Kolkata: The Centre is in the process of bringing an amendment to the MMDR Act to do away with the need of the state governments’ seeking prior approval for giving out mining leases, Coal Secretary Sumanta Chaudhuri said here on Wednesday. A bill for bringing the amendment to the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Act will be introduced in the next session of Parliament, he said. “The drafting of the bill for amendment of the MMDR Act is in the process and will be introduced in the next session of Parliament,” Chaudhuri said at a stakeholders’ consultation organised by the coal ministry and FICCI here. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja He said the allocation of coal blocks is within the domain of the Union goevrnment but the state governments do have a say. “The role of the state governments is limited in this regard. States are required to seek prior approval from the Centre. We are now in the process of amending this”, he said. According to him, this would expedite the process of coal exploration in the country. The government would go for forward auction in tranches during October and November this year for allotment of 46 coal blocks having a reserve potential of around 100 million tonnes. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway After the amendment of the MMDR Act, exploration of these 46 blocks would come to fruition in four to five years and this will reduce the quantum of coal imports into India, the Coal Ministry’s Joint secretary Ashis Upadhyaya. “Without the amendment of the Act, exploration from these blocks would have taken seven to eight years”, he added. Chaudhuri also said that entire mining approval plan would be digitalised as well. The basic premise of amending the Act is to revamp the system of getting clearances in the mining sector and this is one way to plug the gaps.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Streaming is the future of music distribution. The ability to access more than 50 million songs with just a few pokes at your phone for free (or something close to it) is not only convenient but intoxicating. It’s the once-hypothetical Infinite Jukebox come to life. A person makes the “rock on!” sign with a neon light backdrop. (Getty Images) Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Record labels certainly love it. All three of the majors now see more revenue come through streaming than any other source. Truth be told, they’d be happy to see all physical product go away thereby eliminating the need for manufacturing, warehousing, transportation, and dealing with record stores that keep going out of business..Thanks to streaming technology, the demand for music has never been greater nor has music consumption ever been this high. But there are some downsides to this revolution which emphasizes access to music over possession, a shift that may not bode well for the future of music..Composing music is increasingly driven by dataBehind all the streaming platforms are massive server farms that collect and process how users are listening to music. That data is used to determine which songs resonate with fans and which don’t. Digging deeper, it’s possible to find common data points that help create a hit song.
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“I have nothing but my future ahead of me and you have nothing but my future to protect,” Catherine Gauthier, 18, told heads of State or government or other top officials from over 150 nations, the largest-ever gathering of its kind on climate change.“I challenge you to show true leadership,” she said.A timetable of targets is indispensable in combating climate change, Ms. Gauthier noted.“A short-term target without a long-term goal is short-sighted,” she explained. “A long-term target without a short-term goal is prone to procrastination and political manoeuvring – I should know, I only do my homework the night before it’s due.”Speaking on behalf of Greenpeace Solar Generation, the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, Environnement Jeunesse, SustainUS and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Ms. Gauthier said that many will hold their elected leaders accountable for missteps taken in addressing climate change.“I turned 18 this year and am now among the many that will vote for the climate.”She also stated her high expectations for the major upcoming summit in Bali, Indonesia, in December, which seeks to determine future action on mitigation, adaptation, the global carbon market and financing responses to climate change for the period after the expiration of the Kyoto Protocol – the current global framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions – in 2012.“It can be no small step, next step, inch forward,” she said. “Bali must mark the watershed of a new phase in the Kyoto Framework.” 24 September 2007A representative of environmental youth groups today challenged global leaders gathered at the United Nations to take decisive action to curb the threat posed by climate change.
5. UNEP announces ozone damage will cause harm for longerThe ozone layer will take longer to recover from chlorinated pollutant damage than previously thought according to an assessment of stratospheric ozone levels by the United Nations Environmental Programme. (Source: ENDS/UNEP) http://ozone.unep.org/Publications/Assessment_Reports/2006/Scientific_Assessment_2006_Exec_Summary.pdf 1. Commission reports on new car emissions The European Commission has published its annual report on CO2 emissions from new cars, showing 2004 average emissions were 12.4 per cent below 1995 levels. This figure is commended, however the report emphasises that the automotive industry will need to do more if it is to achieve the voluntary commitment of average emissions of 140g/km by 2008/9, a reduction of around 25 per cent from 1995 levels. Commissioners Verheugen and Dimas have stated clearly if industry does not achieve these levels, the introduction of mandatory measures could be considered. The report shows ACEA’s average emissions in 2004 stood at 161g/km, representing a 1.2 per cent reduction on 2003 levels. The Commission recently launched an online consultation to seek the views of the public on measures to further improve cars’ fuel efficiency and reduce their CO2 emissions. A Communication to the European Parliament and Council on the outcome of this review will be presented in the second half of this year. (Source: European commission) http://ec.europa.eu/environment/co2/pdf/com_2006_463_en.pdf 2. Better regulation agenda key to Commission’s work programmeThe European Commission has adopted its mid-term review of the Commission work programme for 2006, assessing achievements so far in 2006, and reaffirms the political priorities for this autumn. The Commission’s adoption of these 37 initiatives represents a mid-term implementation rate of almost 40 per cent. Better lawmaking is at the heart of the Commission’s work, and 2006 is the first year during which the Commission fully applies the new Impact Assessment Guidelines adopted in June 2005, which has led to a more lengthy preparation process involving wide consultation and greater use of internal and external expertise. The Commission has also reaffirmed its commitment to the better regulation agenda with a series of new initiatives to enhance delivery of this approach, in particular those on consultation and impact assessment. (Source: European Commission) http://ec.europa.eu/atwork/programmes/index_en.htm 3. Commissioner announces plans to bridge the communication gapMargot Wallström, vice president of the European Commission responsible for Institutional relations and Communication Strategy has announced the 2007 plans for bridging the communications gap between the EU and its citizens. The Commissioner, in outlining the communications action plan, announced there is wide consensus on an EU communication strategy ‘including the need to establish communication as a European policy in its own right and to define the common principles that should guide such a policy’. The Commissioner also highlighted the issue of more partnerships between the Commission and member states – groups such as the CARS 21 high level group are cited as best practice examples of improving relationships between the EU and member states. (Source: European Commission) http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/06/478&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en 6. Support increases for campaign to scrap Strasbourg ParliamentAlmost one million EU citizens have signed up to the ‘oneseat’ campaign, which calls for the European Parliament to be based solely in Brussels, rather than split between Brussels and Strasbourg. It is estimated the split costs the European taxpayer €200 million per year. (Source: oneseat) www.oneseat.eu 4. European energy and transport – Scenarios on energy efficiencyThe Commission has published a report examining several scenarios in the field of energy efficiency and renewables, reflecting policies currently under discussion. The scenarios include a high energy efficiency case and a high renewables case and a combined high efficiency and renewables scenario, in which the renewables share reaches 20 per cent in 2020. (Source: BBB/European Commission) http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/energy_transport/figures/scenarios/energy_efficiency_en.htm Council of Ministers8-9 September, informal Ecofin meeting, several issues on the agenda including ‘global competitiveness environment’ In this week’s report:Commission reports on new car emissionsBetter regulation agenda key to Commission’s work programmeCommissioner announces plans to bridge the communication gapEuropean energy and transport – scenarios on energy efficiencySupport increases for campaign to scrap Strasbourg ParliamentUNEP announces ozone damage will cause harm for longerSustainable chemistry action plan published EU survey recommends risk assessments in annual reportsWeek ahead 7. Sustainable chemistry action plan publishedThe European chemical industry’s technology platform on sustainable chemistry (SusChem) has published an action plan for implementing a 20-year strategic research agenda. The plan focuses on launching projects under eight themes, including energy, sustainable products design and transport. (Source: ENDS) www.suschem.org/ European Parliament (Strasbourg week)Committees:– Economic and Monetary Affairs (4 Sept): A European strategy for sustainable, competitive and secure energy– Internal Market (4 Sept): Services in the internal market, type approvalPlenary session:– 4 Sept: minimising administrative costs imposed by legislation, passenger-car related taxes– 6 Sept: meeting of the shadow rapporteurs involved in the Euro 5 dossierClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) 9. Week aheadEuropean CommissionWeekly meeting – 5 SeptemberNo points of interest 8. EU survey recommends risk assessments in annual reportsAn EU-funded study of industrial risk communication in EU member states has recommended that publicly listed firms be required to include a risk assessment in their annual reports. The survey looks at current practices in three sectors: chemical waste, biotechnology and electricity. (Source: ENDS) http://mahbsrv4.jrc.it/starc/downloads/wp2/mc-STARC_-_D2_report_-_24_Aug_06.doc
Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa was named the Big Ten Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year on Monday, a day after he was named the conference’s top defensive lineman.Bosa — who is already a finalist for the Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award — leads the Buckeyes with 13.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss this season. Those numbers put him atop the Big Ten in both categories, and in the top five nationally.The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native needs just half a sack to tie Vernon Gholston’s school record of 14 in a season. Bosa has also totaled 46 tackles this season to go with four forced fumbles and three additional quarterback hits.Bosa was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week after the Buckeyes defeated Penn State in double overtime. He sacked Nittany Lion sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg on the final play of the second extra period to seal the win.In addition to his pair of individual awards, Bosa was named first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media in a unanimous vote on Monday.He is the first Buckeye to be named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year since John Simon in 2012. Overall, Bosa is the seventh OSU player to win the award.Bosa and the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field on Saturday against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. Kickoff is set for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
If you are like me, long meetings are no fun and long phone conference meetings are about the worst. But at least when you are sitting at your desk unwillingly engaged in a boring phone conference you can do something fun on your computer. Like play a game of Conference Call Bingo, for example.New from LifeSize, a division of Logitech that provide HD video communication products, is an online game that is meant to remove the boredom from those seemingly never-ending phone meetings. It is “Conference Call Bingo.”Using the electronic bingo card; simply click on the action or phrase square that occurred during the meeting. Then when you have marked a row or a diagonal on the card, you score a “Bingo.” When the call is over you can post your score on Facebook and invite your coworkers to play next time there is a phone conference. Just make sure when you play your phone is on mute so no one else on the call hears you shout, “Bingo!”Read more at Conference Call Bingo
SEATTLE — The Washington state ferry system has struggled recently.The Seattle Times reported that soon after Washington State Ferries restored service to Bainbridge Island, another boat broke down Saturday. That slowed service on the Mukilteo to Clinton route.A leaky water pipe in an electrical room of the ferry Tokitae knocked that boat out of service temporarily, taking the route down to one boat until further notice.Ferries spokesman Ian Sterling suggested that people find alternate routes.Sterling said the Edmonds-Kingston and Port Townsend-Coupeville ferries or Deception Pass Bridge were options.The dented ferry Wenatchee returned to service Friday evening. It had been pulled out of service after striking the Bainbridge Island dock midday Thursday. Inspectors found no serious damage to the vessel.
SALINAS, Calif. (WSVN) — A vegetable recall by Mann Packing issued earlier this week in North America is larger than originally reported and encompasses major store brands, including Wal-Mart and Aldi.The original recall notice that the California-based company wrote for the Food and Drug Administration listed only the products released under the Mann brand.The recall notice was revised Saturday to include all the brands made around the same time in the same facility. In the United States, these include:Wal-Mart store brand Broccoli Florets; Broccoli Cauliflower Florets; Broccoli Slaw; Stir Fry Medley; Cauliflower Florets; Cauliflower; Super Blend and Vegetable MedleyTrader Joe’s store brand Kohlrabi Salad BlendAldi store brand Little Salad Bar Broccoli Florets and Broccoli SlawSafeway and Albertson’s store brand, Signature Farms, Meat & Cheese Tray; Broccoli Cauliflower Florets; Broccoli Slaw; Broccoli Stir Fry; Broccoli Florets; Veggie Tray with Ranch Dip; Vegetable Medley; and Veggie & Hummus TrayH-E-B store brand Broccoli Carrots; Broccoli Cauliflower; Broccoli Florets; Broccoli Slaw; Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad; Veggie Toss Kit; Caulibits with Mushroom Sauce; Caulibits Chopped Cauliflower; Cauliflower Florets; Fiesta Salad; Power Slaw; Stir Fry Medley; and Vegetable MedleyArcher Farms Broccoli Florets; Broccoli Cauliflower Florets; Broccoli Slaw; Broccoli Medley; Cauliflower Florets; Brussels Sprouts; and Shaved Brussels SproutsCross Valley Farms restaurant food service bags of Shaved Brussels Sprouts; Cauliflower Florets; Spiral Cut Kohlrabi; and Superfood SlawSysco Natural restaurant food service bags of Broccoli Cole SlawMost of these products have a Best By date of Oct. 11 through Oct. 20. If you have any questions, call Mann Packing at 888-470-2681.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Kim Martin Folio: We’re seeing a lot of these charitable initiatives on the part of media brands, particularly those serving women. Was that something your research suggested Millennials want more of? Weber: Yes, most brands are looking for scale and looking to work with fewer media companies. They’re looking for ones that can offer cross-brand, cross-platform opportunities at scale. “Our goal, in close collaboration with our platform partners and our brand sponsors, is to provide the women we serve with content, products and services that authentically inspire them, meet their needs and wants, and support their goals,” said Jon Werther, president of Meredith’s National Media Group. Martin: We were thinking about ways to extend our brands into television. As we were kicking around show ideas, one thing that kept coming up was the success of the Dinner Spinner app. We thought it would be interesting if we actually turned it into a home cook competition. Everybody is a foodie and a home cook now, so we felt that the appeal was kind of universal. We also feel that it’s going to help drive interest in the app. Last month in New York, Meredith Corp. held its first-ever BrandFront presentation, revealing to advertisers “Partnerships That Will Change the World,” a sprawling multi-platform content initiative designed to engage Meredith’s massive (and growing) female Millennial audience. Folio: chatted with Meredith’s chief brand officer, Kim Martin, and chief marketing officer, Nancy Weber, to learn more about the findings behind Partnerships That Will Change the World, and how the company plans to put them into action in the year ahead and beyond. Weber: Absolutely. What we found in all of our research is just that each generation kind of goes about it in a different way. Boomers like one-to-one contact and interaction. Obviously, Millennials are much more social and inclined to text, things like that. Martin: More.com is a website that is content created by Millennials for Millennials. We’re using a lot of influential bloggers and social media stars to produce the content. Based on our research and what we’ve learned about Millennials, we understand that they’re interested in beauty, style, home, relationships. We’re looking to continue to create that kind of content, but we’re also making sure that there is an empowering and inspirational aspect of it as well. More, before we closed the magazine, had always been about self-empowerment and reinvention. So what we’ve done is take that concept, but evolve it for the Millennial woman. The initiative, which touches every brand under the Meredith umbrella, represents several trends in the industry, both recently emerging and long established. Among them: an aggressive push into digital video content, a desire to give back, and the growing need to allow advertisers to reach a company’s full, cross-brand audience. Those goals, according to research into what makes Millennial women tick, include entrepreneurship, healthy living, family safety, and an underlying desire to impact their own communities in positive and meaningful ways. Nancy Weber: We don’t find this whole idea of giving back just for the Millennials; we see it really across Gen-Xers as well as Boomers, but this whole idea of working together to make change in society is something that is a real key trend going on right now. Folio: Lets talk about some of the other new launches planned. What was the impetus behind “Dinner Spinner,” the new TV series inspired by the AllRecipes app? The leading edge of the Millennials are in their mid- to late-30’s now, so they’re going through life changes that have been going on since the beginning of time. Even in the category of Protect & Connect, the top concern among moms and parents is this idea of safety. Safety is the number one thing that drives Millennials to the idea of a connected home.Nancy Weber Folio: Is this the largest-scale initiative of this nature that Meredith has ever undertaken? Weber: We’ve been doing this and our brands have been doing this, but we’ve never really done it in a collective way. One unique thing you’ll see next year is a lot of cross-promotion between brands. When we talk about the fact that we reach 102 million women, we’re putting that full power behind these initiatives. Weber: To that point, there’s been a lot of “Fronts” — NewFronts, UpFronts — we’re seeing more and more that marketers are looking at integrated, cross-platform programs. Martin: Something else that is interesting is this idea of a BrandFront. We have so many ridiculously strong, established, trusted brands, and our content is cross-platform. It was a chance for us to share the Meredith story, something we’ve been working on for so long. Folio: So you’re seeing that advertisers and marketers are attracted to this idea of Meredith itself as a brand? Encompassing four central themes — Give, Protect & Connect, Strive, and Lead — aspects of the new initiative include partnering with various charitable organizations like the GOOD+, Movemeant, and Recipe for Success Foundations, among others, as well as a range of new programming spanning video, social media, digital — and yes, even print. Kim Martin: You’re seeing a big trend that’s happening across the country. At Meredith we serve about 72 percent of all Millennial women. So we tried to dig into both qualitative and quantitative research to understand that audience. What kept bubbling up was this need of young Millennial women to give back in the communities in which they live. There’s this overarching concern about greater society. Folio: What about the More.com relaunch? Why choose to revive More as a digital-only brand? Weber: It’s been interesting for us. AllRecipes is really the first digital brand that’s gone to print in a successful, massive way. When we tested the concept of a print magazine, we had over 400,000 subscribers in about three weeks. We’re now well over a million circulation, and that number continues to grow. Martin: As you know, Joanna and Chip Gaines are hugely popular across the country, and are best known for their TV show. But they came to us as a partner on their lifestyle magazine. They felt it was an opportunity to connect with consumers, the way that we launched AllRecipes magazine. We anticipate that to be extremely successful, as well as a long-term partnership opportunity for us. Folio: Is that success something you think you’ll replicate with the new Magnolia Journal launch with Joanna and Chip Gaines? Weber: We did some research about seven years ago, where we identified this new female, which we named “The Gamma.” In the 80’s or 90’s, most women wanted to be characterized as an “Alpha Woman.” It was very hierarchical and wasn’t very collaborative or connective. One trend we’ve been watching with the advent of the internet and social media is that this generation is a lot stronger in collaboration and sharing. Folio: Was there anything in the research that suggested Millennials are changing in their sensibilities or values? Folio: Is this something you’re seeing in non-Millennials too?
Tags Comment 1 Share your voice Knowing where to go for which health conditions can spare you a shocking hospital bill. Portland Press Herald / Getty Images An ankle sprain, a migraine, an ear infection… where do you go when the pain is bad enough to seek help, but not severe enough to warrant a hospital stay? I’m willing to bet that many people would answer, “The ER, duh!,” but that option carries the risk of getting a bill well over $1,000 just for a doctor to check on you and prescribe painkillers. Most minor injuries and illnesses can be treated quickly at an often-overlooked type of healthcare facility, and even online if they don’t require hands-on treatment. Keep reading to learn more about urgent care and how to find the right type of urgent care service for you. Urgent care vs. emergency room vs. hospital ERSurprisingly, many people don’t know where to go for certain illnesses and injuries. Next time you come down with something, remember these key differences between hospital emergency rooms, standalone emergency rooms and urgent care facilities. Hospital ERMost people picture the traditional hospital ER when they think of emergency rooms. These offer 24-hour service year-round, with the skilled staff and the best technology to provide care in just about every situation imaginable. A hospital ER isn’t the place for you, however, if you only have a minor injury. Hospital ERs don’t work on a first-come, first-served basis — they take the most pressing life-threatening cases, like heart attacks, strokes or serious head trauma, first. You may be stuck in the waiting room for hours if your condition isn’t life threatening, but you (or your insurance) will still get a hefty bill for using the hospital’s services.With a minor injury, you could be waiting at the ER for hours to be seen. / Getty Images Standalone emergency roomFreestanding ERs can typically provide almost everything a hospital ER can provide, and they’re usually staffed by physicians and specialists in addition to nurses. In some cases, such as a need for immediate surgery, a standalone ER may need to refer you to a hospital.These may be owned by a hospital or be individually owned, but either way, the bills may give you sticker shock: Experts estimate that the average cost of an emergency room visit is well over $1,000. In the case that your condition required a subsequent visit to a hospital, you may receive two bills. Urgent careWalk-in, standalone urgent care facilities usually do not offer all of the same services as standalone emergency rooms. This is because they’re often staffed by nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants rather than physicians and surgeons. Most don’t offer 24-hour service like ERs do, but they do usually offer 10 to 12 hours of service each day, six or seven days per week. It might seem like urgent care facilities have a lot of limitations, but the truth is that most people don’t actually need everything an emergency room can offer them. Most of the time, urgent care will suffice. A sprained joint, a grease burn, a bacterial infection or even a minor cyst, for example, can all be taken care of at an urgent care center. Plus, you’ll pay less: Most urgent care visits only require a copay. If you do go to an urgent care facility with a condition that’s outside of their scope, they will refer you to a nearby emergency room. Many urgent care facilities, like MedExpress, operate like chain restaurants, with many locations across multiple states. MedExpress Urgent Care Standalone urgent care facilitiesAll states have local and regional urgent care facilities, some as offshoots of hospitals and some that are individually owned. A few urgent care companies operate as chains, much like pharmacies do, with many locations across multiple states.Here are the top 10 largest standalone urgent care chains, according to healthdatamanagement.com:MedExpress Urgent Care: 252 sites in 22 statesAmerican Family Care: 200 sites in 26 statesU.S. HealthWorks/Dignity/GoHealth: 173 sites in 21 statesNextCare Urgent Care: 139 sites in 10 statesFastMed Urgent Care: 109 sites in three statesHCA CareNow: 103 sites in 10 statesCareSpot Urgent Care: 99 sites in at 4 statesCityMD/Premier Care: 96 sites in 3 statesGoHealth Urgent Care: 84 sites in 6 statesOnline urgent careNowadays, you can develop a primary care relationship with a doctor online, but you can also “stop in” for urgent care online in a-la-carte fashion. Keep in mind that online urgent care is limited: You can’t get treatment for things that require hands-on attention such as cuts, bone fractures or burns. But you can receive a diagnosis and treatment for ear infections, urinary tract infections, the flu, skin rashes, mild allergies and more.Next time you need quick care for a condition that isn’t life-threatening, check out one of these online urgent care services:VirtuwellDoctor on Demand LiveHealth Online MDLive Plush Care Online Hey DoctorAmwellMDProactiveDrugstore clinics can help with a surprising number of illnesses and injuries, including bacterial infections and lacerations. Obencem/iStockphoto Drugstores with clinicsIf you want something potentially quicker than a standalone urgent care clinic, but still want to see a professional in person, some drugstores and retail stores offer walk-in clinics for minor conditions. Most of the time, these types of clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants rather than physicians, but they can still treat a lot of injuries and conditions. At a drugstore clinic, you can almost always get help with common illnesses including strep throat, pink eye and infections. You can also receive vaccines for the flu and sometimes other diseases, get treated for minor injuries (acute joint sprains, cuts, insect stings and so on) and get routine lab work and health screenings.These five drugstores and retail stores offer quick care clinics at many locations across the US, but many local drugstores also offer this service. CVS MinuteClinicTarget MinuteClinic (found at CVS within Target locations)WalGreens Healthcare ClinicRite Aid RediClinicWalmart Care ClinicThe information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives. Wellness Personal care
Amaravati: Come September 1, beneficiaries of Public Distribution System (PDS) will get fine rice through ration shops. Civil supplies minister Kodali Venkateswara Rao alias Nani made this announcement after a meeting of Cabinet sub-committee at the Secretariat on Friday. The brands like Kurnool Sona Masoori and others are under consideration for purchase to be distributed to people under the PDS. The officials estimated that at least 6 lakh metric tonnes of rice is required to supply under the PDS. This is expected to cost an extra Rs 1000 crore on public exchequer, said the minister. Also Read – Bharat Gourav award to Margani Bharat Ram Advertise With Us The quality of rice being distributed under PDS became a major cause for concern, observed the sub-committee comprising minister for civil supplies Nani, agriculture minister Kannababu and housing minister Sriranganatha Raju, which discussed the issues pertaining to civil supplies. The ministers also opined that some of the rice being supplied under the PDS was not consumable and hence the people were selling it away to traders for recycling. They also opined that the rice thus recycled is again being supplied to the people through PDS. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us “The government has been purchasing the rice and supplying to the public. Then the people are not consuming it. They have been purchasing at Rs 1 per kg and reselling the same rice to millers or middlemen at Rs 7 or Rs 8. Then the same rice is being processed in the mills. Again the government is buying the processed rice and supplying it to people through PDS. This system of recycling of the rice is visible everywhere in the state. This illegal practice is going on because of poor quality of the rice,” said the ministers. On the other hand, the ministers also found that about 25 per cent of the rice being supplied by the Central government to the state under the PDS was not of good quality.
Bangladesh moves two notches up in hunger indexBangladesh has maintained a steady progress in tackling hunger as the country has moved two notches up to 88th spot among 119 countries in the 2018 Global Hunger Index (GHI).According to the report, Bangladesh is ahead of India and Pakistan as these two neighbouring countries have been ranked 103rd and 106th places in 2018 GHI, a tool designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger at global, regional, and national levels.In 2017 GHI, Bangladesh’s rank was 86 while the positions of India and Pakistan were 100 and 106, said a press release.The 2018 GHI – published jointly by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe – scores are calculated each year to assess progress and setbacks in combating hunger. The 2018 edition has a special focus on the theme of forced migration and hunger.The 2018 GHI indicates that the level of hunger and undernutrition worldwide falls into the serious category, at a value of 20.9, down from 29.2 in 2000.Underlying this improvement are reductions since 2000 in each of the four GHI indicators – the prevalence of undernourishment, child stunting, child wasting, and child mortality.GHI is designed to raise awareness and understanding of the struggle against hunger, provide a way to compare levels of hunger between countries and regions, and call attention to those areas of the world where hunger levels are highest and where the need for additional efforts to eliminate hunger is greatest.Considered a lower-middle-income country – Bangladesh experienced rapid GDP growth. Country’s poverty rate plunged from 34.8 per cent to 14.8 per cent.Since 2016, the Bangladeshi economy has faced formidable challenges, including above-average flooding that has been detrimental to agriculture, increasing rice prices and the influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, of whom nearly 900,000 are now in Bangladesh.Because of its densely populated, lowlying coastal landmass, it is also considered one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change and rising sea levels.Poverty has declined primarily in rural areas, especially for rural households involved mainly in industry or services rather than in agriculture.Zimbabwe, Somalia, and CAR have the highest rates of under-nourishment, ranging between 46.6 and 61.8 per cent.Stunting rates are highest in Timor-Leste, Eritrea, and Burundi, with at least half of the children suffering from stunting in each country.Wasting is most prevalent in Djibouti, India, and South Sudan, but even among these three countries the rates and estimates vary widely, at 16.7 per cent, 21.0 per cent, and 28.6 per cent, respectively.Finally, the highest under-five mortality rates are in Somalia (13.3 per cent), Chad (12.7 per cent), and CAR (12.4 per cent).
In this file photo taken on 11 November, 2017 US president Donald Trump chats with Russia’s president Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang. Photo: AFPRussian president Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump will meet in Finland on Monday for their first one-on-one summit.With relations between their two countries at lows not seen since the Cold War, the pair will have their work cut out to bring anything positive out of the meeting.What are Moscow and Washington actually hoping to get from the talks?The view from MoscowThe fact that the meeting is happening at all is already a win for the Kremlin, which has long sought a summit but has been pushed back by Washington, analyst Andrei Baklitsky said.The conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, as well as alleged meddling in the US election and Western sanctions are bones of contention between the countries. Baklitsky said he expected few “groundbreaking decisions” from the summit.A joint declaration was as much as anyone could hope for, he added.Political analyst Alexei Malashenko suggested that for Putin, the meeting was “an informal recognition of Russia as a great power”.Putin might try to convince Trump to take a “more flexible” position on war-ravaged Syria in the hope that Washington would be less active in the country, Malashenko said.Any compromise on that region would be seen as a victory for Moscow, he added.The US will want to convince Moscow that Iranian forces should leave Syria, but Putin is “probably not ready” to jeopardise relations with Tehran over the issue, he said.In any case the topic is easier for the two leaders to discuss than the ongoing conflict in the east of ex-Soviet Ukraine, which is a much more sensitive issue for Russia.In terms of election meddling, Baklitsky said Russia would deny-as it long has-interfering in the 2016 US presidential vote that brought Trump to power.But Moscow might be willing to issue a joint statement pledging not to carry out any such activity in the future.The view from WashingtonUS analysts suggested the value for Trump was in putting himself at the centre of US foreign policy.“He wants to be perceived as the one who makes these decisions, that he makes them unilaterally, that he is the crucial dealmaker,” said William Pomeranz, deputy director of the Wilson Centre’s Kennan Institute.“It’s the perception that is the most important for Trump rather than what he actually receives,” he told AFP.Pomeranz anticipated a joint statement coming out of the meeting.Alina Polyakova, a foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, agreed that Trump would use the summit as an opportunity to boost his domestic standing.“What will Trump be able to sell as a win with Russia? Basically that ‘Obama has screwed up this relationship and I’ve made it right’,” she said.“’Russia is not a threat to us because I’ve personally made this connection with Putin and we see eye-to-eye.’”But William Courtney, an adjunct senior fellow at the non-partisan Rand Corporation in Washington, said Trump might try to secure some minor deliverable agreements.He cited as examples the possible re-opening of the US consulate in Saint Petersburg and the Russian one in San Francisco.It was less likely that Trump might try to strike some sort of grand bargain with Russia, such as recognition of Russian-annexed Crimea in return for Moscow using its influence to get Iranian militias out of Syria, Courtney said.Olga Oliker, senior adviser and director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, said there were three mutually beneficial topics the two leaders could discuss.These would be the extension of the new START arms reduction treaty, the protection of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and the establishment of better military-to-military communications on a range of topics.Here is a summary of the sticking points between the two powers:Russian ‘meddling’Since the start of Trump’s presidency, relations have been tainted by allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US election and suspicions that the billionaire’s campaign team colluded with the Kremlin.Russia has denied any interference. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has insisted that Trump at his meeting with Putin “will make clear that meddling in our elections is completely unacceptable.”Ahead of the summit, 12 Russian military intelligence agents were indicted for hacking Democrats during the election.War in UkraineAlong with its Western allies, the US accuses Moscow of providing military support to pro-Russian separatists fighting government forces in eastern Ukraine. Russia denies this.Washington long resisted providing lethal weapons to Ukraine, fearing this could exacerbate the conflict, but in March the US approved a deal to sell anti-tank missiles to Kiev, angering Russia.Trump has made evasive comments on whether Washington might recognise Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.Syria quagmireAir strikes on Syria by the US and its allies in April 2017 and April 2018 in response to alleged chemical attacks by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have infuriated Russia.In February, Moscow said a number of Russian civilians were killed by US-led coalition bombing. These were reportedly mercenaries fighting alongside pro-regime forces.Disarmament feudsThe US and Russia have accused each other of breaking international agreements over disarmament.In March, Putin boasted Russia has developed new “invincible” weapons including hypersonic missiles and unmanned submarines.The Pentagon in February called for a revamp of the US nuclear arsenal and development of new low-yield atomic weapons.Moscow condemned the new US nuclear policy as “bellicose” and “anti-Russian.”Tensions over NATOMoscow views NATO’s moves to beef up its eastern defences as aggressive steps aimed at encircling Russia.Russia is also concerned at NATO plans launched in 2010 for a European missile shield that is due to be completed in 2020 with installations in Romania and Poland.Trump has lashed out at other NATO allies, urging them to spend more on defence.Iran nuclear dealTrump’s unilateral decision to pull out of the Iranian nuclear deal signed in 2015 after lengthy negotiations and to reimpose sanctions on Iran left both Russia and the West flabbergasted.Russia, which has close ties both with Syria and Iran, has said European countries must “jointly defend their legal interests” in the deal.North KoreaRussia reacted positively to a June 12 meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. They signed a joint declaration but did not achieve any concrete breakthroughs on Pyongyang’s nuclear activities.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov afterwards told state news agency RIA Novosti: “We very much hope that he (Trump) starts the process of de-escalating tensions.”Spy poisoningThe United States this year joined in a wave of expulsions of Russian diplomats from various countries over the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in Britain, which London blamed on Moscow.Trade warRussia in early July raised import duties on some US imported goods in response to steep tariffs announced by the US on its steel and aluminium, part of a global trade war.
Kolkata: A woman died after she fell off the bed at the newly built super-specialty hospital in Bongaon on Wednesday night.The family members of the patient have brought the charges of negligence against the hospital authorities and demanded a probe into the incident. Munmun Mondal (43), a resident of Chalki village at Gopalnagar in Bongoan was admitted to the hospital by her family members on April 23 as she complained of severe respiratory distress. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter a preliminary check up the patient was admitted to the female medicine ward of the hospital. The patient was recovering well as observed by the hospital doctors. The family members of the victim spoke to the attending doctor in the night of April 24 who told them that patient may be released from the hospital in one or two days. The incident triggered tension among the patients at the female ward of the hospital on Thursday morning. The victim’s family members said that they received a phone call from the hospital saying the patient died. The family members then rushed to the hospital and came to know that the patient fell on the floor from the bed and this led to her death. It is suspected that she suffered internal injuries after falling from the bed. The real cause of her death is yet to be ascertained. The hospital staff members however denied the allegation of negligence. They termed it as an accident. The family members met the hospital authorities and urged them to conduct a probe into the death. They also alleged that the patient died due to negligence by a section of the hospital staff members. The hospital officials assured the deceased’s family members that a probe would be conducted into the incident.
First-Time Homebuyers Fixed-Rate Mortgage Housing Affordability Jobs Processing Unemployment 2011-09-26 Ryan Schuette Trulia: More Renters Still Want to Own Homes September 26, 2011 421 Views Even with new-home sales tanking and recession fears redoubling over August, more renters clung onto the hope of homeownership, with 59 percent still aspiring to pocket a pair of keys and ink their names to mortgages, according to “”Trulia””:http://www.trulia.com/. The consensus: more than half of all homeowners believe in making the home their most important investment.[IMAGE]Recently releasing the biannual American Dream survey, the real estate Web site tracked feelings about homeownership across age demographics.According to Trulia, 70 percent of survey respondents held firmly to the idea that homeownership is central to the American Dream. The finding is unchanged since January this year.Fifty-seven percent of those who currently own homes agreed with the idea that their homes represent the most important investment in their lives, with the 401K and retirement accounts ranking second and third in importance, respectively.[COLUMN_BREAK]Of the survey respondents, including homeowners aged 55 years or older, 80 percent nodded their head to the sound of a future home purchase.The largest obstacles for renters who want to buy? Trulia found that 51 percent fault the pressure to save up for a down payment. Thirty-six percent of respondents cited qualifying for a mortgage as their second-biggest barrier, while 34 percent underscored the role played by a poor credit history.Thirty-one percent said that homeownership came with delays as a result of existing debt, while 29 percent highlighted unstable jobs and 13 percent chalked up their housing woes to depressed home values.””Despite the slow and weak economic recovery and stumbling housing market, the American Dream of homeownership is alive and well. Given the strong intent to buy a home among today’s renters and homeowners, I am optimistic that long-term housing demand will recover ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô even though today’s prices tell a different story,”” Jed Kolko, chief economist with Trulia, said in a statement.He described a number of obstacles that persist for renters, including concerns about “”saving enough for a down payment├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ª qualifying for a mortgage├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ª and having a bad credit history,”” adding that these barriers “”keep some would-be homeowners from taking advantage of low mortgage rates.””His prescription to relieve some of these pressures?””Government homeownership policies can target some of these obstacles to homeownership, but only stronger economic recovery will help households facing multiple obstacles become better able to buy homes,”” he said. in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share
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