” narrative of the BJP seems to be a strong factor in the hills which has a large population of ex-servicemen and those serving in the uniformed forces. The BJP faces a stronger challenge in Assam with its stand on the Citizenship Amendment Bill which has been opposed by its allies. The Asom Gana Parishad, its ally in Assam, is opposed to the Bill which finds a mention in the BJP manifesto. In Bihar, BJP had won three of the four seats going to the polls and is now contesting one. The BJP and its ally Shiv Sena had in 2014 won all the seven seats going to polls in the first phase in Maharashtra, but the BJP later lost one seat. The first phase election will decide the fate of six Union Ministers — Nitin Gadkari (Nagpur), Hansraj Ahir (Chandrapur), General V.K. Singh (Ghaziabad), Mahesh Sharma (Gautam Buddha Nagar), Satyapal Singh (Baghpat) and Kiren Rijiju (Arunachal West). As it tries to retain its seats, BJP will also be seeking to gain in two seats each in West Bengal, Manipur and Tripura. The Congress is hopeful of scaling up its numbers from seven particular from Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Assam and Uttarakhand. The BJP and Congress are not seen as major players in Andhra Pradesh, which is undergoing both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. BJP spokesperson Bizay Sonkar Shastri said the party will improve its performance compared to the last Lok Sabha polls. “Nationalism is a factor. The people continue to have faith in Modiji. Various government programmes have taken off, making an impact among communities seen to be loyal to other parties,” Shastri told IANS. He said there was “a visible wave” last time but this time it “is an inner current”. Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha said the party will do “much better than last time.” Prominent leaders whose fate will be decided in the first phase are Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K. Kavitha (Nizamabad), Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s son Gaurav Gogoi (Kalibor), Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan’s son Chirag Paswan (Jamui) and AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi (Hyderabad). In Tura, former Union Minister Agatha Sangma is fighting former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma of Congress.last_img read more

Jet pilots engineers joining SpiceJet at 3050 pay cut

first_imgNew Delhi: Low-cost carrier and top rival SpiceJet appears to be making the most of the crisis at Jet Airways. Spicejet is now hiring engineers and pilots at much lower pay than their current salaries at the financialy-troubled Jet. Industry sources told IANS that pilots from Jet Airways are being asked to take salary cuts of 25-30 per cent, while engineers have been advised to settle at 50 per cent of their current pay package. Not long ago, many airlines including SpiceJet were luring the same pilots and engineers with joining bonuses and better perks. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “The prospect of closure is certainly one of the reasons for professionals agreeing to take salary cuts. But average salaries at Jet Airways have also been higher than the industry level,” a top aviation source said. A senior aircraft maintenance engineer who has applied to SpiceJet and Air India Express for a job said that he has got an offer in the range of Rs 150,000 to 200,000 a month while his current cost to company (CTC) at Jet Airways is nearly Rs 400,000 a month. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “The offer is much lower. It will certainly be a forced choice. We are hoping that some investor would take over Jet and our salaries will remain protected,” he said. A SpiceJet executive said that the budget carrier was offering salaries based on their own structure and not the highly inflated one paid by Jet Airways. A senior commander with Jet Airways said that pilots with 4-5 years of experience are going to other airlines as they are feeling the pinch of salary delays. “They have loans and other financial commitments so they are looking for places where there is certainty of jobs and timely salary payment. Not many senior level pilots have so far left Jet Airways. They are reluctant to go to either SpiceJet, IndiGo or Air India Express as they feel their seniority and salary will be impacted. They do not want to sign 3-5 year bonds,” he said. The flying veteran noted that many co-pilots who do not have much experience generally get about Rs 2.9 lakh salary month at Jet Airways, and they are willing to join other airlines for even less than Rs 2 lakh a month. Among various domestic airlines, only Air India Express and SpiceJet operate Boeing fleets, apart from Jet Airways. Those operating Airbus aircraft fear huge conversion costs for both pilots and engineers and are, thus, reluctant to hire the technical personnel from Jet. “We will have to train them for flying and maintenance of Airbus aircraft. In case of pilots, it will need six months of training, while for engineers the reskilling would take 3-4 months. This means the salary for entire training period will be a huge cost for us,” said an executive of a private airline operating Airbus planes. But aviation experts feel that the current situation is temporary and it will normalise once Jet gets back on its feet. “This is an unusual situation because Jet Airways remains almost grounded. Normally, supply and demand have been in favour of pilots and engineers. Now, it depends on how quickly Jet restarts again. If that happens things will stabilise. I won’t be surprised if many pilots and engineers go back to Jet,” said Rajan Mehra, a veteran aviation professional and Chief Executive Officer Club One Air. Saddled with mounting debt and losses, Jet Airways is fighting for its survival. The airline is in gradual descent and staring at closure with nearly 90 per cent of its fleet on the ground.last_img read more

Opener finisher or a specialist No 4 DK can do it all

first_imgKolkata: Dinesh Karthik might have been picked as a back-up wicketkeeper for the World Cup but mentor Abhishek Nayar feels the Tamil Nadu cricketer can play the role of an opener, a finisher or a specialist No. 4 for India in England. MSK Prasad-led selection committee on Monday picked all-rounder Vijay Shankar for the No. 4 spot and made it clear that the second wicket-keeper will come into play only if Mahendra Singh Dhoni is injured. However, Nayar said Karthik could be India’s answer for the debatable No 4 spot and can even open if needed. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”He can play a Kedar Jadhav finisher’s role to a No. 4 batsman’s role if needed. He can even open if needed,” Nayar, who’s credited for resurrecting Karthik’s career, said. “Being a good fielder, adds that value. Of course he’s back-up wicketkeeper, but I’m pretty sure that the management will look at him as a specialist batsman if someone is slightly out of form. You never know what opportunities this game can bring to you. For his point of view, it’s about being just prepared and being ready for that opportunity so that when it comes he grabs it with both hands.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterNayar, who is also the mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders, had missed to be with Karthik on the selection day but the KKR skipper made it a point to call him and pay his “gratitude”. “He was full of gratitude and spoke about the time when we got together three years ago. We were thinking about those days, not knowing where his career was going. So now being part of the World Cup is really special for someone like him,” Nayar said. His career at the crossroads, Karthik had sought the help of Nayar in 2016 after he scored only 355 runs in 12 innings with only one hundred at an average of 32 in the previous season. Thus began a mentor-pupil relationship, which resurrected his career and helped Karthik to be in contention for the World Cup. But just two months back, the MSK Prasad led selection committee ignored him in the ODI series against Australia which was India’s final dress rehearsal before the World Cup, making it clear that Rishabh Pant was their choice for the second wicket-keeper’s spot. “Giving up was not in our dictionary. We never believed in giving up. The day we gave up is the day we stop playing cricket,” Nayar said. “When that happened we were very clear in mind that, going forward, we need to focus on becoming a better cricketer. Focus on continuing the form that he had for the past three years. That has been the main focus. Selection was not in our hands. He always tried to control the ‘controllables’ which was the preparation,” he said as Karthik finally made it to the squad ahead of Pant on Monday.last_img read more

Naxals will be rooted out by 2023 Rajnath Singh

first_imgHussainabad (Jharkhand): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday said naxals will be rooted out in the country by 2023. Rebels and terrorists come in the way of the country’s security, which is an essential part of development, and will be crushed, Singh told a poll rally here. Naxals have been almost eliminated in Jharkhand and their remaining pockets in the state will end soon, he said. Singh, who was campigning in support of Palamau (SC) constituency sitting BJP MP V D Ram, claimed that Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Congress have joined hands in the state due to their “lust for power” but will not be successful in acheiving their goal. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details There is no leader in the opposition to match the stature of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Those who appear to be leaders in the opposition are “dwarfs” compared to him, he said. Referring to developmental schemes like the Ujjwala Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Jan Dhan Yojana, the union minister said BJP is committed to usher in development of the country by 2022 and its poll manifesto reflected it. Ridiculing opposition parties seeking proof of bodies in the aftermath of Balakot air strikes, Singh said the air force’s job was to hit the terror camps, which it carried out, and not count bodies. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Our leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was then in the opposition, had praised the then prime minister Indira Gandhi after the 1971 war against Pakistan and creation of Bangladesh. But now that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken a big step (Balakot air strike) the opposition leaders are raising questions instead of praising him. After Pulwama attack all the countries, including Islamic countries, stood with India. “India’s policy is not to fire the first bullet but to respond strongly to any bullet fired at it”, he said. Addressing another rally in neighbouring Chatra Lok Sabha constituency for BJP’s sitting MP Sunil Kumar Singh, the union minister said that Garibi-mukt Bharat can only be possibble only when there is a Congress-mukt Bharat. In the last five years the BJP-led NDA government made notable achievements in opening bank accounts for the poor, building roads, distribution of gas cylinders and its housing scheme and according to a survey report 7.5 crore people were taken out of poverty. Palamau goes to the polls along with Chatra and Lohardaga(ST) seats in the fourth phase of polling on April 29, which will be the first phase for Jharkhand.last_img read more

Ghaziabad man shot at in broad day light

first_imgGhaziabad: A 19-year-old, son of a plastic scrap trader, was allegedly shot in broad daylight by unidentified bike borne assailants in Vijay Nagar area of Ghaziabad on Friday. Victim’s kin alleged a group of people in their neighbouring area have committed the crime in order to take revenge.According to police, the incident occurred around 2:30 pm at a flyover near Vijay Nagar by pass. The victim identified as Salman, a native of Haj house colony in Hindon Vihar area of Ghaziabad, was returning from Chaar Moorti roundabout in Greater Noida when the incident took place. Shabban, victim’s father told Millennium Post that few passerby took Salman to nearby MMG hospital by an OLA cab. “I was informed by one of the eyewitnesses who also took Salman to the hospital. They told me that they had made several calls to police helpline number but the help was not received so they took him to hospital by an OLA cab. The assailants might have tried to kill him but the bullet has hit his thigh. Also his belongings are missing which include three gold rings, a watch and cash,” said Shabban. He further alleged some people living in neighbouring area to have committed the crime in order to take revenge. “Around fifteen days ago, we had scuffle with a group of people living in neighbouring area in which my another son had received critical head injuries. We reported the matter to police and both the parties were presented before the magistrate where a settlement was made. However, on Thursday evening, cops held Salman while he was going to market and also seized his motorcycle and mobile phone. Salman was released later in night and we got the motorcycle released on Friday afternoon and just a couple of hours later, we received information about Salman’s getting shot at the flyover,” added Shabban. He also alleged police to have been involved with the other party and said that the incident could have been averted if police have acted on out first complaint of fight. Meanwhile police officials said that they are waiting for the victim to gain consciousness to record his statement to lodge an FIR. “Victim’s condition is stable now while we are yet to record statement. An FIR will be registered into the case while investigations will be done covering all the possible angles” said Shyamveer Singh, Station House officer of Vijay Nagar police station.last_img read more

Immigration system server faces tech glitches at Delhi airport

first_imgNew Delhi: Hundreds of passengers had a harrowing time at the Delhi airport early Monday as the immigration system server faced technical issues for around one-and-a-half hours, affecting six international flights and resulting in long queues at the counters.An airport official said technical glitches with the server lasted between 12.15 am and 1.45 am. At around 1 am, an Air India official said that the immigration system server was down at the airport and that crew for three Air India flights were also affected. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe system was restored at around 1.45 am, the airport official said. According to the official, six international flights were affected due to the server issue. Air India’s flights to London Heathrow and San Francisco, Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong, Ethiopian Airlines flight to Addis Ababa, Asiana Airlines flight to Seoul and GoAir flight to Phuket were affected, as per the official. Of the six flights, one was delayed for 50 minutes and another one for 25 minutes. Two flights were delayed by 17 minutes and another two by 18 minutes, he added. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadDetails about which flight was delayed by how much time could not be immediately ascertained. A passenger, who was waiting for immigration check, said there was a long delay due to server issues. A public announcement was also made at the airport about the server problem and personnel started doing manual checking process, according to the passenger, who later took an Air India flight to San Francisco. Many passengers took to Twitter to complain about the delay in immigration process and some of them also tweeted pictures of long queues at the airport. The incident comes a day after Air India’s Passenger Service System faced technical glitches and was not functional for more than five hours. The incident on Saturday early morning has also resulted in delay of scores of Air India flights. The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is the busiest airport in the country.last_img read more

Moroccan Sandwich wins in cooking competition in Canada

first_imgRabat- Moroccan cuisine has been honored in Canada. During Canada’s best Sandwich competition, Jean Emond, a Canadian from Montreal won a $10,000 prize after he prepared a Lamb Filet Sandwich With Harissa and Figs. The winner also received a $10,000 donation toward his charity of choice, World Wildlife Fund Canada, according to the Chronicle Herald.Jean Emond beat three other finalists who failed to convince the jury of the originality and unique taste of their sandwiches.The four prepared their sandwiches in front of an audience at the Cooking School at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, said the same source.last_img read more

Nabila Mounib Islamist Parties Manipulate Religion for Political Gains

Rabat – Morocco’s Islamist parties, which include the recently re-elected Justice and Development Party (PJD), use the nation’s religious identity for electoral gains, according to Nabila Mounib, the Secretary-General of the Unified Socialist Party (PSU), on Thursday.“The Islamists manipulate religion, which makes up the foundation of our society, for political purposes,” she said, during an event on women in the Moroccan political scene in Tanger at the HEM business school.The PJD won the most seats during the October 7th national elections, with the secular Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), taking second place. The PSU had boycotted the 2011 elections, which took place after the adoption of the post-Arab Spring constitution, sue to concerns that the new framework did not do enough to embrace democratic values.During Thursday’s event, Mounib said the Democratic Left Federation (FGD), which comprises of the PSU and two other far left parties, would continue the movement to make Morocco a parliamentary monarchy, akin to the United Kingdom, where the monarch holds limited powers.The PJD’s government has overseen domestic issues over the past five years, but Morocco’s foreign policy has largely been under the control of King Mohammed VI, who has opened up trade and tourism to foreigners and their companies.Mounib, who leads the only Moroccan political party with a female leader, added that leftist parties would win national legislative elections, were they held today, due to the unpopularity of ongoing discussions to tamper with the tuition-free nature of public education.On Wednesday, Mounib said talks to implement tuition fees, even if just for students from families in the upper socioeconomic classes or for post-secondary education, should merit “a revolution on a national scale.” read more

European rights envoy talks with France about yellow vests

PARIS — The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights is travelling to Paris to meet with French authorities to discuss human rights issues related to the yellow vests protests.A day after yellow vests demonstrated for an 11th straight weekend in Paris and across France, Dunja Mijatovic said Monday on Twitter that she will hold talks with French deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez and France’s defender of rights, Jacques Toubon.The council of Europe’s press office confirmed that Mijatovic will also meet with representatives of France’s human rights commission, police and journalists.About 2,000 people have been injured during yellow vests protests as the demonstrations demanding more economic justice often descended into violence. Ten people have also been killed in road incidents since the protests started on Nov. 17.The Associated Press read more

Bouknadel Train Accident Government Must Learn to Communicate

Rabat – On October 16, 2018, a train derailed between Kenitra and Rabat. However, the derailment has given way to a different story and a more lasting frustration among the Moroccan public—governmental incompetence.The train derailed while heading to Kenitra, near Bouknadel at about 10:30 in the morning, killing at least seven people and wounding 90 others on the train.Despite this pain and suffering, videos and pictures from social media showed no ambulances or auxiliary forces on hand, and response did not improve in the hours afterward. While passengers and bystanders were trying to help each other get out of the derailed train, Morocco World News received no information from Morocco’s National Railway Office (ONCF). Read Also: El Othmani Tweets Condolences for Victims of Bouknadel Train AccidentAround 1:30 p.m., government officials and ONCF President Rabie Khlie arrived at the scene. One journalist asked whether three hours were not sufficient to determine the cause of the accident. The ONCF president said it was a technical issue and would take time. ????? ????? ????? ??? ?????? ?????? ??????? ???? ????????? ????? ???????? ??????? ????? ??? ?????? ????? ?????? ????????? ??????? ??????. ??? ???????? ???? ????? ??? ????? ????????? ???????? ?????? ?????????— ???? ??????? -?????? (@ChefGov_ma) October 16, 2018Khlie also avoided commenting on repeated complaints about delayed trains, saying, “This issue is not within the context [of the accident], and we should respect the victims of the incident.”Journalists asked dozens of questions at the impromptu press conference, starved for communication from authorities both in government and in ONCF. Government officials in general prefer giving statements to foreign news outlets like AFP instead of speaking to local Moroccan ones.Read Also: Video: Train Derails Between Sale and KenitraJournalists expressed anger over the reluctance of government officials to provide detailed information on the accident.In the absence of published information, Morocco World News called the spokesperson of the Moroccan government, Mustapha El Khalfi, to provide an official death toll estimate and injuries.However, it seemed El Khalfi had not even heard about the accident. At 12:18 p.m., El Khalfi shared a tweet about the signing of an agreement between representatives of associations participating in a national debate on civil society and drugs.??? ????? ?????? ?????? ??????? ??? ???? ??????? ??????? ????????? ?? ???????? ???????? ??????? ?????? ?????? ???? ???????? ???? ????? ???????? 16 ?????? 2018 ???? ??????? ???????? ??????? ????? ??????… https://t.co/vXUOrPaEsn— Mustapha Khalfi (@mustapha_khalfi) October 16, 2018Read Also: ONCF’s Train Accident Kills 6 Near Morocco’s BouknadelThe state-owned news agency, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), also had not published an official estimate by early afternoon.It took Mohamed Najib Boulif, secretary general of transport, and Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani more than three hours to comment on the accident, sending condolences to the families of the victims.All talk, no actionAt the request of King Mohammed VI, the government previously pledged measures to enhance confidence with the public and ensure social dialogue. This accident—and more accurately the government and ONCF’s response to it—does little to reinforce that public trust. The spokesperson of the government seemingly being unaware of a train derailment killing seven and injuring 90 demonstrates that. The 2011 constitution guarantees citizens the right of access to information, and in June, El Othmani called on the ministers to communicate with the public.????? ?????? ???? ???? ????? ????? ?????? ??? ?????? ???? ??? ???? ???? ??????????? ???? ?????? ?????? ????????— Mohamed Najib Boulif (@BOULIFNajib) October 16, 2018“Listening and acting remain insufficient, if this is not followed by communication and informing the public.”He said that ministers should communicate to “show their achievements” to allow the public to evaluate government work positively or negatively.However, this incident shows that we have a long way to go before those words translate into action. read more

Rapper Maitre Gims Recites Quran in New Video

Rabat – On May 13, French-Congolese rapper and singer Gandhi Djuna, known by his stage name Maitre Gims, shared a short video of himself reciting the Quran. In the video, which he shared on social media, Gims can be seen reciting the beginnings of Surah Yasin in the Holy Quran.Maitre Gims, 33, converted to Islam in 2004. Gims has also recently filmed a music video in Marrakech. The song, which featured the Colombian singer Maluma, was part of his newly released album.Read also: Maitre Gims and Maluma Release New Music Video Filmed in Marrakech“I wanted to make this clip here in Marrakech, where I live. to highlight this millennial city and its enormous tourism potential,” said Gims in a statement to the press. Gims also noted that he wanted to “pay homage to this city where I was welcomed with open arms.” read more

Errachidias Flood Police Investigate Bus Driver

Rabat – Authorities are investigating the driver of the bus, which overturned at the Oued Damchan bridge in Errachidia province on Sunday, September 8.The bus driver fled the scene immediately after the incident, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported.The news agency added that the driver was considered among the missing people before he admitted himself for treatment at the Moulay Ali Cherif regional hospital on Monday, September 9. Security services are now investigating the driver. Emergency services managed to rescue 30 people.The number of people who were rescued stands a 30.  Local news outlets reported that the death toll has risen 17.Floods due to heavy rains in the region blocked the road.Morocco’s southern and central provinces saw heavy rains across August and September, claiming the lives of several people.Read Also:  Errachidia Flood Kills 11, Death Toll Continues to RiseFlooding in the Taroudant region killed eight people after a river in the region,  burst its banks onto a football pitch in August.Heavy rains led to floods in the Khenifra province, in northern central Morocco, on September 2. The floods killed a teenage girl and an elderly man.Moroccan media have been releasing special weather alerts recently to warn people of possible heavy rainfall, storms, and floods.Authorities warned citizens to check weather forecasts to avoid similar incidents.Equipment and transport Minister Abdelkader Amara told the press that “the National Meteorological Directorate published weather reports on a regular basis that must be taken into account and that citizens must be aware of the weather warnings issued by provincial and local officials.”He added that weather issues “should not be treated carelessly.” read more

Average US price of gas drops 3 cents per gallon to 293

CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline fell 3 cents a gallon (3.8 litres) over the past two weeks, to $2.93.Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that it’s the first price drop at the pump in four months.Lundberg says the price is 6 cents lower than it was one year ago.The highest average price in the nation is $4.08 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area.The lowest average is $2.35 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The average price of diesel fell a penny over the past two weeks, to $3.16.The Associated Press read more