‘Making Of Laws At The National Level Is Essential For Dealing With The Cases Of COVID-19’, Pakistan Supreme Court Reminds The Federal Government [Read Judgment]

first_imgForeign/International’Making Of Laws At The National Level Is Essential For Dealing With The Cases Of COVID-19′, Pakistan Supreme Court Reminds The Federal Government [Read Judgment] Sparsh Upadhyay9 Jun 2020 4:47 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday (08-June-2020) stressed that the Federal government needs to take COVID-19 seriously and come up with a uniform national legislation to overcome this health emergency. This comes at the time when at least two judges of the Supreme Court have tested positive for COVID-19.A 4 judge bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, comprising Justices Gulzar…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday (08-June-2020) stressed that the Federal government needs to take COVID-19 seriously and come up with a uniform national legislation to overcome this health emergency. This comes at the time when at least two judges of the Supreme Court have tested positive for COVID-19.A 4 judge bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, comprising Justices Gulzar Ahmed (Chief Justice), Ijaz ul Ahsan, Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed, and Sayyed Mazahar Ali and Akbar Naqvi, conducted hearing of a suo-moto notice on Federal and the provincial governments’ measures to combat COVID-19, and later deferred the proceedings in this matter for two weeks. Attorney General Khalid Javed, Deputy Attorney General Sohail Mahmood and Idress Mehsud, Member (Legal) National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) appeared before the court. The order, dictated by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed (heading the bench), acknowledged the fact that making law is essential to deal with the Pandemic; therefore in its order dated 07-04-2020, the Court had pointed out that it is important to formulate a uniform strategy at the national level; however, as the Court noted, nothing has been done in this regard. When asked as to whether any law has been made in this regard, the Attorney General for Pakistan, Mr Khalid Javed Khan stated that “Although some Provincial Governments have made laws, as yet no law has been made at the national level for dealing with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its effects on the citizens.” In this regard, the Court in its order said that, “…making of laws at the national level is essential for dealing with the cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and that this Court vide its order dated 07.04.2020 has emphasized its importance, however, we observe that the needful in this regard has not been done. We, therefore, re-emphasize the importance of legislation at the national level.” On the miseries of sanitary workersThe Attorney General also contended before the Top Court that the Federal Government, Provincial Governments, Local Governments, Cantonment Boards, ICT (Islamabad Capital Territory) and Gilgit-Baltistan Government, which are required to maintain sewerage, including man-holes and cleaning of medical refuse and general cleaning of their respective areas, should be directed to provide, to the sanitary workers, all required safety kits in order to ensure that while doing their work, their health is not adversely affected by any disease. In response to this, the Court took cognisance of the problems and miseries of sanitary workers and ordered that no sanitary worker should be asked to indulge in the cleaning of sewerage manholes without carrying safety kits with themselves. In an attempt to protect and reiterate the importance of the right to life and liberty (as guaranteed under Article 9 of the Constitution of Pakistan) of the sanitary workers, the Court in its order observed that, “We note that sanitary workers, although employed for doing sanitary work, this does not mean that they should do sanitary work where their health and life may be jeopardized. They should not be asked to work beyond the call of duty.” Further, the Court also emphasised that all facilities should be provided to the sanitary workers, besides enacting laws for their protection. On Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits and No. of laboratories conducting COVID-19 tests The Court was informed by Mr Idrees Masood, Member, NDMA that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is being manufactured by Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POFs) Wah Cantt as well as DESTO (Defense Science and Technology Organization). It was also admitted that the machinery to manufacture PPE was recently imported by DESTO. In response to this, Court ordered that the documents related to the import of machinery (involved in the manufacturing of PPE kits) should be filed by the NDMA with its next report to be submitted to the Court. Further, since the member, NDMA was not aware of the correct number of laboratories conducting Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests in Pakistan, he was also directed by the Court to file a report listing details regarding all the laboratories which are operating all over Pakistan and are providing the testing facility for Coronavirus (COVID-19). On the threat posed by locusts Concerning locust, the Court was apprised of the fact that a survey has been carried out of 26 million hectares of land all over Pakistan, while 529,000 hectares of land has been sprayed. Acknowledging the threat posed by the Locusts in the Country, the Supreme Court in its order observed that locusts had been in Pakistan for a long time and they had completed two cycles of their breeding in the territory of Pakistan. Further, the Court noted that all-out effort had not been undertaken to combat this menace. The Top Court noted, there is no doubt that the locusts pose a danger to the agriculture sector in Pakistan, in that it may wipe out most of the agricultural production and there may occur a serious shortage of agricultural goods. The Court’s order further read, “This shortage of agricultural goods may lead to a shortage of food for the people. Thus, we note that the locusts have to be immediately dealt with and totally eradicated from Pakistan with due promptitude in order to ensure that it does not cause substantial loss to the agriculture sector of Pakistan.” In this regard, the Top Court ordered that a categorical and comprehensive report (regarding the eradication of locusts) from the Department of Plant Protection, and also by the NDMA should be filed in the Court, before the next date of hearing. During the hearing, the Court was informed that presently Pakistan has four spraying Beaver aircraft which are with the Department of Plant Protection, out of which one is operational and the remaining three are not operational due to lack of availability of pilots. Apart from this, it was also informed to the Court that one aeroplane was obtained from Turkey, on a wet-lease, and the same is also being used to spray insecticides. While the Court ordered that all documents of the wet-leased aeroplane from Turkey be filed with the next report, the Court further observed and ordered that, “The non-use of the remaining three aeroplanes of the Department of Plant Protection should also be explained. This is necessary, for when Pakistan had four aeroplanes for spraying purposes why the need was felt for the obtaining of an aeroplane on a wet-lease and yet, we note that three aeroplanes are still not in operation.” On reopening of marketsIn an earlier order dated 18.05.2020, the Supreme Court had observed that shops may not be closed on Saturday and Sunday owing to the approaching Eid-ul-Fitr. Now on Monday (08-June-2020), the Court modified its previous order and withdrew its decision of opening markets and shopping malls and remarked that, “Since Eid-ul-Fitr has already been observed, the order of opening of shops of Saturday and Sunday is recalled.” The Court further instructed the Government that it may make a policy for opening and closing of shops as per their strategy to meet the dangers of Coronavirus (COVID-19).Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Kongsberg Digital acquires Denmark’s maritime software firm

first_imgWith the addition of Kongsberg Digital’s resources and global network, the parties expect to accelerate Coach’s growth. Kongsberg Digital, part of Norway’s Kongsberg Group, has acquired Coach Solutions, a Denmark-based supplier of software solutions for vessel performance and monitoring. The new name of the company will be Kongsberg Coach Solutions. “Joining Kongsberg Digital is a fantastic step forward for Coach, so we can continue delivering business value to our clients. Kongsberg Digital has an … ability to unlock the value of digital data with its Kognifai intrastructure.  We at Coach very much look forward to joining the Kongsberg family and being part of the journey of digitalizing the world fleet,” Anders Bruun, CEO of Coach Solutions, commented.  “Based on continuous input from our organization Coach has developed one of … software solutions for optimizing vessel performance and routing. But software development is not a core competence for Clipper, and we are glad that, in Kongsberg, Coach will have a dedicated, long-term, technology-focused owner who can accelerate Coach’s development and deployment,” he added. The acquisition was finalized on 30 June 2020. Coach’s vessel performance monitoring system was developed by Danish shipping company Clipper Group. In 2016, Coach was established as an independent company – Coach Solutions ApS – which has grown rapidly. Its software currently has over 900 licenses running. ”We are pleased to have been the early developer of Coach,” Peter Norborg, Group CEO, Clipper Bulk A/S, said. As part of Kongsberg, Kongsberg Coach Solutions will be integrated in Kongsberg Digital’s Maritime Digital Solutions portfolio, offering digitalization solutions to the maritime sector. The solutions will complement Kongsberg’s vessel insight data infrastructure solution and the Kognifai Maritime Ecosystem. “Coach Solutions completes our range of maritime digital solutions to the merchant marine market. Coach Solutions’ software is simple to install and use, giving customers key tools and a foundation on which to start their digitalization. We are happy to welcome the team onboard and look forward to working with Kongsberg Coach Solutions as part of the Kongsberg family,” Vigleik Takle, SVP, Maritime Digital Solutions at Kongsberg Digital, said. Coach supplies vessel operators, owners, pool managers and technical managers with a suite of tools for vessel performance, weather routing and noon reporting. The solutions allow ship owners and operators to optimize energy consumption and receive constantly updated weather routing, assisting them in making large economic and environmental savings from their operations. “Coach’s software is highly complementary to the portfolio of maritime digital solutions we offer and will be of strategic importance in our further development,” Hege Skryseth, President of Kongsberg Digital, said.last_img read more

John Tamihere to vote against legalising euthanasia, dubs legislation the ‘Kill the Māori Bill’

first_imgNewsHub 16 September 2020Family First Comment: Well said, John.“Our people are unskilled, uninformed, and as soon as they get driven into it – right now, people are having non-resus [do-not-resuscitate] applications put before them under great stress, without whanau support. Non-resus. If that’s what they’re doing to us now, can you imagine what they’re going to do to us under this piece of legislation? So we need greater protections before this Bill goes through anywhere.”Protect.org.nzMāori Party co-leader John Tamihere won’t be voting ‘yes’ in the euthanasia referendum, dubbing the proposed legislation the ‘Kill the Māori Bill’.The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading in November, and will become law 12 months after the result of the referendum is declared, if the ‘yes’ vote is victorious.Supporters say it will allow those suffering without hope of survival to choose to end their lives with dignity, while opponents fear it lacks the safeguards to ensure it’s not abused.The topic came up during an election debate hosted by Māori current affairs show The Hui on Tuesday night, featuring Labour’s Peeni Henare, Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson and Tamihere, who are all running for the seat of Tāmaki Makaurau.Tamihere was the only dissenter. He said Davidson gave good reasons to oppose the Bill, rather than support it – saying Māori will be pressured into choosing to end their own lives.“For the reasons just expressed, it’s actually the ‘Kill the Māori Bill’ if you don’t watch it. There’s not enough belts and braces around it,” he told host Mihingarangi Forbes.“Our people are unskilled, uninformed, and as soon as they get driven into it – right now, people are having non-resus [do-not-resuscitate] applications put before them under great stress, without whanau support.“Non-resus. If that’s what they’re doing to us now, can you imagine what they’re going to do to us under this piece of legislation? So we need greater protections before this Bill goes through anywhere.”READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/09/john-tamihere-to-vote-against-legalising-euthanasia-dubs-legislation-the-kill-the-m-ori-bill.htmllast_img read more

Vice President for Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson to resign in June

first_imgVice President for Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson will resign June 30, President C. L. Max Nikias announced in a letter addressed to the USC community.The provost’s office will conduct a national search to fill the position of vice president for student affairs soon, according to the letter. Jackson will take a one-year sabbatical from USC and return as emeritus vice president and executive director of International Advancement. He will also continue to teach in the Rossier School of Education.Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan“For 18 years, Dr. Jackson has served in this key leadership role with tremendous distinction, assisting the university in its efforts to become a top destination for students around the world, as well as a fully residential university,” Nikias said in the letter. “Dr. Jackson has touched countless students with his vision and compassion, and I know the entire USC community joins me in commending his outstanding service.”Jackson oversaw key changes to the university including the expansion of several programs in Student Affairs, such as the Career Center and orientation programs, as well as the construction of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Residential College at Parkside and the Arts and Humanities Residential College. His department also added the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center, the Office of Veterans and Transfer and the Office of Parent Programs. As vice president for student affairs, Jackson’s department oversees the Office of Student Publications, which includes the Daily Trojan.At a What Matters to Me and Why event last year, Jackson said he believes part of God’s plan is that love gets actualized when communities care for one another.“How I go about spreading this love is the work I do in this role as a Vice President for Student Affairs at USC,” Jackson said. “I work with the goal of providing environments that allow others to thrive and fulfill their dreams and their hopes so they can go out and spread peace and love.”Nikias said Jackson’s contributions have shaped the direction of the university for years to come.“As we acknowledge Dr. Jackson’s stellar service to USC, we wish him continued sucess in the next phase of his career,” Nikias said. “His contributions to this university are both extensive and exceptional, and for this, we are all truly grateful.”last_img read more

Why Did Groupon Diss Google? $15 Billion I.P.O.

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market mike melanson The New York Times’ DealBook blog is reporting tonight that social buying site Groupon “is pushing ahead with plans for its initial public offering, a debut that could value the company at $15 billion or more.” The site previously turned heads when it rejected Google’s $6 billion acquisition offer and spurred many to begin discussing the dreaded “B-word” – Bubble.Just last week, the site raised just under $1 billion in funding and released some interesting statistics on its meteoric growth. In the past year, Groupon has expanded from one to 35 countries, launched in 500 new markets (up from 30 in 2009), grew subscribers by 2,500% and worked with nearly 60,000 different businesses. The closest competitor in the market, LivingSocial, recently raised $175 million, a figure now dwarfed by Groupon’s latest round. DealBook reports that Groupon may be trying to get while the getting’s good:Groupon, say analysts, may be moving quickly to take advantage of the market’s momentum and the excitement around fast-growing Web companies.“It’s smart to strike while the iron is hot, and they’re the most visible and fastest growing player in their market,” said [Greg Sterling, an analyst and the founder of Sterling Market Intelligence]. “To wait a year would inject a level of uncertainty for the proposition of going public.” Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web last_img read more

When There Are Too Many Insulation Options

first_imgDon’t forget about the drying potential of the wallAs the discussion has evolved, Colleen says the nod is now going to a 2×6 wall, but she still has concerns about the plane where the OSB sheathing and the exterior foam meet.“As I understood, there needs to be some kind of air space so, in case of water, it could be directed away — and that it just needs to breathe,” she says. “That’s why I thought of [Tyvek] DrainWrap in that location.”A gap between the sheathing and exterior foam is only a concern when the builder uses cavity insulation that does not allow drying toward the interior, Holladay says. While exterior rigid foam is an excellent choice, make sure to use vapor-permeable insulation between the studs.“I like dense-packed cellulose between the studs, but other materials — blown-in fiberglass, mineral wool batts, or even fiberglass batts — can work if they are installed conscientiously,” Holladay says. “This approach also requires that there be no interior polyethylene. Once you follow this advice, you don’t need any crinkly housewrap between the OSB and the rigid foam. The OSB will stay remarkably dry all winter long — dryer than if the wall had no rigid foam.“By the way,” he adds, “a wall doesn’t need to breathe. It just needs to be designed well.” Exterior insulation is the right ideaColleen is on the right track with exterior insulation, writes GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, even if some of the details in her wall assembly are less than ideal.“Installing a layer of rigid foam on the exterior side of a 2×6 wall is a good idea,” he says. “This will increase the R-value of the wall, reduce thermal bridging, and reduce air leakage.”But, he adds, installing spray polyurethane foam in the stud cavities is not a great idea.“The spray foam is expensive, not particularly green (because most types of closed-cell spray foam are manufactured with a blowing agent that has a high global warming potential), and the spray foam won’t perform much better than dense-packed cellulose.”Further, Holladay says, in Colleen’s climate zone, a 2×6 framed wall with an adequate thickness of exterior rigid foam makes a lot more sense than a 2×4 wall.Extruded polystyrene (XPS) also has a high global warming potential, says Reid Baldwin. Expanded polystyrene (EPS) and polyiso both are more environmentally friendly, Baldwin says.“In the stud cavities, cellulose, fiberglass, or open-cell foam are more environmentally friendly and cheaper,” he adds. “Although they have lower R-values per inch than closed-cell foam, the impact on whole-wall equivalent R-value is pretty small because of the thermal bridging of the studs.” Wall thickness and the prevailing view of local buildersIn some ways, the industry seems to be going backwards, Colleen says. A few friends who have built in the area recently all have gotten the same advice from their builders: build a 2×4 wall and insulate it with spray foam.“We were shocked, because when we built this house 18 years ago, 2×6 was the way to go and I’ve always thought that,” Colleen writes. “I like the interior look of a house with 2×6 better with the thicker window sills.”Baldwin, who also is building a high-performance house in Michigan, agrees that it’s difficult to find builders who are eager to adopt building techniques for better-than-code houses.“Custom builders may be willing to go beyond code if you are willing to pay the extra cost,” he says. “The bids will probably be padded a bit due to the uncertainty of doing things differently. We were fortunate to find a builder that was willing to be a partner on designing the house. He was open to doing things differently and brought a lot of knowledge to the table that I wouldn’t have gained from reading GBA. I think he learned a lot from my house and I hope he applies it to future projects.”With exterior insulation added to a 2×6 wall, however, total wall thickness starts to approach 8 inches, and Colleen wonders whether that complicates the installation of windows and doors.On that issue, Steve Vigoren says his choice of 2×6 walls with an added 1 1/2 inches of exterior foam, plus 3/4-inch strapping, has worked out just fine.“I ordered Marvin windows and just gave them the wall width which adds up to 9 3/4 inches, and they built the windows and sliding glass door jambs to match,” Vigoren says. “I ended up with a 6 1/4-inch jamb from the inside of the window to the face of the Sheetrock. I was very pleased with this approach.” Colleen’s questions are the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Choose foam insulation carefullyIt’s not necessarily wrong to choose spray foam for cavity insulation, Dana Dorsett adds, but make sure it’s the right kind of spray foam. One key consideration is the thermal bridging — the loss of heat through the wood framing — inherent in 2×4 construction.“The thermal bridging discount is huge,” Dorsett writes. “A 2×4 wall with 3 inches (R-20) of two-pound closed-cell foam has almost exactly the same thermal performance of a 2×4 wall with 3 1/2 inches (R-13) half-pound open-cell foam, despite the higher center-cavity R, due to the thermal bridging issue. And the 3 inches of closed-cell costs more than twice as much as 3 1/2 inches of open-cell foam. Save the foam budget for the exterior.”The air-sealing qualities of 3 1/2 inches of open-cell foam are as good as or better than 3 inches of closed-cell foam, he says, while open-cell foam uses only half the polymer per R as closed-cell foam. Plus, it uses water for a blowing agent instead of a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) called HFC245fa, a compound with much more climate-damaging potential.“XPS is blown with a mixture of climate-damaging HFCs, which give it the higher labeled R/inch. But that performance boost over EPS of similar density is temporary, and does not last the full life cycle of the house,” Dorsett adds. “In 50 years, that R-7.5 for 1 1/2 inches decays logarithmically to about R-6.3. EPS is blown with comparatively low-impact pentane, a low environmental impact gas, and it is small molecule that escapes very rapidly (most of it escapes and is recaptured before it leaves the manufacturer.) Its R-value is stable over time.”Polyiso is blown with pentane and other low-impact gases, Dorsett says, but its labeled R-6 per inch is overstated when the mean temperature is less than 40°F. In Climate Zone 5, it should be derated to R-5 or so per inch when used on the exterior of an R-13 framed wall.“Bottom line: save the high-performance foam budget for the exterior,” Dorsett says. “Installing 2 inches of polyiso on the exterior and using 3 1/2 inches of open-cell foam is the same thickness wall as a standard 2×6 wall, and it outperforms the proposed 3 inches of closed-cell foam plus 1 1/2 inches of XPS. And it’s more resilient, since it gives the structural sheathing a good drying path, and it beats code minimum by about R-5 (whole-wall performance, all thermal bridging accounted for), a ~25-30% reduction in heat transfer compared to a code-min R-13 + 5 continuous insulation wall, compared to only a 10-15% improvement with the closed-cell plus XPS solution.” Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam SheathingHow to Design a WallChoosing Rigid FoamWhere Does the Housewrap Go?Installing Windows In a Foam-Sheathed WallGreen Basics: Insulation Choices RELATED ARTICLES Colleen A, planning a new house in Michigan’s Climate Zone 5, has discovered there’s a downside to the wealth of insulation products on the market: It’s hard to make a decision.“There are so many options on exterior insulation that my head is spinning,” she writes in a Q&A post at GBA. So far, her research has led her to an exterior wall assembly that includes a 2×4 framed structural wall filled with 3 inches of closed-cell polyurethane foam, oriented strand board sheathing, 1 1/2 inches of extruded polystyrene rigid foam, and Tyvek DrainWrap as a water-resistant barrier.She’s considered other possibilities, including a 2×6 framed wall, Roxul mineral wool insulation, and polyisocyanurate rigid insulation. There are drawbacks to all of them.And then there’s the issue of building industry inertia, the difficulty of finding local builders as interested in the topic as she is.“We will be our own contractors for the house,” Colleen writes. “I haven’t found any local builders that specialize in energy efficiency. From anyone I’ve talked to so far not many are interested in doing above and beyond code and seem to think it’s a waste of time and money. I don’t think so.” Our expert’s opinionGBA technical director Peter Yost added this:At first blush, I wondered just how hard could it be to find a high-performance builder. Turns out that for Port Huron, not so easy. But here is the path I took, one I would take for this sort of question regardless of location:1. Check with the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance to see if there are members within striking distance of your project.2. The website for the Building Performance Institute (BPI) has a contractor locator tool that uses zip codes to help you find a builder.3. Building professionals who have taken the Two-day Advanced Green Building: Building Science course offered by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) are another potential source. I don’t have a specific avenue for this, except to suggest that you submit your request for this to NAHB. Or, try your local home builders’ association. Building professionals who have completed this course should have the background needed for building science-savvy design, materials selection, and construction.4. Track down a verifier for the National Green Building Standard. This program is run by the Home Innovation Research Labs (formerly the NAHB Research Center) and you can use this website to submit an email request for a local verifier who should be able to identify high-performance contractors.Having said that (and having tried these four avenues for Port Huron), I have to admit I didn’t make much progress. With BPI, I came up with only three building industry firms within 50 miles of Port Huron.And after contacting NAHB, the local HBA, and the Home Innovations Research Labs, I came up with just two potential contacts that might help in Port Huron.One is Cobblestone Homes in Saginaw, Michigan. That’s not exactly next door to Port Huron, but the owners have good contacts for the Port Huron area. The other is Chris Schwarzkopf of Energy Diagnostics. Again, not exactly in Port Huron’s backyard, but this NGBS Verifier and NAHB-Certified Green Professional may have local contacts for Colleen to pursue.Note: To be fair, I got quick staff responses from NAHB and the Home Innovations Research Lab, but had difficulty connecting locally and that could be because I was just doing research as opposed to being a real customer for building services.Now, about the insulation options. I’ll start with a shameless plug for BuildingGreen’s special report on insulation. The report is currently offered as a freebie at the end of any of my recent GBA building science blogs.I recommend that anyone considering foam-in-place insulation should read this BuildingGreen blog:“Foam-in-Place Insulation: 7 Tips for Getting Injection and Spray Foam Right.”A high-performance wall for Climate Zone 5/6 (Port Huron is pretty much right on the border between these two climate zones): Per the 2015 Model Energy Code (and Martin’s article about calculating the minimum thickness of rigid foam sheathing), Colleen should think of the this wall as a starting place: 2×6 cavity insulation and R-11.25 exterior rigid foam.last_img read more

NCP leader Ganesh Naik joins BJP ahead of Maharashtra polls

first_imgNCP’s Ganesh Naik to join BJP next week In another setback to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly polls, former State minister and the party’s Navi Mumbai strongman Ganesh Naik joined the BJP along with around 50 corporators on Wednesday.Mr. Naik, his son – former MP Sanjeev – and the 50-odd corporators of the Navi Municipal Corporation (NMMC) formally joined the ruling party in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at Vashi in adjoining Navi Mumbai.The veteran leader’s entry into the BJP now paves the way for the ruling party to control the NMMC.Also Read  Mr. Naik, who cut his teeth into politics with a stint in the Shiv Sena, joined the NCP 1999 – the year the party was established – following differences with late Bal Thackeray, the saffron party’s founder.A leader representing the Agri community, Mr. Naik contested the 2014 Assembly polls from Belapur, but lost to BJP’s Manda Mhatre.Mr. Naik’s younger son Sandip joined the BJP on July 31, leading to speculation about him also deserting the Sharad Pawar-led party.Along with Mr. Sandip, NCP’s two other legislators Shivendrasinh Bhosale and Vaibhav Pichad joined the BJP that day. Former Kolhapur MP Dhananjay Mahadik also switched loyalty to the ruling party recently.Earlier, the NCP had lost its Mumbai unit chief Sachin Ahir and MLAs Jaydutta Kshirsagar and Pandurang Barora to the Shiv Sena.The Assembly polls are due in the next few months.last_img read more

Bradley Beal’s late surge lifts Wizards past Kings

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Wizards coach Scott Brooks said it’s still not clear if and when center Dwight Howard (back surgery) will return this season. Howard remains limited to non-contact work in practice. The eight-time All-Star has played only nine games since signing for the Wizards last July.“Obviously the season is winding down — there’s four weeks left,” Brooks said. “He’s going to keep rehabbing and see how he feels the next couple weeks.”UP NEXTKings: Continue their road trip Thursday in Boston.Wizards: Host Orlando on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Globe and Mineski launch professional esports team ‘Liyab’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) shoots over Sacramento Kings guard Corey Brewer (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON  — Throughout a turbulent season for the injury-plagued Wizards, All-Star guard Bradley Beal keeps evolving.Beal shook off a poor first half Monday night to score 21 of his 27 points in the second half of Washington’s 121-115 victory over the Sacramento Kings.ADVERTISEMENT “I had six points at half,” said Beal, who complained of heavy legs Monday after playing 45 minutes on Saturday. “Last year or any year before this one, feeling the way I did today, I probably wouldn’t have had a good second half. I think that’s my growth, doing whatever it takes to win.”Beal added nine rebounds and nine assists for the 11th-place Wizards, who moved within 3 1/2 games of the eighth Eastern Conference playoff spot currently held by idle Miami.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWashington remains in contention largely because of Beal, who averages nearly double the points of any of his healthy teammates. The Wizards lost All-Star guard John Wall for the season in December, traded Otto Porter Jr. to Chicago at the deadline and have played mostly without injured center Dwight Howard.“You don’t think of Brad as a developing player, but Brad has really developed this year,” coach Scott Brooks said before the game. “His leadership. His ball-handling. His playmaking. Just his court awareness. The guy, I don’t think he can improve this much, but he keeps getting better.” Buddy Hield’s transition layup gave Sacramento its first lead after halftime with 3:41 to play, capping a 6-0 spurt and making it 112-111.Jeff Green and Beal each hit a pair of free throws to answer before Beal followed with a tough contested layup to stretch it to 118-112 with 51 seconds left.The Kings hit just one of their last seven shots after Hield’s layup.“Playing from behind, you do expend a lot of energy,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “That just ran us down at the end there. We fought so hard to get back in the game.”TIP-INSKings: Erased a double-digit deficit by halftime for a second straight game. …. F Marvin Bagley III (left knee sprain) missed his fifth straight game and has yet to return to practice, Joerger said.Wizards: Portis posted his 10th double-double of the season and sixth since arriving in Washington in the Porter trade. . Backup point guard Chasson Randle scored 12 points, his third-highest total this season.DOING IT ALLIt was Beal’s second consecutive game finishing near a triple-double after coming within one assist in an overtime loss Saturday at Minnesota. He also picked up four steals Monday, turning two into crucial fourth-quarter baskets, the first a thunderous dunk over Fox and the latter a baseline 3 that made it 111-106.DWIGHT SIGHTING SOON? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Jabari Parker added 18 points off the bench and Bobby Portis had 17 points and 13 rebounds as Washington began a five-game homestand that also includes games against ninth-place Orlando and 10th-place Charlotte.“We need those two,” Beal said.De’Aaron Fox scored 23 points for the Kings, who started the day four games back of three teams tied for the last three Western Conference playoff spots.Reserve Nemanja Bjelica added 15 points and 12 rebounds for Sacramento, which lost its sixth straight in Washington despite erasing a 14-point, first-quarter deficit and a 12-point edge the Wizards built in the third.“We shot ourselves in the foot in the first quarter,” Fox said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Merged entity of UBI PNB OBC to become operational from April 1

first_imgKolkata: The amalgamated entity of United Bank of India (UBI), Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) will come into effect from April 1 next year, a top official said on Saturday. The merged unit, likely to have a new name, will be the second largest bank in the country after State Bank of India (SBI) with a total business volume of Rs 18 lakh crore. “The amalgamation process will take some time and the new entity will start functioning from April 1, 2020,” MD and CEO of UBI, Ashok Kumar Pradhan, said. The three banks held a customer meet here, which was attended by Chander Khurana, GM of Punjab National Bank and Binay Kumar Gupta, GM of OBC. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe lenders said that there will no retrenchment of staff in the merged entity, and also ruled out the possibility of bringing in Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS). Pradhan later told reporters that the combined staff strength post the amalgamation will be 1 lakh with 11,400 branches. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had on August 30 announced the consolidation of 10 state-run banks into four large-scale lenders. Pradhan said the amalgamation process will require legal and regulatory compliances, besides approval of the three banks’ boards. “During the interim period, the three will continue to function independently,” he said. The government has already announced a capital infusion of Rs 16,000 crore into PNB and Rs 1,600 crore into UBI.last_img read more