The Congress party will launch an “affirmative and positive” campaign in Rajasthan to counter the “acrimonious” charge of the BJP and advocate a new model of governance while highlighting the failures of the Vasundhara Raje-led government, Member of Parliament Sachin Pilot has said.Buoyed by the results of recent byelections to local bodies, where the Congress fared well, the party has decided to strengthen its base at the booth level. It would reach out to every voter through an aggressive mass contact programme to be launched soon, the Rajasthan Congress chief said. He said the Congress would not merely highlight the BJP’s failures, but would offer them a better alternative.“We will present the people with the blueprint of a model of alternative governance which will be holistic and inclusive, will care for the young and old, create jobs and have a vision to take the State forward,” Mr. Pilot said. Rajasthan goes to the polls in 2018.
Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Lehnert was a bronze medalist in women’s singles in Singapore 2015, and a silver medalist in both women’s doubles with Denise Dy, and women’s team with Dy and Clarice Patrimonio.Tennis starts on Monday at National Tennis Center Sports Complex, Jalan Duta. LATEST STORIES “I haven’t been playing in tournaments lately,” Lehnert told the Inquirer.Instead, she works full-time as a fitness instructor working in a gym and in private.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 5-foot-9 stunner strolled the Sunway Putra Mall after checking in with the Philippine delegation secretariat.Her last tournament was last March at Sharm El Sheik in Egypt, the same event she dominated four years ago. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Can marathon’s golden maiden bag maiden gold? View comments Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village MOST READ Katharina Lehnert. Photo by Marc Anthony ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—Katharina Lehnert may not be as active in the pro circuit, but she’s in tip-top shape for the coming Southeast Asian Games tennis competitions.The 23-year-old Lehnert arrived here Friday from Hanover, Germany, ahead of the Philippine tennis team which is due early Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension
Kerala Blasters are struggling with injuries and are unlikely to have Mario Arques and Gianni Zuiverloon. They already don’t have Sandesh Jhingan, who had a successful knee surgery on Thursday. Kerala haven’t been able to create many goal-scoring opportunities for star striker Bartholomew Ogbeche and have been extremely edgy at the back..@KeralaBlasters form: W L L@OdishaFC form: L L WWiLL the Blasters turn things around at home against Odisha FC tonight? #KERODI #HeroISL #LetsFootball #TrueLove pic.twitter.com/tePVAz7sqI— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 8, 2019 Odisha FC’s defence would be a bit of a worry as they have conceded six goals in three games and also tend to leak goals in the final 10 minutes. However, their midfield and forward line was fluid in their previous game. Xisco Hernandez’s partnership with Aridane Santana and Jerry Mawihmingthanga looks promising and adding the pace of Nandhakumar Sekar to the mix, Kerala’s defence could be in for trouble.
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo loses Europe’s best-paid celebrity crown to Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 21:13 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty composite Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Real Madrid v Eibar Primera División The Real Madrid star is ranked fifth on a global scale and is also the world’s most renumerated sportsperson Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been knocked off his perch as the top-paid European celebrity by Harry Potter author JK Rowling. Ronaldo 15/8 to be CL top scorerThe former Manchester United man, who is the current Ballon d’Or holder and favourite to lift the prestigious individual award once again this year, is reported by Forbes to earn $93 million during 2017, $2m less than Rowling. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He is one of three footballers to command a place in the top 20, with club-mate Gareth Bale worth $34m and Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is currently battling his way back from a serious knee problem, with $32m.The upper part of the list is dominated by musicians, notably Adele, Elton John, Paul McCartney and Calvin Harris, with a smattering of sportsmen as well as celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey.WHO ARE EUROPE’S TOP 20 BEST-PAID CELEBRITIES? NO. CELEBRITY 2017 INCOME 1 J.K Rowling $95m 2 Cristiano Ronaldo $93m 3 Coldplay $88m 4 Adele $69m 5 Roger Federer $64m 6 Elton John $60m 7 Gordon Ramsey $60m 8 Paul McCartney $54m 9 Rory McIlroy $50m 10 Calvin Harris $48m 11 Lewis Hamilton $46m 12 Simon Cowell $43.5m 13 Tiesto $39m 14 Sebastian Vettel $38.5m 15 Novak Djokovic $37.6m 16 Ed Sheeran $37m 17 Fernando Alonso $36m 18 Gareth Bale $34m 19 Conor McGregor $34m 20 Zlatan Ibrahimovic $32m WHO ARE THE BEST-PAID CELEBRITIES IN THE WORLD?On a global scale, Ronaldo is the highest-paid sportsman, beating out NBA superstar LeBron James ($86.2m) and great rival Lionel Messi ($80m) of Barcelona, who is squeezed into third. They are the only two footballers to make the top 10, with four basketball players (Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and James Harden), one tennis player (Roger Federer), one NFL star (Andrew Luck), one golfer (Rory McIlroy) and F1 driver Lewis Hamilton completing the top 10.Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Portuguese is the fifth best-paid celebrity on the planet. Sean Combs, better known as P Diddy, tops the list having generated earnings of $130m during 2017, while Beyonce ($105m) is ranked second. Then come Rowling and Drake ($94m).After a slow start to the current season, which was caused in part by a five-match domestic ban picked up after being sent off in the first leg of the Spanish Supercopa, Ronaldo has returned to scoring form.Although he has only one goal in La Liga to date, that netted last weekend against Getafe, he has been in prolific form in the Champions League, scoring five times in only three outings. Doubles were scored against both APOEL and Borussia Dortmund before he grabbed Madrid’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Tuesday. He will next be in action on Saturday, when Zinedine Zidane’s side tackle Eibar in the Primera Division. Having dropped points in three of their opening eight fixtures, they have a five-point deficit to make up on Barcelona already and also trail in-form Valencia.
Design and engineering services company Moss Maritime has, in cooperation with Equinor, Wilhelmsen and DNV GL, developed a design for a liquefied hydrogen (LH2) bunker vessel.The vessel design, made in response to the global ambition of reducing the environmental footprint from global ship transport, comes at a time when hydrogen is finally developing into a viable solution for the larger market, the partners explained.The future large scale use of hydrogen in both maritime and land-based industry will require vessels tailored for transportation and bunkering of liquefied hydrogen. The project, sponsored by Innovation Norway, was launched with the objective to clarify challenges and find solutions for storage and handling of this demanding cargo and fuel on a vessel.“Moss Maritime has utilized its long-standing experience from design of Moss LNG carriers in the development of the LH2 bunker vessel, where liquefied hydrogen at a temperature of -253 °C will offer advantages over pressurized hydrogen gas in relation to transportation costs. We are ready to support the ship industry in implementing solutions for liquefied hydrogen for future projects,” Tor Skogan, Vice President LNG of Moss Maritime, said.The LH2 bunker vessel has cargo capacity of 9000 m³, with a cargo containment system designed to maximize insulation performance and meet the most stringent safety requirements. The vessel has been developed to provide liquefied hydrogen bunkering services to merchant ships, in addition to open sea transport.“We see hydrogen as a possible fuel for the future. The commercial feasibility of such a vessel is depending on the overall hydrogen market development. Once market signals show that there is a need for big scale liquefied hydrogen, we and our partners are ready to take this design to the next level,” Håkon Lenz, VP Europe and Americas of Wilhelmsen Ship Management, added.Image Courtesy: Wilhelmsen
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DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler’s new CEO says major job cuts or an alliance with other automakers are not in the plans for Italian-American automaker.Mike Manley says the company downsized its workforce significantly a decade ago, and smaller cuts have been made since. So unlike crosstown rivals Ford and General Motors, he doesn’t expect any “big bang event.”Manley took over for the late Sergio Marchionne last year. Three years ago, Marchionne was shopping for a partner and said the industry needed to consolidate to better share huge capital investment costs.But Manley says FCA is now in a different position and can go it alone. He says at the Detroit auto show that the company has the resources and the balance sheet to stand on its own.The Associated Press
With an increase in demand for these hampers, the donation will be of great help for the Salvation Army.If you would like to donate to the Christmas Hamper Campaign, donations can be dropped off at the Community & Family Services office, 10116 100 Ave.Distribution Day of the hampers is Wednesday, December 19th. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Doig River First Nations presented a donation in the amount of $2500.00 to the Salvation Army for their Christmas Hamper Campaign.Chief Trevor Makadahay presented Cameron Eggie, Executive Director – Northern Centre of Hope with the Donation at the recent ‘World Cafe’ event held December 5th at the Northern Grand Hotel.The donation was given to go towards the Christmas Hamper Campaign, a service that the Salvation Army provides for anyone in the community to apply for. Unlike the Food Bank, an income matrix is used to assess and prioritize the need. The Salvation Army assesses household income vs expenses to determine the value of the hamper.
There will be much to see and do under the northern sky including the worlds largest snowman, for a list of events and musicians; CLICK HERETo view the FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT NELSON, B.C. – Preparations have kicked into high gear as Fort. Nelson hosts the Northern Lights Festival opening this weekend.The Festival is welcoming visitors to celebrate and experience the area with music and events that showcase the beauty and nature of Fort Nelson.By bringing the entire community together, the Festival will offer a variety of experiences to share northern living such as snowmobiling, building snowmen and day trips to Liard Hot Springs.
16 June 2008The United Nations human rights chief said today that the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories “remains grave,” with Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas all breaching international law. Presenting the first of two reports on the issue to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour concluded that the recommendations in her last report on human rights violations, the establishment of accountability mechanisms and the closure of Gaza, had not been implemented.She added that Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas had “continued to violate international human rights and humanitarian law.”Ms. Arbour’s second report focused on the question of access for Palestinians to religious sites. She concluded that “measures adopted by the Government of Israel to restrict freedom of movement of both people and goods in the occupied Palestinian territory severely impeded the population’s access to religious sites, notably in Jerusalem, cultural exchanges and events.” She added that, while the security of the population was undoubtedly important, “a considerable part of the restrictions were introduced to ensure and ease freedom of movement for the inhabitants of Israeli settlements, which have been established in breach of international law, creating intolerable hardship for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.”Also today, the HRC heard from Richard Falk, the new UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967. Mr. Falk said in a statement that his mandate as now formulated applied only to Israeli violations of human rights, which he said had allowed critics of the HRC to complain about bias. He added that he believed such complaints had considerable merit.The Rapporteur asked the HRC to consider expanding his mandate to include Palestinian violations of international humanitarian law.The HRC also heard the final report by Mr. Falk’s predecessor John Dugard, which said that Israel was in serious breach of its legal obligations. “The collective punishment of Gaza by Israel is expressly prohibited by international humanitarian law and has resulted in a serious humanitarian crisis,” Mr. Dugard reported, noting that 11,000 Palestinian prisoners remained in Israeli jails. “The right of self-determination of the Palestinian people is seriously threatened by the separation of Gaza and the West Bank resulting from the seizure of power by Hamas in Gaza in June 2007,” he said, adding that “every effort must be made by the international community to restore Palestinian unity.” Mr. Dugard also called for all parties to respect the 2004 Advisory Opinion by the UN International Court of Justice that Israel’s construction of a wall in the OPT was contrary to international law.
The United Nations General Assembly today confirmed the appointment of Germany’s Achim Steiner as the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).Mr. Steiner’s nomination for UNDP Administrator was forwarded to the General Assembly by Secretary-General António Guterres following consultations with UNDP’s Executive Board. In an announcement of the four-year appointment, which begins on 20 April, Mr. Guterres noted that Mr. Steiner brings to his new position “extensive senior leadership experience both at the grassroots and at the highest levels of international policymaking addressing environmental sustainability, social equity, and economic development.” Among his most recent experiences, Mr. Steiner was the head of the UN Environment Programme (UN Environment) and Director-General of the UN Office in Nairobi. In today’s announcement, the Secretary-General thanked outgoing UNDP Administrator Helen Clark of New Zealand, who Mr. Guterres called “a highly effective communicator” and champion of development, among myriad key priorities. Mr. Steiner takes the helm of UNDP, the largest of the independently funded UN agencies, which, under its special General Assembly mandate, leads the world body’s work on eradicating extreme poverty and promoting good governance in the developing world.
Flux Power® Holdings, an innovator in advanced lithium energy storage systems, has agreed with Penguin Automated Systems to deliver a lithium motive power solution for a large unmanned robot that Penguin is developing for underground use. Flux will design and produce a 46-kW, 48-V lithium iron phosphate battery pack to power Penguin’s robot that will be deployed for subterranean uses including mining and inspecting sewer systems. Development of the robot is scheduled for completion by mid-2014, to be followed by initial testing in mining and civil construction in South America. Greg Baiden, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Penguin, stated, “We chose Flux for their technical expertise and responsiveness to our unique design needs for run time, charge time and hazardous environment requirements. Innovations in energy storage are allowing Penguin to bring to market new advanced telerobotics solutions for more demanding applications across multiple industries.” Codelco, is collaborating with Penguin in the development of robotics technologies for underground mining. Hector Cerda, Project Manager of Emerging Technologies and Codelco’s leader in the joint project, commented, “the benefits of the Flux battery technology, in terms of size, capacity and safety, should enable better operating performance and acceptance by mine operations and unions.” Acting Flux CEO, Ron Dutt, commented, “We are pleased that Penguin selected Flux to collaborate on such a groundbreaking project that demonstrates the scalability of our LiFT Pack storage solutions. Supporting advances in robotic technology is an exciting new avenue of opportunity for Flux and consistent with our core strengths in developing safe, reliable storage solutions across a range of performance characteristics and form factors.” Penguin is a research, development and prototyping company focused on underground, underwater, in space and on surface applications. It is a leading force in telerobotics with a comprehensive approach to software development, systems integration and field-testing to meet clients’ needs. Flux Power designs, develops, and markets advanced energy storage systems (batteries) offering improved performance, extended cycle life and greater return on investment. Flux sells direct and through a growing base of distribution relationships. Products include batteries, packaged modules, advanced energy storage systems and components such as stand-alone battery management, stackable chargers, programming software and display systems.
Ireland means to spend her own money, for her own people, in her own land, develoing her anthracite and bituminous coal, her enormous peat deposits, her marvelous possibilities in the linen and leather and many other industries, as well as in developing her great waterpowers and using her unrivalled harbours.The group wanted to raise $2 million for the cause.Read: American campaign to help ‘starving, cold, barefooted children’ of IrelandMore: The story behind a Dublin chorus girl’s British Military Medal Image provided by: Library of Congress, Washington, DCENDA KENNY HAS said it so many times, it’s got its very own ironic hashtag – #BSCITWIWTDB.Yes, figure that one out.The claim that Ireland is the Best Small Country in the World In Which To Do Business™ has become the current government’s go-to slogan for most questions.But, it turns out, the phrase isn’t exactly new.An advertisement taken out by the Irish-American Republican organisation, the Friends of Irish Freedom, in the New York Tribune in 1919 uses the selling point that “Ireland does more business than many other small nations”.It also boasts a greater population and area size.The ad was taken out with an aim to bolster funds to support Irish independence.“Ireland is equipped for freedom,” the organisation wrote.“She asks no favour, save that of a hearing from America, now that the hour for the Irish Republic has struck.”It continues:Ireland is large enough, populous enough and rich enough to run her own national business in a business way. The money that Ireland paid England last year could have run the governmental business of Bulgaria, Norway, Switzerland and Denmark combined – paying for all their administration charges, their police, ships and guns.
Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Much like last year, 2018 is starting off strong with a slew of kick-ass games. One of the biggest titles is Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World. The infamous beast-slaying franchise has garnered a large audience in Asia, but the same can’t be said of the West. With Monster Hunter: World, the series is poised to reel in a larger, more global audience. It’s a great example of how a series can change just enough to entice new users while still pleasing its long-time supporters. This is a Monster Hunter for everyone.Monster Hunter: World takes place in “the new world.” As a member of the Fifth Fleet, it’s your job to explore this vast, virgin land. This isn’t your only objective, however. An enormous, mountain-sized leviathan called Zorah Magdaros has made landfall in the new world and you must discover why. The setting allows for the introduction of a variety of new creatures to hunt. The story has a great sense of adventure that makes every discovery immensely exciting.Since Monster Hunter: World is built for current-gen systems, the developers can introduce mechanics that help bring the world to life. The environment is no longer just a backdrop. Savvy players can use their surroundings to incapacitate prey in a number of unique ways. These include trapping monsters in vines, blinding them with light from fireflies, or making them step on poison plants. Yes, you can simply strike monsters until they die. However, there is a great deal of satisfaction in using the world around you to complete hunts.Seeing two (or more) monsters fight each other is a perfect example of the dynamic world in action. There were numerous times where I’d face off against a monster only for another beast to jump into the fray. In other instances, my prey would wander into another creature’s territory and get into a turf war with it. This can help in taking monsters down quicker, but you must be careful not to bring the wrath of the opposing beast on you. When monsters begin to brawl, it’s best to hang back, sharpen your weapon, and enjoy the kaiju-on-kaiju action. As Ken Watanabe’s character says in 2014’s Godzilla: “Let them fight.”With so many different types of monsters to slay, the game provides a nice variety of weapons for players to use. These range from sword and shields, buster swords, hammers, and lances. Some weapons like switch axes and gun lances have two different modes. Certain weapons deal massive damage but take longer to strike. On the flip side, weapons that strike fast don’t take much energy from monsters. With so many tools of destruction to choose from, it’ll be hard for players to not find something they like. A training area gives users a place to try each of the game’s weapons and see which fits their playstyle best.If you want to successfully complete missions, you’ll need decent armor and weapons. At first, the game only offers leather or chainmail armor and some basic weapons. As you progress, you’ll have access to increasingly better gear. Every armor part (head, chest, legs) has a unique look depending on the monster it comes from. The same is true for weapons. You can either have a matching set of armor or mix and match different pieces. It depends on the stats you want or the look you desire. Both weapons and armors can be upgraded beyond their base stats by using Armor spheres or materials found in the world or from monsters.Monster Hunter: World‘s core gameplay loop consists of killing monsters, using their parts to craft better gear, then facing tougher monsters to craft even better gear — so on, and so on. Repeatedly hunting the same type of monster for parts may sound monotonous. However, this activity never actually gets boring, especially given the dynamic nature of the game. There is a great deal of satisfaction derived from getting all the pieces necessary to craft the armor and weapons one desires. Moreover, you must attack specific parts on beasts to get certain parts. This gives each repeated hunt a sense of purpose.Monster Hunter: World features several different locales to explore. From forests, deserts, swamps, coral reefs, mountainous terrain, and more, there is no shortage of interesting locales to visit. As you would expect, every location has its own set of monsters to slay and environmental hazards to avoid or exploit. None of the areas are connected to each other, but they are immense; featuring a great deal of routes and hidden passageways. Curious players will almost always find something worthwhile, whether it be crafting materials or new monsters to kill.One can certainly have a good deal of fun playing solo. However, completing quests with others is where the game truly shines. There is no greater feeling than taking down a particularly nasty monster with a squad of hunters. The game adjusts the difficulty level depending on the number of players in a party (a maximum of four). This ensures teams can’t obtain an easy victory through sheer numbers. Playing with others is also nice for whenever you or an ally needs to grind for monster parts. It certainly removes any potential tedium from such an activity. I was personally able to find and craft some truly impressive gear thanks to teaming up with friends and random players. It is to your benefit to play online as much as possible.Monster Hunter: World features a number of graphical options on PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X. Users can choose between favoring resolution, frame rate, or graphics. The high-resolution option is for those with 4K TVs who want the most detailed textures possible. Enhanced graphics lower the resolution to 1080p but offer better shadows, lighting, and environmental effects. Higher performance unlocks the framerate. This lowers the graphics slightly, but provides a smoother gameplay experience. No matter which graphics setting one chooses, they’ll enjoy a gorgeous looking game across the board (even on the base PS4 and Xbox One).As a person who never particularly cared for Monster Hunter, I am pleasantly surprised by how much I’m enjoying Monster Hunter: World. I emphasize “enjoying” because there’s so much content I’ve still yet to see. Even as thorough as this write up is, it doesn’t do justice to the sheer amount of content Capcom was able to squeeze into the game. Monster Hunter: World is the culmination of everything that has been introduced into the franchise over the years. The result is an exceptional experience that will easily bring in new audiences while pleasing the current fanbase. Monster Hunter: World is without a doubt the year’s first must-have title.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
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Michelle Hummel joins the American Soybean Association as industry and stakeholder relations manager. Before joining ASA, Hummel served as the vice president of marketing and communications at the Agricultural Retailers Association. She spent nearly 10 years in account service and public relations at Osborn and Barr Communications, working primarily with USB, Monsanto and Propane Education & Research Council accounts.Jordan Lanham joins the ASA team as communications manager. Lanham previously served as a local editor for AOL Patch.com, where she launched and managed a community news site. Previously, she worked as a reporter at the St. Louis Globe Democrat and The Lincoln County Journal.
A political newcomer said Monday he’ll run this fall against Clark County Treasurer Doug Lasher, who is seeking his eighth term.Republican Mike Appel, 49, said he was motivated to run out of frustration with “out-of-control” spending.Lasher, 61, a Democrat, was appointed by county commissioners in 1984. This marks the first time he’ll face an opponent.Ryan Hart, chairman of the Clark County Republican Party, said Monday that Appel approached him a few weeks ago about running. Hart said Appel’s a political newcomer “who wants to make a difference.”Appel said he’s a purchasing agent for an insulation and exterior finishes distributor, Service Partner Supply, and has a bachelor’s degree in history from California State University, Chico.As of Monday he hadn’t filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission, but said he planned to take today off from work to take care of such details.The treasurer makes $93,313 annually, managing a $4.2 million budget, 25 employees and a $440 million investment portfolio. Appel said in his current job he manages inventory but does not supervise any employees, and his investment experience is limited to managing his household funds.He said he wants to help cut public spending. He did not have specific ideas on how the treasurer’s office could be run more efficiently.
Nampally: A city-based contractor won the bid to run Dargah Hazrath Jahangir Peeran for Rs 2.36 crore, much to the dismay of the other bidders and the worshippers who described it as a push for commercialisation of the place of worship. Since this year’s bid was 1 crore more than that of the previous year, the devout feel this would be a justification for further fleecing of those who visit the shrine. Also Read – Hyderabad: L&T bags IT awards Advertise With Us Syed Fasiuddin, a resident of Chanchalguda who won the bid that crossed Rs 2 crore for the first time (for one year contract) of the renowned Dargah, located near Shadnagar, (close to NH-44) where people from Hyderabad and other places across the state and also neighbouring states visit. The previous year, the contract was given away by the TS Wakf Board for 1.36 crore. However, there have been allegations that those who win the contract each year pass on the burden to pilgrims by charging exorbitantly in rituals and selling of ritual material and also force them to fill the hundies. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us According to sources, nearly Rs 1 crore was paid on Saturday and the remaining amount will be paid to the TS Wakf Board on Monday by the bidder who had won amongst others during the tender process that took place in TS Wakf Board office on Saturday. The other bidders, all of whom were locals (Shadnagar area), include Khaja (Rs 1.88 cr), Aziz (Rs 1.71 cr) and Mannan (Rs 1.65 cr). Those who lost the bid felt disappointed as the bidding was beyond their reach and the locals had no chance, as they could not afford to pay more than Rs 60 lakh. Advertise With Us The devotees who regularly visit describe this as nothing but a chance to fleece more from them, some of whom spent thousands of rupees in the previous year. While the Wakf Board describes this as an attempt to generate revenue, the activists feel that this would only put burden on devotees visiting local shrines, while the Board turns a blind eye to the encroachers who lay their hands on the thousands of acres of Wakf land. “Even if the purpose is to collect revenue, the welfare activities like widow pension remains an eye wash, as for several months they failed to receive,” said Talha Kaseri, a social activist. Earlier in March, Syed Sadullah Hussaini (Nizamabad district), Jalalpur native, won the bid for Dargah Hazrat for a whopping Rs 3.16 crore. Known for charging exorbitantly during rituals at Dargah, the devout alleged that handing over this dargah for such hefty sum would put further burden on the pilgrims. While activists from Hyderabad also expressed shock over the way tenders were being called and handed over to top bidders without pondering over its fallout and burden being pushed over to the pilgrims. “Wakf Board should monitor the treatment of the pilgrims. Handing over contract and keeping quite over misconduct would only harm the institutional integrity,” added Talha Kaseri.
Budget airline SpiceJet got temporary reprieve when the government reportedly gave a 10-day extension on a deadline to pay 194 crore to the Airports Authority of India. AAI. The company was supposed to pay the amount by Monday. SpiceJet (Credit: Reuters)ReutersThe cash-strapped airline sought the extension on Monday at a meeting attended by Sanjiv Kapoor, its chief operating officer and SL Narayanan, the chief financial officer of its parent Sun Group, with Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma and aviation regulator. SpiceJet’s executives told the government that the airline could fold “tonight or in 30 days,” unless the Centre allowed the airline to continue flying, without having to pay oil firms and aviation authorities in advance, reported The Times of India.Sharma said, “SpiceJet has requested for relief. We will discuss within the ministry and put whatever decision emerges before seniors in the Government. This will be done in the interest of passengers. No commitment or assurance has been given to SpiceJet.” reported BusinessLine.Recapitalization PlanOn Monday, SpiceJet was to submit a recapitalization plan on how it seeks to continue operations and also a timeline on when the creditors are to be paid.However, the plan submitted to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had no new development. There was also no mention of roping in investors to infuse fresh capital.The beleaguered airline needs 1,400 crore capital infusion immediately, followed by 600 crore later, if it has to continue flying.The airline faced a deadline on Monday to pay the AAI an outstanding sum of 194 crore, else to pay upfront or usage of facilities, starting from Tuesday.On Tuesday, the airline scrip was trading at 11.75, down 1.80 or 13.65% at 10.38 am.