Categories: Chatfield News Under new legislation introduced by state Rep. Lee Chatfield, the state will play a more significant role in the oversight of interstate petroleum pipelines running through Michigan, including increased coordination with the federal government to ensure better preparedness and emergency response in the case of a spill.“The ultimate goal of this legislation is to protect the public health, safety and welfare of Michigan citizens, our natural resources and our economy,” said Rep. Chatfield, R-Levering. “Currently, the federal government is in the driver’s seat on our pipeline safety issues while Michigan officials are along for the ride stuffed in the trunk. My bill will see to it that we can play a greater role by establishing better coordination with the federal government to ensure our state agencies are fully informed and are better prepared to respond to emergencies.”Oil pipelines have requirements to meet under the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) of 1990 which requires the owners/operators of oil pipelines to develop detailed site-specific Spill Response Plans to detail chain of authority for spills, specify personnel and equipment capable of responding to a “worst case” spill from a pipeline or other facility, and describe training, testing, and unannounced drills.Neither the OPA nor the state of Michigan requires petroleum pipeline operators in Michigan to submit their spill response plans to the state for review and approval. Nor are they required to report spills directly to the state.“This legislation would not duplicate the existing planning process, although it will help to ensure that state and local agencies are in the loop as plans are tested and implemented,” concluded Rep. Chatfield.HB 5198 has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources for further consideration.### Bill ensures state agencies are fully informed and better prepared to respond in an emergency 01Feb Rep. Chatfield introduces legislation to strengthen pipeline safety
Missing Limavady teenager Patrick CrumlishPOLICE say that 14 year old Patrick Crumlish from the Limavady area has been found safe and well.Officers in Derry had been making enquiries about his whereabouts after receiving information that he may have used public transport to travel to the city. The last sighting of Patrick was at the Translink Foyle Street Depot last Friday afternoon, August 3.PSNI Foyle said this evening: “Missing person Patrick Crumlish has been found safe and well. “Thank you for your help with our appeal.”Missing teen Patrick Crumlish found safe and well was last modified: August 10th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet limavadyMissing teen Patrick Crumlish found safe and wellPSNI FOYLE
For a change, overnight activity in the Far East in both gold and silver showed some real signs of life.It was a very slow day in the gold world on Wednesday…and most of gold’s price movements, such as they were, were most likely currency related. Gold closed at $1,693.40 spot…down $2.80 from Tuesday. Volume, most of it of the high-frequency trading variety, was decent at around 113,000 contracts.Silver’s price pattern was similar…and the price briefly dipped below $32.00 spot before recovering as the dollar index headed south. Silver closed at $32.70 spot…down 9 cents on the day. Net volume was average…whatever that means these days…at around 33,000 contracts.All the ‘action’ yesterday was in the dollar index. It opened at 81.34 at 6:00 p.m. in New York on Tuesday night…and by 9:30 a.m. in London the next day, it had hit its zenith at around 81.65. From there it went into a decline that bottomed out at 81.14 shortly after 11:00 a.m. in New York. It recovered a hair from that low…closing at 81.20…down a whole 14 basis points when all was said and done.Both the gold and silver charts show this currency move pretty clearly.The gold stocks started in the red, but finally got into positive territory…and then mostly stayed there for the rest of the trading day. The HUI closed up 0.45%.The silver equities were mixed yesterday…and gave back a bit of their Monday and Tuesday gains, as Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down 0.45%.(Click on image to enlarge)For a change, the CME’s Daily Delivery Report was much more interesting. They reported that 16 gold and 485 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Friday. Jefferies was the short/issuer de jour, posting 476 contracts…and it should come as no surprise to anyone that the big long/stopper was JPMorgan…with 253 contracts in its client account and 186 contracts in its proprietary [in house] account. The Issuers and Stoppers Report is definitely worth checking out…and the link is here.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday…but after a big withdrawal from SLV on Tuesday, there was an even bigger addition on Wednesday, as an authorized participant[s] added 2,934,108 troy ounces.The U.S. Mint had another smallish sales report yesterday. They sold 4,500 ounces of gold eagles…and another 125,000 silver eagles.It was another very busy day over at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday. They reported receiving 602,812 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 1,558,280 troy ounces out the door.While on the subject of the Comex-approved depositories, I noticed something different about the CME’s web page when I clicked on it early yesterday evening…but I didn’t investigate any further. It took an e-mail from Nick Laird very late last night that pointed out the difference. There’s a new depository added to the list. It’s called CNT Depository…and a Google search revealed this.I’ll be very interested in seeing how they fit into the grand scheme of things…and just how much metal they accumulate on behalf of their clientele. According to Nick, they reported receiving 631,389 troy ounces on Tuesday…the first day they showed up as a depository.In the same e-mail, Nick sent along this chart entitled “Comex Depository Warehouse Silver Stocks” that goes back about 41 years…and here it is.(Click on image to enlarge)I have the usual number of stories today…and I hope you have time to read the ones that interest you the most.It was a nothing sort of day in the precious metal markets yesterday…another day off the calendar as Ted Butler would say…so I’ll just move along to other things.Tomorrow we get the latest Commitment of Traders Report…and as you are already aware, I’m more than interested in what’s in it.For a change, overnight activity in the Far East in both gold and silver showed some real signs of life. After rallying a bit in early morning trading, a more substantial rally began around 2:30 p.m. Hong Kong time…and is continuing into early London trading as well. The rally in silver is even more impressive.However, the volume in gold is getting way up there…35,000 contracts. And silver’s volume is already an eye-watering 12,300 contracts as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:13 a.m. Eastern time. The dollar index is comatose.These are not short covering rallies by any stretch of the imagination, but new long positions being established and, without doubt, it’s JPMorgan et al going short against all comers. Unfortunately none of this data will be in tomorrow’s COT report. We’ll have to wait until next Friday…and in the current environment, that’s a lifetime away.It remains to be seen whether these rallies continue in London…or get stepped on before New York opens, as the similar rallies that developed in both platinum and palladium earlier today, have already met that fate.Here are the current gold and silver charts as of 4:53 a.m. Eastern time. Avrupa Minerals Ltd. is a growth-oriented prospect generator focused on aggressive exploration for valuable mineral deposits in politically stable and prospective regions of Europe with a growing pipeline of prospects in Portugal, Kosovo and Germany.Company highlights:Alvalade Project JV with Antofagasta Minerals SA – Copper and Zinc on 1000 km2 project area in the Portuguese Pyrite Belt – 2012 exploration budget of US$ 2.5 million, all provided by Antofagasta, including 6000 meters of core drillingGold exploration in the Erzgebirge Mining District, Germany – 307 km2 exploration license in 1000+ year producing region of tin, tungsten, silver, base metals, and uranium – Increasingly favorable permitting and mining regulations, long mining culture, widespread known gold panning locationsCovas Tungsten JV with Blackheath Resources Inc. – 922,900 mt @ 0.78% WO3 (non NI 43-101 compliant) historic resource – Potential to increase the tungsten resource – New gold target on the projectStrong management including Paul Kuhn, CEO, previously involved with several discoveries around the world, and Mark T. Brown, Director, founder of Rare Element Resources Ltd.Low risk exploration strategyShare structure and cash on hand (12/31/2011):16.1 million shares outstanding; 23.7 million shares outstanding, fully diluted40% of shares held by insiders, family, friends, and long-term investorsApprox. C$ 500,000 cash on hand (consolidated Canada and Europe)Antofagasta has provided US$ 350,000 for all anticipated Alvalade JV expenses for Q1 2012.Please visit our website for more information. Sponsor Advertisement Considering the start to the Thursday trading session in both the Far East and London…it could be a wild one in New York today…and I’m looking forward to the 8:20 a.m. Eastern time Comex open with more than the usual amount of interest.Before hitting the ‘send’ button on today’s column, I want to bring this Casey Research offer to your attention ONE LAST TIME…as you’ve only got THREE DAYS LEFT TO ACT. As you probably already know, the September 7th Casey Research/Sprott Inc. 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Emission systems. Demand for platinum in autocatalysts dropped by 1% in 2012, mostly due to lower vehicle production in Europe and lower market share of diesel engines. However, emission-system demand from Japan and India is expected to increase, and diesel-emission controls recently introduced in Beijing will also support industrial demand for both metals. Auto sales in China rose a whopping 19.5% in the first two months of the year and are 6.5% higher in the US than a year ago. Platinum is a precious metal, as is palladium, though to a lesser degree. However, like silver, both are also industrial metals. Unlike silver, it’s their industrial use that is the primary price driver for both platinum and palladium – and that use is undergoing a fundamental shift. The largest source of demand for platinum and palladium is the automotive industry, for use in autocatalysts. In turn, the fortunes of the auto industry are sensitive to the health of the world’s major economies. We’ve been bearish on platinum-group metals for years, primarily because we weren’t convinced a healthy – much less roaring – world economy could be sustained when so many governments continue spending beyond their means. We reconsidered the market last year, when strikes in South Africa – home to 75% of global platinum production and 95% of known reserves – threatened supplies. But as we wrote last December, the strikes ended without great impact on long-term supply. Since then, however, the fundamentals of this market have changed. Others may disagree with our economic outlook, which is still bearish, but it’s due to supply issues – not demand – that our interest is now drawn to these metals, and particularly to palladium. Here’s a look at global supply against auto-industry demand for both metals. Demand. Autocatalytic demand rose by 7% in 2012, as palladium can be easily substituted for platinum in emission-control systems for gas-powered motors (but not diesel-powered ones), such as are favored in China and India. In fact, several experts we consulted were more bullish on palladium than platinum due to this “substitution factor” – and China just mandated catalytic systems for all cars in the country. Palladium investment demand was positive last year, though palladium jewelry has yet to gain traction in China, one of the world’s biggest jewelry markets. Total jewelry demand for palladium was 11% lower in 2012. However, we expect a greater shift to palladium in the expanding Asian automotive market, which in turn will boost palladium prices. The fundamental drivers of the palladium market are similar to those for platinum, which makes the palladium market an equally attractive investment. If this all weren’t bad enough, most companies’ production costs are now above current platinum and palladium prices. This can only be solved one way: higher metals prices. Bottom Line The supply disruptions in South Africa combined with secondary factors have led to deficits in both metals that won’t be erased overnight. Such imbalances, together with mainstream expectations of global economic growth, create a favorable environment for PGM price appreciation. This much seems like a safe bet. There is, however, a great deal of speculative upside in the not-inconceivable case of South Africa going off the rails in a major way. Massive – not marginal – supply disruptions in the world’s main source of both metals would send their prices through the roof. You get this speculative potential “for free” when you bet on the more conservative projections that call for rising prices regardless. While we wait for our gold positions to rebound, an investment in platinum and palladium could be very profitable. How to invest? You can learn which company is our #1 pick for this space with a risk-free trial subscription to BIG GOLD. Note: our longer-term outlook remains in place: most G7 economies are not fundamentally sound and continue to print money. Gold is still our priority asset class, so we don’t recommend that investors replace their gold holdings with platinum and palladium investment vehicles. This PGM trend is simply an addition to and diversification of our current investment strategy. Recycling. This important source of supply is falling in reaction to lower metals prices. It is estimated that recycling fell by 11% in 2012. Investment. Although it represents just 6% of total demand for the metal, investor demand nonetheless grew 6.5% last year, adding to pressure on supplies. Given these factors – primarily the first one – a supply deficit stretching into 2014 seems almost certain. Until South Africa can resolve its labor and power issues, pressure on platinum supply will remain, producing a favorable environment for rising prices. Palladium Palladium, platinum’s “little brother,” also faces a market imbalance. In 2012, the deficit totaled 915,000 ounces, the highest level since 2001. Supply. Russia is the second-largest producer of palladium, and some analysts report that rumors of its stockpile being close to depletion are true. Recycling is also falling, and production disruptions in South Africa – the largest producer of palladium – are the same as outlined for platinum. Overall supply of the metal is falling. Jewelry. Worldwide demand for platinum jewelry rose last year, with strong demand coming from China and growth in India, and is mainly the consequence of lower prices. Jewelry accounts for 30% of total platinum demand. Approximately 55% of platinum and the bulk of palladium supply was used in catalytic systems last year. The shrinking supply that’s under way with both metals is obvious, and palladium is approaching a supply/demand crunch. Here’s what’s going on… Platinum The fall in platinum supply has been so great that it moved from a surplus in 2011 to a deficit in 2012, with Johnson Matthey estimating that deficit to hit 400,000 ounces, the highest level since 2003. Why the shift? Labor strife and power outages. The mining industry in South Africa is, frankly, a mess. Labor strikes continue to haunt the platinum mining companies. The largest mining union in South Africa, AMCU, recently refused to sign a collective bargaining agreement on worker compensation, and CNBC is predicting a massive strike. Amplats, the world’s largest platinum producer, is threatening to cut 14,000 jobs and mothball two operating mines due to various issues. Meanwhile, power outages, a longstanding problem, continue unresolved; they have already forced the closure of some mines and are widely expected to cause further cuts in production. As a result, supply from mining is expected to decline another 10% this year.
Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) across Greater Manchester have been given the chance to take part in a pioneering new partnership with local government.Andy Burnham, the Greater Manchester mayor, is funding a new Disabled People’s Panel (DPP) that will work with him and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) he chairs.The authority – whose other 10 members are the leaders of Greater Manchester’s 10 borough councils – has commissioned Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) to set up the panel.The panel will aim to shape, challenge and influence policy affecting disabled people across Greater Manchester, by advising and consulting with GMCA.The panel’s members will be local disability organisations drawn from across Greater Manchester’s 10 boroughs, with most of them likely to be DPOs committed to the social model of disability, with strong engagement with their local community, and successful representation of diverse groups, including LGBT and black and minority ethnic communities.Those taking part will receive an involvement fee from the mayor’s office, while two GMCDP staff are being paid to set up the panel, keep it running and help it liaise with local authorities across Greater Manchester.Manchester has become the first city region in the UK to introduce a disabled people’s panel that will be involved in such a senior level of strategic policy-making.It is a significant success for GMCDP, which said before Burnham’s election as Greater Manchester’s first elected mayor in 2017 that it hoped to persuade the successful mayoral candidate to make the region a trailblazer for disability rights in England and “develop ground-breaking initiatives to tackle disability”.Rick Burgess, the newly-appointed outreach and panel development worker at GMCDP, said: “It’s an experiment and it’s an adventure because it’s never been done before, and it’s always worth trying a new way of interfacing with power to make things better for disabled people.“The long-term aim is to have an ongoing engagement between disabled people across Manchester and the organisations that make policy across Manchester.“Because of devolution, there are opportunities to do things differently from Westminster.“Central government in Westminster has been condemned by the UN for how they treat disabled people. In Greater Manchester we can certainly do better than that.“Some of what we can do is mitigation or harm reduction when there are bad policies nationally.“I would hope we can find ways to lessen their harmful impact on people.”The mayor’s office has agreed that the organisations appointed to the panel will receive an involvement fee and training, in contrast to the unpaid chairs and members of the Regional Stakeholder Network being set up by the government’s Office for Disability Issues.Burgess said: “Fair play to Andy Burnham and the combined authority. They have thought to themselves: we don’t know everything, maybe we need to listen to the people who are experts in their own lives on how we make policy and stuff.“It is democracy in action. We are looking to gather up the views of disabled people throughout Greater Manchester and affect policy-making at the highest level.”Although some of the panel members may not be organisations led and controlled by disabled people, Burgess hopes and expects that most of them will be.He said: “This is for disabled people to change the policies that affect them, so it is primarily about disabled people forming the panel.”He stressed that the panel would decide its own priorities, but issues that are consistently coming up in discussion with disabled people in Greater Manchester are transport, housing, social care and benefits, and then accessibility and employment, he said.As well as a panel of probably between 15 and 20 members, organisations will also be able to ask to be associate members, so they can contribute and be kept informed of its work.Burgess said GMCDP was keen to spread the idea of the DPP to other parts of the country if it is successful, providing an “incredibly representative engagement between power and disabled people so eventually power becomes less ableist and more inclusive and removes those barriers we are always talking about”.The deadline for applications to join the panel is 28 May.Picture: A meeting in 2017 between Andy Burnham and disability groups which discussed the idea of the panelA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…
5 min read –shares We review three time-sheet apps that can help bosses and employees watch the clock. Jonathan Blum Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The concept of tracking employee work hours can be deceptively simple. In practice, it can be a vexing chore.In my shop of five contract employees, we started out with paper invoices. I would beg, I would plead, and still they would arrive months late. Next, we tried e-mailed time sheets. They were fine — when they showed up, which was half the time. Finally, like many businesses, I invested in comprehensive online project-management software that did everything from estimate projects to track hours. Too complicated, my employees moaned.I’m trying again, this time with simple applications that focus more on simply tracking time. The benefits of single-use tools include being simpler to learn, working better with existing business software and lower cost in both time and money. And I recruited my most, um, vocal employee, who finds most complex web-based business applications not worth the effort. She prefers simple email and the phone for tracking work. The two of us tested out some stripped-down time-tracking apps to see if they could make both our lives easier.Here’s a round-up of our tests of clock-watching tools, including their advantages, drawbacks and the types of users they might fit best.1. Toggl Best for tech-averse companies that want a simple, Web-based solution. What it does: Toggl claims to offer effortless time-tracking, even of jobs performed in fragments. It can be used on the Web site or downloaded to your desktop or to your iPhone or Android phone. The product was created by Apprise, a company based in Estonia. Pricing plans include $12 a month for five users and $39 a month for 20 users.Why it might work for you: Sign-up, adding tasks and logging hours are easy. A “continue” button next to each job makes it simple to log chunks of time on the same job. A handy, easy to manage onscreen timer lets employees track precisely how long they work on a job.Why it might not: Project-management features are not as slick as Toggl claims. It can track against the total time spent on a job, but not nearly as powerfully as project-management software, such as LiquidPlanner, ManyMoon or Netsuite. Also, the whole system relies the users on tagging projects with a consistent set of keywords, which can be tough to get right. Defining them often becomes a matter of debate. And there are some issues with that handy timer. First, there’s no verifying that the employee using it is actually working. Second, it’s easy to forget to turn it off, although if that happens, you can easily adjust hours later.2. yaTimerBest for solepreneurs or those who want a desktop-based timing tool What it does: YaTimer, from the small Israeli-based software-developer NBD Tech Ltd., is a downloadable app that lives on users’ desktops. It isn’t web-based, so connectivity is not needed for it to work. It caters to the multi-tasker and lets users track time on more one than one job at once. The app costs $27 to $39 per user per year.Why it might work for you: YaTimer’s forms-based interface can be customized for your employees and it has professional feel. Think Outlook, but for time-tracking. It has helpful features like estimating how much time remains on a job. And I liked the big clock that sits on workers’ desktops and reminds them that they are working for you — and not getting paid to play with the kids or check out the latest on Facebook.Why it might not: Reporting is not as collaborative as with more Web-based apps. In my testing, it was far too easy to delete time accidentally without accurately reporting it. As for the multi-tasking option, is it really possible to work on two projects at once? More seriously, Jill, a Mac-user, could not download the Windows-only software. Guest Writer 3. TickBest for collaborative, software-savvy shops that want a powerful task-based time-management toolWhat it does: Tick, from Molehill, a small web-app developer based in Jacksonville, Fla., bills itself as an intuitive time-tracking app. It highlights how much work is left on a project, so companies can easily see if they need to regroup to stay on budget. A $19-a-month plan for small businesses allows for 15 open projects, and a plan with unlimited open projects costs $79 a month.Why it might work for you: Tick offers a mix of powerful desktop functions and easy-to-use, web-based reporting. Client assignments and task-management tools are intuitive, and I found central administration of clients simple and helpful. Tick has your back: When Jill accidentally booked 9.48 hours for a job I had budgeted for just one hour, she immediately saw a scary red bar telling her she was seriously over budget on the job, and I got an e-mail with the same unhappy news. I could see that feature paying off.Why it might not: Tick is not as simple as it seems at first. It took effort to enter and correctly manage client names, project names and how you want to handle billing. Also, in our business, we often do part of a job and come back to it later. We had trouble figuring out how to do that with Tick.Time-keeping is just like any other bit of business software: The tool itself is not a solution to a practical business problem. It would be a mistake to simply pick a tool, deploy it and hope it works. You need to carefully see if one solution helps your particular employees. That means, some testing is in order. Try out the one that seems to meet your needs best for a month or two. And if you see a gain, roll the service out. Technology Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Tools for Keeping Track of Work Hours Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. February 22, 2011 Next Article Enroll Now for $5
Digital prescriptions became compulsory on January 1, 2018 in Latvia Explore further Three Latvia regions under emergency due to African swine fever Citation: Latvia’s e-health system hit by cyberattack from abroad (2018, January 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-latvia-e-health-cyberattack.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Latvia said its new e-health system was on Tuesday hit by a large-scale cyberattack that saw thousands of requests for medical prescriptions pour in per second from more than 20 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the European Union. © 2018 AFP No data was compromised, according to health officials, who immediately took down the site, which was launched earlier this month to streamline the writing of prescriptions in the Baltic state.”It is clear that it was a planned attack, a widespread attack—we might say a specialised one—as it emanated from computers located in various different countries, both inside the European Union and outside Europe,” state secretary Aivars Lapins told reporters. “We received thousands of requests in a very short space of time. That’s not the normal way the system works,” he said, adding that an investigation is under way. The site was back up and running within a couple of hours but with reduced functionality, forcing Latvia to provisionally revert to the previous paper system that was kept as a backup after digital prescriptions became compulsory on January 1.
Next NIA Bill passes in Lok Sabha, Amit Shah says Modi govt will never misuse lawThe NIA (Amendment) Bill, 2019, has passed in the Lok Sabha after a round of heated debate on Monday.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 17:17 IST The NIA Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday. (File photo: PTI)HIGHLIGHTSThe NIA (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was passed in Lok Sabha on MondayCongress opposed to the Bill saying it may be misused by the govt for political vendettaAmit Shah said Modi govt will never misuse the NIA lawLok Sabha passed the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on Monday after a heated debate between Home Minister Amit Shah and the Opposition.The Bill amends the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Act, 2008 that provides for a national-level agency to investigate and prosecute offences listed in the scheduled offences. Further, the Act allows for creation of Special Courts for the trial of scheduled offences.The Bill seeks to allow the NIA to investigate the following offences in addition to human trafficking, offences related to counterfeit currency or bank notes, manufacture or sale of prohibited arms, cyber-terrorism and offences under the Explosive Substances Act, 1908.Refuting Opposition claims over “misuse” of the NIA law, Amit Shah on Monday asserted that the Modi government will never misuse it on the basis of religion but ensure that terrorism is finished off irrespective of the religion of the accused.In an intervention during a discussion in Lok Sabha on the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Shah also targeted the Congress-led UPA government for repealing the anti-terror act POTA, saying it was not done because of its alleged misuse but to “save its vote bank”.While Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy sought support of all parties for the passage of the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Manish Tewari of the Congress accused the government of trying to turn India into a “police state”.Reddy told the House that the new law will allow the NIA to probe cases of terrorism targeting Indians and Indian assets abroad, and also empower the agency to investigate cases of arms and human trafficking besides those linked to cyber terrorism.He said terror attacks witnessed an uspurge after the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) was repealed resulting in the same UPA government being forced to constitute NIA after the Mumbai attacks.Shah sought all-party support for the Bill’s passage, saying a division in the House on the issue of strengthening the agency will send out a wrong message and boost the morale of terrorists.Parliament should speak in one voice in giving powers to the NIA to send out a message to terrorists and the world, he asserted.His response came as several opposition leaders criticised the bill and accused the government of using investigating agencies for “political vendetta”.Some MPs said the anti-terror law is misused at times to target members of a particular community.”Let me make it clear. The Modi government has no such intention. Its only goal is to finish off terrorism but we will also not look at the religion of the accused while taking action,” Shah said.Tewari opposed the bill, saying probe agencies are misused for “political vendetta” and “inspired media leaks” from them have turned the maxim of “innocent until proven guilty” on its head.He also claimed that the constitutional validity of the NIA Act, which led to the investigation agency’s formation, is still not settled as pleas challenging its validity are pending in different courts.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Owaisi Saab, sunne ki aadat daaliye: Amit Shah-Owaisi spar in Lok Sabha over NIAAlso Watch | Political war breaks out over G Kishan Reddy’s Hyderabad terror hub remarkFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanchari Chatterjee
The Governor’s statement comes in the backdrop of spiralling post-poll violence leading to the death of 15 people SHARE SHARE EMAIL West Bengal COMMENT COMMENTS West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi sent out a strong message as he called for protection of democratic institutions, values and rights while ensuring peace and harmony in the State. While, there should be “fair enforcement of law and order”, provocative speeches are to be avoided.Tripathi felt all the political parties should adopt a “constructive approach” and appealed to the people to work in an united manner.The Governor’s statement comes in the backdrop of spiralling post-poll violence leading to the death of 15 people. An all party meeting – which was attended by representatives of the ruling Trinamool Congress, and other opposition parties including BJP, Congress and CPI(M) – was convened, on Thursday, to find a way out of the situation.Although Patha Chatterjee represented the ruling Trinamool Congress, the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made her displeasure felt. “Law and order is a state subject and it is not under the Governor’s purview. So what is the point of calling this all- party meeting,” She told a private news channel. At the meeting it was decided that democratic institutions, values and rights should be protected. There should be fair enforcement of the law and order. They agreed “violence should be stopped”; peace and harmony restored; “no provocative speeches should be made by anyone” and “the democratic and social fibre of West Bengal should not be disturbed”.“The fact that the Governor has to convene an all-party meeting to maintain peace shows the sorry state of affairs in West Bengal. It is more than evident now that there is no democracy here,” BJP leader, Jay Prakash Mazumdar, who attended the meeting, told reporters.CPI(M)’s Mohammed Salim pointed out that there was a break down in the administrative machinery with the “law and order scenario worsening”. Soumen Mitra, President of the West Bengal unit of the Congress said, “post poll violence has to stop at all cost”. SHARE Published on June 13, 2019 Keshari Nath Tripathi, West Bengal Governor – File photo
Next Here is your horoscope for July 13, 2019Check out what the stars say your day will be like today.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 07:43 IST (Photo: Shutterstock) ARIESPersonal relationships are loving and special. You are a whirling force of activity with so much to be done at home and at work. Your social life is likely to be tiring. A single-pointed approach is important when situations get complicated or confused. Lucky number 1. Colour green. TAURUSOpposite energies symbolized by the Sun and the Moon fuse together to take you to a third dimension or union within. Your professional power and wisdom lie in combining resources and forces with your partners. A project is completed with support from your staff. Lucky number 9. Colour blue. GEMINIA challenging work assignment is short in duration but brings great success. A pleasure trip or a brief and unplanned vacation rejuvenates your energy and relationships. Living totally in the moment and going with the flow are great virtues at this point. Lucky number 6. Colour saffron. CANCERThere is good luck attending material matters as you make positive changes to achieve professional success. Relax and let things happen by themselves rather than pushing them endlessly. Gather courage and enter into your inner being with trust and awareness. Lucky number 9. Colour reds. LEODuality is expressed in your need for freedom, as well as, commitment in business partnerships and relationships today. You can be lead by enthusiasm and then find you have over extended yourself, beware. Trust your intuition and gut in matters of the heart. Lucky number 2. Colour blue. VIRGOMeditation and Yoga can take you through elevating and transforming experiences. You are ripe and ready to express and share your inner riches, creativity and professional expertise with people around you at work and at home. You generate harmony wherever you go. Lucky number 9. Colour red. LIBRAYou enjoy the moment and whatever life brings without clinging to the past or making plans for the future and in that wondrous moment there is no possessiveness and attachment. Everything seems to be coming together in relationships and creative activity. Lucky number 18. Colour red. SCORPIOWhen there is a mess wipe the slate clean and start all over with a fresh and unbiased mind. You need to revamp fitness and diet routines to remain healthy and active. You meet interesting people who become friends. Look at fear in the face and it drops! Lucky number 15. Colour white. SAGITTARIUSA business arrangement with two others can be highly lucrative if you deal with the other two separately today. You resolve a conflict between two important people in your life. Beware of controversy in the work area. You manage situations with firmness. Lucky number 3. Colour pink. CAPRICORNYou tend to think negatively and repeat patterns, which leaves you sad and distraught. It is good to have a playful attitude towards heavy people at work and at home to change their energy. A Libran lifts you and takes you towards laughter and good times. Lucky number 3. Colour blue. AQUARIUSToday you can be the director for a creative event. You are intense and clever at work but can be elusive to loved ones. An intelligent young man close to you is embarking on an independent business venture. It’s time to loosen up and take it easy! Lucky number 18. Colour white. PISCESThe Prince of Wands infuses strength and energy in everything you do today. There is energy, love and warmth in personal relationships. Your sense of humour gets you smoothly through difficult situations. A work change may allow you more time to be creative. Lucky number 18. Colour gold.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkriti Anand Tags :Follow HoroscopeFollow Daily horoscope
Next Not a smooth road ahead for Kartarpur corridor amid India-Pak differences over constructionWhile India is making a bridge for the pilgrims, the Pakistani side is constructing a “causeway”, which has been a persistent bone of contention between India and Pakistan on the Kartarpur corridor issue. advertisement Kamaljit Kaur Sandhu New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 17:51 IST Sources have said that the Kartarpur corridor structure on the Indian side will be completed by October 31. (India Today file photo)The Indian and the Pakistani officials will meet this Sunday for the second high-level talks on the Kartarpur Sahib corridor. The meeting is to find a way to iron out disagreements between the two countries. The Indian side is likely to reiterate the same set of concerns as the key issue remains unresolved — the construction of a causeway by Pakistan.While India is making a bridge for the pilgrims, the Pakistani side is constructing a “causeway”, which has been a persistent bone of contention between India and Pakistan on the Kartarpur corridor issue.India is of the view that not building a bridge would lead to flooding of the Indian areas during monsoon when the Ravi river overflows.”India has disagreed on the construction of a causeway. Causeways are not considered good engineering. India has been covering the Indian side of 68 km bund while the Pakistani side has a vast 250 km bund. Flooding in monsoon is a concern,” a government source said.The Indian team has suggested the use of “service road” by pilgrims till the time the bridge is not built by Pakistan.Kartarpur corridor structure on Indian side to be completed by October 31: SourcesA day after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) sought to dismiss “misconceptions” that India has been slow in completing its side of the Kartarpur corridor, government sources have claimed that the construction on the Indian will be completed by October 31.The sources also said that the Indian government expects completion of the Kartarpur corridor on both the sides before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. Speaking to news agency ANI, a government source said, “Construction of the Kartarpur corridor on the Indian side will be completed by October 31. Sixty per cent is done. The government is keen that the Kartarpur corridor is completed on both the sides by the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji. India is looking forward to it with high expectation.”The movement of the Kartarpur corridor pilgrims is expected to be discussed in the meeting. Discussions on permits or visa-free access to all the pilgrims, fees and journey time of the pilgrims are also expected during the Kartarpur corridor talks.”India is creating an all-weather facility to cater to 10,000 pilgrims on special occasions and 5,000 pilgrims daily,” the source said, adding, “India will use high tech surveillance system and put a robust security system in place. That is not negotiable.”However, Pakistan wants to limit the number of pilgrims to 750 a day. Sources say that despite three technical meetings, the Pakistani side has not responded positively.Will reiterate concern regarding Khalistani terrorist Gopal Singh Chawla: SourcesThe government sources have said the Indian side will reiterate their concern regarding the Khalistani terrorist, Gopal Singh Chawla. Gopal Singh Chwala is linked to Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and works in the capacity of its general secretary. He is known for his close links to Jama’at-ud-Da’wah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed.Also Read | India fully committed to Kartapur Sahib corridor, wants work to be completed expeditiously: MEAAlso Read | India proposes dates for Kartarpur corridor talks with PakistanAlso Watch | #5Reasons Why Pakistan says they decided to open Kartarpur Sahib corridorFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan