Shipping Corporation of India Modernizes Fleet

first_imgzoom The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) has rejuvenated its outdated fleet slashing its age by almost a half.“Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) has replaced most of its aged fleet and it has a modern and fuel efficient fleet with an average age of 9.5 years as on March 2017 compared to average Indian fleet age of 18.4 years,” Shipping Minister Mansukh Lal Mandavya is quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.As a result, SCI’s fleet meets the latest regulations of IMO and its ships are equipped with modern facilities, the minister added.The company was asked to modernize its fleet in May last year by India’s standing parliamentary committee on transport.As SCI was posting losses since 2011, it abstained from ordering new tonnage and vessel acquisitions. However, the company bounced back to a net profit of Rs.384.41 crore during 2015-16.According to SCI’s data, six ships were disposed off during the current financial year, those being three tankers aged between 1992-1994, a bulk carrier built in 1998 and two offshore vessels built in 1984. In addition, one VLCC was added to the fleet-Desh Vibhor, built by China-based Jiangsu Rongsheng Heavy Industries.Based on the company’s website info last updated in March, 2017, SCI owns a fleet of 69 ships equaling in 3.26 million GT and 5.85 million DWT. SCI’s owned fleet includes bulk carriers, crude oil tankers, product tankers, container vessels, RORO vessels, LPG/ammonia carriers and offshore supply vessels.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

SAAM to Sell 35 Pct Stake in Tramarsa

first_imgzoom Chilean port, towage and logistics services provider SAAM has decided to sell a minority stake in Peruvian Trabajos Marítimos S.A. (Tramarsa) to the Romero Group.SAAM said that Peruvian Romero Group accepted the conditions established to sell the 35% stake in Tramarsa, which operates a marine port and offers port services.The shares will be sold for USD 124 million. Following the transaction, SAAM will obtain profits amounting to USD 33 million.“This decision is part of our strategy of seeking control, either directly or through joint ventures, in our operations and assets”, Macario Valdés, SAAM’s CEO, explained.“This sale not only allows us to do a good business, but it also provides us with additional resources to take advantage of any opportunities that may arise and that we are constantly evaluating”, Valdés added.The transaction should be formalized before May 6, when the Romero Group will control 100% of Tramarsa.In early April, SAAM announced plans to invest a total of USD 133.5 million this year.The company intends to invest USD 85 million in maintenance and extension of its current assets – San Antonio Terminal Internacional, Terminal Portuario Guayaquil and San Vicente Terminal Internacional.SAAM recently materialized the acquisition of two concessions in Puerto Caldera, the second largest port in Costa Rica, for USD 48.5 million. The company now controls 51% of Sociedad Portuaria de Caldera (SPC) and of Sociedad Portuaria Granelera de Caldera (SPGC).last_img read more

ZIM Brining Blockchain Technology into Shipping

first_imgzoom Israeli shipping company Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) has wrapped up the first pilot of paperless Bills-of-Lading based on blockchain technology.During the trial, conducted in cooperation with Sparx Logistics and Wave Ltd., the participants issued, transferred and received original electronic documents using the Wave Application. The pioneering pilot, first of its kind led by an ocean carrier, saw the containers, shipped by Sparx Logistics from China to Canada, delivered to the consignees “without a hitch”.ZIM, which is pioneering the new solution following a long market analysis, said that it is convinced that the blockchain technology and the Wave application can be the solution that will drive the trade to the digital era.The new blockchain-based system uses distributed ledger technology to ensure that all parties can issue, transfer, endorse and manage shipping and trade related documents through a secure decentralized network. The application is free for Shippers, Importers and Traders and requires no IT or operational changes.“I’m proud that ZIM leads the way in introducing blockchain technology to the shipping world, and congratulate our partners in this exciting initiative, Sparx Logistics and Wave Ltd,” Eli Glickman, ZIM CEO, said.“While we are still in the process of evaluating the technology, we are confident that this type of forward-looking ideas will advance our industry as a whole towards a more efficient and modern phase,” Eyal Ben-Amram, ZIM CIO, added.last_img read more

RollsRoyce Looking to Sell Commercial Maritime Arm

first_imgzoom UK-based engineering company Rolls-Royce said it would launch a strategic review of available options for its Commercial Maritime division, which are likely to include finding a new owner for the business.Rolls-Royce is working on the further reshuffling of its business structure and plans to reduce its five operating units to three core businesses based around Civil Aerospace, Defence and Power Systems.“As part of this exercise, we plan to consolidate our Naval Marine and Nuclear Submarines operations within our existing Defence business, and Civil Nuclear operations within our Power Systems business,” the company said.The move is being pursued as Rolls-Royce aims to slash costs and simplify its operation, especially taking into account the rough times its marine business had to endure following the downturn in the offshore oil and gas industry.“This is the right time to be evaluating the strategic options for our Commercial Marine operation. The team there has responded admirably to a significant downturn in the offshore oil and gas market to reduce its cost base. At the same time, we have carved out an industry-leading position in ship intelligence and autonomous shipping and it is only right that we consider whether its future may be better served under new ownership,” Chief Executive Warren East said.Since 2015 the company’s marine business divested non-core businesses and reduced the number of sites from 27 to 15 – an overall reduction in footprint of 40 percent. It reduced its workforce by 30 pct to 4,200, with the majority now based in the Nordic region. At the same time, the business has been investing in new facilities and new technologies, especially in the fields of ship intelligence and autonomous vessels, culminating in June 2017 with the successful demonstration, in Copenhagen harbour, of the world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel.  Regardless of the outcome of this strategic review, Rolls-Royce will retain the marine operations which supply complex power and propulsion systems to naval customers, including the Royal Navy and US Navy. During the first quarter of 2018, the naval operations will become part of an enlarged defence business named Rolls-Royce Defence, comprising the current Defence Aerospace business and its nuclear submarines operation. The company added it would retain engine business serving marine customers within Power Systems.last_img read more

Gibson Ice Class Fleet Sees Lack of Investment

first_imgzoom The ice class fleet witnessed a significant lack of ordering activity in the recent years, according to a report from Gibson Shipbrokers.Most of the recent newbuild investment has gone into Aframax tonnage with a mix of Finnish/Swedish ice class 1A and 1C orders.Last November, Russian shipping major Sovcomflot (SCF) announced a huge investment in ice class 1A tonnage, ordering six Aframaxes (plus options), and at the same time stating their commitment to environmental standards by making them LNG powered.Back in October 2016, Euronav made a rare venture into the newbuildings market by ordering ice class 1C Suezmaxes, with seven-year time charter attachments to serve the Quebec refinery to replace some of their older units.Ice class tonnage by the nature of its employment is expensive to run and costly to repair and of course only command a premium during the short ice season. Older units, although built to ice class rules, may in fact drop out of these trades into the more conventional markets because of escalating maintenance costs.Today, 72% of the Aframax fleet is over 10 years of age. Additionally, 70% of the Handy/MR fleet, as well as 78% of the Suezmaxes fleet, is over 10 years old. To put this into context, 68% of the whole ice class fleet today is over 10 years of age.Analysis of the tanker orderbook shows only a handful of ice class units are currently firm orders, most already with committed employment. With so many units from the mid-2000s heading towards third special survey over the next few years, this niche market could potentially be heading for a shortfall, Gibson writes.Forty-three percent of the fleet was built between 2003-2007 (10-15 years of age). Given that ice class tankers spend the greater part of their working lives in the ECAs, the impact of the 2020 sulphur legislation will be limited.However, over the next few years many units will be required to invest in Ballast Water Treatment systems as well as the added expenses associated with working in ice in terms of steel replacement etc. Also, ships now have to comply with the safety part of the Polar Code by their first renewal survey. Many of the older units may require changes to fuel tanks to comply with the code.As all of this comes at a cost, the companies that operate ice class tonnage will have some interesting choices to make over the next few years, according to Gibson.last_img read more

Fednav Takes Delivery of Its 60th Bulker

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Fednav Canada’s dry bulk shipping company Fednav has accepted delivery of its 60th owned bulk carrier, MV Federal Dee.The 34,500 dwt newbuilding is the latest in a series of 22 box-hold Handysize bulk carriers ordered from Japanese Oshima Shipyard of Japan. The order is part of the company’s fleet rejuvenation and extension program.Featuring a length of 200 meters and the width of 23.8 meters, the bulker is currently worth USD 22.5 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.Earlier this year, Fednav inked a 20-year partnership agreement with Glencore to build and operate a new icebreaking bulk carrier to replace the company’s MV Arctic. Scheduled for delivery in 2020, the new 30,000 dwt Polar Class 4 mine support vessel was ordered by Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation.“Investing recently more than USD 600 million into its newbuilding program, the company clearly demonstrates continued confidence in the shipping markets and its commitment to the Arctic, St. Lawrence, and Great Lakes trades,” Fednav said in a statement.Fednav operates a bulker fleet of over 100 owned, long-term chartered and spot chartered ships.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Yarmouth County

first_img Local area office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Indian Sluice Bridge The Indian Sluice Bridge in Yarmouth County will be closed from Tuesday, April 25, until Friday, April 28, between 9 a.m. and noon and between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., while bridge inspections are carried out. The bridge is the only access to the communities of Surrettes Island and Morris Island. -30-last_img

Province Approves Two New Cancer Drugs

Nova Scotians will have access to two new cancer drugs, Health Minister Chris d’Entremont announced today, July 13, including one that will increase the cure rate of colorectal cancer after surgery. “I know many Nova Scotians will be helped by these two drugs and, on the advice of the experts who treat cancer, I am supporting public funding starting Aug. 1,” said Mr. d’Entremont. In the month of June, the 23-member Cancer Systemic Therapy Policy Committee, which includes oncologists, pharmacists and cancer survivors, reviewed three drugs. The committee, which provides the Department of Health with advice on what cancer drugs should qualify for public funding has recommended funding for Oxaliplatin, a drug that treats colorectal cancer, and Mab Campath, a drug that treats chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The committee also recommended the province not publicly fund Avastin. When taken with other cancer drugs, Oxaliplatin, can treat colorectal patients after surgery and prevent the disease from progressing. About 700 people in Nova Scotia develop colorectal cancer each year. Based on the economics and new evidence they reviewed, Avastin does not offer the same potential as the new drug Oxaliplatin in early stages of cancer. The committee’s mandate includes reviewing significant new evidence that comes forward. “These are tough, difficult choices that have to be made, and I empathize with every person impacted by this,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “There are no easy answers when it comes to health care funding but I thank the committee for its diligence in reviewing these drugs and helping us make our decisions.” To date, the committee has recommended the province fund five new cancer drugs including, Herceptin, Velcade, Rituxin, Oxaliplatin and Mab Campath, at an annual cost of about $7.5 million. In 2006-07 the province invested $23 million in new cancer drugs for Nova Scotians. On average, the annual cost of drugs for treating cancer has increased by 22 per cent a year. The estimated cost to provide Avastin was about $3.6 million a year. “Unfortunately, no government can afford to pay for every new drug that comes to market,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “This is why we rely on the expertise of the committee that reviews evidence and economics within an ethical framework to decide which cancer drugs should be funded.” For more information about the advisory committee, and the cost of cancer drugs in Nova Scotia, see the Department of Health website at . read more

Budget Makes Life Better for Straitarea Families

first_imgFunding to improve local schools, changes to student assistance to make attending St. Francis Xavier University more affordable, and highway improvements are some of the highlights for the Strait area in the provincial budget today, April 5th. “This budget invests in health care, growing the economy, helping people make ends meet, all while ensuring government lives within its means,” said Graham Steele, Minister of Finance. “We still have a difficult financial situation to address, but this budget shows that we are on target to balance in 2013, as promised.” Highlights for the Strait area in today’s budget include: investing $42.5 million to help make post-secondary education more affordable opening at least four new Collaborative Emergency Centres this year providing tax breaks, such as an increase in the basic personal amount by $250 reducing departmental spending by $170 million investing $28 million to improve business productivity providing $7.9 million to low-income families to help make ends meet. changes to student assistance that will make attending St. Francis Xavier and other Nova Scotia university more affordable for Strait-area families new nursing home beds for Port Hawksbury helping Strait’s entrepreneurs by reducing the small business tax to four per cent from 4.5 per cent, the second consecutive year it has declined continuation of existing nursing seats at St. Francis Xavier University continued and stable funding support for the Eastern Counties Regional Library and Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library systems improvements to Highway 104 at Gorman Road, replacing the South River Bridge and other local road upgrade and paving projects continued and stable funding support for local museums, such as Sherbrooke Village funding to improve local schools, including Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre. Total revenues for 2011-12, including net income from government business enterprises, are estimated at $8.5 billion, a decrease of $133 million over the 2010-11 estimates. The 2011 budget projects a deficit of $389.6 million. This is in line with the $370-million deficit anticipated in the province’s four-year fiscal plan. Total expenses for fiscal 2011-12 are budgeted at $9.3 billion, up $323.0 million from 2010-11, entirely because of reinstating university funding. Today’s budget also includes: For more information on the 2011-12 provincial budget, visit read more

Government Equipment Auction

first_imgThe annual auction of used government equipment will take place Saturday, June 11, at the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Miller Lake yard, 107 Perrin Dr., Fall River. There will be more than 200 lots of equipment including graders, snow plows and dump trucks. The auction is being conducted by Auction Advantage and photos of the equipment being auctioned can be viewed at . The equipment is from provincial departments and has been well used. The auctioneer will clearly state the condition of the equipment before bids are taken. The auction will begin at 10 a.m. Items can be viewed Friday, June 10, from noon to 4 p.m and Saturday, June 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The auction will be held rain or shine. Payment must be made by cash, debit or cheque (with bank letter). Credit cards are not accepted. No buyer’s fee will be charged at this auction and there is no reserve bid. The final price will be the bid price plus HST. Children younger than 16 will not be permitted.last_img read more

Laccent sur limmigration se poursuit et saccroît

first_imgLa combinaison du Programme des candidats de la province et d’un nouveau projet pilote fédéral est un indicateur d’une autre année solide en ce qui a trait à l’attraction d’immigrants qualifiés en Nouvelle-Écosse en 2017. « L’immigration est une priorité clé pour le gouvernement, souligne le premier ministre Stephen McNeil. Les immigrants contribuent à la croissance de notre économie d’un bout à l’autre de la province grâce à leur énergie et à leur esprit d’entrepreneuriat. » En vertu du Programme provincial des candidats, la Nouvelle-Écosse pourra présenter 1 350 candidatures en 2017. Le gouvernement provincial peut également présenter 800 autres candidatures dans le cadre du nouveau Programme pilote en matière d’immigration au Canada atlantique du gouvernement fédéral. En tout, le gouvernement provincial peut donc soumettre 2 150 candidatures. « Le Programme pilote en matière d’immigration au Canada atlantique est un autre outil dont les employeurs peuvent se servir pour pourvoir les postes où il y a des pénuries persistantes en matière de main-d’œuvre, affirme Lena Metlege Diab, ministre de l’Immigration. L’immigration est essentielle pour la Nouvelle-Écosse afin d’appuyer notre marché du travail, d’assurer la croissance de notre économie et de renforcer notre assiette fiscale. » Les chiffres préliminaires jusqu’à la fin octobre 2016 démontrent que 4 853 nouveaux arrivants sont venus en Nouvelle-Écosse l’année dernière, ce qui représente le plus grand nombre d’arrivées depuis la fin de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale. « Nous continuons de concentrer nos efforts pour attirer et retenir les nouveaux immigrants dans notre belle province, souligne Mme Diab. Notre bureau aide les employeurs à s’y retrouver dans le système d’immigration, à la fois dans le programme pilote et dans nos volets d’immigration existants. » Les employeurs qui ont un manque de main-d’œuvre peuvent communiquer avec l’Office de l’immigration au 1-877-292-9597.last_img read more

Public Accounts for 201718 Released

first_imgGovernment released the public accounts for the 2017-18 fiscal year today, July 26. The annual audited financial statements report a surplus of $230 million. The net position is $120 million. “By managing the budget throughout the 2017-18 year and with one-time revenue from the offshore arbitration award, we were able to make key investments that set up our province for success for years to come,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Finance and Treasury Board. “Our fiscal plan provides financial flexibility and sustainability and has allowed us to invest in the priorities of Nova Scotians. “Last year, we reduced taxes while investing more in primary health care, in youth and young people, in infrastructure, including new health-care facilities and roads, and in new ideas that will create a better economy.” The province will invest an additional $73 million in the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust to help fund the expansion of high-speed internet to underserviced homes and businesses across the province. This is on top of the $120 million forecast in March. When the trust was established it provided for additional funding, based on the size of the surplus. The annual public accounts report the actual financial results at the end of the fiscal year and compare actuals to the budget approved at the beginning of the fiscal year. A set of three volumes of accountability documents, the public accounts include, consolidated financial statements of the province and financial information of departments, financial statements of Crown corporations and funds, and departmental details about salaries, payments to suppliers, travel and other expenses. The audited financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2018, and show a final surplus of $230 million, $98.4 million higher than the budgeted surplus of $131.6 million. The surplus includes a one-time revenue increase of $110.3 million because of federal and municipal contributions for the convention centre in Halifax. The $110.3 million will go towards the debt to provide the fiscal capacity in future years for the continuation of the QEII Health Sciences Centre redevelopment, enhancing care for Nova Scotians and Atlantic Canadians. The resulting net position is $120 million. This was the second consecutive year Nova Scotia finished in a surplus. In 2016-17, the surplus was $151.2 million. Consolidated revenue was up $454.4 million from budget, to $11.98 billion, primarily due to increased revenue from income taxes, an offshore petroleum royalties award and equalization. Consolidated expenses were up $356 million to $11.75 billion, primarily due to an increase in the estimated costs to remediate Boat Harbour and funding for both the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust and the Nova Scotia Research Trust. At year end, net debt was $14.96 billion. Net debt to GDP ratio for 2017-18 was 34.6 per cent, down 1.2 percentage points from 2016-17. The net debt to GDP ratio has declined 3.6 percentage points since 2014. Auditor General Michael Pickup has provided an unqualified opinion on the province’s consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018. Government entities also released compensation over $100,000 for individuals as required by the Public Sector Compensation Disclosure Act. The documents are online at .last_img read more

AIADMK slams efforts to create rift in alliance with BJP

first_imgChennai: The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Thursday claimed that efforts were being made to create a rift in its alliance with the BJP, but indicated the two parties were ideologically inclined beyond mere friendship. The party also claimed that “misinformation” was being spread about the Centre trying to “impose a three-language formula” in the country, a reference to the state opposition parties’ stand against the imposition of Hindi. “Though the AIADMK-BJP alliance for the Lok Sabha polls was an extension of (their) friendship, the two speak in one voice on primary intent like patriotism and worship of God,” AIADMK mouthpiece “Namathu Amma,” said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe write-up comes amidst reports of differences between the two alliance partners post the Lok Sabha drubbing where the combine could win just the Theni Parliamentary seat. The write-up in the party organ slammed efforts by a section of “family-owned media”, an apparent reference to those of the DMK, to “create rift between the leaf and flower.” While the AIADMK’s symbol is the Two Leaves, that of the BJP is a Lotus. The friendship between the high command of the two parties, beyond politics, was “unblemished”, it said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe AIADMK-BJP alliance winning the lone Theni Lok Sabha seat or the ruling party netting nine of the 22 Assembly seats where bypolls were held in April was a “public evaluation” of the combine, it added. This evaluation was being “accepted wholeheartedly” to take efforts to ensure a better performance for the alliance in the future, it said. It also alleged that “misinformation” was being carried out regarding the draft education policy of the Union HRD Ministry that the Centre was trying to impose a three-language formula in the country. “But people have started to see through their designs,” it said. The opposition in Tamil Nadu led by the DMK is up in arms against any “imposition” of Hindi in the state, an emotive issue that found great resonance with the citizens of the state in the 1960s, leading to the anti-Hindi agitation. DMK leader MK Stalin and other opposition leaders have claimed the Centre was trying to impose Hindi under the three-language formula.last_img read more

Heat wave Summer holidays extended by a week for students upto Class

first_imgNEW DELHI: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday announced that summer holidays in Delhi schools would be extended till July 8 for for students up to class VIII, in view of the rising temperatures. The schools which were supposed to re-open from July 1 will now be functional from July 8. “Due to weather conditions prevailing in Delhi, summer holidays have been extended by a week for the students up to class eight. Schools for the children up to class eight will re-open on 8 July. The schools for the remaining classes will be open as per the old schedule,” he tweeted. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe decision from the Delhi government came after temperature reached as high as 48 degree Celsius a few weeks ago. This season, for more than two weeks, hot dry winds had swept the regions, compounding the woes of commuters. Earlier on Sunday, the India Meteorological Department stated in its All India Weather Warning Bulletin that the heat wave condition is likely to prevail over Delhi with minimum and maximum temperatures hovering around 32 degree Celsius and 43 degree Celsius, respectively. The relative humidity will be around 28 percent. With the temperature rising above 43 degree Celsius in Delhi, which is 8 degrees above the normal level, people have been experiencing extreme heat wave for the past one month. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAs per weather experts, the national capital could see relief from the scorching heat from Monday. While wind flow starts moving towards the central and north India around June 29, this time it could be delayed by a day or two. By this estimate, monsoon arrival in the Delhi-NCR areas is expected around July 3, suggest experts, adding that the monsoon would first touch the NCR areas. This month on June 11 the mercury shattered all records, with parts of Delhi touching 48 degrees Celsius, an all-time high for a June day. The previous June high, 47.8 degrees Celsius, was recorded in 2014. This temperature, 8 notches above normal, was also the highest ever across all months since the city recorded 48.4 degrees Celsius in May 1998. The sweltering heat has sent Delhi’s power demand soaring past all-time high numbers triggering blackouts in certain areas. Power industry experts attribute nearly 50 percent of Delhi’s power demand during summer months to cooling load such as air conditioners, coolers and fans. Delhi’s water crisis has also left lakhs of people seething with anger this summer, even in the gated communities. The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is supplying 900 MGD (million gallons a day) of water, against a peak demand of 1,200 MGD, resulting in a massive shortage.last_img read more

CBI raids over 110 places registers 30 cases

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation, in an unprecedented move, mobilised over 500 agents to conduct searches at over 110 locations spread out across more than 19 states and union territories on Tuesday, officials here said. However, the raids were related to over 30 separate cases of corruption, criminal conspiracy, and arms license violations, which the probe agency registered recently. Officials added that while the cases range from disproportionate assets amassed by public servants to fraud committed by bank officials, some of the action by Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!agency sleuths was over important cases it had registered earlier. The arms licensing case, for instance, pertains to Jammu and Kashmir, where there were irregularities found in the way several arms licenses were being issued and renewed to residents of the area. The CBI raided 13 private gun houses in Srinagar, Udhampur, and Jammu in connection with the case, where several documents pertaining to the alleged violation of arms licensing were recovered. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedOfficials here said money transactions between gun dealers and licensees were also found Agency sleuths also recovered blank NOCs, purportedly issued by District Magistrates in addition to arms license issue registry allegedly of the office of the DM. Interestingly, agency sleuths also acted upon new information in connection with a case the CBI had registered against former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, earlier this year. Agency sleuths recovered 14 important documents from the searches, out of which sources said “one was crucial to the case”.last_img read more

No construction allowed in 300metre zone of Sultanpur Bird sanctuary

first_imgGurugram: In order to preserve the biological ecosystem at Sultanpur bird sanctuary, a framework will be again revised by the South Haryana forest division. Under this policy now, there will be no construction up to 300 metres of the bird sanctuary. There is also a provision of now having a high tension wire around 500 metres around the park. It has also been decided that at a distance of one to three kilometres there will be no commercial establishments that will be situated at the park. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsSet up in 1972 it is the only location in Haryana where a large number of foreign and domestic birds come and breed, the sanctuary was declared as a national park in 1991. Real estate development and rapid urbanisations have resulted either converted into the area for commercial usage. Has also had an adverse impact. Earlier as per the government guidelines, there were no constructions to be allowed in the range of five kilometres however now it has been reduced to 300 meters. What has made the matter worse is a large number of illegal colonies that have sprouted around the area. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderChallenges however galore for the bird sanctuary as the water levels in the bird park is receding at a fast pace. To increase the water levels there are now plans by the authorities to divert the water that goes to the Yamuna from the city towards Sultanpur. To gauge the amount of water flowing through the Yamuna, a survey by the Gurugram metropolitan development authority (GMDA) found that over six crore litres of sewage water flow daily from Gurugram to the river. Even as there are plans to build a sewage water treatment plant at Daultabad there is no clear deadline that when will this plant be operational. The low levels of water are resulting in less number of birds coming to the park.last_img read more

Sharenting may put childs safety at risk

first_imgSharenting – a parent’s habitual use of social media to share news and images about their children – puts the child’s online privacy and, potentially, safety at risk, warn researchers. The researchers found evidence that women’s feelings of vulnerability about being a mother are linked to their posting on social media. Those posts sometimes include their children’s personally identifiable information, such as names, birthdates, and photographs, showed the findings published online in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. The women who participated in the research articulated a variety of risk factors for vulnerability – a changing body, a changing view of self, new responsibilities associated with motherhood, demands of nursing, exhaustion, and issues such as postpartum depression or anxiety. The researchers suggest the need for enhanced governmental guidance to protect children’s online privacy from commercial entities.last_img read more

KVIC distributes leather kits in Rajasthan

first_imgOn World Tribal Day, it was dream come true for the tribal-dominated village in Sirohi district of Rajasthan – one of the aspirational districts in India identified by the NITI Aayog – when Khadi and Village Industry Commission (KVIC) distributed as many as 50 leather kits and 350 Bee-Boxes with live bee colonies on August 9.KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, who was the chief guest of the function, said that the programmes like Leather Mission, Kumhar Sashaktikaran Mission and Honey Mission are the reflection of KVIC’s commitment to uplift the lives of marginalised communities in the society. “It is a matter of pleasure and prides that after getting encouraging success in our programmes like Honey Mission and Kumhar Sashaktikaran Mission, we are launching our new programme ‘Leather Mission’ on World Tribal Day from the tribal-dominated village of Chandala,” he said, adding, “Under this new programme, the KVIC will give leather kits to the leather artisans across the nation. It will not only increase their incomes in manifold, but will also inspire the traditional leather artisans to adopt this vocation again – who had migrated to other jobs from their traditional skill.” Also Read – An income drop can harm brainSaxena, who also distributed 350 Bee-Boxes at the function, further said that Honey Mission is being proved as a game-changer in the lives of tribals, farmers, SC/STs and unemployed youths. “So far, we have distributed over 1.15 lakh Bee-Boxes across the nation among the marginalised community, which has provided jobs to over 11,500 people. Not only it has increased the income of the Bee-keeping farmers, but has also increased the yield of the crops by up to 30 percent due to cross-pollination of the honey-bees,” he stated.last_img read more

Congress MLA Abdul Sattar joins Shiv Sena

first_imgMumbai: Two-term Congress MLA and former Maharashtra minister Abdul Sattar joined the Shiv Sena on Monday. Sattar, who represents Sillod Assembly seat in Aurangabad district, joined the Sena in the presence of party chief Uddhav Thackeray at the latter’s residence here. He resigned as Congress MLA before the general elections held earlier this year and helped the then BJP state president Raosaheb Danve, who won from Jalna Lok Sabha constituency, which covers the Sillod Assembly segment. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Sattar headed the animal husbandry department in the previous Congress-NCP coalition government. After inducting Sattar into the Sena, Thackeray hinted that he may get the party ticket for the upcoming state Assembly polls. “I would like to see the Sena win from Sillod Assembly constituency. It is an important seat for us,” the Sena chief told reporters here. Several leaders from the opposition Congress and NCP have joined either the BJP or the Sena in the recent weeks.last_img read more

NS sends teen suicide expert to Cape Breton promises new cyberbulling law

first_imgHALIFAX – As a Cape Breton school board grapples with multiple teen suicides, the Nova Scotia government is sending a youth mental health expert to the grief-stricken community and promising new anti-cyberbullying legislation this fall.Dr. Stan Kutcher, a Dalhousie University psychiatry professor, will travel to Cape Breton Monday to talk to families, schools, and the community about mental health concerns and what supports they need.He is expected to report back to the province in the coming weeks.The parents of a 13-year-old girl who took her own life on Father’s Day said bullying led to her death, and more needs to be done to protect other young people. They said their daughter, Madison Wilson, was subject to verbal abuse at school and through social media.Premier Stephen McNeil said the province needs to have a broader conversation about bullying, especially online attacks.“I can’t imagine how some of these young kids who are exposed to that are feeling,” he said Thursday. “We need to have a public conversation about what’s happening online. Our children can’t get away from it.”McNeil said he hopes the province will engage the public in a broader conversation when it rolls out its updated anti-cyberbullying legislation.Nova Scotia’s Cyber-Safety Act, the first law of its kind in Canada designed to protect victims of online harassment, was struck down in late 2015 after the province’s top court ruled that it infringed on Charter rights.The law was passed in response to the death of Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old girl who was bullied and died after a suicide attempt.Justice Minister Mark Furey said Thursday the recent suicides in Cape Breton, with at least one tied to cyberbullying, underscore the importance of the new legislation.“We’re positioned now to introduce legislation this fall,” he said.Furey said he hopes Kutcher, an expert on adolescent mental health, will be able to inform the province on what steps can be taken to support the community.“Dr. Kutcher is a recognized mental health expert so his presence and participation in the discussion in Cape Breton will help the families, the school and the community deal with these tragic circumstances,” he said.Darren Googoo, chairman of the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board, said this week the board is drafting a letter to the provincial Education Department with the idea of starting a dialogue on the issue.“Our students are dealing with the trauma associated with the loss of a schoolmate and, going into the summer months, we want to make sure that we have a more co-ordinated approach with our provincial partners in health, in terms of providing services,” Googoo said.Education Minister Zach Churchill said the province needs to “work together” to better understand the factors that contribute to teen suicides.“We do have a collective responsibility to better understand these things, to learn from them and do our very best to improve the supports available,” he said. “We need to have an honest, open and frank conversation.”However, it’s unclear whether additional resources, such as guidance counsellors or psychologists, will be made available.In fact, Health Minister Randy Delorey said the province put additional resources in place for schools but it’s up to the board to decide “where exactly the resources are being allocated.”He said questions about “how they’re choosing to spend their resources” are better directed to the school board.However, he did admit that mental health is an area of priority for the province that requires more attention.last_img read more